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Love this repurposing of an old door into a coat rack!!!
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10 Ways to Go Green in the Kitchen and Save Money
Looking for ways to cut down on waste and go green in the kitchen? I’ve got 10 tips on how to do it. Plus, you’ll save money and help the environment along the way.
1. Slay energy vampires. Coffee makers, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen appliances use energy (even when turned off) anytime they’re plugged into a socket. Save up to $100 a year by unplugging devices that aren’t in use or consider a power strip to switch off a cluster of appliances at a time.
2. Upgrade old appliances. For many households, kitchen appliances that are 10+ years old use 70-90% more power than new models. Replace them with Energy Star appliances to cut down on home energy consumption.
3. Switch to cloth. Rather than depend on paper towels for cleaning and drying, make the switch to cloth towels or reuse old t-shirts for cleaning cloths. You’ll save money and cut down on trash waste.
4. Air your clean laundry. When you replace paper towels for cloth towels, be sure to wash and air dry them to cut down on energy consumption and save money. Air drying can be done outside or inside on a towel rack.
5. Check your faucets. Attach low-flow faucet aerators to kitchen faucets that pour out more than 2 gallons per minute. Save up to $80 per year on utility bills by updating faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
6. Grow your own produce. Cut down on grocery costs by growing your own fruit and vegetable garden. Tomatoes and berries are pretty simple to grow – even in a small space such as an apartment patio. No time? Start with an herb garden. Herbs can be grown anywhere – even indoors on a window sill.
7. Join a food buying club. Save money on essentials such as grass-fed beef, organic produce, pantry essentials and more with a food buying club. Bulk foods and supplies cost less to produce and ship as well as use less packaging (cutting down on waste going to landfills). You’ll also help to support small businesses and farms.
Try Village Green Premium – a membership club that costs just $5 a month to join for discounts on everything from real food essentials to cooking classes to health supplements.
8. Barter and share whenever possible. Develop a community to trade or share food, kitchen essentials and even your own skills to save money. Share an abundance of a garden crop with a neighbor or swap meals with a friend.
9. Make your own cleaning supplies. Household cleaners can cost up to $6 – especially for all-natural brands. Make your own cleaners for just pennies. Here’s a fantastic all-purpose household cleaner. Keep reading for more information on how to make your own furniture polish, glass cleaner, disinfectant spray, toilet cleaner, tile and tub cleaner and laundry detergent.
10. Save your kitchen scraps. Composting is a great way to keep your garden soil healthy as well as keep 20-50% of your waste from ending in a landfill. It’s easy to do. Just save vegetable and fruit scraps in the kitchen as well as dead leaves and grass clippings from the yard to a compost bin in your yard. More details on how to set up a composting bin and 100 things you can compost below.
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I like it to have been cleaned (note the use of the passive voice) but I am not among those who take delight in the actual scrubbing, dusting vacuuming stuff.
Plus, I have the kind of skin that breaks out in scaly, itchy yuck when it’s exposed to strong chemicals. I also have the kind of nose that rails at those fake, knock-your-socks-off scents associated with cleaning products, all of which smell very much like the stuff they use in bus and airplane bathrooms to cover up worse smells.
I have made my own all-purpose cleaner for years. Still, cleaning kitchen and bathroom floors was gross. I did it on my hands and knees, using rags because there was just something backwards about running a mop over dirt and then putting the dirty mop back into the clean water. It’s like taking a shower and then getting in dirty water.
I lacked the intestinal fortitude to use two buckets. (Mostly I avoided the task until we were on the edge of a visit from Child Protective Services).
Then I discovered that mop that comes with a bottle of cleaner and some disposable pads. It squirted the cleaner onto the floor for me, and I could just change the pad mid-cleaning if I needed to. It has a nifty scrubby strip for tough spots. No crawling on the floor. No bucket(s). Awesome.
Except for the fact that the cleaner was full of chemicals, and that one was supposed to keep buying new bottles of cleaner and new disposable pads and throwing the empty bottles and used-up pads in landfills for all eternity. Even if you recycle the empty bottles, it’s impossible to open and rinse them, so you are always putting chemicals in with your plastics.
So I jailbroke the sucker. Here’s how:
- Buy one of the aforementioned mop kits. (If you know of another device that fits the bill please post it in the comments!)
- Use the cleaner that comes with the starter kit. (Note: if you really don’t want to use it ever, at all, wait until step #4 and dump it out).
- Depending on your conscience and budget, use or don’t use the cleaning pads that come with the kit.
- Once you’ve used up the cleaner, remove the bottle from the device and very carefully cut a small hole in the top. Not the end that delivers the fluid to the sprayer; the bigger end that is closest to you when the bottle is actually “plugged in” to the mop.
You want the hole to be big enough to insert a funnel, but not big enough that cleaning solution will slosh out every time you move the mop. (We did this using a paring knife, but a craft knife would also work. Please, please, please be careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). You don’t even really have to make a “hole,” per se; cutting an “X” will allow you to push in a standard funnel.
You can also try this method which I have not personally tried, but which looks promising and goes at things from the other end of the cleaner bottle.
If you have decided that you want to dump the commercial cleaner, this is when to do it.5.
5. Buy yourself some washable microfiber replacement pads for one of those steam cleaner named after an ocean predators. (You know the ones). There are replacement pads that are rectangular, and fit pretty neatly on a Swiffer. They usually come two to a pack and are available where those steam cleaners are sold (in stores and online) for about twenty bucks a pair.
6. Rinse the cleaner bottle, and then, using a funnel, fill the bottle with the cleaner of your choice. Most health food stores and co-ops stock a variety of good, green, affordable cleaners for both bathroom/kitchen floors and hardwood floors. I’ll also give you a recipe for the one I make, at the end.
7. When you’re ready to clean, attach a reusable pad to the bottom of the device, and do what you would normally do. If you’ve bought two pads you can switch them out when you feel like the first one is grimy or halfway through the floor, or never. When you’re done, they go in the laundry and then get re-used a billion times without generating any trash.
8. Repeat as needed, feeling thrifty, green and virtuous.
Two Incredibly Cheap & Easy Natural Floor Cleaners
- Put 1-2 Tablespoons of liquid castile soap (which I always have in the house anyway) in a quart container; fill with hot water, cap and shake to mix.
- Put ½ cup distilled white vinegar and 10+ drops essential oil (I like lavender or Rosemary) in a quart container; fill with hot water, cap and shake to mix. (You don’t need the essential oil, but my husband hates the smell of vinegar even for the few minutes it takes to dissipate).
Realized recipes I found yesterday, particularly the oily skin face cleanser that calls for borax as an ingredient, is not as green as it seems.
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