March 22nd is known as World Water Day! It was created to raise awareness of the BILLIONS of people that don’t have access to safe water, as well as saving this precious resource for the benefit and future of our planet.
But, what can we do? A lot actually! Here are 10 easy tips on saving water and the world!
- Turn your faucet off when brushing your teeth or washing your hands and face.
- Like to take hot showers? Put a bucket to collect the water as it heats up, then use it to water your plants and garden
- Maximize your water use. Make sure your laundry and dishwasher are full before running a cycle.
Did you know: running a dishwasher on a full load can often use less water than hand washing?
- Couldn’t finish all your food? Wipe off your food scraps into a compost bin instead of rinsing into the sink.
- Take quick showers, and less baths.
- Shaving? Fill up a bucket or basin and use that instead of in the shower with the water running.
- Hand washing your dishes? Soap them all up first (with the faucet off), then rinse altogether. This saves water from constantly running and going down the drain.
Pro tip: If you have a double basin sink, use one side for washing and the other for rinsing!
- Water your lawn only when it needs it!
- Collect rainwater and use to water your plants, garden, and even in your bathroom.
- Clean your fruits and veggies with a brush in a bowl instead of under the running water.
By no means is this a comprehensive list of saving the world, but it’s a start! As I always say small choices lead to big change. We can all do our part for the planet.
Remember, there are billions of people without access to safe water. This is a global problem that affects areas in almost every country, the United States included. Make sure you test your water to monitor the levels of chemicals and contaminants that may be present, and use products that are naturally derived to avoid any run off that can harm our waterways and ecosystem.