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Room by Room Tips: Kitchens



 Room by Room Tips: Kitchens

Whether it’s cooking, eating or entertaining, you spend a lot of quality time in the kitchen with family and friends. Make sure your kitchen air and water is of high quality, too, with help from our simple checklist.

Ideas and tips for cleaner air and water

Kitchen Whether it's cooking, eating or entertaining, you spend a lot of quality time in the kitchen with family and friends. Make sure your kitchen air and water is of high quality, too, with help from this simple checklist:

Cleaner Air

Keep moisture to a minimum. Mold can take hold when there's too much moisture, humidity or standing water. Mold spores can trigger asthma and other health problems in people who are sensitive to mold spores. Clean up wet spills on the spot, and fix leaky faucets and pipes within 24 hours.

Get rid of existing mold. Check beneath the sink, under the dishwasher, and other places in your kitchen that might host mold growth. Clean the mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials, like carpets and porous tiles, may need to be replaced.

Turn on the air purifier. Use your air purifier to help reduce any remaining airborne mold spores or other airborne impurities.

Use your range hood. Help decrease heavy cooking odors and moisture by turning on the hood fan above your stove. If you have a ceiling fan, turn that on too-it can help diffuse particularly strong smells from fried and spicy foods.

Keep the air moving. If your home has a forced air system, keep your furnace fan turned on even when the heat or air conditioning is off. Circulating the air in your home through the filter can help reduce airborne allergens and odors.*

Freshen up with lemon. Smelly garbage disposal? Drop in a few slices of lemon and flip the switch. The citrus helps eliminate odors naturally.

Clean the green way. Some chemical cleansers and sprays may contribute to poor indoor air quality. Use natural alternatives, like lemon, vinegar and baking soda to get the job done.

Pick up some plants. Freshen the air and beautify your kitchen with some new potted plants. Bamboo, English Ivy and Gerbera daisies are proven to help clean the air.

Cleaner Water

Use clean water for cooking. You reach for filtered water when you're thirsty, but what about when boiling pasta? Or making juice? If it will end up on the family dinner table, make sure it's prepared with filtered water.

Install a water filter. Not only is bottled water expensive for you, the environment can pay a heavy price, too. It takes a lot of energy to manufacture plastic bottles and transport them to a store near you.

Use biodegradable soap. The water that goes down the drain eventually returns to your tap. To help your community's water stay cleaner, choose biodegradable dish and hand soap.

* Source: Indoor Air Quality from the Environmental Protection Agency