Your kitchen is arguably one of the most important rooms of your house. After all, that’s where all the food is, right?
With that in mind, it can be extra helpful to have a few “hacks” at your disposal in order to make your kitchen tasks easier than ever before.
Behold: 20 cheap kitchen hacks that are pretty much guaranteed to change your life for the better.
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In addition to being a delightful garnish for beverages, lemons are also super great tools for cleaning and polishing stainless steel.
Simply cut a lemon in half, rub it on your sink, and dry with a soft cloth. Voila! Water stains are completely eliminated!
And while we’re talking lemons, go ahead and take the other half of that citrus beauty and pop it in the microwave with some water, dish soap, and vinegar. Microwave on high for 60 seconds and all that baked-on food will come off with a single wipe.
Nothing’s more disappointing than realizing you’ve burned your latest baking creation in the oven. Luckily, that food can easily be salvaged. Simply grate the burned bottoms off your muffins, bread, cookies, or whatever else you’ve scorched and you’re good to go!
Easily slice a bunch of grape tomatoes (or grapes!) with the use of two small dishes. Simply place the tomatoes on one plate, flip another plate on top, and run your knife through the middle.
A clean water bottle is a super handy tool for sucking egg yolks out of the whites.
You can also purchase a fancy gadget to do this, but remember — this is a list of cheap kitchen hacks.
If you find yourself (or your kids) going through a bunch of ice packs, you should know that you can easily make them yourself. All you need is a kitchen sponge, a zippered sandwich bag, and some dish soap.
The best part of this ice pack is that as it melts, the sponge absorbs the liquid!
This hack has made the Internet rounds, but here it is again just in case you missed it:
Place a wooden spoon over the top of a pot of boiling water. This will keep the water from boiling over and making a huge mess of your stovetop.
Strawberries are great. You know what’s not so great? Strawberry stems.
Luckily for you, those stems can easily be removed with well-placed plastic straw. (Or a reusable metal straw if you want to be environmentally friendly.)
Save your drawer space! Rather than taking up precious drawer real estate with boxes of foil and plastic wrap, store those boxes on the inside of a cupboard door. A magazine file is the perfect size to hold four boxes.
Here’s another way to take advantage of the cupboard door. Add tiny hooks for all your measuring cups and spoons.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also include measurement conversions for easy access.
For a quick, reliable way to soften butter, all you need is a microwaveable glass.
Simply fill the glass with super hot water, dump the water out, and place the glass over the butter. In a few seconds, the residual heat from the glass will soften the butter for you.
You can also skip the soften step and instead elect to grate your frozen butter into whatever it is you’re making.
Seriously, how did we not already know this?
In order to fit more stuff under your sink, you might want to get a small tension rod for a couple bucks. Easily pop the rod into place and use it to hang squirt bottles and free up all that space at the bottom of the cabinet.
Are we ever going to stop finding uses for duct tape? It doesn’t look like it.
As it turns out, you can also use the stuff to open jar lids that are stuck on tight.
Clogged sink? Don’t use liquid drain cleaner! It’s pricey and can actually damage your pipes.
Instead, try the ol’ Science Fair Volcano trick first. Sprinkle some baking soda down the drain, then pour some vinegar down there. Plug the top of the drain and let that built-up pressure get to work.
(Note: This also works with clogged toilets!)
Eggs actually stay good for a while past the “Best By” date that’s printed on the carton. In order to check whether your egg has expired, simply place it in a glass of water.
If it sinks, it’s good to go. If it floats, throw it away.
Keep the cut sides of cake from drying out by placing slices of bread against them.
(If you’re the type of person who has leftover cake in your house, that is.)
This trick might actually be our favorite one on the list.
Put a popsicle stick through the lid of your favorite yogurt, then pop the whole thing in the freezer. A few hours later and bam! You’ve got frozen yogurt pops!
Use unflavored dental floss to easily slice through soft foods like cinnamon rolls, mozzarella cheese, or even cake. This saves the food from getting smushed by the pressure from your knife.
You can store pasta like spaghetti or fettuccine in Pringles containers! Decorate the Pringles containers if you want them to look extra special.