25 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 old 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.
For the Living Room
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.
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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: The rug is curling up, making you more prone to accidents.
SOLUTION: This handy set of anti-curling pads keep 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: That pesky scratch on your beloved wood furniture.
SOLUTION: These felt-tipped markers 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. They work on everything from floors to furniture.
Retouching paint on walls and refreshing wood furniture and flooring is much easier with these clever touch-up products for your home.
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: 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 guac keeps browning before you can eat it.
SOLUTION: The secret to this preserver, which holds up to four cups of guac, is in the lid. Push it down and it completely expels all the air inside, ensuring your avocados don't brown for days at a time. It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, too, and one reviewer writes, "You need this. It's that simple."
For the Bathroom
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 as a hair catcher, or push on the upturned edges to snap the valve shut and use it as a drain stop.
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 hair tools are always tangled and disorganized in your bathroom.
SOLUTION: This over-the-sink hair tool holder has three spaces to neatly store your dryer, curler, straightener, brushes, and more. This will keep cords organized and your bathroom way more organized — and you won't have to put hot tools on surfaces it could damage. The sleek chrome finish is incredibly sturdy, too.
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.
For the Laundry Room
PROBLEM: You really, really need to wash those sneakers.
SOLUTION: This handy mesh bag protects your dryer from streaks and dents that often occur when putting sneakers in the dryer, and it effectively eliminates the annoying tumbling noise. The bag features a zipper closure that keeps shoes secure during the washing and drying cycles. Plus, you can even use it for delicates.
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.
From products that help curb expensive drink habits to long-lasting LED lights, take a cue from our editors and discover small household items we love, all under $100, that can save you money down the road.
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.