4 Simple Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly
|January 14, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Pro Tips, Thinking Green|
Start the new year off right by making your bathroom more eco-friendly. Not only will you be helping the Earth, you’ll be protecting your family’s health and well-being. These 4 tips are easy ways to make your bathroom green without sacrificing your bathroom’s style or functionality.
1. Switch to Low-Flow Shower heads
The average shower head accounts for 17% of a home’s monthly water bill! By making the simple switch from a 2.5 gallon per minute shower head to a 1.75 gallon per minute shower head, you can feasibly cut your energy and water consumption by almost 30%!
To see if you need to replace your showerhead, do the following exercise. Place a 2 quart bucket or pan on the floor of your shower. Turn the shower on and count how long it takes the bucket to fill. If it takes less than 12 seconds, you should upgrade to a low-flow shower head.
If you are in the market for a low-flow shower head, we recommend the Moen Waterhill Rainshower Shower Head and the Danze Three Function Shower Head. Both are water-efficient with maximum flowrates below 2.0 gpm and look great in any shower!
2. Low-Flow Faucets are Water-Efficient Without Sacrificing Style
Bathroom faucets account for 15% of a home’s water use. Just as with shower heads, low-flow faucets also reduce water consumption (and money on your water bill). By running the same showerhead flow test (run the water, see how long it takes to fill your 2 quart bucket), you can tell if your faucet is low-flow or not. Leaky and dripping faucets can also be costing you hundreds of dollars per year and are good candidates for replacement.
We recommend the Pfister Ashfield widespread faucet and the Delta Dryden Single Lever Centerset lavatory faucet. Both are water efficient at 1.5 gpm and come in multiple finishes to match your bathroom’s décor.
3. Avoid Chemicals with an Eco-Friendly Shower Curtain
Traditional vinyl shower curtains and liners contain toxic chemicals with potentially harmful side effects. Keep your bathroom free from toxins with an eco-friendly shower curtain. Shower curtains made from EVA (a natural alternative to PVC) and hemp look like normal shower curtains and are just as effective as vinyl shower curtains. Hemp shower curtains can even be washed and reused for many years without the fear of mold.
4. Clean Your Bathroom the Natural Way
Bathroom cleaners can be full of chemicals that are toxic, causing homeowners harm. Switch to natural cleaners, like baking soda and vinegar, for non-toxic bathroom that is just as clean. And as a bonus, baking soda and vinegar are cheaper than chemical-filled bathroom cleaners!
Have you turned your bathroom “green” lately? Tell us how in the comments below.
For more cleaning tips, visit our Spic and Span Pinterest board.