Body cleansers

9 ways to Green Your Body cleansers

No matter what type of body cleanser you prefer—bar soap, body wash, body scrub, or something else—avoiding petroleum-derived and health-endangering chemicals is the most important way to clean up your cleansing routine. Avoiding anti-bacterial cleansers, choosing plant-based and biodegradable ingredients, and purchasing organic and cruelty-free varieties will do the trick. If you're a DIYer, you can also make your own soap, which gives you complete control over what ingredients you invite into your shower. And, don't forget to keep your shower accoutrements and spa visits as chem-free as possible, as well.

  1. Choose natural bar soap

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    Opt for preservative-, detergent-, and animal byproduct-free soaps that rank high on both the clean and green scales.

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  2. Make your own soap

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    Weary of lathering up with a bar soap filled with mystery ingredients? By making your own soap you can choose your own ingredients while avoiding the eco-impact of shipping and packaging store-bought soaps.

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  3. Use an eco-friendly bath sponge or loofah

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    A squeaky green clean isn't complete without eco-friendly bath accoutrement like natural sponges and loofahs.

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  4. Choose natural body wash

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    Clean up your act by populating your shower with body washes that swap dirty petrochemical detergents with natural botanicals.

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  5. Choose natural body scrubs

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    Like their facial counterparts, conventional body scrubs can contain not-so-natural exfoliating ingredients like plastic microbeads. Opt for ones boasting organic sugar, sea salt, and other sustainable dead skin sloughers.

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  6. Choose an eco-friendly bubble bath

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    Yeah, we know...the last thing you want to think about while relaxing in the tub is about how you're polluting the environment. Natural bubble baths without harsh synthetic surfactants, detergents, and preservatives let you unwind with green ease.

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  7. Use castile soap

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    Castile soap is a pure, vegetable soap that's safe and biodegradable. Clean your home and everything in it, including floors, dishes, your body, and your pet.

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  8. Choose eco-friendly packaging

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    When on the hunt for a new body cleanser, opt for one with minimal or recycled content packaging. If you're buying for buying for the entire messy household, choose bulk-size.

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  9. Visit an eco-friendly day spa

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    They ain't just about massages and mani pedi's—day spas frequently offer body scrubs and treatments. If you feel like shedding a little dead skin, make sure it's done naturally.

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