This machine washable silicone dishwand replaced my sponge one

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Silicone dish scrubbers: because I'm tired of being told kitchen sponges are gross

I've been trying these silicone dish scrubbers. They work great and don't get disgusting like sponges.

A few weeks ago some internet meme thingery got into my head, and made me throw out all my sponges. Even before I thought they were dirty! I then made the mistake of cleaning some stuff that immediately had me tossing said new sponges out. I was sick of it! I decided to try some reusable, sterilizable silicone scrubbers.

Guess what? They work.

Not absorbent, but most of what I've used sponges for in recent years is the blue or green scrubbing surface. These do that nicely. You can also just boil them in hot water every once in a while to clean them off.

These scrubbers also double as silicone pot-holders, if you need.

4 pack of Silicone Dish Scrubbers via Amazon

Also, because sponge.

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Good, inexpensive silicone kitchen sink strainer

I like almost everything OXO makes. This silicone kitchen sink strainer ($8) was a welcome replacement for the wire mesh one we had, because some of the wires had broken. Those little protruding wires hurt when they poke your finger. The OXO strainer is made of soft silicone and that won't hurt you. To clean the collect food debris, just pop the cup inside out in the trash. One reviewer on Amazon said it is still in good condition after four years of use.

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Finally, a face-slimming gadget you can leave the house in

I have a round face, like a cartoon squirrel submerged unevenly in Nair. Thanks to the "Shirinkongumu Face Slimmer" and its promise to make my skin "youthful and pliant," I can now look forward to a slimmer, prettier profile—all for only $2.29!

for three minutes during a day ..holding the mouthpiece made of the silicone in the mouth... ..large face.. refreshingly slacken

It leads to a youthful mouth that went up [kyu] and the corners of the mouth at the [heno] character entrance by strengthening muscles of facial expression not so used in daily life. " of the addition of the load Because the muscle loosens, it is effectively because of physical exercise effective in the face exercise bath.

The questions and answers at Amazon are masterpieces of succinct, forthright customer service.

Question: Does the head come with it? Answer: Only mouth.

Question: Does it have instruction in english? Answer: No.

Question: Does it look like lips? Answer: Not a fashion statement.

Ah! But as they say, the street finds its own uses for things.

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Non-designers design a "superior anti-clogging drain device"

Design website Core77 says, "Industrial designers: Do you find it stings when non-designers invent a successful product that you should have thought of?" The product is called the TubShroom, and it's a silicone ribber gadget that fits into drains to trap hair.

What's interesting is that [inventors Serge and Elena Karnegie] sought funding on both Kickstarter and IndieGogo — and smashed it on both. They gathered $59,267 on the former and about $120,000 on the latter.

That was last year. This year they've returned to Kickstarter with a smaller version called, unsurprisingly, the SinkShroom. The $12 device has already been 400% funded, and there's 18 days left to pledge if you want one.

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Easter Island statue ice cube tray

This silicone ice cube tray creates nine Moai statue ice cubes at a time. Even better, you can make chocolates and soap with it, too. Amazon has it for $10. Read the rest

Silicone flexible pancake turner

The silicone rubber part of the OXO Good Grips flexible pancake turner ($11 on Amazon) has just the right amount of give. That, combined with a sharp edge, makes it perfect for flipping eggs, pancakes, and French toast. It's also very wide, which means I get to make large diameter pancakes just the way I like them. Read the rest

Simple silicone garlic peeler

I am amazed at how well this simple, silly tube of silicone works. Simply crack the outer layers of skin on a clove of garlic, pop it into the cylinder of silicone and roll. The skin comes right off. My hands don't smell of garlic.

Rinse this off in the sink, set it aside to dry and it is ready for next time. One of the most useful, overlooked $6 kitchen tools I've got!

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Stainless steel garlic press for $9

Amazon has a promo code so you can get this garlic press for $9. It's regularly $18. (Use code 25NLO83R at checkout) It includes a free silicone tube garlic clove peeler, like the kind reviewed here. Read the rest

Silicone whisks are easy to clean

Using a whisk makes for better beaten eggs, hot chocolate, and the list goes on. I avoided using my wire whisks because the cleaning was always a bit more trouble than I cared for. Having been introduced to the kitchen wonder that is silicone, I am now happily whisking away.

For $13 lucky dollars this simple set of 4 whisks, 2 larger and 2 smaller, can not be beat. They simple rinse off under hot water. If I've used them on something more sticky, they don't take much effort to clean. They also successfully come clean in the dishwasher's utensil tray, my wire whisks do not.

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Three-ounce silicone bottles to hold your goops when you travel

This set of three 3-ounce travel bottles lets you transfer your favorite shampoo, lotion, and unguent into TSA-compliant squeezable tubes. The also have a suction cup so you can stick them to the shower wall in your hotel room and forget to pack them when you check-out. Read the rest

Silicone BBQ gloves on sale for $7

We love our silicone kitchen tools, so I couldn't resist getting these. Regularly $35, Amazon is selling heat-resistant silicone BBQ gloves for just $9 a pair. They work as pot holders and tong replacements so you can handle meat right on the grill. I've always struggled with getting chickens out of the roasting pan and onto the cutting board. I hope this takes care of that problem. Read the rest

Silcone skull molds for ice, chocolate, or soap

This set of food-grade silicone skull molds can turn many moldable materials into mementos mori. It's a wonderful way to remind yourself while eating candy or getting drunk that you will die fairly soon.

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I love this $4 silicone skull pancake mould

This silicone skull is great for eggs or pancakes. Kids love breakfast at my house.

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Convenient tea infuser also works as a yogurt strainer

Carla is fond of her stainless steel Brew-in-Mug Extra-fine Tea Infuser ($15). Here's why: It fits the mugs we already have (It fits perfectly into mugs with a diameter greater than 2-7/8"). The holes are tiny to prevents leaf particles from passing through but the infuser is very porous. It has a silicon rimmed lid to keep the tea warm as it steeps. The lid flips over to hold the infuser when you remove it from the mug.

The mesh is so fine that it also makes a dandy strainer for making Greek style yogurt. Just pour regular yogurt into it and let the water drain through the holes to yield thick, almost spreadable, yogurt. Read the rest

Le Creuset silicone Cool Tool

I bought a couple of these 8-inch silicone Cool Tools a few years ago from the Le Creuset outlet store near the Cabazon Dinosaur attraction in California. Read the rest

Reusable silicone gear ties

Keeping cords, wires and lines organized is a heck of a thing. These handy silicone gear ties help me stay organized.

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