Everyone has that one miracle product they can’t stop raving about. More often than not, these lifesavers aren’t expensive or exciting — in fact, they’re so amazing because they’re so cheap and useful. Because all of us get a kick out of hearing about these products (you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t!), we wanted to round up some of the best. So we turned to you, our savvy readers, to gather the top, most can’t-live-without kitchen and home tools.
Here are the 15 most purchased and ultra-practical Amazon products from Kitchn readers. All but one are less than $25.
1. Full Circle Tenacious C Cast Iron Brush and Scraper, $8
Get this heavy-duty (but extremely affordable!) brush and scraper and say goodbye to pesky cast iron messes. It scrubs off burnt-on messes without, well, messing with that seasoning you’ve worked so hard to develop.
2. Green Gobbler BIO-Flow Drain Strips, $10
Your drain is working hard — give it a good, deep cleaning with these handy sticks, which promise to tackle odors and eliminate grease, oil, fat, and anything else that may be hanging out in there.
3. Keurig Descaling Solution, $9
Help ensure that your Keurig lasts as long as possible with this cleaner, which addresses buildup inside the machine. Simply using it every three to six months will make an impact, so it’s the perfect solution for even the busiest caffeine addicts.
4. Joseph Joseph DrawerStore Organizer Tray , $10
Looking for the best way to store utensils in a super-skinny kitchen drawer? This organizer does the trick. For what it’s worth, Kitchn’s Lifestyle Director, Lisa Freedman, is also obsessed with this thing.
5. Pure Organic Ingredients Mineral Oil, $7.50
How exactly can you use mineral oil? Let us count the ways. Whether you’re looking to remove a price sticker from that new mug, oil and maintain wooden cutting boards or spoons, or clean a stainless steal appliance, this handy solution will do the trick — for less than $8, nonetheless!
6. ThermoPro Instant Read Meat Thermometer, $13
This efficient, easy-to-use food thermometer will provide you with an accurate read while cooking without a fuss (did we mention that it’s easy to use?). No matter how good of a home cook you are, everyone can use a thermometer. It’s a fact.
7. Grab Green Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Powder, $15
Non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products are the way to go — especially for the dishes and glasses you use every day. Plus, this detergent powder is said to work even better than than your standard pods!
8. Homstek Wool Dryer Balls, $9 for six
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again — it’s time to stop using dryer sheets once and for all! Instead, pick up a pack of these dryer balls, which are reusable and chemical-free, plus shorten drying time. Don’t wash another load of kitchen towels without these.
9. OXO Good Grips Brussels Sprouts Slicer, $24
Don’t let the name fool you — this useful slicer can do way more than just Brussels sprouts! It turns sprouts (and other similarly sized veggies!) into perfectly sliced sheets. And we can confirm it yields amazing results.
10. LunchBots Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container, $42
Make any packed lunch feel a little more gourmet with this useful bento box that’s perfect for toting to school or work. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the layout, which ensures that nothing gets smashed or mixed together.
11. O-Cedar ProMist MAX Microfiber Spray Mop, $20
Dirty, dusty floors won’t stand a chance when this mop enters the picture. See why one of our writers thinks it’s way better than your typical Swiffer.
12. SUQI Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags, $16 for four
Trying to cut back on plastic bags but find yourself itching for a similar replacement? These reusable storage bags are the perfect alternative. This set of four — which you can use, rinse, and use again — runs much cheaper than other brands.
13. Lodge Miniature 3.5-Inch Skillet, $5
How cute is this mini skillet? Don’t discount its small size — it’s perfect for whipping up individual-sized servings of your favorite treats and is obviously easy to store, making it a no-brainer for those of us living alone in tiny spaces.
14. Maldon Smoked Sea Salt, $6 for 4.4 ounces
Flaky sea salt is a staple of kitchens everywhere nowadays, and this brand has some of the best sea salt out there. Check out some of our favorite ways to use this smoked version. (Hint: You can use it savory and sweet dishes!)
15. Fuginator Scrub Brush, $13
This scrub brush is the real deal and makes a major impact in both the kitchen and the bathroom. The handle ensures your hands and fingers won’t ache during long cleaning sessions, and the perfectly lined-up bristles make sure you’ll get the full length of grout.
Got anything else to add to this list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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