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Tips for a Greener Bathroom

Going green in the bathroom is one of the most effective ways to save money and help protect the environment without requiring a significant amount of time or effort on your part. In fact, many steps that can make your bathroom more eco-friendly can be accomplished without professional assistance in about the same amount of time it takes to get coffee with a friend.

Nameeks Knief Form Bathtub Tips for a Greener Bathroom
Nameeks Knief Form Bathtub

The first step in going green is updating fixtures. Swapping out water guzzling toilets, faucets, and shower heads with more efficient models is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet. Complete the update by switching to fluorescent lighting and you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year. And with the modern styles water-conscious fixtures are available in, you’ll probably end up greatly improving the appearance of your bathroom as well.

Fresca Opulento Modern Double Sink Bathroom Vanity Tips for a Greener Bathroom
Fresca Opulento Grey Oak Modern Double Sink Bathroom Vanity

While you’re improving the appearance of your bathroom, consider replacing your old PVC shower liner with an organic alternative. Not only attractive, organic shower curtains are often machine washable and naturally antimicrobial, allowing them to outlive most conventionally manufactured alternatives.

Next, consider how clean your “cleaning agents” are. Harsh chemicals are bad for you and the earth, and have not shown to be more effective than good old fashioned natural products. Natural cleaners such as lavender, tea tree oil, vinegar, and baking soda can remove mold and water stains, and even disinfect hard surfaces. You can make your own solutions or purchase certified organic and natural cleaners from a trusted retailer.

Lastly, look at your personal care products. Many popular shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes contain known hormone disruptors, skin irritants, and other nasty ingredients. Choose natural beauty products from a trusted source to keep your body clean, healthy, and attractive. But beware: there are no regulations on what constitutes “natural” in beauty products and many companies deceptively use this term to trick consumers. Shop carefully, choosing products with organically sourced ingredients you can pronounce to protect yourself from unscrupulous manufacturers.

Going green is a process that can be done all at once or by gradually replacing items as needed with friendlier and more conscious products. There are a number of internet resources that can help you find fixtures (take a look at a range of bathroom vanities at DecorPlanet.com), accessories, cleaning products, and other eco-friendly items to help make the process of greening up your personal space both simple and rewarding.

 

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • http://www.averyhomeremodeling.com/ Sunshine Suggs

    This is a good reminder of being effective and efficient in your bathroom makeover. I love the idea of being eco- friendly and cost- efficient here. Would love to take note of these things and make it a guide on my future renovations!