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It is true that you cannot change the state in which our planet is. However, if everyone takes a little step, perhaps the whole picture can look a lot better. Your conscience, environment, and health will be much better if you try to do your best around your home when it comes to being eco-friendly. So, let’s say that you’ve decided to take that step and make a list of things that you could do to make your home more eco-friendly. The first place you should look is your bathroom. It is a red zone because of the water that is used and all the chemicals that are being used to sanitize it. Here are the things that you can do right now to make it a more ‘green’ place.
Homemade Cleaning Products
Do you really want to flush down something that kills 99% of all known bacteria? Do you even wonder what it will do to any sort of ecosystem that it reaches once it’s been flushed? Yes, you need to keep your bathroom clean, but you really don’t need to kill every living thing around you in order to not get sick. Here are some ideas on how to clean your bathroom.
For cleaning your toilet, just mix up some baking soda with vinegar. Mix them in a jar that is a bit taller than the vinegar level because it will fizz like crazy at first. Just use it with a scrubber you normally use and clean your toilet bowl. You can use this formula to clean the sinks and bathtub as well. It will have the distinctive scent of vinegar, but not forever.
Unblocking the drains can be done with a mixture of salt and hot water. Half a cup will be enough for as much as 4 liters of water. Don’t let the water boil, but keep it hot. Pour it down the drains to unclog them. Beware, if you have the plastic pipes. In that case, call the plumber to fix those clogs for you.
If you are not that crazy about the scent that vinegar leaves, then you should try and make an air freshener from a cup of baking soda, half a cup of water and dry lavender leaves. Make it into a paste and leave to dry for two days. Leave them in your bathroom and it will freshen it up.
Preventing the mold and mildew can be done by spraying the walls regularly with a mixture of half a liter of water and 20 drops of essential oil. Essential oils can include lavender, basil and green tea.
Water Saving Bathroom Principles
Don’t ever, ever, ever let that dripping faucet drip away. It is amazing how much water you can save just by avoiding that. Call a plumber to fix that for you. Most of the drippings will be easy fixes, but some of them are the sign of hot water leaking and that is best handled by a pro.
Save the money to replace all the things in your bathroom with water-saving versions. This includes the toilet that uses the dual flush principle. Also, water saving shower heads and faucets are definitely a must.
Water saving principles don’t just include spending money on eco-friendly stuff for your bathroom. It also means changing some of the habits. Turning off faucets and the shower while you are brushing your teeth or shampooing your hair. Using home-made products that don’t have disposable packaging, but placing them into glass jars. Using an eco-friendly shower curtain and not using PVC. All of these things contribute to having a more ‘green’ zone in your bathroom and a healthier lifestyle.
Kate Wallace began her adventure of making homes eco-friendly on a budget. Doing so, she acquired some plumbing experience, as well as some cool DIY skills. She also enjoys sharing the experience of her DIY adventures with others.