Dishwasher and Bathroom Waste Water – How to be eco-friendly

Have you ever wondered where your water goes when it goes down the drain?

In this article, we will tackle two common sources of dirty water in the home – your dishwasher and your bathroom.

Your dishwasher

When you use your dishwasher to clean dishes, lots of matter is washed away in the drain. In addition to organic molecules from your food, there will also be the dishwasher detergent in the mix.

Now, most people’s water is drained to a local water treatment plant, where advanced technology scrubs the water and prepares it for safe human consumption. But how much particulate is actually removed from the water? If your local treatment plant is not using reverse osmosis, there is a good chance a lot of this matter isn’t fully removed from your water.

For that reason, it’s important that you are responsible when selecting the right detergent. We suggesting reading reviews of dishwasher detergents and try to pick one that is eco friendly.

Your Bathroom

While unsavoury to think about, the water you flush down the toilet is eventually recycled to your drinking water. You can rest assured water is treated well enough to remove organic matter and kill all pathogens, but some of the hormones and chemicals may still get through the treatment plant. That’s why it’s very important to be responsible in the way you clean your toilet.

We highly advise against using any kind of permanent toilet bowl cleaner, especially any product that keeps your water permanently blue. Remember, all of us will be affected by your choice of cleaning products.

With the right education, we can make informed decisions about how to keep our communities safe, and our water as clean and pure as possible.

 

Test Your Water at Home

While we would all love to trust that our water is safe everytime we turn on the tap, the reality is that dozens of people die due to contaminants in drinking water every year in the United States and Canada. We are not trying to scare you, but just as you have a fire alarm, carbon gas monitor, home insurance, we think it’s prudent to spend a few dollars each year to test your home water supply.

There are a few things you want to test for:

pH levels – you want to have as close to a pH level of 7 as possible. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, and anything above 7 is considered basic. But at the same time, anything close to 7 is fine for humans, and a lot of people are a little bit paniced over pH levels. As long as it’s close to 7, you’re in the safe.

all these brands have different pH levels, all acceptable

Fluoride – most public water supplies have fluoride added to the water. Fluoride is naturally occurring at various levels from different water sources across the United States, and yet it is still added to most water to help prevent tooth decay in the population. If Fluoride levels are too high, you may want to consider a reverse osmosis filtration system to remove the fluoride.

Other Contaminants – anything from lead, arsenic, chlorine and other sediments can be found in public water supplies. And while some small levels are considered acceptable, they often times taste bad. You don’t need any fancy kit for this; if your water tastes bad, you may want to consider a filtration system.

Pathogens – these are bacteria and viruses that can cause major illness. This is the more rare occurrence since the water treatment plants usually heat water enough to be able to kill all pathogens.

How to test your drinking water

There are a variety of online kits available to test your drinking water, in addition to a variety of things you need to test for (mentioned above). Instead of writing you a long essay, we think this video on testing water quality sums it up perfectly.

How to Filter Water if drinking water isn’t acceptable

There are a few different ways you can filter your water, depending on how bad your tests go!

If water is really bad – Reverse Osmosis

If you have quite a few problems with your water, from a bad pH level, to a high fluoride level or having other unacceptable levels of contaminants, then you will want to consider purchasing a reverse osmosis filtration system. Reverse Osmosis filters between 99% – 99.99% of all contaminants and leaves you with some of the purest water you can possibly get, literally, in the universe.

reverse osmosis is one of the safest filters

If water just tastes bad but is safe – Gravity Filter

Sometimes the water is perfectly safe but just has enough trace amounts of sediments that it makes the water taste bad. In these cases, you just need a simple water filter, such as a Brita Gravity filter, which will take care of most tastes. While it won’t change any fluoride levels or any pathogens, it will get the majority of sediments, such as calcium and limescale.