Back to routines after a summer on the road? We are too, and to really emphasize the feeling of a new beginning, we’re cleaning out both our closets and our bathroom cabinets. The latter? Not our favorite thing to do. The fact that we tend to find half-used bottles of lotions past expiry dates or dried-up nail polishes gives us anxiety. And sometimes we don’t even know what to throw in the bin, what to recycle and what to leave at a recycle center that handles hazardous waste – or at a KICKS store that accepts cosmetic waste.

So we’ve listed our four best tips on how to make cleaning out your bathroom cabinet easier!

  1. Pull everything out from shelves and cabinets. The overview will make it easier to assess what you need and what needs to go.
  2. Decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Expiration dates are often printed on the packaging (it might say 3, 6, 12 or 18 months from opening). We tend to treat these dates with some space for own judgement – if it’s not medical stuff – just as with milk in the fridge (many milk cartons in Sweden are stamped with “best before, but not bad after” as a way to combat food waste.). But if you have some hair wax from your highschool years, maybe it’s time to let go…
  3.  Sort the things you’re getting rid of: Empty cans and packaging can be brought to your local recycling station for paper, plastic and metals. Cosmetic products that you haven’t used up yet, e.g. nail polish, should go to a a recycle center that handles hazardous waste. Or to a store like KICKS, where you can submit the kind of products that they sell (although they don’t have to come from there), for example:– Nail polish and nail polish remover
    – Hair color or hair remover
    – Perfume
    – Spray cans for hair spray, deodorant, dry shampoo etc.
    – Old or half-used cosmetics
  4. Try to make a neat space for what you’re keeping. If your cabinet or shelves are too cramped and cluttered, you’ll never be able to keep it neat. Find alternative spaces for the things you don’t use daily, like maybe medicine in the kitchen?

Good luck! And do you have a trick that helps you organizing and cleaning things out, please share in the comments below.

This post is published in collaboration with KICKS. KICKS initiated a mission to increase cosmetic recycling availability with Stockholm Water and Waste in 2017, enabling customers to return cosmetic waste to selected KICKS stores. The initiative was well-received–as a lot of us struggle to make it to recycling stations accepting cosmetic waste–and is now being scaled from Stockholm to stores around the country. Here’s the list of stores accepting cosmetic waste so far. At KICKS, the cosmetic waste is collected and recycled in an environmentally sound manner. If you don’t live close to one, you can turn to your local recycle center that handles hazardous waste. Here’s a good list of places for those of you who live in Stockholm. Turn to your county to ask about your closest drop-off facility.


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August 13, 2019

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