You may be already thinking how you can reduce toxic things in your house and make your home safer and more eco-friendly.
Bathroom is where we clean ourselves and we spend a lot of time than we think in there. We go into the bathroom 7 to over 10 times a day! Another thing to know is average 47% of the daily water consumption happens in the bathroom and we use a lot of cleaning products to clean up the area.
Going green by reducing electricity and water usage, switching to eco friendly cleaning products is not easy. You will need a commitment. But, it’s not only for our environment. It can improve your health over time as well.
Here are things you can do…
#1: Use energy-efficient light bulbs and exhaust fan: LED light for example can save 25 to 80 percent of energy than traditional light bulbs, and they last up to 25 times longer.
#2: Water efficient toilet: Water efficient toilet could reduce 50% of the water consumption every time you flush.
#3: Water efficient showerhead: When you keep running water for 30 minutes in a shower with a standard shower head, you will use 75 gallons of water. Changing to low-flow showerhead can cut up to a half gallons per minute.
#4: Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products: We spend quite a lot on household cleaning products and advertisements encourage us to clean, deodorize, and perfume every room and surface. But, be aware that chemicals can float in the air for a long time and they stay on the surface of things in your house. Either you can purchase eco-friendly cleaning products, or you can make your own cleaning products to reduce toxic chemicals in your home.
Here are some recipes for cleaning products…
Air freshener: Mix 2 cups of water, half a teaspoon of Vodka and a quarter of a teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil (or any other essential oil)
Removing mould: Scrub mould with Baking Soda. If the mould is persistent, spray a mix of 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 1 cup of water.
Clean toilet, bath, sink, and tiles: Use backing soda and soap, and wipe them with vinegar.
Clean bathroom floors: Wipe with a solution of vanilla essence and water
Clean shower curtains: Scrub with vinegar
Clean stainless steel accessories: Wipe with a cloth dampened with vinegar. Rinse and dry well. You could also use Eucalyptus Oil on a cloth.
Clean mirror and glass: Use a (microfiber) cloth and spray an equal mix of water and white vinegar before wiping.