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Be Eco-Friendly! How to Reuse Water from the Dehumidifier

While its popularity is constantly rising, Eco-friendliness is not a trend, but a social responsibility. People who recently started being environmentally conscious have had to adapt their life accordingly. However, it is important to understand that leading an Eco-friendly life should not be viewed as an effort but as a common thing. Eco-friendliness is a lifestyle. It means you are a responsible person. Our modern society is very unbalanced. It is driven by mass consumerism which teaches us to be wasteful. We buy clothes that we don’t wear, we think it is common to eat and drink from plastic containers and if we do buy natural food, it is not often that it ends up rotting in our refrigerators. As such, you might think that reusing the water that your dehumidifier gathers will not make much of a difference, considering how wasteful the rest of our lives are. However, this is but one of the many small gestures that we should do everyday in order to protect our planet. Furthermore, if you live in a high humidity area and you constantly use a dehumidifier for basement, you are probably gathering a consistent amount of water per day. We must stop viewing anything as a commodity and understand that everything that surrounds us is precious and should not be wasted, water in particular.

Is it safe to reuse water from the dehumidifier

This is the first question that you should be asking yourself. As you can imagine, after lecturing you about the importance of not being wasteful, we would not end up to the conclusion that you can’t use dehumidifier water. However, there are a couple of things that you need to consider. Dehumidifier water is a type of gray water, meaning slightly used water. Gray water is also resulted from washing our hands or our vegetables. The level of gray water’s dirtiness is very important when considering reusing this water. The water that gathers up in a dehumidifier’s tank is basically distilled water. Due to the dehumidification process, it can contain traces of metal as well as airborne bacteria. The water from a dehumidifier for basement can contain even higher levels of bacteria as the damp basements are perfect environments for the development of various types of bacteria. Therefore, this water is not safe for anyone to drink, not even a pet. Some people say that if you clean your dehumidifier’s tank regularly, you will decrease the chances of bacteria development. However, in a bizarre way, cleaning your dehumidifier more often than usually, can also be wasteful.

Safe uses for dehumidifier water

Despite the fact that it can contain certain contaminants, there are many ways in which you can safely reuse dehumidifier water. For example, you can use it for soaking dirty clothes, for washing the car, for distilling watercolors, for cleaning paint brushes and so on. You can also use it on the washing machine when it is loading. This water is also safe for watering plants, except for edible plants. However, the most comfortable way of reusing water from the dehumidifier is for flushing toilets. It is best if you pour it directly into the bowl in order to avoid dirtying the hard to clean parts of the toilet.

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