A few weeks ago, the water levels reached crisis level in certain parts of Port Elizabeth. A friend of mine had no water for almost a week! We were off intermittently and there were a few nights where showering was not an option available to us. It was pretty damn scary to think what would happen when…if DAY ZERO actually hits us! I’ve posted for years about water recycling and water saving….and I’m always trying to improve and to do even better. Today I want to chat about some of my ‘must have’ water saving products! Products that can help us save even more water on a daily basis.
Okay, so I know that makeup wipes are not the most environmentally friendly of products, BUT if I think of how much water it takes to get makeup off my face, this is just such a water saver. I really enjoy the Nivea Makeup Cleansing Wipes, as they remove even the most stubborn mascara that I own! I usually use just one wipe, to clean most of the makeup off my face, thereafter, one cleanse is sufficient and every trace of makeup will be gone!
Micellar water has been all the rage for a while now, and you can find one by most beauty brands these days! These are a great option for makeup removal as well, and of course they can also be used as toners, so they are a multipurpose product. Again, the use of cotton rounds are not environmentally friendly, but you can get reusable/washable rounds which would be a great option! The Micellar Waters I have tried and tested are from Bioderma, Garnier and Ponds.
Leave-in Conditioner Spray
Standing in the shower, shampooing and conditioning your hair can use up quite a bit of water! With your shampoo, I’d recommend that you:
Wet your body and hair,
Turn off the tap,
Then shampoo your hair and soap your body too.
Turn the water back on, lather, scrub and rinse.
I usually need my conditioner to penetrate for a while and most products recommend a 5 minute leave in time. You CANNOT stand in the shower with nothing to do, running water for 5 minutes. My whole shower barely even lasts 2 minutes, let alone conditioning for 5 minutes!
What are the alternatives? A leave in conditioner is an excellent option, as you can apply to your hair after your shower, thereby avoiding any water wastage caused by conditioning in the shower. You all know I am a HUGE Ellips Hair fan, and their Milkshake Conditioner is the perfect product for this! It is so lightweight, smells divine and is a leave in product. If you do need to condition, try to use products that have a shorter leave on time. The Ellips Hair Masks only need 2 minutes to do their thing, so that is also a good option.
Toilet Water Neutraliser
I’ve said it once, and I will say it again….you CANNOT be flushing clean water…drinking water, down the toilet in 2020! I use recycled water for flushing, and in addition to that, I use the Albex Toilet Water Neutraliser. This is used after every…um…number 1, so you don’t need to flush often. If there are no number 2’s, you can literally use this the whole day, and as a result, flush once a day! We do this often in our home. This product eliminates odours and smells lovely…you’ll never know that the urine of 7 others lie beneath you 😉 lol
Waterless Hand Sanitisers
I’m a self confessed germaphobe and I do wash my hands 737 times per day! I’ve never really been into waterless hand sanitisers, because I found them to be either too sticky or sweet smelling! In 2020 though, we have so many amazing options for really good waterless hand sanitisers. I’ve been using the Cape West Waterless Gel Sanitizer and it’s a 10/10 for me. This one comes in a bigger pump bottle that you can use in the bathroom, and also a 75ml tube that you can pop into your handbag. It literally leaves no stickiness, is fragrance free, vegan, moisturising and #ProudlySouthAfrican.
Aerosol surface sanitizers
I’m not sure if I am the only person still wiping down packages, groceries, etc.? It does become pretty tedious and some days I need a shortcut… Enter Aerosal Surface Sanitizers! These are great for spraying packages and especially my books, as they don’t saturate or wet surfaces. You can use these to sanitize your door handles, kitchen counters, steering wheel….basically anything! I save a bit of water using this as I sanitise surfaces daily!
Going forward, I’ll try to do more posts like these. You can catch me sharing videos and tips about recycling, as well as water recycling on Instagram over HERE. I’ve also done a blog post with water saving tips over HERE.
Let me know if you have any good water saving tips to share with me, as well as products that save water! Also, did you find this post helpful at all?