Ten Ways To Green Your Bathroom

  1. Spray the shower with a natural mold-fighting solution after each use: This
    preventative measure can eliminate the need for toxic chemical
    mold-killers in the future– a few spritzes now will save a whole lot of
    scrubbing/re-grouting later. Fill a spray bottle with one of these
    suggested solutions, and keep it in the shower:
    • White vinegar, or
    • 2 cups water + 2 teaspoons tea tree oil, or
    • Water + lavendar essential oil
  2. Use baking soda as a tub and sink scrubber: The
    abrasive qualities are similar to that of “bathroom scrubbers” but
    without the unneccessary toxic chemical additions so often found in
    those products:
  3. Open a window, crack a door, or install an exhaust fan:
    By implementing a venting strategy in this most humid of rooms, you’ll
    remove the dampness which is needed for the growth of mold. No mold, no
    need to use chemicals to clean the mold.
  4. Clean mirrors with vinegar: Fill a spray bottle
    with a solution of half white vinegar + half water, and you’ll have
    sparkling mirrors with no need for eerie blue cleansers. If you have
    streaks after using this combo, add up to 1/2 tsp of liquid dishsoap
    to the bottle and try again (the streaks are most likely caused by your
    previous chemical-laden glass cleaner). And if you use old newspapers
    to wipe the mirror, you’ll have a lint-free shine with a no-impact
    paper use…don’t forget to recycle!
  5. Switch to recycled toilet paper:
    This simple choice has immense implications, as old-growth trees are
    still being cut down in order to make single-use disposable paper
    products, such as toilet paper and paper towels. This absurd practice
    should be illegal, or at least punishable by rebirth as a worm– but in
    the meantime, switching to recycled TP is the smartest and easiest
    choice you can make. (Read about Grist’s survey of recycled TP here.)
  6. Reduce your bathroom water consumption:
  7. Use an environmentally friendly shower curtain: When it’s time for a new curtain, don’t buy a new evil PVC one– opt for a green one instead:
  8. Install a low-flow showerhead: From an inexpensive
    model at your local hardware store to much more expensive super-fancy
    luxurious models, low-flow showerheads can cut your water consumption
    in half while still getting you squeaky clean.
  9. Green your personal care:
  10. Install a compact flourescent lightbulb!

What did I miss? How have you greened your bathroom?

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