I remember my days when my bathroom was full of products. There were countless cleaning products I used to clean my bathroom, countless products to wash my body, and a gazillion products dedicated to just my hair. My cabinets were full. My wallet quite skinny. And the smell of chemicals often filled my little bathroom.
My how things change.
Now days I’ve stripped my products to the bare minimum… and all of them are homemade. And my sense of smell has changed, too. Just walking into my mom’s bathroom leaves me a little dizzy and light headed from all the synthetic perfumes and fragrances found in all that commercial stuff. De-cluttering my bathroom to the essentials has been a frugal and zen-like experience.
Detoxing my bathroom has improved my health.
Did you know that federal regulation does not require chemicals to be tested or proven safe before manufacturers include them in consumer products? As a result, you may have noticed there is an ever growing list of products and chemicals found harmful to humans only after they have been released to the public.
Cancer, pregnancy complications, hormone disruption, asthma and other illnesses have all been linked to the toxic chemicals found in commercially produced household products. What’s worse is that many of these chemicals are not even listed on the product label, leaving you entirely in the dark about what you are spreading through your home and putting directly on yourself and your children!
Do you want to save money, organize your home, AND be free from the toxic mess? Then it’s time to take the challenge to de-clutter your bathroom and make it toxic free.
3 Simple Steps to a Toxic Free Bathroom
1. Ditch the toxic cleaning products
I grew up in a very clean home. Clean by society’s standards, that is. We had lots of various cleaning products aimed to sterilize, neutralize, and polish every surface. But when I think about the chemicals lefts on those surfaces I’m not sure I’d use the word “clean.” And when you consider that there are a few simple natural ingredients that can do the job well (without the nasty side effects), switching over to toxic-free cleaning products is simple.
- Make your own AP Cleaner for counter tops and bathtubs.
- Learn how to unclog your drains naturally.
- Try this simple toilet bowl cleaner.
Ingredients you’ll need:
Apple Cider Vinegar (find it online here)
White Distilled Vinegar
Essential Oils (optional)
Yeah. That’s it. For all of those recipes listed above. Clean. Simple. Frugal.
2. Ditch the toxic Personal Cleaners
Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and its semipermeable membrane means things get to our body through our skin (why do you think Nicotine patches work?). And considering how many different products are in the average woman’s bathroom, it would be wise to simplify and look for safer ingredients.
- Try this natural pH balanced shampoo recipe and a deep hair conditioner recipe for a little pampering.
- Here’s a simple homemade body wash (although I just use some diluted liquid castile soap, myself.)
- The Oil Cleansing Method is the best way to wash your face.
- Exfoliate and improve circulation and skin tone without toxic creams simply by following these basic dry skin brushing techniques.
- Use coconut oil for shaving cream.
- Consider switching to toxic-free feminine products.
- Finish off with this homemade deodorant (that really works).
Key ingredients to have on hand:
I love coconut milk for both my shampoo and deep conditioner.
Liquid castile soap works perfectly as a body wash and liquid hand soap (check out recipe #2 here for the easiest soap ever.)
Apple cider vinegar is my go-to hair rinse and toner. (Learn more about the benefits of ACV here.)
Coconut oil works wonders as a hair de-frizzing serum, shaving cream, lotion, and deodorant.
3. Ditch the toxic Make-Up
Just like our personal care products, make up is loaded with nasty chemicals. (Lead in lipstick, anyone?) Over the year or so I’ve come up with some easy diy makeup alternatives. But I’d also suggest learning to love yourself without makeup. As someone who struggled with acne for years (and years and years) I thought makeup was my only solution to feeling comfortable in public. Now I spend most of my days makeup free. It’s liberating AND it’s improved my skin. Besides, I like knowing that I’m showing my real self to the world and not feeling like I have to cover up.
But for those who love makeup, I’ve also provided some toxic-free recipes to get you going:
- Go without!
- Homemade Foundation
- Homemade Bronzer
- Homemade Blush
- Homemade Mascara/Eyeliner (for the eyeliner, just leave out the beeswax.)
- Homemade Tinted Lip Balm
Remember, you don’t have to make every change right now. Start with whatever feels most exciting or comfortable for you. But once you get going, it’s hard to stop. When you realize you only need a few things in your bathroom to feel clean and beautiful you’ll be happy for the changes.
And don’t forget: You’ll spend less, you’re helping the environment, and you’re doing awesome things for your body, too.
Want more? Be sure to check out my ebook, Toxic Free, for over 70 recipes to make your entire home safe and free from the toxins that invade us. Feel empowered, save money, and know what’s going in your body! Learn more here.