Zero-Waste Bathroom

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Between the cotton makeup remover pads, Q-tips, feminine products and toilet paper rolls, it is easy to fill your bin up in no time.

I've started to reduce the amount of waste around 2 years ago. It is not easy to give up habits we've had for years, let alone the ones we picked up as children. You have to find alternative to replace these disposables. 

A few years back, I watched the documentary called "No Impact Man" on Netflix. It is pretty famous but for those who haven't heard of it, it's basically about a family who decided to have zero impact on the environment for a year, so they stopped using toilet paper... getting out of your comfort zone, right? I have to say I don't use any alternative for toilet paper (yet). This documentary is really interesting and I would recommend it to everyone. A lot of people still remember it because of the toilet paper thing but the family really changed their habits by taking away many things we use daily such as the fridge, the TV, heating and even electricity.

Anyway, I am still working on it and I am not brave enough to be at the same level but I've found the below alternatives for the bathroom:

- Homemade soaps and solid shampoos. - Wooden toothbrush. - Oriculi to replace Q-tips. I bought it online as I haven't seen any in Irish stores. It is made out of bamboo. - Glass nail file and wooden hand brush. - Reusable cleansing pads, facial pad loofah. - Menstrual Cup. - Wooden hair and cosmetics brushes. - Up-cycling: I kept a few tea and chocolate powder boxes, paint them to store my accessories. Really nice and easy :) 

When you use such items and you have to travel, you will see that you don’t need to take 10 q-tips, 10 tampons, a few nail files etc... anymore. Also if you take with you a solid shampoo, a soap, a solid toothpaste and a solid deodorant, there is no risk of spillage on your clothes and it takes less space (plus, it's less hassle at the security check in airports).

Also I don't buy products I don't need (or at least try not to) and I prefer to buy organic/natural/ local products if available. 

Finally, to clean the bathroom, I use mainly white vinegar, baking soda, microfiber cloth and I made a Tawashi sponge. My Zero Waste bathroom is far from perfect and I still look for more alternatives. 

Don't hesitate to share your alternatives/tips using the comment section below.

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