A Non-Toxic Guide to Tuning Up Your Resuable, Plastic-Free Kitchen Tools
Living green takes commitment. Luckily, you are not alone. With so many new go green, plastic-free product companies springing up, it is easier than ever to keep the green flame going.
Springtime is the right time to slip a few more no-plastic tricks up your eco-sleeve, especially when it comes to spring cleaning in your eco kitchen. Let’s tune up your zero-waste toolkit for the warm weather ahead.
Reusable bottles correct a multitude of sins. They can also hide a lot of gunk. Take a peek inside your favorite stainless steel or glass bottle. Chances are there may be something other than water at the bottom. An easy fix, simply buy a bottle brush. Measure the opening of your bottle before you click “buy.” Or pick a versatile brush like the one-size-fits-many Reach Bottle Brush by our friends at Full Circle Home.
Suck It Up
How often do you think about straws? If you are on a plastic-free pathway, chances are a lot. These pesky little things can cause a great deal of harm. Clean the ones you already own or buy glass straws from Glass Dharma. They come with their own little brush.
Now that you only use wood or bamboo cutting boards (right?) instead of plastic, you need to seal them with wood or bamboo oil like the lovely bambo and wood grain finishing oil sold by our friends at Bambu. Great for their reusable lunchbox sporks we sell, as well! Use a soft cloth towel to coat the board.
It’s an eco sin to forget your bags in the car, but now you can add something else to fret about to your eco list… you’ve also got to remember to wash those bags! Did you think of that, too?
Don’t forget to regularly clean your reusable grocery bags. Hot water kills any E.coli and other bacteria. Just make sure they're not dry nylon bags. High heat can warp them. Hand wash bags and air dry made of non-woven polypropylene or recycled PET like mesh bags or crocheted bags.
Wipe It Up!
Say goodbye to paper towels. You’ll save some trees and some money. Instead add a splash of color with cotton Unpaper Towels that are much more absorbent and machine washable.
Mix It Up!
Got more cleaning to tackle in your eco kitchen? Mix up a batch of non-toxic, DIY vinegar cleanser. Vinegar is a cheap, chemical free alternative that extends the life of all your sponges and scrub brushes. That means a lot less waste coming out of your eco kitchen.
Mix vinegar with warm water and a couple drops of sudsy for an all-purpose cleaner. Boil a solution of watered down vinegar in your microwave (if you still use one!) until steamy and then wipe down. Use your imagination. Only good ole fashioned clean can come from this!
Use vinegar to sanitize your drains too! Just pour some down and run the disposal if you have one.
Eco-friendly folks are masterminds when it comes to using products in ways they were never intended to be used! Up-use old plastics instead of discarding them by trying a mesh produce bag out as a scrubber for pots and pans! These are one-use items though. Food really sticks to mesh.
Quick, cheap, and easy. If only everyone knew how easy it was to live green!