Over the past four years, we have heard some pretty wild and touching stories about how people use Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash in their lives. For Earth Month we put together a list of our favorite uses that help make being environmentally conscious easier. When you really get down to it, nothing says sustainability quite like its multipurpose functionality. By simplifying, we can reduce our carbon footprint, packaging waste, unintended labor exploitation and environmental damage. Here are the top ten submissions for getting the most out of Bathing Culture’s Mind and Body Wash.
Sharing Mind and Body Wash
Simplify, and share soap with you loved ones. Packaging waste accounts for 53% of all global waste. By sharing soap and refilling your bottles we benefit from less clutter and working toward a more sustainable future. If you live in a drought state, earn extra eco points and consider shower pooling to save water.
Hot Tip: Showering in cold water, that really cuts water usage, but I recommend doing that one at a time.
Hand Soap–an obvious though important one
This has been a favorite recently among those who want to protect themselves from viruses and have a mini transportive experience. Soap is one of the “most effective defenses against invisible pathogens” (NYT) and our Our Mind and Body Wash does it without adding antibiotics into the water way. If you find you dig a quicker rinse we recommend diluting at a 50/50 ratio. A little goes a long way,
so no need to add hand soap to your weekly grocery list.
Wash your dog–maybe make sure they don’t have any allergies first!
A favorite amongst dog parents, this soap is pet-safe! You don’t use soap with chemicals so you probably don’t want your best friend to either. Dog soaps are filled with sulfates, parabens, colorants, and irritating fragrances. Likewise with any product, discontinue use if you notice any allergies. Double check the ingredient list with your pup’s veterinary record.
Camp & Travel Soap
Don’t bring synthetic soap traveling or in the backcountry! Most personal care products are not designed to be introduced to natural ecosystems without sewage treatment plants. Our Mind and Body Wash is safe to use while traveling in the backcountry, for everything from dishwashing to hair washing. Please also remember that even biodegradable soaps should not be used directly in waterways. This is the biggest misconception in the travel + backpacking world and proper protocol is to be followed in order to keep our home planet safe.
Dish Soap on the Trail or at Home
Refill your dish soap container! Personally, this is our most refilled soap station at home, which has the most impact in conserving packaging waste. Get your dishes clean as you drift in the aroma of Cathedral Grove. Perfect for hand washing, dishwasher testing inconclusive thus far! Let us know, at your own risk!
Hot tip: Perfect for backpacking, car camping, and outdoor use, though we urge you to never use in waterways!
Liquid Laundry Soap
For those who can’t get enough of the Cathedral Grove scent, or are just plain tired of using chemical-filled laundry detergents, here’s a recipe to remember.
Using a washing machine? Add ⅓-½ a cup of the Mind and Body Wash the way you would with your old-fashioned laundry detergent. During the rinse cycle, add ½ a cup of vinegar.
Hand washing delicates? Use ½ a tablespoon in cold water. Allow your garments to soak for about ten minutes then hand wash as you normally would, then rinse in clean water.
Wash Your Fruits and Veggies
So long, pesticides! Add about a quarter of a teaspoon to a bowl of water. Dunk and swish your produce, then rinse with clean water.
For good measure, you can always soak your produce, too! Recent findings have found that this is one of the most effective methods.
Pesticide residues are found in 70% of produce sold in US even after washing.
Natural, Mild Pesticide for Your Plant Babies
A personal favorite of BC! This organic pesticide takes care of plant-harming insects and aphids, but does not impact our garden friends, the bees and ladybugs. Add one tablespoon of Mind and Body per quart of water to a spray bottle. Only mix what will be used same-day!
Bonus points if you repurpose your rainbow glass as a spray bottle!
Clean Your Floors
Another hack to swap out the chemicals and take a hand at simple, organic chemistry.
Mopping? Add ½ a cup of soap to boiling water. Mop as usual.
Carpet cleaning? Mix ¼ cup of soap to one cup of water in the blender until foamy. Add to carpet and clean as you would typically.
Use as a Multipurpose Surface Cleaner
Clean tiles, counters, tubs, and whatever else you can get your hands on with this multipurpose cleaner. Add ¼ cup of Mind and Body Wash to 6 cups of water. Store in a spray bottle. Add any essential oils you may want!
Hot tip: Throw in some baking soda and make it an all-purpose scour!
Clean your tub with Bathing Culture. Ditch the mold and mildew. Combine 1 ⅔ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of the Mind and Body Wash and ¼ cup of water. Mix until consistency becomes creamy. Use immediately. Rinse after use. Store leftovers in air-tight packaging.
Have your own special uses for the Mind and Body Wash? We’d love to hear! Tag us on Instagram at @bathingculture so we can share how you’ve made it your own!