10 Ways You Can Waste Less in Your Bathroom

Sheri Reed

shower woman waterHappy 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow: You don't have to flush every time you use the toilet.
  4. 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?
  5. Say No to Blow: Towel dry your hair really well before you blow dry. We mean super well. Or skip the blow drying altogether.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Go Green to Clean: Goodbye bleach and harsh bathroom cleaners. Hello, vinegar, tea tree oil, and baking soda.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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