Tips for A Non-Toxic And Earth-Friendly Bathroom
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More and more people are exploring the green lifestyle and beginning the journey right in their own homes and apartments by making simple plastic swaps, and energy efficient upgrades. And that’s a smart move—because eco-friendly living is great for your health, bank account and the environment.
If you’re also thinking about making some eco-friendly changes to your home or apartment, then the bathroom is a great place to start! That’s because bathrooms tend to accumulate the most waste, house a ton of single-use plastic products, and most of the water usage occurs there as well. So it’s one of my favorite places to tackle within the home.
Turning your bathroom into an eco-friendly oasis doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style either—in fact, you’ll be adding style! Eco-friendly and sustainable products are much better looking than plastic, and add charm to any living space—even bathrooms.
Where To Begin
Start by doing an assessment. Look around and determine what can be swapped out for more environmentally friendly versions? And what products do you currently use that contain harsh ingredients (cleaners, cleansing products and toiletries).
Below, I’ve listed a few tips to help get you inspired with an eco-friendly bathroom makeover. You can incorporate as many or as little as you’d like—even tiny swaps help make your home more environmentally friendly!
Tips For A Green Bathroom Makeover
Dim the lights
Your bathroom doesn’t have to be super bright. In fact, dimmer, more subtle lightning can create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere that we sometimes need—especially if we’re bathing. It also conserves energy and saves money on your electric bill. So go ahead and swap those regular bulbs for some “soft lighting” LED bulbs instead. You can also swap your current mirror for an LED mirror for a more modern look.
Switch To A Low-Flow Shower Head
Give your shower a makeover and switch to a more efficient, eco-friendly shower head, which can help you save around 40 percent on your monthly water bill. Eco-friendly shower heads are typically low-flow, and some are incredibly unique and stylish. Some water-efficient shower heads literally contain color-changing LED lights with ionic filters that help remove harmful substances and rejuvenate hair and skin.
Switch To Plant-Based Cleaners
I used to use traditional bathroom cleaners to clean my bathroom with—and each time, I thought I would pass out from the smell and chemicals that I was breathing in. It was horrible. So I started researching alternatives that not only have a pleasant smell, and work great, but are good for the environment, as they lessen both water and air pollution. Plus, if you have children or pets, you don’t want them breathing this stuff in.
A common misconception about eco-friendly, plant based bathroom cleaners is that they don’t work as well as traditional cleaners, and that they’re more expensive. That’s simply not the case. Many work just as well, and are around the same price range, plus, many are packaged in earth-friendly containers.
Some really well trusted eco-friendly and non-toxic brands that I enjoy using are:
Consider A Non-Toxic Shower Liner
Many shower liners are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—which is actually a hormone disruptor. Have you ever opened up a fresh liner and noticed that “smell”? Those are chemicals leaching into the air. So what can you replace it with? That’s actually a tough one. And here’s why.
You may have read that liners made of EVA (ethelyne vinyl acetate) are a safer alternative because they don’t contain as many chemicals as PVC. But, unfortunately, that’s just the dilemma—they still contain chemicals because they’re still made of vinyl. Manufacturers like to push these as “eco-friendly” because unlike PVC, they don’t contain an odor and are “antimicrobial”, which by the way, doesn’t really work that well and just means it’s covered in yet more chemicals.
This really leaves you with limited options: you can either get something synthetic like polyester, hemp or tightly woven cotton. These alternatives are a little pricier, have the potential to mold and take longer to dry, but on the plus side, they can be washed in the laundry machine and are chemical free.
Switch To Shampoo Bars
Traditional shampoo is packaged in plastic bottles, and over time, it accumulates in landfills because it doesn’t biodegrade. When you think about it, the average person goes through a bottle or two of shampoo (and conditioner) a month. Multiply that by billions of people, and you’ve got a ton of plastic waste.
Shampoo bars, on the other hand, don’t come in plastic packaging! They’re also made of non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients, and are super easy to travel with, which is a plus! And these days, shampoo bars for men are finally becoming more and more available as well! In fact, check out my article on “Best Zero-Waste Shampoo Bars For Men” to learn more!
Switch To Bamboo TOILET PAPER
When it comes to toilet paper, I’m sure you’ve heard all about alternatives like bamboo toilet paper. After all, bamboo is a sustainable material, it’s biodegradable, it’s chemical free and it’s antibacterial. The only drawback is the price. They can be really expensive. It may not be practical for a family of 4 or larger, but for a single individual or couple, it’s a pretty good earth-friendly switch to make.
Consider An Attachable Bidet
If you’re not that keen on investing in bamboo toilet paper, but you still want to be zero-waste when it comes to waste itself, then consider an attachable bidet (which is actually really affordable). Bidets are a great alternative to toilet paper and they’re especially great for women when it’s that time of the month. So it’s something to consider when giving your bathroom an eco-friendly upgrade.
Non-Toxic Air Freshner
Bathrooms don’t always smell pleasant, especially if you live in a house full of boys. And our instinct is to just plug in fancy chemical-filled air fresheners that mask the smell. But why do that when you can just get some activated charcoal purifying bags and have them trap the odors? It’s a non-toxic and chemical free way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. With that said, it’s safe for you, your kids and your pets. Activated charcoal air purifying bags can last up to 2 years and can be cleaned monthly by simply being placed outside in the sunlight. I happen to also use these in my car in lieu of the little “hanging trees”.
SWITCH TO A BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
One of best plastic swaps that you can make when it comes to bathroom essentials is your toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic toothbrushes and they’re pretty great. Everything about them is plant-based—from the handle to the bristles. And unlike plastic toothbrushes that will end up sitting in the landfill for years and years, bamboo toothbrushes will biodegrade. For more on best zero-waste personal care products, check out my article here.
What kind of eco-friendly bathroom swaps have you done lately? Let us know in the comments!
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