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    30 Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen That Don't Require A Ton Of Work

    Why splurge on a new fridge when you could give yours a makeover for less than $100 🤷‍♀️

    1. Skip replacing your entire sink and instead tackle stains with a bottle of Hope's Perfect Sink Cleaner and Polish, made to restore brushed stainless steel, porcelain, cast-iron, and other surfaces to their former glory.

    A customer review photo showing the before and after results of using the sink cleaner

    2. Remove that nasty buildup in your dishwasher you've been trying to ignore for a while now with a cleaner capable of dissolving smelly residue. Just add a tablet, run a normal wash cycle, and watch lime and mineral buildup disappear. Now you don't have to worry about your dishes *actually* getting clean!

    A customer review before and after photo of their dishawasher

    3. Refresh the old stained grout on your tile floors or backsplash with a nontoxic, waterproof grout pen — a far easier and cheaper alternative to having it professionally regrouted.

    4. Or get deep into the crevices and scrub away years of built-up dirt with an effective grout cleaner — oh, so *that's* what it's supposed to look like!

    5. Upgrade your fridge organization by stashing your produce, drinks, and more in separate clear refrigerator bins that'll make it look like something out of a magazine.

    6. And give your pantry situation a bit of a makeover with a set of Rubbermaid food storage containers — this airtight, see-through storage is perfect for holding dried goods like pasta, sugar, flour, and cereal. It makes it WAY easier to find what you're looking for, and the organization will feel oh-so satisfying every time you look at it.

    clear food storage containers filled with cereal, pasta, flour, and more

    7. Plus, slap some simple yet sleek labels on those containers so you don't mistake the salt for the sugar one day when you're in a rush 😬. It looks super nice and only helps you further in keeping track of what you actually have (instead of accidentally buying a bag of flour you didn't need).

    The labels on containers of flour, brown rice, and oats

    8. Save precious counter space by installing an in-drawer bamboo block that'll store them safely and efficiently. It fits even larger-handled knives and plops right into your drawer with ease.

    An open drawer with the bamboo block installed

    9. Rid your oven of that baked-on grease and food from years ago — it's no match for this eco-friendly oven scrub, handmade with a blend of plant- and mineral-derived ingredients like eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint essential oils; pumice stone; and baking soda.

    10. Avoid having to scrape burnt food off the bottom of your oven by using oven liners, because that's a task no one wants to spend time doing. They're easily cut if needed to match your oven size and even easier to clean — just rinse them off or toss in the dishwasher for a deeper wash!

    An oven with liners protecting the bottom

    11. Achieve that classic subway tile look with your backsplash with a peel-and-stick version you can apply in a single afternoon — no retiling needed.

    12. Or add some ~flavor~ to your kitchen wall with faux-gel tile backsplash — a relatively cheap afternoon project in place of a hefty investment requiring professionals.

    13. *Finally* organize your spices inside a drawer with customizable liners — you can cut them to fit the size of your drawers, and they'll hold your spices in place face-up so you can always find the cumin when you need it.

    14. Or utilize a spice rack with the labels facing you so you don't have to spend five minutes searching in your cabinet for the exact spice you need. Plus, it's cute enough to keep out on your counter so you can reach for the spice you need faster, and it *also* makes it easy to check which spices you're running low on before heading to the store.

    15. Restore your porcelain and make it look almost brand new by going to town on it with The Pink Stuff, an internet-beloved paste made to tackle stains, dirt, and grime practically anywhere. Put it to test anywhere you've long given up on getting clean and watch it work its magic.

    before and after of a sink cleaned with the pink stuff - the before photo shows it dirty and scratched up, while the after photo shows the porcelain looking clean and almost brand new

    16. Grab a bottle of Therapy Premium Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish, a plant-based cleaner that'll get your stainless steel looking brand new. Goodbye smudges, dust, dirt, and oil — hello, clean surfaces and a lovely lavender scent.

    A customer review photo showing before and after using the polish on their oven

    17. Stick small LED lights under and/or above your kitchen cabinets for a neat glow anytime the lights are off — you can program them to give off a classic white glow or all sorts of colors, and at variety of brightness levels. No more blinding yourself with the overhead lights every time you need a glass of water at 3 a.m.

    A customer review photo of their cabinets with lighting above and below

    18. And if you're looking for another way to update your cabinets, try a one-day cabinet makeover kit to give your kitchen that just-remodeled feeling for pennies versus what it would cost to replace them.

    A before and after customer review photo of their wood cabinets painted white

    19. Give your appliances a major glow-up by picking up a liquid stainless-steel fridge kit, because why pay for a brand-new fridge when you can upgrade the aesthetic for a fraction of the price?

    A before and after photo showing their fridge updated with the chrome paint

    20. Dissolve that baked-on grease on your stove top that's been there for ages with a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend Multipurpose Cooktop Cleaner, a popular cleaner capable of removing the most stubborn of stains *and* restoring shine.

    A customer review photo showing their stove top before and after using the cleaner

    21. Or opt for a gentler option if you have an electric stove — this cooktop cleaner will remove those unsightly stains and baked-on deposits and leave it sparkling.

    22. If the thought of what's lurking inside your garbage disposal haunts you at night, give it a good, deep clean with a disposer foaming drain and pipe cleaner made to deodorize it while also removing the nasty grunge and buildup lurking within. No more gnarly smells or dirty water that just won't drain.

    23. And invest in a SinkShroom strainer, because there's nothing worse than having to stick your hand down in dirty sink water to pick up chunks of leftover food (gagging just thinking about it). This stainless steel strainer catches food particles without stopping the flow of water so your sink can keep draining.

    24. Mount your mixer attachments with an under-cabinet tool holder if you're a baker! Because we love them, but they're kind of awkwardly shaped and tricky to store elsewhere. Plus, when you're scrambling to switch from your beater to your whisk, you don't need to be scrummaging around your cabinets trying to find where you left it last.

    KitchenAid Tool Holder set placed on the bottom of a cabinet

    25. Set up a safe and efficient storage area for your dishes with a wooden peg board insert that can go right inside your cabinet drawers. Your plates, bowls, pot lids, and pans will be easily accessible, neatly organized, and safe from damage caused by bumping against each other.

    26. Replace the plain recessed lighting in your kitchen using a conversion kit that'll let you hang those gorgeous pendant lights you've had saved forever.

    A before and after photo showing the changes made with the conversion kit in someones kitchen

    27. Let small essentials rest on a magnetic stove shelf, perfect for smaller kitchens where counter space is at a premium (hello, everyone in NYC). This magnetic shelf attaches to the top of your stove with zero installation required, giving you a very handy spot to store spices, decor, and more while freeing up precious cabinet space.

    The stainless shelf on top of the back of a stove range holding oil, salt and pepper shakers, other spices, and a mortar and pestle

    28. Set your fridge up to end the frustrating cycle of fruits and veggies going bad before you even have a chance to use them with anti-mold pads. We've all shamefully thrown away a bag of wilted spinach or a wrinkly bell pepper — basically pouring money down the drain. These pads will buy you days of extra time and save you $$$ in the long run.

    29. Address all those plastic grocery bags currently piling up in a drawer or cabinet in your kitchen by stashing them compactly inside waterproof plastic bag holders. Now you can store them in a much more aesthetically pleasing, space-efficient, *and* easy-to-access way, pulling them out from the bottom as needed.

    Two  plastic bag holders hanging from a hook on the wall — one is white with green, orange, and grey triangles and the other is onange with white checked pattern

    30. Finally, use cute decals to turn your kitchen cabinet into both a quick reference for measurement conversations *and* storage for your measuring spoons and cups. No more reaching for your phone to google how many tablespoons are in a cup; no more rummaging in a drawer for the 1/2 teaspoon that has, seemingly, magically disappeared.

    measurement decals on the inside of a kitchen cabinet

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