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Get the Chemicals Out Of Your Bathroom!


If individuals were to pause and contemplate the components present in the cleaning products utilized for maintaining bathroom hygiene and personal cleanliness, they might experience a revelation. For instance, the pleasantly fragrant hand soap positioned by the sink could potentially contain a plethora of chemicals that are believed to trigger allergies, interfere with hormonal balance, heighten the likelihood of specific cancers, and cause various disturbances in one’s life. Additionally, certain household cleaners employed to achieve a pristine bathroom may prove detrimental to both human health and the environment. In light of these concerns, what options are available to a health-conscious individual who is also mindful of environmental impact?

Fortunately, there are green bathroom alternatives to everything we use why cleaning the bathroom. Let’s take a look.

 

SeekBambooShampoo

A company called SeekBamboo is a leader of the Zero-Waste bathroom movement. Their line of toiletries includes plastic-free dental care accessories, organic bar soap, natural shampoo bars, and vegan conditioner bars. If you’re looking to replace your shampoo and conditioner with something a little friendlier to both your scalp and the environment, look no further than their chamomile shampoo bar and citrus hair conditioner bar. These chemical-free bars are made from all-natural ingredients, leave hair shiny and build-up free, and arrive in Zero-Waste packaging.

Dr. Bronner's bath soapBath Soap

Looking to try a new bath soap, too? Try the charcoal soap from SeekBamboo, or check out offerings from brands such as Tom’s, Dr. Bronner’s, Crate 61, Booda Organics, and others. There’s something exciting about shopping for a new soap to use in the shower! Alternatively, you can consider making your own.

 

hand soapHand Soap

We already know that it’s important to wash our hands, but what kind of soap should we use? The classic Dr. Bronner’s brand offers a line of organic sugar soaps in pump-dispenser bottles, perfect for the bathroom sink. Fragrances include peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, and tea tree; there’s an unscented version, too.

Himalaya Neem & Pomegranate brandToothpaste

Ditch the fluoride toothpaste loaded with chemicals and switch to a clean, green, tooth-cleaning machine. Actress and vegan activist Alicia Silverstone recommended the Himalaya Neem & Pomegranate brand; if you’re looking for something with even less packaging, try the toothpaste tablets or natural tooth powder from SeekBamboo dedicated to being a zero waste store. Also, you could even look to products such as silk floss that are eco friendly and made with zero waste glass packaging.

 

Mouthwash

Antimicrobial mouthwash not only eliminates harmful bacteria but also eliminates beneficial bacteria. This could explain why individuals who regularly use mouthwash continue to do so. The consistent eradication of bacteria in the mouth may lead to persistent halitosis. One option is to forgo mouthwash entirely and focus on more frequent flossing. Alternatively, there are several mouthwash brands available that are gentler on the oral microbiome.

 

Scented Candles

It’s nice to burn a scented candle in the bathroom, but many of the most popular commercial varieties contain ingredients that are harmful to us when the candle is burned. Look for eco-friendly, non-toxic candles. The scented varieties will likely be made with essential oils rather than artificial fragrances.

boraxToilet Bowl Cleaner

What about cleaning the bathroom? The toilet bowl cleaner you buy at the store might do a great job, but at what cost to the environment? And those fumes can’t be that great for you. In Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping, the author recommends leaving borax in the toilet bowl overnight. If you’d rather clean the bowl right away, she recommends a mixture of 1 cup of borax and 1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice. Cream of tartar, vitamin C capsules, and baking soda also work.

Dr. Bronner'sLaundry Soap

Your washer and dryer may or may not be in the bathroom, but it’s a common household product worth re-thinking. There are “clean” laundry flakes available from companies like Booda Organics, SeekBamboo, and others, and Dr. Bronner’s makes its famous Sal Suds liquid soap.

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