6 ways to cut down on excess chemicals

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The number of chemicals we use on a daily basis has increased dramatically in recent years. While they aren’t all bad, there are plenty of them that you could do without. If the ingredients in your products aren’t improving your life, why bother with them?

1. Check the paint for your new nursery walls

If you’re doing any painting around the house, look out for paints that use synthetic chemicals like fungicides or chemical pigments. You can swap these out for low-emission alternatives and get the same great color with fewer potentially harmful ingredients. If you’re buying your paints from a hardware store, ask one of their experts about your natural paint options.

If you are going to be removing old paint, make sure you know whether your home was built before 1978, when lead paint was still legal. You may need to take some added precautions.

2. Choose natural cleaning products

Splashing some water onto your counter won’t exactly make it spotless, but looking for cleaning products that contain natural ingredients can greatly limit your chemical exposure. Citrus-based cleaners are often a good bet for a natural solution that will actually work.

3. Cut out unnecessary beauty treatments

Many hair treatments involve ingredients that you’re better off avoiding, like those used in chemical straightening, coloring, perms, and hair removal. Nail treatments also may involve chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene, which can be especially worrisome if you’re a nail-biter. You can rock that bump without the blowout and french tips.

4. Wash new clothing

When you pick up on new maternity clothes, give them a wash before wearing them. Clothing is often coated with chemical treatments while in the factory. This might also apply to some of your little one’s new clothes, so if you have room in the washer, throw in a couple onesies too.

5. Cook without cans

If you have the option to choose fresh foods instead of canned, it may be best to do so. Packaged and processed foods may contain bisphenol A, which you should avoid in large amounts while pregnant. There’s no need to be scared of a shrink-wrapped cookie or a can of peas, just make a conscious effort to choose fresh foods when you…can (get it?).

6. Cleanse your skin without damaging it

According to our partners at Mother Dirt, the amount of products we use daily has grown exponentially in just one generation. There was a time before harsh cleansers and anti-bacterial soaps when bacteria flourished on our skin…and it was actually a good thing. As we’ve gotten “cleaner” we’ve also lost some good bacteria that kept our skin balanced and healthy.

You can restore some of the good bacteria that’s been lost with AO Mist, the probiotic spray from Mother Dirt. It helps restore your skin’s natural balance and ability to take care of itself, leading to better skin and fewer products in your daily routine.

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. 60% of users that switch to Mother Dirt cut down on two or more products, or over 30 chemicals every day.

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