A Mean but Green Kitchen Clean!

If you spent Winter hibernating like us, then your kitchen probably got quite a workout. Between roasts, pastas, soups and stews, our cookware, appliances and counter-tops are in urgent need of a refresh. So we’re having a kitchen clean party! Harmful cleaning products are not invited however – all guests must be au naturel.


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Turn the oven off and clean it! Tonight you’re whipping up a homemade cleaning concoction of liquid dish soap, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon and vinegar. Delish! Give your oven a quick wipe-down with warm, soapy water, then use a sponge to smooth the cleaner inside the oven. Shut the door and let the cleaner sit for at least four hours before using a damp sponge to remove. Now we’re cooking with gas again!


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For a serious deep clean take out all food (storing perishables in a cooler) and outcast out-of-date items. Remove shelves, racks and drawers and wash them in hot soapy water. Wipe down all surfaces with a solution of 2 cups water and 2 spoons of baking soda. Rinse then dry. To prevent odors lingering store an open packet of baking soda in your fridge.


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Baking soda, I got baking soda! For burnt-on stains and discoloration on stainless steel pots and pans mix baking soda with some warm water and a little dish soap to form a smooth paste. Rub on, let sit for a few minutes, then scour off stains and rinse. For cast-iron cookware wash with warm water then simply sprinkle with some coarse salt, scour and wipe pan completely dry. Salt also works for wood cutting boards!

Painless Stainlesssink

Sink your teeth into this quick and natural clean! Give the entire sink a once over with a mixture of baking soda and water and remove water spots with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. For stubborn stains mix cream of tartar with hydrogen peroxide and buff. For extra shine, toss some flour into the sink or a few drops of baby oil and rub. Polished to perfection!



Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

You can count(er) on it!

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Resurfacing countertops is fairly simple with new laminate costing $30 to $40 per square foot and ceramic tiles can be installed over existing plywood. Solid and stone countertops can also be professionally polished to remove wear and tear. Give your countertops a mask makeover by simply putting molding around the front edge for about $5 per linear foot.

Other ideas to reinvent this high traffic area include ripping out just one section of countertop space and using a different material such as a chopping block and adding a backsplash using laminates, ceramic or glass tiles, or event metal ceiling squares.

From Cambira to Granite to Ceasarstone, check out what Italian Tile NYC has to offer.

Hail a new cab-inet

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Update your kitchen accessories without overhauling the whole wardrobe with simple knobs, pulls and hinges that cost just a few dollars per door. Make sure you’re the measurement master so that all fixtures match the holes they need to be screwed into.

Replace panels on cabinet doors. Plain or textured glass or metal filler panels can add a decorative dash from $100 per door. You can also play around with completely removing the doors for an open-shelf look (for free)!
Completely removing and refacing cabinet doors and drawers can cost $135 per linear foot depending on the veneer and method of installation. Shop around for quotes and inspect samples of your contractor’s work.
Finally, a dull kitchen can really be a paint in the butt, so recolour your space with a new coat to your cabinets.

Whether you want to go contemporary or classic, Brooklyn locals, Nagad Cabinets will have a solution for you.

The floor of the land

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For $550 to $1,000 you can refinish an existing wood floor and stain it with a different color or add a stenciled border. Stone flooring can be professionally polished to breathe new life into its ailing original color. If the floor is flat and intact, an easy $200 to $500 will get you a new coat of flooring primer or a layer of stick-down vinyl tiles, respectively.

Visit Wood Flooring USA in Brooklyn for a custom solution to your needs.

Out-of-the-box others

  • Add shelves on unused corners for cookbooks and colourful dishware – even a few inches of wall space makes a difference! Vary your display dishware’s colors and textures for maximum visual impact.
  • Magnetize eyes to your kitchen by accessorizing metal utensils across a metal bar and hang your cookware in clear view.
  • Dress your window with a tension rod and some leftover fabric, hemmed at the top, to give your kitchen a final pop of pizazz.