Works for me: Bathroom drinking fountain

.One of the things about having a lot of kids is that the dishes never end. Most days we run the dishwasher twice– stuffed to the gills each time. I’m always on the lookout for ways to use fewer dishes. When I saw this little faucet drinking fountain over at tiny living, I wanted it. My little kids are always claiming they’re dying of thirst and getting out yet another glass. I figured that this gadget alone could save washing a dozen glasses a day.

It came in the mail the other day, and at first I thought it wouldn’t fit on my bathroom sink. But brute force prevailed, and once I got it on, it fit snugly and works great. The sink works completely normally except when you hold shut the little whale’s mouth. Then the water spouts through the top of the whale making a perfect little arc of water just like a regular drinking fountain One warning: be sure to give kids a tutorial on just how forcefully not to turn on the water when you use the drinking fountain. Otherwise they’ll be mopping a puddle of water off the floor and changing their shirts.

This little goody works for me! Be sure to check out tiny living for other space-efficient problem-solvers.

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  1. That is neat! I think the special k house needs one of those!

  2. we had that exact same little fountain growing up. it did work. and we thought it was cool.

    mom also bought us big sport bottles and kept them in the door of the fridge filled with water.

  3. That’s a great idea! My kids are always wanting a drink. We assigned certain colored cups to each child to use throughout the day if it’s just for water. But I always have to fill them up. Or they’re always using my water bottle. This way, they could get a drink themselves!

  4. That is the most fabulous idea! Even with only four of us left around here, and everyone over 15, we still generate WAY too many glasses and cups (although that may be resulting from all the tea and coffee).

    I have often thought a fountain outside for in the summer would be an excellent idea as well.

  5. My mom would have loved this when she had all nine of us kids growing up and going through cups like there was no tomorrow!

  6. CanadianCarrie says:

    Neat site! It would be even better if they shipped to Canada. Great WFMW post!

  7. what a GREAT gadget! i’m excited to look through that site more!

  8. Very cool! My kids would have loved this when they were little!

  9. Who could resist a post about fewer dishes??? What a great idea. My daughter is always using a different glass for every drink she gets. This is great. I can’t wait to go check out their site! Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great idea!

  11. Boy can I relate to the dishes!

    We have a Taz verison of this water fountain but since my husband collects Taz stuff we have never been allowed to use it. 🙂

  12. Funny, I was just wondering how you big families manage dishes – with four of us, we have plenty!

    I have seen this and wondered how it works – thanks!

  13. What a great idea! And for less than $4! I’ve bookmarked that site to check it out for other fun ideas. Thanks.

  14. Great little gadget. My oldest son (5) already lays himself across the counter in the bathroom to drink from the sink (peculiar little habit, yes, especially since I keep water cups out for my boys most of the time), so this would help!

  15. OMG what an excellent idea!!

  16. I’m so getting that!!

  17. I’ve never heard of this gadget, but I think it is brilliant, Mary! Excellent suggestions all around

  18. we had that as a kid, loved it,I am going to get one for my crew, maybe my ds will enjoy water more.

  19. I need that.

  20. i am totally loving the tiny living site.

  21. Thats a great gadget! And a super website find! I have been looking for something to hold our toothbrushes, its harder than you think. lol