Cleaning Tools

The One Kitchen Thing That Grosses Microbiologists Out — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

There's more than one reason your kitchen is even grosser than your bathroom: You clean it less often; you keep it warm, moist, and full of organic matter; and you drop food stuffs on nearly every surface. As for the worst offender? Well, that just might be the object you use the most: your sponge.

"A sponge is bacteria heaven!" says Dr. Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology for University of Arizona. "It's wet, dark, and constantly sucking up food." Plus, we use it to wipe up anything from meat juice to milk spills to grease spots, so there's all sort of food for dangerous organisms like salmonella and E. coli to feed on.

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5 Ways to Use Aluminum Foil to Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

We all know that aluminum foil is great for preventing a mess. It can catch spillage in the oven or grill, or save you a step of cleaning your baking sheets. But did you know it can clean up, too?

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5 Ways to Use Aluminum Foil to Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

We all know that aluminum foil is great for preventing a mess. It can catch spillage in the oven or grill, or save you a step of cleaning your baking sheets. But did you know it can clean up, too?

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5 Ways to Use Aluminum Foil to Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

We all know that aluminum foil is great for preventing a mess. It can catch spillage in the oven or grill, or save you a step of cleaning your baking sheets. But did you know it can clean up, too?

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One Simple Trick to Using Fewer Paper Towels — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

Recently, I was talking to Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space. While I consider myself pretty neat and tidy, she's made a career out of being a bit of a clean freak — she ran a cleaning company for 11 years, has her own line of cleaning products, and for-real washes her kitchen towels every day!

And there's one common cleaning tool she just loves to hate: paper towels.

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10 Awesome Etsy Finds for Neat Freaks — Shopping

Amidst the endless supply of handmade jewelry, felt pennant banners, and succulent planters, there's a whole other category of stuff on Etsy — stuff that'll help your kitchen stay clean and organized. Of course it's all as pretty as it is functional. (This is still Etsy we're talking about, after all.)

Check out 10 of our favorite products for keeping things neat and tidy.

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