I try to be green. I use some "green" cleaning supplies, and use microfiber cloths to clean with; I've even experimented with making my own baby wipes. I reuse certain containers, and try to get artsy-craftsy with others, but I really don't consider myself a "green-mama".
One of the things we've been trying to cut back on is wasting electric and water. Honestly, a lot of that had to do with my husband losing his job in November, but since he's been working again, I'm still flitting around, turning things off, or reminding the kids to shut off the water. But I have a confession to make.
I love to feel pampered when I take my shower. Really pampered. It's the only time I really have for myself anymore, and enjoy just disappearing into the nice warm water, as it washes away my cares for the few minutes I allow myself to just relax.
I have two bathrooms in my house- one has a rain shower head, and no pressure regulator. It's awesome for the days where I just need the stress to be beat out of me. It's also positioned at a higher point, and being 5'10'', it's usually my preferred choice, because I don't have to duck to wash my hair. My other bathroom (the master bathroom) had this horrible stock shower head, but when the valves and pipes and stuff were put in, they added a water pressure regulator of some sort. I'll admit, I'm totally clueless with the technical name of what it is, but I know that it basically is installed so we have less of a chance to waste water, and that the pressure is a little less than the other bathroom. I like the pressure of this bathroom better, but when I stood in the shower with the old fashioned shower head, the highest I could position it towards was at my chin. It obviously was NOT very good for washing my super thick, curly hair efficiently.
I started researching new shower heads; I researched different ones with bars that I could position higher, and handheld ones, which would make my life easier so I could shave my legs 9 months pregnant, or help Babs really wash her hair completely. Plus, a handheld would help me wash my tub more efficiently. (I hate washing the tub.. I love being able to spray it, walk away, come back and hose it down.) I also checked out regular mounted ones, and really decided I missed having multiple settings- the massage setting is so luxurious sometimes.
I had my search narrowed down to a few different shower heads, one on a re-positionable arm and a smaller handheld one, and and WaterPik one that was just a handheld were my two top choices. The only concern I had about the one with the re-positionable arm was that it would take up half of my stupid shower by the time it was fully installed. Then, I was given the opportunity to review the Waterpik EcoFlow shower head that was already on my list, so I jumped at it!
I had seen some very mixed reviews online for this particular shower head. Most of them dated back to 2010, and any more current reviews seemed much more pleasant, but I was still nervous. Would it leak? Did it look cheap? Would I hate it?
When the package arrived, the shower head looked like something I would definitely buy should I have physically been in a store shopping for it. It did not look "cheap" in any way, shape, or form. It does look stainless, although it is just chrome finished. I was a little concerned with keeping it clean, but so far, so good.
Brian installed our new shower head in less than ten minutes. The two sides of the hose are clearly labeled, so you screw it onto the right end (the handheld device or the mount). As long as you read the label, and hook the right ends up, there are no leaks. (The ten minutes included removing the hose, and re-securing it the right way, because he didn't read it the first time!)
It makes me feel more eco-conscious, but still allows me to feel pampered and allows the water to stay warm. The EcoFlow shower head packaging says that it saves 1 gallon of water per minute and up to $100 annually (based on only two ten-minute showers a day). Considering the fact that I have four people in my household that take more than ten minute showers, plus a baby on the way, I'm hoping that it really does save us some cash!
There are five settings on the shower head itself: full body (similar to rain), circular massage (pulsates from the middle), power spray (I use this to clean the tub), circular massage + mist (I don't really use this one), and the misting spray (my kids LOVE this setting and I love it for shaving).
Until tonight, the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation has been encouraging people all over the country to take a pledge to conserve more water and be more eco-friendly around their homes. If you use your zipcode and take the pledge, you can see where you're area ranks in standings, as well as be entered to win prizes.
If you're in the market for a good, quality, eco- conscious, shower head, I definitely would recommend giving this one a try. The Waterpik ECO EcoFlow Handheld Shower Head in Chrome is available online at Amazon, or at retail locations that sell WaterPik products like Lowe's, or straight through the WaterPik EcoFlow online store.
Our friends at MomSelect and WaterPik have offered one of our readers their chance to WIN a WaterPik EcoFlow shower head as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. The retail value of this shower head is approximately $52!
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