Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 26 February 2014 Shades of greywater Reusing greywater should be second nature in any H2O-savvy home - just make sure you use "light" grey water for your garden. 0 Related Grey water keeps it green Water-wise gardening tips Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Reusing water whenever possible is essential in a semi-arid country like ours, but keep in mind there are different "shades" of greyness when it come to greywater.For the garden, only recycle water you’ve used to wash yourself or laundry, and even then, note that some greywater isn’t suitable for irrigation, just toilet flushing. This includes water containing fabric softener, and from washing dirty nappies or work clothes heavily soiled with petrol or chemicals. Aim to cut back on non-biodegradable body products and laundry detergents as much as possible, to keep your recycled water a lighter shade of grey.Don’t reuse dishwater: it contains detergent that can damage plants, and food residues that can cause unwanted bacterial growth. Got a good green tip or event to share? Email me at email@example.com or post on the EnviroHealth Forum. If it's a planet-saver, we'll publish it.Water recycle logo: Shutterstock - Olivia Rose-Innes. @ORoseInn Olivia Rose-Innes is Health24’s EnviroHealth Editor. Read more of her columns and articles or post a question to her expert forum. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Experience a contact lens that feels like nothing 2016-10-24 12:49 More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.