For more Healthy Home Detox ideas, see Healthy Home Detox: 7 Cleaning Swaps for detox-friendly cleaning products to keep your home squeaky clean from both dust and hormone disruptors.
Our kitchens are the most nourishing space in the home -- but some of the most common materials (like plastic and Teflon) found in the kitchen are linked to negative health effects on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Let's make our kitchen the most nourishing room in our home!
5 STEPS TO A "CLEAN" KITCHEN
1. Switch to Glass
I’ve been slowly switching from plastic to glass and it didn’t happen overnight.
Don't get me wrong, I still buy and use plastic. I buy vegetables from Trader Joe’s wrapped in plastic. When I’m making my husband’s lunch, I put small items (nuts, sliced apples) in plastic baggies. My ice cube containers are made of plastic.
Here are a few benefits of switching to glass:
- Glass will not absorb stains and odors like plastic does. Have you placed tomato sauce in a plastic container and noticed it forever has a tint of red? Yep, plastic is porous and will retain food color and odor.
- Food tastes better when stored in glass. I don’t have any scientific articles to reference, but from personal experience, food stored in glass just tastes better.
- Glass does not leach chemicals. Plastic can release chemicals that act like the hormone estrogen. These chemicals can leach into the food they are storing, especially when heated.
- Glass lasts longer. The initial investment of glass may be higher compared to plastic, but glass is durable and won’t hold stain or odor.
- Glass is multi-functional. Freezer. Microwave. Oven. Glass does it all.
2. Drink Clean Water
- Volatile Organic Chemicals like pesticides and herbicides
- Heavy Metals like lead and mercury
- Endocrine Disruptors that mimic or interfere with hormones in the body
The EWG collects data on contaminants found in local water supplies; enter your zip code into EWG’s water quality database to see how your local water system ranks.
I was shocked to find our local water contains more pollutants than the national average. Yikes!
The first step to clean water is to avoid using plastic water bottles. I like these glass water bottles; they have a silicon sleeve and have lots of pretty colors to choose from.
The next step is an investment, but consider filtering your water. I like the Berkey filter!
3. Detox Kitchenware
Replace those Teflon non-stick pans with a safer alternative, like ceramic, cast iron and stainless steel.
4. Do Away with BPA-lined Cans
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound that can leach into foods and disrupt hormones like estrogen.
Companies are not required to disclose if the lining of a can includes BPA, so determining whether a can is BPA-free requires research.
5. Clean Up the Cleaning Products
I wrote this post about swapping out common cleaning products for products achieving an A rating by the EWG.
Here are a few kitchen products:
- Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soap Peppermint is a multi-use rock star. Here's a cheat sheet of dilution ratios and uses.
- Earth Friendly Products Wave Auto Dishwasher Gel, Free & Clear is a squeaky clean dishwashing gel.
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus has an A rating by the EWG.