Water is becoming a scarce commodity as more people are using more water. As it becomes more scarce and usage continues to rise, the cost of water increases. Although there are simple ways to save water, we find that it is not enough. So, we have gone back to the old days of saving water, in some respects. This was started out of necessity at the beginning, but now we find that it is also convenient and cost-saving. We are sharing bathwater.
I know it may sound disgusting to some people who have grown up in this world of conveniences where quick showers are a daily routine. But it is not as bad as it sounds. Perhaps if you didn’t have a working shower and you don’t have a lot of money and you want to try some cost-saving measures, you might consider this. Just think about those days before central plumbing was available everywhere. People took baths in tubs and had to share the water. Of course, you may bathe in relatively dirty water, but it isn’t all that dirty. It is more soapy than anything. You can always rinse off with a little more clean water. Overall, you use less water than if everyone took a shower, albeit a quick one.
The other thing to consider is not bathing or showering everyday. We probably do more damage to our skin with daily baths/showers. When I was growing up, it was recommended that you bathe 2-3 times a week. But we got in the habit of showering daily. I know my skin is dry and flaky now. Our ideal of cleanliness requires this daily routine but we are not doing our skin any good. Case in point: several months ago, the Daily Mail profiled a woman in her 60s who has been living a “green” existence for 35 years. She cleans herself with a wet rag and the reporter noted she looked clean and did not even exude a musty odour. Now, I would not go to that extreme, but maybe skipping a bath a day or two will not hurt anyone. However, if you are visibly dirty or stinky, I’d advocate getting into that bath immediately.