How Green is your Kitchen

green-kitchenI have always believed that the kitchen should be the greenest and the cleanest part of any household. It is the very spot where we cook food, make our meals, and experiment on different drinks and dishes, which are the very reasons why we continue to live. Aside from the fact that it is where nourishment starts, it is also the very place where we tend to spend time with our family, especially during dinner time as most of us love to converse on the table. But kitchen cleanliness should not be limited to its appearance. Yes, you may have spic and span oven, island, pantry, and stove, but are your cooking utensils BPA-free? Do you have preservatives or additives in your pantry? Have you been using chemicals to strip away grease? If you are, then your kitchen is not entirely clean or green because all these are dirty as it can cause various diseases to you and your family. Here are the main considerations to know how your green kitchen is.

1. Go easy with your kitchen cleaners. Undeniably, household cleaning products are easier to use while homemade kitchen products are quite challenging because you will have to create the solution first before it becomes effective. However, the latter is undeniably a better option because of the absence of any chemical formula in the solution, keeping you and your kitchen at bay from contamination. Apart from that, natural kitchen cleaners are very cheap as most of the ingredients are most likely sitting in the pantry. For an all-around house cleaner that you can use in your kitchen, you will need 1 tsp borax, ½ tsp washing soda, 1 tsp liquid castile soap, and essential oils which can range from lemon, lavender, or orange. To create the mixture, add 2 cups of warm water and pour it into a bottle and shake well. Spray the solution on the affected area and wipe it with clean rag. To clean a dishwasher, you will only need a bowl of undiluted white vinegar and then run the dishwasher as usual without any eating utensils inside. These kitchen cleaners may take time to fully provide a sparklingly clean effect to your kitchen, but the fact that they’re effective and all-natural, you’re guaranteed of a safer and more efficient way to have a green and clean kitchen.

2. Purchase eco-friendly kitchen utensils only and steer clear from plastic-made items. Plastic products are made of non-biodegradable substances that are dubbed to be one of the top contaminants of different bodies of water in the world. Aside from that, the substances are then eaten by aquatic inhabitants, which are then consumed by us. Unfortunately, since we are on top of the food chain, we get the most amounts of toxins, so it is always important to take note of the things you use in the kitchen. For basic green kitchen utensils, opt for bamboo utensil sets, eco-plastic or bamboo cutting/chopping board, environment-friendly lunchbox made of recycled materials, green placemats that are made of recycled fabric, and even eco-friendly aprons.

3. Use all-natural ingredients for your recipes only. Never include MSG or preservatives and additives in your recipes as these are carcinogens. Having all-natural ingredients in your pantry such as freshly harvested veggies and fruits is one of the best ways to keep a healthy and green kitchen as well as a well-nourished family, which is always the goal of every responsible parent. Make sure to have a good supply of rich-hued vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, kale, celery, as well as citrus fruits to help your loved ones obtain their needed vitamins and minerals. To spice up your recipe, only use natural spices such as garlic, bell pepper, chili, lemon grass, and the likes.

4. To maintain the cleanliness of your kitchen, clean food drops and drink spills right away. These can become food for pests such as cockroaches, ants, flies, and rodents, which are apparently one of the greatest carriers of disease-causing germs at home.

5. A green kitchen does not only mean a clean kitchen. It also means an energy-efficient kitchen. You can have one by using green certified refrigerator and eco-friendly stove and oven. There are newer kitchen appliances these days that offer energy-saving features. Although they’re pretty expensive, the savings and the ease of use can compensate its price. In addition to that, use solar panels for your lighting and heating needs in the kitchen. Some households are even installing solar panels beside their kitchen for cooking and heating purposes.

6. Use grey water wisely. The water used when washing dishes as well as doing your laundry are useful to plants. If you have a garden, toss grey water to your plants to minimize the use of your water sprinkler. Grey water contains chemicals that are necessary for the plants’ growth.