While we all want to keep ourselves and our bathrooms clean, what are the products we use actually doing to the environment and to our bodies?
Most of the options that are on the market are full of chemicals and ingredients that not only cause huge damage to the earth, but they are also causing negative side effects to our health and wellbeing.
With more eco-friendly and natural products becoming available, you can start to make conscious choices about how you look after your home and yourself.
So, to make your bathroom a greener place, we've compiled 5 tips to help clear the air, save you money, your health and the planet.
1. Face Oils
Want your skin to look and feel better? Face oils will change your life and you will see the benefits straight away. Face oils replace moisture and elasticity in your skin, smooth wrinkles and can soothe irritations.
Regular moisturizers contain waxes which are combined with oil and water, the wax works to seal the moisture under the skin but can shut out the oil and water, not to mention the huge list of scary unpronounceable ingredients.
Most face oils are already naturally packed with ingredients like omega fatty acids and antioxidants and just sink right in.
The all-natural, pure options are best like jojoba oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil and tamanu oil and can be used as facial serums, as a base before applying makeup or as a makeup remover.
For a natural cleanser use 1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil and apply to the skin in circular motions then rinse with warm water using a soft cloth or fingertips.
Once you start using face oils, you may never go back!
2. Bathroom Sprays
Bathroom air fresheners are ineffective because they only contribute to the foul odour, whilst some contain nasties like formaldehyde, aerosol propellants and parabens which can be an irritant to your eyes, skin and throat.
By using a bathroom spray like Mask, the spray forms a thin film or barrier on the surface of the water and when you go, the odour is trapped under the film and can’t penetrate it.
Mask Fragrances are 100% paraben and phthalate free. The revolutionary formulation all but eliminates allergic and asthmatic reactions.
Environmentally friendly and eliminates embarrassing odours – double tick!
3. Bathroom Cleaners
Bathroom cleaners are essential for maintaining a clean and hygienic area, chemical cleaners are expensive and can raise sensitivities, so if you are looking to go green and be health and environmentally conscious why not try an eco-friendly cleaner?
Or better still, make one yourself.
White vinegar can just about replace every home cleaning product, as its acidity is effective in killing most bacteria and removing stains on a number of surfaces. In your bathroom, use it on chrome sink fixtures and showerheads, and for build-up around taps.
Eucalyptus oil can be used as an antibacterial cleanser or as a natural disinfectant in every room of the house. Ditch the store bought cleaner and try some eucalyptus oil to clean and disinfect the toilet.
4. Flush With Care
Try to make toilet paper the only "disposable" product in your green bathroom. When you are reaching for the roll, make sure it is created from recycled sources.
Tree free is the way to be, so look for 100% recycled fibres like sugarcane or bamboo products that are without dyes, chemicals or scents.
Rolling from over the top is better than rolling under – this wastes less paper and answers that age old argument!
Remember to bypass the air freshener and use your Mask bathroom spray before you go, and when it comes time to flush, close the lid to prevent the spread of bacteria around your bathroom.
5. Epsom Salts
Submerging yourself in a warm bath has real benefits, which include an increased feeling of wellbeing and a decrease in anxiety.
Add a few cups of Epsom salt to your bath not only to relax but to give you a boost of magnesium absorbed right through your skin.
Epsom salt contains only naturally occurring minerals of magnesium and sulphate, while bath salts may contain other undesirable ingredients to enhance the scent.
Start with one cup added to your bath and increase the amount as your body becomes used to the effects.
With these simple ideas you can stay clean, promote good health, and go green in your bathroom - your family and the generations to come will thank you for it!
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