This is the last in a series of posts detailing easy and affordable ways you can make your home a healthier place.

Creating a Healthier Kitchen _ We would all like to think because it is the place where we prepare things that we will actually put in our mouths and eat that our kitchens are the healthiest room in the house. However even if you clean every day that is not always the case.

For instance, when was the last time you looked behind the fridge? Not only may there be all kinds of junk back there but there is probably also an awful lot of rather nasty dirt and dust and not only is that probably making you sneeze it is also reducing the efficiency of the appliance itself. Because the coils in a fridge attract dust like a magnet you should get into the habit of vacuuming them, and the back of your fridge in general at once every couple of weeks.

Garbage disposals can get pretty nasty and stinky as well. One tried and tested method that is safe and cheap (no nasty chemicals) is to drop a few lemon peels right into it once a week and then run it, you;ll be surprised by just how well this one simple little trick works, it actually usually gives the whole kitchen a nice lemony fresh for an hour or so too.

Is you are planning a kitchen renovation project you may be wondering if certain materials for flooring, cupboards and work benches are “healthier” than others. The answer is not really, as long as you make sure that any new cupboards or counters are finished with low VOC glues and varnishes, with the exception of the floor.

There are many experts who feel that a cork floor is the best flooring for the kitchen for a whole host of reasons. The first is that it is actually easier on your back and feet as cork has a spongy give that makes standing slaving away over a hot stove for an hour a little easier. The second is that cork has natural anti bacterial, anti fungal and even anti insect properties that remain once it is crafted into floor tiles, all great things if you really want to create a healthier kitchen!