My cup runneth over…
And my rain water barrels.
And my clay soil vegetable beds.
Oh, and the chicken run with a leaking roof.
Not to mention the leaking bedroom roof…
This week for Change the World Wednesday, Small Footprints has asked us to look at water conservation.
She writes “This week conserve water by not wasting it. Consider every drop which typically gets poured down the drain and find creative uses for it. Examine your water use and see where, and how, you can make improvements.”
The trouble is, England, right now looks like this:
Water conservation isn’t exactly top of our minds. Rather we’re wondering how to stop our homes and land flooding!
Meanwhile, other parts of the world are like this:
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just send a few rain clouds to the areas of the world that need it most?
In all honesty I don’t know where to go with this week’s challenge.
Dish washing water can be thrown on the plants, but they don’t need it! If I do that I’ll probably kill them due to flooding them.
My houseplants don’t need it anyway – in these showers I’m putting them outside for a drink!
I could keep it to flush the toilet, but I’m not going to flush greasy washing up water down the toilet; I think that’s asking for future problems.
I could wash the car with it; but hey, it’s raining and I think I wash my car once a year – I’m just not that proud. And hmmm, dirty washing up water on the car windscreen?
And now I’m stuck!
It’s the same with bath water; I won’t bucket it out and use it to flush the toilet because I’ll get water over the floor and that would make it slippery and dangerous and I’m just not going to spend the time towel drying the floor afterwards and then having to do more washing(which equals more water). But hey, my husband and I still share our baths most weeks 😉
I’m good at reusing water I’ve steamed vegetables in – this is used to make gravy, used as stock in soups or reused next time I cook rice or pasta.
And here’s another way I conserve water. You know how I hate all those different cleaning products – I find them a con and believe wholeheartedly you don’t need a product for sinks, another for tubs and yet a different one for floor. No way!
My favourite product is a glass cleaner which I make from white vinegar and essential oils. I use this on my work surfaces, sink, bath, dining table, floors and of course glass.
But the best part? There is no froth or foam and no residue so guess what?
I never need to rinse it with water!
So while I may be tossing bowls of water down the sink each time I wash the dishes; at least I don’t need a bowl of water to rinse away crummy toxic cleaning products.
What about you – how to you conserve water at home?
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