How to be green and frugal in the bathroom
The bathroom is the most used room in the house, next to the kitchen. There are many ways that you can go green in the bathroom without too much inconvenience to you. Not only will being green in the bathroom help to save the planet, it will also help to save you money.
Anyone can go green with a minimum of effort on their part. Hopefully the five simple steps listed below will help you become motivated to switch to a green lifestyle.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
Turn off the water while you are shaving or brushing your teeth. A good way to avoid using much water when brushing your teeth is to fill a cup with water and use that for rinsing your mouth, the sink and your toothbrush.
You can also make your own toothpaste cheaply and easily; mix 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part salt, add a few drops of glycerine then mix with water to form a paste.
Take a shower instead of a bath
Taking a shower uses much less water than a bath does. If you do take a shower, make sure it takes you 5 minutes or less; you can save 1,000 gallons of water a month by having short showers.
Invest in a low-flow toilet
A low-flow toilet uses a lot less water than a regular toilet and can save you a lot on your water bills. You can also use leftover bath or basin water to flush it.
Wash with baking soda
Baking soda makes a great face wash; it is gentle on skin and makes a great exfoliant. Just add some baking soda to your palm, add water and rub it on your face, it is that easy. Rinse with water.
Baking soda also makes a great deodorant, just add a little to a damp cloth and wipe it on your underarms.
Clean with vinegar and water
A great natural cleaner that will deodorize and clean is vinegar and water. But only if you do not have marble counters or floors; vinegar is not recommended for use on marble at all as it will damage the sealant. For most bathroom surfaces, mix 3 cups of white vinegar with half a gallon of warm water. For stubborn soap build up you can mix 1 part salt to 4 parts vinegar. Soaking the showerhead overnight in vinegar will get rid of lime build up. In order to prevent mildew on your walls and shower curtains, spray them with white vinegar.