6 Quick and Cheap Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Looking Awesome

The kitchen has become the centerpiece of the house for most American households.  We eat there.  Kids do homework there.  We cook there.  We gather there.  For many, the kitchen is the life center of the home.

When you spend so much time there, you want it to stay looking good, but all the time spent there can make things get cluttered, dirty, or worn out.

Here are a few quick and cheap tips that can help keep your kitchen looking great.

  1. Wash your stovetop accessories in the dishwasher – Many stovetops have removable grates that get dirty over time.  You can wash these, but I’ve found that it’s just as easy to throw everything in the dishwasher and give it a cycle.  Make sure to give yourself time to let everything dry off before putting it back on the stove.
  2. Keep your coffee pot looking fresh with ice – I stumbled across this trick while researching methods to keep the inside of my waste tanks clean in our camper.  With the camper, you can pour some ice (with a little bit of water) in the tank right before driving. All the sloshing around will cause the ice to remove crud that builds up on the walls.  The same principle applies to the stains that inevitably occur in coffee pots. Put a little water, some ice, and give it a good shake for a few minutes.  Watch the stains come right off.  Be careful not to shake too hard, so that you don’t break the pot.
  3. Clean your stainless steel pots with Bar Keepers Friend – Over time, the stainless steel pots and pans will get stained and dull.  A quick shake and scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend will restore the polish and remove stains.   It’s cheap but it works!  We use it just about every time we wash and it’s awesome.
  4. If you have a stainless steel sink,  do the same thing – Bar Keepers Friend works to polish your sink.  It doesn’t even have to be stainless steel, either.  We have a white porcelain sink that gets dirty, and Bar Keepers Friend cleans it right up.
  5. Get your windows sparkling clean and streak free – If you get sunlight in your kitchen, having clean windows and door walls will let the light in and make the kitchen an even warmer place.  The trick I’ve learned for cleaning glass is to clean it with newspaper.  Paper towels and even rags will leave streaks.  Using newspaper (hint: only use the black and white pages, avoid the colored ink) gives a clean, streak free shine every time.
  6. Organize one cabinet or drawer a month – Stuff you put in cabinets in drawers will become disorganized over time, and drawers also have the unfortunate habit of accumulating crumbs and such.  Often people avoid doing a full cleaning because of the number of drawers and cabinets in a typical kitchen.  Spread it out by cleaning one per month.  Empty everything out, clean it, re-organize it, give/throw away broken and unused items, and put it all back.  You’ll keep a good handle on your kitchen that way.

None of these tricks will break the bank, but they will help you keep the shine in your kitchen so that it can remain the hub of your home.

What tricks do you use to keep your kitchen looking good? 

31 thoughts on “6 Quick and Cheap Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Looking Awesome”

  1. The idea of organizing any of our drawers horrifies me. SEriously. There’s just cr*p everywhere! lol. Maybe one a month wouldn’t be so bad though. I’d have to get my wife on board though, she’d probably pitch a fit if I just started turning a drawer inside out and tossing things out!

  2. We organize once a month–our kitchen is relatively small and sometimes the orgazniation actually leads to us having more space! This usually comes when we consolidate a cabinet or drawer so I don’t see us getting too much more room but it helped the last time we did it!

  3. Awesome tricks. I’ve never heard of the ice one.

    I practice the 10 minute rule. I’d rather clean the kitchen 10 minutes 3 times a day than 30 minutes at once, so I’ll clean 10 in the morning, 10 when I get lunch, and 10 in the evening. The kitchen stays clean and I don’t have to spend a half hour at a time.

    • Good approach though the frustration level can hit higher that way since you feel like you’re constantly cleaning

    • I’m like AverageJoe, I clean the kitchen after every meal as well because I love a clean kitchen. My husband has used that Bar Keepers Friend on our pots and you are right, they look amazing. Thanks for suggesting to try it on the stainless steel sink. Ours is old and looks ugly. I will give that stuff a try on it.

  4. Wipe the kitchen sink dry (paper towel or dish towel) most times you use it. Also swipe the stove hood surface.

    Minimize the # of items stuck to the fridge doors.

    If you have enough storage, counters should contain only those small appliances you actually use frequently (more than once a week).

    With small kids in the house, use a lower cabinet for their snack foods & some glasses & plates for same if you let them serve themselves.

  5. Good tip on the Bar Keepers Helper. Our sink could really use some shining. We try to keep all the drawers somewhat organized except the “junk” drawer. It is the catch all and I guess I’m OK as long as it’s in the drawer and not the counter.

    • Our drawers are usually pretty good too except for the junk drawer. When it doesn’t open and close anymore or stuff starts falling into the cabinet below, you know it’s time for a re-do.

  6. These are good tips. Plus, when the kitchen looks clean the entire home feels cleaner! (or maybe that’s just me who feels that way..lol)

    • I couldn’t agree more! Either that or it makes you start cleaning up the rest of the house since the kitchen looks so much better. Either way….

  7. I did not know about the coffee pot trick. Personally, I find that keeping counters clutter-free makes a huge difference in the kitchen looking messy or clean.

    • Very true. We have a variety of stuff along the back of the counters but everything on the counters gets put away regularly for the exact reason you mentioned.

  8. I always use ice, a bit of salt and a couple of lemon slice to clean our coffee pot. I’ve never tried warm water and ice, but it sure sounds easier. 🙂

  9. I never thought of organizing one drawer or cupboard per month. That sounds very sensible and will lead to cleaner and more organized cupboards and drawers. I think cleaning out the fridge and such is so overwhelming that people don’t do it, but if you spread it out it’s insurance for a clean kitchen!

    • True. It might not be top to bottom clean since you always have something that’s not been clean for awhile, but I think overall it keeps things looking sharp.

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