Practical tips for a greener bathroom

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Going green in the bathroom isn’t always the easiest of exercises – because it has to stand up to heavy-duty use, resist damp and be amenable to cleaning.

It’s hard to recycle used bathroom products and hard to install stuff that’s got a decent green pedigree in the first place.

But, do not despair. There are still steps you can take.

If you’re interested in finding practical ways to make your bathroom cleaner and greener you might enjoy this article in the Seattle Times which suggests some ways to green up your bathroom:

Don’t overlook the bathroom as you turn the home green
Pop in the shower first, and take a look at your shower curtain. Yikes! If it has mold or grunge (we’ve all been there), you need to clean it or replace it. Several cleaning-tip Web sites recommend tossing your shower curtain in the washing machine with a couple towels, using detergent and a little bleach. But don’t put it in the dryer; let it drip dry.

Most shower curtains are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic that can emit toxics into the environment, especially during production. When you need a new shower curtain, consider a greener, chlorine-free material called polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA or EVA).

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You can also reduce your water use by installing a low-flow showerhead. Read full article here…

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