Safer Use of Kitchen Appliances

What actions can be taken?

  • Avoid cooking at very high temperatures (above 350 degrees Celsius, or high enough to cause oil to smoke) when using non-stick cookware coated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
    • When considering replacing PFC-coated cookware, choose options such as cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic-coated pans.
  • Always use a range hood exhaust fan or open a window while cooking.
  • Use the least toxic oven cleaners available.
    • Clean ovens frequently with soap and water to help reduce or eliminate the use of harsh chemicals.
    • As a non-toxic method to remove baked on food, apply a paste of baking soda and water, leave it on overnight and scrub off the following day.
    • If using commercial oven cleaners, follow instructions, ventilate well, and keep children out of the space while cleaning.
    • Be sure you keep cleaner locked in drawers or cupboards, out of sight and reach of young children.
  • Use least toxic and fragrance-free dishwasher detergents.
    • Be sure you keep detergents locked in drawers or cupboards, out of sight and reach of young children.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full and when children are not in the kitchen.
    • Have a window open or fan running during the dishwashing cycles, and especially upon opening the unit, to reduce moisture in the air that can lead to mould growth.
  • Have good ventilation in the kitchen to avoid moisture build- up and reduce exposure to potentially harmful pollutants from cooking and cleaning/disinfecting products.

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