Easy Ways To Go Green in the Bathroom
National Simplify Your Life Week (August 2-8)
Every year, over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used in the US. I know my house contributes a lot of empty tubes to that number. It seems like such a waste to throw away the tubes. We recycle and upcycle tubes whenever we can. But did you know there is a tube-free toilet paper option?
Scott Brand created an innovative tube-free toilet paper. Going tube-free is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste my family creates in the bathroom. For National Simplify Your Life Week, my household made the switch to Scott Tube-Free Bath Tissue. Can you imagine the environmental impact it would make if everyone switched to tube-free bath tissue?
I don’t know why it took so long for anyone to figure out that a toilet paper roll does not actually NEED the cardboard tube inside of it. I put a roll of Scott Tube-Free tissue on the spindle just like any other roll of bath tissue. You don’t even realize anything is missing once it is on. It’s just like regular toilet paper except there is not a wasteful tube at the end!
I have never used Scott Brand toilet paper before, so I was pretty nervous about how it would feel when we used it. The tissue is strong and does not feel thin. Plus, I give it a thumb’s up for softness. Want to give Scott Tube-Free a try? You can find it at Walmart or use this Local Retailer Locator.
Another simple way to reduce the amount of garbage in the bathroom is to refill hand soap bottles instead of buying new hand soaps every time it goes empty. My family likes to use foaming hand soap. I found out that I can buy refills for my foaming hand soap. Instead of throwing away my plastic hand soap bottles, I refill them. Refilling my hand soap saves me money, too.
A couple of easy ways to conserve water in the bathroom include taking shorter showers and turning off the water faucet while you brush your teeth or shave.
Most bathroom light fixtures use more than one light bulb. At my house, there are 6 bulbs that light up every time we flip on the bathroom light switch. LED light bulbs are the most energy efficient option. They use 75% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs. Changing to LED bulbs will save us money on electricity, plus LED bulbs last 25 times longer than regular bulbs so we will not need to replace light bulbs as often.
Clean your bathroom with eco friendly cleaning products. One natural cleaning product you probably already have at your house is vinegar. Try cleaning your toilet bowl with a cup of vinegar and a scrub brush. Vinegar is all-natural and effective at killing germs.
To sum it all up, easy ways anyone can go green in the bathroom are:
- Switch to Scott Brand Tube-Free Bath Tissue
- Use refillable hand soap dispensers.
- Save water by using less.
- Swap incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
- Use eco friendly cleaning products.
Have you used Scott Tube-Free Bath Tissue? Share your tips for going green in the bathroom with us in the comments below.