Guest Blog Post :: Creating a (Clean) Zero-Waste Kitchen

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Now that you’ve stuffed yourself silly after preparing and eating with your new Zero-Waste habits, it’s time to chat about keeping your kitchen spotless. How you clean up after your meal is just as important as how you purchase and prepare it. Many of the conventional cleaning products are filled with toxins which pollute the air and the waterways. A majority of them are found in large, plastic bottles and the amount of water wasted making these products is astounding

Part of the beauty of being an (eco)nista is continuously evolving and improving oneself – particularly towards a more conscious and compassionate lifestyle. Continuing the discussion on the Zero-Waste Kitchen, here are some habits to integrate into your Kitchen-cleaning routine.

Tips on Creating A Clean, Zero-Waste Kitchen:

  • Unplug appliances not in use, phantom energy is a killer.

  • Ditch the paper towels for Reusable Towels/Napkins. Or check out these washable bamboo towels by Bamboee and biodegradable cloth towels from Skoy Cloths

  • When cleaning, try castille soap as a cleaner (which can be bought in bulk from in.gredients) it can be used for ANYTHING from hands to dogs to dishes to floors to counters, and you can use baking soda as a scrubber with a compostable cleaning brush (one great brand is Full Circle’s Be Good Dish Brush)

    1. Check out Lisa Bronner’s Blog for great DIY recipes using Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap.

  • Get strategic with your water washing

    1. Limit the duration of running water by washing small things as you fill larger dishes, whose water you can use to soak other pots + pans

    2. Unless icky + sticky, skip the pre-rinse of dishes. The dishwasher is found to use less water than washing by hands (but only run it if it’s full!)

    3. Better yet, use your dirty water as reclaimed water for plants.

  • Before composting, maybe try one of these DIY facials with coffee grounds or overripe avocados.

  • If you’re not near a compost garden, check out the Compost Pedallers. For as little as $4/week they’ll come to your house and take your compost. Or consider storing your compost in Full Circle’s Freezer Compost Bin and then drop it off weekly at one of Austin’s compost bins.

    1. If you need even more incentive to compost, Austin’s Local Government is offering Home Rebates for Composting.

For more recipes, articles, + information on going Zero Waste in the Kitchen check out my Pinterest board!

Sustainably yours,

Jessa @jwestxo

Written by cscdavis

June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

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  1. Hi really nice tips, as we all love eating and most of us prepare food in kitchen except we are on trip . so kitchen becomes the most important place to be properly cleaned.So we must have a zero waste kitchen. zero waste means proper utilization of resources.

    David Bergman

    June 25, 2013 at 1:17 am

  2. Very useful post, thank you so much! I have made certain changes to my lifestyle and my whole idea is to eventually go all zero-waste at a certain moment. At the moment I’m reconsidering the way I cooked, so thanks a lot for sharing this!


    August 3, 2015 at 6:58 am

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