10 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

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Having a zero waste bathroom isn’t so hard, if you have the right tools for the job. I firmly believe you should use up whatever you have in your bathroom already before purchasing a zero waste option. This way, you’re not wasting a product just because it’s packaged in plastic. That being said, when you are ready to make a swap, by all means go for it! These are my personal favorite zero waste bathroom swaps, but they are highly recommended. You really don’t need that many products to have a functional bathroom. I’ve cut down on so many products it’s not even funny. I’m sure I could cut down on even more, but it’s harder to do that while living with other people. Sometimes my folks still buy conventional toothpaste or mouthwash for example, while I stick to my guns and use my DIY options. That said, I’ve definitely rubbed off on them in the best way possible and because of that, our bathroom is a lot less wasteful now.

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 Zero waste bathroom swaps

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Here are the top ten plastic free, zero waste bathroom swaps I recommend. All of them are plastic free, and some are even DIYs. They may cost a bit upfront, but they all pay off in the end. It’s a love that keeps on giving. I’m sure there are plenty of brands and products to choose from out there, but these are my personal favorites. You can’t go wrong with any of these!


1. Toothbrush

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I don’t know what I’d do without my Brush with Bamboo toothbrush.

I hated using plastic toothbrushes even since I was little. The bristles always hurt my teeth and were too harsh. Plus it would get really gross and disgusting super fast (mold would literally grow on it – ew).

I’m so glad I made the switch to a bamboo toothbrush. The handle is completely compostable, along with all the packaging.

You do have to remove the bristles before composting the handle, but that’s still less plastic to deal with than the average toothbrush.


2. Hair brush

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I love my wooden hair brush.

I’ve literally had it for years…probably since the beginning of college. The bristles are plastic and broken, but it’s still got life in it.

When it’s completely dysfunctional, I plan on replacing it with a wooden brush with 100 percent wooden bristles. That way I can compost it at the end of its life.

Wooden brushes (with wooden bristles) also do wonders for your hair and really help properly spread out beneficial oils in your hair. Which just means healthier hair for you!

For men, I recommend a wooden comb.


3. Floss

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Plastic floss? No thanks. I use Dental Lace.

This definitely is one of the most unique zero waste bathroom swaps. Everyone I mention this to is always like “plastic free floss exists?!” and I’m like…heck yeah it does!

Dental Lace is made out of silk and comes in a really cute glass container. It’s also refillable, and the floss is 100 percent compostable after use. Not to mention it comes packaged in a cardboard box.

The refills also come in compostable packaging too (even though they look like they’re wrapped in plastic). It also has a pleasant mint flavor and is waxed with candelilla wax.


4. Toothpaste

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The first thing I swapped out when going zero waste was conventional toothpaste. Zero waste toothpaste is so much better!

It’s ridiculously easy to make (well, at least my recipe is – only 3 ingredients!), cleans my teeth and is very low cost to whip up.  I really recommend giving it a go.


5. Mouthwash

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Homemade, zero waste mouthwash is so easy to make and much more economical.

There are two recipes I like to make: One where I boil mint, another where I just use mint essential oil. If I’m in a hurry, I make the latter. All you need is one cup of distilled (boiled) water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Shake it up in a glass jar of your choice and use like you would with regular mouthwash. Works wonders!


6. Shampoo and conditioner

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I personally love Plaine Products.

Their citrus lavender scent is so amazing. And they’re the only shampoo and conditioner I know that come in refillable aluminum bottles.

The ingredients are super clean too, not filled with sulfates and other gross stuff. Also, one bottle can last me anywhere from 5 to 9 months, if I’m being honest!

It’s a worthy investment, and my hair absolutely loves it. 


7. Body soap

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No more soap gel for me! Bar soap is where it’s at. I love Sappo Hill bar soap in lavender, specifically.

I get it at my local health food store. They sell it completely package free too, all out in the open.

That said, their cucumber and oatmeal scents are really nice too. They’re also made with all natural ingredients, which is a huge plus in my book.


8. Razors

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I switched over to a safety razor and it was the best decision ever.

I’ve had mine for over two years and I’ve only had to change the blade once. It’s a godsend.

My skin has never been smoother, and I don’t have to spend money on buying cheap plastic razors anymore. Not to mention the blades can be recycled pretty easily.

I wrote a whole post on my experience with a safety razor, if you’d like more information. Definitely a zero waste bathroom swap that pays off in the end!


9. Toilet paper

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Yes, we still use toilet paper in my house. However, we usually buy toilet paper made from recycled paper whenever possible.

I’ve also heard a biget helps reduce the amount of toilet paper you use in general, which is amazing.

Just one roll of toilet paper takes 37 gallons of water to make! Reducing the amount you use is a good idea, along with choosing more eco options.

There are even tree free toilet paper options out there which is incredible!


10. Room spray

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Every bathroom gets a little…stinky from time to time. Swap out the conventional air fresheners for a more natural option.

Personally, I love my citrus room spray. It’s the best zero waste air freshener there is.

My folks love it too – so much so they’ve completely abandoned their once adored Febreze. Now they’re constantly asking me to make more of my citrus room spray. Well, guess that’s a good thing, right?

It’s so simple to make, you just need water, essential oils, and a spray bottle. Oh – and you can make it any scent you want. I just really like citrus.

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These are my favorite zero waste bathroom swaps. What are yours?

For more zero waste bathroom advice, be sure to check out these 20 ways to have a zero waste bathroom, or my zero waste toilet cleaner, Citrus Toilet Fizzies.

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By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.


  1. Hi I really like this post. I just want to mention the soap you have listed uses fragrance oil which is a synthetic. It really bothers me when companies advertise and are promoted as being all natural when they use fragrance oils. Fragrance oils disrupt hormones, irritate skin and lungs and create environmental problems to name a few things…and are definitely not natural. Thanks for the posts, there are some great ideas there!

  2. Miswak is as good as if not better than the toothbrush and as such should be introduced to the rest of the world so as to benefit from all the good qualities of the Miswak and especially in times when organic products are flourishing and encouraged to be used. organic toothbrush

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