The Basics of an Eco-Friendly Bathroom


While the bathroom might only take up a fraction of space in your home, it’s a hotspot for overindulgent water use and excessive paper waste. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the bathroom requires the largest amount of water usage in most homes. From water-efficient bathroom fixtures to water-conserving toilets, it’s not difficult to transform your bathroom into an eco-friendly one – the environment, and your wallet, will thank you.

Low-Flow Toilets

If you’re only going to replace one fixture in your bathroom for eco-friendly purposes, experts recommend replacing your toilet with a dual flush alternative – most toilets account for over 30 percent of household water consumption. Although low-flow toilets come standard in new homes, older toilers can consume up to eight gallons of water with every flush. Not only are low-flow toilets good for the environment, but they can save a family of four nearly $100 in one year. For those on a budget, you can retrofit your existing toilet by installing an efficient flushing handle instead of replacing it completely.


Purchase ‘Eco-Friendly’ Products

Whether it’s recycled bathroom products or an eco-friendly vanity from, most environmentally friendly products are labeled as such. By purchasing certified organic products your bathroom routine will have a lower impact on the environment and the items used will be safe and healthy for your body. If you’re interested in innovative ways to clean your bathroom without harsh chemicals, try making your own cleaning solution by mixing a bit of vinegar with baking soda. If the vinegary scent turns you off, add lemon, your favorite essential oil, or rosemary leaves.

Switch to an Energy Efficient Vent Fan

If you rely on a ventilation fan to minimize moisture, you can cut down on the energy it uses by switching the standard fan with an ENERGY STAR-rated fan. Although it might only be switched on a few times a day, an energy-efficient alternative can provide up to 60 percent energy savings over your older model. If you don’t follow this practice already, be sure to do so from now on: keep your fan running during your shower and for fifteen minutes after to keep mold from growing in your walls. Not only is this unhealthy, but it can be quite costly, as well.

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