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    Updated on May 16, 2020. Posted on May 5, 2020

    30 Cheap And Useful Things That’ll Help Make Your Life A Bit Easier

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    1. A dishwasher magnet so you don't have to wonder, "Are these dishes clean or no?"

    Amazon

    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $5.87.

    2. A massage cane for tackling muscle knots your hands can't reach.

    Amazon

    One side has an extra firm drop tip designed to provide precise pressure for eliminating deep tissue knots and muscle soreness, and the other side has a double massage ball for tackling tight muscles surrounding the spine.

    Promising review: "Out of all my self massagers, rollers, etc., this has to be one of my favorites. It's great on leverage and hitting all those trigger points. The balls on the end are pliable hard rubber and so is the black pinpoint. I use all aspects of this device daily and always come away feeling better." —Silverclone1

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    3. A TubShroom that'll literally change the way you shower. It'll catch all your hairs and prevent a clogged drain, all without disrupting the water flow.

    Amazon

    I recently bought one of these and I can't believe I've waited all these years! I used to have a traditional strainer that would block the water flow as soon as a few hairs got caught in it (and I would have to fish out a clump of hair every five minutes or so). No more! This gadget catches all the hairs (so you don't end up with a clogged drain) and still allows the water to go down. I literally cannot stop talking about it.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Cleanup is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I've ever had." —Lawyer For Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors). Also, check out the SinkShroom and the ShowerShroom.

    4. A password journal to help you remember the (very complicated) log-in information for every website you visit.

    Amazon

    It's alphabetized so you can easily find the one you need!.

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. The book has a heavy plastic cover and heavy-duty wire binding. The paper is good quality, although my favorite gel pens did have some bleed-through. I'd recommend ballpoint or pencil. The entries have wide spaces, with room for website, email, username, password, and notes (which is perfect for noting the answers to those security questions... What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don't remember what I answered a year ago!). The password section has a good number of extra lines, for those sites that make you change your password with annoying frequency." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    5. A handy device so you and your roomie can both keep track of whether or not the doggo has been fed.

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    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for restoring your stainless steel thermos to a brand new state. The best part? No scrubbing required!

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    These are biodegradable and odor-free.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    7. Pimple stickers that'll tame giant zits while you sleep so you don't have to deal with them the next morning.

    amazon.com

    Unlike other pimple stickers, these are actually made with tea tree and calendula oil to soothe the skin and prevent picking. I actually prefer these over the Cosrx ones because they seem to draw out more gunk, peel off easily, are more transparent, and stay in place longer.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    8. A silicone case to keep your earbuds clean, untangled, and ready for your next jam sesh.

    amazon.com, youtube.com

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a clean, easy-to-find in your bag earbud case that keeps earbuds neatly packed away from all the potentially nasty, unclean junk in your backpack/purse/pockets, and keeps the cords in place, then this case reigns supreme! I personally like how the cases come in bright colors to make it easier to find." —Cherlindrea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    9. A pair of eyeliner stamps so you can get perfectly matching wings on the first try.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You'll get two eyeliners in each pack, one for each eye. One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though — not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." —Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.97.

    10. A magnetic meal planning pad for figuring out what to eat each week beforehand so you don't end up ordering takeout at the last minute.

    Amazon

    You can stick this pad on your fridge or any other metal surface.

    Promising review: "This works perfectly for planning out my weekly meals. I use it generally just for supper, as this seems to be the most challenging meal in our house to try and figure out. It seems nobody in our family can decide on what to eat. I sit down and figure it out a couple weeks ahead at a time. It takes the stress out of figuring out supper meals! I love the detachable shopping list on the side. As I'm figuring out the menu for a particular week, I can quickly jot down the items needed for meals." —Triauna

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. Double shower curtain hooks that'll glide smoothly over the rod and make switching out the liner less of a hassle.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm so happy to no longer have to deal with the shower curtain or liner falling off of the hook. I love the fact that the double hook allows me to remove either the liner or shower curtain without the hassle of removing both. I don't know why I waited so long to order these." —Tanner L.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three finishes).

    12. A clip-on sleeve to keep your lip balm within reach because it always seems to get lost in the bottom of your bag.

    Amazon

    These can even hold tube-shaped lip balms!

    Promising review: "Lifesaver. Hooks into work badge. Just yesterday, I actually used the entire lip balm before losing or washing it, lol. (First time ever)." —Mary

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.49 (available in seven color combos).

    13. A collapsible brush tree so you can dry your makeup brushes upside down instead of laying them flat on some paper towels.

    amazon.com

    It has 28 holes of different sizes.

    Promising review: "If you are a makeup lover, then you know how important it is to wash your makeup brushes! This item is great for keeping your brushes in a safe position for drying. You never want to let wet brushes dry with the bristles up because the water will loosen the glue and ruin the brush. This stand holds many brushes of varying size handles in the correct position to dry without harming the bristles of your makeup brushes! It also folds up very compact and takes up very little room. A+ product." —Cindy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A microfiber duster perfectly shaped for cleaning blinds and AC vents (aka the things you dread cleaning the most).

    Amazon

    This duster comes with five reusable microfiber sleeves. Just throw them in the wash when you're done.

    Promising review: "We built in a new community, and the construction dust is a constant battle. I've been using the swifter duster on my blinds, but it just didn't seem to do that great of a job. You would not believe the dust and dirt I got off my blinds! It takes a little longer to do the blinds, but they are much cleaner. I also like that I'm not adding to the landfill when I use this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. Ceiling fan chain pulls that clearly indicate which one is for the light and which one is for the fan — no more guessing games!

    amazon.com

    Why they're great:  "Absolutely adorable! They add panache to the fan, and you never have to worry about which pull to choose. The set also makes it easier for me to reach them. They do not get in the way and are a sturdy fit into the original chain. Would highly recommend to anyone." —Scholar Mama

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two finishes).

    16. A set of stove counter gap covers to prevent crumbs and liquids from falling into the unreachable crevice.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down into the space between. Just lay it down very easily, and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean; just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However, it is heat-resistant, so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available two lengths and two colors).

    17. A sturdy purse hook so you don't have to choose between setting your bag down on the floor or keeping it in your lap the entire time.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    I have two of these purse hooks and they're super sturdy. I keep one at home for purse storage and have at least four different bags hanging off it at all times — it's been holding up well for several months and shows no signs of breaking! I keep the other one in my purse for on-the-go usage. Super handy when there's nowhere to set your purse down!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.66 (available in 10 colors).

    18. A smart funnel for transferring the lasts bits of BBQ sauce or dish detergent from one bottle to another — hands-free.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., out of the bottles. I've decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers." —Diane H

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    19. A delicate eyeglass chain that'll not only prevent you from losing your spectacles but will also look super cute.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best chain ever. I wear it every day. I no longer need to search for my glasses because they are always in place. Sturdy chain with no flaws or problems with color. Beautiful luster and just wipe clean like my glasses!" —Elainor B. Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four styles).

    20. A flowy T-shirt dress to make getting dressed in the morning easy breezy. Just throw it on and you're ready.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this dress! So comfortable. I wear it to work and at home to just hang out. Very cute." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL, 14 solid colors, and 10 patterns).

    21. Anti-chafe lace bands so walking in a skirt for hours on a hot day will be a lot easier on your thighs.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable 'digging in.' They do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom." —A. Spencer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    22. Clip-on mini LED strobes for helping drivers see you during early morning or nighttime jogs. They're weather-resistant, so you won't have to worry about them getting damaged in the rain.

    REI

    These LED lights have both blinking and steady light modes.

    Promising review: "I bought these lights to use on my dogs' harness when running at night. Both are coal-black Labs and basically invisible at night. The flashing mode is great and there is enough lateral light that he is visible to cars, cyclists, and other pedestrians.

    I use the white light as a work light clipped on my radio harness for doing SAR work at night. Not blindingly bright, and if I ever wanted to make myself noticeable from the front, I would just switch to strobe mode. Very nice." —Happy Camper

    Get a two-pack from REI for $18.

    23. Microfiber cloths you can count on for an easy, one-step makeup removal routine. *Wipes face once, passes out*

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple of swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.49.

    24. A day-of-the-week pill organizer that'll ensure you never miss a dose.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have had this for a few months now. I don’t think I’ve missed any medicine since I started using it. I am on 10 different meds, which I take several times a day. This is perfect. I love that I can put the day in my purse or pocket, and I am set for the day. As a side note, when you pull out your new pill pod you know what day it is. Lol. Mom saw mine and ordered one. Everyone who I’ve shown it to is sold. It’s a great product. So far it is one of the few products I have rated five stars." —Karen R. Starken

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87.

    25. A grippy silicone strip to stop bags from constantly slipping off your shoulders.

    Amazon, youtube.com

    Promising review: "I recently bought a high quality leather shoulder strap handbag and was having problems with it sliding off my shoulder, since the leather strap was fairly smooth. So I went online and searched to see if there were any products out there that would solve this issue...and I found the Purse Gummy! It works beautifully! No more struggling with a slipping strap. It is hardly noticeable on the strap since it is on the underside, but I wouldn't mind it if was seen because it works so well." —D. Dillon

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.45.

    26. A flexible sink strainer so you can easily empty out food particles by pulling on the tab and inverting it.

    Amazon

    I bought this for myself and loved it so much I bought another one for my grandma as a gift. It's a thousand times better than a metal mesh strainer that always seems to get clogged and I have to use my fingernails to scrape off little bits of food to get it clean. This lil' guy is so easy to empty out and you can even throw it into the dishwasher for a deep clean.

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles, so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design, and it even looks good. Pros: fits great, looks good, engineered perfectly, solves your kitchen sink drain issues. Cons: Makes you re-examine your life now that you are this excited about a sink strainer." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    27. Self-tying shoelaces you won't have to re-tie over and over again.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have these sneakers that I rarely wear, and when I do, I get so annoyed because the laces come off all the time. But I do love the sneakers. These lock laces are so great — whoever invented them should be getting a humanitarian award for helping people." —Inday G.

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven color combos).

    28. A ceramic cup warmer that'll save you several trips to the microwave. You shouldn't have to settle for lukewarm coffee!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm a very slow tea/coffee drinker, so having this mini hot plate is amazing. I can have hot tea until the last sip! Life-changing. I use it every day. I'm using it as I write this review. I drink more tea because I know it won't get cold and sad. My roommates all want one now." —PDT

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    29. An adorable cloud-shaped magnetic key holder to keep your keys visible and organized. You're much less likely to lose them this way.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "One of the most useful purchases I've ever made on Amazon. I use it every single day to hang my keys. I've had it for at least half a year now. Hasn't lost any magnetism." —Makenah

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    30. A toilet night light so midnight trips to the bathroom don't require turning on the way-too-bright overhead light.

    Amazon

    This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color.

    Promising review: "This seemingly silly little gadget has turned out to be great! The light level (brightness) can be dimmed down if desired, and the color can be set to whatever you want, but the bottom line is that you don't need to turn on a bright overhead light (which wakes me up and makes me angry, not a good combination) when you need to go into the bathroom at night. Cleaning it is a breeze, too; what seems like it's going to be a problem...isn't. I can't recommend this toilet night light highly enough, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Could be on the gift list this December." —Lee R. Gurr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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