The Easiest Ways to Go Green in the Bathroom

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My family has been on our journey to a greener lifestyle for so long that we really don’t think much about how to do it any more. It’s sort of second nature. But it recently occurred to me that for other people who are just getting started on their journeys, the bathroom might be the last room they’d consider. I know it’s not the first that comes to mind for me. But there are ways you can make the room more sustainable. Noone is saying you have to go rip out your bathroom tiles to replace them with recycled glass or anything (though that’s not a bad idea if you’re planning to remodel anyway). These are ideas you can implement into your everyday life without a whole lot of expense.

1. Use recycled toilet paper

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At first glance, this probably sounds gross. Who wants to reuse toilet paper, right? Except, what I mean is that you should switch to a toilet paper brand that is made with recycled paper content. My personal favorite, widely-available brand is White Cloud Green Earth. It is made of 100% recycled paper that is FSC® certified by the Rainforest Alliance. And it seems like a no-brainer that we should probably quit using virgin trees for such an ignoble purpose if we can help it.

2. Switch your cleaning products

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I like a sparkling clean bathroom as much as the next person, but you know what I don’t like? Gagging on fumes from my cleaning products. Most traditional cleaning products are chock full of chemicals, but you don’t have to use them to get your bathroom clean. Opt instead for products made with more natural ingredients, like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day or Seventh Generation products, both designed to be much less toxic and in turn, easier on your nostrils.

3. Switch your personal care products

Image courtesy of Green & Gorgeous

Image courtesy of Green & Gorgeous

While you’re in the mood for products switching, take a look at your soap, shampoo, and toothpaste too. Chances are, they’re made with a ton of ingredients you can’t even pronounce, much less identify. Familiarize yourself with the Skin Deep Database of safer cosmetics. You’ll be able to search for the products you’re currently using to see how they rank in terms of safety and potential toxicity. You’ll also be able to look up alternative products so you can switch to safer options. My personal favorite brands in this category, which also happen to be widely available, are Shea Moisture, Burt’s Bees and Oyin Handmade.

4. Install a dual flush kit

Because we don’t see most of the water our toilets use, it can be easy to take for granted that they are, in fact, using quite a lot of water every time we flush. But for just $25-30, you can install a dual-flush conversion kit that will use less water when you only tinkle, and save full-volume flushes for the moments when you really need them. There are also toilets that are already setup as dual-flush units. However, that is a significantly larger job. If that goes beyond your DIY know-how, consider hiring one of the numerous plumbers in LA, as they would likely have tons of knowledge on the matter (you know, with the constant drought conditions). Hire the best fort worth plumber. They will never let your house leak again.

5. Use organic towels and textiles

Image via West Elm

Image via West Elm

Admit it. It’s probably about time for many of your towels to be replaced. I know some of ours are definitely on their last legs. When you do replace, if you can afford it, opt for organic cotton or bamboo bath towels and washcloths. First, they tend to be incredibly soft against the skin, but they also bypass the pesticides that to grow conventional cotton. West Elm is typically a great place to look for affordable organic towels, bedding and more.

So what about you? What other easy ways can you come up with to make the least-talked-about room in your home greener?

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