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    Updated on Aug 3, 2020. Posted on Jul 2, 2020

    27 Genius Problem-Solving Products I Feel Stupid For Not Buying Sooner

    Where have these been all my life?!

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    1. These ethylene-absorbing spheres will make your fruit and veg stay fresher for longer. They work just as well in your fridge as they do in your fruit bowl!

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    Chuck one of these handy balls into your crisper drawer or fruit bowl and its carbon centre will absorb any chemicals that might spoil your fruit and veg. Customers are seriously impressed by how long they keep food fresh for!

    Price: £6.65 for three.

    2. You can personalise these weatherproof wheelie bin stickers with your name and house number, so you'll always know whose recycling bin is whose!

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    They'll arrive via first-class Royal Mail, and customers say the high-adhesion backing on the stickers makes them really long-lasting.

    Price: £2.25 for four.

    3. These gel inserts are self-cooling, so you'll be able to enjoy a ~chill~ (I'm so sorry) night's sleep whatever the weather.

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    Thanks to their stay-cool filling, you won't even need to refrigerate these inserts before using them!

    Price: £7.99 for two.

    4. This maximum strength antiperspirant has gotten rave reviews for a reason. You'll only need to apply it once or twice a week to feel the effects!

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    I know it sounds a little out there but, if the ratings are anything to go by, this spray really does live up to its promise. Customers say just a couple of applications per week is enough to keep them sweat-free for days. If you don't take their word for it, there's a money-back guarantee too!

    Price: £11.95.

    5. Not only will these lace bands help to prevent chafing, they'll also give you a place to store your phone when you're wearing a skirt or dress!

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    They're non-slip, and there's a handy pocket in their sides where you can store everything you need to keep on hand.

    Price: £5.99 - £16.99 depending on size – they're available in sizes S - L and come in cream and black.

    6. These Teflon-coated oven liners will protect the base of your cooker from spills, stains, and leaks.

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    They can withstand temperatures of up to 260°C, and whenever they get mucky, you can remove these liners and clean them in the sink or dishwasher.

    Price: £3.66 for two.

    7. Make your bin smell better AND leak less with this citrus-scented Bin Buddy powder.

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    Just chuck some of this stuff into your bin liner and it'll absorb all the excess liquid in moments! Plus, it contains citronella, which could help to make your bin smell fresher and repel flies at the same time.

    Price: £3.49.

    8. These simple baits will get rid of your ant problem by tackling it at its source.

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    The food inside is laced with slow-acting poison, so when worker ants bring it back to the queen ant, it'll remove the source of your infestation.

    Price: £4.00 for two.

    9. These sliding lens covers will help to protect your privacy while also giving you easy access to your camera.

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    They're self-adhesive, so applying these covers to your phone, tablet, or laptop will be pretty low-hassle. The covers slide across in no time, perfect for when you want to use your front-facing camera again!

    Price: £3.99 for two.

    10. You can solve the problem of scaly cuppas in just ten minutes thanks to this drop-in descaler bag.

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    Drop the bag into your kettle, switch it on, boil the water, and then just pour it out after ten minutes – the limescale and mineral buildup should pour out along with the water you discard.

    Price: £2.75.

    11. If you're sick of watering your plants (and let's face it, who isn't), these clever globes will do the job for you. Once you've filled the chambers with water, they're good to go for about two weeks!

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    They'll release the water that's stored in their chamber whenever they sense moisture loss from the soil. Because they're only activated when your plant loses water, you'll never over or under-water your plants with these!

    Price: £5.99 for two.

    12. These tumble dryer balls do so many jobs it's almost hard to keep track. They'll dry your clothes faster, make the fabric softer, and can even help to remove lint!

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    They'll speed up your drying time by spinning around your drum, lifting up and airing out your clothes as they go. This process also works to soften the fabric of your clothes, meaning you'll save on fabric conditioner too!

    Price: £9.99 for six.

    13. Keep your plug holes clear and smelling fresh with these drain sticks that basically do all the work for you!

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    These sticks are packed full of enzymes that break down small deposits of gunk and grease as they dissolve, leaving behind a fresh smell and clearer plug holes. All you'll have to do is put 'em in and leave them to work their magic!

    Price: £5.00 for 12.

    14. If you love cooking but hate creating unnecessary waste, these silicone baking mats are the perfect solution.

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    These non-stick sheets are a great replacement for regular baking paper, because they're reusable and the silicone material distributes heat more evenly than other products like tinfoil do. You can clean them after use in the sink or dishwasher!

    Price: £11.29 for three.

    15. If you've ever had to deal with the mess and stress of a regular garlic press, you'll understand why this stainless steel rocker is so clever.

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    Designed to finely chop your garlic rather than just crush it into a pulpy mush, this stainless steel rocker is rust-resistant and easy to clean! It'll cover a larger surface area than a regular press, too – just rock it over your cloves for some no-fuss food prep.

    Price: £8.99.

    16. This microfibre sports towel folds up for easy storage when it's not in use. It's perfect for runners and cyclists!

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    You can attach this lil' towel to almost anything thanks to its handy carabiner clip, and its mesh bag is super breathable.

    Price: £7.99.

    17. Keep your phone's screen visible even when you're driving by using this genius magnetic holder.

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    Just peel the sticker off of this holder's adhesive back, apply it to your dash, and you're ready to mount your phone on it! Customers say it holds their phones really steadily and easily, so you won't have to deal with fiddly clasps or clunky straps.

    Price: £7.99.

    18. Stick these tiny mirrors onto the wing mirrors of your car to help you see what's going on in your blind spots.

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    They have a 360° range of motion, and are incredibly simple to install – just peel away the stickers and the self-adhesive backing is good to go!|

    Price: £4.39 for two.

    19. This mould remover spray will help you finally tackle that Dreaded Spot on your walls or ceilings.

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    Just leave this foaming spray on your mouldy tiles, walls, or grouting for up to half an hour and scrub it off to reveal perfect mildew-free surfaces.

    Price: £5.00.

    20. These honeycomb drawer organisers will help you find your socks faster in the morning!

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    These useful lil' hexagons click together to fill whatever space you put them in, and there are eight units which you can use to store everything from socks to ties way more efficiently.

    Price: £9.99 for eight hexagons.

    21. Bust through that annoying buildup on your shower head with this anti-limescale spray.

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    This spray produces a thick foam which will coat your limescale-covered surfaces, allowing the anti-scale formula inside to break down mineral deposits in less than five minutes(!). Reviewers have been wowed by the results.

    Price: £3.00.

    22. Anyone who's ever had to clean out a fridge will understand why I had to include these incredible liners.

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    They're made from a BPA-free material that you can trim to fit your fridge ~exactly~, and their bases are completely non-slip. Place them on your shelves and then wash them in the sink or dishwasher whenever you need to. The raised bumps on these liners also help to keep your food fresher for longer!

    Price: £3.32 for four.

    23. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this stick-on bathroom caddy before.

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    It can hold toothbrushes and razors, and the self-adhesive backing makes this caddy really easy to install. Its stainless steel material is long-lasting and rust-resistant!

    Price: £5.59.

    24. If you've lost the original plug for your bath or sink, this incredibly well-reviewed universal sink stopper is well worth a buy.

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    It's got a silicone lip that creates a seamless cover between your drains and your sink, no matter what size of plug you're dealing with. Reviewers say it's as easy to use as it is effective!

    Price: £5.49.

    25. This bamboo bath mat 1) looks great and 2) won't absorb dirt and odours the way that fabric ones sometimes do.

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    Bamboo is naturally water-repellent, so this mat will dry really quickly. It's got a non-slip base too!

    Price: £6.99.

    26. This soap saver is so simple yet so smart.

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    This genius product encourages air to circulate under your soap, helping to dry it faster. It costs less than a fiver, can be trimmed to size, and will help you save money in the long term – I mean, what's not to love?!

    Price: £4.98.

    27. This water-squirting, ear wax-busting syringe has wowed thousands of reviewers (yes, really).

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    It comes with three different skin-friendly silicone tips which each have four tiny openings – these allow jets of water to escape when you push down on the plunger! The syringe will get rid of even stubborn earwax thanks to the 360° reach of its water jets, and it's actually way less invasive than regular cotton buds.

    Price: £13.49.