One of the easiest ways to reduce your bathroom waste is to purchase reusable cotton pads. All you need is two small baskets. One basket can be used for clean wipes, while the other basket can hold your dirty cloths until your next laundry day. Dirty wipes can be thrown into your wash and they come out clean for your next beauty regime moment.
In Milton, you can purchase reusable cotton pads from The Kind Matter Company, Oh, Look Fabric and Max&Zia Pop Up Shop. Check out our sustainable shopping page for store directory.
Sea foam sponges are an option for cutting back on those plastic loofahs that end up in the landfill. These underwater animals grow on the sea floor and will help keep you clean for a period of six months to a year. They do biodegrade over time, and can be thrown in the compost once you are done with them.
Another way to keep yourself clean without using plastic loofahs is to put your soap into. a mesh bag and hang it up to dry between uses. I have kept my African black soap from Solful Organics and it works just as well as a loofah.
Explore the recipes below to find ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce in the bathroom. Make sure you read the follow up comments to understand the pros and cons of using each homemade product.
We are all used to using a stick deodorant, so applying something under our arms might take a bit of tie to get used it. Usage wise, though, I think this product works great.
I got this recipe from the Prairie Homestead.
Materials and Ingredients
*I have read that some people have reactions to the baking soda. Be careful not to use extra baking powder in this recipe, and be sure to do a spot test on your skin.
After 6 months of use, I wanted to share some experiences that I have had with making my own homemade deodorant.
After following the recipe above, I was amazed at how effective it was. It smelled great with essential oils and I never sweat. I started using it in the summer, so that would have been the best time to find out how effective it was.
Keep in mind that coconut oil turns to liquid in the warm heat, I learned quickly that less coconut oil should be used in the summer, and more in the winter. This will help you when you determine how loft or hard you want your product.
After extended exclusive use (four months), I noticed that I started developing dark skin under my arms where I was applying it. I looked it up online and sure enough, this is a common side effect. Having too much baking soda can cause your skin to darken and irritate. As a result, I stopped using it all together for about 3 weeks. Discontinued use brought my skin back to pre DIY deodorant state within a week.
I have since made a new batch with less baking soda, and I alternate between that and an all natural store bought product. It is a happy compromise because I am still lowering my waste output by half. When a local store offers a zero waste option, I'll be excited to try that.
I think that it is wise to warn anyone who wants to make this product at home of the side effects. I recommend it for trips that need to be chemical free. Camping, cottaging and other nature inspired vacations would be best suited for this product's use because if you shower there, any chemicals you put on your body will eventually wash into the ecosystem.
Stay tuned for an updated recipe that has given me no long term side effects. Keep in mind though, that we all react differently. Your tolerance might be higher or lower than mine.
I found out about this recipe after learning that it is important to keep myself well moisturized when I was pregnant. It is important to moisturize the belly, thighs, breasts and butt throughout the pregnancy to reduce the chance of stretch marks.
This recipe was found on the Wellness Mama website. I have found this site to be exceedingly helpful in finding a starting point for my sustainable home projects.
The final product will feel like whipped frosting. The body butter has a smooth application and feels very nourishing. It smells like chocolate!
*If you have a double boiler, use that to melt the ingredients. I don’t so I used a glass bowl over a pot of hot water.
Materials and Ingredients
I must admit, my husband uses this way more than I do. I made a small batch initially, and told him that he had to get through the entire bottle before making a decision on whether he would continue using it or not. I am very pleased to say that he finished it and is happy to make the switch.
It tastes a bit salty from the baking soda, but adding the peppermint essential oils make it quite tolerable. He says that it doesn’t leave your mouth burning, like most over the counter products do. If you like the burning feeling, this might not be the right place to make a sustainable switch.
Materials and Ingredients (First batch)
This is probably one of the easiest way to reduce your waste. Once you have the bottle, you can just refill it. Before I give you any more of my perspective on this, be aware that I googled recipes to make this. There are tons of sites that already have lots of information on how to make foaming hand soap. It's so easy! However, I have created this particular post with the help of the site I'm listing below.
There are only a few main ingredients that I used to make this.
-distilled water (this is a water based product)
-Castile soap (Traditional Booking School's recipe calls for 2 tablespoons. I eyeballed around that amount)
-Carrier Oil (I used almond oil)
-essential oils ( I used DoTerra's OnGuard essential oils since it is a time of year when there is lots of sick people out there right now. I put upwards of 20 drops of that stuff because I like the scent)
-a glass foaming soap dispenser. (I got mine at Walmart, it wasn't packaged in anything, and brought my own shopping bag to the store so it was a waste free purchase on my end)
Put the water in first and then the Castile soap so that the water doesn't foam up in the bottle. Other than that, combine ingredients and that's it!
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