Ten Ways To Save Money In Your Bathroom

When I walk into a room at someone’s house, my eyes often spy a number of ways that they could be saving money just based on the items in the bathroom. Here are ten money-saving tips to reduce spending on regular bathroom usage.

Toilet paper Buy it in bulk from your local warehouse store, then know how to minimize usage. It only takes a few sheets to do the job, so when you use big wads of it, you’re basically flushing money down the toilet.

Toilet tank Take a 20 ounce soda bottle, fill it with water, then drop it into your water tank mid-flush. The tank will fill up as normal, but will be holding 20 ounces less water. Each time you flush thereafter, the tank will dump less water into the bowl. Most bowls are designed to be larger than necessary for domestic use, so this little trick can save many gallons of water a month without any change in lifestyle, trimming the water bill.

Shower Install a low-flow shower head – or at least an adjustable one – and stop dumping water down the drain. I generally use a pretty light water flow for washing everything except for my hair – all I need to do is wet myself down, then scrub without the water, then just rinse myself off. There’s little need for strong water flow for that.

Soap Buy soap in large bundles – this is one product that you can save a ton of money on by buying years’ worth at once. I’ve purchased 24 packs of soap in the past and used them for a very long time, reducing the cost per bar to less than half over buying individual ones.

Laundry At home, I typically use one towel for every two showers. I’m essentially just wiping clean water off of my clean body, so the first time around I just hang the towel on a towel rack. This reduces the bathroom laundry by half.

Toothbrushes Never, ever throw away an old toothbrush – and you likely shouldn’t buy one, either. At each visit, my dentist gives me a new toothbrush, which I use until the next dentist visit. I then keep the old ones for other uses – toothbrushes make very effective cleaners in tight places.

Hand soap Buying hand soap in large containers and then just refilling the smaller dispensers when they empty is substantially cheaper than just tossing an empty container and buying a new one. Buy a big jug and you’ll likely have a year or two worth of bathroom hand soap.

Toilet bowl cleaner Never buy store-bought toilet bowl cleaner unless you have exceptionally hard water. Instead, just sprinkle some baking soda all over the inside of the bowl, add a little white vinegar, leave it for a few minutes (it’ll foam a bit and such), then scrub it down with a toilet brush and flush it. No blue water, either.

Razors If you’re a guy and are using disposables or an electric razor, take a serious look at shaving with a traditional safety razor. Over the long run, they’re cheaper than both the electric razor and the disposable razor and I feel they give a better shave once you’re used to them.

The sink Master the fine art of using the plug. Instead of letting the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving or washing your face, instead just plug the drain, let enough water run so that your needs are met by the water in the basin, and do your thing. When you’re done, just let the water out. By letting the faucet run while brushing or doing similar tasks, you waste a substantial amount of water.

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  1. David says:

    Washing your towel every 2 showers wastes a lot of water and electricity that need not be wasted. We wash our towels once maybe twice a week because like you said, they are only used to wipe clean water off a clean body. Otherwise, great tips!

  2. Beth says:

    I’m with David, I use my towel for at least a week. You’ll know when you’ve pushed it too far :)

  3. kim says:

    Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other personal care items (as well as most cleaning supplies) can be purchased for “free” at most drug store chains. My CVS gives bonus bucks when purchasing certain items. I combine their sale price with a coupon and usually pay only a few cents for an item. At the end of the transaction bonus bucks print off for my next purchase. Now I only pay for my purchases with bonus bucks, so essentially everything I have purchased in the past six months or so has been free!

    Trent, I would love to read a post on your plan for porchasing children’s clothing!

  4. chazzman2000 says:

    I’m with the towel comments as well. But go with a good towel. I got a Microban towel and even after a week, no stink. I haven’t tried to push the limits on the towel. Maybe it could go further???

    I’d rather not try. It might walk off with my bottle of shampoo. ;)

  5. Engineer says:

    Don’t think the suggestion of putting a bottle of water in the tank is a good one. When the tank fills and the water sloshes around, the bottle will float since it’s mainly water. Then it will interfere with the float valves, keeping water flowing indefinately.

    If you do this, fill the bottle with something much denser than water, maybe sand.

  6. crankywench says:

    Another tip: if you have a bathtub/shower combo, keep a bucket nearby. When you run the hot water, put the bucket under the faucet to catch the first bits of cool water. Use this water for watering your potted plants or other things. Although it will only save pennies during the course of a year, it’s a good conservation practice as well.

    For toilets, there’s the refrain “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down”, but I only follow that if we don’t have company in the house.

    Ditto everyone else’s comments about the towels. :-) You can also go without using soap once in awhile when washing towels. They hold onto alot of detergent, even after rinsing, and washing them in plain water now & then will help get out the extra suds and still be clean.

  7. Josh says:

    Use a brick in the toilet. It won’t move when you flush.

    Toilet paper: I’ll wipe till I’m clean. Thank you.

    As for filling the sink when you brush: Yuck! I’m not going to slosh my tooth brush in the same basin I spit in/ shave in/ wash dirty hands in. Gross. I’ll master turning on/off the water as I need it.

    The other suggestions are right on. :-)

  8. !wanda says:

    My towels last for substantially more than a week before smelling and needing to be washed. I always let them dry in a dry place, like my bedroom, between uses- maybe that helps?

  9. Sean says:

    I have to second your recommendation for using traditional safety razors. I switched to a safety razor six months ago, and I’m still amazed each morning when I shave. My face is happier, since I have very little razor burn and rarely ever an ingrown. My wife is happier, since my close shaves are very close, leaving very smooth skin behind. Finally, my wallet is happier, since each razor blade costs me about $0.30 and lasts me about 4 shaves.

    I must say, even if the blades cost as much as latest commercially-hyped cartridge shaver, I’d still use a safety razor. It’s that good.

  10. Pam says:

    Handsoap: Compare the price of bulk handsoap to generic bubble bath at the dollar or discount store.

    A brick in the toilet will eventually start to disintegrate and could get lodged in the mechanical parts.

  11. Eric says:

    TP: Thanks, I’ll keep using it until I’m clean

    Tank: My plumbing is cranky enough as it is I’m not reducing the water in the tank. I have lived in this house for almost a decade and have only once gone over the default water bill ( we busted a pipe and flooded out the basement ).

    Soap ( and TP ): How much do you really save vs how much do you clutter the house with bulk items?

    Hand Soap: Yep, the container is often more valuable than the soap in it.

    Bowl cleaners: Don’t forget to throw a little liquid bleach when done to whiten the bowl.

    Razors: Meh, grow a beard… lots easier and cheaper.

  12. Terry M. says:

    Re: Buying Toilet Paper & Soap in Bulk

    Not sure how much I like the idea of stockpiling anything. What is the actual savings here? The extra clutter causes stress, and the space it takes up is valuable real estate. The more stuff you have the harder it is to find what you’re looking for (leading to wasting money to buy duplicate items), and the longer you keep it the more likely it is to go bad or get damaged (even TP can go bad, e.g. due to a water leak). I like to buy stuff like this in packs of 4 – buying singles is too expensive, and I think buying bulk is overkill.

  13. Kristina says:

    Using a towel twice is an environmental disaster! What a ridiculous amount of laundry to generate and water wasted. They can last much longer than that without sacrificing personal hygiene!

    Also, a brick or bricks works well in the toilet tank.

  14. Kevin in NC says:

    I turn the water on and off quickly as I’m brushing and shaving.

    I use disposable razors…but I keep them dry between uses. The primary cause of the razor going dull is microscopic rust. So I blow the blades dry with puffs of air from my mouth…then I put the covers back on them until next use. It’s amazing how long they will last if you work hard to keep them dry. Also…it doesn’t take very much shaving cream for a shave. I use as little as possible to get the job done. Shave after you get out of the shower because your growth may have already softened from the steam and soap during shower.

    I also water down my shampoos and conditioners by about 1/3rd to reduce the cost per application.

    Also…use the light from your windows in your bathroom whenever possible. There is usually no reason to have a light on unless it is dark out. The natural sun light is free. Watch out for peeping toms.

    Use less dental floss than you think you need. It’s better to come up short and have to pull off a little more than to take too much initially and have some left over that you didn’t use. It’s hard to get it back in the dispenser(te he!)

    I use just a dab of toothpaste with a little bit of baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Here’s a great way to mimick those expensive toothpastes that have the baking soda and peroxide already in the mix. The two cheapest brands of toothpaste I’m seeing in the stores of late are Ultra Brite and Pepsodent. I like both brands and never pay more than a dollar for a large tube.

  15. Kevin in NC says:

    A great way to save on hand soap is to buy some very cheap dish liquid(store brand or generic). Use it to fill your dispenser. Use 1/3 dish detergent and 2/3 water. Shake to blend and viola! You could probably add something to the mix such as a little aloe vera which can be bought at the local drug store. A bottle of that would probably last 1-2 years because you would only add a little each time you refilled your dispenser with soap.

  16. Kevin in NC says:

    One more thing….I have started showering at night so that I’m less rushed in the mornings before work. This gives me more time in the mornings to drive my car at a steady pace, using cruz control set at 55-60 mph, and easing ahead when lights turn green instead of mashing the accelerator. I tend to get far better gas mileage when I can take my time and not punish my gas pedal going to work.I have a 50 mile commute, so I can really save money by changing the way I drive my car. So the shower at night really saves me time in the mornings…and ultimately allows for better driving technique which in turn equals better gas mileage. Also, not getting speeding tickets also saves an awful lot of money.

  17. AC says:

    1. In the Great Basin Desert a towel dries out very fast which is proably one reason a towel can be used many more times then twice without any stench.
    2. I used a safety razor for years got a electric razor about 5 years ago and found out it is actually cheaper then a safety razor. The blade on my electric razor has only needed replacing once at a cost of $20. The blade could probably be replaced again soon. In the last 5 years I would have spent much, much more then $20 bucks on blades. Plus, an electric razor is a much, much faster shave. On the negative about electric razors, it is true, no electric razor gets as close a shave as a safety razor. My opinion: just get a decent electric razor, don’t buy the hype, remember all a razor does is cut hair.
    3. I agree with Terry M. that it is easy to overkill on stockpiling. To much clutter is to much stress.
    4. More about hair, trim hair short once a month or so with a trimmer and you never have to buy shampoo and spend less time showering saving time and money!

  18. James says:

    I was always told in order to keep your razor blades from rusting and to keep from throwing them away too soon is to soak the razor in small cup of alcohol.

  19. !wanda says:

    Re clutter: I live with 3 other people in a 4-bedroom apartment. We buy 24packs of toilet paper and gallon jugs of liquid soap. (I carry it using public transit, even.) Buying large packs of toilet paper is much cheaper than buying 4packs, and besides, why do you always want to be running out to the store to get more toilet paper? There are ways to manage stuff so that you can find and manage things easily, especially commodities.

  20. Ditto on the above comments.

    These are great suggestions.. all but #2. There is a very unfortunate penalty that can arise from dispensing less water into the toilet. [Lets see... how to phrase this nicely]..

    If you make a larger than average solid deposite, you run the risk of said deposite rising above the water level and producing a significant and persistent foul odor.

    Better stick to the old addage:
    “If it’s lelly let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” That will save more than enough water.

  21. Kristi says:

    “Trent, I would love to read a post on your plan for porchasing children’s clothing!”

    Someone asked this above, and I thought I’d throw in something I learned when I worked at JCPenney.

    The best time to buy children’s clothing is in February. Most retail stores start marking things down in January (after the Christmas rush). They will then mark things down every couple of weeks. In early-mid February (and into March if anything is left), they do the really big markdowns. Last February, I bought some clothes for my niece at JCPenney for $0.77 per item! Some of the clothing she won’t be able to wear for a couple of years, but it’s still worth it.

    ALWAYS buy off-season. Make a guess at what size your child will be when the item is back in season and buy that size. If you’re wrong, simply return the item. Most stores now will let you return an item no matter how long it’s been. Just keep your receipts. If you buy a cute Christmas outfit for your child during the Christmas season, you’re gonna pay retail. It may be retail with a red sale sign as a mask, but trust me – it’s retail. If something says “Originally $30, SALE $14.99!”, trust me, the $14.99 is the actual retail price and the $30 is a mark-up. Never fall into the “sale” trap.

  22. kidsteeth says:

    You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles have frayed too much, whichever event happens sooner. When you go to the dentist, ask for an extra toothbrush. They really shouldn’t mind if you are a regular patient.

  23. You didn’t say how often to shower, but the average american daily ritual is ridiculous unless you work out and really are dirty. Showering to wake up or relax is extremely wasteful of not just water, but the energy it takes to heat it.
    I shower about twice a week. (Showers are more resource efficient than baths.) I change the towels about once a month. But please don’t tell anyone.

  24. !wanda says:

    Oh, and someone mentioned cheap toothpaste. The brands mentioned aren’t listed here, but the FDA is recalling several brands of cheap toothpaste because they contain the toxic chemical DEG (http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/toothpaste.html). There are also apparently dollar stores selling counterfeit Colgate that does not contain fluoride but does contain DEG.

    It’s good to live in a country where deliberately adulterating products with toxic chemicals is illegal. I wish the countries that export food and pharmaceuticals all had decently high standards for purity and labeling. But they don’t, and it might be worth it to buy slightly more expensive products, especially for children, from places that police counterfeiting and adulteration.

  25. Louise says:

    The mechanisms of most toilets allow you to set the water level. I suggest changing the setting instead of messing with bottles which can bump the toilet mechanisms or bricks which decay. If you do use a brick like so many readers have suggested, at least put it in a zip-loc-type bag first.

    To everyone who is outraged at the bulk purchase suggestions: Seriously, guys? You’re reading a blog about saving money. No one here is going to advise you to purchase a single bar of soap over and over again.

  26. I agree with everything but DO NOT scrimp on the toilet paper.

    Ever since I started using Charmin Ultra with Aloe and E I am a new man (and no I am not getting paid to say that)

    It literally saved my butt. I kid you not.

    Thanks
    DT
    http://www.debtingthomas.com

  27. MVP says:

    Having frugal fever, I’ve heard and tried most of the aforementioned tips. But I love the one about using dollar-store bubble bath as hand soap. I take mostly showers, not baths, but I’ve somehow accumulated (thru wedding shower and loving gifts from the hubby) far more bubble bath than the average person will use in decades. I’m gonna turn it into fancy-dancy hand soap!

  28. Killer Bees says:

    I change my shampoo and conditioner every month and I only buy on sale. But sometimes when trying out new products, I find that I don’t like them or they don’t work properly.

    Instead of throwing them out, I use the shampoo as refill for my hand soap dispenser and I use the conditioner as fabric softener. I’ve even used the shampoo as body wash if I run out before payday.

  29. Meg says:

    Great tip on cleaning the toilet! Special cleaners are so expensive.

    I signed up for freebies at Walmart.com at at several big company sites. I now have more than enough toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc., for months. Between those samples and the gift baskets I have received, I could probably make it a year – or at least long enough to get more the same way. I get my toothbrushes from the dentist’s office, too. I’ve also noticed that I use less of various products when I am using them sample size containers or from my travel containers.

    I don’t skimp on toilet paper, but I do buy in bulk. Just a little tip in case anyone here uses Tucks pads or the like, just buy a bottle of witchhazel and apply with toilet paper. Wetting paper in general can be very helpful at times.

    I also don’t over wash my towel. To be honest, I just use the sniff test or toss the towels in when I have less than a full load of clothes that needs cleaning. Also, I almost always wash clothes with cold water and and either hang or lay flat to dry. Hanging them straight from the washer saves me time and money. Even in humid Florida, I can hang them on hangers on a bar in the indoor utility room over the washer and dryer and they dry without any problems.

  30. Cheryl says:

    I just did a post last week on the wonders of cleaning with vinegar rather than expensive bathroom cleaners – and I learned said frugal tip from the tile installers!

  31. Monica says:

    I wash my towel once a week.

    I also save water by taking a “navy shower”. I turn the water on until I’m wet, then I turn it off while I soap up and shampoo, then I turn it back on just long enough to rinse off completely.

  32. DrBdan says:

    When I was in university I lived in a house with 5 other guys. We tried a few things to reduce the amount of water that our toilets used. As people have already stated we found that the water bottle floated around and a brick broke up and caused problems in the tank. We settled on a combination of a sand-filled bottle and the “yellow/mellow, brown/flush down” idea. We only did yellow/mellow in the morning when everyone was getting up and using the toilet, since otherwise our schedules didn’t match, which occasionally lead to a pretty stinky toilet.
    As for towels, I used to have some cheap towels that would start to smell after 3 or 4 showers. I think it partly depends on the quality of the towels and the cleanliness of your bathroom. Two cheap towels combined with a dirty university bathroom meant I needed to wash them at least once a week.

  33. Jason says:

    Washing towels after 2 showers seems to be a bit much. Mine usually go for 7-10 days and still don’t stink, but I wash them at about that time. I’ve found that the cleanliness of the towel depends on how you dry it. I try to leave it hang up so it’s stretched all the way out. if you just leave the towel all scrunched up somewhere to dry it will stink real fast.

  34. Debbie says:

    You could wrap your brick with tin foil so all the pieces stay together. I finally replaced my toilet with one of the 1.6-gallon ones, which needs all the water it uses. (I got the Niagra which I highly recommend.)

  35. Erin says:

    You could get a low-flow toilet. In fact, if you buy a new toilet, it will definitely be low-flow. I wouldn’t recommend adding a brick to a low-flow toilet though. They already put a minimal amount of water in the bowl and you definitely don’t want to go lower than that!

    On the towel issue: we each have two towels on our towel racks. One of mine is for my hair, which gets washed every other day. I wash the towels every two weeks and they never stink. The secret is to use good, thick towels and to alternate between them.

  36. Mardee says:

    I’m another one who only washes bath towels once a week. I also only shampoo my hair every other day (although that’s more to protect my hair from drying out than to save money).

    That was a good tip about buying children’s clothing above. I also frequent consignment shops, which have loads of stylish, practically new kid’s clothing for dirt cheap.

  37. Mitch says:

    Has anyone tried the new foaming bottles for liquid soaps? I tend to prefer bar soap to liquid, but have enjoyed the foams I’ve run across at other places and also have heard rumors that they can make the liquid soaps last longer.

    I used to have good success with just wiping the toilet with a brush regularly to keep it clean when I was single, using a weak bleach solution when needed. I really, really wish Scotch-Brite would bring back their awesome toilet brush–they replaced it with one with a chintzy disposable scrubber and since my old one got thrown out when I moved I am stuck with a smashed-bristle style.

  38. Rob in Madrid says:

    Interestingly here the toliet paper is cheaper in the 4 pack than the 24 pack.

  39. Rengirl says:

    I put petroleum jelly on my disposable razors. That protects the blades and makes them last a much longer time.

  40. Joe says:

    Your toothbrush tip is disgusting.

    You should change your toothbrush at least once every two weeks – the amount of bacteria and other organisms that grow on toothbrushes would blow your mind. Most toothbrushes are dirtier than toilet bowls because they are not ever “cleaned.”

    Spend some money and buy some toothbrushes in bulk — your health (and spouse) will thank you.

  41. paula says:

    The towel debate: It may depend on which area of the country you live in, and the season. Towels dry more slowly in a humid climate. If you have trouble with towels smelling mildewy, even after washing, try washing in hot and drying on high heat and see if that helps.

  42. cc says:

    My mother always took a calculator with her shopping for a quick way to see which items were cheaper.

  43. Lorrie says:

    I agree with Joe about the bacteria on toothbrushes…you could soak them in mouthwash to disinfect them.

  44. rkt88edmo says:

    Check your dental insurance policy (if you have one). The plan my company uses allows us 3 cleanings a year instead of the standard 2. We have found that the cleanings go quicker and are less painful when we are visiting the dentist every four months instead of six.

    And we get more free toothbrushes, paste, and floss as well :)

  45. Michael says:

    About soap, it’s actually far cheaper to make it yourself. You can make an 8 lb batch pretty cheap, it’s about $.25 a bar for unscented, regular soap. This doesn’t include the cost of equipment but you only have to buy that stuff once, it should last a life time.

    Here’s the recipe I use.

    Canola/Soybean Soap

    Ingredients:

    70 oz canola oil
    14 oz soybean oil
    30 oz water
    11 oz lye

    Preparation:

    Dissolve lye into water, do this a few hours in advance, it will get HOT.

    Pour oil into large pot, heat to 130 degrees.

    Stir lye mixture into the oil.

    Stir with a stick blender until you see signs of tracing.

    Pour into molds.

    It will take about 24-48 hours for the soap to harden, once that is done you can remove it from the molds for curing. If you let the bars cure for about a month they should be hard enough.

    There’s several other recipes you can find online, it’s kind of a fun hobby.

  46. Wacky Lisa says:

    If you have a low-flow toilet, I wouldn’t advise doing anything to further limit the flow of water. In the winter you might end up with a large plumbing bill due to frozen sewer pipes. (I speak from experience.)

  47. John says:

    I guess the water savings depends on what part of the country you live in. I water my yard 3 to 4 times per week (Louisiana), take long showers, use the dishwasher more than I should, have a pool that requires leveling off occasionally, and no brick in the toilet bowl. With all of that my water bill is around $14 per month. I just don’t see any real savings to be made.

  48. cheri weiner says:

    I have a small pile of fingertip towels beside my bathroom washbowl. I can continue to use a single fingertip towel for almost a week because when I simply wash my hands, using the fingertip towel, I drape the fingertip towel over the edge of the wash bowl and it dries, by the time I need to use it again. This is a saving method vs the full size hand towel each time a quick hand wash is necessary.

  49. joe twilla says:

    save money on toilet by urinating outside, keeps wild animals away..use toilet at work, alot. and save money on toilet paper with all those napkins you took from fast food places at lunch.shower at the gym, get your moneies worth for your membership.

  50. Nicole says:

    toothbrush replacing isn’t necessary. BUT cleaning it often and properly is REQUIRED!!

    Mouthwash will not kill the germs. You must boil it in hot water.

    I purchased a tub of quick n brite for $50 and a fair 8 years ago and still have plenty of the pink stuff to make many many many more bottles of cleaning solution. You can use it on ANYTHING and it is non-toxic. I am not even half done with the tub of paste.

  51. Frinee says:

    I’m another one who only washes bath towels once a week. I also stick my towel in the dryer after I shower to keep my towel dry.

  52. sherice says:

    I don’t agree with replacing toothbrushes every few weeks. I normally just base it on how much its worn down.

    However, I do agree with how germ infested they can become. In my house, its a rule to close down the toilet completely when flushing b/c during the flush, germs from the toilet are sprayed into the air and land on everything. I know its not always done, so in the morning, after I’ve gotten the hot water flowing (like after a shower) I run my toothbrush under hot piping water for a few seconds.

    As far as the towel thing goes, I replace my towels every 1-2 weeks. The trick is making sure they get completely dry between uses. After each shower I hang up my towel to dry instead of bundling it up. Even after 2 weeks there is no smell.

    A finally, filling the sink while you brush- yuck! I prefer turning the water off and on as needed.

  53. Lisa says:

    In our area there are stores called “Sally Beauty Supply”-where cosmetologists buy supplies-who retail to the general public. You can buy a gallon of shampoo that you dilute like 7:1; so seven gallons of shampoo costs around $8 or $9. They sell conditioner that way also. I use the diluted shampoo for ‘body wash’ at a fraction of the cost. Soap is soap.

  54. d says:

    Wrap your bricks in a zip lock bag

  55. matt says:

    I just installed a completely new part in my toilet that does away with the floating ball thingy and valves. you can adjust how much water you need with a simple +/- twisty thing that adjusts the level of the water.

    http://www.fluidmaster.com/

    i now use a quarter of the water i used to with this simple device and no need for a brick etc etc.

    works great

  56. mvp says:

    I read all the suggestions and comments. We have a house of 4 adults and 2 children. Neccesary bulk items are toilet paper (which does come out cheaper than 4 and 6 packs, depending on the brand you pick-up), toothpaste,bath soap bars (for myself I have to use something milder for my skiin-so I pick-up a multi-pack or a large liquid bottle of Aveeno or Johnsons which is cheaper in bulk),shampoo/conditioner in large bottle packs and Dawn in large bottle or combo packs. These lasts our household 2-4 months. The liquid soaps and shampoos are so concentrated a little goes a long way. Dawn is great for dishes, hand soap, general cleaning and combing your pets for fleas and ticks–I love to watch them sink then drown. True you don’t want to go crazy on bulk shopping, but it comes out way cheaper on the neccesary items that you constantly use. You save on purchase amount, and gas.
    My husbands’ a Plumber, and sticking anything in a toilet other than what should go in there is a big NO-NO. Majority of toilets have the flow control on them, that’s why for heavy loads it takes 2-3 flushes.
    We have 2 constuction workers here. A bath-a-day keeps the stench away! A quick cool “wake-up shower” in the morning does little harm and more good for the person who has a long commute to work. It makes them wide awake and alert for the long drive, even without coffee.
    Washing regular clothes in warm and cold water is great, but work clothes and towels need the hot water to disinfect and remove harsh grime and bacteria-dry in warm temp or hang dry (which is the best). We hang our towels open on a towel rod and I wash them once a week.
    Brushing teeth, turn water on when you need it and off when you don’t. Filling the sink-no way, unless your guy is shaving!
    Toothbrushes change them when they’re brush is spread open. Rinse your toothbrush in hot water then pat dry on a hand towel, cover with a small paper/plastic cup that you use to rinse your mouth and dry. Do the same with whatever razor works good for you. Rinse it in warm water, shake dry and leave at an angle that the excess water goes out the side or pat on a towel. our razors lasts a lot longer than we expected.
    This is an opinion with 40+ years of cleaning, commuting, working price shopping and “tried and true” experimenting.
    Hope this helps some of you, both married and single or dormers. The neccesity items you need to stock up and make room for, but the trick is to know what to buy for multiple purpose and make your life environtally and physically safe.
    Just one last note: NO PAPER TOWELS, KLEENEX OR MOIST WIPES ARE GOOD TO FLUSH DOWN THE TOILET-THEY DO NOT BREAK UP AS FAST AS TOILET PAPER AND WILL PLUG YOUR SEWER LINE WHICH RESULTS IN BIG $$$ EXPENSE. Aloha!

  57. BKS says:

    A Dishwasher is great for cleaning your toothbrush!!
    Washing Flip Flops in the dishwasher is great also..
    Of course different cycles than dishes

  58. DEMASTER says:

    On toilets, since 1994 all toilets, by law, use 1.6 gal per flush. If your toilet is older than this the brick or bottle is a good idea. If it is already a low volume flush model you, you may have problems with partial flushing.

    Besides being expensive & environmentally unfriendly, toilet tank drop-ins cause the working components in your toilet tank to deteriorate, leading to repairs.

    A little bleach brushed around the bowl and rim will eliminate odor causing bacteria and your brush won’t get smelly either.

    When you buy bar soap in bulk, unwrap all of the bars. When the bars are unwrapped, they will dry out and last substantially longer. You will have to rub the bar abit more with your wash cloth, but the bar won’t be as prone to getting mushy.

  59. Jennifer-massage therapist says:

    I dont know if this has already been said about the towels or not yet:
    While it may save even MORE water to only wash your towels once a week (or even longer) you really DO need to clean your towels more often than that. Same goes for sheets, but thats another story.
    A couple days is fine, but hygiene-wise, your towels pick up a lot more things than just “clean water” when you rub yourself after a shower. It picks up things that stick to your skin even after a shower, things in your hair, things floating around your bathroom/bedroom/anywhere in the house really, or even parasites you may have contracted elsewhere that take serious house cleaning to rid yourself of.
    I have done a lot of research on cleaning, being in a business where it matters, especially deep cleaning your house to avoid such things; whats neccessary and whats not. So be forwarned when you think not cleaning your towel for two weeks is a good idea =/

  60. Mary says:

    Heck yeah I wash my towels only once a week. I spread mine out over the towel rack, seems to keep the mildew smell away. Will definitely try the hot water wash method another person mentioned above.

    I’m not picky about the type of TP, but I will use as much as I need to get the job done. :P

    Shower: I need to shower once a day – I work in manufacturing, it is very hot. Even when I’m not working, I feel grungy at the end of the day. I used to be able to get away with showering every other day, but somewhere between high school and now my sweat production levels in my body changed. Now I have to every day. I am also a fan of showers at night. Help me unwind before bed, and keep the bed sheets clean. Something about climbing into bed with fresh sheets…lovely.

    So much said about personal hygiene from everyone. What might work for one person, may not for the next. Just depends on your priorities, preferences, and if you’re willing to be flexible with them or not.

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