Welcome to the bathroom, friends! If you’re new to the series, the Intro post is here. I’m going to try my very best to keep it short and sweet. Here goes!
What To Phase Out
Air Fresheners: The problem here goes far beyond the aerosol cans – those plug-in deals aren’t any better. Air fresheners market themselves as being pleasant fragrances that work to mask foul odours, but their ingredients can irritate nasal passageways, and have been linked to birth defects, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and asthma. Air fresheners make air quality worse, not better – let’s skip ’em!
Eighteen-Ply, Made-From-Kitten-Fur Fancy Toilet Paper: I know, I know, this is kind of a nice luxury. Everybody enjoy a bit of pillowy softness on their nether regions, right? But I’m about to drop some reality on you, I did some extremely thorough internet research and discovered this jaw-dropping fact: Each year in the US alone, seven MILLION trees are cut down just to make toilet paper! Seven million! Be honest: Are your nether regions worth seven million trees?!
What To Bring In
Recycled Toilet Paper: To some of you this may seem like just the worst thing in the world, but it’s not! I assure you! If everyone in the United States switched just ONE roll of toilet paper to the recycled kind, we would save 470,000 trees, 1.2 million feet of cubic landfill space, and 169 million gallons of water (1). One roll! Doooo it.
Here’s the deal. I’ve been making my own toothpaste for three years now, and at every dentist visit I get five gold stars and a trophy for my gleaming smile. This recipe uses baking soda, which many people assume is too abrasive and damaging to teeth enamel, BUT, not so! Dentists use something called the Relative Dentin Abrasiveness scale to measure how abrasive toothpastes are to teeth. The scale runs from 0-200, 200 being the most abrasive. Baking soda clocks in at a measly 7, with the closest commercial toothpaste coming in at a 25. (You can check out the scale here).
This recipe makes a smaller batch than the recipe found in my book, so you can try it for a few days and see what you think.
1 Tbsp Baking soda
1 Tbsp water
Measure the baking soda into a small bowl or jar, and slowly add water until you get a thin paste. Add 1 drop of spearmint extract, and you’re done! To use, just dip your toothbrush into the mixture and brush away. Your teeth will never feel cleaner. Swear.
1/4 cup baking soda
1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
Combine the baking soda and castile soap in a small bowl, slowly add water until you get a thick paste, and then dip a cloth or non-abrasive scouring pad in and use it to scrub your bathtub. The baking soda does an amazing job of cutting through soap scum and grime, and the soap cleans and makes everything shiny and smelling great. Plus your arms will look faaabuloussss!
This is fantastic for getting glass shower doors crystal clear. Just heat up a cup or so of white vinegar, and then carefully pour it into a spray bottle with a fine mist setting (a funnel is helpful so you don’t burn ya self with it). Lightly mist over glass shower doors and leave to settle in for 15-20 minutes, then wipe with a soft cloth or non-abrasive scouring pad. Repeat a few times if your doors are extra filmy.
Extra Credit: Yoni Wipes
If you’re a woman you understand just how much toilet paper you can go through in a day, especially if you are well hydrated. I grew up in a house with six women including myself, and I swear it is ridiculous. Yoni wipes (also sometimes called Family Cloth) offer an alternative. Basically, they are reusable cloth wipes – typically only used for pee- that you launder and re-use. I’m going to be honest and say that I haven’t made this leap yet, aside from using cloth wipes with Olive, and I’m not sure if I will. BUT, the option is there! You can make yoni wipes from squares of cotton or flannel, or buy them re-made from sites like Etsy.
UP NEXT WEEK! The Bedroom (oh LA!)
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