Save Earth and Save Your Dinero – Part Trois

Posted: March 30, 2010 in save the world

During a day in the kitchen, gallons of water and food will be wasted, chemicals will be sprayed and disposables will be used. Follow this tips to become more eco-savy and saver-savy.

  • Chemicals should be kept at a minimum. We have become a germ obsessed society as we are addicted to bleach, ammonia and other toxic cleansing solutions in order to keep our kitchen clean. I guess we have forgotten that human civilization has been able to survive without the help of Clorox. And that by killing all the germs, we maybe doing more harm than good. It might be advised to those who are sensitive to chemicals or have a condition such as asthma, use alternative natural cleaning supplies. My favorite cleaning product is Method because of their all-natural  products. Because they are friendly to my lungs, I recommend the all-purpose spray for the counters, outside of refrigerator,  stove top and inside the trash can. The sprays come in different scents including lavender, grapefruit, cucumber and sea minerals.
  • Run the dishwasher with a full house not an empty one. Running a full load will save energy and cut down on wasteful washes. Make your load more eco-friendly by using a biodegradable dishwasher liquid.
  • Missing a fork? Instead of spending some money to buy an expensive new  flatware set, purchase a more affordable set at your local thrift store.
  • Use cloth napkins or forgo the paper ones. I would rather forgo the paper napkins because of the cleaning involved with cloth.
  • Oven cleaner sprays not needed! Sprinkle some baking soda into your oven and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Before you throw out these veggies, cook them in soup. Tops of celery, onion skins, and stalks of herbs can be added to water to make broth.
  • Compost is not a landfill’s best friend. Compost is simply decomposed organic material made from plant material or animal matter which ends up as rich and fertile soil. Potential compost belongs in a garden and not in a landfill.

Further reading:

http://www.ecogreenarticles.com/top-environmental-issues-that-concern-a-chef/

http://www.methodhome.com

http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-how/extraordinary-uses-for-baking-soda/article23745.html

http://www.composting101.com

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