I was reading one of my new favorite blogs, Crunchy Domestic Goddess, and saw this challenge to reduce shower time to five minutes. At first I didn't sign up because I didn't think I could commit to that (my showers take at least ten minutes and that's when I don't wash my hair). Then the other day I was reading an update in which Amy mentioned we were allowed to turn off the water while we shaved legs/washed hair and as long as no water was running, it was dead time. Hey, I thought, even I can do that! I am pretty sure I didn't use any more than five minutes of water this morning, even though I spent about 20 minutes total in the shower. It's actually easier to wash my hair (using baking soda and vinegar) without the water on. Too much water makes it hard to scrub in the baking soda. Today I bought a little timer so I can know for sure how long I'm taking. This might be fun!
There's one more tip I'd like to add: Wash your hair last. I used to wash my hair first, but if you get it wet first and then wash it last, the water and humidity have a few minutes to sink in and it's just all-around more amenable to being washed. It doesn't take me quite as long to wash and rinse that way. This was true when I was using shampoo and is still true now that I'm "'poo free."
How are you all doing on shower time? Do you already take short showers? Would you be willing to start? If so, head on over to Crunchy Domestic Goddess and sign up!