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How-To: Go Green in the Bathroom Without Spending Money

With all the talk of living eco-friendly these days, it's easy to feel like you can never do enough to make a difference. And with so many new "green" products on the market, you might feel like you can't go green without spending a fortune. But there are plenty of ways you can make your home an environmentally friendly one without spending a penny. The bathroom can be an enemy to the environment when you consider all the water and products used there. To learn a few tips on going green in the bathroom without spending a penny,


  • Take shorter showers! Keep your showers under 5-7 minutes. Set an alarm just outside your bathroom each time you get in, so you'll have no choice but to get of the shower to turn it off.
  • On that note, cut down the number of showers you take in general — no more showering twice a day.
  • If you run your water before you get in the bath or shower until the water temperature rises, collect it in a bucket and use that cold water to water your house plants.
  • Use a permanent razor with refillable blades instead of throwaway plastic ones.
  • Towels don't get dirty when you dry off after each shower. Reuse them until it's necessary to wash them.
  • Take a shower in the dark! I've found that taking a shower in the dark with a single candle or LED light on is supremely relaxing, and you'd be surprised how much light you don't need.
  • Let your hair dry naturally! Gasp!


nctd nctd 8 years
i think the option for not taking more than one shower a day is not so much practical in tropical countries.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
We usually shower in the dark once or twice a week. We put a nightlight in the bathroom so it's easier to see at night and when people stay over. It's very romantic!
misslilad misslilad 8 years
nice to know i am already doing my part, well except for the bucket thing
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I'm down with everything but shorter showers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I usually take really quick showers because I'm in a rush, but setting an alarm would probably actually waste water. I would get out of the shower to turn it off, but get back in if I wasn't done. And, I would leave the water running while I went to turn the alarm off. It's a good idea to take short showers, but limiting your shower to a specific amount of time just wouldn't work for most people. I mean, if you have soap all over your body, you need to rinse it off!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I do a lot of these. I don't wash my towels after one use, I mean it's just me and I'm only drying off with it and I'm already clean.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I have cut down on my shower time, for sure. 5-10 minutes. I should try showering with an LED light or something. I don't have windows in the bathroom, so if you close the door and the light is not on, it is absolutely pitch black.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
If I showered in the (mostly) dark I would NEVER wake up. Also, my hair looks terrible if I let it airdry. Otherwise, great suggestions and I'm going to remember to collect the water before it heats up for the plants!
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I do most of these already and even shower fewer times a week than I used to. I never got into showering more than once a day.
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