I'm trying to stop biting my nails. Why? Because it's universally viewed as a gross habit, even by me, the lifelong on-again, off-again nail biter. This reason has never worked for me when it comes to giving up this unfortunate, stress-induced and inducing habit. But one reason that is working for me right now is the toxic chemicals exposure every nail biting moment is giving me.
We're all trying to keep toxic chemicals at bay. Luckily, there are quick, affordable changes you can start making today to lessen your chemical exposures (including putting an end to nail biting!). So in the spirit of breaking bad habits, here are the top 5 toxic habits you should break.
Biting your nails: Just like keeping your hands clean is an excellent way to lessen your chemical load, keeping your hands out of your mouth is equally important. Don't beat yourself up if quitting takes time; I'm a lifelong on-again, off-again nail biter, and I know how hard it is to break this particular habit. Here are a few things you can do: Keep your nails short and your hands and nails clean. Be thorough: The amount of time required to thoroughly wash your hands is 20 seconds, which is also how long it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice in a row. Be careful when it comes to polishes that are marketed to stop nail biting; these often also contain toxic chemicals. Having manicured nails helps some people curb their nail biting cravings: If that works for you, make sure you're choosing polishes that don't contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
Ignoring electronics: When it comes to home cleaning, electronics need love too. Brominated flame retardants and heavy metals appear in most electronic equipment, which means they also migrate into the dust on your television, computer, and more. Incorporate dusting the electronics in your home into your regular cleaning routine.