Detox 51 All the plastics have gone!

Although I’ve been aware of the health risks of combining plastics with food (especially when heated) for a long time, plastics have a nasty habit of creeping into our kitchen.  It’s as if they have feet of their own and enter in the depths of darkness.

Op shops and today’s garage sale cleared our home of plastics, for perhaps the fourth time in 20 years. I’m determined not to let it happen again!

Particularly risky are teflon-coated cookers and plastic containers used to heat food in the microwave.  There are alternatives.  For cooking on gas and electric stoves you can’t go past stainless steel pots and pans.  In microwaves, ceramic and china bowls are perfect, with a saucer or small plate as the lid.

As far as storing food is concerned, no plastics.  Instead, use glass, china, ceramic, enamel or stainless steel bowls — and instead of using a plastic film covering, use an upturned saucer or plate.

In the freezer: no plastics.  Cellophane bags (made from wood fibre) provide an excellent alternative to plastic freezer bags.  They can be purchased in health food stores or in bulk on the Internet.

Today I feel a mixture of pleasure and guilt.  Pleasure that I’ve eliminated these plastics from our home, but also a bit of guilt that I’ve passed them on to other people who may use them unwisely.

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About chemicalfreehome

My interest in chemical free living began in 1983 when I was accidentally soused in pesticide from an aircraft. I became seriously ill with life-threatening weight loss and severe pain; however, over a period of years I regained my health and gradually evolved a new lifestyle regarding the use of chemicals in our home. When I realised that other people were concerned about the effects of chemicals on health I decided to turn a negative into a positive and so wrote my best-selling book 'Chemical Free Home' published by Black Inc in Melbourne. I have been amazed by the response of all age groups, as everyone is affected by chemicals to some degree, and everyone benefits by reducing their use. In this blog I hope to suggest ways in which you too can create a healthier home environment.
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