Here you’ll find my top recommendations for kitchen items to consider replacing when trying to conceive, to create a healthy, non-toxic kitchen.
Not all plastic in the kitchen is problematic, but we do want to avoid having hot food or liquids coming into contact with plastic.
That likely means replacing your coffee machine, since many machines have plastic internal parts. Look for an coffee machine with no plastic parts, or switch to French press or pour-over.
My top recommendation is to buy an insulated stainless steel French press, which will keep your coffee warm while it brews.
Some non-stick cookware is made with perfluorochemicals, such as PFAS, PFOA etc. These chemicals have been linked to various health risks, and possibly infertility. Replace pots and pans with stainless steel, cast iron, or healthier non-stick. I like Caraway because the non-stick coating is safe and durable. The pans also have very even heat distribution and a good weight.
Even though most plastic food storage containers now claim to be BPA-free, it is better to use glass or stainless steel, especially for hot food or drinks. There's no need to worry about plastic lids.
Dry items, like rice and flour, can be stored in plastic containers. The best type is polypropylene, which usually has #5 in the recycling symbol.
Although most reusable water bottles are now BPA-free, the plastic may still leach other chemicals, so it is worth replacing your drink bottles with stainless steel. A double-walled vacuum insulated water bottle will also keep your drinks cool for many hours. Good-quality brands use safe plastics for spouts and straws, so these parts are not a concern.
Many stainless steel travel cups for hot drinks have plastic lids and spouts. While the lid is not an issue if it's not in contact with your tea or coffee, there is reason to be a little cautious about drinking hot liquids from plastic parts on a daily basis, even with a good quality brand.
My recommendation is to use an insulated travel cup that is comfortable to use without the lid. I love the Hydroflask All Around Tumbler, which I bought for my husband and promptly stole.
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