Why does my shower curtain seem to gravitate towards me when I take a shower?

Olivia Thompson Olivia Thompson Jul 31, 2019 · 1 min read
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Have you ever wondered why your shower curtain seems to have a mind of its own and always clings to you when you take a shower? Well, the answer lies in a simple concept called Bernoulli’s principle.

Bernoulli’s principle states that when a fluid (such as air) moves faster, its pressure decreases. This principle is demonstrated when an airplane takes off - the faster the plane goes, the less pressure there is above the wings, causing the plane to lift off the ground.

Now, let’s apply this principle to your shower situation. When water flows out of the showerhead, it creates a high-velocity stream of air that pulls the curtain towards you. This causes a low-pressure area to form between the curtain and your body, and the higher pressure outside of the shower curtain pushes it towards the lower pressure area, which is you.

Additionally, the warm air inside the shower rises, creating a convection current that pushes the curtain towards you even more. The curtain essentially becomes a part of this flow, creating an uncomfortable and annoying sensation of being stuck to you.

So, what can you do to avoid this frustrating situation? Firstly, you can try using a heavier shower curtain that is less likely to be affected by the airflow. Alternatively, you can purchase a curved shower rod that will keep the curtain further away from your body. This will also give you more elbow room inside the shower.

Lastly, you can try opening a window or turning on a fan to reduce the convection current in your shower. This will lessen the suction effect on the curtain and keep it from sticking to you.

In conclusion, the root cause of your shower curtain sticking to you is Bernoulli’s principle, which creates a low-pressure area between you and the curtain due to high airflow from the showerhead. By using a heavier curtain, a curved rod or reducing the flow of air, you can make your shower experience much more comfortable and less annoying.

Olivia Thompson
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