13 Best Eco Friendly Bathroom Products Available Now

Eco friendly bathroom products

Changing over some common bathroom products to eco friendly options can change your footprint drastically. Think about shampoo and body wash bottles and one-time use items such as toothpicks. Even toothpaste and deodorant can now come in eco friendly packaging.

Only 20% of americans recycle bathroom packaging. Even if you don’t want to commit to a fully zero waste lifestyle yet, please consider checking the plastic numbers on the bottom of the items to see if your recycling program accepts them. The best option is to avoid plastics as plastic can only be recycled so many times before it is unusable and has to go to a landfill.

Recycling glass and aluminum is better, as aluminum doesn’t degrade nearly as bad when recycling, and glass is able to come back at 100% of what it was before. Buy glass packaging when the option is available!

Let’s go ahead and check out the best items you can swap out in your bathroom to lower your footprint.

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Bar Body Soap


This bar soap from Ethique comes packaged in material that can be composted and is biodegradable, making this zero waste. It is good for all skin types and smells like sweet orange and vanilla.

Choosing bar soap reduces our reliance on plastic for liquid body washes, so even if you don’t like this option, I implore you to find a bar soap you like!

This is a great option and a good company to purchase from if one of your priorities is endorsing eco friendly businesses! They also offer storage containers, scroll down a bit farther and I go through those also. These work great for traveling, and you would no longer have to worry about liquid soap in your travel bag.

If you want some more information on eco friendly soaps, check out this other article.

Pros

  • Great scent
  • Biodegradable/Compostable packaging
  • Works very well

Cons

  • A bit more pricy than regular bar soaps

Exfoliating Soap Bags


I bought these soap bags awhile bag and they work really well. They’re just a rag that you can put bar soap inside of.

These are good replacements for rags if you prefer this, and can be machine washed. We don’t have much storage/shelving in our shower, so I got these and a shower hook to hang them from. Essentially they are good for saving space, and are environmentally friendly.

Pros

  • Good rag replacement
  • Can be hung from the shower hook
  • Machine Washable
  • Eco Friendly
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Smell strange when you first get them

Bar Shampoo


Ethique also offers a ton of shampoo options in bar form. There are many different scents to choose from and it is rated very well. Most others who review the product state that it is very high quality.

Like the body soap we mentioned earlier, this uses biodegradable and compostable packaging. As stated before, this company cares a lot about the environment so this is a good place to support.

They also last a long time, so although the initial investment is pricy at around fifteen to sixteen dollars, you should have it months later if you use it every other day.

They also offer a sample pack, so if you’re not ready to commit to one bar you can try them all! Ethique also offers soap storage containers. These are great for traveling since you no longer have to worry about liquid soap in your bags. We talk about those a bit further down in the review.

Pros

  • Big selection of scents
  • Sample pack available
  • Lasts a long time
  • Compostable/Biodegradable packaging

Cons

  • Pricy (but lasts long)

Bar Conditioner


We of course need to talk about conditioner after shampoo, its only natural. Ethique also has three conditioners you can purchase with different scents.

Like the other soaps, the packaging is biodegradable and compostable.

These are rated as well as the shampoo and last the same amount of time as well. These are still pricy, but the time it lasts makes up for it honestly.

Pros

  • Great scents
  • High quality and works well
  • Biodegradable/Compostable packaging

Cons

  • Only three scents to choose from
  • Pricy (but lasts long)

Bar Soap Storage Containers


These soap storage containers from Ethique aren’t that special. These are great for traveling as mentioned in the soap reviews, and you wouldn’t have to worry about getting liquid soap in your bag while on the move.

These are a great eco friendly bathroom product because they are compostable, and made out of bamboo and sugarcane.

If you’re looking at switching over to solid shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, these are great to have. There are also quite a few color options. All of that being said, they are more expensive than I personally think they should be.

Pros

  • Many color options
  • Extends bar life
  • Compostable
  • Made of bamboo

Cons

  • Pricy, at around fifteen dollars each

Zero Waste Bar Deodorant


I know I’m parroting about Ethique, but only because they are the top rated zero waste products on amazon and they work great.

Their deodorant is packaged the same as their soaps, compostable and biodegradable. There are three scent options and the bar lasts for months, so you can’t really go wrong here. There are other solid deodorant options out there but these are the best.

If you don’t use bar deodorant already, I suggest considering it. Deodorants use so much plastic and most don’t recycle the containers, I know before I made the swap I didn’t!

Pros

  • High quality
  • Compostable/Biodegradable packaging
  • Lasts a long time

Cons

  • Pricy (although it lasts a long time)

Bamboo Cotton Swabs


I didn’t know this option existed until recently, but bamboo cotton swabs are the way to go. Chain stores don’t seem to sell these that I can tell. For the most part, bamboo is a great renewable resource and I like writing about bamboo options!

If you don’t want to give up your cotton swabs, purchasing this is fine as they are compostable as well! The packaging is also plastic-free.

Also, I must mention I know these are mostly used for ears, but you actually shouldn’t use cotton swabs for your ears, it is better to use an irrigation kit.

Pros

  • Made of renewable bamboo and cotton
  • Compostable
  • Plastic Free Packaging

Cons

  • None really, these are the same as regular swabs and are around the same price

Bamboo Toothbrushes


Continuing along with bamboo products, another swap you can make is your toothbrush. If you buy plastic toothbrushes, you should check into this option.

Toothbrushes are usually thrown out after a while of use, and that is a lot of extra plastic gone to waste. These toothbrushes are biodegradable and compostable, making it a great eco friendly bathroom product. The packaging is also plastic-free.

Another nice touch is that each is lettered so you can distinguish whose is whose!

Pros

  • Biodegradable/Compostable product and packaging
  • Inexpensive
  • Marked with letters to distinguish whose it is

Cons

  • Some reported bristles falling out, but this could be due to using too much pressure

Liquid Hand Soap by Cleancult


The first article I ever posted was actually a Cleancult subscription review, but Cleancult actually offers individual products via Amazon now.

The great part about Cleancult is that they offer glass containers, and the refills for liquids come in compostable cartons. There are also a couple of scent options you can choose from.

The soaps are rated highly, and are honestly one of the best options on amazon as not many other brands use cartons or non-plastic packaging.

Pros

  • Biodegradable/compostable packaging
  • High quality
  • Can buy multipacks

Cons

  • Only 4 scent options

Eco-Me Toilet Bowl Cleaner


This toilet bowl cleaner has plant based extracts instead of bleach. It is non-toxic with no harsh chemicals.

Ratings are great as well, and it works great to clean your toilet. The biggest downside is that it is packaged in plastic, however there aren’t any toilet cleaners available that don’t use plastic packaging as far as I can find.

It also smells like peppermint, which is a plus. Another downside is that it isn’t super concentrated so you may need to use quite a bit to get the job done.

Pros

  • No harsh chemicals
  • Septic-safe
  • Peppermint scent

Cons

  • Not very concentrated
  • Plastic packaging

Biodegradable Trash Bags


If you compost, and you should (here is my article on how to compost), here is a product that would be quite useful.

Conceivably, if you make all of these changes you won’t have to throw away any plastic in the bathroom, and only compostable/biodegradable products.

If that is the case, you can throw your garbage bag from the bathroom right into your compost bin. Or at the very least, a lot of your trash will biodegrade at the dump.

These trash bags are biodegradable and compostable, so if you’ve already made the swap to reusable grocery bags (another thing you should do), this can replace using grocery bags as a bathroom trash bag.

Pros

  • Biodegradable/compostable product
  • Good price for 80 count

Cons

  • A bit thin

Bamboo Toilet Paper


You don’t see alternative toilet paper options in stores, so you may not know about this, but bamboo toilet paper is great.

Bamboo toilet paper is actually just as soft, if not softer, than regular toilet paper. Another pro of this particular toilet paper is that the packaging is biodegradable and compostable.

The only downside is that its a bit pricier than regular toilet paper, but this doesn’t contribute to deforestation so it’s a win in my opinion.

Pros

  • Very soft
  • Biodegradable/compostable packaging
  • Made from bamboo, which is sustainable

Cons

  • More expensive than most toilet paper options

Better Life Natural Tub and Tile Cleaner


This tub and tile cleaner from Better Life is eco friendly and uses no harsh chemcicals. The biggest upside is that it is non toxic, and smells like tea tree oil and eucalyptus.

Although the packaging is plastic (and it is hard to find tub and tile cleaner that is not, I haven’t been able to), you can buy a 128 fluid ounce container for refilling your bottle. This minimizes the plastic impact.

This is the highest rated and most reviewed eco friendly bathroom product on amazon, so you can’t go wrong with this one.

Pros

  • Able to buy in bulk for refills
  • Non toxic with no harsh chemicals
  • Tea tree and eucalyptus scent

Cons

  • Plastic packaging

Can you think of more eco friendly bathroom products?

I believe I hit almost every bathroom product one may use. If you have any other suggestions or can think of another eco friendly bathroom product to add, please comment below or contact us.

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