Cleaning Tools

Now Is a Great Time to Update Your Broom — Amazon Deal of the Day

Buying a new broom and dustpan is basically the last thing anyone thinks about — ever. Chances are, you've recently walked by a bunch of brooms at, say, the supermarket or Bed Bath & Beyond and you still didn't think to buy a new one. You got swept up, thinking about other things. Right? Yet you could probably use a new one? Consider this your friendly reminder and just buy one now.

Specifically, this angler boom from O-Cedar!

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6 Reasons to Be Proud of Your Ridiculously Small Kitchen — Small-Space Kitchens

While we all might fantasize about having a sprawling kitchen, à la our favorite Nancy Meyers movies, reality is often a lot, um, smaller. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can either curse the cooking gods for your misfortune or make the best of it.

I mean, some professional chefs can pull off culinary magnificence in small New York kitchens. So you can come close. Or at the very least, love your tiny kitchen a little more. Here are some good reasons you should not only love but also feel fiercely proud of your tiny-as-a-postage-stamp space.

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Make Dishwashing Slightly Better with These Gloves — Now on Sale — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you cook often (and we're guessing that if you're on this website, you do), you probably spend a good amount of time standing at your sink doing the dishes. This, of course, can wreak havoc on your hands over time. That's why we recommend buying a pair of high-quality rubber gloves, like these from Casabella, which are currently on sale.

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The Most Basic Kitchen Cleaning Tool Just Got Reinvented — Shopping

Can you guess what we're talking about here? It's something you'd use while standing at one of the stations in this photo — specifically, the sink. Okay, we'll just tell you: sponges! Exciting, right? It is when you think about it!

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Conquer Caked-on Messes with These Awesome Sponges — Amazon Deal of the Day

Even the best cooks in the world occasionally find themselves with a pan that has a caked-on mess to deal with. If you're an avoider, you may decide to let it soak. "What's the deal with the pan in the sink?" your partner will ask. "It's soaking," you'll say. "For five days?" Busted.

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Microwaving Your Sponge Causes Fires, but This Won’t — Shopping

If you've heard it once this year, you've heard it a million times: Sponges are disgusting, bacteria-ridden pieces of cellulose. (By some estimates, they are dirtier than toilet seats!) And while you used to zap them in the microwave to kill said bacteria, we all learned this summer that doing so is actually pretty ineffective. While the microwave can nuke weaker bacteria, it has no effect on stronger species. Even more, it's pretty easy to start a fire in there if your sponge isn't wet enough.

Cool. Even cooler? The fact there's basically no good alternative. Microfiber cloths actually suck up more bacteria because they're so porous. Bristled brushes tend to harbor less bacteria, but they're not as effective at getting food off of dishes.

So we've just been sticking with our sponges. We try to swap them out every week or so, but they still end up feeling a little gross after a few uses. Which is why we are so excited to learn about this new product.

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