The Romans saw bathing as a social activity as well as a way of keeping clean. They built communal bath houses, such as can be found at Bearsden in Glasgow, where they could relax and meet up. The Romans used a tool called a strigel to scrape dirt off their skin. Urine was used to loosen the dirt from clothing before it was washed in water.
Students could discuss the positive and negative aspects of living beside a Roman bath in Roman times. Students could also think about the methods Romans used for keeping clean. Would they be willing to wash their clothes with urine or use a strigel? Students could design advert for a Roman dry cleaners or a strigel, using images and persuasive language.