At the moment the Mother City is facing its worst drought in living memory, and with stricter water restrictions and Day Zero looming we thought we would highlight some products that can help us save even more water. At this stage, everyone needs to be doing their bit to save water by using grey water to do things like flush toilets and water the garden, as well as limiting showers to two minutes or less.
Apart from this, there are even more ways to tighten the ‘water belt’ and possibly delay or prevent Day Zero. However, it’s only going to work if we all pull together. Here are five household products under R150 that can reduce anyone’s water usage:
1. Loo-Me Toilet Foam
This innovative product was created because of the drought as a possible aid in saving water. Loo-Me Toilet Foam masks any urine odour and allows the toilet to be used more than once before flushing. Spray the foam into the toilet directly after use and a foam layer will form. Loo-Me Toilet Foam is available at selected Shoprite and Checkers stores for R34,99 (six to eight uses). Milly Meltzer, creator of this product, says, ‘It’s ozone-friendly and I haven’t had any comebacks that it blocks the toilet.’ Visit their Facebook page for more information.
2. Dry shampoo and 2-in-1 shampoo
Having to constantly wash your hair is definitely a big contributing factor to using excess water. In order to limit the number of times you need to wash your hair, use hair products such as dry shampoo. You’ll then be able to wash your hair in the shower every second time, using the dry shampoo in between.
There are a variety of dry-shampoo brands and a wide variety of shops that stock them, so it won’t be a difficult item to find. One such brand is Batiste Dry Shampoo, which costs R45,95 and can be found at Clicks. It’s also the perfect size for keeping in your handbag for whenever you need to give your hair a quick refresh.
Another great water-saving hair product is 2-in-1 shampoo. If you use this shampoo you won’t have to spend extra time in the shower conditioning your hair. A 2-in-1 shampoo will take care of your washing AND conditioning needs at the same time, thereby saving water. Organics makes a great 2-in-1 shampoo that comes in a 1-litre bottle and costs R72.
3. Wet wipes
Cutting down the number of times you step into the shower each week will greatly increase your water-saving efforts. That being said, it’s still important to be hygienic and look presentable for work and school on an everyday basis. A way to achieve this is by using wet wipes to wash down on alternate days, thereby eliminating any germs and odours without using any water.
This can be alternated with a two-minute shower every other day. It may be best to buy wet wipes in bulk to avoid unnecessary trips to the shops. Pampers Baby Wipes are available via Takealot for R129 for 336 wipes.
4. Water-saving bags
Many homes have older toilet-cistern models, which aren’t as efficient as newer models in terms of water consumption. This is where water-saving bags come in! Fit a simple Hippo water-saving bag and watch how it slows down the outflow of water from the cistern. This helps to save water every time you flush the toilet. The Hippo Bag is available via Faithful to Nature for R110.
5. Water-saving showerhead
When you do take a shower, it’s important to use as little water as possible. And that’s where the H2Flo showerhead comes in. It makes each shower environmentally friendly by using less water without compromising on water pressure and quality. Takealot has this product in stock for R145.
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