{Giveaway with Domestos} Who is still saving water?

When we had water restrictions up here in Gauteng a while ago we went all out. We were recycling almost every drop that could be recycled. We really put in a big effort and it made me realise just how much water we waste every single day. It is not the obvious suspects like the washing machine or dishwasher but rather it is the small unsuspecting places. 

Our dishwasher was broken for over a year before we recently replaced it so we were washing dishes in the sink. The kids would let the water run to get it to heat up. I measure how much water it takes before it is hot – FOUR LITERS!!!!! Every time we do a load of dishes and wait for the water to heat up it takes FOUR LITERS of water!! I now have bottles of water next to the sink for them to full up instead of wasting it. 

We are still pretty careful with the amount of water we use and try to reuse it as much as we can. But then I came to Cape Town and after trying to wash my hands at the airport I realised they had turned the taps off! I actually think this is such a smart idea, regardless of water restrictions or not. Hand sanitizer probably cleans your hands anyway and it must save a lot of unnecessary use of water. 

I am meeting Maz at a shopping centre for lunch today, I got here early to do some work and wanted to go to the toilets – you have to PAY to use them. I was a little outraged (I needed to wee and had a hundred rand note on me and no change, my outrage was real) but part of the reason stated for the change was the water crisis which, again makes sense. I have walked in to so many public toilets where kids are playing with the water or taps are running.

When I got to my brothers house I asked if I could shower (possibly slightly dramatic) but he shrugged and said dams are 43% full so it’s ok. Obviously they are not wallowing in baths and washing 10 loads of washing a day but I can see it’s not as “bad” as it was!

SO my question is – are you still saving water? 

As a species we are incredibly wasteful and even if the water crisis is largely over I still think we are all wasting way too much water, often without even realising it. 

I know what puts a lot of people off the whole not flushing the toilet thing is the smell. It is kinda gross I get it but Emma will literally go to the loo a million times a day, each time is a drop or two. That is a lot of wasted water. Enter this clever product from Domestos.

You spray it after you have been to the loo and it kills germs AND makes it smell nice. I have been trying it out on our downstairs loo which is the most used and it actually has the nicest fragrance. It makes the whole downstairs smell fresh and clean. Win with Domestos and Flushless|HarassedMom

Stand a chance to win!

With water-saving still top of mind we have discovered a new product that can help you with your ongoing quest to save water: Domestos Flush Less.

Domestos Flush Less is an easy to use fragrant odour-killing spray which helps households and businesses save water by reducing the number of times toilets are flushed.

Let’s uncover from where the stench emanates:  Urine contains various salts, proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids and nitrogen that contain urea. Urine itself has a natural odour due to these chemicals. Over time, the bacteria, which uses the natural components of urine as a food source, produce by-products, such as hydrogen sulphate and ammonia, which cause the stench. The more bacteria is allowed to grow, the fouler the smell.

So, how does the product work? It targets the primary odour, because it neutralises and eliminates the smell of urine with its sophisticated fragrance. The spray targets secondary odour because it contains biocide that kills odour-causing bacteria. Biocide is used in disinfectants to destroy, deter, or control the effect on any harmful organisms.

As reduced flushing causes bacteria to grow and odour to increase, you don’t have to hold your nose every time you use the toilet, because this fresh smelling and odour-killing spray, as well as lining the toilet bowl with Domestos to act as a shield, can truly make a difference.

To enter and stand a chance to win this product all you have to do is leave your top water saving tip in the comments of this post OR my Facebook post!

Competition ends 5 July and my T&C’s apply.

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19 Comments

  1. Kelly Jennings
    28 June, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Bath water for plants! Wash your laundry in the bath after you have been in. Collect the shower water in a bucket for clothing if u can. Use water saving products like a baby dam to save water

  2. 28 June, 2018 / 11:46 am

    My top water saving tip is when I do washing. limited to once a week so I do big loads over two days. I recycle all water used. We have two tubs and 4 buckets. Whites first 1 wash cycle and i catch this water. 1 rinse cycle and i catch this as well. the foamy water from the whites will be used to wash dark colours and the rinse water will be used to was lighter colours. and all grey water that was gathered will be used for flushing the loos we have two and if its clear rinse water it is used to mop floors and wash the car. We only open the tap for cooking and doing dishes. Even if water levels are to become stable again I wont stop water saving methods in my home

  3. Lynn Botha
    28 June, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    We have put one of those adapter thingies on our basin tap, so it sprays out instead of runs.. and Im sure we have saved plenty this way. The kids brush their teeth there, and wash their hands.. (numerously) and this really works well. (and you can easily turn it if you need the spray to be a bit harder). This product sounds amazing.. and I totally know what you mean about your daughter.. mine also uses the bathroom way too much lol

  4. Nicolette Nunes
    28 June, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    We have not given up our efforts to save water here in CT. I remember when our water bill used to be 15 kl a month for a household of 7 people. It has now been cut down to about 3-4 kl a month, with all our water saving. Our shower water takes long for the water to heat up so we collect all the cold water in buckets and make use of it to hand wash smaller items of clothing. The dirty water then gets used to flush the toilet.
    We also have many other ways of saving water that we use on a daily basis.

  5. Silvia
    28 June, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    We are a family of 4 and going to the toilet can mostly be fun for some of us. My 2 toddlers just love going to the bathroom and flashing the toilet, I dont know if its the handle that got their tension or the sound when flashing. But after a week of teaching then to only flash the toilet after number 2 we start saving a lot of water… more like buckets and buckets full that can save other humans and animals. That is what we are doing saving water so that the other humans and animals can have clean water as well… they are actually learning a lot while saving water. Our number 1 rule in the bathroom: ONLY FLASH AFTER POOH !!!!!

  6. Camillah Adams
    28 June, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Check your toilets for leaks by putting a little food colouring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the colour begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.

  7. Adele
    28 June, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    My son recently potty trained, i definitely didnt flush after every wee!! I do make an effort to save water where we can, we dont leave the taps running when brushing our teeth, i try only do washing when we have a full load, and fix all leaking taps… thankfully are water gets super hot quickly, so not wasting either

  8. Carolyn Augustus
    28 June, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    My daughter and I bath together, we then use the bath water for flushing and watering plants

  9. Linda Laing
    28 June, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I fill up the dishwasher with the dishes over two days and then do the load…this uses much less water than washing the dishes in the sink all the time. I have a bucket that the dirty water from the dishwasher runs into and this water is used to water the garden and wash my car!

  10. 28 June, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    We are still saving feverishly over here! We catch the shower and washing machine water in a large bin and use that the flush the toilets and, if there is enough, to water the plants. Hubs fitted a pump and a hose, so we have a hose peeking through the window of the main bathroom – that is where you collect your toilet water 🤣

  11. Dhesh
    29 June, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I make sure he washing machine has a full load and I use the quick wash cycle.

  12. 29 June, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Fill water in basin to wash face don’t let tap drip,use rain water to water plants and wash car,invest in solar power heater and jojo tank

  13. Yusra
    29 June, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Home water filtration systems generate a lot of waste. Set up a hose so that the waste water runs into your washing machine or into a bucket to be used in the garden.

  14. Essayvanie Padayachee
    5 July, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I have jojo tanks which is connected to flush the toilets, the bath water is used to water vegetables growing in the garden

  15. Nivashini Thaver
    5 July, 2018 / 9:58 am

    With the amount of washing I do.i swear there are more people living in our house. With that being said, I collect the water and recycle it for garden use, washing the yard and drains. We are saving up to buy a dishwasher and hope to save more water that way. We collect rain water for washing of Windows or the car. Every drop counts!

  16. 5 July, 2018 / 10:18 am

    You know when you leave your shower on to wait for hot water? Well? Put a bucket under and catch it to water plants or flush the toilet!

  17. Anusha Naidoo
    5 July, 2018 / 10:22 am

    I do laundry once a week and it’s one full load instead of doing smaller loads during the week, A huge saving in water. I collect the water after the wash cycle ends and use it for washing the Windows, plastic patio set and wiping the patio tiles.

  18. Janel
    5 July, 2018 / 11:39 am

    I ensure to collect the water that comes out of the shower while i am waiting for my hot water and i use that water to mop my floors and water my plants

  19. Sofiah
    5 July, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Doing laundry only once a week, And recycle water by using it to water plants

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