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    33 Practical Things You’ve Probably Never Thought To Buy Before

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    1. A pack of delectably cute (and durable) cable protectors so your charger and headphone cords stop becoming frayed messes that end up not working anymore.

    reviewer image of the avocado cable hugger on a cord
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “These are super cute and stay in place. They've held up great these past few months. They're a burst of adorable fun!” —Laura 

    Get 10 from Amazon for $11.99.

    2. A homeopathic jet lag remedy that'll help keep you awake and on your feet on your multi–time zone travels.

    reviewer's hand holding box of no-jet-lag
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “This stuff is a game changer for travelers. I am a person who gets extremely lethargic after traveling (especially on flights to/from Europe). This changed my life. I normally have to fly in an extra day early from my planned travel days solely so that I can get enough rest and be ready for the next day. I can now take these and on landing be prepared for a full day of activities.” —Allyson 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    3. The Stuff for dogs — a hypoallergenic conditioner for dematting your pup. It repels dirt, dust, and urine and protects your pet's coat so you can expect fewer tangles in the future.

    before and after images of a reviewer's dog's fur becoming less matted
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “This is my favorite detangler/leave-in conditioner for my goldendoodle! She has super-tight curls that I have to brush regularly or she becomes matted. This is great for making her coat shiny and smooth! I am sensitive to fragrance and this scent is light and does not bug me at all! I would HIGHLY recommend this product for keeping your dog nicely groomed.” —Jillian Travis 

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    4. A plant-based butt mask to smooth and soften your bottom. In only 10 minutes, you'll have the most beautiful cheeks this side of the Mississippi.

    Model holding up the shake it butt mask
    Amazon

    Promising review: “It's inexpensive and it smoothed my bottom. Good purchase for the price!” —Carey S 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    5. A pair of elastic anti-chafing thigh bands because you deserve to be able to wear dresses and skirts without your thighs rubbing themselves raw.

    amazon.com

    To learn more, check out our full anti-chafe bands deep dive!

    Promising review: "NEW HOLY GRAILY. LITERALLY THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. If your thighs chafe after wearing a dress during the summer for a few hours, BUY THESE. I got the plain, nonlace kind and I don't know how I ever lived without them. They stay up, they stay on, they don't move around, AND they keep my thighs from chafing to hell and back. I love these. Buy them. Buy them immediately." —Hayden L

    Get a pair from Amazon for $18.95 (available in sizes S–3XL and in 17 colors).

    6. A pack of two airplane tray phone mounts so you can watch Ted Lasso on your phone or tablet without having to hold it the entire flight. Because you shouldn't have to rely on JetBlue's movie collection to stay entertained.

    reviewer image of a phone mounted in the SkyClip on a plane
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “I ordered a pair of SkyClips. I keep one on my desk at work and one in my computer bag for when I travel. I'm able to keep my phone next to my computer. My colleagues comment on what a great idea this is and ask where I got it. When I travel, the SkyClip attaches easily to the tray table in front of me. You can adjust the placement of your phone in one of two grooves, giving you the perfect angle, whether the seat in front of you is reclined or not. This is a far better option than trying to lean my phone against a cup or can.” —Tom Brady

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98+ (available in six colors).

    7. A serrated tomato-slicing knife that'll make slicing and dicing so effortless, you might just give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This has over 2,500 5-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: “I love this knife! I stumbled upon it when I was shopping for a sushi knife. It was so cheap that I decided to take a chance. Wow. It is such a great little knife. Yes, it works perfectly on soft tomatoes. But, to be honest, I use it for many other fruits and vegetables. It is amazingly sharp, the serrated edge is very effective, and it has a great feel in my hand.” —Jane S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

    8. A round blindspot mirror if that curb keeps sneaking up on ya when you go to parallel park!

    The mirror attached to a car side window to show what they reflect
    Amazon

    Just clean your side mirror with alcohol (to remove outdoor grime or residue) and attach this round mirror — the 3M adhesive will hold strong. And they attach on a pivoting base, so you can adjust them for the perfect view.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my mom's car and mine a while ago and these little things are great. Since I've gotten my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these it's been a blessing; I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind. They're helpful when I parallel park in the city, and I like parking backwards, so this great for doing that, too." —Mariam Abass

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.97 (available in four shapes).

    9. A wrinkle-release spray because using an iron is so 2005. Got a wrinkly shirt? Spray, tug, and hang it to dry!

    reviewer before and after images of a wrinkled white button down and the same shirt wrinkle-free
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "As a college student with a full course load, I'm in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle free without having to waste time ironing them. It's also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes." —Seth

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94.

    10. An under-the-cabinet jar opener because no tight lid will get in the way of you enjoying some good ol' Ragú.

    a reviewer's hand places a jar into the under-the-counter jar opener
    amazon.com

    EZ Off is a small biz working to make life in the kitchen a little bit easier with their jar opener.

    Promising reviews: “I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. It works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." —cat lover

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85.

    11. A pack of eight sock keepers to help keep each of your pairs intact on laundry days.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried a few different sock holders. These are the best I've found. Sturdy material and they hold the socks together securely in the washer and dryer. The best part is that the design allows my athletic socks to be easily inserted. Not only do they keep socks from going rogue, but they really make it super easy to sort the laundry when it's out of the dryer. Grab 'em and toss them in the drawer; a real time-saver because there's no more searching in the pile for matching socks. You need these." —Just a Guy

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).

    12. An AeroGarden so you can easily grow your own herbs indoors! The control panel will tell you when it's time to water or feed your plants, so you don't have to worry about not having a green thumb.

    the black aerogarden on a kitchen counter
    Aerogarden

    Promising review: "I will never be without one. Fresh herbs all winter long. Fragrant flowers in my office in February while the snow is still four feet deep outside. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers starting in the kitchen. I have four Aerogardens now, and I might need more." —Oisian

    Get it from Aerogarden for $99.95 (originally $149.95; available in three colors).

    13. Color Catcher sheets so your reds and blues don't turn your whites into tie-dye creations. Just toss one of these into the wash and it'll soak up all loose dyes!

    reviewer image of open color catcher sheet box
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “I'm not one to get excited about a laundry product. I'm a busy working mother so I just need to get it done. But these are so amazing I had to take the time to write a review. Today I was in a hurry and made a mistake. I accidentally threw my son's brand-new underwear with his brand-new navy-blue shirt! To my huge surprise, the whites still look brand new and the sheet really did catch every bit of that blue dye! The sheet saved an entire load from what would have been a disaster. I can't believe it!” —Peggy 

    Get it from Amazon for $4.22.

    14. A pack of two flexible dryer vent cleaners if you suspect trapped lint is causing your clothes to still come out kinda damp. Use this to get all that gunk out, which will also help to prevent dryer fires!

    reviewer image of the dryer vent cleaner next to a pile of lint and dust
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I clean my dryer vent after every single use. I was shocked to see so much lint and dust come out! It was very simple to use and it really works! I kept one for myself and gave the other to my daughter." —Shari Schmidt

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    15. A book-tracking bookmark you can use to mark your reading progress. Write in all the books you've finished while holding your place in the book you're currently reading. No more dog-earing. Please.

    an open book with the bookmark inside
    British Book Art / Etsy

    British Book Art is a small business creating literary-inspired art, bookmarks, and reading progress trackers.

    Promising review: "This is absolutely perfect and is exactly what is in the photo. I've been wanting a bookmark like this to help keep track of which books I am reading without having an app that gets clogged up. I would highly recommend this!!!" —Georgia Bowen

    Get it from British Book Art on Etsy for $3.56.

    16. A tonsil stone remover because good breath shouldn't be hiding between a rock and a hard place. This tool even has an LED light so you can gently and easily remove those odor-causing stones.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don’t usually write reviews but if you get tonsil stones this is a holy grail product. I used to attempt stone removal with a drinking straw, which would cause lots of gagging and retching. I saw this product and read through the reviews. I didn’t really see whether or not this product helped with the gagging, because for me that’s the worst part of removing tonsil stones. I decided to give it a try anyway and I’m so glad I did! No more jabbing myself with a straw with one hand while shining my cellphone light in my mouth with the other! No more almost throwing up. It was quick and much easier! Do yourself a favor and get this. You won’t regret it!" —Christina Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in two colors and as a two-pack).

    17. An attachable wine aerator that'll transport you to the most luxe of vineyards by infusing air into your wine in order to release its aromas.

    reviewer pours wine through aerator into a wine glass
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —AshBash

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    18. An electric fabric shaver to safely save your clothes from pills, fuzz, and matted fibers.

    a before and after of a sweater
    amazon.com

    This has over 55,000 5-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "This thing is excellent. I just 'repaired' two cashmere sweaters and one modal-blend jersey top to like-new condition. The waste compartment fills up quickly and will start clogging the blades if not emptied frequently. I will share one trick I found for emptying the area around the blades. Remove the waste compartment and hold the unit vertically over a garbage can while turning the defuzzer on. Blades will spin and the rest of the pills will fall out. Enjoy." —Fine Print Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors and two styles).

    19. A high-neck tank top with built-in padding so you can go braless under your fall layers.

    a model wearing the sky blue brami
    Klassy Network

    Klassy Network is a woman-owned small clothing company ensuring comfort for folks with breasts who wanna go out into the world braless.

    Promising review: “Absolutely in love with my purchase. It's so comfortable. It is nice to have a longer top too and the pads still lie high enough for my chest. Love going bra free finally! I so recommend this to everyone.” —Elayna B 

    Get it from Klassy Network for $39.99 (available in women's sizes XS–3XL and in five colors).

    20. An epilator for long-lasting hair removal that gets to ~the root~ of the problem! Easily go several weeks without needing to shave, so breezy dresses, shorts, and skirts stay at the top of your go-to pile.

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    It has massage rollers and two speed settings!

    Promising review: "Since using this, I haven't shaved my legs in months and used to have to every three to four days. I've honestly seen the best results on my armpits, though; I used to shave them every other day but since I epilated two weeks ago I've seen no hair growth and no hair shadow. Way more convenient than waxing, too, because you can target individual shorter hairs as they grow in rather than waiting for everything to grow back a certain length." —k3upikachu

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    21. A doggy travel bag complete with collapsible bowls and storage containers so Barky McBarkerson will have everything he needs on your hikes, plane rides, and road trips.

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    This set contains: a large travel bag, two collapsible bowls with carabiners, two leakproof food storage containers, removable shoulder strap, and a removable bag divider.

    Promising review: “I am impressed with the layout and all of the options of different pockets. I don't know why I didn't buy something like this sooner. It's like a diaper bag for my dogs. I was originally looking just for the collapsible bowls, but when I saw this it makes perfect sense to have everything all in one place while traveling. I did purchase a collapsible scoop for the food separately to complete the setup.” —DAKLP

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in two colors).

    22. Bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers if your gym buddy is holding their breath while spotting you on the bench press. They work to absorb odor and moisture that can cause funky smells.

    A shelf of shoes with the rectangular deodorizer fabric bags inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am not one to write reviews, but this product deserves one! I have the absolute sweatiest, smelliest feet (gross, I know), and I have tried every product to help with the smell and sweat; nothing has worked until these! They are AMAZING!! Anyone with sweaty feet needs these!" —TJ

    Get one pair from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors and in packs of three).

    Learn more about them in our Moso Natural air-purifying bags review.

    23. A cute leather Bagnet because your favorite bar has amazing cocktails and dirty floors. You'll never have to put your purse on the ground as long as you have this sturdy bag magnet!

    Bagnet

    Bagnet is a woman-owned small business based in Sacramento working to make the lives of women easier.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical about whether this little magnet would hold my larger, heavier bags, but it does!!! I love it! That's one heavy-duty magnet. And it's so fashionable!" —Theresa V.

    Get it from Bagnet for $24.99 (available in other colors).

    24. A cute macramé fruit hammock so you can take your collection of Granny Smiths off the counter because you need that space to make the pie you're gonna take to your Granny Smith.

    The macrame net hung below a cabinet with wood dowels and hooks
    Knapps Knots / Etsy

    Knapps Knots is a San Diego–based macramé and wood craft shop.

    Promising review: “We love this! We have a tiny apartment kitchen and this lets us save on counter space and adds a really cool aesthetic! Great quality and the color was exactly as expected.” —Brittany

    Get it from Knapps Knots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors)

    25. The Pink Stuff that'll ensure no sticky saucepans, streaky stainless steel, or gunked-up glass shall prosper against you or this versatile cleaner. This can also remove those colorful drawings your kids left on your white walls.

    Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
    A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

    Promising review: "THIS STUFF IS MAGIC. If you’re questioning getting this to clean harder stains or anything, this is your review to read! I was a little skeptical because I’ve tried many things to clean my shower door with the hard-water stains and nothing really ever got it completely clean...this stuff did! I wish I would have taken before pictures. It did take a couple applications and some scrubbing, but honestly I didn’t have to scrub hard, just used a wet cloth and this and my shower door is now completely clean without any hard water stains! I’m obsessed. Now to see what else I can clean with it." —Rachel Anne Deaton

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A set of four acrylic canisters to easily store all your cotton swabs, cotton balls, and cotton pads. Keeping them in their cumbersome and drab cardboard and plastic packaging is not OK anymore.

    Promising review: "This is a perfect size! I use reusable cotton rounds and I find it difficult to find a holder for them. Most are too small. These are large enough to fit my cotton rounds and cotton swabs. I couldn't be happier!" —Emily A. McKnight

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    27. An over-the-cabinet-door hair tools organizer because the inside of your bathroom sink is not actually a shelf.

    Promising review: "My styling tools have always just been thrown in a drawer and get so tangled! I purchased this to try to get them more organized, plus I was running out of room. This is great!! It fits right over my cabinet door so it barely takes up any room. Plus all my styling tools fit in there." —Kaylen

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in three finishes).

    28. A compact and rechargeable clip-on ring light so you look screen ready during every Zoom meeting and happy hour. Lights, camera, action!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: “This little light is awesome and super convenient! It's a powerful little thing that has a good battery life. It's awesome having the three different brightnesses on it, and you can really see the difference between each one of them. I photograph handmade jewelry up close, and the regular flash on the iPhone blows out the photos. But when I use this ring light, it's always perfect. And with the adjustable lighting, it's super easy and fast! Can conveniently take it anywhere! So worth the buy!” —aly.me

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. A citrus-scented pet odor eliminator if, even after cleaning up after your kitty's mishaps and stains, there's still a lingering smell. Just spray on those spots and you'll be taking in whiffs of lovely orange peels soon enough.

    image of reviewer holding the bottle of angry orange odor remover
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “This is it: the solution to all pet odors EVER!!!!! I moved into a rental but could definitely tell there had been a cat here before us. Sorry, cat lovers! They are cute, but they can smell bad if not properly cleaned up after, and I’m seriously allergic!!! So, I knew I had some scrubbing and massive cleaning ahead of me so that I could live here. I bought this and OMG! It was like magic!!! The smell was gone from every room except the downstairs bathroom, which I figured was the scene of the crime: the litter box location!!!!! I sprayed that room as though I was cleaning up evidence from a horrific crime and got the doorjamb really well. It is unreal, but the smell is GONE.” —LauraLiz

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97.

    30. A set of bedsheet detanglers so you don't have to spend hours in the jungle of your laundry trying to not get devoured by fitted sheets. These will also ensure your sheets actually dry instead of coming out like a moist hairball.

    Promising review: "I was mildly skeptical, but it works exactly as promoted! I've used it five times and each time there's been no twisting of the sheets and no pillowcases balled up and still wet when the dryer goes off. Super helpful that it comes with two units, one for the top sheet and one for the fitted sheet, so I don't have to split them into separate loads. I no longer dread washing sheets and plan to buy some of these as gifts. LOVE it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    31. A fast-drying white grout pen that'll give your tiles a bright backdrop to gleam against.

    reviewer's bathroom tiles showing white grout next to unpainted, brown grout
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are awesome! I cleaned my bathroom tile grout first because the lady who lived there before me really let it go. A few places stayed stained and I was worried it wouldn't cover them, but all grout areas are bright white and look new now!" —Donna K Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in a variety of colors).

    32. A remote control caddy because losing your Roku remote to the cushions or the whims of the monster under your couch is suuuper preventable. Or use it to store your phone so you're not distracted during movie nights.

    the charcoal remote control caddy on a couch arm
    D&L Awesome Living / Etsy

    D&L Awesome Living is a Vancouver, Canada–based Etsy shop with an array of lovely home goods from aprons and flatware sets to drying racks and lunch bags.

    Promising review: "This is the best! Such great quality. I finally have a cute and functional place for remote/phone/hiding little things from our baby and toddler :). Arrived in a few days. Thanks so much!" —Emily Hildebrand

    Get it from D&L Awesome Living on Etsy for $1433 (available in three colors).

    33. A water bottle organizer so you're not victim to an avalanche of Klean Kanteens whenever you open your kitchen cabinet

    reviewer image of nine water bottles neatly organized on the water bottle organizer in a cabinet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: “This organizer is amazing!!! I always kept our surplus of water bottles in the small cabinet above our sink. Every time I took one out, three more would fall out. I am so glad I found this!” —Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

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