Do these before you get cooking.

By Kristin Appenbrink

The article originally appeared on Kitchn.

We get kind of a thrill from trying out a new kitchen—after all, you might win the vacation rental kitchen lottery and get more counter space, nicer appliances, and beautiful cookware. Then again, during the busy summer season you might also encounter a kitchen that hasn’t been so well-kept. Hopefully you won’t walk into a disaster kitchen, but it’s always a good idea to clean a few key spots before you start cooking.

And, of course, before you hit the road, don’t forget to do these five things in your own kitchen. It’ll make your return home that much better.

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