A Zero Waste Dental Care Routine – My Low Waste Dental Products
I’m trying to reduce waste in all areas of life and there are a few areas of the home that create the most rubbish and those are bathrooms and kitchens for most of us. Most of our bathroom waste has been tackled already and one of the areas that I’ve made many switches in is my dental care.
My swaps so far have been:
- No More Plastic Toothbrushes.
I have stopped buying plastic toothbrushes for myself and instead use bamboo toothbrushes. I still have my electric toothbrush too that I use a couple of times a week and when it’s time to change the head, I’ll be getting some biodegradable electric toothbrush heads instead.
- No More Mouthwash in Plastic Bottles.
Mouthwash was one thing that I really disliked buying. The large plastic bottles only last a week or two and they’re just such a waste. I have a tooth with a filling that is a bit sensitive and I have to use mouthwash to help that or else it can be quite painful and disruptive. I’ve found a brilliant alternative which is the Weleda Ratanhia Mouthwash. It’s a concentrated mouthwash that comes in a glass bottle like many Weleda products. You just mix a few drops with a bit of water and rinse your mouth. Easy! It’s really compact and lasts ages! The glass bottle is great too, of course. I’d also love to try Georganics Natural Mouthwash Tablets.
- No More Plastic Packaged Toothpaste.
Unfortunately, I can’t just brush my teeth for bicarbonate soda which would be the lowest waste option. The aforementioned tooth needs toothpaste and I’ve swapped to Euthymol which comes in a recyclable metal tube and is available from pharmacies and supermarkets. It’s very affordable at £2.00 for a large tube too.
- Better Floss Alternatives.
This is something I still need to find and buy. I’m still using what’s left of my floss at home but would like to eliminate plastic in the flossing department too! The 100% Biodegradable Floss Picks by PearlBar look like the best option for me as I find floss picks much easier to use for my needs. The packaging is biodegradable too. Then there’s DOCTORS FLOSS premium dental floss which comes in a refillable metal tin which looks great. Georganics make Silk Dental Floss and Bamboo Charcoal Floss — both biodegradable and packaged in glass jars. They look like good options too. I need buy a few options to try to see which one works best for me.
If you have any Zero Waste / Low Waste dental care product recommendations – please leave them in the comments below.