This Pantry Staple Cleans Your Kitchen's Hardest-to-Reach Spot

The little gap between your stove and countertop can be a nightmare to clean. But this simple hack will save you the hassle.

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This simple trick will keep the floor between your stove and wall or counter clean.

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Nearly every kitchen has one thing in common: the annoying less-than-an-inch wide crack between the stove and counter. This tight little space is one of the hardest-to-reach places in your home, making it nearly impossible to clean without some serious rearranging. But since the counter and stovetop are where you're doing the majority of your cooking and mess-making, this area is in desperate need of a good clean to get rid of all the accumulated crumbs, drips and food residue. 

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If you're like me, you hate cleaning that little crack because the stove usually needs to be moved to access it, which is a huge pain. Well, I've found a solution. All you need is aluminum foil and you'll never need to clean the floor between your stove and wall ever again. For more kitchen finds, explore the best dishwashers, best washing machines and best refrigerators of the year

How aluminum foil keeps in between the stove and counter clean

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A fresh boat ready for floor-protecting duty.

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1. Measure the length of the crack and add 4 inches to the length.

2. Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil that is as long as your measurement.

3. Fold the strip of foil in half, lengthwise.

4. Fold over the edges of the foil to make a foil boat-like shape. There's no science to this step. Just crinkle the edges over to form sides.

5. Slide your aluminum boat into the crack between the wall and the stove so that it is sitting on the floor and pushed back into the shadows so that casual observers can't see it.

It's kind of like a drip pan for that little crack. The aluminum boat will catch all the crumbs and drips. All you need to do is toss it in the trash when it gets dirty and replace it with a new boat. 

For more cleaning tips, explore how to wash your bedding the right way and how to clean your kitchen in under 15 minutes

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