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.

First broadcast:
7 November 2008

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.