This $9 Amazon Find Is the Secret to Keeping Your Counters and Cabinets Spotless

updated Feb 13, 2020
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I take pride in keeping a spick-and-span kitchen, but if someone were to peek into the crevices of my cabinets or countertop, chances are they’d spot dust and crumbs that have been lurking for years months. These areas are notoriously hard to clean, and the messes are so minuscule that they can’t be easily picked up by a vacuum cleaner or a microfiber cloth. Thankfully, hundreds of Amazon shoppers found a surprisingly clever hack, using a mini portable vacuum meant for keyboards to clean up in the kitchen. Even better? It has a solid 4.6-star rating and currently costs $9 (originally $15).

Designed to look like a ladybug, the adorable, battery-operated vacuum fits into the palm of your hand and easily gets at those hard-to-reach kitchen spots, powerfully scooping up every last loose particle along the way.

“We bought a kitchen island that has little grooves on top. There was no way to get the crumbs out, so I thought ‘Amazon! They must have something!'” says one reviewer. “It works just like I wanted.” Another reviewer adds: “We use this in the kitchen and dining room table. Picks ups bread crumbs, spices, salt, coffee, little dry objects. Then you can wipe your counters clean! And it’s cute! Thought it was goofy, but countertops are crumb-free!!!”

Besides tackling the cracks and crevices of your cabinets and counter, the little ladybug has also earned a prime spot next to the salt and pepper shakers on dinner tables.

“What a practical little tool,” says a happy reviewer. “My husband was complaining about the salt and pepper grinder dust 😂 Now he has a fun way to remove it!! Looks very cute on the table, too.”

Once your ladybug has had a busy few days cleaning up messes, simply push the bottom out, empty the dirt, and it’s ready for another round. And if you’re not a fan of ladybugs, you can also get a mini vacuum that look like a tiny piglet, spotted cow, or cat.

As one reviewer sums it up: “…it’s small, but it’s mighty.”

Buy: Mini Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, $9 (normally $15)