Some changes in habits can contribute to a more conscious consumption of water for cleaning and help the environment. The pandemic opened space for many people to rethink their consumption habits in all areas of life. Among them, the waste of water, so common in Brazilian homes. A simple garage cleaning with a hose, for example, can consume up to 3,500 liters, enough to supply seven water tanks for a family of three. Impressive, right?
To help you reduce water consumption, Kärcher, a company specializing in cleaning technology, has separated the main tips for the conscientious use of this natural resource in each of the main household tasks. You will be amazed by the changes in your daily life and, especially, in your water bill. Check out!
How to save water in domestic activities
The first tip for not wasting tap water is to bet on reuse solutions, such as rainwater or water from the washing machine. You can take advantage of this alternative when cleaning your yard, garages, bicycles and other surfaces in general. If you are going to store the water for a while, be sure to cover the container tightly so as not to attract the dengue mosquito.
Washing dishes is one of the most common activities in daily life and also one of the household tasks that waste the most water. To prevent this from happening, the recommendation is to soak the pieces before starting the wash.
After removing food leftovers from the dishes and pans, you can immerse the dishes in a solution of detergent and hot water for a period of 5 to 10 minutes. This way, the fat will come off more easily, and rubbing the objects afterwards will be much faster. When rinsing, you must turn off the tap between one piece and another. By doing this, it is possible to save up to 100 liters of water!
How about waiting to accumulate more clothes before putting them in the washing machine? In addition to saving time, you’ll be able to avoid wasting up to 135 liters of water if you have a five kilogram appliance. Therefore, the idea is to leave it to do this a maximum of 3 times a week or when the washer’s full capacity is reached.
If you prefer manual washing, there are also precautions to be followed. The first is to keep the faucet turned off while soaping your clothes. In addition, it is worth using the water from rinsing the white items during the first wash of the dark items.
Sidewalk and outdoor area
Instead of using the hose to clean large surfaces with leaves or dust, for example, get into the habit of just sweeping the space with your broom. This will help save water and provide greater convenience in cleaning outdoor areas.
Another option is to invest in high pressure washers, which offer an excellent cost-benefit ratio. According to Abralimp (Brazilian Association of Professional Cleaning), the equipment consumes an average of 500 liters of water per hour, without wasting much energy. In turn, the hose consumes 3,500 liters in the same period of time.
Bathroom and kitchen
The use of products that produce less foam is the big secret to saving water when cleaning “wet rooms”. That’s because they make rinsing easier, which can only be done with a damp cloth. Another tip is to bet on the use of hot water, which, as in the case of dishes, helps to dilute the fat more easily.
Glass and windows
To save water, only use sprinklers and dry cloths when cleaning windows and windows. You can also choose specialized products for this function. That way, only a small amount of water will be needed.
Remember that saving water is not only in your cleaning habits, but also in choosing the ideal products. Always try to give preference to sustainable ones , which contain recyclable packaging. In addition, it is important to prioritize options that do not test on animals.