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10 Best Non Toxic Swaps To Make in 2023 For A Healthier Kitchen

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12/10/2022

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Are you looking to make some non toxic swaps in your kitchen for a healthier home in 2023? Whether you are just starting off with the basics, like cleaning supplies, or getting deep into the nitty gritty – our team as got you covered! 

P.s.While on your journey to a non-toxic home, you may need some more support. We have a full section dedicated to non-toxic living here!

9 Non Toxic Swaps To A Healthier Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what you have in your kitchen reflects on the rest of your house. When I started making non-toxic substitutions, I felt better about my household. It might be a placebo effect, but you’ll likely never feel bad about making healthier changes that decrease your family’s risk of illness or adverse side effects.

If you want to know how to make your kitchen as non-toxic as possible, you have to analyze the ingredients in foods and cleaners. Read the labels, even if you think you don’t need to, because you might be surprised at what you find. You need to understand what items you’re working with and how they might affect your household, inside and out.

How can I make my kitchen as non toxic as possible?

The best way to make your kitchen as non toxic as possible is to use trusted (tried and tested!) materials. Natural is always better when it comes to toxic products. If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. A non toxic home is usually a very simple one, with natural and sustainable materials.

Which kitchen utensils are the most toxic?

The most toxic kitchen utensils are nylon utensils (plastic). They can’t resist high heat and may end up melting while you’re using them. 

When they melt, pieces of these utensils can splinter into your food and have you eating plastic. They might be more convenient, but they’re not nearly as durable as other materials, like stainless steel. Our favorite non toxic utensils are sustainable wood and stainless steel.

What is the safest material to cook with?

Hands down, the most sustainable material to cook with is stainless steel and cast iron, however cast iron does come with a warning to those with a risk of iron overload. Stainless steel and cast iron are the best materials to work with, and glassware and stoneware are great to bake things in without worrying about harmful materials leaching into your food. All of these options are safer than many you might find in the average kitchen.

This post is about the best non toxic kitchen swaps in 2023.

Best Non Toxic Swaps For A Safe and Healthy Kitchen

1. Non Toxic Kitchen Cleaners

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Not every all-purpose cleaner is safe. Some contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to children and pets. Plus, if you use disposable gloves and masks to clean because you’re afraid of touching the product, that’s more waste being sent to landfills. It helps to know what’s in your cleaners and what you can use as substitutions.

For example, you can use distilled white vinegar to tackle grime, but it isn’t a great disinfectant, so don’t rely on it to keep your household safe from bacteria. Instead, citric acid can help you keep viruses away from your home because it contains an agent that breaks down proteins. Look for all-natural cleaners or make your own at home. Just make sure not to accidentally mix anything dangerous.

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2. Non Toxic Cookware and Bakeware

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You must have the right tools if you want to make non-toxic meals. Even using non-toxic ingredients can be negated by using the wrong hardware.

Stainless steel and cast iron are the best materials to work with, and glassware and stoneware are great to bake things in without worrying about harmful materials leaching into your food. All of these options are safer than many you might find in the average kitchen.

Non-stick cookware might be easy and fun to work with, but it could be more dangerous for you than you think. When exposed to high heat, the dangerous chemicals used for the non-stick coating can release toxic gases as a result of those chemicals breaking down. Substitute your non-stick cookware with safer options (like these here!) to take the toxins out of your kitchen.

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3. Non Toxic Utensils

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One of the most important things you should realize about cooking is that the materials you use will leach into the food, especially if you’re cooking something acidic, like tomatoes.

One of the most toxic materials you can use during cooking is nylon utensils. They can’t resist high heat and may end up melting while you’re using them. 

When they melt, pieces of these utensils can splinter into your food and have you eating plastic. They might be more convenient, but they’re not nearly as durable as other materials, like bamboo or silicone. My favorite is sustainable wood and stainless steel.

4. Compostable Brushes

If you use a brush to clean your dishes like I do, you’ll enjoy this suggestion. How many times have you gotten frustrated with your plastic brushes with plastic or synthetic bristles? You can replace your plastic dish and bottle brushes with compostable brushes. After they’ve outlived their usefulness, you can dispose of the whole thing or the brush’s head, depending on what part of it is compostable.

By composting the organic material you don’t finish or can’t use anymore, you’re limiting the amount of trash that goes to a landfill. Beyond that, it can also be used as fertilizer for your plants. This fertilizer might help your plants grow better than store-bought fertilizer can and it’s cheaper, too.

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5. Plastic Free Tea Kettles

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A kettle made of glass is one of the greatest kitchen tools you can invest in. Plastic kettles might melt at high heat, but glass kettles and electric kettles can keep your household safe from toxic fumes or the risk of melting.

Stainless-steel kettles are by far the most durable type, but they’re a bit harder to clean than glass kettles. If you make tea regularly, consider swapping to a more sustainable alternative. Check out our full list of non toxic tea kettles here!

6. Natural Sponges

If you use sponges, you know how quickly they can get dirty. Synthetic sponges can become breeding grounds for bacteria and end up making your dishes far dirtier than they were before you washed them. While there are ways to sanitize your sponges, the best move is to switch to a natural form that will keep your whole household safe.

Natural is better than synthetic, especially since you won’t need to worry about what your sponge was made with and, therefore, what’s going on your dishes. Natural sponges feature enzymes that can reduce the growth of bacteria, making them last longer in your kitchen. It’s worth making the swap if you want to know what’s in everything, from your food to what you use to clean your dishes.

7. Non Toxic Dish and Dishwasher Soap

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What’s wrong with the run of the mill dish washing soap? 

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) evaluated 326 dish soaps and the results were shocking. About 65% got a D or an F, including many of the big name brands soaps!

Non-toxic dish soaps don’t have scary chemicals or preservatives in their ingredient lists. Consider also swapping to non-toxic dishwasher soap when you put your dishes in the dishwasher. 

Dishwashers are more energy-efficient than washing dishes by hand, so consider buying a non-toxic variation of what you typically use.

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8. Whole Foods Vs Processed

It’s no secret that Whole Foods (think fruits, veggies, legumes, seeds, eggs, etc) are much healthier than processed foods. 

Now, to be clear, not all processed foods are unhealthy. Processed foods does include canned and frozen food (which, of course, we do not consider to be unhealthy).

The processed foods we are speaking of are those that have limited nutritional value, high salt, high sugar, and unhealthy fats.

The great thing about Whole Foods? When we shop seasonal and local, they can be extremely budget friendly!

9. Skip the Paper Towels and Grab Cloth

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One of the best ways to give back to the environment is by reusing your towels and rags. While they may not always be aesthetically pleasing, repurposing old clothing items as cloths for your kitchen can grant them longer life spans.

Many people turn to microfiber towels, but they often shed microplastics, which science doesn’t know a lot about yet. Microfibers are just some of the plastics that infiltrate the ocean if they’re not disposed of responsibly, and no one knows how they’ll affect humans yet.

10. Alternative Storage Bags

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There are so many great alternatives to zip lock bags nowadays: linen, compostable ziplock bags, silicone bags, etc.

I love silicone storage bags as a quick way to store snacks or even lunch for the next day. These bags are a replacement for the plastic sandwich bags you may use in your household. 

Since they aren’t single-use, they can be washed and used again the next time you need them. Just a handful of these pouches can have a packed lunch running smoothly for a week.

These airtight bags can keep your sandwiches and snacks alike crisp and ready to eat whenever mealtimes roll around. In a pinch, they can also be storage containers for leftovers that wouldn’t fit elsewhere!

Best Non Toxic Swaps For The Kitchen

You may not be able to make all these swaps right away, and that’s okay. I’ve made one small switch at a time and I’m still looking for alternatives for other things in my kitchen. It might take some time, but as long as you have a kitchen you’re proud of that promotes sustainability both for the environment and your wallet, you’ll be happy with your home.

 

The most toxic items in your kitchen are those you don’t actually know are toxic. If you continue using non-stick cookware or regular dish soap, you might be harming yourself and your family rather than doing more good. Seek out all the items you use in your kitchen and research them. Knowing what you’re working with is the first step to creating a truly non-toxic and sustainable kitchen.

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  1. Christina says:

    I love these swaps!

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