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Health & Fitness > My Toxic Kitchen

My Toxic Kitchen

Egad. There are so many warnings now about phthalates in plastic, and since it contributes seriously to breast cancer, and there’s so much of that in my immediate family, that I decided to take some steps to phase out plastic from my kitchen.

It’s difficult, I really liked my vintage plastic juice cups — and the plastic colander was so much lighter weight than the metal one, but I think now’s the time to get rid of these things. I tend to use very hot water for dishwashing, which means I’ve been helping the plastic leach toxic stuff onto my other dishes and into food.

So this would mean switching out the cutting boards, the colander, the liquid measuring cup, all the food storage Tupperware and Rubbermaid. Even though newer Tupperware and Rubbermaid is safer, some of it may still have BPA or BSA or something, apparently.

— the liquid measuring cup. I’ve already got one made of glass, just forgot about it.
— dry measuring cups. Already using stainless steel ones.
— measuring spoons. Already have stainless steel ones.
— cutting board. I had one wooden one, ordered some bamboo ones too.
— food storage. I got rid of a series of plastic jars I was using, along with the saved McDonalds cups. I switched my ever-present glass for water from a plastic one to a metal one. I already have lots of mason jars for food storage, along with many other glass jars, which is good. And I ordered a set of those waxed fabric food covers.
— the much-used plastic spaghetti colander went in the trash. I’ll use the metal ones.
— the basin I use to wash dishes. This may be one of the worst items of all, repeatedly getting hot nearly boiling water in it. I could get a newer one, which would be a trifle better, but I do not intend to fill this stupid sink in the future for washing dishes. The stopper doesn't hold well and it's a pain. I’ll have to think about this. Perhaps a giant stainless steel bowl.
— the scrubbers I use to wash dishes. I’ve already been using ones made of sisal instead, which is a natural scrubby fiber. There are also brush scrubbers that I have, made of natural fibers. All these I got from Amazon at earlier times.

I no longer buy non-stick pans, either. I don’t know if those are safe when new, but they break down after a few years. Soon our kitchens will be like 1940, I guess. I'd like to encourage my sisters to do this too, since 2 of them are already cancer patients, for heaven's sake.

posted on Oct 17, 2021 7:03 AM ()


I have been warned before about using plastic and friends have brought me a lot of theirs as they phased out plastic. In fact, for my birthday, they bought me two boxes of glass containers with lids.
comment by elderjane on Oct 19, 2021 5:30 AM ()
I wouldn't do some of those things at my age, but I haven't cooked on anything but cast iron and stainless steel since I can't remember when. To see those frying pans with scratch marks all over the pan coating at yard sales is scary.
comment by jjoohhnn on Oct 17, 2021 12:53 PM ()
Yeah, the old metal pans were best. Now we have to watch out for microwave cooking, too, and avoid heating up food in plastic containers.
reply by drmaus on Oct 17, 2021 5:51 PM ()
It takes a few minutes ---think about it--that's all it takes--to make your life longer/better!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 17, 2021 10:03 AM ()
Yes, if I just take a little trouble I can make the changes. I'm absolutely astonished at how every single thing around me is plastic.
reply by drmaus on Oct 17, 2021 5:53 PM ()

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