Since my last post I’ve done a lot more research on what else I can do to make our bathroom more eco-friendly. This post is all about DIY natural products. Once you’ve tested them out, you can buy any ingredients you need in bulk, and that way you’re reducing plastic packaging and chemicals, and saving money too!
Before we get into it I also just wanted to mention that I’ve been reading more about recycling of beauty products, and what you can and can’t put in your municipal recycling actually varies quite a lot depending on where you live. You can double check if items I’ve mentioned to Terracycle can go in your normal recycling by contacting your local council.
There’s a few different options when it comes to zero-waste eco-friendly toothpaste, such as powders, dissolving tablets, and regular pastes, along with a range of DIY options. To start with, I’ve been giving a recipe from Trash is for Tossers a go. All you do is mix together 1.5 tbs baking soda, 3 tbs coconut oil and 20 drops peppermint essential oil. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. It works well enough, but it tastes salty. SO SALTY. To the point where I want 5 litres of water afterwards. I’m going to persist for a bit alternating between using this and traditional toothpaste and see how it goes. If you have any other recipes let me know, I would love to try some alternatives.
There are apparently a lot of things wrong with traditional toners. The main ingredient of most is alcohol, which basically works by irritating your skin enough that your pores close up in defense. I’m not too fussed about this, but what I don’t like is tiny plastic bottles! I had a go at making my own using 1 part water to 1 part witch hazel, which is a natural plant product known for relieving inflammation, reducing irritation, redness and acne. I also added a few drops of tea tree oil which acts as an antiseptic to kill any bacteria.
It’s pretty easy to cut down on how many tissues you use by getting yourself some hankies. My transition into a 20-something-year-old grandma is almost complete. I whipped up a set of these using some op shop material.
Lots of people use those little round cotton pad thingies. Single use then in the bin. If you buy the 100% cotton ones you can compost them, but they’re still going to take energy to be produced and come in plastic packaging. You can buy reusable fabric ones from various websites, or make your own. I made these using a dead bath towel and that op shop material again. Wash them in a delicates bag and they’re good as new.
Aloe Vera Cosmetics
I’m not really much of a makeup person, but I’ve swapped out two things I sometimes use – mascara and eyebrow gel – for aloe vera. Just clean out some empty bottles and squeeze the aloe in. Can’t get much simpler than that! To colour mascara, you can use activated charcoal, or crush up some daggy eye shadow if you have it lying around.
Turns out I’m not a huge fan of washing my hands with bar soap, so I’ve made a hand wash instead. It’s made from boiled water, Dr Bronner’s and tea tree oil. It’s quite watery but smells really nice. Next time I’m going to try this suggestion for thickening it up a bit.
Hand sanitiser is not something you should use on the daily, but I do like it for travelling. I used a recipe from Don’t Waste The Crumbs – it’s pretty simple, you mix up some tea tree, essential oils, vodka, and aloe vera. It smells sooooo much nicer than store-bought ones!
So that’s what I’ve been up to so far in making my bathroom habits more eco-friendly. Thanks very much to everyone who read my last couple of posts.
Do you have any easy bathroom swaps for me to try? There’s going to be one more bathroom post so please let me know in the comments!