6 life hacks you never knew could save you tons of water

Yes, there are cool ways to do it other than just taking shorter showers.

Olivia Lin | Sponsored | August 14, 2017, 03:25 PM

Remember this quiz we posted some time back on water conservation? Whether you’re a noob or senpai conserver, there’s always room to explore other ways of saving water.

And to be honest, we’re a little tired of hearing the usual “fix the leaky faucet” methods, so we scoured the internet for unconventional tips on how to reduce water wastage.

Here are six creative hacks to save water that you probably haven’t heard of.

1. One cup rule

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If you are drinking plain water, use the same cup or glass throughout the entire day. Washing a glass with water, after you’ve had a drink of... water, is kind of silly if you think about it.

Besides conserving this natural resource, the bonus part is that you save your effort in washing the cups.

2. Share water with your plants

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Didn’t finish that cup of water you poured for yourself? Use it to water your plants, however little it might be. This works with ice cubes as well. In fact, some people swear by the ice cube method, citing the slow melting rate as a good time frame for the soil to absorb water.

Just make sure it’s not a soft drink so you wouldn’t end up murdering your plants.

3. Freeze your jeans

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Freeze your dirty jeans instead of throwing it into the washing machine, as the freezing process is known to kill bacteria.

This alternative way of cleaning jeans has gained its fair share of fans over the years, and is a technique endorsed by the CEO of Levi Strauss himself.

4. Water pebble

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This nifty gadget might be small, but it helps remind people to save water in the bath. Just imagine a tiny, naggy thing that lives near the shower drain, and is constantly reminding you about how much water you’re using.

Like how traffic lights work, green means the water usage is within an acceptable range, amber means you’re reaching the limit, and red means you need to stop as soon as possible. The best part is that the Water Pebble costs less than SGD20.

5. One pot recipes

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You’ve probably seen those “One pot recipes” circulating on Facebook. You know, those that make cooking look so effortless because the bulk of it is just assembling ingredients in a pot, and heating it over a stove.

Such recipes cut down on the amount of pots and pans used during cooking, which translates to less dishes to wash at the end of the day.

It essentially diminishes all the bad parts of cooking -- the stress of additional preparation and washing after.

6. Brick

The idea is simple but genius -- place a brick in the toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water used in each flush, but still get the same flush pressure every time. This trick supposedly saves a lot of water, and has been used by people for years.

However, with an actual clay brick, it damages the cistern in the long run.

Enter Project: Drop-A-Brick, a cheeky, non-profit initiative that plays around with the “brick in the cistern” idea in a more refined way. How so? It’s a rubber brick that weighs less than 1kg, so it prevents water wastage while still maintaining the flush pressure.

With so many innovative ways to conserve water, it’s (almost) impossible not to make it a part of our daily life. Imagine how much water you’d save if you combine the above hacks with conventional water-saving methods.

And imagine if everyone starts doing their part to conserve this scarce resource.

For more tips on how to save water, head to https://www.pub.gov.sg/savewater/athome/watersavinghabits.

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