Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to conserve water again…in the toilet this time.
In light of the massive heat wave in the Midwest, I’m thinking a little more about water this week than usual. First, that I need to drink more. Since I just passed the milestone of pregnancy (month 9!) where I have to use the bathroom approximately every 20 minutes already, this is just wonderful. (photo source)
Second, that I’m so thankful my in-laws have an in-ground pool. Every challenge has a silver lining, and this is a big one!
Third, that I can’t wait for a house to come along just so I can get a Berkey filter and get the chlorine and fluoride out! It’s ironic that I’m spending extra to have fluoride-free toothpaste when I’m drinking a gallon of chlorinated water per day, you know? (Ok, maybe it’s not a gallon, but it feels like it sometimes!…excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom now.)
And then I think about saving water. I do all sorts of things to conserve water here and there, like only using what I need in the kitchen, running full dishwashers only, and not flushing the toilet every time (when it’s every 20 minutes, that one starts to add up!).
Here are a few ideas that you can put into practice right away, using between 2 seconds and 5 minutes of your time:
- Save a flush – the old fashioned “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” trick. My kids are so ingrained with not flushing that I have to remind them to flush at other people’s houses.
- Put a jug of water in your tank so each flush uses less water. You can try fitting a soda or juice bottle or milk jug, depending on how large your tank is. Fill the bottle with water so it doesn’t float and set it inside the tank, out of the way of any mechanisms. If you don’t end up with enough water moving through the bowl to do the job, downsize the bottle.
- Use vinegar to clean the toilet. This helps for two reasons: (1) you’re not using chemical cleaners, so you don’t have to flush after you clean the toilet to keep kids and pets safe from toxic fumes/drinking the toilet water. (2) If you’re “letting it mellow” you may end up wanting to clean the toilet more often. Just keep a spray bottle of straight vinegar with your scrub brush next to the toilet. It takes about 15 seconds to get all the gunk out, and you can easily fit that in 2-3x a week.
What do you do to save water around your house?
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