We asked over 800 of our readers to give us 18 kitchen tips you never knew and they came up with some amazing kitchen hacks!
If you’re ready, sit back, grab your favorite drink (OK- for me it is diet coke, but for you… it is probably coffee or tea!), put your feet up and take a few minutes to see if there is anything that you can do to improve your experiences in the kitchen. I love kitchen tips and I love organizing, so this post was really fun!
Our best tips:
- Get beautiful, but functional plates! They make all the difference in your kitchen cabinets. I like to use all-white dishes, so I went with Dowan. Here are the porcelain ramekins & square plates that we have (I use these constantly!)
- Do you have wooden furniture in your kitchen? Did you know that you can polish it with olive oil and lavender oil to give a pleasant aroma?
- 90% of all the things in your kitchen are hardly ever used or are just simply not needed? A bit like wearing 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time. I do this… the wardrobe one. I do it so much that my husband and mom started calling my favorite outfit “your uniform”. haha!
Apart from the usual, kettle, toaster & microwave, put other things like bread makers, slow cookers and coffee makers in a cupboard until needed. Or, have a garage sale and get rid of all your unused clutter. Honestly – if you don’t need the money from the sale… it is best just to donate it and be done with it! Use it as a tax write-off.
See how to Organize kitchen cabinets & drawers
- If you are short on space, a ceiling rack can be useful for pots & pans. If you have a kitchen island then you can make a really nice feature out of your kitchen by doing this. Another tip is to hang them like they did here!
- If you want to organize all your saucepan lids for easy access then a wall mounted newspaper holder is ideal for this.
- Trash bins in the kitchen can start to smell quite badly due to the things we throw away. If you’re not big on cleaning your bin out regularly, then you can put slices of lemon, lime or orange in your bin every couple of days to keep it smelling fresh, until the next time that you clean it. I love a good lemon hack!
- If you are expecting guests and want your kitchen smelling nice for their arrival, simply boil 2 halves of lemon in water with cloves and rosemary leaves. This will improve the air with a pleasant aroma that will fill your kitchen and quite possibly the whole house!
- Want to give your kitchen an updated look? Move to all-white dishware. We love these modern, white square plates by Dowan.
- Want to give your kitchen faucet a new looking chrome finish? When you have cleaned them, you can finish them off with grit free toothpaste to give the taps a brilliant shine.
- Speaking of toothbrushes, if you have tile in your kitchen, you can use an old toothbrush to clean the grouting with a paste of bicarbonate of soda. Oh! I also use our old toothbrushes to clean my wedding ring. It seriously makes such a difference! Here is the after…
- Like a cup of tea? We all know that tea can stain, just look inside you cups! To protect your countertops, keep a chopping board near the kettle, so when you are making a cup of tea, the cup can rest on a surface other the worktop so that tea drips don’t stain your nice worktop. The person that submitted this tip learned the hard way!
- Has food been staining your containers? To prevent tomato-based sauces and soups from staining plastic containers, spraying them lightly with a non-stick cooking spray before filling them. it will save you from having to buy new ones!
- If you have a big kitchen and you are struggling to give it some identity, you can easily break up counter space with chopping boards for decorative effect. You can even change them based on the season or mood. (Caution, if your mood changes more than 5 times a day then ignore this last paragraph as it could be quite expensive for you!) My favorite cutting board is a Lenox glass cutting board with a winter scene from my dear friend, Julia. I get it out every December and leave it up until the last snow falls. I just love it!
- Want your silver spoons to shine again? Simply crumple up some kitchen foil in a pan, fill it half full with water and add your silver cutlery. Then, bring it to the boil and it will clean your silver for you easily and quickly.
- If you go shopping and use the supplied plastic bags the supermarket gives you, then use these as garbage cans. I’ll do this in the bathroom, where we don’t accumulate as much garbage as in the kitchen.
- Want a sparkling clean kitchen floor every time? You could invest in a steam mop (This one is Amazon’s Best Seller). When you clean your floors in the future, you won’t need to waste money on any harsh chemicals, just clean water from the tap! Or you can read about another easy way to clean dark wood floors here.
- Similar to above, if you are heavy handed with cleaning fluids, try putting a bit of the fluid onto a cloth rather than directly onto the work surface, this will give you just the right amount needed and will save you many dollars a year!
- Try to avoid storing fruit in the fridge (other than berries). It tends to lose its flavor when this is done. If you put bananas in the fridge, they will go brown very quickly!
- Spruce up the look & feel of your kitchen by ordering white dishes. It makes any room feel fresh & new, plus it makes the food look beautiful! (We went with Dowan- they have a 30-day chip warranty!) You can see in my picture below how pretty it looks (this is the serving platter, Soup & Cereal Bowls and the porcelain ramekins.MORE POSTS YOU MIGHT LIKE:
For more tips on cleaning your kitchen (the detailed list), see my past Clean My Kitchen series here.