The most used room in your house! - THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is the heart and center of the home, but it gets dirty fast. Making a few simple swaps will allow you to boot unnecessary toxins and harmful compounds out of your kitchen so they won’t enter your body, either by mouth or through your skin. Here are a few suggestions to help you detox your kitchen today!

Step 1:
Read food labels for added sugar and other junk ingredients that don’t belong in a healthy kitchen. When you detoxify your body, you eliminate harmful toxins. Likewise, when you detoxify your kitchen you’ll want to get rid of any food that contains these harmful ingredients. You probably know obvious sugar culprits, but be aware of hidden sugars that lurk in salad dressings, processed foods, drinks, and even “healthy” foods like cereals and wheat. When you can, avoid the most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables by consulting the Environmental Working Group’s (www.ewg.org) “Dirty Dozen” list and instead choose from the “Clean Fifteen” list featuring the least contaminated options. Just make sure you’re buying unseasoned or unsweetened varieties.

Step 2:
Research has shown that cooking on gas burners without venting can cause excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. While electric ranges don’t produce combustion pollutants, all stovetop cooking creates fine particle pollutants; sautéing fats can also produce acrolein, a lung irritant. Get in the habit of powering on the hood vent before cooking on the stove. For the best performance, use the highest vent setting; cook on the back burners; let the fan run until pans are cool; and clean grease traps periodically. If you don’t have a range hood, open a window to increase ventilation and consider running a household fan.

Step 3:
Most commercial oven cleaners contain highly toxic chemicals such as ammonia and lye. These chemicals can remain in the oven after use and come in contact with food during cooking. Some ovens have a cleaning feature that burns off the residue at extremely high temperatures, but proper venting is essential to prevent carcinogens from being released into the air. The safest solution is to clean the oven’s interior while it is cool with warm, soapy water and scrub away any baked-on grease with steel wool and a micro fibre cloth.

Step 4: 
An antibacterial cutting board might sound good, but it’s probably treated with triclosan, (we already heard about this chemical in our BATHROOM SPECIAL). It's a chemical suspected of interfering with the hormone systems of humans and animals. Safer alternatives include glass, slab wood and bamboo. Scrub cutting boards with hot, soapy water and air dry to avoid bacteria contamination. Avoid antibacterial soaps, which contain triclosan and are no more effective than regular soaps, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Step 5:
Some toxic ingredients in many household cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders and neurotoxicity. Check labels for hazard warnings such as “danger” or “poison”. Look for plant-based detergents, which clean dishes just as well without toxins (like our Protective Formula). Avoid bleach, ammonia, and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Look for the words “nontoxic” and “biodegradable” on commercial labels, or use simple, nontoxic cleaning products.

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