Must Have Kitchen Accessories

Even if you’re a newbie to the kitchen or salty dog, every homeowner is in love with the kitchen.  True, some love to hate it but it is a very necessary part of our living space.  It is in the kitchen that we make our meals to go and grand feasts at the holidays or where the party seems to gather at some point in the evening. Whatever it’s meaning to you, you probably want your kitchen to look the best and more importantly function properly so it’s easy to use the space.  Sometimes we put too much into the aesthetics by adding tile or a new paint, only to realize the kitchen still function’s badly.  That’s where kitchen accessories come into play. A well-accessorized kitchen is not only attractive and visually appealing, but also one that is at its peak functionally to make your life a bit easier.

Kitchen Accessory Must-Have #1: Soap Dispenser
A soap dispenser is pretty high up there on the list for any modern kitchen, and there is a big variety of soap dispensers on the market to match or coordinate with your existing plumbing fixtures and faucets. A soap dispenser is installed right along side your trusty faucet and eliminates the need for those gross looking soap bottles on the counter top.  Plus, a soap dispenser is also easier to use when you’re busy working in the kitchen so you don’t have to get your “salmonella hands” on the soap bottle. You can choose to use it either for hand soap, dish soap or hand lotions .  Based on their recent popularity,  some faucets are now pre-packaged with a soap dispenser or you can shop for one separately.  This Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet is a popular model and comes with a soap dispenser.

Kitchen Accessory Must-Have #2: Hot Water Dispenser
One of the most under rated accessories for the kitchen but one that you’ll find truly indispensable is a hot water dispenser. This little baby gives you instant access nearly boiling 200 degree water for making hot beverages and soups, or to get a head start on boiling water for noodles, pasta, and other cooking requirements. The InSinkerator Series 1100 Instant Hot Water Dispenser not only looks very stylish, it’s affordable and one of the most popular dispensers on the market.

As a bonus to the environment, having hot water ready when you need it eliminates the energy used for boiling water over the cook top, which can not only save you money on your utility bills, but also saves you precious time when the kids are hungry and you want to catch your favorite shows on T.V. Hot water dispensers are available in a variety of price ranges, which makes them affordable even when your budget is small.

Kitchen Accessory Must-Have #3: Garbage Disposal
These are becoming necessary in most homes and really help your garbage and home not stink from the pot roast nobody ate last night. A garbage disposal (or food disposer) make processing food waste a breeze while allowing you to be earth-friendly. If you throw your food waste directly in the garbage then it ends up at the land fill.  That’s bad for the environment because when the food decomposes it releases gas that accelerate the greenhouse effect. Conversely, your food waste from a garbage disposal is rerouted through the sewer – where it can be transformed into useful, renewable energy. Who knew that fruit cake your Aunt Bessie gave you last Christmas would actually help save the environment?  These little workers are not very pricey, and you can reduce your family’s carbon footprint by adding one to your kitchen.  The company InSinkErator pretty much owns the market on these angry devils and with good cause.  They make top quality garbage disposals at reasonable prices.  The InSinkErator Evolution Excel is the most popular disposer on the market.

Kitchen Accessory Must-Have #4: Filtered Water Dispenser
How much do you pay for a bottle of water? Well if you get a handy filtered water dispenser in your kitchen you can put an end to throwing money down the drain. Think about this – if you drink the recommended number of ounces of water per day strictly from bottled water, you are paying over $1000 per year in just drinking water costs!  If you make the investment to install a water filtration system in your home you can have clean and safe water from the tap at home or on the go.  What’s more important is you’re not adding to our already overburdened landfills when you toss out the plastic water bottle.

These are just a few popular kitchen items to help you accessorize and yes, make your home a little more green.  Spend a little extra time to find out what the investment would be to put these little helpers in your home.  If you’ve got the money in your budget then why not save yourself some time in the kitchen so you can spend more time with your favorite T.V. shows?

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