It’s important to have a kitchen where you can make healthy meals and snacks for yourself and your family. Kitchens are often the gathering place for families, where they share how their day is going with each other. Your kitchen is one of the places in your home where you can really make a difference in how much you contribute to helping the environment.
You may wonder why you should care about having an environmentally safe kitchen. The answer is that an environmentally safe kitchen is healthier for you, your family and your pets.
People can absorb toxic materials through the skin or by ingesting them. That includes any substance used to clean your kitchen. If you or your family walk around barefoot, lean on countertops or rest your arms on your table, you may be absorbing minute particles of cleaning residue left behind.
To be completely safe, it’s helpful to hire a cleaning service that uses environmentally safe or green products to clean your home. These include standard cleaning products that don’t leave behind toxic residue that can be absorbed through your skin.
Pets such as cats and dogs are also at risk of licking, sniffing or absorbing cleaners from a kitchen floor or countertop. Creating an environmentally safe space in your kitchen will help your pets, too.
Many people like to prepare their meals right on the kitchen counter. If food is touching or exposed to the countertop, it also may collect or absorb some cleaning product residue.
Besides hiring a green cleaning service, you can also promote a more sustainable kitchen by transitioning to reusable containers and using kitchen accessories that are made from sustainable materials such as bamboo. There are several companies beginning to fill this niche by manufacturing sustainable and reusable kitchenware. You can find these products online and at local health food supermarkets. But before you run out and buy a bunch of products, see what you already own that can function as a reusable storage container.
Creating a healthy living environment is worth the effort and helps to keep your loved ones safer and healthier while improving the quality of life for everyone.