5 Steps to a 2 minute shower routine

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With level 4b restrictions in place here in Cape Town, every effort must be made to save water and stick to the 87 Liters p/p rule.

Considering the average 5 minute shower alone takes around 40 Liters of water (full pressure), showering twice a day for 5 minutes means you have around 7 Liters of water left for everything else, yikes!

Long, warm bubble baths are now only a distant memory as we aim to embrace a shower routine that would make the military proud!

The City of Cape Town recommends 2 minute showers, here are some steps you can take to achieve that goal:

1.Be prepared

Scrambling around to find your soap or razor or turning on the tap before you undress can waste precious water.  Make sure you are ready to go as soon as the water flows.

2.Reduce pressure

By simply reducing the pressure in the tap, you can significantly reduce the amount of water you use.  You don’t need the tap open on full blast to become wet!

3.Close the tap if you are washing your hair or shaving

This step is the hardest.  You will be highly motivated to get things done as quickly as possible though!  Once you are done, you can turn the water on again to rinse.

4.Move really, really fast

Simply wash yourself at a rapid pace!  You will not only get things done quickly, but also become a bit warmer and energized (consider it exercise!).

5.Time yourself

This is a very important step.  Set the timer on your phone to 2 minutes and close the tap when the alarm goes off.  If you are going to wash your hair and turn off the tap, just add 30 seconds to 1 minute to the timer.

Knowing that I could not recommend these steps and not do it myself, I have been following this routine since writing about it.  And you know what?  It was not half as bad as I thought it would be!

Here’s what I have learned:

  • It is possible! Before I started I thought it was doomed to fail, but it is surprisingly doable and maybe even a little fun!
  • It saves time. I found that I had more time, especially in the mornings, to do other things or simply enjoy my coffee without running around to get ready.
  • It’s energizing. Moving fast and jumping around really gets the blood flowing.  I felt energized after every shower.

Have you tried this routine?  Please leave a comment and let us know if this has worked for you!


On August 8th, 2017, posted in: How to, News by ,

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