A Complete Guide to Non-Toxic & Eco-Friendly Kitchen Supplies

Eco Friendly Natural Kitchen Guide

Let’s talk about a common area in our homes that’s easy to overlook when it comes to going natural, green, and eco-friendly: the KITCHEN! There are so many different gadgets and supplies that we use daily; many of which are coming in direct contact with our food and what we eat. So today I’m going to share a huge guide that will help you transition out each item in your kitchen and provide you with safer and more environmentally friendly options!


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Natural Dish Washing & Hand Soaps

I just love washing dishes…said no one ever 🍽 But it’s not something I can avoid, so the least I can do is choose some better natural options for washing them 🧽

Blueland Dishwasher Detergent TabletsBlueland Dishwasher Detergent Tablets: I love these and they clean my dishes so well! I’ve not had great luck with natural dishwasher detergent in the past but these are legit and don’t leave any residue or streaks. They do NOT come wrapped in plastic, and you can get refill packs.

 

Branch BasicsBranch Basics: This concentrate can be used for all cleaning needs around your home, including dishes (you just have to fill up your sink with warm water and use 1 tsp of the concentrate)! The ingredients are natural and you can get reusable glass bottles. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA gets you 20% off starter kits!

Clean People Fragrance Free Dish Soap LiquidClean People Unscented Dish Soap Liquid: This is in plastic, however, the ingredients are safe, it’s more budget-friendly, and it works really well! Make sure you get the fragrance-free one.

 

Full Circle Bamboo Dish Brush

Full Circle Bamboo Dish Brush: These have replaceable heads and dispense soap. They’re made with Bonterra plant plastic, bamboo, plant fiber bristles, and recycled plastic.

 

Meliora Dish Soap BlockMeliora Castile Dish Soap Block: You just take a wet brush and scrub it on this block until it lathers, then go to town on your dishes. It lathers nicely and makes dishes super clean. Use code BECCA10 for a discount on this at EarthHero!

 

Natural Latex Cleaning and Dish GlovesNatural Latex Cleaning and Dish Gloves: For deep cleaning or doing dishes, these are natural latex with cotton cuffs. Use code BECCA10 for a discount on these at EarthHero!

 

Blueland Compostable Scrub SpongesBlueland Compostable Scrub Sponges: These are dual-sided; one is a sponge and the other a scrubber! Made with plant-based materials, plus they’re reusable and dishwasher safe.

Eco Friendly Natural Kitchen Guide

Related post: “The Best Natural & Low Tox Dish Soaps (+ Brands to Avoid!)

Natural Hand Soaps for the Kitchen Sink:

Other Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

Natural Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

  • Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Wipes: Made with vinegar and they are biodegradable!
  • Branch Basics: As mentioned above, this kit takes care of all household cleaning needs. I use the All-Purpose mix for general kitchen cleaning like wiping counters and also washing fruit. I pair it with the Oxygen Boost for deep cleaning the sink. And the foaming hand wash!  🧼
  • Cleaning Essentials: Or if you’d rather DIY your cleaning products, these bottles are glass and have measurements on the side!
  • Force of Nature: If you *really* want to disinfect, this converts tap water plus a capsule of salt, water, and vinegar into a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer as effective as bleach. It’s even registered by the EPA.
  • Swedish Dish Cloths: Made with cellulose and cotton, and can absorb 20x their weight in liquid, making them a great paper towel alternative.
  • Paper Towels: These are single-use, but sometimes you just need something quick! Who Gives A Crap has some nice bamboo/sugarcane paper towels.

Related: Your One-Stop-Shop for Zero Waste Swaps: EarthHero

Eco-Friendly Food Storage

There are two major problems with most food storage: it’s either plastic or it’s single-use and then thrown away. I try to avoid plastic, especially when it comes to food, because it leaches BPA and chemicals. It’s even worse when heated up in the microwave! Not to mention the environmental impacts. You can learn more about all the different types of plastic in our Positively Green Podcast episode about it. Here are some better options for food storage:

Eco-Friendly Food Storage

  • Beeswax Wrap: This is a natural swap for plastic cling wrap, made of beeswax 🐝 It’s great for wrapping food or covering to seal in moisture. You just wash it with soap and water and reuse it!
  • Glass Containers: I love Pyrex containers for storing food. You can bake with them, too!
  • Mason Jars: Cheap, cute, and a fun way to store food. You can find these at most grocery stores or places like Target.
  • Reusable Produce Bags: Instead of using plastic bags at the grocery store for produce, these are a perfect eco swap.
  • Stasher Bags: These are the BEST! They are silicone sandwich bags that you wash and reuse. They have a bunch of different sizes, too.

Non-Toxic Cookware

One of the most common questions I get asked is “What cookware is the safest!?” so here we go! Thankfully, there are a couple of options that are considered low tox and it depends on your preferences. I actually use a combination of a few different types. No one type of cookware is perfect unfortunately, and there are pros and cons to each type!

First of all, what’s wrong with most cookware in the first place? I highly suggest watching the documentary The Devil We Know, which exposes the dangers of Teflon and the chemicals in non-stick cookware. Essentially, chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) are commonly found in these non-stick coatings. While it’s convenient and makes cooking easy because food slides right off the pan, the exposure to these chemicals is not worth it in my opinion. When heated, these chemicals release toxic gases.

A 2010 study found that almost all people in the United States have PFOA in their blood and the half-life of it is about 3 years. This chemical also does not break down in the environment. This study also found PFOA to have detrimental effects on the immune, liver, and endocrine systems.

PFOA has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the general U.S. population.

Another material to watch out for in cookware is aluminum because it can leach hormone-disrupting chemicals and heavy metals into food. Now let’s talk about some of my preferred options for cookware:

Ceramic Cookware

Xtrema Ceramic CookwareI love Xtrema ceramic cookware 🍳because they use just pure ceramic. No PFOA, PTFE, glues, polymers, coatings, or dyes. Beware of greenwashing when it comes to ceramic cookware; some are still coated with non-stick chemicals. The only downfall with ceramic is that it’s pretty fragile and heavy. Other than that, I love my Xtrema pots and pans! I typically choose my ceramic saucepans for cooking things like soups, reheating food, or melting butter or chocolate for baking.

My main tip for using these cookware options that aren’t non-stick is to use lots of fats! For ceramic, I like to heat up the pan on low heat for a minute or two, then add a fat such as ghee, butter, or avocado oil. That should eliminate any sticking once you start cooking. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA works for a discount on Xtrema products!

Cast Iron Skillets

Lodge Cast Iron PanHello, natural source of iron! Cast iron skillets are an awesome option and can be used for just about anything. I have Lodge cast iron which comes pre-seasoned in soybean oil which I don’t love, but it’s what I got! But it eventually has to be reseasoned, anyway, so I’m fine with it. Keeping it well seasoned is the key to preventing sticking with cast irons.

Not only do these provide a natural source of iron (which some people see as a benefit and others want to avoid!), but they’re durable and last a really long time if you take proper care of them. And they’re not crazy expensive. They are on the heavy side though and take a bit longer to heat up (but they do hold heat and take longer to cool down!). The main thing is NOT to wash it with soap like a regular pan. Instead, rinse it with warm water then dry it on the heated stove.

I also use a Lodge cast iron pizza pan and I’ve also seen cast iron waffle makers 🧇

Glass Cookware

Glass cookware is nice because it’s non-porous and doesn’t absorb stains, smells, flavors, etc. However, it’s obviously pretty fragile! But it’s budget-friendly. I have Pyrex glass bakeware and it has held up well over the years. These are nice for baking or making casserole-type dishes. I don’t really use anything glass on my stovetop, but definitely use it in the oven!

Stainless Steel Pots & Pans

360 Stainless Steel CookwareStainless steel is another material I like for cookware. The only thing to watch out for with stainless steel is that there are concerns with metals nickel and chromium leaching when cooking with acidic foods or high temperatures, but that’s only really if you buy low-quality brands.

Stainless steel is more lightweight compared to cast iron and ceramic cookware, and not as fragile! It’s great for searing things like a juicy steak; the food might stick initially, but the fats from the steak begin to loosen it up. I do find that I need more oils/butter when cooking things like eggs or pancakes on my stainless steel fry pan compared to cast iron, for example. But it is very efficient with conducting heat so you can cook at low temps.

I love the brand 360 Cookware which is made in Wisconsin and really high quality. It’s 18/8 non-leaching surgical-grade stainless steel and has no coatings on it. You can even put these in the oven up to 500 degrees. I use their fry pans, jelly roll pans, and 6-quart slow cooker which also doubles as a stockpot. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA25 works for a discount!

Read my full review of 360 Stainless Steel Cookware here!

Natural Cooking/Baking Utensils & Supplies

The primary thing I look for when buying cooking utensils is just to avoid plastic or anything non-stick. I opt for alternatives like bamboo, silicone, and stainless steel. Again, watch out for natural materials that are still coated with non-stick. Here are some options to get you started:

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Utensils

  • Epicurean Cutting Board: Avoid cutting your food on plastic! This brand is made of Richlite, a paper-composite material, and is dishwasher-safe. You can also use bamboo cutting boards which are naturally antibacterial 🎍
  • Bamboo Spatula Set: Organic bamboo spatula and spoon set for cooking and baking.
  • Stainless Steel Slotted Spatula: Another option that’s easier to clean compared to bamboo!
  • Glass / Silicone/ Stainless Steel Straws: There are lots of options for straws nowadays! I have glass, silicone, and stainless steel straws. I usually opt for glass or silicone instead of stainless steel. Just my personal preference and I feel like the steel sometimes gives drinks a weird taste. But it’s still a safe choice!
  • Parchment Paper: I like If You Care parchment baking paper because it’s FSC-certified, compostable, unbleached, and chlorine-free. They make lots of baking supplies such as these baking cups.
  • Silicone Ice Cube Trays: Instead of plastic 🧊 These are food-grade silicone and BPA-free. I avoid baking with silicone at high temps because I haven’t read enough research about the safety, but use it for cold things!

Organic Cotton Hand Towels

Pact Organic Cotton Towels

Pact has organic cotton, fair trade, GOTS-certified hand towels. Choose from multiple colors and sizes. Use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount on your first order!

Related post: “16+ Simple Ways to “Greenify” Your Home

Composting Food Scraps

Did you know that when food scraps go to the landfill, they mummify instead of breaking down? 🗑 I know it sounds extremely “crunchy” to compost, but there are lots of benefits and it’s an easy way to help out the environment. In fact, Kelsey and I did an entire podcast episode about how to get started with composting and why it’s so important.

Composting

It is not as intimidating as it may seem. I have a 17-gallon Envirocycle Compost Tumbler for outside, and this bin for keeping scraps in the kitchen. You can also see if there are any local composting services in your area!

Safer Appliances

Almond Cow Nut Milk
Makin’ some nut milk with my Almond Cow!
  • Air Fryer: I use this stainless steel non-toxic air fryer! It also doubles as a toaster over and has tons of settings. However, I don’t recommend the grill basket or pan that comes with it (they contain some aluminum). So I use this pan and this grill basket instead!
  • Almond Cow: One of my favorite machines ever! You can make your own plant and seed milks at home in just a few minutes. This saves you from having to buy them from the store in plastic bottles or weird ingredients. Read more in this blog post! 🐮You can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA25 for $25 off orders $200+.
  • Microwave (or lack thereof): So…this is going to make me seem very crunchy but we moved our microwave out of the kitchen and into storage. I always hear so much conflicting evidence about whether they are safe or not, so I’m just being cautious and prefer to heat up my food on the stove or in our toaster oven ⚡️

Related post: “My 3 Favorite Zero Waste, Plastic Free Methods for Brewing Coffee at Home

Zero Waste Coffee & Tea

I admit, I am a total coffee snob! ☕️ Aside from the fact that it’s super important to buy organic coffee (most coffee is HEAVILY sprayed with pesticides), there are a couple of ways you can reduce your waste when it comes to brewing your morning cup of joe. I have a few methods that I rotate between:

Zero Waste Coffee

Related post: “Comparing 15+ Organic & Clean Coffee Brands (Free of Mold + Mycotoxins)

Brew It Like Becca ebook

Water Filter

Sorry to say, but most water filters in your fridge or pitchers aren’t doing much! The Environmental Working Group tested almost 49,000 water utilities across the United States and found a shocking 267 contaminants of concern. So it is DEFINITELY super important to invest in a good water filter 🚰

Pure Effect Water FiltersYou can read my blog post about common contaminants found in tap water and learn more about what should be filtered out. I have used a PureEffect 3-Stage Filter for many years now and it’s the best option in my opinion! 💦

 

Related podcast episode: F is for Fluoride with Melissa Gallico


There you have it! I know that was a lot of information that I just threw at you. But I think it’s an important area of our homes and we use these products so frequently that switching to better alternatives is definitely a priority! If you feel overwhelmed, just try to switch out one thing at a time. You can do it! Leave any questions or comments below.

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Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

12 comments on “A Complete Guide to Non-Toxic & Eco-Friendly Kitchen Supplies”

  1. I am looking for a non toxic and non aluminum toaster oven – small for 4 slices of toast. Can you please help me?

  2. When are we going to address the issue that unless you make $50k a year you won’t be able to afford this stuff? I can’t spend $15 on hand soap. What is the point of me learning that everything is poison when I have no choice but to expose my babies to it? I feel like all of these blogging sites are just for privileged mothers. Guess middle class children are left to suffer. Which is even more of a shame considering most minorities like myself are at middle class or more commonly lower, meaning most minorities don’t have access to this kind of stuff even if we obtain the knowledge. We just get to go to bed every night knowing we are poisoning our babies and there’s nothing we can do about it because I can’t spend $6k on cookware. Makes you wonder if the low IQ average within the black community is artificial and on purpose. Hint: it is.

    1. Hi Lex, thanks for your comment, I wish these items were more affordable too and my hope is that as they become more mainstream the prices go down. I always tell people to have grace with themselves and to take your time; it took me years to switch out a lot of my products and it’s not realistic to do it all overnight nor is it worth stressing over. I also have a post about budget-friendly clean products. If you go on Pinterest there are also tons of DIY recipes to make things such as hand soap for much cheaper. Or you can search local shops for secondhand items such as pots and pans. Not sure if my comment even helps at all but I wish these were more accessible too.

  3. Question about the stainless steel. It says “There are usually numbers associated with stainless steel, such as 18/0, 18/8, or 18/10. The first number is the amount of chromium and the second is nickel. The lower the number the better!” which number do we want to be lower? The first or second number?

  4. That’s so valuable shopping guide regarding green kitchen!! Thank you for sharing the list of eco-friendly kitchen products and its uses. If buyers start shopping eco-friendly kitchen products means you are contributing towards environment.

  5. Your recommendation of bamboo cutting board is very wrong. First off, it says on the link that is has a layer of natural oil. This usually means mineral oil which is toxic. Secondly, you don’t explain whether you have vetted the issue of glues used to stick the bamboo together. Have you? Please do a better job.

    1. Hi Abey, the bamboo cutting board I have linked does not use mineral oil. It’s held together with water-based glue (no formaldehyde or heavy metals) and the finishing oil on it is food safe and derived from sunflower oil, soybean oil, thistle oil, and carnauba wax.

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