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    Updated on Jul 29, 2019. Posted on Jul 25, 2018

    21 Things Anyone Without A Dishwasher Needs ASAP

    Just a bunch of things that'll make hand-washing way less dreadful. (I know your pain.)

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    1. A pair of dishwashing gloves you'll actually get pumped to wear because even the smallest bit of motivation will surely help.,

    Your hands will thank you.

    Get them from Amazon: ring gloves for $7.95+ (available in two styles) or two pairs of floral gloves for $9.98

    2. A collapsible tub so your dishes can soak (in or out of the sink) while you handle other stuff and make for a lot less scrubbing when the dreaded time comes.

    Has a 10 qt. capacity and folds to 1/3 of its original height for easy storage.

    Promising review: "I could never even have imagined a better dish tub. It is the perfect size and color for our sink (it practically disappears), super lightweight, reasonably-priced, and has feet to keep it from sitting in greasy residue in the sink. Also because it's tapered, it uses MUCH less water than a straight-sided pan. AND it's collapsible!??! Everyone should have one of these!" —Cape Cod Kadi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    3. A Shark Tank–famous Scrub Daddy sponge to serve as a major helper. Dunk it in warm water for soft, gentle cleansing and in cold water for hard, difficult cleaning.,

    Promising review: "OMG. Where have these been all of my life? I heard about them recently and made sure to get a pack on my next subscribe and save. They are exactly as promised! Not harsh enough to scratch anything in my kitchen, but tough enough to work through the worst baked-on gunk and clean my cast iron. The face is more than just cute, it's quite functional! I stick my fingers in the eyes for a good grip in glasses, the hair gets the corners of casserole pans, the mouth makes quick work of messy spoons. I can't imagine not having these in my house anymore! I use them till they are falling apart and can't hold a smile anymore, then I use them a little more." —ToddCandi

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $13.33.

    4. A no-stink silicone dish scrubber with a loop for easily letting it hang dry once your chores are finished.

    Made of BPA-free and FDA-approved silicone. Heat-resistant up to 500℉.

    Promising review: "I love these 'no stink' silicone sponges! One side has the little 'fingers' for ordinary washing, and the other is a rougher, scrubby side. They don't soap us as ordinary sponges do, but if you wet the dish or glass, wet the sponge, and put soap on it, they soap up just fine. If you wash dishes by filling the sink with soapy water, then it doesn't matter if you can see the soapy sponge, it only matters that the dish is getting clean. I threw out all my other sponges because I could not stand the thought of the germs they harbored, and they ALWAYS stunk no matter how much they were rinsed and squeezed out. I will only buy these from now on! But I won't have to buy many because they last a long time and never smell! These five sponges are a great value. I am giving some away to family members for Christmas." —Truth Teller

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. Or an antimicrobial silicone scrubber if you prefer the look and shape of a traditional sponge, but are tired of mold and gag-inducing smells.

    Each scrubber resists odor for up to three months.

    Promising review: "I saw the Peachy Clean in my phone's news feed as a recommended product in an article listing 20 Amazon products to buy. The sponge is not soft — if that would be an issue for anyone — but it cleans like a demon, removing the build-up on my everyday stainless steel flatware to make it gleam and shine as it did when first purchased. I have granite counters in the kitchen that never feel perfectly smooth; the Peachy sponge removed those glued-on 'dots' that I felt with my hand when running it over the counter, and it also put a gleam on the granite, all without adding soap or a cleaning product. The sponge is always dry because it does not retain water. I use it to do dishes, to wipe off my stainless-steel appliances (which we all know are hard to maintain) and to wipe off the items on my the counter. The Peachy removes build-up and filmy residue on anything, plus it washes anything to super clean levels when you use it to do dishes. I next plan to use it to clean the interior of my car, especially the dashboard area. I am very pleased and am so thankful to have discovered this mighty miracle in a sponge." —R. Sanchez

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. A bottle of *very* good dish soap to help loosen the grease and grime without nasty stuff like parabens, phthalates, and dyes.

    Get it from Jet for $3.49.

    7. A touchless soap dispenser and huge jug of dish soap to make juggling dirty dishes so much easier.

    Promising review (for soap dispenser): "Holds a ton of liquid dishwashing soap so not having to fill it constantly is a big plus! I hand wash dishes through out the day and being able to grab soap on my sponge with one hand while holding an item with the other is convenient and quick! It has a small dial on the side to adjust how much liquid comes out each time which is very useful when using different soap viscosities. It is rubberized underneath so it stays put on my granite and my favorite part is that the spout sticks out quite a bit so if you pull your hand away too early the soap always winds up in the sink and not the countertop. Last but not least it's actually quite pretty to look at especially if you add a striking color liquid soap." —Millie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    8. A silicone sink strainer — it can easily catch all the food particles before they go into your pipes and turn into a mess that requires a plumber.

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old but, when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design and it even looks good. QUICK UPDATE: It's over four years later and this sink strainer still hasn't broken in the kitchen sink. I'm still pathetic enough to update a review for a sink strainer four years later." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    9. Or perhaps a fun sink strainer that'll cheer you up every time you gaze upon its colorful visage.

    Promising review: "This is a cute piece that works perfectly in my sink, and dare I say it adds a bit of 'happy' to the chore of washing dishes. I hand-wash most of the time and this keeps small items like silverware from falling in the disposal while they wait for a rinse. It is mostly plastic, but a good quality and easy to clean." —Kim Ballard

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in a duck, fish, flamingo, frog, pig, and rooster).

    10. A corner sponge holder for parking your hand soap, sponge, brush, and other sink-side essentials.

    Promising review: "Exactly what I needed and looks great in my kitchen. It will need some rinsing after a couple of weeks of use, like anything else in you kitchen that collects dust. This item stays put, doesn't shift or move and it will hold 2 16 oz. thick pump glass bottles comfortably, with space for a sponge next to it. I also have a handy spongy handle that fits in the slot. It's perfect and takes no space!" —Velazquez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A sling sponge holder to conjure some storage out of nowhere and stick to sinks that can't handle suction-cup holders.

    Promising review: "Just what I was looking for! Tried the suction cup sponge holders (several brands) but never could keep them suctioned for very long. This is perfect because it is wire covered with rubber and bends to your liking. Even the front part that holds the sponge is wired. I looped this over my filtered water dispenser at the sink and bent it at the sink edge and it fit! Just one more annoyance taken care of!" —A. Joy

    Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available in four colors).

    12. A dish brush and base you can use as a soap dispenser to scrub a dub in style.

    Promising review: "We love this little scrubber! It does a great job cleaning even difficult cooked-on foods from delicate cookware. Haven't tested the sudsing option but love the holder to keep the brush clean outside of the sink without needing a cumbersome 'in-sink' caddy. I would definitely recommend this product!" —Maggie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49 (available in two colors).

    13. A 2-in-1 whisk that'll twist from balloon to flat for easier cleaning in case you haven't yet acquired the life skill of licking a whisk clean of batter like I have.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.82+ (available in two colors),.

    While you're at it, check out more easy-to-clean kitchen tools.

    14. A set of bamboo microfiber towels with a smooth side and a ribbed side that'll get wet dishes dry in a snap.

    Promising review: "Wow wee... I love them. I'm very picky about my dish towels. These are perfect for drying as they are super absorbent. They are huge, which I love also. I bought some for a shower gift too. If there were 100 stars I'd rate them that!" —Jk Dallas

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    Or get dozen cotton dish towels from Amazon for $18.99.

    15. And a nice dish towel to leave out on display and ward off any "Where's your dishwasher?" questions.

    Get it from ModCloth for $15.

    16. A set of bottle brushes or straw brushes that'll help get your tallest water bottles and reusable straws squeaky clean.,

    Promising review: "Finally something to clean my kids' reusable straws. I used to cringe when my wife gave my kids milk with a reusable straw, wondering how she would get them completely clean inside...not anymore! These work great and the ring helps you hold onto them in soapy dish water. I will never be without a set of these again. The product arrived on time and in great condition. I would definitely order from the seller again." —CW

    Get them from Amazon: four bottle brushes for $11.98 or eight straw brushes for $4.99

    17. A roll-up drying rack you can place on top of your sink and stash away later because your counter space is precious!

    Promising review: "The drying rack has made my life so much easier in my kitchen. It's like having an extra countertop. I don't have to dry my dishes on the counter on a towel. I can just lay them on the drying rack and be done. What is also great about it is that I also use it as a cooling rack for my bread. I love it." —Bonnie3011

    Get it from Amazon for $22.88+ (available in two colors).

    Check out a similar over-the-sink rack with racks for plates and cups from Amazon for $19.87.

    18. And a grippy silicone drying mat for parking your precious Porsche mugs and other items you don't wanna give the slip. (Those fabric drying mats end up being a huge soppy mess anyway.)

    Plus, the ridges make draining water into the sink super easy. BPA-free and heat-resistant.

    Promising review: "I've tried a number of drying mats and this far outperforms all the others. This is the first mat that not only allows for quick drying of things placed on it, but the mat itself dries quickly so that I can store it shortly after doing my dishes. The other drying mats I've purchases always required long drying periods which was a major problem because of my very limited countertop space. I also love how it easily rolls up to store out of sight in a drawer, where it takes up little space (not that it isn't nice looking while on the counter). I highly recommend this product to anyone searching for a drying mat that works great and can be put away quickly." —SoxPatsBruinsCelts

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    But if you prefer a microfiber mat, here's a machine-washable one from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. And a dedicated baby bottle drying rack so you don't have to make space on your regular drying rack.

    Fits at least eight disassembled baby bottles and their components

    Promising review: "Love this drying rack. We fit 9 bottles, 8 bottle caps, 7 rings, and 12 nipples, and the cup holds spoons and pacifiers. Seriously love this thing." —T

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A a bottle brush and nipple cleaner to prep your baby's BFF for its next round.

    Promising review: "I love that this was available in a neutral color, so when it's sitting on my counter it doesn't scream baby bottle brush. The brush itself is really nice, I like having the nipple brush included but it is a bit of a pain to remove from the body of the brush. It also leaves the top part of the brush unable to stand or rest upright, so I have to lay it across my countertop which I don't like doing. The included base is convenient and the bottom cap is removable to clean/drain out any residual water that has made its way into the base. All in all, I would purchase this brush again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this brush." —ERO_foto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. Or if you're just plain fed up with hand-washing everything, a countertop dishwasher will help lighten the load.

    Has a quick connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets, a capacity for six place settings, a silverware basket, and six wash cycles. Energy star compliant and low water consumption up to 3.1 gallons of water (11.7L) per wash to help save you money.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this machine. I am a freak about having dishes washed in hot water. I had an older version of this and used it for many years. I eventually sold my older one when I moved out. Missing a dishwasher in the new place, I broke down and upgraded to this one. What surprised me the most is how quiet this is! Does a really nice job on the dishes and pots. The only thing I miss is the window in the front. I used to like to check to make sure nothing was inhibiting the washer arm from functioning. All in all, easy to set up, and a dream if you hate washing dishes." —Amazonian

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

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