8 Simple Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Bathroom

While looking for eco-friendly bathroom inspiration, I came across a lot of wild ideas. Some people suggest peeing in the compost pile, brushing your teeth with a stick and using your hand as toilet paper.

I salute their efforts to go green. But today I’m focusing on the easiest changes we can all make to be more eco-friendly in the bathroom. No reusable toilet paper required.

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Eco-Friendly Bathroom Products

1. Eco Soap and Shampoo

If you’re not interested in giving up shampoo and going “poo-less,” I’m with you. There are easier ways to get a green clean. Look for natural ingredients as well as low-impact packaging, like bar soaps in cardboard versus liquid soaps in single-use plastic. This is also a perfect opportunity to support small and local businesses.

Check your local natural grocery stores, too. They might have products available in bulk or without packaging, like these bar soaps sold by the pound at New Seasons.

Brick bar soap from Oregon Soap Company available without packaging

2. Organic Cotton Towels

As your bath towels wear out, choose organic cotton towels to replace them. Non-organic cotton farming relies on pesticides and other chemicals that end up in the earth or against your skin. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is nontoxic and feels amazing, so it’s a win-win.

These towels come in a variety of colors and are Oeko-Tex Made in Green certified. That means they’re made in eco-friendly facilities with fair working conditions, and they’re tested for harmful substances.

Is Organic Cotton Worth It? Read more about the surprising benefits of organic cotton.

3. Natural Air Fresheners

Air fresheners and aerosol sprays typically have volatile organic compounds, those nasty VOCs that can cause irritation, headaches and dizziness, or even liver, kidney and nerve damage.

Bathroom spray always felt like a situation of two wrongs don’t make a right. So my household switched to Poo-Pourri, a non-aerosol freshener that you spritz into the toilet to trap scents. It’s non-toxic and free of parabens and phthalates. Plus it smells so much better than the aerosol sprays.

4. Bamboo Toilet Paper

Save the trees and wipe with bamboo. From what I can tell, our planet has no shortage of this annoyingly aggressive, fast-growing resource. Some smart brands are now harvesting bamboo to make eco-friendly toilet paper.

I haven’t made this swap yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you’ve tried this.

Best of the Bamboo TP: Read detailed comparisons of the best eco toilet paper according to Treehugger.

5. Bidet Attachment

Even better than bamboo toilet paper, you can greatly reduce your need for TP with a bidet that attaches to your regular toilet. We have the TUSHY Spa bidet in our bathroom. It’s an affordable luxury that will make you feel like royalty.

6. Natural Cleaners

Many traditional bathroom cleaners are packed with toxins, but it’s a piece of cake to switch to safer alternatives. The Clean Mama has two simple DIY all-purpose cleaners you can make.

For an even easier option, dissolve a Blueland eco-friendly cleaning tab in water and you’re ready to clean.

7. Low Flow Showerhead

It’s a snap to replace an old showerhead with a low flow version, so you’ll use less water with every shower. Low flow showerheads can still feel very extravagant with a strong output. This one by High Sierra is WaterSense Certified and promises you’ll save 40% or more water with each shower.

8. Dual Flush Toilet Kit

This eco-friendly update is a little more involved but still pretty straightforward. You can get a kit to make any toilet dual flush, so you don’t have to replace the whole toilet. We installed this kit in our guest bathroom, so number ones use less water than number twos.

More Savings: Have you been thinking about upgrading to new energy efficient appliances? Check out these clean energy tax credits available in the US.

More Eco-Friendly Resources

Don’t miss my eco-friendly kitchen ideas to find more green upgrades for your home. You might also like these books that I found helpful.

Eco-friendly bathroom upgrades
Easy swaps for an eco-friendly bathroom

2 thoughts on “8 Simple Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Bathroom”

  1. Excellent ideas and suggestions Tara! I can see you are doing your fair share to try and improve our environment with eco-friendly products and ideas for your house including kitchen and bathroom…..and also your yard and garden! Thumbs up Tara!!

    • Thanks, Judy! <3 It's been fun checking out our local stores and looking for easy eco-friendly swaps we can make. And it was interesting to see some of the extreme changes people make!


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