Many people ask me advice about what type of products I use within my own home to be healthy. I decided to compile a list of my favorite kitchen tools and tips for natural cleaning for this blog post.
Inside a Holistic Nutritionist’s Home
Kitchen Tools & Essentials
Say NO! to Non Stick, Teflon coated cookware!
Use Stainless Steel and Cast Iron instead
Use Glass Pyrex baking dishes or Earthenware baking pots
We recommend Vita Clay Earthenware 6 cup Rice and Slowcooker
*traditional crockpots use nonstick coating over enamel
Say NO! to Plastic!
Use Glass Mason Jars, or Glass storage containers instead!
Cooking Utensils & Cutting Boards:
Say NO! to Plastic and Teflon (nonstick) coating!
Instead try using Stainless Steel or Bamboo utensils, and Bamboo cutting boards
Compost fruit and vegetable scraps! Consider purchasing a small kitchen compost bin!
Use biodegradable, unscented trash bags, and RECYCLYE as much as possible!
Water for Drinking/Cooking/Making Tea:
Say NO! to Tap Water with all of its chemicals and toxins!
Use a Water Purifier, Reverse Osmosis System, or purchase bottled spring water (please recycle!)
JUST SAY NO!
A Holistic Nutritionist’s Favorite Kitchen Tools!
Juicer: two types – Masticating or Centrifugal
Learn to make your own juices for optimal energetic health!
Use this to blend up Hummus, Salad dressings, and other yummy healthy treats
French Press & Glass or Stainless Steel Tea Kettle:
For making fresh herbal teas!
What CAN’T they do? They are used for storage of food both dry and liquid, used to drink hot or cold beverages out of, great for smoothies etc.
High Powered Blender/Extractor:
Such as Vitamix, Blendtec, Nutribullet, or Ninja
An ESSENTIAL for smoothies, soups, homemade nut milk etc.
Dry your own fruits to make apple chips, or even your own beef jerky!
Stainless Steel Chef’s Knife Set:
A good set of knives is a worthwhile investment!
Mandolin Slicer, Spiralizer, and Zester:
For finely slicing vegetables, making vegetable noodles, and grating citrus zest
Glass Water Bottles or Stainless Steel Water Bottles:
For taking water on the go. Glass bottles can also be used to store fresh preshed juice!
Reusable Cloth Napkins:
To eliminate paper waste, buy 2 sets so when one gets dirty, toss it in the wash and use the alternate set!
Reusable Cloth Tote Bags:
For grocery shopping at your favorite farmer’s market or store! Say goodbye to plastic bags!
A Chemical-Free Clean Bathroom and Laundry Room
AVOID Chemicals in your cleaning products, laundry products, and bath and beauty products!
HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Phthalates, Perchloroethylene, Triclosan, Quartenary Ammonium Compounds, 2-Butoxyethanol, Ammonia, Chlorine (Bleach), Sodium Hyroxide
Bleach, Air Fresheners (i.e. fragrance plug in’s, etc.), candles unless they are made of soy or beeswax, fabric softener, laundry dryer sheets, fluoride toothpaste
NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS TO KEEP IN STOCK:
- 50/50 White Vinegar/Water in a spray bottle
- Essential Oils such as Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Melaleuca
- Castille Soap
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dryer Wool Balls or homemade Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils
- Natural, Nontoxic Laundry Soap
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths: reusable, washable
HOUSE PLANTS TO CLEAN AND PURIFY THE AIR:
- English Ivy
- Palm Trees
- Golden Pothos
- Spider Plant
EWG’s Top Brands for Non Toxic Cleaning in the home:
- The Honest Company
- Seventh Generation
- Visit EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning for more info!