Day 18/30 Less Waste Challenge: Simple DIY Toiletries

After the kitchen, the bathroom is the next room that seems to accumulate the most waste! Nearly all the products we use are plastic! From the shampoo bottles, to soap, to toothpaste, deodorant, and so on. As a woman, I admit I have tried lots of different products in order to give me "shinier" hair or toothpaste promising it will whiten my teeth, or buying a whole lot of makeup. Turns out, most of this can stuff you can do without (seriously, how many different types of shampoo does one really need?!) or you can make yourself. 

The first thing to do is start with your garbage can. Take a look. What are you tossing in there? First, could you be recycling or composting some of those items? What about the empty TP roll? Or the cardboard box the soap came in? Or the hair you cleaned out of your brush? Then assess the rest. Can you find alternatives that do not make as much waste?

The items I realized I could find alternatives for are:

  • Make my own deodorant. I tried a few but I like this one the best: 1/4 C coconut oil, 1 T baking soda, 1 T corn starch. Heat together until coconut oil all melted and mixed. Add essential oils as desired (I use wild orange and lavender). Pour into old deodorant containers. 
  • Make my own tooth powder. I use this recipe.
  • Make my own mouthwash. I use this recipe.
  • I now purchase shampoo bars.
  • I don't use conditioner. I put coconut oil on the ends of my hair about once per month.
  • I use a bamboo toothbrush I can compost.
  • I use a gum stimulator instead of floss.
  • I use Castile soap and a loofah in place of bar soap and a plastic sponge. This allows me to use gray water. More on that later. 
Are there any alternatives you use that I didn't mention?


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