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    20 Random Little Things That Are Also Surprisingly Helpful

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    1. A cactus-shaped humidifier that'll hydrate parched plants and keep dry, chapped skin at bay, too. Reviewers love that it emits a cool mist, which means it won't make your space feel stuffy or hot when the temps start to soar.

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    It's USB powered and equipped with an auto shut-off function.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99 (available in three colours).

    2. One of these natural deodorants that'll actually make you smell fresh as a daisy. It goes on silky smooth and will keep your sweet lil' pits nice and dry through the dog days of summer.

    A person holding up two natural deodorants against a simple backdrop
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    Okay, but this might be the best deodorant I've ever used — natural or not. I tried two different scents and absolutely LOVED both, which is saying something. I loved how effortlessly it glided on, saving me the effort of dragging a powdery stick across on my skin. Did I mention it smells amazing? Seriously, I can't get enough. Oh, and I was dry. All. Day. I even went out in the sun to test it and let me tell you, not a drop of perspiration left my underarms. 10/10!

    Get it from Indigo for $25 (available in five scents).

    3. This sweet mocktail-making kit that'll jazz up your boring H2O. It comes with everything you'll need to whip up a bevvy that's all flavour and no hangover.

    The complete mocktail making kit neatly arranged on a simple surface
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    The kit includes two bamboo straws, bamboo tongs, mason jar shaker, juicer, muddler, and a recipe booklet.

    Get it from Indigo for $49.50.

    4. A set of adorable cable protectors that'll keep your charger from disintegrating. They're soft and flexible, so they'll fit snugly around cords (without chomping through them).

    A set of colourful silicone cable protectors
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    Reviewers say they help track cords in a multi-device household, too.

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    5. A lavender-infused pedicure sponge that'll buff away dead skin and dirt from your tootsies. The addition of tea tree oil helps to keep athlete's foot and funguses at bay, too!

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    Reviewers recommend using it before bedtime and say they wake up to softer feet in the morning.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.24.

    6. A trio of stress balls that'll help you squish your tension away. They're modeled after a trifecta of emojis that'll be the perfect vehicle for all your frustrations.

    A trio of stress balls designed like emojis
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    Get the trio from Indigo for $14.

    7. An LED light strip that's designed to reduce eye strain and fatigue. It'll mount easily onto the back of your TV and helps to increase colour contrast, so you can marathon your fave movies in cinema-style comfort.

    A before and after where the after shows greater colour contrast and crisper image
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    Best of all, it's USB powered, so you can plug it right into your TV and keep your media console from getting cluttered with cords.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.99+ (available in six sizes).

    8. This pocket-sized eyeglass repair kit that'll keep your spectacles in good working order. It comes with all the tools you'll need to perform a quick fix or just make a pair more comfy to wear.

    A flatlay of the open eyeglass repair kit showing what's inside
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    Anyone who wears glasses knows the utter heartbreak of losing a loose screw or nosepad — this lil' kit solves it all. It comes with a pair of tweezers, a flat head screwdriver, and a 4-in-1 repair tool (that can also be attached to your keychain!), plus a pair of nosepads and frame grips, four screws, a microfibre cloth, AND a magnifying glass so you can make precise fixes.

    Get it from Indigo for $10.

    9. A roll of Velcro garden tape that'll elevate your vines and keep your climbing plants from drooping. Not only is it super gentle on plants, it's also reusable, so you can reposition to your heart's content.

    A roll of garden tape on a sprig of grapes
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    Reviewers love that it's flexible, so it'll adjust as your leafy babies grow.

    Get a roll from Amazon Canada for $5.99+ (available in five sizes).

    10. An adjustable shower cap that's made of recycled plastic fibres. You can tie it as snug or as loose as you like, and it's big enough to protect every strand from moisture.

    A smiling person wearing the shower cap in a bath tub.
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99+ (available in four colours).

    11. A pack of spiky dryer balls that'll fluff up your laundry and help reduce annoying static. They'll save you tons of moola on expensive dryer sheets — and, best of all, they won't leave behind a waxy residue on delicate fabrics.

    Someone holding up one of the spiky dryer balls; an open dryer is visible in the background
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    They also help reduce drying time, which means you'll be saving cash on your hydro bill, too.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon Canada for $17.64+ (available in two colours).

    12. These cold therapy socks that'll ~chill~ out painful inflammation and swelling. They're also fantastic on really hot summer days when your tootsies get overheated.

    A person wearing the ice pack socks
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    They're lined with ice packs along the sole and the top of the foot to give you all-around relief.

    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $32.99 (available in two sizes).

    13. These weighted bangles that'll activate your muscles while you go about your day. They're comfy and adjustable — plus, the weight will always stay perfectly distributed.

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    They only weigh one pound (so they're great for all fitness levels), but don't be fooled. After wearing them for only an hour, my arms were tired. It feels like nothing at first, but trust me, you'll be admiring your beefy guns in no time.

    Get a pair from Indigo for $65 (available in eight colours).

    14. This petite portable vacuum that'll help you keep your surfaces free of dust and debris. Reviewers love that it comes with a removable nozzle, which means you'll be able to snag every last crumb hiding in the corners of your home.

    A person holding up a minimalist palm-sized vacuum
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    It comes with a pair of AA batteries, but make sure you snag a few extra so you never run out of juice.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99+ (available in two colours).

    15. A roll of fibreglass mesh tape that'll save you the hassle of replacing your entire window screen. It's easy to cut down to size, and reviewers say it has a super strong hold, so it won't peel off after only five seconds.

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    Get a roll from Amazon Canada for $13.98+ (available in two sizes and two colours).

    16. A clip-on ring light that'll attach to your laptop (or other surface of choice), so you can look your best during Zoom calls. And since it has 13 settings to choose from, it'll be perfect for all your content creation needs, too.

    A petite ring light attached to the top of a laptop
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    It's USB rechargeable.

    Get it from Simons for $22.

    17. An oversized foot warmer that'll keep your tootsies from freezing at your desk. It's big and floppy enough to double as a heated body pad for all your aches and pains, too.

    A person sitting at a coffee table with their feet tucked into the oversized warming mat
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    It's equipped with five temperature settings, an auto shut-off function, and it doesn't require a handful of batteries to get going.. Reviewers love that it's large enough to tuck in several pairs of feet, so you and your partner won't have to fight over whose turn it is.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $37.39.

    18. This 2-in-1 projection alarm clock that'll power up your phone while you're catching some zzz's. Reviewers say the brightness doesn't interfere with sleep and love that the projection is big and clear enough to see (even sans spectacles).

    A curved alarm clock with a cell phone plugged in and charging
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    It has three brightness levels, an adjustable projection angle, and a handy snooze function on the days when you need a smidge more sleep.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $37.99.

    19. This stretchy V-neck bralette with a plunging neckline that'll save you from annoying and uncomfortable wires. It has softly structured support right under the ta-tas to keep things from bouncing around, without restricting movement.

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    Unlike other bralettes, this one has adjustable straps and a plunging back that'll pair perfectly with all your breezy summer tops.

    Get it from Simons for $49 (available in two colours and in two sizes).

    20. And lastly, a pair of bottle-cleaning beans that'll help you scrub away that unreachable gunk that lives at the bottom of your vessels. The pods are filled with ceramic beads that'll slough away all kinds of buildup (no matter how long it's been there).

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    Yes, that is algae growing at the bottom of my water bottle and no, I do not know how this happened. What I DO know is I woke up one day to find a small ecosystem developing and knew I needed to get rid of it ASAP. The problem was, I didn't have any brushes or tools that were long or flexible enough to reach. Enter: Sponge beans. A few drops of dish soap, some water, and vigorous shaking and the algae was no more!

    Get the pair from Indigo for $10.

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