6 Kitchen Hacks

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Have you ever said to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that”? Of course you have. We all have! We’ve all come across that ingenious idea for which we’d love to take credit. But in the end, does it really matter? You’ve discovered a way to save yourself time, money and most importantly your sanity. You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of 6 handy tips to use in the kitchen to make your life just a little bit easier.


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Preserve your knives:
  • Turn your knives upside down in the block. Some blocks are designed to store the knives horizontally, but if your block uses the standard vertical storing, flip them over before putting them away. This will prevent the blade from coming in contact with the wood, causing it to dull.
Homemade Non-stick Spray
  • Combine water and olive oil to make your own Non-stick cooking spray. It will last longer, be healthier and save you money.
To learn more about the benefits of making your own non-stick cooking spray as well as the “recipe”, check out this post.

 

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Under sink organizing
  • Use a tension rod under the kitchen sink to hang your spray bottle cleaners. It allows the bottom of the cabinet to be kept open for any baskets, bins or boxes. Make sure it is nice and secure- you don’t want the rod slipping and dropping the bottles.

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Cooking Cubes
  • Fill an ice cube tray with your preferred cooking oil and seasoning herbs, and place in the freezer. Grab a cube or two for fast and easy cooking. If you make more than one flavor, use masking tape to label them on the tray.
Try to find a silicone ice cube tray- it’s easier to remove the cubes.

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Menu Holder
  • Tape an index divider with pockets to the inside of a cabinet for storing take-out menus. This frees up room in your drawer or on the shelf of your cabinet.

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Easy Ice Packs
  • Soak a sponge with water and place in a zip-lock baggie. Store in the freezer and use to keep food items in your lunch bag cool or as an ice pack for an injury. For a more solid pack, keep as much water in the sponge as you can before freezing. For a more flexible pack, wring out most of the water before freezing.
For an even more flexible pack, pour some frozen peas and dish soap into a doubled zip-lock baggie and store in the freezer. The dish soap never completely freezes, making it a flexible and cool gel pack perfect for any boo-boo’s that may arise.

You can find the majority of these items around the house, and those that have to be purchased have minimal cost. We’d love to hear some other hacks you have discovered to make life easier!

 Do you have some yucky, rusty knives in that knife block? Check out this post on How To Remove Rust from Your Knives Naturally!


Photo credits: Main Image of Kitchen adapted from Chalon Handmade (CC); all others by CeceLynn Design

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Corinne

Corinne is a part time hairstylist and a full time wife and mom from Pennsylvania. When she’s not at work or chasing after her wild-child, she’s busy tackling her latest craft or sewing project. She loves inspiring people to tap into their right-brain creativity. You can check out her girls’ clothing at CeceLynn Design.

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