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8REMODELING? RECYCLE -
 Of course, making your old kitchen work for you is the greenest option of them all, but there comes a time when even the greenest folks need to upgrade or replace. If you are in the market for a new kitchen, turn first to salvage and antiques. They don't make 'em like they used to, so look for kitchen fittings, floors, paneling, and cabinets that have had a previous life are unique and have already stood the test of time. If you're trading things out, be sure to offer them on Freegle.

7GREEN KITCHENS CAN BE CLEAN KITCHENS - The list of what goes into regular petrochemically-based dishwashing liquids, detergents, floor and surface cleaners and other household cleaning products is enough to turn anyone's stomach. Fortunately there are plenty of natural cleaning companies out there producing non-toxic, biodegradable, plant-based detergents. And you can always create your own cleaning products using everyday ingredients such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, which combine to make a great all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner.

ON FACEBOOK We asked what natural cleaners do you use in your home? • Georgina Sommerville Always have this jar on the go. Lemons and lavender sprigs topped up with white vinegar and about 20 drops of lavender or tea tree oil. For a multi surface cleaner I put it in a spray bottle with half water, it's also good for getting stains out of carpets. • Bria Organics Microfibre cloths and water are great for damp dusting esp. if you have allergies. • Marianne Hopwood Soapnuts are brilliant for washing clothes. A few drops of a light EO like lavender or grapefruit in the soap drawer and a few soapnut shells tied in a sock in the drum is all you need. Use the same shells for a few washes, then compost them. • Ju Rekia Bernard White vinegar, bicarb and essential oils (tea tree, lemon, grapefruit) - these 3 items will clean almost anything.

9WASTE NOT, WANT NOT -
 On average, the kitchen generates the most waste of any room in your house; for one of the main reasons, look no further at the excessive packaging on supermarket shelves. But fear not, it's not as hard as it may seem to cut back on waste. STEP ONE: refuse excessive packaging by taking your own bags, buying fresh, unwrapped produce, and thinking carefully about how the purchases you're making are wrapped up. STEP TWO: avoid over-sized portions; if you are regularly throwing food away then you are buying, and cooking, too much. STEP THREE: reuse what you can, like old glass jars or bottles, bags, and packaging you can't avoid. STEP FOUR: compost uncooked organic waste (including cardboard and paper), and don't fret if you don't have a garden on which to spread your lovely waste. Many councils will gladly accept your compost. After all this, if there's anything left over, be sure to swing by the recycling centre before tossing anything in the bin.

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OUR PICK OF THE BEST

NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR THE KITCHEN

1. ALMA WIN HOUSEHOLD CLEANER, £3.90, PRAVERA.CO.UK 2. ORANGE MATE, £3.90, GREENBRANDS.CO.UK

3. WASHING-UP LIQUID, £2.10,

BIODEGRADABLE.BIZ 4. E-CLOTH, FROM £5, E-CLOTH.COM

5. KITCHEN SURFACE CLEANER, £3.20, BENTLEYORGANIC.COM

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