Zero Waste Switch to Felted Soap

Zero waste switch to felted soap

We recently made the zero waste switch to felted soap. I personally loved the Shea Moisture brand but disliked having to toss away the plastic bottle when it was done. One of the things I loved about using body wash was that I could use a loofah to get a nice foaming lather to wash up. But as a plastic-based product, it was another thing that needed to be thrown away quite often.

So we made the switch to felted wool soap. I found this soap at my local farmer’s market. It is a wonderful white tea and ginger homemade soap wrapped in sheep’s wool.

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The Benefits

One of the benefits of switching to felted soap is the anti-microbial aspects of the wool. Meaning that you can keep using it time after time without worrying about those little bacteria growing. Unlike the loofah, you don’t have to worry about throwing it away after so many uses.

Another benefit of using felted soap is that generally (depending on where you get it) the soap is created with all natural wholesome ingredients. Obviously these are super healthy for your skin and your overall heath.

As for cost, I bought my bar of soap for $7. My husband showers probably as much as the average person and his first felted bar of soap, which was smaller than the ones we use now, lasted several months. The cost effectiveness is pretty incredible when compared to the other methods of cleaning.

Using The Soap

Switching to felted soap is very easy: just place it in the shower and run it under the stream of water. Use your hands to lather the wool and then use it like regular soap. I loved the lather the loofah gave me and the wool is able to give a similar effect. It does take a couple of showers with a new bar to get a really good lather going.

Store it in the shower but keep it raised and out of standing water. We use a soap tray like this one.

Zero Waste

This soap is a great zero waste option because the whole soap can be used and it does not come in plastic packaging. In addition, the remaining wool can be repurposed. You can reuse it as face wash scrubbers, kitchen scrubbers, or a million other uses you can come up with. If you are unable find a new purpose for the wool, it can be composted. Check out my post here about making the most of your composting. The wool and the soap being made of natural materials is what makes it compostable – talk about zero waste!

Where To Find It

The first spot I recommend you check is your local farmer’s markets or specialty shops. Try to buy local when you can to support small businesses. I bought mine from a farmer’s market. Luckily there is one vendor at mine that makes them and I love all the scents that she uses. I requested her business card so I can order more during the farmer’s market’s off season.

If felted soap is not available locally for you, there are two places online that I’d recommend. You can find them on Etsy and you can find them on Amazon here or here.

I hope this post inspired you to make the zero waste switch to felted soap. Let me know how it went, or if you have discovered any other fantastic brands of felted soap in the comments below!

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2 years ago

Oh it’s the first time I hear about this kind of soap! It looks great, I might have to give it a try, zero waste is what I’m looking for! Thanks for sharing!

2 years ago

I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds like an amazing alternative

Aria | Blogs by Aria
2 years ago

This is so interesting I had never heard of this kind of soap before and now I’m intrigued.

2 years ago

Oh wow, I hadn’t heard of felted soap before. It sounds like such a great alternative to reduce plastic waste!

Leigh Suznovich
2 years ago

I LOVE this idea, I had never heard of felted soap like this. I am trying to go as waste free as possible so I am definitely going to try it.

2 years ago

I love zero waste products…I wrote a post about it not long ago x

Amber S Battishill
2 years ago

I’ve never heard of this before, but it’s a really interesting idea! I love that they are made with more natural ingredients.

2 years ago

Oh wow, I had never heard of this before! What a great idea, can’t wait to check this out!!

2 years ago

I’ve never heard of this kind of soap before. It looks fab, though. Anything with a zero waste policy HAS to be worth looking into 🙂

Louise x

Julie Hood
2 years ago

This is SUCH a creative way to get rid of having to buy and then recycle those plastic body wash bottles!! I don’t love bar soap, but this is such a great way to save from creating plastic waste! Way to go!!

Mila Clarke Buckley
2 years ago

This is a very interesting alternative. Thanks for sharing.

2 years ago

I’ve never heard of felted soap before! I definitely need to try that!

Tamara | This Mom's Delight

We got to see a demonstration of this process at a local farm. The kids loved it.

Brittany’s Limberakis

We have been doing our best to eliminate single use plastic and this is such a great option for soap!

2 years ago

Love the idea of anti microbial. I try to avoid the gross bacteria. This sounds so cool!

2 years ago

This is the first time I have ever heard about this! It’s so neat.

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