Room by Room Green: The Bathroom

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The bathroom may be the most un-eco-friendly room in the house, with all the water that gets wasted, the paper that gets used, and the plumbing necessary to send all of our waste into the septic or the sewer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t several changes you can make right away to clean up your act in your bath.

After taking a look around my own bathroom, I have come up with a list of things to get you started. Most of these are changes I have already made at home, but some are still waiting my implementation. Let’s take a look at ways you can green your bathroom starting today:

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead – By installing a low-flow showerhead, the average homeowner can save upwards of 10,000 gallons of fresh, clean water each year. Decent ones don’t really cost more than $15 at most now, which is a small investment for a big return.

Install a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator – For just a few bucks, you can substantially cut the amount of water coming out of the tap. If you or your kids have a habit of leaving the faucet on longer than you should, installing a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator can help reduce the water waste.

Hang a Non-PVC Shower Curtain and Liner – Go with hemp, cotton, or bamboo and skip the toxic plastic. If you can’t find one of those, at least go with nylon. PVC is nasty stuff that shouldn’t be breathed in… especially when in a hot, steamy shower.

Use Only Non-Toxic Cleaner – Vinegar can clean almost anything. In fact, here are 23 ways to use vinegar for nontoxic cleaning. Pick up some tea tree oil and baking soda and you won’t need to use toxic cleaners anymore.

Buy Only Recycled Paper Toilet Paper – Toilet paper made from freshly cut down trees? That makes no sense whatsoever. Start buying toilet paper made from recycled paper and let the trees remain standing in the forest. After all, think about what you use TP for… does cutting down trees for that purpose sound like a smart idea?

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  1. I would add to your list that if you have an old toilet which wastes water with every flush and can’t afford to change it out,or in my case rent and can’t change it, add filled bottles or bricks to the tank to reduce the amount of water you flush away. My tank was so huge I collected 3 2 liter pop bottles to displace the water.

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