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How to Save Money in the Bathroom

Updated on July 17, 2014
Save water and money in the shower
Save water and money in the shower | Source

You may have looked at the title of this hub and thought, “Yeah, sounds pretty sweet. Let’s save some money! Wait a second, how on Earth am I ever going to do that in the bathroom? Isn’t that place just for showers, shaving and the other activities we partake in during the daily routines of our human existence?” Well, the answer is no – though the solution is very much related to the rebuttal. There is actually a way we can save some cash in this area of the house and this article will explain how to save money in the bathroom by highlighting three simple methods.


1. How to save money in the shower

Instead of saving the best for last, let’s skip ahead of the line and put it right at number one. This is the ultimate money saver when it comes to what we do in the bathroom – unless you use an excessive amount of toilet paper, but let’s save that for another hub someday.

The key to saving money on your water bill every month is to change how you wash yourself. We’ve been programed since childhood to step in the shower, turn on the water to a comfortable temperature, let it run for a few seconds to heat up, then continue with our washing duties for another five to ten minutes – sometimes longer if you are a shower lover addicted to the stream. You exit the bathroom and the cloud of steam collected within the room trails out with you. First task of the day completed. Now, let’s move on to breakfast or straight to the morning commute with the coffee.

Well that familiar procedure that was "Washing 1.0". Let’s evolve to "Washing 2.0" and try to save some money and reduce our carbon footprint in the meantime. Two birds with one stone is always a win-win scenario after all. Let’s lay the process out step-by-step so it’s clear for all of us “energy conservationalists” (who also like to squeeze the wallet).

"Washing 2.0" steps for saving money in the shower

  1. Turn on the shower and adjust to the right temperature.
  2. De-robe while the temperature is adjusting.
  3. Step in the shower and get everything wet – head to toe.
  4. Now turn OFF the water!
  5. Shampoo your hair, then cover your entire body in soap.
  6. If things are drying up, you can turn on the tap for a few seconds to wet the soap for more suds.
  7. With the water off, scrub everywhere and let the soap settle in and work its magic.
  8. Finally, turn the water back on and rinse!


You can see, from these steps, the amount of time spent in the shower is about the same, however you’ll find that the amount of water used is radically reduced. Instead of having your shower on full blast for the entire time, it is only on for a mere fraction of the time. This should reduce your water consumption in the bathroom by 80 to 90% -- plus save you money on your monthly water bill providing a generous incentive. This technique extrapolated over several months leaves a lot more cash left in the bank!


Conserve water at the sink
Conserve water at the sink | Source

2. How to save money at the sink

As you are probably getting the point of this washing idea already – that less consumption correlates with savings – let’s venture onto the other areas of the bathroom. While you are at the sink, avoid running it for long periods of time, especially when brushing your teeth. You’d be surprised how many people in the world leave the tap running when they’re scrubbing away at their pearly whites. Let it flow only when you need it and save some water for the fish!


Could you spare a square?
Could you spare a square? | Source

3. How to save money on the toilet

Next savings destination: the porcelain throne. We left John Crapper’s invention for last – only for the faint of heart with sensitive stomachs. This tip isn’t that disgusting actually. All you need to remember is the mantra: “If it’s yellow it’s mellow; if it’s brown it goes down!” Basically, if you urinate then it isn’t necessary to flush the toilet. However, if you drop a fresh heavy load of lumber off then it’s wise to send the log cabin down the river before it starts to fester. Of course you can also go the traditional route and save money in the bathroom by economizing on your toilet paper usage. Remember Elaine from Seinfeld – all you need to spare is a square.

If you follow these three tips then you will save significantly on your water bills, plus do your part in reducing the neighborhood’s total energy consumption. Now that you know how to save money in the bathroom, why not pay it forward to your friends and loved ones.

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    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      My husband leaves the tap running while he brushes his teeth too. Why??

    • April Garner profile image

      April Garner 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      When my family leaves the water running while brushing their teeth it drives me nuts. I don't know about the shower part, though. I get cold in there! Thanks for the easy, practical money-saving tips everyone could use.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A thoughtful hub about saving money by means of saving water. These are very useful tips, as we must do our bit for the environment. Potable water is scarce and is going to become more scarce.

      Very nice and insightful hub! Voted up and thanks!