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You may have noticed a little less green around here as I’ve transitioned to Lindsey Blogs from So Easy Being Green. It’s mainly because I’ve been striving to share more of me and less of the end goal of me. I often felt misaligned with the former blog name and more aligned with the mainstream green crowd – you know, the family that sees small, eco-friendly changes make a difference in the world and the family that is consistently trying to make more of those small changes.
If you find your family in that description of mainstream green, today’s post is for you, especially if you’re like me and want those changes to come easy. In fact, this post should actually be titled “6 incredibly easy ways to go green in your bathroom” because they really are that simple! So let’s get started, shall we?!
Change your lightbulbs.
This is really something that you should be doing in every room of your house, but don’t forget the bathroom. Changing to compact fluorescent lamp bulbs can light up your bathroom just as good as traditional bulbs, but use up to 75% LESS energy than those older bulbs! They last longer too – making your life easier, because let’s face it… when a light bulb goes out in the bathroom, it’s a problem.
Freshen your bathroom naturally.
This happens to be one of my favorite bathroom tips of any kind, ever. It changed how I look at my bathroom, literally, because it keeps the room smelling fresh all of the time!
Take your favorite Essential Oil, mine just happens to be Purification for the bathroom, and put a few drops right inside your toilet paper. The EO will soak in and remain smelling lovely until you use up your toilet paper.
Did you notice anything about my toilet paper in the picture above? That leads me to the next Go Green in Your Bathroom tip…
Have you seen the commercials for the new Scott Tube-Free Toilet Paper? If you have, I bet you were like me and actually said out loud “FINALLY!” It’s something I’ve been waiting on for a very long time, because frankly, I’m tired of having to toss [even if you are recycling] toilet paper tubes. I’m also tired of looking at them, because we all know husbands have no clue how toilet paper actually gets on that holder, right?
And although the girls won’t have quite so many toilet paper tube crafts [like our Spring Butterfly Craft] during Arts and Craft time, I’ll happily be 1 household less tossing cardboard tubes thanks to Scott! Did you realize that over 17 billion tubes are tossed each year. That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building twice!
Turn off the Water.
We all know this, right, but do you always turn off the water? I think my generation and younger have it pretty much embedded, but Sophia catches her Grandparents leaving the water on a few extra seconds than they should. And she’s sure to remind them about it too!
DIY Bathroom Cleaners
In addition to freshening the bathroom with essential oils, I also like to DIY bathroom cleaners. One of my favorites are my DIY reusable cleaning wipes. They’re great to have on-hand to simply wipe down your bathroom for a quick clean every day.
Choose Eco-Friendly Personal Care Products
No poo [giving up shampoo] is great for some, but for those of you who are looking to be more mainstream green like me, choose more natural personal care products.
Brands and stores are making it even easier to go green in your bathroom by offering eco-friendly options in large retailers – I love that I can find my favorite natural brands on the shelves of Target too!
Replace Bathroom Fixtures with Water Savings in Mind
Replace toilets, faucets, and showers with newer options that account for water savings… when it’s time. I’m not suggesting you go out and replace all of the faucets and toilets in your house right now, but when it’s time to replace them, make sure you’re choosing fixtures that will limit the amount of water used. We just moved into an older home and we’re definitely in need of doing this ourselves.
How are you trying to go green in your bathroom?