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16 Kitchen Hacks For Every Home

Diply 3 Jul 2018

From organizing to storing, to cleaning and cooking, these kitchen hacks deliver. The best part? They're super easy and cheap — which is always a plus! Whether you're a June Cleaver or Peggy Bundy, try these hacks to make life in the kitchen a little easier for you and your family.

1. File It Away

The Crafting Nook | The Crafting Nook

Oh, the things you can do with file folders! Attach one to the inside of your cupboard to store your plastic wraps and foils. You can also put them in the fridge for organized storage or on your counter for fruit.

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2. DIY Dishwasher Detergent

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Never run out of dishwasher detergent. Mix two cups each of baking soda and Borax along with 1/2 cup each of salt and vinegar. Pack into an ice tray for 24 hours and store in a sealed container.

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3. The Time Is Ripe

Nature Box | Nature Box

Stop your bananas from growing brown spots by at least a couple of days by covering the stems with plastic wrap. You'll stop the release of ethylene gas, the stuff that causes fruits to ripen.

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4. When Life Gives You Lemons...

Clean Mama | Clean Mama

...use them to clean the microwave! Bring lemons in water to a boil in the microwave and keep the door closed when done. The steam will break apart the food bits stuck to the walls.

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5. Everything But The Kitchen Sink

One Good Thing By Jillee | One Good Thing By Jillee

Unclog your drain by pouring in one cup of vinegar and one cup of baking soda. Put the stopper on and let sit for half an hour. Pour boiling water down next and you're done!

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6. As Easy As Pie

Bakepedia | Bakepedia

Bet your granny never thought of this neat trick! Make fancy pie designs using tongs, a corkscrew, and a pearl necklace by lightly pressing to make an unforgettable shape all around your pie shell.

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7. On The Right Side Of Storage

DIY Passion | DIY Passion

Build yourself a pantry on wheels to roll in and out as needed. If you're crafty, put it together yourself or ask a super handy partner to make one for you.

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8. Insider Information

LatigoLace | LatigoLace

Create a baking cupboard for yourself where you can hang all of your baking utensils so they'll never go missing again. Use a sharpie or print off and stick on a measurement cheat sheet for quick reference.

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9. Your Little Bag Of Tricks

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Instead of losing all those tupperware lids and odds and ends in the dishwasher, place them in a laundry bag and put the bag in the dishwasher for regular cleaning. How genius is that?

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10. DIY Storage Container

Hometalk | Hometalk

These coworkers came up with a crafty solution for all their empty Coffemate jugs by turning them into storage containers for cereal. Just cut the label off, make a funnel with printer paper, and pour in cereal.

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11. Two Many Cooks In The Kitchen

The Berry | The Berry

Next time you run out of eggs in the middle of baking, try using a banana as a replacement. One mashed up banana equals two eggs as called for in any recipe.

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12. As Fresh As A Sprig Of Rosemary

The Kitchn | The Kitchn

You can preserve fresh herbs! Fill an ice tray with herbs and pour extra virgin olive oil or melted butter over them. Plastic wrap it and freeze for 12 hours. Thaw as needed.

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13. If You Can't Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen

Hometalk | Hometalk

Don't throw away your burnt pots. Get them shiny again by bringing water and sliced lemons to a boil and watching the burn stains lift off like magic.

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14. Hang In There

Snap Guide | Snap Guide

Here's an easy DIY recipe holder hack. Grab a hanger and place your book in the holders. Hang it on a knob at eye level (which is so much easier than constantly looking down at your recipe!)

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15. Bowl Me Over

Mr And Mrs Vegan | Mr And Mrs Vegan

Make your own taco bowls. Spray with cooking spray and and lay on upside down muffin trays, gently molding them into a bowl. Place in the oven at 375°F for about fifteen minutes until hardened.

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16. The Heat Is On

The Kitchn | The Kitchn

Ever wonder why your food doesn't warm up evenly in the microwave? That's because the waves hit the edges first. Heat your food properly by placing it on the outer edges of the plate.

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