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    30 Low-Effort Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Clean

    Including a wood polish to restore you cabinets, a gap cover for that annoying space between your stove and the counters, and a dishwasher cleaning tablet to blast away mineral deposits.

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    1. Declutter your counters! This simple trick will make your kitchen look bigger *and* free up some much-needed space. You can still keep appliances on your counter, but make sure they're things you use on a regular basis, like a coffee machine or a knife block. Purging your counters is also a great opportunity to think about donating things you don't use anymore, like your second spice rack or cookbooks that have never been opened.

    2. Revive your dinged and dented cabinets and table with a beeswax wood polisher so they look brand new. This is a heck of a lot cheaper than actually replacing them, and using it on a regular basis can actually help keep the wood hydrated so it lasts longer.,

    Promising review: "I LOVED using this in my kitchen. It made my cabinets look like they were recently redone. I didn't do anything extra; I just wiped my cabinets with my normal cleaner and then used this and like magic my kitchen was brand new. I also used it on some shelving, banisters, and my hutch and they all looked amazing. And the hutch wasn't as annoying to dust for a while." —tiffany b

    Get it from Amazon for $8.34.

    3. Keep a cooktop cleaner handy so you can wipe away messes with ease instead of having to mix vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice every dang time there's a stain. This kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a sponge, and a scraper — everything you need.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. My rental apartment has a white glass cooktop and it gets nasty even if you use very clean pots and pans on it. Before I found this stuff, I thought that for sure I would lose a big chunk of my security deposit, but I have yet to encounter a stain that this stuff cannot remove. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries alternating between the paste and the razor scraper, but even the most stubborn burned-on, carbonized food bits always come off." —Max

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    4. Multitask, multitask, multitask! Instead of scrolling through your phone while you wait for water to boil, wash the dishes in the sink, empty the dish drainer, or wipe down the counters. Any little bit helps keep your kitchen clean!

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    5. Force yourself to clean with a magnetic chore chart if you're the forgetful type. No one likes wiping down the cabinets, cleaning the stovetop, or sanitizing the microwave, but at least this way you'll do them on a consistent basis instead of only every few months once the mess is too bad to ignore.

    Promising review: "The calendar is a great addition to our kitchen and keeps us organized. It works great and erases so easily. I tried so many calendars that don’t erase and love this design the best." —Matt Chang

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    6. Blast away limescale and mineral buildup with dishwasher cleaning tablets that do the hard work for you. This way you can skip the bleach and you'll end up with cleaner dishes. How? Hard water can leave behind white crusty deposits on both your glasses and plates as well as the dishwasher itself. A good cleaning every now and then can help ensure your dishes emerge sparkling clean.

    Promising review: "My dishwasher was getting into horrible shape. The top tray would stick and bind no matter how careful I was. The bottom tray was making noises when I moved it. The whole inside of the dishwasher was growing a coating of white mineral deposits. The washing arms were making noises during wash cycles. The dishes were not getting clean. When my order of Affresh arrived, I ran a clean cycle. When I opened the dishwasher at the end, it was clean. Both trays moved easily. The washing arms were clean. The next load of dishes was spotless. Now I run a cleaning cycle the first of every month. This is one product that I will not do without. My dishwasher is five years old, but after using Affresh it looks virtually new." —Mithrandir

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.20.

    7. Catch crumbs before they get baked on with oven liners. I routinely set off the fire alarm in my apartment because burned bits on the bottom of my oven start smoking and this would honestly solve a lot of my problems.


    Promising review: "I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill, or running the 'oven clean' option, which uses up so much energy and makes my house HOT during the process. I used to have foil on the bottom of the oven to help with spills, and that improved things greatly — but then you have to replace the foil after a while. Then, I found these non-stick liners on Amazon. I had to cut them to size, which was easy to do with a simple pair of household scissors. Then I placed them in the oven (they look nice!), and I waited for it to get messy. I cooked something super messy and finally needed to clean the liner. It was SO easy; I put it in the sink and used my sink sprayer and everything immediately slid right off the liner. No problem! I have a double oven, so I was glad this pack came with more than one. I have one in each oven and one on standby in case I need it. I know that having a dirty oven isn't the worst thing in the world, but if it matters to you, try these!" —Hpg

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. Prevent food bits from clogging the drain and stinking up your kitchen with a sink strainer that inverts so you can dump any slimy scraps without getting your fingers dirty. Get in the habit of dumping kitchen waste as soon as you're done with the dishes to prevent bugs from establishing residence in your kitchen. This is also a must if you live in an apartment without a garbage disposal.

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old, but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design and it even looks good." —Captain Dingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    9. Deodorize your sink with a foaming garbage disposal cleaner that can reach all the leftover food particles that are stinking up the drains. Now your kitchen will always smell fresh (and no one will have to know there was no scrubbing needed).


    Promising review: "Performs exactly as describes. Have two kitchen sinks that had odors. Tried in both and both no longer have a smell. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to clean their kitchen drains." —DPK

    Get a two-pack (good for eight uses) from Amazon for $9.84.

    10. Clean as you go so there isn't one giant mess at the end. Spilled some flour? Wipe it up. Recipe calls for oil? Don't forget to put it away. It might be hard to remember this rule at first, but the more you force yourself to pick up after yourself, the easier it will be to follow this rule in the future. Sooner or later, it'll be second nature.

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    11. Work smarter not harder with a brush/squeegee combo that can help clean wet or dry messes AND save space in your drawers because it does the job of two tools. The best part is that you'll also cut down on paper waste because you can skip the paper towels.


    Promising review: "Who knew I needed this in my life? Bought one for my boyfriend's new home and loved it so much that I got a second one for my place. With countertops being multicolored these days, it's easy to think they're clean but then look from a different angle and see all sorts of crumbs left over. The brush on this makes it super easy to sweep crumbs off the counter and saves time and resources from wiping it down with a towel or paper towels. Plus I can easily rinse off the brush when it gets dirty. The squeegee part is super helpful for any spills, especially for water that collects near the sink. Just squeegee it right into the sink. Done! Then...just hang this little guy on the edge of the sink for next time." —Heather Eberts

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

    12. Start a compost bin if you don't have a garbage disposal. It's easier to throw all your rinds, seeds, and scraps in a designated place — this bin — than to make multiple trips to the trash can when you're cooking dinner (especially if you have something on the stove that will burn if you take your eyes off it for approximately one second). My friend keeps her compost bin in the freezer (genius!) so the odors don't stink up the kitchen. Also! You can use your leftovers as fertilizer for your garden or dump it at a community compost near you.


    Promising review: "After much research and comparison I chose this indoor compost bin for my kitchen and we have been very pleased with it. It was important to me that the bin I chose not have any food catches or difficult-to-clean grooves. The bottom of this bin is seamless, smooth, and rounded, making this a breeze to clean. It was also important to me that the compost bin did NOT have a lid with holes and carbon filters. They are impossible to clean and do not deter fruit flies, in fact they are often breeding grounds for the little buggers. Been there, done that, NEVER having one of those compost bins again! And, while I really do prefer the aesthetics of the metal bins, they do tend to rust. Enter the plastic OXO compost bin, the answer to my search. It's not particularly large, but it's plenty big enough for our family of three's vegetable scraps and coffee grounds for a day or two, which is all we really need. It's easy to carry down to our big outdoor compost heap and easy to rinse out and clean afterwards. It's not especially cute but it is totally inoffensive on our counter. I highly recommend this product!" —Lauren Rae London

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in black).

    13. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner so you can save yourself the hassle of setting up your bulky vacuum, which you're low-key convinced isn't doing such a great job anyway. Let this powerful lil' guy suck up kitchen messes throughout the week so your Saturday deep-cleaning session isn't as painful.,

    Promising review: "For this price range (even after reading reviews from other sites), this is an amazing little lazy bot. I set this loose in my kitchen/dining room where all the crumbs like to gather and the grass from shoes tracks in. After one use there was a huge difference in my floors, and I could not believe the mess in the bin. I even pre-cleaned a little bit with my normal vacuum, which I now realize was not necessary. You can schedule it to run daily at any time or just run it whenever you want. People complain about the four-hour charge time, but for me it runs for about 90 minutes and easily covers the area (800 square feet) multiple times." —Jeff M.

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99 (available in two colors).

    14. Designate a spot for each item in your kitchen so you always know where to put it when you're done using it. For example, choose one cabinet to hold your pots and pans, or store all your cutting boards in the same over-the-door rack. This will not only save you time in the kitchen, but it makes cleanup a breeze because you're not trying to make space in your cramped cabinets for another plate or a pot lid. Another good rule is to group similar items together so you're not running around the kitchen looking for a spatula as your eggs burn.


    Promising review: "Seriously so amazing. I can’t believe I didn’t have one of these before; it makes grabbing my pots so easy. I swear it honestly felt like I needs one of those Tupperware ads where pots and pans are flying everywhere when you open the cabinet, and now that I have this, my life is so organized and complete. It’s insane how this simple thing has seriously made cooking and cleaning easier. I have a couple cast-iron pans on the bottom racks and it is holding up fine. I didn’t know I needed one of these but now I’m wondering how I ever lived without it. Also comes with screws to make it sturdier but tbh i’m not using them and it appears fine." —Lo

    Get the over-the-door rack on Amazon for $13.97 and the pot organizer for $13.87.

    15. Prep ingredients with this bamboo cutting board that comes with seven dishwasher-safe color-coded mats. This way you can wash just the mat instead of the whole cutting board. (Of course, if you're prepping raw meat, you should probably just give the whole board and the mat a good scrub just in case!)


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this cutting board with sleeves. I didn't realize how much time it saves me as I prep for meals. It's so easy to do your cutting and swap out the sleeve and continue on prepping the meal. I don't have to swap and clean the cutting board between prepping. A sleeve for all your needs comes included. There is also the small dip around the edges of the cutting board to prevent liquids from spilling down and over the side. The sleeve DOES NOT slip. It sticks very well and I'm confident cutting and chopping even the smallest pieces." —B. Herrin

    Get it from Amazon for $24.22.

    16. Ensure your trash cans are accessible! This means opting for a model with a foot pedal and making sure it's not hidden in a cabinet somewhere. I get it, a trash can is an eyesore — but it doesn't have to be. These minimalist trash can options from Simplehuman will blend into your kitchen so you don't even notice them, And! They come with a five-year warranty and a slide lock to keep out nosy children and pets.,

    Promising review: "I am very happy with this trash can. We live in a tiny apartment, and with the way the kitchen and living room are laid out, our kitchen trash can is about four feet away from our living room couch...yeah, it sucks. But this trash can really minimizes the suck factor because, unless we leave something super super gnarly in there for too long, there is no smell. We can throw away whatever we need without having to worry about stinky trash smell while relaxing in the living room. I love that its covered so it doesn't attract bugs, and I don't have to touch it to throw something away. The size is perfect for approximately one week's worth of trash for two people, but not too big that it's a huge eyesore in our home. I have purchased two different-sized trash bins from this company (this one and a small bathroom bin) and am really happy with both. They are both well made, nice looking, and easy to clean. Highly recommend." —KJ

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five colors and two styles).

    17. Stock up on kitchen sponges! These will be your go-to weapons in the fight against kitchen grime so you'll always want to have some on hand — especially because you should be replacing them every two weeks to a month (though we won't tell if you don't!).

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    Promising review: "Very good sponge. The rough side works great for removing dirt from cookware, e.g. from a pan after cooking some burgers. The soft side is perfect for cleaning glassware and surfaces. The smell is pleasant." —Walter W

    Scotch-Brite's non-scratch scrub sponge won BuzzFeed Review's pick for best budget dish sponge.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.14.

    18. Or, switch to odor-free dish cloths that dry in 15 minutes — so fast that you don't have to worry about bacteria growing.,

    Promising review: "This is my third order of these. The first one is still going though getting a bit tattered after two years of constant use. (They will be set aside for dirtier work.) The second batch was a gift. These are great little cleaners, rinse well and dry fast. I have even put them through the washing machine when they get really dirty. Air dry of course. No stinky sour smells in the kitchen. They have not harmed my nonstick pans. Durable too. Finally it was time to go for some new ones. Will add one or two to the RV, the others for the house." —Rita S. Reames

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.15+ (available in packs of four or five and three colors).

    19. Guard against water stains on your wood kitchen table with a set of coasters. Not only will they save you from spending some serious time and effort scrubbing away water rings, but they'll also potentially prevent you from spilling coffee or wine thanks to their grooved surface.

    Promising review: "We absolutely love these! We have black mats on the kitchen table and these go perfectly with them. My kids can't break them, and they wash off easily! So happy with my purchase." —Corinne's Mommy

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.47 (available in two colors).

    20. Protect your stovetop from grease with a pan splash guard that catches oil spatter. You may have seen this genius product on Shark Tank, but let me introduce you if you haven't. As someone who has a gas stove, this is truly life-changing because it would save me the hassle of removing the heavy grill plates to clean the stove. With this, all the mess is on the inside of the guard and comes off easy with just soap and sponge or in the dishwasher.

    This splash guard is made for 10-inch pans.

    Promising review: "It looks crazy when it's sitting in your skillet, but by gum it is brilliant. Almost entirely eliminates spatter on your stove top and/or backsplash. Perfectly easy to put on, perfectly easy to reach into to stir or turn the food you're cooking, and washes up perfectly in the dishwasher (honestly, I wouldn't want to have to clean it without a dishwasher, just because of how floppy it is). I love my Frywall!" —N. O'Connor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.75+ (available in four colors).

    21. Melt away baked-on crud with a microwave steam cleaner that's affectionately called Angry Mama. Just remove Mama's head and pour a mixture of water and vinegar in her body. Then, reattach her head and microwave her for seven minutes. The steam comes out through holes in her hair and softens pasta sauce stains and melted cheese so you can remove it with just a few wipes.

    Promising review: "Something I didn't believe until I tried it. So easy to follow directions, written on Angry Mama. Was disappointed when I opened microwave to see the filth still on it. Was wishing it would magically taken care of itself. But all it took was a quick swipe with a paper towel and GONE. Loosened everything, which is half the process. My microwave was sooooo white once cleaned!! Would buy as gifts." —max's mum

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    22. And while you're at it, pick up a collapsible splatter guard so last night's spaghetti leftovers don't turn your microwave into a Jackson Pollock painting. This lil' guy is collapsible and dishwasher-safe so you can easily store it (or keep it in the microwave) when you're not using it.


    Promising review: "This item replaced a solid plastic non-collapsible microwave food cover, that melted when a popcorn bag was placed on top. But I digress. This thing is easy to clean, (the collapsible part is silicone, so spattered food washes off easily), and is very well made. It's tall enough to cover most plates of food, and shallow bowls. It folds pretty flat, so it can be easily stored somewhere other than in your microwave, but we just leave ours in the microwave all the time, until we need to microwave something other than a plate of food." —JRB

    Get it from Amazon for $7.20+ (available in three colors).

    23. Preserve your pristine counters with a stainless steel spoon rest so you don't transfer grease from the pan. Trust me, cleaning a spoon rest is definitely preferable to wiping down your countertops...again.


    Promising review: "Had it for months now and it's exactly as advertised. This is sturdy — dropped it and no scratches, dents, and still intact. Our last spoon rest was ceramic and broke when we dropped it. Also, it's incredibly easy to clean. It does fine in the dishwasher on the top rack and rinses easily too. Doesn't stain either." —Katelyn M

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

    24. Or, try a slotted spoon if you really want to cut down your number of dirty dishes. It has a notch on the side so you can rest it directly on the side of the pot. (Don't worry, it's heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit!) And when you're done, just toss it in the dishwasher.


    Promising review: "We make a lot of pasta in our household so we're constantly using some utensil to stir the pasta while it cooks. I wasn't sure how this spoon would work — would it stay on the side of the pot? Would it feel flimsy? Would it work well or would it be one of those utensils that gets used once and then gets lost in your utensil drawer? This spoon worked great. That bright orange color makes it easy to find in the utensil drawer. While it's a bit heavy, I didn't feel that it was too heavy to use; it actually just felt sturdy. The notch in the spoon works great and keeps the spoon resting on the pot (just don't try and use it with any pot that has a lip) and you don't need to dirty a spoon rest when using this spoon. And it's dishwasher safe. All in all, a winner." —Book and Dog Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in four colors).

    25. Have dish soap nearby so you can power through tough messes without wasting disposable wipes (Mother Nature thanks you!). This eco-friendly dish soap is hypoallergenic so it's also great for people with sensitive skin. And! It's a USDA Certified Biobased Product, meaning it's mainly derived from plants and other renewable ingredients.

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    Promising review: "I am sensitive to fragrances and chemicals and I have used the Free & Clear for many years and like it better than any brand I have used. I know your water hardness makes a difference as to how well soaps and detergents work, but I have lived in two separate cities 100 miles apart and it worked in the water in both places extremely well. I even bathe with it and wash my hair with it since I have yet to find a shampoo and soap that does not make me itch. I would say it is a bit drying to the skin because it cuts through grease and oils so well, but otherwise it has not caused me other skin or hair issues all these years. This is also great to clean all types of surfaces in the home...add a few spoonfuls to water in a spray bottle and clean glass, mirrors, almost anything without having to deal with strong smelling chemicals. I hope they never stop making it and never change the ingredients." —F. Huffman

    Seventh Generation's Free & Clear dish liquid won BuzzFeed Review's budget pick for best dish soap.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.62.

    26. Insert washable fridge liners so leaks and spills involve a lot less cleanup. These nonslip liners are also great for protecting produce from spoiling and bruising.,

    Promising review: "At Christmas, I received a new refrigerator. Lucky me!!! The downside to my new refrigerator is keeping it looking pretty! I hate having to clean the glass or having gunk crusted on the shelves! I purchased this refrigerator liner and I am in love! Look at those shelves! Spills will be caught and my refrigerator can be opened up at any time and look clean! I will have to order another liner to finish off the drawers and top shelf, but it is well worth the clean and sleek look I get when opening the doors!" —R.B. Kealey

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 colors and styles).

    27. Restore your scratched porcelain and stainless steel with a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend cleanser, a do-it-all cleaner that'll make practically any surface in your home look brand spanking new. No more having to buy a different cleaner for your pots and pans, your stovetop, and your tile backsplash; this does it all with ease!

    Promising review: "I used this to remove stainless steel marks from my kitchen bowls and plates. And also ended up using on the porcelain kitchen sink, which was all scuffed up. This polishes very gently, removed the gray marks, and made my dinnerware look practically new. My sink looks beautiful. Applications go well beyond the 'bar'. For this reason alone, this was a great purchase and I'm really excited to try all the other uses for this." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    28. Get a gap cover and save yourself the hassle of trying to wedge a broom in the tiny space between your stove and the counter to sweep up crumbs.,

    Promising review: "Fit perfect between the stove and counter. I got the clear and it looks great! No more food falling into the spaces while cooking. My kitchen is definitely safe from bugs and ants. Awesome product!" —mizzeyme

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    29. Spare your knees the pain of getting down and dirty with a grout pen that'll replace the bucket of water and brush. It works just as well on floor tiles as it does on tile backsplashes.

    Promising review: "OK, so I was skeptical but figured I would try it. I used it to go over existing stone grout the previous owner had in the kitchen. I first did one square to see the difference and it was perfect so I continued on. One small pen finished half my kitchen and slider area. I ordered more because I will be doing it twice and then will be going over it with a clear sealant I found in Lowes. Really brightened up my kitchen floor and will also be doing the grout on kitchen backsplash. I also ordered the white, which I will be going over with on the bathroom tiles. Love this product!" —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    30. Place a piece of plastic wrap (we like these beeswax wraps if you're looking for a more eco-friendly option) on the top of your fridge to catch dust and debris. Then, just toss the plastic wrap (or wash it if you get the beeswax wraps) every so often. No more having to get out the step ladder to wipe down your dusty refrigerator!


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product but I'm trying to reduce my use of plastic wrap. I was wrong and I love this! Very very easy to clean. So far I have used it to cover a plate with pizza on it and a red onion. Your warm hands mold it perfectly. I purchased a set girl myself and my daughter. She loves them also!" —yarnqueenmm

    My colleague tested these beeswax wraps, declaring, "they've made my kitchen prettier and have helped me dramatically cut down on plastic waste." Read her full review of Bee's Wrap.

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in three prints).

    Me and Gordon Ramsay congratulating you on cleaning your kitchen:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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