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    23 Practical Things That May Seem Basic, But I'm Pretty Sure You'll Use 'Em All The Time

    They may not be glamourous but dang, are they helpful!

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    1. A set of cute dual-ended facial brushes that'll scrub away the grime of the day. They're less wasteful than cotton pads and are way more effective than just using your hands.

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    Both ends have soft silicone nodes, so even waterproof makeup won't stand a chance.

    Get a set of five from Amazon Canada for $13.34.

    2. A hanging purse organizer that'll declutter your closets (and protect your precious babies in the process). The transparent windows will make it easy to grab the bag you want without having to empty out boxes and bins to find the perfect clutch.

    Someone putting a clutch purse into one of the transparent pockets on the hanger
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    3. An hydrating body bar that'll get you clean as a whistle from head to toe. It uses manuka honey and non-psychoactive CBD to deliver some pretty legit hydration and can even be used as a luxe shaving foam if you're in a pinch.

    Someone using the soap bar to clean themselves in the shower
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    It won't leave behind a squeaky residue, either.

    Get it from SkinStore for $25.74. Use code HERO to get 15% off your order.

    4. This motion-detecting toilet bowl light that'll help you see what you're doing the next time you get up for a midnight tinkle. It even comes equipped with a dimmer, so you won't startle yourself awake with glaring lights.

    A toilet bowl lit up from within
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    Plus, there are 16 colours to choose from, so it's guaranteed to match your bathroom decor.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.95.

    5. A pack of sponge cloths that are way more absorbent than paper towels (and less wasteful to boot). Because they're super durable, you can use them to scrub dishes after dinner, or just to clean up spills and messes.

    Victoria holding up a four-pack of patterned sponge cloths
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    Wow, okay, I was actually floored by these reusable lil' cloths. They stood up to sticky and caked-on messes without shredding (regular paper towels could never!) and they left a streak-free shine on everything I wiped down β€” even stainless steel. I love that they're washable, so they'll last you for months (up to three, to be exact). And once they're at the end of their life, just toss them in the recycling with other paper products!

    Get a pack of four from Indigo for $24 (available in three styles).

    6. A set of waterproof pillow protectors that'll keep sweat, pollen, and other yuckies from settling into your cushions. The outer layer is super soft, so you could even go sham-less if you wanted.

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    Thanks to their zippered closures, your pillow won't slip out when you're tossing and turning.

    Get a set of four from Amazon Canada for $35.99+ (available in four sizes and in packs of two).

    7. A set of magnetic bookmarks that'll help you keep track of important text. They're made of coated paper, so they won't destroy your favourite tomes, either.

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    Get a set of 15 from Amazon Canada for $10.29+ (available in two sets).

    8. An itty-bitty floating humidifier that'll transform any glass of water into a diffuser. You could also pair it with your fave essential oils, if you're more into aromatherapy.

    A small hoop inserted into a glass of water; vapour is seen emanating frm the glass
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    All you need is a USB port or plug to get 'er going.

    Get it from Simons for $9.99Β (originally $14).

    9. This natural hand soap that won't dry out your skin, no matter how many times you lather up. Even though it easily tackles all kinds of greasy and sticky messes, it won't take FOREVER to rinse off your hands (and it smells so freakin' good, too).

    A bottle of the soap on a kitchen counter with a large plant in the background
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    This is, hands down, the best household soap I've ever used. The soft floral smell is particularly refreshing, and a huge improvement over all the artificial scents on the market. It doesn't leave my hands feeling tacky or gritty afterwards, so I can spend less time at the sink and more time actually living my life.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.97.

    10. This Mason jar drink lid that will turn your ordinary canning containers into drinking vessels. It'll snap right onto to just about any standard jar, so you won't need a degree in engineering just to get things set up.

    The lid is attached to a Mason jar full of lemonade
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    Reviewers say it never leaks β€”Β some have even used it as a lid for coffee whitener and sugar jars, so go ahead and get creative.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $5.79 (also available in green).

    11. These stackable puzzle organizers that'll keep you from losing all the pieces. The whole stack even comes with a handy lid that'll keep dust (and pets) out.

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    Organize it however you like β€” put the corner pieces in the white trays, or vice versa. You could even use them as catch-all containers for small odds and ends, if puzzles just aren't your jam.

    Get a set of eight trays from Amazon Canada for $28.99+ (available in two colours).

    12. A pack of assorted Mr. Clean Magic Erasers that'll make your home sparkle and shine. Like their OG cousins, they're super tough on grime and dirt and just need a few swipes to eliminate hard water stains and other yuckies.

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    There's nothing I don't love about these scrubbers β€” the bath scrubbers are even infused with Febreze, so they leave my bathroom smelling fresh as a daisy (and not like bleach). It tackled everything from soap scum to mildew, and even got my fixtures gleaming like new. I love that there are three types of scrubbers to choose from, so I always have the right tool for the job. The kitchen pads are extra tough and designed to cut grease, which means I don't have to spend hours cleaning out my oven.

    Get a nine-pack on Amazon Canada for $25.95.

    13. These food-safe silicone bags that'll give you a place to stash snacks, fruit, makeup, or even wet clothes. The pinch-lock system creates an airtight seal, so you could even use them to cook your dinner ~en sous-vide~, if that's more your vibe.

    A flatlay of the silicone bags, all containing fresh produce, like radishes, lettuce, and asparagus
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    They don't have any BPA (an industrial chemical that's present in a LOT of plastic products), meaning they're safe for things like fresh fruits and veggies. I love that they're dishwasher safe, so I don't have to spend aeons cleaning debris out of them. The leak-proof locking system is genius, too β€” unlike regular Ziploc bags, they don't open from the middle (there are special tabs at the sides), so they'll never accidentally pop open.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.39 (also available in sandwich size and as a stand-up bag).

    14. This stainless steel soap bar that'll banish stinky hands to another dimension. Reviewers say it'll neutralize all kinds of odours β€” even persistent ones, like garlic and fish.

    Someone using the steel soap bar to wash their hands
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    And you don't even need water for it to be effective β€” just use it like a standard bar of soap and watch stenches disappear.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    15. These hair coils that are way hardier than ordinary elastics, won't leave bumps in your hair, and will look cute as heck on your wrist. Once they get a little stretched out, just drop them in hot water and watch them shrink right back to their original size.

    A hand holding several of the clear, coiled hair ties
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    "These coiled ties wrap around my tresses and actually stay put until I'm ready to let down my locks (you know, like Rapunzel). Also, they don't leave indents in my hair, which is a blessing since my hair is very prone to getting bent out of shape." β€”Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Kitsch hair coils (they're #13).

    Get a set of eight from Amazon Canada for $9.99Β (available in two other colours).

    16. These no-tie laces that'll keep your footwear locked in place (without suffocating your feet). They're stretchy, adjustable, and only need to be installed once!

    A pair of Converse sneakers with the no-tie laces on them
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    They're also designed to lay perfectly flat.

    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $12.99 (available in 36 colours).

    17. This eyeglass-cleaning gizmo that'll help you ditch the sprays and wipes. The carbon-based cleaning pad won't leave smudges or streaks (or any stinky alcohol residue).

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    Reviewers say it's incredibly easy to use and love that it's small enough to tuck into their pocket or purse.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99+ (available in five colours).

    18. An essential oil rollerball that's basically a PMS-fighting, fresh-smelling, migraine-busting, cramp-eliminating miracle. It's an awesome all-natural remedy for those days when everything sucks, and you just need a little pick-me-up.

    A person holds the roll-on between their fingers
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    I know it's ~technically~ supposed to be targeted at PMS symptoms, but in truth, it can be anything you want it to be. I've used it to ease cramps, relieve muscle tension, and as a drug-free solution to headaches. The blend of relaxing clary sage, zippy peppermint, floral geranium, and zesty lemon oil is a genius combination that not only feels great, but smells fantastic, too.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Blume Cloud 9 Roll-On (it's #11).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $21. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    19. A cleaning pen that'll restore your bling to its former glory. The formula is non-abrasive, so it won't leave your jewels looking cloudy or murky, either.

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    "My best friend introduced me to this miracle-worker of a product (ON HER WEDDING DAY!) and I feel compelled to share it with the world. I swear, it's that good. I quickly bought my own Diamond Dazzle Stik and never looked back! It keeps my engagement ring and wedding band (in addition to all my other pieces of jewelry) sparkling like the day I got them. I've even used it on cubic zirconia studs to spiff 'em up a little. All you have to do is wet the tip, twist the back of the pen, scrub your gem, and rinse 'em all off (PLEASE KEEP YOUR DRAIN CLOSED). This pen is a game-changer and is my go-to gift for any newly engaged couple." β€”Heather Braga

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik (#2 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    20. A set of double-sided shower rings that'll glide effortlessly across your curtain rod. Since they keep curtains and liners separate, you won't have to stress about them clinging together and leaking water all over your floor.

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    Get a 12-pack from Amazon Canada for $17.98+ (available in two colours).

    21. These deodorizing shoe balls that'll freshen up your stinky footwear. They're equipped with a fresh scent that'll release with a quick twist of the spheres, and can last up to six months.

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    Because you get to choose when they work, they actually last longer than most other deodorizers. Reviewers love that they're less messy than powders and sprays, too!

    Get a set of three pairs from Amazon Canada for $16.59.

    22. These silicone washing gloves that'll make post-meal cleanup feel less like a chore. They're decked out in tiny silicone fronds that'll scrape up every speck of dirt, and are grippy enough to keep heavy plates from slipping from your soapy hands.

    A person washing a plate while wearing silicone dish gloves
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    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $14.99 (available in two colours).

    23. And finally, this bendy magnetic tool that'll help you retrieve your stuff from hard-to-reach places. It's even strong enough to pull heavier items out of nooks and crannies (like, up to four pounds' worth of items).

    A person using the magnetic tool to retrieve something from a sink drain
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    The bendy neck means it'll snake around corners and drains with ease, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.49.

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