In a high traffic area like the kitchen, messes pile up easily. There always seem to be a few crumbs on the floor or a greasy stove, even you just cleaned yesterday. Fortunately, there are a few great gadgets that can take some of the weight off your shoulders, and help you maintain a cleaner kitchen without extra effort.

1) Skip the elbow grease with a sonic scrubber.

Whether you’re ridding your kitchen sink of soap scum, degreasing oven burners, or tackling the discoloration in the grout around your backsplash, cleaning your kitchen usually involves a lot of determination and elbow grease. A battery operated sonic scrubber with five brush heads to take on any job will help you clean smarter, not harder.

Super Sonic Scrubber with All Purpose 5 Brush Heads available from Amazon

2) Leave the broom in the closet and let a robot sweep up.

Does anything feel more like living in the future than watching a tiny robot sweep up the crumbs you accidentally spilled on the floor while you were making lunch? (Hint: the answer is no.) The iRobot Roomba is the most recognizable brand of robotic vacuum. It works on carpet, tile, hardwood, and laminate, and automatically docks and recharges.

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner available from Amazon

3) While you’re at it, let a robot do your mopping too.

We can’t all get as much joy out of Scrubbing Day as Pippi Longstocking. That’s where the Braava Mopping Robot comes in. The Braava uses disposable or microfiber cleaning cloths to pick up dust, dirt, and hair, and has two modes: dry sweeping or damp mopping.

iRobot Braava 380t Mopping Robot available from Amazon

4) Save yourself a recycling trip with a can compactor.

If your household goes through multiple aluminum cans a day, it can feel like the recycling bin is always overflowing. This aluminum can crusher is compact enough to hang on the wall in your pantry, and will make your recycling much easier to transport.

Pacific Precision Metals Aluminum Can Compactor available from Amazon

5) Sanitize your kitchen without chemicals.

If you want to make sure your kitchen surfaces are safe to cook on, use a sanitizing wand after wiping down surfaces to kill any common kitchen bacteria like salmonella or E. coli you might have missed. Sanitizing wands use UV-C light to kill bacteria, so you won’t need to use harsh chemical cleaners around your food.

My BioDefense Sanitizing Travel Wand available from Amazon

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