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Five Ways To Improve Your Kitchen For Under $20

5 Neat Things5 Neat ThingsJolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast “Ask a Clean Person.” Each week, she’ll round up five essential cleaning products, tools and organizational systems to help you live your tidiest lives.

Hello to my people who are making cooking resolutions?!? Oh there you are! Regardless of what those resolutions may be (meal prep, trying your hand at a big baking project, sneaking more vegetables into your diet, whatevs!) it’s not a bad idea to make some small — and inexpensive! — but impactful upgrades to your kitchen.

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Rest in Grease Spoon Rest, $17
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This spoon rest is a great size for kitchens with limited counter space, because it’s narrow rather than bulbous in the way that many spoon holders are. Also, it’s kind of cheeky and delightful, right? Bonus: It’s very easy to wipe off, wash by hand AND it’s dishwasher safe.

Sponge Holder, $13
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Friendly reminder that you should be sure to wring your sponge out well before putting it back in a sponge holder AND ALSO that from time to time you should also wash your sponge holder from time to time. Metal sponge holders, however, are less prone to developing mold and mildew — this one is a great choice because it can accommodate a dish wand or long-handled scrub brush in addition to a sponge.

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Magnetic Dish Rag Hooks, $8
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Having dish rags handy isn’t always easy — not all kitchens are configured in a way that makes stashing them in arm’s reach possible. But most kitchen’s have metal surfaces to which these handy magnetic hooks can adhere. They’re just the right thing for hanging dish rags, as well as pot holders and oven mitts.

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Flour Sack Dish Towels, $16
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While you’re at it, how about buying a new set of dish rags?!? Not all dish towels are created equally — some just, like, don’t absorb water! But flour sack dish towels are great for lots of uses, from drying dishes to wiping surfaces off and cleaning up spills. Plus, they dry fast.

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All-Purpose Cleaner, $4
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One of the problems with cooking more often is that means you’ll be cleaning more often too. A small bottle of all-purpose spray left on the sink ledge right next to the dish soap, however, makes it easier to wipe counters and stovetops down after you make that week’s worth of lunches, or try your hand at baking a three-layer cake.

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Jolie Kerr

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast Ask a Clean Person