I’d never really thought about how big of a pain cleaning a whisk is. I just thought you hand it off to your snot-nosed kids who lick the thing clean and that was that. But apparently plenty of people who bake far more than I do are sick of dealing with their messy whisks, because a recent Kickstarter campaign for the “Whisk Wiper” is attracting hordes of backers.
What makes the Whisk Wiper look so handy is a flexible plastic attachment that slides over the top of the whisk and settles down around the handle. According to the product’s creator, Matthew Michel, the idea came to him “while I was cleaning a whisk in my sink, wiping each loop between my fingers one at a time,” as he says in his Kickstarter video. “I simply wondered, Why can’t I wipe them all at once?” His invention solves this problem: When the wiper is slid off the whisk, it takes all the batter (or whatever you’re whisking) with it, making cleaning a breeze.