Monday, April 22, 2013

Green Kitchen cupboard multi taskers

          Green Kitchen Cupboard Multi-taskers

Today is Earth Day around the world and I have been thinking about how the products that I use in my kitchen can also be used for other tasks outside of cooking.

Here's a quick list of Kitchen Ingredients that you can use to clean, moisturize or freshen other things.

1.  Baking Soda
Great for using in drains, used as a cleanser for pots and pans and in laundry.

2.  Vinegar -
Great to use with baking soda to clean the drains in your sinks,  great for glass and windows when diluted with water,  You can use it in your laundry cycle to get rid of odours and as a substitute for fabric softener.
Today I used it to clean my drains and also on my shower head to clear the calcium deposits.

3.  Coconut oil
This one is a great one because you can use it as a body butter or even as a lip balm.   You can eat it, cook with it and use it on your body.

4. Oil
Oils like Olive, Hemp, Almond oil can all be used for conditioning your hair or as a moisturizer on your body.   You can probably also use it to keep your cutting boards in good condition.

5. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is great to use for a facial.

6.  Salt
Salt makes a great copper pot scrub when mixed with real lemon juice

7.  Lemons
Lemons are great for adding to all purpose cleaning sprays as a disinfectant.
It's also great to use with salt as a pot scrubber (see above)

8. Honey
Honey can also be used on your lips, as a moisturizer and in your hair or even in a bath.

I bet there are a whole lot more uses for things our grandmothers had on their shelves because that is probably all they had in some cases.

We didn't know we needed a 100 different bottles of cleaners until manufacturers created products to sell to us on tv.

More and more I am trying to look at things we did in the past that are better for our health and the environment.

If you think about it you will realize that real food seems to be the answer to a lot of the world's problems.  Health, the environment and also the economic impact of the cost of goods we purchase and of course the cost of producing, packaging, marketing and selling these products.

A lot of companies would go out of business if we all just bought 10 products that did double duty in the kitchen, the bathroom and in cleaning our homes.    HMMM.. what a concept.

If you have any other multi-tasking food ideas feel free to post them in the comments section.

These are just a few of the most common ones that I know of but I know there must be a whole lot more.

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