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Five Ways to Shorten Your Shower

5 Ways to Make Your Showers Shorter

Taking long showers does more than just raise your water and heating bills. It also dries your skin out, wastes water, and annoys the other people in your household. As a chronic long shower-taker, I'm trying to ween myself off of lengthy sojourns in my favorite tiny tiled room, and I've come across quite a few helpful tips along the way. So to get help kicking the habit, just keep reading.

  • Shower at the gym. People typically feel uncomfortable taking long showers at the gym, so doing your daily ablutions here can cut down on your time. It's also a great way to get yourself to work out.
  • Set a timer. This may feel silly at first, but people tend to lose track of time in showers or baths. So setting yourself a five- or 10-minute timer can alert you to just how much time you really are spending under the water.
  • Plug the drain. Having the shower water rising up around your feet and ankles is an easy way to remember just how much water you're using.
  • Turn the water off in between shower activities. Switch your shower head off while you're letting your conditioner sink in, while you're shaving, etc. so that even if you can't cut down on actual shower time, you use less water. This is also called a navy shower.
  • Turn your water heater off before you get in the shower. This is definitely the way to go cold turkey on long showers, because when the warm water runs out, that's it. And unless you like cold showers, the loss of warmth is usually enough to get people out.
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Advah Advah 6 years
SQueen, that's a genius tip, thanks! We had a clock in my old flat bathroom, which was great - now I just lose track of time when I'm in the shower.. My problem is my flat is freezing and a hot shower is the only way to warm up; so I try to exercise right before showering or even dry brushing my skin since it really warms me up. I take much shorter showers that way.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
Alright, I'll just go out there and admit I love long showers. A long shower before sleep and the stresses of the day go away. I take my sweet time washing my hair, conditioning, body wash, body scrub, the whole thing. Just trying to imagine cutting that away to 5 minutes, or turning off the water when shampooing, and freezing in the cold bathroom makes me weep inside.
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
S. Queen, agreed! I actually time most of my activities using songs =)
stylinfabqueen stylinfabqueen 6 years
I time myself by playing music on my cellphone. I know that the average song lasts about three minutes, so I'm done in one and half songs... unless I'm washing my hair then I opt for the navy shower.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 6 years
I can definitely vouch for the 3rd point! In my old apartment, the shower drained very very slowly, so you really had to make your shower quick to avoid a bathtub full of water (which I can't say I was a fan of haha). Another point I'd add for shorter showers is to shower in the morning as opposed to the evening if possible. I've found that my morning showers are much quicker because I'm on a tight schedule to get everything done in time for work, whereas at night I usually take a long time because I don't have anywhere to be. =p
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