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    30 Products That Are So Clever, You’ll Probably Be Sad You Didn’t Think Of Them First

    *Furiously tries to think of the next great invention and comes up with: nothing.*

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    1. An all-in-one pot holder for providing an easy solution to the issue that is looking high and low in your kitchen for two oven mitts and only being able to find one! Plus, it folds into a trivet so when you're not picking up your hot bakeware/cookware, you can set it down without it touching your precious countertops.


    This is made of 100% cotton terry and features silicone inserts. It's heat-resistant to temps of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's machine-washable!

    Promising review: "I love these mitts for the oven. I always only find one oven mitt when I need to get something out of the oven. This makes it easy to always have protection for both hands. I would definitely buy them again and would even give as a gift. Great product!" —Adrienneg

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 10 colors).

    2. A false eyelash applicator to make the way-more-difficult-than-it-needs-to-be-task of applying falsies much quicker and easier than just using your fingers.

    Promising review: "Very easy to use and affordable. I was able to put on my lashes in no time. I can't believe I use to apply my lashes without this amazing tool. I place my lashes directly in the center and adjust the ends. My lashes go on in one minute less with this tool." —CITY Beauty

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98 (available in four colors).

    3. A wedge doorstop that serves two important purposes: 1. it prevents your door from actually opening when you don't want it to, and 2. it sounds a loud alarm to alert you when someone is trying to open said door.


    This is battery-operated — it requires a 1x9V battery, which you can get here.

    Promising review: "These are fantastic and VERY loud. I put one at the front door without telling my wife while she was out. She came in, the door wouldn't open past it, and the alarm went off. Not only did it scare her, but I was napping in the den and it scared the crap out of me too! Fantastic door alarm that no one should be without in my opinion, even if you have an alarm. I travel a lot for work, and having one at the door in the room is extra peace of mind. Inexpensive enough for you to supply for your family, and even friends. Easy to use as well. Keep in mind that if you set it off, you need to pick it up and turn off manually." —Xfiler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16.

    4. A monitor document clip for keeping your to-do list in plain sight and not lost in shuffle of things on your desk. Now you don't have an excuse for "accidentally forgetting" to write up that report.


    Promising review: "This lightweight arm holds at least 20 pages without falling out. I use this to prioritize things I need to get done, and it keeps me from losing paper in piles. I have neck issues because I am constantly looking down, and this keeps my head up and makes data entry easier because it's right next to the screen. It also pivots so I can adjust the angle." —Life Is Short

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    5. A to-go collapsible travel cup so you can enjoy your favorite hot beverage on your way to work, and then simply collapse and store it without worrying about it taking up space.


    Promising review: "Love this cup. I was originally turned off to it due to the size of the top section; however it's not as big as it looks online and it's the perfect size. It will fit most purses but not likely women's pants pockets. After filling it with water I shook the cup and there was no leaking. Even after I finished my latte and collapsed the cup there was no residue leakage at all. The cup didn't get excessively hot either. The cup also had mL markers on the inside which is wonderful. I highly recommend this product!" —HR

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in various colors, and four sizes).

    6. A finger massager that'll help soothe achy fingers — great for those who have arthritis, or just spend wayyy too much time texting or typing away all day.


    Comes with an exercise guide and includes access to how-to videos to help you get started!

    Promising review: "Came across this randomly while looking for something to help my dad with his arthritis. He loves it and uses it every night. Really convenient that one side is a finger massager and the other is a palm massager. His fingers often get locked up because of his arthritis and nerve damage and this really helps loosen up his joints. Highly recommended." —Alice Cordova

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    7. Contact paper to make outdated appliances, drawers, shelves, cabinets, and more look like a brand new stainless-steel pieces.

    Promising review: "Amazing job at updating my wall oven. I searched for months trying to see what would be an alternative replacement to my dated wall oven (25 years old). The thing is, my old oven has always worked very well, so I couldn't really justify paying $2,000 to replace my working double wall oven only because of cosmetic reasons. Then it dawned on me that maybe if I updated the oven with this metal covering it would look like real stainless steel. So for literally the cost of $10 I updated my oven. The update is virtually unnoticeable unless you tell someone, and what's the best thing of all, it leaves no fingerprints. Best $10 I ever spent." —B. Lenj

    Get it from Amazon for $10.52 (available in four colors).

    8. A car seat gap filler so things like your phone, spare change, and worst of all... FOOD REMNANTS don't slip between the car seats and stay there.... forever.

    Promising review: "I own a 2017 Ford Explorer with black interior and these look and work great. I installed them and have never needed to adjust them and I don't even realize they're there now. They were very easy to install. My seat adjusts every time I get into the vehicle due to the memory seat settings and there has never been an issue with the Drop Stop shifting or needing readjustment. Very satisfied and I'm a tough customer." —Roni M

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A wand wine filter to remove sulfates and histamines from your vino so you can enjoy your drink without worrying about a headache afterwards.


    Wands are FDA-compliant and BPA-free!

    Promising review: "OMG!!!! This works. I love wine, but have terrible allergies to the histamines, sulfites, and preservatives in wine. I actually use one wand for two glasses of wine. I was very skeptical, but it works like a dream! Thank you PureWine. This is really a breakthrough for me." —Penny Froh

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A pair of scissors for keeping your wrist at a straight angle, which helps to reduce strain.


    Promising review: "Right Shears are awesome!! The angle at which the scissors are held makes it very easy on the wrist and elbow. It's a much more natural motion and reduces shoulder and wrist strain. The scissors are high-quality and they cut through the toughest of material. They are great for cutting through large pieces of cardboard or other material. No more paper cuts on scrapes from hitting the material as it is cut. Great value for the price." —Michael Grills

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. Anti-chafing thigh bands to help prevent the dreaded pain that comes anytime you basically decide to wear something that aren't pants. Plus, these are super pretty, so you don't have to worry if your dress or shorts don't cover them all the way!

    Promising review: "Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant...these things work! I was hella skeptical because my thighs are resistant to any sort of chub rub defense. I wore them while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn't believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved; not a chub-rub in sight and they're so feminine and romantic-looking that I didn't even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace. Way sexier than my usual biker shorts. Love that I can wear dresses all day now without worrying about my thighs overheating." —OceanHips

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in 17 styles, and six sizes).

    12. A condiment fork perfect for attaching to the side the pickle jar, so you can enjoy your crunchy, salty snack without dipping your hand in a pickle juice bath beforehand.


    This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy little gadget to have. This comes with two rings, one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in. The pickle fork thingy is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket and the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more...civilized!" —PT Cruiser

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. Pop-up pee pads perfect to use when traveling with your pup or utilizing indoors when walks outside aren't a viable option.

    These pads boast five layers of protection including a leak-proof backing — it can absorb at least four cups worth of liquid. These are mostly recommended for small- and medium-sized dogs.

    Promising review: "The little fire hydrant pops up automatically when you unfold the pad, and it has a contrasting color that allows them to see it (while looking really cute). It's the perfect size for a small dog to aim at, it's absorbent so it doesn't splash, and it's small enough that dogs can share the pad without it getting in the way. I have two toy poodles, one boy and one girl. They boy would never make it onto the pad (and nearly ruined my floor) because he didn't have anything to aim at. So I ended up creating my own hydrants out of cans of food wrapped in potty pads. They worked but it was a pain to create a new one each time I put out a new pad. This is so much better! I'm in love with these. Best of all, these are hands down some of the best quality potty pads I've ever used. Liquid jellifies almost instantly so they don't track wet footprints on the floor, and they absorb the smell." —A. Platter

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $14.95.

    14. Anti-slip silicone glasses sleeves to keep your eyewear where it belongs, ya know, on your face, and NOT slipping and sliding down to the floor and risking getting broken AGAIN.

    Promising review: "I was a little dubious about these, but my daughter's glasses were always falling off her face and to the floor, so if I could spend a couple of bucks to save her expensive glasses, it was worth a shot. In fact, because you get five pairs, I put a set on my glasses, and I'll be darned if they don't work really well. They add a little bit of bulk to your glasses so if you're extremely fashion-conscious, it's not like tape-on-the-bridge nerdy, but it's there. But if you're more concerned about having your glasses feel like they're going to stay put on your head, then you'll like these. They aren't too thick so you don't really notice them on your ears. In fact, because of the soft silicone, they actually result in less of the occasional soreness I would get from my glasses on my ears sometimes." —Domenico Bettinelli

    Get a pack of 10 (five pairs) from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. A 5-in-1 wine gadget that acts as an aerator, a stopper, a pourer, a filter, and a re-corker. I'll toast to that!


    Promising review: "Throw out the others, this is the one. I have a drawer full of wine pour spouts of varying designs. Some don't fit all bottles, some leak while pouring, and some are so tall that storing upright in a refrigerator is difficult and none seal completely. This spout/stopper seals completely and lets you lay the bottle on its side. The aerator allows air to move back into the bottle while pouring to avoid the 'glug glug' effect of other pour spouts. The strainer may filter large cork pieces, but is not fine enough for sediment. The portion of the corker that fits inside the bottle has fit every bottle I've tried it in, from standard size bottles to the larger 1.5 liter bottles. It appears to be made from a flexible material that doesn't add any unwanted taste to the wine. " —Jack Dallas

    Get it from Amazon for $5.06.

    16. A zipper puller to make the near-impossible task of zipping up your dress by yourself SO EASY! FINALLY!


    Promising review: "For decades I've been going through contortions to zip up zippers at the back of my dresses or tops when my husband is not on hand to help me. But recently I bought a really cute, REALLY snug (at the rib cage) jacquard dress for an upcoming event that I will dress for alone at a hotel. When I first tried it on at the store, I had to ask another customer in the dressing room to zip me up and down...there was just no way I could contort enough to do it myself. But I wanted the dress. So when I got home, I went on Amazon to see what kind of zipper puller uppers were out there. I was hoping to spend $10-12, but after reading all the reviews I decided I had to have something that would not fail me. So I ordered the Zipuller because it had the best reviews and looked the sturdiest. It has worked every time I have used it. Even on that really snug dress. The zipper tab didn't come out of the clasp when I was zipping past the hardest part. Yay! I'm sold and won't be without it from here on out when I know I will need help." —Southern Gal

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

    17. A portable cereal cup that keeps the cereal separated from the milk until it hits your mouth, so you can take your brekkie on the go, without worry about it getting all soggy.


    Made of FDA-approved and BPA-free plastic, and it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Don’t know why others complain about the size; I think it's a great product and is the perfect size for the breakfast you would normally skip. But now it's a perfect solution to eating and driving to work; I love it. Saves me from going to fast food places in the morning which I hate because all that breakfast food taste pretty bad." —handieman!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    18. A hair dryer wall mount to allow you to utilize BOTH of your hands for styling, rather than juggling the dryer in one of your hands the whole time.


    This can be adjusted and swivel as needed to get your desired angles. Plus, it features a universal design with pretty much all hair dryer sizes and shapes in mind!

    Promising review: "I bought this because I had shoulder surgery and was unable to hold the hair dryer in my right arm. Mounting was bang-on simple and this product is extremely, EXTREMELY sturdy. I half expected it to lose its ability to hold the dryer in place without constant readjustment, but I was completely wrong — even after four months, this is still keeping the dryer where I want it at all times." —JayCee

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    19. Pan scrapers for easily cleaning away leftover food remnants and burnt bits, because we're pretty sure those won't make a welcome addition in the next food item you plan to prepare in the pan.,

    These feature four different shaped corners ideal for cleaning all types of pans! Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "A necessary tool to clean your cast-iron pots and pans. Perfectly contoured to the rounded corners used by Lodge in their pans, so you'll easily get any food off that's stuck to your pan. The plastic is sturdy and malleable, but not so much that it will deform. Been using these for a couple of months now, and I haven't had them break. Since I still can't get a properly seasoned coating on my pans, I have a lot of food that sticks (my fault), but these scrapers get pretty much everything off easily." —JGtz

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $2.99.

    20. A batter dispenser to get the perfect amount of batter out and onto the griddle or into a cupcake liner (or wherever else you may be pouring batter), with just the squeeze of a handle.

    This dispenser is made of high quality BPA-free plastic and has a four-cup capacity. All you have to do is fill it with your choice of batter, squeeze the handle to pour it out evenly, and it's dishwasher-safe, so then you can just pop it in there to clean!

    Promising review: "Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that's even a double mess. Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess." —Jim Hudson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    21. An auto shut-off outlet — simply plug it into an outlet, use the button to control how many hours before it automatically turns off after using, and uh yeah, it's literally THAT easy to give yourself some peace of mind after rushing out of the house again., Amazon

    Features a push button so you can set the hours for eight, four, two, one, or hold.

    Promising review: "This is the best design of all the countdown timers I've used. I have an individual timer or multiple outlet strip timer on every appliance that could overheat or overcharge, because I worry a lot about fire and don't trust my memory to turn things off. This helps with that!" —MysteryAuthor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

    22. A "no-splash" nail clipper to catch your clippings for you, because how annoying is it to have to look around for little nail pieces on the floor knowing there is definitely one you didn't catch?


    Promising review: "These are the best nail clippers I've ever owned. All my life I've had stainless steel nail clippers that slip from my fingers whenever I have to cut my nails. With these clippers, the matching finger pulp lets my thumb sit comfortably. I'd like to add the nail catcher as a good bonus. It prevents your nail debris from flying all over the place and I don't need to hover over the trash can. I would recommend this product to anyone." —Jasmine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. A shopping cart cup holder, so you can sip your favorite drink WHILE pushing around a shopping cart. No more chugging your beverage before entering the store, juggling with it at the store, or worse... leaving it in the car while it's hot and coming back to it being cold.

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    Promising review: "Ingenious idea and great invention. I go grocery shopping with cart and attach this cup holder to the cart with Starbucks coffee... Walking around, hands-free, have a sip of coffee every now and is great." —stephen moody

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99/one, or $12.99/two.

    24. Citrus peelers that'll help you enjoy your favorite citrus fruits without your hands smelling like them for the rest of the day.


    Promising review: "Makes peeling oranges a breeze! I would sit there and try to use my nails and it would take me forever to peel an orange that sometimes I wouldn’t eat them because of the hassle. These little tools work great and make eating oranges easier." —Alexandria

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $4.99.

    25. A bracelet fastener so you can easily clasp your own bracelet together, without needing to rely on someone else being around to help you out.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I've waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they are slip on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." —Cat Mom

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    26. A funnel to help you transfer the remainder of slow fluids into a new container so you can truly use up every last drop.


    This is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I have long hair, so I go through shampoo and conditioner like it's going out of style. As such, I like to get every last drop out of my bottles. This little gadget has made such a huge difference in terms of convenience. It works exactly as shown in the pictures and can hold even the large bottles of shampoo. No more leaning and balancing bottles!" —Theresa Dickenson

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

    27. A brownie pan that'll help ensure everyone gets the best piece of the brownie — the edge piece, of course!

    Made of heavy gauge cast aluminum and durable non-stick coating!

    Promising review: "I love this pan, the best way to cut the brownies is to wait till they are cooled down all the way. Then take the plastic spatula that it comes with and loosen all the sides, than flip the pan over on a counter or cookie sheet and take them out of the pan and then cut them. I had no problem getting them out of the pan and the pan washed very nicely." —Mrs. Mary A. Snider

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    28. Grocery bag handles to make carrying all your grocery items from the store to the car, and then from the car into your home is easier and more comfortable on your hands.


    Promising review: "It usually takes me a dozen trips from my car to my house to get my groceries inside, and if I carry too many at once, the handles cut off the circulation in my hands and arms. These special handles solved all my problems. Today, I only made three trips from the car to the house! When I had to put the bags down to open the door, these handles laid on top of the bags and I only had to grab them, instead of searching for all the bag handles as they flopped around. Now there are no more bag marks on my wrist and my hands don't go numb! Who would have thought that something so simple could make my life so much better?" —Rosemary Smith Dattler

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. Silicone door handle openers that'll provide a barrier between your skin and germ-ridden public surfaces. *Breathes a GINORMOUS sigh of relief.*


    These are made with 100% germ-resistant silicone!

    Promising review: "This cold and flu season my germ anxiety was in overdrive!! These help with opening doors, pushing buttons, and other simple everyday things. They make life a little less germ filled!!" —Rebecca

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12 (available in five colors).

    30. A car dip clip so you can drive WHILE dipping your nugs and fries, because it's important to drive safe WHILE enjoying ketchup. /

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

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