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1. A squeeworthy set of bird sponges complete with a suction! cup! perch! so they can hang out on the side of your sink when not in use. Perchfection.

red bird shaped sponge sitting on perch attached to side of reviewer's sink

the perch and sponges that look like four different types of birds

Promising review: “Adorable and functional. Yes, these absolutely are as cute as you hope they’re going to be. These four little birds and their perch come packaged in a slim cardboard box. The sponges themselves are surprisingly thick and sturdy — very well made for a novelty item. They have a typical spongey part in the middle and a scrubby part on the outside. All of them fit perfectly on the plastic perch, which has a great little suction cup to attach to your sink. These would make a great gift as well as a fun addition to your own kitchen!” —CMD

Get a set of four and a perch from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in 13 other quirky designs).

2. An adjustable measuring cup from the kitchen geniuses at Oxo to eliminate eyeballing and guesstimating for good. Plus, the adjustable body can also be used like a squeegee to push out all of even the stickiest ingredients.

the cup adjusted to a smaller size holding batter

hands using the adjustable bottom to push out a thick substance

Amazon

It can expand to hold up to 2 cups.

Promising review: “I love love love these. It’s the ONLY way to measure peanut butter, Crisco, and other spackle-like ingredients. No more scraping and scraping to get peanut butter out of your measuring cup, and you’ll get out 99.9% of the peanut butter you put into the cup! That never happens with a regular measuring cup. Easy to clean too. I’m forever forgetting which way to take it apart and reassemble it, but it only goes two ways (lol) so it doesn’t take long to figure it out.” —sandy s

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

3. And a sliding adjustable measuring spoon that can slide from a quarter to a full teaspoon on one end and a half to a full tablespoon on the other, so you won’t need to clutter your drawer or dishwasher with a full set of measuring spoons. Honestly, why do the regular, nonadjustable versions exist at all?

spoons holding a tablespoon of salt and oil

spoon with sliding panel with measurement markings

Amazon

Promising review: “One measuring spoon to replace several…how can you go wrong? The two pieces completely separate so you can wash it thoroughly! Pleased with my purchase and the amount of room it just freed up in my drawer!” —zonneschijn

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

4. An impressive peanut butter knife specially designed to get EVERY LAST DROP of goodness out of the jar, without getting your hands all sticky. It’ll save you money, mess, and meal-prep time.

long knife with curved end and red handle next to a peanut butter jar

jar scraped clean

Promising review: “It will save your life! Give you wings! Make you taller! More handsome! It will reverse male-pattern baldness!! It will teach your dog to behave! Has been known to bring feuding families back to an amicable place of respect and love! Your glass will always be half full! You will suddenly find yourself only grabbing on-sale items grocery shopping (by accident even!). Just having one PB-Jife in the household has been noted as a confirmed good luck charm and beacon for positivity and fortune to befall you!* Two days on Amazon Prime later, and here I am full of life, typing this with my CLEAN HANDS AND KNUCKLES! After just scraping the bottom of a big ol’peanut butter jar out in two seconds effortlessly. It might look big and awkward (it’s a monster of a one-use tool), but seriously if you have an intense dislike for getting PB on your fingertips dealing with jars — this is the solution you’ve been looking for. Long live PB-Jife.

*Will not do anything in that first paragraph. I’m sorry.” —CW

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

5. Ingenious can protector lids no soda or seltzer drinker should be without. Not only will these miraculously keep your half-consumed cans carbonated and fresh, but you can also pop the top down between sips to prevent leaks and spills!

clear rubber can cover with lid up

reviewer holding covered can horizontally to show leak proof

Promising review: “Where have you been all my life? These lids are wonderful. I’m no longer throwing away a partial can of soda. They really secure on the can and with the lift-up lid you don’t even have to take them off the can to pour the contents. The remaining contents stay like the can was never opened.” —Joseph L. Showaker

Get a six-pack from from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors and six quantity options).

6. A Tacosaurus so the ~rex~ of your taco Tuesday won’t get all over you plate, tablecloth, and person. This fearsome friend can hold two tacos or other slim foods like sandwiches or donuts and will go down in (pre)history for how much fun he makes suppertime.

green t rex figure holding two hard shell tacos on his back

It’s top-rack dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “My son loves this. He has leftovers just to use it again. Makes tacos for dinner so much more fun and easy, as I can fill it up and it doesn’t tip over. I never put two in at a time because I don’t want the second taco getting cold, but one with two slots was all I could find. But that didn’t matter — this was the best money I have spent in a while.” —Tia Lopez

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

7. A convenient condiment fork you can store around the snack jar itself, so you won’t ever find yourself ~in a pickle~ and have to stick your fingers in the brine. If necessity is the mother of invention, whoever invented this must have similar snacking habits to me.

A reviewer photo of the three-pronged fork leaning against a pickle jar

The fork in its holder, which has a stretchy band fastened on the jar just below the lid

It’s top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy gadget to have. This comes with two rings — one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in (I could eat a whole jar of those in one sitting). The pickle fork thingie is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket at the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more…civilized!” —PT Cruiser

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

8. An efficient nonstick, carbon steel lasagna pan that’ll let you to cook for folks with different preferences and diets all at once, so you can truly be the host with the most.

reviewer making three lasagnas labeled meat, vegetarian, and vegan in the pan

another reviewer's pan with three types of pasta

I’ll also turn every piece into the best kind of piece — an edge piece. In addition to lasagna, you can also use it for baking bread or layers for a layer cake!

Promising review: “As someone who has a child (now a teenager) that will not eat any form of cheese, this pan is amazing! I typically avoid making any food that has cheese mixed into it, but now I can make him a section without cheese and the rest of us our regular cheesy goodness. Another benefit to this pan is how well the portions slice. One cut with the spatula gives you a perfectly formed square. Each section makes four regular-sized portions for our family.” —TLC101

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

9. And an ingenious split pie pan made for anyone who is either super indecisive about flavors or who has a smaller household. You can make two types at once *or* make only half if you’re craving gooey apple goodness but a full pie would just go to waste.

reviewer's pie pan with blueberry on one side and strawberry on the other

You also don’t have to decide between buying this or a regular pie pan, because the split bottom is removable and it also comes with a regular bottom!

Promising review: “I love cherry and he loves apple, but to make two pies would be such a waste since it’s just the two of us at home, and buying store-bought pie just isn’t the same. This was the perfect solution. I LOVE IT!” —Sherry S.

Get it from Amazon for $17.03.

10. A universal jar opener to make opening any jar or bottle a breeze, all while taking up — get this — ZERO drawer space.

reviewer's hand using the opener attached to the bottom of a cabinet

It comes with peel-and-stick adhesive and three screws to easily install it!

Promising review: “My husband installed this under a kitchen cabinet for me. Because I have small arthritic hands, I couldn’t open any jar by myself. This opener has made it possible for me to open any jar or bottle. All you do is hold the item firmly inside the opener and then turn the base of the item clockwise. And voila! Your jar is opened. This has worked on every jar/bottle I have tried. It is also very unobtrusive because of its low profile.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

11. An amazing all-purpose tool that’s a spoon, slotted spoon, turner, spatula, and sharp cutting edge all in one sleek package.

It’s dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This tool is the best thing in my kitchen currently. It literally does everything it should and does it well. Pro tip: instead of using two forks to shred chicken, use one fork and the sharp edge of this thing. It pretty much changed my life.” —Joey Campbell

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A wonderfully whimsical monster colander, which must have been designed by a comedic genius. I’d like to take a look inside that person’s ~noodle~.

the yellow colander with handles that look like monster eye stalks

Amazon

Promising review: “My wife received this as a Christmas gift from me, and she smiles every time she pulls it out from its home in the cabinet. That alone makes it worth 5 stars in my book, but it is also sized nicely (just slightly smaller than a standard colander), is made of very strong plastic, and has extremely expressive eyes which make for great handles. What’s not to like?” —Gentleman Rook

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

13. A simple-yet-brilliant lid organizer with adjustable dividers so you can finally, finally, FINALLY find the lid that actually fits the container you’re using. *Extremely dramatic infomercial voice* If your reusable container drawer looks like a lawless wasteland, please know that you’re not alone — but there is hope.

Promising review: “This product does exactly what it’s supposed to and does it well. In under 15 minutes I took my nightmare lid drawer and turned it into a functional, convenient storage space. The dividers were simple to install and provided flexibility. Slowly but surely I am getting my tiny, chaotic kitchen under control, and this got me a huge leap closer.” —S. Hawthorn

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four styles).

14. The Thaw Claw, a handy tool you can attach to the bottom of your sink to keep packages of food in place while you thaw them underwater. ~Meat~ the product that’ll help you thaw your protein in under half an hour, up to seven times (!!!) faster than usual.

Thaw Claw is a Black-owned business that’s been featured on Shark Tank, HSN, and Good Morning America!

Promising review: “At first this looked gimmicky, but I saw a need for something like this. I use vacuum bags to freeze my meat and with our schedules, thawing out our meal for that evening often includes placing the frozen block in water to thaw in a reasonable time. Without this item, I was left to put a heavy pot or iron skillet on top to keep it in submerged to speed the thawing process. This device, with its suction base and spread design, keeps the food item under its fingers to allow the thawing process to complete in less than half the time by just putting it in the water. And before you object, ‘that’s not safe, the temperature will rise too much and promote bacteria growth’ — I have ServSafe certs. I know my time and temp levels and those are in no way even close to approaching the danger zone unless you leave it for hours before cooking. I recommend this item for anyone, but especially anyone who has time constraints for evening dinner prep or any other time for that matter.” —mudhen7

Learn more about safe food thawing methods here.

Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in four colors).

15. A magnetic Stranger Things dishwasher sign you can simply flip ~upside down~ to let your friends, fam, and roommates know that nasty things lurk inside.

the sign with one side that says clean with the kids on bikes and the other says dirty with a kid being chased by a demogorgon

creature crawling out of a dishwasher with the magnet on it

Always Fits

Always Fits is a wonderfully quirky small biz based in Massachusetts with a huge selection of cheeky and pop-culture-inspired gifts.

Get it from Always Fits for $16.95.

16. A sponge holder that doubles as a dish soap pump — just press down to immediately get the perfect amount of soap ready to use on your sponge, without making a sticky, sudsy mess of your sink area. Anything that makes doing the dishes a teeny bit less obnoxious is a major win, amirite?

hand pushing down on a sponge in a caddy above the soap container

Amazon

Promising review: “Family approved! Amazing soap dispenser!! Easy soap installation. To activate the pump, push down at least four times. Perfect amount dispensed for effectively washing dishes or using in the sink area; two pushes down with wet sponge seems to be sufficient. I have adult children who pour dish soap on the sponge, with so much wasted, we lose money on soap. This is a game changer! Our family loves this soap dispenser, looking forward to not wasting so much dish soap at one time.” —M.Mercer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

17. Lemon-scented, Shark Tank-famous Scrub Daddy sponges ingeniously designed to be odor-resistant and scratch-free, with eye holes that make an easy grip and a mouth for scrubbing both sides of smaller objects at once. It’ll also adjust to your needs by becoming soft in hot water and firm in cold. Forgive me for saying this, but yes, Daddy.

reviewer holding round yellow smiley face sponge

hands reaching deep into a vase with fingers through sponge eye holes and text

You can even clean ’em in the dishwasher! Check out BuzzFeed’s full Scrub Daddy write-up.

Promising review: “Best sponge best value. This product is awesome. My wife and I live in a dishwasher-free apartment so we wash everything by hands. I decided to give this a try in lieu of microwaving my sponges in vinegar to get rid of the smell…ugh I hate sponge smell. This sponge never smells. Like ever…no more sponge smell on your hands! It slowly disintegrates, which basically has very small pieces flake off and go down the drain. Mine using it daily (multiple times a day) lasted one month. I use this sponge on all my pots and pans and nonstick areas…it is awesome! It cleans very well and for really tough areas and with the cold water it gets very hard and you can scrub away without fear of ruining your nonstick. Again…it is awesome!” —TyToshi

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

18. A genius slicing tool that’ll allow you to hold tricky foods like cherry tomatoes, shrimp, bread, meat, and bagels steady without putting your fingers in harm’s way. It’ll also seriously reduce your chopping time when you’re prepping a salad!

hands holding the handle on top of the white device, with cherry tomatoes held between the top and bottom parts so they can all be cut at once

hands using the tool to slice chicken breast horizontally

Amazon

It’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

Promising review: “Where has this been all my life? I love this gadget! It’s so simple. Trust me…if you cut tomatoes in half, just do it!! It’s so easy to use. You do need to pretty much fill it up; you can’t just put three or four tomatoes in. Also, don’t press too hard, just lightly rest your hand on top and use a VERY sharp knife for best results. If your knife is dull this will not work! And if you cut raw chicken breasts in half, buy two, because you can use one for that as well!! Just make sure you label it ‘raw chicken’ and only use it for that.” —Leah

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in five colors).

19. A beyond clever microwavable popcorn lid you can ~pop~ right over the bowl of kernels to melt your butter as you go. No more unevenly distributed butter for you!

yellow lid with five slots for butter pads over bowl of popcorn kernels

Lockwood

It is BPA free and dishwasher safe and can also be used for steaming veggies! It’s available at Lockwood, a queer- and woman-owned, Queens, NY–based gift shop that has everything from cute home goods to fab accessories to beauty and wellness goodies to stationery!

Get it from Lockwood for $13.95.

20. An adorbs cactus bottle brush set primarily designed for scrubbing all the tricky nooks and crannies of baby bottles, but would work for grown-up drinking vessels, too. Plus, they’ll double as cute decor for your countertop!

white pot with four brushes with cactus shaped handles sticking out

the brushes pulled out to reveal the bristles

Promising review: “I’m sad I found this after my kids were done with baby bottles, but happy to have it now to use with water bottles. It’s a much more stylish version of the typical bottle scrubber. It very easy to clean as the top pops off and you can scrub the inside. I love that I can buy the refill brushes as the current ones wear out too.” —Brittany

Get a set of four brushes plus a holder from Amazon for $15.99.

21. A genius microwave- and dishwasher-safe bowl complete with a handle, lid, and removable phone stand (!!!!) to enable peak laziness as you indulge in some ramen, pasta, soup, or cereal for one with the greatest side dish of all — YouTube.

model eating ramen out of bowl with phone propped horizontally on it

bowls with pink and green lids, one holding phone and grapes

Amazon

Promising review: “It’s very light, with a huge capacity for soups, salads, mac ‘n’ cheese, spaghetti, stews, etc. If I didn’t have any dishes, this actually would be the only thing I need other than a plate. Love the lid, as you can put it in the microwave, and the top does not blow off. It WILL stain with tomato-based sauces. Who cares, as long as I’ve got my bowl, I’m happy! Great for camping as it is virtually weightless. 🙂 It’s pretty much indestructible.” —Sheryl L. Ketchum

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

22. An oh-so-helpful plastic bag holder for those moments when you feel like you’d need one or two additional limbs to stop meal prep from being such a mess. We’ve all been there — so why have we lived without these for so long?

green clips holding plastic bag upright and open on a reviewer's counter

reviewer spooning meat sauce into a bag held open by the product

Promising review: “I prep my meals a month at a time and these make it much more convenient. These are especially helpful with raw meat, as I can use two hands while prepping the food and don’t have to worry about keeping one clean to open the bag. I’ve also used them to portion out servings and ounces of meat when placed on a scale. They’re not made of anything incredibly strong, but they’re sturdy enough for full Ziploc bags of food.” —Julie M

Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

23. A super-useful washable, reusable, biodegradable towel made to do (and excel at) one very specific job. Namely, absorb all the grease from your bacon with less waste than just using a paper towel.

bacon on the reusable towel

Green City Living/Amazon Handmade

Just use it to blot bacon like you would a normal paper towel, then soak it in hot water and degreasing dish soap and toss it in the washer to be used again. This genius creation is from a Colorado-based small biz that makes fabric alternatives to all sorts of disposable household products.

Promising review: “Best thing ever. We try to be as sustainable as we can. I hated buying paper towels for bacon grease because we would always use them for everything else because they were there. Now that I have this fancy little towel, we no longer buy paper towels and I am beyond happy. It also cleans very well!” —Kelly Rooney

Get it from Green City Living on Amazon Handmade for $14.99.

24. A special “bib” for your splashy faucet, which I’m less amazed someone thought of and more amazed no one (including me) thought of *before.*

mats in various sizes and colors hugging bottoms of kitchen sinks

the blue mat with a cutout hole to wrap around faucet head

Hustle Sew Shop/Etsy

It’s from an Oregon-based small business, and you can also message the seller for a custom design.

Promising review: “LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care. Highly recommended!” —Alina

Get it from Hustle Sew Shop on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

25. A spoopy silicone witch who’ll cast her spell on you by being a double-duty helper — she can hold spoons *and* keep your pot vented to release steam!

purple witch figure attached to side of reviewers pot, holding spoon like she's riding it as a broom and keeping the lid propped open

the product holding another reviewer's spoon over a pot

Promising review: “Agatha accidentally took a ride through the garbage disposal; she came out unscathed. My mom has asked me for one every time she comes over because it’s so cute. Finally after months, Agatha was in stock, and I was able to buy my mother one as well. It’s small and doesn’t take up much space considering it’s a novelty…and VERY durable (hence the successful ride through the garbage disposal).” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

26. The ChopStir, designed to (you guessed it) both chop and stir whatever you’ve got cooking, as well as ~crush~ the job of crushing ingredients. It’s made from heat-resistant nylon, is dishwasher safe, and won’t damage nonstick surfaces. Your other cooking tools will be jealous!

reviewer chopping ground beef in a pan with the long-handled, four-blade tool

model using it to crush berries

Promising review: “I bought this about six years ago. I was just using it a moment ago, and thought how much utility I have gotten out of it. I decided I owed it a review. I use it primarily for ground beef, but it proves very handy to have right next to my stove for many uses, including any time I want to chop something up once it is in the pan cooking (duh). Sometimes I use it to break up veggies or beans (or whatever) when making chili. It’s great for getting ground beef to the consistency I want. I gave it 4/5 on cleaning because sometimes it does take a bit of time to get food off of the blades, but no biggie. This chop stirrer has been extremely durable. It is a quality product. Normally, I wouldn’t bother with a review, but I wanted to reward a well-designed quality product that has endured.” —Brianmellow

Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available in three colors).

27. An ~inconceivably~ hilarious decal for your Instant Pot to warn your family members what’s coming. Unlike revenge, it’ll be a dish best served hot.

instant pot with sticker of Inigo from

BlueMoonFlowerDesign/Etsy

This New Mexico-based small biz has lots of cool stickers and decals!

Promising review: “Hilarious and applied without any trouble at all.” —

Matt Fox

Get it from BlueMoonFlowerDesign on Etsy for $5.25+ (available in three sizes and 31 colors).

28. The Guac-Lock, an amazing airtight container that’ll allow you to enjoy guacamole goodness for days on end with no browning. It’s the scientific advancement we always knew we needed but never thought possible — dreams really do come true.

The clear and green cylindrical container

The reviewer's fresh-looking guacamole

Promising review: “This thing works! This picture (on the right) is 6-day-old guacamole. It’s as green and fresh as it was the day I made it! I can’t believe it. Amazing.” —Janice Hell

Get it from Amazon for $18.83.

29. A low-key genius burger holder sure to make anyone who tends to make a mess while eating feel super seen. No more spilling on your shirt, losing precious toppings out the back of the bun, or having to strategically calculate which bites to take for minimum mess. It’s great for when you’re on the go without real plates available, too.

Hand holding a burger in the white half-circle holder

model holding a burger in the holder with one hand

Amazon

It’s dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “I have neuropathy and everything I pick up to eat turns into a squashed mess, so as soon as I saw this I ordered it. First hamburger I’ve eaten without it turning into a mess in years. I loaded up the burger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and mayo, and every bite was delicious!! I LOVE IT!!!!!” —Paul Roup

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

30. A ~fantastically~ funny unicorn horn for your KitchenAid mixer that should win every design award known to man (and mythological equine), because it’s pretty much the only thing that could make your favorite kitchen gadget better.

The golden unicorn horn on a white KitchenAid mixer

Inceptualize3D/Etsy

This Atlanta-based small business stocks so many super creative 3D-printed home goods!

Promising review: “Look, no one knows how much they NEED this till they stumble across it, say drunk on a Tuesday. This has EXCEEDED my expectations and I’m in love. Thank you!!!!” —Sherry VerWey

Get it from Inceptualize3D on Etsy for $12 (available in 10 colors).

31. A game-changing microwave pasta cooker you just fill with water and noodles (there’s a line on the side that shows you how much), heat in the microwave for 12-ish minutes, and bam — you’ve got dinner. Boiling water? I don’t know her.

Hands using the clear rectangular cooker with the lid on to drain the water out of noodles

A reviewer's plate of spaghetti

Two of the most basic facts about me are that 1) I love pasta and 2) I’m lazy as heck. Cooking pasta is pretty easy, even for someone like me who rarely cooks. But still, it’s a little more than I want to do when I’m feeling hungry and/or burnt out to wait for the water to boil and have to wash the pot and colander when I’m done. What I really needed was something that could have the whole process done in under 15 minutes and that I could just toss in the dishwasher.

Enter the Fasta Pasta (great name btw). I’m really amazed by what a game-changer it is, as well as how user-friendly it is. It comes with a booklet of instructions on how long to cook/how much pasta and water to use for all different shapes of pasta, plus there’s an extended list on the product’s website. All you have to do is measure out the pasta and fill the tub with water to the appropriate fill line, then microwave it on high for the noted amount of time. When it’s done, you pop on the lid, which has convenient handles. I was nervous about using my bare hands to take this out of the microwave even with the handles, but amazingly it doesn’t get that hot! The lid also has a built-in strainer, which is perfect for both helping you fill the Fasta Pasta with a precise amount of water and for straining once the pasta is cooked. Then voila! You’ve got pasta! Check out my full Fasta Pasta review (#2), and yes, please cast me in an infomercial about it.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

32. Whimsical bird-shaped glasses that truly put the “tail” in “cocktail” and can’t be ~beak~ for your next happy hour — they’ll put all your plain glasses to shame.

cocktail in glass with stem that looks like the bird's legs and opening at the tail

rosé in the glasses with flower sticking out from the tail

Promising review: “Quirky and fun. How can you NOT like drinking from a bird butt?! OK, they’re silly and I found them at a restaurant in Cancun then ordered on Amazon. But they’re adorable. They don’t hold a lot — think martini or shot. Mine came with cleaning brushes which was a nice touch. They’re kinda impossible to clean otherwise. Glass quality is good. No scratches. Well packed too.” —Tim O.

Get them from Amazon: two for $22.97 or four for $39.93.

33. A wall-mountable mixer attachment organizer, because your fave stand mixer attachments are sooo helpful, but also so bulky that they pose a very unique storage struggle.

white three-pronged bar holding three mixer attachments mounted under a cabinet

the product mounted vertically on a wall

3DHomeSolution/Etsy

This Texas-based small business stocks lots of helpful kitchen products, including plenty of other accessories for your prized KitchenAid mixer.

Promising review: “The second handy item from this seller that I’m loving! For years now, my mixer heads have taken up valuable space in my cabinet and when you have limited space, you look for solutions. This gadget is now installed under a cabinet out of the way. I think it actually looks like a bit of kitchen sculpture. A clever solution to keep clutter at bay!” —esmosmom

Get it from 3D Home Solution on Etsy for $12 (available in three colors and with your choice of Command strips or wood screws for mounting). You can also get a version that just holds a single attachment here.

34. An amazing stainless-steel bar that over 2,000 reviewers swear by for getting all kinds of kitchen smells off their hands. You use it just like you would a bar of real soap, and odor molecules bind with the steel molecules to leave your hands stink-free!

hand holding the bar

Amazon

It never needs to be replaced, and some people even say it works under their arms for busting B.O.! Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this bar.

Promising review: “Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen, and I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you’re trying to eat lunch. I originally got one of these because it’s safe to use in a zoo facility since it’s just steel, not something involving harsh chemicals that could harm the animals. It’s been working very well. Once I had success, I bought more for people who often cook with garlic, onions, meat, etc. I highly recommend this product!” —CamilleElise

Get it from Amazon for $8.64+ (available in three shapes).

35. A silly bed-shaped sponge holder for your trusty sponge to take a snooze while draining and to remind you to actually take that gross, germy thing out of the basin of your sink.

white bed shaped sponge holder with reviewer's sponge resting on it like a mattress

Promising review: “The moment I opened the package and saw my new sponge resting peacefully upon its little sponge bed, my heart fluttered. I had no idea a sponge could look so cute and vulnerable while simultaneously giving off such a proprietary air of strength and dominance. This bed raises the sponge to a new level. Literally. It equips even the most basic sponges with adorability and humor, but more than that, the bed represents a crowning of heightened status in the kitchen. To current sponges, it’s an achievement and a privilege. To future sponges, it’s an aspiration, a goal to look forward to. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I think in some way this bed is a gesture of my respect and appreciation…it’s like saying, ‘Hey, I see you. You do good work.’ and I think that’s beautiful.” —Alissa

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

36. A genius butter dish and grip set that’ll put your butter knife out of business. Just pop the stick straight onto the grip and spread away for hassle-free pan greasing.

It’s dishwasher safe and from a Miami-based small business!

Promising review: “Absolutely perfect. It holds a whole stick of butter and the butter stays in place — unlike some of the other products on the market that are supposed to serve the same purpose.” —Michelle

Get it from TheMagnetack on Etsy for $12.95.

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