Another Quickie shower challenge check-in

It’s time for another check-in on the Quickie 5-minute Shower Challenge. We’re up to 100 participants now! Woohoo! Thank you to everyone who is giving this challenge a try and to those of you who’ve linked to it on your blog. :)

So, how are you doing with it now that we are almost a month in? Those of you who were struggling to decrease your shower time, has turning off the water while you lather up or shampoo your hair helped? Or turning off the water while you shave? At the last check-in post, a couple people mentioned the “no ‘poo” (no shampoo) technique and, for those of you who are interested in learning more about it, I might have a guest blogger write about it while I’m on vacation.

I confess I was getting lazy and had been pushing the 5-minute limit (or going over) the last week so I started turning off the water while I shampoo my hair and lather up my body and that makes such a huge difference. Now I get done in under 5 minutes easily.

Two more months to go. You’re doing a great job so far! Hope you will hang in there with me. And if you haven’t signed up yet, but want to give it a go, leave me a comment and I’ll add you to the list. :)

If you are looking for more eco-challenges, check out Enviromom’s One Can A Month Challenge or Crunchy Chicken’s Keep Yer Cool Challenge.

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23 thoughts on “Another Quickie shower challenge check-in

  1. I’ve found it easier than I thought I would. I think with The Boy often times in with me in the past, I’ve gotten rather efficient, because let’s face it– no matter how you spin it, showering with a toddler is not relaxing or enjoyable. with him, it takes me a bit longer, but we get two clean people in under 8 minutes each time. I’m usually around 4-5 minutes, but I don’t shut the water off while lathering, because I’ve found the water is relaxing. I’ll try to do better in July. :)

  2. Our water shut off last week due to some faulty wiring in the well pump. The second time in 6 months. Something like that makes you realize how much you use it. The pump company is on vacation this week, so they “put a bandaid” on it until they can really fix it next week. At any moment, our water could cut off again! I’ve been enjoying it while it’s here… I’m at right around 5 minutes every other day, so I’ve been doing well. It still feels like a huge rush to get all the shampoo and conditioner rinsed out. My husband has also cut back to 5 mins, but he HAS to shower each day because he comes home covered in sawdust. So I guess we’ve been doing pretty well. If the water shuts off again, we’ll be champs!

  3. In all honesty, I feel like I’m doing a six minute shower challenge. I can’t quite manage in five, but that extra minute is just the time I need.

    I timed one normal shower before I started the challenge and it took me twelve minutes–six is better than twelve, yes?

  4. I really appreciate the heads up on this. My showers are really fast anyway, maybe 2 minutes, but I’ve started timing from the second I put the water on (catching the warm up water, of course) and it’s still under 5! When I shave I do turn the water off, so that helps the water but adds time. All in all, no problem and DH is even on board. That man tok REALLY long showers! thank you!!!

  5. I LOVE this idea! I think it will be a tough sell to The Husband (like Ellen’s fella, his showers are longer than mine!) but I’m going to make an effort.
    I am newly “going green” and a novice blogger (MomStillLearning.blogspot.com).
    Would you consider adding me to your Green Mom Blogroll
    Thanks!

  6. Okay, this has been weighing on my mind for awhile so I should probably just bite the bullet and go on and do it. :)

    You were joking when you mentioned skipping showers. Unfortunately I haven’t been taking them as much as I’ve wanted to! (sleep has been more important to me) Maybe you should blog about when the best time of day to take a shower is?

    Also, I had some trouble with when the shower actually starts and stops… it just dawned on me that the shower starts when the water starts, no matter how cold the water is or how long it takes to warm up. duh.

    Thanks for the challenge and for the links to others.

  7. Hi Amy,
    Doing good here. Sometimes I push the limit too! ;) I’ve gone a couple days without a shower tho’…umm, did I just say that? Sometimes it’s easier…get more done too! I like shower’s don’t get me wrong. For the most part, I turn the water off when shampooing,conditioning and shaving! No shower yet today either! :)

  8. Now that it is glorious and warm, I’m in our outdoor shower nearly every day, and I find it much easier in the warm sunshine to turn the water off for a minute! It helps make it five min, that is for sure.

  9. I didn’t sign up for the challenge, but I’m usually pretty good at sticking to less than 5 mins. Don’t have much choice really, if I leave it any longer the kids will have destroyed the house or killed each other by then.

    However, I am finding with all the heat, and with trying not to turn my air conditioning down below 80, and with being in my third trimester at the same time, I’m finding I need more than one shower per day these days. So I guess it cancels out the good. But at least it’s two very short showers…would be worse if it were two long ones…

    We’ve had a lot of rain here recently and Kaya has started collecting rain water to water our plants with on dry days. She’s catching on quickly. :)

  10. Leave in conditioner is helping but I fear my commitment is waning in the cold weather. My timer needs new batteries too! LOL!

    Must do better. *tsk* *smacks hands*

  11. I can’t seem to get done in 5 when I wash my hair, but when I don’t it’s only 3-4, so it makes up for it. Also there are days when I skip the shower and just use the sink. The sink puts out a much smaller volume of water, so that probably = about a minute shower, just as a guess. I’m sure this has cut my water usage more than in half!

  12. Turns out I’m a pretty quick showerer. Even when I wash my hair and shave, I can usually get done under 5 minutes. For a bit more of a challenge, I’m going to try turning off the water while I wash and shave this month, though.

  13. Hello from a new reader! I love your challenge. And I had to share a related story of mine. I went to high school in Africa (Swaziland) and there was a severe water shortage during the course of about 4 months. We lived in a dorm and were allowed showers only 2xs a week. And even then, we had to have 3 to a shower head. This meant one person shampooed, one soaped and one conditioned and then we rotated. If we wanted to get clean on other days, we could “basin bath” which meant standing in a bucket, and using a sink to soap up or wash hair. Honestly, we got used to it. It was a very important lesson for me on how much you really need. So my point here? Just one… shower with your partner when you can! While it was just about the shower in high school, it certainly doesn’t have to be now with your partner. How’s that for incentive? Good luck to everyone with this great challenge!

  14. now that we’re up at camp this challenge is super-easy. the water smells yucky, the showers are tiny, and it’s just not fun to be in there. “in and out” is the best way to make it work!:-) plus, if we swim in the lake…doesn’t that count!? too bad the water levels are too high for swimming right now…

  15. I’ve been a little slack, too :( We went out of town twice, so I splurged LOL But otherwise, I’ve been doing pretty good! I can’t shower and shave in under five minutes unless I turn the water off while I’m shaving. It does make all the difference!

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  17. I am actually finding it not hard. I have always taken rapid showers, but what I like is that I am doing it with real purpose now!

    And, much to my shock, my husband it t*r*y*i*n*g to limit the amount of time he spends in there :)

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