TikTok Is Eating Oranges In The Shower, But Should You?

Whether or not you personally spend a lot of time on TikTok, you've likely heard about the crazy things that happen on this app. For instance, over the last few months, TikTok has been reeling from the "sink salad" trend. And no, we don't mean salads that have everything in them, like Panera's seriously overpriced Kitchen Sink cookies. We mean salads prepared and served in a sink. Gross.

That being said, TikTok also features a million other food trends that are a little less icky. Just over the last few months, actually, TikTok has taken on an experience that first went viral on an oddly specific Subreddit back in 2015. Yup, you guessed it, we're talking about the shower orange. According to one Redditor's post, eating an orange in the shower left them feeling "more at peace" than ever before and "cured all [their] ailments." Sounds beautiful, right?

If you're wondering how this could possibly be any less germy than a sink salad, you're not alone. Fortunately, plenty of experts have weighed in on the shower orange trend, and their thoughts might surprise you.

Go ahead and try the shower orange trend for yourself

Though it's reasonable to think eating an orange in the shower is unsanitary, this isn't necessarily the case. In an interview with Popsugar, dietician Julianna Coughlin said your shower might actually be cleaner than your kitchen, where it's easier for germs, mold, and dust to collect on surfaces. Therefore, as long as your water is safe for drinking and you don't get any soap on the orange, you should be fine.

Now that we've got the sanitary side of things covered, let's address why anyone would want to eat an orange in the shower in the first place. According to one TikTok, eating in the shower "eliminates any worry of making a mess," but even better, the shower climate "exaggerates the taste and smell of the orange." Per The Healthy, many people experience energizing and stress-relieving effects after smelling citrus, so it's certainly worth looking into, but you could also just buy a citrus-scented candle from Aldi. To each their own, we guess.