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Green Up Your Bathroom!

You've got your compost bin, homemade dishwashing detergent, and homegrown organic tomatoes in the kitchen, but now it's time to think about "greening up" another room in your home.  Let's green your bathroom!

- Take the toilet paper challenge!  Michelle wrote a great article earlier this year about reducing toilet paper consumption.  You can also use the Greenpeace Shopper's Guide to toilet paper to figure out the most environmentally friendly TP out there. 

- Make your own cleaning products using items like Castile soap, baking soda, and vinegar

- Install an exhaust fan, or at least open a window or crack the door after a steamy shower.  This will help prevent mold which means you won't have to use harsh mold-removing products.

- "When it's yellow, let it mellow; when it's brown, flush it down."  You remember that clever old rhyme?  No need to flush every time there's a little bit o' pee in the toilet!

- Can't commit to letting the yellow mellow?  Reduce how much water is used with every flush by putting a brick in your toilet tank

- Replace your shower curtain with something more sustainable.  Most shower curtains are currently made with PVC (yuck), but you can find some made with other materials.

- Replace your personal care items with greener versions.  Not only is Castile soap good for cleaning the bathroom, but you can use it to clean yourself!  You can use it as shampoo, soap, and for shaving.  Buy a big jug of it and use it for everything.  My favorite is Dr. Bronner's Almond

- Reduce your water consumption.  Shorten your showers, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, etc.