Easy Non-toxic Kitchen Swaps
Updated: Oct 12, 2020
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home—it’s where every meal is prepared to sustain your family. Most of us put in a lot of effort to prepare nutritious meals for our family - but beyond the balanced meals and organic foods, you might not realize the other chemicals floating around your kitchen that are touching the food you are eating. Below I have put together six simple swaps for a toxin free kitchen.
Ditch your non-stick cookware. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly every American has the toxic class of chemicals found in Teflon non-stick pots and pans in their body, including infants and children. When I learned that, I was shocked to say the least. I wanted to find a solution immediately and thankfully there are options out there to protect my family. Check out these safer choices below, and then check out this blog, which breaks down the dangers of teflon— fascinating!
- Cast Iron - Lodge is a great brand
Ditching plastic containers for glass is an easy non-toxic kitchen swap. A few years ago we walked through our kitchen and ditched as many plastic pieces as we could, including containers (we had a lot of them). Plastic containers can leak chemicals such as BPA into your food. BPA is a known endocrine disrupter. Even plastic containers labeled “BPA-free” don’t necessarily mean they’re any safer. They may contain other bisphenols, such as BPS, which have the same harmful properties as BPA. Switching to glass containers is a much safer option! Here and here are my favorites.
We originally ditched paper towels to help lower our household waste. We would go through them like crazy and I knew making the switch to reusable cloths would be a way we could do our part as a family to be more sustainable. It wasn't until recently I learned that paper towels are also manufactured with some pretty nasty chemicals. Paper towels may contain formaldehyde and chlorine. Formaldehyde makes them durable and the chlorine makes them white through a bleaching process they undergo. For now, an easy and WAY more affordable option is washcloths. We have a drawer full of reusable towels and I keep a basket in my kitchen to put them in when they are dirty. I like these organic cloths from Amazon.
Plastic Wrap and Baggies
Plastic wrap and baggies are so useful and practical but because they are plastic they have the potential to leak endocrine disrupting-chemicals into your food. For plastic wrap I LOVE Bee's Wrap and for baggies we use Stasher. Both are plastic free options that are good for you and also the environment.
What we clean our counters, sink, and appliances with matters! Making the simple swap to safer cleaning options may be more affordable than you think. We love using part water and part white vinegar in a glass spray bottle for an easy and cost effective kitchen cleaner. For more options and brand recommendations, see my blog about My Favorite Non-Toxic, Non-Harmful Cleaning Products.
The water coming out of your faucet may not be as clean as you think. In the U.S. today, almost one-third of the drinking water supply is still serviced through lead lines. Lead exposure is linked to a various number of issues especially for children exposed. We just moved out of a house that had lead piping - I learned that it is more common than you think to still have those outdated pipes.
This study also concluded that tap water can contain arsenic, disinfection byproducts, and radioactive contaminants.
And if that’s not enough, the EWG reports that there are no legal limits for more than 160 unregulated contaminants in U.S. tap water.
"The vast majority of the nation’s drinking water supplies get a passing grade from federal and state regulatory agencies. But many of the 278 contaminants detected by local utilities’ tests are found at levels that may be legal under the Safe Drinking Water Act or state regulations but are well above levels authoritative scientific studies have found to pose health risks."
Here are some of the best ways to filter your water:
- Berkey - We LOVE ours
- A Reverse Osmosis system - Check your local water companies for rates on installing these. A lot of times it's just a small monthly rental fee for a high quality RO system. RO water tastes sooo much better too.
Ready to make the switch?
As we always say here, making the switch to cleaner, healthier living can feel overwhelming but it does not have to be! You do not have to do it all at once— making these simple changes one step at a time is perfectly okay. And once you get started, you’ll realize how satisfying it is to have the peace of mind that you are doing all you can to protect your family!