Gallery: 7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom

 

TIP 7: Clean With Homemade Products

Plenty of studies show that conventional cleaning products are detrimental to your health, not to mention the planet's health (products labelled with a skull and crossbones and the word 'HAZARDOUS' will hopefully have tipped you off). But there's no need to purchase caustic cleaning solutions when you've got everything you need right in your kitchen cupboards to get the job done. A bit of baking soda and vinegar is enough to get your bathroom sparkling. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on problem areas add a little white vinegar, let it foam and sit for about 5-10 minutes, and then scrub the area down with an eco-friendly sponge or brush. You can also use a little lemon or your favorite essential oils to help mask the vinegary scent. Moreover, oils such as tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and rosemary boast antiseptic and antibacterial properties in addition to smelling great!

Some other quick mixes:

  • Window wash: Mix 3 tablespoons vinegar with 2 cups of water (or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray it right on your windows. Club soda and lemon will also work wonders.

  • All-purpose disinfectant:  Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. Use this on floors, countertops and generally any surface except glass, as it will streak.

  • After shower cleaner: Make your own daily shower cleaner by mixing two cups of water and three drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. After you shower, simply shake your spray bottle, mist, and then walk away. This should help keep mildew at bay between cleanings.

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10 Comments

  1. Pukahouse September 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    We use solar heated water combined with a thermostat shower faucet . This uses no gas or electricity. Simple is best!

  2. jjbirchler September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

    These are all good tips, but I feel like many times when you give tips to “green” your whatever, its always buy new this, buy new that. It doesn’t do much good to buy new things every year when some new technology comes out. Why don’t you just use less water instead of spending hundreds on fancy new gadgets?

  3. jeff September 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    “A motion sensor will be able to expertly track when you need H2O to flow.”

    Has anyone proven this with an unbiased study, or is this a marketing statement for the perfect world I would someday like to live in?

    Time and time again when I use a public restroom with these installed they are either not working correctly and in that case I have to assume people are frustrated and not property washing their hands or there always seems to be a unit with a continuous flow of water not shutting off properly.

  4. legalegl September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Since the washroom is used for such a short time it might be wise to use incandescent lights because the life of fluorescent replacement bulbs is cut immeasurably if you constantly turn them on and off for short periods. Incandescent bulbs are mercury free and their heat clears humidity….and in the winter they are a heat source.

  5. Mike Chino September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Great tips here – it’s crazy to think of how much water those old toilets waste at 7 gallons a flush!

  6. John Sexton September 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I would have to add a thermostat shower faucet. I use much less hot water with one and the temperature is always right without tinkering…

  7. Molly Cotter September 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m actually excited to get scrubbing! Great ideas!

  8. Mark Boyer September 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    great tips!

  9. Andrew Michler September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Recycled TP (um, post consumer paper content that is)

  10. Yuka Yoneda September 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The motion sensor faucets are also quite lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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