All of us need to start being more eco-friendly! For the sake of our wallet and, more importantly, for the sake of our planet, we need to start being more “green.” Of course, there are many ways to be that in the kitchen, bedroom, or even living room. But what about bathrooms? Can we make bathrooms eco-friendly? Of course, we can - from reducing the amount of water we are using to switching to all-natural products - there are many ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly.
Where to Start When You Want to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly
Turning to eco-friendliness is a process. Thus, don't try to turn your whole life around in just a couple of days. To not end up overwhelmed, we suggest adding eco-friendliness in your bathroom (and in your entire home) a bit by bit. That is, we suggest starting small. You can even start by simply switching to bamboo toilet rolls. If you don't know how to do more - don't worry; we are here to help you. So, keep reading to find out how to make your bathroom more eco-friendly.
1. Reduce Shower Time
Most of us have showers that last approximately 10 minutes. Did you know that in those 10 minutes, you use up 80 gallons of water and produce about 4 lbs. of CO2? Whether you are already in the going-green and recycling-101 mindset or not, you must know that this is a lot. Thus, do not waste the water! By cutting your shower time in half, you will significantly reduce your footprint.
To make your bathroom more eco-friendly, you can also replace your old shower head with a low-flow one. This kind of shower head can save up to 30% of the water used. And, don't worry - gone are the days when low-flow shower heads were the same as no-pressure shower heads!
2. Embrace Refillable Containers
Is there anything better than finally finishing that bottle of shampoo and buying a new one? Well, there is! You can invest in a good-quality container, fill it with all your bathroom essentials (shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, shower gel, shaving cream, soap, etc.), and then, when you are done, just refill it.
Yes, buying containers is a bit of an investment, but refilling the things you need is much cheaper than buying a new product from the store. So, you will actually save money!
Now, you are probably going to ask where to refill your containers. You can refill them in zero-waste stores! Almost all cities have a couple of stores of this kind, so pay them a visit. However, if you don't have these kinds of stores in your city, consider traveling to the nearest area that has them and shopping in bulk. This will also save you money! And don't worry about the transportation of the containers and products - if you need some packing and moving advice, just ask the experts from All Season Movers.
3. Choose Your Bathroom Furniture Wisely
Another great way to make your bathroom more eco-friendly is to use eco-friendly furniture. The best eco-friendly choice you can make for your bathroom is to choose a vanity made of salvaged wood, for example. Then, you can put LED bulbs above your recycled mirror. And finally, you can fill your vanity drawers with organizer trays made of bamboo.
Speaking of bamboo, you can use it for many other things. For instance, you can buy bamboo soap trays, drawer dividers, or even toothbrushes made of bamboo. The best part about all of these is that they look amazing - so you will not only elevate the look of your bathroom, but you will also make it more eco-friendly.
4. Start Using Natural Cleaning Solutions
When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, most of us use harsh chemicals. Well, it makes sense - bathrooms are full of germs, so we need strong chemicals to eliminate them. This may be true in some cases. So, yes, give your bathroom a deep clean with your 'regular' cleaning products every once in a while.
However, when it comes to everyday cleaning, you can try switching to natural cleaning solutions. You can buy these at the previously mentioned zero-waste stores or in some shops that specialize in eco-friendly products. Or, you can make them all by yourself. All you need to do is mix white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda with some warm water
These natural cleaning solutions are much safer to use, especially if you have small children and pets. So, give them a go. And, just like previously mentioned, if you have to use strong chemicals, use them for special occasions only. For instance, use them when disinfecting your bathroom before moving in - it goes without saying that you need to clean it beforehand.
5. Don't Use the Dryer, Line Dry Instead
One of the last but certainly not the least ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly is to stop using your drying machine. Our dryers consume a lot of energy; that is, they leave a huge footprint. So, if possible, replace them with line drying. All you need for this is a wire or a rope that you will secure in your yard or on your balcony. It is as simple as that. However, if you live somewhere where the weather is not nice, that is, somewhere where rain and snow are a common sight, just buy one of those drying racks and place them near a window.
Being more eco-friendly is going to be great for your wallet, trust us. Just try some, or all, of the things mentioned above, and you will see a massive difference in your monthly bills. Moreover, being more eco-friendly is great for your mental health too. By making these small changes, you will know that you are working on saving the planet.
So, do not think much. Incorporate small, eco-friendly features in your home. As you have seen, there are many ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly; thus, start from there. Then, once you learn all the ropes, move to other areas of your home.