Why You Should Always Keep an Old Credit Card in Your Kitchen

Why You Should Always Keep an Old Credit Card in Your Kitchen

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Lisa Freedman
Apr 2, 2018
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When it comes to small kitchen helpers, one of the best tools you can get isn't sold at Bed Bath & Beyond — or anywhere else, really. I'm talking about a credit card. The next time you have a card that's expiring, consider taking it from your wallet and moving it directly to a kitchen drawer.

Here's why you need a credit card or two in your kitchen.

1. They're free and readily available.

Old credit cards beat out bench scrapers and plastic scrapers when it comes to cleaning. Mostly because they're free (irresponsible credit card spending aside!) — whereas a basic scraper can cost you around $5! You also probably already have one.

2. They're good counter sweepers.

Each night, when I'm almost done cleaning up from dinner, I use a credit card to sweep up errant crumbs along the countertop and use it to push everything into the pull-out trash can. It's an easy way to get every last bit and I love that I don't have to use my dish sponge or a wasteful paper towel.

3. They can get into all those small crevices.

Until I can be fortunate enough to have an undermount kitchen sink (one that's basically seamless and sits under the countertop) I will need a credit card to dig out the crumbs and grime that collects where my stainless steel sink meets the counter. I also use a credit card to clean up our breakfast table, which has these tiny grooves between the boards that always harbor leftover morsels.

4. They're easy to clean and store.

When I'm done scraping or digging with my credit card, I just rinse it off under the sink with some dish soap and set it on the rack to dry. And when it gets put away, it's thin enough to just sit against the front wall of the junk drawer, which means I can always find it when I need it.

5. Reusing them is better than throwing them away.

I try to create as little trash as possible. If I don't have to throw something away, then I'm happy not to! Plus, the paranoid part of me doesn't love throwing away an old credit card — no matter how many little pieces I cut it up into! (If you don't love the idea of leaving a credit card laying around — even an expired one — you can still cut up the numbers and leave the rest of it mostly intact. Or call the company and remove the number altogether from your account before the replacement comes.)

Do you use an old credit card in your kitchen?

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