Kitchen cleaning isn't fun, but just like any job, it can go a lot faster and be a lot less painful if you have the right tools. The Kitchn makes sure you're prepared to tackle the mess that goes on in the most important room in your apartment.
First of all, you need a scrub brush to get nasty caked on food off of your hardworking pots and pans. You also need a good supply of dish cloths so you can change them out every time you wash the dishes or wipe down your counters and other surfaces. Using a dirty dishcloth can spread germs and make you sick!
Non-abrasive scrubbing pads are a must for really tough jobs, as is steel wool for those times when you really need to put some muscle into it like in the oven and on the stovetop. Cloth or paper towels are good to have close at hand to quickly wipe up messes and spills. A plastic scraper is another important tool to clean enamel or nonstick cookware without damaging it.
Rubber gloves will protect your hands and nails from harsh cleaners, those steel wool pads, and leftovers that have become one with their container. A grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn will make sure you can remove caked on food with ease. You also should have a multi-surface cleaner for your counters, tile, sink and appliances, as well as the floor. Finally, make sure you have a dish drainer for anything that must be washed by hand. Just stacking stuff by the sink is a recipe for broken dishware!