Using Handmade Soaps & Other Ways to Lower Bathroom Water Usage During a Drought

Using Handmade Soaps & Other Ways to Lower Bathroom Water Usage During a Drought

Drought is a problem that is faced by many parts of the world. In some areas, it is so severe that water usage must be reduced drastically to save this valuable resource. While most people think about conserving water when it comes to their lawn or garden, there are ways to reduce water usage in the bathroom as well. In this blog post, we will discuss ways that you can save water while cleansing yourself with handmade soaps and a few other tips to lower water usage in your bathroom during a drought.  But first, let's look at what conditions are considered to be a drought.

What is a Drought?

Droughts can vary in severity, depending on the location. In general, a drought is a period of abnormally low precipitation, which leads to water shortages. The lack of water can affect people, plants, and animals in a variety of ways.

A drought can be caused by a lack of rain, snow, or other forms of precipitation. The lack of rain causes rivers and other bodies of water to dry up, leading to a shortage of water for people, animals, and plants.

As the world becomes increasingly warmer, drought conditions are becoming more common. One way that drought conditions may be worsened is that the higher temperatures lead to greater evaporation of water in the soil.

An increase in water demand may exacerbate the problems that a community faces during a drought. Droughts may be even more problematic in areas that rely on rainwater to sustain their ecosystems. One way to collect and store rainwater is in cisterns. In some places, such as the U.S. Virgin Islands or other islands in the Caribbean, a cistern may hold thousands of gallons of water and be located under a portion of a house's foundation. It may serve as the house's sole source of water. Rainwater is collected on the roof and directed by pipes running into the cistern. When water runs out, the homeowner has to purchase a truckload of water. So homeowners will benefit from water-saving measures even if they are not experiencing a drought.

Conserving water is not only important during a drought, but every day, in every way possible. Let's take a look at the role that hand made soaps and water usage in the bathroom may play to help you achieve your goal of conserving water during a drought or even during normal times.

How can handmade soap be part of your water conservation efforts?

When it comes to conserving water, handmade soap can be a great ally. Use bars of handmade soap both for washing your face and your body and save water while using them.

bars of handmade soap

When washing your face, try to use a cup of water or less. Splash your face with water and turn the water off instead of just letting it run. Use a handmade facial soap such as charcoal and shea butter soap and rub your wet hands over the soap bar to create lather. Apply the lather to your face. For other types of handmade soap, you may wish to use a wet washcloth to clean your face. When you are ready to rinse your face, turn the water back on only long enough to rinse the lather off your face.

shower head

Before you even reach the point of using handmade soap to cleanse your body, you should determine whether it is better to take a bath or a shower. Showering is a great way to conserve water during a drought or even as part of your regular water-conserving efforts. Taking a shower for a few minutes may use one-fourth of the amount of water that one would use to fill a bathtub for a bath. If you’re looking for ways to conserve water, take a shower instead of a bath.

When using handmade soaps to shower, there are a few ways to save water. One way is to wet your body first, then turn off the water while lathering up with the soap. Another way is to use a washcloth, shower pouf, or loofah to lather up with the soap instead of using your hands. Once you have lathered up, turn the water back on and rinse off.

woman showering with a shower pouf

You may find that handmade soap requires less water than commercial, mass-produced soap to create the same amount of lather. When you use handmade soap, you don't need to run the water as long to still get some great lather.

Another way to conserve water is to take shorter showers. You only need to take a shower long enough to lather up and rinse off. You could complete this in less than five minutes. So even though you are taking shorter showers, you will still get to enjoy your shower because of how nice the handmade soap you are using feels as you are using it. If you are using handmade scented soap, breathe in the great-smelling scent while you shower. Feel the copious lather against your skin. You'll be glad that long showers no longer need to be the only way to enjoy showering.

hand touching water

What are some other ways to conserve water in the bathroom during drought conditions?

Since you are already saving water by taking showers instead of baths, an additional way to conserve water is to use a bucket to collect shower water to use for watering plants. If you have still decided that you prefer to take a bath instead of a shower, you may conserve water by scooping out the water from the bathtub after your bath and transferring it into buckets to use for watering plants.

You can also save water by not running the water while brushing your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush and then turn the faucet off while you brush. Fill up a cup with water and use that to rinse your mouth or turn the water back on when you are ready to rinse your mouth.

man brushing teeth

Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, which will use less water while still providing adequate pressure. This is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce water usage without making any major changes to your home.

Not flushing the toilet after every usage is an idea that is gaining more traction. During times when water usage was not something to worry about, some people would probably not have considered doing this. If the toilet only was used for urination and you need to conserve water, you may consider flushing the toilet every other time. If this feels like too extreme of a measure for you to take, you may wish to install a low water usage toilet. Low water usage toilets can help conserve water when compared to traditional toilets. This can add up to significant savings over time, especially if you have a large family or if your home is in a drought-prone area.

 Another easy water-saving measure is to fix leaks. A leaky faucet can waste many gallons of water per day!

Water conservation is more important than ever, and there are many ways that you can reduce your water usage without making any major changes to your lifestyle. In this blog post, we have outlined a few simple tips that you can use to conserve water in the bathroom, including using handmade soaps which may be one you may not have thought of before. We hope that you will find these tips helpful and put them into practice in your own home. 

What are some other ways you conserve water at home? Share your tips in the comments below

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