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    Feb 25, 2020

    22 Multipurpose Products You Probably Aren't Trying That You Should Be

    Single-use? In this climate?

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    1. A metallic-gold plated stainless-steel pyramid that'll give you the option of a different grating, shredding and slicing function on every side.


    Promising review: "I like unusual/decorative kitchen accessories that look good on the counter so I can leave them out in easy reach and don't have to go digging for them. In addition to being decorative, they have to work great too. This shredder offers the best of both worlds. We used it today to make chile verde and it worked great. Be careful when you're taking it out of the package as it's a LOT sharper than I thought it would be. With that being said, the shredder is very easy to handle without splitting open your fingers thanks to the innovative design. Highly recommend whether you want to keep it on the counters or in the cabinets but definitely wash by hand to retain the finish." —Phoenix

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    2. A wall-mounted organization system you can use to sort all of your mail *and* hang your keys.


    Promising review: "Really good design and the price is right! I’ve been looking everywhere for a simple mail holder that had a somewhat thin profile and one that could mount to the wall (or in my case, a wooden panel)." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    3. A four-way brush cleaner that'll be on hand to (speedily) take on whatever mess you find on your shoes at the last moment.,

    The welt surface can be used on heavy scuff marks and stains, nylon bristles for light scuffs, arched half circle for rounded corners, while the thin protruding brush is ideal for getting those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

    Promising review: "I was really sad when I thought my bucks were at the end of their road, because I had always heard that suede couldn't be cleaned. With this brush and a little elbow grease, my bucks are looking great again! I didn't use any water or cleaner, I just kept wiping the brush off on my jeans to keep the brush clean, then hit the shoe again with a clean surface. It even brightened the leather up a bit." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A set of loop hangers you can use to tidily organize your scarves, belts, ties, or even leggings.

    Promising review: "This is such a great way to store my scarves. I can fold them neatly and they are not wrinkled when I pull them out to wear them! I have used other types of scarf hangers and all my scarves ended up very wrinkled and disheveled looking." —luvnlifevt

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    5. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook — and by that I mean, fewer occasions for cereal dinners. This thing is truly a lazy person's best friend.


    What can't this thing do? It can cook rice, pressure-cook, slow-cook, steam, saute, make yogurt, and warm up food. It cannot drive your children to school.

    Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

    6. A five-piece set of air-tight containers to store your dry food in. Though, I wouldn't arrest you if you wanted to use them for any other household miscellanea. (Arts and crafts, etc. etc.)


    Promising review: "This is the second set of OXO Pop containers that I have purchased. I bought the really big set a while ago and was hooked. No longer will my white rice/grains/rolled oats/grits go wormy (I know...yuck); my cat's kibble is stored in a clear container so I can see when it's running low. (FYI: the pet food container is not included in these sets, but is worth the additional purchase.) I love these containers. They are lightweight enough so there's no strain on the wrists, yet heavy enough they don't tip over easily. The lids are easy to clean, and you could apply labels to distinguish between flours and sugars. They are expensive, but I believe you get what you pay for — quality costs extra money. If I need another set in the future, I will buy it." —Judith A Loue

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90 (for a five-piece set).

    7. A faux-leather storage bench, so you don't have to make a decision between seating or storage.


    Promising review: "I put these in my dining room to store daughter's toys and it made my dining room so neat and look like a dining room again" —Isabel Perez

    Price: $49.99+ (available in three) and pair with a footrest piece for $44.99+ (available in three colors)

    8. A Schick dermaplaning razor to get rid of stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz without the typical pains (and $$) that come with it.

    Promising review: "This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn't make hair grow back coarser or darker." —Ellen R.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    9. A rotary three-blade vegetable peeler that'll give you the option of a standard blade, a serrated blade, or a julienne blade.


    Plus! It has a potato eye remover.

    Promising review: "This tool works great — easy to use, sharp, and efficient. I've had one for years and bought a couple more to give as a gift and an extra for myself. We've had one for years and it still performs like new, but we couldn't risk it no longer being available at some point. Love it!" —CSGutz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. A can and bottle opener, because — say it with me — why have one function when you can have two?


    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 $18.06 (available in three colors).

    11. An over-the-sink dish drying rack you'll also be able to use as a prep surface and veggie colander.


    Promising review: "It is incredibly versatile and is a wonderful addition to our kitchen. So far I have used it for drying large items over the sink, filling a pot when the sink was already full, and as a counter trivet for a hot pan, and it performs beautifully in all these roles. The metal rods are strong and sturdy enough to hold heavy items, long enough to span our sink from multiple angles, and best of all, it rolls up for easy storage when not in use. All around a great kitchen tool, and I'll never be without one again." —T. Eicher

    Get it from Amazon for $25.98.

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    12. A 3-in-1 tool for the avo-head who is looking to split, pit, and slice on the reg.


    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 (available in two colors).

    13. A geometric bookend that'll double as a display for dried flowers and photos.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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    14. A foldable cutting board so you can dump your sliced veggies right into your pot when you've finished chopping.


    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $8.11+ (available in six colors).

    15. A scalp massager shampoo brush for a deep and exfoliating wash that'll make you feel like you were doing it wrong this whole time.

    Promising review: "I'm sitting here stunned an hour later at how good I feel. I didn't realize the extent to which my scalp bothered me before until now. Even my hair looks better, which is a bonus I wasn't expecting." —C

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in light green, pink, and purple).

    16. A shower curtain liner with pockets, because you're honestly doing it wrong if you're not using your liner for extra storage space in your tiny bathroom.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for my tub/shower situation. We have no shelving, and showerhead racks tend to get rusty/caked with soap and have even fallen off. We've had this in the shower for three months now, and it's great. It holds all our bottles, razors, and bars of soap." —Rachel B.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    Read our full review of the Maytex Mesh Pockets Shower Curtain Liner (number two).

    17. A moisturizer that'll really do it all: It works as a face mask, glitter-free highlighter, hair treatment, lip balm, hand cream, foot cream, and cuticle oil.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I use it as an intensive face cream when my skin gets extra dry or just looks dull. It’s thicker than most lotions but melts right into the skin. If I put it on at night, I wake up to healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. It’s great for hands and cuticles, too. I only have to use a pea-sized amount to cover my face so this will last a long time. The fragrance is light and pleasant and fades quickly." —Polly Darton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    18. A pack of Sugru — that's a moldable glue that sets overnight into silicone rubber — to mend everything from broken toys to fraying cords.,

    Sugru is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant, and electrically insulating up to 24 volts. It bonds to glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics. It can also bond to walls and safely hold 4.4 pounds.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest product EVER — it lives up to all hype. I used it to repair the bands on several IRREPLACEABLE glass rings. Not only is it rubbery enough to make a comfortable fit and sticky enough to bond to glass, but its many colors made matching a breeze! I’ve already used it to repair broken earbuds, place nearly invisible hooks everywhere so chargers don’t get tangled up in my iRobot vacuum, and even used it to make hanging loops on jars so I could put my collection of completely random tillandsia gardens on the wall! I couldn’t recommend more highly." —Fawn Force

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in seven colors).

    19. An Amazon Echo Dot for the very definition of "multipurpose": this smart assistant can do everything from tell you the weather to play music to help you with your schedule.


    The Echo Dot can set alarms, make shopping lists, play music, dim the lights, tell you about the's a little scary how much it's capable of!

    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).

    20. A luggage strap to attach your backpack, jacket, or neck pillow to your suitcase and free up your hands.


    Promising review: "Love this little gadget. I used it to attach my jacket and computer bag to my luggage on an extended business trip. Made my airport walks so much easier. Now that I'm back home, I've been using it daily to attach my jacket or cardigan to my work bag or purse. Love it!" —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $8.19+ (available in eight colors).

    21. A 43-in-1 (yes, 43!) multipurpose tool that'll fit flat in your pocket and help you fix a screw or open a beer bottle. Much better than lugging around an enormous toolbox, I'd say!


    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 $8.95+ (available in two colors and with the option for an included money clip).

    22. A pair of 5-blade shears for creating a restaurant-ready garnish with every meal. Cutting? Chopping? Mincing? Wow!


    Promising review: "These scissors are the best tool ever! Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making, I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board I just snip the fresh basil into the salad. If you flip the cover of the scissors around, the slotted side slides out the bits stuck in the scissors. Quick, easy and no waste. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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