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Saving water in the shower and at the toilet

I'm looking for ways to save water at home. We already have a water efficient dishwasher and washing machine, so I'm looking at the shower and toilets. I live in the US and own my house. Shower: * We waste a lot of water waiting for it to warm up. Is there something we could install so that the water is warm immediately? * What's the best low-volume shower head? * Strategies for an on/off switch at the shower head so we can wet down, shut off, soap, turn on to rinse? Toilets: * What's a good low-volume toilet that won't clog up? * Dual-Flush toilets (for when you do a number 1 or a number 2) Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Nov 15, 2013 - 26 answers

Best. Toilet. EVER

I would like to buy an amazing toilet for our home. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 23, 2013 - 20 answers

When you gotta go...

How can I help my 4-year old get over her new fear of public toilets? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 10, 2012 - 34 answers

German potty humor

Sauber? Sauber! Help me find this German toilet ad. It's been cracking me up for twenty years. [more inside]
posted by dmvs on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

A Truly Top-Knotch Toilet

Please recommend a top knotch toilet with the best, most powerful flush. [more inside]
posted by AuntieRuth on Oct 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Toilet trouble

This clogged toilet is giving me hell....help! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Mar 22, 2010 - 11 answers

no, I am not talking about bidets!

Why do public bathrooms in France commonly not have toilet seats on their toilets?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Feb 23, 2009 - 7 answers

To flush or not to flush

Woman Filter: So a girlfriend of mine and I just discovered that we've been operating under contradicting information about whether it's okay to flush tampons! [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin on Mar 22, 2008 - 45 answers

NOBODY LIKES YOU THOMAS CRAPPER NOW GET YOUR LEGACY OUT OF MY BATHROOM

I was a bit inspired by this post to think about what kinds of composting toilets are available for a poured-concrete apartment building in the middle of an urban area. Am I nuts for even thinking of it? Even if I could, wouldn't the stench ruin us? Or what are the technological barriers preventing these systems from being smaller than they are? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Help fix a fussy toilet...

I have a toilet that doesn't flush well. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Jun 8, 2007 - 16 answers

How do I de-stench my toilet without killing my cat?

ToiletFilter: How do I de-stenchify a smelly toilet and not kill my cat in the process? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Mar 20, 2007 - 18 answers

Info on self-contained composting toilets

Recommendations for composting toilets, please. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Dec 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Are my toilets leaking?

I bought a house recently and my first utilities bill was $230 (!). Most of the cost was water, and the folks at city hall wondered if it was a toilet leak, but I haven't heard or seen evidence of this. Any ideas? Anyone had to inspect a house for leaks? [more inside]
posted by hall of robots on Oct 28, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I get a stronger flush from a low-flow toilet?

Any good hacks for getting a low flow toilet to deliver a stronger flush? Commode replacement is not, unfortunately, an option.
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Feb 2, 2005 - 15 answers

Toilet Seat at Work Has Month/Year Chart on Underside -- What Is It?

The toilet seat at my place of work has a chart like this embossed on the underside. Clearly months and years, with a period of them checked off with little bumps. What could it possibly mean? The chart is about 5cm x 5cm in size.
posted by Jimbob on Nov 14, 2004 - 11 answers

low flow toilet retrofit

ToiletFilter: I'm adding a toilet in the basement of our house. Should I get a low-flow 1.6 gpf unit, or go for a free multi-gallon unit? Can I retrofit a multi-gallon unit to flush less?
posted by daver on Mar 2, 2004 - 8 answers

Chipping Toilet Seat

I bought a new toilet seat about 18 months ago and the laminate of the inside front is already chipping. While these things aren't that expensive to replace I'd just as soon find a way to cover it up. Can I use plain white paint or will the small but growing?
posted by billsaysthis on Dec 27, 2003 - 5 answers

Preventative maintenance to keep a toilet from clogging?

I know how to unclog a toilet. How do you keep it from clogging, specifically if you have no influence over who's going to use it (e.g. when you're having, say, a party this weekend)? Is there something to flush down it occasionally, or daily, that will minimize the chances of clogging?
posted by soyjoy on Dec 17, 2003 - 12 answers

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