Since your kitchen sees a lot of use and has a number of high-energy appliances, making green improvements to this area will do a lot of good. These eight green additions will reduce your home’s impact on the environment!
Reusable towels. Paper towels may be convenient, but they’re also wasteful! Save money and reduce your impact on the environment by using cloth towels or microfiber cloths to clean up kitchen messes.
All-natural disinfectant. The next time you wipe down your countertop, disinfect the area with this homemade spray. This recipe was developed by food scientists at Virginia Tech to prevent salmonella, and it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or toxins. It’s also a great way to rid your home of cold and flu germs!
Energy-efficient appliances. Older appliances tend to use more energy than newer, more efficient ones. If your refrigerator is past its prime (10 years or older), you may want to consider upgrading to an Energy Star certified appliance. Your refrigerator probably uses more electricity than any other appliance in your kitchen, so upgrading can make a big difference!
Green dish soap. Did you know that the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of six is liquid dish soap? Making your own dish soap is easy and will help you avoid toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and ammonia that are found in most store-bought dishwashing liquids.
Glass containers. Store your leftovers or dry goods in reusable, sealable glass containers. By avoiding cheap, plastic storage containers, you’ll stop leaching chemicals into your food and save yourself from having to purchase new ones when the plastic begins to wear or crack.
Natural drain cleaner. Instead of using store-bought drain cleaners, unclog your sink drain with baking soda, vinegar and half of a lemon. Drain cleaners typically contain a bunch of dangerous chemicals, including lye and sulfuric acid, which can cause serious burning if they’re splashed on your skin. To learn how to clear your sink drain the natural way, read: Make Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner.
Compost bin. Instead of tossing your food scraps into the garbage, compost them. Your leftovers will turn into nutrient-rich soil and you'll help the environment! If you don't have space outside to compost, you can add a small compost container right in your kitchen. Once a week, mix in your food scraps and add more soil. For complete instructions, read: Make a Compost Bin.