Questions tagged [personal-hygiene]

keeping one's body healthy and clean, see also [hygiene], [health]

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What is Body Shower Milk (common term in Germany)? Is it more sustainable than ordinary shower gel?

It looks like the term is only used in Germany. I tried to search for it and found some hints in a random forum. I do not know how trustworthy this information is. Errr, no. What is sold as "...
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In what unexpected ways could human hairs be recycled or upcycled? [duplicate]

Currently, hairdressers around the world throw away tonnes of human hairs after they have given someone a new hairstyle. I know people sometimes donate their hair, which can be used to create wigs. ...
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How can I recycle safety razor blades?

I recently switched to a safety razor because It's cheaper in the long run, even if I change blades more often disposables are a recycling nightmare - (metal bonded to plastic) Of course eventually ...
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How to make extracts and fragrances from fragrant plants like Sage

I'm looking to try using more natural products/solutions in our day to day life and some things that I am considering are fragrances, soaps and essences (food). I have read that Sage plants are edible ...
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Is Polyacrylamide a material used to make microbeads?

I found a face scrub that states Polyacrylamide as an ingredient. Should I avoid it because Polyacrylamide is used to make the microbeads?
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Are motion activated faucets more sustainable than traditional faucets?

In the spirit of this question about paper towels vs electric dryers, which types of faucets are most sustainable? The marketing reasons for using motion-activated faucets are that they reduce water ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

After the bath soaps have been used, tiny bits remain. Note that this is not about re-using half-used or little-used soaps such as found in hotels. I am aware there are charities such as Sundara Fund ...
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How can alum stone be melted and molded into small shapes?

We are a small NGO in Nepal working to help people after the recent earthquakes of 2015 and now the floods of this year's monsoon of 2017. There is a stone here that is used as an astringent/after ...
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What are alternatives for deodorant?

There must be natural alternatives for deodorant that at least to some degree help in covering body odor caused by perspiration. I have tried to live without antiperspirant, but I don't consider it ...
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Organic & natural (maybe edible) alternatives for Pre Shaving cream, foam, oil etc?

From some old school yoga & ayurveda folks I've heard of the following for shaving: Raw Milk - I haven't tried this as yet but hope to do so when I get some unheated/ unpasteurized milk. It can ...
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how to make active charcoal soap rinse away?

I've created active charcoal soap by mixing active charcoal, aloe vera, and witch hazel. Problematically, the color clings to my skin and is very difficult to rinse off. What natural agents might I ...
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Organic natural sustainable alternatives to commercial Hair Styling products; clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel?

I am looking for organic natural materials & receipes for Hair clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel for hair styling, not shampoo. If there are some examples please point me to them. Any that can be ...
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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

Are there any sustainable (and useful) alternatives to toothpaste? I've tried so far this kind of tooth tabs and I'm also aware of the existence of tooth powder but I haven't tried it yet. I liked ...
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Is there a shaving razor that is an alternative to, say, Gillette Mach 3, and does not use plastic ?

I believe in adopting sustainable practices in our daily or recurring maintenance activities. Recently, I measured the amount of water I spend at the sink and shifted to mug-based shaving (rinsing the ...
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Should I dry my hands with paper towels or a dryer?

In our office toilets, we have paper towels and a hand dryer. Is it better for the environment to use the towels or the dryer to dry hands?
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Is there a deodorant with minimal packaging waste?

I have been trying to look around me to find ways to minimize non-organic wastage...and one of the everyday things is Deodorant. I read somewhere that solid deodorants are way much greener than spray ...