All the water that goes down the drain, clean or dirty, ends up mixing with raw sewage, getting contaminated, and meeting the same fate.
- If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down (does this need more explanation?)
- This one is probably obvious, but check periodically for leaks and fix them promptly.
- Take a Navy shower.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave.
- Always wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Plant locally appropriate plants so that you do not have to water your lawn as much. If you feel that you must water, do so at night or in the coolest part of the day in order to decrease evaporation (or go wild and don't water at all - let nature take its course!).
- Harvest your rainwater. Put a rain barrel on your downspouts and use this water for irrigation.
- Harvest your greywater. Water that has been used at least once but is still clean enough for other jobs is called greywater. Water from sinks, showers, dishwashers, and clothes washers are the most common household examples.
- Don’t pour chemicals down drains, or flush drugs down toilets; it could come back in diluted form in your water
As an interesting side note, did you know that using a dishwasher actually uses less water and energy than hand washing? That's good news for me. :)
I do have a confession to make...we are not actually a complete "chemical free" home. And out of the "chemical sins", I am probably committing a biggie. I currently use Cascade in my dishwasher. I have tried homemade detergent (which works wonderfully for us in the washing machine), I have tried different commercial brands of "green" cleaners...nothing seems to work. However, while researching for this post, I ran across someone who swears by Bi-o-Kleen so that will be my next stop.
Not only do I hate using the Cascade, but the smell is horrible. I am so used to not smelling chemicals now that it is very strong to me (funny how I used to love going down the laundry isle at the store because I thought it smelled "good", lol).