Household Tips

  1. Bathroom
  2. Kitchen & Laundry
  3. Outside
  4. Grease & Oils

Watertight Tips in the Bathroom


  • Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
  • Stop using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
  • Install a low-flush device in your toilet to reduce the amount of water needed for each flush, or replace your older toilet with a newer low-flush toilet.
  • Take shorter showers. Long showers can waste five to ten gallons every unnecessary minute.
  • Take baths. A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water-saving shower heads or restrictors that are easy to install.
  • Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain.
  • Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your blade just as well as running water. And far less wastefully.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds.