I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most wasteful places in my home was the bathroom. This was also one of the most toxic places in my home – and by purchasing cheaper, cleaner, package-free products, I have really changed the landscape of my bathroom.
- Switch to bar soap, shampoo, and conditioner
Bar Soap is one of the most inexpensive switches you can make – plus, in most cases, it is plastic free. As for shampoo and conditioner bars, the initial outlay might be slightly higher, but with shampoo bars lasting up to 80 washes in some cases, the cost per wash goes way down.
- Menstrual products
I wrote a blog about when I went shopping for a menstrual cup for my sister (you can check it out here) but a menstrual cup, along with reusable pads are a great way to reduce your waste. Over your lifetime, you will have approximately 520 periods. The average person uses 20 pads or tampons over the course of each period. Over the course of your cycle, this is 10,400 single-use items. Making this switch will save thousands of items from going to landfill.
While for many, a toothbrush switch isn’t possible (i currently need to use an electric toothbrush, you can read about that here), if you are using a regular plastic toothbrush, there is no reason not to switch to a bamboo one. A bamboo toothbrush can be composted and won’t end up on landfill.
- Plastic razor to Safety Razor
This has been one of the most amazing switches I ever made. At first, it was a little intimidating to shave my underarms and my nether regions with something so sharp, but actually, it gives a much better shave and creates a much smoother finish. Along with this, I tend to just use soap to shave with, but there are shaving bars that lather up a lot more if that is more your speed.
- Cleaning products
The bathroom is another one of those places where we use far too many chemicals for different cleaning surfaces. You can check out what I use for cleaning here. But in a nutshell, we simply need one or two products for all of our bathroom cleaning needs, both of which can be purchased from a bulk store, or in large quantities.
Do you have any other bathroom switches that have helped you reduce your waste? Comment below!