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    33 Genius Products With More Than One Use That’ll Make Your Life Easier

    You'll love how these handy gadgets work as hard as you do.

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    1. A multipurpose, heat-resistant mat that will help you out with so many tasks in the kitchen — use it to grab a hot pot handle, as a drying mat, as a spoon rest while you're cooking, or as a trivet for hot dishes at the dining table.


    The mat is 12 inches in diameter, making it the perfect fit for most microwave turn tables.

    Promising review: "I’m a habitual canned soup eater. In the past I’ve burned my hands many times getting the bowls out of the microwave, and also dealt with explosive soup in the microwave that needed to be cleaned. This is a game changer! I lay it across my soup bowl, cook it, the fold down the sides to protect my hands from heat while I carry it to the table to eat." —JeanBean

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18.

    2. A pack of moldable glue to prevent your charging cables from fraying. You can also use it to repair broken items around the house, mount something on the wall, or seal up a hole in the sole of your shoe.

    reviewer photo showing white moldable glue wrapped around the end of chargers

    Each pack of moldable glue can hold up to 4.4 pounds.

    Promising review: "First of all we had a small hole in a doorway in our kitchen that ants were coming out of! It was so inconvenient, so I used this moldable glue to plug the lil hole and it has worked fabulously! The only downside is once you start to mold it beware of lint or dust getting into it because it absolutely shows up contrasted with the white. We also used this to apply octopus hooks to the side of my closet, I was unable to use screws because screws would go through the thin wall to the inside of my closet where I keep clothes. So this quickly 'glued' my octopus hooks to the wall, and it's white so it blended in with the wall paint. I'm excited to find something else to use this for; it's very versatile." —Lola Hernandez

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. An over-the-door shoe organizer that you can also use to store your cleaning supplies on the inside of a storage closet for easy access. Finding your Lysol spray has never been easier.,

    I also have one of these on the door of my coat closet and I store all of my winter hats, scarves, and gloves in the clear pockets. You could also use this to store kids' dolls and toys!

    Promising review: "We just moved into a house with smaller storage space than we are used to and these over-the-door pockets have been perfect! We bought a couple of them for shoes and another one to expand the storage capacity of our very tiny kitchen pantry (we had to fold under one row of pockets to make it fit). These hang well without damaging the doors or affecting the ability to open and close them. Additionally, they seem sturdy and hold even our bulky hiking and running shoes without issue. We can fit small sandals both into the same pocket, expanding the space even more." —wawadehut

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three colors)

    4. An apron with a storage bag for holding your craft or cooking supplies as you work. The bag is detachable and comes with a strap, so you can wear it by itself and use it to store essentials as you run errands around town.

    DL Awesome Living / Etsy

    The apron comes in one size and is designed to be unisex. It's made of cotton canvas and can be machine washed and dried.

    DL Awesome Living is a small business based in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in making handmade aprons and home accessories.

    Get it from DL Awesome Living on Etsy for $43.39 (available in three colors).

    5. A bench scraper useful for chopping veggies, dividing dough into even pieces, measuring with the ruler, and even stripping herbs with the holes on top. Plus: it has a handy conversion chart printed right on the scraper!


    Promising review: "So I was skeptical, but I bought it because I thought it was cool to have the veggie/herb stripper and its width. What I didn't consider was the angle of it, that it's not just a straight cutter. I love to cook on my cast iron skillets and it has been AMAZING scraping while I cook with my Oxo skillet spatula. It's super easy to hold and I'm able to scrape up hashbrowns (this morning) with ease with the angle. I've also chopped onions and nuts on the cutting board when I got lazy with the knife. I don't know about you but I get slippery lizard fingers in the kitchen. I like the feel of the textured wood that doesn't slip out of my hand, not the cold, slick metal." —I Sing to Yahuah

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. An LED light rope you'll want to get multiples of — one in your car in case of emergencies, one to keep outside for nighttime backyard cookouts, and one to stash with your camping gear for an instant light source.


    The rope is 5 feet long, it's battery-operated, and it comes with a carrying pouch. You can also use the included magnets to pin them up to any magnetic surface.

    Promising review: "The ways one can use a Luminoodle is pretty awesome! We have one of these around the back of our TV for backlighting and love it so much we thought it would be great to try one for our recent camping trip and it worked out perfectly! We stretched the Luminoodle from one end of the tent to the other (it's a 14 ft. tent) using the straps that are supplied with it. We then tucked a portable battery pack into the strap on the tent and plugged it in there. It was a great amount of light. Bright enough that we weren't squinting and wishing we had another one and yet not too bright that it was overkill for the situation. No more hanging lanterns or fumbling around with flashlights to see what you're doing." —Eric V.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49+ (available in two lengths).

    7. A can and bottle opener that might just become your most reached-for kitchen tool. You can also use the pointed end on pull-tabs — great for anyone with long nails who usually struggles with opening soda cans!


    Promising review: "At first, I thought it was a bit expensive, but this handy little gadget is worth every penny. This can/bottle opener is so versatile, and as advertised, it opens a can with a smooth edge so you cannot cut yourself. Better yet, the food from the can does not get on the cutting mechanism. This is also a great bottle opener, and it also can remove those tight caps from two-liter soda bottles. It can also assist in removing the tops of soda cans by using the pointed tip, which looks like a bird's beak, by simply tucking it under the soda can tab. I'm so pleased with this, and I definitely plan on purchasing a few for holiday gifts." —David F.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.27+ (available in three colors).

    8. An ice roller to reduce puffiness on your face when you wake up in the morning and can help drain your sinuses during allergy season. Oh!! And you can also roll it on your neck and forehead to give you sweet relief from dreaded migraines.,

    Promising review: "Before I had this roller, I used to collect ice cubes into a Ziplock bag and use that instead. Needless to say this roller is way more convenient. It stays cold for a LONG time. Try it quickly on your arm after 45 minutes and see what I mean. Depuffs face easily and it's really smooth. I bring it with me on all my vacations too." —Amazonian

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (eight colors available).

    9. An Instant Pot Duo Crisp that's the true MVP of your kitchen. This ridiculously handy 11-in-1 kitchen gadget does it all: it pressure cooks, sautés, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, air fries, roasts, bakes, broil and dehydrates. You might never have to turn on your oven or stove again!

    stainless steel instant pot with an air fryer attachment. fully roasted chicken next to it

    Promising review: "I purchased my Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker at the end of spring and it has made my summer cooking so easy. I did not even take out my grill this year, I have used my oven only a handful of times, and my cooktop thinks I have abandoned it. I have cooked everything from boiled eggs to country spare ribs in my Duo. I have used it to sauté, as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, to bake, broil, and air fry. I am in love with this appliance and wondering why it took me so long to get one." —Mark S.

    Get it from Amazon for $179.

    10. A gardening tool to help you complete all your tasks: the angled, scoop-like design of the blade will help you dig in the dirt while the serrated edge is perfect for sawing off twigs and branches or even cutting twine. You can also measure planting depth with the inch marks on the blade.

    Holistic Habitat

    The tool is rust-resistant and can be resharpened if needed.

    Holistic Habitat is a woman-owned small business in Charlotte, North Carolina, that specializes in home decor and donates 15% of their profit to education initiatives.

    Get it from Holistic Habitat for $38.

    11. A cutting board with a handle and foldable edges so you can easily transfer all of your freshly chopped ingredients to your pot or pan. Genius!


    Promising review: "It is exactly what I wanted and expected. I had a smaller version that I used for years and it finally wore out. This larger one is perfect. Have you ever cut or chopped something up and then tried to pour it into scoop it up and add it to your pot, or picked up a flat cutting board and tried to scrape the contents into the pot only to have some of it miss and hit the floor or fall onto the stove top? When you pick this this one up the sides fold in and funnel every thing into the pot. You WILL love it!" —Randy Sutherby

    Get it from Amazon for $10.60+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    12. Or a cutting board designed to rest over your sink so you can free up counter space. Oh, did we mention the built-in colander for rinsing and draining veggies before you cut them? This is what you call smart design!

    Strainer cutting board in use over kitchen sink

    Promising review: "This is an extremely useful cutting board with the collapsible bowl for washing vegetables and/or fruits, draining them, or depositing scraps. It fits nicely over my sink and is easily cleaned and stored. Find myself using it every day!" —Patty Boh

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A coffee scoop that doubles as a bag clip to keep your bag of coffee grounds closed and fresh. This is definitely one of those "Why didn't I think of that?!" products!,

    Promising review: "Best purchase ever, even my husband who thinks 99% of ALL my purchases are dumb agrees this is a good one. I have a big bag of loose leaf tea that I now clip this on to the bag and use as my scooper. Scoop is way deeper than I anticipated which is nice. Seems silly and sat in my cart a while but since I bought it every morning I think to myself how handy this damn little thing is LOL." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A planter with a hidden litter box because even the biggest cat lover would appreciate keeping a litter box out of sight. It also has a filtered vented system to control dust and odor — no more smelly cats!

    Reviewer cat using kitty litter box plant

    Promising review: "My cat and I love this litter box! It's very attractive and hides the fact there is a litter box in my homes foyer — the only place I really had room to place it. Everyone who has come to my home doesn't realize what it is unless I tell them, then they are impressed and think it's really cool! The space inside is very large and it took almost a full 20-lb box of litter to fill it. I'm not using a liner in mine as don't feel it's necessary." —LA_Sinatra

    Get it from Amazon for $64.14+ (available in two colors).

    15. Or a bookend planter for holding up your favorite books while also giving your favorite plant a home. If you're a bookworm and a plant parent, first of all, can we be friends? And second, this was made for you.

    green bookend that is also a planter with a plant in it
    Stak Ceramics / Etsy

    This bookend planter is handmade, and there is enough space for water to drain from a standard 4-inch planter insert.

    Stak Ceramics is a small business based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that specializes in handmade ceramic home decor.

    Promising review: "The bookend arrived quickly and securely. It actually turned out larger than I expected but still 5 stars nonetheless. It's so cute and creative. I appreciate the small cork circles on the bottom to avoid scuffing anything up. Would definitely recommend for real or faux plants." —Celina

    Get it from Stak Ceramics on Etsy for $46 (also available in white and grey).

    16. A clear shower curtain with pockets so you can store bathroom essentials like shampoo, body wash, or razors. It's a gamechanger for anyone with a tiny bathroom that has practically no storage.

    clear shower curtain with pockets holding bathroom accessories

    Promising review: "I needed more storage in my shower because there are no built-in niches and I only have room for a narrow shower caddy. I saw this idea on Pinterest, but it was geared toward college dorms and small apartments. I found that it works great in any size bathroom. It has nine pockets of different sizes, so you can store many different items. The liner itself is of heavy plastic and the pockets are of sturdy mesh. The overall quality is very good and it does not feel too thin. My shower rod is screwed into the wall, so I am not concerned about putting too many heavy items in the pockets, but if you have a tension rod, you should be aware not to overload it." —Minerva King

    Get it from Amazon for $18.67.

    17. An embossed rolling pin for creating a beautiful design in your dough as you roll it out. You'll feel like you just won Star Baker when you see how gorgeous your cookies turn out after using this.

    rolled out dough with a swirling design on it
    Pastry Made / Etsy

    Pastry Made is a woman-owned small business based in Warsaw, Poland specializing in handmade embossed rolling pins.

    Get it from Pastry Made on Etsy for $24.95+ (shipping is $13.95; available in two sizes).

    18. A stylish backpack that can also be worn as a tote thanks to the sturdy shoulder strap. It also has plenty of pockets for you to store all of your essentials, and it unzips on the side that faces you, which helps prevent theft.

    Promising review: "Love this bag!! My last back pack purse started ripping at the bottom strap seams because I like to carry many things in it. I decided to replace that one (which cost $50) with this bag! I love it and am impressed by the quality and stitching. I like that it has the extra shoulder strap which makes carrying it so easy if I'm just grabbing it out of my car. I love that it's a backpack because I like having my hands free for other tasks. One of the great things about this bag is the zipper is on the inside facing your back, so no one can open the large compartment and steal from you. I'm so happy I bought this purse, and it comes in so many colors." —NotSoChillMom

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in 32 colors)

    19. A set of microfiber cloths each with different textures meant to clean practically any surface of your house. These will soon become your secret weapon for cleaning your house quickly and more efficiently.

    six different colored microfiber clothes with the label of what they're used for on it
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    You can use your favorite all-purpose cleaner or just water with these cloths. In the six pack, you'll get a cloth each for: cleaning the kitchen, scrubbing, dusting & polishing, cleaning the bathroom, shining glass & mirrors, and all-purpose cleaning. You can machine or hand-wash these in warm water, and then hang dry.

    Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut that specializes in natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths.

    Get the towels from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $19.99+ (available in multiple varieties)

    20. A three-tier metal utility cart that you can utilize in so many ways: as a nightstand, a craft station, or a kitchen organizer, just to name a few.,

    Promising review: "This is such a great value! Super cute, quick and easy to assemble, even comes with a screwdriver. Generous-sized trays — this organizer can hold A LOT. I love the wheels; they make it so easy to move around. Very sturdy construction and the removable dividers were an unexpected and happy surprise. I bought this for makeup storage but I could see using this just about anywhere. Very pleased with this purchase!" —Rh121

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in three colors)

    21. A large woven rope basket if you have a lot of stuff strewn around your house but nowhere to put it. You can store bulky throw blankets, extra linens, or your kid's toys, and the baskets will actually blend into your decor instead of sticking out like plastic storage bins do.,

    I've owned these for years and love them! I use one for blankets and the other to store my dumbbells for at-home workouts. They're super sturdy and the neutral colors look great in my living room. When they arrive, they'll be folded flat and look misshapen, but once you place contents in them, they adjust to their normal, round shape.

    Promising review: "I love this basket! I have been using rope baskets in my room to store things. My favorite thing about these rope baskets is that they’re really cute, but also functional. They’re great for when you need storage, but you’ve run out of hidden storage, or when you need to store something that is used frequently. I bought this storage basket to store my knitting and crafting supplies. Storing things out of sight makes it difficult for me to remember to finish it at times, so it’s nice that it’s visible but not an eyesore. The size of this basket is fantastic. I have another smaller one that wasn’t quite big enough, so I bought this large size and still have room to spare! It’s a great quality, and I will keep it to use forever." —K M

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in five colors)

    22. A 43-in-1 tool (yes, really!!) that's as thin as a credit card so you can take it with you wherever you go. Use it as a screwdriver, box cutter, wrench, protractor, letter opener....the list goes on and on!

    model holding the credit card-shaped tool on the left and the same model using the tool as a screwdriver on the right

    Promising review: "This tool is extremely sturdy for how thin it is. It doesn’t feel any different in my wallet, and I find myself using the tool every now and then. It’s a nice touch when you need one of the many tools like a box cutter, bottle opener, or screwdriver. The build quality is excellent and extremely durable, and it’s not too heavy." —Mohammad Rouie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two colors and with the option for an included money clip).

    23. A drill brush attachment to scrub off even the most caked-on stains and soap scum on your shower door, tiles, and floor. Have an old, nasty stain on your couch that you can't stand looking at anymore? This baby will take it right out.,

    This kit includes three nylon power brushes that'll fit on any cordless drill.

    Promising review: "These brushes worked flawlessly. I have a 24-year-old home that has not been remodeled yet. The master bath shower tile and fiberglass shower pan were in pretty bad shape. We tried many types of cleaners to remove residual soap and hard water stains with little success. As a last ditch effort, I purchased these brushes. They worked amazingly well. Using Krud Kutter and these brushes removed every bit of the dirt and polished those tiles so that they shined brilliantly like they did when they were new. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of these brushes. They are well-made and held up beautifully to the forces I applied while using them." —Tom S4TX

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six styles).

    24. A set of clear organizing bins so you can actually see what's in your fridge and eat it before it expires. Reviewers have also used them to organize crafting supplies, hair accessories, or beauty products.,

    Promising review: "I love these. Originally purchased for the freezer. Then we ordered more for the other freezer. Then we ordered more for the refrigerator. Then I bought some to help organize my baking stuff. Now I'm using them in my sewing room. Wish we could buy them by the case." —TRG

    Get a four pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes).

    25. A 3-in-1 avocado tool that splits, pits, and slices — get ready to instantly level up your avocado toast game.

    model using a 3-in-1 avocado tool to depit the avocado

    Promising review: "I used to laugh at this kind of product until my friend was using hers. It made it all so easy! Honestly, I can't believe someone as clumsy as me was functioning without it. Where I used to use a knife and spoon or fork to deal with avocados, it's now just this one thing. Each part of the tool does its job really well, and it's easy to clean. Love it so much. Even if you're not a clever tool kinda person, just get it. It's worth it." —kikikitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. An Echo Dot to basically act as your personal assistant — schedule meetings, set alarms, look up the weather, play your favorite playlist. It's harder to think of something this gadget doesn't do.

    alexa echo dot with the words "alexa, play study music" underneath it

    Promising review: "I have friends and family who have made fun of me for using the Echo Dot around my home. Well, I gave a few as gifts. 'Why would I ever need something like this?' turned into love within the first hour! The music, the information, and the whole Alexa experience made her a huge believer. The same thing happened with my sister and my niece. They loved it. Now we also 'drop in' to talk to one another. I'd say it was a huge hit, and based on my personal experiences plus their enthusiastic acceptance, I have to give Alexa and the Echo Dot five stars." —Greg C.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    27. A rechargeable hand warmer that also charges your phone, making it a lifesaver during the winter or while camping. A dead phone and cold hands would make even the strongest of us useless, so thankfully this handy gadget solves both problems at once!,

    Promising review: "This product is great. I moved to Baltimore for school and last winter I was freezing, my fingers felt like ice sticks. But thankfully for this product so far it’s been much more bearable. The second best part is that this is also a power bank. There’s nothing like warming your hands and charging your phone at the same time!! Thank you to the creator of this product." —Yosef Chaim Noorani

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in four colors).

    28. A personal blender built for smoothie enthusiasts — it transforms into a portable cup so you can take it on the go! Plus: this is so much easier to clean than one of those big bulky blenders.,

    Promising review: "I make a smoothie every day, and this little blender is perfect. It blends up frozen fruit just fine (as long as there's plenty of liquid in it too). You can drink right out of the blender cup, so no extra dishes to wash. It's easy to clean too; I usually hand-wash it although it can be put in the dishwasher. I've used other brands of small blenders and this one is my favorite so far. I spend time in two cities that are very far from each other, so I keep a blender at each location. The price is low enough that I could easily afford two of these. The first one I bought is a couple of years old already and still going strong." —Szxvp

    Get it from Amazon for $16.79 (available in five colors).

    29. An outlet shelf that not only holds your tech gadgets while they recharge but also has a nifty storage area to keep all of your charging cables that you aren't currently using.,

    Promising review: "Wow. I was skeptical at first because there were no pics of the Echo, just the Dot. I’m so glad I purchased this. Not only did it free up counter space, it actually looks good. I will say though, I had to use the lower plug because there wasn’t enough headroom to use the top. I banded the cord and it fit perfectly inside the cable channel for a clean look. I’d definitely recommend!" —Jill in Houston

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    30. A cream blush stick from Milk Makeup to use on your cheeks and lips for an all-over rosy glow. It's super easy to apply, it blends in easily, and it stays on even through sweaty days., Milk Makeup

    Promising review: "I love creamy blushes. And Milk is great with their creamy products. I got a trial size of color Perk and it’s a great little product to have in your purse. It goes on so smoothly. I don’t like creamy blushes that are hard to spread and blend where you have to tuck on your skin. This one is not like that at all. Also not much is needed for a good color payoff if you want a nice natural look as if you took a walk in the cold and got a nice flushed look. You can always build up for more. I even put some on my eyelids to give life to my face." —makeuplover22

    Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in six shades and two sizes).

    31. A wall-mounted toothbrush holder with a toothpaste dispenser that squeezes out every last ounce so you get the most bang for your buck. You can also store your most-used bath products on the top of it., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best thing I think I’ve ever purchased on Amazon. It perfectly stores my toothpaste and tooth brushes and keeps our floss picks in the little drawer. I also keep my moisturizer and skin care on the shelf. I used Command Strips because we’re renting and I didn’t want to take any chances. The toothpaste holder has a lever that you push back with your toothbrush and it dispenses the perfect amount of toothpaste. It really has everything." —abigail mian

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).

    32. A luggage strap to attach to your suitcase to hold onto your smaller bag or travel pillow, leaving your hands free. You can also attach this to a backpack or purse and use it to hold onto a jacket or grocery bag. City dwellers who have to carry all their groceries — this one's for you!


    Promising review: "I have used this luggage strap in the winter to hold my coat onto my backpack when I fly and when I attend Comic Conventions. I have used it in the summer to hold my HydroFlask and a beach towel. I have used it to clip my backpack to my luggage and my purse to my backpack. I have clipped it around a poster tube for conferences and for art at Comic Conventions. I LOVE this product." —Arelius

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six colors).

    33. A ceramic mug with a slot in the side for a clever (and useful!) way to serve your favorite food. We're talking soup and crackers, veggies and dip, milk and cookies ... all in one dish!

    a white ceramic mug with soup in the round part and crackers in the side slot

    Promising review: "This super cool soup bowl is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite soups and crackers, or ice cream and cookies, or whatever you like that would benefit from such a genius configuration." —Ken Elliott

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    You the first time you use your coffee scoop/bag clip combo:


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