Do you know what's recyclable in the bathroom? Here's an easy list that breaks it all down.

Earth Day is coming up! While I truly believe that every day should be Earth Day, I do make a point this season annually to dig through and change some lingering bad habits and detox/re-think an area of my home that could be functioning in a more green manner. This year, I'm looking at the bathroom. Our sponsors at Healthy Essentials emailed me the other day to ask about my bathroom recycling habits and I was like, “Bathroom recycling? Say what?” Apparently, a ton of items throughout the bathroom can be recycled.

Woops. How did I not know this? Apparently I'm not alone: 40% of Americans don't do bathroom recycling at all. I asked Healthy Essentials to help me get my recycling sorted (pun totally intended) and here's what we came up with.

The Ultimate Bathroom Recycling Guide

  • Recyclable:
    • Plastic bottles and caps (including shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, baby powder, etc) made of #1 or #2 plastic.
    • Toilet paper rolls, tissue boxes and cardboard packaging for bandages or toothpaste are usually recyclable.
    • Pill bottles are usually #1, #2 or #5 plastic: check the bottom and determine what your city will accept.
  • Non-recyclable:
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste tubes
    • Bottle pumps
    • Dental floss containers
    • Shrink wrap
    • Plastic marked #4 or #5 may not be accepted at all recycling facilities.

Now is a great time to sort through your bathroom cabinet, ditch the stuff that's expired or unusable and recycle the containers. You can replace your outdated products with new ones by scoring great deals on, where you'll also find a ton of other earth-friendly tips.

Also, don't forget that you can Donate A Photo with Johnson & Johnson's app and donate money to a charity such as Keep America Beautiful.

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Are you familiar with bathroom recycling? Got any tips or tricks?