3 Ways to Conserve Water in the Bathroom

When you conserve water at home you’re not just saving the environment, but you’re also saving some money. Try these tips and see how much you can lower your bill each month.

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Install a low-flow showerhead
It may cost you some money up front, but your water conservation efforts will save you money down the road. Conventional showerheads flow at 5 gallons per minute or more, whereas low-flow showerheads typically flow at 2.5 gallons per minute (or less!). Source: Gracelinks

Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank
To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day.

Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two flushings at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2.0 gallon flush. A better suggestion would be to buy an adjustable toilet flapper that allow for adjustment of their per flush use.  Then the user can adjust the flush rate to the minimum per flush setting that achieves a single good flush each time. Source: EarthEasy

Get or create a dual-flush toilet
This is basically a toilet that flushes a smaller amount of water for when you pee and more water for pooping, thereby saving water. Use the half flush button with a dual-flush toilet. Source: WikiHow

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3 Bathroom Mistakes to Avoid

Despite using the bathroom every day since you were born, you probably still make mistakes that you weren’t aware of. Check out these examples:

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Using toxic chemicals to clean
Let’s take a moment to think about the reason you’re actually cleaning anyway…to kill infection- and illness-causing bacteria, right? Then, you’ll be surprised to know many of the cleaning products you’re using could be harmful to your health. The Environmental Working Group has published a “Hall Of Shame” list of worst-offending cleaning products, many of which are banned in other countries and have ingredients known to cause cancer, blindness and more.
Instead, make your own green cleaner using fruit! A grapefruit cut in half with salt is an effective tub scrubber and a halved lemon will make the water stains on your faucets a distant memory. Not to mention, your bathroom will smell amazing. Source: HuffingtonPost

Flushing the toilet with the lid up
You pee, wipe, stand up, and just flush the toilet, right? It sounds basic enough. But flushing the toilet with the lid still up is a mistake, because there’s this thing called “toilet plume” you may not know about. “Toilet plume” is the mixture of small waste particles and water in your toilet that can shoot aerosolized feces as high as 15 feet into the air when you flush. Yuck, and no thank you.

A study conducted at the University of Oklahoma found that “toilet plume could play a contributory role in the transmission of infectious diseases.” Another study in 2012 at Leeds University discovered that a germ called C. difficile can be catapulted up to 10 inches above the toilet seat every time you flush with the lid open. By the way, C. difficile gives you nausea and makes you vomit. So, yeah, close the lid before you flush. Source: HelloGiggles

Ignoring the floor
Your bathroom floor is dirtier than your toilet seat, according to ABC News. If you walk around in your bare feet, you’re going to pick up all kinds of bacteria (as many as 2 million per square inch). In fact, most people worry about the toilet seat, but never pay attention to the even more dangerous floor. So make sure your feet are covered instead of the toilet seat if you’re a germaphobe. Source: Bustle

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3 Tips on Keeping Your Bathroom Vanity Clean

One of the messiest places in most households is the bathroom vanity. It holds makeup, bathroom cleansers, toilet papers, and other personal stuff that are best kept clean. Use the following tips in order to keep this area neat and hygienic.

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Decide on and prepare your vanity cleaner
Because there are so many different kinds of vanities (wood, glass, marble, laminate), you’ll need to find out what kind of cleaner your bathroom vanity requires. If you use the wrong kind of cleaner on your bathroom vanity, you may end up ruining it instead of improving its looks. Read the directions on the cleaner bottle to find out whether you can just put it straight on the vanity or if it needs to be diluted with water. If you take care and follow the directions, then you’re sure to get the best possible outcome. Source: Overstock

Analyze your space
Now that you are ready to refill your cabinets, take a look at your space and decide where each item belongs. If there is something that you need frequently, like toilet paper or a hair dryer, keep those things within easy reach. Items that are used less often, like extra shampoo or cleaning supplies can be kept further back or on a lower shelf. You may want buy plastic containers to organize certain items, but if you like to save money, emptied ice cream buckets or sour cream containers work nicely too. Source: Cleaning.Tips

Assess your need for more
…. storage that is. If your shelf, cabinet, or chest is too small for the items you’re trying to hold, it will always feel cramped and cluttered. If your space won’t hold additional storage, try finding a place elsewhere in your home to hold things that don’t have to be stored in the bathroom. Try keeping medicine in the kitchen, or even in a plastic tub under your bed. That way, when you reach for the toothpaste, nothing will fall out on you! Source: ApartmentTherapy

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Hot or Cold Water: Which Should You Use For Bathing?

While showering, have you ever paused for a moment to appreciate how the water’s temperature feels so good on your skin? Well, you’ll be delighted to know that there are benefits to gain whether you choose hot or cold water for your bath time.

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Hot Water

Relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles
If you have a powerful showerhead, even better! Let the hot water work like a minimassage on your shoulders, neck, and back.

Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Anyone working with stress can use more of the love hormone in their life!

A hot shower also acts as a natural decongestant to relieve cold symptoms, since the hot steam moisturizes nasal passages. Source: PopSugar

Cold Water

Boost the metabolism
Although many people do not know it, a cold shower can actually boost the body’s metabolism. When this happens, it prepares the body to fight off dangerous diseases, including diabetes, rheumatic disease, and even depression. Source: VKool

Strengthen immunity and circulation
Remember how I mentioned that cold showers speed up your metabolic rate, which helps you lose fat? The increase of this rate activates your immune system, which releases virus-fighting white blood cells that will help you get sick less frequently. Cold showers also increase your overall blood circulation, which can help you avoid hypertension and the hardening of arteries. Source: LifeHack

Refine hair and skin
When it comes to hair and skin, one of the most natural ways to maintain your appearance is with cold showers. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in. Source: Medical Daily

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Picking Materials for a Bathroom Remodel

Before you shop for vanities and choose the material for your countertops, make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your bathroom renovation. In this short post we’ll discuss some tips that could help you in picking materials for a bathroom remodel.

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Bathroom Flooring

  • If you want an easy-care floor: Go for porcelain or glazed tiles, and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. Unless sealed vigilantly, they’ll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time.
  • If you want a nonslip floor: Choose tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes. Another option: small tiles with lots of grout lines, which offer better “grip” than large tiles. Source: ThisOldHouse

Bathroom Fixtures

  • Bathtubs and Whirlpools: Choose a tub that not only looks great but is also functional.  A modern Acrylic Tub like the American Standard Studio Collection, features the EcoSilent Combo Massage System for the ultimate home spa experience that uses 50 percent less energy and produces 70 percent less noise. The air bath system offers a variety of massage options ranging from a gentle air bubble massage to an invigorating water jet massage.
  • Showers: Shower options are only limited to your imagination and budget.   Many folks  showers have spa like steam systems, music, lights, seating, rain-simulating shower heads, body sprays, hand held sprayers enclosed in custom glass enclosures.
  • Sinks: Sinks come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors.  They can look like a vessel or basin or have a simple  minimalist look similar to the  American Standard Studio Under-counter Sink which is known for its unique curved basin.  Under-mount sinks are popular in bathrooms with granite counter tops and are easy to clean and offer a striking, modern look.
  • Faucets and Shower heads: Shower heads can be a simple no adjustment spray heat to an elaborate rain drop head.    Many showers these days are also being plumbed with hand sprayers.  Most hand sprayers offer a selector button on the hand grip that makes it easy to change spray patterns, even with wet, soapy hands.
  •  Toilets: The sky is the limit with toilet selection to simple design to the elegant, standard height to tall and the ever popular elongated bowls design.  Many manufacturers offer toilets as part of a collection that match sinks, tub and bidets.  Toilets today can have dual flush or even automated features that rival robotics. Source: AConcordCarpenter

Bathroom Countertops
Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance.

  • Granite and marble. In a master bath, it pays to install granite or marble, which attract buyers at resale and give the vanity top a rich, sleek look. And with affordable “grades” of granite available on the market today, you don’t have to empty your wallet for this feature. You will, of course, spend more on granite than laminate, but the result is a surface that can handle heat and wear. Be advised: granite must be sealed to repel grease (which you could run into in hair products and such). Marble stains easily, while granite stands up to most stains.
  • Solid surface. Quartzite materials are incredibly durable and low-maintenance. Scratches are easily buffed out with fine-grade sandpaper, and the surface can handle high heat (curling irons and all). The cost is comparable to granite and marble. Source: HGTV

 

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3 Tips to Converting a Tub to a Shower

Converting a bathtub into a shower is not as difficult as you may think. If you don’t use your bathtub for bathing, why not convert your old bathtub into a walk in shower? Here are 3 tips on converting a tub to a shower.

Determine Spacing & Placement
A bathtub to shower conversion is easiest when you situate your new open shower in the space left behind by your bathtub, since your drain lines and water supply will already be in place. Moving plumbing can add significant cost to the project, plus require bringing in a plumber.

Spacing Required for a Walk In Shower:

  • At least 30 inches by 30 inches of floor space.
  • At least 80 inches in height.
  • At least 15 inches between the side of the toilet and the shower wall.
  • Or at least 21 inches between the front of the toilet and the shower wall.
  • If you plan to install a swinging door, make sure to account for the swing. Source: BudgetDumpster

Waterproofing and Drainage
Properly sealing the shower floor from water leaks will help protect your home from problems associated with water leaks, like wood rot, drywall damage and mold. Hot mops are prepared onsite and are the best way to waterproof the shower pan.

A standard drain may not be sufficient to stand the test of time. To ensure your shower remodel lasts for many years, select a high quality and durable drain. Source: Angieslist

Which Type of Shower Works Best for Your Space?
Now that you have some ideas about what you want your shower to look like, you’ll want to consider the best type of shower to install in your bathroom.

Shower stalls
All-in-one shower stalls that can be added to an existing tub-sized space can make your job easier. Many options exist with built-in ledges and shelving; some even have seating areas. The stalls typically include a curb to contain water and the option of installing any type of door you wish — or even just using a curtain.

Tiled shower curbs
A tiled shower created in the existing wall space usually necessitates a curb or ledge that will hold the door and keep the water inside the shower. The curb should be tall enough to contain moisture and short enough to step over easily. Curbs should also be polished and have smooth edges to reduce injury.

Curbless showers
Showers with no lip to contain the water make it much easier to access the shower, especially for the elderly or disabled. But beyond that, curbless showers offer a particular open look that is appealing and modern. The curbless style can also save you a little space if you’re making the most of a small area.

The issue with a curbless shower, of course, is the difficulty of containing the water. This problem can be minimized by choosing a shower screen — essentially, a pivoting glass door — and a directed showerhead that keeps the flow of water moving away from the rest of the bathroom. Source: HomeAdvisor

 

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4 Tips on Bringing Nature into the Bathroom

Regardless of the season, incorporating nature into the bathroom can give it a warm, relaxing ambiance everyone is longing for. To do this, follow the following tips:

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Add a bloom
The natural, varied colours of even a single living bloom will warm up a pale bathroom scheme a treat. We so often save fresh flowers for our more public rooms, but why not grab one flower from a bunch destined for the living room and display it in your bathroom. Source: Houzz

Waterfall showers
There is just something undeniably soothing about listening to the sound of a gushing waterfall. It makes you feel one with nature. You can replicate that by installing a waterfall shower in your bathroom.

Fusing a waterfall shower with abundant tropical greenery also creates the kind of environment you’d find in a luxurious spa hotel – or the Amazon rainforest. It’s so lush, you’ll feel like an Amazonian goddess every time you take a shower. Source: LifestyleAsia

Use natural materials
Another strategy is to use materials such as stone or wood which are normally found outdoors and make them a part of your home’s interior décor. Make sure they stand out. For example, a stone washbasin in the bathroom would be a really interesting feature. Source: Homedit

Pebble Garden under the sink
A pebble garden is simple to create and easy on the pocket. Forget vitrified tiles and go for some pebble love on the floor; so natural yet so quirky! A tiny area of the floor covered with pebbles right under the sink keeps it subtle; just in case you do not like the drastic impact that an entire pebble floor has on a room (though some prefer that too). Source: Homify

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Reinvent Your Bathroom This Summer

Summer is all about spending time outdoors—going to beaches, hanging out at the park, or just casually strolling around the area. Although you can’t spend 100% of your time outdoors, you can bring these summer vibes inside your home. Follow these tips in order to reinvent your bathroom this summer:

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Clear out the clutter
Possibly the simplest and cheapest way to refresh your bathroom is with an old fashioned deep clean and declutter. Clear the vanity benchtop of the items that inevitably find their way there, put in some elbow grease to make your surfaces sparkle and, for the really committed, declutter your bathroom cabinets of unused or out-of-date products. To maintain a clear and calm bathroom, return only the absolute essentials to the benchtop. Source: Houzz

Choose a colour scheme
Believe it or not, the colours you use in a room contribute to the mood and atmosphere it creates. Choose a calming, soothing colour scheme to make your bathroom a place of relaxation.

Then, find simple ways to add it to your bathroom. For example, paint just one wall as an accent wall and as a backdrop for a shelf full of accessories. Other ways to add colour include bringing in soft rugs, plants, flowers, shower curtains, towels and accessories that all work together with the same colour scheme. Source: HSS

Recycle and gather
An easy way to add a touch of summer into the home would be to repurpose old mason jars and turn it into receptacles for dried twigs and seashells. Walk around your garden and look for small branches that you can use. Clean each with a damp cloth and arrange them in jar. If you can’t find the shells that you’ve collected from your last beach trip, work with smooth stones instead! Your finished project would look perfect on your bathroom counter. Source: RealLiving

Upgrade your tub
Builder-grade bathtubs are fine, but they’re certainly not luxurious. Try a clawfoot or gorgeous soaking tub for the ultimate relaxation experience. Source: HGTV

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3 Bathroom Updates to Do This Weekend

Want to know some of the bathroom updates you can do on weekends? Refresh your bathroom with these affordable makeover ideas. Read on!

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Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is an easy and affordable way to really spruce up any room. With the right color schemes and a little bit of time, you can make a bathroom look like a completely different space. Choose a lighter color to liven up a space or a more neutral tone for a clean feel. You can also add texture to walls and adapt the color to meet any existing decor. The best part about painting is that you can always choose a different color if things do not go exactly as planned, so experiment with different options and have fun! Source: DoItYourself

Custom Lighting
Another way to instantly add personality to your bathroom is with lighting. Most bathrooms come with fairly standard lighting around the mirror and a standard overhead light. There is no hard design rule that says these have to stay, so look at lighting that works for you. A pendant light overhead, or even a small chandelier can work, if that is your style.

Vanity lights around your mirror should fit how you use the space. If you apply your makeup here, make certain that you have clear and true lighting. Vanity lights can face upwards or downwards, so think about what works during your install- upwards is softer, and may cast more shadows. Downwards is brighter, and may work better for everyday use. Source: SaddleTreeHomes

Artful Organization
Cover all the walls with art, gallery-style, and you’ll change the whole feel of the room. This bathroom design has frames hung on already textured walls for an extra layer of style. The result is super cozy. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Fresh Fixtures
Do you find yourself constantly scrubbing your sink faucet, only to find that it’s still dirty after the next use? This may be a good indicator that it’s time for an upgrade. Why not nix your classic silver faucet and go with a polished brass instead?

A simple way to revamp your bath is to buy a new shower curtain. Find one with a bold pattern to instantly spruce up your space! Source: LaurelAndWolf

Fabulous Flooring
Since the space is small, the cost of replacing the flooring is budget-friendly. Our designers will help you find the perfect flooring for you bathroom, and will install quickly as well. Choose an updated tile, or hardwood, or go for something bold in your small space.

Is there a project in your home you want to tackle, but just don’t know where to start? Contact us to put together a short timeline, a weekend or just a couple of days, to help you achieve that ‘honey-do’ list you’ve been putting off! Source: KruperFlooring

 

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3 Tips to Maximize Bathroom Space

Clutter can easily make a room look smaller. But if you already have a small bathroom to begin with, keeping things organized may not be enough to make the space look easy on the eyes. To make a bathroom look bigger, maximize the space by following these tips:

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Open Up Floor Space
If you have alternative storage or a linen closet, replace the vanity cabinet with a pedestal or wall-mount sink. While the additional floor space won’t exactly be usable, it will trick the eye into believing the room is larger. Source: DIYNetwork

Use Glass
Get rid of the shower curtain or frosted-glass shower doors and replace them with clear glass. It will open up the shower area, making it a part of the entire room and giving the appearance of more space. Source: DIYNetwork

Trick the Eye
Various visual effects give the illusion of more space in your bathroom than actually exists. A well-placed mirror reflects light and adds depth to a room. Hang one large mirror in the bathroom, positioning it so it’s one of the first things you see when you walk in the door. Or add a decorative eye-catching focal point such as a painting, sculpture or plant. Having something attractive for the eye to fall on takes the focus off of the fact that the space is small.
Painting in light, neutral tones also helps open up the room, as does using multiple shades of the same light paint color. Opt for paint colors like beige, cream, taupe and off-white, as well as muted blue, gray, yellow, pink and blue. If you want bright complementary colors, introduce them through accessories like towels and soap dispensers. Source: Learn.CompactAppliance

 

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