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    53 Problem-Solving Products That Require Minimal Effort

    Those things that annoy you the very most...turns out the solutions can be pretty darn easy.

    1. A pet hair-removing roller with a patented brush design (and *no* adhesive strips) to rid your lovely black sofa of all your furry friend's shedding in a quick roll — so you can get back to cuddling together.

    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but if I could buy stock in the ChomChom I would! This is incredible. I immediately started using it on blankets, cat tree, towels that the cats lay on, bed skirt, every cloth or soft surface that the cats touch and TONS of fur started coming off! It's simple and easy, no sticky paper that barely does anything. The design is ingenious! It's a roller that goes back and forth about a one-quarter turn, so you have to go one direction, then back, and that simple motion not only picks up ALL the hair, but then removes it from the outer part of the roller and deposits it in the interior. When you open the back to reveal the interior, there's all the hair all bunched up! Like freakin' magic! I cannot wait to start cleaning every surface again once I finally cleaned it once. Allergies were going nuts and after picking up all this dust and fur I'm hopeful that will go a long way to feel better. Best product I've bought in years, I cannot believe that the reviews were so darn accurate! Get! This! Product!" —Joshua A. Flanders

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    2. A Zipuller for those mornings where you're reaching around the back to zip up that dress but simply CANNOT. Don't waste time tracking down your roomie — you can handle things now.

    A hand pulling the Zippuller's long strap attached to a zipper

    Just attach, step in, and zip!

    Promising review: "I live alone so one of the biggest troubles I have is zipping up dresses by myself. I tried this product and it works great! I tried it with both small zippers and large zippers. As long as it can loop through the hole, the Zipuller can grip it. Plus, the grip is pretty sturdy and does not become loose when you pull it up. Never has this task been easier! I am so happy that I purchased it and I recommend that you do too!" —Cherie Weissman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three colors).

    3. FryAway, a plant-based solidifying powder capable of turning leftover cooking oil in to an easily disposable solid, so you *don't* end up pouring grease down the sink and dealing with clogged pipes later on. And it hardens completely, meaning no leaking in the trash!

    hand sprinkling white flakes into a pot of oil
    Hand scooping a large block of hardened grease into the trash

    Just sprinkle a packet of the power into your *hot* oil, wait for it to cool down...and toss! FryAway is available in two sizes: Pan Fry (which comes with four packets each capable of solidifying two cups of oil each) or Deep Fry (which comes with two packets, each capable of solidifying eight cups of oil each). 

    Promising review: "Honestly I didn’t know if this would work, waiting for it to cool down made me nervous, but once it was at room temperature it was solid. It popped out of the fryer so nicely. Worth every penny." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    FryAway is a woman-owned and Latina-owned small business, and they donate 1% of revenue to nonprofits focused on water conservation.

    4. A set of two magnetic cheat sheets for making the most of your Instant Pot without having to Google. This is a great way to make bulk-cooking grains for the whole week and making cooking for yourself a little easier!

    An Instant Pot with the sheets on the side
    The two sheets with suggested cook times and ratios for grains, meats, veggies, beans, and more

    Promising review: "Best invention ever for all Instant Pot fans! A must! I am so happy that I decided to give this product a try! What an amazing idea. I placed the smaller magnet right on the instant pot and use it daily for a quick reference. Instead of search the cookbook or internet, I can just glance over and know in an instant how to program my Instant Pot for that particular product." —Olesya R.

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two sizes).

    And if you don't have an Instant Pot yet, you can get one for $99.95.

    5. An exfoliating First Aid Beauty Bump eraser body scrib reviewers with KP (aka keratosis pilaris) swear by to get rid of those tiny red bumps, without slathering on any additional creams or products — just use in the shower instead of your regular soap.

    It contains 10% glycolic and lactic acids, and has tiny pumice exfoliants to buff away dead skin for smooooooooooth arms.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! I've suffered with KP on my arms for 15 years and nothing helped. This product didn't just help, it completely cleared it away! I noticed a big difference after just one use and a month later of using it 2 times a week my arms are smooth and I'm no longer embarrassed of them. I'm so excited! This product has changed my life!" —Sherrie Ruiz

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    6. A self-watering, self-aerating planter to keep your thirsty plants happy, *without* worrying about dreaded root rot. Just fill the reservoir and the (patented) hollow legs will draw water up into the soil.

    A snake plant in the pot
    A full, large plant in the pot with the spout

    Each planter comes with a clip-on watering attachment for easy pouring!

    Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was ever so much increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

    7. A pack of AirPod cleaners, because how often do you put your headphones riiiight in your ear without even looking at them 👀?  These remove any dirt, earwax, or other gunk that's accumulated on your AirPods — and can even improve the sound and how quickly your phone pairs with them!

    Did YOU know that wax can block the pairing sensors?? Neither did I! And btw, these work great on any hard-to-clean small spaces. 

    Promising review: "Great stuff that absolutely works! I had been using plugin headphones because my old iPhone 6S was getting old and I was having difficulty hearing from the speakers. I heard about this from a friend and it’s like I have a new phone! Worked immediately. Sound and clarity like before. I can’t believe how easy it was to use and the great difference it makes. Thanks!" —Bridget S

    Get 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. The Glare Guard, a car visor extender that's like having polarized sunglasses built-in to your vehicle. Just clip it onto your existing visor, and swing it down when needed to block those pesky UV rays, glare from the snow, and more. 

    The visor extender being lowered to reduce glare
    The lens visor hanging from the car's built in visor

    Reviewers note it's helpful for suuuper bright headlights too, because the tint isn't too dark!

    Promising review: "The product is well constructed and was simple to install. Compared to all the other ones that I have tried, this one is by far the best and worth every penny. It sits firmly on my visor and I can adjust it any which way to block out the glaring Florida sunlight. I pull it down as if it were a giant pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and blocks out all harmful Ray's and helps to avoid accidents from severe sun glare traveling West bound late afternoon as the sun is directly in my path if vision and is blinding. I love this product and I highly recommend it. Don't bother with all the other TV advertised junk, it cracks, its unreliable and a piece of you know what. This is the real McCoy and I am going to buy another one for my wife's car." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    Glare Guard is a Pennsylvania-based small business that specializes in visors for cars and trucks. Everything's made in the US. 

    9. Stank Stix, athletic gear inserts (they were on Shark Tank, y'all!) that absorb moisture, eliminate odors (they're also lightly scented with essential oils), and can help reduce odor-causing bacteria growth.

    The sticks attached by a rope handle inside a pair of sneakers

    And yes, Lauri did invest in this small, woman-owned biz! You can use 'em in shoes, gym bags, gloves and more — and you can simply replace the insert ($10.99 for a two-pack) every couple of months!

    Promising review: "We purchased these for our son's soccer cleats that smelled like cat pee and a dead buffalo that has been eaten, puked up and eaten again and then that animal died and a buzzard ate it and then pooped it out...THEY WERE HORRIBLE!!! The ninja ShoeStix's worked GREAT!!! WILL BE BUYING MORE for our daughters dance shoes!!!" —Matthew Parker

    Promising review: "These ShoeStix have been amazing. I didn't think anything could help with the awful cat urine like smell emanating from my son's soccer cleats, but these inserts have done the trick. Now if you put your nose in the shoe, yes, it will still still smell pretty bad. But they no longer make the entire house smell like cleats and I can now leave the shoes in the house or in the car and not feel the urge to puke. We also use them for my daughter's volleyball shoes and kneepads. If you've ever experienced the stench that exists once a volleyball player removes the kneepads, then you know the pain I experience multiple times a week. Just put the ShoeStix inside the kneepads and put them inside a closed plastic bag and let the Stix do their magic. Definitely worth the money." —K Terry

    Get a set (you can detach the handle to separate the two) from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. Neutrogena makeup-removing gel pen so you can easily remove errant eyeliner or mascara marks (even waterproof!) so you can perfect your everyday cat eye or experimental graphic liner look and STILL get out the door on time.

    A model holding the pen to the side of their eye

    Promising review: "Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? For years, I’ve been using Q-tips dipped in makeup remover to remove little goofs or mistakes. This is so much better and portable! Erases waterproof mascara marks around my eyes easily. A must-buy product!!" —Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    11. A hair bonding treatment you can leave on for as little as 15 minutes (or as much as overnight if you wish) to help strengthen and condition hair in just one use. Reviewers swear by it to help the look of their split end and dry, damaged hair.

    Like Olaplex, it's a rebonding treatment to help repair heat or chemical damage.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! I was initially looking for Olaplex and came across this so I thought I would give it a try. I have been trying to grow out my hair but the ends become dry and easily damaged, so every time it grows I just need to cut it again. I was about to cut it when I got this in the mail and tried it. It was amazing! Gave my hair that fresh cut look and feel, added tons of shine back in and made it feel so healthy. This is a game changer for me!" —mmsmco

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing ! I believe the last bleaching on my 4C hair I fried it. But after using this tonight, my hair feels so smooth and my curl pattern is back ! **5 stars**!" —j. kindred

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A pair of fillable paint touch-up pens for a quick way to fix any marks, scratches, or scuffs on your walls or furniture without buying extra cans or breaking out a paintbrush or roller.

    A hand using the pen to touch up green furniture with text

    Some reviewers have reported having trouble refilling the pen, but this reviewer has a helpful explanation of how to refill them. Reviewers also say these are *great* for ensuring crisp lines when working with stencils!

    Promising review: "How did I ever live without these?! I had these in my cart forever but the price seemed a bit high for what they are. Finally on an impulse I pulled the trigger and bought them. I'm now kicking myself for not doing it sooner. These are fantastic!!! They make small fixes a breeze, especially when two paint colors butt up next to each other at a corner. The brush fibers are great are great and smoothly put the paint in the exact spot. I had even tried buying artists brushes for touchups in the past but they never worked well and I no longer need to pull out the whole can to do one tiny touch up. I have these locked and loaded with every paint color in my house and am ready to go." —AAG338

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a five-pack).

    13. A SockDock, aka a useful tool you can clip dirty socks to (in pairs!), toss the *whole thing* in the washer and dryer, and remove together so NO SOCK gets lost. And you're not stuck searching for a pair when you're already running late.