Many of us love to cook with as many natural foods as we can. The benefits are plentiful for our health and wellbeing. It therefore makes sense to set up our kitchen to be as clean and hygienic as we can, creating the ideal environment for a healthy place to cook.
Follow these steps to make sure your kitchen is as natural as it can be.
- Eat fresh food as soon as you can, the sooner you consume it, the more vitamins it will provide. Store most fruits and vegetables in a refrigerator and potatoes and onions in a cool dark place, preferably at room temperature.
- Use non toxic cookware. As useful as non-stick pans can be they can potentially release toxins into your foods. If you can, try to use cookware made from cast-iron, natural clay, glass, porcelain or stainless steel.
- Use sealed containers to store cupboard foods such as spaghetti, pasta, rice and beans. This will ensure they remain fresh for as long as possible as well as keep out and unwanted pests.
- Keep your kitchen mould and mildew free by using a dehumidifier to remove surplus moisture in the air.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector to make sure none of the odourless gas has escaped from any appliances not working correctly.
- Open your windows when you can to allow air to freely circulate through the kitchen and the rest of the house. During the winter months you may want to consider investing in an air purifier.
- Use a water filter to remove any chlorine or other contaminants. This can be as simple as buying a water filter jug that can fit in your fridge, or installing a faucet water filter on your taps.
- The job everyone hates to do – cleaning the oven! The smell of some of those oven cleaners is enough to put me off most of the time – until I started using baking soda mixed with a little bit of water until it forms a paste. Put it all over your oven, scrubbing as you go. Leave it on overnight and then spray in the morning with some white vinegar. Wipe with a clean cloth and then rinse well. If that all seems like too much work, call the professionals in!
- Use homemade cleaning products. They don’t have to be complicated to make – many consist of baking soda, vinegar and some essential oils. Once you get used to making them they are actually quite fun! Check out some of my recipes.
Do you have any natural kitchen tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!