You’ve probably been brushing your teeth for years by now, so you can get along just fine without a primer on how to do it. However, this post will explain how to brush your teeth without wasting water in three easy steps, while using only about three cups of water.
Fill a cup with with water. Then, turn the water faucet off and do not turn it on again until step #3.
Swish your toothbrush in the water-filled cup, load it with toothpaste and brush your teeth. Use the water in the cup to wet your toothbrush several times as you brush your teeth. (Your dentist probably already told you to brush your teeth for about 2 minutes,* so we’re not going to mention anything like that here.)
Empty and rinse the cup. Then, fill the cup with water and use half of the water to thoroughly rinse your mouth. Use the other half to rinse your brush. Wash the cup and and set it aside. (Repeat Steps 1 through 3 in the morning and before you go to bed.* As before, we’re not going to mention any dentist recommendations, but brushing your teeth twice a day is a good idea.)
Why This Is A Good Green Habit
Most bathroom faucets run about two gallons of water per minute. This means if you brush your teeth for two minutes,* twice a day,* with the water running, you will waste about eight gallons a day brushing your teeth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can save over 200 gallons of water per month by turning off the water. And, now you know how to brush your teeth without wasting water and feel darn good about it!