Researchers have found an increase of 82% in woman’s asthma over the last decade due to exposure to household chemicals and 95% of adults and children have tested positive for toxic chemicals in their blood also 50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality.
What we breathe inside our homes could potentially be making us sick. In my home the kitchen is a place of creativity and conversation, it’s where we start our day and end our day. I try to feed my family healthy meals and with that in mind, I use non toxic chemicals, utensils and try to minimize using the microwave. If I could, I’d get rid of the microwave.
Detoxing your kitchen – Checklist
So let’s take a look at what quick and easy things you can do to make the Kitchen a healthier place to be in.
Toss it out
- Non-Stick Pans
- Plastic containers – Take-out containers – Old plastic cutting boards
- Antibacterial products
- Toxic cleaning products
Why toss it out?
- Non Stick Pans contains PTFE, PFC’S which has been associated with Kidney and Testicular Cancer, abnormal hormone levels, obesity and high cholesterol.
- Most Plastics contain BPA or Phthalates which are hormone disruptors, and linked also to cancer, brain and behaviour changes and reproduction damages.
- Anti-Bacterial soaps and cleaners contain Triclosan, which is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity and is a hormone disruptor.
- Chemicals are used to produce 96% of all manufactured goods..so let’s make sure it’s not something we’re cleaning with.
Ventilation is key to improving indoor air quality, daily fresh air circulating your home is important, so go ahead and open up those windows.
Keep floors dust free (dust can harbour a cocktail of toxic chemicals)
Try to get rid of Plastic bags, plastic containers, plastic food wrap and instead use glass containers, mason jars, waxed paper and foil.
If you need to use the microwave, make sure you heat the contents in a ceramic/glass and cover with kitchen paper (or nothing at all) as plastic is known for leeching chemicals when heated.