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Keeping your kitchen clean can be a chore, but it doesn't have to be. With these helpful tips and tricks learn to keep your kitchen neat, tidy and ready for your next kitchen adventure. This is a guide about kitchen cleaning tips and tricks.
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By 15 found this helpful
September 24, 2010

Line your kitchen and bathroom cupboards with floor tiles. It looks attractive and it provides easy clean-up. Apply a cork tile to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door to pin take-out menus, shopping lists, tips, anything really.

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By sooz from Toronto, ON

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October 13, 2008

Cleaning the space over the cupboards where dust and grime accumulate can be some job to do. If you line the area with wax paper or paper towels, it makes the cleaning easier. I have done this for the last ten years and I have very little washing to do when I do my spring and fall cleaning. Try it, it's worth the trouble.

By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario

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By 4 found this helpful
April 12, 2010

This tip is related to clean up after eating and cooking; it took me a lifetime to learn this lesson, and it's one of those things you have to experience to believe.

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I recommend that you scrape, rinse, and wash your dishes immediately after eating, whether preparing for the dishwasher or to hand wash. This will take you 10 minutes tops once you have the routine down pat, especially if you have rinsed as you cooked.

For every half hour you let the food sit on the plates and dry and grow crusty, add more time to the clean up. By the time the dishes have sat overnight, plan on a minimum of 30 minutes. If you are really remiss due to inertia for any and all reasons (illness, absence, indolence, and what have you) you can count on an hour to get the crusties off the stove top, out of the pots, etc. It is so nice to just have the kitchen clean right away after dinner, it is really worth it. Then your family can do all kinds of things in the space.

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In my sister in law's house, the one who cooks is off the hook for dishes and the first adult up from the table who didn't cook starts the process. The second eligible adult continues and in minutes the kitchen is clean. Kids know to scrape plates and put them in sink or on the drainboard. My house is a mixed bag of helpers and laggers. Helping is definitely the way to go.

By pikka from Westminster, CO

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February 10, 2010

Home Improvement stores offer plastic putty knives in various sizes, sometimes a bagged variety pack of sizes. A small (my go-to tool is 2 inches wide) putty knife is a must have for your kitchen cleanup! It removes the residue from your pots and pans easily without marring any finish, from Teflon to stainless or ceramic!

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I always pre-soak my baked on, fried on foods while I tackle the easy cleanups. Then I take my handy putty knife and run it across the cook/bakeware and the residue just lifts off! This is also great for cooking surfaces when you have a spillover.

By Trisha from Ventura, CA

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November 5, 20060 found this helpful

Regardless of how tired you are, resist the urge to leave your dishes dirty in the kitchen overnight. There is nothing more depressing than waking up to a dirty kitchen.
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By Nancy

Clean As You Cook

I also clean as I go and put dishes in the dishwasher as I cook. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner is challenging, but I manage to keep a spotless kitchen.

By Jennifer

Garbage Bowl

Keep a "garbage bowl" on the counter where you prep. I put a plastic grocery bag in it (but you don't have to). All the stuff you would normally go throw away, just toss in the bowl on your work surface. After dinner, scrape leftovers into it and make one trip to the trash can. The bag makes it convenient that all of the food that can go bad is now sealed up. I learned this from 30-Minute Meals.

By CarlaJS

A Gleaming Sink

I love waking up to a clean bench and sink. I even make sure that my sink is shiny as well, because when nothing else is done in the house (come on admit to it, we all have bad weeks/days sometimes), having a shiny sink and clean bench makes the morning that much easier to take.

Also, having the kitchen under control when the rest of the house needs attention, allows us to focus on other parts of the house that need some TLC. Unfortunately, there are times when I wake up to a sink with dishes from the "dish fairy" in the middle of the night. I used to rant and rave about how unfair it was and my family would take on a glazed look and get disgruntled.

However, now I just do them anyway, and forget about complaining as it really gets me nowhere. Besides, I think there's more to worry about than a few dishes in the sink. As a result of this attitude I've now found that my children and husband now think twice about just dumping things into the sink. I expect what I have been done has started to rub off on them.

We had a dishwasher in the house we sold a few years back and the house we bought was an ex-rental and devoid of "extras". In the last house I found it hard to get anyone to stack the dishwasher. No-one seemed to want to do it and things went into the sink instead. Now that we are living with no dishwasher I think the children appreciate how much extra work is involved and realize the work that goes into keeping the sink free of clutter.

I love waking up to my gleaming sink knowing that I can prepare breakfast without having to clean up first.

By Bev in Australia

I Agree

I agree with the clean kitchen crowd. It helps train the great big pink mice (or rats) that show up in the middle of the night. I long ago learned that it is easier to just "take care of it" rather than fuss about it. A good accessory for a clean-kitchen babe is a timed coffee pot. That way, the coffee is ready as well. After all, cleaning up takes just a few minutes (time yourself) and it's cheaper than a shrink!

By the Oracle

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By 2 found this helpful
September 13, 2012

If you have a microwave or a fan above your stove, then this tip is for you. I put a towel in the door of my microwave to catch the steam. When you are done cooking, just wipe what steam is left.

Use a Towel to Catch Steam from Cooking

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October 24, 2006

After cleaning the tops of your cupboards in the kitchen, line them with newspaper. No one will see it up there and the next time cleaning will be so much easier!

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September 7, 2007

Try placing a plastic tray under your mixer when baking. It will make the mixer easier to slide across the countertop and the tray will catch any spills. Clean-up is so much easier when all you have to do is wash the tray under the faucet.

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August 16, 2013

Use peel and stick vinyl tiles to line your kitchen cupboards. They are inexpensive and wipe clean so easily.

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August 14, 2012

When I make my own pie crust my counter gets messy with flour and hardened dough. So that I don't scratch the countertop, I use a plastic potato bag closure.

Scraping dough off counter with bag closure tab.

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February 25, 2013

I am a big believer in cleaning a little bit at a time. While my coffee is dripping in the morning, I either wipe out my microwave, wipe around the sink, or check the refrigerator.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 22, 2012

Wet a towel and wring it. Put a dab of dishwashing liquid soap in the centre. Rub to spread. Clean all your kitchen electrical appliances like steel, plastic toaster, kettle, or decoration pieces.

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July 28, 2011

Daily, I fill my kitchen sink at the end of the day with hot water and about 1/2 cup of liquid lemon Lysol. I grab 2 rags, soak them in the hot lysol, squeeze out the excess water and wipe!

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November 15, 2013

Keep a box of cheap tissues near your work space in the kitchen. For small spills and clean-ups, tissues are much cheaper than paper towels, even using several at a time.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 27, 2008

The kitchen is a special challenge because of the variety of cleaning needs. Grease can be absorbed while still fresh by throwing a bit of cornstarch or baking soda right on the grease then wiping away when cleaning the rest of the kitchen.

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February 27, 2007

Appliances: To shine chrome, use vinegar or window cleaner.

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January 4, 20060 found this helpful

For cleaning, removing small bits of rust, and protecting kitchen tools and appliances, cooking spray works as well as the more expensive metal cleaners.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 10, 2009

What can I use to catch crumbs and spills between the countertop and stove? I heard oven guards work great, but where can I purchase one from?

By Onesummer

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

I am using the guards and have good luck with them. The only problem I have is that they are shorter than my stove and the counters. They have a magnetic strip that you place next to your stove to keep them in place. I believe I ordered mine from Harriet Carter or one of those type catalogs.

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

They can be purchased at stores such as Linen and Things, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

Look up Carol Wright Gifts on Google. They often have them for $3.99 a piece

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September 12, 20090 found this helpful

Just saw them In Harriet Carter magazine. You can go to HarrietCarter.com and look there.

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September 12, 20090 found this helpful

I bought mine from Miles Kimball

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September 12, 20090 found this helpful

I just saw some today at Wal-Mart in the kitchen gadgets aisle. I think they were 3 dollars and some change.

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

I have been using the guards for years and really like them. I get mine at WalMart, they are really reasonable. They used to come in only hard plastic but now also have soft flexible ones. Bought first set years ago and just replaced them with second set.

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