Skip Nav
Job Search
Master These 15 Interview Questions
Personal Finance
See If You Might Accidentally Be Committing Credit Card Fraud
Financial Planning
3 Secrets to Creating a Budget You'll Actually Follow

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!


Join The Conversation
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.
How to Get Rid of Ants in the Bathroom
Why You Need to Tell Friends How Much You Make
How Rich Are the British Royals?
Best Plants For Bathrooms
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds