Scrub a dub dub…what’s in my tub? A lot of package-free, sustainable items that’s what! It took me several months to find products that worked for me to make the perfect zero waste shower routine. I try to keep it pretty simple to prevent being in the shower any longer than I need to be – even though a scalding, 20 minute shower sounds sooooo good.
I keep my showers short, sweet, and to the point. I put on one of my favorite 4ish minute songs and get everything scrubbed and clean by the end. For me, it’s a lot better than setting a timer. I find it more relaxing which is an important part of a shower at the end of a long day.
My Zero Waste Shower Routine
I’ve recently discovered Plaine Products in the last year and absolutely love them! They are phthalate free, Vegan, child safe, biodegradable, paraben free, and the best part – they work! These products come shipped to your house in plastic free shipping materials in refillable aluminum bottles. Once the bottles are empty and replacements are ordered, a shipping label is sent for you to mail back the empty bottles for reuse. A complete circular business model. That is a huge reason why I love supporting this company.
There are other zero waste options out there for shampoos and conditioners. Look for shampoo bars and conditioners that are either sold package free or in paper/cardboard packaging that can be easily recycled or composted.
I wash my body and wash Ollie with a bar of soap. I lather up the soap in my hand or in a wash cloth – I also use the bar soap to shave making it a dual purpose item. I don’t feel that it’s necessary to buy a ton of different products for each step in getting myself clean and groomed when one item can do double or triple duty.
I don’t buy plastic shower poufs – I think you can guess why. A. They’re plastic. B. They aren’t recyclable. C. They trap bacteria and mold. Wash cloths have been used for how long? I don’t need to buy any special “sustainable” scrub brushes when I have a bathroom closet full of cloths. Wash cloths also work great as dusting cloths, and tissues.
I use a stainless steel safety razor in place of the plastic disposables. This razor will last a lifetime and uses recyclable blades. The blades typically last about 6 months for me and a box of 100 costs around $5. I can’t believe I was so afraid to use one – they are a lot easier to use than I thought and couldn’t imagine going back.
The cup I use to bathe Ollie, if you were wondering. A lot of times, to save water, I put him in the shower with me and wash him quickly. He doesn’t like baths all that much any way – I know – he’s a strange child. I honestly thought all kids loved taking baths but nope. His loathing of baths saves a lot of water so there’s that.
Check out my other zero waste bathroom post: 10 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps