Sean Abidin, DDS • Vanessa Cao, DDS phone (614) 882-9828

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom Routine

Aerial view of green foliage spelling EARTH on brown counter to encourage an eco-friendly oral care routine on Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, have you been considering ways to go green around your house? Don’t forget about the bathroom! We create a great deal of waste in such a small space. From the plastic used to contain our hygiene products to the amount of water we use, there are several ways we can all improve. Read on to learn more about how you can make your bathroom routine more eco-friendly!

  1. Make Smarter Toothbrush Choices
  2. You should be switching out your toothbrush about every three months. If you’re using the common plastic toothbrushes, this can create a great deal of waste. Fortunately, there are several eco-friendly alternatives. One of the most common is the bamboo toothbrush. The handle is composed of all-natural bamboo rather than plastic. Additionally, recycled aluminum and beechwood toothbrushes are on the rise. If you prefer plastic toothbrushes or if you use an electric toothbrush, be on the lookout for recycling programs that can reuse your old toothbrush and brush heads for something else, like building a playground!

  3. Reduce Your Water Usage
  4. It’s easy to be mindless about the amount of water we use. When you’re brushing your teeth, remember to turn the water off while you brush. Once you’re ready to rinse your mouth out, use a small cup to fill with water rather than letting the faucet run. Another water-reducing idea is to turn the water off in the shower while you lather your hair and body then turning it back on to rinse off.

  5. Switch to Non-Antibacterial Hand Soap
  6. Sounds crazy, right? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that there is not enough evidence to prove that antibacterial soap cleans your hands significantly better than non-antibacterial hand soap. In fact, most antibacterial soaps contain Triclosan—a potentially harmful ingredient believed to cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. The less chemicals we contribute to our water supplies and the environment, the better!

Happy Earth Day!

At our Westerville dental office, we wish all our patients a happy Earth Day. If you have any other tips and tricks on how to make your bathroom routine eco-friendly, please share them with us at your next routine exam. Are you ready to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Sean Abidin or Dr. Vanessa Cao? Please utilize our online contact form or call our office at 614-882-9828 to speak with a member of our friendly team. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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