Cooking with Chris

Cooking with Chris



TOXIC HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/PRODUCTS In this thread, I’ll go over why each product is bad, natural alternatives/brands you can trust, and ways to make things at home if possible (MEGA Thread)

Before I begin, I just want to say that you do not need to switch every single thing overnight. Being truly healthy is about making small steps over time. Many of these are very easy/cheap swaps and can be ordered from Amazon.

There is also no reason to stress about it. Do the best you can given the situation you are in. Please feel free to leave brands in the comments that you trust as well. Also, I am in no way affiliated with ANY of these products listed. Anyway, let’s begin:

We’ll start in the kitchen. Nonstick pans get their slippery texture from PFAs and PFCs which are high toxic. When heated, multiple chemicals are released into the air and food, including PFOA which is linked to thyroid disease, cancer, and much more.

IMO, all you need is good quality stainless steel & ceramic pans. My go to for higher heat is stainless steel. My favorite brand all-clad, which is great quality and will last forever.

Plastic spatulas and other utensils should be avoided as well. For this, silicone or wood are much safer options.

Soaps/shampoos Many common soaps and shampoos contain parabens, fragrances, phthalates as well as many other harmful ingredients. These are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and are toxic to the environment.

There are TONS of clean brands out there, just make sure to buy without parabens, fragrances, phthalates, etc. Here is a great article on making soap at home for a cheaper option

Next is deodorant. Most deodorants contain aluminum which blocks your pores from sweating (not good). They also contain parabens & fragrance just like soap, and much more. My favorite brand of deodorant is this. It is cheaper than most brands as well.

You can also make your own magnesium spray which works great as deodorant. Dissolve magneisum chloride flakes in distilled water, and you can optionally add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Next is lotions/moisturizers. Most lotions out there contain BHA, DMDM hydantoin, fragrance, parabens, and more. Many of these are carcinogenic as well. The absolute BEST moisturizer out there is tallow balm by @Man_with_a_van Get it here:

Another great and cheaper option is unrefined shea butter.

Next we’ll move onto dental hygiene. Many toothpastes contain fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol and artificial sweeteners, which all can cause adverse health effects.

A great cheaper option that can be found on amazon is Dr Bronners organic toothpaste

Floss and mouthwash contain many harmful ingredients as well. A great brand of floss is: There are many great activated charcoal flosses out there as well.

Moving on to laundry detergent. Many laundry detergents contain SLS and SLES, phosphates, formaldehyde, chlorine and more. Branch basics makes a great laundry kit with a fraction of the ingredients of most detergents out there

Next is bathroom/kitchen cleaners. These are absolutely loaded with harmful ingredients, including phthalates, PERC, anmonia, chlorine, and much more. Branch basics makes amazing natural cleaners

A cheaper, easy option is simply diluting white distilled vinegar with water and using that as your cleaner/disinfectant.

Moving on to sunscreen. Recently, many the most popular sunscreen brands were recalled due to the carcinogen benzene. Many still contain oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and much more. SPF also blocks the absorption of vitamin D which is very harmful!

I highly recommend not using sunscreen and just going in the shade when you’ve had enough. If that isn’t possible, look for one with the main ingredient zinc oxide, which doesn’t absorb in your skin.

Next is tap/shower water. For drinking water, ideally you’d use a reverse osmosis filter, but those can be very expensive. If nothing else just try to drink good quality spring water.

Tap water can contain fluoride, chloride and much more. Not only is it important to avoid drinking it, but bathing in it as well. It absorbs through your skin AND you inhale it while being in a steamy shower.

Candles Most candles are made from a petroleum waste product which creates benzene and toluene when heated, both of which are carcinogens. Soy candles are ok, but beeswax candles are even better. My go to brand is Big Dipper Wax works

Lastly, polyester clothing/bedding. Polyester is made from petroleum, which can be very harmful. If you spend all day wearing it and all night sleeping in it, the damage can add up. Switch to organic cotton, linen and silk.

Read more here

Some other great accounts to follow for this kind of information are @VitallyMelanie @JulianaLung and @Man_with_a_van

I hope you guys found this useful! Like I said, feel free to drop brands/homemade recipes in the comments. If you liked this info, you’ll love my newsletter! Sign up here:

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