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When I first started writing about toxic chemicals, a funny thing would happen. Every few weeks, after devouring a new study or

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article, I would race through my apartment, bagging up the series of surprisingly toxic products that lived in each room. At the end of this mad dash, my sense of accomplishment quickly turned into a sense of doom: There was no way I could afford to replace everything. Actually, at that point, there was no way I could afford to replace anything. Those bags never made it to the garbage can; I unpacked them every time.

Taking toxic chemicals out of your home can feel incredibly overwhelming. But you don't have to throw everything away, and you don't have to throw out your budget. Take small steps. Make changes that make sense for your budget. Don't be too hard on yourself. Over time, I stopped making that frenzied, and ultimately unhelpful, race through my apartment. Instead, I found simple, inexpensive (often free) changes I could make to take toxic chemicals out of my home. Recently, we discussed easy tips to give your bathroom a non-toxic makeover. This week, lets take a look at simple solutions for taking toxic chemicals out of your kitchen

Cleaning supplies: Give your kitchen cleaning supplies an inexpensive nontoxic upgrade by making DIY versions (don’t worry: these are simple, two ingredient fixes):

Cooking materials: One easy way to reduce toxics in your cookware is to think about which pot or pan you use the most and focus on making that the safest. If you are in the market for new cookware, try these tips on materials from Planet Home:

  • Glass: Ovenproof glass is “inexpensive, reusable, and recyclable.” While it's great for baking, most glass can not be used on the stove.
  • Ceramic: Make sure it’s lead-free, and skip painted ceramic dishes in particular unless you're certain that they don't contain lead.
  • Stainless steel: Aim for completely stainless steel if possible; these versions are the least likely to leach components into cooking foods.

Other durable, nontoxic materials include cast iron, copper, and enamel-coated cast iron. If you are currently using pans with a nonstick coating, make sure to replace them once the coating has been scratched or torn.

 

 

Tap water: If you're in the market for a water filter, the Environmental Working Group’s  water filter guide will help you choose the filter that’s right for you and your budget needs. If not, there are a few easy tips you can use to make your tap water safer:

Wash everything thoroughly: The best way to detox your fruits and veggies is to make sure they're thoroughly cleaned so that you're not consuming any chemicals that are lingering on the skin. This is especially important for non-organic produce.

Making the most of your produce: Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet. Try to choose the healthiest produce for your budget, and make it last, with these easy tips:

 

 


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