When it comes to bathing, we all have our preferences. Some people choose morning showers, while others like to end the day with a nice, warm relaxing bath. Bathing is not just about cleansing the body, it can cleanse the mind too!
As we think about bathing in an eco-friendly way, we will consider what we’re using —organic, chemical free soaps and suds—but what about the amount of water we are using? if you’re running the shower water for over an hour, then what was the point of trying to make your shower more eco-friendly?
We’ve put together a list of 5 things to keep in mind when bathing to make the entire experience a more eco-friendly.
1.Shower or Bathe Together
If you live with your partner, then why not shower (or bathe) together? Take turns under the running water and turn it off when you’re sudsing up. This can cut the amount of water used in half and hey, who doesn’t like a shower buddy to sing with?
2.Turn off the water
Turning off the water while you’re not directly under the it saves gallons of water.
Try this step by step process:
- Wet your entire body, turn the water off.
- Use soap, facewash, shampoo and conditioner all at once.
- Once you’re completely lathered in your products of choice, then turn the water back on.
- Rinse away quickly and all at once.
You really only need running water pre-soap and post-soap.
Try making your shower time a game. The shorter the shower (or bath), the less water you’re using. Better yet, make it a household game where whoever has the shortest bathing time gets a prize. Encourage partners, friends and kids to do it as well!
Granted this a limited season (and area) option, but bathing outside is an awesome option for those who live near natural springs! (We’re looking at you, Austin, TX.)
So, to shower or take a bath, which uses more water? The tub is rarely filled to capacity before taking a bath. A low-flow showerhead uses about two gallons a minute, or 20 gallons for a 10-minute shower. A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons a minute, or 25 gallons for 10 minutes. Either way, the shower saves water – as long as you don’t go past 10 minutes. You can also re-asses how much you’re showering and bathing. If you’re not doing a vigorous workout every single day, chances are you don’t need to shower everyday. Give it a try for a week and see how you feel about it!