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Do you let the water run while you wash your hands?

This question may be different depending on how much time you spend in your RV vs. a sticks-and-bricks home. In your RV, you’re probably much more water-conscious, so you may not let the water in the sink flow while you wash your hands. But maybe when you’re at your (or someone else’s) sticks-and-bricks home, you let the water run freely.

So tell us: When you’re washing your hands, do you let the water run or do you turn it off while you lather up with soap?

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Leslie Smith
26 days ago

In my RV I turn the water off when washing my hands. At my stationary home I sometimes turn the water off and sometimes not.

Tom
26 days ago

If working on something that will get
My hands really dirty I put water in 2 buckets,1 with soap to wash 1 to rinse. I do this for at home or in RV.

Michael Galvin
26 days ago

The intro recognizes that practices are probably different in sticks-and-bricks v. in RV, but the poll unfortunately doesn’t differentiate.

Sue
20 days ago
Reply to  Michael Galvin

My sticks-and-bricks has a well, so I turn it off in both. The habit is so ingrained, I do it in public washrooms too.

Don Capellani
26 days ago

So how do you turn the water off and on with soapy hands???

Bob p
26 days ago
Reply to  Don Capellani

Elbow

Don Capellani
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Not if they twist

Rebecca
26 days ago

Nope, never. We have a holding tank at home. At $160 per pump, we have all kinds of ways to save on the amount of water that goes down the drain. This is one of them.

Neal Davis
26 days ago

I usually do turn on the water right after applying soap. I guess it is a habit borne of using bars of soap for years before switching to liquid soap. It is a habit I am working to change so that I turn on the water much nearer the point of actually using it.

Ray
26 days ago

Yes, i let the water run, a habit, in these times of water shortages, i should break.

Jeff Craig
26 days ago

Boondocking, no, unless I’m trying to get hot water across the lines from the tank. FHU, yes.

Bob R
26 days ago

We have a septic tank at our stick house as well, so we are very aware of water use.

Bob p
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob R

Why? Water is what the septic tank needs to keep it working.

KellyR
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Septic systems do need water, but not too much water.

Skip
26 days ago

If it’s only a quick rinse. But, if I’m trying to get oil, grease, paint then I wet my hands turn the water off grab the brush and turn the water back on and rinse. Always have.

Spike
26 days ago
Reply to  Skip

Same here.

Larry Lee
26 days ago

Now that you have brought this to my attention, i am rethinking it in light of a recent article I read regarding receeding ground water levels. It could turn out that global warming is the least of our worries. Water shortage will do more than just raise the price of drinking water.

Bob p
26 days ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

Global warming is a part of the present administration scare tactics. Back in the late 1970’s we were heading into another ICE AGE, in another 10 years we’ll be heading into another ice age. The earth goes through a 100 year heating and cooling cycle of 50 years of getting warmer and 50 years of cooling. By 1985 it was starting it warming cycle, by 2035 we’ll be into the cooling cycle and chicken little will be saying we’re all going to freeze to death. Remember my words!

Tom
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

👎

KellyR
26 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Global warming or not, I have had my well go dry and had to drill another to the tune of $7,500. We watch how much water we use no matter where we are. No more water at 25 feet – had to go to 160 feet to find water again. Haul water for a week and half from the neighbors just to flush toilets and you will realize how scarce our resources really are.

Sue
20 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

This is something people on municipal water will never believe until their taps run dry. I cringe when I am at someone’s house and they leave the water running when they wash dishes.

KellyR
20 days ago
Reply to  Sue

You are so right Sue. Wash dishes, brush teeth, wash hands, etc., and then having to go to the neighbors for a shower. When the water level drops below your well, it makes you think. I don’t care what the resource or the reason it has disappeared, we have to respect Mother Nature and what she has to give us.

Caren L Kelly
26 days ago

Nope, we don’t waste water whether we are at our sticks n bricks or in the Moho. Shut off the water in between wash n’ rinse, why are we wasting such a precious commodity.

David Bulkley
26 days ago

At home I do, in the camp I don’t.

Tommy Molnar
26 days ago

If hooked up, yes definitely. If boondocking, not so much,

Dave
26 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

AGREED !!!

Leonard Rempel
26 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Agreed!

Phil J
26 days ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

When hooked up, just a low flow,but when boondocking then on and off.

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