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    31 Clever Products That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Invent That?"

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    1. A buckle-free belt that'll help with quicker pee breaks and give you a more comfortable fit.

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    Plus, no more weird bulge underneath your shirt.

    Promising review: "I loved the idea of this belt, and was skeptical that it would actually work. But it does! It keeps my jeans up, and is so much more comfortable than a buckled belt." —Bauerr

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S and L and four colors).

    2. A cookie dipper to prevent you from dropping an Oreo into the bottomless pit that is a full glass of milk.

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    RIP to all the Oreos that became too soggy to eat.

    Promising review: "Perfect! My grand babies love these cookie spoons. I had one in my kitchen and they all wanted it at the same time, so I got them their own for Christmas this year. A great stocking stuffer." —E. J. Waldron

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $10.

    3. A veggie spiralizer for all those pasta dishes you want to make a bit more healthy. SpaGET this now, you won't regret it!

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    Promising review: "For ease of use, storage size, and not having to deal with a jigsaw puzzle of parts, this is the spiralizer you'll reach for and actually use." —J. Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85.

    4. A lay-n-go makeup bag so you can keep all of your products easily accessible while staying organized.

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    Undo the drawstring to lay it flat, then when you're done with your makeup, cinch it back up!

    Promising review: "I really love this! I'm terrible at packing for a getaway — even just for a weekend. I laid this out the night before we left, put all of my makeup stuff in it, and then worked from the bag to get ready the next day. This helped me realize what I was missing or what I didn't really need. When it was time to go, I simply drew it shut and shoved it in my luggage." —WylieRyder

    Get it from Amazon for $28.72.

    5. A dessert decorator, because you've always dreamed of being on Great British Bake Off. With the seven included tips, you'll be able to make stars, flowers, rosettes, dots and more! I'm not just sweet talking you either.

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    Promising review: "This is so useful! I've used it once so far and it was perfect — so easy to maneuver and my cupcakes looked amazing. Nobody believed that I actually made them!" —Alexandra

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    6. A TubShroom drain protector that'll prevent clogged drains by catching all the hair in your tub. You can shower me with thanks later!

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    Promising review: "I used to have to throw out expensive hair traps that sit over top of the drain after only a few weeks because you could never really get them fully clean. But not this thing! The genius is that the hair and scum get wrapped around the tubular part that sits down inside the drain. Why spend time and elbow grease really cleaning something like this just to avoid having something ugly down in your shower? This takes care of it; the top stays clean and it's all you ever see. No offensive soap-scum." —Amazon Customer

    For more reasons why we are obsessed with this clever product, check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. A pack of Sugru moldable glue to minimize the amount of frayed wires you have to deal with in your home.

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    Promising review: "This thing has so many uses! I keep buying this over and over. I've used this moldable glue to mount things, organize wiring in stereo cabinets, stop rattles (my license plate rattled when closing the trunk and two little balls of Sugru to the back of plate did the trick), and I've even made tool hangers in the garage with it." —fastrnu

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $19.95.

    8. A before-you-go toilet spray (Poo-Pourri) for a simple way to keep your loo from smelling like #2.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is a must if you are a human who goes to the bathroom. I even take it with me to public restrooms because you never know what smell is lurking in the air on the other side of the stall door. THIS IS A MUST, I TELL YOU! A MUST!" —Nina

    Get an eight-ounce bottle from Amazon for $17.89.

    9. A set of self-leveling measuring spoons so you can minimize the mess and maximize the yumminess of your next batch of cookies!

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    Promising review: "I love these measuring spoons! They make me so happy every time I use one. I am always checking out new kitchen tools and gadgets, but since my kitchen is rather small, I only buy ones that will make my life easier, since I also love to cook. These little measuring spoons are cute, and make my kitchen time a little more efficient. When I'm measuring out spices, sugar, etc, I often used a knife to level the spoon off. That's two things to clean. With these spoons, I only have to clean the spoon. Don't need the knife because the little windshield wiper-like mechanism does the leveling for me. I've had no issues with them working." —NYMommy10

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.89.

    10. An auto shut-off outlet because you need a sense of relief from all your "did I leave my straightener on" fears. Just plug in and set it to the hour countdown of your choice (you can choose between one, two, four, and eight hours)!

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    Promising review: "My mother-in-law was constantly calling me to race over and check that her curling iron was turned off while she was at work. I got tired of doing that, so I purchased this. It works perfectly!" —Tracey A. Underwood

    Get it from Amazon for $17.59.

    11. An overflow drain cover that'll give you the option to have a deeper and more enjoyable bath. Water you waiting for?!

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    Promising review: "This drain cover does a wonderful job of raising the water level in my small tub, and it keeps the water at the level I want!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $5.04.

    12. An little piggy to separate the egg whites from the yolks so baking can be (over) easy.

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    Promising review: "I love this idea. It's fast, simple, and easy to use. Also, it's easy to clean and I have no trouble using it with large eggs. This is definitely better than the wire holder I have been using!" —meissler

    Get it from Amazon for $12.96.

    13. Or a Cactus yolk separator because you're allowed to be shellfish and get two!

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    Promising review: "Works well and is a pretty funny gift to give out!" —Andrew Beltran

    Get it from Amazon for $14.21.

    14. A set of suspenders that'll seamlessly keep your fitted sheets in place. Strapping idea, lads!

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    Promising review: "Where have these been all my life?! OMG! I love these. They work easily, will not tear the fabric, and make a huge difference in the appearance, fit, and comfort of your sheets." —Elly's proud granny

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. A handy-dandy ring for removing bottle tops with ease. If you like beer, than you shoulda put a ring on it!

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    Promising review: "I bought this to attach to a zipper on my cooler bag. It works perfectly, and it doesn't get in the way. Can't go wrong for the price!" —Mark Zalikowski

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    16. A timed pet feeder so all the good bois and gurls in your life get fed on time. You can schedule up to four meals a day and you can also set voice recordings!

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    Promising review: "It works like a champ. My husband programmed it and it works very reliably. The feeder works great. As the food level starts to become low, it seems like it feeds a little less, but just keeping enough food in the hopper seems to work fine. " —Laurel

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    17. An earphone winder that'll prevent your headphones from getting tangled in the deep dark depths of your bag.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely awesome little product. It's excellent and small enough to keep in your purse, pocket, etc. I bought this to help keep my earbud cords untangled for plane rides, and I couldn't be more pleased with it." —Connie Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A shaper insert so your boots stand tall (to prevent creasing and to create more space on your closet floor).

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    Promising review: "These are simple shapes of die-cut black plastic that you bend and insert into boots to keep them upright. The plastic has enough springiness that they expand to the width of the boot, and also a slight ribbing on one side (the side you put facing the boots) so they don't slip. Height is adjustable for short, medium, and tall boots!" —PK

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.59.

    19. A pack of sand coasters that'll rest steadily on the beach so you can enjoy a cold one without getting sand in your drink.

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    Promising review: "Simply genius. I bought these on a whim before a trip to Destin, FL with a group of friends. They were perfect, it was really humid in FL in July, so the drinks always had condensation on them, these holders kept most, if not all the sand off the cups and cans. Everyone loved them, we used them every day! Totally worth it!" —Christine P

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A mount stand perfect for long, luxurious Neflix binges in your bathtub. Are you bubbling with excitement?

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    Promising review: "This floor mount is easy to assemble, and it holds the tablets securely in position. I have an Italian greyhound who thinks my lap is his seat whenever I sit down, so that makes it difficult to hold my tablet comfortably. Now he can be comfortable and I can read. I'm delighted!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A corn stripper that'll remove each kernel from the cob with an easy twist-and-pull motion!

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    Promising review: "Its design makes it very safe to use, there's no chance of fingers near the cutting blade. I used it initially on a dozen ears of farm stand sweet corn. I blanched the ears for four minutes, then put them in an ice water bath. From there I put them through this corn stripper. It took very little effort on my part and the cobs were really well cleaned off." —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. A fruit sprayer set so you can zest up your dish with a nice even coat of citrus.

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    The set comes with one large and one smaller cap for respective fruit sizes.

    Promising review: "This actually works! Screw it into any citrus, and you have instant lemon, lime, or orange juice to spritz on whatever you want to spritz it on. That bottom round thing makes your lemons stand up, too. Great item." —Succotash

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. A pair of flask sunscreen bottles that'll be the best kept secret on the beach! *gasp* SPF now stands for Smirnoff, Patron and Fireball!

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    Promising review: "They opened my purse looked straight at the two containers filled with alcohol and said "enjoy the concert"....so I did!" —Dina Bonnecaze

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A set of two melon slicers so your favorite summertime snack is easier to prepare! Carving melons can be such a grind!

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    The set includes two slivers, a star-shaped cutter, a two-in-one melon baller and a fruit carving knife.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97.

    25. A whaley cool gadget that'll strain your pasta, veggies and more.

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    Promising review: "This works very well. It can be used by right and left handed people, just turn the whale around. It drains the grease or water just fine. The holes are small enough to block your food from being poured out with the liquid. I'm happy with this purchase!" —Laureen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    26. A Squatty Potty, because you need a cool tool to help with your stool! But really, it works!

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    Promising review: "I dont know what to do with all the extra time I save now that I poop faster. I think I may take up cross-stitching." —Andie

    Check out BuzzFeeder Kat Angus' personal review of the Squatty Potty here!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    27. A waterproof phone pouch so you won't have any fear of water damage to your electronic devices while you're on your next adventure.

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    Promising review: "I purchased these for a river float trip. I purchased one for my wife and one for myself. Mine stayed in the dry bag for the entirety but my wife used the lanyard and wore hers around her neck. She jumped in the water a few times forgetting that she had the case on her. The case was fully submerged for a few seconds but no water made it into the case. She also took several group photos and sent several texts without having to take it out of the case. I am very pleased with these cases." —Tommy

    Get a pack of two from Amazon.

    28. A leather tassel charing cable that'll attach to a purse, backpack, or key ring so you can charge your gadgets while you're on the go.

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    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my daughter and she absolutely loved it. It is so cool how the cord is hidden and it can still be worn on a key ring. If you have a daughter or granddaughter I'm sure she will love this as a gift too." —karyn almeida

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    29. A pack of Space Saver vacuum bags to make storing your stuff so much easier. And you can use any vacuum cleaner with 'em!

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    Promising review: "This is a supreme product. In the past, I've tried different kinds of storage bags that promised and NEVER delivered. In some, the plastic was thin and couldn't be sealed properly. Some product required you to roll the bag in order to get rid of the air, which usually ended up being an unsuccessful hustle. I was desperate to get more closet room and decided to give this product a chance. What a success!" —A.A.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $19.99.

    30. A collapsible dog bowl that'll minimize the amount of bulky items you take on your walk, road-trip, or hike! A hydrated pupper is a happy pupper!

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    Promising review: "Sturdy clips and so far sturdy bowls. They seem to be good enough for human use when out camping and general dog use. I clip one right on to my service dog's vest whenever we go out or my dogs' packs when we're hiking." —AmazonCustomer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.89.

    31. And a car trashcan so you have a place to put all your Taco Bell wrappers on long car trips.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this for my Tahoe. I put it at the arm rest facing back. They have added clips to the sides to hold the bags in. You could use grocery sacks too. It is the perfect size to stay out of the way of kids in the back seat and for me to still reach it. I have older kids that don't want a trash in their face when sitting in the back seat so this is perfect!" —A. Landholm

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Well done people who actually invented these things!!!

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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