Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

Plastic free home

Bathroom and laundry ideas

We all want to do the right thing by reducing our use of plastics around the house but often knowing what to do can be a challenge.

Here are some of our top tips room-by-room on clearing our cupboards of plastic products and moving towards being plastic-free.

In the Bathroom

  • Eliminate plastic containers from your bathroom and replace with a bar – hand, body, and face wash, hair shampoo and conditioner, and shave soaps all come in bar form.
  • Reuse spray bottles for cleaning by either filling them up at bulk stores or by making your own cleaning spray.
  • Use a washable facecloth to remove make-up.
  • Make your own toothpaste and store it in a glass jar.
  • Choose toilet paper not wrapped in plastic.
  • Switch your plastic cotton buds for a sustainable alternative like bamboo.
  • Bamboo hairbrushes are not only plastic-free, but also anti-bacterial.
  • Bamboo Toothbrushes are also widely available.
  • Ditch the single-use, plastic dental floss for an alternative such as beeswax floss or silk floss that comes in a glass jar.
  • Swap your plastic razor for a stainless-steel razor.

In the Laundry

  • Use laundry powder in a cardboard box or take your liquid laundry container to be refilled.
  • Try making some homemade cleaning solutions - Baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar are powerful cleaners and can be used in a variety of ways. 
  • Switch to a stain-remover bar, instead of a spray plastic bottle or powder in a plastic container.
  • If you’re looking for a new laundry basket, check out plastic free alternatives.
  • Replace the plastic clothes pegs with pegs made from stainless steel, wood, or bamboo with a stainless-steel spring.

Plastic Free July is a worldwide challenge with millions of participants. It empowers individuals, communities, and businesses to choose to refuse single-use plastics in their lives. It’s a personal challenge that’s part of a global effort for our oceans, for cleaner streets, and for the planet. The website has many more suggestions on how to reduce plastic waste so check it out.

We’re supporting the global challenge and encouraging all Aucklanders to take simple, daily actions to create long-lasting habits that minimise the use of single-use plastic for good.

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