3 Simple Steps to a Toxic Free Bathroom

3 Simple Steps to a Toxic Free Bathroom

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

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.

Solutions:

Ingredients you’ll need:

Apple Cider Vinegar (find it online here)
Baking Soda
White Distilled Vinegar
Essential Oils (optional)  (learn how to get my favorite essential oils at wholesale prices here.)

Yeah. That’s it. For all of those recipes listed above. Clean. Simple. Frugal.

Toxic free.

2. Ditch the toxic Personal Cleaners

Ditch the toxic chemicals in y our bathroom!

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.

Solution:

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

Ditch the toxic chemicals in y our bathroom!

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:

Solutions:

Baby Steps

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.

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Hi! I'm and I’m passionate about healthy living: feeling nourished, having energy, getting good sleep, and feeling strong. I believe healthy living does not have to be complicated or stressful. I’m a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). I’m also an avid researcher and love to read about nutrition, the body, and toxic-free living. Learn more.

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21 comments

  1. Jen Speers

    I HIGHLY recommend checking out Norwex products. You could do all your bathroom cleaning with just water. I love all these natural suggestions, but I have to admit, they still all leave a residue on your surface which then attracts more dirt. I do sell Norwex, but I recommend it because it is such an easy change for people to make to detox their homes. If you are interested check out my business page. If not, keep up the great work on ditching the toxins! Blessings! – Jen


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Yes! Thank you for the reminder. I’ve been meaning to check them out for a while. :)

  2. Jen Speers

    Robin,
    I couldn’t find a way to contact your privately. I would LOVE to send you a basic package of Norwex to try out. No strings attached except if you love it that you will tell others. Nothing is safer than cleaning with water. Would you like to try it out?
    Jen

    1. Leslie

      Jen Speers, I used to be a Director with Malaleuca. I would love to have the offer you mentioned for Robin. I am very interested in trying Norwex.

  3. Tesi

    I’ve been experimenting with alternative cleaning supplies and found hydrogen peroxide as a suggestion. What’re your thoughts on cleaning with that? I’ve tried it a few times and it certainly neautealized any smells, stains, and particles.

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  5. Cindy

    I like how you mention making baby steps. I completely agree. I first started with a store bought oil cleanser, then went OCM, then honey cleansing method, then my own lip balm, then my own body butters. I then started using witch hazel, rose water and aloe vera gel to tone and coconut oil infused with herbs for moisturizer. All of this took about six months to fully implement and get used to but now for the most part, my beauty regime is all natural. I’m still using store bought shampoo and conditioner but we’ll see what happens in the next six months. Thanks so much for your blog. I love the name!!!

  6. Kate K

    Hi Robin! About coconut oil as shaving cream: do you whip it with a blender before you use it? How does this work? Any help pointing me in the right direction is appreciated.
    Thank you so much for your blog!!!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I just use it as is… whether “melty” in the summer or more liquid in the winter. Just slather a little bit on your legs and go for it. :)

  7. Stacey

    You said you use Coconut Milk for a shampoo. Do you use only the milk or do you make a mixture? Thanks for all your helpful tips, I love reading all your posts!

  8. Brittany

    I was going to recommend Norwex as well, but I see that Jen beat me to the punch. :) You really need to check out their products though! They are really what got me started on my journey toward chemical-free living. It’s awesome stuff!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Thanks, Brittany. Not sure why it’s taken me so long… other than just the busy-ness of life. :)

  9. Diana Castillo

    Hi! I love all of your recipes, I’m very excited to try them and be on my way to a toxic free home and lifestyle. I’d like to know if you have any recipes for homemade feminine wash?

  10. ann

    I have been slowly switching out body products. Homemade toothpaste, deodorant, castile soap, oil cleansing method and i love how I feel but my shower and sick get so oily and grimey. Do you have any tricks for helping keep those surfaces less oily and just cleaner?

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