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    36 Genius Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Discovered Years Ago

    But there's no use in dwelling on the past when your future includes gems like a mosquito-proof hammock, a service that'll stock your medicine cabinet for you, and a rinsable dish-washing spray.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. Melatonin sleep tablets for those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night and would give your first-born just to get back to sleep. I can also personally vouch that these WORK.

    bottle of the tablets on a polka dot background with hand showing the dime size of the tablet

    2. Pimple patches you can stick on a spot that's come to a head while you sleep for the night and then peel off in the morn to find all kinds of ick on it that used to be inside your blemish(!!!). Where were these when I was in middle school?!

    3. And XL patches that'll cover larger areas so you aren't playing connect the dots with a bunch of tiny little circle patches.

    4. *Sheer* sculpting shorts to help smooth out things underneath your clothes in a more breathable manner than thick OG sculpting shorts.

    plus size model wearing a black bra and black shaping shorts in sheer black

    5. Or some jersey bike shorts you'll wear on the outside as a super comfy summer option. Perhaps you've heard of them? They're like leggings but shorter.

    Plus size model wearing stretchy black bike shorts with white tank

    6. A pet odor-focused candle or room spray that won't smell like an odor-eliminating candle. I swear! They cover up eau de dog without giving you a headache.

    7. A powerful dish-washing spray I now swear by and my mom wishes came out years ago since I gave her a bottle. You can spray down that casserole dish caked with enchilada sauce, let it sit, and you simply wipe and rinse away that saucy mess in a few minutes.

    8. A Hunt A Killer subscription so you can solve your way through a (faux) case with your loved ones, now that you've seemingly finished all the true-crime stuff on Netflix. Where has this been all my life?

    the Hunt a Killer box

    9. A plumping hyaluronic acid serum – it'll really get down to what you want from a skincare product thanks to a nutrient-rich formula — looking like you've been getting enough sleep, eating your veggies, and drinking TONS of water.

    the bottle of product

    10. A bottle of air sanitizer (yes that's a thing) that can eliminate the WORST of smells (even cigarette smoke!) because sometimes plugging an air freshener into an outlet just masks the funk.

    bottle of the spray

    11. A dip powder mani kit for a salon-like effect for about the cost of one visit. Now that you've become great at painting your nails with regular polish, it's time to ~level~ up.

    12. Dip clips you can attach to car vents to help you get all saucey while you're on the go without finding smears of honey mustard months later.

    reviewer pic of person dipping a chicken tender into tthe little clip attached to a car vent with the sauce container inside

    13. An insulated soundproofing strip that'll stick on your door to help muffle your roommate's sounds as you clock lots of time together while social distancing in your apartment. OK this isn't revolutionary but it'll feel like it once you realize it would've improved your quality of life drastically if you bought it a year ago.

    14. A waterless shampoo – it'll transform from powder to foam when you add water to it. It takes up FAR less precious space in the shower and travels well!

    person putting shampoo in hair

    15. A bug bite suction tool to help you out with existing bites to remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings!

    16. And a camping hammock with a mosquito net so you can kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? Here's to comfortably clocking in more leisure hours despite blood-sucking fiends.

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top

    17. A Blueland essentials starter kit that'll help you transform your mishmash of cleaning product bottles and cut down on one-use plastic. Plus, there's a subscription model to help you re-up. No more staring at a toothpaste-flecked mirror and an empty bottle of glass cleaner.

    the cleaning kit with empty bottles and tablets

    18. A Glossier refining duo with a chemical exfoliating solution and priming moisturizer to help lighten scarring and discoloration while giving you *just* the right amount of moisture if you deal with some combo skin issues and would like to take the emphasis off your pores.

    19. A stainless-steel soap bar for erasing garlic and fish odors from your hands, which is something that'll follow you *all* around the house if you don't do something about it STAT. Plus you won't have to clean fingerprints off your stainless-steel appliances.

    hand holding the bar stainless star bar of soap shaped stone in a kitchen sink

    20. A medicine cabinet supply kit to keep you fully stocked (that's even the name of the kit!). No more piecing together which things are running out and could use a refill in your family's stash.

    the selection of medicine that comes in the kit

    21. A silicone dishwasher net that'll keep those lighter cups, cooking tools, and more top-rack goods in place as your machine does the washing for you.

    open washing machine with stretchy net on top of things in the top rack of dishwasher

    22. A cute nonmedical mask with three layers (including a built-in filter!) to help keep you stylishly safe while you're out and about.

    black and white plaid face mask

    23. And some antibacterial fashion PPE gloves you can slip into because my friend Aaron can't be the only person who's designated a set of "car gloves" for stuff like pumping gas. This is just a chicer version of that v smart idea.

    person wearing cheetah print gloves

    24. A pet-hair remover to help you FINALLY rid all your upholstered surfaces of your precious fur bb's hair. This is not a fairy tale!

    reviewer holding a handful of cat hair beside of a fur-free chair

    25. A hair finishing cream on a mascara-like wand for helping slick back those baby hairs and flyaways before your next video conference call.

    before and after pics of person with hair in bun with lots of wisps as before and slick look as after

    26. A selfie ring light you can set up by your WFH station so you look well-lit and nice during that video meeting that should've been an email. At least you can get away with not wearing pants! (Just make sure you end that call before you stand up.)

    A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up

    27. A cooling towel you simply soak in water and wring out to bring some chill to that outdoor run... or just stroll! It's July and just walking outside or doing some low-key gardening can make you sweat like a racehorse.

    A person wringing out a microfiber towel with water dripping out of it

    28. A pull-out cabinet organizer that'll help you file away your multitude of (all essential!) spices in a way you can more easily access them thanks to a slim design and pull handles. Grabbing the cinnamon sugar for cinnamon toast just got THAT much easier.

    person pulling one of the organizers with two shelves of spices out of a kitchen cabinet

    29. Rapid-fill water balloons so you can cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons

    30. A colorless, odorless SPF 40 sunscreen to help you get your sun protection without worrying about a weird white cast or it melting down your face. Now you have NO excuse to walk outside without protection (you always need SPF 30+).

    31. A skin spatula you may have seen beauty influencers use. It'll do major work for you thanks to vibrations that help clean grease, dead skin, blackheads, and whiteheads... so basically any of your pore-clogging woes.

    32. An over-the-sink drying rack to create some more clean drying space because even though you have a dishwasher you know there are certain items that'll perform so much better without a machine cycle.

    33. An extension cord that'll ~bend~ to your whims when it comes to projects around the house — or just hooking up that VR gaming system in a manner that really lets you wander.

    The moldable extension cord wrapped around a ladder.

    34. A waterless cat bath because your precious angel is really starting to stink, but that isn't something you have to live with! I mean... have you ever tried to give a cat an *actual* bath?

    reviewer's pic of clean looking cat

    35. An adjustable laptop riser to help you find your perfect WFH space, even if that space changes every few hours.

    36. A tiny magnetic organizer for easily tidying up your various cords. (I can't be the only person who trips on a cord at home at least once a day.)

    filing cabinet withe product on the side with three cords on it.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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