There has been talk several places and at several times about using distilled water to shave with due to hard water from the tap. Can anybody who actually does that tell me how much distilled water they go through in a month?
I have posted about softening water in small batches to use while shaving. I am trying to figure out just how much water I would need to soften to supply typical shaving needs for a month. The amount of water that would need to be softened at home instead of purchased really determines the economics of this.
How much distilled water does it take to support your shaving:
1) I don't use distilled water. The tap water works just fine.
2) 1 gallon per month or less - I sprinkle just enough on the brush to wet it and make lather.
3) 2 gallons per month - I use about a cup of water a day. I can fill my antique scuttle to really soak my brush in and make lather with.
4) 3-5 gallons per month - I use several cups of water a day. I can fill a bowl or sink to soak my brush, make lather, and easily rinse my razor during my shave.
5) More than 5 gallons per month. I do all of the above and perform my pre-shave face wash and post shave rinses with distilled water.
My guess is that most people would be able to get by with 2 gallons of distilled water per month, supplemented by some tap water for rinsing the razor during the shave. In my area, that is about $20/year of distilled water. I haven't priced the equipment to soften the water, yet, but I figure if I can't pay off the softener within two years it isn't really worth doing.