Zero Waste Bathroom

When living a Zero Waste lifestyle, one of the most crucial areas of change are bathroom habits. There are so many little things I have adapted over the years that I wasn’t even aware of.

Before I started applying the Zero Waste principles to my everyday life,
I had accumulated a bunch of stuff ( mostly made out of plastic) that was seemingly impossible to eliminate. After all, where can you find unpackaged toothpaste, body wash or lotion right?!? Well during the past year I have learned how to make most of my beauty products and thought I’d share my master list with you.

Beauty

These are all the beauty products I use on a regular basis:

Dental health: 
Toothpaste:  I brush my teeth with my homemade toothpaste.

Toothbrush I have used wooden toothbrushes before but didn’t really like the way they felt. I am completely satisfied by the way my bamboo toothbrush feels and I will never go back to using plastic toothbrushes.

Floss: This floss is amazing and works just as well as other, non-sustainable brands.

Mouth wash: I hardly ever use it, but if I need one,
I just mix distilled water with a few drops of vodka, peppermint oil and tea tree oil.

Teeth whitening: I found that for me, turmeric powder works the best. I simply brush my teeth, then dip my toothbrush in turmeric powder and distribute it onto my teeth. I will leave it for 3 minutes, rinse my mouth and brush again with my normal toothpaste.

Let me tell you it works better than anything I have tried prior to this and it’s also so much cheaper.

Tongue scraper: This has become an essential and a must! There are so many bacteria we are building over night and I just feel better knowing I have scraped them off before eating breakfast.

Body Care 

The only thing I use for my face and body is my homemade body butter.
Shower: I use an organic soap bar to wash my body. 

Hair Care 

I wash my hair once a week. I find that that is enough and I am actually planning on transitioning to washing with water only.

Shampoo: I just use a bar of my favorite organic soap (I was surprised how well it works). I find that it leaves my hair smoother and my curls more defined then any other shampoo I have tried or made.

Conditioner: As a conditioner, I found that white vinegar or apple cider vinegar work really well. Make
sure you use 1/4 of vinegar with every 3/4 of water. If you have a date,
I suggest you condition the day before to make sure the smell of
vinegar is completely gone.

If you have some red wine left, you can use it as a conditioner as well. After showering I usually treat my hair with some Argan Oil or Coconut Oil.

Dry Shampoo: Use Baking soda or cornstarch.

If you have dark hair like me, make sure you mix it with
cocoa powder, otherwise you might be able to spot the white powder.

Hairspray: Heat up brown sugar in water, and vodka,  fill in a spray bottle –  done last about 1/2 month

Perfume: 
I mix my favorite essential oils in organic gin or vodka bottle and put it in a spray bottle.

Skin Care:

Face:  I wash my face before I go to bed and scrub it with a towel (I don’t know
why it just feels good). Once a week I’ll put some tea tree oil on
blemishes and pimples I have and if I feel like it, I will exfoliate my
skin with baking soda.
As a facial cream I use my Homemade body butter and if I feel extra fancy I’ll gently dab some argan oil under my eyes.

Face mask: If I am in need of some extra pampering I will make a sugar body scrub, which is very exfoliating. For a quick face mask, I just mix aloe vera with my favorite essential oil

I also love going Saunas. There,  I will use salt to exfoliate my skin
and honey. For some reason, the combination of heat and honey will leave
my skin as smooth as it will ever get.

Bar of soap: make sure it only has natural ingredients and no palm oil. My soap is by the brand Sæbeværkstedet which I can highly recommend. (It’s ingredients are:
Sodium Olivate, sodium cocoate, matricaria
recutita and lavendula angustifolia- no sodium palmate!)

Make-up:
I don’t really wear a lot of make up.
I am usually just fine with
wearing a bit of homemade mascara, some blush and my homemade lip balm ( sometimes homemade tinted lip balm)

Feminine Care

I actually wrote an entire post on my Zero Waste period right here.

As an alternative to tampons I use a Lunette cup  and for the night I prefer the adorable reusable Pads by Precious Stars.

Hair removal

I used to love getting a hair wax until I found out what some of these waxes contain. So I decided to make my own using this Sugar waxing recipe
. The recipe works really well but I got a little tired of going
through the entire procedure every month so I decided to switch to my Safety Razor.
I can’t begin to describe how happy I am about this razor and ever
since I am shaving with this one I have had zero ingrown hairs!
I shave using my soap bar and after shaving I simply apply some of my homemade lotion and done.

Deodorant: 

There are many amazing recipes for deodorant out there, but I usually can’t
be bothered to make them myself, which is why I just mix coconut oil,
shea butter and baking soda and add some essential oils. If I am wearing silk or a special piece of garment that I don’t want to risk getting an oil stain on, I just use the baking soda by itself.  It honestly
works better than any store-bought deodorant I have tried!

Cleaning:

To clean my bathroom I use my homemade multi-purpose cleaner

Laundry detergent:

I make my own laundry detergent out of 3 ingredients. It is very easy and works incredibly well.

To soften clothes and to make sure the color doesn’t fade, I add a capful of vinegar to my laundry, works like a charm!

Toilet paper:

I do still use toilet paper, however, I use 100% recycled, non-bleached toilet paper that I buy in bulk.

Towels: I can only recommend organic cotton towels.
I truly think they are a really good investment.

Did I miss anything? What is in your Zero Waste Bathroom? Leave a comment or tweet me at @thewastedblog using #zerowaste
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7 Comments

  1. July 24, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Such a great post. I am more or less there when it comes to my bathroom. (Food is my bigger challenge) But I was wondering about floss. Thanks for sharing the floss you use! I finally know what to switch to.
    Do you use toothpicks at all?

  2. July 24, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Thank you so much for your comment☀️ I love the Vömel floss but you can also easily make it yourself with silk thread and beeswax. Simply melt the beeswax and dip the silk thread in it and voilá. Make sure it's not coated with too much wax. I usually don't use toothpicks because I am very careful with my teethridge and I find it more effective to just use floss and a toothbrush. If you're looking for natural unpackaged toothpics, I recently saw natural toothpicks made from a plant called ammi visnaga and is usually sold package-free.

  3. March 2, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Such a great list/ ideas for moving to a zero waste bathroom! I definitely need to step up my game and this post is going to help me a lot! Thanks for the fantastic post! x

    • March 2, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much, I am happy you find my ideas helpful. Let me know how they work out for you ☀️

  4. Lisa
    March 2, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Hi Florine,
    ich hab deinen Blog über 5 Ecken durch andere ZW Blogger entdeckt und schon Stunden damit verbracht in alten Blogposts zu stöbern. Dank dir friere ich jetzt auch meinen Biomüll ein und bring ihn regelmäßig zur städtischen Biotonne. 😉
    Leider funktionieren die Links zu den eigenen Rezepten irgendwie nicht. Man landet immer auf der Startseite deines Blogs, Amazon Links funktionieren aber.
    Vielleicht kannst du daran noch feilschen? Es würde immens die Suche vereinfachen wenn die Links direkt zu den Rezepten führen 🙂
    Danke dir für die super Inspiration!

    Alles Liebe,
    Lisa

    • March 2, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Liebe Lisa,
      Vielen Dank für deine liebe Nachricht und für den Tipp mit den Links. Ich hab vor kurzem von Blogger zu WordPress gewechselt und aus irgendeinem Grund habe ich seitdem Probleme mit den internal links. Werde mich darum kümmern. Cool, dass du deinen Biomüll einfrierst! Ist es ein großer Weg zur städtischen Biotonne? Ich wünschte in Dänemark gäbs’ stadtische Biotonnen oder einfach generell Biotonnen für jedes Haus sowie in Deutschland…..haben hier also definitiv noch einiges zu tun!☀️

      • Lisa
        March 9, 2017 / 6:26 am

        Liebe Florine,

        ich verstehe. Die Technik is a Hund würden wir in Ö sagen 😉
        Danke jedenfalls für dein Bemühen!
        Nein habs direkt ums Eck und lauf jeden Tag dran vorbei, ist also super praktisch. Aber glaube nicht überall der Fall. Ich wohn grad einfach nur gut von der Lage her 😀
        Könnte mir aber vorstellen, dass die Leute in Dänemark mehr naturbewusst sind und vielleicht respektvoller damit umgehen und zB ordentlich Müll trennen anstatt alles zusammen zu werfen wie es zB teilweise in Ö gemacht wird. Das Bewusstsein ist da einfach nicht so vorhanden, leider.

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