Tap Water Temperature

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Chaszmyr, Nov 12, 2008.

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Do you use cold or warm water at the sink?

  1. Cold water only

    10 vote(s)
    29.4%
  2. Turn on both cold and hot water

    14 vote(s)
    41.2%
  3. My faucet doesn't have separate knobs for hot and cold

    7 vote(s)
    20.6%
  4. Cold only, but I live in a place that doesn't have freezing weather

    3 vote(s)
    8.8%
  1. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    #1
    When you wash your hands and/or brush your teeth, do you turn on just the cold water, or both the cold and hot water to make it warmer?
     
  2. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Our tap water is too cold for comfortable hand washing so I add a little warm to the mix...but I don't like the taste of the hot water so I go totally ice cold for teeth brushing/rinsing/whatever else.
     
  3. sammich macrumors 601

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    Cold water first. Since it takes time for the hot water to come through the pipes, it starts off as cold water when I brush my teeth, and by the time the hot water gets out, I can use it for washing my face etc. Uni-faucet.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    #4
    our tap water is almost too warm atm! so nothing can be done with it. but i drink cold fridge water anyway. in the winter it gets mighty cold but i find it refreshing. if im washing my hands ill add a little warm to the mix but it takes ages to warm up!
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Depends if the boiler is on. Since I go to bed hours after the boilers been turned off I won't get any hot water. Warm, sure! Can't brush my teeth with cold water after all. At least during winter.

    Day=cold
    Night=warm
     
  6. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    It can depend on the need. Washing dishes, warm to hot temp. Get a drink, cold. Washing hands, warm.
     
  7. dilbert4life macrumors regular

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    Your missing an option, what about only hot. I only brush my teeth and wash my hands with hot water. I mean, c'mon, you wash your dishes in hot water, why not your teeth? :apple:
     
  8. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Umm, boiled gums? :rolleyes: :eek:
     
  9. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    option not given: hot water only. The water at my place takes long enough to warm up that by the time I'm done washing my hands it's pleasantly warm but not hot yet.

    For brushing teeth and such though I just use cold. No point wasting hot water for that.
     
  10. benflick macrumors 68020

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    #10
    I have sensitive teeth so I usually use warm water for Brushing my teeth. And I find it to be a pleasurable experience.:)
     
  11. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a

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    The creek behind my hollowed out tree house. Is pretty cold all year long.
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Sorry, I was looking for the , Do you pee in the sink thread? My apologies.
     
  13. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

    Big-TDI-Guy

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    On this issue, unless there is a lot of grease / oil on my hands (working on the auto, ect...) I just go cold. Wasting X gallons of water waiting for the pipes to warm up seems like... Well, a waste. Not to mention how much hot water has to be re-heated again in the heater to replace what you just used. I've even wrapped my pipes - and obviously it does not help any bit with keeping them warm over night. I have noticed it does help when using low volumes of hot water - it stays hot. (before it would start to cool, even if running)

    Dishes - hot, laundry - hot (or else the damn (@*$ing HE machine does NOTHING) - showers warm.

    I've been toying with the idea of putting a small pipe heater tied into the light switch of the bathroom and a timer. So when I go to the bathroom, it starts heating the pipe up - just enough for a hand washing after my duties.
     
  14. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Cold all the way. Unless I'm shaving or washing dishes.
     
  15. juanster macrumors 68020

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    it hurts my hands when its too cold so i gotta mix it up...
     
  16. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    There should be no need for water when brushing your teeth!

    I've heard that you should just apply toothpaste to the brush, brush then spit. If you wet your brush, or rinse your mouth with water you are diluting the fluoride content in the toothpaste and hence it is not as effective.

    I've also heard that you should use mouthwash before you brush your teeth rather than after. Mouthwash usually has fluoride in the region of 250ppm, whereas toothpaste is usually 1000+ ppm. If you rinse with mouthwash you will not have as high a concentration of fluoride in your mouth.

    This is all from a dentist :p.

    Well, I suppose you need water to rinse your toothbrush after you've used it!
     
  17. Dagless macrumors Core

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    And your mouth after you're done, surely?
     
  18. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    No, you're meant to just spit. If you rinse your mouth, your washing away the toothpaste that would normally be left in your mouth. If you spit, that toothpaste remains and helps your teeth.

    I used to always rinse, but since finding this out, I've stopped. It takes a while to get used to it, but it's second nature now.
     
  19. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I don't think the OP is a shaver, or at least not yet.
     
  20. Chaszmyr thread starter macrumors 601

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    As per my profile, I'm 24... How many 24 year olds are "not yet shavers?" :confused:


    Moreover, what does my shaving or not have to do with anything? I can't imagine why you thought it was worth it for you to post anything at all.
     
  21. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Because shaving is the most important thing you do at the sink with warm water.

    Try shaving in cold water all the time.
     
  22. marbles macrumors 68000

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    wash skin with hot water , no soap . teeth with cold water & small organic amount of type toothpaste because surely germs breed in warmer water made for the hot tap & I don't put chemicals in me .( I've not read the entire thread)
     
  23. cosmokanga2 macrumors 6502a

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    No hot water option?! :)

    Our cold water here is freezing and are hot water is not super hot due to the really long pipes in the house so I use it for my needs. I also have sensitive teeth.
     

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