When Steve or another team member goes into someone’s home for a job, they often notice ways the client could be saving money on items just within the bathroom. So we thought why not share some of the main tips. We hope this will help you to reduce your spend in one of the most commonly used rooms in the house.
1. Change your shower head
Installing a low-flow shower head will save you a lot in wasted water, which is better not only for the environment, but also for your back pocket. Alternatively, an adjustable shower head allows you to vary the intensity of the water. This is great for having a light flow for most things, but increasing it when washing your hair.
2. Buy in bulk
Both toilet paper and soap are commonly used items and the more you buy, the cheaper it becomes. Both of these last indefinitely, so if you have cupboard space, buying a 48 roll pack of toilet paper and a 24 bar pack of soaps can save you more than 50% on individual costs!
Monitoring your toilet paper usage can also save you money. It should only take a few sheets to ‘take care of business’ so if you’re using more than that, you’re essentially flushing money down the loo!
3. Use baking soda and vinegar to clean
Buying toilet cleaner at the store is not necessary. The supermarkets want to sell their products but you can clean your toilet just as well (if not better) simply by using baking soda and vinegar. More information here http://sustainablesuburbia.net/how-to-clean-the-toilet/
4. Use a plug in your sink
When you leave the tap running for tasks such as cleaning your teeth, you waste lots of water! Get into the habit of inserting the plug and filling up the basin with just enough water for your needs. This will save plenty of water over time. When you’re done, simply drain the water. Bathroom renovations can also ensure your setup is optimal and includes the most efficient items.
5. Keep your toothbrushes
If you go to the dentist regularly, you shouldn’t need to buy a new toothbrush. Most dentists will provide you with a toothbrush at each visit, keeping you going until the next checkup. And don’t discard your old brushes either. They make great cleaning tools, especially in tight places.
6. Don’t overwash your towels
Some people feel the needs to wash their towels after every shower. However you’re essentially wiping clean water off your clean body so as long as it’s dry, it will be fine to use for a number of days. Hang it up on a towel rack when you’re done drying off, and when it’s time to wash it, try and do all your dirty towels together.
7. Shave with a traditional razor
If you use disposable razors or an electric razor, switching to a traditional safety razor can save you money in the long run. They cost about $30 upfront but last a lot longer than disposables, and don’t use electricity like the high end counterparts. They also give you a better shave. As above, plug your sink when shaving and only use the amount of water needed to perform the task.
Some bonus tips
-Switch your old light bulbs to LEDs which are much more efficient
-Fix any water leaks
-Put a plastic bin in your shower when it’s warming up and use this water on your plants
-Make a spray bottle with 75% water 25% vinegar. It’s great for cleaning windows and mirrors