If you spend as much time in your kitchen as we do, these kitchen hacks are essential for making life easier. From preventing messes to cooking the perfect meal, this list has it all. Enjoy! 


  1. Love bacon but hate the mess it makes on your stovetop? Bake it in the oven instead! It turns out just as delicious but sans all the mess. Simply lay the bacon on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees. 30 minutes for crispy bacon and 20 minutes if you like your bacon a bit softer. 

  2. Does your stacked glassware stick together? Instead of breaking a glass trying to loosen it from another one, fill the top glass with cold water, and then set the glasses in hot water. You’ll be able to pluck them apart in no time. 

  3. Do you tear up just thinking about cutting onions? Onions add such great flavor to food, and thanks to this trick, you’ll never have to worry about tearing up again! Just cut the onion under cold running water or pop it in the freezer for a minute or two before cutting. 

  4. Want to keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape? Throw some ice cubes down it every once in a while– it’ll keep your blades nice and sharp. 

  5. Did you know that your unused cookie dough can be frozen in an air-tight container for up to nine months?! This incredible hack is for all you cookie monsters out there. 

  6. Do you hate the texture of soggy nuts in baked treats? To keep nuts crunchy, sprinkle them on top of your brownie or cake batter instead of folding them in. 

  7. Want perfect al dente spaghetti every time? Carefully remove a piece from the boiling water, and throw it at the wall or ceiling. If it sticks, it’s ready!

  8. Hate mushy rice? Keep your grains firm and separated by dropping a bit of lemon juice in the water as soon as the rice starts to simmer. 

  9. Who doesn’t love bread? We certainly do! And we love to bake it at home, too. The secret to that perfect crust? Place a small oven-safe bowl full of water in the oven while the bread bakes. It’ll keep the crust from becoming too hard. 

  10. And last but not least, here’s a great hack you can’t do without. For oven or stovetop spills, sprinkle a little bit of salt on it. Not only will this help take away any burnt smells but it will also make clean up easier.  

Final Thoughts

There you have it! 10 little-known kitchen hacks. Does it get you thinking about your home’s kitchen? Whether you’re hoping to do a complete kitchen overhaul or just a few changes here and there, we highly recommend that you consult a designer before beginning your renovation. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help make your dream home both functional and affordable. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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