What is the most luxurious room in your house? If you have the power to turn any room into an elegant hotel-like space, what room will you choose? The kitchen and bedroom immediately come to mind, but you know in your heart you want a gorgeous bathroom as well. The master and guest bathrooms are the frontiers for luxury wellness at home. Did you notice how you are trying to turn your bathroom into a spa? You’re adding essential oil diffusers, clean beauty products, and potted flowers of different varieties.
A wellness-focused lifestyle demands a clean and organized bathroom. You will spend time there to destress and remove the toxicity of life around you. And yet many people do not take time to spend on their bathrooms. They spend tens of thousands of dollars on their kitchen and yet do not spend a dime beautifying their baths. It’s more than making this a luxurious room. Homeowners also want their baths to be eco-friendly and rightfully so. With a little planning, your bathroom can save power, water, and look elegant at the same time.
Introduce Sources of Natural Light
You do not have to install too many lights in your bathroom if you know where to place the window. Whether it’s a newly constructed home or you’re renovating the bathroom, find a natural source of light. An additional natural source of light will keep the electricity usage down and it will also give your bathroom a boost. Remember that your makeup will look so much better if you can apply it with a stream of natural light from the window. You can keep the humidity level in check by increasing ventilation—opening the windows and installing an exhaust fan.
If there’s no source of natural lights in your bathroom, you can add warm LED lights. These eco-friendly choices will illuminate the bathroom. They are also 40 times eco-friendlier than ordinary lightbulbs.
Invest in Low-flow Faucets
Upgrade your showerheads and faucets into low-flow units. Yes, these also include those in your vanity cabinets. If you have a double sink in your bathroom, use low-flow faucets for both sinks so you can save as much as 60% of your current water usage in the bathroom. These low-flow faucets and showerheads are designed to use less water in your everyday activities.
Use Steam Shower Instead
While it’s nice to have a warm soak in the tub, do you know that bathtubs use 70 to 80 gallons of water? That’s a waste of resources. Showers use only 10 to 25 gallons of water although it is not as relaxing as soaking your body in the tub. The alternative is a steam shower. A 15-minute steam shower consumes only two gallons of water. You can even choose to add aromatherapy for a more relaxing feel. Some steam shower comes with customizable colors and scents, so pick what suits you.
Upgrade Your Toilet
Similar to low-flow faucets and showerheads, toilets are also eco-friendly now. Older toilets have a one-flush system, which means it uses the same amount of water regardless of how much pressure the toilet needs to push its contents down. The double-flush system will let you choose how much water the toilet needs.
You should also use a bidet instead of toilet paper to wash your genitals. Bidets offer gentle cleansing and reduce the need to use toilet paper, which requires trees to produce. Some toilets also come with a dryer, further reducing your dependence on toilet paper.
Install a Water Reuse System
Where does all the water from your bathrooms go? You can invest in a reuse system that will collect the greywater from the sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, and showers. The reuse system will filter that water and make it reusable for watering the plants and lawn, as well as flushing the toilet.
Buy High-quality Furniture
Many big-box stores will offer furniture at cheaper prices. While they look good, they don’t last long enough. Choose high-quality and durable furniture for your bathroom. The more you throw away cheap furniture, the more trees these manufacturers are bound to cut down. Look for strong materials that will last for years. Real wood, stones, metals, and reclaimed materials are the most eco-friendly options.
An eco-friendly bathroom is not just about the materials you pick. It’s about the way you use water and the other amenities there. Keep in mind that you want to save water and electricity. This way, your actions will not go against your goal of creating environment-friendly master and guest bathrooms.