This is my first article on a series I am planning to publish in the coming weeks and months on how to get rid of all, most, or at the very least a lot of the plastic in the bathroom. My plan is to introduce you to several options on how to reduce plastic in the bathroom and introduce you to some great products you can use and reuse over and over again. Look around your home, every single part of our life and ever single room in our house contains plastic, and the bathroom is no exception. Think about it when you go on your next Target run or to the drug store, everything you purchase will most likely be wrapped in plastic and/or contain plastic, therefore will end up in our trash, maybe recycling, likely on the landfill and stay there for many, many years to come. We have such a long way to go. But creating the plastic free bathroom for myself and finding the right products for it is one of my current goals.
A little bit of background
I am a minimalist at heart. For years now I have been interested in reducing clutter in my home in general, clutter in my closet, clutter when I travel and clutter in my bathroom. One of my favorite Youtube channels is “Living Big in Tiny House”. Every episode introduces us to a person, couple or family who downsized everything to live more simply and build a tiny house in the woods or near a beach or whatever beautiful place you can imagine. So much about that lifestyle appeals to me.
Do the best you can and stay away from judgment
It took me several years to explain to my husband, after we got married, that closets full of stuff and everywhere else has a serious effect on me. It makes me anxious, overwhelmed and stressed. It’s always been that way. It was difficult to marry into a family whose members are either quite the opposite or at least love to receive new things, give new things and keep things. However, I had to learn that we are all different and I had to learn that one isn’t necessarlily better than the other. I had to learn that seeing the sentimental value in something is beautiful and good and that trowing something out that means a lot to another person can be quite hurtful. I had to learn and accpet that I too am attached to material things in my life and that some attitudes I used to have were quite judgemental. It has taken me a while to get there, but I am quite a bit more tolerant of accpeting other people’s “clutter” and appreciate sentinmental value a lot more. I try to stay away from judging and I try to stay away from controling things I simply can’t or shouldn’t control.
Healthy decluttering is about balance and respect
But… I still LOVE getting rid of things and LOVE to explore how little I can pack and live with for a 10 day trip to Germany, for example. I did manage to travel with only a carry on suitcase to visit my family for a week and I was so proud of it and loved how light and easy it felt.
I also continue to encourage my husband (who is overall organized in many areas of his life) to declutter his closet from time to time. I am much more careful throwing things out without asking and I am trying to focus on decluttering areas of my life that I can control and don’ effect anybody else, for example my personal toiletry items. I have been working on keeping my toiletries to a minimum and especially in the last year, have started to find ways to not accumulate any more plastic products. That is what brings me back to this.
Minimizing bathroom clutter by using zero waste face care
In my daily bathroom time, I pay particular attention to my face and skin. I love using natural products and I stick to a simple, but consistent skincare routine. I have tried a variety of face washes or oils to clean my face and remove makeup and definitley found some good products that I would recommend. I recently wanted to try a new, natural product I had heard about, but of course it came in a plastic bottle like every other product I had ever tried. I started to look for products that come in small glass bottles, but for most of those products, you still need to use make up pads or wipes to clean your face, which create daily waste. I wanted to challenge myself to not buy anymore of those and started researching for alternatives.
My recent discovery
During my research I stumbled on something called make up remover clean sponges. It said that these reusable make up remover towels clean your face with just water and remove everything from eye makup to foundation.
I ordered it immediately and couldn’t wait to try it. My personal review: it works better than anything I have ever used before. It’s like a microfiber cloth for your face and works on everything from mascara to lipstick. All you need is water and my face feels cleaner and less dry than with any other face wash I ever used. It not only works for sensitive skin, but is also great for people who want to go fragrance free. It’s so simple, easy to pack and easy to clean. When you are done cleaning your face, you wash out the cloth with a little bit of soap (I use a little bit of handmade, natural soap my friend makes for me) and then rinse out with water. There will be no stains and the cloth remains very soft. Every week or so you throw it in with your laundry and it still remains very soft. Needless to say, it is the best when it comes to packing for a trip since it’s very light and doesn’t take up any space.
Basically, it checks all the boxes. Now I have no more need for expensive face washes in plastic containers and no more need for make up wipes or pads filing up my trash which will also save me money and a trip to the store. Even my son tried it and loved how it felt on his skin.
Sometimes solutions are easy
This was one of my first and best disoveries so far when it comes to reducing plastic in the bathroom and it was easy.
I will share more personal recommendations in the future, but I hope that this post will inspire you and help you to reduce some of your clutter in your bathroom. I believe that less clutter is not only better for our emotional health, but, as shown in this case, also better for our physical health and our skin. And what’s good for us emotionally and physically is most definitely good for our planet.