15 Smart Kitchen Cleaning Tools for Home Cooks
From cast iron cleaning kits to bottle brushes.
A long day of cooking can often result in a messy kitchen—splatters of sauce here, pots and pans with crusty bottoms there, a full dishwasher and a sink that’s starting to fill up, too. But with the right tools, you can make your cleanup a little bit easier. There are scrubbers specifically designed for cleaning cast iron skillets, and crumb scrapers to help you get debris off your table. Read on to find out where you can get them.
Cast Iron Care Kit
Wondering how to clean your cast iron skillet? This kit from Lodge includes everything you need, such as a scraper, chainmail scrubber (good for getting rid of grease and grime), seasoning spray, and handle cover. You can get the whole thing at Williams-Sonoma, or, buy the scrubber individually at Sur La Table.
For stainless steel cookware, on the other hand, you can use scouring pads. This set got great reviews on Sur La Table—use with a non-abrasive cleaner.
Scouring Pad, Set of Two, $4 at surlatable.com
Deep Clean Brush Set
The large brush in this well-reviewed set is great for stove tops and grout, according to the description, while the smaller brush is good for thinner grout lines and small spaces. Both have non-slip grips.
Dish Brush with Soap Dispenser
This dish brush dispenses soap as you wash dishes with the press of a button. The nylon bristles are also safe to use on non-stick cookware.
Oxo Steel Soap-Squirting Dish Brush, $13 at amazon.com
Sur La Table customers rated this bottle brush with 15 straight five-star reviews. Since it’s made of silicone, it can clean the insides of bottles and travel mugs without scratching, and fit into nooks and crannies that would normally be hard to reach. Once you’re done, throw it in the dishwasher.
Silicone Bottle Brush, $12 (was $15) at surlatable.com
Silicone and Nylon Scrubber
Kuhn Rikon’s multi-use scrubber has soft silicone bristles for cleaning delicate items like china, a nylon scraper to remove crusted-on food, and silicone ridges to clean pots and pans.
Scrub Daddy Sponge
Scrub Daddy’s sponges have consistently gotten great reviews across multiple sites, and Crate & Barrel has an exclusive grey color if you want to try one out. The foam stays firm in cold water for scrubbing, but gets soft in warm water for regular cleaning, per the description. (You can also get a three-piece set at Bed Bath & Beyond for $10.)
Dishcloth and Towel Set
If you want to swap out some of your old towels, this waffled microfiber towel set includes three kitchen cloths (pictured) and two towels. They promise to be highly absorbent and lint-free, and got good reviews from Wayfair and Target customers.
Use this little tool to sweep any lingering crumbs off your table.
Motion Sensor Trash Can
This top-rated trash can opens and closes automatically thanks to a motion sensor, so you don’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty when you throw things out. The best part? It’s currently just over 30 percent off.
Popel Steel 21.1 Gallon Motion Sensor Trash Can, $87 (was $126) at wayfair.com
Keep all of your dish cleaning tools (brushes, sponges, etc.) organized with this sink caddy, which has a removable divider and drip tray.
Should any messes make it to your floor, Bissell’s swiveling steam mop can help you clean them up with ease. It can be used on tile, wood and hardwood, laminate, and marble, too. And with 858 five-star reviews, it’s the top-rated option on Wayfair.
Grab these gloves to help protect your hands while you’re cleaning—they’re waterproof and machine-washable to boot.
Kitchen Gloves, Blue, $13 at williams-sonoma.com
Steel Frame Dish Rack
For hand-washed dishes, Simplehuman’s dish rack is a solid choice. (Bed Bath & Beyond customers gave it 349 five-star reviews.) It even has a dedicated wine glass holder, which can hang four wine glasses upside down at a time.
Another popular product, this knife cleaner has a wrap-around design that cleans both sides of the knife at once—and, with a textured grip, it helps keep your hands steady, too.