Though you can start your green remodeling in any room, you should definitely think in the bathroom as the best way to kick it off. There are lots of waste there and the constant cleaning needed to keep it spotless turns it into a toxin-filled chemical fest so, which place’s better to get your home remodeling going? With just a few smart changes you can turn your current bathroom into an eco-friendly retreat that will put you on the right track. Here are the tips!
1 – Invest and fix to save water
The first step you should consider is trying to reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom. There are some simple things you surely already know that can help you with that – taking shorter showers, turning off the water while you brush your teeth. But apart from that, you should also think about installing low-flow shower heads and aerators in your faucets. Additionally, you should always be on the watch for leaky faucets since a leak that drips once per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons a year.
2 – Replace your toilet
Just like you invested in a low-flow shower head, you should do the same with your toilet. A high-efficiency toilet can cut the amount of water you use with each flush by half. It can also save you some bucks each year! Don’t have enough money to change your toilet? Retrofit the one you already own by installing a controllable flush handle and put pebbles in your tank to limit the amount of water it uses each time it gets filled.
3 – Ventilate it
Windows, exhaust vents and fans are a must for any bathroom looking to turn the green up. They all ensure that the bathroom is ventilated and they get rid of that nasty mold-causing humidity. Without that moisture, mold won’t grow and you won’t have to use that much chemicals to keep your bathroom clean. You’ll enjoy a better air quality! Additionally, you can also buy some plants to absorb the pollutants and give a nice natural touch to it all.
4 – Use as much green products as you can
Toilet paper, shower curtains, mats and cleaning products are some of the things you use in your bathroom that have amazing green alternatives. If you can’t change them all, then at least consider using recycled toilet paper and homemade cleaning products. This will drastically reduce the amount of waste and pollution you generate in your bathroom – and you’ll get the same results as with the regular options. Try it!
5 – Go ceramic
Ceramic tiling is one of the preferred options by a lot of people – and for a good reason. Ceramic is resistant to moisture and some of it is manufactured through an eco-friendly process. In fact, some of the ceramic tiles available in the market are made with recycled materials, which means that you won’t only enjoy the benefits of ceramic in your bathroom but that you’ll also be lending a helping hand to our environment in the process. Be sure to research the alternatives out there!
As you can see, 5 simple tips like these can really make a huge change in your bathroom. You don’t have to completely remodel it to turn it green – you just have to make the right choices and you’ll enjoy a great green bathroom!
Posted September 13, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.