August 7, 2008

Thrifty Green Thursday

The gals at Green Baby Guide have a post on laundry for Thrifty Green Thursday and to express my dorkiness, I wanted to confide in you that I just love laundry. I love using natural, thrifty products (see post a few days back on homemade laundry soap), hanging clothes out on the clothesline, and smelling freshly laundered fabric. There is also something wonderful about seeing a stack of neatly folded cloth diapers that were dried in the sun sitting next to the changing table. It takes so little to please me!

For my contribution to Thrifty Green Thursday, I wanted to share a green tip that doesn't involve laundry but involves water conservation.

I keep a bucket in our shower to catch the water that is wasted while the water is heating up (sorry, but I just can't stand in a cold shower).
I then dump this water into my watering can and use it with the plants on the porch. It's also good for the water in the can to sit for a while so the chlorine evaporates out of it...much better for your plants. I'd love to eventually install a gray water system, maybe when we renovate our crumbling bathroom.

For more green living tips, visit Green Baby Guide.

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  1. I'm not sure if I could get the other half on board but I love this idea.

    The other day when it started raining I put a bucket outside to catch rainwater. Now it's covered with the lid (no need to encourage mosquitos) waiting to water the plants. Eventually I want to get a rain barrel, but until then this will do.

  2. I can't say that I love laundry, but I do feel a nice sense of accomplishment seeing all the diapers clean and folded. :)

  3. We do this too! My mom started me on the idea.

  4. My fantasy is to have all our grey water plumbed to irrigate our garden, but until then, this is a great solution! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Since we live here in a desert, we try to be a little water wise. Great idea.

    In the winter time, it takes forever for the water to heat up, but in the summer it's hard to get any cold water at all.

    If the laundry could magically fold it self, I'd be a big fan. I don't mind washing, it's the putting away that I'm not fond of.

    Thanks for the great tip!

  6. If we left a bucket of water sitting around, I have no doubt that one of the cats would knock it over! It's a great idea though!


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