Water Wise – 2 easy ways to reduce your water use (and save a few dollars too)


  • In the shower, turn off the water. Wet hair and body, turn off shower head, then lather up head and body, turn on water to rinse. Most shower heads use 2-3 gallons of water per minute so even turning the shower off for 30-60 seconds whilst you apply soap/shampoo/shower gel can add up to as much as 500 gallons a year per person!
  • Shampoo once and rinse. The “shampoo-twice” instruction probably came from manufacturers who wanted to sell more shampoo, excessive shampooing can remove too much of the natural oils (sebum) from the hair which is necessary to maintain the hair in its comfortable acid/base environment (pH), especially if you do it on a daily basis. Rinsing twice also uses twice the water GET READY FOR SUMMER CAMP SUN PROTECTION SUN SHRUG SUN SLEEVES

Do you have any water saving tips to share?


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I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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16 Responses to Water Wise – 2 easy ways to reduce your water use (and save a few dollars too)

  1. Great tips! I didn’t know shampooing twice was a thing, but it definitely seems unnecessary.

  2. Reblogged this on cornfedcontessa and commented:
    This is really important for you folks in California!

  3. miusho says:

    Uhm, when you want to boil water, don’t boil more than you need and don’t fill up your sink to do the dishes all the way to the edge, only fill half of it, same for your bath. It’ll get cold and dirty anyway. Also don’t do the dishes the second you make them (this is a difficult one for OCD people) but do it only once or twice a day.
    Now I don’t know if you have an evening rates but washing after 10PM and during the weekend is cheaper (they might change that though)…

    I know there is more but I can’t really think of them on the spot. 😮

  4. estemarks says:

    It’s crazy how people don’t realize how EASY it is to save water. Lol thanks for sharing.

  5. trishafaye says:

    Great tips! I already only shampoo once, but I’m glad to read the first tip. Will start doing this now.

  6. roweeee says:

    I am quite conscious about saving the cold water that goes into our kitchen sink while we’re waiting for the hot water to come through. I collect this up and either add it to the kettle or garden. I also sometimes boil extra water in the kettle with my cup of tea when I only need to wash up a single item.

  7. jncthedc says:

    Simple, but, beneficial information. I like the entire concept of your blog site. Looking forward to reading additional articles.

  8. don’t dither in the shower – quick in, wash, out – no mucking about 🙂 If I take more than 2-3 minutes, I’m taking too long 🙂

  9. egglantine says:

    Another way to save water is to give up meat. 😉 Did you know that it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat and only 25 gallons to produce one pound of wheat? 😮
    And that animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually? It’s shocking to discover. 😮

  10. shirleyxyeo says:

    great tips – another good idea is to save any clear water we’re pouring down the sink into potted plants – when changing your pets water bowl, water left in old water bottles, water left over from boiling eggs etc. All the small things add up. Also, when doing dishes by hand – soaping up all dishes together and not letting the water run at the same time!

  11. I actually keep a bucket in the bathroom and put it in the shower to collect water before it goes down the drain and then I pour it into the back of the toilet to reuse it.

  12. aussielogo1 says:

    Turn the sink off when you are soaping your hands. Don’t leave it running! To save water is important especially if you are relying on rain water, right?

    God bless

  13. apri ani says:

    simple, but usefull 🙂

  14. Lots of good tips here! Thank-you!

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