Simple Ways To Green Your Bathroom

by Rachel Laurendeau on February 20, 2013

There are plenty of things you can do around your house and yard to make your home more environmentally friendly. Here are a few green bathroom improvements to get your started.

Fix that drip! Plumbing drips and leaks can cause a lot of damage and waste large quantities of water, before we even realizing it. If you had a leak of one drip per second, it could add up to 2400 gallons over a year if left unchecked. Imagine how much would be lost if you had running toilets, dripping faucets and leaky showerheads! Most drips are simple DIY fixes but you can also hire a plumbing service to check the fixtures and fix the leaks in your bathroom. According to the professionals at, the repairs required and the damage incurred are generally much less extensive if you address the problem as soon as you detect the leak.

Switch to low-flow. A simple bathroom update that will both conserve water and save you money on your monthly utility bill is upgrading your plumbing fixtures. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), toilets account for nearly 30 percent of average household water use. Old toilets used as much as 6 gallons of water per flush whereas newer models use only 1.6 gallons or less. That is a significant difference. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets can cut back your bathroom water consumption even more. If you aren’t sure what you should be looking for in eco-friendly fixtures, look for WaterSense labeled fixtures and appliances or talk to your plumber.

Change your habits. Sometimes, the simplest changes can have a large impact. In this case, making changes to your bathroom routine can help you conserve water and reduce your environmental footprint. Take shorter showers (use an egg timer if you need to), and turn the water off when brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving. Simple yet effective.

Go beyond water. Of course, conserving water is a big part of going green in the bathroom but there are lots of other things you can do too.
• The chemicals in our bathroom cleaners are harsh on the environment and on our health. Switch to non-toxic cleaning products, or better yet, make your own using household ingredients.
• When updating your bathroom accessories, find alternatives to PVC shower curtains and buy linens made of organic cotton or hemp.
• During a major renovation, make environmentally responsible choices about flooring, countertop materials, tile, light fixtures and paint. It will take more research but will be worth it in the end.

Taking on simple home improvements and making a few changes around the house and in our lifestyles are simple and effective ways to become more environmentally responsible. Having a green bathroom is easier than you think.

Related blog posts: DIY Leaky Faucet Fix, How to Choose the Perfect Toilet, Troubleshooting Home Plumbing Issues.

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