5 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Considering that you spend a lot of time in the kitchen and that it has to be a clean and safe place,
turning it into an Eco-friendly area is a great idea that will not only reduce your household costs but it will also keep you healthier. Here are 5 ideas to turn your kitchen into an Eco-friendly one.

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1. Get a dishwasher

In the kitchen, you waste the most water when you do the dishes by hand, as you leave the water running while you apply soap and you rinse the dishes with plenty of water. A great idea to turn your kitchen into an Eco-friendly one is to use a dishwasher instead of washing the dishes by hand. The dishwasher uses far less water, it features washing cycles that reduce the amount of time needed to complete a full load and most models are Energy Star rated, meaning they require less energy. Go to the www.dishwashercritic.com website and read some reviews so that you can see for yourself which dishwasher is the most efficient, from an energy and water consumption point of view.

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2. Get a water filter

If you frequently buy bottled water, you might want to consider a countertop or an undersink water filter. With the help of such a filter, you will be able to enjoy pure drinking water directly from your kitchen sink. Thus, you will waste less plastic and you will also end up saving some money. If you are uncertain of which filter to buy, go to waterfilters.systems, where you will find a lot of countertop and under sink water filter reviews that will help you make the right choice.

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3. Properly handle the refrigerator

The refrigerator is a large kitchen appliance that uses plenty of energy in order to operate and the energy consumption is increased if you don’t handle the unit properly. The first thing you have to do is to choose an Energy Star rated model with a low consumption, then you have to pay attention where you place it and how you handle it. Keep the refrigerator away from sources of heat, clean the back coils to avoid further consumption and smartly store the food so that you will keep the door open less time.

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4. Reuse and recycle

Recycling is an important part of an Eco-friendly living and you should recycle as much as possible, especially in the kitchen where you use so many foods or items that come in packings and wrappings. The best thing you can do with your food remains is to turn them into compost for your plants while all the cans, bags and bottles can become great accessories for your house. Make vases, containers, flower pots or decorations out of them to avoid throwing them into the garbage.

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5. Purify the air

Food odors, smoke, cleaning products or fungus are only some of the contaminants existing in the air in your kitchen. To remove all these impurities, you can use an air purifier that absorbs the air, runs it through a series of filters and retains even the smallest particles that fill the breathing air and releases clean and pure air back into the room. The stove hood is also very important in removing the contaminants from the air in your kitchen, thus creating a safer and healthier environment.