Water is the most precious resource on Earth, and without it life would cease to exist. It is for that specific reason that we should strive to conserve water as best as we can, to preserve life as we know it for the coming generations. Our daily hygiene habits account for a major portion of water wastage nowadays, so I learned to adjust mine. Here’s how I did that without compromising on hygiene.
Taking Shorter, Less Frequent Showers
It took some time for me to get used to taking shorter showers and running the water only when I needed it, but using a water pebble helped me get into this habit. I also realized that I was showering more than I needed. If you go to the gym or workout, then it makes sense to take a shower afterwards. But it doesn’t make sense to take a shower if all you did that day was lounge around in your living room. In other words, I learned to assess when it was unnecessary for me to take a shower, and just skipped a day.
Buying Zero Waste Products
Although it may not seem like zero waste is a water conservation issue, after I researched I found that using zero waste products helps conserve water as well. Firstly, using soap bars instead of gels usually means you need less water to rinse off. Secondly, zero waste products are usually produced in environmentally friendly methods, which includes using the least amount of water possible in the manufacturing process. I also found that using local, handmade products is likely to use less water.
Hand Washing Laundry
You may think that washing all your laundry by hand can be a chore, but the reality is that we wash our laundry more than we need. Once I started hand washing my clothes, I realized that I didn’t really need to wash every clothing item after one use. Also, the amount of water used in handwashing is substantially smaller than what a washing machine uses, even if it is on the Eco-friendly cycle. If you are looking for a laundry service near me in London & Essex to wash your dirty clothes then Hello Laundry is a one stop solution for laundry, dry cleaning and ironing service.
Using The Toilet: Bidets
It may seem counterintuitive to ask you to use a bidet (a small fixture that sprays water into your private parts for cleaning) instead of toilet paper. However, toilet paper manufacturing uses a lot more water than using a bidet does. This is not only going to save water in the long-run, but it also reduces waste, helps you stay cleaner, and saves you money. It may take some getting used to (for Americans) but once you start using a bidet, you may not feel clean enough when using toilet paper alone. If you are concerned with walking around with wet underwear, you can use a towel or a cloth to dry yourself. The area will be as clean as any other area you’ve washed, because you will have used soap and water to clean it.
Adjusting your hygiene habits to save water does not mean compromising at all. With a few tweaks, we can all conserve water.