Seeking a frugal lifestyle often leads people towards minimalism and, in turn, purchasing more intentionally. These purchases are often good for our pocket too; we are no longer constantly disposing of single use items and reusing products instead. Therefore, here are my top 5 ecologically friendly bathroom swaps that will save you money and help the planet too (may contain affiliate links):
Good old fashioned bars of soap are cheaper than bottles and, looked after properly, they can last longer that a hand pump dispenser. Plus you are eliminating excess plastic packaging which can only be a good thing. Aesthetically pleasing for minimalists too as there appears to be less clutter on the counters.
Why take any bottles into the shower at all when you can use a shampoo bar instead? Similar to bar soap, they can last a long time if stored correctly and they eliminate the need for plastic packaging. An added bonus is that you are using less chemicals on yourself. If this seems a step too far, perhaps consider only using one bottle that the whole family enjoy instead of buying for multiple hair types.
Some squirm at the thought but there is nothing to be put off by when it comes to using menstrual cups. They are comfortable, secure and easy to use. There is no waste and you will never have to buy any menstrual products again. Washable liners are also available to compliment the cup. Be sure to purchase the right size for you.
Ditch the disposable plastic ones that constantly need replacing and invest in a classic safety razor instead. The shave is better, the blades last longer and you will only ever need to buy replacements every once in a while. They look great too… win, win.
This natural miracle product will leave you ditching multiple excess bottles. It can be used to moisturise, de-frizz, balm and remove makeup to name a few. Plus you can combine coconut oil with other products to make your own toothpaste and deodorants too. Imagine how much money you could save yourself and how much plastic you could ditch while smelling like a tropical holiday all at the same time.
If you have any favourite frugal swaps that I have not mentioned above, be sure to leave me a comment below.