In the bathroom aisle you spend hard earned money on mostly unnecessary products, full of toxins, that leave a trail of pollution and destruction in their wake. 

If you've found your way here, it's probably because you want safer, cleaner, more ethical alternatives. And they have to be alternatives that don't break the bank and that don't take hours of your time to make. 

DIY Bathroom Basics: a Series of online Workshops

Thoroughly researched. Carefully presented with logical, actionable steps. Simple household ingredients. 

The first one is available now:

Upcoming Workshop topics will (probably) include: 

  • DIY Toothpaste - learn how to keep your teeth healthy from the inside out and replace commercial toothpastes with a few simple, non-toxic ingredients that are far more effective than the expensive gick in the tubes
  • Basic Soap - how to make very simple soaps from scratch at home, so you can avoid the fragrances and other unnecessary additives in off-the-shelf soaps
  • DIY Shampoo and Hair Conditioner - how to save a small fortune in hair care products, wash your hair less often,  produce less waste, and have cleaner, healthier hair
  • Skin basics - moisturizer, lip balm, sun screen

Please note that these workshop topics are subject to change as I go along with the process of creating them. 

You won't believe how simple this is

The last thing you need in your life is more complexity in your life. Right?

These recipes are SIMPLE. This is not about replacing bathroom aisle dependence with rigorous or time-consuming processes. 

Now I have nothing against luxurious self-care. (You totally deserve it!)

But I also get how overwhelming it might feel to be contemplating adding One. More. Thing. to what's already on your plate.  

If your days are anything like mine, by the time you take care of the necessities there’s scant time left over for worrying about how luxuriant your bathroom routine is.

For me, if it gets us clean, keeps us healthy, reduces our use of plastics, and keeps the water running down our drain pipes clean, that's SO much better than when I was buying the gick in the tubes and bottles.

Just to not be reliant on the supermarket anymore, and to save all that money I used to spend on bathroom products, that's luxurious!

Hi, I'm Kate

I started making my own basic bathroom products over 12 years ago when my first child was a baby.

When I learned what was in the supermarket versions of the products in my bathroom, and how simple and economical it was to make my own alternatives, making my own became something I simply couldn't afford not to do.

Now, as a full-time homeschooling parent, homemaker, gardener, farmer, and writer, making the basic bathroom necessities I'll show you in this Workshop is still a regular part of my routine. 

What now?

  • So long as you're a current subscriber, I'll keep you updated whenever a new workshop is available. If you're not a subscriber yet and you'd like to be, you can do that using the "sign me up!" button.
  • You can check out the first available workshop now:  
  • You can also browse through my collection of DIY Bathroom Basics posts:

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