This story was originally published on August 17, 2017.
Ikea is the unofficial sponsor of twenty-somethings who need to fill up their apartments, and fast. But, if you're only shopping at the Swedish megastore for big-ticket items like couches and tables, you're missing out on some of their best stuff. Not only do the superstore sell some
seriously cute decor, it also has a range of useful kitchen solutions for cheap. Like all under $10 cheap.
Ahead, 15 genius, cheap kitchen buys that your kitchen will thank you for.
Splatter no more with a one-size-fits-most lid.
Prickig Microwave Lid, $1.29, available at Ikea.
sung the praises of these simple little lids that can go from stove to table top to fridge and even freezer — then get cleaned up in the dishwasher. Klockren Lid set, $9.99, available at Ikea.
Made from the same high heat-safe silicone as the lids, this collapsible colander allows you to drain, steam, and parboil in any size pot.
Klockren Collapsible colander, $7.99, available at Ikea.
Pots that are magnetizes for induction cooktops also grab onto this magnetic trivet.
Ikea 365+ Gunstic Magnetic trivet, $5.99, available at Ikea.
The scary mass of plastic bags that live under the sink has met its match. This $2 solution holds a surprising amount, and makes grabbing one when you need it easy.
Variera Plastic bag dispenser, $1.99, available at Ikea.
A textured mat keeps glass from breaking while in the sink, but can also be used to gather food waste during prep. When you'r done, pull it out of the sink and toss for quicker clean-up.
Grundvattnet Mat, $3.99, available at Ikea.
Perfect for small kitchens, this allows you to add cheese to dishes with a few flicks of the wrist.
Stralande Grater with handle, $5.99, available at Ikea.
File under: things we didn't know existed. These bags seal automatically when filled and, after they're frozen, can be rubbed together to create one single bag of ice for easy use.
Isiga Ice cube bag 10 pack, $1.97, available at Ikea.
DIY just as many popsicles as you want with this easy-to-use set.
Utspadd Ice pop maker, $3.99, available at Ikea.
Grated cheese immediately goes into a table-appropriate container for easy serving.
Chosigit Grater with container, $4.99, available at Ikea.
An included lid includes a removable center for splash-proof mixing.
Allehanda Mixing bowl with lid, $9.99, available at Ikea.
Super-absorbent dishcloths are also gentler than sponges and won't scratch delicate surfaces.
Plussig Dish Cloth, $1.99, available at Ikea.
Yep, a set of 30 for just $3. Never scrounge around for a spare clip or use a hair tie in a pinch again.
Bevara Sealing clip set of 30, $2.99, available at Ikea.
Travel mugs are great for fitting into car cup holders and taking your morning brew to go — but usually require drinkers to sacrifice the satisfying experience of being able to smell (and better enjoy) the coffee. This ingenious hybrid allows you to do both.
Ikea PS 2017 Cup with lid, $5.99, available at Ikea.
More than just a pretty way to infuse your tea, these flowers float, and then can be turned upside down to keep water from dripping.
Vagrat Tea infuser, $3.99, available at Ikea.