I’m back to tackling the plastic nightmare that lies in the bathroom. From toothbrushes to razors, it’s all got to go! Looking at all of your products can be very overwhelming, so remember; the best advice I can give you on your zero-waste journey is to start as you run out of things. Don’t just throw everything away and begin making products because A; that is wasteful and B; you will ultimately lose money and become very discouraged when you fall on your face with coconut oil and baking soda everywhere.
Moving on from my shampoo, it was about time for a new razor. I was able to find one by Merkur of Solingen, whom is rated very high in customer satisfaction. Their razors are manufactured in Germany and made of chrome-plated steel. It came with one recyclable stainless-steel blade and can be replaced with any brand of standard double-edge blade. If dried after every use, the blades can last for months and be disposed of in scrap metal. This completely replaces all plastic, disposible razors! The razor shipped in a tiny cardboard box and is recommended for men and women. As for shaving soap, I stick to coconut oil or just my body soap from my local soap shop. I have tough skin and that has always worked for me. Again, all skin is different and for those of you on the more sensitive side, I would recommend using the shampoo bar because it lathers well. Also, clean hair shaves better.
Dental care is another one of the big plastic consumers in the bathroom. Every year you visit the dentist, right? (hopefully) So when you’re finished with your visit, the hygienist hands you a plastic bag filled with a plastic toothbrush and plastic toothpaste, and plastic dental floss and guess what? It’s all packaged in plastic! This is where refusal is very important; just thank them kindly but don’t take the bag.
Below is how I made simple, zero-waste toothpaste. All from affordable products that can be purchased in bulk or in recyclable packaging:
½ cup of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of baking soda
a few pinches of sugar
10-15 drops of peppermint oil
- slightly soften coconut oil
- mix all ingredients, stirring several different times to keep the baking soda incorporated
- pour into small, glass jar and keep sealed to preserve
- to use, dip toothbrush in the mixture and brush!
The lauric acid in coconut oil helps fight harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you are a flosser, keep using it till you run out – I am still searching for an alternative. I have heard silk thread is successful but I have yet to try. My toothbrush was purchased from Brush with Bamboo; a Green America certified business. They have strong environmental integrity in their product and are very affordable. Everything from Brush with Bamboo is plant based and shipped in recyclable packaging. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on the planet so these toothbrushes are much more sustainable than plastic ones!
Tune in next time as I attempt to eliminate plastic deodorant containers and reduce the toxic products found in the bathroom! Please send questions and comments my way!