Kitchen In Cleaning
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How To Clean & Maintain Countertops: From Corian to Quartz
The kitchen is the heart of a home, and the countertops are where all the action is: chopping, prepping, plating, snacking, leaning, and, if you’re anything like me, even sitting. We break down, by material, how to keep those counters clean and happy for years to come: MARBLE Martha Stewart advises applying a protective sealer annually, cleaning gently with warm water, and avoiding dusting sprays (like Pledge) and abrasive cleaners.
May 4, 2019
How To Downsize a Kitchen: 8 Tips for Owning Less in the Most Space-Sucking Room in the House
Lately it seems that I’m hearing the word “downsize” everywhere. From friends buying their first bijoux apartments after years in shared and spacious rented accommodation, to my parents’ generation selling multi-bedroom suburban houses and moving into city condos, to articles about living more minimally, owning less is trending. Obviously, downsizing is going to be different for everyone.
May 4, 2019
5-Minute Fix: How To Make Your Kitchen Look Better (Almost) Instantly
There are a lot of places stuff can pile up on in the kitchen. From the counters (bills, kitchen supplies, dirty dishes) to the sink to even the floor, there’s one place that doesn’t often get considered when it comes to kitchen decluttering. However this spot, when cleared off, can have a profound effect on your kitchen feeling a lot less hectic and a lot more controlled.
May 3, 2019
Let’s Go! Kick Off Your Spring Cleaning With a 20-Minute Kitchen Task
The slow movement has crept into our cooking and our shopping, why not embrace the slow life when it comes to housekeeping, too? It’s true: You can tackle your spring cleaning—that big, hairy, audacious task that turns up this time each year—without a lot of time or fuss. Focus on one (small) area at a time, and check that thing off your to-do list for the day.
May 3, 2019
Clean Out Your Freezer (Because It’s Been Way Too Long)
We tackled the refrigerator on day two of our spring clean, when I teased that freezer day was yet to come. So I hope that you’re now primed and ready for round two: Cleaning out the freezer. Because the freezer is home to more long-term storage than the fridge, you might find that your ice box has become somewhat of a history museum inside, showcasing relics from months and months ago within its walls. So now’s as good a time as any to get inside and do a little digging.
May 3, 2019
When Was the Last Time You Cleaned This Part of Your Kitchen?
I grew up in a house without a dishwasher. And for a really long time after—even when my college and post-college apartments had these cathartic symbols of luxury installed under the countertops—I sort of just… kept doing dishes by hand. It was easier, to me. While dishwashers are indisputably the pantheon of modern efficiency, it pays to mind the words of Uncle Ben Parker: With great power comes great responsibility.
May 3, 2019
A Quick Kitchen-Cleaning Mission for Your Monday
At the risk of sounding like a cloyingly optimistic Peppy Patty (which I can assure you, I am not), I never really understood all the pervasive hate for Mondays.
May 3, 2019
We’re Transfixed by this Kitchen Sink Drain that Makes Cleaning Easier
It’s a sign of my age that I get crazy excited about the little things at home. Sure, the frivolous things of my youth still hold some sway, but all I really want is a good vacuum that will suck up rogue animal fur, and a sink that cleans itself. I can probably manage the vacuum, but a self-cleaning sink is most likely not in the cards. That’s ok though, because this one from Elkay is the next best thing. I was recently online, drooling over someone’s recent kitchen renovation.
May 3, 2019
This Weekend: The Secret to Making Thanksgiving Go A Whole Lot Smoother
Thanksgiving is next week and the whole holiday will happily hum along if you do a few things in advance: 1) Let the seams out of your favorite pants; 2) fill some index cards of questions to ask distant cousins at the dinner table; and 3) do this one other very important thing before next Thursday.
May 3, 2019
How a Chef and Baker Share the World’s Smallest Kitchen
It’s impressive when a couple shares a tiny home together. But even more extraordinary is what Devon Loftus and her chef husband Brian Loftus have managed to pull off in their super small, 320-square-foot tiny house: cook, bake and entertain, despite having a kitchen that’s only 18 square feet! How do they do it? The couple generously shared their small but successful kitchen dwelling secrets.
May 3, 2019
You’re Probably Storing These 5 Things the Wrong Way in the Kitchen
Your kitchen is the workhorse of the home, and the items you store in it — serving pieces, utensils, and all that cookware — are among the toughest items in the whole place because they have to stand up to daily use. And even though these items are super-durable, if you store them incorrectly, you could potentially damage them (or, at the very least, waste space you could be using for something else). Here are five kitchen items you may be storing the wrong way.
May 3, 2019
5 Good Kitchen Things to Clean During Winter Downtime
When we think about big cleaning seasons, spring usually comes to mind. But winter is actually a pretty good time to do some serious cleaning. I mean, think about it: Soon we’ll be stuck inside, staring at the walls, and we won’t mind working up a sweat. Here are five projects to tackle the next time you’re faced with a gray wintry day. This time of year is peak baking and roasting season.
May 3, 2019
5 Reasons Not to Keep Your Kitchen Trash Can in a Cabinet
I firmly believe that some things are best left out of sight. When someone walks into my kitchen, I definitely don’t want the first thing they see to be a trash can. So stashing that trash bin in a cabinet seemed like a logical, aesthetically pleasing solution. Bonus: Keeping it behind closed doors meant I wouldn’t have to waste (get it?) precious square footage. I’m sad to report, however, that keeping garbage in the cabinet below my sink has proven to be a bad idea.
May 3, 2019
7 Creative Solutions to Maximize Your Kitchen Cabinet Space
Get the right organization in place to suit your cabinets and your needs.
May 3, 2019
Don’t Do These 3 Things When You Clean Your Kitchen
As much as we talk about all the things to do when you clean your kitchen (get that crack between your counter and your sink! Sweep the floors! Take everything off your counters!), there are a few things you shouldn’t do. Here are three things I never do. Okay, this one is a little bit of a cheat because my household is a shoeless one. We live in Manhattan, where the streets are covered with goop, goo, and who knows what else.
May 3, 2019
It’s Time to Give Some Love to a Humble, Hardworking Part of Your Kitchen
The kitchen backsplash is often the accent of your kitchen, the design choice (whether your own or someone else’s) that gives your kitchen its personality and color scheme. Even if your backsplash is humble, it sets your kitchen’s tone. But backsplashes are not just for looks; they work hard, catching splatters, smoke, and dirt that we rarely notice. This weekend, we’re going to give this enduring and often-overlooked surface of your kitchen some care and attention.
May 3, 2019
This $10 Amazon Buy Solved My Biggest Kitchen Annoyance
Just a few months back I moved into a new apartment with one of NYC’s most coveted amenities—a dishwasher. After years of washing by hand, it feels like such a luxury to be able to just rinse my dishes after dinner and load them into the machine. Of course, there are still some pieces that need to be hand washed, so I haven’t been able to get rid of my sponge completely. And that’s where the annoyance comes in.
May 3, 2019
You Should Know How to Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
Dead skin cells, soap scum, random food scraps, human hair, pet hair, and just regular ol’ dirt—these are all the things you regularly wash down your sink or tub’s drain. And if they sound gross now, image how much worse they are once they’ve congealed into a stringy, slimy ball of gunk inside your pipes. Yuck! You want to prevent any of this gunk buildup before it becomes a real problem—especially in homes with older pipes or large families.
May 3, 2019
One Good Reason Not to Throw Out Those Mesh Produce Bags
Repurposing your household items doesn’t just reduce waste—it saves money, too. That’s the good news. The great news is: You don’t have to be super crafty to reap the benefits of creative reuse. If you think you’ve got the chops (read: literally five minutes) for a super quick, easy, and clever home project, we’ve got just the kitchen DIY for you.
May 3, 2019
4 Easy Ways to Use This Kitchen Staple Throughout Your Home
Keeping your home tidy with a busy schedule (and limited budget) is no easy feat. But what if we told you we’d unearthed an everyday household item that can organize everything from your closet to your kitchen, for about ten bucks a pop? Wires racks, people, wire freakin’ dish racks. If you thought they were only good for drying out your recently washed dishes then think again.
May 3, 2019
If You Ever Spill While Cooking, You Should Stash Some Chalk in Your Kitchen
You know how weightlifters and gymnasts use chalk powder to keep their sweaty hands dry? The same principle carries over with all kinds of grease (dry shampoo, anyone?). Next time you find yourself with an oil splatter or greasy stain on your favorite top, trade in your stain stick and try pre-treating with a little chalk instead. Like baby powder, chalk is ultra-absorbent, making it a must-have to keep on hand for bacon grease splatters and lipstick marks alike.
May 3, 2019
What to Buy to Take Care of Your Instant Pot
They call it the Swiss Army Knife of the kitchen for a reason: The ultra-functional, ultra-fast Instant Pot boasts seven functions, so you can saute your veggies, steam your rice, and pressure cook your protein in one, fell swoop. Sounds easy, right? For the most part, it is. While the Instant Pot is attractive in large part for its convenience, using it—and caring for it—comes with a bit of a learning curve.
May 3, 2019
Here’s How to Ruin The Trendy Brass Fixtures You Just Spent a Fortune On
Filed under things I didn’t know I had to worry about: the fact that the pretty finish on my new kitchen fixtures might not last. When you’re dreaming about a new kitchen, it’s often the jewelry—those gleaming brass fixtures—that imprint on your mind. They certainly did mine. Pinning my little heart out, I began to see patterns in what I liked, and that included modern brass fixtures.
May 3, 2019
Our (Free) Spring Cleaning Program Starts Today—Sign Up Now!
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month. Yes, it’s that time of year.
May 3, 2019
The Easy, Genius Way to Clean Your Cheese Grater
Freshly grated mozzarella (or any cheese!) is an amazing addition to all kinds of foods, but the process of grating it can be a pain. And we’re not just talking about the actual work of running it across the grater over and over again—without, hopefully, cutting your fingers!—but also the actual cleanup. That soft, fatty cheese can get stuck inside the grater’s holes and you can tear up your sponge (or really injure yourself!) trying to get it clean.
May 3, 2019
Your Knife Block Is Full of Mold—Here’s How to Clean It
Here’s the thing about knife blocks: We don’t really recommend them. They can dull the blades of your knives as you drag them in and out of their holders, they’re often sold as an expensive set with knives that you really don’t need, and they can harbor some serious mold (and maybe even bacteria) in those dark, hard-to-reach slots.
May 3, 2019
12 Things You’ll Want to Spring Clean in the Kitchen This Weekend
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Do You Really Need Both Dish Soap and Hand Soap in the Kitchen?
In the age of trendy multitaskers like concentrated cleaners, staying eco-friendly and saving money are, understandably, top priorities. If you can have one product that does a lot of things well, why spend your whole paycheck only to waste plastic and take up hard-fought storage space? Which begs the question: Do we really need both dish soap and hand soap in the kitchen if just one could do the trick?
Apr 17, 2019
How You Can Use Chopsticks to Seemingly Double Your Fridge Space
This quick trick instantly delivers more space—just by raiding your utensil drawer.
Feb 27, 2019
Why You Should Put “Clean the Fridge” at the Top of Your Grocery List
I hate to toss around tired old adages, but the truth of the matter is that taking care of a problem when it’s small is far easier than addressing a bigger problem once it’s grown. “Stitching in time” is particularly relevant when it comes to home-keeping—where procrastination, like not sweeping dirt from hardwood floors, can lead to major tasks like eventually refinishing your scratched-up floor.
Feb 25, 2019
How To Disguise Drying Dishes?
Q: Hi all! We are renovating a town home and I have a question related to our kitchen renovation. With the new layout the sink needs to be in a center kitchen island which faces our main kitchen/dining area, as opposed to against a wall. Are there any solutions for drying dishes (e.g. draining pans) that somehow hide the dishes that people have had success with?
Feb 24, 2019
Experts Have Identified the Grossest Spot in Your Fridge (And You Probably Don’t Clean it Enough)
Despite the fact that the sole purpose of the refrigerator is to keep your food safe—by chilling it enough to slow bacterial growth and rotting— it can actually pose some hazards to your health. When you think about it, it makes sense: It’s one of the few places you go in and out of multiple times per day. And when you do, you’re typically moving around food, in the middle of cooking (hello, bacteria on your hands!
Feb 4, 2019
The Only Two Things That Motivate Me to Keep My Kitchen Counters Clean
Kitchen counters are clutter magnets—plain and simple. As I look at my own countertops, I see seven-ish different piles in the works (kids’ art, unopened mail, recyclables on their way to the bin, etc.). It’s never-ending. And despite being a fairly organized, clean-surface kind of girl myself, and literally interviewing dozens of experts on the subject, there are only two times my countertops ever get clean. Oh, is it midnight the night before an article is due?
Jan 30, 2019
3 Smart Tips That’ll Make Unloading the Dishwasher Way Easier
In my experience, there are two kinds of dishwasher users: people who have figured out the right way to load the dishwasher, and people who really don’t care. Also in my experience, those two camps of people tend to marry each other and spend the rest of their lives complaining about the other’s method of loading or critiquing the other’s loading technique (sorry, husband of mine).
Dec 23, 2018
3 Smart, Unexpected Things You Can Do With a Dishwasher
Besides, you know, cleaning your dishes, your dishwasher can do a few other fun things.
Nov 24, 2018
The Fast Formula for Getting Your Kitchen Back in Shape After Thanksgiving
Here's our fail-proof, get-it-done method for getting your kitchen back in shape so you can relax.
Nov 22, 2018
5 Common Kitchen Cleaning Habits You Need to Break ASAP
You know how to clean a kitchen. So do I. But there are things we learned from our parents, shortcuts we developed ourselves, and just straight-up habits that may make our cleaning, well, less than optimal. Heck, half the time I research a story, I learn I’ve been doing something wrong my whole adult life!
Nov 19, 2018
One Smart Way to Use a Mesh Laundry Bag in Your Kitchen
Sometimes, unknowingly, we get so stuck in the intended purpose of something that we never realize how useful it could potentially be. That’s why discovering a new cleaning hack is so universally tantalizing; it jolts us with a zap of “Why didn’t I think of that?” and snaps us out of that humdrum rut of using things merely for their intended purpose.
Oct 21, 2018
Get “SOSD”: It’s the 20-Minute Secret to a Clean Kitchen, Forever
Forgive my hyperbole, but I firmly believe the very best thing you can do for your home is to clear the kitchen each night. It’s the heart of your home—and the place you’ll make your coffee in the morning—so you want to keep that heart healthy and happy. Sometime after dinners have been made (and a few bites of ice cream have been taken straight from the freezer), but before you turn in for the night, take a quick 20 or so minutes to clear your kitchen of its daily mess.
Aug 26, 2018
Smart Ways to Make Cleaning the Kitchen Less of a Chore
Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Chore-Free Summer. Every weekday until July 20, we’re arming you with time-saving shortcuts and hacks that’ll help you work smarter, not harder, when it comes to homekeeping this summer. Because cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Not all kitchen messes are created equal. But whether you’re a dedicated home cook or somebody who has local takeout joints’ phone numbers saved as favorites, you still have to clean up after yourself.
Jul 18, 2018
Survey Says This is the Grossest Thing You Can Have in Your Kitchen
I’m not swayed by inner satisfaction or the captivating sparkle of a spotless countertop. No—my main motivation for cleaning my space is almost always making sure that the people who see it don’t think I’m gross. (Even if those people are just the UPS guy and my local Thai place’s delivery driver.
Apr 18, 2018
The $1 Kitchen Storage Trick That Might Save Your Plates
If you’re a practical person and invested in high quality tableware in classic white, good for you! Your dinner guests will have to look long and hard to spy those tiny chips your plates may have accumulated over the years. For the rest of us who opted for brightly colored vintage dishes that we have to constantly protect with our lives — we need all the help we can get to keep our priceless pieces looking pristine. So what help do we offer? What ingenious tip have we? Ready for it?
Apr 10, 2018
The Biggest Unsolved Mystery in the History of Kitchen Appliances
We’re living in a world where anything is possible. I can talk to my light bulbs. My plants water themselves. There’s an electric car floating out in space somewhere right at this very moment. The sky’s the lim— ok the sky isn’t even the limit anymore. Mind-blowing technological breakthroughs are happening across every industry every day, proving that anything we can dream up is possible.
Mar 11, 2018
9 Simple Sponge Hacks Everyone Should Know
For such an unassuming object, kitchen sponges are kind of rock stars. In addition to being responsible for getting our dishes and utensils clean, these thirsty squares can be repurposed in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. But, rest assured, the ways we do know of prove pretty darn ingenious.
Mar 11, 2018
The Weird Hardware Store Find You Need in Your Kitchen
Until you know how to harness its power, you won't appreciate this mysterious concoction for all it can really do.
Mar 7, 2018
Why You Should Keep Car Wax in Your Kitchen
Car wax can fill in tiny scratches and dings in a car’s clear coat. It can also keep away finger-print smudges and make it easier to clean the dirt and grime off of a car’s surface. All this while giving the exterior an attractive shine. Don’t these all sound like achievements you’d like to unlock all over your home, too? Turns out car wax is great for all sorts of household hacks. Here’s why you should keep a tub in your kitchen.
Jan 25, 2018
The Simple, One-Step-at-a-Time Way to Overhaul Your Kitchen
It’s finally the weekend! Whether you’ve been doing the Cure for a week or a decade, you know that weekends on the Cure are about two things: Treating yourself to flowers and taking the extra time to tackle a big (but necessary) job. So that’s what we’re doing. Today’s “big job” target is the kitchen — which I know is a capital-b Big Job.
Jan 12, 2018
Why You Should Keep Toothpaste in the Kitchen
I love finding ways to use things I already have in new life-hack-y ways, like removing labels on jars with coconut oil and baking soda. Like toothpaste: It’s something we all have in our bathrooms. But here are a few reasons to keep a tube in the kitchen. Gently rubbing non-gel toothpaste on water rings can remove them from a wooden table. Scrubbing chrome fixtures with a dab of toothpaste will make them gleam. Rub the toothpaste into the chrome with a rag and then buff with a clean rag.
Jan 9, 2018
This Weekend: Take Care of Your Kitchen’s Biggest Odor Offenders
Nothing says “c’mon let’s eat” like offensive smells in your kitchen. Kidding of course! Yet there are several spots that naturally get ickier than others, where gunk, dried liquids, and food bits combine to form a low-grade yet persistent maelstrom of malodor. This weekend, we’re going to take care of that. All during October, we’re tackling your home’s “scariest” tasks — the dirtiest, foulest, most dreaded jobs on your to-do list.
Oct 28, 2017
Is Your Kitchen Sink the Key to Happiness? Yes, According to This Fan-Favorite Cleaning Plan
Do you follow the FlyLady? If not, here’s a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley’s old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means “finally loving yourself.
Sep 11, 2017
Cause & Effect: Clean This Today to Save Major Money Tomorrow
If you pride yourself on keeping a tidy home, there’s stuff around the house you want to do. Like buying an organizer for the junk drawer. That right there is like a drug to Monica Geller types. But no matter how much you enjoy cleaning up, there are still some chores that are, well, chores. Cleaning the fridge coils is one of those things.
Jun 27, 2017
The Thing You Use Everyday that You Should Probably Throw Away (Or At Least De-Grossify)
You probably do the dishes often—even more so if you lack the luxury of a dishwasher—but how often do you clean or replace your kitchen sponge? (Or any sponges in your home, for that matter?). The dirt on sponges (pun intended) is that they can get really gross, really quickly—more gross than you might realize. According to Huffington Post, it’s the dirtiest thing in your home, even worse than toilet seats and garbage cans.
Mar 2, 2017
A Realistic Kitchen Refresh: The Inside/Out Cleaning Plan
Happy Friday! Weekends on the Cure mean two things – that it’s time to pick yourself up some new flowers and that you have three days to complete your assignment. So, armed with lovely blooms, you have some extra time to tackle this weekend’s focus room, the kitchen. Now, before you run away screaming, just hear me out. The goal is to get your kitchen to a cleaner, better state by Sunday night, while not burning out on the overall Cure on your way there.
Jan 13, 2017
Everyday Savings: Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Sponge
Nobody likes to throw away money. Even though kitchen sponges are, like, 50¢ a piece, there are still some small, simple habits you can do to squeeze more mileage out of your most hardworking kitchen tool. Ta da! Instantly, your tools last twice as long. Chances are, a smaller sponge can still tackle all your normal use with finesse. In fact, it might make it easier to get into tight nooks. Get yourself a sponge holder that will keep your sponge upright and let air flow all around.
Jul 5, 2016
The 10 Commandments of a Clean & Happy Fridge
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We’ve collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they’re all right here for you to implement at home. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40°F (5°C) or below. If it doesn’t come with a label, give it one. Add dates for extra credit.
Nov 22, 2015