4 Easy Tips for a Greener Kitchen

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These simple tips can help you transition to a greener, more eco-friendly kitchen – and will save you some green as well!

There are many areas of the home where you can make simple changes that will help you achieve a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. The kitchen is one area where you can make a substantial difference – just by switching to energy-efficient appliances, using re-usable food containers, and choosing non-toxic products for cleaning. (You can even make your own safe and natural cleaning products very easily and cheaply.)

Not only will your home be more eco-friendly, but your family will be safer as well – and you may even save some money at the same time!

Here are 4 helpful tips to making the change to a greener kitchen a smooth one:

Food and Storage Prep

Saving money by purchasing cheap plastic containers to organize leftovers and dry goods may seem like a good idea. However, over time, microwaving and washing these low grade plastics can easily leach chemical toxins into your food. In addition, avoiding foods packaged in toxic plastics or transferring them to glass containers is also best.

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Look for BPA-free and other toxin-free storage containers as well as plastic wrap and the like made from soluble plant fibers and other compostable products.

Utensils

Eco-friendly tableware and utensils are an excellent replacement mission that can slowly turn your kitchen green. Traditional stainless steel forks, knives and spoons are fine but why not look into sustainable choices such as products made from bamboo.

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Energy Efficient Upgrade

As your kitchen appliances get older you can begin replacing them with energy efficient choices. Look for the Energy Star label and donate or properly dispose your old appliance rather than just toss them it into a landfill.

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Non-Toxic Scrub Down

As each of your under the sink toxic cleaning supplies empty, replacing them with green kitchen cleanup choices is a win-win. Look for biodegradable ingredients that may include natural, ammonia-free, enzyme cleaning agents such as probiotics, citrus fruit infusion, and various natural scents. Non-toxic cleaning may also consist of recycled paper towels; airzyme technology; essential oil infused disinfectants; and compostable trash bags.

Check out the full article for more details at GreenHome.com

 

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