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    31 Products You'll Never Understand How You Lived Without

    Genius little inventions that are gonna have you asking, "Why didn't I think of that?"

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    1. A pack of anti-slip glasses hooks that'll keep your spectacles where they belong.

    Promising review: "Really stellar product. It's one of those small things you wish you had thought of but never did. It's a small investment for someone who wears large and heavy glasses, and it's comfortable. I've worn over-ear headphones with them for hours and haven't felt any unusual discomfort from. Unfortunately, they come in a pack of three, so once you mention them to family, friends, or coworkers they disappear fast. I only wish my optometrist had carried or recommended them." β€”mayden

    Get a pack of 30 pairs from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A durable but lightweight pair of gloves to 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." β€”Jon

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in sizes S-XL) and check out our in-depth review of these bad boys.

    3. A set of silky-soft satin pillowcases that'll help keep your hair from frizzing, your skin from breaking out, and your dreams sweet.

    Promising review: "I love this SOOO MUCH! The hype for silk pillowcases is real! I have a FULL head of hair that is very long, which has also been processed to death. Since my hair is always so dry due to all of the color processes, I like to air-dry it to save it from being damaged further by the heat. Well, my hair would always look like a frizzy mess the morning after, even though I saturated my hair with leave-in treatments and treatment oils. Finally, I decided to try out a silk pillowcase and I'm obsessed! I can now rock my air-dry hair the next morning without looking like I have a rat's nest on my head. The only thing I wish this had is zippers. Since silk is slippery, the cover tends to fall off the pillows often. Other than that, this is perfect. I'm going to bring a pillowcase with me when I travel!" β€”Rubicant

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in standard and king sizes and in 11 colors).

    4. A pack of bedsheet suspenders to help you keep those pesky bed corners covered.

    Promising review: "These are definitely worth the price. My significant other and I apparently run marathons in our sleep, so the fitted sheet and mattress pad came off the bed without fail. We own a double pillow-top mattress and they haven't stretched out while holding a fitted sheet, (that shrunk in the wash), plus two mattress pads. They hold them firmly to the bed with no slipping. No damage has been done to the sheets, either." β€”Michelle

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in standard and extra-long sizes, and in black, white, and pink).

    5. A pair of wearable headphone earbuds that'll easily wrap around your wrist so you'll avoid losing them or getting them tangled up with everything else you own.

    Promising review: "I bought one for each of my girls to help them keep track of their headphones. It's a little tricky to get them wrapped up the first few times but practice makes perfect." β€”Traveling Mom

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

    6. A detangling brush for those of us with hair that secretly aspires to become a bird's nest.,

    Promising review: "My 5-year-old has long hair that tangles, matts, and becomes an unruly animal of its own. Everything from argan oil, special conditioners, shampoos, and wide-tooth combs surrendered at her hair's strength and stubbornness. I endured crying, snarling, and side-eyes from other parents. A stylist at a salon suggested this brush. I rolled my eyes and plunked down $8. This brush did what it said, and no more tears. My daughter has naturally curly hair and this brush won without a fight. I look forward to styling her hair and making her presentable." β€”JohnnyV

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    7. An OXO dish squeegee to help scrape off those stuck-on messes without ever harming your dishes β€” one might even say this thing helps make sure your china is stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive. (Get it? Squeegee, Bee Gees! Goodness, I crack myself up!)

    Promising review: "OXO has such wonderful kitchen equipment and this is no exception. It does a much better job than a Brillo pad and lasts longer too." β€”Emily Peters

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. A dishwasher-safe apple slicer that'll make cutting up apples so freakin' easy β€” seriously, we have them here at the BuzzFeed office and it makes slicing up an apple for a snack SO FREAKIN' EASY. It takes like two seconds!

    Promising review: "Seriously, why has this never been invented before? It's the best thing in the history of apples! It cuts the apples in perfect sizes for kids (and even me), and the bottom base to push the blade all the way down is a game-changer. I always hated cutting apples because the last push was annoying and made slices fly everywhere. This is easy and keeps them all mostly attached. Love love love it!" β€”jbug

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94+ (available in 8- or 16-slice options).

    9. A super-flexible card case made of an elastic Lycra-spandex fabric that easily and securely attaches to your phone so everything you need is in one convenient place.

    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever lived without this. I really didn't want something bulky like one of those 'wallet' cases. I just wanted a way to carry my ID and check card with me to events without having to walk in with anything other than my phone and keys. This little baby solved all that. It holds both of my cards securely, and I love the little flap on the top that covers them both completely. Honestly, this is kind of a genius product even though it's so simple. Great purchase!" β€”Elizabeth Something

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in five colors).

    10. A double-wall reusable water bottle (with straw) to track exactly how much water you're drinking β€” and how much more you should be drinking.

    Promising review: "Love this water bottle. The concept of using the bands to help you keep track of how much you're drinking is GENIUS. I HATE using apps because I forget to update them after I'm done drinking. This is so simplistic but so great. Drink a whole bottle, sweet! Put a band on your wrist. They're cute, colorful, and comfy. If you have a lot of arm hair they might pinch and tug your arm. This bottle isn't meant to be tipped over, though. It leaked a little when it would fall over with the straw, which makes sense. Duh! The straw isn't airtight to the bottle. Cute, stylish, and simplistic in its ways of keeping track of water intake. Love." β€”Ana T.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19+ (available in green, blue, and clear).

    11. A silicone scrubber brush that'll replace your loofah and face scrubber β€” plus, it'll stay clean while you stay clean!

    Promising review: "I love these things! I've ordered 10 so far. The first two-pack I split with my daughter. She can only wash her face with water or she gets a rash; this scrubber helps her face feel clean. I use mine on my face with grandma's soap. I use another one for applying face cream at my makeup table. And yet another one to apply foot cream before bed. I can't say enough good things about these and you basically get two for the same price as I've seen just one selling for. I just ordered more, just to have around. I guess you could say I'm obsessed." β€”Lizzy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. An iPhone adapter so you can charge your phone while you listen to music β€” because apparently we can't just do both anymore.

    Promising review: "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." β€”Andrew Wells

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. 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 β€” 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 β€” so much dog hair that would have gone down my drain after just one dog bath without this. Yikes." β€”Kate Wills

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

    14. 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." β€”Susie

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    15. 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!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $4.11.

    16. A flexible silicone sink strainer to catch any excess food before it clogs up 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." β€”CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    17. A collapsible laundry basket that'll stay out of sight and out of mind until you really run out of clean underwear and are forced to do a load of laundry.

    Promising review: "I was very hesitant when I bought this laundry basket, but I am so glad I did. I love it! I really thought it would collapse as soon as I put something in it, but it is very sturdy when opened and closes easily for storage. Works great in my small laundry area where I don't have a lot of storage space." β€”Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in gray, blue, and green).

    18. 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." β€”Lark

    Get it from Amazon for $10.92.

    19. 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 shoelaces 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." β€”Monica

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 44 colors).

    20. A nonscratch 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!" β€”jedismama2010

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in silver, metallic, and white).

    21. A durable AF cell phone-charging cable, because yours has basically disintegrated.

    Promising review: "I've bought many lightning cables over the years. This is by far the best I've used. Most others have poor build quality and eventually break. These, on the other hand, are very sturdy. Solid material and good design keeps this cable from falling apart where the wire meets the connector heads. The braided cable also provides a very premium feel for a not-so-premium price. Would highly recommend these cables, especially for those who travel a lot and just likes to toss their gear and accessories in whatever bag they have." β€”Pete

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors and in 3-foot and 6-foot lengths).

    22. A pack of reusable produce bags that'll help you reduce the waste after every trip to the grocery store β€” 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%." β€”C. Hascoat

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.97.

    23. A set of nonslip rubber-base clip-on baggy holders perfect for transferring foods totally hands-free.

    Promising review: "I used three of these to help me make freezer meals after I had my baby. I can honestly say I don't know how I would have filled the freezer bags without these ingenious baggy holders. I was able to dump veggies, spices, meat, and cans of heavy beans and tomatoes into the bags, and they stood up the entire time without sliding or spilling. One of the bags I stuffed literally to the brim, as full as it could go, and the bag did not fall down. I would definitely recommend these." β€”Grace S.

    Get a set of two for $12.96.

    24. A pack of pack of food storage sealing clips to help keep your favorite snacks fresh β€” even after you tear into them.

    Promising review: "These caps really work! I used them on snack bags and didn't have to take the clip off to get my snacks. I just pour them out! It works as described." β€”judybo

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. A snap-on can strainer so you can take the yucky-ness out of emptying your favorite canned food.

    Promising review: "This is a great little device! I often use canned tomatoes but wish to keep the juice from them separate. I used to use one of those funnels with a strainer in it, but the holes were too small and got clogged easily β€” and the funnel itself got loaded with liquid while it was in the bowl. It was very frustrating. The holes in this are larger and allow the liquid to pass through more easily. I found it didn't work the way it is supposed to for tuna fish, because the strainer dips into the can, and there isn't any room for that with tuna. BUT I just inverted the can over the holes from the front, flipped it over, holding the can in place, and it worked fine! Glad I got this, it sure solved one of my most annoying problems." β€”CarolynCAG

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    26. A plastic and stainless steel smart funnel designed specifically to make refilling, emptying out, or just transferring liquids an easy, mess-free affair.

    Promising review: "Works well, even with heavier bottles. I was hesitant to buy because I had tried a large silicone funnel that was intended for the same use as the Smart Funnel. The silicone funnel would not stabilize larger bottles. I had to prop the top bottle up against something and hope it didn't fall over. With the Smart Funnel, I've already transferred a highly viscous lotion in a large bottle to another, with no problem whatsoever. The Smart Funnel washed nicely in my dishwasher and has already paid for itself in product saved. One of the best features is that its components rotate around the same axis. You are able to swing the clips or the funnel out of the way if need be. Although, I can't think of a scenario where I would. I'm VERY happy with my purchase and plan on buying some as gifts. Pros: sturdy, accommodates many size bottles and configurations, washes well, holds bottles stable, able to be used for other functions (storing liquids, see packaging for examples), inexpensive (even more so if purchased in bulk), nice color selections. Cons: None." β€”Amy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in blue, white, gray, and yellow).

    27. A dishwasher-safe silicone and stainless steel pot clip for when you need a place to put your cooking spoon but don't want that place to be your counter.

    Promising review: "Works very well to keep a variety of sized kitchen utensils from ending up at the bottom of my pot. It's also nice because it allows the utensil to drain back into the pot, and the angle is adjustable. I give it my recommendation!" β€”Jackie K.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.84.

    28. A pack of garbage-can clips to help you secure your trash bags and avoid the dreaded slip.

    Promising review: "So far they work just fine. Haven't broken or stretched yet. And they are easier to slip on and off than the bull dog clips. Also easy to clean. They do the job of keeping the bag from slipping down into the garbage pail." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $3.88.

    29. A collapsible, over-the-sink dish drainer that'll give you somewhere to put your dishes right after you wash them but then slip out of sight when you put your dishes away.

    Promising review: "I rent a small house and I don't have a lot of counter space. This dish rack is PERFECT!!!! It stores away easily and I can fit way more in there then I imagined. It seemed smaller when I opened it and put it in my sink, but it was deceiving. Currently, I have: one 3-quart teal pot, one 8" saucepan, one medium plate, one cereal bowl, a small cutting board, and some cooking utensils of varying sizes. I am a single person but I cook a lot and this is perfect for me. I would also think it would work well for a couple. My parents have one in their fifth wheel and they and they love it." β€”Erin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    30. A Swiss-made, dishwasher-safe Victorinox RH Forschner BladeSafe to help keep your knives and hands protected.

    Promising review: "I bought this blade safe for my Wusthof paring knife and Shintoku knife that I use for camping. I had always kept them in a piece of folded over cardboard wrapped in duct tape. I always worried that someday I would reach for a knife and the blade would have cut through my homemade protector. These protectors are well made and fit both of my knives. I wish the one for the paring knife was smaller but it's a minor issue." β€”snake eyes

    Get it from Amazon for $5.80+ (available for blades 3"-4", 4"-6", 6"-8", and 8"-10")

    31. A double-sided hanging gift wrap organizer, because when the holidays come around you'll appreciate having bought this more than anything else out there!

    Promising review: "I have about eight rolls of wrapping paper, some ribbons, tissue paper, and MANY gift bags in this and there is still room in the pockets for more ribbon, gift tags, tape, and scissors. Everything is balanced nicely, but it hung correctly even when I only had the wrapping paper side filled. Another reviewer complained that his was lopsided due to the weight of the paper, but you can tell in his photo that he didn’t use the Velcro straps that are meant to avoid that problem. I used mine and it was fine even before I balanced it with bags on the backside. I definitely recommend this to others!" β€”Amy Druckenmiller

    Get it from Amazon for $17.87.

    Now that you've seen all these awesome inventions...


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