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Cleaning up right! Sustainable switches to make for a plastic-free bathroom

The products marketed for the bathroom are not just packaged in single-use plastic but also contain chemicals that can harm your skin and pollute the water.

Your home bathroom cabinet is likely filled with various aromatic, refreshing beauty products and bath accessories. But, look closely and you’ll find plastic- all over

In addition to plastic packaging, there’s also plastic in your toothbrush and in your shower gel. According to dermatologists, the products marketed for the bathroom contain chemicals that can harm your skin and pollute the water.

Soap

One simple way to replace your shower gel is to use a soap bar instead. The old nature friendly soaps are long lost and are replaced but liquid soaps for hand and body. There are now several brands that make all-natural soaps, and they come in various cute shapes and sizes.

Shampoo

Instead of buying a plastic bottle, try a shampoo bar. They come in paper packaging. As with any type of product, you’ll have to try out different bars to find the one that works best for your hair. One of the most popular options is Soap Square, which features shampoos that are specifically formulated for different types of hair.

Facewash

Most commercially available facial scrubs, creams, masks, and face washes come in single-Use plastic packaging. Even the ones that come with dispensers don’t usually have refill pouches. There are other alternatives, such as glass bottles, which can be used for various facial care products, such as scrubs and soap bars.

Loofah

Although it may look like a fun and colourful piece of item,  your plastic loofah is probably not the best idea. Not only does it look tacky, but it can also be a bacterial issue if it’s not dried properly. Instead of using plastic, try natural products such as coconut coir or dried flowers, vetiver .

Toothbrush and toothpaste

One of the easiest ways to keep your bathroom environment clean and green is by replacing your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one that’s made from sustainable materials. Just make sure to separate the nylon bristles from the plastic before discarding the entire item.

Unfortunately, regular toothpaste contains harmful chemicals, such as saccharine and detergents. Instead, try making your own at home using baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils. You can also use glass bottles that contain natural toothpaste in different flavors, such as orange, clove, spearmint, and more.

Bathroom cleaners

Use homemade bioenzyme cleaners instead of commercial toxic products. This easy-to-make cleaner can be used on any surface and toilet, and it requires only fruit peels, water, and jaggery. If you’re not interested in making the cleaner yourself, you can purchase it from various sustainable brands.

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