Alternative Bathing Habits for Water Conservation

I was originally going to do a post all about my Crochet Storm Trooper's progress, but I thought I'd share about my new "thing" I'm into...

I live with my parents (because tuition is cheaper), and our water bill was outrageous about a month ago. My mom and I, who have a soft spot for natural resource conservation, have been talking for a long time about changing our "wasteful American Habits". I found an article on about bathing habits after I started my new nightly ritual.
The article isn't really about bathing, yet it has some info in there:

...on our trip to NJ the next week, we stayed with friends who were in the process of remodeling their one bathroom (beautiful small house built in the 1930s). The shower was useable, but still not quite finished, so I decided to put myself to the test: instead of a shower, I used a washcloth, warm water from the sink, and soap to do the job.

This is the approach I have been using for the last month. A washcloth and hot water with soap. That's it. Now, you have to have a little background from me to understand why I think this is AMAZING.... I Hate Showers. I always have. Before I only took about 3 showers a week. I would try to go as long as possible without taking one because I hate it so much. The reason for this hatred? I have no clue, but I know that I do see them as a waste of time and not very rewarding. My new approach to bathing is this:

Every evening get some hot water in the sink with just a little bit of soap, not enough to be soapy or sudzy, but enough to make it smell good. Wash your entire body with a well wrung-out washrag.

Wash hair in tub when needed.

Take one bath or shower on Saturday (so I'm nice and clean for church the next day)

I was skeptical at first because I thought "There's no way that that's sanitary". But honestly, I feel cleaner and more refreshed doing things this way versus taking a shower every day. It is also good for the environment. So anyways, I like it, comment if you will or try it yourself and tell me what you think!

1 comment:

Veronica said...

I usually take showers every other day, to conserve water and because it is drying to the skin. I think I'm going to try your method for the days I don't bathe. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates showers. It's a shore! :^)