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.
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.