We all take water for granted, especially in the bathroom. With its toilet, sink, bathtub and shower, the bathroom is the one room in our homes where the most water is used. Every time we run the tap or flush the toilet, it’s not just water going down the drain. It’s money. So, how do we help the environment and our bank accounts stay happy and healthy? The key is to save water in as many different ways as possible.
Here are just a few water-saving tips:
- Switch to a steam shower. A steam shower conserves water by simply using less of it. Steam leaves you feeling clean and refreshed. When you need water to wash your hair, you can easily switch from the steam function to the water function.
- You can also place a bucket underneath the spray. It will catch the water before it goes down the drain. Once you’re done your shower, you can use that water to water plants, flush the toilet, or for cleaning around your home.
- Consider switching the showerhead to a low-flow style.
- Take shorter showers. If you want to relax, install a steam shower. You’ll just need 10 minutes to feel refreshed and relaxed.
- Turn off the flow of water while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Low-flow faucets will restrict the amount of water that goes down the drain.
- Low-flow toilets restrict the amount of water that’s used to fill the bowl. Consider that every time you flush the toilet, up to 7 gallons of water is sent down the drain!
- Place a plastic bottle filled with water in the toilet tank. It will trick the mechanism into thinking that the tank is full of water. You’ll flush less water down the drain because there’s less water going into the tank.
- Don’t use the toilet as a pseudo garbage can. Tissues and other types of bathroom waste shouldn’t be flushed.
Do you have any tips of your own to add? Let us know how you save water in your own home.
Regardless of whether or not your bathroom is large or small, layout is always key. Sometimes, we can convince ourselves that the best bathrooms are those that exist in large spaces. Sure, roominess is always good. But, even very small spaces can house great bathrooms. It’s all in how each piece is placed.
Keep it private
Both large and small bathrooms can support a wall between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom. Better yet, a steam shower unit and toilet can be placed beside each other and then be closed off by a wall and door. The sink and vanity can sit on the other side of that wall and door.
The moveable vanity
Ok, not really moveable. What I’m getting at is the idea that you don’t necessarily have to put a vanity in the bathroom. Figure out how you use the bathroom. Does one person need the sink while the other person applies make-up? If only one person requires the bathroom, then consider placing the vanity outside the bathroom door or even in a bedroom.
To bathe or not
Do you really need that bathtub? If you just love your steam shower, then consider having the tub removed. That’s extra space that can serve as storage or a place for a vanity.
The best bathroom layout is probably the L-shape. This shape requires that all the wet areas – the shower, tub, and sink – line up against two adjacent walls. This layout ensures that all plumbing is grouped conveniently in one general area.
What layout works best for you?
Chocolate isn’t just for eating anymore! Although, come on, I think we can all agree that eating it is the best part of chocolate.
Chocolate doesn’t just taste great. It actually has lots of healthful properties. Like you needed another reason to love it, right? Chocolate is perfect for the spa.
Caffeine is a component in chocolate. Besides waking you up from that mid-afternoon slump, caffeine is said to stimulate circulation. Strong blood flow can rejuvenate and heal your skin. The antioxidants can protect your skin from aging prematurely by fighting any free radical cells that might be floating around.
Cocoa butter is a key ingredient in chocolate giving it its unctuousness (I just love that word!). That butter (oil, really) makes chocolate perfect for the massage table. Rub melted chocolate over your skin and massage. The chocolate will smell great and moisturize your skin, too.
Try a home chocolate spa treatment.
Begin by adding a few tablespoons of milk to a few squares of chocolate. You can scale the amount up or down depending on how much chocolate you need. Add just enough milk to make the chocolate liquidy enough to spread, but thick enough so that it doesn’t readily drip. The next step is to gently massage your favorite oil onto your face. Be particularly gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes. Then, dip a natural fibre brush into the warmed bowl of melted chocolate. Brush the chocolate all over your face and neck, being careful to avoid your eyes. Leave the chocolate mixture on your skin for about 5 minutes. Then, rinse it off. Finally, step into the steam shower for a final cleanse.
What’s your favorite way of using chocolate in the spa?