This Ingenious Amazon Find Will Completely Improve the Way You Hand-Wash Dishes

This Ingenious Amazon Find Will Completely Improve the Way You Hand-Wash Dishes

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Whether or not you have a dishwasher, certain items like water bottles and delicate ceramics are best washed by hand. But if you drain your dishware by inverting it onto your countertop or (gasp) a not-so-clean dish towel, we need to talk. Not only is this pretty ineffective at removing moisture from the vessel you’ve just cleaned, but you might actually be introducing nasty germs right where you sip.

Luckily, we’ve found the perfect solution, and all it requires is a little real estate along one side of your sink. Meet: the Sanni Shoo Drip.it kitchen sink caddy, a 3-in-1 organizer that allows you to drain drinkware, caps, sponges, rags, and more directly into your sink. It also functions as a trivet for protecting surfaces from hot cookware. The low-profile, multifunctional organizer has an impressive 4.5 star rating on Amazon, and a growing number of fans who call it “space-saving and practical.” Let’s take a closer look at the simple, but versatile, design.

The Sanni Shoo is made of brushed stainless steel, and features two telescoping rails that reach across your sink’s basin. The rails can extend from 14.5 to 22.5 inches, allowing you to adjust it to fit your sink, whether you have a small, circular wet bar sink, or a large, rectangular sink in your kitchen. Silicone pads at both ends protect surfaces from scratches, and prevent the organizer from slipping, even if you get a little splashy while you clean.

The organizer’s removable stainless steel plate has four holes that are sized to allow a variety of water bottles, narrow-necked jars, and lids to drip-dry upside down. Several reviewers note that the two large holes which measure 2.75 inches across are big enough for a glass SodaStream bottle, and others point out that the hole with a perforated outer edge is helpful for drying bristle brushes and sponges. 

Due to its flat, telescoping design, the Sani Shoo is perfect for small spaces, whether you stash it in a drawer between uses, or leave it out on your countertop to serve as a landing spot for pots and pans. As one reviewer notes, the design is “more inconspicuous than any dry rack available,” and adds that it’s “easy to store when not in use.”

How you configure the Sanni Shoo is a matter of preference. You can slide the removable plate to one end of the rack and use the open rails to hang a dishrag or as a drying rack for a handled brush. One smart reviewer shared a photo of their Sanni Shoo sink setup, which includes one dedicated to drying bottles and caps, and another strictly for sponges and towels. However you arrange the organizer, you’ll be able to keep countertops dry and uncluttered. 

Musty smells and funky condensation are all but eliminated when you thoroughly dry drinkware and cleaning supplies. So stop placing them on a flat surface or on their sides, and upgrade your sink area with the Sanni Shoo! We can’t wait to hear how much you love it.

Vanessa Spilios

Contributor

Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

My Mom Is Obsessed with These Game-Changing Pop-Up Sponges — and Now So Am I

My Mom Is Obsessed with These Game-Changing Pop-Up Sponges — and Now So Am I

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Oftentimes, the best items in our homes are passed down from our parents, whether it’s a family heirloom or a kitchen sponge (that’s right!). My mother is a whiz when it comes to cooking and cleaning. As for me? Well, not so much. A lot of my favorite brands, and corresponding items in my apartment, were recommended by her — like the toaster oven on my counter and, most recently, the sponge by my sink. I never thought I’d be raving about a simple dishwashing sponge, but here we are. These Williams Sonoma sponges are pop-up sponges, meaning they’re flat and compressed until you submerge them in water. That’s when they inflate to a full-sized sponge. Because they’re so easy to travel with, my mom gave me a couple to bring home during my last visit. I probably won’t be buying a regular grocery store sponge ever again.

As someone who doesn’t always do their dishes right away, these sponges are truly life changing. Even though they don’t have a rougher side for scrubbing tougher bits like other kitchen sponges, they’re made from all-natural cellulose, which is super durable and up to the challenge. At the same time, these sponges are pretty gentle and soft, so you don’t have to worry about scratching the coating off a pan or scrubbing your more delicate items that can’t go in the dishwasher.

You can choose from two sizes: a 12-pack of regular sponges for $18.95 or a 6-pack of large sponges which are on sale for $15.16. You can also get these sponges in different colors and fun shapes, like stars and pineapples. (I’ve also had my eye on these biodegradable sponge dishcloths from Williams Sonoma, so they might have to be included in my next haul.)

Not only have I found them more durable than a regular kitchen sponge, but these sponges also seem to last longer because of how high-quality they are. They’re super travel-friendly and convenient to store, and you can even run them through the dishwasher to clean. No more moldy, smelly sponges by your kitchen sink, and no more extreme elbow grease required to scrub your dirty dishes. Who knew this simple item could making washing dishes more bearable?

Amazon Shoppers Swear This Special Broom Is the Answer to Your “Hair Everywhere” Problem — and It Has 45,000 5-Star Ratings

Amazon Shoppers Swear This Special Broom Is the Answer to Your “Hair Everywhere” Problem — and It Has 45,000 5-Star Ratings

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Pet owners know the struggle of finding their dog or cat’s fur everywhere — the couch, their clothes, and somehow, even the car. They also know that cleaning up pet hair is no easy task, and it can often require a myriad of tools and sprays and quite a bit of elbow grease. Enter: the Evriholder FURemover Compact Pet Hair Remover Broom. This handy gadget expertly tackles pet hair on just about any surface — plus, it doubles as a tile scrubber, shower squeegee, window cleaner, and much more. We’ve praised this larger version before, which Amazon reviewers can’t get enough of, and with 45,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, you know that the compact model is totally worth the hype. For just $14.66, you can stay on top of your pets’ shedding and make your home (and especially your kitchen) a hair-free zone.

The FURemover Compact Pet Hair Remover Broom’s 100 percent natural rubber bristles extract pet hair from the depths of even the plushest of carpets, and they work just as well on hardwood, tile, linoleum, and area rugs. Say goodbye to sending fur flying everywhere with your straw broom — the FURemover’s bristles act like a magnet to attract dog and cat hair for efficient and tidy cleaning. Unlike metal alternatives, the rubber material won’t scratch your floors or damage your carpet.

Other helpful features include the telescopic broom handle, which lets you adjust the height from around three feet to five feet and collapses to just 20 inches for easy, compact storage. The broom is also super easy to clean: When you’re done cleaning, simply rinse the head to get rid of lingering pet hair, and then sanitize with soapy water. 

Nearly 9,000 five-star reviews specifically laud the product’s efficiency in sweeping up pesky pet hair. One happy customer raves, “I bought this broom 2 years ago and it is still going strong! I have 4 large breed dogs and we have fur – EVERYWHERE! This works so so good! I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum.” She also advises that, “if you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to go in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets” for an extra-thorough clean. Score!  

But despite the name, this broom isn’t just for animal owners and pet-related messes. The built-in squeegee edge mops up spills on tile, concrete, hardwood, and even your outdoor deck. (You can also use it to clean your windows, shower, and windshield.) In another stellar review, a non-pet-owner says they initially purchased this product because, “My partner and I both have very thick, long hair, and our carpet was starting to look pretty gross because of it (despite our consistent vacuuming efforts).” After using the Furemover, their problem was solved.

Let’s face it, no one wants pet hair in the kitchen — or anywhere else, for that matter. And whether you’ve got a menagerie of dogs and cats or are simply looking for a handy cleaning tool to use around the house, this workhorse does it all for under $15!

Phoebe Sklansky

Editorial Intern, Kitchn Commerce Team

Phoebe is the Editorial Intern for the Kitchn Commerce team. You can usually find her crafting a charcuterie board or making the most out of her tiny apartment kitchen. She is a student at Vanderbilt and is based out of Nashville and New York.