Saving water is not just good economic sense, it’s the right thing to do for the planet. As resources become more scarce, all of us have to play our part in preventing waste. This isn’t too hard – in many aspects of daily life there are lots of things we can do to reduce water use. You can start by paying attention to the amount of water you use in your household cleaning routine and find out ways to save it.
Here is our list of eight ways to use less water while cleaning your house.
- Avoid running the tap continuously when doing your chores. Fill a bucket with the amount of water you need and use only the water inside to clean. This way you avoid opening and closing the tap every time you need to wet your cleaning cloth, which will also prevent a waste of water.
- Check for a leaking tap. Cleaning the house is a great opportunity to give your place a once over and check for anything in need of repair. When you turn on the tap to get water to clean, have a look at its function. If broken, get it fixed immediately as this can waste a great amount of water in a short period of time, which will also affect your monthly bill. If you don’t know how to fix a leaking tap make sure to contact a professional plumber to help.
- Install a water metre. This will allow you to see how much you use and incentivise using less. You could even look at the metre before and after you clean to see exactly the amount it requires then try to do your chores using slightly less water each time.
- Use a dishwasher. Dishwashers reduce water usage when doing the dishes, as you will use and waste a greater amount of water if you wash them by hand. Get a dishwasher that can be used in a low water mode and only run it when it’s full, in order to compensate.
- Put a ‘cistern displacement device’ in your toilet to reduce water per flush. You’ll probably flush the toilet a few times while cleaning, so take the opportunity to install one of these devices.
- Clean the bathroom while cleaning yourself! If you’re going to have a shower, reuse the water to wash the bathroom.
- Use cleaning water to water your indoor plants or the garden. Just avoid anything with cleaning products which your garden greenery might not enjoy. Likewise, water used to clean the house can then be reused when you wash your car.
- Use water from a water butt to clean the windows or in any other household chores. Water butts are great inventions, allowing you free rain water that can be reused at home.
So there you have it, eight great ways to save water during your household cleaning; benefiting both your budget and the planet. Small things like knowing how to fix a leaking tap and installing a water butt can make a huge difference. Try a few of these ideas out and start saving!