As a mom, I’m sure you spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Whether you’re scrubbing the grime off your cabinets, cooking a healthy meal for your family, or attempting to organize the chaos in your kitchen, I’m sure you’re spending way more time in this room than you would like. And moments spent here are moments spent away from your family! To make the most of your time in the kitchen, consider using some of these cooking, cleaning, and organizing hacks.


Cooking Hacks

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Cooking for your family can be a time-consuming task. Luckily, there are tons of cooking hacks out there that can make cooking a healthy meal super simple. These cooking hacks will ensure you’re spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

  • Peel garlic quickly by heating it in the microwave. Place the entire bulb of garlic in the microwave for 20 seconds – the skin will peel right off.

  • Keep an apple from browning in your kid’s lunch. If your kid likes sliced apples, keep their apple fresh in their lunchbox by slicing the apple, then rebuilding and placing a rubber band around it to keep the slices in place.

  • Shred chicken with your hand mixer. Place cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast in a bowl and mix with your hand mixer to quickly shred your chicken for dinner.

  •  Peel an orange quickly by rolling the fruit around on a flat surface to loosen the skin before peeling.

  •  Keep your wooden chopping board from sliding on your counter by placing a tea towel underneath the board.

  •  Remove eggshells from you batter by wetting your fingers before sticking them in the bowl. The eggshell will be much easier to grab with damp fingers.

  • Soften butter quickly without the microwave. Want to spread cold butter on your toast? Grate it to quickly soften the butter, making it easier to spread.

  • Use a pizza cutter to cut, well anything! Do you kids like their dinner in bite-sized chunks? Use a pizza cutter to slice up anything from pizza (duh!) to chicken nuggets and everything in between.

  • Cut corn off the cob using a Bundt cake pan. Balance the ear of corn on the center of a Bundt cake pan, then use a knife to slice off the kernels.

  • Keep pots from boiling over with a spoon. Place a wooden spoon over the top of your pot to keep it from boiling over.


Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

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Keeping your kitchen clean is an ongoing task. In addition to having to maintain your kitchen’s cleanliness every day by doing dishes and keeping the countertops clean, you also need to deep clean different parts of your kitchen on occasion. Next time your kitchen needs a good cleaning, try using some of these hacks so you can spend less time cleaning your kitchen and more time having fun with your family.

  • Clean your oven naturally while you sleep. Mix dish soap, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon zest, and vinegar into a paste, then spread all over your oven before you go to sleep. Just wipe the mixture off in the morning and see all the stuck-on grime wipe away with it.

  • Unstick the gunk in your microwave by steaming the inside of the appliance with vinegar. Just put a microwave-safe bowl of vinegar and water in and heat for 10 minutes, then wipe the microwave clean.

  • Use a pastry brush to clean your toaster. With all its tiny nooks and crannies, your toaster can be one of the hardest things in your kitchen to clean. Next time you clean your toaster, dip a pastry brush in warm soapy water and use it to scrub all the hard-to-reach places.

  • Clean oil spatters with oil. Place a few drops of oil on a sponge, then wipe the oil spatters off your oven, microwave door, or cabinets.

  • Deep clean your dishwasher with vinegar. Place two cups of vinegar – one on the top rack and one on the bottom rack – in your dishwasher and run a hot cycle to disinfect and clean the dishwasher.

  • Clean your burner grates without scrubbing by soaking them in ammonia.

  • Use baking soda to make your stainless steel sink shine. Just sprinkle baking soda all over your sink, scrub with a toothbrush, and rinse away for a shiny sink that looks like new.

 

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Kitchen Organization Hacks

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Having an organized kitchen definitely makes cleaning easier. In addition to keeping your kitchen clear of clutter, kitchen organization can also make cooking and entertaining simpler, too. These kitchen organization hacks will maximize the space in your kitchen, helping you clear the clutter and keep everything you need within easy reach.

  • Use magnets to organize items in your kitchen. Whether you create a magnetic spice rack on your fridge or use a magnet strip to organize your knives, magnets are a great way to make use of unused space in your kitchen.

  • Increase the space in your freezer by using magazine holders. Just place the magazine holders on their side to create shelves perfect for storing bags of frozen vegetables or small frozen pizzas.

  • Use a tray to wrangle clutter on the counter. If you like to keep a handful of often-used oils or spices on your counter, keep everything organized in a cute tray. The tray will keep everything pulled together, making it look more like décor than a distraction.

  • Store bottles under your sink using a tension rod. Hook a tension rod under your kitchen sink to store bottles of cleaning solution by hanging the handle of the bottle on the rod.

  • Use drawer inserts to organize kitchen drawers. Maximize the space in your drawers by using drawer inserts to organize everything from silverware to junk drawer items in no time.