Step 1: Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink
Organize boxes, containers and cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink in simple, unique ways with our 4 tool suggestions. Then, with extra space and our tips, you’ll have room to store a couple additional useful items like a bag holder and compost bin.
4 Organization Tools
1. Lazy Susan: Just spin and grab! The rotating action of a lazy Susan comes in handy during cleaning time, giving you quick access to soap, paper towels, spray bottles and trash bags.
2. Cake Stand: Use cake stands and create layers to utilize every inch of space. They make perfect pedestals to place regularly needed products like dishwashing liquid, sponges and rubber gloves above flat, easy-to-stack products.
3. Basket: Separate items by task with baskets, that way you can grab one and head directly to the room that needs cleaning. Create them for dusting supplies, dishwashing items, bathroom cleaning tools and pet products.
Extra Tip: Attach labels to the front of each basket for grab-and-go ease.
4. Pegboard: Hang one inside the cabinet door and attach hooks to hold items like kitchen towels, small shelves, dishwashing brushes, dog leashes and pet brushes.
Step 2: Get Your Dishes the Cleanest They Can Be
Step 2: Get your dishes the cleanest they can be
If you use a dishwasher, use Cascade Platinum, which can actually help you maintain the cleanliness of your dishes with each use. It delivers Cascade’s best clean with a premium, advanced triple-action formula that helps prevent residue on your dishes, even filming on your dishwashing machine.
Baked-on food? Greasy residue? Here are tips for making dish cleanup a little easier when hand washing your dishes.
Get the cleanest of clean. Wash simple glasses and flatware first, and save the dirtiest pots and pans for last. This cleanest-to-dirtiest order helps keep grease and other residue from making a mess of your kitchen sink.
Don’t go scrub crazy. Let a powerful dish soap do most of the work for you. Use Dawn® Power Clean since it provides the power of an overnight soak in just 5 minutes. To finish the job on heavy metal and untreated pots and pans, try a scouring pad. But for ceramic, glass, aluminum, enameled or nonstick pots and pans, reach for a less-abrasive nylon-mesh pad.
Waterline woes. When glass vases and pitchers develop water lines or hard-water spots, try rubbing the line with a lemon half with the seeds removed. If the waterline remains, soak the glass overnight in a bath of white vinegar and water, then hand wash.
Uncloud crystal. Because crystal is softer than glass, its surface is easier to scratch. And crystal pieces cannot withstand extreme temperatures, so don’t put them in the dishwasher. Your best bet for maintaining their sparkle is to line your sink with a towel and gently wash crystal with dishwashing liquid and warm water.
Get brilliant baby bottles. Use some dish liquid and some warm water to clean your dishes and your baby bottles. As always, be sure to read the usage instructions on the baby bottles before you wash.
For those stuck-on, baked-on foods that you want the dishwasher to handle, try using Cascade Platinum Pacs to power away 24 hour stuck on food, leaving you with the unbeatable sparkle you expect from Cascade!
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Step 3: Deep Clean your Kitchen
Step 3: Deep Clean Your Kitchen
Ever wonder if your kitchen is really clean from top to bottom? In the spirit of spring-cleaning, we’re walking you through important, often-overlooked items in this high-traffic space. If it needs to be cleaned, we’ve got it covered.
How Clean is Your Kitchen?
For a deeper, more thorough clean in this space, try tackling these details every 4 to 6 weeks. And to keep your clean-up extra easy, download and print our 4-Step Deep Clean: Kitchen Checklist.
Tip: Do the same with your microwave and toaster oven, cleaning them from the inside out.
- Clean the front, sides and top of your refrigerator. While you’re at it, reorganize its contents for a more efficient fridge.
Cabinets & Pantry
- Wipe away food stains and scuffs on the fronts and sides of cabinet doors. As you clean the lower cabinets, address your baseboards as well.
- Polish cabinet hardware to a shine.
Extra Tip: Take the time to clean up items inside your cabinets, too. Dust your spice rack, pitch outdated food items and run platters that may have gathered dust through the dishwasher. For more ideas, read Kitchen Cleaning Checklist.
Surfaces & Accessories
- Remove and reorganize the contents of your pantry, then clean the door and shelves before putting items back.
- Clean counter accessories with Mr. Clean® Multi-Surfaces Spray with Febreze® Freshness. Food stains and grease are likely to build up on them over time.
- Remove cleaned items that live on the counter, like the coffeemaker, cookie jar and cookbook stand.
- Remove stovetop grates and clean them in your sink with a sponge.
Extra Tip: Don’t forget the small section of counter space behind your sink. If a window sits above your sink, be sure to clean the windowsill and freshen your window treatments with Febreze® Fabric Refresher™.
- For your final task in this step, address your floors, taking the time to move chairs and stools out of the way for a complete clean.
Extra Tip: Enter for your chance to win a new dishwasher and other items to make your kitchen look sparkling new!
Step 4: Total Drawer Cleanout
Step 4: Total Drawer Cleanout
Tidy every last overstuffed kitchen drawer in 2 easy steps, and neatly store odds ‘n ends without spending a penny.
1. The big stuff: Empty out your drawer and sort items into four categories: items to keep, store, donate and toss. Set items to keep aside and use one box for storage and another for donations.
2. The little stuff: Craft drawers, for example, tend to accumulate lots of tiny items like glitter that are hard to pick up by hand. Use a handheld vacuum to remove as many particles as possible, followed by a thorough wipe down.
Don’t throw away that cereal box! Measure 2” from the bottom of the box, creating a mark at each corner with a pencil. Use a ruler to connect your markings, then cut through the line, leaving you with the base of the box for drawer storage. Try repurposing other kitchen items as well: old plastic containers, chipped bowls or bake ware can all help you corral smaller items.
If cleaning out multiple drawers, don’t hesitate to relocate items. Take into account what tools you’ll need to have within reach when using nearby appliances or counter space.
Keep kitchen tools from sliding around by lining the base of your drawer with a non-slip mat. This material is often used to prevent carpets from slipping and can be found at most home stores.
Step 5: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
Step 5: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
Begin with outdated or basic cabinets and end up with a beautiful set. It’s simple to fix them up on your own, from cleaning and organizing to lining and painting, our tips will help make it easy for you to update cabinets in any room of your home.
The first step in any makeover is to thoroughly clean and de-clutter.
- Storage: Store holiday or special occasion items elsewhere to free up valuable space.
- Purge: If you never use certain items, consider getting rid of them. Donate, sell or recycle.
Tip: Get detailed cleaning and organizing tips with our Kitchen Cabinet Refresh suggestions.
Whether you’re painting a specific material or simply choosing a beautiful color, we’re here to help.
- Wood: Take cabinets from shabby to chic with our steps to painting wood.
- Metal: Transform metal cabinets into beautiful décor with a few painting tips.
- High Gloss: Add a beautiful sheen and durable coat to your cabinets with high gloss paint.
- Antiquing Wood: Create a stylish worn-in finish with an antiquing technique.
- Color Wash: Use this water-based paint to highlight the grain of the wood.
- Color Pairing: Pick and choose color combinations that will match your décor.
Extra Tip: Consider using an embossed wallpaper technique before painting the cabinets. The textures will be subtle, yet beautifully decorative.
Extra Tip: If your cabinet doors have grooves and layers, experiment with different colors in sections. Or paint the outer edges, and wallpaper the center to create a unique focal point.
When it comes to adding decorative flair, don’t forget the inside of cabinets.
- Wallpaper: It’s not just for walls! Use wallpaper to line the cabinet insides for an accented finish that also creates easy-to-clean surfaces.
- Fabric: Bring texture into the mix. Cut fabric to size and attach it to the bottom of the cabinets with hook and loop tape. It’s easy to remove and toss in the washer as needed.
Before shopping for new cabinet hardware, consider some simple techniques that can transform what you already have.
- Knobs and Handles: Don’t buy new knobs and handles! Try our tips for gilding or decoupage to give current ones a fresh new look.
- Decorative trim: Use small strips of trim molding to accent and finish the look of the cabinets.
Keep things in order with organizers, labels and other clever options.
- Once the cabinets are clean and decorated, label them with festive hang-tags so items are always easy to find.
- Make common items uncommon organizers. Use jars, file folder sorters, decorative trays, a Lazy Susan, or ice cube trays.
- Attach cork panels or pegboards to the front or inside of cabinets and create reminder spaces for you and your family.
Before you tackle these five steps, find out where you can buy Cascade Platinum Pacs. Cascade Platinum keeps your dishes and your dishwasher sparkling clean.
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, March 8, 2014
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