ring around the potty??

July 4th, 2008

At risk of turning you off with too much information… If you’ve been following along, we are trying to do our part to conserve water by using our bath-water to maintain the yard. Well, we’ve kept it up, but it has not been fun in our multilevel home. I’ve been trying to think of alternatives to lugging the 5-gallon bucket of water through the house, down the stairs and then hefting it into our planters, as the process kills my back. So I was thrilled when I remembered how a toilet works and it occurred to me that at 1.6 gallons per flush, I could be saving us water AND lightening my post bath ritual. No, I’m not skipping flushes all that often ;). Instead, I’m using our bath water to flush the toilet!

Ecologically it makes a lot of sense, and it saves me some of the trek through the house. The cons are that I’m sure it is not as ecologically friendly as watering the yard, and it has me worried about another more embarrassing dilemma – Ring Around the Potty!

Just what chemicals are safe to use on that unsightly soap scum I’m undoubtedly introducing to our potty? I’ll keep you posted as I research this. I’m thinking we may resort to baking soda, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I have been considering changing bath products to reduce the amount of soap scum we leave behind. We already use Dr Bronners all natural soap, but although my Bumble and Bumble hair products are eco friendly (not tested on animals), I don’t think the silicone they contain is all that great for the env or for my inevitable ring around the potty.

… stop rolling your eyes!