Green Your Routine: Ways To Detoxify Your Bathroom
Greening your everyday life doesn’t have to be a long, arduous process. It takes simple changes to make your home safer, cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Take a moment to re-evaluate the products you use every day and you might be surprised to find that you’re living in extremely toxic conditions. We asked some of our own Shoplet employees to dig deep into their own bathrooms to see where there is room for improvement. The results were pretty unanimous, We’re all using tons of toxic cleaning chemicals, aerosols, chemical-riddled skin care products and wasting tons of water. That got us asking a pretty important question. What simple changes can be made to make our daily bathroom usage more eco-friendly and healthier for our families? Here’s what we came up with.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and sudsing up in the shower.
Turning off the water while brushing your teeth is pretty common knowledge. Have you ever considered turning it off while washing your hair or scrubbing down while in the shower? It’s pretty common in some Asian countries to turn off the shower head while scrubbing down. Tap water in some places can be pretty expensive and this fuels people to be more frugal with their consumption. According to Homewaterworks.com “The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons of water and lasts for 8.2 minutes at an average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute. Turning off the tap can help bring that number way down.
Nix the one and done cleaning products.
Although single use cleaning products can be alluring, they wreak havoc on the environment. Single use mop heads, disposable wipes, and even those flushable toilet cleaning heads are non-biodegradable and no one knows exactly what effects they have on our water supply. We can take a guess that the effects aren’t good. We recommend sticking to washable cloths, using a bristle scrubber for the toilet and reusable sponges that can be disinfected. If you just can’t bring yourself to let go of your disposables, there are eco friendly alternatives. Choose disposable cleaning wipes that are bio degradable and compostable. GreenWorks wipes are compostable and perform awesomely. This will greatly reduce landfill waste.
The bathroom tends to be the poorest ventilated area in the home and can hold onto chemical fumes for quite a while. This means that your family is breathing in these fumes until the dissipate. Most household cleaners clearly state that products are hazardous to humans and domestic animals right on the bottle. This is definitely a reason to make a change.
There are lots of alternative brands to check out, Mr Meyers, Method, Seventh Generation, Aspen clean and Green Works are just a few of the amazing brands you can switch to. We don’t suggest tossing all of your existing cleaners for green ones. Just make sure to replace anything that you run out of with greener alternatives. Before you know it, your bathroom cleaning arsenal will be a tree huggers dream!
Did you know that Shoplet carries a wide assortment of tree-free toilet tissues? YEP! Brands like Emerald make great eco friendly toilet tissues that are tree free! Marcal Small Steps toilet tissues are another great option and is made from 100% recycled paper. Awesome!
Did you know that your skin is the largest and most absorbent organ in your body? Yep it’s an organ, people! Think of all of the questionable things you are exposed to on a daily basis. Your poor skin can use a little TLC. Make sure to feed it with products that aren’t loaded with carcinogenic chemicals. Beware of brands that notoriously test on animals or use questionable chemicals who suddenly launch a “naturals” line of cosmetics. Greenwashing is pretty common and many not-so-great, unsustainable brands are trying to cash in on the organic skincare wave. Always read labels. We’ll do another series dedicated solely to personal care products in the future, so make sure to check back!
High tech toilets.
There are lots of amazing smart toilets on the market that offer a variety of features. Some feature Water Sense technology. Others offer different flush features such as half or full flush options. There are even toilets that offer attachments that allow you to filter used sink water into the toilet tank for later flushing. Now that’s green!
We love this Water Pebble which serves as a visual guide to alert you when you are using too much water in the shower. Green means start your shower. Yellow indicates your halfway through, and red indicates your shower is over. The average shower time is 4-5 minutes depending on your water flow. The pebble can detect water usage and estimate accordingly. Pretty cool!
Motion sensor faucets aren’t just for the office restroom anymore. Install them in your bathroom so that you never have to worry about water waste again. There are lots of gorgeous options that won’t break the bank and will help you conserve precious resources.
Use sustainable building materials.
If you are installing new cabinetry, make sure to opt for sustainable wood, bamboo, or wood veneers with low VOC finishes. Bamboo is a great, eco friendly option. The average plant grows to full maturity in 5-7 years and can regrow from the same root system very quickly. It’s extremely durable and a great option for a bathroom renovation.