eco bathroom accessoriesSo, we’ve talked about greening your home from design to construction. What do you do once it’s built? The last thing you’ll want to do if you’re at all concerned about living in an environmentally-friendly home is to bring potentially toxic products into that space.

Of all the rooms in the house, I would say that having eco products in the bathroom is extremely important. Towels, soaps, bath mats … you name it, there are products in the bathroom that touch our skin every day. It’s those items that you can easily switch up for greener versions.

Cotton towels certainly aren’t toxic. Cotton plants are sustainable and can be recycled or even composted once you’re done with them. There are more options, too. Try bamboo towels for a super soft touch. Look for recycled sailcloth shower curtains for an eco look that’s sure to be a conversation piece.

Natural body washes, organic Shea butter and herbal balms make clean and conscientious additions to a green bathroom.

Here’s an idea you might not have thought of. How about environmentally-friendly toilet paper and facial tissues? True, both of those products are already made from a renewable resource, namely trees. If you search, you can also find toilet paper and tissues that are at least partially made from recycled materials. There are more options out there in terms of bathroom papers, too. You can find bamboo toilet paper. Or biodegradable mini towelettes, if you prefer to reduce your water use.

Finally, look for biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. These days, you don’t even have to mix up your own solutions if you don’t want to. Many eco products are available for purchase ready-made. Look for green glass, tub and tile cleaners as well as natural air and fabric deodorizers.

Which natural products have you introduced into your bathroom lately?

 

beautiful bathroomThere is nothing as relaxing as a few minutes inside the confines of a steam shower. The steam is rejuvenating and relaxing. It’s just what the doctor ordered after a long day at work, right?

But, how do you know if a steam shower is the right product for your bathroom and your lifestyle? I’ve pulled together a few points that you should consider before diving right in.

  1. Make sure you have access to a good contractor or installation company. The steam shower needs to be completely water-tight and equipped with a proper floor drain.
  2. Steam showers obviously produce a fair bit of steam. If there’s a window on the shower-side wall, you’ll need to install double-paned glass.
  3. The ideal ceiling height for a steam shower is 8 feet. Anything taller than that may require a heavy-duty generator.
  4. Try to find a steam shower that features fold-down seats to maximize shower space.
  5. Steam showers come in large, medium and small sizes. So, they are appropriate for even a closet-sized bathroom.

Steam showers are healthful for both adults and children, and you really don’t need to spend more than a few minutes to get the full benefits.

Do you have any questions or concerns about steam showers? Let me know!

 

Photo: countryliving.com

Photo: countryliving.com

I was driving by a house that was up for sale recently when I noticed that the real estate agent was hosting an open house. The house was a really nice mid-century modern. I love that period in architecture. So, I decided I just had to stop and go take a look inside.

Well, let me say that there’s a difference between retro style as an accent and retro style as a real thing. What I mean is that from entrance to exit, top to bottom, this house was in 100% original condition. Now, some people would love that. For me, all I could see were dollar signs. This house, though it had beautiful bones, would take a lot of money to update.

But, it did get me thinking. What if you want to update, but you’re not too keen on spending a load of money on a full-blown renovation? Here are some tips to help you change the look of your bathroom in one weekend.

  • Head to a flea market or troll garage sales looking for antique sconces and shower heads.
  • Paint the walls vintage colors, like blue and white. Use a paint technique like sponging to get that special look.
  • Pick up an old piece of furniture, like an armoire, to use as a bathroom vanity.

Over to you: Add to these tips! What little tricks have you used to get a certain look?