There are several small steps you can take if you aim to make your household greener, and the bathroom is a good place to start. As a rule number one when it comes to going green, you should try avoiding as many chemicals as possible, to save both you, your family and the environment from any toxicity. Do you understand what the labeling says? Do you know what’s in it? No? Then you might want to reconsider that product, and opt for a more natural one instead.
Another thing to take into account, is the fact that most hand soaps come in plastic bottles, and that you have to buy even more plastic if you need a refill. There are 6 times as much plastic than plankton in the ocean, and that’s a scary thought. The less plastic you need, the better for the environment – and you know, the market forces decide what will get manufactured and sold. If we stop buying plastic altogether, they will stop selling it for sure.
If you replace your handsoap with a natural soap bar, you will get rid of both the chemicals and the plastic, sending a strong message to the manufacturers while greening up your household. It’s a win-win.
Some of you may be concerned about the hygiene. A hand soap in a dispenser is clean, while a soap bar can get contaminated, right? But the thing is: studies have shown that the chances of bacteria being transferred from a soap bar and onto the skin are very slim, even if the soap bar in fact is contaminated. And if you make sure to rinse off the soap bar before you put it down, the chances are even smaller of anybody getting sick.
You can get natural soap bars with all kinds of scents and herbs in them. Right now I have one with rose oil and rose petals in my shower, I have one with marigold on the sink, and another small one with rose in the guest bathroom. They smell and feel so lovely!
If you find that you really love soap bars, you can also start making them yourself and maybe even giving them away as presents for birthdays or even christmas, or making a batch so you won’t have to think of buying new ones for a while. It doesn’t get much greener than that.