Clean Your Kitchen Like a Pro with These 5 Products Our Test Kitchen Swears By
We may spend all day developing and testing recipes, but hey, that means we do a lot of cleanup too. Here are our Test Kitchen go-tos for washing dishes and cleaning the rest of your kitchen.
Lubrima Silicone Sponges ($8 for 3, amazon.com): "These sponges have serious scrubbing power. And since kitchen sponges have more germs on them than a toilet seat (gross, but true), I appreciate that they're made from food-grade silicone that resists bacteria growth and can be washed again and again in my dishwasher." - Carolyn Malcoun, food features editor
Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Dish Soap ($4, amazon.com): "We always keep Mrs. Meyer's dish soap in the Test Kitchen- it's biodegradable and cuts through grease-and I keep a bottle of the lemon verbena in my home kitchen. My 2-year-old daughter never fails to tell me she loves its citrusy smell when 'we' wash dishes together." -Adam Dolge, lead recipe developer
CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant All-Purpose Cleaner, Lemon Scent ($4, thrivemarket.com with subscription): "This is my new favorite cleaner for spraying down kitchen surfaces. It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria-without harsh chemicals. In fact, it's made with thymol, a natural component found in thyme oil that also gives it a lovely garden scent." -Breana Killeen, M.P.H., R.D., Test Kitchen manager (Read more about CleanWell.)
UNpaper Towels ($16 for 6, marleysmonsters.com): "Americans send 18.4 million tons of paper waste to landfills yearly, per the EPA. Since I wipe up spills (what feels like) 24/7, I like these reusable, colorful cloths. They're made from 100% cotton flannel and naturally cling together. I roll them up to keep on what used to be my paper towel holder." -Devon O'Brien, senior food editor
McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner: ($140, amazon.com): "I use this machine-and its 18 clever attachments-to steam-clean and sanitize everything from the kitchen floor and interior of my stove to my barbecue grill grates and outdoor furniture. It's powerful and literally melts away grime." -Jim Romanoff, food editor
This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine October 2020