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10 Products to Ban From Your Home Forever

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10 Products to Ban From Your Home Forever

By SustainLane via DivineCaroline

You would never cross the street without looking both ways, walk alone down a dark alley alone at three a.m., or tell your child to accept rides from strangers. So why let hazardous, toxic, and even carcinogenic chemicals into your home everyday?

The message driven home for millions of Americans each day via TV and internet commercials is this: No need to scrub or scour. With just one squeeze of the spray bottle, you can wipe away dirt, grime, and bacteria.

Alas, there’s that dark alley again. Air fresheners, disinfectants, and cleaners found under your sink are more dangerous than you think. Mix bleach with ammonia, for example, and you’ve got a toxic fume cloud used by the military in WWI. And they weren’t cleaning kitchens.

Here is a list of the ten products you should ban from your home–forever–along with suggested alternatives.

1. Non-Stick Cookware
When non-stick pans were first introduced into American households in the 1960s, they were thought to be a godsend. Gone were the days of soaking pans for hours and scouring pots with steel wool. In the forty years since then, however, we’ve learned that the ease of cleaning comes at a steep price: the coating that makes Teflon pans non-stick is polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE for short. When PTFE heats up, it releases toxic gasses that have been linked to cancer, organ failure, reproductive damage, and other harmful health effects.

The problems with PTFE-coated pans seem to occur at high temperatures, so if you must use Teflon, cook foods on medium heat or less. Avoiding non-stick pans altogether is the safest option. If you’re able to do so, try anodized aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron pans with a little cooking oil. SustainLane reviewers like LeCreuset cast iron pans and more cost-effective ones like Lodge Logic. Using a lower setting on the stove will reduce the chances that your food will burn, which is how it usually gets stuck to pans the first place. If you’re worried about the extra calories cooking oil adds, try baking or steaming your food. More tips and safer alternatives here.

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7:22AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks

9:38AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

noted

4:32AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

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8:23AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thanks for the great information.

10:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thank you :)

6:17AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thanks

5:33AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Good info, thank you

4:21AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Here in France we are all responsible for sorting and disposing of our own rubbish. No organic matter should go in the bins, every house is supplied with a composter for that sort of thing. The rest of the rubbish has to be sorted and taken to recycling bins. These bins or Poo Belles are dotted around towns and villages. Once the rubbish is sorted you tend to only have a small amount left to go in the regular refuse bins.

Any larger items like electrical goods, wood, old clothes,old paints,old cooking oil or chemicals you have to take directly to the local recycling plants. Everything has to be disposed of safely. If you don't comply you will receive a warning from the Marie (Mayor) and you could face a fine. It is a good system, people don't think twice about doing it.

The supermarkets also have collection boxes for smaller things like batteries and light bulbs. The other thing is they do not hand out plastic bags, you have to bring shopping bags with you. If you don't have one they will sell you one.

8:27PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

thanks

5:01PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

very important information!

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