If you’re looking for ways to make your home more sustainable and green, might we suggest starting small – as in, one of the smallest rooms in your home? Creating a greener bathroom isn’t hard to do, and it isn’t time-consuming, either.
Eco-friendly bathrooms are, however, a great way to help you stay healthy while also helping the planet.
Ready to get started? Below are our tips on how to make your bathroom more sustainable, starting with the easiest ways first.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
When you choose certified organic or green products, you’re making a positive impact on your health in more ways than one. Most bathroom cleaning products that are not green are made with harsh chemical and preservatives that are tough on the skin.
Additionally, when these chemicals get flushed down the toilet or drain, they enter the water system and contribute to a contaminated water supply. From hand soap to cleaning supplies, always make sure you buy green products for your bathroom.
Make your own cleaning supplies
Bathroom cleaning products that contain bleach or other hazardous materials should be avoided when you’re going for a greener bathroom. To ensure you’re cleaning with products that are gentler for you and your plumbing, try making your own bathroom cleaning solutions.
Start by mixing two parts water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle to wipe down surfaces, use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean bathtubs and sinks, and add essential oils with antiseptic and antibacterial properties including tee tree, eucalyptus, and lemon to water and spray down surfaces.
Use LED light bulbs
Did you know that LED light bulbs last 25 times longer than older light bulbs, and use about 80 percent less energy? Using LED light bulbs in your bathroom is a very simple and easy way to be greener.
Not only that, but it’ll save you money on your energy bill, because LED bulbs use a lower wattage, so they cost less to operate.
Check your vent fan
When was the last time you gave your bathroom’s vent fan a close look? If it’s been awhile, consider making a switch to an energy efficient vent fan. Most that have an energy star rating will save you about 60% on your energy bill.
Regardless, make sure to keep your fan running for at least fifteen minutes after your shower to reduce moisture and prevent mold growth.
Go low flow
Ready to do more to make your bathroom eco-friendly? Take a look at replacing your old toilet with a low-flow model to use about 30% less water. Not only will you be conserving water but you’ll be able to reduce your monthly water bill, too. And don’t worry: new low flow toilets are very fast and flush just as well as traditional models.
You could also install a low flow showerhead to reduce the amount of water you use when you shower while also limiting the amount of energy it takes to heat the water.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to have an eco-friendly bathroom and the benefits are big. Not only will you and your family be healthier, you’ll save a little money and you’ll be helping the planet.
Here at Allied-Reddi Rooter, our team can help you go green by installing new eco-friendly toilets and showerheads, and we can troubleshoot any leaks and mold issues, so your bathroom is as eco-friendly – and healthy – as possible.