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Go green in your bathroom

Filed Under: household hacks, bathroom, staying green

How green is your bathroom? I thought I was doing pretty good, since I abandoned my chemical rich cleaners for baking soda and vinegar the way Anna recommends. This change is important, but only one small step towards an eco-friendly bathroom.

The video above explains how to go green in the bathroom by conserving water, minimizing energy usage, adding plants, and choosing natural products. Here's what you'll need:
  1. Fluorescent light bulbs
  2. Plants
  3. Food coloring
  4. Natural hair and body care products
  5. Vinegar
  6. Baking soda
  7. Low flow shower-head
  8. Low flow toilet
Replacing your light bulbs and bringing in a plant are cheap, quick, and effective changes. Making the change-over to a low-flow shower head and toilet can be a bit more costly. If you're contemplating a low-flow shower head, first consider Ryan's pros and cons list. He suggests an alternative to the costly purchase by opening the valve partially, allowing less water to pass through.

The low-flow toilet is another source of water conservation and financial savings. Some municipalities even offer partial rebates on their purchase. If you're not sure where to start looking for the right low-flow toilet, this article, The best low-flow toilets will point you in the right direction.

If you're still not convinced that you want to buy a new one, and this eco-friendly bathroom hasn't quite scratched your DIY itch, then Gary has a project for you. He points us to a toilet hack that allows you to pre-use the water that fills your toilet tank after flushing.

What changes have you made towards a greener bathroom?

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Fluorescent light bulbsPlantsFood coloringNatural hair and body care productsVinegar and baking soda



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  • diane.rixon

    Great suggestions! I'm from New Zealand and they use low-flow toilets there. Seems like a better idea - saves a lot of water. Each toilet has a half-flush button and a full-monty-flush button, so you can always get enough flush power to meet your potty needs. A sensible way to save water, in my humble opinion... Wish it was that way in the US. Think of the water the whole country could save in one day!!

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