Today I’ll be evaluating how economical and eco-friendly I am in the bathroom. I would love any and all input from you on how you save money and/or make green(er) choices for your bathroom. Let me know in the comments!
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The first and most obvious thing every bathroom must have is toilet paper, or an alternative to it. While I have occasionally contemplated making and using cloth for potty usage, I just can’t bring myself to make the switch. TMI, but I feel like I could definitely use it for urine…but poop? Not so much. No, I just can’t. At least not at this point. Yes, I cloth diaper but baby poop is way less offensive to me, lol. So, the toilet paper I buy is the Great Value (WalMart) version of Scott’s (500 sheets). I buy the 12 pack usually which makes each roll less than 50¢ each. I love the feel of super soft toilet paper like Charmin, but it’s just too expensive.
We don’t buy deodorant and haven’t for about seven years. Instead, we dust baking soda on our armpits and it eliminates the odor completely. We still perspire, but we’re supposed to! ;)
Tissues are an item I feel guilty for buying and using but the alternative is handkerchiefs and the thought of it grosses me out (I know, what a baby!) so we buy whichever brand of tissues are cheapest.
There are two of us with periods here. My sixteen year old daughter, Maggie, and myself. I’ve talked about it a few times, how we use cloth menstrual pads. This saves a lot of money and prevents a lot of waste. Maggie isn’t ready to make the switch to full time cloth so she uses disposable for the heavy days and I’m not ready to give up tampons entirely so I use them on the couple of heavy nights. Otherwise, we’re in cloth. I make our own pantyliners while Etsy is our source of pads.
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We use Kirk’s natural bar soap for washing our hands as well as in the shower. It’s not the cheapest soap (not by far!) but the ingredients are simple and I love the scent.
I’ve tried making natural shampoo alternatives but have been unimpressed with the results. Maybe I’ve just not found the right one yet. So I buy Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner. It’s fairly expensive, but the smell doesn’t give me a headache which I cannot say about the cheaper varieties. :/
The makeup Maggie and I use is all drugstore stuff. Covergirl, Maybeline, etc. I don’t know much about makeup (what’s in it, better options…) so I can’t really comment on whether I’m happy with our choice here or not.
We use Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. The adult kind is nearly $4 a tube and the kid kind is nearly $3. Blah, I’m not a fan of the prices considering there are five of us brushing our teeth every day.
I use coupons as much as I can when it comes to buying razors. Stephen has found that Equate (WalMart) men’s razors for sensitive skin work for him while Maggie and I use Venus disposables. I shave my legs about every four days and Maggie is about once a week. We all just use soap, no special shave gel.
Cleaners are an area that I could use some definite improvement in. All of my choices are your basic, mainstream harsh chemicals. But I have tried a few natural alternatives and they just don’t work the way the unnatural ones do.
So, it looks like I need help making my own (or buying a cheaper and healthier) shampoo/conditioner and finding bathroom cleaners that are natural and work.
How do you save money in your bathroom?
And what are your best “green” bathroom habits?