Its playful words have always amused me.
It begins: “Please remember – don’t forget – never leave the bathroom wet. Nor leave the soap still in the water that’s a thing we never ought’er.”
The poem, illustrated on my copy with a round-faced baby in a bubble bath, goes on to tell the virtues of tidying up after yourself and never hogging the lavvy – “it isn’t done”, apparently. If you don’t know it I thoroughly recommend looking it up.
What I’ve always loved about Atwell’s poem (other than the beautiful illustrations) is its ability to name-check every bathroom error I’ve ever made.
I am a hogger. I luxuriate in hot showers for half an hour and always (and without trying) leave the bathroom dripping in water. For safety’s sake I should put up a yellow plastic “wet floor” sign every time I leave. Towels are left (also wet) on the floor and somehow (don’t ask me how) I manage to spray the shower up one of the tiled walls, leaving a puddle on the floor which I helpfully soak up with the already sodden bath mat.
At the end of the room Attwell’s poem, with its frame glass steamed up, is there to remind me what a messy puppy I’ve been.
You’ll understand, then, why I never think it a great idea to add unnecessary complications to my bathroom routine. More products equal more mess, you see.
That said, I am occasionally tempted by a good exfoliating scrub. Their grainy textures and sweet smells add something to the bathroom experience (cleaner skin and, in my case, a tad more mess). Among my favourites are Sisley Energising Foaming Exfoliant (£61); Cowshed Slender Cow Detoxifying Body Scrub (£34); and Origins Modern Friction For The Body (28).