"A Green & Clean Kitchen"

By KBJR News 1

"A Green & Clean Kitchen"

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

A clean kitchen is not an option. No one wants to eat food prepared in dirty conditions. But you don't want to go from dirty to dangerous...so you want to use the safest cleaning materials you can.

"Most chemical companies are not required to put a list of ingredients on the back of their bottles. And when you turn it around you want to make sure you know what the ingredients are", said Alexandra Zissu.

At the Green Mercantile in Downtown Duluth, you can make your kitchen a little greener with non–toxic options with all purpose cleaners and dish soaps.

Experts say all the products sold at the Green Mercantile are environmentally friendly and just as effective as most other products in disinfecting kitchen surfaces.

"Using materials like lemon or vinegar that you know are safe", said Zissu.

Another important step in greening your kitchen is to lose the paper towel habit.

Instead, use a sponge.
To clean and disinfect that sponge...just wet it and zap it in the microwave for a couple minutes.

For your green life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

Remember, to soak you sponge before you put in in the microwave! In addition, when you it is in the microwave (for no more than two minutes) make sure to keep an eye on it.