The bathroom is one of the places in your home where lots of chemicals are used. Although some chemical applications might be unavoidable, you can still take on measures to help reduce your carbon footprint in the bathroom. Outlined below are a few tips and suggestions on how you can make your bathroom greener while maintaining the same level of cleanliness.
- Ensure the bathroom is adequately ventilated: Have the fan run for several minutes after taking a shower or leave the window open for a while. This should reduce humidity levels in the house, thus preventing mold growth.
- Invest in an eco-friendly shower curtain: Curtains made of hemp, organic cotton, and linen are the most preferred here. Avoid PVC and vinyl curtains.
- Stitch to natural/homemade cleaners: Most of the cleaners/detergents used in the bathroom are made of chemicals that produce toxic fumes. Vinegar and baking soda are some of the best alternatives for these conventional cleaners. Spray baking soda or diluted vinegar in the bathroom immediately after taking a bath to prevent mold growth.
Here are two ways to create a natural homemade shower recipe
White vinegar (1 part) or apple cider vinegar
Water (3 parts)
Combine these in a bottle, shake well, then use daily
Rub 1-part alcohol and 3 parts of water. Mix in a bottle and then spray it every day.
4. Install a low-flow showerhead: These consume less water when compared to regular showerheads.
5. Conserve water when brushing your teeth: Don’t leave the taps running when brushing your teeth to save water.
6. Use organic bath mats, washcloths or bamboo/organic cotton towels: Bamboo is known to contain antibacterial properties while conventionally-grown cotton uses only 25% of insecticides.
7. Use natural personal care products: Avoid products manufactured using petroleum ingredients and use those made of natural ingredients instead. Read the fine print when buying deodorants, soap, shampoo, and cosmetics.
8. Use energy-saving bulbs: Ditch incandescent bulbs for CLF and LED bulbs that consume less energy. These not only last longer but reduce water and air pollution.
9. Add houseplants in the bathroom: Green plants come in handy in purifying the air. These plants take up carbon dioxide and release oxygen, hence more beneficial in your house. Be sure to go for plants that thrive in humid, warm, and low-light conditions.
All the tips outlined above won’t cost you much. Even the slightest change in your bathroom will go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint.