More money in the tank (Day 166)…

August 13, 2007

toilet bottle

OK, I realize a photo of the inside of my toilet tank is probably not what most of you want to be looking at first thing in the morning (assuming you check this blog first thing in the morning, which I know you do). But here’s the thing: As my green change today, I’m going to be keeping a plastic bottle filled with water in my tank so it uses less water every time I flush and saves me money; however, I’m not sure I did this right.

Doesn’t it look a little… well… wrong somehow? I tested it out and it seemed to work fine, and I definitely don’t want to put a brick in there or anything (apparently it deteriorates over time and clogs up the plumbing), but I don’t know. Something just looks a bit funny.

Then again, the idea of a water bottle in a toilet tank is, in itself, pretty ridonkulous. I suppose I’ll just keep checking up on it to make sure it’s not interfering with anything or breaking down. Of course, all this could have been prevented had we Canadians thought like the Europeans and manufactured dual-flush toilets to begin with. Although it’s possible for me to buy one, it’s not really so possible for my wallet.

Some new goo for the loo (Day 151)…

July 29, 2007

toilet bowl cleaner

Not to get too graphic, but this whole let-it-mellow thing doesn’t exactly make for a pristine toilet bowl. So it wasn’t long before I finished up the last of my toxic, abrasive cleaner and had to go find a less cancer-causing alternative. I immediately turned to my new favourite eco-brand, Ecover, which makes a natural product that comes in one of those strategically angled bottles — and I’ll of course refill it if I can find toilet bowl cleaner in bulk. It smells of pine, which I’m not so into, and required slightly more scrubbing, but overall, I’m satisfied.

If it’s yellow, let it mellow (Day 74)…

May 13, 2007

I’m not even going to finish the rest of this saying because I know you know what it means, and let me just say right off the bat that if it’s really yellow — as in, I’ve eaten a lot of asparagus or something — or if any guests are over, it’s getting flushed down too.

Whenever people ask me what changes I’m putting off until the end of this challenge, I always say anything to do with the bathroom: low-flow shower heads, dual-flush toilets, or natural tile and toilet bowl cleaners, because I can’t stand a filthy bathroom — I need it to be bleachy clean. So the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” change is a big step for me (and I hope you’ll understand why there’s no picture for this one).