How Much Water is Used While Brushing Teeth
If you are one of those people that don’t think about how much water your sink it putting out, you will probably leave your water running while you brush your teeth.
The average person will turn on the water, rinse off the toothbrush, put toothpaste on the toothbrush, brush teeth, spit a couple times, brush a little more, rinse toothbrush off, use a mouth rinse or mouthwash, swish that around a bit, spit it out, rinse out sink, and finally turn off water. This process will usually take 2 – 3 minutes to complete.
During those 3 minutes, you just used about 19 litres of water! The average person brushes their teeth twice a day, which would now make your water usage is at 38 litres of water per person per day. The average person will also brush their teeth every day which I will use 30.5 days for a month to make up for those with 28, 30, and 31 days. So now we are up to a single person brushing their teeth uses 1159 litres of water to brush a single person’s teeth every month! Now there are 365.25 days in a year, so how many gallons of water does a single person use a year while brushing their teeth? The answer is, 13,879 litres a year!
Using faucets in your home for personal hygiene, such as brushing your teeth, takes up approximately 12 percent of your home’s water usage! Conserving water while you’re brushing your teeth has several benefits, including a reduced water bill and conservation of fresh water.
Tips on Saving Water While You Brush
- Turn Off the Tap
Turning off the water between wetting your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save water while brushing your teeth.
- Aerate Your Faucet
Using a faucet aerator on your bathroom faucet is a great, cost-effective method of saving water at home. The aerator introduces tiny air bubbles into your faucet’s flow, so you use less water overall while brushing your teeth.
- Use A Cup
Instead of filling your hands with water to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, (this act wastes water as the tap runs while your hands are away from the faucet), use a cup. Fill the cup with water and use that water to rinse your mouth. Experiment with different amounts of water until you’re filling the cup with just enough water to rinse your mouth.
- Limit Your Water Pressure
Greater water pressure from your bathroom sink faucet causes more water to eject from the faucet when you turn it on in comparison to a faucet with lower water pressure. Reduce your home’s water pressure by using a self-installed pressure-reducing valve.
- Do Not Use Warm Water To Rinse
Do not use Warm water to brush your teeth, the amount of water used waiting for the water to warm up and letting it run while you are brushing your teeth is wasting water and also wasting gas or electric to heat that water.
Corne Smith Dentistry in Cape Town, Claremont wants to encourage and challenge everyone to save water!
Every drop counts!