Looking for kitchen design, cleaning and organization tips? Our video playlist offers cleaning hacks, design ideas and safety advice.
Itching to up your kitchen’s game? It just takes a little insider know-how to get the kitchen of your dreams, whether that means a whole new design or just organizing (and, dare we say, cleaning) what you have.
We’ve got the tools to help you design your dream kitchen, keep the heart of your home neat as a pin and efficiently set up, and clean it with devilishly clever ideas.
Kitchen Design Layout Ideas: 3 Kitchen Design Solutions
Starting the process of creating the kitchen of your dreams? Awesome! Based on your priorities, here are three design solutions that will make the heart of your home efficient and user-friendly.
Goal: Keep food together.
Solution: Place the pantry next to the fridge.
Solution: Extend cabinets up to the ceiling.
Goal: Increase counter space.
Solution: Add an island.
Kitchen Work Zones Explained: Kitchen Design Tips From Sears Home Improvement
When people used to talk about kitchen design, it was all about the triangle. Well, it’s time to forget that! The modern trend is work zones. They’re designated spaces to perform a certain task. Here are the big three, and what they should contain.
· Cutting board
· Cleaning supplies
· Pullout cabinet for garbage
· Counter space
Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips
Are your cabinets a mish-mash of glasses, plates and serving dishes? Can’t find the cumin you used yesterday? Here are some tips to tidy up your kitchen cabinets.
Keep less-used items on higher shelves.
Put dry goods in clear containers.
Store spices away from heat sources.
Use a lazy Susan to see what you have with a quick spin.
Hang utensils to save drawer space.
Use bins and baskets to organize smaller items.
Organize pots and pans in pullout shelves.
Use adjustable cookware organizers to keep pans and cookie sheets neat.
Kitchen Safety Tips: 4 Ways to Help Prevent Fires
Let’s face it, in the kitchen, we’re literally playing with fire. But it doesn’t take a lot to help keep you and your family safe. These tips will help make sure the only thing you burn is the crème brûlée.
Keep flammable objects away from the stove.
Clean the stovetop regularly.
Unplug small appliances when not in use.
Regularly check appliance cords for fraying.
Sears Home Hacks: 3 Countertop Cleaning Hacks — TESTED!
Nail polish remover, steel wool and vodka? That’s right! No matter what kind of countertop you have, we’ve got a hack for you. See which ones actually work!
Hack: Use nail polish remover to get rid of stains on laminate countertops.
Tested! Put nail polish remover with acetone on a cotton ball and rub the stain.
Hack: Steel wool cleans hard water stains and rings off your quartz countertop.
Tested! Look for #0000 steel wool. Buff out the stain.
Hack: Try vodka to clean and disinfect granite countertops.
Tested! Whip up a mixture of:
•¼ cup vodka
•3 drops dish soap
•2 cups water
Spray and wipe.
How to Organize Your Fridge the RIGHT Way
Do you stick fruit and lettuce in the same bin? What about the common mistake of keeping eggs on the door? Organizing your fridge the right way will help your food — and your fridge — last longer. Here’s how.
Top shelf: Leftovers, yogurt, dips and beverages
Lower shelves: Raw meat, eggs and dairy
Meat drawer: Deli meat and cheese
Low-humidity crisper drawer: Produce with a skin, such as apples, pears, berries and tomatoes
High-humidity crisper drawer: Leafy greens and fresh herbs
Door: Condiments and salad dressing
Food Storage Guidelines: How Long Does Food Last in the Fridge?
They say the rule is the same for fish and houseguests: After three days, they start to stink. Here’s the nitty-gritty on how long you should be able to safely keep certain foods in your fridge.
Leftovers: 3-4 days
Opened milk: 3-5 days
Opened cheese: 2-3 weeks
Fresh eggs: 2-5 weeks
Meat, Poultry and Fish
Steaks, chops and roasts: 3-5 days
Ground meat: 1-2 days
Raw fish and shellfish: 1-2 days
Unopened: 2 weeks
Opened: 3-5 days
Beans, cucumbers, broccoli, lettuce and peppers: 1 week
Beets, celery, corn on the cob and carrots: 2 weeks
Berries: 2-3 days
Avocados: 7-10 days
Citrus: 3 weeks
How to Remove Wine Stains From Granite
If that glass of red wine you spilled during a heated discussion is still bedeviling your granite countertop, don’t worry. Here’s a life hack to remove it.
•2 tablespoons baking soda
•1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
Mix it into a paste and slather it on the stain. Pat it on good.
Cover with plastic wrap and wait 24 hours.
Scrub off the paste with soapy water.
Wipe dry. Voilà!
Note: Sears Home Services does not guarantee the effectiveness of these tips or that the results will be the same at home. Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific appliance.