zero waste bathroom
few things are as aesthetically pleasing to me as a clean bathroom. a bathroom without any plastic to end up in a landfill, well, that's even better.
getting rid of the plastic in your bathroom can seem overwhelming, but the swaps and recipes below make it a breeze! remember: you don't have to switch out everything at once, doing it over time makes the process much easier.
starting out it seemed like the easiest swap to make would be to make my own toothpaste, and honestly, it was pretty gross. the main ingredient is baking soda and it didn't matter how much peppermint oil i added. it was never enough. when i started counting 64 drops, i decided maybe homemade toothpaste wasn't for me just yet. while it's true, my teeth had never felt cleaner, i couldn't get over the salty taste.
i decided to ease into it by buying tom's toothpaste, it's all natural, cruelty-free, and the tubes are recyclable. since it is all natural it isn't as sweet and minty as say, crest, but i think it's a great stepping stone to being okay with homemade toothpaste.
i also really love lush's toothy tabs when i travel. i don't have to worry about the liquid allowance or anything exploding open in my bag. a tube of toothpaste smeared over your stuff is the last thing you want to deal with when you're opening your suitcase.
weirdly enough, homemade mouthwash is something i actually really liked.
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- essential oil of your choice (i like peppermint and tea tree)
- glass bottle
- add ingredients to the bottle of your choice with the funnel
shower swaps take a little more time, i mean, how often do you finish a bottle of shampoo? and does anybody ever actually finish a bottle of conditioner?
luckily, when i was starting out i was almost finished with my shampoo and i had given away my bottle of conditioner because it made my fine hair look way too greasy.
i am in love with my lush shampoo and conditioner bars. i wash my hair every other day, and switch between my shampoo bar and this shampoo recipe from sedonachristina. i love it! my hair has never been silkier. i am also a huge fan of her hair mask. it's my favorite part of my sunday ritual.
i'm a sucker for homemade soap, so that was an easy switch for me, find something local and package-free and you're good to go! if you can't find package-free soap near you, check out package free shop! that's where we got our brush with bamboo toothbrushes and refillable dental floss :)
i developed my own makeup remover, face wash, face cream, and body scrub that you can finally purchase!
what are your favorite all natural or zero waste bathroom swaps? leave a comment below!