How to Go Green in Your Bathroom

Three Methods:Water ConservationGreen Cleaning ProductsGreen Bathroom Accessories

Going green in your bathroom can contribute to a healthier environment for you and your family, while also contributing to a healthier environment outside of your home. There are multiple ways you can go green in your bathroom; such as reducing water usage, using all-natural or "green" cleaning products, and even purchasing bathroom toiletries and accessories made from recycled or eco-friendly goods. Continue reading this article to learn more about the many ways you can turn your standard bathroom into a healthy and green environment.

Method 1
Water Conservation

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    Use less running water in your bathroom. You can save multiple gallons of water daily by shutting off running water when performing certain daily tasks. Examples of ways you can use less water is to take quicker showers, and turn off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth.
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    Install low-flow shower-heads and faucet aerators. These types of shower and faucet accessories will allow you to save thousands of gallons of water per year because they restrict heavy water-flow. In most cases, installation will require you to unscrew the shower- or faucet-head using a wrench, and screwing the new shower- or faucet-head onto the nozzle.
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    Have a dual-flush or low-flow toilet installed in your home. A dual-flush toilet has 2 handles for flushing different levels of water; whereas a low-flow toilet can save approximately 9,000 gallons (34,068 liters) of water per year.

Method 2
Green Cleaning Products

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    Buy commercial cleaning products made from all-natural or organic ingredients. The toxins and chemicals often used in standard commercial cleaning products can be harmful to your health if used consistently over time. Examples of green cleaning brands you can buy are Seventh Generation and Shaklee.
    • Visit a retail or grocery store that specializes in all-natural and organic products to locate additional brands of green cleaning products you can use in your bathroom.
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    Clean using various all-natural household products. Distilled white vinegar and baking soda are examples of products you can use to clean toilet bowls, bathtubs, sinks, and faucets.
    • Spray surface areas with a mixture of 1 part distilled white vinegar and 1 part water, then allow the mixture to soak into surfaces for 30 minutes before wiping away with a towel or rag.
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Method 3
Green Bathroom Accessories

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    Replace disposable bathroom products with reusable products. Using reusable products will help eliminate the amount of waste that goes in and out of your bathroom. Examples of reusable products you can use are rags and towels for cleaning as opposed to paper towels, and toilet-bowl brushes that can be used repeatedly instead of just one time.
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    Use bathroom items made from recycled or environment-friendly materials. For example, use toilet paper made from recycled materials, and hand- and body-towels made from organic cotton or bamboo, since conventional cotton is manufactured using a variety of pesticides and other chemicals.
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    Use a shower curtain made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-free plastic or hemp. This can prevent you from being exposed to the chemical odors and gases that typically reside in most shower curtains made from PVC plastic.
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    Use green and energy-efficient lighting methods. You can replace standard light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs, or remove some light bulbs from the row of bulbs above your vanity to save energy.
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    Replace your bathroom toiletries with organic, all-natural, and green alternatives. These types of products are better for your overall health and for the environment; whereas many commercial toiletry items including soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving gel, and feminine products contain chemicals and other toxins.

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