In order to live a more natural lifestyle and become someone who takes a holistic approach, that requires reducing chemicals in the different products you use. Here are some different ways you can reduce chemicals, including in your cleaning products, skin care products, and even your food.
You Don’t Need Fragrance
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of unnecessary chemicals in your day-to-day life is by getting rid of fragrance. In most cases, it really isn’t necessary. Think of all the products you use each day that contain fragrance, which does nothing more than make things smell a little better for a short period of time. Do you really need them?
For example, the spray you use to dust your wood furniture probably smells like lemon or orange. This is an added ingredient that is likely not natural, and also unnecessary. The fragrance is often found in skincare products, cleaning products, laundry detergent, and so many other items that don’t need fragrance.
Use Natural Cleaning Supplies
Speaking of cleaning your home, you can use natural ingredients to clean more efficiently or purchase over-the-counter natural and organic cleaning products. This is a great way to reduce the number of toxic chemicals you are using.
Instead of throwing away all your current cleaning products just to buy new ones—which is not good for waste reduction—start slow. When a cleaning product runs out, such as your all-purpose cleaner, just look for a more natural option or use natural cleaning ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
Check Your Makeup and Skincare Products
Similarly, look at the ingredients of your makeup, hair, skincare, and beauty products. These might also contain some added toxins or chemicals that are unnecessary to help with your personal care routine. Some ingredients to look for include sodium Laureth sulfate and parabens. These are not going to improve your skin and hair, and in most cases, are completely unnecessary. A lot of companies make more natural and organic products if you are not interested in making your own from home.
Choose More Organic Foods Whenever Possible
As far as what you put into your body, you want to choose natural and organic as much as possible. This is going to reduce waste and allow you to support your local farming communities. When choosing foods from the grocery store, look for organic produce, don’t choose anything pre-cut as it contains extra plastic containers you don’t need, and pay attention to ingredients of anything canned or boxed.