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Cultivating an Eco-Friendly Kitchen for a Greener Lifestyle

Cultivating an Eco-Friendly Kitchen for a Greener Lifestyle

Becoming more eco-friendly in your home often doesn’t require as much effort as you might imagine. Today we’re providing you with some simple DIY hacks using items and ingredients you likely already have on your pantry shelves that will help reduce your carbon footprint and save you some money in the process.

Make Your Own Cleaners

Save money, plastic, time, and energy and rid your kitchen of store-bought chemicals by creating your own kitchen cleaners. All you need is a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1 cup of water, and 3 drops each of tea tree oil and grapefruit essential oil. Mix it up and spray away! Essential oils smell lovely and have antibacterial properties, while vinegar is a pro at cutting through tough kitchen grease and grime.

Use Those Homemade Cleaners With Cloth Towels

Ditch paper goods as much as possible, and instead use cloth dish towels or rags to wipe down surfaces and dry hands and dishes with. Waste from one-use paper products is unnecessary and super easy to cut down on. You can even make your own rags by cutting up old t-shirts. This one saves you some coin, too!

Invest In Reusable Shopping Bags

One google search of plastic bag pollution in our oceans should be enough to motivate anyone to start using reusable shopping bags. They are available at most local grocery stores and are an easy one-time purchase for pollution-free, guilt-free grocery shopping. Pro-tip: keep a few in the trunk of your car as well as by your front door so you never find yourself at the store without them again!

Ditch Plastic Water Bottles

One-use plastic water bottles are a major contributor to waste, and like plastic bags, can easily be avoided. Invest in a quality, insulated reusable water bottle and we swear you’ll never go back. Klean Kanteen makes a great one that comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and keeps your beverages cold (or hot!) for up to 14 hours with Climate Lock Vacuum Insulation. Get in the habit of filling your water bottle up before you leave the house, and you’ll never have to buy a plastic one in a pinch again.

Be Energy Savvy With Your Dishwasher

Wait until you have a full load of dishes to run the dishwasher, instead of running it each day with half a load or less. This will save energy as well as water, and may even cut down a bit on your monthly bills.

Be Mindful About Packaging

When you’re browsing in the grocery store, start to pay attention to the packaging that your items come in. Instead of buying individually wrapped snacks and drinks, like juice boxes or those (admittedly handy) hundred calorie packs, buy larger cartons of juice and bags of snacks and then portion them out at home if needed. While this may seem like a small step, you’d be surprised at how much it can cut down on waste.

Use all these new tips in your very own gourmet style kitchen at an Olympus Property near you. Contact us today to learn more!