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    37 Products To Prove That Buying Useful Things Is Surprisingly Satisfying

    If you have an adult paycheck, use it on useful things. You'll enjoy it more than you realize.

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    1. A grapefruit and mint hand and body wash — this spiffy soap is formulated with aloe vera, meaning it can rid your skin of grime and germs while nourishing your body with its moisturizing ingredients. If becoming loyal to a soap brand sounds like a good time then...welcome, you're with us old folks now. It's a great place to be.

    2. A garlic rocker that'll, ahem, rock your world. This tool is so much easier to use/clean than a traditional garlic press. It's fast and efficient, so you can cook with even more garlic! Your breath is about to be impressively pungent.

    Rolling grated rocker crushing garlic

    3. A battery-powered Dyson vacuum sure to be just as fun as the Optimus Prime action figure you had as a kid. This ~transforms~ into a handheld vacuum in a cinch, making it the perfect tool to clean every nook and cranny in your home.

    Hand using Cordless blue slim Dyson vacuum and cutting through lots of dirt on floor and carpet

    4. A washable sponge – it's gonna be a game changer in your kitchen. Replace your yucky, disposable sponges with *one* of these reusable picks and simply wash it when it gets gross. You're about to save money aaand add an earth-friendly option to your dishwashing routine.

    A sponge with a floral design and mesh overlay sits in a wooden bowl

    5. A moisture meter you can place deep down into the soil to know exactly how much water your plant is getting. Under- and overwatering is a thing of the past, people!

    6. An aromatherapy spray that'll soothe your senses and help you fall asleep if you're prone to stay up counting your worries rather than falling asleep by counting sheep.

    Spray bottle of product

    7. A stainless steel cleaner for wiping up grease, stains, and fingerprints faster than you're able to say "cleaning the sink sucks." Turns out, it doesn't have to with this stuff.

    8. A ceramic soap dish that is made to order and ingeniously designed with a drainage spout so extra water goes straight into your sink, instead of building up at the bottom of the dish. Honestly, if this *gorgeous* dish appeals to you, there's no going back. How do you do, Grown Up??

    The dish holding a bar of soap and placed with the spout over the edge of a surface

    9. A pair of outlet lights so you can have your rooms shine even at nighttime, without bulky night lights taking up space. Plus they can make your place look fancy. Like, really fancy.

    10. A spice jar set with 18 different bamboo lidded jars. With this, you're gonna be able to display your eclectic spice collection on the counter...where everyone has a chance to admire your good ~taste~.

    Several jars of spices with matching labels

    11. A bidet, because washing your rear after using the bathroom makes just as much sense as washing your hands. Use this and you'll never regret ditching that wasteful, less-efficient toilet paper ever again.

    Bidet on toilet seat. It has a bamboo knob.

    12. A six-port outlet that SWIVELS, meaning you can actually use the outlet behind your sofa! Which is great news when everything you own seems to need an outlet these days.

    13. A mesh washing bag for protecting the delicate clothing you've also started purchasing as you've gotten older. It turns out cashmere is worth the splurge, especially when you invest in products that keep it feeling extra fine after being washed!

    Closeup of mesh bag

    14. A powder polish to give your kitchenware a well deserved scrub after you watch Beauty and the Beast with your kid and start feeling guilty about the condition of your own flatware friends.

    15. A market cart made of recycled canvas and bamboo for stylish folks who have finally accepted that a "granny cart" is genuinely smart. Get one this good lookin' and you won't have to avoid eye-contact with the strong shoppers who are still carrying their bags all the way back to their apartments.

    Canvas bag with nautical rope closure. It is attached to a wooden cart frame with white rubber wheels on the back.

    16. Or a utility market cart that'll also help you put the peddle to the metal on rush grocery trips. Gotta get that ice cream home before it melts!

    Metal cart with groceries inside

    17. A Mavix chair for anyone who has started hearing themselves go "oof!" after getting off the sofa. If you're old enough to make sounds after sitting, you deserve (and probably need) a chair this cool and comfy!

    18. A stainless-steel "soap" that's gonna rid your hands of the pungent smell of garlic (if you already bought product #2 in this post, this is *also* meant for you).

    metal shaped like soap bar

    19. A bottle of Goo Gone Adhesive Remover sure to rid surfaces of those sticky, gross, and stubborn residues you've honestly just grown to accept as part of your appliances at this point. It's time to solve that problem.

    20. An all-in-one printer, scanner, and copier you'll find more and more useful as you get older. I don't know what happens, but at some point you just realize a printer is a staple in the home. Who would have guessed?

    The printer

    21. A fridge deodorizer that's gonna be effective for up to six months *and* it claims to keep your produce fresh longer. Just looking at this makes my leftover-filled fridge feel fresher! My sad box of baking soda is about to be displaced.

    The deodorizer on a kitchen fridge shelf

    22. A box of washing machine cleaning tablets to dissolve residue and make your washing machine actually smell fresh, which is a big deal when you haven't washed your machine bought it.

    23. A bag cinch, because with age comes wisdom and thus, efficiency. Spending the time untwisting and re-twisting those bread ties is simply not necessary. It's time to keep your bread fresh with a clip-on solution instead.

    the big cinch being used to close a bag of bread

    24. An air purifier that'll remove pet dander, mold, dust, pollen, and odors in your home. Grab one of these and going outside to get fresh air will feel like an oxymoron.

    25. A bottle of hard water booster powder for when you start to realize that washing something doesn't always make it look clean. College you would never notice cloudy buildup on mugs, but present you knows what a *gift* a booster powder really is!

    Reviewer photo of stained mug next to a clean mug after using powder

    26. A rapid egg cooker so you don't have to waste your precious time standing over the stove waiting for your eggs to finish cooking. This is an eggcelent way to guarantee your breakfast is always worthy of a blue ribbon.

    27. A budget planner with space for income, spending, monthly budgeting aaaand two sticker sheets. Use those stickers with pride — everyone who focuses on their finances deserves a gold star!

    Person writing their budget in different areas on an organized planner

    28. A window fly trap that'll get rid of pesky house flies in an efficient and sanitary way now that spring is bringing back the bugs.

    29. A bottle of Drop It, a natural wine sulfate and tannin remover, that's gonna save wine drunk you from those merlot-induced headaches.

    Reviewer image of glass of red wine with a bottle of Drop It, along with a caption explaining that it's been working

    30. A water-gel SPF 35 — a daily formula that's hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and works great under makeup. Is your skin about to be the envy of all your sunburnt besties? Why yes, yes it is.

    31. Acorns, an app that'll help make investing money seriously simple. Let the app do its job and feel free to forget about it — it'll put your spare change from everyday purchases toward stock portfolios, so you can watch your investments grow without any of the work.

    A phone screen showing the Acorns app, which specifies money for investing, spending, and earnings offers

    32. A set of wad-free pads for keeping your bedsheets from tangling in the wash. No one has time to dry their sheets twice. Get this and keep those laundry clods from wasting precious drying time!

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet

    33. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets designed to clean your machine while it runs naturally, makin' it sparkle and shine without you spending time scrubbing!

    34. A lock bag for anyone who has been keeping their most important papers somewhere less than *safe*. This is even fire- and waterproof!

    Graphic of opened bag with labels pointing out features like a password lock, main pockets, seven large pockets, four U disk positions, 16 card slots, and four mesh bags

    35. A pack of five tea bags you can treat yourself to when a calm night with a book and a cup of tea sounds like your perfect night. Honestly, I've always felt this way. I was born 42. And proud of it.

    36. A too-cute four slice toaster you're gonna love if serving your whole family at once keeps you from being ~toast~ in the morning rush to work and school.

    classic toaster with stainless steel and white details

    37. And finally, a machine-washable hiking blanket that's lightweight and incredibly cozy, for anyone who know it's great to have some time in the great outdoors.

    A puffy blanket with a multicolored image of Yellowstone hot springs

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