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<p>A better idea for the right temp for your shower, and your whole house: adjust the thermostat on the water heater so that it's no more than 120&deg;. No one will ever get scalded again, and the hot water at the lavatories will be safe for children. Why would you heat water up, only to have to add cold water to it? That's a waste.</p>
The reason for having hotter water in your heater is to avoid disease. If your water is kept at 120F bacteria will be able to grow very quickly. I seem to remember that you should keep your boiler at minimum of 80C (I think that's about 175F).
<p>Avoiding disease with water temperature has more to do with food rather than showers. As a veteran chef I just figured I would attempt to cure your fear of bacteria. Also, to truly avoid this bacteria that seems to concern you, use boiling water via your stove or microwave, which in effect uses less electric than setting your water heater at a specific temperature. Obviously you wouldn't be soaking in a tub of boiling hot water, right? I know it certainly would never make it's way through my shower head. Just information for the weary...or should I say worried?</p>
<p>Don't forget that most houses only have one water heater that is not only used for bathing and cooking, but also for washing clothes and dishes. High temps are good for making sure said clothes and dishes are cleaned. Personally I would rather turn up the temp to my water heater just so that I can get a good shower and not worry about the dishwasher or laundry machine ruining said good shower. This applies even more so when you are in a house with 4+ people or that one roommate that loves making the bathroom into a sauna whenever they shower.</p>
<p>The suggestion to keep the water temp lower is not just one of safety, but for the environmentally concerned. Washing clothes in hot water is a practice many discontinued long ago. Modern detergents work very well with cold water. My comment was not directed toward people who would turn a bathroom into a sauna, or who think only of themselves. I wouldn't know how to address that kind of person, or say anything that would get them to change their wasteful behavior. Having said that, I offer this from the NY Times: </p><p>&quot;About three-quarters of the energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions from<br> washing a load of laundry come from heating the water--a practice <br>that, scientists say, is often wasteful and unnecessary.&quot;</p>
The key word here is &quot;often&quot;. I an not a stickler on msny things, in fact it would be better if i upped my game where i eould keep things s little more organized. But i am a believer in hottest wster i can stand to do my lsundry and cleaning. I even have to wait about 15 minutes before i can put my hsnds into dish wster ( yes. I actuslly hand wash most if my dishes becsuse i never hsve enough dirty at the same time to use a dishwssher.)
<p>#doxie.. like you I dont have a dishwasher. However, my hot water is 60C and way too hot to put my hands in it for hand dishwashing...I use a delay and dishbrush for the majority... research today's technology with regard to laundry products....very few instances of requirement of high temperatures, unless you are dealing with &quot;medical&quot; laundry i.e soiled bed linen, reusable bandages, etc.</p><p>Occasionally I will put some towels through a hot wash, but only if there has been some infection around, and there is a recommendation that shared items be given some special attention.</p>
<p>I thought most washing machines (for clothes) were cold fill only now. Certainly new ones in the UK are as far as I'm aware.</p><p>Great tips btw, KoR.</p>
<p>A little bit late maybe, but talking about bacteria, you mean &quot;legionella&quot;? </p><p><em>Legionella</em> [...] [are] common in many environments, including soil and aquatic systems, with at least 50 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species">species</a> and 70 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotype">serogroups</a> identified. The bacterium, however, is not transmissible from person to person:<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionella#cite_note-:0-2">[2]</a></sup> furthermore, most people exposed to the bacteria do not become ill.<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionella#cite_note-3">[3]</a></sup></p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moist_heat_sterilization">Moist heat sterilization</a> (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superheating">superheating</a> to 140 &deg;F (60 &deg;C) and flushing) is a nonchemical treatment that typically must be repeated every 3&ndash;5 weeks.</p><p>Risk factors for infection include older age, history of smoking, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_lung_disease">chronic lung disease</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunosuppression">poor immune function</a>.<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionnaires%27_disease#cite_note-6">[6]</a></sup><br> It is recommended that those with severe pneumonia and those with <br>pneumonia and a recent travel history be tested for the disease.<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionnaires%27_disease#cite_note-CDC2015SymP-7">[7</a>] </p>
<p>Dishwashers apparently dont use hot water, they heat the water in the machine. You too need to upgrade the capacity of your water heater, and maybe instal a sauna...that is so wasteful. A friend of mine has a timer on the shower to limit the luxury of steamed up bathrooms. His family doesnt like it, but unless they share the electricity bill, that is the way it is....soon learn to have a quick and vigorous shower.</p>
<p>US Water heaters can only go to 140&deg;F for safety reasons. (Regulated by law.) If you &quot;hack&quot; your heater and get 180&deg;F out of it, stand by for some lawsuits from guests in your home. According to the <a href="http://www.burnfoundation.org,"> http://www.burnfoundation.org, </a> <br><br>Hot Water Causes Third Degree Burns&hellip;<br>&hellip;in 1 second at 156&ordm;<br>&hellip;in 2 seconds at 149&ordm;<br>&hellip;in 5 seconds at 140&ordm;<br>&hellip;in 15 seconds at 133&ordm;</p><p><br>And I have mine set at 140&deg;F, and the reason being, I have a large tub, (I'm a large person) and I can't fill it with a sufficient quantity of water to bathe properly. And mixing a cold and hot stream to get the temperature you want or need isn't a waste. If you're arthritic (I am), and need a large quantity of hot [not scalding] (105&deg;F to 108&deg;F) water, you're going to step up the temp, and mix it to a safe reasonable temperature.<br><br>Don't be ignorant, LOOK IT UP!</p>
<p>I don't quite understand the &quot;don't be ignorant&quot; remark, as it's never my goal. Obviously, no suggestion works for everyone, and mine is intended for the average person's showers and lavatories. The needs of large arthritic people did not occur to me, and was not a consideration. I can sympathize with your arthritis, as I suffer a bit from it myself. I do hope you can find ways to relieve it. If my suggestion doesn't work for you there's no need to defend your own practice. But, if you still have to mix cold water with your hot you've probably heated it too much. Some experimentation might yield a lower setting that could work. I realize that saving energy is not important to everyone. Take the suggestion or not.</p>
<p>It's been proven you can fix ignorance, by education. You can't fix stupid. Setting a water heater at 170&deg;F to 180&deg;F as suggested by some contributors, well, that's just way beyond safe. It's dangerous.<br><br>As to the 140&deg;F setting on my water heater, if I use it at the suggested lower temperature(s) then I CANNNOT mix to a comfortable use temperature. With my water heater set to 120&deg;F, it will not render a tub full of water at a temperature over 98.6&deg;F. It's a <strong>large </strong>tub.<br><br>I also do not feel comfortable washing my clothing and dishes with water that won't help sanitize them.<br><br>Saving energy, good idea. I have a heavy insulating jacket on my water heater. I use it for hot water during off hours (our power provider has a higher price for power used during peak hours), and I use what I need, and don't over do it.<br><br>I've tried the lower temperature, and it doesn't clean my clothes, dishes, or myself as well as sanitary rules require.<br><br>The Canadian standard (very similar ti US standards) for hospitals is: </p><p>For use in cleaning hands, etc and preventing any growth of bacteria in plumbing the standard is 60C (140F) for hospitals. This is a minimum requirement for infection control, etc.<br><br>Typically for laundry and commercial dishwashers the temperature standard is 82C (approximately 180F) again by hospital standards.<br><br>(Alberta Health Services construction standards for new hospitals).</p>
<p>Seriously...you need to upgrade your water heater to a greater capacity, or get a smaller tub. Those high temperatures are dangerous in a domestic situation. I hope you dont have children. I have a peripheral nerve problem, and am advised to regulate water very closely as far as temp goes, though I never use a bath.</p><p>I am sorry about your physical disability, but you need to be safe. I never use hot water in my washing machine...and a dishwasher heats its own water.</p>
<p>60 C</p>
<p>if you set your boiler anywhere near 175F, you have a VERY serious scald/burn risk. DON'T do it!</p>
Because if you don't keep your heater over 150&bull; your tank can easily start breeding things that you don't want
The ptoblem with this is that 120 degrees is not hot enough for dishes.
<p>I agree, 120&deg; is not hot enough for dishes. I use an electric kettle to heat my water for dishes. I too wash dishes by hand.</p>
<p>But What About Icy Cold??? <em><strong>Huh</strong></em><strong><em>?!?</em></strong> </p>
<p>Nice.</p>
Good point. Thx.
<p>Lol, the fire was already burning before you added the chips! Should actually Start the fire when showing a fire starter. One other thing, Eat the ENTIRE kiwi, peeling and all. That is the largest part of the fibre and minerals from the fruit. ;) Like the hacks though. </p>
<p>I live in the land of the kiwi... eating the peeling....ummmmmm. you have no idea what they spray on those things.....do you eat banana skins as well?????</p>
<p>LOL. For a second I was about to comment that you were plagiarizing(idc about the spelling) Grant Thompson, then I remember you're the king of random</p>
<p>Love this! The tie saver and bag dispenser are pure genius!</p>
<p>I like the tie saver, but they've been making these things for years, and they look good too: <a href="http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/tie-clip-bar-primer/" rel="nofollow">http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/tie-clip-bar-prim...</a></p>
<p>brilliant</p>
<p>love the tie idea. Brilliant! And the kiwi!!! </p>
<p>lots of good ideas and i will be using the plastic bag idea but i cant see the one for lining up the center of dowels, which is the one i was particularly interested in. Clicking next didnt take me anywhere either.</p>
If you came in from the email, it's because the dowel centre finder is on a different instructable to this. <br><br>Here's the link:<br>http://instructables.com/id/Dowel-Center-Finder/?ALLSTEPS
Wow! You are the CHAMP!! Was at first only interested in a couple but wound up planning to implement at least 6 right away! In particular, the grocery bags! ??
<p>I really enjoyed this. Great ideas. Oh the beauty of computers!!</p>
Build a cnc router
<p>Going to use the Pillow Hack tonight as I'm traveling for work and want to have a good night's sleep!</p>
WOW! Amazing tips....<br><br>Thank you for your lateral thinking....<br><br><br>:-)
Awesome tips and ideas. I can't wait to share these with my family.
<p>Good way to use Pringles, 1 would have been enough to light a barbie. Thanks for the pillow trick I'm always waking with a stiffy</p>
<p>Wow . Now there are tips I am going to try . I always get headaches while sleeping so that pillow one is a must .. And my wife is guaranteed to try the plastic bag one . </p><p>Great . Keep them coming </p>
<p>#5: That guy had a wand in his shower. Why don't people take it down and point it away from them until they find the sweet spot? That's what I do :\ </p>
<p>Great stuff. There are at least half a dozen of these that will help me no end.</p>
<p>Am I the only one here who knows exactly wich side is the fuel entrance, and even remember what it looks like?</p>
<p>I am 78 years old and drive three (3) vehicles and have no problem remembering which side of the vehicles the gas filler spout is on. How can something so simple not be remembered?</p>
One of the points made was that this is important informstion if you are driving a different car thsn yours. Especially rental cars.
<p>Like the plastic grocery bag idea. You can use Youtube's share feature to create the &quot;Watch the video HERE&quot; hyperlink to start right at the specific Life Hack you choose, instead of from the beginning.</p><p>This is the link created for the time that the plastic grocery bag hack starts- https://youtu.be/ljcaBCnaw2s?t=3m37s</p>

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