Happy 10/10/10. On this special day of tens, we've decided to put together ten easy tips for going green -- and saving energy! and water! and thus, money! -- in the bathroom.
Think about it. We probably waste more water in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. It's a giant hole of water suckage. But water's not the only thing we're wasting in the powder room. Think hair dryers, cleaning supplies, and time, too (we're looking at you, dudes; we know you're just hiding out in there reading).
Let's do a green check. See if these ten ideas for greener bathroom living can get you to waste less.
10 Ways to Go Green in the Bathroom
- Share a Shower: If shared showers are good enough for Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey, can't they be good enough for you and your sweets? And double up those kids in the tub, too.
- Golden Shower: Not the dirty kind. The clean kind! Save a flush and pee in the shower. Your shampoo session will wash any remnants away.
- If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow: You don't have to flush every time you use the toilet.
- Wax On: Home & Garden expert and author Lisa Quinn suggests rubbing white candles on your bathroom grout to prevent mold and mildew. That's less cleaning, right?
- Say No to Blow: Towel dry your hair really well before you blow dry. We mean super well. Or skip the blow drying altogether.
- Coat Hanger Basket Weaving: Green expert and member of HGTV's Design on a Dime design team Kahi Lee suggests weaving wire hangers from the dry cleaner a vintage-looking wire basket to store bathroom supplies. Crafty!
- Pick a Shower Theme Song: Mom CynergyDiva puts on her favorite song to time herself in the shower and save water. When the song is done, she's done. My kids need a shower theme song.
- Go Green to Clean: Goodbye bleach and harsh bathroom cleaners. Hello, vinegar, tea tree oil, and baking soda.
- H2O Chill Out: Turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth. Don't let that half gallon to a gallon of water waste go down the drain.
- Go Dirty: Wash your hair every other day instead of every day.
See, it's so easy to waste less!
What green tips do you have for the bathroom?
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