Simple Switches

Here, I will collect all of my posts regarding simple switches you can make in your life to reduce your trash and environmental impact. Enjoy!

 

Easy Bathroom Swap #3

We’ve got bottles and bottles of different brands of this stuff, along with wipes, creams, and cotton swabs. Because when you get home from work or school, don’t you just wanna take off your make-up, change into something comfortable, and put up your feet?

So yeah, maybe those makeup wipes are a little wasteful and those eye makeup removers a little expensive, but that’s the only way to get rid of your makeup, right?

Think again 😉

A new trend is underway, causing hundreds of Americans to make this switch: instead of using eye makeup remover or makeup wipes, just use coconut oil and a wash cloth!

Of all the brands of eye makeup remover I’ve used, absolutely NONE have worked as well as this lovely oil. And, unlike the stuff you’ll buy in the drug store, you can trust that its only ingredient is, you guessed it, mechanically pressed refined coconut oil.

It’s also cheaper, in the grand scheme of things. High quality coconut oil costs aboutphoto (5) $8 per jar, amounting to 14 fluid ounces, whereas your typical eye makeup remover, say, from Neutrogena, can cost up to around $7 for a bottle of 5.5 fluid ounces. So, buying coconut oil gets you more than twice as much as the commercial makeup remover does for roughly a dollar more. Seems like a pretty sweet deal. And what’s even better? You can reuse that sturdy jar for something else once you’re done, and coconut oil has plenty of other purposes. You can use it as a moisturizer(it helped me A LOT when I was recovering from a really bad sunburn), you can cook with it(it has been linked to boosting your metabolism), and you can use it in other homemade household items, such as homemade makeup, toothpaste, and deodorant.

In addition, it makes a lot of sense to use your coconut oil with a wash cloth instead of cotton swabs! Not only do they come in plastic and produce a lot of trash, but you constantly have to keep buying them. Yes, they only cost about $2, but wouldn’t you rather not have to worry about getting a new bag every month? With a washcloth, you have something you can use for years, only worrying about having to wash it every so often. Just a note: make sure it is a washcloth you do not care about, as it will get stained.

Here’s what I do to remove my eye makeup:

  1. Once you are ready to remove your eye makeup, dab a little oil on your finger and rub it onto your closed eye. You should feel the stiffness of that dried mascara subsiding on your eyelashes, and you’ll notice you suddenly have raccoon eyes! That means it’s working!
  2. Once you feel you have loosened up enough of the makeup, take a wash cloth that you don’t care about and wet a corner of it generously. Wipe away the coconut oil and makeup several times, until you feel it is all gone. You should have a makeupless eye!

Before:                                                                                 After:

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This technique works great, is cost effective, and has never given me acne. If it does give you acne, or if you feel this is not working for you(everyone’s different), I recommend using another oil or doing some research on oil-free natural alternatives.

Disclaimer: coconut oil does NOT taste or smell like coconut  .

Hope you have a great day!

 

Easy Bathroom Swap #2

Still buying shampoo? Conditioner? Body wash? At the beginning of the summer, so was I, until I did some research.

Hair care products cost Americans hundreds of dollars per year, with each bottle being up to 10 dollars. And a LOT of these contain carcinogens and harmful chemicals. Not to mention, many of them are sold in difficult or impossible to recycle bottles. If you’d like to learn more about some of the risks involved in personal care products, I urge you to click the link bellow:

http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-cosmetics/

So if it’s so hard to find safe products, what can you do? Chances are, the answer is in your kitchen.

photo 1 (2)In late June, I began washing my hair with apple cider vinegar (less than $2 per gallon) and baking soda (less than $1 per box), and switched to bar soap to wash my body, which you can find at your local health food store or drug store. Since then, I’ve felt just as clean, if not more!

This method of personal care is super easy and affordable, and you’ll know you’re treating your body right!

Here’s how to use baking soda as a substitute for shampoo:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda to three parts warm water in a bottle (I wouldn’t advise using a jar, as it could break while you’re in the shower) and shake well. When all the baking soda has dissolved, it should look like regular water.
  2. In the shower, pour it over your hair and, if desired, massage it into your scalp(it won’t foam up like regular shampoo).
  3. Let it sit in your hair for 2-3 minutes. During this time I like to turn off the water and wash the rest of my body while I wait.
  4. Wash out the mixture thoroughly. Repeat if your hair doesn’t feel clean enough. Warning: Do not get the baking soda mixture in your eyes!

Here’s how to substitute conditioner with apple cider vinegar:

  1. Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water and mix well.
  2. In the shower, pour over your head (careful not to get any in your eyes) and rinse out immediately. You should notice that your hair will feel smoother. To the skeptics: your hair will not smell like vinegar all day! The smell should go away once your hair is completely dry.

Something to consider: This method won’t work for every hair type, so I encourage you to do some research to find what works best for you! photo 2 (2)

An alternative to baking soda is something called castile soap, a natural soap made
of oils, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and hemp oil. It smells great and foams up just like shampoo!

Happy bathing!

 

Easy Bathroom Swap #1

Hey guys! I know I’ve only just begun this blog, but I’ve been making sustainable switches all summer! Here is just one thing I have done in the bathroom to be more environmentally conscious:

Once my family had used up all of the floss in our floss container, instead of running out to the store to buy more, I simply popped open the container and rolled some sewing thread inside of it. It’s super easy, cheap, and works pretty well!

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