How to Make an All-Natural Kitchen Cleaner with Things You Already HaveKitchen
It's ready in seconds — at a fraction of the price of store-bought cleaners.
Apr 30, 2024
This Unsuspecting Item Could Instantly Ruin Your Kitchen CountertopsKitchen
It’s hiding in your produce basket.
Apr 5, 2024
This $43 West Elm Gem Creates Extra Kitchen Storage in the Most Ingenious WayKitchen
It takes advantage of unused counter space!
Feb 23, 2024
6 Things to Keep Off Your Countertops (and 2 Things That Can Stay)Kitchen
Here are a few thought-starters to jump-start your mini kitchen overhaul.
Dec 27, 2023
The $7 Find That’ll Keep Your Countertop Organized and SpotlessKitchen
Get it before it's gone!
Oct 26, 2023
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Quartz Countertops
Tips from The Kitchn
Plus: How much it'll cost you.
Oct 13, 2023
The Stylish $25 West Elm Find That Will Keep Your Countertops Clutter-FreeKitchen
Only limited quantities are left!
Sep 18, 2023
17 Quick Guides to Kitchen Flooring and Countertop MaterialsKitchen
We dove into kitchen materials this year for all our readers embarking on a major kitchen project. Are you wondering about marble vs. quartz countertops? Cork or linoleum floors? Curious if butcher block countertops are really as hard to maintain as people say?
May 3, 2023
How To Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
How To
Here's how you can make your own disinfectant and clean your granite countertops without buying a single thing.
Aug 25, 2022
How To Oil Butcher Block CountertopsKitchen
Here's what to do — whether you want to use a food-safe mineral oil or a butcher block conditioner.
Aug 19, 2022
The Super-Simple Rule That Helps Me Keep My Entire Kitchen Clean at All Times
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Thanks, mom!
May 26, 2022
Countertop Holes for Compost & Trash: Why a Chute Is a Good IdeaKitchen
Recently, while perusing a few of our vintage (read: 2011) Kitchen Tours, I ran across Penelope and Nathan’s savvy Northeast Portland kitchen and its “compost hole,” as Penelope calls it, carved out of the poured concrete countertops. It’s one of Penelope’s favorite features, and I can see why.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Clean the Countertops, Backsplash, and FloorKitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 18: Wednesday, September 3 Assignment: Clean the countertops and backsplash. Sweep and mop the floors. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure After three weeks of cleaning, decluttering, and (we imagine) still cooking in your kitchen, your kitchen floor is probably in desperate need of a good mopping. The same goes for the countertops.
May 12, 2022
This Little Trick Featuring Plastic Container Lids Helps Keep My Counters Nice and Clean
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Put your mismatched pieces to good use!
May 2, 2022
11 Things I’ll Never Put on My Kitchen Counters or Table
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
This is where you prepare and eat food!!!
Mar 28, 2022
Before & After: I Revived a Trashed Dresser Using Scraps from My Kitchen Reno
Before & After
The whole thing cost me just $74.
Mar 16, 2022
Adding Just 10 More Inches of Counter Space Made My Tiny Kitchen Way More Functional — Here’s How I Did It
Before & After
"We haven't eaten a single meal on the sofa since the install!"
Nov 22, 2021
5 Things You Should Never Store on Your Kitchen Counters, According to Professional Organizers
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Plus, what you should do with those items instead!
Nov 4, 2021
4 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Counters Look More Expensive, According to Home Stagers
Tips from The Kitchn
Your countertops are packed with potential.
Oct 6, 2021
The $17 Countertop Organizer I Wish I’d Bought Years Ago
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Wrangle all your small appliances once and for all.
Jul 25, 2021
This Surprising $6 Find Keeps My Kitchen Counters Totally Spotless
Shopping
In no time — and with almost no effort — my countertops were sparkling clean.
Jun 3, 2021
Before & After: The IKEA Cabinets in This Kitchen Redo Look Totally Custom
Before & After
Plus, there's a cool DIY concrete countertop!
Apr 17, 2021
Ty Pennington’s Best Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen on a Budget
Tips from The Kitchn
He actually says to save on the cabinets if you can!
Feb 18, 2021
These Swedish Dishcloths Will Save You Money on Paper Towels — and Earn You $10 Toward Amazon Prime Day
Shopping
Durable, sustainable, and on sale!
Dec 2, 2020
This Multipurpose Organizer Has Over 1,400 5-Star Amazon Reviews and Is the Secret to Spotless Countertops
Shopping
You're going to want more than one.
Nov 18, 2020
This “Tiffany Box of Toaster Ovens” Is a Favorite of Three Kitchn Editors — and on Sale Right Now
Shopping
"It’s by far the best toaster oven I’ve ever used."
Nov 17, 2020
How Setting Up Counter Zones Helped Cut My Cleaning Time in Half
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
You'll just need four zones.
Nov 11, 2020
Keep This $7 Tool in Your Kitchen and Your Counters Will Practically Clean Themselves
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It's meant for bathrooms, but we love using it in the kitchen!
Oct 22, 2020
The Right Height for Your Counters — And 5 Other Key Kitchen Measurements
Tips from The Kitchn
Get out the tape measure, stand up straight, and bend your elbows!
Sep 9, 2020
Wish You Had a Dishwasher? This Countertop Model Is “Life Changing,” According to Amazon Reviewers
Shopping
And it takes up about as much space as a drying rack!
Sep 9, 2020
Do This “Water Test” Once a Year to Help Keep Your Kitchen Counters in Perfect Shape
Tips from The Kitchn
It's so simple and could save you a lot of grief down the road.
Sep 4, 2020
The 23 Most Brilliant Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Counters Cleaner, Forever
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
You'll be mad you haven't thought of number 12 earlier!
Jul 16, 2020
5 Brilliant Ways to Reinvent Your Hideously Ugly CountertopsKitchen
Can't stand your countertops but don't have the funds to tear them out and replace them with the materials of your dreams? You're in luck!
Jul 16, 2020
The One Small Change That Instantly Decluttered My Kitchen
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It only took a couple of minutes.
May 29, 2020
5 Little Tasks That'll Make Kitchen Counters Way Less Cluttered
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Each one of these can be done in three minutes or less!
Apr 17, 2020
This Extendable Rack Is My Secret for a Clutter-Free Counter—and Kitchn Readers Can Get It for 15% Off
Shopping
The easiest way to double that precious countertop real estate!
Mar 27, 2020
We Asked 6 Food Pros to Pick Their Favorite Hand Soap — and There Was One Clear Winner
Shopping
Even Kitchn editors swear by it!
Mar 12, 2020
20 Beautiful Kitchens With Butcher Block CountertopsKitchen
I have a soft spot for butcher block countertops. I love their beauty, warmth, how well they go with a variety of kitchen styles, and of course, their affordability. (IKEA’s ever-popular NUMERAR beech countertops start at $129 for six feet.) They do require proper care and maintenance to keep them looking their best, but if you’re okay with that, then it’s a wonderful look for the kitchen.
Mar 11, 2020
This 3-Minute Habit Is the Secret to Getting a Forever-Clean Home
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Set a timer and you'll be done in just 180 seconds!
Feb 28, 2020
Why You Should Never Use Vinegar on Your Granite Countertops
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It's not good for cleaning EVERYthing.
Jan 16, 2020
The 2 Most Cluttered Places in the Kitchen, According to Marie KondoKitchen
The one and only Marie Kondo came by our office a few weeks ago to show us how to organize the kitchen junk drawer and our pile of napkins. She grouped like with like and folded fabric squares like a pro. (Not surprisingly, considering she’s the author of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and has made a career telling people how to organize and declutter.) While she was visiting, we asked her what mistakes she saw again and again in various kitchens.
Dec 19, 2019
The Designer Trick for Disguising Ugly Rental Kitchen CountertopsKitchen
So, your rental kitchen countertops leave something to be desired. Who are you kidding? They’re fill in the blank: ugly, cracked, formica, moldy, all of the above. Replacing them isn’t practical, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with an eyesore in your kitchen day in and day out. This is designer Megan Hopp’s favorite trick for giving those countertops an easy, economic, and — perhaps most importantly — temporary makeover.
Dec 17, 2019
One Thing You Should Never Do to Your Marble Countertop
Tips from The Kitchn
Lemons are very, very bad!
Nov 20, 2019
How Much Does It Really Cost to Install New Kitchen Countertops?
Projects
We talked to one homeowner who got granite for less than two grand.
Oct 7, 2019
10 Little Ways to Make Your Countertops a Million Times Better and More Efficient
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It's the little things!
Oct 5, 2019
The Smartest Place to Set Up a Slow Cooker in the KitchenKitchen
Every kitchen has the same great spot — can you guess where it is?
Sep 4, 2019
The Best Way to Clean Any Kitchen CountertopKitchen
Find your kitchen's surface and get to cleaning.
Sep 4, 2019
How To Clean Butcher Block CountertopsKitchen
A quick search online for pros and cons of butcher block countertops will give a long list of pros on beauty and function, and one definite con: maintenance. It’s a forgiving surface, to say the least, since it can be sanded and oiled to be made like new, but what a project! The overall chorus, however, suggests that everyday cleaning is far easier and simpler, and doesn’t require harsh chemicals or cleaners.
Sep 4, 2019
How To Clean Marble CountertopsKitchen
Of all the decisions I made when building my kitchen last year, the one that has generated the most questions is my choice of marble countertops. I don’t regret the choice one bit: marble is beautiful, relatively inexpensive compared to other solid-surface countertops, and above all, easy to clean. I have found marble easy to maintain and easy to clean. Honestly, I feel a little silly showing you how I clean my countertops; it’s pretty darn simple.
Sep 4, 2019
The Best Ways to Care for Wood Cabinets, Wood Cutting Boards, Wood Floors, and More
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Considering the material doesn't do great with water or dishwashers, it's a little surprising to see so much of it in the kitchen!
Aug 28, 2019
8 Cheap Finds That’ll Help You Banish Counter Clutter Once and for All
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Because countertop clutter makes your kitchen look messier than it is.
Jul 17, 2019
The Best Countertop Materials for Your Kitchen
Kitchen Design
According to home builders.
Jun 14, 2019
7 DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformations That Will Blow Your MindKitchen
There is a huge gap between the costs of marble and stone versus laminate, and even with the less expensive materials, having new countertops cut and installed is an expensive proposition. That’s not to say you’re stuck with what you’ve got, either. These homeowners (and some renters!) found clever ways to refresh their existing countertops — without spending a fortune. Get inspired by these DIY kitchen countertop transformations that will blow your mind.
Jun 9, 2019
The Easiest, Least Expensive Way to Get a Realistic-Looking Faux Marble CountertopKitchen
Marble is as pricey as it is gorgeous, but there’s no real substitute for it, right? If you want the look of marble, you’ll just have to save up forever, or make do with something totally temporary like … contact paper, I guess? Prepare to have your mind blown. Lovely! It must be a clever laminate, or stone faux marble, you’d guess? Wrong! Reader Megan Neugebauer created these stunning counters out of thin air, witchcraft, and something called Stone Coat Countertops.
Jun 9, 2019
How To Clean Stainless Steel Countertops To a Shiny, Streak-Free FinishKitchen
Are you the proud owner (or renter) of a set of stainless steel countertops? They’re very common in commercial kitchens, but I haven’t seen them in many homes, save for an industrial-grade island or cart like the one in Julia’s kitchen. I don’t know why they haven’t remained in vogue — of all the quirks of my 1940s era kitchen, they’re the one feature I’ve truly fallen in love with.
Jun 8, 2019
How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny KitchenKitchen
Our kitchen is far from large. There is only enough counter space for one person; the stove and refrigerator can’t be opened at the same time; and we’ve grown accustomed to running into each other as we rush to finish a project or perform time-sensitive cooking tasks. When pressed for space, we already use the stovetop as an impromptu counter. It seemed only natural to convert this space into something usable.
Jun 8, 2019
All About: Ceramic Tile CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at the pros and cons of ceramic countertops. Origin: Ceramic tile is made from clay, which is fired at a high temperature and then glazed. Pros: Can be customized to suit specific shapes and sizes; heat and stain resistant; damaged tiles are replaceable.
Jun 5, 2019
All About: Concrete CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at the pros and cons of concrete countertops:Overview: Concrete countertops are made from a general-purpose mortar mix: one part cement to three parts sand. To avoid the appearance of a sidewalk, concrete countertops can have any color added to them, and must be sealed to make them non-porous and heat- and- stain- resistant.
Jun 5, 2019
All About: Soapstone CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at the pros and cons of soapstone countertops: Origin: Soapstone is a natural stone, like granite, that is quarried. It’s composed mostly of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft, but soapstone used for countertops typically has higher percentages of quartz in it, which makes it harder and more suitable as a kitchen surface.
Jun 5, 2019
All About: Paper Composite CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at paper composite countertops:Origin: Paper composite countertops are made of post-consumer recycled paper and other fibers held together by a formaldehyde-free thermoset plastic resin. Available in thicknesses ranging from ¼ inch to 2 inches.
Jun 5, 2019
All About: Lava Stone CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at lava stone countertops: Origin: A new type of countertop material, volcanic lava stone is extracted by hand from open-air quarries (usually in Auvergne, France), then cut into slabs, glazed with enamel, and fired in a kiln at 1300 degrees.
Jun 5, 2019
All About: Synthetic Solid Surface CountertopsKitchen
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Doing research on countertop materials? If so, then our Countertop Spotlight series will help you. Today we look at synthetic or manufactured solid surface countertops (Corian, etc):Origin: Synthetic or manufactured solid surface countertops are made of man-made materials, most often acrylic, but also polyester resins, marble dust, and other pigments.Popular Brands: Dupont Corian, LG Hi Macs, Formica, Wilsonart, Staron, LivingStone.
Jun 5, 2019