Indoor Air, The Silent Killer: 5 Tips for Making your Kitchen Less Toxic
I hate to break it to you, but your home is not your "Safe Haven", especially the heart of it: Kitchens. Thankfully, there are some powerful antidotes to most indoor pollutants.
If you follow these tips, your Air will be at least 518% Less Harmful!
1) Use Splatter Screen
This is one of those kitchen tools we never thought we needed. A splatter screen does what it says: screens splatters. You put it over the top of a frying pan to contain those tiny organic particles from oils, fat, and grease that spread harmful PM2.5 particulates all over the house.
2) Avoid Pans containing PTFE
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating on the pans turns into toxic Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at high heat, releasing harmful fumes into your air.
You should check out this Netflix documentary called "The Devil We Know" and you'll probably know what I'm talking about. For the record, I'm not getting paid to promote the documentary here, it's simply worth watching!
Go for safer, non-toxic materials like carbon steel, ceramic, lava rock, porcelain enamel, or tempered glass.
3) Clean or Replace ventilation filter at least once a year
While this may seem like a no-brainer, 70% of the people we asked in a survey answered 'I didn't know I had to change it'.
Cooking with natural gas might be hazardous to your health, we're talking as bad as smoking cigarettes!!
Natural gas and propane stoves can release carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other harmful pollutants into the air, which can be toxic to our health, but I get it food somehow tastes better. Even when using electric stoves, cooking in general can generate unhealthy air pollutants from heating oil, fat and other food ingredients, especially at high temperatures.
If your ventilation is clogged with grease the air can't pass through and you'll end up wasting energy and damaging your health.
4) Place a plant or two in the Kitchen
If you're like me who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, plants can be a great company!
Plants have superpowers, they can remove pollutants from the air by absorbing gases through their leaves and roots. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants.
5) Avoid cleaning your stove top when it's still hot
Cleaning products, including dish detergents contain hundreds of chemicals that enable them to cut through the grease. Try not to rush into cleaning your stove right after cooking to avoid the chemical fumes from evaporating and penetrating right through your lungs.
Bottom line is, while many of us love cooking, we should be a bit careful on how we go about it. Simple yet effective steps can yield great results.