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    Buy These 34 Kitchen Essentials If You Want To Feel LIke An Adult

    Growing up is hard to do, so accept the help that these finds offer.

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    1. An anti-fatigue, ergonomic kitchen mat to make sure you can be comfortable on your feet while you work in the kitchen. It's also waterproof and cushioned, so it's basically the perfect rug if you stand in one place in the kitchen for long periods of time (like dishwashing at the sink).

    2. A sleek, magnetized dry erase board for your fridge so you can stay on top of your tasks and grocery shopping list. You can easily keep track of all the eggs, blueberries, and other produce you'll need for your next grocery run.

    Reviewer's clear fridge board is shown

    3. Some LED Lights to add some extra lighting to your kitchen that can be voice-controlled via Alexa and Google Home. These light strips are super easy to install and have a color spectrum of over 16 million colors. They can even sync with your music!

    A customer review photo of their cabinets with lighting above and below

    4. An Instant Pot that is truly, just honestly so essential to any kitchen. This thing does it all: pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, steam, sauté...it even makes yogurt. If I could only have one small appliance in my entire kitchen, it would be this one.

    The Instant Pot, featuring a digital display

    5. A kitchen sink drain cover to catch all the loose foodstuff that falls into your sink on the daily. That lingering smell caused by food buildup in your sink's drain? It's time to put an end to that, stat.

    6. And a pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaner if there's stinky gunk buildup in your drain. It does a great job of dislodging buildup (decaying food, fats, oils, and grease that stick to the sides of your pipe) and eliminating odor that's lingering in your drain.

    blue foaming cleanser pushing its way out of the sink drain
    Amazon

    All you do is place one pouch in the disposal, run the water and disposal until the blue foam rises, and once the blue foam retreats back into the pipe you turn off the disposal and it's done! You don't have to scrub or do any cleanup. 

    Promising reviews: "We moved into a townhouse that had a garbage disposal in the kitchen. I never had one growing up and didn't think too much about it until the funky smell started. I researched ways to clean it and came across these. Decided to order a four-pack and try them. THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING. Just run some water, toss the packet in, and turn on the disposal. The little packet does all the hard work for you. I order a new set as soon as we start to run low." —lucas broshears

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $3.78.

    7. A food storage set that includes eight 30-ounce containers with lids, perfect for meal prepping. These are made out of thick glass that doesn't get that food stain fog like traditional plastic ones.

    a photo of the entire set being used to meal prep in a fridge

    8. A microfiber spin mop with a very efficient design to keep your kitchen floors sparkling clean. You step on a pedal to make it spin, and it's actually kinda remarkable how much extra wetness it spins off. And the design of the actual mop is brilliant — it's a triangular shape so you can get into tight corners. 

    reviewer using foot-operated peddle to wring microfiber mop
    reviewer image using the mop to clean the floor

    Promising review: "Ashamed to say, but I barely ever mop the floors. I purchased this O-Cedar Mop and Bucket based upon the great reviews. I am here to add a 5-star review of my own. This mop and bucket not only cleaned my floors, but it made the entire process easy (and dare I say fun?). I did the entire first floor of my house both tile and wood. Then wanted more fun, so I scooped up the handy handle and carried it upstairs where I continued on to the bedrooms and bathrooms. I don't want to go on and on, but this mop picked up lots of dirt and grime, then popped easily into the washing machine. It came out great. The swirly thing makes all the difference. It wrings out all of the excess water, so it's easy to mop without using too much muscle, which I do not have. And the mop heads are short, rather than long mop heads, which only make for heavier mops. If you're on the fence, go for it, you'll agree." —LauraP320

    Get it from Amazon for $58.91.

    9. An automatic, odor-absorbing, sensor-activated trash can made of fingerprint-proof stainless steel. We love a machine that truly does it all.

    Stainless steel trash can

    10. A cabinet door organizer so your cutting boards and paper boxes (that hold aluminum foil, parchment, etc) have a home of their very own.

    11. A kitchen scale that'll convert between five units of measurements (g, lbs, lbs:oz, oz, ml), so you won't mix up measurements ever again.

    Small kitchen scale with pepper on top

    12. A jar of Humble Suds' all-natural scour cleaning paste for taking on tough cleaning jobs like baked on grime in the oven to removing difficult stains on your kitchen's grout. Thanks to a combination of castile soap and essential oils like sweet orange and lemongrass, not only does this do the job of removing grime, but it smells amazing, too!

    Before and after photos of a not clean and then clean stove

    13. A 15-piece set of airtight food containers, because your most-used pantry items deserve special containers that'll help prolong their freshness. 2023 is the year of the clutter-free kitchen, people! You heard it here first.

    reviewer image of the full 15 piece Airtight Food Storage Containers Set in a cabinet being used to store different kinds of food

    14. Or a set of Oxo food storage containers if you want something with a little more pizzazz. Not only do they look great and make pantries so organized, but the airtight seal really does prolong the life of nonperishable items like pastas, flour, and chips.

    Push down the button on the top to activate the airtight seal. To open, just push down again for the button to pop up. The lid also comes apart for easier cleaning.

    Promising review: "Love the Oxo pop-top canisters! They seal well and open easily with a press to the pop-top. I have arthritis in my hands and these are fabulous and so easy to open, yet so secure when the lid is popped close. Also has a useful knob on the bottom of the lid so you can stick an Oxo scoop inside the container to the lid rather than down in whatever you are storing in the container." —Lori A. Fregin

    Get a 10-piece set from Amazon for $112.95.

    15. A set of fridge organization labels that have a ton of font, size, and color options. Imagine opening your fridge and everything is exactly where it's supposed to be — the dream!

    16. A drip catcher for soaking up water splashes and puddles that form around your kitchen faucet. Make sure you never have pools of still water (a breeding ground for bacteria!) around your faucet again.

    17. An egg drawer that snaps onto the bottom of any shelf to give your eggs their own home while also freeing up valuable shelf space. It's slightly angular, so each time you grab an egg the row rolls forward.

    An egg shelf is shown in a fridge

    18. A digital food thermometer so foods (especially meats) are at or above the exact temperature they need to be to be fully cooked. Because no one wants to spend two hours preparing dinner, only to slice open the finished product and see that it's not cooked to your liking.

    Reviewer checks the temperature of cooked meat

    19. A spice rack drawer organizer in a 10-foot roll that you can cut to size. The roll provides enough length to organize 30+ full-size spice bottles.

    20. A rapid egg cooker to cook up to six eggs any way you desire. Poached? You got it. Hard-boiled? Done. It can even make omelets. Simply select your number of eggs and set the timer. When it's done it'll automatically shut off.

    Rapid egg cooker in black

    21. Reusable unpaper towels so you can save some cash *and* the planet. Try not to think about how much money you've spent on single-use paper towels and instead just buy these already.

    22. Some acrylic fridge drawers that have wheels in the back allow you to easily roll the drawer forward and backward to reach whatever you need, even those items all the way in the back. Each one comes with two adjustable dividers so you can divvy up each drawer into sections for extra organization.

    23. A bakeware rack you can use for a whole lot more than sheet trays and cupcake pans. Now whenever you need a lid it'll be right where it's supposed to be.

    reviewer photo showing lids to pots and pans neatly organized in the bakeware rack

    24. An easy-to-use blender that can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind, and more. And because of its tiny size, it's the perfect fit for single servings like a smoothie or cup of salsa.

    Magic Bullet with a smoothie

    25. A set of magnetic glass spice jars if you have a ton of spices but no where to store them. Not only will this product fix that problem, but it looks cool, too!

    Reviewer pic of a number of glass spice jars stuck to the side of a fridge

    26. cabinet hammock to store your fruits and veggies in the cutest way possible. Because your produce won't be jammed in a bowl, the likelihood of mold is lessened.  

    Hammock hanging on bottom of cabinet with several pieces of fruit on it
    Macra-YAY Macrame

    Macra-YAY Macrame is a woman-owned small business based in Indianapolis, Indiana making macrame goods for the home.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to clear off counter space by getting rid of my fruit bowl. The quality is great, thank you!" —Melinda Myrick

    Get it from Macra-YAY Macrame on Etsy for $33.

    27. A silverware sorter that fits a full 24-piece cutlery set but takes up half the space of a traditional organizer, freeing up a ton of storage in your drawer that you never thought possible.

    reviewer photo showing the silverware organizer along with several other kitchen utensils in the drawer

    28. A garlic chopper to take on the daunting task of chopping or mincing garlic. You just put up to five regular-size cloves in it and then use your hand to roll this thing on any smooth surface, and it chops it all up in a matter of seconds. If you want to mince it, you keep rolling for maybe 10 more seconds. It's seriously the best!

    reviewer holding chopper filled with chopped garlic

    29. A can dispenser able to hold up to 36 cans of your favorite soups, sauces, veggies, and everything else. This super sturdy rack makes seeing and grabbing any can easy peasy.

    reviewer photo showing the can organizer in their pantry filled with cans

    30. An expandable rack that wraps around your awkwardly shaped kitchen sink pipe, no problem. When you use this you'll quite literally double the storage space in your cabinet. Can you say "miracle product"?

    31. A magnetic paper towel holder to put on your fridge so that you free up counter space. Trust me, you don't know how much countertop space your traditional paper towel holder is using until you try this magnetic one.

    32. An eight-piece stackable glass bowl set, because prepping food can get dizzying if you aren't organized. These tiny but mighty bowls can hold chopped veggies or fruit, grains, leftovers, you name it.

    Clear eight-piece glass bowl set

    33. An ice cube tray with a lid to make over 200 tiny cubes without needing a bulky ice machine. Traditional ice cube trays only make 12 cubes, and because there's no lid they can get gross and absorb the smells of other foodstuff in your freezer. With this one, you plop the cubes into the bin when they're frozen, and use the lil' scoop to get ice whenever you need it.

    34. And a magnetized kitchen conversions chart that you can put on your fridge for easy access. So many recipes call for conversions, and this nifty chart will make sure you'll always know exactly how much of an ingredient the recipe calls for.

    A closeup of the chart shows the different conversions

    You to yourself when you look around your kitchen: