Green Your Bathroom with These Useful Eco-friendly Tips
By Diana Smith
Going green in your household is incredibly important, especially today when climate changes seem to be getting worse every day. Melting of ice caps in Arctic, global warming, and bees becoming endangered species are all warning signs that our planet needs help to recover. While it is virtually impossible to make a huge difference in a blink of an eye, even a small act helps tremendously in the long run. We offer you a few useful tips how to green up your bathroom.
Start from the bottom
Having soft carpets in the bathroom sounds great, but it is actually a bad idea. Moisture and high temperature may lead to mold growth, which can result in respiratory and other health problems. If you are looking for a green solution for your bathroom’s floors, opt for simple natural linoleum or even recycled-content ceramic tiles because these are incredibly easy to clean. They are also environmentally friendly and will not have to be replaced for many years because they are long-lasting and of good quality. Steer clear of vinyl though; even though it’s popular, it is not natural.
Be careful what you flush
It is incredible just how much good water we are wasting. In other countries, only ‘black water’ is used for flushing, and any water you use in the bathroom is recycled. In Japan, you even have toilets without tanks and three different flush bathrooms which save gallons of water. If you use drinking water for flushing waste, it becomes ‘black water’. Instead, you can save water from the sink and shower and use it for flushing. Simple containers can link your sink to your toilet, so you can recycle water and reuse it before it goes down the drain.
Make it greener
Try making small changes first: for example, choose recycled toilet paper. Toilet paper is a great waste because we use a lot of it; and if we choose to use recycled one, we will save a lot of trees over the course of only one year. Changing your shower curtain is a great solution too because vinyl contains toxins which leak out due to high temperatures and moisture in the bathroom. In addition, swap your traditional bleach cleaning product (which is incredibly toxic) for plain old vinegar and baking soda.
Repair the leaks
Leaky taps and toilets may not seem like a big deal to you, especially if the leak is not big but barely noticeable. A few drops from your faucet may not seem important, but in the long run, you will waste a great amount of water, and also pay for it. Emergency plumbers from Melbourne state that people often believe that an appliance is broken or that something is wrong with their pipes when it’s actually leaky faucets and toilets that cause the problem. If you have noticed that any of your taps is leaky, don’t hesitate to call a plumber and have it fixed. Thus, you will not only be saving water and helping the Earth, but you will save some money and help your home budget, too.
Whether you decide to try all these, or you start slowly and give each one a try over a period of time, you will feel so much better knowing that you are making a difference. By choosing to save water and electric energy, and to recycle you will help our planet recover from many years of neglect. Over the period of several years, your household will save a lot of water and spend ten times less electricity than it would otherwise.