While you may think of wiping down countertops and mopping the floor as sufficient cleaning for your kitchen, but even greater improvements can be made. While products used to clean the kitchen can cleanse the area of bacteria and dirt, they work at the cost of chemical contamination. Taking simple steps to remove harmful products and components can help ensure you are keeping your body as clean as your kitchen surfaces. Below are 4 tips for cleaning without the toxins.
We know some foods contain contaminants. But so too do some cooking products and tools. That plastic you store your leftovers in could be leeching hormone-altering toxins into your food. Your non-stick cookware could similarly be leaving behind a lot more than flavor, it could be making you sick.
Fortunately, cleaning up your kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
- 1. Buy organics – Probably one of the easiest ways of limiting your toxic exposure in the kitchen is to buy organic produce. Fruits and vegetables are often sprayed down with a chemical bath of toxins to keep pests off and create larger, more profitable produce. Buying organic means these toxins won’t be coming into your home, let alone your body.
- 2. Eliminate plastics – Plastics contain all sort of unnatural compounds. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one of the more well-known toxins, which has hormone-altering effects that could increase your risk of various forms of cancer while leading to early maturation in girls. Just eliminating plastics altogether can significantly clean up your kitchen. Use glass for food storage and serving whenever possible.
- 3. Make your cleaning clean – Bleach and other harmful chemicals really have no place in your kitchen. There are numerous “green” cleaning products on the market, but you can also make your own. Baking soda and vinegar are perhaps two of the most versatile cleaning agents to have in the kitchen. Use them for everything from washing produce to scrubbing the sink.
- 4. Don’t use non-stick pans – If you’re still cooking with non-stick pans, it’s time to ditch them. Many of the chemicals used in their production have been linked to ill health effects. PFOA, for example, is a likely carcinogen and can be released from the surface of the pan when it is heated.
A clean kitchen isn’t only one that sparkles or one that is free of crumbs—it’s one that promotes total health, from the foods consumed to the cleaning products used.
4 thoughts on “4 Tips for Ridding Your Kitchen of Toxins”
Organic produce actually does have pesticides. In fact, the variety used is orders of magnitude more harmful than glyphosate. It’s a wonder it hasn’t been banned.
Bleach is miraculous. It kills everything, quickly. It’s very very safe to use as long as you remember not to mix it with ammonia.
Honestly, baking soda and vinegar? Baking soda is abrasive and may ruin your home. But go ahead and try vinegar once… you’ll regret it for weeks. (Neither of these will kill deadly pathogens by the way)
WTF? If it has pesticides it can’t be certified as organic.
My mother cleans her house with vinegar….I think its gross but the smell lasts for a half hour if that… She also cleans with baking soda which, if you wipe it off after using it, works great…..Bleach watered down to 9 to 7 parts water and one part bleach is actually a great to use on skin rashes (fungus based), takes the itch right away…I dont see how organics can have less than regular GMO seeds whose seeds are bathed in neocontinoids before being planted. Killed 600 hives, 37 million bees, in one shot in Ontario due to neo dipped corn seeds…Not to mention roundup and all that other crap they use…With a name like reality check you most def a troll for a special interest…The only sentences that matter are the first two (making glyphosate seem like its not a deadly carcinogen), the rest is filler to conceal your true cause…
I know its a holiday in America and you gotta outsource but paying foreigners who can’t speak or write English to troll is a new low, even for you Monsanto