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    Updated on May 22, 2020. Posted on May 22, 2020

    24 Products You’ll Use Every Day That Look Simple, But Are So Darn Useful

    Why complicate stuff when simple things get the job done?

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    1. A drain hair catcher that'll save you from big plumbing bills in the long run, as well as the dread of realizing water is pooling up in your tub mid-shower. It’ll even work if you want to take a bath — just push down on the top and it’ll seal the drain shut.

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    Get it from Simons for $8.

    2. Some food-hugging lids that'll keep your fruit and veggie halves crisp and fresh. They'll gently cup the cut side of your leftover produce, so you don't end up with a shrivelled-up lemon or slimy onion when you need it next. They’ll help extend the life of your fruits and veggies, so you’ll save money and live a more low-waste life.

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    Get a set of four from Uncommon Goods for $12.56.

    3. This collapsible silicone cup that you can just smush down into a compact little circle — including the straw and everything!! Whether you're drinking your hot morning coffee or sweet iced tea, this will keep your hands protected from the temperature of your beverage. It's dishwasher safe, too, so don't worry about special cleaning instructions.

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    Also, it's made with recycled materials and is totally free of BPAs and lead.

    Get it from Simons for $25. Available in light grey and pink.

    4. A pair of double-sided bath mittens that'll let you exfoliate your body without spending $$$ on expensive scrubs. One side will help softly lather your skin and the other will help remove dead cells more vigorously. I've used them and they're very effective on making "strawberry legs" smoother (if you have 'em, you know what they are).

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    When they get grimy, just toss them into the washer and dryer.

    Get them from Simons for $20.

    5. Some reusable cotton pads that'll make taking care of your skin way less wasteful. If you're like me and require four disposable cotton rounds to remove your eye makeup alone, these washable pads will save you money AND help save the planet in the long run.

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    You can even use them for your nightly toner application, because they're super gentle.

    Get a pack of 16 for $17.

    6. A pair of eco-friendly reusable cotton swabs, so you'll never have to buy a box of disposable ones again. One cotton swab is smooth, so you can use it to correct makeup smudges, and the other is ribbed to let you clean your ears more efficiently. Simply wash them with soap and water when you're done. They come in a compact pouch, so you won't lose them.

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    Get it from Simons for $6.

    7. A set of special facial razors for anyone who loves their arches sculpted to perfection, but can't hit the salon right now. The razor is precise enough to shape the brow, but can be used all over the face as a dermaplaning tool to help absorb skincare better, too.

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    Get a pack of two from Skinstore for $28.60. Use code "MD20" at checkout to get 20% off.

    8. A chic and practical caddy for your for your kitchen sink, so you can store your sponge, steel wool, and dishwashing brush in a more organized fashion. This will also help drain out moisture from your cleaning tools more quickly, so things are more "oasis" and less "puddle."

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    Get it from Simons for $13.

    9. Some felt pan protectors that'll keep your favourite non-stick cooking pots and pans free from scratches. You can even use these to protect your favourite china bowls and keep them in pristine condition. The expanding star shape makes these almost universally compatible.

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    Get three from Simons for $9.50.

    10. An extra-absorbent microfibre hair towel that’ll soak up the moisture in your locks post-wash and help tame frizz. Ordinary towels are heavier and can end up tugging on your strands if left on too long, causing breakage or stretching, but this easy-to-use turban is so light, you'll forget it's on your head. The chic cheetah print is a bonus, too!

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    Get it from Simons for $29.

    11. A timed stirring tool that'll do all the work for you. It rotates back and forth to make sure your soups and sauces don't get scorched at the bottom of your pot, and your arm can catch a break.

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    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.20.

    12. A padded lap desk you can use in bed to work from home or enjoy your breakfast on. The top surface is non-slip wood and the bottom is cushioned to be comfortable on your thighs. There's even a slot to place your iPad, so catch up on favourite new show while you down some cereal.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

    13. A pair of stretchy bowl covers that'll keep your food fresher and safe from contaminants. If you've made bread dough, you can leave it to rise without worrying about it drying out. They're an excellent, environment-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Plus, they have an adorable kitten print!

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    Get it from Simons for $20.

    14. Some Invisibobble hair ties you'll find yourself using every single day. The spiral design helps hold up your hair in place better than regular hair elastics, so you're not constantly retying your ponytail. But their best feature, in my opinion, is that they don't leave your scalp throbbing when you take them out. I tried and tested them and was pleasantly surprised.

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    Get three from Lookfantastic for $11.

    15. A dedicated spoon rest, so you can stop frantically looking for a plate to catch all the drips mid-stir. It's made of stone and the floral print will brighten up any cook nook, as well as keep your counter stain-free.

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    Get it from Anthropologie for $14 USD.

    16. A big bottle of 99% aloe vera gel, because if you're into skincare, you know that aloe vera gel is a complete beauty serum formulated by the lab of nature. It’ll calm your skin after sun or heat exposure, but you can also use it as an everyday non-sticky hydrator. If you've had a few days of high caffeine consumption and low water intake, you know what to do.

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    Get it from Lookfantastic for $12.60 (originally $15.70).

    17. An ultra-thin folding kitchen scale that's compact enough to fit in your cutlery drawer. All home cooks (especially home bakers!) need a digital scale, because we don't know what the hell 140 grams of sugar looks like and we're tired of Googling things like "convert grams to teaspoon baking soda." Why not grab something a lil' more modern?

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    Don't underestimate this bad boy; it can measure up to 11 pounds! It comes with a 3V battery, so you can start whipping up your cake mixture right away.

    Get it from Simons for $35.

    18. A set of reusable nipple covers, so you can enjoy a braless summer without nip chafing. Unlike ordinary disposable pasties, these are made of silicone, so they'll be flush against your skin and look totally natural under any shirt.

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    Get the from Anthropologie for $26.50 USD. Available in two sizes and shades.

    19. An adjustable shelved bib that'll catch all the crumbs and drips, so you're not changing the baby's clothes every time they have a meal. The back closure is velcro, so it's usable for growing babies and toddlers, too! Reviewers say they love the brightly coloured design and most bought it as a gift.

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    Get it from Simons for $6.99 (originally 9.50). Also available in safari animals, pink cat, and koala designs.

    20. A terracotta kitten that'll save your brown sugar from turning into rocky, hard lumps. Soak it in warm water for 20 minutes, pat it dry, and leave in your brown sugar jar, so you can smoothly measure out your favourite sweetener instead of breaking it into chunks first, come banana bread day.

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    Get it from Simons for $6.

    21. A binder-like caddy you can securely tuck into the side of your bed and keep your daily use items in. Whether it's your tablet, phone, a book, charging cables, or your glasses, this surprisingly roomy felt caddy will hold your things, so your side drawer or bed aren't littered with stuff 24/7.

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    Get it from Simons for $36.

    22. A jacquard quilted pillow protector, because most inserts are not washable and ordinary pillow covers aren't thick enough to save them from gross stains, sweat, and bacteria. This protector is highly resistant to frequent washing, so you can enjoy fresh, fluffy, five-star hotel pillows every day.

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    Get it from Simons for $14+. Available in standard, queen, and king.

    23. Some double-pronged hooks you can use to hang your shower curtain and liner, so that every time you want to change/wash the liner, you don't have to stretch yourself silly taking off both things from one hook at a time — truly life-changing if you're a shorty and hate this task.

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    Get 12 hooks from Simons for $12.

    24. And lastly, a non-slip mat that suctions easily to the bottom of your bathtub. It'll ensure you don't slide when things get too sudsy or when conditioner scum does a number on surface of your tub. The cute marine design will add a burst of colour and freshness to your bathroom, too!

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    Get it from Simons for $14.

    You're welcome. 😌😌😌

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