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    44 Problem-Solving Products For Your Kitchen's Most Annoying Isssues

    These handy products target everyday kitchen frustrations, from gross smells and stubborn stains to tedious ingredient prep.

    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. A set of nonstick oven liners, because scraping burnt food off the bottom of your oven is a task no one wants to spend time doing. They're easily cut if needed to match your oven size and even easier to clean — just rinse them off or toss in the dishwasher for a deeper wash!

    oven liner catching drips from pie inside oven
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    The liners are nonstick, reusable, dishwasher safe, and heat-resistant up to 500 degrees. You can even use these in toaster ovens and on the grill like this reviewer:

    Promising review: "These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Cleanup is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. And slow-cooker liners that make the world's best kitchen appliance *even* better. After cooking up some tasty chili or dip, simply toss it out, leaving your slow cooker spick and span for the next meal — no scrubbing required.

    slow cooker cooking two different cheese dips in each liner at the same time
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    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.49+ (available in small and regular sizes and in bundles).

    3. A microwave rice and quinoa cooker so you don't have to wait 20 minutes just to make rice or some other grain to go with your meal! Just pop this into the dishwasher, and you'll have hot rice, quinoa, couscous, other the grain of your choice ready in minutes! It's specifically designed so that water doesn't overflow in the microwave while cooking.

    The green grain cooker being put inside a microwave
    A meal with various grains next to the cooker
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    Promising review: "We love this rice maker! Prep time in just minutes. This has saved us so much time, especially when we need dinner done quick! The rice comes out fully cooked. In the beginning, it may take a few tries, since all microwaves are different, (setting at 800) as recommended, you'll eventually know what amount of rice goes with what amount of water, etc. I add salt to taste and a teaspoon of olive oil and it comes out delish! When done, just turn it over on your serving plate or just serve it directly from the container; afterwards, just pop in dishwasher...no hard rice scraping to do. We've purchased other Lekue products and love them too! Highly recommend!" —Ani

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95

    4. A easily washable drip catcher, because I don't know about you, but water is *constantly* pooling up around my faucet and splashing onto the counter. This absorbent mat catches all the moisture and keeps the surface around your faucet dry and clean. No more gross standing water!

    Two Lilacs Studio/Etsy

    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." —Alina

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

    Two Lilacs Studio is a small Etsy shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

    5. An air pressure wine bottle opener if your palms sweat every time you have to reach for a manual corkscrew. With just a few pumps (no pulling or twisting), this air pump opener pulls the cork right out — no more broken cork pieces left floating in your wine.

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    It even comes with a foil cutter!

    Promising review: "Way easier than struggling trying to pry a cork out with a traditional corkscrew. Just insert the needle straight into the cork and pump a few times with your hand over the apparatus until the cork starts to work out, then another pump or two, and pop, the cork is in your hand. The little thing for cutting the top of the foil off the bottle is very slick too. This is the easiest way to open wine I have ever seen, short of having the waiter do it." —Finestkind

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    6. A French-style marble butter keeper so you always have room-temp and perfectly spreadable butter on hand for your morning bagels and toast (because we all know the torture of trying to spread chilled butter).

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    Promising review: "There are people who have this butter bowl and then there are savages. It’s like Zeus made a statue of himself and then carved the butter bowl out of that. I feel like society moved one step closer to true enlightenment with this invention. It really is the cats meow, and keeps our cat from licking the butter!" —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85 (available in three styles).

    7. A magnetic stove shelf for smaller kitchens where counter space is at a premium (hello, everyone in NYC). This magnetic shelf attaches to the top of your stove with zero installation required, giving you a very handy spot to store small essentials while freeing up precious cabinet space.

    The stainless shelf on top of the back of a stove range holding oil, salt and pepper shakers, other spices, and a mortar and pestle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is amazing and I have no idea I didn’t buy one of these years ago!!! My new stove wouldn’t get close enough to the wall to allow me to rest anything on top without it falling behind. This was absolutely PERFECT. I am very happy that the magnets provided were able to be moved. This allowed me to place them perfectly for maximum hold because my top was slightly curved." —JStill

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors and three sizes from 20" to 30").

    8. A reusable K-Cup to save you SO. MUCH. MONEY if you're using to buying the disposable kind. With this, you can use your favorite ground coffee while also cutting down on waste, and it's compatible with any Keurig machine!

    reviewer holding up the purple reusable filter
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    Former BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Suazo has been using these reusable K-Cups for years now and loves them. "Every once in a while, my old Keurig 2.0 (I've since upgraded) would give me an error message indicating it was not a K-pod and therefore could not be used, but after slightly adjusting the pod and closing the top again, it would work just fine! I now have the Keurig K-Elite and haven't had this issue arise. All in all, these are a wonderful way to use less plastic! I also enjoy ground coffee and find it fresher than K-pods, so you really can't go wrong with these!

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.95.

    9. A hand-powered chopper capable of swiftly chopping onions (along with veggies, fruits, nuts, and herbs) — no more tears or sliced fingers!

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    Promising review: "This chopper is amazing!! I love cooking, but used to absolutely HATE chopping onions... until someone gave me this chopper! Now I simply have to quarter the onion, throw it in the chopper, pull the handle about 10–15 times, and they're ready to be used! No more teary eyes or spending a long time chopping onions. The cup is big enough to fit a whole onion... I think the capacity is 3 cups. There's tons of other uses to this as well... you can chop pretty much anything from herbs, veggies and fruits, to making salsa and guacamole." —Valjulia

    Get it from Amazon for $17.02+ (available in three colors).

    10. An herb stripper to cut down your time spent on one of the most painstaking kitchen tasks: pulling herb leaves off their stems. It has eight hole sizes, so all you have to do is insert your stem into to smallest hole it'll fit in, then pull it through to have all the leaves stripped off for you!

    Metal tool with several different holes, all labeled with the herbs that can be stripped with each size. Four images show the different ways to pull leaves and chop them with the single tool.
    Amazon

    The curved edge can also be used for chopping herbs if you'd rather not dirty up a knife!

    Promising Review: "I had no idea how much I needed this gadget until I got it. I thought it might still require a gentle touch to strip some herbs, but not at all; I ripped through 1/2 pound of thyme in about 15 minutes. Plus, I got at least twice as much herb as I normally do, as this did the job without becoming super bored and only half-heartedly trying to finish. Yay." —Leah Woodard

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    11. A spoon holder (and steam releaser!) so you stop dripping sauce all over the counter! Sure, you could use a spoon rest, but then you'd have to clean that afterward as well, and this little guy is also way more fun. Look at him!!

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    Promising review: "This as delightful in person as it was in the photos. He jauntily holds our spoons and spatulas and always makes us smile. Just bought a second to bring laughter to a friend, much needed during these trying times." —Megan A.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    12. A "Bacon Bin" to handle that piping hot grease in a jiffy, because god forbid you pour any of it down the sink. You can pour it right into this to free up that dish you need to wash, then once the grease hardens, easily scoop it out for disposal or reuse.

    Pot drizzling grease into a silicone container to store grease
    The Grommet

    This stain- and odor-resistant gadget is from small business Talisman Design!

    Promising review: "After using just about anything that wouldn't melt as a container, this is the best bacon grease container ever. Easy to use, easy to clean...love the piggy!" —Michael

    Get it from The Grommet for $15.

    13. A 3-in-1 egg separator that keeps the yolk separate from the whites while preventing any shell from falling into your bowl. If you cook (or bake) with eggs on the reg, this one's a no-brainer. 

    The egg separator attached to the side of a bowl with a model's hand breaking an egg into it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product. Just hold the separator with one hand, crack the egg on the ridge with the other, swirl the yoke until all the egg white has poured out, then dump the yoke in the trash or sink. If they had these in a two- or four-egg model, I'd buy it. By far the best yoke/white separator I've owned." —Ajobe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    14. The gorgeous Always Pan from Our Place, which will make you regret all the times you dirtied up six different dishes to make one meal. The Always Pan can do it all: braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, and store. It's also sooo lightweight and compact and comes in eight striking colors.

    Our Place, Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    It comes with a beechwood spatula, custom stainless-steel steamer basket, modular lid, and of course, the pan.

    BuzzFeed Shopping senior editor Melanie Aman swears by hers: "I love my Our Place pan. It's a beautiful sage color that isn't an eyesore on my stovetop. I also really love the steamer basket, which is great for frozen dumplings, and the nesting spatula. No more sauce and grease dripping from the spoon all over the counter!" (Psst — check out our full Always Pan review for more deets on why we love it!)

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in five colors).

    15. A set of LED under-cabinet lights if your kitchen doesn't get much natural light and feels like a dungeon at night. These will help it feel more spacious and inviting and really come in clutch when you come stumbling in for a glass of water at 2 a.m.

    kitchen with plain white stock cabinets with lights underneath them to make it look so much better
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    Promising review: "I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I'd give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under-cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom's as her halogen transformer, which is buried in a wall, fried and it drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can't wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!" —pauly

    Get a 10' strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $21.98.

    16. A fabric deodorizer to eliminate those weird, lingering fridge odors when nothing else seems to work! Just sit back and relax while this charcoal pouch purifies the air inside your fridge by absorbing excess moisture.

    Fabric deodorizer hanging inside fridge
    Amazon

    You can simply place the deodorizer on the shelf or use the included suction cup to hang it (however, some people report the suction cup falling down over time, so you could also use a Command hook if needed). 

    Promising review: "There was something in our refrigerator that smelled awful. I cleaned it all out, scrubbed it well, discarded all left over food and inspected and sniffed everything else. Yet, STILL, an odor lingered. I tried baking soda, quit buying onions... I thought to search Amazon for some odor-eliminating product, hit upon this little packet, and decided to try it. The packet has no scent. It does not work by masking odor. It eliminated it! 24 hours after placing this in the refrigerator, the odor was gone, like it had never been there. It requires placing in the sun once a month to refresh. I have done this already. Even wintry freezing days don’t matter — just put it out on a sunny day for a few hours, and it’s ready to go for another month. This thing works!" —readsalot

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    17. A spice rack with labels facing you so you don't have to spend five minutes searching in your cabinet for the exact spice you need. Plus, it's cute enough to keep out on your counter so you can reach for the spice you need faster, and it *also* makes it easy to check which spices you're running low on before heading to the store.

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    This spice rack has three rows holding 18 glass bottles (which are included), and I've been using two of them stacked on top of each other since 2018. The height of two racks stacked has fit *perfectly* under the kitchen cabinet in both apartments I've lived in since then, and to secure the two together, I just used a couple of clear zipties on each side (shoutout to this reviewer for the idea) — they stack extremely well and are sturdy. But even if you only opt for one to hold your essentials, I can't recommend this spice rack enough. Its design is elegant and space-efficient (the latter being a major plus in my compact New York City apartment).

    You'll receive 48 blank labels with the spice rack, but you can also buy cuter labels separately if you'd like (I got round chalkboard labels and a chalk marker to make my own — this kit is similar to what I got). Anyone who's ever gone digging in their spice cabinet to find the exact spice you need get get the appeal of having all the labels facing your way and at grabbing distance, but it's also just a super cute thing to have in your kitchen. I've gotten countless compliments on my spice rack from visitors over the years, and I'm just as pleased with it as I first was years ago.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in two styles).

    18. Anti-mold pads to end the frustrating cycle of fruits and veggies going bad before you even have a chance to use them. We've all shamefully thrown away a bag of wilted spinach or a wrinkly bell pepper — basically pouring money down the drain. These pads will buy you days of extra time and save you $$$ in the long run.

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    These foam liners help cut down mold by absorbing excess water and providing your fruits/veggies better air circulation.

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough good things about this product! I absolutely love them. I’m a big fan of prolonging the life of my fresh produce, and these def have helped in that quest! I use them in both my fridge drawers and in my hang baskets for my other produce. It keeps my apples fresher for longer at room temperature, and I even noticed I got an extra day or two from my avocados while using these!" —Ibeth

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. And cheese storage paper designed to protect your cheddar and Parm against mold as it sits in your fridge. There's nothing worse than reaching for some cheese to add your pasta, only to find those dreaded green spots forming. If you buy a lot of cheese, it's worth it to ensure you can properly store it.

    The paper with wedges of cheese
    Amazon

    The paper breathes just the right amount, maintaining the perfect humidity and mimicking the environment that cheese is aged in.

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" —Prairie Woman

    Get a package of 15 11"x14" sheets of cheese paper from Amazon for $14 (also available in larger packs).

    20. Waterproof plastic bag holders for those plastic grocery bags currently piling up in a drawer or cabinet in your kitchen. Now you can store them in a much more aesthetically pleasing, space-efficient, *and* easy-to-access way, pulling them out from the bottom as needed.

    Two  plastic bag holders hanging from a hook on the wall — one is white with green, orange, and grey triangles and the other is onange with white checked pattern
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are really cute and they can hold a ton of plastic bags! I had an entire cabinet where we would throw bags every time we came home from shopping. I stuffed all of those bags into these and now I have a free cabinet to use! I love these little things!" —Maquillaje by Mollie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.77.

    21. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet you can flip to indicate the current status of the dishes inside — that way the next person who comes along knows without a doubt. No more combing for dirty dishes accidentally placed inside a clean dishwasher!

    Brothers Bench / Etsy

    Promising review: "Love the magnet! This will definitely solve the issue of my husband always putting dirty dishes in with the clean dishes. I like how the clean side of the magnet has clean wood and the dirty side has browned, dirty-looking wood. Very cute!" —Stephanie B.

    Get it from Brothers Bench on Etsy for $6.25 (available in rustic brown and white or rustic red and white).

    Brothers Bench is an Iowa-based small biz on Etsy that creates a variety of fun kitchen magnets, organizers, and more.

    22. A rapid egg cooker to take all the time and stress out of cooking eggs just the way you like them. This handy gizmo can cook you soft-, medium-, and hard-boiled eggs (up to six at once), and if you like poached or scrambled eggs, it can do that, too! You can even make an omelet in this thing.

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    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Emma Lord has owned the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker for upward of two years and says she's used it faithfully every week: "I especially love it while working from home — it simplifies breakfast because I know no matter what assortment of groceries I'm working with, there are precooked eggs to add some protein to it." Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and sing a little song instead!

    Promising review: "I can't believe this thing actually works so well. In fact, I will be buying one for many friends/family as a gift. In just a few minutes, you can have your choice of a two- to three-egg omelet, two poached eggs, or SIX boiled eggs (your choice of soft, medium, or hard). The boiled eggs peel easier than any other egg I've ever peeled in my life. I love this little gadget! My 10-year-old daughter loves using the egg cooker to make omelets and poached eggs. Sometimes she'll even make an omelet and chop it up to use for breakfast burritos. Couldn't be happier with this purchase... I truly expected another gadget fail to take up space in the cupboard!" —B-Mon30

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90+ (available in eight colors).

    23. A colander that expands to fit any size of sink while leaving space for dirty dishes underneath, letting you easily rinse and drain produce! It's a space-efficient solution for smaller kitchens and sinks, and it's multi-purpose — many people use it for drying dishes, too.

    The strainer in pink expanded  to fit in a sink with potatoes in it and other vegetables next to it
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    This colander can expand from 14.5 to 19.5 inches. It's top-rack dishwasher-safe as well! Many people just leave it sitting on their sink so they're not constantly having to reach in a cabinet for their colander.

    Promising reviews: "Absolutely perfect!! I have a strangely sized sink so traditional colanders are too large, and it sits at at angle so normal dish drainers just spill everywhere. This is fantastic! I leave it on my sink for cleaning fruits but also drying my dishes. Highly recommend this to anyone! Very well made, not a flimsy material at all." —Faith

    "This is something you don’t know that you need until you get one. I found this accidentally and ordered it because it looked interesting and cute (I love the pink color). And I’m so glad I did! Now I don’t have to pull out a colander from the cabinet all the time, it’s always there! Also it gives me more space to cook in my small kitchen, just to place ingredients while cutting other things. For the price, it’s surprisingly sturdy." —Grace A.

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

    24. Or a cutting board and strainer combo perfect for tiny kitchens by eliminating the need to take veggies out of your strainer, dry them, and carry them over to your cutting board. With this, you can handle the entire task of cleaning, drying, and chopping in one area.

    a white and red cutting board with a strainer built into it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite things I have purchased for our tiny apartment! It's a pretty good size cutting board and I can see it fitting over most sinks. I LOVE the bowl inside that can let wet ingredients drain liquid directly into the sink. It's seriously SO nice to have this when you're limited on counter space!" —Atara

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    25. And a clip-on strainer designed to help you quickly drain pasta while holding the pot with two hands (instead of it overcooking while you dig around in the cabinet for your big colander).

    The strainer clipped on a pot so a person can pour out the water with one hand
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    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter...this strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold to drain off the water, with this I can still hold on with both hands, and then when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain (fidgety pastas) Washes up like a dream, or toss in the dishwasher. I do not know how I lived without this strainer. Now I can get rid of probably 20 items out of my kitchens!" —SGA

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in five colors).

    26. A sink cleaner and polish to remove the stubborn stains, rust, and discoloration that have gotten so bad, you might even be considering getting a new sink — PLUS, it leaves a coating that helps repel stains after cleaning. It's perfectly safe for both stainless-steel and porcelain sinks (plus cast-iron, acrylic, Corian, and more).

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    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer bought this for her white porcelain sink and says she's texted five people about it since. "It cleans beautifully, but the *best* is its ability to repel stains after cleaning. You know that thing when you rinse out your coffee cup and the coffee water just lingers in your sink and you have to purposefully rinse it out for two minutes? You don't have to do that — the coffee can't stick to the sink and just goes RIGHT down the drain. Time saved, sink clean — this is really a Virgo dream product right here."

    Promising review: "This amazing product saved us $1,000. This product is amazing!. We have a kitchen sink that was so stained and scratched that we were shopping around for a new one. My wife stumbled on this product and we decided to give it a try. I used my drill with a soft buffing attachment, and after about 30 minutes, the sink was like brand new!! Highly recommend this product." —Joseph Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97 (also available in packs).

    27. And a pouch of foaming garbage disposal cleaner because if you've been detecting some gnarly smells around the sink area, it might be because your disposal is building up a disgusting amount of leftover debris. Once this quick-acting product gets to work, your sink will smell lemony fresh.

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    Each pouch of lemon-scented formula gets you four uses. Dump a pack into your disposal (while off at first!), run the water just a bit, and then start it and watch as the blue foam gets to work eliminating odors and loosening up nasties that have been caught down there for who knows how long.

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me." —KPITT

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99.

    28. A pack of five airtight silicone lids for storing food in bowls without breaking out the foil or plastic wrap. Use them in the microwave to prevent food splatter, in the oven to keep food warm, or in the fridge to keep leftovers fresh for longer — and with five different sizes, you'll always have a suitable lid for any situation.

    Food52

    These pretty, eco-friendly lids are freezer-, microwave-, and oven-safe as well, though keep them away from open flames (and don't use with a broiler or toaster oven).

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these until I began to use them. When I find I need a quick lid or can't find an 'actual' lid, these are perfect. It's uncanny how well they immediately suction and seal. The fact that they nest is a huge plus! Highly recommend." —Candace S.

    Get the set of five from Food52 for $40 (available in two colors).

    29. Antimicrobial silicone sponges to replace the ones that always seem to start smelling and falling apart so quickly — these last longer, don't stink (!), and are highly resistant to mold and mildew. They won't scratch your pots and pans, either.

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    They *guarantee* that each scrubber sponge will stay odor-free for at least three months!

    Promising review: "My girlfriend has a keen nose for mildew, which meant we were throwing out kitchen sponges well before they were worn out. I came across these and was very happy with the first ones we tried. Absolutely no odor, even after several weeks worth of usage. The scrubber will break down long before it starts to smell. A definite winner in my book!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two colors).

    Also available in a version designed to clean your stovetop!

    30. A set of Rubbermaid food storage containers so you can upgrade your pantry situation with see-through storage to hold dried goods like pasta, sugar, flour, and cereal. It makes it WAY easier to find what you're looking for, and the organization will feel oh-so satisfying every time you look at it.

    clear food storage containers filled with cereal, pasta, flour, and more
    Amazon

    These BPA-free plastic containers are designed with an airtight leak-proof seal with a secure latch to keep their contents fresh for longer. They're also designed to be stackable, making them space-efficient as well! I upgraded to see-through containers for some of my dry goods forever ago and can't recommend it enough. It's SO helpful and looks great — I often get compliments from visitors on mine.

    Promising review: "I previously purchased the Oxo push-button containers and I found that the lid just slipped off of the flour container because the flour coated it and made the rubber ring not grip. That will never be a problem with these containers because of the locking mechanism. They are fantastic! They have a lifetime warranty and are guaranteed not to leak. I highly, highly recommend these! I've already purchased a second set. And while not advertised strongly enough, they are MADE IN THE USA!!" —whosaysidontcook

    Get the 20-piece set (10 containers with 10 lids) from Amazon for $59.99.

    31. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer for those recipes that call for frequent stirring but you have like 10 other things going on in the kitchen and no one around to help. It might seem a little silly, but it's also a better alternative to burning your food.

    the automatic stirrer in a pan
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    32. An eco-friendly oven scrub handmade with a blend of plant- and mineral-derived ingredients, like eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint essential oils; pumice stone; and baking soda. That baked-on grease and food from years ago is no match for this all-natural paste.

    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    To clean your oven, apply the scrub over the oven surface including the interior glass, scrub with a metallic or scouring sponge, then use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical because I had tried so many products to clean the glass on my oven doors with no luck. The auto clean cycle just baked it on the glass. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! It took me about 15 minutes to get the glass on both my oven doors clean. Very minimal scrubbing effort required. I will be telling all of my friends." —Teresa Casner

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $19.99+ (available in a plastic or glass container). 

    Cleaning Studio is a Fairfield, Connecticut–based all-natural cleaning shop from Claudia and Angelo Zimmermann. Their oven cleaner comes with a professional-grade metallic scrubber you can use to scrub your appliance before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth. 

    33. And dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant tablets that can remove that nasty buildup you've been trying to ignore for a while now. Just add a tablet, run a normal wash cycle, and watch lime and mineral buildup disappear. Now you don't have to worry about your dishes *actually* getting clean!

    A before/after of a reviewer's dishwasher, dirty and stained before and shiny and new looking after
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    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. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! My glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I can even put it on my Subscribe & Save order, so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.98.

    34. An OXO Good Grips veggie brush if you're always worried about how clean your produce is, even after a good rinsing. Ideal for root veggies like potatoes and carrots, this little brush will blow your mind when you see how much dirt and grime is washed off.

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    Promising review: "I know — it is a little strange to love a veggie brush but the bristles have just the right stiffness and 'give' to clean potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc. I haven't used it on corn-on-the-cob yet but I think it will do quite well without damaging the kernels. (If not, I'll do a follow up on this review.) As with most OXO products, it is ergonomically designed and even fits in my smaller, chunky hands — so much so, I believe it would be good tool for arthritic cooks." —D. Lofthus

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    35. A handheld garlic press that cuts all the time and effort out of mincing garlic, especially if you're like me and prefer to use two (or three or four) times more garlic than the recipe calls for. It also comes with a scraper to make sure there's zero garlic left on the tool afterward!

    the rolling handheld garlic press
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    Promising review: "Easy to use! Easy to clean! Superior to a press and easier to use! No need for hesitation! Go ahead and buy it! You won't be disappointed!" — T. Star

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in two colors).

    36. An instant-read digital thermometer to stop the guessing of whether your chicken is properly cooked — this little device will let you know in a matter of seconds.

    The thermometer and sheath
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    Promising review: "As a working chef for over 30 years, I've gone through dozens of thermometers, and this one stands out. I actually purchased this by accident while buying several thermometers to try with the intent of buying a dozen for my crew. I was looking for thermometers that can be field-calibrated and as far as I can tell, this one can't. But I intend to buy more of these because they are accurate, easy to read, and just more pleasant to use. They are tough, and I love the ring on the end; I keep this one hanging on a hook near our ranges so I don't have to hunt it down. It does not ride easily in my chef's coat, but that is due to the longer probe. Which I LOVE. In two weeks I have used this one thermometer over 130 times, all with pleasure." —Cetaceous Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    37. A steel odor absorber so you can cook with garlic, onion, and fish without *smelling* like it afterward. It absorbs all the stinky odors so they don't linger on your hands for hours.

    the metal rub away bar
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    Promising review: "Definitely get one of these if you're thinking about it. I was skeptical, but it really works. I do a lot of cooking with garlic and onion and after one wash with this, my hands no longer smell like garlic or onions. Really worth having in the kitchen." —Nos

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    38. A SinkShroom strainer, because there's nothing worse than having to stick your hand down in dirty sink water to pick up chunks of leftover food (gagging just thinking about it). This stainless steel strainer catches food particles without stopping the flow of water so your sink can keep draining.

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    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga owns one of these and says, "I bought this for myself (since I'm clearly a REAL adult) and OMG. This thing REALLY works. Usually when my husband makes sauce from scratch I'm left with chunks of tomatoes throughout my sink and water that WILL NOT drain — that was until I bought the SinkShroom. My mom was so impressed she bought one, too. It's a serious game-changer."

    Promising review: "I’ve been a fan of the SinkShroom and TubShroom, and this is the best product from the line so far. My kitchen sinks simply do not clog any more, so there’s no more reaching into a bunch of water to unclog anything with my hand." —Brady Amerson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    39. A grape, strawberry, and tomato cutter if you've ever stared helplessly at a pile of ingredients waiting to be sliced one by one. Slicing through all of them in one go will make you feel like a kitchen wizard.

    A model using the device to level tomatoes to cut them in half
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    You can also use this to safely cut bagels and slices of meats that you're trying to cut through the middle of!

    Promising review: "This item is the best kitchen helper. First time using it I was apprehensive about it really working, but it works like a charm. Put my tomatoes in first literally slicing them immediately, then my green olives...perfect. I know I will be making more salads and healthy veggie trays with this food cutter." —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    40. An odor-neutralizing trash can so you don't have to smell last night's leftovers every time you walk into the kitchen. It also has a step-opening mechanism so you don't have to touch the lid when your hands are covered in chicken juices.

    A model stepping on the trashcan opener and throwing out a disposable cup
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    The best part? The lid closes *slowly* so it doesn't make that loud BANG every time. You can get three-packs of odor filters for $16.99 — each filter last about three months.

    Promising review: "Easy to use foot pedal. Doesn't hit the wall and can be pushed all the way against the wall. Trash bag when put on can be tucked in between pull out and outer can so you don't see it when its closed. Great size and I love the slow close lid. Seems very well made and looks great. Highly recommend." —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $71.58 (available in 12 sizes and styles).

    41. A salad spinner, because washing your greens is *crucial* but also incredibly annoying, especially when it comes to drying them. This spinner thoroughly cleans your greens while also removing all the excess water in a matter of seconds, giving you crisp, clean leaves for your salad without wasting paper towels to dry them.

    the red and white salad spinner
    Amazon

    Anything that makes eating more greens easier is worth it, in my book. This spinner has a smart, wobble-free design, and the corners make it easy to pour the excess water out neatly!

    Promising review: "I eat a huge amount of greens everyday. I like to wash them and then dry them thoroughly before I store them. This spinner really dries the vegetables and then you don't get those nasty wilting bits in the containers of baby greens from the market after a day or two. Well worth the money and looks like it will last a very long time." —JPC10

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    42. Clip-on stands that are basically an extra pair of hands for you in the kitchen, holding your baggies upright while you pour in leftovers for storage so not a single morsel spills out.

    Five bags being held up by the clips to be filled with food
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    They're *also* great for air drying bags you've washed out to reuse.

    Promising review: "I used three of these to help me make freezer meals for after I have a baby. I can honestly say I don't know how I would have filled the freezer bags without these ingenious baggy holders. I was able to dump veggies, spices, meat, and cans of heavy beans and tomatoes into the bags, and they stood up the entire time without sliding or spilling. One of the bags I stuffed literally to the brim, as full as it could go, and the bag did not fall down. I would definitely recommend these." —Grace S.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in larger packs).

    43. A micro-mitt for reaching into tight spaces like the microwave or toaster oven so you don't burn yourself — because bulky oven mitts aren't exactly ideal for the task.

    A model using a tiny oven mitt that just covers their fingers and thumb
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    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for! Sometimes large hot pads are bulky and hard for me to use with my arthritis. These are perfect. Delivery was quick as well. 🙂" —Cat

    Get it from The Tiny Craft Closet on Etsy for $6 (available in 50 prints).

    The Tiny Craft Closet is an Arizona-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in pot holders, kitchenwares, apparel, and gifts.

    44. An avocado tool — because yes, you're perfectly capable of slicing one open with a knife, but this little tool makes it truly effortless. It makes quick work of removing the skin, pops out the pit with a single twist, and slices the avocado in a single pass, making the entire process stress-free and safer, too.

    The tool with knife, slicer, and pitter built in
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    It might seem silly, but this little tool has over 22,000 five stars from reviewers who say it's truly a game-changer. If you love avocado but dread cutting one, this'll have you enjoying the popular green fruit with ease.

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this!" —NPR Man

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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