How to Create a Sauna in Your Bathtub

Saunas have been used for centuries for therapeutic purposes. They can improve circulation and provide sore muscle relief and relaxation. Most people go to a gym or health spa to sit in a sauna, but you can create your own at home without the cost or travel.

You can turn your bathroom into a relaxing sauna. (Image: Colin Walton/Dorling Kindersley RF/Getty Images)

Step 1

Choose the smallest bathroom in your house. This will cause heat and steam to generate more quickly than a larger bathroom.

Step 2

Take a clean washcloth and soak it with cold water. Keep it handy in case you get too hot and need to cool off.

Step 3

Close the doors and use towels to block spaces where air may filter in or escape out.

Step 4

Plug your bathtub drain and run hot water in it. The spigot should be turned as far to the left as possible to get water extremely hot.

Step 5

Close your shower curtain while water is running. This will cause more heat and steam to develop turning your bathtub into a saunalike atmosphere.

Step 6

Sit on the side of the bathtub and experience the warmth after your tub has filled up. Pull the curtain back and lean over the tub for 15 to 20 minutes. Take the cold washcloth and wipe sweat off your skin to help you cool off.

Step 7

Drain the bath water and rinse with cool water in your shower after you are done to lower your body temperature.


Be careful not to scald your skin with the hot running water.

If you feel dizzy, leave the bathroom immediately and drink cold water.

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