I’ve professed my love for OXO products quite a few times before on my blog. But my love extends further than their cooking tools!
I have OXO to thank for any semblance of organization in my kitchen, (although I have more work to do). OXO’s Pop Containers help manage my dry goods, and their brooms and dustpans/brushes are strategically placed throughout my house. I’m also a huge fan of their folding dish rack, which I can easily store away when I need more counter space, and their soap dispensing dish brush for quick and easy dish cleaning. I even use their Electronics Cleaning Brush to keep my camera flour and food splatter free!
Recently, OXO sent me some awesome products to help further organize my sink and under-sink areas, as well as some limited-edition metallic Method cleaners and dish and hand soaps, all with naturally derived, non-drying formulas for soft, clean hands.
I can’t be the only person who struggles to keep the storage under my sink organized. Adding to my challenge, the area beneath my sink is a corner cabinet, so it’s oddly shaped, making it difficult to grab things. I have resorted to adding different sized boxes as “risers” to make it somewhat easier to reach everything.
OXO’s 16″ Turntable helps organize this area so much more efficiently! The non-slip turntable and deep ledge makes it easy to reach my most commonly used items while keeping those items in place. The turntable could also be used on your countertop to organize your most used food items: olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.
You may have spotted a snazzy looking copper colored bottle on my turntable. Method’s Golden Citrus All Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen® technology, smells awesome, looks great, and cleans like a charm! The lemon, grapefruit and orange scent is a nice change from typical all purpose cleaners that smell… well, like cleaning products. Other scents include copper rain, cool lavender, and burnished cedar.
Moving above the sink, it probably comes as no surprise that I go through a lot of dishes. Like. A lot. I use my dishwasher whenever I can, but always hand wash my nonstick pans, knives, and wooden items. Before adding stuff to my dishwasher, I scrape off as much of the remaining food as I can, usually using the fork I just used (which isn’t terrible successful). So OXO’s Dish Squeegee is life changing.
Made of flexible silicone, the squeegee has both flat and curved edges to make it easy to clean leftover food off of plates and bowls. I was really surprised with how effective the dish squeegee is. I tried it on a plate with the remnants of birthday cake (which is why there is bright yellow frosting). The frosting was no match for this, look how much came off! This plate is so ready for the dishwasher.
So, I’m not going to lie. I hate washing dishes. So I tend to, uh, let my nonstick pans sit a little too long before I clean them. Which means when I make sauces, I get stuck with some caked on messes that make my cleaning job not exactly a breeze. OXO’s Palm Brush is up to the task though!
The scrub pad works great on grease and tough stains while still being safe enough to use on nonstick, ceramic, and glass cookware and bakeware. The rounded handle make it super easy to hold at any angle; plus, I don’t even have to remove my rings to quickly clean a pan!
I’m now able to keep the Golden Citrus party going with Method’s Dish Pump Dish Soap. It’s even pretty enough to keep on my countertop (I usually hide my dish soap below the sink.) Also, a little bit of the dish soap goes a long way, I cleaned half of my dirty dishes with one pump!
When I’m done using the Palm Brush, I can conveniently store it on OXO’s cute Sink Organizer with Flip-Down Sponge Holder.
The perforated base allows the palm brush to dry fully. There is a removable dish tray for cleaning as well. There are also two compartments for your normal sponges, with a flip down holder to use as a sponge rest while doing dishes. The open design allows the soapy water from your sponge to drip right into the sink instead of your counter. (If you do not have a palm brush, the rounded storage space is a great size for a dish pump dispenser.)
You can never have enough space for drying dishes in my opinion (again, I go through a lot of dishes), which is why I love OXO’s Large Sink Mat– it can be used as a drying rack right in the sink!
The mat is designed to allow air and water to flow freely, discouraging mildew build-up, and conforms easily to the shape of your sink. It even provides some protection for your dishes — if a dish slips from your hand during washing, it provides a safe landing, protecting from chipping and scratching. The silicone mat is also available in a smaller size for double sinks.
Organizing my sink area has motivated me to keep on going and organize the rest of my kitchen. What are some of your must-do tips to an organized kitchen?