Eco-friendly bathrooms: what can you do?

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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, “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.


Non-toxic Cleaners

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, you can use baking 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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3 thoughts on “Eco-friendly bathrooms: what can you do?”

  1. Miguel,

    a very good write up. Low flush toilets and low flow showerheads are the way to go. If I had a good chunk of earnings I would definitely have these products implemented into my house, however, my father is actually the one who earns the majority for the household (still struggling with it) and doesn’t tend to spend money on environmental products which I had pushed him on–things like an energy efficient heater where they work at 80-90% efficiency– our’s is an older one most likely working at 55% or less as well as getting our house properly insulated through utilizing vinyl sidings, something which I strongly believe would keep the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and which would look aesthetically pleasing at least in so far as I’m personally concerned, but like with everything else he doesn’t seem to want to do it and there is only so far I can push before kind of throwing my hands up in the air and giving up. I actually think quite a bit differently than my father and so these discussions as are more or less something of a moot point and ones that I have finally come to realize just will not go anywhere. Nevertheless, money aside, we do what we can in regards to opening up the curtains on sunnier days to trap the heat and close them as the sun starts to go down. We also turn off any lights in unused areas of the house–things like that which anyone can do without having to think about shelling out money.

    • Hi Samir, those are all great ways to be more energy efficient. I strongly suggest that when you do become the head of household that you buy ALL energy efficient appliances. Believe it or not, your washer and dryer eat up a great deal of water and power, as well as dishwashers and fridges. It all ads up! Thanks for commenting and feel free to tweet, Facebook like, etc so that your network can also benefit from the discussion.


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