Last week, as I was brushing my teeth after a shower, I looked around me and thought ‘wow, what a messy bathroom’, so I decided to clean it up a bit. That’s when it hits me. Why the heck do we have so many bottles???
A bottle for shampoo, a bottle for conditioner. Another bottle for liquid body wash and a few face cleansers. Not only does my bathroom look messy and packed, we really don’t need these excess plastic bottles. So I hopped onto my laptop after a short cleaning spree and looked for alternatives.
There were actually a lot of bathroom swaps that we could all consider purchasing, which not only save us money and space, it’s also a lot more eco-friendly than their plastic counterparts. So let’s have a look at the list!
Note: please use up your perfectly fine items first before deciding to swap them out.
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Number 1: Ear Picks
I know cotton swabs are soft and they feel better, but the sticks of cotton swabs are made of plastic. We really can’t risk our planet any more by purchasing more plastic, so consider getting yourself a stainless steel ear pick instead.
Not only are they washable and reusable, but I also read somewhere that cotton swabs can actually make your ears worse. Some people have waxy ear wax, but for me, they’re SOLID.
I don’t have a single clue why, but if I use a cotton swab, it won’t get them out and would actually push them further in! So definitely go for an ear pick instead if you’re like me!
Number 2: Toilet Papers
Now I know this isn’t a topic that you would like to touch on, but we gotta do what we gotta do! Instead of spending money on regular toilet papers, consider going for a greener brand of toilet papers where they come from recycled materials!
Number 3: Tooth Brush
I’m sure you’ve heard of this before, but if you really want to swap out your plastic toothbrush, then go for a bamboo toothbrush! You can fully compost the handles of these toothbrushes, they’re naturally anti-bacterial and last longer too!
Number 4: Toothpaste
I know this isn’t a must, but if you want to be Eco-friendly, then why don’t you go full-on? You can consider making your own homemade toothpaste! Place them in a nice looking jar and they’ll be perfect as a bathroom decor too.
I don’t know about you, but when my tube of toothpaste is nearly used up, the tube itself looks horrifying. It’s thin, wonky and bent. Definitely not a great sight if you’ve got guests coming over to use your bathroom!
It’s also a waste of money since it’s nearly impossible to get every single toothpaste out of the tube unless you cut it open, but nobody has the time for that! So if you want to know how to make them yourself, check this amazing post by Lauren!
Number 5: Soap
This is a transition that I’ve recently made and I’m loving it. Instead of using a liquid body wash when I shower, I use soap instead. The liquid body wash is a convenience, but the amount of bubbles that it makes is insane that it takes forever to wash them off! Sometimes I feel like I haven’t got all of them off!
But ever since I used soap, it’s never been an issue. It actually makes me feel so much cleaner that I can hear my skin LITERALLY go squeaky clean! Now I know soap sometimes comes in plastic packaging too (mine came in a small cardboard box), so if you’re not looking forward to that, then try making it yourself. Kathyrn here makes a great 4 in 1 soap bar that is easy and Eco-friendly!
Number 6: Hairbrush
Instead of using a plastic hairbrush, go for a wooden one. I’ve always been a fan of wooden hairbrushes and combs because I’ve got really thick hair! Plastic ones break too easily for me, they couldn’t handle my heavy thick hair, but wooden ones last a lot longer. I heard wooden ones are also better for your scalp too! So that’s a win-win!
Number 7: Shampoo and Conditioner
As I was complaining about early, shampoos and conditioners take up A LOT of room in the shower area. Their plastic bottles are unnecessary and harmful to the environment too! Which is why, you should make your own shampoo and conditioners instead!
Just like the homemade toothpaste, it’ll take up less space, save money and look better in the bathroom if you find yourself a nice jar too! So if you’d like to try it out, check out these homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes.
Number 8: Candle
I know many of you are doing a great job and uses candles to make your bathroom smell better. But I know many others who don’t. My mum uses incense (I’m not even sure if that’s Eco-friendly) while others use those automatic spray freshener/dispenser, which is typically made out of plastic.
For those of you who are already using candles, or better yet, making your own! Give yourself a pat on the back. If you’re not, then you better get some now! I’ll…….wait…………………………………………..done? Okay, moving on!
Number 9: Eco-friendly make up companies
I know there are many many companies who are both unethical (animal testing) and harmful to the environment. A bathroom isn’t complete without makeup, so make sure you know where to invest your money in and where to avoid!
Since I’m not very knowledgeable in this area, I found someone who is! Here’s Kathryn (again) and she has a very great list of Eco-friendly make up brands, ready for you to read! So check it out here!
Number 10: Lotion bar
This is an eye-opener for me. I actually didn’t know lotion can be in the form of a bar! It still boggles my mind right now as to how you apply it on yourself, but it’s definitely something that I’ll be swapping in soon with my ugly-plastic-bottled-lotion!
Now I’m sure they sell it outside in the shops as well, but if you’re like me who 1) loves to DIY or 2) want to avoid any forms of plastic, then check out this DIY lotion bar!
Number 11: Lip balm
Yes, I know lip balms are usually contained in small little tubes, so maybe a little bit of plastic is okay. NOT! A little bit of plastic is still plastic! They may be small, but together, they can great a big problem!
Just like how 1 person changing into an Eco-lifestyle may not do much, but if everyone does it, it can create a huge difference! So consider making your own DIY Lip balm instead! You can put them in your used up makeup containers, so not only will they look nicer, they’ll be cheaper and friendlier too!
Number 12: Period
I have to admit, I haven’t personally tried them before, so before you decide to swap out your menstrual pads or tampons with a cup or reusable cloth, do PLENTY of research beforehand! Better safe than sorry!
Number 13: Metal razors
I know many people use plastic razors (I used to as well) because they’re light and cheap. But our planet has enough plastic, so the point where there will be more plastic in weight in the ocean than fish! So swap out as much plastic as you can by replacing them with a metal one instead! Although they’re not as cheap, they can definitely last longer!
That is all for this post and I hope you’ve found this post helpful! We need to do our best to protect the environment, so let’s all start small, from room to room! If you would like to see what you can swap around your home, check out this post! Do you have any other swaps that you do in your bathroom? Let me know in the comments below! Well then, bye for now!
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