Thursday, July 21, 2011

CTWW - Could you shower in 5 min?

This Week's Challenge:

We're going to revisit our original challenge which is designed to save water. If you've been with us from the beginning and have already accomplished this challenge, feel free to "up the ante" on the rest of us. Here you go:

This week take only showers and limit them to no more than 5 minutes each.

Or ...

If this is something you already do, please share other water saving ideas with us.

UP THE ANTE: Argentum Vulgaris challenges us to take a 3-minute shower and further save water by peeing in the shower. Oh My Goodness!!

"CALL" THE ANTE AND RAISE IT ONE: Brian challenges us as follows: "When you take a shower do so with the coldest water you can stand. This will save you money because your water heater will not run as much plus it is better for the environment because...well, your water heater will not run as much." WhooHoo ... it is ON!

oh boy.  I do not do well with this one.   I'm a girl..I workout. I have 2 legs. I have 2 legs that need to be shaved almost every day because I'll be out and about in shorts.  How do you girls do it?  I've tried shaving by sitting on the side of the tub but then I just get cold and that doesn't work well for shaving.

I will admit that if I don't have to wash my hair or shave, I can be in and out of the shower in 5 min.  I can't handle it when I have to shave and/or wash my hair.

What's worse is that there are several days a week when I take two showers since I take one in the morning before work and then again at night after I've done a workout.  The good thing is that the 2nd shower is usually around 5 min.

This week, I'll make the effort to wash my hair faster..shave faster (without cutting myself of course) and possibly taking those 2nd showers even faster.   Wish me luck.

oh..and interested on your thoughts on that first Up the Ante.  Is it gross to pee in the shower?   Or is it not so bad? Interested to see what the majority of us American's think.


  1. I wonder if, after taking a shower at night after a workout, you could eliminate the shower before work on the next morning? Presumably you're not doing anything to get dirty between the two. For shampooing and shaving ... I've adopted a trick. When I start the shower, I put the plug in so that the warm water is collected. Then I turn off the shower to shampoo and use the collected water for shaving. Then, I turn the water back on to rinse. So I'm actually in the shower for more than 5 minutes but I'm only running the water for about 3.

    If I weren't collecting the water, I probably wouldn't think that peeing in the shower was too bad. But since I collect it for use ... nope ... not taking on that part of the challenge. :-)

  2. My showers are usually short, but now that I'm using no shampoo, I don't have to start with wet hair, so I can "lather up" before starting the shower. I do turn off the water while I'm doing stuff like shaving and soaping up sometimes. I definitely had to do it for this challenge, or I wouldn't have been able to keep it to only 5 minutes.

    I so don't care about peeing in the shower. Pee is sterile.

  3. Small Footprints - one of the problems is that there are a couple days where I work out both morning and night. Plus, it seems like the days I work out at night, the next day I'm working out in the morning. The good thing is that with this challenge I've been focusing on making the night showers as short as possible since I'm not shaving or washing my hair.

    Tmuffin & Small Footprints - I like the idea of turning off the water to shave. The problem is that I get cold very, very easily and then I end up with goose bumps and that doesn't work well with shaving. The good thing is that I have several days where I either don't shave or only shave the bottom half of my leg. I do that because I'm lazy and because it means I'm in the shower less. haha!

    I also have to admit that I have peed in the shower a couple of times this last week. haha! We have a separate shower/tub so I don't have the option to plug the drain in the shower and it doesn't I thought..what the heck, let's give it a try.

  4. I've never found a way to comfortably shave quickly in the shower either and like you I get cold quickly so am covered in goosebumps LOL! But I'm all for peeing in there, doesn't bother me in the slightest. Have you found a solution since we had this challenge? Do you have dark hair? do you *need* to shave every day?

    mrs Green @littlegreenblog