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    May 1, 2020

    25 Things Anyone Without A Dishwasher Needs ASAP

    You've gotta hand-wash, but you can make it feel a tiny bit less like the chore it is.

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    1. A powerful dish-washing spray that, honestly, if you buy anything from this list, this should be it. You can spray down that casserole dish caked with enchilada sauce, let it sit, and you simply wipe and rinse away that saucy mess in a few minutes.

    Target

    I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well.

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    2. Scrubby cleaning gloves that'll eliminate the need for a sponge! Even better, you can sanitize them and then use them for all kinds of cleaning all kinds of other stuff like the stove, the car, windows... so many possibilities!

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    You can simply sanitize these gloves by boiling them in water. Or if you DO have a dishwasher and are reading this post, you can throw 'em in the top rack. I own a dupe pair and they soap up super fast and stay soaped up for quite a while. I haven't measured it, but they just may save you some dish soap too!

    Promising review: "These gloves are pretty cool. I put off buying more traditional sponges that always would get stinky and I am glad I got these instead. They fit my hands perfectly and they really do suds-up like in the pictures. I have used them several times now from plates to pans and it does great on it all." —Feliz

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. Or a pair of fun dishwashing gloves as the teensiest bit of motivation when you have a sink full of chili-caked bowls you can't put off washing for any longer.

    Amazon

    Your hands will thank you.

    Get three pairs from from Amazon for $16.99

    4. A collapsible tub for letting those dishes soak (in or out of the sink) while you handle other stuff and make for a lot less scrubbing when the dreaded time comes. *Plus* this one has a plug in the bottom for even easier use!

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    Has a 9 L. capacity and folds to one-third of its original height for easy storage.

    Promising review: "This dish basin is awesome! I have a tiny kitchen (no dishwasher) and needed something I could collapse in order to store under my sink. This was the perfect choice and I love it." —Joan

    Get it from Amazon for $18.87 (available in three colors).

    5. 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.

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    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 $14.99.

    6. Bottle-cleaning tablets will save you what feels like years and years of soaking and scrubbing because you're just trying to save the environment but that stainless-steel travel mug looks like it's been holding mud.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I tried one of these in an old travel coffee mug that isn’t 'dishwasher-safe.' I wash it by hand, but I can never get rid of the brown coffee stains on the inside. Holy cow, did this stuff make a difference! The inside of the mug basically looks brand new. I think they’re a little expensive for what they are, but I can’t argue with the results." —David M

    Get a box of 12 tablets from Amazon for $7.98.

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

    Amazon

    Promising review (for the straw brushes): "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 $9.99 or eight straw brushes for $4.99

    8. No-stink silicone dish scrubbers with loops for easily letting it hang dry once your chores are finished.

    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "These are my new favorite kitchen gadgets. Honestly, they do everything a sponge does, but better. Why didn't someone think of this before? 10/10 would buy again. They're real good for stuck on sauce and sticky stuff." —M. D. Friedman

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $20.97.

    9. 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.

    Amazon

    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.

    10. A bottle of natural dish soap with tons and tons of fans to help loosen the grease and grime without sulfates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to try this stuff out because of the price. I'm so glad I took the chance! I have been using Puracy dish soap for a little over a year now as of this review. I absolutely love the smell while doing dishes and am extremely pleased how well this stuff cleans.

    1. Very gentle and soft on the skin and does not dry my hands

    2. Gets sudsy and cleans well with very little soap needed

    3. Smells wonderful in my opinion

    Very pleased and am planning to try out some other Puracy products in the near future." —JSV

    Get a three-pack of 16 oz. bottles from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. A touchless soap dispenser and huge jug of dish soap that'll make juggling dirty dishes so much easier.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is much better than my other 2 Simple Human dispensers that cost twice as much. Like the fact that you have to move hand a bit closer to the top of the sensor before it dispenses soap therefor eliminating unintentional soap dispensing." —Ibroxson

    Get it from Amazon for $23.32.

    12. A silicone sink strainer I finally bought and love — it can easily catch all the food particles before they go into your pipes and turn into a smelly mess that requires a plumber.

    Amazon

    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 $8.95.

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

    Amazon

    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).

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

    Amazon

    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 two 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 $8.99 (available in two colors).

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

    Amazon

    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 three colors).

    16. A dish brush and base you can use as a soap dispenser to scrub a dub in style. Your sink is about to look *so* fancy.

    Amazon

    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 $9.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A flat whisk for easier cleaning in case you haven't yet acquired the life skill of licking a whisk clean of batter like I have.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A set of bamboo microfiber towels with a smooth side and a ribbed side that'll ~gently~ get those sopping-wet dishes dry.

    Amazon

    I recently started drying my dishes with microfiber towels because when you cook three meals at home, sometimes your dishes don't air dry as quickly as you require!

    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 $19.99 (available in four color combos).

    Or get a dozen cotton dish towels from Amazon for $26.99.

    19. And a sassy dish towel in reference to your method of licking your ice cream bowls clean knowing full well you're going to have to hand-wash them later.

    Amazon

    I use this method. It's a good one!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.37 (available in many more patterns).

    20. A roll-up drying rack you can place on top of your sink and stash away later because your counter space is precious! (If you have a double sink, consider me extremely envious.)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this drying rack! I live in a condo with a small kitchen and using this drying rack opened up a whole countertop that used to be occupied by my old traditional drying rack. It can hold a good number of dishes and also serves as an extra counter space when I need it while cooking. Plus, no mess from yucky drainage water like on a traditional rack. Love it!!" —chloenc

    Get it from Amazon for $27.98+ (available in three colors).

    Check out a similar over-the-sink rack with racks for plates and cups from Amazon for $17.87.

    21. 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.)

    Amazon

    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 $17.99+ (available in two colors).

    But if you prefer a microfiber mat, here's a machine-washable one from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. Or a combo dish-drying mat that also has an adjustable drying rack to hold all those plates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love, love, LOVE this drying rack. I got so tired of having a bulky metal dish rack sitting on my counter taking up space, so I decided to give this a shot and I'm glad I did. I really like that you can move the rack to different positions. The microfiber is very absorbent and the rack is strong. I was skeptical at first if it would be able to hold some of my heavier plates, and it did! The best part is that when dishes are done drying, it can be folded up and stored under the sink, making my counters less cluttered looking and allowing for more space. Can also be cleaned in the washer. Loved this so much that I purchased it for one of my girlfriends and she loves it just as much." —Stephanie Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in five colors).

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

    Amazon

    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.

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

    Amazon

    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 (available in three colors).

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

    Wayfair

    It's Energy Star-compliant, comes with an installation kit, and uses just 3.1 gallons of water for a normal cycle. Has six settings (soak, glass, rapid, economy, normal, and intensive), an automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser, and a durable stainless-steel interior.

    Promising review: "My wife is in love not with me but this wonderful invention. I bought this because I wanted her to have time back for rest. I wanted simple and this is. Not overwhelming like big dish washers. Hallelujah pure serenity. Thank you Wayfair." —Dale

    Get it from Wayfair for $269.99.

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