Yes, we are in a drought. If you live in California, it’s all we hear about. But it doesn’t mean that you can use it as an excuse to avoid the kitchen. Here are 10 easy water-saving strategies that you can implement in your drought kitchen right away.
Limit the water that goes down the drain.
- Get a small rubber tub to keep in your sink and some biodegradable soap. Fill the tub with water to wash dishes or fresh veggies. And when you are done, pour it outside to water some shrubs or wash down the dog run so that it doesn’t smell like pee (gross, I know.)
- This goes for the shower too. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch the cold water as you are waiting for it to heat up. Use that water to flush your toilet, water your plants, or fill your bird bath (they are thirsty, too). Oops, this isn’t a kitchen tip. Forgive me.
- An alternative to using a dish tub in the sink is to use one of your cooking pots. This works extra well, since it ends up cleaning the pot and your other dishes too.
- Be sure not to let the water run while you scrub your dishes. But that’s a no brainer. Forget I mentioned it.
- Get a perforated pasta pot. This is a handy
device that allows you to lift out your boiled food (noodles or veggies), leaving the hot water behind. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants.
- Use a dishwasher…if you have one that is water and energy efficient. It may seem counterintuitive, but dishwashers use less water than hand washing. If foods are extra grimy, scrape off any food bits (we feed ours to the chickens) and then soak them in a dish tub. See tip #1 for what we do with the leftover water.
- Have each person in your house use ONE drinking glass each day. We keep ours at our respective seats at the table so that we don’t get them mixed up. This limits how many glasses need to be washed daily.
- Don’t buy bottles of water – use a refillable and reusable bottle instead. Prefer glass? Use a repurposed mason jar. The production of bottled water consumes WAY more water than is in the bottle, itself, contributing even further to the drought.
- Pour leftover ice cubes into a house plant (or your dog’s water bowl) instead of putting them in the sink.
- Wash your hands over the dish tub in the kitchen sink. That one’s a win-win – clean hands and more water for other uses later!
- This one is a bonus, since I cheated on #2. Steam veggies instead of boiling them. Steaming requires much less water. Don’t forget to save your steamed water and use it for something else after it cools.
For additional tips on saving water in your home (not just in a drought!), please visit: Water, Use It Wisely
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