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    23 Products To Help Make Washing Your Dishes Less Of A Pain

    From here on out you and your roomie will be fighting over who gets to clean the dishes.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Natural dish soap from Puracy with fast-rinsing suds that won't leave your hands feeling cracked and dry after you've spent the night mindlessly washing your dishes.

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    Promising review: "I tried this soap because my landlords left a bottle at the kitchen sink when we moved in. I IMMEDIATELY loved the scent and how effective it is for dishes and hands! It doesn't strip the moisture out of your skin and it leaves the dishes and glasses clean with a nice fresh scent. I will continue to buy this brand because when I use other brands at family or friends' houses, I just can't stand them now in comparison!! I love how it is also non-toxic so when we have little ones around there is nothing to fear if they get too curious. Highly recommend!!!" —Niki

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 16 or 64 fl oz and three scents).

    2. Bottle cleaning tablets you'll start hoarding after seeing how amazingly clean your water bottle is after just one use. Grimy water stains? See ya' NEVER.

    Promising review: "I don't write reviews often, but I wanted to for Bottle Bright. One of my favorite S'well Bottles was left with some leftover water/Emergen-C and I forgot to wash it out. It grew mold and was super gross. I tried a multitude of cleaning products to get rid of it — vinegar, brushes, - NO DICE. Then, I used this product thinking why not give it a shot, and sure enough! As my husband said, what sorcery is this!?!? It was amazing. Now my bottle is back in action :) Thank you!!" —Penny Burke

    Learn more about Bottle Bright cleaning tablets here.

    Get 12 tablets for $8+ (also available in packs 3).

    3. Reusable rubber gloves with built-in soap scrubbers you can use to get deep in the crevices of your griddle pans, pots, etc., without ruining the manicure you got yesterday. You're welcome., Amazon

    Promising review: "I was, more than anything, hoping for some gloves that would not let my hands get burnt to a crisp in hot water when cleaning the plates and these things do just that. I will be honest I did not realize that the gloves themselves had some brush thing integrated into it, so that turned out to be extremely helpful as well. Just slap some soap on these things and I was able to clean everything burn-free under steaming hot water." —Pedro

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three styles).

    4. A detergent booster that'll not only clean your dishwasher, but leave your favorite wine glass crystal clear.


    Promising review: "We have hard, nasty well water. All of our nicer dishes were ruined from it. Until we bought this magic in a can. We used it once on a load of dishes and holy moly did they look better. We now uses it every few loads to keep them looking nice. Life changing product for our house." —Em Brodie

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    5. An assortment of dip clips, so you can indulge in a variety of your favorite condiments without making your plate look like an artist's canvas.


    Promising review: "These dip clips easily attach to both china and paper plates. The sauces wash right out. My husband likes sauce with his food and was using very small Tupperware and RubberMaid cups — the sauces were a nightmare to get out of those! I had to wash them multiple times with Dawn and baking soda. These rinse free easily and I have not noticed a lingering smell. Best of all, they're bright-colored, easy to spot in the plastic ware drawer, and they're all his." —Teresa Bell

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    6. Odor-free dish cloths that'll let you scrub your plates until they sparkle without dealing with a gross, mildew-y smell.,

    Promising review: "The best dish scrubber I have ever used! Washes out clean and gets very flexible when wet. When dry, it becomes stiff again. When I first opened the pack I did not think I would like them, but I figured I could use them for something else if I had to. No way! These hold the soap, get flexible, and scrub really well. I even have one in the shower!!! After years of spraying sponges with bleach or washing them, this is the way to go. Yes, a very little thing in the big picture but hey, a great little thing :)" —J Savage, ND

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8+ (also available as a set of five and three colors).

    7. Love Home and Planet dish soap you can use to zen out while you clean your dinner plates. Their scents are so soothing you'll need to refrain from bathing in it.

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    To put it lightly, I'm obsessed with this brand. I've been using their shampoo and bath products for years, so you can only imagine how thrilled I was to get my hands (literally) on their kitchen products. The dish soap comes in four scents (lavender is my favorite) and really does a great job cutting through the food residue on my dishes. Definitely give it a shot.

    Promising review: "This is a really great dish soap for my household. I love that it is vegan and cruelty-free. I love that is plant based. And I love that it cleans well in addition to these other advantages. I got the tea tree and vetiver scent, and the scent is pleasant and mild. I'm one of those people who has a dishwasher but I still wash my pots and pans, big serving pieces, knives, etc. by hand. This lathers very well with small, fine bubbles, I like how it cleans, and it is gentle on my hands. As well as being more environmentally and animal friendly. What's not to love?" —Just My Op

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $20.82+ (available in four scents).

    8. A dishwasher cleaner designed to dissolve and remove odor-causing residue, so you won't pull your silverware out to find it looks crusty and half-washed.

    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune

    Get it from Amazon for $4.44.

    9. Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser you can use to scrub down your dishes and leave them gleaming like the day you first placed them in your cabinets.

    Promising review: "I bought this product to clean a set of white porcelain plates and dishes that had significant scratches and marks from table wear. This cleaner removed all of the marks and the plates and dishes look like new again. Without this cleaner I would probably have needed to get another set of plates and dishes. The cleaner was easy to use and to remove and you get two bottles. The price is reasonable for the amount of cleaner that you get as well. I would definitely recommend this cleaner." —JP

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. Or the same product in powder form that'll restore the porcelain your grandma left you to the way it looked when she got it 60 years ago on her wedding day.

    Promising review: "I am so happy that I found this product. Our porcelain dishes had a lot of gray lines on them and we were thinking of buying a whole new set. I thought I'll give this product a try and if it didn't work I'll buy new dishes. It worked like magic. I sprinkled the powder on wet plates and left them for few minutes. Then I washed them with a sponge and they were all gone! My plates look as good and shiny as new ones!" —Bazabib

    Get it from Amazon for $18.56.

    11. A non-slip blade cleaning brush you can use to confidently clean knives that DON'T belong in the dishwasher without fear of losing a digit.


    Promising review: "I have expensive knives, and hesitated to buy this, although Joseph Joseph products are always high quality. But I finally decided to buy it and see if it was what I wanted to get all the food particles off my knife efficiently. It does. A little dishwashing liquid in the bristles, and scrub the knife back and forth in the toothy gap. The shape protects your hands no matter which way the blade is facing. I am really confident that my knives are as clean as they can be, without damaging the edge or the handles." —Magdalena

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88+ (available in green or black).

    12. A Jetz Scrubz sponge that won't scratch chrome, copper, stainless steel, crystal or porcelain, making it the perfect addition to your cleaning product arsenal., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great sponge. I bought the rectangular one and I cut it in half because it really is too big for my hands doing dishes. I've washed it in the dishwasher several times now and it comes out like new. Even having cut it doesn't seem to affect the quality of the sponge in the least in that it's not unraveling or coming apart at all. It really does outlast the sponges that you commonly find in the grocery store." —PVB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    This won our high-price picks for best kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    13. Cutting board oil you can use on your wooden spoons and oversized salad bowl for a quick and easy way to have 'em looking brand spankin' new.


    Promising review: "I did some research before buying an oil that comes in contact with my food. I'm that person who would rather use coconut oil for literally anything, but in this case, I decided mineral oil was a safe choice. There's no risk of rancidity, and it's indigestible. It also makes all the wood it touches beautiful. I applied this oil, after finish sanding, to my cutting boards and spoon from a certain Swedish warehouse and a maple rolling pin from a restaurant supplier. They now look and feel as good as the French stuff for 10% of the price." —RittenRemedy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

    14. A dishwasher cleaner to prevent food build-up and ensure your dishes come out as clean as possible. What's that sound? Ah, it's silence you can now enjoy without your parents judging your cleaning abilities when they come over for dinner.


    Promising review: "This stuff is great! My dishwasher had been leaving a film on my dishes that was ruining them. I thought the machine was broken, but then I saw a commercial for a similar product and thought to giving cleaning it a try. I came to Amazon (as always) to find the best product, and I liked the reviews I saw for this one. I decided to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I did. My dishes are coming out cleaner than ever. NOTE: I don’t have a stainless steel interior, and it worked perfectly fine." —Jocelyn Hadrick

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $17.

    15. Silicone cooktop scrubbers that'll FINALLY remove the burnt sauce that overflowed and seemed to make itself at home both on top of your stove and on the bottom of all your pots. Added bonus? It smells like peaches!


    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim not knowing what to expect. I don't like the smell of moldy sponges and the Peachy Clean Scrubber remedies this problem. I am amazed that this smells like peaches still (two weeks so far) after I used it for many dirty scrub jobs on some pots. Regarding the comments I read about it not foaming with dish soap like regular sponges, this is not a problem for me. I use Dawn Dish Foam. A couple pumps of foam on the scrubber or the dish/pot in question and this does the trick. I am really glad this came in a three pack because my stovetop is really shiny now too without much effort." —MB

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.95.

    16. A KitchenAid soap dispensing brush to save your hands from getting all shriveled while you try to remove burnt-on bit from your glassware before popping it into the dishwasher.


    Promising review: "This is my favorite kitchen gadget and I also use it for cleaning some non-kitchen items such as plastic storage boxes and plastic crates. Just fill with dishwashing liquid once, and it holds enough to use for weeks or months before it needs to be refilled. Forget about sponges and dish clothes, which can be traps for micro-organisms; use this brush instead, and get rid of those germ-harboring sponges and dish clothes for good." —Nathan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

    17. Mrs. Meyer's lemon verbena dish soap to not only leave your dishes squeaky clean, but also have your kitchen smelling fresher than ever even if you have been procrastinating throughout out your week-old trash.

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    I'm a big fan of Mrs. Meyers products — including this dish soap. It embodies what I think clean should smell like and it actually works! What more could you ask for?

    Promising review: "There's so many good things to say about Mrs. Meyer's products. I love the Lemon Verbena because it smells like summertime. I've been using Mrs. Meyer's products for.....12 years now, and I have never been disappointed. Their dedication to creating household cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and also effective is commendable. The bottle is recyclable, the ingredients list is easily pronounced, and your dishes are going to come out in fabulous shape. Seriously, I'm a 12 year customer. You only get this kind of loyalty from creating a superior product with a good mission." —Shea

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.97.

    This won as our mid-price pick for best dish soap on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. Or Mrs. Meyers dishwasher detergent pods with a crisp basil scent that'll leave your favorite plates shining like the top of the Chrysler building.


    Promising review: "I bought these dishwasher packets after doing a bit of research because I wanted to get away from the standard dishwasher liquid with chlorine, as it was bothering me due to the smell when going through the heat cycle. These packets have a pleasant basil smell. I am very happy with how well they clean my dishes. I will definitely buy more." —Mike Stiles

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $23.97.

    19. An OXO dish squeegee to clear leftover bits of food off your plates and bowls with just a quick swipe. Just think of how satisfying you'll feel after using this tool instead of scrubbing forever.


    Promising review: "It’s one of those things you feel silly buying and then use every single time you wash dishes. I love how it gets all the sauce or grease from plates. It’s bendable at the ends so it can real curve to fit your dishes. Love it." —Danielle Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. Seventh Generation dish soap you'll love if you have sensitive skin because it's plant-based, perfectly cleans pots and pants, and'll keep your hands feeling soft.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical about buying a whopping six bottles in my subscribe and save but after reading the reviews I decided to take the plunge and I'm glad I did. This dish liquid (not detergent!!) has a nice lather, a nice scent, and it WORKS! We recently bought a set of Tri-ply pots and pans and since we're new to cooking with them, we (I) tend to burn things more often, or at least have things stick to the pan. I thought that this liquid would not be able to stand up to the mess I make nightly, but to my amazement it worked, better than the grocery store DETERGENTS!! It's easy on your hands, and leaves a nice, soft lingering scent. All round A+ ! I'll definitely buy again, probably in a year or so when I finally use up all the bottles!" —CarolinaRN

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.28+ (available in three scents).

    This won as our budget pick for best dish soap on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. An OXO bottle brush that'll assure you never find yourself sipping out of a water bottle filled with dried gunk you didn't know was in there. *gags*, Amazon

    This lil' tool has 4,706 positive reviews from fellow water bottle–lovers, so you know it's the real deal.

    Promising review: "I love this brush. I can use it for the scrubbing of anything honestly, but I prefer to save it for bottles, pitchers, large bowls, etc. I use glass water bottles, they have a very small neck and I know that the dishwasher does not clean them properly. This brush gets into the bottle and makes it sparkle inside and out. I have a pitcher that is square with a small neck too, plus a handle that the liquid fills up. It was like a rubiks cube trying to clean it out, with this brush everything changed. The handle bends just enough I can get into the corners of the pitcher, into the handle area, and most importantly under the handle. Best day ever cleaning my various liquid holders properly. I am VERY vigorous, and I have super strong arms, so if this brush has held up for a year for me it will hold up for anyone." —Shugar

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    22. A dishwasher net to keep smaller items in place and prevent your cups and bowls from filling with water during the rinse cycle (and therefore NOT getting clean).


    Promising review: "I love my Span. I am a little obsessive when it comes to what goes in the dishwasher and would cringe when I would open it after my husband would load it and find things flipped and filled with water. The Span fixes that! I can put things in that I would normally hand wash because they are too lightweight to stay put in the dishwasher. I have a set of popsicle molds (that look like swords) they are silicone and super lightweight. I never felt like I could get them as clean I as I wanted by hand washing but they are so thin that I knew they wouldn't make it through the dishwasher. Now they do, and they get super clean. Stinky leftover containers now get a great cleaning and don't flip over! Baby items and kids toys stay put and get a good wash. Plus we just leave it hanging on the top rack when it's not being used so I don't have to worry about finding when I need it. This is a staple in my kitchen now. Everyone should have one! Go click 'Add to cart,' what are you waiting for?!" —Leese1015

    Get it from Amazon for $3.79+ (available in two styles).

    23. And Dawn dishwashing liquid soap just like the kind your mom always kept on hand — you'll always be able to rely on this tried-and-true classic to keep you plates super clean., Amazon

    Promising review: "I used an off brand variety for a few months before switching back to Dawn and I don't think I'll ever switch again. I prefer to wash my dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher, so I go through a fair amount of dish washing liquid, and what I noticed was that it takes a lot less soap to get my dishes clean. My hands also don't dry out as much and they never have any unpleasant food odors lingering when I'm done. I think these two bottles will probably last me well over a year before I have to reorder so I hope they don't change the formula in that time. I would absolutely recommend." —Kay

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.96.

    Now, time to start on that pile of dishes you've been neglecting for days.

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