By taking small actions at home, such as disposing of oil correctly, you will be helping to protect thousands of liters of water. Discover in this guide what other measures you can take to avoid water contamination.
Water is one of our main natural resources, but did you know that less than 1% of the water in the world is suitable for human consumption? Being such a finite -and precious- resource, it is essential to take measures that help take care of it as much as possible. Reducing and avoiding water pollution is not only the responsibility of large factories or industries: from home, with small changes, we can contribute massively to preventing water pollution.
In this article, we are going to provide you with a list of measures so that you know how to avoid water contamination and what you can do to help reverse this problem.
Environmentally friendly products: when buying products, prioritize those that have a smaller footprint on the environment. Products that have been made with recycled cardboard or plastic; products that can be recycled again or that use less energy or water.
Multi-use products: I chose these products over those for a specific use since the latter are generally made up of more aggressive elements for the environment.
Disinfectants: use them correctly. On some occasions, they can only be used to disinfect and not to clean, since they have highly toxic elements for water.
Detergents and soaps: follow the recommendations on the package to use the amount recommended by the manufacturer. Use a detergent like Cif Bio Active that, thanks to its concentrated formula, stays on the sponge longer, generating more foam, so you can wash more dishes with less product. In addition, it contains a formula with 100% biodegradable active ingredients and its bottle is 100% recycled plastic.
Ecological and homemade cleaning products: you can learn how to use ecological cleaning products at home to complement your cleaning routine at home.
Used vegetable oil: avoid throwing the oil from frying in the kitchen drain or in the toilet. Keep in mind that 1 liter of oil contaminates up to 100 thousand liters of water. Find out which places in your city recycle oil, or put it in a container and throw it away with the solid waste. You can also learn how to recycle cooking oil at home and use it to make candles or soap.
Medicines: avoid throwing them down the toilet or down the drain. Find out if there are specific places in your city or take them to the pharmacy.
Wet wipes, tampons, condoms: avoid throwing them down the toilet. Throw them in the solid waste bag.
Heavy metals: do not throw batteries or batteries in the trash. Heavy metals such as mercury or lithium are highly polluting the water. Take them to a recycling point.
Plastics: reduce your consumption when you can. Take your bag to the supermarket, consume recycled products and recycle at home too. Plastic takes many years to degrade and ends up contaminating the soil and water where it is discarded.
Herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers: avoid the use of industrial products. I resorted to natural products, made by myself or from companies with an ecological conscience.
Washing machine or dishwasher: use them only when they are full so as not to waste water and energy. Use a laundry soap that helps you to carry out deep cleaning, even in short wash cycles, such as the Wing Liquid Soap to Dilute, whose packaging is also made with recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable.
Drains: clean them with natural products. Industrial ones are highly toxic.
Toxic Liquids: Paints, motor oil, coolants, or other toxic liquids used in the home. Don’t flush them down the drain or down the toilet. Find out if there are fixed points to dump toxic liquids in your city.
Sidewalks and curbs: keep the sidewalks and curbs clean to prevent leaves or garbage that is in the street from ending up contaminating the drains.
Applying only the solutions to water pollution that we told you about earlier in our daily routine is not enough. It is also important that we use it in a rational and measured way. Let’s take care of the water, let’s use it responsibly, and let’s not let it run when:
We brush our teeth: use a glass to rinse your mouth.
Wash the car or the sidewalk: do not use a hose, fill the water in a bucket.
We clean the dishes: lather all the dishes and cutlery, with the tap closed. I turned on the faucet and rinsed them all together. Use a soap that generates more foam.
When cleaning around the house: Take small steps like cleaning with water in a bucket instead of using the hose or using no-rinse products so you can clean using less water.
When doing laundry: use short wash cycles and run the washing machine only when it is full.
Avoid drips: beware of drips for hours on the taps in the bathroom, kitchen, or shower. These leaks translate into a huge waste of water.
Irrigate with rainwater: do not use potable water to irrigate. If possible, implement a system that allows you to collect rainwater safely and then water the plants.
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