Five Easy Ways To Green Your Bathroom
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Thinking about going green around the house? Not sure where to begin? The bathroom is the perfect place to start this process. It is small enough to make some big changes in a practical, affordable way.
Here are five easy, cost effective ways to green your bathroom today:
#1. Replace your regular toilet tissue with recycled bathroom tissue. When you are shopping, also look for recycled facial tissue. Since you have to buy these items regularly, this is a fast and eco-friendly fix.
#2. Throw out the aerosol air fresheners. Many contain harmful chemicals that end up in your lungs and on your skin. Instead, find space to bring in plants that will clean the air for you. Well established plants that stay in the bathroom will be on duty 24/7. Note: If you have pets, be sure to read about the plant before buying (just in case your furry friend decides to snack on a few leaves).
#3. Whether you are taking a long hot bath or ridding the bathroom of odors, a candle can be helpful. Just be sure it is as green a candle as possible. Bathrooms are confined spaces and you are breathing in whatever you are burning; from now on, only buy natural organic wax candles with non-metal wicks.
#4. Set your dishwasher for the early morning before everyone is awake. Try to coordinate the end of the wash cycle with the start of the first shower. This may take a few tries, but it will save you $$ in energy bills because the water is already hot...no need to run the shower for minutes heating the water.
If you have to run the water, then collect it in a handled bowl. What? Bail water? It only takes a little bit of effort, but when you see how much clean water you collect to re-purpose, it will become a habit. Your houseplants and garden will thank you. Tip: I use bowls similar non-breakable breakable bowls with a lip and a handle. I pour the water into my watering can while I am in the bathroom so there is no spillage around the house.
#5. Accessorize green from today forward. When shopping for towels, there are many green options to explore from bamboo to organic cotton. Replace paper cups with BPA-free, non-breakable ones that can be washed in the dishwasher. Also, look for bamboo made items like tissue box covers, wastepaper baskets, soap dispensers, etc. Bonus: Bamboo is an abundant, renewable resource; items made from it are long lasting and anti-microbial.
No matter the brand or source, this is a better way to spend your money - the more eco-friendly products sold, the more that will come to market.
It's easy to go green in your bathroom using these five tips. Do you have any tips to add? Share them in our comments section - every little bit of knowledge helps!
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@Plumbing: Thank for the water saving tips! We could all do more to save water and changing the faucets helps.
Posted by: Luci Weston | March 2012 at 01:43 PM
Also, install low-flow faucets and shower-heads (.5 to 1.5 GPM as compared to 2.5+ GPM) and aerators to help reduce the amount of water used. The technology has come a long way in the last few years so that in most cases you cannot tell the difference until you get your water bill.
Posted by: Plumbing | March 2012 at 02:12 AM
@Massage Reno: Welcome, and thanks for the compliment & the comment!
I am always testing "green" products...you will find some are more effective than others. White vinegar is still one of my favorites for cleaning.
Blue Moon Candles are the best! I am sure the HWA readers are tired of hearing me rave about them, so I am very happy you left this message. Thx!!
Posted by: Luci Weston | January 2010 at 05:17 PM
These are great tips. I am always looking for ways to help the environment. Just recently I have switched to all "green" cleaning products. In addition, I also have a few blue moon candles and love them. They are just heavenly when they are lit during a massage.
Posted by: massage reno | January 2010 at 03:26 PM
@BB: Thx! I am testing cleaning products for a review. Still working my way through store bought items...then it is on to the homemade recipes. Thank you for sharing the Tea Tree and water mix. I will put that on the list.
I just can't say enough good stuff about Blue Moon Candles. They are the best!
Posted by: Luci Weston | May 2009 at 06:51 PM
Very excellent tips! I've switched out my harsh cleaning solutions with all natural mixes too. I use a diluted mix of Tea Tree Oil and water for most applications. Or Ammonia for the silvery stuff & mirrors. It's actually very streak free!
I second the Blue Moon candles... love them!!
Posted by: Bionic Beauty | May 2009 at 10:50 AM
@Kim: Glad you pointed this out. You are right, so many articles advise "switching immediately" to green items. While this sounds great in theory, it is hardly practical. Plus, it makes no sense to dispose of everything into a landfill!
I like your suggestion of reusing replaced items - this is a satisfying, smart way to go green and save $. Thanks!
Posted by: Luci Weston | May 2009 at 03:05 PM
I think your last point in #5 is an important one: "from this point forward." Sometimes it seems like people who promote green living think we need to immediately replace our existing household materials with green ones. That practice creates a lot of waste! So, there is no need to toss out everything you own to replace it with a green alternative. But when you do need to replace something, choose a green replacement. And then, try to find a sound way of disposing of or reusing the spent object!
Posted by: Kim McKay | May 2009 at 01:37 PM
@Rivergirl: Thanks! I really think these are easy, inexpensive ways to start the transition. You are right, doing one is better than nothing.
Which cleaning products do you like? Dislike? I am currently testing some for a future review, so let me know your results.
Posted by: Luci Weston | May 2009 at 10:04 AM
Good tips...I hope everyone tries at least one.
I've been going green for years with my cleaning products...and the industry is finally catching on. There are quite a few plant based varieties on the market now.
They clean well and don't poison the ground water.
Posted by: Rivergirl | May 2009 at 08:41 AM