1. OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick — $3.44
I spill, slop, or smear a stainable substance onto my clothing at least twice a week. My wardrobe *should* look like a Jackson Pollock painting, but everything is surprisingly stain-free thanks to my beloved OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick. Grease, tomato sauce, chocolate, dirt, blood: I've used this glue-stick-style stain remover to get rid of them all. You just blot the stain with the stick and let it sit before eventually washing the garment as you normally would.
Last week at work I somehow managed to scribble all over the front of my dress with a ballpoint pen (either that or I was attacked by some malevolent ghost toddler — the truth is out there). I thought that I'd finally found a stain that the stick wouldn't be able to tackle, but I should never have doubted the "magical" powers of the blue gel. I let the the solution soak into the stain for four days, ran it through the wash, and my dress was back to normal.
Moral of this stain-strewn story: If you're as incapable of eating without dribbling as I am, you need to get a gel stick ASAP. —Mallory McInnis
2. Oxo Salad Spinner — $30
3. Crocs Wedges — $40 to $60
4. Titan Vegetable Peeler — $12
The first time I tried to peel a shiny green apple with a vegetable peeler is one of the more gruesome moments of my adolescence. Let's just say it didn't go well. Although my fully substantiated fear of peelers after that got me out of some tedious chores for a while, at some point I knew I would have to suck it up and learn how to behave around sharp blades like a grown-up. But it turns out I was wrong! Instead, I put my obsession with infomercials and As-Seen-On-TV products to good use and purchased this Titan Peeler that promised to not slip and cut all your skin off. This peeler actually *grips* onto the skin of anything you want to peel — apples, carrots, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, onions, tomatoes — so it doesn't slip off and cut you. And it only takes the smallest layer away so you're left with plenty of veg for cooking. That's enough to have me sold (I didn't even watch the whole infomercial before ordering online) but you can also use it to shred cabbage, slice cheese, mandoline-slice potatoes for chips, and a bunch of other super-useful things.
Although I haven't yet tried the running-over-the-peeler-with-a-car-tire trick that the infomercial so dramatically suggests, I've done about everything else, including peeling a pineapple just for shits and giggles. And while the ShamWow I also bought didn't quite live up to the hype, I would go on TV and shill the Titan Peeler any day. —Jess Probus