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    35 Super Useful Products To Get If You Want Life To Get Easier As You Get Older

    Spending your adult money on useful things is surprisingly satisfying.

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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.

    Meow Meow Tweet

    I am such a big fan of Meow Meow Tweet that I am slowly replacing all my old skincare and bathroom products with this line. The company's founders, Tara Pelletier (she/they) and Jeff Kurosaki (they/them), started this Brooklyn-based company with a commitment to "creating pure, all natural, plant and mineral-based formulas." My extra dry and sensitive skin can confirm: their products are seriously soothing! The soap above is my all-time favorite. BTW, $5 from every bottle goes to DigDeep for their Navajo Water Project.

    Get it from Meow Meow Tweet for $34.

    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

    I cook with a shocking amount of garlic and I always hated dealing with my old garlic press. This one-piece solution is SO much better than the old school tool! You simply place your peeled garlic under and rock at an angle, it minces just the same. This also comes with a (TBH very cute) scraper *and* a silicone sleeve that'll help you peel your cloves in an instant.

    Promising review: "I like garlic very much, so I use this garlic press every day. It works very well, is easy to use, and easy to clean. Compared with the garlic press I used before, this is more labor-saving and comfortable." —Jessica

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

    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

    Promising review: "There is nothing NOT to like. I actually don’t mind vacuuming now and vacuum more often because I’m not fighting with cords and lugging out a heavy vacuum. It goes easily from carpet to rug to hardwood and cleaning stairs now? Forgettaaboutit! Your back won’t hurt, no straining, and you’ll actually want to vacuum...magic!" —DDane

    Get it from Amazon for $599+ (available in two styles).

    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
    Marley's Monsters

    Marley's Monsters is an eco-friendly essentials shop in Eugene Oregon. Owner Sarah Dooley has products ranging from reusable "paper" towels to coffee filters to bowl covers...and that's just a handful of the kitchen products! There are also finds for bath and body, baby, and the home.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this sponge. I love that it's reusable and it does a better job of cleaning pots and pans than a disposable sponge." —Kristina Babinski

    Get it from Marley's Monsters for $10 (available in four colors).

    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!, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    I love having this tool in my home! I jumped on the 2020 plant trend fast and have filled my home with tons of botanicals (that all have different watering schedules). The meter tells you if a plant is being over-watered or under-watered right down to the root, which is very necessary for a plant parent (who used to be a plant murderer) like myself.

    Promising review: "This item is great. I can check how wet my plants are down where the roots are. So no more over watering! It is very accurate. This works great!!" —Terri Carlson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two colors).

    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

    Promising review: "This REALLY works! Be ready to fall asleep once you spray your pillows and sheets! It smells great!" —HappySleeper

    Get it from Anthropologie for $29.

    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.,

    This stainless-steel cleaning spray also comes with a handy dandy microfiber cloth.

    Promising review: "When this arrived, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box to use it! It worked like a charm: streak-free and smells amazing! I actually joked with my brother about how you know you're an adult when you get excited about a cleaning product." —Kelsie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    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
    Kim Hau Ceramics / Etsy

    Artist Kim Hau hand makes these stunning pieces in Denver, Colorado. There are several individual pieces available (and I want all of them, it's a bother) and the custom soap dishes are a best seller on Etsy!

    Promising review: "I love this soap dish! I bought some handmade soap at a farmers market and wanted a soap dish for it. This one caught my eye because of the sensible drain, the minimalist design, and the matte black glaze." —Linda BInder

    Get it from Kim Hau Ceramics for $40 (available in four colors).

    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.


    Promising review: "I don't like night lights because they take up the wall outlet, so this was the perfect solution. I put it in the guest bath and at night with the bathroom door open this provides just enough light to guide a person to the bathroom without blinding them. I ended up putting two on my hallway switches as well. What a great product." —LMK

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    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
    The Muted Home

    This set includes 18 jars and 40 different labels (to make sure the spices you have on hand are covered). BTW, these *gorgeous* products are made by a family-run company in Atlanta.

    Promising review: "These are absolutely gorgeous. They have a modern and sleek design. So pretty!!!!" —nancy1474

    Get it from The Muted Home on Etsy for $124.99.

    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.

    Promising review: "I am loving my Tushy! It is powerful and so easy to install! Not gonna lie, I wish my sink was on the same wall so I could do the warm water option but it is super effective and definitely wakes you up! I believe this is the best way to keep things happily clean and, coupled with my Squatty Potty, I think 2019 is going to be the year of the happy BM!" —Natalie D.

    Get it from Tushy for $99 (available in three colors).

    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.


    This even has two USB ports. Bless.

    Promising review: "The swivel feature on this outlet extender is pretty cool. In addition to increasing the number of outlets (six instead of the usual two), the rotating sockets allow you to plug things into tight spaces. There are others just as good for that purpose for less, but this one is more versatile. I also love that it has a built-in surge protector and green and red lights let you know the status." —Cat Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $18.93.

    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
    Tani USA

    This is intended to be filled loosely and works best with only one or two products. Zip your delicates into this and add it to the wash on the gentle cycle. Voila! Clean clothes that weren't ruined in the wash!

    Promising review: "I love this product and will order more in the future." —Jeffrey C.

    Get it from Tani USA for $15.

    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.,

    Promising review: "I got some gunk on the outside of a stainless-steel pan which I was very fond of and could NOT get the crap off. It ended up in the dishwasher and the gunk turned into something like thick, permanent enamel. I did a Google search and found this was highly recommended. I used it, and it worked! I made a paste, painted it on half the pan, left it, came back, scrubbed with a no-scratch scrubber, and it came off. It’s gone. I’m definitely going to keep this stuff around." —Arlington Anne

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.88.

    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.
    Wandering Sol

    This spiffy small biz is based in Sydney, Australia. I found them while on a tireless search for a good looking market cart. I'm telling you, this is the best of the best! The fact that their darling products are also responsibly sourced and made with recycled materials is icing on the cake. Head over to Wandering Sol's website for more info on all these gorgeous goods!

    Get it from Wandering Sol on Etsy for $188.21.

    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

    Promising review: "I bought this cart because I want to walk more and grocery trips will require help. This cart was inexpensive so I was afraid it might be super cheap. It got here quickly and was very easy to assemble. It folds up nicely and is pretty light. The wheels don't swivel so when I am walking home with groceries I will be careful not to drag it sideways. It is sturdy enough for what I need it for but if you are wanting seriously sturdy you need to drop over 50 bucks on it." Bonnie Hunt

    Get it from Amazon for $40.52.

    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!, Mal Mower / BuzzFeed

    This is one of the best office chairs around (gamers know what's up!). It's breathable, the cooling feature is amaaazing, and it works surprisingly well in small spaces (peep my photo on the right to see how well it fits in a tiny BK bedroom/home office). The chair is fully adjustable and gives great back and neck support. Whether you're a gamer or simply sitting for work all day, this splurge is a real treat!

    Get it from Mavix for $555+ (available in three styles and two colors).

    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

    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four styles).

    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.

    Promising review: "I purchased this to remove stubborn warning stickers on my furniture. A friend originally recommended it to me, and it works perfectly. No stains and the goo be gone, yo. 10/10." —James

    Get it from Amazon for $7.42.

    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

    Promising review: "My husband bought this printer for work. He works from home, so I've been able to use it frequently as well and so far I'm loving it. I love the borderless printing option, it really does print all the way to the edge of the paper with excellent quality. The ink is super easy to load, and will save us a bundle of money over the life of the printer. You get a LOT of ink! The scanner is so good! We were both impressed with how well and clear the scanned images are. Same with the copier. I have no complaints whatsoever about this product and would absolutely recommend it without hesitation. Once you have it set up, everything is very easy to use. The printer basically walks you through everything. If you can read, you can use this printer. I've been at my parents house over 100 miles away and can print things as if I were at home where the printer is. My only regret is not buying it years ago." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    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

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product. Despite our refrigerator’s filter, the ice in the open bin in the freezer was developing odors. This is so much better than baking soda. I can’t believe the difference. The product itself doesn’t seem to have an odor; it just neutralizes the freezer smell so that there is no smell at all. We had even purchased a new ice bin thinking the old bin was the problem. I wish I had figured out this cheaper solution first. I hope it’s still available when it’s time to replace!" —Marell

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    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.,

    Promising review: "Our new LG washer gets a stinky smell every so often so I bought these tabs. I put one in a month on the clean tub setting and it eliminates the odor. I just made a T-chart with a permanent marker on the box for the months and add an X when I put the tab in for the month. This way I don't miss a month and my washer runs great." —akkeber

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.99.

    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

    Promising review: "These have to be among the most useful gadgets in my kitchen and we use them constantly for open loaves of bread, crackers, rice, and many other types of packaging where you need a secure hold. I no longer save twist ties, those funny square plastic thingies that come with so much packaging. I have ordered additional ones since the kitchen is not the only place I have found them useful." —Connie of GA

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99.

    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.,

    Promising review: "I foster kittens for a rescue, and no matter how often I clean the boxes, two or three times daily and general cleaning, I still have an odor in the room. I got this product out of desperation. It was a good size and weight for kitties bouncing around. I am truly shocked and enormously happy with how it works! My husband was at wits end with his sensitive nose. He goes in there now and is astonished, no smell. We are getting another for the kitchen! The room is 10×10, and I use it on the 2 setting. I also enjoy the night light. Very helpful without disturbing sick sleepy babies recovering from illness." —victoria Mohagen

    Get it from Amazon for $89.23 (available in two colors).

    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

    Promising review: "This seems to work really well in our dishwasher. The dishwasher was starting to leave a white film on everything and smell bad. I started using this along with the maximum or ultimate (I can't remember which right now, and I'm too lazy to go check) all-in-one Finish detergent pods, and it's been working great and getting the dishes clean. Also, we have well water." —Carole

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    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.

    Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed

    We've got a write up all about why this is perfect for egg-passionate foodies!

    Promising review: "It's convenient, compact, and time saving; this kitchen gadget is a game changer! Prep takes 30–45 seconds to fill the appropriate water level, poke the eggs, and place in tray. Three eggs take about seven minutes, six eggs takes about 11–12 minutes. Once these puppies are cooked and cooled off, it is a breeze peeling and prepping. I used to hate making hard boiled eggs specifically because I'd have to peel them and lose one-quarter of the egg with the shell; thankfully none of that is the case with this device. I'm so glad I stumbled on it while browsing Amazon. I definitely recommend getting this product, you will not regret it!" —RebeccaLMK

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    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

    Promising review: "This budgeting planner is the bees knees. I love how many details it has to make your budget work for you. The little cubby in the back is so perfect for cash envelopes and stickers! It’s neatly laid out and there are so many places to take notes and really break it down. And the price *chef's kiss*" —.be.bop.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    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.,

    Promising review: "Gross yet effective. We live in the country with animals so we have lots of flies. I did not want to hang a fly trap but caved when I saw this. I feel it’s not as noticeable as others and is easy to hide and works very well. Easy to hang and does not leave a sticky residue when removed." —Tina

    Get a pack of 12 pieces from Amazon for $8.99.

    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

    Drop It recommends 1-2 drops for each glass of white wine, 2-3 for a glass of red, and 7-9 if you're treating the whole bottle at once. Once it's in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you'll be g2g!

    Promising review: "For many years, I have been that friend who always says 'no thanks, I can't drink wine.' Even one small small glass would give me the worst migraine. So I gave up. Several weeks ago, I happened across an ad for Drop It and thought I might as well give it a shot. I took a big risk the day it arrived and had two huge glasses of red wine that I knew would give me a massive migraine the next day. It just so happened I had a midterm that next morning too — and so the stakes were high. I woke up feeling fantastic. Since then I have repeated the experiment (to make sure it wasn't a fluke) and found that no matter how much wine I drink, as long as I use the drops, I don't have a migraine the next day. I'm so pleased to have found something that makes wine drinking possible and enjoyable again! I have nothing but great things to say about the product. It's easy to use and very discreet. I visited some friends last week and we spent a few hours at a wine bar. It was easy to add my drops. I took a small taste of the wine before adding the drops and found that it did not alter the taste at all. Thanks for a great product and a great buying experience. I will be back for more." —Mackenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    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.


    To learn more, be sure to check out "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    Promising review: "I've been searching for the longest time for a sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy, make me oily, or cause me to breakout. I was hesitant to purchase this because of the higher price point and small size, but it is totally worth it. This is the only sunscreen I've tried that feels nice on my skin! I use it daily and haven't experienced any breakouts or sunburn." —mckenna

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    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

    This even features stores and companies — like Walmart, GrubHub, and Nike — that will give you a percentage back from what you spend, specifically so you can invest it.

    Promising review: "For those new to investing, Acorns is a great app. Just answer a few questions about how you want your portfolio to look — then the app does the hard work for you, and you'll get to watch your money grow over time! You can turn on a feature called 'round up,' which allows you to round all your purchase amounts up to the nearest dollar. Then, the difference is invested for you." —kats469b4463f

    Get the app from Acorns for $3/month.

    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

    Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic. Cyndi, the founder, learned CAD (computer-aided design) to create the pads. And 5% of profits are donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet, and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and my sheets not only did NOT wad up, they came out of the dryer feeling fresher, feeling more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!" —katy

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    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!

    Promising review: "Convenient, easy, quick way to keep the dishwasher fresh and working at peak." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    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

    Promising review: "I am loving my new safe storage for important documents. I now have a place to keep passports, my wedding license, car titles, mortgages, and wedding photos. If disaster happens I can have my mind at ease. I love that it has a fireproof zipper, a code lock design, and a strong handle that adds storage security and carrying safety." —Jenn A

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    35. And finally, 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.

    Tea Heritage

    Business owner Elodie makes these terribly cute teabags in Lyon, France. Elodie pulls influence from childhood, travel, and friends when designing each tea bag – bringing fun and whimsy into every comforting cup!

    Promising review: "Delicious tea, beautiful tea bags. Such a treat!" —Becky McMahon

    Get the clouds (available in six flavors) and the dresses (available in three flavors) from Tea Heritage on Etsy for $9.32.

    When you're old enough to not even mind that your purchases are starting to become (egads!) responsible:


    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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