How To Save Water When Bathing

10 Tips How To Save Water When Bathing

How To Save Water When Bathing

If your water supply becomes low, limited, or scarce, or you’re just looking to conserve or save a little money on hot water, follow some of these tips to save water while being more efficient how you bathe and clean yourself.


1. Take a shower, not a bath. A bathtub may use 35 gallons while a 5-minute shower might use 12 gallons with an ‘average’ shower head, which will save considerable water.

2. If you must take a bath, save water and only fill it only a quarter of the way.

3. Take a shorter shower. Do you really need more than 10 minutes under a shower to get properly clean? Every minute could save 2.5 gallons or thereabouts.

4. Take a Navy shower. Turn on the shower and wet yourself. Turn it off, and soap up. Then turn it on and rinse off the soap quickly. This will save an incredible amount of water.

5. Get a low-flow shower head. Most average shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute, but you can find shower heads that use as little as 0.5 gallons per minute without dramatically sacrificing the shower experience. This will save up to 80% water compared to an average shower head.

6. Have a sponge bath. Add warm water into a basin, dip a sponge or washcloth into it, soap up the sponge and then wash over your body. Rinse the soap off of the sponge (put clean water on the sponge) and use the sponge to rinse the soap off yourself. It may sound unpleasant but it works just as well as a shower to remove dirt and germs.

7. Use baby wipes, which can do a surprisingly good job without any water.

8. Medical supply stores carry products of hair and body cleaners that use very little water.

9. Only wash that which is dirty. For example… got smelly feet? Just wash them in a bowl. Same for cuts or scratches.

10. Share a shower or bath. (not for everyone ;) )


This all may sound fairly obvious; still, every little bit adds up to savings. You should especially consider this during a bug-out situation… some baby wipes of one variety or another may be advisable to keep in your kit.


  1. As a kid when staying with Grandparents, they would have us kids bathe in the lake with an enviremently friendly soap.

      1. When i was a kid we bath in natural flowing water under the big tree…. And sometimes we bath and washed clothes in the river with family bonding too…
        Have fun in water the best…

  2. I remember having a bath in 4inch of bath water at my grandparents house when I was a kid. Every so often My grandmother would re-mark the water line that they used for rationing during the war. Unless it was really dirty, you didn’t empty the bath afterwards as she would then use it for washing clothes.
    And God help you if you tried sneaking in a bit more hot water whilst her back was turned. ;)

    1. It is amazing how things have changed, and how we take for granted what we have today.

  3. Place a bucket in the shower and use it to catch the water while it heats and while you bathe. Then use it to when needed to flush the toilet.

    1. The concept of reusing what you have is a good one. There are many uses for gray water.

  4. I don’t know about sharing a shower. At my age and shape I don’t think anyone wants or needs to see me naked LOL

  5. can always reuse the tub water for other
    toilet flush
    water houseplants
    water trees
    water lawn
    re last two, the thought has run through my mind, someone needs to invent a hose attached to tub drains, going outside. with switch that can be turned off/on. (likely not good in winter, although maybe could be used to make a skating rink)

  6. we tried to reuse our bath water for outside landscape. Bucketing out side was hard on the back. we tried to siphon the water outside, but that was difficult as well. Our son got us a Siphon-aid and that helps greatly.

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