1-CLEAN UP YOUR INDOOR AIR. You’d be surprised by the amount of air pollution in the home. When you remodel the kitchen, please choose to ventilate. Hire an experienced tradesman to run and route the venting to the outside. Check the power and specs for the hood or vent that you select. One of the brands I’ve had experience with through the years is Best by Broan. Here is what their site indicates “http://www.broan.com/frequently-asked-questions#9a3e7c6b-63ca-4047-9bec-5fdaa6c7bfeb
2-ELECTRIC COOKTOPS. Both electric and gas cooking offers pros and cons. I prefer electric cooking for a healtheir kitchen environment. Gas burners can add up to 30% indoor nitrogen dioxide concentrations, depending on how cooking usage. It seems a better idea to me not to have an open flame. However, I am an electric cooktop “fan” of the higher end brands such as Wolf electric or induction because of the responsiveness and the flatness and dispersion of heat to the cooking vessel.
3-HEALTHY CABINETS. Yes, there really is such a thing …. but only in the last 10 years have manufacturers made it a priority to build cabinets with no added urea formaldehyde, which is now a known carcinogen. These manufacturers have complied with the newer CARB laws and you will find little “off-gassing” or odors of the new cabinets.Some of the brands that I like are Medallion, Mouser, and Neff Kitchen cabinets.
4-PAINT WALLS WITH A LOW VOC PAINT. What you are after, for a healthier home, is NO formaldehydes or toxic materials. All the better paint brands have a plethora of paint and stain products. Check out Sherwin-Williams http://www.sherwin-williams.com
5-INSTALL A SANITARY COUNTERTOP. Or at least do some research …. since there is no “perfect” countertop as yet, some of my choices for non-porous, acid-resistant surfaces include engineered quartz (ie.Cambria, Dupont’s, Caesarstone,) and soapstone as a natural surface that resists acids and alkalis and does not require chemical sealing
6-INSTALL THE LATEST CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. In the kitchen area and according to your city’s code. The brand First Alert has a good selection, some with detection for all types of gasses including methane and propane. I’m planning on installing a new detector in my own kitchen with the digital readout.
7-GET A RADON TEST. Since radon is a known carcinogen, and it’s easy to get a certified radon inspection …. this is a “no-brainer” for a homeowner who wants a healthier environment in their kitchen and entire home. Read more about radon in this website http://allthingsradon.com/category/radon-lung-cancer/
8-CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN SAFELY. What I can control, is the cleaning products that I use in my kitchen …. and basically recommend anything WITHOUT an odor, that is non-toxic and non-flammable. Currently, I’m using the Vivesan brand of natural cleaning products which are 100% plant-based, odorless, carcinogen-free and made in the USA. http://vivesan.com/
9-HANDS-FREE PRODUCTS. Not spreading germs and bacteria is on everyone’s mind lately, and cooking with raw foods is a day-to-day routine, so the new faucets that have motion sensors are great for those of us who like to cook. Check out Moen faucets new line at http://www.moen.com/whats-new/innovation/motionsense. Another area of bacteria is the trash, and itouchless hands-free trashcans with carbon-filter technology are great product choices for germ control in the kitchen. http://www.itouchless.com/share/cgi-bin/site.cgi?site_id=itouchless&page_id=dzt13p
10-MICROBAN TECHNOLOGY CHOICES. From appliances to grout, this is an antimicrobial that works at the cellular lever and according to their website (www.microban.com) inhibits bacteria, mold and mildew. Appliance housings may look clean and shiny, but they can have bacteria build-up. Many refrigerators now offer Microban technology. Grout is famous for bacteria and mold build-up … look for grouts with added Microban technology. Prevention is key.
All of this sounds a bit overwhelming, even to me! You can’t always control what comes into your kitchen, but making healthier decisions when updating your kitchen or remodeling your kitchen can help to provide some peace of mind.