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    25 Kitchen Products From Amazon You’ll Feel Smart For Owning

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    1. A silicone utensil rest that’s big enough to hold up to four cooking tools at once. It's heat-resistant and also comes in a rainbow of colors, because what’s a kitchen these days without a pop of color to brighten things up?

    Reviewer's photo of the utensil rest in the color Sky Blue
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    Promising review: “Finally! Functional spoon rests! I purchased two, and they are great. Big enough to hold all of my oversized baking accoutrements! I was wondering if they would fit the fat silicone mixing spoon handles, and they do! And the drippy batter jar from my immersion blender... dripped all over the spoon rest instead of my counter!

    The silicone is hefty, as opposed to the rests I recently returned which were pure ‘floppy,’ and not well-made.

    Great addition to any kitchen! Throw in the dishwasher (top rack), and you are done! Well worth the money.” –BarbZ

    Price: $8.99+ (available in 17 colors)

    2. A strainer that clips directly to your pot, because who wants to dirty up a whole colander every time they make just one bowl of pasta? No one. That’s who. This silicone pick is amazingly versatile by the way. Reviewers say they use it not just for pasta, but also for things like draining meat. Plus it fits on pots and bowls in various sizes.

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    Promising review: “I am so happy I purchased this strainer. I was really tired of trying to lure an unsuspecting (yet hungry) family member to hold the strainer so I didn't burn my hands or dump the pasta or vegetables into the sink. This strainer is a time and aggravation saver. It's kind of small, so I wasn't sure I would like it, but it even works on my large (eight quart and up) pots. I have some Revere pots with the rolled lid and a KitchenAid that flare out a bit. The strainer works great on both. I have used this several times and it has never slipped off. I usually cook one pound of pasta at a time and it holds up well. I like the flexibility of the strainer to work with varied sizes. The other good thing is that this hardly takes up any space at all. A worthwhile purchase!” –Jersey girl

    Price: $14.99+ (available in five colors)

    3. Or, a sturdy over-the-sink strainer, in case you have an inherent distrust of clip-on things. This silicone strainer’s telescoping handles mean it’ll fit over sinks of all sizes, from the cute and compact to the expansively vast.

    Reviewer's photo of the strainer in the color Green and Grey
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    Promising review: “Purchased this colander over a year ago and it’s held up wonderfully! We use it see several times a week to rinse fruits or veggies. We also drain hot pasta water once or twice a week.

    It fits perfectly in our sink without using the expanding handles. We've only used the expanding handles on a few occasions but they seem very sturdy.

    Love the collapsible feature, as it takes up so much less space in my cabinets!

    Purchased one after I saw a relative use this in a tiny kitchen. Every time I use this at a get-together, folks always want to know where I got it from and if I think it's worth it. Completely worth it!” –Cathie Weaver

    Price: $13.99 (available in three colors)

    4. An “All Out Of” memo pad that’ll help you plan out your next grocery shopping trip like a pro. This notepad comes equipped with tons of staples; you can just check off the box next to them when you realize you're out. Plus, there’s extra room to write in any additional items you might need. And with everything organized into a whopping 22 categories–well, let’s just say that you’ll probably never forget anything again. Ever.

    The memo pad in the color Blue
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    Promising review: “If you're like me, you become a ‘deer in the headlights’ when you walk into the grocery store. That's why this notepad is a game changer. We keep this on the refrigerator and check the appropriate box whenever we use the last of/realize we are out of something. I also use this list to plan for shopping trips. There is nothing worse than getting back from the store and realizing that you forgot to buy something essential. Making a list only helps when you think of everything that you need when you're making the list. ‘All out of’ provides a comprehensive list of the essentials and helps with the brainstorming process. I have already recommended this product to my friends.” –Amazon customer

    Price: $6.36 (available in six colors and in original, keto, and vegetarian styles)

    5. A Vegebox indoor hydroponic garden set, so you can enjoy all the fresh herbs you could ever want all year long. The full-spectrum LED grow lights help your favorite greens spring up in no time at all. And unlike a few other similar tabletop hydroponic gardens, you don’t need to buy specialized pods for this option—you can use whatever seeds you like.

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    Promising review: “This was exactly what I was looking for! The easiest and fastest way to grow basil indoors. It took a few days for seeds to sprout and about a week for the roots to grow long enough to plant in the Vegebox, but as soon as I put the plants in the water and mixed in the nutrients, they grew so fast. In two weeks, my basil plants were touching the top of the box! I wouldn't suggest for tomato plants because the box isn't tall enough to support them, but it is GREAT for herbs! So far, I have used it for parsley and basil. I trim the plants up frequently and put in more nutrients about every other week and they continue to grow. I would definitely recommend for people who want to have herbs all year long.” –JimJr

    Price: $78.99+ (available in three sizes)

    6. A pack of five silicone food covers in various sizes that are great for storing and heating up leftovers. Just pop one of these lids on top of your bowl full of whatever and they’ll seal right up, thanks to the magic of suction.

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    Promising review: “So many uses! These are one of my best purchases in recent years. I use them mostly to cover leftover bowls of foods, which can then be put directly in the microwave for reheating. Eliminates the need for so much Saran Wrap that just gets thrown away after one use. The lids also prevent splatters from getting all over the microwave.

    I like that they all fit together to economize space. But ours are used too often to be put away that much. You can also put one over a boiling pot to prevent spillovers. They go in the dishwasher. They’re just pretty fantastic. I can’t think of a single negative about them!” –Gardiner

    Price: $15.95+ (available in four colors)

    7. And a set of silicone food huggers that’ll keep everything from loose fruits and veggies to open cans fresh for ages. Didn’t use that entire onion? Only needed the juice from half a lemon? Made something that called for a tablespoon of tomato paste, not the whole can? Stretch one of these li’l guys over the cut edge of your veggie or your can’s open mouth and they’ll keep for much, much longer – no plastic wrap required.

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    Promising review: “Love these. No more dried out tomatoes or lemons! So easy to use and clean. And so cute!” –Irina

    Price: $8.45 for a set of four

    8. A 6-quart Instant Pot that can handle the work of seven–count 'em–different appliances. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer, all in one handy package. Not only is it a boon for making tons of set-it-and-forget-it meals, it also frees up a huge amount of space in tiny kitchens.

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    Promising review: “This is my second Instant Pot (yes, the other one is still in rotation). I use this Instant Pot at least four times per week, cooking everything from boiled eggs to homemade applesauce. We are a family of four and I have two teens. I make the easiest and quick meals such as salsa chicken (to shred and use in burritos or tacos), delicious one-pot pasta with meat sauce, vegan split pea soup, delicious tender brisket, to steamed rice.

    I used to use the old-fashioned pressure cooker that often burned and, frankly, was a bit scary. Please know, THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S pressure cooker. It’s self-contained. There's no intimidating spinning or hissing, and you can plug it in and actually walk away and let your meal cook.

    My cooking life has become easier and I bought a second to have so I can steam veggies or rice while my main dish is cooking or warming. This Instant Pot also makes yogurt and a variety of other goodies. GET ONE! You’ll absolutely love it.” –S. K.

    Price: $99.99+ (available in two colors)

    9. Or, a sous vide cooker to help you whip up the tenderest, most melt-in-your-mouth meals ever. This option even comes with 20 recipes built right into the program, making it almost impossible to mess up.

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    Promising review: “Heats up fast and LOVE the stainless steel!

    So, my other sous vide finally kicked the bucket. It was a plastic one and looks like sitting in hot water finally caused it to crack. So, I wanted a new one that was metal so that it would last longer than a couple years. This is a great upgrade from my previous one. It heats up really fast and I absolutely LOVE the stainless steel appearance. Fits in well with my other stainless appliances. That's all you can really ask for in a sous vide–that it keeps constant temp and heats up fast. You just need to be careful since it's metal that you don't use anything too abrasive to clean it. Otherwise, you'll scratch the metal, if you care about that. Overall, quite happy so far.” –Anja

    Price: $101.99+ (available in three styles)

    10. A garlic twist that’ll make mincing garlic the breeziest of breezes. Reviewers say this little contraption works best with two or three cloves at a time – but once you’ve popped them into the chamber, all you have to do is twist the halves back and forth a few times, and voila! Perfectly minced garlic.

    Reviewer's photo of minced garlic in the garlic twist
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    Promising review: “I bought this initially to use on our sailboat because a stainless steel press gets corroded in salt water and chopping garlic is messy on a boat (little pieces flying everywhere). I love it so much, I now use it even at home; I haven't pulled out my garlic press since I bought it. I find garlic minced in this, doesn't burn as easily as the fibrous bits are still in there; you use all of the garlic clove, which I like. As long as you run it under the faucet soon after using, it's not difficult to clean. I'm buying several for stocking stuffers for my older kids who are getting into cooking.” –Spacecat47

    Price: $21.95 (available in three colors)

    11. A Bluapple produce freshness extender, because nothing is worse than coming home from the market with a bunch of beautiful produce, only for it to wither into grossness just a few days later. Stick one of these activated carbon doohickies into your fridge or crisper drawer with your fresh fruits and veggies right when you put ‘em away and that tragedy will be a thing of the past.

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    Promising review: “If you have a lot of fruits and veggies in your fridge, these ‘apples’ are a must-have. I was skeptical in the beginning but now I'm totally obsessed with this product and recommend it to everyone. They do work. Usually, it takes a day or two for the strawberries to go bad (in my fridge at least); these ‘apples’ kept them fresh for a week, as if I just bought them. Same with nectarines, cherries, bananas. Everything stays fresh for weeks as if you have just brought it from the market. It's incredible but it's true. Try them; I promise, you won't be disappointed. One of the best purchases of the year!” –Amazon customer

    Price: $13.99 for a pack of two

    12. A handy knife sharpener, so you can make sure you’ve always got a perfect edge on your most-used kitchen tools. If you’re not regularly sharpening your knives, it’s a habit that’s worth getting into. This hand-held sharpener includes three different slots meant for different types of blades, so you've got all your bases covered.

    Reviewer's photo of the knife sharpener
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    Promising review: “I was looking for a good knife sharpener for a long time, and all the ones I tried were disappointing and not doing a good job.

    Frankly, I was giving up on my set of knives and looking to purchase a new one. My friend recommended this knife sharpener after she saw my frustration with dull knives. I'm so glad I bought it! And now, a month after the purchase, frustration no more: I've sharpened all of my favorite and most used knives and my kitchen is a happy place again!

    I like how the sharpener has three stages, it looks cool and does a good job. It is designed very well, easy to grip and comfortable, doesn't slip on the counter top. Oh, and a cut-resistant glove included in a package was a nice touch.

    Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it!” –VOX.LA

    Price: $19.99

    13. A set of mixing bowls with airtight lids, because multitasking kitchen gear is the best kitchen gear. This set of five includes bowls of a variety of sizes, all of which nest together for easy storage. Plus if you, say, mix up a batch of waffle batter and end up not using all of it in one go, you can just stick a lid on the bowl and pop in the fridge for later.

    Reviewer's photo of the mixing bowls in different colors
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    Promising review: “A must-buy! I cannot express enough great things about these bowls. I love the bowls because they have lids to go on top. I made frosting and had leftovers and just popped a lid on it and put it in the fridge. They also have a no-sliding bottom, which, by the way, is awesome. Seriously the best bowls for an unbeatable price. Would highly recommend.” –Alana D

    Price: $23.99

    14. A pair of Clever Cutter kitchen scissors that’ll basically eliminate your need for a cutting board. Just snip through your potato or zucchini or whatever and let the slices fall into a bowl. Easy peasy!

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    Promising review: “This product is amazing and innovative. No need of a cutting board now. The blade is strong and works like scissors. I tried cutting potato, onion, bell pepper and it worked great. I highly recommend this product for easy cutting.” –Shome

    Price: $14.49

    15. A bamboo cookbook stand, because if you’ve ever had a cookbook literally fall on you while you were in the middle of sautéing something, you will do everything in your power not to let it happen again. (Not that I’m, uh, speaking from experience or anything). This sturdy stand has page clips to keep everything in place and if you tend to use more digital cooking resources than paper ones these days, it’s great for tablets too.

    The bamboo cookbook stand
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    Promising review: “Wanted a sturdy book stand for my cookbooks, and this one fit the bill perfectly. It holds large cookbooks (like The Joy of Cooking) easily and has page clips (protected ends so it will not tear up book pages) that hold the pages down for easy reading. It is collapsible for easy storage. I'm very happy with this product and would recommend it to others.” –M. Bank

    Price: $15.96

    16. A Shark Tank-famous Frywall splatter guard that’ll keep screaming hot oil at bay while still allowing you access to your food for, y’know, cooking purposes. FYI, this particular one is for 10-inch pans, but Frywall also makes larger and smaller versions to suit different pan sizes.

    Reviewer's photo of the Frywall in the color Red
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    Promising review: “I have tried numerous spatter solutions and none of them are perfect, but this one is as close as they get. Free access to your food while cooking is a definite plus, and while it doesn’t catch all spatter, as some have noted, it is the difference between a light misting of droplets and an oil-covered area surrounding the pan. It allows significantly less spatter than metal screens, which also block access to your food.

    The ideal pan for this is a 10” pan with rounded sides. The seal it forms is impressive. Once, when frying, I had a significant bubble up. The foam rose to half the height of the Frywall but the seal around the pan held it–nothing spilled out of the pan.

    I’ve seen a couple of reviews complaining that it can’t withstand blackening, to which I say ‘duh.’ Proper blackening requires temperatures around 600F, and silicone is rated to 400F. At normal cooking temperatures, this product performs admirably. I have the 10” now, and plan to get the 12” and 8” for my other pans. I highly recommend this product as the best spatter guard I’ve worked with.” –Ronald Thompson

    Price: $18.95 (available in four colors)

    17. A touchless automatic trash can, because once you try one of these futuristic refuse receptacles, you will never look back. I’ve had a touchless can for years and it is honestly one of my favorite things. It opens with the wave of a hand so if said hand is covered in chicken guts or something equally gross, you won’t have to clean up an additional mess later. Bonus: reviewers say this pick from Simplehuman is pet-proof too.

    Reviewer's photo of the trash can in the color Brushed Stainless Steel
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    Promising review: “I moved in with my aunt and uncle a few months ago. They have a 9-year-old beagle mix that loves getting into the trash. For the past nine years Amber has managed to trash the house with trash on more occasions than you could count. I saw this struggle, so for Christmas I decided I was going to find a trash can that would be Amber-proof! When I told them I was hoping Amber wouldn't be able to get into the trash, they seemed interested, but after all the years of not being able to stop her, they didn't seem sold.

    Well, they have had the trash can for a few weeks now and my uncle is already telling everyone that it’s the best gift they have ever been given. Amber has not gotten into the trash ONCE since I gave it to them. It's a whole new house now!

    It works beautifully and looks great, and my aunt has really enjoyed the sensor when cooking and her hands are nasty. So, overall, it’s a win-win.” –Jess Goodwin

    Price: $149.99

    18. A trio of bamboo cutting boards that look so good, you can use them for meal prep and serving. This set comes with a small board, a medium-sized one, and a large one — who doesn't appreciate options? Each is double-sided too, with one side equipped with a deep juice groove to catch any liquids that might spill out while you’re slicing.

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    Promising review: “We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing quality and strength of these cutting boards. They are great for cutting meat and vegetables. They are also fantastic for making a quick sandwich. But not only that, they make excellent serving trays. They are not the kind of cutting board you have to hide in the cabinet. Seriously, they look nice on the walkup bar or counter and the dining table. Wine and cheese–great; canapés–great; or maybe nice warm bread served at the table. The point is, you can use them as cutting boards or you can get really creative. They just have the right ‘look.’” –als.josh

    Price: $19.97 (available in six colors)

    19. An expandable container lid organizer, because you’re going to have to conquer that mountain of Gladware and Snapware looming ominously in your cabinet one of these days. This space-saving organizer keeps all your lids categorized by size and you adjust the length based on how many lids you have and the size of your shelf. Genius!

    Reviewer's photo of the lid storage organizer in action
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    Promising review: “Revolutionized my container drawer! Gone are the days of long exhales, jaw clenching, and swearing as you open your container drawer and try to find a container WITH a lid. Where do the lids even go? Now, I slide open the drawer, smile at its exquisite organization, and take out exactly what I need. The little compartments adjust. The system expands and contracts based on your needs. How wonderful the world would be if everything worked so well.” –Elisabeth

    Price: $17.99

    20. A hand-operated vegetable chopper that slices! Dices! And does it all in one fell swoop! It comes with four blades–a small dicing blade, a larger chopping blade, and two spiralizers–so all you need to do is fit the device with the blade that best suits your needs, sandwich your onion or potato in the middle of it, and bring the top down firmly. It cuts your prep time down to mere seconds, according to reviewers.

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    Promising review: “This thing is amazing. … I just filled up four plates with veggies in less than 10 minutes. Seriously. I chopped an onion earlier to sauté in 15 seconds. Yes, really.

    If chopping veggies keeps you buying the same frozen ones over and over like me, this is for you. It's a kitchen miracle.

    You can chop onions, potatoes (not sweet potatoes, though, that's in the instructions), peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Probably a whole lot more too. Tomatoes don't do well according to the instructions (too soft, maybe?). You can also do eggs.

    Best. Invention. Ever. … Seriously, get this. Definitely worth the money.” –Angela W.

    Price: $24.99

    21. An anti-fatigue kitchen mat made of memory foam, because making your favorite meals or treats shouldn’t be a painful experience. The memory foam on this mat is a whopping 3/4-inch thick, cushioning your feet and reducing the stress and pressure your knees, legs, and back have to bear. It’s not quite cooking on a cloud, but it’s close.

    Reviewer's photo of the kitchen mats
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    Promising review: “I LOVE these mats! I broke my back almost 20 years ago and I cannot stand on wood or tile flooring for any period of time without wearing shoes with arch supports. However, I do not like wearing shoes in my house.

    I have been able to cook a big dinner, bake cookies, and wash dishes standing on these mats without wearing shoes... and I love that! They stay in place, they have just the right amount of gel support (my back doesn’t hurt afterwards), I have easily been able to clean up an accidental spill with a wet cloth, and I have been able to vacuum my kitchen flooring without moving the mats and no damage occurred.” –Twinzrus

    Price: $37.95+ (available in three sizes and 13 colors)

    22. A pair of wall-mounted pot lid organizers that’ll free up so. Much. Space in your cabinets. Each organizer holds up to three lids, so between the two that come with the set, you can stash the lids for six different pots or pans somewhere safely out of the way. Not wild about having your pot lids attached to your walls and on display? No problem! Tons of reviewers have installed them inside their cabinets – either on the outside or inside – and they work beautifully there, as well.

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    Promising review: “Great organizers. I looked at several different styles of models before I selected this one. I like it because it doesn't take up a lot of space. There are two racks and you can put them side-by-side, or one above the other, or in two different locations, like one on the wall and one on a cupboard door. The organization that it brings is wonderful. Previously, my lids were stationed behind the pots, standing up on an edge, trying to keep them out of the way so I could nest my pots and gain more storage space with this strategy. But every time I took a pot out, whether I needed the lid or not, they came tumbling down, making all sorts of noise, and in general being a nuisance. Now all of the lids are in the racks, up out of the way but highly accessible. Oh, and I don't have to sort through the lids any more trying to find the correct size for the pot I was about to use. These racks are very useful and helpful.” –Evening Iris

    Price: $17.47 for a pack of two (available in two colors)

    23. An over-the-sink dish drying rack that’s so useful, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Available in a bunch of sizes and with tons of different racks and organizer baskets, this highly-rated pick holds a lot more than it looks. And what could be more efficient than letting your dishes drip dry over the one part of your kitchen that’s actually intended to get wet all the time?

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    Promising review: “I might be legitimately in love with this product. I got this to add storage space to a kitchenette in an in-law unit in my basement, but ended up trying it out on my sink and loving it so much I had to buy another to go in the in-law unit. I previously had a dish drainer that took up the whole right sink; now I've gotten that whole sink back and the dish rack doesn't get in the way of anything I need to do, not even with the utensil basket that I had to hang from the front of a rack instead of the side due to the placement of my kitchen cabinets. Assembly was super easy, and so is customizing the configuration. Very sturdy, suction cups on the underside of the legs keep it planted firmly.” –Emily

    Price: $57+ (available in three sizes)

    24. A cake slice marker, so you can cut perfectly equal slices from your most masterful creations every time. Note: this little gadget is NOT for slicing. When you lay it on top of your treat, it just marks where the slices should go. Then cut with a knife, following the guidelines. Keep a steady hand and you’ll have Instagram-worthy slice action down to a science.

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    Promising review:This is a great guide for cutting round cakes and pies! I'm lousy at cutting straight lines to get perfect slices of cakes, etc. This is the best idea yet, and it has two sizes to work with!” –Amazon customer

    Price: $10.99

    25. And a roll or two of washable, reusable bamboo towels that’ll replace your roll of regular paper towels and help you cut down on single-use products. The sheets on this roll are oversized (11” by 12”) but you can always cut them down if you prefer something a little more compact. Oh, and did I mention that they’re sweeper mop-compatible? They’re just good for everything.

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    Promising review: “I am such a fan of these bamboo towels. I purchased six rolls a year and a half ago and just came back and purchased three additional rolls to eventually replace the ones that have been permanently damaged from staining, worn from over use, or accidentally thrown away.

    I don't have a lot of drawer space in my kitchen, so I purchased a Sterilite just for these that sits on an easy to access shelf and don't really miss the old 'roll' of paper towels now that I'm used to going to the drawer. I also purchased a small office-style mesh trash can and mesh laundry bag to line it just for these towels. When I'm done with one, I simply throw it in the mini-laundry basket and wash when everything is dirty. I wash these on their own (no other laundry) on the 'sanitize' cycle and throw in a cup of bleach for good measure. I use the 'extra rinse' feature and no fabric softener and they have held up to wash after wash.

    As far as durability, these towels are thick enough to wet and reuse several times, and I find that using the sanitize/bleach combination keeps them from developing any stains. I would say that 95% of the towels that I still have are as white as the day that I purchased them and I use them for everything in the kitchen, so they get very dirty.

    Highly recommended!” –Geekette

    Price: $8.99+ (available in single, double, and four-roll packs)

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