Anyone who knows me knows I am a simpleton in the kitchen, so the littlest tip is a whole new learning experience to me! Here's the latest:
If you're soaking a pot or other dish to clean off food that's encrusted on it, fill the pot with the hottest water and then set a timer for five minutes. The timer will remind you to come back and rinse off the dish at the optimal time, without allowing the water to grow cold and the dirt to congeal and make the mess even worse. (Thank you, Laura B., for this tip!)
Voila! Quick, cheap, and easy! And just in time for the holidays.