With global warming, the Arctic melting and numerous other environmental problems it’s no wonder eco-friendly options are becoming more popular. But what can you do in your everyday life to make a difference? Recycle? Grow your own vegetables? Both options are viable and great, but there are now numerous ways to make your home green as well.
Less is More
Did you know during a 10-minute shower you could use as much as 80 gallons of water? A single flush could add on another 7 gallons. Wasting water doesn’t just drive up your water bill, it’s bad for the environment. When using water (in the bathroom or elsewhere) go with a less is more approach.
Low-flow showerheads are a great alternative. These showerheads can cut water consumption by as much as 5.5 gallons per minute—making that 10-minute shower use only 25 gallons of water. According to BeWaterSmart.org, “dual-flush high-efficiency toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush for a full flush and 0.8 gallons per flush for the reduced flush. Studies show that dual-flush toilets average 1.3 gallons per flush.”
Want to know how much water you use in a day? Check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s calculator.
Decor Mother Nature Would Approve
Next time you’re out shopping for shower curtains, take a look at what they are made of. There are plenty of great looking shower curtains that use organic cotton, hemp or even bamboo to create a green look that is chic.
Don’t just look for green materials for the shower curtain. There are plenty of choices for bath mats, trashcans and toothbrush holders as well.
The bathroom is mold and germs favorite room. With the heat from the shower and water everywhere it is a great place for germs to live and mold to grow. That said, you don’t have to use harsh toxic cleaners to rid your bathroom of these offenders.
Many leading cleaning brands have eco-friendly versions of their popular products. There are also many eco-friendly products popping up every day to find. If you are the do it yourself type, Tiny Choices suggests using banking soda to scrub your bathtub and sink.
Making your entire home green takes time. Making small adjustments you can gradually make your house as eco-friendly as you would like. Have more tips on how to make your bathroom green? Let us know in the comments.
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