Easy Solutions for Your Kitchen

Posted by Steph Kaye on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 12:45pm.

Making the Best of It

If your kitchen is in need of repair and improvements such as warped fiberboard cupboard doors that don’t close right, there’s moldy caulking between the backsplash tiles, and the silverware drawer goes off its tracks every time you pull it open. 

If  you live in a rental and your aren't able to get a new stove/sink/countertop because it’s not part of the rental agreement, or it’s not in your budget, or you keep putting off a renovation because there’s just not enough time. 

Here are some tips, to make your kitchen more useful...

 Move your knives nearer to your cutting board.

If you don’t have drawer space there, try installing a knife magnet, or just move the knives you use most frequently to the nearest drawer. For safe storage, get a plastic knife guard, or make a sleeve out of duct tape and an old cereal box.

Take your ketchup out of the refrigerator.

It tastes so much better at room temperature. You don’t need to refrigerate ketchup. Also, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce do not need to be refrigerated. They’re packed with sodium, despite what the labels may say. Now your fridge is so much less cluttered. 

Buy a lot of new dish towels. 

If your dish towels are always soggy and old you probably need more of them. It helps to have clean and sanitary towels. Buy a bunch!

Replace those old repulsive sponges.
Sponges are infamously the most germy item in a kitchen. They mildew so quickly and smell horrible. You can disinfect your sponge by soaking it in a water-and-bleach solution for 20 to 30 minutes or microwave a damp sponge for 2 to 3 minutes on high power. Or just buy a few new sponges so you always have a backup ready.

Do not put your knives in the dishwasher.

The heat and harsh detergents of your dishwasher will corrode the blades and warp the handles. The pulsing jets of water can cause the blades to knock against the rack, dulling the blades and cutting into the rack. Always wash your kitchen knives by hand. It’s the safest thing for you, your knives, and your dishwasher. 

Keep your hot pad holders clean.


Over time, they get caked with grease and batter and tomato sauce and become stiff. Simply wash them every once in a while. There are also silicone hot pad holders that you can just wipe clean. Store them close to the stove and oven. You won’t have to search panicked, through drawers while your food waits in the oven, becoming overcooked.

Stow away countertop appliances you rarely use.

Counter space is valuable.  Move those bulky appliances, you very rarely use to the basement, or the closet. It is a great spot to have a nice big cutting board. It’s so much easier to cut things on a surface that’s bigger than a sheet of notebook paper.

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