While it may be true that my home is my castle, I certainly don’t have a Kensington Palace budget when it comes to keeping it in tip-top shape. If you’re in the same boat (Wills and Kate, please stop reading here), you know that it can be a real challenge when the most heavily used room in the house — the kitchen — starts showing some wear and tear. Never fear, though — today’s list is chock full of cheap and easy kitchen hacks that will take your space from gross to great.
Naturally, the first thing you’re going to want to do is give your kitchen a good cleaning, and the best way to do that is with The Pink Stuff. This all-time fave is good for pretty much everything that’s dirty: ovens, sinks, pans — you name it. Pair it with a small but mighty power scrubber for a cleaning experience that hardly feels like a chore.
Then it’s time to have some real fun by layering on the gadgets. I’m a big fan of this stainless steel sink caddy that keeps the counter clutter-free, as well as this covetable seven-piece food storage container set that’ll give you a panty that’s enviable. By the time you plow through this list, you’ll actually be inspired to whip out these easy-to-clean silicone oven mitts to do some cooking again. These are definitely some life-changing products for your kitchen, so get shopping.
The Stove Gap Covers That Block Crumbs & Messes
The space between your countertop and your stove can be a troublesome crumb-catcher, but get these gap covers ensure sauces and food bits never reach the floor. Crafted from food-grade silicone, they’re available in two lengths and easy to customize with scissors. The silicone is heat-resistant to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and it wipes down with just a damp cloth for easy upkeep. Choose from three colors: black, white, and clear.
An Organizer To Get Your Sink Area Into Shape
Crafted from sturdy stainless steel with an attractive chrome finish, this organizer has room for a dish brush, sponges, soap, and everything you need to make your kitchen sink a functional workstation. Thanks to its open design, your dishwashing tools can drain without getting moldy or mildewy, and the sleek design will make your counter look neat in the process.
This Microwave Steam Cleaner That Looks Like An Angry Mom
An Amazon favorite for both for its functionality and its design, this clever microwave steam cleaner shaped like an irritated mother-in-law works wonders. All you have to do is remove her head, fill her with water and vinegar, then place her in the microwave and zap for about seven minutes. Even the most difficult-to-remove stains — like baked ziti — will wipe right off. Fun and functional, and each set comes with two.
The Cleaning Pads That Remove Even The Toughest Stains
Get the same power as the brand-name stain-busting sponges for a lower price with these cleaning pads that “erase” even the most tenacious messes with just water. Made from melamine, these cleaning wizards have earned a 4.5-star overall rating after nearly 15,000 reviews from buyers who say they’re durable, hard-working, and “just like magic.”
An Air Purifier That’s Pint-Sized In Its Footprint And Its Price
When you think about air purifiers, chances are you think about some big old thing that takes up a bunch of space on your floor, but this model conveniently plugs into any standard outlet and hangs out right there to eliminate cooking odors and airborne irritants. The UV-C bulb also sanitizes the air and reduces germs, and at price like this, you can get multiple for several rooms.
This Steel “Soap” That Removes Food Odors From Your Hands
Rid your hands of unpleasant garlic, onion, and fish odors simply by rubbing them under water with this stainless steel bar, as if you were using regular soap. The steel molecules bond with the sulfur molecules that create the stinky smells, whisking them away, so your hands no longer bear any trace of the offending scent. This is a must-have for avid cooks and makes a terrific gift, too.
A Scrubber Set That Makes Cleaning Tile & Fixtures A Breeze
Like an oversized toothbrush for your tile, porcelain, and fixtures, this OXO deep clean brush set makes it easy to get into tight corners, speeding up your cleaning routine and making it more fun, too. The set comes with a large and small scrubber that feature an ergonomic grip that gives you the leverage you need.
These Dish Scrubbers That Resist Bad Odors
That sour smell from wet sponges that have been left in the sink too long won’t ever haunt you again once you stock up on these scrubbers. Made from silicone, they’re impervious to mold and mildew, so they won’t develop unpleasant odors — in fact, these scrubbers leave behind a light peach scent. Plus, they’re strong and durable enough to remove tough, baked-on stains, but soft enough to use on delicate dishes and cookware.
A Sponge Holder That Doubles As A Soap Dispenser
This unique sponge holder that also dispenses soap (just press down) is a time-saver since you don’t have to pause doing the dishes to apply soap to the sponge. A great way to eliminate mess around the sink, the transparent tank makes it easy to know when you’re running low.
The Peel & Stick Shortcut To A Tile Backsplash
So you’ve always wanted that classic subway tile backsplash, but the cost and complication of installing it has been daunting? Now you can get the look without spending the money or dealing with a bunch of dust and grout, thanks to these peel-and-stick sheets. Made to adhere to any smooth, clean surface, these sheets are easy to apply, resistant to heat and moisture, and wipe clean with just a damp rag for easy upkeep.
This Drawer That Wrangles Your Single-Serve Coffee Pods
Make your own convenient coffee station with your single-serve coffee maker using this storage drawer. Made from sturdy metal with a black powder finish, it has a small footprint and can sit directly underneath the coffee maker. It has space to store 36 pods, and the drawer pulls out smoothly for easy access.
A Mini Broom & Dustpan Set To Stay On Top Of Small Messes
Sleek and stylish, this mini broom and dustpan set lets you stay on top of smaller messes like crumbs, flour, and coffee grounds. If you have an eat-in kitchen, this little set is ideal for a finishing pass around the table, countertop, and stove areas after mealtime, and of course it’s right at home in so many other rooms, too.
A Set Of Bins That Organize Your Fridge
How often is it that you buy something that can actually help save you money? That’s certainly the case with these refrigerator organizers. Once you sort everything into an orderly system, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have, instead of doubling up on items at the store. This set includes four large bins and four small bins, all with handles that make it easy to slide them out as needed.
These Tablets That Clean & Freshen Your Dishwasher
These dishwasher cleaning tablets are formulated to remove the limescale and minerals that set in over time, and they also remove odors, and upgrade performance, ensuring your dishes come out clean and spot-free. Throw one in the washer and run a cycle once a month for best results.
The Cleaning Paste That’s TikTok-Famous
It’s not every day that something you clean with becomes TikTok-famous, but The Pink Stuff is a worthy exception that can produce pretty miraculous results. It can tackle everything in your kitchen with ease, like the oven, stove, tile, refrigerator, counter, and even cookware. Plus, the all-purpose formula works like a charm on bathroom fixtures, grills, outdoor furniture, and so much more.
These Eco-Friendly Dishcloths That Are Super Versatile
Made from a blend of cellulose and cotton, these eco-friendly dishcloths can help you get your dishes done in a jiffy, but they’re also great for a million other household tasks, like scrubbing tile and wiping down counters. Each one can be washed and reused up to 200 times, and when their useful life is through, they’re both biodegradable and compostable.
The Chain Mail That Cleans Your Cast Iron
Cooks know that cast iron cookware has to be cleaned the right way in order to make it to heirloom status, and that cleaning process doesn’t include soap. To remove stuck-on food residue, use this chain mail scrubber made from stainless steel. Designed for cast iron, it works off burned bits, but won’t remove that valuable seasoning.
These Oven Liners That Keep You From Having To Scrub
Cleaning the oven has to be one of the most dreaded tasks the kitchen, but you can make it the work of just minutes with these liners that catch drips and runoff. The three-pack enables you to cover the entire bottom of the oven, and they’re easy to cut to size with scissors. When they sustain spills, just throw them in the dishwasher for easy cleanup, or rinse them off in the sink.
The Cloth That Removes Scratches & Rings From Wood
Swipe this cloth over your cabinets, breakfast table, chairs, and other wooden surfaces, and scratches, water rings, and heat marks will all disappear like magic. Designed for repeated use, it even removes stray latex paint from wood surfaces without stripping the finish.
These Liners That Keep Your Fridge Shelves Totally Clean
These mats help keep your refrigerator shelves clean, and they can be wiped down with a damp cloth — so much easier than scrubbing glass. The waterproof liners are nonslip, so they’ll stay in place, and they can be trimmed to size with scissors.
A Broom & Dustpan Set That Stores Upright
This broom and dustpan set makes it easy to clean up kitchen messes without a lot of effort. The dustpan has a full-length handle, and the head swivels down so you can transfer dust and crumbs without bending down. Plus, the dustpan has rubber bristles that clean the broom after sweeping, and the two tools snap together for upright and out-of-the-way storage.
These Enzyme Sticks That Keep Your Drains Clean & Fresh
Made with a concentrate of slow-dissolving enzymes, these drain sticks are formulated to eat away at the organic material that collects in your kitchen and bathroom drains — like food, grease, and hair. Used once a month, they’ll keep all pipes clean and smelling fresh, are even suitable for use with septic systems.
This Canister Set That Will Make Your Pantry Look Amazing
The perfect starting block for a picture-perfect pantry, this canister set keeps dry goods fresh, and the transparent design lets you see exactly how much you have in stock at all times. These airtight containers come in a set of assorted sizes, and are accompanied by a set of labels and a chalk pen for customization.
These Blue “Apples” That Keep Your Produce Fresh Longer
They may look weird, but these apples definitely do their job when it comes to keeping your produce fresh. They contain activated carbon to absorb the gases emitted by your fruits and veggies as they age, so they don’t get overripe nearly as fast. Each pack comes with two; throw one in your crisper drawer and it will help eliminate food waste for up to a month.
A Kit For Hard-To-Clean Glass Cooktops
Glass cooktops look great but they can be incredibly tricky to clean… until you get this Cerama Bryte kit. Boasting a 4.7-star overall rating, it gives you everything you need for gentle but effective cleaning, including specially formulated solution, two scrubbing pads, and a scraper.
This Trash Can That Hangs Over A Cabinet Door
Designed to hang over your cabinet door, this trash can collapses when not in use and then expands to hang wherever you need it. In the kitchen, it’s perfect for catching fruit and vegetable scraps as you meal prep, and saves you multiple trips to the big trash can. It even has built-in storage for spare garbage bags.
These Color-Coded Mats That Help Prevent Cross-Contamination
These brightly colored cutting board mats are ultra-functional in the kitchen, serving as durable surfaces for slicing and dicing. Even more important, they’re color-coded and have food icons in the corners to help prevent cross-contamination — just stick to prepping foods (like vegetables, fish, or raw chicken) on the mat that correlates.
A Dispenser That Gives You Soap Hands-Free
Hand hygiene is important, especially when meal prepping, and you can make sure you’re doing it the right way with this touchless dispenser that won’t harbor germs on the pump. Battery-operated, it has an infrared motion sensor that detects your hand, then releases just the right amount of soap.
This Pen That Will Give You Sparkling Clean Grout
Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. And while sparkling white grout may not seem like a huge transformation, it can really brighten up a room and make it seem fresh again. This pen is an easy way to make that happen; it works so easily and it’s just like writing. One pen covers up to 150 square feet of grout, and of course it’s great for bathrooms and elsewhere in the house, too.
The Burner Covers That Keep Your Stove Clean
Made for use on gas stoves, these BPA-free stove burner liners protect against grease stains, tomato splatter, and boiled-over messes. Heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, they wipe clean with hot soapy water, or you can just chuck them right in the dishwasher.
This Container That Keeps Expensive Herbs Fresh For Longer
Fresh herbs add so much flavor to food, but unless you grow them yourself, they’re tricky to keep fresh. Finally, from trusted brand OXO comes this ingenious container that’s purpose-made to ensure that expensive herbs don’t wilt or spoil. The inner basket allows air to circulate around the greens, while the bottom tray can be filled with water to keep them hydrated.
This Organizer For Tea Bags & Condiment Packets
Ideal for tea bags, this organizer is also the perfect size to marshal sugar packets and all those takeout condiments that have gathered in your pantry. The organizer can be set up horizontally or vertically, and the drawers slide out easily for quick access to your chamomile, Earl Grey, and soy sauce.
A Cleaner That Keeps Your Coffeepot Sparkling
It’s hard to get started in the morning — and, let’s face it, in the afternoon — without a good cup of coffee, but over time, your coffeepot can look a little worse for the wear. This cleaner is specifically formulated to remove oils, discoloration, and mineral deposits left behind by coffee and hard water, so your java will taste great and your machine will function as efficiently as possible.
This Caddy That Helps Your Sponge Dry More Quickly
You know that moldy smell that arises when your sponge lingers in the bottom of the sink where it remains wet? You can prevent that with this caddy that holds your sponge and lets it drain dry quickly. Made from durable stainless steel wire with a shiny chrome finish, it attaches to the side of your sink with two suction cups.
These Fridge & Freezer Deodorizers That Also Extend Produce Freshness
A step up from baking soda boxes, these deodorizers last for up to six months each, using natural zeolite to absorb odors in your fridge and freezer. Even better, these clever gadgets absorb the gases that cause fresh fruits and veggies to ripen too quickly, so that your produce will stay fresh for longer. Each pack comes with two.
These All-Purpose Detail Brushes That Get Into The Nooks & Crannies
Fixtures and appliances tend to collect dirt and grease over time, but it can be hard to clean some of those tight spaces. These brush and scraper tools are designed to help you do the detail work, so you can clean sink fixtures, brush away coffee grounds, scrape pans clean, and renew blender blades.
A Set Of Cooking Utensils That Match
If you feel like it’s time to replace a mismatched set of kitchen utensils, it’s worth investing in this brand spanking new set that’ll make you feel like a true chef. The 33-piece set includes everything from turners to whisks to spatulas to tongs, and the heads are made from BPA-free, heat-resistant silicone. Available in six colors, this set makes the perfect housewarming gift, too.
Available colors: 6
These Silicone Oven Mitts That Offer Full Coverage
With their extra-long length, these oven mitts mean you won’t have to wonder if you’re protected when you’re reaching into that hot oven to retrieve your baked goods. Heat-resistant to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, they feature a cozy quilted cotton lining, and an exterior made from silicone that’s easy to wipe clean. Choose from 14 colors.
The Cookbook Stand Made From Easy-To-Clean Acrylic
If you’re Mastering The Art Of French Cooking right along with Julia Child (or following a recipe in any other cookbook or on your tablet), this stand is a must in the kitchen. Made from clear acrylic, it protect cookbook pages and screens, and can be wiped clean. Plus, it makes trying out new recipes so much more enjoyable because you’re not always fighting to see the recipe.
The Stainless Steel Wipes That Prevent Future Smudges
Stainless steel appliances and other surfaces look fantastic in the kitchen, but they can be so hard to keep shiny — it seems like every time you turn around, they’re covered in fingerprints and greasy smudges. These wipes make that upkeep so much easier, with a formula that both restores shine and leaves behind a protective barrier that prevents further smudges and buildup.
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Who Is Samuel Bottomley? ‘The Teacher’ Star Is a School-Based Drama Regular
Channel 5’s new thriller is going to be a challenging watch.In The Teacher, a Bradford high school teacher is accused of having a drunken encounter with a student. Starring Sheridan Smith as the troubled teacher Jenna Garvey, the four-part series will see the educator struggle to prove her innocence. But who is The Teacher star, Samuel Bottomley? The actor who plays 15-year-old Kyle, the student at the centre of the allegations.
The 20-year old actor may be someone you’re already pretty familiar with, appearing in a number of classic British school-based dramas. West Yorkshire-born, Bottomley notably starred as Jordan Wilson in Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge from 2017, where he was challenged to portray his character’s abusive relationship with his father. He also played school bully, Dean Paxton, in the acclaimed musical comedy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The burgeoning talent made his screen debut aged nine years old, featuring in the BAFTA-winning film Tyrannosaur in 2011, alongside celebrated actor Olivia Colman. In the years since, Bottomley has continued making waves in movies, starring in Amazon Original’s “anarchic comedy” Get Duked! in 2019, which saw four teens embark to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Bottomley’s considerable acting CV also includes features in Ghost Stories (2017) and more recently, in the TV series Ladhood.
The Teacher is Bottomley’s latest acting pursuit alongside BAFTA-winner Sheridan Smith, and it seems despite the series’ difficult themes, the actor rather enjoyed his time on set.
“It’s the first time we’d worked together but as soon as I met her, she welcomed me into the cast with open arms,” the actor said, per The Sun. “We sat down and talked about the characters and the scripts and she never let me feel too nervous,” he added. “We were messing around all the time between takes. Everyone had a really good time filming the series and me and Sheridan were always laughing and joking.”
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16 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands That Will Become Your New Favorite
Lunar New Year — oftentimes called Chinese New Year — is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays across the Asian diaspora. Some of my favorite memories center around Lunar Near Year — eating sticky rice cake for breakfast, receiving a red envelope after kow-towing to my parents, and indulging in special Chinese dishes to usher in luck for the new year.
Historically, beauty brands have capitalized on Lunar New Year by offering special edition products (usually emblazoned in red and gold packaging). But Lunar New Year isn’t just a seasonal marketing opportunity. It’s a time for families to gather together, remember past generations’ sacrifices, celebrate how far we have come, and carry our traditions (both new and old) into a hopeful future.
This year, consider celebrating Lunar New Year by supporting these indie, Asian-owned brands and their founders who are paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable beauty space.
Inspired by nature, founder Jason Lau makes the dreamiest blushes and glitter shadows with the intent of capturing the essence of a moment or an emotion to connect with a wider audience. The product textures are ultra lightweight with major payoff and lasting power, and flattering across a wide spectrum of complexions.
Youthforia is all about making makeup more whimsical, skin-friendly, and, yes, euphoric. Fiona Chan was sick of coming back home late at night (or early in the morning) after staying out all night with her friends and falling asleep in her makeup, only to wake up with breakouts. She decided to make beauty products that she could sleep in — and thus, Youthforia was born. The BYO Blush and the new Pregame Primer were both personally sleep-tested by Chan — she swears they actually helped to improve her skin over time.
Loved for both its efficacy and affordable price point, Cocokind was created by Priscilla Tsai as a sustainable, transparent skincare brand that won’t break the bank. The brand is also dedicated working against anti-Asian hate, teaming up with Tower 28 to create an AAPI Advocacy bundle to celebrate the Lunar New Year and benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).
Known for its milky lip glosses (also included in the Cocokind x Tower28 Lunar New Year bundle) and eczema-friendly face products, Tower28 has gained major buzz since launch. Founder Amy Liu has worked for some of the biggest brands in the skincare game (ever heard of Kate Somerville or Smashbox Cosmetics?), but struggled with finding makeup products that wouldn’t irritate her eczema-prone skin. So, she made her own. Boss move!
As one of the earliest AAPI beauty brand trailblazers, Jennifer Yen of YenSa Beauty had an untraditional path to beauty. She started her career out as a villain on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and became frustrated at the limited roles being offered to her, as well as how stage makeup was wreaking havoc on her skin. She founded beauty brands Purlisse and YenSa Beauty, both of which are heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage and based on the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.
If you’re sick of your vitamin C serums oxidizing, feeling sticky, and smelling pungent, you’re not alone. That’s how former K-pop star Paul Baek felt before founding skincare brand Matter of Fact. Baek wasoverwhelmed and confused upon entering the beauty space to address his own skin issues, and resolved that there must be a way for skincare to be straightforward and simple. His determination led to a vitamin c formulation that retains 94.25% of its initial 20% ascorbic acid concentration after 16 months, according to the brand’s clinical trials. The result is a clear, light serum that brightens the skin, with none of the downsides of other vitamin C serums.
In 2019, Melissa Medvedich launched her indie brand Supernal on the Lunar New Year. Her Chinese grandparents instilled in her the importance of taking care of her skin, and Medvedich spent two years researching how to perfect her now cult-acclaimed Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum (every bottle is still handcrafted in small batches by Medvedich herself!). In honor of Lunar New Year and Supernal’s third birthday on February 8th, Supernal will be offering a mini Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum with every purchase on the Supernal website.
After an incredible career as a reporter, writer, and editor-in-chief of website Very Good Light, David Yi felt that the beauty industry was still lacking something — and thus, his skin care brand Good Light was born. The highly-curated skin care line offers clean, high-performance products (its Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion is an editor-favorite) with a mission to make the beauty space a more welcoming space for all.
Jina Kim started Circumference with the intention of combining her love of skincare with sustainable solutions. But Circumference has always veered away from greenwashing and vague claims of “clean beauty” — the brand is rooted in science, and has always been transparent about its sustainability efforts. Circumference lessens its carbon footprint while also optimizing its products efficacy by sourcing ingredients from plants raised happily in their native, bio-diverse environments.
As a Korean-American adopted by white Jewish and Christian parents, Emily Rudd struggled with finding her own identity, while also noticing how scarce the Asian representation was in advertisements and pop culture. Her search led her to brightly-colored comics, art, and beauty — and her nail polish brand, Emilie Heathe. The line is an amalgamation of all the places in her journey to self-acceptance, using Asian ingredients like bamboo, rice, and sea buckthorn to help strengthen the nails.
Strange Bird Beauty was born from Tina Chow Rudolph’s desire to prioritize her own emotional self-care, while contributing to a future with more Asian representation in the beauty space so her daughter could see herself. The ingredients of Strange Bird Beauty, like ginseng and licorice root, have been used for thousands of years in Asian culture, and all of the crystal-charged products come with an intention to say aloud as you apply.
Black Bean Grocery’s food-themed packaging transports you to Chinatown, modeled after the jars of traditional Chinese preserves lining the shelves of Asian grocers. Founded by Brandon Ly and James Bui, Black Bean Grocery’s product lineup seem to be mostly be volumizing and texturizing hair products, like a pomade, root powder (named after Chow Yun Fat), and a “Dai Lo” Styling Powder.
Sundays Nailcare takes the therapeutic process of getting your nails done to the next level. The NYC salon is a soothing space without any pressure to socialize or talk if you’re having a low-energy mental health day. Founder Amy Lin also spent a year working with a chemist to formulate the perfect non-toxic nail polish formula that won’t chip for days.
Superegg’s name and concept is based off of the centuries-old Asian skin practice of using raw egg face masks to boost skin elasticity and brightness. Founder Erica Choi, a licensed esthetician and fashion blogger, decided to start her own business after working 10 years in the luxury beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries and seeing a need for a sustainable, luxury skin care brand rooted in Asian practices. The brand’s packaging is a standout, too — the moisturizer comes in a curved, egg-like shape, and Choi has pledged to work towards refillable packaging options by 2025.
Strangers Parfumerie is an indie perfume brand based out in Thailand. The owner and founder, Prin Lomros, created the line to capture whatever inspires him (be that his own memories, his favorite movies, or the music he’s listening to) through experimental fragrances — his fragrance Oliver is actually inspired by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. His Parfums Prissana line draws directly from Asian mythology, food, and history, spanning from Russia, to Nepal, to Japan.
Glow Recipe, founded by Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, is one of the most well-known Asian-owned brands on the market — and for good reason. The brand has developed a cult following for its fruit-focused skin care products that feature innovative textures, high-tech delivery systems, and fun packaging.
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