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35 Kitchen Gadgets That Cut Down on Cleanup

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

No one has a smile on their face when they open the microwave and see that filthy caked on splatter. Elbows hurt just thinking about all that scraping and scrubbing. Well, Angry Mamma won’t take it anymore. Shaped like its namesake, just fill Angry Mamma with equal parts water and vinegar and place her in the microwave for 5-7 minutes. The steam loosens the irradiated crustiness, making it super easy for you to simply wipe it away. 

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner, available on Amazon

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Frywall

Frywall

If you hate the mess around your stove top after cooking a pan of bacon or frying up some tasty pork chops (and who doesn't???) then you absolutely need a frywall. A Frywall is an adjustable “cone” of silicone that fits inside your skillet and catches greasy splatter before it makes its way onto your stove and counter tops.

Frywall, available on Amazon

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Taco Holders

Taco Holders

It’s so simple: Put the shells in the stand and fill your tacos efficiently without having to balance your shells—only to have them fall over and dump your toppings everywhere. Who wants to have to wipe down their counter before getting to eat? Nobody! Most designs will hold at least three tacos and range from $15-20 depending on your choice of plastic or stainless steel.

Stainless Steel Taco Stand, available on Amazon

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Dishwashing Gloves

Dishwashing Gloves

For those of us who prefer quick handwashing over waiting to have enough dirty dishes to start the dishwasher, Magic SakSak has created the Reusable Silicone Dishwashing Glove. It combines your usual cleaning gloves and sponge to make dishwashing quick and easy. No bacteria-breeding dishcloths left sitting in the sink. 

Silicone Dishwashing Gloves 2-Pack, available on Amazon

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Clip-On Spoon Rest

Clip-On Spoon Rest

Any spoon rest can catch the drippings after you stir your pot of chili or something but in the end, you will still have to wash the spoon rest. Well, never again thanks to this stainless steel clip! It attaches to the side of your pot or saucepan and cradles your spoon so the drippings won't fall directly onto your stovetop! 

Stainless Steel Spoon Dock, available on Amazon

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Baggy Holder

Baggy Holder

You’ve got your leftovers in one hand and a Ziploc bag in the other. The end result? Half your food in the bag, the other half on the counter (if not the floor). The Baggy Rack will replace your hand by nestling your baggy in its v-shaped stand and clipping the tops to keep it open. Now you can have full control of your food transfer and not have to wipe up a single crumb. Comes in two or more packs.

Baggy Rack, available on Amazon

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Folding Cutting Board

Folding Cutting Board

You’ve sliced your mushrooms and peppers and they’re headed for your stir fry, but oops, half of them are now in the floor because they’ve slipped through your fingers! The folding cutting board takes the suspense out of your veggie conveyance by folding up along the sides and acting as a chute for your hard work to slide right into your skillet. The Chop2Pot Foldable Cutting Board is $16.50 on Amazon and worth every penny in saved vegetables.

Foldable Plastic Cutting Board, available on Amazon

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Table Vacuum

Table Vacuum

Ever tried to get your kids to help out around the house? It’s not an easy task, but this mini table vacuum makes it easier. Its colorful critter design fits snuggly in their palm and will help teach your messy misfits to clean up after themselves. They’ll get a kick out of letting their ladybug, turtle or bumblebee gobble up the crumbs leftover from their favorite snack!  

Portable Mini Tabletop Vacuum, available on Amazon

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Spill Stopper

Spill Stopper

You’re boiling some macaroni and you step away from the stove only to hear, moments later, the sound of water cascading over the pot and sizzling into a sticky film on the burner. And whether your stove sports a classic metal coil or slick glass top, that gunky residue is no fun to scrub. With a spill stopper lid cover, however, you’ll no longer have to worry about boiling spills. It’s a silicone lid that, once placed on top of you pot or pan, prevents spillage, allowing you to multitask instead of constantly watching the boiling pot! Comes in a two-pack.

Spill Stopper Lid Cover, available on Amazon

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Magic Stone

Magic Stone

The grill may not exactly be in your kitchen, but the principle is the same: You cook, you clean, but you want to do less of the latter. And after grilling up a juicy steak or some spicy kabobs, your grill is covered in their charred remains. The grilling stone cleaner makes the job so much easier and so much faster. It’s completely "green" and will not absorb any bacteria-supporting liquid or grime. Its rough texture requires only slight pressure to magically erase your cooked-on cookout. 

Grilling Stone Cleaner, available on Amazon

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Clip-On Garbage Bag Holder

Clip-On Garbage Bag Holder

When you’ve finished peeling the veggies, you scoop up as much of the mess as you can and head for the trash can, inevitably leaving a trail of peels in your wake. But it doesn’t have to be this way! This cabinet clip-on garbage bag holder clips onto your cabinet so you can toss those pesky peels with a simple swipe of your hand. Now you can cart the whole mess safely to the trash without creating another mess on the way!

Clip-On Garbage Bag Holder, available on Amazon

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Spice Rack Carousel

Spice Rack Carousel

A spice rack carousel cuts down on the time you spend wiping spilled spices off your countertops. Its 16 rotating canisters allow for storage and easy pouring of your favorite herbs and spices. 

16-Glass Jar Carousel Spice Rack, available on Amazon

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Parchment Paper

Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is easily one of the most overlooked everyday items you can buy for your kitchen. It's simply a sheet of paper coated lightly with silicone, allowing it to be completely non-stick, no matter what you place on top of it. It makes removal easy, so there’s no crumbly mess to scrape off your pan before washing!

Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper, available on Amazon

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Rub-A-Way Bar

Rub-A-Way Bar

You know that smell that clings to your fingers after you peel an onion or some garlic or when you handle raw fish. You scrub and scrub and scrub some more and you still have stinky fingers. The Rub-A-Way may not cut down on your dishwashing time but it definitely cuts down the time you have to spend cleaning yourself up after preparing those foul-fragrant ingredients. Just rub it between your hands under water like you would a bar of soap. One wash. No soap. No stink!

Rub-A-Way Bar 2-pack, available on Amazon

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Clip-On Strainer

Clip-On Strainer

Straining a pot of pasta doesn’t seem like it would be that messy...until you dump half the noodles in the sink and the other half on the stove when you try to dump them back in your pot. Maybe you’re not the most coordinated cook in your kitchen, but there’s no need to hang your head. The Clip-On strainer attaches to the pot and allows you to strain without spillage or loss of noodles. And there's no need to dirty a colander since your pasta never has to leave its pot!

Clip-On Strainer, available on Amazon

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The Dipr Ultimate Cookie Spoon

The Dipr Ultimate Cookie Spoon

This product is so much fun it won’t even seem like you're trying to keep your table clean! The Dipr Ultimate Cookie Spoon fits an Oreo or any other sandwich cookie perfectly into its crook for precise dunking into a cold glass of milk. No more soggy clumps of cookie glued to the bottom of your glass! The Dipr gives you enough grip and control to avoid dropping your cookie and causing a splash. Amazon carries them in a variety of colors.

The Dipr Ultimate Cookie Spoon, available on Amazon

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Hover Cover

Hover Cover

Nine times out of 10, whatever you put in your microwave is going to explode—at least a little! And we all do our best to ignore the mess and go right on nuking our saucy leftovers as the splatter turns into a hardened, multi-scented coating on the inside of your microwave. The Hover Cover eliminates this extra inside layer by covering your food while you turn it into lava, and protecting your microwave walls by catching the splatter. It even comes with four microwave-safe polymer-coated magnets that attach to the roof of your microwave for easy storage. Hover Cover fits in all microwaves.

Hover Cover Magnetic Microwave Splatter Lid, available on Amazon

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Yolky Egg Separator

Yolky Egg Separator

Just cracking an egg can be messy enough, let alone separating it. You get the slimy spillage all over the counter and your hands. Whether you need the whites or the yolks, you almost always eventually drop one in with the other and have to start all over. The egg separator handles your eggs with care as it hangs over the top of your bowl and does all the separating for you. 

Stainless Steel Egg Separator, available on Amazon

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Oven Liners

Oven Liners

Nobody in the history of cooking actually enjoys cleaning the oven. Between the heat and the fumes from the cleaning sprays and the layers of carbonized casserole drippings, it’s the most arduous of kitchen chores. Grill Magic heavy-duty non-stick oven liners to the rescue! Made of heat-resistant Teflon coated fiberglass, they can be used on either side and are non-stick. They fit most standard sized ovens and will work with both electric and gas. Throw away those cans of toxic cleaning foam and let these disposable liners catch your mess. 

Non-Stick Heavy Duty Oven Liners, available on Amazon

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Anti-Spill Soup Spout

Anti-Spill Soup Spout

The Anti-Spill Soup Spout is not only good for pouring soup from pot to bowl, but it’s also great for canning and preserving. You won’t need any dripping ladles or funnels for transfer as this heat resistant, flexible silicone funnel fits tightly to any pot allowing easy controlled pouring. It’s flexibility also allows you to pour neatly from jars and bottles without having to wipe them down afterward. 

Silicone Slip-On Spout Funnel, available on Amazon

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Immersion Handheld Blender

Immersion Handheld Blender

Want a smoothie or a milkshake? No need to break out that clunky blender with its giant glass pitcher and pedestal of many buttons. Leave your counter space free with an Immersion Hand Held Blender. You want your smoothie in a glass or travel cup so pour your ingredients in one and mix them there. You only have to wash your cup and rinse your blending wand at the end of the day. The Betty Crocker Hand Blender not only blends but chops, minces, and purees for the soup lover on the go.

Betty Crocker Hand Blender, available on Amazon

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Mandoline Slicer

Mandoline Slicer

The Adjustable Mandoline Slicer makes slicing veggies a breeze and eliminates the need for a knife and cutting board, making your clean-count one instead of two. This particular model comes with interchangeable slicers, allowing you to slice, chop, julienne, and grate for under $20.

Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, available on Amazon

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Stove Guard

Stove Guard

These Teflon-coated fiberglass mats work much like an oven liner. They fit snugly under a metal coil or gas burner and collect any over boil or spillage that might occur. You simply peel them back up and dispose, leaving you with a surface free of burnt on run-off.

8-Pack of Gas Stove Burner Covers, available on Amazon

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Dish Squeegee

Dish Squeegee

If only you didn’t have to waste time pre-soaking your cookware before you can actually wash it. Whether you’re handwashing or prepping for the dishwasher, a dish squeegee makes leftover residue removal simple and swift with a swipe down your plate or baking dish.

Silicone Dish Squeegee, available on Amazon

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Silicone Baking Mat

Silicone Baking Mat

Say goodbye to greasing and buttering your bakeware. It’s messy and doesn’t always work. A silicone baking mat makes your baking cleaner and a little healthier by replacing the greasy fat of butter and oil with a non-stick silicone mat that can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Silchef Silicone Baking Mats come in a pack of 3 with different sizes and measuring marks along the edges. They’re non-toxic and FDA approved.

Silchef Silicone Baking Mat, available on Amazon

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Herb Grinder

Herb Grinder

Not everyone uses the ole mortar and pestle anymore, but a lot of us do enjoy a freshly ground herb when we're feeling especially clever in the kitchen. There are many ways to grind up fresh herbs, but the cleanest is an herb grinder. No choppy mess on a cutting board or multi-pronged scissors to have to wash without actually washing because we all know they’ll rust the first chance they get. The Golden Bell 2” Herb Grinder not only smoothly grinds your herbs with its frictionless Poly-O ring, but uses a mesh screen to separate any pollen, and its magnetized lid prevents any spillage.

Golden Bell Herb Grinder, available on Amazon

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Reusable Food Bags

Reusable Food Bags

Cutting down on cleanup also means reducing waste. And one way to achieve this is with reusable food bags. Single-use plastic bags are great for lunchboxes but bad for the environment. These reusable bags, however, store your snacks and leftovers safely and with a nod to the environment. 

Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags, available on Amazon

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Vegetable Chopper

Vegetable Chopper

The Fullstar Vegetable Chopper will render your knives and cutting boards useless. You won’t need to scoop anything up afterward either because it all lands in a tidy little tub. This baby chops, dices, and spiralizes with interchangeable rust-resistant stainless steel blades that can be stored neatly in the underneath container when not in use. The storage container can also keep your veggies nice and fresh for those who like to do their dinner prep ahead of time. Just pop all the pieces in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Fullstar Vegetable Chopper, available on Amazon

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Grill Mat

Grill Mat

Once again, the grill may not be in the kitchen, but it’s no less an important part of your cooking arsenal. And as much as you love your grill, you do not love trying to flip a piece of fish without it falling to pieces, or all the BBQ seeping off of your chicken and into the coals. This Copper Grill Mat will save both your fish and your Que without sacrificing those fancy grill marks that let everyone know just how good a cook you are. The copper allows even transfer of heat throughout your meat and is also dishwasher safe. No scrubbing and scraping for you, just sit back and scarf down.

Copper Grill Mat, available on Amazon

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Kitchen Scraper

Kitchen Scraper

You know that sticky, floury mess left on your countertop after rolling out some pie crust or kneading dough for a flaky loaf of bread? Kitchen scrapers can make it go away! It can also scoop up every last leaf of your finely chopped herbs and spices and carry them to your cookware with ease. 

Multipurpose Kitchen Scrapers Set of 4, available on Amazon

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Pancake Batter Dispenser and Mixer

Pancake Batter Dispenser and Mixer

There are plenty of pancake pouring devices out there, but this one does more than just pour, it mixes and stores too! Instead of a mixing bowl and a whisk and a Tupperware to save what’s left, you dirty only one dish by pouring all of you batter ingredients into the dispenser and closing the lid. Turn the crank on top and watch as the built-in whisk does all the work for you. Dispense and enjoy. Didn’t use all the batter? It’s already sealed away so just refrigerate until next time! Vebo Batter Dispenser and Mixer ($19.99) also works for cupcake batter!

Pancake Batter Dispenser and Mixer, available on Amazon

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Clever Tongs

Clever Tongs

Clever Tongs by Allstar Innovations are indeed as clever as they sound. Imagine yourself scooping up some chicken nuggets or filling a taco only to have the bits fall right through your tongs and onto the floor or countertop. It’s just one more mess to clean up before you get to eat. Clever Tongs will ensure this never happens again! Their crafty tong and spatula combo makes for easy picking and mess-free flipping. They can also withstand heat up to 500 degrees and are dishwasher safe.

Clever Tongs, available on Amazon

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Squeegee Measuring Cup

Squeegee Measuring Cup

Cooking with ingredients like honey and peanut butter can be fun but messy, and you almost never get the full amount out of your measuring cup. There's always a layer of goop that has to soak for a while before it can be washed. The Oxo Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup uses a squeegee-like plunger to ensure you get to use every last drop of your sticky stuff. Just slide the plunger to the desired amount and fill. Your gooey ingredients leave nothing behind as the squeegee glides back up the cup, taking everything with it. And for $11.99 you’ll save more than you’ll spend by not wasting any ingredients.

Oxo Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup, available on Amazon

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Bottle-Cleaning Beans

Bottle-Cleaning Beans

Cleaning reusable bottles has never been as cute as it is now. These bean pod-shaped sponges get the job done in just a few shakes! Each sponge is weighted to allow for efficient scrubbing without any smelly bottle wands or elbow grease. 

Bean-shaped Bottle Cleaning Sponge, available on Amazon

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Magic Eraser

Magic Eraser

These miracle-working sponges will have you singing abracadabra at how quickly they erase food splatter and that greasy film that can build up on your cabinet doors.

25-Pack Magic Cleaning Eraser Sponges, available on Amazon

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