The Best Ways To Keep Your White Kitchen Sparkling

We can all agree that keeping a white kitchen clean seems nearly impossible, especially since this area is most prone to accidental spills. It's also where grease flies off the pan onto the backsplash, and smoke flows up to our cabinetry. However, there are simple steps you can take to maintain a clean and bright kitchen design. First of all, not only does smoke create the appearance of dingy cabinets, but so does sunlight, which can cause cabinets to turn yellow if exposed to the light for too long. So, although you may enjoy looking out your large windows while cooking or cleaning, installing drapery or blinds is necessary to avoid excessive sun damage.

You can also take other preventive measures, such as turning on the exhaust fan while cooking. This will ensure that food or grease particles get sucked away before attaching to your cabinetry or light fixtures. However, if your kitchen is already starting to yellow, other methods are available to make it look brand new.

Kitchen cabinetry and sinks

If your white cabinets look a bit yellow, there is a simple cleaning solution you can create, which consists of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Use this and a clean cloth to carefully wipe your cabinets down rather than anything abrasive to avoid damage. However, if you use the kitchen often, you may have to clean your cabinetry monthly with a simple mixture of warm water and dish soap capable of breaking down grease. Once everything is clean, use a gentle cloth to dry the surfaces thoroughly.

If your kitchen sink is also white, chances are it's looking a bit grimy. To solve this, you can lay down some paper towels inside the sink and pour a bit of bleach over them — this method helps avoid any bleach from pouring down your drain. After about 30 minutes, you can lift away the paper towels and wash everything away with some warm water. Those hoping to avoid using bleach can pour club soda and lemon juice into their sink instead, using more lemon juice to remove any pesky stains that haven't lifted from the first attempt.

Backsplashes and countertops

To target the dirt that has built up on the grout of your white kitchen backsplash, you'll need to create a cleaning solution made with baking soda and water. This should form a paste that can be applied directly to the grout. Once you've used it to cover all the dirt and grime, spray it with distilled white vinegar before scrubbing it down with a toothbrush. Once you're done, wash away the cleaning solution from your backsplash.

If your white laminate countertops have a few stains, you can create a cleaning solution containing half a cup of detergent and 1 and a half cups of baking soda. Use this to cover any visible stains, and use a nylon brush to scrub them away. Then, go over everything with a wet cloth before drying it with a clean cloth. However, be sure to do this quickly, because exposure to too much moisture can damage laminate materials.

Those who have white natural stone countertops should always wipe away any spills to avoid the creation of stains. But, if a stain forms, be sure to opt for a cleaning agent that is safe for your counters. It's also important to remember that sealing porous countertops every year or two will make routine cleanings much less stressful.