How To Green Up The Bathrooms In Your Home

Creating a greener bathroom in your home not only saves you money on your utility bills each month, but it also reduces the amount of harsh and toxic chemicals in the room and it reduces your home’s carbon footprint. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Here are a few tips to help you make your bathroom a greener space. 

Check For Leaks In Your Toilet

A leaky toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water a month. Check to see if your toilet leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Don’t flush the toilet and let it sit for an hour or so. If you notice that the color has seeped into the bowl, your toilet leaks and needs to be fixed. 

When Buying Toilet Paper

When you’re at the store buying toilet paper, look for a brand that’s recycled, or opt for a brand that contains no inner cardboard tube, so there’s less waste. If your brand uses cardboard tubes, don’t throw them away. Instead, turn them into wall art – there are a plethora of tutorials online to show you how. 

Turn The Water Off

Do you leave the water run when you brush your teeth? If so, you could be wasting as much as 4.5 gallons of water each time you brush. Save money and water by turning the faucet off when you brush your teeth.

Fix That Leaky Faucet

If you have a leaky faucet in your bathroom, or you don’t shut it off completely after use, you could be wasting more water than you think. That periodic drip amounts to gallons upon gallons in water down the drain each year. In fact, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 60 drips per minute amounts to almost 6,500 gallons of wasted water in a year. 

Make Baking Soda Your Go-To Cleaner

Store-bought bathroom cleaners can be very harsh on you and the planet. For a greener, healthier bathroom, opt instead to use baking soda to clean its surfaces. Baking soda is non-toxic and is great for cleaning all kinds of surfaces. 

Simply make a paste out of equal parts baking soda and water and apply it as you would any cleaner. Be sure to rinse the residue away thoroughly for an antibacterial, fresh clean. 

Eco-Friendly Odor Control

Place a lavender sachet near the toilet to absorb offending odors or use essential oils for odor control rather than aerosol spray cans for an eco-friendlier option. 

Install Low-Flow Water Solutions

You can reduce your home’s overall water consumption by installing low-flow water solutions like a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads reduce the amount of water you use during a shower without sacrificing water pressure. You’ll not only save water, but you’ll also reduce the energy needed to heat the extra water coming from a regular showerhead.