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How to Create a Clean and Eco-Friendly Bathroom

From water-saving toilets to organic towels, we share our top tips on how to create a clean and eco-friendly bathroom.

Clean regularly

Cleaning on a regular basis helps keep dirt at bay and prevents grime from building up over time, which can become difficult to remove if just left. Try not to use harsh cleaning products in the bathroom as they can damage surfaces. After a shower or bath take a couple of minutes to rinse around to get rid of soap or shampoo deposits and then give surfaces a quick wipe down.

Clean up after showering

If you have a shower curtain keep it closed when not in use to help it dry off properly, this also prevents mould and mildew from growing. When you’ve finished with your towels place them neatly on a towel rail or heated towel radiator to dry out. During every shower or bath make sure to switch on the extractor fan or open a window to keep the room aired out.

Keep your bath gleaming

Instead of using abrasive chemicals to clean your bath, mix one teaspoon of liquid soap with several drops of antibacterial essential oil such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil and baking soda. Add some water to this mixture to form a paste, and then use a sponge to scrub the surfaces clean.

Unclog the shower head

If your shower head is clogged with limescale and grime fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and place it over the shower head ensuring that it’s secure with an elastic band. Leave to soak overnight and then scrub the nozzles with an old toothbrush.

Choose a dual flush toilet

Old toilets can use a lot of water when flushed, so to reduce water usage replace your toilet with a modern dual flush version. Some toilets with dual flush cisterns can use as little as 4 / 2.6 litres of water, which is great news for the environment.

Choose organic towels

Most bathroom towels use standard cotton, which is a crop that accounts for approximately 25% of the world’s insecticide use. Some manufacturers often use dyes that come from petroleum, this is a high polluting process where nasty chemicals run into waterways.

To help protect the environment make sure to look out for towels that use organic cotton, such as the Bea and Brick ranges from Aneesi Bath Fashion. When choosing organic cotton towels it’s important to check they are certified by the Control Union Certification,` and have passed the high environment criteria for organic textiles.

The Aneesi Brick organic towels also have complementary products available including a bath rug, dressing gown and accessories so you can create a co-ordinated look to your bathroom. For more information on organic towels read this useful blog.

Tackle some DIY

If you have some DIY experience in the bathroom try to fix things yourself as soon as possible rather than spending money on hiring a professional, especially if you have a leaking tap, which can end up wasting a lot of water.

Turn off the tap

Leaving the tap running for two minutes when brushing your teeth can waste up to 10 litres of water, which is not only harmful to the environment but can leave you with sky-high water bills! Try to get into the habit of turning the tap off every time you brush your teeth to reduce water usage.

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Liz: Liz has a passion for home decor, interior design and renovation projects.