May 24th, 2011

Quick Ways to Save Time and Money in the Shower

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Sometimes, you can be frugal and time-wise just by changing a bit of your routine. You probably shower several times a week, but do you give a second thought to the little ways you could save cents and minutes when you lather up? It’ll add up to big bucks over time!

Check out these quick tips for saving time and money while you shower.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Did you know that you don’t need to wash your hair every day, or even every other day?

According to LearnVest, you can actually get away with not using shampoo at all—the “no-poo” routine. Of course, this doesn’t mean you skip out on showering all together, and it has varying results for different hair types. But I tried it for a while and found that the natural oils in my hair balanced out my “no-poo” routine. Now I wash my hair twice a week and use a lot less shampoo and conditioner.

Wash up!

When it comes to body wash or soap, a little goes a long way. I’ll bet the instructions on the back of your body wash say something like “Use a dime-sized amount.” That’s not much, but it does the trick. Try it next time!

Brush your teeth

Kill two birds with one stone: brush your teeth while you’re in the shower. You’ll save the time it takes to brush at the sink and the water that streams from the faucet while you rinse.

Cut down on H2O

If your home was built before 1992, you probably don’t have a low-flow showerhead. Consider investing in one, which will save you 50% of the water used for a four-minute shower just by switching showerheads. Low-flow showerheads vary in cost, so check out different styles.

Also, shower instead of taking a bath. An average bath uses up 30-50 gallons of water, while the average four-minute low-flow shower uses 10 gallons, according to the Consumer Energy Center. If you take long showers, shorten them to save even more water.

Clean-up for free

Get grime and mildew off of your shower tiles with vinegar, a household staple. Like Julia of Bargain Babe shows us in her video, vinegar is great for wiping down tile and polishing bathroom fixtures.

How do you save money in your everyday tasks?

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