We are always talking about different ways to bring more environmentally and earth friendly products into our lives.
Let's talk about bathrooms. The bathroom can be a huge clog on the planet - water usage, toilet paper, shampoos, soaps, cleaners and even electricity (sump pump, water softener and hot water tank).
1) Use biodegradable and non toxic soaps and shampoos. Many soaps and shampoos contain chemicals and toxins that enter both our body and our water systems. These toxins have long term health repercussions for everyone - hormone disruptors, allergens, irritations and more. Try using safer and less toxic soaps and shampoos for both adults and babies. Earth Mama Angel Baby makes wonderful soaps that are great for the entire family. We use the Angel Baby soap on all members of our family.
2) Clean your toilet, shower and sinks using non toxic cleaners like vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda are just as effective as chemical cleaners and will leave your surfaces sparkling clean minus the toxins. Toxic cleaners enter our waterways and are known to remain in water even through filtration - yuck! Plus is you have little ones in your home the toxins from bleach and other cleaning chemicals be dangerous on their lungs and their skin (getting absorbed right into their bodies!).
3) Take a hippie approach to flushing and go with the "when it's yellow, let it mellow; when it's brown, flush it down". This will save significant amounts of water over time and your kids are anything like mine they are probably already on board ;)
4) Shower as a family to reduce water consumption! All my children shower together and sometimes an adult showers with them too. This helps reduce our water consumption and keeps the process quick. The rest of us take showers every 2-3 days unless we are working out or getting excessively dirty (gardening etc). I wash my hair once per month and that saves a significant amount of soap and water in the long run - my hair is thick and long and on average takes about 5-7 minutes to wash. I let my hair air dry either overnight or during the day and brush and straighten the following day to save on using the hair dryer.
5) Use reusable wipes instead of toilet paper as often as you can. I know, I know, this seems gross right? Well it actually isn't that bad (especially if you are already cloth diapering!). Buy some reusable cloth wipes and throw them in basket. We do this in our home but only for pee and it has saved us money and paper waste. I only started doing this a little over a year ago and wish that I had started long ago.