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    24 Kitchen Gizmos That'll Do All Those Annoying Jobs (So You Don't Have To)

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    1. A pair of bottle-cleaning beans that'll help you scrub away that unreachable gunk that lives at the bottom of your vessels. The pods are filled with ceramic beads that'll slough away all kinds of buildup (no matter how long it's been there).

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    Yes, that is algae growing at the bottom of my water bottle and no, I do not know how this happened. What I DO know is I woke up one day to find a small ecosystem developing and knew I needed to get rid of it ASAP. The problem was, I didn't have any brushes or tools that were long or flexible enough to reach. Enter: Sponge beans. A few drops of dish soap, some water, and vigorous shaking and the algae was no more!

    Get the pair from Indigo for $10.

    2. A 3-in-1 avocado tool that'll help you pit, slice, and scoop with ease. Best of all, it tucks up nice and small, so you won't need to sacrifice a ton of drawer space.

    A flatlay of the tool next to a sliced avocado
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    The pitter is adjustable, too, so even big seeds won't stand a chance.

    Get it from Simons for $15.

    3. This stainless steel cleaner polish that'll help you buff out fingerprints, smudges, and grease on all your appliances. The formula easily dissolves grime and leaves behind a protective film to keep new streaks from forming.

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    Reviewers say it's a miracle solution to hard-to-remove messes, like stubborn water stains or grease. I love that it works on all stainless steel products, like kettles and range hoods, so I don't have to juggle a million and one cleaning products during chore time.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.97+ (available in two sizes and four packs).

    4. A pair of glossy sink strainers that'll keep kitchen debris out of your pipes. The base is made of flexible silicone that'll adjust to fit your drain, so you'll always have a snug seal.

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    Reviewers say the flexible base also makes it easier to squish out all the gunky buildup (instead of actually having to dig it out with your hands).

    Get the pair from Amazon Canada for $16.27+ (available in three colours and two styles).

    5. One of these produce keepers that'll prevent your greenery from wilting five minutes after you buy it. They work by filtering carbon, so your fruits and veggies will stay crisp and fresh (instead of getting soft and soggy).

    An open fridge with several produce savers stacked inside
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    Reviewers say their food stays fresh for weeks at a time when it's stored in these stackable lil' containers! Make sure to stock up on carbon filters, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.49+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A silicone bacon bin that'll keep the grease from clogging up your pipes and garbage disposal. It's easy to scoop back out and even has a strainer attachment to keep all that bacon-y goodness silky-smooth for future use.

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    It won't melt when you pour in that hot bacon fat and can be used in just about every appliance (yes, even the microwave).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.61.

    7. An expandable colander that'll help you drain your produce, without making a mess of your kitchen. It'll fit right over your sink and is sturdy enough to use as a dish-drying rack, if you like.

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    It has large drainage hole for quick straining, so be careful when using it with smaller grains (like rice or quinoa).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.99+ (available in five colours).

    8. This rocking garlic press that'll save you a ton of prep time and protect your fingers from these delicious (yet pungent) nuggets. The rocking motion means you won't need to have Hulk strength for it to be effective, either!

    A person rocks the press over a garlic clove on a cutting board
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    Reviewers say it's a great option for people with mobility issues, too. If that weren't enough, it also comes with a silicone peeler tube that'll help get the papery skins off the cloves.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    9. This scrap trap that'll help you scoop mess and debris out of the way when you're cooking. It even comes with a scraper, so you won't have to get your hands dirty.

    A person scoops kitchen scraps off the counter and into the cabinet-mounted trap
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    It'll slip easily over a cabinet door or drawer, so installation is a breeze. Out of sight and out of mind!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99.

    10. A compact air fryer that'll help you achieve optimal crispiness (without taking up all your counter space). It has a ton of safety features, too, like cool-touch handles, non-slip feet, and an automatic shut-off for stress free cooking.

    A mini air fryer on a kitchen counter
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    Get it from Indigo for $79.50 (available in four colours).

    11. These easy-release ice cube trays that you won't have to wrestle with the next time you're craving a frosty beverage. They come with spillproof lids that'll prevent freezer messes, too.

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    Not only do the lids form an airtight seal (so your cubes won't absorb gross freezer smells), they're also equipped with releasing switches, so you can easily pop out one cube at a time.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.08.

    12. A grass-like drying pad that'll help your dishes dry faster. The silicone fronds keep condensation from building inside your bottles and glassware, so you won't have to polish away the water stains.

    A set of upside-down wine glasses on the grassy drying pad
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    It has a removable drip tray underneath that'll contain spills, too.

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

    13. A pancake batter mixer that will take the mess out of making Sunday brunch. It'll double as a dispenser bottle and even features a pressure-release cap that'll prevent sputtering and spraying.

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    Toss your ingredients in and the whisking ball will do the rest! Reviewers say the batter turns out fluffy and perfectly mixed every time.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    14. A 2-in-1 silicone whisk that's basically the adult version of a Transformer. A quick twist and you can turn your whisk into a flexible spatula that'll handle delicate items (like fish) with basically zero effort.

    Two hands holding the spatula in two configurations
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    Reviewers love that they can use just one tool to whip up an entire meal. And since the loops are coated in silicone, they won't damage non-stick cookware.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.49.

    15. This cold brew coffee maker that'll prep your java while you're sleeping, so you can get caffeinated ASAP. The bottom section also doubles as a carafe, in case you don't finish every last drop (you will).

    The cold brew maker on a kitchen table, backlit by sunlight
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    It's almost too easy to use — just fill the top with coffee, cover in cold water, and chill overnight. The one-way valve will keep any grounds from leaking into your beverage, too.

    Get it from Indigo for $59.95.

    16. This meat chopper that will un-clump your fave ground protein. It's time to give your poor spatula a rest! Plus, reviewers say it can even be used as a potato masher and mushroom chopper.

    A person chops ground meat in a pan with the chopping tool
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    17. This genius 3-in-1 rolling pin that'll flatten, flour, and measure your dough. Thanks to the integrated duster, keeping your pastry from sticking has never been easier.

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    It also features a measuring guide down the length to ensure your dough comes out nice and even.

    Get it from Indigo for $29.50.

    18. This Mason jar juicer lid that'll turn ordinary jars into lean, mean, juicing machines. It's made of recycled plastic and features a hidden screen that'll filter out pulp and seeds.

    A close up of the juicer lid on a Mason jar filled with orange juice
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    Reviewers love that it takes up a fraction of the space of other juicers.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.51.

    19. A manual food chopper that uses a rip cord-like mechanism to help you with all that tedious chopping. The stainless steel blades can slice right through veggies, so you'll spend less time prepping and more time actually enjoying your delicious creations.

    A person uses the food chopper to chop up tomatoes parsley red onion and peppers
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    And since it's manually powered, you have total control over the size of the chop.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.95+ (available in three styles).

    20. This folding steamer basket that'll make giving your fave veggies a steam bath easier than ever. It'll fit inside just about any pot, and reviewers say the plastic design is far superior to rust-prone metal versions.

    Someone using the steamer basket inside a pot
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    It has little silicone feet, so it won't scratch up your non-stick cookware.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.28.

    21. These handy little corn holders that'll protect your digits from getting singed and keep your cob from slipping from your grasp. Their sharp stainless steel prongs will pierce woody ends with ease and then interlock into one another for clutter-free storage.

    A set of colourful corn cob holders attached to grilled cobs
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    Each set comes with six pairs, so everyone in the family can keep track of their corn.

    Get it from Simons for $14.

    22. An egg cooker that'll take the guesswork out of breakfast prep. You'll have perfectly-cooked oeufs in less time than it takes to boil water on the stove, and it even comes with handy accessories for poaching and making omelettes, too.

    An egg cooker on a table surrounded by perfectly cooked eggs
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    It also has an auto shut-off feature, so you won't have to stress about overcooking.

    Get it from Indigo for $39.50.

    23. A pair of spoon rests that'll keep your prep space free of sauces and spills. They're designed to clip right onto the edge of your cookware, so all those tasty juices will stay right in the pot (instead of all over your kitchen).

    A pig-shaped silicone spoon rest clipped to the edge of a soup pot
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    Since they're made of silicone, they won't scratch up your pots and pans.

    Get the pair from Amazon Canada for $7.22+ (available in two styles).

    24. And finally, this collapsible funnel that'll tuck right into your drawers when you're not using it. Plus, it's made of soft silicone that won't scrape your bottles and jars.

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    Get it from Simons for $2.50.

    Let's get cookin', baby!

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