Your pans (and your back) will thank you.

By Meghan Overdeep
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Pampered Chef Pot Scraper
Credit: Amazon

Scrub as you might, ordinary sponges simply can't handle every caked-on mess your kitchen turns out.

From scrambled egg residue to brownie remnants, there's nothing more frustrating than food that refuses to budge from your favorite pots and pans. Having experienced our fair share of kitchen sink breakdowns, you can imagine our excitement when a recent post in The Strategist extolled the countless virtues of a plastic pan scraper. And at just less than $3 a piece for The Pampered Chef's version on Amazon, these indestructible doodads will pay for themselves long before you're crouched over the stuffing pan come Thanksgiving. And you won't have to worry about replacing them any time soon—the author's mother has been using the same scraper since the 80s!

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With minimal elbow grease, the hard-plastic edge of the scraper removes any and all kinds of stubborn gunk without scratching your pots, pans, or dishes. And when you're done, simply give it a rinse or toss it in the dishwasher until your next battle with burned cheese.