In my kitchen, cleaning up takes bright lights, elbow grease, and some loud music with a good beat. But what else do you need to clean? We asked our readers: What are your can't-live-without-em cleaning tools? What products shine your kitchen into a place where you feel inspired and at home enough to make a mess? Here's what they had to say. It's a wealth of tips, advice, and kitchen cleaning inspiration!
Fruit flies are the scourge of the summer kitchen. With plenty of ripe fruit sitting out on the counters, my kitchen has been attracting these little flies for the past couple weeks, so I decided to search this site for a solution. A trick recommended again and again by readers in the comments ended up being the quickest, easiest way to rid my kitchen of these pesky flies.
I came home from a recent trip to a very unpleasant surprise: my stainless steel prep table was peppered with tiny blooms of rust.
I was baffled how this could happen. Stainless steel will pick up some scratches and stains, but it should be protected from rusting by a layer of chromium oxide (one of the characteristics of stainless steel and why we use it so much in the kitchen).
I was just starting to despair when I realized the reason for the rusting and found its solution.
Most kitchen linens are small, lightweight, and widely varied. Which makes them an often inexpensive and easy item to bring back home from travels. Here are some unique pieces that are decidedly of their place:
Cleaning the kitchen is a necessary counterpart to cooking. Some of us enjoy cleaning the kitchen more than others — but even if you hate it, you've probably found one or two tools or products that make it just a bit easier. What are your totally essential, indispensable kitchen cleaning products? A scent of Mrs. Meyer's dish soap? A certain brand of dish scrubber or towel? White vinegar? Tell us your most indispensable kitchen cleaning products; we're always looking for ways to make the job a bit easier.
Sarah Rae showed us these rad casserole carriers a little while ago, and summer potluck season is a good reason to mention them again. I have one, and it rocks. It's sturdy and spillproof, and it cradles a 9x13 dish in style. I love the exterior pocket — perfect for utensils or an extra towel.
Available in four designs: Orange Daiquiri (pictured), Bohemian, Carnival, and Calliope.
There's a no-nonsense attitude these Oscar the Grouch trash cans can bring to a kitchen. Just check out that example above. What a fancy kitchen! But that trash can brings things back down to earth. If you'd like the same for your kitchen, check out some options after the jump:
The party has finished. The guests have gone home. Our bellies are full and our glasses empty. All that's left are, yes, the dishes. You can view dirty dishes fondly or you can view them with resignation, but regardless, they have to be done eventually. When do you do them?
Q: I have a massive fruit fly problem — I make sure that all scraps go down the disposal, throw the trash out everyday, and don't leave fruit out, but still I see fruit flies hovering around my kitchen sink! It seems like they are coming from the disposal, but I know that it's empty (as I run it multiple times a day just to make sure).
They are driving me crazy! Any suggestions for what to do?