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#1 of 9 Old 08-09-2008, 12:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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2 areas in which I can green myself- microwave covers and trash can bags.

I usually use plastic bags from the supermarket to line my trash cans. I know this is bad, but it is frugal. I want to do better. What do you use?

What is a green and frugal covering for microwaving? I have been using parchment paper or wax paper. I used to use paper towels and that is just about all I use them for.

Some insight would be loved... Thanks!

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What is a green and frugal covering for microwaving? I have been using parchment paper or wax paper. I used to use paper towels and that is just about all I use them for.
As for this one - I'm trying to get away from microwaving for health reasons (you can see other threads on this), but dh likes to reheat his leftovers a lot. We use a larger plate or bowl upsidedown over the container usually.

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As for this one - I'm trying to get away from microwaving for health reasons (you can see other threads on this), but dh likes to reheat his leftovers a lot. We use a larger plate or bowl upsidedown over the container usually.
: and I've been wondering about the small trash can issue, too. I do the same thing for our bathroom trash.
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i don't cover when i microwave unless its something that tends to splatter, even then sometimes i just wipe out the mess instread of covering
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our small trash cans we don't put in a liner when they need dumped we just take them outside and dump in the large can then bring them back inside and rinse them with a lil BS/ACV.

For the microwave when we do use it which is rare we just use another plate or wipe out the microwave after we use it..
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Often, I do not use anything to cover the plate when I am reheating in the oven. I just clean up afterwards. Typically speaking, if it is something that is going to splatter, it is easily warmed up on the stove.
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A dishtowel over the plate in the microwave works.

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I rarely use the microwave. I prefer the taste of food cooked and even reheated on the stove or toaster oven/oven. There are a few times I do use the microwave, though, and I don't cover the food. Like someone else said above, things that splatter generally do well on the stove.

I clean out the microwave with vinegar/water (50/50 in a spray bottle with a rag) once a month and wash the rotating glass plate in the dishwasher at the same time. On the rare occasion something does make a mess, then I use a rag with the vinegar water or soapy water (if it is already available) to clean it out.

Plastic trash bags alternatives haven't come up for us yet. We reuse the grocery sacks (paper or plastic) several times because I feel washing the cans out is just as bad environmentally in our drought conditions. We use cloth bags mostly (even for non-grocery stores), but still end up with enough plastic/paper to handle our trash load. We only empty them once a month or less and they are not overflowing. We use the kitchen trash for icky trash and we use a repurposed box for recyclables. We change the bag only when necessary. Otherwise, we simply dump all the stuff into one bag or box (from something else already going out) or take it directly out. DD (age 7) handles all the small trashcans in our house under our supervision. She can take some things out to the dumpster herself (bags or boxes smaller than her), but she cannot handle emptying a can with a bag inside due to her height and dexterity. She can empty the recycling box while retaining the box simply because the outside bin is shorter than she is and she (we) stand there and sort the paper-type items from the glass/can/plastic type items with the box on the ground. I may eventually buy a two-bin system for inside the house to presort, but the repurposed box serves its purpose nicely without spending extra money OR adding more permanent stuff to our home. It also forces us to take it out frequently.

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We use a larger plate or bowl upsidedown over the container usually.
That's how we do it too.
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