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9 Bathroom Swaps for a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

You might have been taking steps towards an eco-friendly and sustainable bathroom, where you can relax and pamper yourself without any guilt. However, one surprising obstacle to this goal can be your current choice of bathroom products! Not everyone is aware of how wasteful commercial toothbrushes, traditional lotion, and even toilet paper can be.

Your sustainable bathroom needs zero-waste products to match. To help you get started, here are 9 zero-waste bathroom swaps definitely worth considering.

 

9 Zero-Waste Bathroom Swaps for a Sustainable Lifestyle

 

1. Bamboo/Aluminum Toothbrush

Substitute For: Commercial toothbrushes with synthetic bristles and plastic handles

An estimated 850,000,000 toothbrushes end up in landfills in the United States every year. Sounds like a lot of plastic, doesn’t it? You can take steps toward a zero-waste lifestyle without sacrificing your oral health by going for bamboo or aluminum toothbrushes.

  • Bamboo toothbrushes biodegrade after disposal. Be sure to determine whether the bristles on your bamboo toothbrush are biodegradable as well, however. Some bamboo toothbrushes have nylon bristles which need to be removed before the handle is disposed of or composted.
  • Meanwhile, aluminum toothbrushes can last you a lifetime. For one, Goodwell’s aluminum toothbrushes have replaceable composite bamboo heads and bristles made of binchotan charcoal.

2. Toothy Tabs

Substitute For: Traditional toothpaste in disposable tubes

Toothy tabs are incredibly easy to use, as well as great for travelling. Just pop one in your mouth, chew, and brush away. The crushed tablet will foams up and serve as the paste.

Understandably, toothy tabs may not be for everyone. Fortunately, there are other zero-waste alternatives, such as tooth powder or natural toothpaste in recyclable containers.

3. Water Flosser

Substitute For: Traditional dental floss made with plastic

A water flosser simply shoots a stream of water to remove food bits and plaque from between the teeth. Some people may find water flossers easier to use than traditional floss!

Still like flossing the old-fashioned way? Don’t worry, you can find natural silk floss in recyclable jars made either of glass or stainless steel.

4. Stainless Steel Safety Razor

Substitute For: Plastic razors

Did you know that around 2 billion disposable razors get thrown away each year? It doesn’t help that these disposable razors are also difficult to recycle. The next time you need a razor, try out a safety razor with replaceable and recyclable(!) blades. Aside from producing zero waste, safety razors yield better, cleaner shaves.

5. Bidet

Substitute For: Commercial toilet paper, which is often made of virgin pulp and wrapped in plastic

It might not be easy for everyone to switch out their toilet paper with a spray of water. However, aside from being a great step towards a zero-waste lifestyle, bidets can make your bathroom trips much more sanitary. No need to wipe here!

Want to keep some toilet paper around for family members or house guests? Aim for toilet paper that is

  • made from recycled material,
  • produced without chlorine or bleach processing, and
  • wrapped in paper or biodegradable material instead of plastic.

6. Organic Cloth Pads

Substitute For: Disposable pads made with plastic, as well as tampons which may contain chemicals

The average woman may use more than 10,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. A single reusable cloth pad can perfectly replace such products, only needing replacement every five years or so.

Another zero-waste substitute for commercial pads and tampons is the silicone menstrual cup.

7. Homemade Deodorant

Substitute For: Traditional deodorant

You may be concerned about what goes into commercial deodorant, or how it usually comes in a disposable plastic container. Why not switch to a homemade alternative without any harmful substances? Check out the deodorant recipe below!

Instructions:

  1. Combine 3 tbsp baking soda with 5 tbsp arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch.
  2. Mix in 6 tbsp shea butter with your fingers or a fork. You should end up with a mixture that resembles crumbly dough.
  3. Optional: Add 30-60 drops of essential oil.
  4. Whip the dough with a hand mixer.
  5. Transfer your fresh new deodorant to a clean glass jar.

Recipe originally posted on Mommypotamus.

8. Homemade Lotion

Substitute For: Traditional lotion

Not only does commercial lotion come in plastic containers, but it often contains chemicals you wouldn’t want on your skin, too. Fortunately, you can easily whip up your own zero-waste homemade lotion made of coconut oil!

Instructions:

  1. Whisk coconut oil with a fork until it becomes frothy.
  2. Add 3-6 drops of your favorite essential oil for every 1 oz of coconut oil.
  3. Stir and place in a glass jar.

Recipe taken from Note to Trash.

9. Soap Bars/Shampoo Bars

Substitute For: Commercial body wash and shampoo, which come in disposable containers and may contain harmful chemicals

These bars come with minimal disposable packaging, last longer than their bottled counterparts, and run no risk of spilling all over your travel kit. Plus, they wash just as well as body wash and shampoo respectively!

Do your best to find brands that either get rid of packaging completely or use eco-friendly packaging material. For example, Lush bars have zero packaging while Bestowed Essentials products use either compostable or recyclable packaging.

ALSO READ: 15 Space Saving Bathroom Design Ideas

Have you tried any of these 9 zero-waste bathroom swaps yet? It may take some time to get used to each swap, but you’ll thank yourself in the long run. Enjoy having a stylish bathroom that is both elegant and environmentally friendly!

Visit our blog for more tips on zero-waste lifestyles and interior design.

15 Space Saving Bathroom Design Ideas

Next to the bedroom, the bathroom is the most comfortable part of the home. It is the place to relax and enjoy quiet time while pampering the body. However, this portion of the house is also one of the most expensive to remodel as it involves a lot of plumbing works and fixtures installation.

It may take you by surprise, but designing the bathroom can tax you extra creativity and time–especially when working with limited space.

In this list, you’ll find 15 space-saving bathroom design Ideas to solve your remodelling dilemmas.

  1. Prioritize Function over Form

One of the guiding principles in space-saving design is prioritizing function over form or decoration. “Less is more” in small spaces. Hence a space-saving design is something that maximizes function and weeds out items that don’t serve a purpose. This, however, does not mean you cannot be stylish as you will never run out of useful and sleek items to use.

  1. Use Small Furniture

You have to let go of that bulky vintage wooden boudoir in your vanity and use small useful pieces instead. Placing large pieces of furniture can dwarf small bathroom. The key to picking bathroom pieces is to scale them to the size of the room. Few small useful furniture pieces are way better than elegant but bulky furniture in a small bathroom.

  1. Choose Vertical Storage

To save space in the bathroom, you want as much of floor space as possible to make the room look more spacious. To do this, you have to maximize the vertical space. So instead of large cabinets and racks, use wall mounted open shelving to utilize the unused space on the wall.

  • Wall mount crates for accessible and sturdy storage
  • Hang up mason jars for small items
  • Recessed storage for toiletries in the wet room
  1. Use Horizontal Design to Widen the Space

Another trick to make your bathroom look spacious is to use horizontal design. Decorate the wall with tiles or paint. You can also use half tiled wall with horizontal designs to also create the illusion of high ceiling.

  1. Design Using Tiles

Trick the eye by running the same tiles from the floors and across the walls. This will create continuity of space which is good for small bathrooms, to make them look wider. Also, tiling only half the wall will make the ceiling look higher.  

  1. Add Mirror and Pendant lights

Using mirrors is a good old trick to create an illusion of space in a tiny room. You might’ve tried this in your living room, why not take it to your bathroom. Not only can it trick the eyes, but it is also way useful for every member of the family. You can use wide mirror panel for one side of your wall or use a framed one with pendant lighting for an added mood.

  1. Use Recesses, Alcoves and Under Sink

There are a number of subtle ways to add extra storage that’s seamless without consuming floor space. One way is to use the wall recessed space for in-wall fixtures such as in-wall cabinet to hide your cleaning supplies and materials. Under sink cabinet also works wonders in saving up space.

  1. Use In-wall Cistern Toilet

Apart from looking sleek and modern, in-wall cistern toilet gives you extra space which you can use for other purposes.

  1. Use the Door Space

The space on and around the door is one thing often overlooked when saving bathroom space. To get the most out of your bathroom, try using the back of the door to hang a towel. You can also put a bookshelf above the the door to store your toiletry supplies, towels or cleaning supplies.

  1. Plan the Door Placement

Planning the placement of your wall is crucial in saving up space because you have to keep enough clearance. Hence it affects the orientation of your wet room & vanity along with the fixtures in the room. To save space, use sliding doors for the shower and doorless or open cabinet for your storage as they require no clearance to open.

  1. Maximize the Corners

If you want to squeeze in the luxuries you want for your bathroom, you might want to consider maximizing the corners which are always left unused. As mentioned, you can consider a corner tub, or a corner shower enclosure. You can also use an empty corner for shelving as storage for toiletries.

  1. Use Glass Instead of Shower Curtain

Instead of opaque shower curtain, use translucent glass to cover the shower. Shower curtain evokes enclosed space while glass makes space seem fluid and extended. Glass also adds a modern touch to your bathroom.

  1. Place the Bathtub Wisely

The bathtub could be the biggest fixture to consume space in your bathroom. That’s why it is important to place the tub wisely. Inset bath is a good choice as you can place it right against a wall. And if you can splurge, you can get a sunken bath that’s installed at the level of the floorboard. Another trick is to place a deep tub at the corner of the bathroom.

  1. Choose a Walk-in Shower Over a Bathtub

Bathtubs are the biggest space consuming fixture you have. If you have a tiny space, you need to consider ditching the comfort and perks of tub for a walk in shower in order to save up space and maximize the usability of your bathroom.

  1. Add Some Sunlight

While it does not add space to a small bathroom, adding natural light makes a small space more comfortable and energizing. It is also conducive for things like applying makeup and cleansing nether areas while having a shower.

Working with limited space when remodelling a bathroom can extract your creativity. However, you should not back away from the challenges of the task especially with the space saving ideas to help you with bathroom design.

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