Kitchen In Cleaning
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6 Simple Steps to Make Your Dishwasher Work Harder
now that everyone’s eating at home so much more frequently, conquering those mountains of dishes—even with the help of a dedicated appliance—can get a little tedious. Take these simple steps to make your appliance work harder.
Nov 20, 2020
This $4 Kitchen Tool is a Staple in My Bathroom Cleaning Kit
This trick is for everyone who doesn't have a tricked out bathroom with luxury features.
Nov 15, 2020
6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Cleaning Wine Glasses
We asked Maximilian Riedel, 11th generation CEO and president of glassware company Riedel, to de-bunk several wine-glass-cleaning myths.
Nov 10, 2020
There’s One Year-End Kitchen Cleaning Task You Don’t Want to Put Off Past Today
Holiday Cure
Even this year, when so many people have plans in flux, everyone I talked to wanted to get ahead of this one small task.
Nov 10, 2020
“Astiankuivauskaappi” is the Finnish Kitchen Staple You’ll Wish You Had at Home
Astiankuivauskaappi is the ultimate in "touch-it-once" convenience.
Nov 1, 2020
This Versatile Cleaning Product Can Do Anything—And It Costs Less Than $1
It can handle tough jobs all on its own, but combined with other ingredients from your pantry, it can be even more powerful.
Nov 4, 2020
The Hidden Part of Your Kitchen You’re Forgetting to Clean
No matter how thoroughly you're cleaning your kitchen, chances are you're forgetting this one sneaky spot.
Nov 3, 2020
Yes, You Can Clean Your Oven Effectively With Natural Ingredients
And a few tools you already have on hand!
Oct 24, 2020
The First Thing to Clean When You’re Cleaning the Kitchen
A little pro strategy goes a long way in making sure that you don't sabotage your own best efforts.
Oct 19, 2020
Here's One Easy Way to Know if You Need to Clean Your Coffee Maker
If you’re not the type to mark the calendar for chores, look out for this telltale sign that your coffee maker needs some love.
Oct 16, 2020
15 Cleaning Hacks That’ll Save You So Much Time in the Kitchen
Because we only get 24 hours in a day!
Oct 13, 2020
These 4 Kitchen Counter Zones Helped Cut My Cleaning Time in Half
We have two main lengths of counter, on either side of the kitchen, and they're broken into two zones each.
Oct 12, 2020
6 Habits That Will Keep Your Kitchen Sink Unclogged and In Good Shape, According to Plumbers
Surprise: Cold water (not hot!) is best for rinsing greasy pots!
Oct 4, 2020
The First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Vanilla Extract
Whenever I pick up a new bottle, I started doing this one tiny, brilliant thing that has helped me banish unwanted smells from my refrigerator.
Sep 29, 2020
Junk Drawers Don’t Just Belong in the Kitchen—They Belong Everywhere
Decluttering Cure
Here's how to make it happen.
Sep 24, 2020
Keep This $14 Tool In Your Kitchen and Your Counters Will Practically Clean Themselves
I recently started keeping one of these by the sink, and right away it came in handy for even more chores than expected.
Sep 23, 2020
11 Kitchen Tools (Under $25!) that Make Doing the Dishes Easier, And Maybe Even Fun
If you’re looking to simplify your life and streamline your daily dishwashing habits, here are 10 items that might help.
Sep 21, 2020
Here’s a Game Plan for Decluttering Your Kitchen in 20 Minutes
Decluttering Cure
The kitchen can be such a black hole for storage, because everything in it feels necessary. When it comes to tools and cups and food storage containers, no amount feels like enough. And in your mind, you probably have a use for all of it.
Sep 16, 2020
Your Oven is Hiding a Feature That Makes it So Much Easier to Clean
It's no wonder you put it off.
Sep 8, 2020
Is It Bad to Run Your Dishwasher Frequently? We Asked the Experts
We asked the experts about a dishwasher's impact on the environment, and the useful life of your appliance.
Sep 6, 2020
The Best Dish Racks for Every Kitchen
Let us help you make dishwashing less of a chore.
Aug 21, 2020
This Not-So-Hidden Kitchen Surface Is the Last Place Anyone Thinks to Clean
Weekend Projects
Dusting is one chore that's easy for me to let slip through the cracks. But there's another dusty spot that gets overlooked even more often than tabletops and shelves.
Aug 14, 2020
This 1-Minute Trick is the Easiest Way to Clean Your Can Opener
Even if you take on a thorough washing with a scrub brush, it's challenging to get all the nooks and crannies of a can opener clean.
Aug 7, 2020
5 Simple, Safe & Surprising Metal Cleaners
Inspired by the folks who described their own homemade cleansers in our green cleaner comment thread yesterday, we remembered this list of simple and safe homemade metal cleaners in Real Simple Cleaning, and pulled it off the shelf this morning to take a look. Perfect for keeping your kitchen or bath faucets shining bright without chemicals!1. Ketchup brightens copper. According to Real Simple Cleaning, the acetic acid in ketchup dissolves the oxide tarnish that makes copper look cloudy.2.
Jul 17, 2020
Getting Rid of the Fugitive Filth I Was Harboring in my Kitchen
Kate’s West Village Charm This weekend, in a search of a lost item, I ventured into the no-man’s land of one particular area of my kitchen and was aghast at what I found there. Even though it’s a little-seen area, that doesn’t make it any better in terms of the dust accumulation and the total ick-factor I experienced when I realized what kind of filth I had been harboring. So where was all the grossness hiding?
Jul 17, 2020
A Better Kitchen By Sunday Evening
The kitchen: a hardworking room of the home, one that gets cluttery and grimy quick. Getting it clean and organized can seem daunting, but don’t let that stop you from getting started! This weekend, aim for a healthy, realistic mix of time spent, energy expended and expectations and, rather than unattainable perfection, set your sights on getting this tough room to a better place before Monday. The upside to the challenge?
Jul 17, 2020
The Complete Guide to Using and Caring for Copper Pots
Copper pans are loved for being quick to warm and for their extremely even distribution of heat. They are often specifically called for in candy-making and other heat-sensitive recipes, but copper is useful for almost all your cooking, since the increased control and evenness of temperature makes everything easier. Although copper is one of the most expensive materials for pans, for those who love to cook copper pots and pans are worth the investment.
Jul 15, 2020
I Tested 4 Zero-Cost Methods for Trapping Fruit Flies in the Kitchen—and Found One Clear Winner
Four DIY fruit fly traps, and one winner! My kitchen is fruit fly-free now.
Jul 14, 2020
This Cult-Favorite $8 Kitchen Cleaner Has Been Working Wonders For Decades
"Newer" doesn't necessarily mean "better."
Jul 13, 2020
7 Important Cleaning Lessons You Learn from Working at a Restaurant
Your kitchen is practically operating like a restaurant right now, so we surveyed front-of-house staff, servers, bartenders, and chefs for some kitchen-saving cleaning tips.
Jul 9, 2020
There’s an Easy Way to Keep Your Kitchen Sponge Sanitary—And It’s Hiding in Your Junk Drawer
If you’re looking for a budget, DIY solution for your stinky sponges, look no further.
Jun 30, 2020
One Very Resourceful Reason to Keep Some OxiClean in Your Kitchen
I have a favorite kitchen trick that has nothing to do with cooking.
Jun 29, 2020
One Wasteful Dishwasher Cycle You Shouldn’t Use, If You Want to Save Money
Skip that cycle and do this instead.
Jun 25, 2020
Why You Should Start Squirting a Little Bit of Dish Soap Down the Drain
Do it at least once a week!
Jun 22, 2020
5 New Habits to Keep Your Kitchen Mess-Free Since You’re Always at Home Now
This new set of housekeeping habits will help you keep your kitchen pretty close to the way you want it, even when life in general is upside down.
Jun 21, 2020
When the Rest of My Home is Chaos, a Clear Kitchen Table Helps Me Feel Calm—Here’s Why
I'm trying to learn to let go of a lot—but there's one small area of our house that I always make sure is perfectly clear.
May 21, 2020
This $7 Surface Cleaner Saved My White Marble Countertops from Deep Stains
Even the deepest, darkest, toughest stains don't stand a chance against this miracle in a bottle!
May 12, 2020
The Once-in-a-While Cleaning Task You Can’t Skip if You’re a Coffee Drinker
Weekend Projects
Machines that drip more slowly than they used to, or makers that leak, signal a build up of minerals.
May 8, 2020
Before and After: This Pantry Porn Comes Courtesy of IKEA and the Dollar Store
In case you've ever wondered what $100 worth of jars looks like.
Apr 22, 2020
Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen
Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
Apr 6, 2020
Here’s How the Sanitize Cycle Works to Kill Germs in a Dishwasher or Washing Machine
We asked two experts from GE Appliances to help us break down the science at work in their machines.
Apr 2, 2020
5 Room Mistakes That Make Cleaning So Much Harder
If you spend a lot of time cleaning, and wish you didn't, this is for you.
Mar 10, 2020
Amazon Reviewers Swear This $10 Vegetable Brush Is the Secret to Safely Cleaning Cast-Iron Skillets
Sturdy and stiff enough to thoroughly clean, yet gentle enough to not strip away that seasoning.
Mar 5, 2020
10 Surprising Uses for Kitchen Items Around the Rest of the House
Here are the top 10 kitchen things we use to solve problems all over the house.
Feb 28, 2020
This $9 Amazon Find Is the Secret to Keeping Your Kitchen Counters Spotless
Tiny, mighty, and on sale!
Feb 15, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning & Caring For Kitchen Cabinets
There's one major component of our kitchens that may not be getting the attention it needs to stay clean even though we use and see them every day.
Feb 11, 2020
How To Clean & Maintain a Gas Stove
The cleaning up part certainly isn’t as fun (or as tasty) as the cooking part, but it’s a job that must be done. Check out these handy tips for a stovetop your mother would be proud of! Cleaning as you go truly is the best way to save yourself from having to cleanup a disaster of a mess like the one above. But sometimes life gets busy and there just isn’t time between the cooking and the eating and the evening’s engagements to wipe down that stove.
Jan 30, 2020
I’ve Been Using This Kitchen Sponge for Over Two Months—And It Still Hasn’t Gotten Gross
Step away from the smelly sponge, I've got just the solution for you!
Jan 28, 2020
This 2-Part Approach to Cleaning the Kitchen Makes it a Much More Manageable Chore
January Cure
Some rooms—like the kitchen—just work harder than others. So you have to work smarter to clean them.
Jan 17, 2020
How To Wash Your Kitchen Cabinets
No matter how careful of a cook you might be, the “splatter” struggle is real. Food stuffs, especially grease, make it their business to find the most remote, unthinkable surfaces to cling to in your clean kitchen. Even if they don’t look dirty, bacteria and food particles from your hands can cling to the surface of your cabinets and cause a sticky residue to build up.
Nov 20, 2019
Is It Time to Toss Your Non-Stick Pans? An Expert Reveals Some Telltale Signs
“Traditional non-stick coatings are very thin—typically around 1 thousandth of an inch.”
Nov 1, 2019
The Top 10 Ways to Make Your Dishwasher Better
Of all the appliances (big or small) in the kitchen, the dishwasher is the one that sparks the most arguments among roommates and families.
Oct 20, 2019
How To Green Clean Grease From Kitchen Surfaces
Grease is often difficult to remove, especially if you aren't able to clean it right away.
Oct 18, 2019
You Should Never Ever Put These 9 Kitchen Tools in the Dishwasher
We asked the experts to help us figure out which kitchen tools should always stay clear of the dishwasher.
Oct 17, 2019
12 Top-Rated Amazon Finds for Cleaning and Storing Your Cast Iron Skillet (Starting at $3!)
If there was ever a cookware staple that could last well enough to be passed down generation after generation, it's cast iron skillets. Here are some top-rated Amazon finds that will help you keep your cast iron in good shape to last a lifetime and then some.
Sep 6, 2019
The $4 Costco Item I Use to Clean Everything in My Kitchen
I recently discovered a kitchen cleaner that I like much better than vinegar, lemon, or baking soda. It's simple and super efficient.
Aug 11, 2019
5 Things in the Kitchen (and Laundry Room) You Need to Clean More Often
Cleaning routines are great, but when you're operating on autopilot, you can miss things that are plainly visible to anyone in a more present state of mind.
Aug 2, 2019
I Was Finally Able to Clean My Greasy Oven Door—and Here’s My Secret Ingredient
Despite vigorous scrubbing with baking soda and Bon Ami, the spatters wouldn't budge. It took me six months to revisit the problem (I know!), but I finally got the glass on my oven door looking clean and clear.
Jul 25, 2019
You Can Solve Your Kitchen Crumb Problem with $15 and One Click
Remember when you cleaned under your appliances and found all those little crumbs, accumulated from many, many counter clean-ups? Yeah, gross.
Jul 11, 2019
10 Ways to Get Rid of That Awful Smell in Your Kitchen Sink
Even when we diligently use a sink strainer or garbage disposal, we work our kitchen sink drains hard. Inevitably, food particles, grease, and other not-so-lovely things make their way into the drain and we wake up one morning to a foul smell coming out of the sink. Blech! Now what? Thanks to our readers and my fellow editors, I’ve got 10 ways you can kick that kitchen sink smell to the curb (and keep it from coming back).
Jun 30, 2019
6 Things You Should Always Clean Before Dinner (and 7 Things to Clean Right After)
It doesn't matter how you divide the labor in your house—if you want a cleaner kitchen, put somebody on each of these 13 tasks.
Jun 10, 2019
The Natural, Food-Safe (and Practically Free) Way to Get Rid of Rust on Your Kitchen Knives
I’m always surprised by how finicky knives are. You’d think that a blade that can slice right through meat or cleave a squash in two would be pretty much impervious to any kind of wear! But if you — like me — have a habit of neglecting your knives, they can dull and rust pretty quickly. And sadly, rust is a frequent visitor in my kitchen. That is not OK, considering a good knife can cost more than $100!
May 22, 2019
How To Clean a Power Outlet
This is slightly embarrassing but my power outlets are…grodie. Doesn’t it look like it’s crying out? It would be one thing if it was hidden behind the sofa but this is in plain view above the stove. However with a little elbow grease (about the amount of a Smurf) it’s clean, clean, clean.ToolsQ-tips Formula 409ScrewdriverRazor Blade (if you have excess caulking to remove) 1. Shut your power off.2. Remove the power plate cover.
May 21, 2019
How To Prevent & Get Rid Of Pantry Moths
Pantry moth infestations are most frustrating. At the same time, I am committed to using natural, non-toxic, and mostly no-kill methods to deal with pantry moths. Here are the methods we recommend to get rid of them and effectively prevent further infestation. If you suspect you have pantry moths, first inspect everything in your pantry. Although moths tend to infest flours and grains, you should also check dried fruit, candy, pet food, etc.
May 21, 2019
The Classic $1 Restaurant Towel Everyone Should Have in Their Kitchen
Whether I’m frying a few eggs for myself or preparing a dinner feast for 10, I don’t feel confident in the kitchen unless I’m armed with a side towel or two. Side towels, the chef’s term for simple cotton cloths slightly smaller than a dish towel, are a multipurpose kitchen tool. They’re so great, I guarantee that once you start using them, you won’t know how you ever did without.
May 18, 2019
Homekeeping Tip: Keep The Tops Of Your Cabinets Clean with a Kitchen Staple
Even though you rarely see the top of your kitchen cabinets, that doesn’t mean they aren’t busy getting dusty and dirty. Grease, humidity and general kitchen use can make this a tricky and icky spot to clean. Forget the hassle and bust out a pantry staple to do the dirty work for you.At some point in time everyone has bought a roll of wax paper. Maybe you thought it was parchment paper, maybe you only bought it because your mom always had a roll and you thought you needed it.
May 5, 2019
Clean As You Go and Other Smart, Simple Kitchen Cleaning Tips
As we all probably know from experience at one time or another, it doesn’t take much for the kitchen to get away from you. Especially if you cook at home a lot, have a particularly small kitchen, or share the space with family or roommates; it’s a room that can definitely develop a mind of its own. Here are some of our best tips for reigning in the beast without becoming a slave to kitchen cleaning: Clean as you go. This is a big one that we had to include prominently in the title.
May 4, 2019
7 Time-Saving Methods for Faster Kitchen Clean Ups
After cooking and a meal, the last thing anyone wants to do is tackle a kitchen disaster. But, it’s part of the deal, so here are some practical tips for how to make kitchen clean-up as efficient as possible. 1) Start clean. Cleanliness begets cleanliness. Starting with a clean kitchen motivates you to keep it as clean as possible as you cook. For example, a clean counter makes your dribbles obvious and helps you wipe them right away.
May 4, 2019
Do or Don’t? Foil as an Electric Oven Liner
I’ve moved in and out of eight different rentals in the last nine years, which means I’ve done my fair share of post-move-out cleaning. The one task I always dread is cleaning the oven. I hate using toxic oven cleaner, yet it seems to be the only effective combatant against that hardened puddle of food crumbs, melted cheese, and pie juice from a year of careless cooking.
May 4, 2019
How To Clean and Care for Wooden Utensils
Wood utensils date back to ancient Egypt and are still one of the most common tools found in the kitchen today. Wood is a great material to cook with for a variety of reasons, and with the right care wood utensils and cutting boards can last decades. After many years of new materials such as silicone dominating the kitchen tool market, wood is making a comeback thanks to its timeless functionality.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Christine’s Fabulous Finished Fridge
Remember this? I was embarrassed when I posted this photo for the progress post (still am), but I feel comforted by the fact that it doesn’t look like that anymore! It now looks like…. …this! It makes my heart feel lighter, and I’m more willing to cook. During my clean, I found that I had so much stuff in my fridge that needed to be discarded, which means I have more room in there than I thought.
May 4, 2019