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Making your bathroom environmentally friendly
Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

Some people pay special attention to things they can do around the house that may help preserve the planet. Recycling paper, plastic cans and aluminum bottles makes a good start. But there are also plenty of ways to turn your bathroom greener in the environmental sense.

On Oprah Winfrey's official website, tips for reducing your bathroom's carbon footprint include using recycled toilet paper and making sure the toilet lid is closed before flushing in order to avoid spreading bacteria all over the room - which would mean extra cleaning. Apart from toilet paper, no cleaning tools used for bathroom maintenance need to be disposable, so rags and cloth towels are preferable to paper towels. Nontoxic, certified green cleaning liquids are also recommended, especially if the companies provide refillable containers.

You'd be amazed at the amount of water you can save by taking very minor steps. According to Oprah, six gallons of water a day can be saved by simply turning the water faucet in the sink off while brushing your teeth. In addition, men who shave each morning should have as much rinsing liquid as they need with a plugged sink half-filled with water.

Oprah also provides an interesting bit of advice when it comes to soaps and cleaning fluids. If a product is difficult to say three times fast, the website says, it should be avoided. For example, "antibacterial" products may contain endocrine disruptors, which could potentially harm your skin and aquatic wildlife once the chemicals reenter the water supply.

In addition to conservation techniques and earth-friendly products, the Mother Nature Network encourages installing ceramic tile on the bathroom floor and walls. The substance is resistant to moisture damage and is thought to be environmentally-friendly.

The online information provider also mentions that purchasing a new, more efficient toilet might be a good way to cut down on the amount of water used during every flush. Low-flow toilets can help with water conservation, but a broken, leaky toilet will probably be wasting water, especially if it's an out-of-date model.. According to the Saving Water Partnership, up to five gallons can be used during every flush of a toilet sold before 1994. Newer toilets, the organization says, use less than two gallons per flush and could save a household as much as $125 per year when they replace an old toilet.

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Anonymous Adam said...

That's a great post, thanks! It's amazing the amount of things that you can use over and over to cut down on waste - and the new uses you can find if you're creative!

November 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM  

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