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Making Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

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You know I am all about moving our homes in the green friendly direction!  With all the water and energy the average person uses in their bathroom on a day-to-day basis, it's no wonder families are looking for way to "green" up their bathrooms. Turning your bathroom into an eco-friendly zone is not only a great way to conserve water and help the environment, but it can also make your bathroom healthier and more cost-effective. Here are some tips on what you can do to make your bathroom greener.


1. Get a Water-Efficient Toilet

It's estimated that about a third of most household's water consumption is just from toilet use. A lot of newer homes come with low-flow toilets already, but if your house has an older one, you could be using up to eight gallons of water with every single flush. The initial cost of replacing your whole toilet may seem like a lot, but you'll begin to see a difference immediately in your water bill.

2. Get a Water-Efficient Shower Head

If replacing your entire toilet is too expensive for you to jump into right away, take a smaller step toward environmental friendliness with a newer shower head. Traditional shower heads can use up to 2.5 gallons of water every minute, while more efficient ones cut that number nearly in half.

3. Get a Water Softener

If you live in an area with hard water, that can have a devastating impact on your water heater, pipes, and shower, not to mention the clothes and towels you have to wash in it. Getting a residential water softening system like Scale Blaster can help save you money by softening your water and making it much more comfortable for everyday use.

4. Use Natural Cleaners

The bathroom can be one of the least pleasant rooms in the house to clean, so it's tempting to just reach for whatever looks like the strongest cleaner on the shelves when it comes time to clean it up. Spraying toxins around your bathroom, however, can be unhealthy for your family and unsafe for the environment. Purchase natural cleaners or make your own out of a mixture of water and white vinegar.

5. Buy Recycled Toilet Paper

This can be a little bit more expensive than regular toilet paper, but according to Greenpeace, if every family in America replaced their regular paper with recycled just one time, we could save over 400,000 trees. That kind of impact is well worth a little extra money.

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