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Why are bath salts okay but bubble baths aren't? That seems...six of one, half dozen of another to me.
Bubble baths and bath salts are very
different, at least in most brands.
Bubble baths are usually made from concentrated soaps and detergents
and they are present in the bath water in much higher concentrations than one would have from using soap during a regular bath.
They are very
irritating to the urethra. Salts are usually not irritating to the urethra, as they usually contain no soaps or detergents. In fact, women who get UTIs are often told to take a short, cool bath in Epsom Salts for relief from the symptoms of UTIs.
Nearly all women (and children) who suffer from UTIs are told to avoid bubble baths. Also, women who get frequent UTIs are told, if they are going to bathe, (instead of shower) to soak for only a very short while
and use their soap at the very end of the bath, so they aren't subjecting their urethra to the soaps and detergents while soaking. They are also instructed not to wash their hair in the full bath tub, while their body is in the tub, since this will expose the urethra to more detergents and soaps, too.
Bubble baths and bath salts actually have very little in common, especially if the salts have few ingredients and contain no soaps or detergents.
How Bubble Baths in Childhood can set a women up for a lifetime of UTIs
Yes, I'm a member of the Mr. Bubble Generation, and firmly believe at least part of my chronic UTIs were due to overuse or even use of bubble baths. I had my first one at the age of 3, long before I ever had sex, that's for sure. I, personally, have not taken a bubble bath since I was a small child. But, they are different than a salt bath and can be quite dangerous for many women.