Community Post: 11 Water-Saving Lifehacks Any Thirsty American Should Try

1. Rinse Your Mouth from a Glass

Kitty knows there’s no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and rinse your mouth. Try using a glass or bottle to get in the habit.

2. Shave in Just a Few Inches of Water

Rinse your razor in a cup of warm water. Your razor will be clean, you’ll look good, and water will be saved. Genius.

3. Use a Dry Shampoo

Skip the lather, rinse and repeat and use a dry shampoo instead.

4. Don’t Forget to Wipe

A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons (75-150 L) of water. Who do you think you are, Poseidon? Take a sponge bath – or use baby wipes!

5. Defrost Food in the Fridge Ahead of Time

Don’t use running water to thaw food. To save water and keep food safe, defrost it in the fridge.

6. Wash Food in a Pan of Water, Not Under the Tap

Food will be just as clean, and your water bill will look SOOO much sexier.

7. SOUP!

Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed food to start a nutritious soup.

8. Compost It

Running the garbage disposal wastes gallons of water. Dispose of organic scraps by putting them in a small compost bin under the sink.

9. Use Poopy Fish Water to Feed Plants

If you have a fish tank, clean it and use the water you’ve drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. Water = saved. Fertilizer = free.

10. Feed Plants Dirty Ice

You just dropped that ice all over the floor. Typical. Don’t throw it down sink, drop it in a house plant instead.

11. Save Water, Bathe Together

Feeling too dirty? Get to know people better by combining resources!

12. Take the 4Liter Challenge

Change the way you think about water – take The 4Liter Challenge.

Sign up at and create a profile. Then live on just four liters of water for a few days and share the experience online!

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