Go easy on that soap & water

The towel sign hanging in the bathroom. We basically have the same one on our bed … about towels and not about the sheets.

Curt and I are staying at our third and final hotel of Holiday 2012 trip.

At home we don’t normally wash our towels and sheets every single day. And we don’t expect it to be done every day at a hotel. Frankly, I don’t need them to clean my room every day.

I don’t make my bed every day. I know, it’s crazy. My mom made me make my bed every day, which to me makes no sense. If we are having company over I will make my bed but that’s about it. I mean, what’s the point?

Anyway, I am gonna guess that most people don’t wash their towels and sheets every day. And if you do, why?

Think about the water, detergent and energy used for that.

This is a super easy way to be environmentally friendly.

This article gives you all sort of ideas on how to conserve water. They all seem logical to me …

According to this article, if every household in the United States used low-flow fixtures, in just one year, we could save 2 trillion gallons of water and 4 billion dollars.

Now that sounds great. But can everyone afford to replace low-flow fixtures for their faucets, washing machines, shower heads and toilets? When the low-flow toilet came out there was a lot of complaining about the lack of flushing involved to get even simple items to go down the toilet.

And back to doing laundry, are we overusing soap as well? I remember watching a movie where the mom reminded her college son that the line on the cup for the detergent should be ignored and really, use less.

According to this New York Times article, “Most people use 10 to 15 times the amount of soap they need, and they’re pouring money down the drain,” said Vernon Schmidt, who has been a repairman for almost 35 years and is the author of a self-published book, “Appliance Handbook for Women: Simple Enough Even a Man Can Understand.”

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  1. Just today I watched my mother in law put two full caps of detergent in the laundry.

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