Prior to and after the return of Captain Planet, I suggested a handful of ways ordinary superdudes can work green and clean magic on their bathrooms, a part of the home — specifically in bachelor pads — that elicits visions of a horror film more so than a superhero fantasy flick.

While the valiant efforts of Captain Can and this toilet-themed trilogy must come to a close, Captain Planet continues to battle on (exclusively at MNN). Here are six final not-too-perilous missions for guys to tackle in loo-land. And I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it one last time: Think of this effort in heroic proportions — you’re rescuing Mother Nature. Hopefully, at the end of the mission you’ll also be capturing the heart of a girl who once held it in, fearing for her own safety each time she entered your bathroom. Or at the very least you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor. 

Mission # 1: De-terrorize the toilet: During the first installment of Captain Can, I recommend harnessing the power of method Daily Shower Cleaner to combat villainous grime. With that conquered, it's time to take on the dreaded can. Lil’ Bowl Blue Planet Friendly Toilet Bowl Cleaner from method ($6.99 @ will wipe that dirty smirk of even the nastiest of toilets with the aid of nontoxic cleaning agents. Added bonus: The eucalyptus mint scent doesn't bring on the un-superhero-esque indignity of watering eyes like bleach cleaners do.

Mission # 2: Don't be a tool: Every Superdude is known for his dazzling array of gadgets, right? Your bathroom shouldn’t be excluded, which is why this super cool air-cleaning tool, the Uv-C Air Sanitizer & Cordless Vacuum (on sale for $59.99 @ Gaiam) should be a permanent fixture in your gadget arsenal. This chem-free disinfecting gizmo keeps the indoor air quality of your WC up to snuff by zapping germs, annihilating unsavory odors, and eliminating mold with the power of ultraviolet technology. 

Mission # 3: Leg exercises: Since this is the men's room that we're dealing with it's understandable that a little eye candy may be in order. This is where the PEVA Patrick McMullan Shower Curtain ($30.00 @ Izola Shower) comes in handy. The curtain is made from PEVA, a biodegradable alternative to nasty, landfill-clogging vinyl, and features an image of a bevy of shapely lady legs courtesy of renowned photographer, Patrick McMullan. 

Mission # 4: Operation H20: Luck be a ladybug tonight ... The Evolve Ladybug Showerhead Adaptor ($29.95 @ Bobby Berk Home) is an affordable, easy-to-install (not that Superdudes have problems installing things) attachment that cuts off the water flow when the temperature reaches 95 degrees, saving you money on water and energy bills and letting you know exactly when the shower is hot n' ready to go.  It's compatible with most all showerheads. 

Mission # 5: Make a clean break: It's decidedly not very Superdude-esque to overcrowd a shower with bath and body products. Duross & Langel Shower Gel ($11 @ Duross & Langel) frees up valuable bathroom real estate with a moisturizing, three-in-one formula for face, hair, and body available in a variety of manly scents like Egyptian Musk and Moroccan Cedar. The gels are made from non-synthetic, botanical based ingredients and packaged in recyclable bottles in the City of Dude-ly Love, Philadelphia. 

Mission # 6: The final countdown: It's a given that long, leisurely showers are pretty much the best thing ever. But if money and the planet are ever going to be saved, it's a great idea to keep an eye on the clock while in the bathroom. Practice good old fashioned discipline by timing your showers with the Kikkerland Suction Clock ($7 @ Kikkerlandshop). See how fast you can get clean while staying green by stickin' this sucker to the tile. 


"Captain Planet" is an animated series created by Ted Turner in the 1990s. is the primary source for "Captain Planet" episodes on the Web. 

Captain Planet is a superhero whose powers are implemented by a team of five Planeteers (as well as himself), each of whom helps combat environmental catastrophes like pollution, animal poaching, water scarcity and more. Each episode of "Captain Planet" involves the captain and his planeteers tackling different dilemmas and nefarious eco-villains.

Numerous celebrities contributed voice work to the show, including Meg Ryan, Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg and many others. You can watch all the Captain Planet episodes on MNN  and you can learn more about the series by going behind the scenes with the creators and major players.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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