28 Problem-Solving Products For Fall You'll Probably Wish You'd Known About Sooner
Because some (little) problems, like where to dry sweaters and how to revive last years' faded boots, have quick and simple solutions.
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1. A faux-leather jacket because it's the perfect extra layer to first extend your favorite summer dresses and blouses into fall, and then extend your warmer sweaters into winter and put off wearing that puffy coat just a little longer.
2. A pack of five pairs of liner socks so you can keep wearing all your favorite flats, pumps, loafers, and sneakers up until the moment it gets really chilly, and you have to call in your boots. Plus they have a no-slip piece of silicone in the back so they actually stay on your heel.
3. And five pairs of super comfortable ankle socks because they're perfect for wearing with boots and booties once the thermometer hits 55 degrees.
4. A leather conditioning cream so when you do pull your boots (or leather jacket, or favorite fall bag) out, you can give them a protective coat that also restores their original beautiful tone and softness.
5. Or if your boots (or jackets or bags) are suede or nubuck, a multi-functional cleaning brush that even diminishes water stains, no spray or other cleaner required.
6. A bulk pack of instant spiced apple cider mix because while drinking fresh-pressed cider is always the tastiest, sometimes you just want something quick and easy that won't go bad if you don't finish the entire jug in a week.
7. A sturdy, eight-piece, stainless steel pumpkin carving kit so you can keep your tools from year to year, instead of always throwing out those cheap ones because they end up bent out of shape by the end. Reviewers also say there are enough tools here for a couple of people to share, too, so no one has to wait too long for their turn.
8. How to Not Kill Your Houseplant, a book that will help you decode what exactly's going wrong with your new indoor houseplants thanks to the seasonal change (or the fact that you've now brought them inside).
9. A grill cleaning stone because summer cookout season has taken its toll and this will take less elbow grease to make those grates shine than pretty much any other method.
10. A pack of two pair opaque, run-resistant tights because they'll let you keep wearing all your favorite dresses even as the temps drop and actually hold up to lots (and lots) of regular wear.
11. A fabric shaver — it'll eliminate all the pills leftover on your sweaters from last year so they look brand new. Then that will be so satisfying you'll turn to your couch, sweatpants, and/or any other pilled fabric you can find to de-fuzz.
12. A bottle of wool and cashmere shampoo because its formula includes lanolin, which will keep the yarns in your favorite wool sweaters softer than dry cleaning will. Also unlike dry cleaning, this will completely remove odors, and reviewers say it helps with those pesky deodorant stains, too.
13. And a three-tier, space-saving, doorframe-/shower rod-hanging drying rack so you can actually lay your sweaters flat to dry the way the tags ask you to, even if your bathroom/closet/laundry room's kinda on the tiny side.
14. A low-profile portable bag holder to keep the leaf bag open for you while you scoop 'em in after raking — it'll save you time whether you do it by yourself (no somehow finagling them into the bag) or whether you usually do it with a buddy (you can both be raking, instead of one person holding the bag).
15. And a pair of leaf scoops to give you bigger than bear–paws so you can move those leaves from your neat pile (post-jump, of course!) into said bag more efficiently than you could with your bare/even gloved hands.
16. Or the Bag Butler, which holds bags open on their sides so you can literally rake the leaves into the bags, turn them right side–up for a final scrunch, and tie the bag in one swoop.
17. A super moisturizing unscented hand cream so for once you're prepared to actually stop your hands from cracking thanks to the extra dry air you have to deal with the very moment you turn on your home's heat.
18. Some adhesive foam weatherstripping because even if you have zero handy experience, it's easy enough to add to the frames of any doors that you realize have been letting in some of that chilly, blustery autumn day.
19. And if your home is prone to drafts, a kit designed to seal off windows, too, especially later in the season as you anticipate winter even more.
20. A Neti Pot so you can rinse all the junk out of your congested sinuses and help kick your seasonal fall allergies to the curb. Yes, fall allergies are definitely A Thing, even though you mostly hear about them in the spring and summer!
21. And a natural multipurpose cleaner and stain remover to help you keep the dust under control, because those allergy culprits certainly never *help* when your seasonal issues come into play.
22. A bug bite suction tool because those pesky mosquitos just won't quit until you get at least one good freeze, and this lets you gently extract at least some of the venom that makes those bites itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.
23. A pair of butterfly wings for when Halloween is two days away and you have zero idea what you want to wear as a costume. These will be warm and comfy (you can wear whatever all-black clothes you already have), *and* arrive at your doorstep by the big day thanks to Amazon Prime.
24. A set of thick, soft, 100% cotton flannel sheets — if you live somewhere where it ends up quite chilly at the end of October, and even colder in November, these velvety covers will add just the right amount of extra warmth night after night.
25. A peeler, corer, and slicer device that will cut the prep time for your famous apple pies in half, because it takes only like, 30 seconds to take an apple from whole to fully prepped for the next steps in your secret recipe.
26. Or just a straight-up apple corer, if you have a veggie peeler already (or just don't care to peel your apples for whatever recipe you're making). The core comes out of the open area on the head of the gadget, so you can move on to the next apple in, like, seconds.
27. A miniature portable space heater (it stands about 10 inches tall) because you're freezing cold the very *instant* temperatures drop below 70, and while you should also layer up with sweaters this will give you all the heat you need right where you need it.
28. A high quality 100% cotton flannel shirt with chambray-lined cuffs and collar, so you always have the perfect thing to wear whether you're apple picking, hiking through the autumn leaves, staging an autumnal Instagram photoshoot, or carving pumpkins.
Your mood, after you fix a few problems you have then sit down for a hot cup of well-deserved apple cider:
The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.