The Best Problem-Solving Products Under $25
These smart buys solve life's little, annoying problems in a snap. Plus, they're all under $25.
Life's hard enough without the small annoyances that make your daily routine that much more frustrating. Luckily, these problem-solving products are here to save the day. From keeping your guacamole fresh for days to fixing the scratches on your furniture and preserving your favorite sweater, these handy products tackle every one of those irritating problems you've dealt with time and time again. Best of all? They're all under $25!
Problem Solvers for the Living Room
PROBLEM: The rug is curling up, making you more prone to accidents.
SOLUTION: This handy set of anti-curling pads keeps those corners secure, while also keeping the rug in place on your floor so it doesn't move around. This sticks to any floor securely but is easily removable.
PROBLEM: You never have a place to put your drink when you're on the couch.
SOLUTION: This brilliant silicone couch cup holder — it has weighted ends and a resin base that prevents it from slipping — works on fabric or leather and fits anything from a coffee cup to a remote control. It's safe to use with hot or cold beverages and comes in a few fun colors.
PROBLEM: That pesky scratch on your beloved wood furniture.
SOLUTION: These felt-tipped markers and wax sticks fix the problem in minutes. Color them on any scratch, let dry a few minutes and you're done. They come in a pack with a few colors that easily match with maple, oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany or espresso-colored wood, and the kit includes a wax stick sharpener. They work on everything from floors to furniture.
PROBLEM: Your sofa looks like a dog bed.
SOLUTION: A pet hair collector that's the size of a lint roller without the sticky sheets. Simply glide this handheld wand (because it's that magical) over a pillow, chair cushion, car seat or piece of clothing while the soft bristles do the dirty work. When you're done, simply remove the base to dispose of trapped hair.
Problem Solvers for the Kitchen
PROBLEM: You're tired of wasting leftover produce.
SOLUTION: Preserve the freshness of leftover fruits and vegetables with silicone food savers. Push the leftover food into the silicone cap, and save it in your fridge until you need it again. The food savers create a seal to keep things fresh and prevent exposure to circulating air.
PROBLEM: You're tight on kitchen storage and prep space.
SOLUTION: Made of silicone, this clip-on collapsible colander attaches to any pot or pan so you can easily strain out pasta water, sauces and more. It takes up a lot less space than a large colander bowl and helps you dirty fewer pots.
PROBLEM: Your dish rack is taking up all the space in your kitchen.
SOLUTION: Try this silicone-coated dish rack: It folds up easily so it virtually takes up no space in your kitchen, and it has steel insides to securely hold anything from a set of glasses to your heaviest pan right above the sink to dry with ease. It can also be used as a trivet, a colander or a cooling rack because it's heat-resistant.
PROBLEM: Your hands smell like onion.
SOLUTION: Washing your hands with soap and water doesn't remove the smell of garlic and onion after a chopping spree. To remove unwanted scents from your hands, simply rub the bar between your hands like traditional soap under water for 30 seconds. Since the Rub-A-Way Bar is made from stainless steel, you'll never need to replace it like you would a standard bar of soap.
PROBLEM: Where's that extra hand in the kitchen when you need one?
SOLUTION: The utensil pot clip attaches directly to the pot or pan edge and holds utensils in place while you're cooking. The flexible opening is designed to fit a variety of kitchen-tool shapes, and the silicone and stainless-steel materials are heat-resistant. Now you can keep kitchen tools within easy reach and off the stovetop.
PROBLEM: Your kitchen counter is a mess after putting food into a storage bag.
SOLUTION: This sandwich bag opener gives you hands-free control of your food storage bag. Anything tricky to pour such as soup or sauce can be transferred into the storage bag without messes or spilling. The rack can fit bags up to one gallon in size.
PROBLEM: Your beloved cast iron pan is difficult to clean.
SOLUTION: Wash off the grit AND preserve the flavor with soap-less, detergent-free grit removal. You don’t need to fear your seasoning being stripped off by harsh soap or cleaners. With The Ringer, all you need is warm water and you’re good to go.
Problem Solvers for the Bathroom
PROBLEM: You can never get that last bit of toothpaste out.
SOLUTION: This three-pack of toothpaste squeezers couldn't be easier to use: just insert and rotate with the handle, and you'll get every bit of your money's worth out of that tube. It works on tubes made from plastic or aluminum, and you can even use it with things like shaving cream or moisturizer.
PROBLEM: You're tired of slamming your almost-empty makeup on the counter.
SOLUTION: This money-saving tool will allow you to use every last drop of your bottled products. The Spatty comes in two sizes, and each one can fit inside small openings to scoop out stubborn cosmetics.
PROBLEM: Your tub always gets clogged.
SOLUTION: Try this dual-functioning hair catcher and drain stop. Press the center button to allow water flow and use it as a hair catcher, or push on the upturned edges to snap the valve shut and use it as a drain stop.
PROBLEM: You want to take a nice, long bath without hearing water trickle down the drain.
SOLUTION: This bath overflow drain cover seals securely around your overflow drain to safely increase water depth by inches. This means a deeper, warmer bath so you can soak in peace.
PROBLEM: You don't have enough space in your shower to hold all of your favorite bath products.
SOLUTION: These self-adhesive bottle holders adhere easily to your bath and shower walls to provide easy access to your most-used and most-loved products, from shower gel to shampoo. Talk about a spa-like experience!
PROBLEM: Your mirror always fogs up just when you need it.
SOLUTION: Whether it's a shave, tweezing or makeup application — nothing stops your bathroom routine faster than a foggy mirror. This fogless version has a rotating arm that you can easily adjust and is easy to install onto mirrors or into the shower with its suction cup. There's even a little hook for a razor.
PROBLEM: Your hot hair tools are always tangled and disorganized in your bathroom or left out to cool on the countertop all day.
SOLUTION: This silicone hair tool holder fits nicely inside your vanity drawer, creating a safe spot to store hot hair tools, like your curling iron or hair straightener. Plus, there's plenty of space to wrap the cord around the tools and store them, keeping them out of sight and hidden until you need them again.
Problem Solvers for the Bedroom
PROBLEM: You have trouble sleeping with outside noise coming through the windows.
SOLUTION: Block out unwanted noise with a portable sound machine. The Lectrofan is a portable white noise machine that comes with 20 different soundscapes and is loop-free to avoid interruption so you sleep soundly through the night.
Problem Solvers for the Laundry Room
PROBLEM: You don't have space for an ironing board.
SOLUTION: For side-by-side washers and dryers, lay this mat on top and you instantly have a heat-safe surface for ironing. Magnets sewn into the mat will keep it in place, and the mat folds up for easy, compact storage.
PROBLEM: Your vacuum won't fit behind your heavy washer and dryer.
SOLUTION: Keeping the lint trap and dryer duct is important to ensure your dryer doesn't become a fire hazard. For really hard-to-reach spots like the dryer duct and the nooks and crannies around your dryer, use this flexible vacuum hose attachment to suck up any dust and lint.
PROBLEM: Your sheets are always tangling, twisting and balling up in the washer and dryer.
SOLUTION: As seen on Shark Tank, Wad-Free for Bed Sheets is a nifty gadget where you can insert the corners of sheets before tossing them in the washer and dryer to prevent the sheets from tangling up. Plus, it helps your sheets dry faster, meaning you save energy by not running your dryer as long.
PROBLEM: Your clothes (and washer and dryer) are always covered in pet hair.
SOLUTION: Just toss one of these reusable FurZappers into your washer or dryer to effectively remove pet hair from your clothes and your pet's bedding. Lint and hair are picked up and rinsed away in the wash or moved into the lint trap of your dryer.
PROBLEM: Your shoes smell bad.
SOLUTION: These natural, air-purifying bags are an easy and convenient way to maintain fresh, dry and odorless shoes, gym bags, luggage and sports equipment. Simply place the charcoal bags inside the affected area and leave overnight. To reactivate, place the bags outside in the sun once a month for at least an hour. With proper care, they'll last up to two years, and at the end of the bag's lifespan, you can recycle the bamboo charcoal into the soil.
PROBLEM: A favorite sweater just won't stop pilling.
SOLUTION: These sweater combs come two in a pack: One comb works for any sweater, and the other works for gentle cashmere. Both do the same thing; however, they remove the lint and pilling that makes your beloved favorites look worn. You can even use these on couches or bed sheets.
PROBLEM: You're always running out of those wasteful dryer sheets.
SOLUTION: These dryer balls — made of 100-percent New Zealand wool — actually tackle a few problems; they eliminate the need for dryer sheets, which saves you money over time, and they also make your laundry fluffier, too. The balls bounce around, separating the laundry and helping it to dry 25-percent faster without any static. Wool dryer balls also don't contain harsh chemicals like dryer sheets often do. If you really love the scent of sheets, you can use drops of essential oil on these as well.
Problem Solvers for Everywhere Else
PROBLEM: You're tired of struggling to carry lots of bags to the car.
SOLUTION: This nifty gadget is the easiest way to carry groceries, shopping bags and dry cleaning quickly and comfortably. It distributes weight evenly, allowing you to carry more bags in one trip.
PROBLEM: Your car is always a mess.
SOLUTION: This car garbage can has hundreds of five-star reviews for a reason: it's an easy way to keep your car clean. The adjustable straps can easily secure this to wherever it's most convenient, plus the Oxford cloth and sturdy plastic bottom are strong and leak-proof. One reviewer wrote: "I use this wastebasket in my car all the time. It holds quite a lot and keeps garbage from getting under the car seats before you can make a stop to clean your car."
PROBLEM: You can't find anything in your purse when you need it.
SOLUTION: With three exterior pockets, 10 interior pockets, a detachable center pocket with a sturdy zipper and a detachable lanyard for your keys, this is the thing that will keep your purse in check. The felt design is cute and comes in a few colors and sizes.