A green kitchen is probably one of the most important aspects of committing to a toxin-free and environmentally-friendly life. If making sure that your home is not only sparkling clean but also naturally healthy for you and your family, then there are a couple of steps you want to follow in thinking about your kitchen. After all, it’s the place where you prepare your food and where your family spends a lot of time!
When keeping a green, non-toxic kitchen, there are several things you need to keep in mind, from the cleaning solutions to the storage and cooking utensils you use.
Prepping your kitchen using non-toxic techniques.
At Sparkling Clean Agency, we advocate non-toxic cleaning solutions that help clean your home and eliminate unwanted dust and bacteria without threatening your health with harsh, toxic chemicals. Read our post on our favorite environmentally-friendly commercial cleaning solutions, or try your hand at making your own, using natural products often found in your kitchen! Whatever you choose, it goes without saying that you should use only the same non-toxic and natural cleaning solutions and methods in your kitchen as you would in the rest of your home. Indeed, you should be especially careful in your kitchen to make sure that not only all the surfaces and utensils are clean but also safe to use and work with, since you will be storing, preparing and cooking food in this space.
To learn, which areas of your kitchen generally need to be cleaned regularly, you can refer to the “Kitchen” section on our Services list. However, it is especially important to make sure your food preparation is sanitary. For example, you may not want to prepare meat on wooden cutting boards, as they are difficult to clean and the meat can harbor bacteria. The cleaners we refer at Sparking Clean Agency practice eco-friendly house-cleaning, and are trained in these details to make sure your home is sparkling and clean. Cleaners bring their own non-toxic cleaning products, as well as multicolored rags, which they use for specific areas of the kitchen and your home to avoid any cross-contamination. The goal is to keep all surfaces that might come into contact with food clean, but also non-toxic!
Using non-toxic utensils.
Many of us are dedicated to using eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning solutions but are unaware of the hidden toxins in many household utensils. Many materials used in common kitchenware have been found to lead to concerning health issues. One of the most dangerous materials for our health is plastic. Unfortunately, countless kitchenware is made from plastic – this is especially true for all sorts of Tupperware and food storage items. Never put plastic items in the microwave and if you absolutely must use plastic, make sure it is BPA free as BPA and other chemicals derived from plastic actually leak into our food. The safest material you want to use in your kitchen is actually glass. For a great overview on which items to strictly avoid in the kitchen and to keep your food safe, check out this blog post by Mighty Nest.
In conclusion, the kitchen is often the heart of the home, especially if you have children. Making sure that your home is not only sparkling clean, but also naturally healthy, is actually incredibly important when it comes to the kitchen and the food you prepare for yourself and your family. Don’t take any risks!
If you want to learn more about step by step tips to green cleaning your home, read our informative post here! We also shared some useful insights into the hidden benefits of green laundry, and how to make sure your home smells clean the natural way.
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.