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    25 Smart Little Kitchen Upgrades That Only Cost $10 Or Less

    Useful AND on-budget.

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    1. A handheld knife sharpener so you can finally stop dicing your veggies with a frustratingly dull knife.


    Promising review: "At first, I didn't think it worked too well. But then I watched their YouTube video, and realized that you may have to pull the knife through the sharpener up to 10 times to get it sharp. After pulling through the knives about five times, the knives did indeed get very sharp. I pulled my knives through the "coarse" side 5–6 times, then through the "fine" side about 4 times.

    Another tip I learned: set the sharpener on the edge of the counter at a 45 degree angle. (That's apparently what the v-shaped groove is for on the bottom of the sharpener.) When the sharpener is on the edge, you can pull the knives straight through and down without worrying about hitting the countertop and scratching it or breaking the tip off your knife." —Jack

    Get it on Amazon for $5.99.

    One of our editors owns this and loves it!

    2. An organizer rack ready to sort out almost anything you need it to: from skillets to sauté pans to lids to baking sheets to cutting boards.


    Promising review: "I ordered two of these racks to organize the hot mess in my cabinets. They're sturdy and work well. I placed one a few inches from the interior wall to provide an extra slot for tall baking pans, and placed the second a few inches to the right of the first, to make another slot. Now my pans are organized and easy to see and access. It almost looks like an adult lives here." —Butch

    Get it on Amazon for $8.87.

    3. A wire shelf so you can double up your storage space anywhere you need to stash and access small things, like under your sink, in your freezer, and yes, in your cabinets.


    Promising review: "I am relatively short, so most of my cabinet space is only used for items that aren't needed on a daily basis...which doesn't allow much space for necessary items. Theses 'helper shelves' double the capacity of my lower shelves!" —Judith Garner

    Get it on Amazon for $8.97.

    4. A stainless steel soap bar because garlic and onion are essentials to make so many of your favorite recipes super flavorful, but the smell lingers on your fingers for hours — and to eliminate them, all you have to do is "wash" your hand with this under some running water.


    Reviewers also love it for helping with all kinds of body odors, like those that linger after workouts even when you scrub everything down in the shower.

    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several "smelly" items, that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time. There is the science behind it in the description, and it is way over my head, so no need to explain it. Basically, if you are tired of that weird smelly sponge odor sticking with your hands, get this thing." —Jeremy

    Get it on Amazon for $3.36.

    5. An avocado slicer perfect for making quick avo toast for breakfast, even on days when you're running a little late.


    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 on Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A set of 30 adhesive spice grips to make it easy to set up a spice rack basically anywhere that's most convenient for you.,

    They can hang on your backsplash, in a cabinet, on a wall, on a door or cabinet door...wherever you need them to be.

    Promising review: "I am pleased to have found a solution to my spice cabinet! I wanted the flexibility to move them if I need to rearrange or take them down cleanly — so I pulled off the adhesive strips that came on them and instead used medium size 3M Picture Hanging Strips (three or four per each clip strip). I have several sizes of spices, including square glass, and they are all holding fine so far. For the cost (and since I used removable hanging strips), I'll be happy if they last a year or so before I need to replace them. I'm thrilled to not have stacked spice jars cascading out of the cabinet every time I cook!" —Dana

    Get them on Amazon for $9.87.

    7. A wood polish and conditioner that practically erases damage as if it was never there, so your kitchen table and chairs that have had one too many water (and juice and beer) glasses sweat on them — *and* your somewhat beat-up kitchen cabinets — can all look practically new again.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    FYI, if you're facing much damage that's a little worse than that, you might want to try their other (also well-reviewed!) product, called Restore-A-Finish, first; it does more to hide minor scratches, white heat rings, deep water marks, and stuff like that. The two products are actually made to be used together! Get that on Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A durable pair of kitchen shears you'll reach for again and again to trim chicken and open tough packages.

    I've had a pair of these for about seven years now and they're still in great shape! And yes, they're dishwasher safe (and I wash 'em that way all the time).

    Promising review: "This is one of those things that you don't know how you once lived without! We mostly use them for cutting foods for our toddler. This chops pizza, burgers, thick plastic wrappers. I haven't found something they don't cut smoothly. We have put them in the dishwasher over 50 times at this point and they look exactly like they did the day we opened them. The blue is beautiful, true KitchenAid turquoise. They also haven't lost any tension. They are still tight and not rusty." —MaryWHicks13

    Get them on Amazon for $7.19+ (available in five colors).

    9. A simple bench scraper — it's hands-down the quickest, easiest way to transfer everything from your cutting board to your sauté pan without dropping a single diced veggie.,

    Just grab its soft, non-slip handle, scrape-scoop, and go! And if you bake breads, crusts, or pastries, it's an essential: it's designed to easily cut through dough, and includes quarter-inch markings along the blade for easy measuring.

    Promising review: "This is a well-built, heavy tool. Sturdy, and the handle is very comfortable. I had never even heard of a bench scraper until I took a cooking class but now I grab for it every time I cut up garlic, onions or other veggies (scoops up diced and minced items much faster than doing multiple trips balancing chopped veggies on the flat side of the knife). It also helps separate the discard cuts from the 'keep' pile as you go along, and is great for quickly salvaging spilled herbs from the counter top. Note: the edge is chamfered to an edge but is not sharp like a knife, which is ideal for scooping and gathering without worrying about cutting yourself with it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A set of two brightly-colored silicone ice cube trays because you're tired of buying new ice cube trays that just break on you after a few months of use.

    Promising review: "These ice cube trays work great for me. A good sized cube. Larger than some, but not too larger and they fit inside the mouth of all my various metal water bottles. The cubes pop out nicely when you push from the under side. I wish I’d bought these years ago. Well worth the $10 for me." —Kevin Etheridge

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $9.99 (available in blue or black).

    11. A towel rack that screws directly into your cabinets so you can conveniently dry your hands and dishes but still keep your towels out of sight.


    Promising review: "This was so easy to install. It literally took about 60 seconds to line up and throw in a couple of screws, which came with the towel holder. The holder seems like it will be durable and grabbed tight against the door. It is nice to get the towels out of sight and off the side of the fridge." —Nicky and Hannah

    Get it on Amazon for $7.78.

    12. A pencil sharpener like–handheld spiralizer so you can turn sweet potatoes, zucchini, and even carrots into delicious (low-carb!) veggie noodles with just a few quick twists.

    I bought one of these years ago and consistently reach for it over the full-size spiralizer because a) I'm cooking for one, b) it washes up super easily (no parts to unscrew, etc.), and c) it takes me only about a minute to produce a pile of delicious zoodles!

    Promising review: "Easy to use and small to store. I am enthusiastically writing a review for this product. Why? This product has, with little expense, helped reduce my number one craving for my favorite simple carb, PASTA. Who knew I liked zucchini so much. The Veggetti is a simple, well constructed product that does what it was made for. When I prepare a zucchini or squash, I only need to trim the very tip off the end. I leave the stem on unless its very long because the stem provides a sturdy place for the end cap. Very minimal waste this way." —JLA

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    Oh, and another BuzzFeed writer has also tried this and loves it!

    13. A chrome over the door–basket — it will finally organize your plastic container lids, ziplock bags, or most-used cookbooks once and for all.


    Promising review: "I love how it’s big enough to store all my different-sized lids for my plastic Tupperware. And it reduces so much clutter in my cabinet. It was so easy to install. No screws or anything needed. Just hook it over the inside of any cabinet. There’s a tiny little gap from the hooks which prevents the door from completely closing but to me it’s not a big deal." —SupermomOf3

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    14. A dishwasher indicator to ensure you never load dirty dishes into a clean dishwasher ever again... or accidentally put away dirty but impeccably well-rinsed dishes with the clean ones.,

    It has the option of using either magnets or a foam strip (or you can use a removable adhesive Command Strip) to mount it on your dishwasher — a good option to have, if you're concerned about magnets scratching your stainless.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for everyone in the household and it was a big hit. All the others only had clean or dirty options, but I happened to come across this one and ended up buying it at the last minute. It has already been more than worth it. It's easy to remember to change the setting since it is right there on the dishwasher. The different colors make it simple to tell which setting it's on with a glance from across the kitchen and it eliminates the need to guess or text anyone asking if they ran it. It's just one of those things that simplifies living in a household with multiple people." —K. Duffy

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A durable non-slip silverware tray that keeps pieces of silverware in place, so they don't slide around every time you open the drawer.


    Promising review: "Makes our drawers look clean and organized! The rubbing gripping on the lining keeps the silverware in place and you don't hear a lot of shifting back and forth each time the drawer is opened. We liked this product so much that we came back and purchased the other drawer organizers too." —SmithStine

    Get it on Amazon for $7.

    16. Or a non-traditional silverware sorter because it takes up half the space of other organizers, so you can use the rest of the drawer to store so much more.


    Promising review: "I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. I do have to flip my forks over face down in order to be able to shut and open my drawer, but then the drawer itself is kind of shallow. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!" —mialro

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (also available for knives, and in a light white-green).

    17. A set of silicone gap covers so you don't accidentally drop crumbs or sauce down that pesky bit of space between your stove and your countertop anymore, and instead can quickly wipe up any mess with a sponge.,

    They're simple to trim to fit your space! One reviewer even uses theirs to fill the gap between their fridge and their counter.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down the space between. Just lay it down and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However it is heat resistant so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

    18. A mini colander that's made for those recipes that call for ~drained and rinsed~ cans of beans, fruit, or whatever — you'll be able to easily dump all the juice without losing a single bit of food.

    Promising review: "This was a whim purchase. Usually I just push the lid down inside the can to squeeze out the juices. But for the price I thought I would take a chance. I was very surprised by this little colanders quality. It is made of a thick plastic with smooth well rounded edges. It fits most common sized cans and the chicken breast/tuna size cans can sit on top of the colander although not cradled inside the colander. If you have the drawer space then its a neat little item to have." —Urban Fantasy Fan

    Get it on Amazon for $3.71.

    19. A set of three flexible cutting mats perfect for permanently designating to different tasks: one for meat and poultry, one for fish, and one for veggies.

    Promising review: "Great size, great colors and as thick as any of this type of mat is likely to be. Go through our dishwasher just fine, but we do not use the heated dry feature or the super hot cycle. Just enough bend to make dumping ingredients simple." —Dea

    Get it on Amazon for $5.59.

    20. A 12-inch lazy Susan turntable — it's easy to slide into a cabinet or onto a pantry or fridge shelf so you can always find the particular condiment or bottle you're looking for in just a few seconds, no need to dig.


    The lip around the edge and the non-skid floor helps your jars and bottles stay put, even as you spin them around (and around and around and around...)

    Promising review: "I put these in my fridge so I can get to things without pulling everything out. They’re very sturdy. You can turn them and see what’s in the far back. I use one for salad dressings, mayo, ketchup, and BBQ sauces and another for short items like pickles, jams, etc." —NanaB

    Get one on Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    21. A set of plastic knives that your aspiring Master Chef will love if they like to help with cooking but are kinda scared of (or just plain too young for) regular chef's knives.

    Promising review: "My two-year-old was desperate to join me in the kitchen and I wanted to be sure she was safe. These knives are not sharp to the touch but easily cut through most fruits and vegetables! For denser foods like carrots she needed a bit of assistance, but she was quickly chopping all of the asparagus for dinner!!! We just got these so I can't speak to durability, but for the price these seem like a great value for my little chef!" —Nicholas and Zarya Fogelson

    Get the set of three on Amazon for $8.95.

    22. A roll-out dish drying rack because it sits directly over the sink so you don't have to think about losing counter space to wet dishes for even one minute. And because it rolls, it stores nice and compactly and is perfect for even the tiniest kitchens.

    Promising review: "This is such a great item. I absolutely love it. I hate the bulkiness of a big dish drainer but also didn't want to use a towel with wet items to drain on my new granite countertops. When you need to store it, it rolls up nice and neatly to be put away in a drawer. My favorite part is that I can roll up one side of it to save space on the sink if I don't need to use the entire rack." —Alisa Bentley

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A sponge caddy for your double sink, so whether you use a sponge, steel wool, a smiling Scrub Daddy, or some combination of the three, they're convenient to reach for and can always dry out completely.


    And drying sponges out = the key to avoiding that stinky sponge smell!

    Promising reviews: "This basket is well made and appears durable. It's large and holds a full-size bottle of detergent, steel scrubber, and sponge. It hangs on tight to the center of the sink and doesn't move around much. Would definitely recommend." —Lisa

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    24. And a Jetz-Scrubz sponge that'll literally be the *only* kitchen sponge you'll need for like, the next four to six months.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    I used one of these for about NINE months before I ever noticed even a slight smelliness to it (although of course I was careful to follow good ~sponge hygiene~: rinsing all the food particles off every time I was done using it, squeezing out any excess water, then setting somewhere it could quickly dry). It has a super durable non-scratch scrubby side, and soft foamy side.

    Promising review: "I have used the sponge for nearly a year. Yes, THE SAME SPONGE. I use it many times a day at my kitchen sink to wash dishes, pots, and pans, and clean the counter tops. It's gotten a little chewed up as my husband is death on sponges. (He uses very sharp knifes to carve meat and he merrily saws away on sponges when cleaning the knifes.) Anyway, the Jetz Scrubz doesn't develop a stinky odor like most other sponges and it's practically indestructible. I gave one to my sister last August and she is still using it. I don't see how this company can make money with a product that lasts this long." —Ann Albin

    Get a rectangular one on Amazon for $5.99, or a set of three circular ones for $12.97 (or $4.32 each).

    We tested dozens of different sponges for BuzzFeed Reviews, and these won out the $$$ category for best kitchen sponge, by far.

    25. A magnetic meal planning notepad — featuring a perforated grocery list that's easy to tear off while leaving the plan in place — so you can feel organized and prepared for whatever each day has to bring.


    It comes with sixty sheets, which is enough so you can plan every week for an entire year, and then some!

    Promising review: "I made a resolution to eat at home more this year. This planner is helping a lot! Everyone in the house likes knowing what's for dinner and I love that it has a built in shopping list. Makes the week so much less stressful when I have planned out every meal and have all of the ingredients to make it. Looks exactly like the pic, looks cute hanging on the fridge, very happy with this purchase!" —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    You, talking out loud to yourself after trying even one of these little kitchen upgrades:


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