Earlier this week, we delved into one dark cabinet—underneath the bathroom sink. Now it's time to face the demons in that other place where chemicals often lurk. Here are tips for giving the space underneath your kitchen sink a green sweep. For us, the space under the sink houses a small trash can and a bucket full of our favorite kitchen cleaners. We've got a pretty green system going on, but feel free to add to our list.
• First, here's a trick to encourage you to cut down on trash: Use only a small bin under the sink. Everything else can go in compost or be recycled.
• As for trash bags—opt for recycled or biodegradable.
• Of course, properly dispose of caustic chemicals and invest in a bevy of eco supplies. Here's our list of favorites that pass muster keeping the kitchen clean:
- Barkeeper's Friend
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- All-purpose kitchen cleaner (homemade, if you're so inclined!)
- Eco-friendly dishwasher detergent or dish soap
And one other thing: we find that keeping these in a bucket or bin helps to keep things organized underneath the sink. We're not afraid to open the cabinet because we know everything under the sink is contained and organized.
• If you're short on space, or just don't want a compost bucket out in plain sight, under the sink could be the perfect place to keep your compost.
• Instead of paper towels or conventional sponges, keep eco-friendly sponges, scouring pads, and cloths for cleaning.
(Image: Chez Larsson)