Keepin’ It Clean
27 Thu, 2011 § 4 Comments
Convenient. Gets the job done. Disposes of the messy evidence.
No wonder we have a hard time letting go of paper towels. We are trying though. They are probably one of the biggest waste contributors & likely the easiest to give up –
because the alternatives work even better.
Inexpensive microfiber cloths are easy to find — I found a pack of 5 for $5 at Family Dollar — these stay in the kitchen, readily available when the moment hits. They have worked great & obviously absorb even better than a paper towel.
Something that is not as seamless to get rid of are garbage bags/liners for the trash can. It means we will be hauling the container out, but we have yet to make a trip out there since becoming more mindful of our waste…though we forgot to put it in the closed closet & even if you have a perfect little pup…if you leave the garbage out, she is going to
string it all over the house get in it…
Not having a liner means wiping out the garbage can more often, but I don’t mind having a cleaner, more sanitary pail anyway.
Speaking of sanitary, I have never been a fan of sponges or replaceable scrub-brushes. They sort of gross me out. I have always used 100% cotton-yarn, handmade dishcloths.
My mom crocheted some for me when I first moved out & taught me to make them myself; I have also learned to knit them. This cute flower-shaped one was actually crocheted by my grandma. I love the way they work & the fact I just throw them in the wash to clean them.
I recently grabbed a set of Twist sponge blossoms for a little extra scrubbage, which gross me out less than typical sponges; though honestly I have only used it once. You can wash it in the top rack of your dish washer.
Hand-washing dishes has changed quite a bit for me. I realized we
used wasted a lot of water with our usual method, so now I do what I have always had a hard time doing: fill the sink — even the rinse side which is something I learned from my father-in-law — I have always dreaded reaching into “dirty” dish water. Oh well, I got over it. I also almost always keep the stopper in to catch water when we wash our hands, rinse pots, pans, etc. & just place dishes in to soak [before adding it to the dishwasher] rather than constantly running the faucet to rinse. I have even been holding onto a recipe for our own dishwasher detergent, which I will share as soon as I run out of our current.
Something I will share now to make up for all the dirty talk:
If you are unaware, I love chickpea flour. When Ashley made Chickpea Bake, I had to try it. I love the texture; it’s dense & most. I left the curry out & did not really care for the garlicky flavor though, so I tried it again with my own twist & loved how it toyed between sweet & savory.
Here is my Cinnamon Basil variation, but check out her original recipe too.
- 1 1/4 C chickpea flour
- 1 C unsweetened almond milk
unsweetened applesaucemaple syrup
safflower oilcoconut oil [I melted the oil in my ~9x9 baking dish then poured it into the rest of the ingredients to mix. I had my oil; the pan was greased!]
- 1 tsp cinnamon
1t curry 1/2t garlic
- 1/4 tsp ginger
few shakes of garam masala
- 1 – 2 tsp basil [1 for subtle & sweeter; 2 for a stronger savory flavor]
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine dry ingredients; combine wet ingredients.
Mix together until just combined.
Bake at 375* for 30 minutes. [Ashley's baked for 40 minutes but mine didn't need that long, so check at 30.]
Have you ever baked with chickpea flour?
What are your favorite cleaning/waste reduction methods in the kitchen?