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Have You Ever Taken a Navy Shower?

In a recent New York Times article, writer Stephen Treffinger tested 17 low-flow shower heads. The Waterpik shower head he tested features a dial that essentially lets you take a "Navy shower." In a Navy shower, you stop the flow of water to soap or shampoo up, and then turn the water back on and rinse off. Would you ever take a Navy shower?

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toujours2 toujours2 7 years
I've always thought about it, but never tried it. I really should start, what a waste!
PinkCrayon PinkCrayon 8 years
I'd love to do this but it takes forever to get the water at the right temperature at the beginning of my shower already. Doing the navy shower while I lather would just waste more water when I have to get the water to the right temperature again.
biarose biarose 8 years
In South Australia it's really important though because we have a terrible drought! Also, my hair is SO thick that it takes me ages to wash my hair, so I guess I owe it to the environment to save as much water as I can!
biarose biarose 8 years
Yeah I pretty much always turn off the shower when I'm shampooing and conditioning, usually shaving as well. Sometimes I cheat though when it's really cold!
inlove23 inlove23 8 years
Also, we have well water at my house but it's really deep so it's never dried up and no water bills to pay for. But, when we have old water bottles with a little bit of water left (like if someone forgot about it, or didn't feel like drinking it anymore) I pour the rest of the water on the plants.
inlove23 inlove23 8 years
I'll stick to the nice warm shower =)
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
I didn't know this had a name! That's how my husband showers. No military background.
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
Nope- sorry but I don't feel like freezing my butt off in the shower!!
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I've been showering like this for years. first I would only do it when I shaved but I thought all the water I save I can use on my lawn and plants!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I've done this before, but it's not my regular habit. "Why would you leave the water running while you're shampooing your hair?" So you don't get cold!
weffie weffie 8 years
I lived in an apartment for a few years where I had to turn the water off to shave my legs because our tank only held exactly 5 minutes of hot water & we both had to shower together in that time. Now on days when I don't need to shave I can be out of the shower in 3 mins or less cos it was good training!
jvanlohn jvanlohn 8 years
We do this when we are on vacation and staying in our motorhome. We use the same method when brushing our teeth [at home too]. It seems like a no brainer, but so many people leave the faucet running when they brush their teeth!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I've never done this and I live in Europe and have never experienced it before. Though it's a good way to save water.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Oh, my fastest shower was 7 mintues. So I fail the 1-2 minute test,lol.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
While I have not done this before (my bad :oops ) I am actually going to try this, so I can be more green. I cannot imagine how much wasted water is going down the drain during my time lathering or scrubbing. Eek! Though in my home, if you say Navy Shower, that means 1-2 minutes tops for your complete shower. (Since in the Navy, you get little time to shower.) You would need to work fast! :P
Ms-Chicklet Ms-Chicklet 8 years
When we were kids, my dad installed a shower head where you could push a tab button on it and stop the flow of water while you shampooed or washed your body. The advantage was that when you pushed the tab again to release the water, it was at the same temperature and you wouldn't have to fuss with the faucet. And he would listen to make sure we were using it. We relied on well water, so he was very careful about not wasting water, especially if there was a dry spell.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I had no idea that it was called a "Navy Shower", but it definitely does help conserve water. Any little thing helps!!!
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
Ha, I thought everybody did this! Maybe that's because I live in Europe... Anyway, I only leave the water running when it's too cold, but I make sure I'm extra quick.
JoneyStar JoneyStar 8 years
I live in Southern California in the desert. Its almost a must.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
I do that to save water. Still trying to get the rest of family to follow suit...
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Interesting idea but I think I'll stick to a regular shower. I like keeping my back warm while I lather up!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Never heard of this, but it's a smart idea. I took a shower in a train in Spain (mainly on the plain) and it shut off every minute or so. Worked just fine.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
That's how EVERYONE in Europe showers!! Why would you leave the water running while you're shampooing your hair? Why would you leave the water running while standing next to it? Just thinking about people doing that makes me want to pull my hair out. Water prices should go up significantly in the states, to make people realize the error of their ways.
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