You love to cook and are finally ready for the big kitchen remodel you have dreamed of for years. Besides knowing you want a large island, a six-burner range, and drawers in your cabinets, you know you want your kitchen to be comfortable for you when you are cooking. One of the smallest things in your kitchen can make one of the biggest differences in ease and cleanliness in your kitchen – the kitchen cabinet hardware!
Many people find the wide selection of kitchen cabinet hardware can be somewhat daunting. So many people stick with hidden hinges and no knobs or pulls. This sans-hardware look is nice and blends with most any décor. However, as a cook with messy hands, I find it impractical. How can you hook your elbow or your one clean pinkie finger on a knob or pull that isn’t there?
I currently live in a house that has no outside kitchen cabinet hardware. Each door and drawer has a routed out area not visible on the face, for me to stick my dirty fingers in every time I want to open anything. The finger-nooks of the cabinets I regularly get into while baking or cooking get very icky, are harder to clean, and generally not as sanitary as knobs or pulls.
For easy-to-use and easy-to-clean kitchen cabinet hardware, look for C-shaped pulls which are also good for cooks with arthritis. You should be able to grab the handle easily without touching the cabinet or drawer face. You should also be able to pull it with greasy fingers without slipping off. You can even add back plates for additional cabinet protection or to enhance the look of your kitchen cabinets. C-shaped pulls come in many different finishes and designs. Some of them are sleek and utilitarian, some have a groovy modern wave, and some are traditional or classical in style. You won’t have to sacrifice style for comfort and ease.
Cleaning these handles is so easy. Just dampen one paper towel or rag with a multi-purpose cleaner, fold it in half, and lay it in your hand. Now proceed to grab each cabinet handle and give a little wipe. If your handles get grungy, you may want to take them off the cabinets and wash them by hand in the sink. This is also a good time to de-grease your cabinets; you can clean off any gunk that had gathered around the handle.
Other ideas to make your kitchen more cook-friendly:
o Install a prep sink with a garbage disposal. You can clean veggies without having to clean dirty dishes first and you can get help with dinner without banging elbows.
o Add a tap over your range to easily fill big pots.
o Put two trashcans in the kitchen; one that is handy for the cook and one that is handy for everyone else.
o Locate the refrigerator where everyone can access it for a snack or drink, but out of your main cooking path.
Here’s to easy cooking and easy cleanup!