Day 4 of Living a Waste Free Lifestyle – Guest Blogger Karena Wright

Here are two more simple ideas on how you can make little changes that go a big difference!

Bar Soap.

Like many people I used liquid soap in all my bathrooms and kitchen.  That means a plastic soap pump at 3-bathroom sinks, 1 kitchen sink, and however many body wash bottles I have in my shower at any given time.  Then I have a larger bottle of soap refill.  That is a lot of plastic being used and possibly not recycled.

I have made the switch back to bar soap.  We did it once, we can do it again!  Right now, it is a bit harder to purchase bar soaps with little to no packaging because we don’t have things like farmers markets open.   I purchased mine from Amazon researching how it was packaged and I found some stores with bulk bins that sells low waste items.

If your able and willing, you can also make your own bar soap.  There are plenty of how-to videos and tutorials that let you decide what ingredients and scents you like.

Laundry Detergent Sheets

With my family of 5 laundry has become my middle name.  I have tried picking a laundry specific day or do a little bit each day.  It doesn’t matter how hard I try; the laundry just keeps coming!  Between my husband’s regular clothes, workout, uniform, kids’ clothes, I even cloth diapered my youngest, and my clothes the wash machine seems to always be running.  My house goes through a good amount of laundry detergent.

Just about all liquid comes in plastic bottles, laundry detergent included.  I have found Detergent Sheets.  They are an ultra-concentrated detergent sheet that you put in your soap dispenser.  They work the same as any other laundry detergent and come in an eco-friendly cardboard box.  It is really that easy!