reduce your

water consumption

Water is one of the most wasted natural resources in the world, and therefore we need to start incorporating alternative green solutions to maintain our water levels for the future.
 

Without water, just about all our daily activities will come to a standstill, one of these being cooking and maintaining hygiene in our kitchens. Regardless of our water consumption, it is important that we care for our environment by saving every last drop. You can help save water by making use of some of these useful kitchen tips:

Use a lemon to clean

cutting boards

Using a lemon actually cleans a lot better than any soap and hot water. So instead of wasting a whole lot of water, all you need is half a lemon and a tablespoon of salt. Use the fleshy side of the lemon to scrub the salt into the board and then fill half a cup with warm water to rinse afterwards.

Reusable homemade

disinfectant wipes

Turning to reusable disinfectant wipes is a great way to save on time, money, and most importantly, water! Simply make use of an old ice cream container as a storage place for your wipes. Then cut 20 squares of scrap material into either 10x10cm or 12x12cm – these will be your wipes.

Next, make a cleaning solution by using 1 cup of water, ½ cup vinegar and any essential oil for a good scent. Then cover the squares with your cleaning solution and leave for a few hours until it is soaked.

all purpose

cleaner

If you want a clean and fresh kitchen, then this all-purpose cleaner is sure to do the trick! Use equal parts of white vinegar to water (recommended 1 to 1 cup) and 3-6 drops of essential oil. For easy cleaning, pour the solution into a spray bottle (you can also refill this each time which saves you money!).

baking soda

air freshner

Can’t get rid of all those funky smells hanging around in your kitchen? Or what about wanting to get rid of the odours when you simply do not have the time to do dishes? All you need is an old glass jar or old salt and pepper shakers - as long as it has pin-sized holes on top.

Fill the jar halfway with baking powder and then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Give it a gentle shake and there you have it - a fresh smell in your kitchen!