eco friendly kitchen

Making an Eco Friendly Kitchen

As more and more people become aware of the drain which mankind is having on the planet, there’s a growing desire to try to inject some extra eco friendly habits into our lifestyles. An eco friendly kitchen is not only one which is built from sustainable wood…it’s also a base where eco friendly habits can flourish!

There are many ways in which we can promote greener living in our own homes and the kitchen is one of the best places to begin. Some of the most sensible eco friendly habits for the kitchen are as follows.

Stop using chemical cleaning products!

For some people this is a tough one but once you get a handle on how dangerous for the environment even the most widely used products actually are, then you might be a little more willing to experiment. We all know that bleach is marvellous for stain removal and for sanitizing worktops and bins but it is also terrible for the planet. Instead of using bleach try a solution of baking soda and lemon juice instead. Lemon juice contains natural bleach and if you soak off-white items such as tea cups which are marked with tannin, in this mixture you will notice that the results are excellent. The same solution may be used for sinks and drains. Killing germs without the use of bleach is not something which many people can accept is possible but it most certainly is.

The kitchen is often one of the most bacteria ridden places in the home thanks to the fact that it’s the place where we prepare food. Chicken and other poultry can leave potentially lethal bacteria behind but creating a natural disinfectant is very simple.

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Mix the following in a container and add it to a spray bottle for your very own germ blasting spray which won’t harm the environment at all.

  • 20 drops of lavender oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • Around 2 cups of distilled water

Spray this mixture on countertops and wipe with a damp cloth…you can also use it on bins and in sink areas. If you are especially anxious about bacteria, follow up your treatment with a wipe down of white vinegar… white distilled vinegar being especially potent in the battle against the germs.

Not only is your bacteria removing routine a potentially great area to begin cleaning up your act…but your waste management too! Ensure that you recycle all containers and sort them properly so that the local recycling company may dispose of them with ease. Save your vegetable peelings and non-meat food waste for your own compost heap… this is a super tip for keen gardeners.

Once you get into the habit of being a little more careful in the kitchen you will find that not only are you saving the environment but also a heap of money! Cleaning products are expensive but their natural counterparts are not. Make up your solutions in advance and store them as you would your ordinary household cleaners…your kitchen and the environment will both benefit from your efforts.

Ant Langston is a content writer for the Online Home Retail Network and covers a wide variety of subjects from DIY and Barbecue Recipes, to Gardening and Environmental Issues.

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