You may not think of your morning shower as a great opportunity to save money, but there are a lot of little things you can do to reduce your cost of keeping clean and neat. Even if you’re still half asleep, that doesn’t mean that you want money needlessly running down the drain. Here are a few ideas on how you can save money when you take a shower:
Use less water: This is the biggest source of wasted money in your shower. There are lots of ways to cut this expense.
- Take shorter showers. It may feel good to linger, but it costs money (plus warm water dries your skin, anyway). Setting a timer can help you rein in your shower time.
- Try the “Navy shower.” In a Navy shower, you get wet then turn off the water while you soap up and wash. You turn the water on again to rinse.
- Install low-flow shower heads. These reduce the amount of water that flows out and they’ve come a long way. They no longer condemn you to a trickle of water. Many offer a comfortable flow of water.
- Shower less often. If you shower twice a day, can you get by with only once?
- Shower, don’t bathe. Baths use far more water than showers. The occasional bath is a nice treat, but a bath every day is a big water waster.
Use less and fewer products: Try using less of your current soaps and shampoos. Instead of a big dollop, try a teaspoonful. Experiment to see if you can get the same results with less. Experiment with how often you use products, as well. Do you really have to shampoo your hair every day, or will every other day do? You can also try using fewer products in general. Do you need shaving cream, or can you get by with just water? Does your hair require conditioner or do you use it just because you think you’re supposed to? Do you need three different kinds of shampoo? See if you can do with fewer products. And don’t forget to use up all of your products. Turn bottles upside down to get the last bits out and mold soap slivers to the new bar so it all gets used up.
Keep your razors in good condition: Don’t leave your razor in the shower. Blades that are constantly wet don’t last as long as those that are stored in dry cabinets. Wipe it dry and put it away. If you use an electric razor, follow the care and cleaning instructions to make certain it lasts a long time.
Wash and reuse the shower curtain: Rather than buying a new shower curtain every few months when it mildews, take yours down and wash it. Even vinyl curtains can be washed, although fabric curtains are a bit easier to wash. When you’re done showering, pull the curtain closed so it can dry. This will keep mildew to a minimum.
Use towels/washcloths more than once: Unless you are really filthy, you can use your towels and cloths more than once. You can easily get by with changing them once or twice per week. Hang them up to dry when you’re done showering to keep them from mildewing or stinking. This will make them last longer and reduce your laundry bill.
A shower doesn’t seem like much in the everyday scheme of your spending. However, a few small changes can add up to big money saved over time.