March 27, 2010

Make Your Bathroom Green

Posted in Cleaning, Health, Home tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:35 am by Liliana

Green Bathroom

Green Bathroom

Try a few simple and easy tips and change your own habits and the habits of your family. Small efforts add up to make a big difference.

  • Tub – Use this green, home-made cleaning product, instead of toxic chemicals: 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and a few drops of antibacterial essential oil to one cup of baking soda. Add enough water to form a paste; use with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.
  • Toilet – widely used in many countries, a dual-flush toilet greatly cuts on water use. Most American models consume 3.5 – 7 gallons of water for every flush. Double-flush versions use 0.8 – 0.9 gallons ( for fluids) or 1.25 – 1.6 gallons (for solids).
  • Towels – Most towels are made out of conventional cotton. Cotton is a crop that uses more than 25 % of world’s insecticides and some of the most hazardous chemicals. Think of using organic cotton and bamboo towels that have been made with plant-based dyes.
  • Shower Curtains – Most shower curtains are made from polyvinyl-chloride or PVC. This is a kind of plastic that releases hormone-disrupting carcinogens into the air. Look for non-vinyl curtains instead.
  • Paper – If every family in US replaced a roll of ordinary toilet paper with one of 100 % recycled paper, we would collectively save 423,900 trees in one year.
  • Faucet – Turning water on for two minutes while brushing teeth wastes more than 2 gallons of water a year in the US. Remind yourself and your family members to turn water off.
  • Flooring –  Vinyl is frequently mistaken for linoleum, but it is not the same product. Real linoleum has been made from abundant natural materials (ex. linseed oil, pine resin, and powdered cork) since the nineteenth century.
  • Reusable Items – Keep your bathroom counter organized by placing bathroom items in glass jars of different sizes.
  • Bamboo – Bamboo fiber items (furniture, flooring and fabrics) are rated high in sustainability because bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on the planet.

Please send us your own ideas for keeping your house green!

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