Tip 4: Tangible facts about shampooing, showering and soaping
Solid products definitely make sense: 1. you can buy them unpackaged by the piece and avoid waste. 2. such a solid chunk can be used up completely. And 3. it is multifunctional. Shower bars and solid shampoo clean like their liquid counterparts with surfactants. Except that, depending on the recipe, they almost or completely do without water. That's why they do without preservatives, are highly concentrated and very economical.
Only perfect with the right accessory: You can store solid shower gel practically and hygienically in soap bags. You only have to dry well after use so that germs don't stand a chance, so it's best to hang them up on a hook.There are bags like this made of natural sisal, which has a great peeling effect when you lather it up, or made of organic cotton. You can put them in the washing machine from time to time.
Tip 5: Say no to plastic in shower gel
Plastics such as PEG and silicone are commonplace in conventional cosmetics. They come either in the form of microplastics or - and unfortunately very often - water-soluble and liquid. Either way, they go straight into the water cycle. With a decision for natural cosmetics you don't go along with it, because plastic in the product is taboo.
☝️ You can find out more about why plastic has no place in cosmetics under There is so much plastic in your cosmetics.
Tip 6: Be cool - reduce your hot water consumption
Producing hot water greatly increases energy consumption. Not only because a lot of water usually has to run through before it comes out warm from the tap, but above all because heating requires a lot of energy. And hot water is not necessary to wash your hands thoroughly, because you use soap for that. Too hot water puts unnecessary stress on skin and hair. In fact, a nice, cold rinse works like a shine treatment for the mane, because it smoothes the dandruff.
All in all, a lot of precious water simply runs into nothing. Aerators on the faucet reduce the amount of liters that flow through per minute. The aerator ensures that the jet does not degenerate into a trickle, but still has a pleasant fullness. Many new faucets have aerators built in. Otherwise they can easily be retrofitted for a few euros.
☝️Conclusion: If you want to save energy at home, the hot water consumption is the second most important factor after the heating - skin and hair will thank you for the mild temperatures.
Tip 7: Green Cleaning
With many cleaning agents, a strong chemical smell hits your nose as soon as you spray them on. But it also works naturally, namely with ecological cleaning agents. I'm a fan of Sonett products, especially Sonett Scouring Powder. This replaces a variety of other means and makes everything from the ceramic hob to the bathtub spotless. It cleans on the basis of purely plant-based surfactants and, according to the manufacturer, is 100% biodegradable - and that with only 7 ingredients ...
Tip 8: Shop consciously
For example towels made from organic cotton - of course only when your old ones are really worn out. Why organic? Cultivation is less invasive for the environment because no toxic chemicals and genetically modified seeds are used. The label Armedangels explained it nicely if you want to know more.
And how often do you let yourself be tempted by pretty, colorful packaging or influencers to buy another bright yellow nail polish because the belles of this world recently had it on their fingers on Instagram. And at home you realize that the color üüü doesn't suit you at all. So it's better to hesitate and only buy more when a product is running low. It's also a waste of money when it crumbles in the closet.