Kitchen Essentials: Eliminating Toxic Chemicals From the Home
Tip: Stay away from nonstick and aluminum pans in favor of stainless steel, cast iron, glass and lead-free ceramic cookware. Substances found in nonstick surfaces are thought to contribute to a grocery list of health issues, including early menopause, abnormal immune function and cancer. Toxins can also be found in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and stain-resistant products. Aluminum also can cause neurological problems and bone loss.
#1. Store your leftovers in glass containers and throw out any plastic containers.
#2. Drink everything from glass bottles instead of cans.
#3. Make sure your baking powder is aluminum-free.
#4. Watch out for the antibacterial chemical triclosan that can often be found in plastic food containers, cutting boards, sponges, dish towels and your hand soap. It has some serious potential health effects not limited to hormone disruption and liver toxicity.
#5. Look for safe options like sustainably harvested bamboo cutting boards.
#6. Lead can also be found in glazes on ceramics and pottery. Antique dinnerware, such as glazed terra cotta, should be avoided when preparing and serving food. Use it decoratively, if at all.
Refrigerator basics: Want to know how to organize your fridge more effectively to keep food longer and save tons of energy?
#1. Never overpack your fridge. This overworks it and uses way more energy than you need to.
#2. The door is the warmest part of the fridge. Store condiments and sauces here.
#3. Do not store super perishable items in the door. The bottom part of your refrigerator is the coldest, so keep your fruits and veggies at the bottom.
#4. Your ready-to-eat foods and leftovers can go toward the top on a warmer shelf.