I hate cleaning the bathroom! Scrubbing toilets and showers are not my idea of fun. This Spring Cleaning focuses a little more on clutter clean out ( potentially dangerous items too) and trying to change one thing greener.
So here goes – the Before Shots.
|BEFORE: Under the sink|
|BEFORE: MEDICINE CABINET|
- Open the windows to get some fresh air in there. Indoor air quality can be much worse than outdoor.
- Empty all cabinets and drawers and clean all surfaces. I won’t go into details here, you know what to do. Try using at least one, if not all green cleaners.
- Old/expired prescriptions: You can dispose of them properly at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 30 10am – 2pm at the Cameron Senior Center
- Over-the-counter (OTC) medications: The options for disposal were not impressive, but here is what I found. Smart Rx advises: DO NOT FLUSH, DO NOT POUR DOWN THE DRAIN. These methods can cause the medications to enter the water supply or endanger aquatic life as it may make it’s way to rivers, streams or oceans. Do this:
- Pour medication into a seal-able plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill or capsule) add water to dissolve it
- Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds (or anything that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat)
- Seal the plastic bag and put in the trash
- Old Makeup: containers can be recycled at any Origins.
- Clean all hairbrushes and combs: Remove the hair, then soak brushes in mixture of warm water and baking soda, rinse, allow to dry
- Clean Makeup Brushes:
- Fill sink with warm water and a few drops of tea tree oil (tea tree oil can be found at most grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and GNC. It is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal)
- Put a few drops of castile soap on the brush (mild shampoo can also be used)
- Gently rub the bristles between your fingers
- Rinse in the sink
- Rinse with clean water, pat dry, lay flat to dry
- Toothbrushes: If it’s been a while, replace them. Remember to upcycle the old ones and any empty plastic toothpaste tubes with Upcycle It! Please place toothbrushes in a separate bag.
|AFTER: Under the sink|
|AFTER: Medicine Cabinet|
I found way too many expired OTC medications.
Most of what I had under the sink, did not need to be here.
Note to self – clean makeup brushes more often!
Personal Care Products
- There are no real regulations for personal care products. Companies are NOT required to test for safety before they hit the shelves.
- All ingredients do NOT need to be disclosed.
- Three common ingredients used in many personal care products have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption to name just a few. These are parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Did you find these in your products?
- Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies and is really good at absorbing stuff.
So think about changing just one item. I am continually working on this. During this bathroom clean out, I got rid of the nail polish remover and most of the old polish.
How did it go? Did you make one thing greener?