I am always pondering what steps I can take to make every room in my home healthier. One of the most important rooms for this, in my opinion, is the kitchen. It’s where I prepare food that nourishes me, my husband, and my children, so why wouldn’t I want to take extra care when deciding on utensils and other items?
Of course this is always a work in progress since I am always learning more, but here are a few steps you can take to make your kitchen green and healthy.
1. Glass containers
Ditch the old plastic Tupperware containers and invest in some glass food storage containers. Pyrex is the most popular brand for this. Glass containers are microwaveable, do not warp, and hold up a heck of a lot longer than plastic. Hot food should NEVER come in contact with plastic, so with glass containers you won’t have to worry about any chemicals coming in contact with your leftovers.
2. Bamboo utensils
Again, ditch the plastic serving spoons and cookware! I’m sure I’m not the only person here who has accidentally melted a spoon after leaving it in a pot for a little too long. When something like this happens, traces of plastic chemicals are seeping into your food, which is not healthy at all. Bamboo, wood, and stainless steel utensils are cheap, and you can usually find packs of wood utensils for really cheap without sacrificing durability.
3. Green cleaning
You didn’t think I forgot about my favorite Norwex kitchen products, did you? My favorite products for keeping my kitchen sanitary are:
- Norwex Kitchen Cloths & Dish Towels
- Norwex Dish Washing Liquid
- Fresh Produce Wash
- Bottle Brush
- Cleaning Paste (aka, Elbow Grease in a jar)
4. Ditch the plastic wrap
Rather than wrapping up a dish of food in plastic wrap, use the Norwex Silicone Lids! Plastic wrap should NEVER come in contact with hot or warm food, so using the washable and reusable Silicone Lids cuts down on waste and keeps plastic away from your food.
5. Reusable bags
When picking up produce, it’s convenient to grab the plastic bags off the roll to separate all your produce. The truth is, most food doesn’t need a bag for protection. Bananas, oranges, avocados, and other thick-skinned fruits are naturally protected. Toss them all into a reusable bag and separate them at the counter. Leafy greens, on the other hand, definitely need a bag. Norwex Produce Bags are reusable bags made of a sturdy polyester mesh that protects your produce, and can be easily washed and reused whenever it’s time for a cleaning.