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    35 Cheap And Useful Things That’ll Make Anyone’s Life Easier

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    1. A massage crane for tackling muscle knots your hands can't reach.

    Model using massage crane on upper back

    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 $19.95.

    2. An eyeliner stamp so you can get perfectly matching wings on the first try.


    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 it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    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.

    Model holding tub shroom with hair wrapped around it

    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. Clean up 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 $12.62+ (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.


    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 peel-off latex cuticle guard, if you have a tendency to paint outside the lines. It's a fool-proof way to get a perfect manicure at home!

    Promising review: "If you do nail art or want to perfect your nail polishing skills, this is the product for you. Easy to use, dries sparkly so you know it’s dry, easy peel-off in one piece, and a clean finish. I do a lot of nail art and stamping. Some of the stamping polishes are really hard to get off the cuticle but with this, they come off cleanly. Helps when I do my toes, too, if I get a little messy, the mess comes off with the latex. You can also switch the brush so you don’t waste the bottle when the brush gets clumpy." —Diannah S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

    Amazon reviewer holding dog feeding tracking device

    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 $7.79+ (available in three colors).

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

    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.,

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

    Amazon reviewer photo showing before, during, and after results of cleaning with the Bottle Bright tablets

    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+ (available in two sizes).

    10. A silicone travel mat so you don't have to wait for your straightener to cool all the way down before packing it into the suitcase.


    It's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees.

    Promising review: "Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $11.26+ (available in two colors).

    11. A flat water bottle that'll fit into a briefcase (or any low-profile bag) without sticking out or creating an unsightly bulge.


    Promising review: "I love this water bottle SO MUCH. It fits perfectly into my work bag or my purse, with zero leaks. The flat, rectangular design fits easier into my hands than bigger, bulky cylindrical water bottles. Plus, it looks classy so I always get compliments on it. I don't really like water but have been drinking more because of this bottle. I also really like that it's dishwasher safe, too." —Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    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.

    Lip balm sleeve clipped onto to backpack

    These can even hold tube-shaped lip balms!

    Promising review: "Life saver. 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 $8.09+ (available in 10 color combos).

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

    Model using microfiber duster to clean in between blinds

    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 $10.99 (available in two colors).

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

    A dishwasher magnet with "clean" side facing up

    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 $5.46.

    15. A detangling brush that'll smooth out your unruly hair with minimal pain and breakage.

    Model brushing hair with detangling brush

    Promising review: "This does wonders for my hair and makes brushing so much easier. I have very fine hair, but tons and tons of it, which makes brushing difficult at times as it tangles so easily. This brush really helps with that and keeps me from having to re-brush my hair every couple hours. It also doesn't pull the natural waves out of my hair, like so many other brushes did. So my hair is wavy and untangled within a couple minutes. The ergonomic hold took a little getting used to, but it's much more comfortable than the usual oval paddle end of most brushes. It gives you more control, which makes it easier." —L

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

    16. A bowl and colander combo you can use to rinse, drain, mix, and serve food. It's not only super convenient, but you'll only have one thing to wash afterward!


    It's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I use this strainer all the time. It’s so convenient to rinse beans, veggies, and fruit." —Blanco NM

    Get it from Amazon for $17.00.

    17. 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.

    Weekly meal planning notepad filled with notes for the week

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

    Promising review: "I made a resolution to eat at home more this year. This planner is helping a lot! Everyone in the house likes knowing what's for dinner and I love that it has a built in shopping list. Makes the week so much less stressful when I have planned out every meal and have all of the ingredients to make it. Looks exactly like the pic, looks cute hanging on the fridge, very happy with this purchase!" —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in 14 styles).

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

    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.

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


    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 $14.99+ (available in three finishes).

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

    Amazon reviewer photo of white stove gap cover placed between counter and stove

    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 $8.50+ (available two lengths and two colors).

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

    Closeup shot of funnel transferring liquid

    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 $11.99+ (available in five different colors and pack sizes).

    22. 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.


    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 $6.89+ (available in 18 colors).

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


    Promising review: "This is the definition of 'product you didn't know you needed because you didn't know it existed.' I was FOREVER pulling the wrong chain on our bedroom ceiling fan. (Want the light off? Oh the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? you're in the dark.) They're much better quality than I expected. They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor." —LHD

    Get them from Amazon for $6.59.

    24. A flowy T-shirt dress to make dressing for warm weather easy breezy. Just throw it on and go!

    Amazon reviewer wearing T-shirt dress outside

    Promising review: "When I saw this, I figured it’d be a great option for dressing up or down and taking up little space in my bag. I can wear my swimsuit underneath it going to the beach, or I can dress it up with a belt and my nice sandals. When wearing this dress, I have absolutely no issues with seeing through the material. It’s flowy and comfortable and will do well in a hotter, more humid climate." —A.M. Sachak

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXXL and 27 colors and patterns).

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


    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 $5.49+ (available in three styles and as a pack of five).

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

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnight and wear dresses regularly to the office, 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 $18.95 (available in six sizes and 17 colors).

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

    Decorative chain connected to a pair of eyeglasses

    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 $6.99+ (available in 11 styles).

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


    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 $13.95 (available in three colors).

    29. A quiet little desk fan for staying chill when it's a million degrees in the office.

    Reviewer photo of pink mini fan placed on desk

    Promising review: "This is absolutely perfect for a small work space. The airflow is surprisingly good for the size and it's not noisy enough to cause disruption." —Randi N

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75+ (available in four colors).

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

    Model pulling on tab of flexible sink strainer

    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+ (available with or without a stopper).

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

    Model wearing shoes with self-tying shoelaces

    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 $14.99 (available in seven color combos).

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

    Cup of tea placed on ceramic mug warmer

    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.

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

    Model opening section of day-of-the-week pill organizer

    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 $8.99.

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

    Bathroom light installed in toilet bowl and turned on

    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 $10.99.

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

    Reviewer photo of cloud-shaped key holder on wall

    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 $7.98.

    36. A pack of ear lobe patches to support heavy, droopy earrings. It'll lift them higher and take the weight off your lobes.

    Amazon reviewer showing before and after effects of using ear lobe patches with heavy hoop earrings

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking for this type of item for a few years. I have one lobe that has stretched. This sticker goes on the back of the earlobe to help stabilize the earring. It works perfectly for me. The sticker even stays on after showering so I can use one for a few days." —Mary E. Troy

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.89.

    37. And a jewelry cleaning pen that will bring the bling back to your rings and other accessories.

    Reviewer photo showing before and after results of using jewelry cleaning pen on ring

    Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the dazzle stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a diamond dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25.

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