11 ways to reduce trash and save money, from the fridge to the countertop.
Leslie Reichert, host of Green Cleaning Coach recommends turning banana peels into silver polish. Blend the peels together with enough water to make a paste. Then use a cloth or toothbrush to scrub jewelry and cutlery. The same concoction can also be used to polish leather bags and shoes.
Got some citrus that’s going mushy or is slightly dried-out? Reichert recommends using them to sanitize wooden cutting boards. They also make a great sink cleaner. Just slice the fruit into quarters, dip in salt, and start scrubbing. The friction from the salt and the acidity of the citrus will remove stains (and smell great too!). Toss the remains into your garbage disposal for a bonus air freshener.
Fresh herbs taste so much better than dried ones. But it seems like they can go limp in a few hours, and then you have to throw the bunch out. Instead of buying new cuttings every week, start a windowsill garden—they’re cheap and easy to grow, and herbs like chives, mint, and oregano do especially well inside. They’ll brighten up your kitchen, and research shows that indoor plants can be powerful destressors, to boot. Use pots with drainage holes and make sure they have a saucer to rest on so there are no spills.
Every other paper towel commercial touts their brand’s durability, but nothing beats actual fabric, and you don’t end up throwing away a half-pound of paper after a party-foul. Reichart recommends ditching disposables for a stack of microfiber squares. “They can replace Windex and paper towels,” she says. Keep about a week’s worth on hand, and just clean them with the rest of your laundry.Read the rest of the article here: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/home/zero-waste-kitchen