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    41 Everyday Items That May Seem Boring, But Are Actually Super Useful

    They may not be glam, but they're pretty damn useful.

    1. A pair of pizza scissors that'll help you slice through that deep-dish in no time. They have a comfy rubberized grip, so they won't slip out of your hands if they get a bit greasy or saucy.

    2. This stainless steel cleaner that'll help you buff out fingerprints, smudges, and grease. Just one spritz will easily dissolve grime, and it leaves behind a protective film that'll stop future residue from appearing.

    3. A curved shower rod that'll keep your curtains from clinging to your legs during your morning ablutions. It's also a quick 'n' cheap way to expand your shower space!

    A close up of a curved shower rod with a curtain hung on it

    4. A Scrubbing Bubbles toilet stamp that'll keep your porcelain throne looking (and smelling) fresh as a daisy, while minimizing chore time in the process. And it's super easy to use, too — just stamp it into your toilet bowl and get on with your business!

    5. This mini broom and dust pan set that'll help you tidy tiny messes, without whipping out your whole cleaning kit. The silicone-rimmed dustpan is super deep, so dust and dirt will stay contained.

    Someone sweeping up spilled dirt with the mini broom and dustpan

    6. A couple of beauty product spatulas, so you can get the most out of all your fave skincare. There's nothing worse than tossing out a container with TONS of product still left in it!

    7. A folding hook that'll slip over your doors for a lil' extra storage. Even though it's lined with foam to keep scratches and dings at bay, you could also mount it to your wall for a more permanent solution.

    A folding hook on a door frame holding several coats on clothes hangers

    8. This ultra-slim wireless charger that'll free you from a lifetime of tethered charging. It works with most cases and is universally compatible, so you won't have to worry about needing to swap it out when you switch devices.

    9. A tiny knife sharpener that'll help restore your blades to their former glory. It's designed to be used either on a flat surface or counter edge, so you won't have to waste time finding the optimal sharpening angle.

    A person sharpens a knife using the sharpener

    10. A bathtub wine caddy that'll hold your Pinot while you're soakin'. When applied properly, this baby can hold up to seven pounds of liquid — it even works with mugs and bottles, so go ahead and get creative.

    A person sitting in a tub with a wine glass in the caddy

    11. This herb-saving pod that'll keep your parsley from wilting the second you bring it home. It'll fit inside any standard fridge door and will keep all your aromatics fresh and tasty for up to three weeks.

    12. These silicone facial brushes that'll help you make the most out of all your expensive skincare products. Their shovel-like design means you can scrape out every last drop of your face masks and serums — and since they're made of non-absorbent silicone (instead of bristles), you won't lose any product during the application process.

    13. This full spectrum, UV-free light therapy lamp that will not only help with seasonal affective disorder during the dark, moody days of winter, but will also simulate being outdoors when you're stuck inside. A good dose of vitamin D is said to help boost moods, too!

    14. A slim silicone toilet brush that'll help cleanse your porcelain throne of any gunky buildup (even the stuff hidden under the rim). The tiny fronds are super gentle, so you won't scratch up your facilities the next time you do a deep clean.

    A flatlay of the toilet brush to show off its unusual flat, curved shape

    15. This collapsible colander that'll pop up when you need to give some veggies a rinse, and fold up flat when you're done. It has silicone-coated extendable arms, meaning it'll fit snugly onto any size sink.

    The colander perched on a sink with fresh broccoli inside

    16. This laundry egg that'll get your clothes and linens looking brand-spankin' new. This guy is packed with chemical-free cleaning pellets that'll help you ditch harsh detergents and powders for good.

    The open egg on a pile of laundry with the cleaning pellets spilling out

    17. A handy sink sling that'll keep your sponges from getting gunky and save your counter from getting covered in sludgy dish water. The adjustable wire allows you to customize the shape to fit your needs (and your kitchen).

    18. This miniature desktop vacuum that'll suck up all the crumbs and dust bunnies hiding in the corners of your home. Reviewers say it can tackle everything from coffee grounds to car mess with ease!

    19. This motion-activated light that'll help you find your way to the bathroom for a midnight tinkle. It has adjustable brightness and auto shut-off timers, so you won't need to worry about wasting energy.

    A person getting out of bed with the lights mounted under the edge of the bed

    20. These melatonin gummies that'll help you fall asleep, and stay that way, too. Reviewers love that they don't experience any side effects (like grogginess or dependency) after taking them.

    A person holding out a jar of the gummies while sitting in bed

    21. A cordless Waterpik that'll flush out all the gunk between your teeth, without hogging up the whole bathroom counter. Reviewers say its powerful enough to blast away debris, but won't aggravate sensitive gums and teeth.

    A person using the water flosser over a sink

    22. A box of poop bags made of recycled materials that'll help you be a more responsible pet parent (and be kinder to Mother Earth, too). They're leakproof and extra thick, so you won't end up with a gross surprise on your hands the next time you're on cleanup duty.

    A box filled with 60 rolls of dog poop bags

    23. A portable induction cooktop that'll help you melt, steam, stir-fry, and boil, without stinking up your house. Plug it in on your balcony or in the garage to keep pungent odours from seeping into your furniture.

    A person placing a pot of soup onto the induction cooktop

    24. This grout-refreshing colourant that'll make it look like you just redid your bathroom (sans the hefty price tag). It'll protect your grout from future stains and is completely waterproof, so it won't rinse off the next time you run your shower.

    25. This handheld steam iron that's lighter, smaller, and way less annoying to take out than a full ironing kit. It heats up in seconds, which is awesome if you're halfway out the door and realize that your shirt is unforgivably wrinkly.

    26. An electronic brush cleaner that'll help you say goodbye to gunky makeup brushes. All it takes is 10 seconds to restore your brushes to their former fluffy glory!

    27. A jute garlic sack that'll keep your bulbs fresh and mould free. It has a soft cotton lining that'll absorb moisture and interior buttons made of coconut that'll keep the garlic from rattling around your drawers.

    A jute garlic bag on a kitchen counter with several heads of garlic peeking out

    28. These food-safe silicone bags that'll give you a place to stash snacks, fruit, makeup, or even wet clothes. The pinch-lock system protects your stuff, 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

    29. A set of fluffy bamboo bath towels that'll make you ditch cotton for good. They'll stay plush and soft, no matter how many times you wash them, and are a lot gentler on skin than traditional terry cloth.

    30. These nutrient-dense fertilizer spikes that will keep your greenery happy and healthy (even when you forget to water them). They can even help revive those on the verge of death and save you from unnecessary plant funerals.

    31. This rubber stopper that'll snag loose strands and keep them from clogging your drain. With a single press of the top button, it'll turn into a regular plug. Simply press again to open the top and activate its hair-catching powers.

    32. This rocking garlic press that'll save you a ton of prep time and protect your fingers from these pungent nuggets. The rocking motion means you don't need to have Hulk strength for it to be effective, either!

    A person rocks the press over a garlic clove on a cutting board

    33. A hand-held pet hair remover that'll solve even the hairiest problem. With no sticky strips, you can reuse this roller over and over (and over) again, no matter how much your cat sheds on your favourite sweater.

    34. This U-shaped wall organizer that'll help you stash your keys or organize oddly-shaped bits and bobs. It's designed to stick to any smooth surface, making it the perfect solution for a chaotic bathroom.

    A u-shaped organizer hung on a tiled bathroom wall above a vanity

    35. A pancake dispenser that'll help make Sunday morning brunch delicious and mess free. The easy-squeeze handle and shut-off valve mean you can dispense a precise amount of batter, and reviewers say it's great for making funnel cakes, too.

    A person dispenses batter onto a hot griddle to make pancakes

    36. This non-skid organizer that'll keep your lotions and potions exactly where you want them. The tiered design will allow you to keep everything within view, so things won't go "missing" in the back of your cupboard.

    A tiered shelf holding bathroom essentials

    37. This water-collecting boot rack that'll protect your floors from slush and salt. The V-shape platforms provide drainage, giving your footwear the chance to properly dry (and not just sit in a puddle).

    38. This kitchen scrap trap that'll slip right over your existing cabinetry and help you contain kitchen messes. It even comes with a slim scraping brush, so even the smallest crumb won't stand a chance.

    A person scraping kitchen scraps into the over-the-cabinet trap

    39. These stackable bento boxes that'll neatly store your takeout leftovers. They have dividers to keep your food from getting soggy and silicone-lined lids that'll prevent pungent foods from stinking up your fridge.

    40. These deodorizing shoe balls that'll freshen up your smelly 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.

    41. And lastly, these silicone washing gloves that'll make post-meal clean-up feel like less of 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

    Life just become a whole lot easier.

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