So I know you're asking, "Michael, why are you showing me a picture of a spray bottle, dish soap and paper towels at your sink?" There is a good reason.

I have been a single man for about five years now. In that time, I've found a hack or a few that make my life just a tad easier. I thought I would share a couple of those with you today. You may already know about these but some probably don't.

Mix Dish Soap In A Spray Bottle To Clean Individual Dishes

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Yes, I'm a single dude but I don't live off of paper plates and plastic forks. I cook quite a bit. So, I use silverware and plates that need to be washed. Take a spray bottle (.98 cents at Walmart), add a small amount of dish soap and fill with water. When you're done with the plate, piece of silverware, pot and other cooking utensils, just spray it. Then use your wash cloth to clean it. Rinse and you're done.

Bonus - Do the same with hydrogen peroxide and it's a great sanitizer for the cutting board or anything else that touches raw meat.

Use An Old Credit Card Or Other Plastic Card To Clean Cast Iron

I like to cook. A majority of my cooking is on my cast iron skillet. For those that don't know, and yes, some don't, you don't use soap to clean cast iron. After it's cooled down, just run some hot water in it, removed the cooked food from the surface, dry, wipe the inside with some cooking oil and you're good.

But how do you remove the cooked food from the surface of the pan. There are scrappers to buy but I don't have one. I've used and old debit card or other type of plastic card.

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They work perfect and don't scratch the surface, either.

Well, single dudes, I hope this helps. Really, these will work with anyone. If you have some life hacks, I'd love to hear about them. Tell me in the comments below.