Grow Your Own Herbs
If you love to cook, growing your own herbs at home is a fun and eco-friendly way to help make your kitchen greener. You can certainly grow herbs outside in your garden; however, if you don’t have any outdoor space, you can grow them at home right on your countertop.
Filter Your Water
Setting up a filtration system for your water is a great way to save money on bottled water, as well keeping your family healthy. Even if you have a filtration system in your refrigerator, it’s a great idea to install one on your kitchen sink and make sure that the water you use for cooking and cleaning is also filtered. If you want an easier filtration solution, consider purchasing a filtered water pitcher.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Another easy way to go green in your kitchen is to commit to only using natural cleaning products. It’s easy to find eco-friendly cleaning products in most grocery and big-box stores these days. However, you can also create your own cleaning solutions at home with some easy ingredients and quick recipes.
Run Your Dishwasher When It’s Full
Studies show that dishwashers are more energy- and water-efficient than washing our dishes by hand. However, you can waste a lot of water if you’re running your dishwasher often when it’s not full. Run your dishwasher at the end of the day, when it’s at its fullest, then you can wake up in the morning to a load of clean dishes.
Ditch Plastic Containers for Glass
Glass containers are more expensive, but they tend to last longer and don’t contain any of the chemicals that many of the plastic containers do. Mason jars are a great, inexpensive option, and you can usually find a comparably-sized glass container for any of the plastic pieces you currently have.
Add a Low-Flow Aerator to Your Kitchen Sink
According to the EPA, adding an aerator to each sink in your home can save an average family approximately 700 gallons of water per year. That could equal monthly savings on your water bill of about $48. Since your kitchen sink is often the busiest sink in your home, that’s a great place to start. Choose an aerator to work with your existing faucet, and start saving money (and water!) on day one.
You can immediately reduce the amount of garbage you’re throwing away by recycling your food waste and using it as an invaluable tool for the soil in your garden. It’s also a great way to teach your kids about recycling and how we can each do our part to care for the planet.
Eliminate Paper Towel Use
It’s easy to get used to cleaning up and tackling spills with paper towels. However, you can keep things much more eco-friendly in your kitchen by relying on kitchen towels and rags for easy clean-up and maintenance. Recycle older hand towels or washcloths into rags, and make sure you have plenty of kitchen towels around to grab when you need them.