So, getting ready in the mornings or evenings has always been a rush. Someone else always needs to use the bathroom while you’re in there. Which is why for the past five years, I’ve only taken showers. That’s a good thing since showers use less water anyway.
I used to go through probably 50 very expensive razors a year that couldn’t be recycled due to being made of multiple materials. I’ll have this safety razor forever and the blades are totally recyclable (wrap them up in paper or stick in a soda can before putting directly in the recycle bin so avoid a scary situation for the recycling crew!). The blades are just 10 cents each, which saves me hundreds of dollars a year too.
For the same reasons as bar shampoo, using bar soap saves a ton of water and manufacturing. Plus, it works better since the product is more concentrated than a watered down liquid soap. I use an almond/oatmeal bar which helps to moisturize my skin. It also works great as a shaving “cream” so I can avoid aerosol cans or plastic containers. Haven’t experienced a razor burn with it yet!
Wash Cloth over a Plastic Loofah
I used to love a new loofah…for about a month before it all unraveled and had to be tossed. Those plastic loofahs also filled with grime like dead skin cells, bacteria, and other things you really don’t want to rub all over your body. With a plain washcloth, you can just toss it in the wash when you’re done and reuse over and over for years. When it gets worn down enough, you can just add it to your rag pile. You can also turn the washcloths over to a textile recycling center. You might find one at your farmer’s market.
Any favorites or other shower swaps you’d recommend? Let me know! 🙂