Shorter Showers: 10 Tips for Taking Quicker, More Efficient Showers

For most of us, showering is a crucial part of our daily routine. Usually, it’s the first thing we do in the morning or the last thing we do before bed. Showering often relieves stress and helps us to relax. If I don’t feel clean, then I don’t feel like myself. Some of you may prefer to take a bath rather than shower. That’s perfectly fine. Whatever floats your boat. Get it? Because you can play with boats in a bath! Anyway, if you’re like me you’ve probably noticed that your showers and baths take a long time. No matter how hard you try, it seems impossible to take shorter showers. This article will focus on tips that can help you to take shorter showers. However, many of these can be used for those of you that love baths. Let’s take a look at 10 tips for taking quicker showers.

Taking Shorter Showers is Important

We are all aware that our planet is, somewhat, in crisis. There’s limited water and space. Bathing, in general, uses a lot of water. It’s an important part of society and is healthy. However, any little way that we can preserve water is important. Shortening our showers is just one way that we can preserve water and energy. There are so many other things that we can do to preserve water that won’t break the bank or waste your time!

Use Cold Water

One of the main reasons that I take my time in the shower is because I enjoy the way the hot water feels. It’s relaxing and helps make cold, winter mornings more manageable. Therefore, using cold water will make sure that you’re not “wasting” time letting the water run down your body. You’ll want to get out of the cold just as badly as you want to stay in the warmth. Plus, there are other benefits to taking colder showers.

Set a Timer

Nothing keeps you honest like knowing something is holding your accountable. Setting a timer will let you know when it’s time for you to wrap up your routine. Plus, it might add a little competition to your shower. Who’s going to win, you or the clock.

Turn the Water Off When It's Not Needed

There are many times during my shower that I don’t need to have the water on. There is a method that the navy uses as a way to preserve water. First, you turn the shower on to wet your body. Then, you turn the shower off to clean yourself. Lastly, you turn the water on again to rinse yourself off. This could help save hot water too. If you don’t need to have the water on while you shave, then turn it off.

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Strategically Plan Your Shower Routine

Everyone has a routine in the shower. If you can plan it to make the best use of your time, then you’ll find yourself taking shorter showers. For example, wash your body and face while you’re waiting for the hair conditioner to soak in. Or, wash your body while you’re rinsing the shampoo out of your hair. The most important part about planning out your routine is to stick with it. It won’t matter how strategic you are if you don’t apply it.

Keep Your Items in a Single Spot

Sometimes, it’s hard to find what you need inside of the shower. You waste precious seconds looking for the soap. To solve this problem, keep all of your items in a single spot. If you don’t have to look for them, then you don’t accidentally waste time.

Use 2-in-1 Products

Most shampoo and conditioner comes in a 2-in-1 option. If 1 product can do the work of 2 in half the time, then it might be worth a try. Some people don’t like 2-in-1 combinations for many reason. However, it can be very efficient at times.

Skip a Day

This can mean 2 different things. You can skip a shower and save water. Or, you can skip a day washing your hair. Our body has natural oils that are replenished if we skip a shower. The same thing goes for our hair. The part of my routine that takes the longest is washing and conditioning my hair. I’m guessing that’s the same for most of you, too. Skip your hair and cut your shower time in half.

Use Body Wash

There is a classic debate that argues bar soap vs body wash. If you want to save time, then body wash is the way to go. The body wash spreads to more of your body faster than soap does. With a bar of soap, you have to guide it around your body. However, with body wash, the suds spread on their own and can be spread out more. You can wash your body faster with body wash than with a bar of soap.

Plug the Drain

Nobody likes to shower in a puddle. You can use the water build up as a timer to let you know when it’s time to get out. Also, the more uncomfortable a shower is, then the quicker you will want to get out.

Shower at the Gym

Showering outside of the comforts of your own home isn’t fun. If you took a long shower at the gym, then you’d probably feel awkward. If you work out in the mornings, then choosing to shower at the gym instead of at home may cut your shower time by a lot.


In conclusion, there are many ways that you can take a quicker shower. Most of these don’t require you to drastically change the way that you shower. A little tweak to your routine here and there can do wonders to help the environment and preserve water. A quick shower is still a clean shower.  

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Bailey Longhurst

I am amazed every day by the beauty that this world provides for us and think it is important to preserve it! Taking care of ourselves and our earth is crucial and I want to help people discover new ways to do both. Publishing for Green and Growing is a unique way that I can get my message across, and I hope you all enjoy what we write about!

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