So, today is National Water Day and I think it’s important for us to really realize how much water we use in our day to day life. In a given day, the average person uses between 80 – 100 gallons of water per day! That’s a shit ton! Between cleaning and showering and flushing your toilet, you are using a lot more water than what you need to.
I’ve had to live without running water for a period of time because our well pump went out and it was just too expensive of a fix at the time, so there was a month(ish) that we didn’t have running water. So, in that time I’ve learnt the best way I could figure out to conserve water in your day to day routine. Some people might disagree with my ideas, or feel that it’s not the most sanitary solutions to a problem, but hey.. it’s better than shitting in the woods and not bathing or cleaning, right? So, here was my routine each day. I used a total of 2.5 gallons of water a day for everything but drinking, and peed outside. I drank a maximum of 1 gallon of water a day. You could still pee in the toilet if you wanted to, you’d just have to let it chill until the next time you flushed the toilet. The only extra item I needed was a bucket. The best bucket to get is the Homer Bucket at Home depot.. You can find it here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Home-Depot-5-gal-Homer-Bucket-05GLHD2/100087613. I used the 5 gallon bucket so I’d have room in the bucket aside from just the water.
The first step of my day would be brushing my teeth. I’d use a glass of 6 ounces of water, plenty to wet your brush and then rinse after words. This water I would just send down the sink after I was done because it’s a small amount and didn’t serve another purpose.
Taking a ‘Whore Bath’
This is a pretty simple process, and you don’t have to use cold water! What I did was take a gallon jug and fill a pot with 1/3 of it and bring it to a boil. Then I would put the rest of the gallon into my bucket and dump the boiling water in. It made it just the right temperature for taking a ‘bath’. So, I’d take my bucket into the shower, and take a bath using my regular body wash and loofah, using the bucket water to wet myself and then rinse off. The final part was to was my hair. Some people might not like it, but I like to wash my hair with cold water… Really gets the brain going for the day. I’d wet my hair with a gallon jug, making sure it landed into the bucket. Then, soap up my hair, wash it and then rinse with the rest of the water into from the gallon jug, making sure most of it falls into my bucket. Then, I would get out of the shower and dry off like normal.
So far, I’ve taken a bath (cleaning every part, not just the ‘hot spots’ and have used 2 gallons of water. I’d also like to mention that when I brushed my teeth, the 6 ounces of water came from one of these gallon jugs of water.. so Still total is 2 gallons.
The next thing on my list would be cleaning house. To clean floors I would add a cleaner like pinsole or something similar to my bucket of water, and used the same water to clean the floors. If you are worried about the dirty from your body affecting the cleanliness of your floors, then you should be more concerned about why you are so dirty to begin with. To clean counters and furniture I would use Clorox wipes and furniture polish. The last .5 gallons of my water usage comes into play when doing dishes. I’d use .5 gallons of water to wash the dishes. I’d heat half of it on the stove, put it in the sink with a dish washing liquid and wash the dishes. I’d use the remaining half to rinse the dishes off.
I poop in the evening time. If you poop in the am time, you can do the same setup, you’ll just have to tweak the timing, or let it chill until you are ready to flush (I would not recommend that).
Pooping was exactly the same.. I’d just do my business as usual. The only difference is the way you flush the toilet. Normally you’d just use the handle and the toilet would take care of it’s self, but another option is… You can take your bucket of 2 gallons of water, and pour it quickly directly into the toilet bowl. The force of the water will cause the toilet to flush itself!
How much water I used a day
So to recap, in total I used 2.5 gallons of water to do everything I needed to do except for drinking, and I drank 1 gallon of water a day maximum. So, my daily total water usage was 3.5 gallons. That’s a big difference from 80 – 100 gallons! In fact, I might make ‘Whore Baths’ a regular thing for me from now on, to help in conserving water. It was easy to do when there was no running water, but it is a whole lot easier just to hop in the shower.