15 Kitchen Hacks That Will Change Your Life

The kitchen is the heart of the home—it's where food is prepared, kitchen-sink gossip is shared and mouths are fed.

However, we could all do with some help on the hobs from time to time.

But instead of hiring a cleaner or private chef, why not turn to TikTok for advice and assistance?

The video-sharing app is font of knowledge when it comes to culinary hacks and cleaning tips that will make those chores a little easier.

Many of these methods have left viewers surprised at their simplicity and scratching their heads as to why they'd never thought of them before.

But to save you some searching, we have comprised a list of our favorite TikTok kitchen hacks. Prepare to be enlightened...

1. How to Ensure Dishes Are Dry

Dishwashers are a fantastic invention... until you have to empty one. However, this task is made all the more boring if you also have to hand dry the cleaned crockery. Thankfully, a grandmother has explained that to prevent this you need to cover the machine door in a tea towel and shut it for five minutes.

2. How to Chop Onions Without Crying

Chopping onions can make us cry and sobbing into an apron is never a good look. However, what does look great is the make-shift protective gear one woman fashioned out of a hooded sweatshirt and a pan lid. We can see this catching on.

3. How to Make Silverware Sparkle

Ensure you have sparkling silverware by using aluminium foil. Yes, really! Just scrunch it in a ball and pop it in the dishwasher with your cutlery to cure dullness and scratches.

4. How to Ensure Fruit Stays Fresh

Summer is the season of fresh fruit, but if you don't devour it fast it'll become moldy or rotten. That's why an Alabama woman refrigerates it in a glass jar, claiming this keeps fruit good for up to three weeks.

5. How to Clean a Burnt Pan

Removing dirt from a burnt pan is a grimy task. But to save using up all your elbow grease, why not make a cup of tea? Afterwards you can use the teabag to clean the pan—just pop it in for 15 minutes, and let the tannins do the work. No scrubbing needed.

6. How to Remove an Egg Yolk

@davidparody1

Remove egg yolk with water bottle trick #fyp #cookinghacks #foryou

♬ Roscoes - ZaeHD & CEO

This hack for removing a yolk from a raw egg using an empty water bottle will give you eggcellent results. It is definitely all its cracked up to be!

7. How to Clean a Toaster

Telling you this hack to clean your toaster is the yeast we can do, and it definitely isn't crumby. Look for the tray to pull out underneath the appliance to dispose of the mess. Many online did not know of its existence, were you one of them?

8. How to Slice Avocados

Avocados are the millennial's fruit of choice, but have you been preparing them correctly? To stop them turning to mush, slice with the skin on. Holy guacamole, it actually works!

9. How to Organize Cupboards

Clear up cupboard space using a baking sheet and some mounting tape—organizing your kitchen doesn't have to roast your finances!

10. How to Clean Hard to Reach Spots

@paigefatty94

#FYP I do this about once a week if anyone is interested 😂 gross but such a good hack

♬ original sound - Paige-Leigh

Some spots can be hard to reach when cleaning, so it is best to attack them with a knife. No, we are not advocating frustration-fuelled violence, but instead covering a knife in a baby wipe to scrub grouting and narrow spaces.

11. Descale a Kettle Without Chemicals

Cleaning a kettle is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Just fill it with water and add one slice of everyone's favorite yellow citrus fruit. Next you boil it twice and 30 minutes later the limescale will be gone.

12. How to Prepare Pineapple

Pineapple is an effort to prepare, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, all you need to do is roll, pound and bash it, then segments come away in your hand. No knives are required.

13. How to Shred Chicken

Does the lengthy process of shredding chicken drive you clucking mad? Well, it turns out a hand mixer will do the job for you. You won't burns your hands and it means less time cooped up in the kitchen!

14. How to Clean Your Oven

Although baking soda is no stranger to an oven, it is usually concealed in cake mix or other foods to be cooked. However, if you want to clean your machine without using strong chemicals, you can make a paste with the white powder and water. Coat your oven in it, and let it sit for three hours. Spray with vinegar then when you clean it off you'll be ready to turn up the heat once more.

15. How to Make Your Microwave Look Brand New

This microwave cleaning hack is making waves across the internet. Just pop some slices of lemon in a bowl of water and put them in the device for a few minutes. Then, ping! That's one less chore to do.

Woman looking stressed in a kitchen
A stock image of a woman looking stressed in a kitchen. TikTok is awash with many helpful hacks to assist with cooking and cleaning. Getty Images