Living in the world will teach you a lot of lessons. Few are more important than this: You will rarely regret paying top dollar for a quality piece of equipment. Said another way: You will often regret buying cheap gear. The money you save is rarely worth the extra work you need to expend using a tool that can’t handle the job.
Kitchen cleaning is a daily dose of perdition that we all endure. It is an annoyance on the best days. On the worst, it is a straw ready to break many camels’ backs. Don’t attack it with anything less than the best. Here’s 11 kitchen cleaning items you should have locked and loaded. They’ll make your chores a simple matter.
The biggest suggestion we can make is to have a quality home drill on hand – larger boring tools can work – and getting brush attachments for it. You can get a set of bottle brushes, scrubbing sponges of various grit levels, and a quick way to make short work of caked on grease around ovens. A good drill and brush set is the homemakers’ best friend. Purchase: $30
OXO Stainless Steel Bottle Brush
If drill bits and power tools aren’t your style, a gentle manual brush is the path to peace. Whether you’re cleaning your water pipe or your champagne flutes, you should have a quality bottle brush on hand. Oxo offers their signature grabbable, grippable, gropable handle along with a steel rod for accurate movement. No plastic to bend or falter. Only a stiff scrubber capable of getting everything from baby bottles to mason jars clean. Purchase: $9
Color Coded Scrub Brushes
Sometimes the drill doesn’t go where you need, or you’d prefer to put your back into a job. To do this, we recommend a set of ergonomic scrub brushes. Start out with a stiff-bristled option, then buy softer ones in different colors. That way you’ll know at a glance how much stiffness the bristles bear. Purchase: $9
A set of rubber gloves is nice if you’re going to be watering plants. If you’re going to be sticking your hand into the steel of your stovetop, you should be wearing something serious. A good pair of gloves that reduces abrasion, fights off potential cuts, and creates a membrane against harsh chemicals is what you require. Those fingers need to be with you until you die. Purchase: $7
O Cedar EasyWring Mop & Bucket Combo
Made with braided, textured microfiber, this sops up spills and scrubs down stains with equal power. Short of industrial equipment, running in the hundreds of dollars, this is how the Lord of the Manor does floors. Purchase: $40
Vinegar & Baking Soda
When you encounter a problem, throwing one of these two products – or both – at it is usually the cure. Spotty glasses? Put them through a vinegar and soda rinse, or spritz them down with vinegar alone. Clogged pipes can be helped by dumping boiling water into them. Then pouring baking soda as deep as you can. Chase it with vinegar, and it’s a clog battling super soldier.
A funky trash bin can quickly be neutralized with either a vinegar spray or a baking soda rub-down. You can even put a small box of baking soda into the bottom of the bin, beneath the bag, and let it battle odors under the surface.
Don’t use your fingernail to dislodge anything stuck anywhere. You are going to be eating with that hand later, and it should be in a damn glove anyhow. Get a proper scraper or two for prying up nasty sugar or salt that’s decided to stay for a while. You’ll use them more than you think you will. Purchase: $9
Dish Soap Dispenser
You should never be more than a quick pump away from more dish soap. Do not underestimate how important it is to have a good pump atop a solid base. A split second is too long to wait. You should have fresh soap now. Purchase: $13
Modular Sink Head
There’s several ways to accomplish this. You can buy a full sink rig and do the plumbing installation yourself. You can have a pro do it, or you can use a simple conversion system. Whether you use a fancy new faucet or a simple rubber hose, you need to be able to move water directionally. Alternatively, you can use a sprayer pump dipped into a basin. However you do it, be able to move water precisely. It saves on scrubbing like you wouldn’t believe.
Brass or Steel Scrubbers
Be it Brillo pads or zinc netting, no kitchen should be divested of metal scrubbing items. There’s few better cures for dried food or baked-on crud. Start by soaking your problems away in some acidic vinegar, then finish the job with a bit of steel wool.
Sponge Drying Rack
A sponge is a bacterial hellscape if it’s not properly dried out. When you are done with your sponge, it should have a drying spot where it sits to bake away the bacteria. Germs love a wet, warm area, but die quickly when dried out. A sponge in the sink is a petri dish of disease. So clean your sponges well, and have a spot to dry them, or you’ll probably die.