Low Waste Bathroom Swaps

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Some of the changes I’ve made to reduce waste with my care and hygiene products.

I now use:

  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Toothpaste tabs
  • Concentrated mouthwash – you use a few drops in water
  • Menstrual cup – Read my post about switching to a menstrual cup
  • Washable menstrual pads – I have a couple thin liners made from hemp and organic cotton
  • Glass nail file
  • Peel-off nail polish – I like using Little Ondine
  • Cream Deodorant – my DIY recipe 
  • Face/body oils – I’ve liked using jojoba, argan, and sweet almond on my face and I use sweet almond as a body moisturizer (here’s a really helpful video about choosing face oils for your skin)
  • Washable cotton/makeup remover pads – I crocheted my own from organic cotton yarn
  • Shampoo bar
  • Bar soap
  • Safety razor


What product swaps have you made?


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9 Responses

  1. Katja Lindskrone Søborg
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    I have started switching some of these things as I run out (I have a lots of shampoo and conditioner to get through before needed to by new.)
    I have switches to reusable makeup cotton pads, I found some on Etsy, I also bought a bunch of wash cloths for when cleansing my skin.
    I am also switching to reusable menstrual products, I have a cup and some pads.
    I just got a bamboo toothbrush, which is a bit weird to get used to. It tastes of wood.
    And I am trying to find out which oils to use for my face and body and which mixes work best. I have some jojoba, castor and hemp seed oil currently.

    • Verena Erin
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      That’s awesome! I also found the bamboo toothbrush weird at first, the taste and also it feels really different.

  2. Jen
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    I use cloth menstrual pads, cloth rounds from etsy, make my own deodorant, use mineral makeup, baking soda alternated with activated charcoal for brushing my teeth. I have tried shampoo bars but haven’t found one I like. I use avocado oil on my skin for a moisturizer and Argan oil on my face during the winter. Still using up some products but once they are gone will try to buy better alternatives. I’m interested in the toothpaste tabs as I find the baking soda a bit irritating full time. I am a big flosser so a better alternative for dental floss would be great. I’m pretty minimal.

    • Verena Erin
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      Awesome swaps! Dental floss is something we struggle with too, I’ve seen silk floss in little glass jars but it’s pretty expensive. Currently we use a natural floss but it’s still unfortunately in plastic packaging.

  3. Lauren
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    I’m curious if you have a razor suggestion? I’m about to switch from the plastic kind…have you found one that works well and is eco-friendly?

    • Verena Erin
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      Metal safety razors are great! They take a little getting used to because you have to shave a bit differently but they’re really eco-friendly, all you change is the blade!

  4. Johanna
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    Still working on my swaps but so far a bamboo toothbrush, bar soap, menstrual cup, a safety razor and natural cream deo – however I discovered that I’m allergic to baking soda (or at least my armpits are) and so I’m still trying to find a good alternative without it. Up next I’m trying out one from SoapWalla. And as soon as my current shampoo run out I’d like to try a schampoo bar 🙂

    • Verena Erin
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      Great swaps! Quite a few people unfortunately have issues with baking soda. I’ve heard good reviews about Meow Meow Tweet’s baking soda free deo cream but I’m not sure if it’s packaged in plastic or glass.

  5. Feli
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    Are the washable cotton/makeup remover pads very harsh on your skin? I’m thinking of either crocheting them or making them from flanel or old towels. Why did you choose the ones you made?

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