Tip of the Week: Soaps

Tip of the week

Tip of the Week: Get the soap, skip the bottle!

This series is all about how to reduce your reliance on plastics. And the tip of the week is to look for easy alternatives to soaps packed in plastics.

Did you know that soaps, shampoos, and detergents are readily available in bars and powers, which keeps us from having to buy them in plastic bottles?
It’s true, and it’s a great alternative for many reasons!


Many shampoos are available in bar form. Buying shampoo in a bar has numerous benefits:

1- you avoid another needless plastic bottle
2- you won’t be paying more for the water that is added
3- it is lighter and takes up less space
4- it lasts longer (up to five times longer!)
5- it is super easy to travel with. No more worrying about what’s allowed in your carry on!

Lots of awesome brands make a handy shampoo bar for you, here are a few fun ones:

LUSH http://www.lush.ca/Shampoo-Bars/shampoo-bars,en_CA,sc.html

Chagrin Valley http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/products/for-the-hair/shampoo-bars/

Apple Valley http://www.applevalleynaturalsoap.com/shampoo-bars/

The Great Canadian Soap Co. http://www.greatcanadiansoap.com/category-s/68.htm

Hand and body soap

Hand and body soaps are popular in liquid form, but when you opt for a solid soap bar you get more bang for your buck AND you get to skip the plastic bottle. Win-win!

The solid bar lasts longer, doesn’t have added water, is more cost effective, and this option is a green win as many solid soaps are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve or thin cardboard box.


Laundry Detergent

Laundry soap works just as well when you get the powder in a box. And again is more affordable, lasts longer, and kicks the need for a plastic bottle.

If you don’t love the white streaks that can result from powdered detergents, make sure to add the detergent after the water is in, instead of first!

Dishwashing Detergent

Dishwashing detergent can also be purchased in a powder filled box with all the same benefits as the other soaps.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly heroic, you could try making your own detergent! This takes a little more work, but is very resourceful, eco-friendly, and extremely money smart.

Houselogic gave us this easy recipe and has already done the work of testing it for you:

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup kosher salt
5 packets unsweetened lemonade mix

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/green-living/which-homemade-dishwasher-soap-recipe-best/#ixzz3bAER6AUZ

Womenio also has a few good recipes to try for DIY dishwashing detergents:


Next time you’re out, take a moment at the store to see if your favourite soap or detergent is available in a solid or powder. Or try out a new brand that has lots of options to meet your eco-friendly needs.


If you have a favourite brand you want to share, please leave it in the comments!


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3 Responses to Tip of the Week: Soaps

  1. Mary says:

    I’m a horrible example for all of these…. The only check mark I get is for bar soap. Otherwise, I’m a terrible plasticizer.

  2. Lynn Bee says:

    Good job on the bar soap! Don’t get discouraged. You can always look for another option next time you’re at the store :)

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