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    29 Things To Help You Clean Your Food And Kitchen Way Better Than You Probably Have Been

    It's time to have a kitchen you can truly be proud of.

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    1. A vegetable and fruit brush with an ergonomic circular design so you can easily scrub away at your grimy carrots and dirty potatoes.

    Model using vegetable brush to wash carrot

    Promising review: "I use this to scrub the dirt off my potatoes while I'm washing them and it works wonders. Gets so much dirt off that you wouldn't be able to get off with just your hands. Definitely recommend!" β€”Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in two styles).

    2. A compost bin that clips onto your drawers and cabinets so you can scrape food scraps off your counter and cutting boards with ease. The container is freezer-safe, so you'll have some place to store your scraps until it's compost time.

    Model scraping scraps into scrap collector placed on drawer

    Promising review: "So useful! I use mine more as a small trash collector. I have mine next to the stove for eggshells and anything else I may want to toss quickly. Also, I line it with a plastic produce bag so that it doesn't get grimy and dirty. Not only this, but using this as a small trash can, I end up using my large kitchen trash bag as a bin for my smaller produce-bag-wrapped trash bags (and/or trash items that don't have a smell). This means my large trash can usually doesn't smell bad, since it's only ever full of smaller wrapped trash bags. Maybe it seems a little strange, but for someone who usually only cooks for one, I don't like my large trashcan to be partially full and already smell like it needs to be taken out." β€”Shaz

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two colors).

    3. A garbage disposal brush to help you manually scrub any built-up food residue that's probably causing that mysterious stank in your kitchen right now.

    Reviewer photo of garbage disposal brush

    Promising review: "This product can be a major kitchen product if you have issues with odors in your garbage disposal. We eat a lot of cereals for breakfast and almost all are loaded with preservatives, which are like glue when they get wet. For two years, we could not get rid of a foul odor for more than a day or two. I purchased this as a last resort, but only expecting it to help a little. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how much gunk was brushed away and odor was reduced. " β€”C. D. Cornett

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two styles).

    4. A set of colanders in various sizes so you can rinse off all of your fruits and veggies before snacking on them or including them in your latest recipes. They also collapse for easy storage, so you can say hello to extra cabinet space!


    Promising review: "I LOVE that these colanders collapse so they don't take up a ton of space in my cupboards in the kitchen. They only take up about the equivalent of a dinner plate when grouped together. I'm thankful for multiple sizes, too, since when I am rinsing grapes I don't need an especially large colander." β€”Gretchen Pileggi

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two color combinations and a pack of four).

    5. Or! This garbage disposal cleaning pouch that foams up to help break down anything that's been lingering in there for far too long. I'm starting to feel like adulthood is just learning about all the things you never realized you were supposed to be cleaning.


    Promising review: "Seeing is believing. Not only does it do a great job, but you can see it happening. It doesn’t just mask the smell and leave a lemon scent like some products, it cleans too and looks fun. Idk. Blue foam comes out and that’s good enough for me." β€”sylvie yah

    Get a two pack of four-count bags on Amazon for $9.95.

    6. An easily washable drip catcher so you'll no longer have a giant puddle at the back of your sink every time you wash some dishes.


    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." β€”Alina

    TwoLilacsStudio is a small Etsy shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

    Get it from TwoLilacsStudio on Etsy for $10.50+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    7. A box of coffee machine-cleaning powder to flush out all of the gunk inside that you didn't even know was there. It'll also make your coffee taste way less bitter and get your carafe as sparkly clean as the day you bought it!

    Reviewer collage showing before-and-after photos of coffee pot

    Promising review: "This worked great for our coffee maker. The picture on the left (above) is the first batch of water, including the packet of cleaner. The second was already much cleaner and the third and fourth batches of water were completely clear. Our coffee tastes much less bitter now." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. A swivel grout and corner brush that attaches to basically any broom handle, because you shouldn't have to get on your hands and knees just to keep your kitchen floor looking presentable.

    Model using grout brush attached to broom handle to clean in between tiles

    Promising review: "This works great standing up. I have very old and deeply-worn grout. Trying to get the floors clean was a hands-and-knees job. This brush cleans really well, is easy to use, and I am so glad not to be on my knees. Plus, I wrap a microfiber towel around the bristles and can then dry those really deep grout lines so the dirty water doesn't fill them." β€”OAH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.67.

    9. A vegetable peeler with a helpful swivel design so you can wave goodbye to accidentally slicing your fingers when trying to peel a potato. Think of how much money you'll save on Band-Aids!


    Promising review: "I was perfectly content with my generic vegetable peeler. It did a decent job. Then I tried this peeler at my daughter's house over Thanksgiving. Where has this little peeler been all my life? It made peeling potatoes effortless! It's super comfortable, lightweight, and glides over vegetables β€” for an unbelievably reasonable price. I'm buying one for my sister, and highly recommend it to anyone. Even if you're happy with your current peeler, just try this one β€” you won't regret it." β€”Mary W.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    10. A four-pack of fridge bins you can easily stack on top of each other to really maximize all that unused vertical space. Plus, it'll make the inside of your fridge look worthy of a Cribs episode.

    Four storage bins placed next to each other on fridge shelf

    Promising review: "These are so sturdy!! I love how easy they are to clean and use in my refrigerator! It helps keep things in order since I have my kids home and the constant going in and out during the day has made it easier for me and them to find what they need and what I need to purchase more of." β€”Pilialoha

    YoungeverLLC is a woman-owned small business specializing in home goods.

    Get a pack of four from YoungeverLLC on Etsy for $22.95.

    11. A set of "paperless" towels – they work just as well to clean your hands as they do to wipe up that glass of wine you inevitably end up spilling on Bachelor night.


    Promising review: "I love the charcoal gray towels I got so much I just ordered another set. I'm finding more and more ways to use them, instead of paper, every day: under draining fruits and vegetables, in the refrigerator where our freezer leaks, under my tea pot and compost container, at the master bath sink to wipe up after brushing our teeth and one has been designated as the 'water on the floor' towel. We have definitely cut down on our paper towel use." β€”katerhoad1

    HammerThreadHandmade is a family-owned Etsy shop based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    Get a pack of seven from HammerThreadHandmade on Etsy for $37 (available in eight patterns).

    12. A silicone drain cover to prevent any annoying clogs in your sink. It even has little suction cups at the bottom to keep it from sliding around all over the place.

    Model putting silicone sink cover over drain

    Promising review: "We do not have a garbage disposal in our kitchen. We have been using the sink drain stopper, but finally got tired of constantly cleaning them, as food would get stuck in the holes. I looked for a different solution for some time and thought this would be a cheap thing to try. They suction well and it's easy to pick up and wipe the food in the garbage. They clean so much faster than the original ones." β€”Deloris P.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A pack of cleaning tablets because your dishwasher is probably way dirtier than you imagine. These will break down lime and mineral build-up so your dishes come out looking as shiny as they do in all those dish soap commercials.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!" β€”Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.98.

    14. A pair of silicone dish-washing gloves to help you tackle that massive pile of pots and pans without ever picking up a sponge. Just pour on some soap and get to scrubbing!,

    Promising review: "I bought these gloves to save my dry cracking hands and they are wonderful! I just had a baby and I’m constantly washing bottles and pumping accessories, therefore constantly washing my hands, and they are taking a beating. I love these gloves because I can still wash my bottles in hot water and can’t feel the heat through the gloves. I also love that they have bristles on the palms so I can wash anything with them. They are a little big on me, but other than that they are a great pair of cleaning gloves!" β€”Kelsi Wilde

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    15. A flexible coil brush so you can finally reach all the dust and crumbs that are hiding underneath your fridge and oven. I'm shuddering just thinking about what's living under there.

    Reviewer photo of dust removed with flexible coil brush

    This is also great for cleaning your dryer's vents!

    Promising review: "I use one in the dryer filter area and one under the refrigerator. They get dust I can't get any other way. I gave five stars for durability even though I've had them for only a short time. They feel sturdy to last long enough for me." β€”ASF

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.95.

    16. A granite countertop cleaning spray that makes it SO easy to wipe off any grease and grime you previously thought would be there forever. It also works great on sealed marble, sealed limestone, sealed slate, and glazed tile.

    Model wiping counter with cloth and holding bottle of granite cleaning spray

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a good cleaner/polish for my new black quartz counters for over six months. Either I didn't like the smell (too chemical) or it didn't clean well. I love this stuff. I was shocked that after cleaning, you won't even get fingerprints. And anyone knows with black quartz, you will have fingerprints. This is a great product." β€”Lori M

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    17. A washable, reusable sponge with scrubby mesh on one side and soft cotton terry cloth on the other to tackle messes of any size. Plus, those prints are really adorable!


    Promising review: "So glad I finally found an environmentally friendly sponge THAT WORKS! I tried all the other kinds of eco-friendly sponges before these - silicon (don't work on stuck stuff), vegetable fiber (got so mildew-y so fast), and even crocheted (felt so gross and didn't work great). These do the job and then after a few days I just throw them in the wash! Hooray! And they're cute!" β€”willowbe0416

    PorterLees is a family-owned Etsy shop based in Portland, Oregon that specializes in homemade reusable goods.

    Get it from PorterLees on Etsy for $9.

    18. A Shark steam mop so you can stop fumbling around with a bulky old-school mop and bucket. This sleek device uses the power of steam to lift away grime β€” and the results are equal parts disgusting and satisfying.,

    It comes with three steam-level controls and a washable double-sided microfiber pad.

    Promising review: "OK, I admit it was an impulse buy. Wow, was I shocked when I used it the first time! Three dogs with a doggie door causes paw prints and dirt and it would take me up to three hours to really deep-clean my hardwood floors. From setup to cleaning, getting shiny floors took about 45 minutes! It was super easy and fast deep-cleaning!!! I really do believe whoever created this is a genius! Brilliant!" β€”Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99, and get two extra microfiber pads for $14.96.

    19. A wood-polishing conditioner to add some life back into your cabinets and worn-down kitchen table. Its magical blend of orange oil, beeswax and Brazilian carnauba oil will help to break down water spots and restore wood to its former shiny glory.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" β€”Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $13.68.

    To learn more, check out our wood polisher review.

    20. An over-the-door organizer to keep your cleaning supplies in order so you can stop rummaging around in that overcrowded cabinet under the sink just to find the disinfectant wipes.

    Reviewer photo of organizer placed over a door

    This is also great for organizing shoes!

    Promising review: "I purchased this to hang on the inside of my broom closet door, and store all my cleaning supplies. I got tired of looking for things, and this has been the perfect solution. The four hooks that hold the organizer fit my door width perfectly and I know the organizer is secure. I was able to put all my supplies in there, including a rather bulky bottle of Febreze. There's enough room to put a spray can of Pledge with the dusting cloth inside the same pouch. They are deep enough that I could put two shorter jars of polish in the same pouch. The pouches are clear so I can see where everything is and I don't have to hunt for things anymore!" β€”CactusMomma

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87+ (available in three colors).

    21. A microwave steam cleaner that uses the power of sheer anger (and steam) to eliminate dirt and stains from your microwave.

    Reviewer photo of Angry Mama steam cleaner placed in mircowave

    You simply fill her up with water or vinegar and pop in the microwave for five to seven minutes while the steam does all the work for you.

    Promising review: "I thought this might be a little gimmicky, but, I was willing to give it a try. I am glad I did! I barely had to touch the cleaning cloth to the walls of my microwave and the gunk just slid right off!" β€”W. Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three styles and a two-pack).

    22. A pack of machine-washable microfiber cloths to tackle basically every cleaning scenario you can imagine, from washing and drying dishes to wiping up any accidental spills.


    Promising review: "I am the cook of the house and I make a mess. My white linen towels bite the dust for stains regularly, which doesn't go without comment from everyone. These rags are absorbent, good looking, and dark enough that stains don't show (much). I use one per day and the kitchen is always spotless β€” saving a tree or two in paper towels in a year. We have lots of standard lint-free rags for house/auto cleaning and think these are a big step up β€” worth the price." β€”burnn1

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A cooktop cleaning kit that'll chip away at burnt-on messes and make your ceramic cooktop look as shiny and flawless as the day you moved in.

    Reviewer before-and-after photo showing results of using cooktop cleaning kit

    The kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a cleaning pad and a heavy-duty scraper that are all designed to break down burnt-on foods and tough stains.

    Promising review: "This works amazingly! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years β€” I only wiped them down with random multi cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product β€” AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new β€” even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off: 98% better." β€”B. Swartwood

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A julienne Y-shaped peeler so you can have veggies so perfectly sliced you might just be inspired to start one of those food blogs with overly long intros to every recipe. If you've been dying to make your own homemade zucchini noodles, this will be such a time-saver.

    Model using julienne peeler to slice zucchini

    Promising review: "You know how you like carrots, but they're so chunky and hard to cut? This is perfect. I can also make my cucumber perfect for sushi in seconds. It's really handy and sturdy. I have loved every OXO product I have ever used." β€”imaFox

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    25. An extra-durable sponge that'll put the yellow-and-green one you're currently using to shame. It's resistant to tears and stains, so it'll win every fight against your dirtiest dishes.

    BuzzFeeder holding The Original Magic Jetz Scrubz sponge
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "To preface, my family doesn’t use a dishwasher, but hand-washes everything. So our sponge is used daily and extensively. This sponge has been great. We've been using the first one for over two months now and it’s still going strong. It doesn’t smell weird like some sponges do after a while. It’s sturdy, I love using both sides depending on what needs to be scrubbed off. I definitely recommend getting this, I highly doubt you’ll regret it. Plus, the black looks classy and doesn’t get discolored or anything." β€”Tammy

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.49.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this, check our kitchen sponge review.

    And! See why this was our splurge-worthy kitchen sponge pick!

    26. A wood-friendly cleaner made with coconut soap and lemon oil so you can finally give your trusty cutting board the thorough yet gentle scrub down it deserves.

    Reviewer cleaning cutting board with cleaner and sponge

    Promising review: "I purchased a home with butcher block counters. They were dingy and gross. I used the cutting board cleaner several times followed by the conditioner and the counters have come back to life. Now I feel good about making our food on them."Β β€”Skromann

    Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

    27. An extremely popular oven cleaner with before-and-after results that are downright jaw-dropping. If you still have some caked-on grossness in your oven from Thanksgiving, it's time to add to cart.

    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. It was awesome!" β€”KsGrl444

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $22.91.

    28. A chainmail scrubber so you can effectively clean all of the burned-on grime on your cast-iron skillets without removing the seasoning or causing damage. It's also safe for use on waffle makers, griddles, and casserole dishes, so you basically have no excuse for having less-than-immaculate dishes.


    Promising review: "Prior to purchasing this, our cast-iron cleaning routine consisted of rinsing followed by a quick scrub using coarse sea salt and a paper towel. This gadget is great for a more thorough cleaning, especially on stubborn areas. It's very effective and cleaning is quite easy, requiring nothing more than a quick rinse. The small ring attached to it is useful for hanging on a pot rack. Recommended." β€”Cooking the Books

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    29. And a surface scrub that uses the natural power of lemongrass and sweet orange oils to cut through layers of filth and leave your oven looking sparkly clean.


    Promising review: "I’m truly impressed! I used on white grout (gulp) and it worked beautifully! The fact that it’s all natural is quite the bonus." β€”Gail P.

    HumbleSuds is a woman-owned small Etsy shop based in Denver, Colorado.

    Get it from HumbleSuds on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

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