You may not realize it but your bathroom is one of the best and easiest places for going green in your home. One of our most valuable resources is the main focus in there: Water. Couple that with another resource we use a lot of: Electricity. And then when you think about all the chemicals, ingredients and perfumed products stuff in there, it is actually like a toxic waste zone.
Here are a few suggested adjustments you can do in your bathroom that will reduce your footprint and get your house on the path for going green:
- To reduce how much water is used, install aerators on all the faucets and showerheads.
- If your toilet is more than 10 years old, replace it with a low-flow one. .
- When it is time to replace your hot water heater, go tankless. The immediate cost is more, but it will pay for itself in the amount of energy and water it uses
- As you replaced light bulbs go with the compact fluorescent ones that are on the market now.
- When you repaint the bathroom, going green with paint is easy now with the low VOC that is on the market now. They are low in volatile organic compounds, making them less toxic and they don’t smell as bad either. A win-win for sure.
- Choose bath mats, curtains and towels that are made from all-natural fabrics. With the going green movement now, the options are endless. Even the shower curtain you can choose a more enviro-friendly fabric like heavy cotton duck. The traditional plastic curtains put toxic ingredient from the PVC fabric into the air and you’re breathing it in.
Additional Going Green Tips
Go with all natural bath products for your skin. The chemical-laden products that we are so quick to buy are full of toxins that are going in the air and on your skin. Instead of room spray, a great natural product to use is candles made of 100% beeswax candles. They don’t have the harmful petroleum ingredients that other stuff we buy does.
Insulate the hot water heater and lower the thermostat to 120 degrees. If you’re planning on remodeling you bathroom, look at the flooring that is available today which are made from all natural materials now. You can do the same for the cabinets and countertop too. The materials for bathroom remodels are going green and looking good these days.
And take a look at the products you use to clean your sink, toilet and tub with. There are warning labels on these products and if they say anything about danger and poison, look for something that just says caution.