Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas for a Squeaky Green Clean

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Are you looking for plastic-free bubble bath ideas for a zero or low-waste clean? Don’t get in a lather – here are my top suggestions for a squeaky green clean.

I’ve published articles before on going plastic-free in the bathroom. However, today I thought it would be useful to dedicate a whole post to bubble bath.

For years we’ve been told to eschew baths and take showers instead. But did you know that taking a bath doesn’t always use more water than a shower? I’ll admit, I do love taking a bath. However, making it plastic-free can be tricky, especially if you want to make it plastic-free on a budget.

If you have little kids that dislike the shower but love the bath, or perhaps you like to unwind after a long day in a hot bubbly bath, then you might have wondered where to buy zero-waste or plastic-free bubble bath. Well, wonder no more! I’ve got a whole host of ideas for you, that can hopefully work for a variety of budgets.

Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas

A person's legs in a bubble bath with a blue text box that says where to buy plastic-free bubble bath for a zero-waste clean

Scrub up on my top zero-waste suggestions for your next bath. Use the quick links to navigate to a specific section of this post, or simply keep scrolling for the full post:

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are, I think, the default plastic-free bubble bath option. My kids love choosing and using bath bombs from local shops, and bath bombs certainly make it easier to coax them into the bath. However, bath bombs don’t come cheap and finding the balance between getting my kids to enjoy bathtime, and a low cost per bath has been a tricky one to find.

The best balance I have found for my kids is to use mini bath bombs, such as these ones from Etsy that come in a cardboard box. At £6.99 for a box of 21, this works out at 33p per bath bomb. With all the fun of standard-sized bath bombs, these mini ones are perfect for the shallower baths that my kids have.

The other eco-friendly option would be to bulk-buy ingredients and make your own bath bombs. This recipe from Good Food is one I’ve used in the past with great success.

Bubble Bath Bars

If you and/or your kids prefer bathing in a cloud of bubbles then there are still plastic-free bubble bath options out there. Bubble bath bars, for example, are bars that you crumble a little bit off of and sprinkle into running water for luxurious bubbles.

It can be tricky to source them ethically. In particular, I struggled to find plastic-free bubble bath bars that don’t contain biodegradable glitter (spoiler: it doesn’t biodegrade and is just as bad for the environment as regular glitter) and/or mica.

Mica is a problematic ingredient linked to child labour, illegal mining, deforestation, and unfair wages. Mica and/or biodegradable glitter seem to be de rigueur ingredients in bubble bath bars.

Lush has a good selection of bubble bath bars, that contain synthetic mica that sidesteps the issues related to child labour, illegal mining and other issues. I’ll update here if I find other good alternatives.

Bubble Bath In Glass Bottles

For an indulgent treat, bubble bath in a glass bottle is a great plastic-free option. I have used Humble Bath Honey in the past, which smelled divine. The bottles are pretty and can be re-used once empty. The only drawback is that this range isn’t vegan-friendly.

For a vegan-friendly option, Funky Soap – available on Etsy – offers bubble bath in glass bottles in a variety of scents. Again, an indulgent treat – it makes a perfect gift.

Refill Stores

If you have a local refill store then bringing along an old container and filling that up makes for a good plastic-free bubble bath experience.

If you don’t have a refill store near you, but do have a Body Shop, then the good news is that the Body Shop now offers a refill scheme. Whilst they don’t offer refillable bubble bath, you can get refillable shower gel. I’ve always found that shower gel makes for a perfectly acceptable bubble bath substitute, and bubbles up nicely. I’m a big fan of the Pink Grapefruit scent – it’s lovely and citrusy.

5 Litre Shampoo As Bubble Bath

Another great low-waste option is to buy 5-litre bottles of shampoo. You can buy 5-litre bubble baths, but I find buying shampoo a much more economical choice. As well as providing you with low-waste shampoo, with less plastic per ml of product, the shampoo also triples up as a liquid hand wash and a bubble bath.

My favourite bulk brands have reuse schemes in place for the 5-litre bottles. Here you can return the empty bottles back to the manufacturers for reuse. The brands taking part in such schemes include:

I hope these ideas can be helpful! As always, I’m open to your plastic-free bubble bath suggestions too! Do also check out my guide to eco-friendly shower gel, to help green your showering regime.

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