When it comes to RV kitchens, items that do double duty are like best friends, they bring happiness to your life! Today I’m sharing 11 favourites that earn their keep in a tiny kitchen and on the road:


Metal tongs

In addition to being a barbeque staple utensil turning meat and pretty much everything else, tongs can be used to toss salads, mix sauce into pasta, take corn cobs out of hot water, and even take hot items out of the oven.


Wine bottle

Don’t throw out that empty just yet. You can use that wine bottle as a rolling pin, as a self-watering bottle for planters and as a vase in case your son picks you some lovelyweeds flowers.


Metal colander

Steam your veggies! Use a metal colander in place of a steamer basket in a larger pot.

To prevent grease spatters on the stove, invert the colander and use as a lid. Vapor and heat can still escape but most of the greasy mess will be contained.

Also, keep larger bugs off food when dining outside by inverting the colander and using as a food tent.



In addition to the obvious (slushy, delicious summer drinks) a blender can whip up pancakes, soups, eggs, and sauces. Even whipped cream I’m told so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Real whipped cream is the only whipped cream, people.


Coconut oil

Coconut oil has too many uses to list but for camping and in an RV, coconut oil can be used for frying, baking, to condition wood cutting boards and utensils and to season cast iron. It’s delicious used to make popcorn and a tablespoon in your morning smoothie may help boost metabolism.  Also use coconut oil to soothe sunburns and minor cuts, instead of shaving cream and as an insect repellant.


Dawn liquid dish soap

Biodegradable and phosphate free, Dawn can be used in so, so many handy household ways:

  • Mix 3 drops of Dawn and a gallon of water in a spray bottle to clean windows and repel ants
  • Use in a pet bath – it kills fleas on contact
  • Equal amounts Dawn and white vinegar (in a spray bottle) as a tub/shower cleaner
  • Treat poison ivy by washing affected area with Dawn
  • Laundry pretreater – apply to oil based stains and scrub. Launder as usual.
  • Ice pack. Partially fill a sealable freezer bag and freeze!


White Vinegar

Besides being the secret ingredient in my best ever pancakes, vinegar can be used to clean just about anything inside an RV, including windows, blinds, floors, coffee machines and removing many types of stains. Check Pinterest for uses and DIY combinations.  It’s versatile and cost effective so keep some on hand.


Baking Soda

Besides baking, baking soda is truly an all-round DIY cleaning product:

  • Fridge, carpet, closet, mattress and dishwasher deodorizer
  • fruit and veggie scrub
  • for tough to clean pots and pans, soak with dish soap and 2 tsp baking soda as a scouring powder
  • keep a box to put out small grease fires


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing multitasker to keep on hand. Mix one part water and one part apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle for a non-toxic, antibacterial DIY all-purpose cleaner. Apple cider vinegar may aid weight loss and help maintain your body’s alkaline pH level.  Other uses:

  • Help detox your liver and reduce heartburn
  • Sunburn soother
  • Produce wash
  • Air freshener


Cheap Vodka

Keep the good stuff for drinking. The cheap stuff you won at that golf tournament?  Good to…

  • Clean windows and fixtures
  • Refresh laundry – spray w undiluted vodka and hang to dry
  • Make flowers last – mix a tsp of vodka and a tsp of sugar in the vase water
  • Relieve poison ivy and jellyfish stings
  • Remove sticker glue


Lemon Juice

Lemons are used in food and drink daily.  But take a look at some of the many other uses lemons have:

  • Clean cutting boards
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Odour eliminator
  • Sore throat relief
  • Fruit and veggie wash
  • Produce preserver – lemon juice keeps guacamole green and fruit from going brown
  • Soggy lettuce helper – add juice from half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Add the soggy lettuce and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Berry stain removal – wash your hands with lemon juice, wait a few minutes and then wash as usual with soap and warm water.

What are some kitchen and pantry items that do double duty for you?