10 Simple Ways to Green Up your Bathroom

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10 Simple Ways to Green Up your Bathroom

The bathroom has been given the unfortunate tittle of being the dirtiest room in the house. Due to the continual toilet flushing, hand washing, shaving, bathing, nose picking and excretions of bodily fluids – germs are ever present. Nevertheless, bathrooms are also one of the biggest at-home environmental offenders. Typical bathrooms are water wasters, air polluters, energy zappers and trash producers. However, much like every other room in the home, there are simple ways to green up your bathroom, below are ten of them.

10 Simple Ways to Green Up your Bathroom:

  1. Low Flow Toiletries: A typical toilet uses anywhere between 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush while low flow toilets use just 1.6 gallons per flush. The more innovative and conserving design of low flow toilets makes them just as effective while being less wasteful. Also, by installing low flow shower heads you can save up to 15,000 gallons of water a year, per person. Installing low flow toiletries is also an easy way to shave money off of your water bill.

  2. Eco-friendly décor: When shopping for shower curtains, bath mats, trash cans, storage holders and other such bathroom décor, choose ones that are made sustainably. Look for options made with recycled or recyclable materials, and items that can biodegrade naturally.

  3. Use natural lighting: Use natural lighting whenever possible from open windows and sky lights to save energy.

  4. No touch faucet: Install a automatic “No Touch” faucet, they are cleaner and more water efficient than the traditional.

  5. Clean greener: Clean your bathroom with products formulated with all natural ingredients. Cleaning with chemical based cleaners can degrade the quality of the air while also posing ill health.

  6. All natural odor eaters: Ditch the chemical air fresheners and odor eaters, all they do is mask the smell and funk up the air. Instead, open a window and use natural odor eaters such as bamboo charcoal air purifiers, house plants and essential oils.

  7. Design minimally: Bathrooms are often cluttered with a bounty of knick knacks that collect dust and germs while also making the room appear smaller. Instead, design minimally with just the basics and a few “standout” pieces.

  8. Energy efficient light bulbs: Install energy efficient light bulbs, they will last longer while saving you energy.

  9. All natural personal care: All natural soaps, lotions, deodorants and shampoos are wonderful for both your body and the environment. Choosing products that are all natural means that no chemicals are present to dirty the water and air or to degrade your health.

  10. Eco-toilet paper: When using toilet paper, only use as much as you need, do not waste it. Also, choose Eco-friendly toilet paper that was made with alternative materials.

While the bathroom will probably always be dubbed, the dirtiest room in the house, making small Eco-changes will make it a little cleaner and a whole lot Greener. Visit our Sustainable Alternatives shopping guide for more bathroom Green Up must-haves!

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