150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)
I have been in the process of slowly getting rid of the toxic products in my house and replacing them with clean alternatives for the past few years.
This journey has been very important to me because I want to surround myself (and those around me) with the best + healthiest products.
If you are currently on the same journey or haven’t started yet, don’t worry! I’m going to share some of the most toxic products you may currently have in your kitchen and show you what clean alternatives to use instead!
*I also want to preface this series by saying that for most people, it is not feasible (and also incredibly wasteful) to just throw out every single toxic product at once. I suggest slowly replacing products one by one when you run out!
1. Ditch: Fragrant Hand Soap
Most soaps include chemical combinations with “fragrance” (pretty much a blend of chemicals), sulphates and parabens that can cause hormonal problems, respiratory issues associated with asthma and skin irritations.
I don’t miss the overly-sweet smelling soaps. Instead, I love seeking out hand soaps with simple + minimal ingredients that I can pronounce.
Switch to: Puracy hand soap
2. Ditch: Non-Stick Pans
While non-stick pans are definitely more convenient, most are coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (aka, Teflon). When heated, Teflon releases gases and has been linked to a higher risk of cancer among other harmful effects.
I personally love my All-Clad stainless steel set. It was an investment that Aaron and I made a few years ago, but this set is so worth it and it will last forever!
Switch to: All-Clad stainless steel set or Greenpan ceramic non-stick set
3. Ditch: Plastic Water Bottles
I don’t even understand why people need to buy plastic water bottles anymore. Yes, they may be convenient, but the adverse affect they can have on your health just isn’t worth it.
Do the earth, your wallet and yourself a favor and purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle!
I’m obsessed with my Hydro Flask! I carry it with me everywhere – my purse, my car, on flights, the gym, the list goes on! I find it super convenient to simply fill up my Hydro Flask at a water fountain or at home.
Switch to: Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottle
4. Ditch: Plastic Tupperware Containers
Skip the plastic everywhere you can – water bottles, plastic food containers and while you’re at it, plastic bags too! You’ll avoid cancer-causing chemicals like bpa, phthalates, pvc and lead that can leak into your food.
I love using glass containers like weck jars, mason jars and for food storage!
Switch to: Glass tupperware containers
5. Ditch “Green” Cleaning Products
Cleaning products are most likely the worst offender in your home. (Think: all-purpose spray, oven cleaner, etc.) Some can cause acute or immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with cancer.
Even though many of them claim to be “green” or “natural”. Don’t be fooled!
I love this non-toxic all-purpose cleaner because I literally use it for everything. To clean the kitchen, bathroom and even my car! Feel free to use my coupon below for $10 off.
Switch to: Branch Basics concentrate
Are you currently switching over to non-toxic products? What’s your favorite non-toxic product in your kitchen that you’ve switched to?!
Looking to ditch + switch your beauty products too? Next, read about how to detox your beauty routine!