Wondering how to zero waste your bathroom? Personally, I think this is one of the easiest places to reduce physical waste. For starters, it’s smaller and has less components than the kitchen. If you’ve even thought about fending off kitchen waste, you know what I’m talking about! Water waste, on the other hand, may be a bit harder to reduce in the bathroom–but that’s for a different post. Let’s focus on one thing at a time!
These are nine ways you can reduce the waste you produce in your bathroom. Once you implement these super simple swaps, your next trip the curb will be a little bit lighter!
1. Bamboo Toothbrush
One of the first (and the easiest) swaps I made was buying a 4-pack of bamboo toothbrushes to replace my plastic one. We’re recommended to switch out our toothbrush every 3 months, so that’s 4 pieces of plastic we’re throwing away right there. Sure, it’s probably not the biggest source of waste in the bathroom (I’m guessing water & paper are wasted more often), but it sure is an easy start. Once you’re done with the toothbrush, compost it!
For the most part, washcloths have replaced all paper & disposable cotton hygienic products in my apartment. They’re just such a mindless switch that you have to try it! Stay on top of your laundry by designating a separate hamper for them. If you’re worried about the extra water waste, consider hand washing then air drying. They’re small enough where it’s not a hassle to hand wash or hang dry year round.
3. Safety Razor
I only recently switched to a safety razor, (admittedly postponed due to fear that I’d accidentally cut myself to bits), but I’ve only nicked myself once in the 3 months I’ve had it! A little patience is key when learning, but the shave is the closest I’ve ever gotten. Also, my boyfriend has hopped on board and loves to use it to clean up his facial hair. Win-win for you and the Earth, which doesn’t particularly care for plastic razors.
4. Castile Soap
If you haven’t heard the wonders of castile soap, where have you been?! Okay, I take it back. Maybe you’re just a newb…we all have to start somewhere. Heck, I’m still figuring this out too! Seriously though, castile soap will change. your. life. It’s basically an all-purpose, super concentrated soap that can be diluted and mixed to fill the spots of even your most beloved soaps. Not only is it extremely versatile, it’s also completely natural and non-toxic! If you can’t find this in bulk, try making a DIY liquid castile soap from a bar. If you can’t do that, then buy castile soap in the biggest quantity possible. You can use this as a face wash, body wash, shampoo, or to clean your bathroom.
5. Shampoo Bars
To be honest, I haven’t yet found a shampoo bar that I like. That shouldn’t discourage you from trying, though! Shampoo bars are a great way to avoid conventional shampoo and conditioner bottles. I’ve heard lots of great reviews about Lush’s shampoo & conditioner bars, as well as other package free body products. I’d recommend starting here because they have such an extensive selection of shampoo, conditioner, body, and lotion bars. Quickly and easily sourcing these will give you time to research DIY or local products to try once these need to be replaced.
6. Bar Soap
An oldie but a goodie. Skip the liquid soap’s plastic bottle by preferring naked or cardboard-packaged bar soap!
7. Toilet Paper
Ditch it! Just kidding, but there are a few ways you can reduce the waste associated with toilet paper. You can buy TP that comes packaged in paper instead of plastic and/or TP that does not have a cardboard tube in the middle. Also, try to be mindful of how much you use. Try cutting back on a couple squares next time you wipe your tush to make your toilet paper last.
8. Bidet — for the daring
So I haven’t actually ever used a bidet, but this is a great way to reduce paper! Getting a bidet like this one will help you reduce the amount of toilet paper you use. And consider making or buying special rags to dry off with–please, for the love of God, make them distinct from your other rags and wash them separately in hot water.
9. Menstrual Cup
For those of you who menstruate, consider a menstrual cup. Sure, it may be a bit of a learning curve, but it’s so worth it. You’ll save loads of money! You’ll save loads of disposable products from entering the landfill! My advice is to get one while you still have some disposable products, so if you need backup the first couple times, you’ll have some ready to go.
Hopefully this helped! There are a few more swaps you can consider in your bathroom, but I thought this would be a good place to start. I can honestly say that my bathroom is the most used & least wasteful room of the apartment so far!
Do you have any other zero waste bathroom hacks? Let me know in the comments!