Stay Green in the Bathroom

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Green Tip

The bathroom is one room with a lot of potential for sustainable change.

One of the easiest ways is to simply create less waste. Instead of using paper towels, disposable face wipes, and special “one-time” scrubbers, choose reusable products like microfiber cloths that work just as well for both cleaning and personal hygiene.

You can also switch to recycled toilet paper. Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper — just once. Look for products made with “post-consumer” recycled fiber.

You can also cut back on the amount of water you use by taking shorter showers and turning the water off when you brush your teeth. But did you know that you can save water each time you flush by placing a bottle full of water in your toilet tank? The New York Times reported that a full, sealed half gallon container will save half a gallon on each flush meaning if you, like most Americans, flush 5 times daily, your family of 5 will save about 375 gallons of water every month. These savings will significantly cut your water bill, too.

Lastly, bathrooms with little ventilation can trap toxic fumes from chemical cleaners, so make the switch to more sustainable or homemade products. You can buy plant based and biodegradable cleaners at the store, or use simple household ingredients to make your bathroom shine. For a great surface cleaner try vinegar and baking soda. Also try baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils to remove soap scum from the tub.