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4 Tips for Nontoxic Hand Soap

By Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée 

 

Nontoxic hand soap is better for all of us, but especially mothers of babies and young kids, because what's on our hands can make their way into our children's bodies. Babies will chew on our fingers, and our hands touch many things that go straight into our children's mouths, like teething rings.

Therefore, it may be worthwhile to reconsider the type of handsoap you’re using.

In this article, we’ll look at...

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One Simple Tip for Finding Nontoxic Dishwasher Detergent

cleaning kitchen Oct 11, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Are you concerned about harmful chemicals in dishwasher detergent?

We are.

Dishwasher detergents can remain on cups and glasses, even after running through the rinse cycle.

Adding a rinse agent, which also can contain harmful chemicals, may add to the toxic film left on dishes.

What are these chemicals and how can we choose nontoxic dishwasher detergent in order to create a nontoxic home?

 

What are the toxic chemicals in...

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3 Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes for Kitchen Cabinets

cleaning kitchen Oct 07, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Kitchen cabinets accumulate grime and dirt from everyday use. Over time, wood surfaces and door knobs can develop a thick layer of grime. Not to mention stuck-on foods that splatter onto cabinet surfaces, or spills from food, milk, and juices that drip onto lower cabinets.

Keeping kitchen cabinets clean can help minimize bacteria and mold.

 

Health risks from a dirty kitchen cabinet

Mold can grow on...

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Health Risks from Cookware

diet kitchen Oct 06, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Do you make time to cook at home so that you and your family can eat a healthier diet? Are you also someone who makes baby food to protect your child from chemicals found in prepackaged baby foods?

Increasingly, people are trying to eat more homemade meals. Moms of babies and toddlers are prioritizing time to make homemade baby food. These people know that it's healthier to hand select the ingredients in...

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Tips for Nontoxic Kitchen Utensils

kitchen Sep 25, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Cooking utensils and disposable eating utensils are often made of plastic, and sometimes vinyl (among the most toxic types of plastic). These materials may contaminate your diet with toxic chemicals as well as contaminate our environment during their manufacturing and even after you discard them. 

Plastic utensils typically contain or involve toxic chemicals such as benzene, BPA, chlorine, dioxins, and...

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Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Convenience is more important than ever before as our lives have become more hectic than ever. As a result, cooking, soaking dishes, and scouring pans have become low priority. But when we do prepare our own meals, nonstick pots, pans, and cookware are popular household products that offer lots of convenience.

However, are you aware of the health risks associated with nonstick Teflon coating? 

What makes...

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How to Choose Nontoxic Lead-Free Mugs

kitchen Sep 06, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Ceramic mugs can be nontoxic as long as the mug doesn’t contain high levels of lead.

Conventional mugs are often made of ceramic or pottery, and they can contaminate your beverages with lead, primarily from the finish or glaze on the mug. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration received reports that several manufacturers in Mexico labeled pottery as “lead-free,” but testing revealed high...

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4 Types of Nontoxic Children's Dinner Plates

children diet kitchen Aug 27, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Dinner plates are often made of glass or ceramic. For children, however, these materials can be dangerous: One swipe of the arm, and their plate is on the floor, accompanied by a heap of food and a pile of broken glass or ceramic. That’s why children are often given plastic plates.

For children, durability and safety of dinner plates are important considerations. However, whether children's dinner plates may contaminate food...

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Ceramic-Coated versus Teflon Cookware: Which one is healthier?

diet kitchen Aug 24, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Ceramic-coated versus Teflon cookware: Which one is healthier? Below are key pros and cons of ceramic-coated cookware versus Teflon-coated cookware.

Ceramic versus Teflon cookware

Teflon

Teflon has been made with chemicals in the perfluorochemicals (PFC) family. These chemicals may leach into food during cooking; and they may contribute to liver, pancreatic, testicular, and breast cancer, thyroid issues, birth defects, and...

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The Pros and Cons of Ceramic

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Ceramic is generally considered among the healthiest materials used throughout the home, from cozy warm mugs to tiled flooring.

“Ceramic” is a material made from clay that has been heated. It is a category that includes pottery, earthenware, terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, fine china, bone china, paper clay, etc. as subcategories. The names indicate different materials used to make the ceramic.

I've always been...

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