You may think you know your kitchen appliances, but you might not know all the amazing things they can do if you just think outside the box.
- Your dishwasher is an ideal place to clean and sanitize baby’s toys and teething rings with no harsh chemical residue. A great idea, especially during cold and flu season.
- Your steamy dishwasher is also a great place to cook seafood! Wrap fresh fish tightly in aluminum foil with a bit of oil, spices and fresh lemon, then run through a short cycle (no soap!) and you’ll have fresh steamed fish.
- Use a pizza cutter to quickly chop fresh herbs. Simply bunch the herbs together and roll the cutter back and forth over them to get a fine chop.
- Your coffee grinder is perfect for grinding fresh spices like peppercorns, anise or cumin for big flavor.
- Grind rice in a coffee grinder to make fresh, quick rice flour for tempura recipes.
- Make a quick garlic paste by using a micro planer.
- Need to quickly shred meat? Place your meat into the bowl of your stand mixer with the regular paddle and turn it on. You’ll have evenly shredded meat in about 30 seconds!
- An immersion blender or a french press makes great whipped cream without a splattered mess or a tired arm.
- Use the hot plate on your coffee machine to toast a bagel or heat a muffin.
- Flip your toaster on its side and make quick grilled cheese sandwiches by placing a slice of bread with cheese on top into the slats and allow the toaster to broil the cheese. (HINT: Set it on the highest setting, then attend closely and pull the bread out when cheese is at desired consistency. You don’t want the bread launched out!)
- Your food processor can make homemade ice cream in minutes flat. Freeze your ice cream mix in ice cube trays, then pop into the food processor to get a quick, creamy blend.
- Your food processor is also an ideal place to make pizza dough, even better than your stand mixer or your hands. You’ll have better, more elastic dough in a shorter amount of time using the food processor.
- Preserve fresh herbs by chopping them and putting them in ice cube trays. Fill the trays with olive oil and freeze. Transfer the cubes to a freezer bag and use fresh herbs for your soups and sautés whenever you need!
- Use your pepper grinder to make fun, fresh flavors for different dishes. For example, fill it with your favorite cookies to create a fun topping for ice cream or cakes.
- Your turkey baster can be used all year long for your pancake batter. It’s less messy than your cup measurer and (bonus!) you can create fun shapes, almost like its a pen.
- Use your waffle iron to create crispy hash browns.
- Pour brownie or cake batter into your waffle iron for a quick dessert.
- Your bundt pan is a perfect roasting dish for your chicken and vegetables. Place the chicken’s cavity over the center ring, then fill the pan with your carrots and potatoes and onions. The bird will cook quickly and evenly and those savory juices will drip into the veggies!
- Your microwave is the perfect place to produce a poached egg for your eggs benedict. Crack the egg into a microwave save bowl, then add about 1/2 cup water and a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Place a saucer over the bowl and microwave on high for one minute.
- Microwave lemons and limes for 10-15 seconds (depending on size) before juicing. The heat will help release juices.
- Use your slow cooker as a towel warmer for your Girl’s Spa Night.
- A slow cooker can also bake a fresh loaf of breadwhile you’re at work.
- Use your freezer to help restore stretched out clothing. Place stretched out sweaters or jeans in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. The cold air can help to tighten the fibers and restore shape.
- Use your hard-boiled egg slicer to cut strawberries, butter, and mozzarella cheese.
- The hot water from your Keurig machine is perfect for cooking a cup of noodles.
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1. Work the plan. I have a day planner and each day I write down errands I need to run and things I need to take care of.
2. Have an organization system. I am not the most organized person, but this year I have been working more on putting things in the proper place. I also reorganized my stockpile downstairs, so I could find items faster.
3. Buy in bulk. Costco, Sam’s Club and more are a busy mom’s friend. Stocking up and not having to run to the grocery store really helps save time.
4. Paying bills online. Besides cutting down on the mail coming into the house, paying bills online is an easy way to reduce financial clutter and keep records organized.
5. Have a donation box. I donate clothing and household items about once a month, and having a box in the garage ready to go helps me to collect donation items easier.
6. Keeping coupons organized. Couponing can become an overwhelming hobby, if not kept in check. I only clip the coupons I know I’m going to use and keep them organized in a 3-ring binder, with baseball card pages.
7. Plan get-togethers, parties, etc. ahead of time. I like to plan parties and other events at least a few months ahead of time. I also stock up on party supplies ahead of time, when they go on clearance.
8. I also like to shop at off-hours, like mid-mornings and I always avoid Costco on the weekend, it’s a nightmare!
9. Stock up on Green Giant Steamers for those busy school evenings!
Here are great ways to use Magic Erasers:
- clean inside the crock pot
- remove melted plastic on a glass top stove
- clean swimming pool steps
- remove baked on brown spots on cookware
- clean antiques & collectibles
- clean & shine things up before you sell them in a yard sale
- remove dried paint from door hinges
- remove tarnish from silver
- remove mold & mildew from anything plastic
- clean & polish gold jewelry
- remove soap scum in the tub and shower
- remove marks on walls
- clean splatters inside the microwave
- remove marks on vinyl siding
- clean mirrors in the bathroom (keeps shower mirrors from fogging)
- remove adhesive residue after removing stickers
- remove waterline mark around the pool
- remove hair dye from countertops & floors
- clean light-colored suede
- remove black scuff marks from baseboards (where the vacuum cleaner hits)
- clean the outdoor side of window sills stained from leaves, dust and dirt
- clean plastic coolers inside and out
- remove rust spots & stains on countertop
- remove cooked-on stains in pots and pans
- remove soot off the walls near the fireplace
- clean within the grooves of lawn ornaments
- clean sticky/dusty range hood over the stove
- remove nail polish spills or stains
- clean airbake cookie sheets & bakeware (the kind with all those tiny grooves)
- clean oven shelves & the grates on the grill
- remove wet nose marks from pets on the windows (even car windows)
- remove toothpaste splashes from bathroom mirrors
- remove melted plastic on the side of the toaster oven
- remove grimey green algae from cement (bird baths, steps, ponds, etc)
- clean stained elbows from dirty work
- remove green mildew from siding and gutters
- remove paint spills & oversprays
- remove toilet bowl rings (cut a piece off & let it set in your toilet overnight; don’t flush it; doesn’t always work)
- remove built-up algae, water deposits, etc from ceramic flower pots
- clean dish drainers that are gunked with lime and build-up
- remove bird poop from concrete bird bath
- remove coffee & tea stains that remain inside a mug, caraffe, thermos even after washing
- clean the plastic agitator inside your washing machine
- clean window screens (even when they are still in the window)
- remove built-up baked on grease inside the deep fryer
- clean boat & outdoor furniture upholstery
- clean vinyl striping on motorhomes, vans, boats
- clean car tires, including white walls
- clean pebbled surfaces like the outside of plastic coolers
- remove pet & child vomit from carpet or clothing
- remove scuff marks on motorcycle & ATV helmets
- remove grass stains from shoes after mowing the lawn
- remove scuff marks from hangers/shoes in the walk-in closet
- clean oven door
- remove pollen from patio furniture, cars, etc.
- remove soap scum and gunk from around the bathroom faucets
- remove hairspray build-up on countertops and vanities
- remove soap scum inside porcelain & utility sinks
- clean stained caulking along the kitchen sink & countertop
- clean your bicycle, even the tires & rims
- clean tile & grout
- remove mildew from tents, vinyl canopies, awnings, fiberglass items
- remove paint overspray that has dried
- remove shoe marks from the kickplate of house doors & car doors
- clean inside your car (along the handles, window ledge, arm rests, dashboard)
- remove scuff marks and dirt from linoleum floors
- remove stains on leather seats, purses, chairs, etc.
- remove food stains inside plastic food containers
- remove brake dust from tire rims
- remove dirt and grime on a vinyl convertible top
- remove nail polish from walls, carpets, wooden objects, plastic
- remove soil or scuff marks from ceramic tile flooring
- clean non-skid surfaces with tiny grooves (bathtub floors, refrigerator handles, pool steps, cooler lids)
- clean & shine bathroom faucets & fixtures
- remove magic marker, permanent marker, and ballpoint ink from virtually any surface
- clean doll faces
- clean textured handles on major appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, stove)
- remove fingerprints and dirt on light-colored kitchen cupboards
- clean inside of the refrigerator
- remove crayon marks from walls
- remove dirt from plastic trash cans
- remove dark paint on light-colored carpet
- clean soap scum and oils from hot tub
- clean a car’s vinyl interior (gets into the tiny crinkles in the vinyl armrest, etc.)
- clean white porch railings, columns & pillars
- remove bugs from car windshield, grille, and bumper
- remove paint scratches on your car from minor fender benders
- remove rust and corrosion that’s built-up on the outside of pipes (kitchen/bathroom)
- clean & shine hubcaps
- remove built-up grime on the car steering wheel
- remove finger prints & build-up on the keyboard and mouse
- remove oxidized paint from an old car
- remove built-up gunk from vinyl seats
- remove tar from your car’s paint
- remove set-in stains inside glass and plastic pitchers
- remove scuff marks from the back of car seats (from kids’ shoes)
- clean kids’ plastic toys
- remove dirt and grime from athletic shoes and shoes with leather uppers
- remove stains on the underside of the toilet seat
- remove fingerprint & handprints from light-colored doors & walls
- remove scuff marks from your patio furniture