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Whether you’re just starting to take the first steps to a non-toxic life or you’ve been “cleaning-house” for a while the kitchen is a great place to make simple, non-toxic swaps! While there are potentially problematic ingredients in every thing from cookware to cleaning supplies, don’t feel like you need to run out and replace everything in your kitchen. Start with these four simple swaps for a non-toxic kitchen that won’t overwhelm or break the bank.
The coating on non-stick pans contain a chemical known as polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, for short. When heated to 325F and beyond, PTFE actually releases a secondary chemical called perfluorooctanoate, or PFOA. (1) These chemicals are concerning because they have the ability to stay in the environment, and in the body, for long periods of time. (2)
These options will allow you to avoid these chemicals found in non-stick pans:
We find plastic all over the place in the kitchen! Plastics are super problematic not only for our health, but also they’re shit for the environment. Plastics can leach toxic ingredients like BPA into food. Swapping to plastic alternatives makes a simple, yet impactful choice! Try things like:
Many conventional dish soap options have fragrances, dyes and other harmful chemicals like zinc carbonate, which is linked to organ toxicity. Using the EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning you can find safer alternatives to the traditional blue dyed dish soap! (3) On the go? Download the EWG Healthy Living app to scan products and find their EWG rating.
For now, here are a few brands the LWW team loves & trusts:
Household cleaners aren’t required to disclose ingredients, leaving much of what’s inside that surprisingly blue liquid a mystery. Many surface cleaners contain fragrance, disinfectants, respiratory irritants and environmentally problematic ingredients. Disinfectants and sanitizers may not sound like a bad thing, but these ingredients are derived from pesticides made to kill germs and bacteria. (5) This leads to the creation of superbugs (and fun fact, doesn’t actually kill all the bacteria). Using soap versus antibacterial cleansers is actually more effective at removing germs, rather than killing them. (6) The EWG recommends avoiding the following ingredients: ammonia, chlorine bleach, bezalkonimum chloride, triclosan, and fragrance. (4)