Here are 5 ways to clean and green your kitchen space while reducing your ‘kitchen footprint’ on the earth. Many of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens with our families. Cooking, doing homework, eating meals and gatherings with family and friends. Everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen space. These simple steps will help you ‘clean and green’ your kitchen making it a healthier space to be in! It is also friendlier to the earth and your wallet :)
Green Your Kitchen!
Create an all purpose kitchen spray with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. Use with cotton cloths on counters and stove. If you prefer a scented product you can add lemon essential oil or make your own oil infused vinegar. In a glass jar, place orange peels, lemon peels, grapefruit peels and cover with vinegar. Store for 2-3 weeks and add to your bottle! These are my go to glass spray bottles. For a larger bottle you can use a reusable plastic spray bottle purchased at the supermarket or any local home store.
Use less Paper Towels! Americans seem to be obsessed with paper towels. They are expensive and reusable cotton cloths can be used instead. I also have these Skoy Cloths in my kitchen. They absorb spills and I use them for cleaning as well. I like this pack with it’s different colors for different uses.
Add a houseplant or 2! Houseplants brighten spaces and help oxygenate the air. You can go big or small depending on your space. Kitchen windows are also great for small herb plants such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano! Click here for Great Kitchen Herbs.
Go unscented with your garbage bags. You can deodorize with baking soda. JUST SAY NO TO FEBREEZE PRODUCTS! They are toxic in nature. Scented garbage bags just add chemicals into your kitchen that you shouldn’t be breathing in. Compost what you can to reduce your weekly trash!
Go natural with your dishwasher (and dish washing) detergent. Popular store bought brands contain bleach and those chemicals get released into the air and also sit on your dishes and drink ware. I prefer making my own dishwasher detergent due to cost but there are better store bought brands. Ecover unscented has been my store bought go to. Look for an ingredient list! Do not buy household products without ingredients. You can check safe products here at EWG’s Cleaning Guide: https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners