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In a case of extreme conservation efforts, I might use the water to water my lawn/plants, to give the dogs a bath or for mopping.
I think if any water is wasted in our home, it is the toilet water. If you go to Europe and other countries, toilets have very little water in them. I think toilet bowls in the U.S. are set to hold too much water. Think how much money is being flushed down the toilet!
We live in Europe, and for the record I HATE these "low flow" toilets when I'm trying to clean out a dirty cloth diaper. The rest of the time, they're very efficient!
And no, I wouldn't re-use bath water. I wouldn't even drink a glass of water that had been sitting out for 2 days...dust and bugs or other creepy crawlies would be in it in the very least.
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
I think there are ways to reuse bath water that don't involve sitting in it or drinking it. You can water plants, water your yard, put it in the back of your toilet tank when you're ready to flush (maybe just keep a few pitchers of old bath water there for easy access). If you make your own cleaners from concentrates (like Lysol or or Bleach) you could conceivably use old bath water to make the cleaner with, for spray bottles, mopping, etc (this would work, I think, because the lysol or bleach would kill off most of the bad cultures).
I would suggest maybe filling the tub half way so you still only use half as much water, instead of keeping water for two days. My 2-cents.
*EDITED TO ADD* We do bath consecutively, one after the other. We won't do the whole family, but 3 of us can bathe without the ick factor. I wish we had a bigger tub that could fit all of us (i swear they installed the "mini tub" here lol), and then we'd all bathe together, every 3 days. We used to do that in the house that had a bigger tub.
My husband takes a bath every morning. After he is done, little Holly gets in. Usually Oak and Rowan will share bathwater as well. Apple and I still bathe together of course, she's still just a babe.
Also, I'll use bathwater for hand washing. We do have a washer, but occasionally we've been very tight on power, do to days of cloudy weather. There have been many times I've had to wash necessary clothing by hand, including diapers. In these instances, used bathwater is perfect for a wash load. Horrible for my back, but what can you do? I've never gotten the hang of EC.
Also, I use second-hand water for bathing the dog and cat (yes, I have to bathe the cat, Bristlecone is allergic, so I have to tend her coat in numerous ways).
I also will use bathwater for watering plants (we use natural soaps, and after reading some random articles about using a little bit of dish soap in your watering can = happy healthy plants, we decided to give it a try), they love it.
I think that's about it... then it goes into our gray water drain, to water the outdoor plants.
I agree that *leaving* bathwater is too much of a drowning hazard though. No water is that expensive.
After our bath, we would haul the water out to the garden where water was always in demand.
Not sure I would leave the water in the tub for future bathing, but I could see filling a bucket or gallon jugs for toilet flushing, plant use, laundry, general washing up....water is a precious resource and you are right to be thinking about conserving whether it be for the $ or the planet.
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
No, but if you don't want to waste the water you could use a bucket and water your plants with it. Have you thought about setting up a grey water tank? the water from your toilet , hand basin, bath/shower, kitchen, laundry are stored in a tank and you can use it to water your garden but just not on veggies or any edible plants.
I don't see the big deal.
I grew up in the UK and the bath water was reused. First me, then my older brother, then my mom, then my dad.
People have lived with a lot more adversity than not having fresh bath water.
Basically, I vote for using a smaller tub and using that water to flush toilets or water flowers.... Still not a fan of that? Maybe try sponge baths every other bath day or taking a bath with your toddler.
Kelly,newly single mom of four wonderful children.
Dirt worshiping, creatress Mama to Rowan and Alden - home birth loving, no circ, no vax, extended breast feeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing, cosleeping
But currently it would be too much of a hassle re-use unless of course I did a bath (which I don't) and then soaked soiled clothes in the tub when I was done.
But I probably would not use it for most indoor tasks....
After reading other posts...
I would and have re-used bath water with the kids. But it was just because they bathed either at the same time or right after each other. I would not store it to re-use it.
It also reminds me of my last home birth. I pre-filled the kiddie pool that I had bought to birth in and it sat for a few days(possibly a week..I don't remember) and it got really really slimy and nasty. I had to empty it and wipe it all down and re-sanitize it and such. Then when I felt like it was closer to the time. I filled the bath with hot water the night before I birthed and by the next morning when I got in at around 6-7am it was horribly cold and took A LOT of HOT water to be added to it to even make it feel the least bit warm. Now yes the kiddie pool is a little bigger than a bath tub but I think it would still have simular results and not be very useful. I personally would just bathe less. It may sound gross but I only actually fully submerge bathe once a week and just "sponge" bathe the rest of the time. If I notice my hair looking greasy...then I just quickly wash my hair in the sink. But I have realized that when I eat heathly I do not get greasy and stinky. I can even go without deordorant when I eat healthy....but I can tell that when I eat junk for an extended amount of time that my hair and skin get nasty sooner and that my sweat stinks...and there is more of it.
I know we are talking about a little kid here and BO is probably not a huge issue and I kind of gather that the bath is more for pleasure than hygiene....then I would just have to say either play it tough and cut down on bath time and do more sponge baths or just convince yourself that is happiness, safety and hygiene is more important than saving a little money and water. The choice is yours.....but if I was you, I probably would not keep the water for over a day for rebathing.
i have found that this saves a LOT of water.
my next step is to have a floor/foot pedal placed in the shower so that i can turn it on and get wet, then step on the pedal to turn the water off, and then step on it to rinse, and so on--using even less water. it works really nicely when i've had this sort of shower in other places. i really liked it.
i really value water, even though i live in a very wet place.
when i do bath DS and myself--with a basin and wash cloth--i water plants with that water. i do the same with sink water. i want to do grey-water recycling too. . .but that's a whole other issue.