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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

November 8, 2008

Turn Your Bathroom Green

When it comes to your bathroom, the small space of it, minimal air circulation, and excessive heat and steam add up to a hotbed of bacteria and toxic fumes, turning your bathroom "green" is a necessit

Here are some tips to green your bathroom.

Toss Your Plastic Shower Curtain: Your vinyl shower curtain contains Bisphenol A (BPA), the plastic-bottle-ingredient that has been all over the news and pulled from shelves everywhere. Switch to a cloth curtain or a bamboo version: it’s water- and mould-resistant and easy to wash.

Change Your Cleaning Products: Some of the most toxic chemicals in your house are found in bathroom cleaning products. Make your own cleaning products with baking soda and vinegar combinations, or look for a store-bought line that’s chemical-free.

Check Your Soap: If you prefer to use anti-bacterial soap in your bathroom, read the label before you buy. Look for tea tree oil or neem oil instead, both natural anti-bacterial ingredients.
Switch your Showerhead: Change your regular showerhead to a low flow variety. It can reduce the amount of water used by 50 per cent and the newest versions won’t affect your water pressure.

Fix Your Toilet: If you’re renovating your bathroom, or if you’ve got the money and time to invest in installing a new bowl, choose a toilet with dual flush capabilities. You’ll have the option of flushing with 1L of water and 3L of water at the touch of a button. Compare that to the average 6-11L used per flush on a regular toilet bowl.

Make Sure There Are No Leaks: A dripping tap or leaking toilet can add $20-$25 each month to your water bill. Fix them immediately. To see if your toilet’s leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and see if it ends up in the bowl without flushing.




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