Kitchen cleaning and organizing tips

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

All too often, however, its arteries get clogged with kid stuff and parent stuff, not to mention big bodies, little bodies, and animal bodies everywhere.

It's the room where:

  • Parents cook
  • The family eats
  • And where the whole family dumps whatever they're carrying onto the kitchen table - or the first counter they encounter.

It's the room where everyone congregates, and, consequently, it's usually one of the messiest rooms in the house. It's time for a good kitchen cleaning. 

Here's how to organize it and clean it!

how to clean cloudy crystal.

Finding clouding or a milky film on crystal glassware is frustrating, to say the least. How did it get this way? How do you clean it?

There are three possible causes for cloudy crystal. And, yes, the milky film can usually be removed.

The only exception is if the glassware is etched, usually the result of surface scarring caused by acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances in the dishwasher detergent.

Etched glass appears iridescent when held up to the light, or has a frosted appearance. This type of damage is permanent.

Here's how to clean cloudy crystal.

cooking up energy (and money!) savings.

Kitchen appliances use more electricity and energy than you might think.

Here are 5 energy saving ideas that can help you save cold cash on your utility bills while whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. keep range top reflectors clean.

Keep your range's cook top burners clean. They'll reflect the heat better and require less energy for cooking.

Read the full article on energy saving cooking tips here.

how to clean kitchen laminate floors.

  • Use welcome mats. Grit is a laminate floor's worst enemy.
  • Use furniture casters. These floors do scratch.
  • Vacuum often. Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum.
  • Skip the extras. Don't polish, wax, or use steel wool or abrasive cleansers on these floors.

Read the full story on cleaning laminate floors safely.

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About the Author

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.