Because it is such a central space in your home, going green in your kitchen is the best place to start becoming eco-friendly. Here are some great ideas you can use.
by Sammy Lamb
for Assorted Ideas, Large & Small
1. Use Organic Cleaning Products
There are a ton of options these days when it comes to going green in your kitchen without going broke. There is no excuse not to go organic and toxin-free in your home, especially when it’s one of the easiest ways to go green in your kitchen. For most homes, a simple all-purpose cleaner and an all-purpose counter cleaner will go a long way in the green cleaning department. (See how to easily make your own here.)
2. Use Vinegar to Clean
Vinegar is another great go green option that makes it easy to go green in your kitchen while keeping things cheap (and vinegar can be used for soooo many other things besides cleaning). Mixing some vinegar with baking soda is a great way to go green in the kitchen without worrying about harsh chemicals. White vinegar is also great for cleaning your coffee pot, once a month.
3. Get Greener Composting Options for Your Kitchen
Seriously consider composting. When food goes into landfills, it releases methane as it degrades. Methane is one of the worst common environmental toxins that makes a difference in how green you can go, and it can start you on the patch of going green in the kitchen by composting.
Tip: What is composting? Many organic materials go into the compost bin, like fruit scraps, vegetable skins and paper. When it comes time to go green in your kitchen, you can use this material as soil for potted plants or even start seedlings if you are an avid gardener.
4. Invest in a Water Filter
It is important to go green in your kitchen with filtered water. Why? When it comes to water drinking purposes, you can save by avoiding bottled water. Saving money can be one of those reasons! I went out recently and bought my first water filter, and I can’t wait to go back and get a second.
4. Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
If your home is still using incandescent light bulbs, you should make a quick switch over to energy-efficient light bulbs if you want to go green in your kitchen. Energy-efficient light bulbs use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, so the switch will also go a long way in helping you go green in your kitchen as well as the rest of your home.
5. Replace Your Paper Towels with Reusable Cotton Rounds
This is probably my favorite go-green option on this list. There is nothing better than using reusable cotton rounds to go green in your kitchen. You can go 100% if you want, or you could go 50% and use them every other time. But making the switch will make a huge difference when it comes to going green in your kitchen!
6. Get a Compost Bin for Your Kitchen
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of getting a separate compost bin for your kitchen, use a countertop compost crock instead. This is one go green idea that is not only easy but also super cheap! I just recently got my own compost bin, which is one of the best go green options I have ever had! I am not even sure why it took me so long to get one.
7. Use Cloth Dishrags Instead of Paper Towels
If you go with the method of using reusable cotton rounds for your countertops, you can go all in and use them for everything, or you could just go 50% and only use them half the time.
But whichever go green option you choose, the dishrags will go a long way in helping in your kitchen.
8. Get a Green Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal is one of the last things people think of for going green in their kitchens, but if you get a garbage disposal that’s made from recycled materials and is certified by the EPA, go green in your kitchen with a greener garbage disposal.
9. Wash Your Hands with Biodegradable Soap
Go green in your kitchen without worrying about harsh chemicals by using biodegradable soap when washing your hands. It’s as simple as that, and it will go a long way towards making your kitchen more eco-friendly.
10. Get a Bottleless Water Cooler
If you go green in your kitchen with a water cooler, go big and get one that doesn’t use any bottles when it comes to delivering cold, filtered water! You can go bottleless or go partially bottleless by having one of the larger water tanks that only need to be refilled about once a month. Either way, go green in your kitchen while keeping things cheap and easy!
So go green in your kitchen by getting started today! You can go as quickly or as slowly as you want, but the most important thing is to do something! So go ahead and get started so you can go green in your kitchen.
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