You’re busy, right? Yeah, we are too. So if you’re anything like us, you love kitchen tricks that are so easy they make you feel like a rock star. Check out these 15 genius kitchen hacks.
1. Blender Cleaner
Add warm water and a drop of dish soap to the blender. Turn it on, and blend for a few seconds. Dump the soapy water, rinse the blender with clean water, and dry. Try this after making one of these SkinnyMs. Smoothie Recipes.
2. Dishwasher Deep Clean
Place a cup of vinegar on the top shelf of an empty dishwasher, and run it at the highest temperature. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom, and run it one more time.
3. Sponge Cleaner
Microwave a wet sponge for 2 minutes on high, or run the sponge through the dishwasher.
4. Sink Deep Clean
Sprinkle salt into a stainless steel sink, and then scrub clean with the cut side of a lemon.
5. Clean Broken Glass
Press a slice of bread over the area where the glass broke to pick up small slivers.
6. Toaster Cleaner
Crumbs be gone! Use a small pastry brush to loosen crumbs from the inside surfaces of an unplugged toaster. Then clean the tray.
7. Grater Cleaner
Spare your hands by using a toothbrush to clean the cheese grater.
8. Ceiling Fan Cleaner
Drape an old pillowcase around the fan blade and wipe using the inside of the fabric. Most of the dirt and dust should fall into the pillowcase instead of onto your counters.
9. Cute Party Ice Cubes
Place lemon slices into cupcake/muffin tins, then add water and freeze for easy pitcher-ready cubes.
10. Ripen Bananas Fast
Place bananas (still in the peel) on a rimmed pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees. Small bananas will soften in about 30 minutes, while large ones may take up to 40 minutes. Check out this Slow Cooker Bananas Foster.
11. Keep Spices Handy and Organized
Fill empty, clean Tic Tac containers with your most-used spices to keep close at hand. This is one of those kitchen hacks that also works super-well for vacation homes or travel.
12. Keep Greens Fresh
Absorb the excess moisture that speeds spoilage by placing a paper towel in the bag of greens. Enjoy this Garden Salad with Lemon & Oil Dressing.
13. Keep Berries Fresh
We love stay-fresh kitchen tricks like this one! Bathe fresh berries in one part white vinegar to three parts water to destroy bacteria and mold spores. Drain the berries in a colander, dry them, and store in a clean container. Have you tried Skinny Berry Parfait?
14. Keep Herbs Fresh
Don’t let fresh herbs spoil. Chop them, and add them to ice cube trays. Fill the remainder of each cube with melted butter or olive oil, then freeze for use in future meals. Check out 7 Herbs That Amp Up Flavor.
15. Mango Peeler
This is one of those cool kitchen hacks you’ll be telling friends about. Slice two cheeks from either side of a ripe mango, avoiding the center. Place the rim of a glass where the skin connects with the fruit, and push the mango downward to peel off the skin. Try this Mango Banana Cream Smoothie.
What kitchen hacks do you have up your sleeve? Share them in the comment section below.
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