Detox Your Kitchen – Cabinets
Detox your kitchen to keep you and your family living healthier and happier.
Between improperly vented gas stoves, cabinetry made with formaldehyde-laden glues and countertops with harmful sealants your kitchen could potentially be a hazardous zone. Next time you remodel your kitchen just be aware of possible chemicals so you can avoid them and find healthier options.
Cabinets can be one of your home’s most polluting components
Most cabinets are made with plywood and particleboard, all of which use off-gas formaldehyde-laden glue. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that is unfortunately used in many cabinets. If your cabinets are at least a couple of years old, these chemicals have likely off-gassed already and can be quite harmful. When you’re in the market for new cabinets, ask questions about how they were made so you can avoid bringing formaldehyde into your kitchen.
Reclaimed wood cabinets are great option because they are environmentally friendly.
However, you should always ask about where the wood came from. Old re-purposed wood may have been treated with chemicals. Ask about the glue used to bind the composite boards. Request that your cabinets be made using low-VOC, formaldehyde-free glues and adhesives. Always ask to make sure that your cabinets aren’t finished with melamine, which can cause skin, eye and throat irritation.
Getting safe and healthy cabinets should not break your wallet. You simply need to be aware of some of the common problems so you can avoid bringing harmful products into your home.
Stay tuned for our advice on Detoxing Countertops.