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Want to save money? Reuse your gray water!

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Topic: Want to save money? Reuse your gray water!
Posted By: NuraB
Subject: Want to save money? Reuse your gray water!
Date Posted: 07 October 2010 at 10:34am
Salamo Aleikom

For those of you who do not know, gray water is used household water from cleaning or cooking.  An example would be used dishwater, bathwater, water from laundering clothes, or previously boiled water like what remains from boiling pasta or eggs.

This gray water can be used a second time to either water plants or flush your toilet. 

Cooled boiled water is recommended for plants since it has no chemicals that may harm your plants, although, if you use environmentally friendly detergents or body soaps there should be no damage to the plants.

A few months ago we discovered our toilet was leaking water from the top tank into the bottom pot (wasting water). Not having the funds to buy a new tank we cut off the water to the tank and began using dishwater (from the dishpan) and shower water (placing a bucket over the drain and catching both the wasted water that comes from waiting for the right temperature, as well as the gray water from washing the body and hair)  to pour down the pot to "flush".

Our water usage went from 4000gal/mo to 2300 gal/mo the first month and 2300 to 1900 the second month. These past two months the water usage remained at around 1900.  This gives a two-fold example of saving water and money. First, if you suspect your tank is leaking, you can save about 1300 the next month by repairing it or if you use my method you'll save in addition 400 gal. per month by recycling your "gray" water to flush.

Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 07 October 2010 at 10:58am
Wow!Clap....but could I do that?  I really don't think so.  I mean, we're talking big time inconvenience for which I become so accustomed to easy, however I do take short showers and turn off the water while brushing my teeth....well, sometimes anyway.

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 07 October 2010 at 3:54pm
Salam AbuAyisha

It is very easy to save/reuse water, and the bigger effort comes from remembering to do so.

Rather than dumping out your used dishwater down the drain, you can water  your plants with it. The small food particles will provide nutrition for your plants. Likewise, used cooking water such as that from pasta or boiled eggs can water houseplants as well.

Perhaps your wife will find it easier to remember to re-use old kitchen water. You will reap the economical benefits of a resourceful wife and have the satisfaction of knowing as a family you are using wisely the gifts provided by Allah Sub'hana'wa'ta'Allah.

Your sister in Islam


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 07 October 2010 at 7:14pm
I live in Los Angeles and everyone in the house is busy.....stressed..........

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 08 October 2010 at 8:59am
Salam brother

Thank you for taking time from your busy life to post here on the forum.

I've posted how we can all be resourceful. It's a matter of doing it, if chosen to.

Your sis in Islam


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 08 October 2010 at 9:36am
LOL ...point well taken Sr. Nura, however I must admit - toilet flushing with dishwater, well, I'm not there yet.  I have, however, reduced my "carbon footprint" by not traveling as much these days.

Posted By: Woodstock
Date Posted: 08 October 2010 at 6:52pm
I have used rain water to flush before, I had forgotten to pay the bill.   .... speaking of which. Embarrassed

Speak a little Learn alot.

Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 08 October 2010 at 9:11pm
"......the mother of invention."Thumbs%20Up

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 09 October 2010 at 9:06am


Every little bit helps. Good to know you are trying.


rainwater... hmm, good idea! It has been raining recently...

Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 09 October 2010 at 7:29pm
Yeah every little bit; it just occurred to me - I guess you're speaking more of how to save money as opposed to going "green" conserving resources, or is that also your intention? Do you recycle as well? 

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 09 October 2010 at 8:40pm
Salam Abuayisha

I have a dual intention. I have found by "going green" we can also "save some green".

I figured since this is a dormant forum (the last post before mine was in June) I'd use an "attention getter" in the title. After all, who doesn't want to save money?

Yes, our family recycles.

In my city our garbage bill is determined by the sized waste wheeler used. There is no charge for the recycling or green waste (yard clippings). 

Therefore there is an incentive, the more one recycles, the less garbage produced, the less the monthly statement.

Likewise, with the water usage, by economically utilizing water people are helping the environment and saving money.

Only approx. 1% of the Earth's water is drinkable. The more we waste, the less there is for everyone else.

I hope this post met the requirement of the "green" section.


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 09 October 2010 at 9:57pm

Los Angeles has a very large and active homeless/poor population that  actively and aggressively go green.  Our sanitation bill is the same regardless of size.

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 10 October 2010 at 5:53pm
Salam Abuayisha

I can understand aggressively recycling bottles and cans, as well as going green by taking public transport, but, I'm curious besides these, how do the L.A. homeless "actively and aggressively" go green.


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 11 October 2010 at 7:04am
Well, Sr. Nura, bottles and cans are pretty much the extent to which this urban dweller relates to recycling/going green.

Posted By: NuraB
Date Posted: 11 October 2010 at 8:10pm
Salam Br. Abuayisha

"Well, Sr. Nura, bottles and cans are pretty much the extent to which this urban dweller relates to recycling/going green. "

Thanks for clarifying. Your post makes more sense to me now. I therefore owe a clarification as well. 

My family does not redeem bottles and cans for cash because we don't buy sodas or bottled water. However, my family recycles by reducing the amount of our trash output. Our city provides 3 waste receptacles. One for yard clippings (green waste), one for recycling, and one for trash.

We recycle the majority of our packaging such as cardboard cereal boxes, soup cans, plastic yogurt containers, glass jars, junk mail, etc. This reduces our trash can size, producing a smaller trash bill.

Any effort to "go green" helps. You had posted that you try to take shorter showers and turn off the water when brushing teeth. That's an excellent start.


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