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 K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.