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    27 Things That Are So Useful, You'll Want To Write A Thank You Note To Whoever Invented Them

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    1. A pack of eco-friendly detergent strips that are as gentle on skin as they are on the planet. Since you only need one strip per load of laundry, you won't need to mess around with spill-y liquid detergents ever again.

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    Get a pack of 64 strips from Amazon Canada for $32.95 (available in two pack sizes).

    2. This eyeglass-cleaning gizmo that'll help you ditch sprays and wipes for good. 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.

    3. A lint brush with an attached receptacle that'll collect and trap your pet's furry shrapnel. It's reusable, too, which means you won't need to spend money on refills.

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    It also includes a tiny travel-size version for on-the-go de-linting.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $19.95.

    4. This cuticle remover that'll dissolve dry skin and leave your nail beds looking (and feeling) their best. Reviewers say it's so effective, you can safely ditch cuticle pushers and scissors.

    Someone pulling a bottle of the cuticle remover from a straw handbag
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    It uses aloe and chamomile to help hydrate dry, damaged skin and works wonders on calluses and hangnails, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.97.

    5. An extendable shoe rack that's basically guaranteed to fit into your closet. The dual-tiered design will help you make the most of vertical space and can hold over 10 pairs of footwear.

    An expandable shoe rack topped with three pairs of shoes
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    It's made of powder-coated metal, meaning it won't rust if your shoes are covered in slush.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $17.47.

    6. A cute tabletop vacuum that'll suck up dust and crumbs like nobody's business. It's perfect for tiny messes, and its small size means it can easily tuck in where larger vacuums just can't go (like around your appliances).

    A person using the tiny vacuum to clean up spilled spices
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    Get it from Linen Chest for $12.99.

    7. An all-natural multipurpose cleaner that'll dissolve kitchen grime, refresh your bathroom, and clean up pet messes with just a few spritzes. It's infused with the herbaceous scent of basil, so you'll be hard-pressed to not spray it all over your entire house.

    A flatlay of the multi surface cleaner on a wooden and marble surface
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    It works on all non-porous surfaces.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $5.88+ (available in five scents).

    8. A lint remover that'll de-pill your fave sweater, without damaging the fibres. It's completely manual and has a built-in lint brush, so you can keep all your fabrics clean and smooth.

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    "I have a dog that sheds, and about a billion blankets that also shed. While those things are great for me, they are not great for my couch. I bought this lil' doodad to help me de-fluff and remove all the annoying pills from my sofa, and boy does it ever work. It has a razor head on one end (along with three interchangeable razors of varying intensities) that I use to scrape away pills, and a classic velvety lint brush on the other. It's worked serious wonders on my furniture and I've even moved on to brushing down my crewneck collection with it." —Alice Prendergast

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

    9. A tiny knife sharpener that'll sharpen all your blades in just a few strokes. It even works on serrated blades (though micro-serrated knives should still be sharpened professionally).

    A close up of someone sharpening a knife on the tiny sharpener
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    Thanks to the powerful suction cup base, you won't need to endanger your fingers the next time you're giving your knives some TLC.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $39.99.

    10. This Bluetooth computer mouse that'll adjust to the curve of your hand, so your wrist will stay pain free while you're working. Once you're done, just snap it flat and tuck it into your laptop bag!

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    It's equipped with a full scroll plane, meaning you can scroll both vertically and horizontally. Plus, it's designed to be ambidextrous!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $74.99+ (available in five colours).

    11. This dual-ended bikini trimmer that'll help you keep your pubes in check. One end is equipped with an electric trimmer that'll help you shape and sculpt, while the razor end can transform your carpet into a hardwood floor *wink wink*.

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    The trimmer's adjustable, so you can choose between four different lengths when you're taking care of your bikini line. It's also completely waterproof! Even though each pack comes with a replacement razor, you'll need to stock up on batteries, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.88.

    12. A smart skipping rope that'll track your exercises while you're jumping. It'll automatically power up the moment you start, so you can focus on hitting those fitness goals (and not on your gadgets).

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    It pairs with the SmartRope app, so you'll be able to check how much progress you've made.

    Get it from Indigo for $55 (available in four colours).

    13. This absorbent drying mat that'll help you ditch the dishcloth. The plush microfibre will prevent water from spilling all over your counter, while the adjustable dish rack makes it easy to drain dinner plates and cookware.

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    It folds up nice and small when you're not using it.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $17.99.

    14. A toilet squeegee that'll help you scrub every inch of your porcelain throne (without spraying water everywhere like a regular toilet brush). The flexible silicone pad will cling to every curve, so you can spend less time cleaning.

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    Get it from Linen Chest for $39.95.

    15. A pair of slouchy joggers made of eucalyptus fibres that'll help you lounge in style. Thanks to their tapered legs and ultra-deep pockets, you won't even mind wearing them while running errands.

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    Eucalyptus fibres are also naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial — so if you've got allergies, these pantaloons are for you! You can also get a matching top here.

    Get a pair from Indigo for $90 (available in sizes S–XL).

    16. This compact egg slicer that'll keep your oeufs from crumbling the next time you're building a sandwich. It's equipped with stainless steel wires that'll cut neatly, instead of just compressing everything into a mushy mess.

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    It has a non-slip base that'll prevent it from skidding across your countertop. Plus, it comes with an interchangeable slicer that'll partition your eggs into six neat wedges.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $19.99.

    17. 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
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    It has a rust-resistant finish that'll keep it looking glossy and new for longer.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $19.95.

    18. 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 take advantage of its hair-catching abilities.

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    It's great if you're always forgetting to pop in the drain catcher.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.

    19. A menstrual cup steamer that'll kill up to 99.99% of germs and bacteria, without using any chemicals. In just three minutes, your cup will be clean as a whistle and ready for reinsertion.

    The menstrual cup steamer on a bathroom vanity, surrounded by towels and a soap dispenser
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    This baby has over 1,500 five-star reviews, and has garnered praise for its effective (but discreet) method of cleaning. No more boiling your cup over the stove!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.95.

    20. An overnight dry shampoo that'll absorb sweat, dirt, and oil while you're snoozin'. By spritzing it on before bedtime, you'll allow the activated charcoal and natural powders to absorb into your mane, so you'll wake up with fresher locks (no rubbing or brushing necessary).

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    It comes in two shades, which means it won't leave behind a chalky white cast.

    Get it from Indigo for $32.

    21. A pocket-size bag sealer that'll keep your favourite snacks from getting stale. It also has a built-in cutting tool that'll help you get to those salty pretzels in a flash.

    A close up of someone using the sealer to re-seal a bag of chips
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    Get it from Linen Chest for $12.99.

    22. This compact spice rack that'll make it easy to find your seasonings when you're whipping up a meal. Its slim design means it'll easily tuck into any drawer, while still keeping all your spices on display.

    Someone removing a bottle of spices from the angled spice rack
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    Each rack can hold up to eight spice jars and has handy non-slip padding on the base to keep it from sliding around.

    Get it from Linen Chest for $14.99.

    23. A soap-dispensing dish scrubber that'll help you tackle post-meal cleanup, without juggling bottles and sponges. The rippled pad easily sloughs away baked-in gunk, but is still gentle enough for non-stick cookware and delicate utensils.

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    It also comes with a replacement pad.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $5.44.

    24. This car organizer that'll help you make sense of your chaotic back seats. It takes up zero floor space, so passengers, groceries, and pets will still have plenty of room.

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    Reviewers say the backing is sturdy enough to prevent sagging, so go ahead and load up the pockets!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.95.

    25. A tube of anti-chafe gel that'll protect your sack from sweat and itchiness. Forget about messy talc powder and baby powder — this gel goes on smooth as heck, dries down fast, and won't leave a residue on your underwear.

    Five tubes of anti-chafe gel neatly arranged on a vanity shelf
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    It also works to eradicate bacteria, so jock itch will be nothing but a distant memory.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.50 (available in three formulas).

    26. A dish towel rack that'll slip over your cabinets and keep your kitchen linens out of sight (and out of mind). It has a non-slip foam coating that'll protect your cupboards from dings and scratches, too.

    A tea towel hung on the rack that's mounted over a cabinet door
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    Get it from Linen Chest for $12.95.

    27. And lastly, an adjustable vanity mirror that'll help you see what's what when you're applying makeup (or just tweezing errant brow hairs). Reviewers love that it's USB rechargeable, meaning they don't have to hunt for a plug when they're in a rush.

    A person applying mascara in the lit-up vanity mirror
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    Not only does it magnify, but it also has dimmable lighting, so you'll always get the perfect amount of illumination.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $31.99.

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