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    39 Incredibly Useful Products That'll Help You Get Through Life

    Just a bunch of practical little products to help you deal with life's annoying AF problems.

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    1. A durable but lightweight pair of gloves that'll protect your fingers from cuts, scrapes, and just general clumsiness.

    Promising review: "My wonderful wife frequently uses a mandolin in the kitchen. Sometimes, I believe she thinks she's on Top Chef or Chopped. When she gets into julienning, I'm just waiting with car keys in hand to take her to the ER. So, as a proactive measure, I purchased these. They are quite comfortable. They stretch with excellent elasticity. She loves them, and I feel more comfortable that she is wearing something that can protect her. She has used these gloves dozens of times. Not a single issue and she has washed them with the kitchen towels. No problem." —Jon

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in sizes S-XL).

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    2. An iPhone adapter so you can charge your phone while you listen to music — because, apparently, we can't just do both anymore.

    Promising review: "This is a pretty great product! I wanted to be able to charge my phone while using it to play music in my car for longer trips and it works great. Every now and then you might get the message that it's not supported but just unplug and replug and it's fine. Way better than the cheapo ones you get out there. I do wish it supported pushing calls through my car stereo but props to the seller for pointing out in advance that it's not supported. Highly recommend." —Andrew Wells

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in five colors).

    3. A motherf#@%in' Tubshroom, because if you've ever had to deal with a clogged bathtub drain, you never want to have to deal with it again — and this little guy will make sure you don't have to!

    Promising review: "Works really well. My hair collection has grown so much, I might have enough to make a hair friend soon. I shall try on the first full moon. Seriously though so much dog hair that would have gone down my drain after just one dog bath without this. Yikes." —Kate Wills

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

    4. A set of attachable ear hooks so your glasses always stay in place and don't slide down to the tip of your nose.

    Promising review: "I knew the best way to test these out would be to wear them to work (at a BBQ restaurant) where I'm constantly moving up and down and getting a little sweaty. My glasses never moved! It was amazing! They're very discreet, which I like. From the side view, you can't even tell they're there at all! It takes a few seconds to adjust when you put your glasses on, but when you get them where you like, your glasses won't move until you take them off. They don't bother my ears or pull my hair." —Chadbdot

    Get them from Amazon for $3.49 (also available in clear for $2.79).

    5. A universal air-vent magnetic car mount that'll hold your cell phone for you while you drive.

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I have ever made. Seriously. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, and it attaches onto the mount very firmly. The mount also attaches firmly into my air vent. No jiggling or slipping. I can touch, swipe, etc. on my phone screen without any risk of the phone falling or sliding." —Susie

    Get it on Amazon for $7.49.

    6. A spiral cord protector you can easily wrap around all your devices to stop them from ripping or tearing — or just being destroyed by your pet who seems to think your cords are for their enjoyment.

    Promising review: "I've never felt the need to write a review until now. I have two cats that somehow destroy only my most expensive cords. I've tried many things and never had any luck in finding the right product. These are AMAZING and I ordered two more packs to put on my other cords. It took a little while to wind them on, but 10 minutes of my time is well worth it! If you have pets that chew, I can't recommend these enough!" —michelle t.

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $7.38.

    7. A bottle of liquid peel-off tape perfect for anyone who just doesn't know how to color within in the lines — which is great and all, except when you're trying to paint your nails.

    Promising review: "Seriously, this stuff is amazing! Putting the bottle to my nose, it's very evident there is an odor but I never smelled it as I used it. It dries wicked quick and pulls off in one strand if you work around your nail when you pull. A definite must-have if you're a stamper!!" —Stacey Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. A leather keychain cord organizer to keep your headphones tangle-free.

    Promising review: "These are so great for keeping cords wrapped. They are so easy to use, snapping on and off easily. No winding and unwinding around anything, which can be a pain. These keep the cords compact and mess-free. I just ordered another set." —CR

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.97.

    9. A set of bamboo and charcoal shoe deodorizers, because it's really not cute to have stinky AF shoes — especially if they're smelling up your whole house.

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes!!! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!" —Erin

    Read a full review of this product here!

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.90.

    10. A digital luggage scale so you never have to stress about having overweight luggage.

    Promising review: "These days traveling can be expensive if you are not careful with baggage rules for airlines, or if you failed to accurately weigh your luggage. It can cost anywhere from $50 to $250. Having a luggage scale is a must for any traveler. Don't forget to toss it in the suitcase too, and use it to ensure you don't buy too many souvenirs." —Tiger88

    Get it on Amazon for $9.87.

    11. Some oil-free makeup-correcting swabs for all those mistakes that threaten your hard work.

    Promising review: "I have used these for years! They are great for taking off any mascara or shadow right after you put it on! They're so easy to pull out, and swipe the lid or under eye for any residue. Also I have very sensitive eyes and it doesn't bother them at all!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $4.11.

    12. A magnetic eyeglass holder designed to easily attach to your shirt and securely hold your glasses when you don't need them.

    Promising review: "I have struggled for years with my glasses falling out of my shirt pocket and onto the floor. I tried eyeglass necklaces\strap holders, which either broke or choked me when they got snagged. The eyeglass necklaces\strap holders would also crash my glasses into things, which would often break them. Now my job won't even allow the straps or necklace for my glasses. My wife suggested that I try ReadeREST because she noticed a person at work with it. Something so simple that makes me smile every time I reach for my glasses. My glasses are right where I put them and when I bend over to pick something up they don't fall out of my pocket or crash into anything. It makes my glasses easy to reach when I am in a tight area. The magnet holds with plenty of strength on my shirt and now I don't need shirt pockets. I also don't have to hunt all over the house for one of the 10 pairs of cheaters I own." —Nereek

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in clear and stainless steel).

    13. A stick of long-lasting Foot Glide, which'll help prevent you from dealing with blisters and raw skin from your shoes.

    Promising review: "All, I am proud to post that I had just completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in torrential rain and hurricane winds. One of the absolute worst conditions for a marathon. A friend recommended Body Glide and Foot Glide, so I coated my entire foot, between the toes and all. NO BLISTERS after 26.2 miles in the pouring rain. Sneakers soaked at the start. I cannot rave more about this product. Incredible value to save you a lot of pain. Highly recommended for bad weather, breaking in new shoes, etc." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    14. A handy little scraper tool to help you peel off those sticky labels or messes without scratching anything up.

    Promising review: "These things are great! I am very particular about cleaning. If/when I save glass jars or, on occasion, plastic containers, I absolutely dislike having residue left on the container after working the label off. These awesome little tools help to scrape off labels with ease, and help get any residue off! It still takes some work, but these are amazing! I bought a two-pack for myself, and then, since they work so well, I bought the five-pack to give to my mom. She saves more containers and jars than I do." —Christa S

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A portable, lipstick-sized phone charger for those days when you just need a little boost.

    Promising review: "We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of our Anker PowerCore+. We received it with such joy — however, it has passed away. Our Anker was there every time our iPhone's battery indicator hit below 10%, ready to charge. For those seven months, it was the best friend a guy could ever have. And boy, did it charge until that fateful day during the last week in June. I noticed my phone was near dead and so I hooked it up to my trusty Anker and went about my day. When I looked at my phone about an hour later, I noticed it wasn't charging. I thought that maybe it was the cable. It had to have been the cable. Please be the cable! So, I switched it out but it wasn't. The Anker had no response...and neither did I. Anker is survived by his older brother (also a PowerCore+), who was purchased in September and is still going strong." —HEITZIE

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

    16. A BPA-free ice tray designed with a secure cover so you never have to dance that awkward dance between the sink and freezer.

    Promising review: "I love these trays. The cubes come out so easily and there's no spillage. Plus the water freezes in less than two hours." —RustyRose

    Get it on Amazon for $9.45+ (available in blue and green).

    17. A flexible Tweexy ring designed to hold your nail polish while you give yourself a fresh coat.

    Promising review: "This is a great invention, I wish I was the one who invented it! We bought this for our 12-year-old daughter after she had a couple of 'accidents' of spilling nail polish jars. She absolutely loves it. My wife even uses it now and she loves it, too!" —wormyh2o

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors).

    18. A felt bed caddy that'll easily fit on the side of your bed to hold all those this you're always using but don't want to clog up your nightstand with.

    Promising review: "This is such a great organizational tool. I ordered this to declutter the several remotes I have for my TV, subscription service box, sound bar. They take up all the space on my console and I wanted a caddy to hold all of them without appearing tacky. It’s really neat and has a smooth finish and has a simple fuss-free design. There’s a flap that can be put in the couch fold or mattress, it’s got two inner smaller pockets, and it's easy to reach since it has an open style. The fabric is great quality and durable, it should last a while. Besides the remotes, it can hold your devices including phones and tablets. It fits my regular iPad with ease No more constantly searching for the remotes and devices. Find everything in this compact caddy. I use it for my living room but it can be used for the bedroom too. The flap just needs to have a substantial weight over it to hold it in place. The bed mattress and the couch cushions can serve that purpose." —San

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in black, gray, and light gray).

    19. A flexible silicone sink strainer to catch all that excess food before it clogs your drain.

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old, but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design and it even looks good. Pros: fits great, looks good, engineered perfectly, solves your kitchen sink drain issues. Cons: Makes you re-examine your life now that you are this excited about a sink strainer. QUICK UPDATE: It's been over four years and this sink strainer still hasn't broken in the kitchen sink. Also, I'm still pathetic enough to update a review for a sink strainer four years later." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    20. A mesh shower caddy for holding all those things that just don't fit in the tiny spaces around your bathtub.

    Promising review: "I don't know why I didn't go this route sooner! This mesh bag is awesome! It's minimized the bulk in my shower that my hanging metal caddy hanging from my showerhead caused. While the mesh bag does come 4x4, I currently only need use of 2x2, so I folded it in half. I love that flexibility! The pockets are deep, nothing falls out." —Lark

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    21. A 60-sheet notepad to help you organize your week and stay on top of your life.

    Promising review: "These little notes keep me so on track each week. I used to try and keep track on various apps, but I found it way too easy to forget about them, or ignore, or miss the notifications. By writing my weekly goals/tasks down, I remember them better, and if I forget them, I glance down at my desk and see the list of papers due, people I'm supposed to contact, and extracurricular meetings I want to attend." —Mark H.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    22. A four-pack of reusable soda can lids so you can save your favorite carbonated beverage for later.

    Promising review: "Best invention in years!! I'm getting it for all my friends back in Europe. I like how when I don't finish my soda I can just cover it up and put it back in the fridge and it doesn't lose its fizziness so fast and won't get the fridge smell. Easy to clean. doesn't take too much space in the drawers. Great!" —Kamila

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. Two sets of foot pads for the balls of your feet that'll make wearing heels a little more bearable.

    Promising Review: "A lifetime in heels has my feet exhausted by the end of the day. These are soft and squishy with just enough support. Great support, doesn't hurt, or pinch my toes. Well done!" —Victoria Garcia

    Get them on Amazon for $13.99.

    24. A pack of Command picture-hanging strips to help you hang your ever-growing art collection without digging any holes into your walls.

    Promising review: "I have found about a million uses for these things. I love them!! I used them to hang some small containers from my bathroom mirrors to put combs and miscellaneous objects in. I used them to mount my internet router, FireTV, and all the wires to the back of my TV so that they are hidden and can't be seen. I used them to mount my paper towel holder to the side of my kitchen cabinets. I used them to mount a sunglasses case on the visor in my car. Seriously — they hold a lot of weight and have a million different uses. About the only thing I didn't use them for was hanging pictures, but I'm sure they're good for that too." —Sheena Bates

    Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $3.39+ (available in packs of 4, 12, 14, and 24 and in white, black, and white-bath).

    25. An easily mounted corner foot rest that adheres onto your shower wall to make shaving your legs a little less of a chore.

    Promising review: "Didn't really believe this would stick as advertised, but I really hate not having somewhere to rest my foot when shaving in the shower so I thought I would give it a try. I've had it for two months now and it is still solid as a rock. Not the most beautiful shelf I have ever seen, but it functions great and has an added bonus: a place to store your razor, which I hadn't even noticed in the description. All in all, does exactly what it said it would do so no complaints. The instructions give you some guidance on how high to put the shelf so it is at a comfortable level. Since I am short, my husband put it a few inches lower than that. Really think about what height you want this thing because once it is on the wall, you aren't going to able to reposition it and will have to live with it." —lagerfox

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    26. An inflatable air mattress designed specifically for your car, because how much more romantic would it have been if Jack had one of these on hand for him and Rose.

    Promising review: "Have to say that this is amazing! I use it in my truck, very practical. It comes with a machine that inflates it quickly. It can also be used for camping. It shocked me that my back seat was so spacious with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. Very portable, because it is not heavy at all. Good quality! I like it." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in three colors).

    27. A moldable glue to help fix your cords, seal your shoes, and bond any broken pots and pans.

    Promising review: "My Macbook Pro charger wire was starting to break so I got some Sugru to mend the damage. An absolutely incredible product that saved me like $70 from not having to get a new charger. The only downside is each package is not resealable. Luckily I also had an iPhone cable and Apple earphones to reinforce. So basically, Apple, get your s*** together and pack some Sugru with your products." —leesankwok

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $22 (available in seven color sets).

    28. A sturdy set of brushes that'll help you get into those hard-to-reach crevices.

    Promising review: "A big step up from toothbrushes, which I have used for many years prior to buying these. Key improvements over toothbrushes: angled handles that get your hands up and out of the way, the handles are bigger and grippier than a toothbrush, the larger brush has pretty stiff bristles, which are great for heavy scrubbing without scratching, the smaller brush has tapered softer bristles on one end (good for cleaning in tight areas), and the rubber nub on the other end of the smaller brush is surprisingly good for cleaning in tight areas. I replaced the four toothbrushes in my cleaning kit with these." —jfb

    Get the set from Amazon for $5.99.

    29. A pair of no-tie elastic laces designed to keep your favorite sneakers securely on without the struggle of having to lace and unlace them everytime you put them on.

    Promising review: "I can't go back to regular shoeslaces now. Nothing to tie, no bow flopping around, so they look clean and tidy all the time, and they are a breeze to put on. You just slide your foot in and go. I have a high arch and the elastic actually makes my shoes more comfortable. There is a bit of give when I walk so they feel amazing. I have some odd shoe colors but I was able to match the laces pretty easily with their wide selection of colors. I even added the reflective ones to my running shoes. I've had these for over a year on some of my shoes and they haven't broken or stretched out, ever! My entire family is hooked on them." —Monica

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 42 colors).

    30. A handy little butter saver so you can preserve your butter after every use.

    Promising review: "Makes storing butter sticks in the fridge so neat and easy. Also measures 1 tbsp with the width of the top of the cap, clever idea. I wash them by hand, not in the dishwasher, to help preserve them. A bit pricey, but a unique idea and very useful. Never found them in any stores in my area, glad I found them online." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    31. A dishwasher magnet so you never accidentally use a dirty dish again.

    Promising review: "I could not be more happy with this product. I've recently moved to care for my mother with Alzheimer's. This has stopped the incessant question of clean or dirty. Well made and durable!" —jedismama2010

    Get it from Amazon for $12.94.

    32. A pack of reusable produce bags that'll help you reduce the waste after every trip to the grocery store — you can also use them to clean and rinse your fruits and veggies all in one go!

    Promising review: "SO good, SO handy, SO ecological (without being nerdy). Simple: put grapes into one bag, tomatoes in another, green beans in another... well, you get the idea. No thin plastic bags to figure out how to open without cursing or have to dispose of. Leave these bags untied so checker has access to price, then secure the tog. These bags are plenty large enough for big heads of lettuce, tons of grapes, tomatoes, etc, and they go under your faucet for thorough rinsing. You drain the contents and put the bags directly in the fridge. They are sturdily made, close perfectly, and easy to fold and carry into a grocery store. They are exactly as shown. This is a quality product. I recommend 100%." —C. Hascoat

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $10.97.

    33. A Space Saver bag designed to let you store a ton of your stuff in just a tiny bit of space (plus they look really cool when you're vacuuming all the air out).

    Promising review: "I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for my king-size down duvets, thick blankets, and king-sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum, and how much I could fit in such a small space! One of them punctured while we were stuffing it (clearly, we were learning), so I contacted the company and they sent me two new jumbo bags, without question, free of charge. This company is amazing!" —Raquel Moss

    Get a pack of five bags from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in medium and jumbo sizes).

    34. A complete roadside emergency kit filled with everything you might need when you probably need it most.

    The 125-piece kit includes five ibuprofen tablets, five non-aspirin tablets, five antibiotic ointment pads, three burn cream packs, three insect relief pads packs, three hydrocortisone cream packs, battery booster cables, a reflective safety vest, a self-powered flashlight, two light sticks, an emergency rain poncho, an emergency mylar blanket, a reflective warning triangle, whistle, three-ton tow rope, a window breaker/seatbelt cutter, an adjustable wrench, an accident report form, a tire pressure gauge, a multifunction tool (strong pliers, emergency screwdriver, two bottle openers, mini knife blade, regular knife blade, saw blade), gloves with extreme grippers, three bungee cords (18", 24" & 32"), 15 cable ties, one PVC tape, first-aid tape, 25 adhesive bandage, six antiseptic towelettes, two gauze pads, five butterfly skin closure bandages, four knuckle bandages, four fingertip bandages, one extra large bandage, 15 small bandages, three iodine pads, 10 alcohol prep pads, one bandage roll, 10 cotton swabs, and a pair of disposable gloves.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for the day that I might just need it. Gratefully, I have not used it yet. The price point along with the stuff included were the two main factors leading me to purchase. It should be noted that the cables are heavy-duty and it does come with hazard road signs. I'm very happy with the purchase!" —Tyler Aftab

    Get it from Amazon for $38.97.

    35. A clip-on strainer to make draining all your favorite foods a total breeze.

    Promising review: "After many years of failing to drain skillets and pots by using a lid, I searched for and bought this guy. Wow! I can't believe I lived without this for so long. It's a dream to drain water from pasta, and grease from meat. No slippage, and it works great. Just need to be a little careful if you've got a lot of food in the pot/pan, as some of it can escape over the top, but the use of spoon to keep it at bay works well." —R. Higgins

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in green and red).

    36. A super-cozy electric blanket you can plug into the outlet in your car to keep all your journeys nice and warm.

    Promising review: "This heats up fast. I love it. It is lap-sized, so not too bulky. I purchased this because my SUV takes much longer to warm up than my car. I’m much more comfortable with this blanket." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $21.07+ (available in four colors).

    37. An easy-to-install outlet cover plate designed with LED lights so that it can double as a nightlight.

    Promising review: "Had a half-dozen of these installed about a year ago. They work great and have held up." —Omar Sultan

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    38. A makeup-brush scrubber that slips onto your fingers and gets your beauty tools super clean.

    Promising review: "No more wrinkly hands from washing my brushes! This little contraption works to help me clean my beloved makeup brushes and protects my hands from soaking in water while I clean them. Also, the ridges and bumps help to get the brushes much cleaner than my hand alone. You won't find this selling for less anywhere else, either." —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for 75 cents (available in pink, green, and purple).

    39. And a freestanding or wall-mountable aluminum towel warmer because you're not an animal, you can't be expected to live without warm towels.

    Promising review: "Keeps our towels dry and warm in the bathroom. No more smelly towels." —Jeffrey Booms

    Get it on Amazon for $59.99.

    All these products out here making lives easier.

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