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Clean and Green: Good for the bathroom and the environment

February 20, 2012

Is your bathroom…green? For the environment’s sake, maybe it should be.

Making a few easy changes in how you get ready to go in the morning could mean a big step toward green living. Not to mention a lower energy bill. Here are a few tips to help you cut down on your environmentally unfriendly waste.

1. Minimize your water usage by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. This article says stopping the water waste can save 20 to 30 gallons of water per person each week.Green Bathrooms

2. Use recycled toilet paper. Yep, that’s recycled paper. Don’t worry, it’s been cleaned and it’s ready for your sanitary use. has an entire toilet paper guide to help you pick the brand that’s best for you.

3. Use baking soda. Many bathroom cleaners are heavy-duty disinfectants. That means the chemicals will kill anything and everything it reaches. Sounds pretty bad for the environment, right? TLC recommends baking soda as a good substitute to the hazardous cleaners. The article also says vinegar can be useful to help clean out those tub and sink drains. The best way to keep the germs out is to prevent them from getting in to start. That means routinely clearing out the drains and pouring in some baking soda and vinegar.

4. Light up your life with energy-efficient bulbs over that vanity mirror. recommends using fluorescent bulbs and LED lights for ambient lighting to save on the energy use. Advances in fluorescent lighting technology mean you can get bulbs in hues that will light up your face just as well as other lights, too.

5. Finally, green can go soft if you pick the right bath towels. Organic cotton takes less pesticide to make than other towels. Plus, the makers usually use more natural dyes and softeners. HGTV says you can even take it a step further by changing out your shower curtain for a fabric that’s more green-friendly.

So, do you think you’re a green bathroom expert? Take this National Geographic Green Bathroom Quiz – The Green Guide  to test your knowledge. And good luck starting and ending your day a little bit greener.

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