#SaferChoices: Some Good Lead Free Mixing Bowls Choices

Some Good Lead Free Mixing Bowls ChoicesAs many of my friends, followers and readers know already most of the vintage dishware and kitchenware I have tested has tested positive for lead with an XRF instrument.

Unfortunately many new pieces will also have lead at high levels, especially if they are ceramic or enamel coated in any way. [Highly decorated and colorful kitchenware may also test positive for high levels of cadmium and arsenic among other heavy metals.]

The level of lead that is considered safe for an item intended for children is anything UNDER 90 ppm lead.  Dishware and Kitchenware is not regulated in the same way (as items intended for children) and often has lead in the many hundreds to 10,000 ppm range or sometimes even higher.

My overall argument (as a mother of lead poisoned children) is that lead is one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man and has no place in our kitchens, even in trace amounts.

As a result  – and in response to other posts on this site that share items with high lead, below I am sharing some lead-free choices for mixing bowls, as alternatives to the heavily leaded vintage Pyrex, Fire King (and other brands) that I have shared in other posts.

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Some Good Lead Free Mixing Bowls Choices
I recommend the following items as they are the same as (or similar to) the mixing bowls I have in my kitchen, bowls I have tested with an XRF and found to be lead-free.

The great thing is that these items are also fairly inexpensive (as well as being very safe choices for your family!)

Prices listed below are from Amazon at the time of posting and may change:

Thanks for reading!  Happy shopping! And, as always, please let me know ifyou have any questions.

Tamara Rubin
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children

Affiliate link disclosure: If you choose to purchase any items after clicking the Amazon links above, Amazon pays me a small kick back as a thank you for sending business their way. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and helps support this website, allowing me to keep sharing information about childhood lead poisoning prevention (as well as making it possible for me to keep sharing about safe products for your home and family) ... Sharing this information in turn helps families everywhere protect their children from potential environmental toxicity in their homes. I only link to products that are the same as (or very similar to) ones that I either have direct personal experience with in my home or that I have personally tested with an XRF Instrument and found to be lead-safe or lead-free. December 2016

8 Responses to #SaferChoices: Some Good Lead Free Mixing Bowls Choices

  1. Violet September 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    Hi Tamara,

    Thank you so much for the work you are doing! I’m replacing kitchen items and mixing bowls are on my list.

    Am I missing the webpage and links on recommended cookware such as a pot and skillet?

  2. Kimberly September 26, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Tamara,

    I was looking at the link for the anchor hocking 10 piece mixing bowl set. The page gives the warning of proposition 65. Do you think anchor hocking has changed the glass composition of these bowls since you made this post and they now contain lead?

    • Tamara September 27, 2018 at 9:36 am #

      Oh- hmmm – I will look into that! It might be for silica or some other prop 65 concern.

    • Tamara September 27, 2018 at 9:38 am #

      I looked at that link. They are the same product that should be lead-free. It’s possible that they are adding a prop 65 warning to everything they sell on Amazon just to avoid any potential inadvertent risk of not being in compliance with the regulations.

  3. Claire November 19, 2018 at 1:06 am #

    Hi so is glass and stainless steel usually lead free in mixing bowls? I’m in the U.K. so can’t purchase the items linked to.

    • Tamara November 19, 2018 at 8:26 am #

      Yes – in new items!
      If you have any ideas for a potential agency sponsor in the U.K. that might help me come there to do some outreach events, please let me know! Thank you.

  4. Cody Zervas March 8, 2019 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Tamara,

    I’m a filmmaker and graduate of Northwestern University’s film school. I am passionate about the lead-free cause and baffled and enraged by our society’s blindness to it. I’d like to lend my filmmaking skills to you in any capacity that might be useful. I know you’re a filmmaker yourself, but if there’s one thing that’s true about film it’s that the more hands you have on deck, the better. Please let me know if there’s any way I can be of help.

    In addition, I had a question: in your experience, what is the proportion of unpainted unglazed glassware that contains lead? If I purchase a set of glass cups online, such as these for example https://amzn.to/2Tqb4Lt, what can I expect my risk to be? Thanks in advance.

    Cody Zervas

    • Tamara March 8, 2019 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Cody!

      Thank you for being in touch. I will also send you an e-mail (about the film stuff!) I really appreciate your offer.

      Modern unpainted clear drinking glasses are generally Lead-free (unless they are advertised as being made of recycled glass, or made of leaded crystal). The ones you linked to here say “lead-free” in the header – and with clear glass I have no reason to distrust that advertising claim. All bets are off when there are any painted decorations (including logo markings on the bottom or similar.) I also avoid things with a slight tint (like a green or blue tint) – because even if they are advertised as lead-free there is still a chance that they contain trace lead (the blue or green tint is often – but not always – indicative of recycled glass.)


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