How much time do you spend in your bathroom? A few minutes a day? An hour or more? Chances are it’s more time than you realize. Whether you’re in and out of your bathroom in minutes — or take a more leisurely approach to your morning routine — the time you spend there can made a big difference in whether your bathroom is environmentally friendly.
Even small changes can make your bathroom greener — and can help you save some green as well. Better yet, these changes are simple and easy to make. Here are seven ways to make your bathroom better for the environment:
- Start with the taps — Do you already shut off the water at the sink while you soap up your hands or brush your teeth? Good work! Take it a step further by choosing water-efficient bathroom faucets. They reduce flow, allowing you to use less water for everyday tasks like washing your hands.
- Take shorter showers — A hot shower is relaxing but spending too much time in there can quickly add up in terms of water usage. Make your shower routine more efficient or set a timer to make sure you’re not wasting time, money and water in the process. A high-efficiency showerhead will ensure you use less water while showering, no matter how much time you spend under the spray.
- Clean up the way you clean — You don’t have to sacrifice environmental concerns for a room that sparkles and shines. Instead of opting for cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia or other harsh chemicals, consider natural alternatives. For example, to clean your toilet, dump a half-cup of baking soda into the bowl and add a quarter-cup of vinegar. Scrub it well after the bubbling stops. An equal mix of water and vinegar is an effective cleaner for getting rid of soap scum and everyday dirt.
- Create less garbage — Paper towels are expensive and end up in landfills after a single use. Instead, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down bathroom surfaces and mirrors. Each can be rinsed off, washed and reused, unlike paper towels or disposable cleaning cloths.
- Use towels more than once – Break yourself of the habit of tossing a just-used towel into the laundry. You’re using it to dry off a clean body, so hang it up and use it several times before washing. You’ll save water, energy and time as well.
- Consider low-flow toilets — Did you know you probably use more water flushing your toilet than showering each week? A low-flow toilet can make a big difference in how much water you use with each flush.
- Go tankless — If it’s time to replace your water heater, consider the tankless option. While this is a bigger-ticket item, a tankless water heater uses less water than traditional models.
Modern Bathroom offers a variety of eco-friendly bathroom fixtures to help you make the transition to a greener space. We’re here to help you do your part to save the planet and save money — while you enjoy a beautiful, well-appointed bathroom.