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Conserve water when you shower



The sensation of stepping into a hot shower on a cold morning or after a tiring day of work and play is awesome. Having a loooong shower is very refreshing, but also uses up a lot of water. Here are some tips to conserve water when you have that hot shower.

1. Save the water you waste while waiting for the right temperature: depending on your water heater, it takes a few seconds or minutes to get water at the right temperature. During this time precious water is getting wasted. Catch this in a bucket or a mug. You can use this for a wide range of things either in the bathroom (brushing teeth, filling the flush, washing your face) or anywhere else in your house (watering plants, soaking or washing clothes, mopping floors, cleaning a car, etc,). This can be quite a sizeable amount of water saved.

2. Slow or stop the shower when you soap yourself. While you lather soap and scrub yourself clean, most of the water is just running away. Slow down the shower or stop it for these few minutes. You can also use water collected from the 1st tip to lather your soap or body wash.

3. Time your shower. This is especially useful in the mornings when you need to get to work or school in time. It helps you waste less time and also helps save water. This may not be possible on the days when all you want is a long hot shower, but its worth a try.

4. Use water saving showerheads. There are shower heads that have a water saving design and hence save water without compromising on the quality of your shower time. They are usually a one time investment and hence will pay for themselves by reducing your water bills.

4. Slow down the water speed. While we all love that feeling of a high speed shower, slowing it down a wee bit can help save a few liters. Try it.

5. Avoid water dripping. A shower tap thatbis not closed fully or a faulty tap/showerhead will result in water dripping even after you think your bath is over. This results in water slowly getting wasted. Make sure your shower tap is fully closed and not leaking.

5. Shower together. Couples could enjoy the intimacy and pleasure of showering together! However they could end up being extra long!! So try it and there could be more happening than saving water!

6. Catch that water. Keeping a bucket or a mug by the side will catch a couple of liters of water that gets wasted due to the showrer jet being wide. You could always use this for other purposes.

So that’s just a few practical tips. Saving water not only cuts down your water bills, but also helps conserve water and is good for the environment.

Share your other water saving tips in the shower.



Clearing up broken glass

At my cousins place a few days ago I had the misfortune of toppling a glass that shattered on the floor in the living room. While we collected all the big pieces safely the obvious problem was all the tiny glass pieces that were too small to pick up. Add to that the fact that they have a crawling one year old – the possibility of serious injury was real. Thankfully they had a little trick to clear up the dangerous glass pieces easily.

All they needed was the flour (wheat or Atta) that they used to make chappathis or pooris.  So here is what we did.

1. Take a table spoon of Atta or wheat flour:

Chappathi Flour

 

2. Add a little water and firmly knead it to make it a dough. You now have a soft dough just like bread dough that is slightly sticky, quite soft.

dough

 

3. If possible gently sweep into the area so that all the glass bits are in a limited area.

4. Now start gently tapping the dough on the floor where the glass pieces are present. The glass simply adheres into the dough. Wear gloves to avoid cutting yourself. Move from tile to tile so each area is covered. Gently turn the dough so that you use as much of the surface area as possible. Be careful when doing this. Make sure you tackle the corners properly and also the junction between the floor and the wall.

5. Put your eyes close to the floor and shine a torch beam across the floor and gently move it to see any more glass on the floor. Pat the dough and remove these too.

6. You are now done. Discard the dough into a bin safely. Don’t try to make a chappathi out of it!!

Its been a few days now and their son has crawled a million times in the living room and is cut and scratch free – so we must have done a good job.

If you have a vacuum cleaner you can try using it, but there is a danger of pushing the glass pieces away and leaving lots of tiny pieces behind.

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