25 Problem-Solving Products You Didn't Know You Needed
These smart buys solve life's little (and most annoying) problems in a snap. Plus, they're all under $25.
Photo By: Sarah Busby
Pet Fur and Lint Remover
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 (cause it's that magical) over a pillow, chair cushion, car seat or clothing while the soft bristles do the dirty work. When you're done, simply remove the base to dispose of trapped hair. Gross, but satisfying.
Buy It: Amazon, $16.95
Stainless Steel Odor Absorber
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.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.09
PROBLEM: The hot sauce lid's not coming off anytime soon.
SOLUTION: In swoops the easy-grip jar opener that fits any-size lid or cap. The patented design is perfect for kids or those with limited mobility. Just grip, twist and enjoy.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.17
Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet
PROBLEM: You're tired of asking (or being asked), "Are the dishes in the dishwasher clean?"
SOLUTION: Keep this handy magnet on the front of your appliance to let everyone know before they ask. Rotate to indicate whether the dishes inside are dirty or clean and ready to use.
Buy It: Amazon, $3.29
Bottle Emptying Kit
PROBLEM: You can't get that last bit of sauce out of the bottle.
SOLUTION: Simply replace your bottle's original cap or pump with the appropriate adaptor, then open the valve to squeeze out every drop. You can use it on any thick liquid — including shampoo, conditioner, lotion, gels, condiments, syrups and more.
Buy It: Amazon, $19.99 (12-Piece Kit)
Silicone Food Savers
PROBLEM: You're tired of wasting leftover produce.
SOLUTION: Preserve the freshness of leftover fruits and vegetables in a snap. Push the leftover food into the closest-sized silicone cap, and save it in your fridge until you need it again. The food savers create a seal to hold in the natural juices and prevent exposure to circulating air.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.55 (Set of 4)
PROBLEM: Twist ties aren't doing the trick.
SOLUTION: Replace difficult-to-use bread tags and ties with one of these secure plastic bag cinches. Seal everything from bread to frozen foods, and enjoy food that stays fresh much longer.
Buy It: Amazon, $4.99 (Set of 3)
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.
Buy It: Amazon, $8.95
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 be used with up to one-gallon bags.
Buy It: Amazon, $11.97 (Set of 2)
PROBLEM: Your daily water bottle needs a good scrub.
SOLUTION: Make cleaning every nook and cranny of water bottles, vases and other hard-to-clean items a snap with mini cleaning sponges. Add the bean-shaped, weighted sponges to your water bottle (along with a little liquid soap and water) and shake.
PROBLEM: Your avocado isn't ripe, but you want some homemade guac.
SOLUTION: This eco-friendly tool ensures perfectly ripe avocados every time. Just place any un-ripened avocado into the sock, and in less than 48 hours, it will be soft and ready to enjoy.
Buy It: Sur La Table, $17
PROBLEM: You know...
SOLUTION: This before-you-go toilet spray stops bathroom odors before they begin. The scientifically-tested formula is made with essential oils and other natural compounds that help your home beyond the bathroom. You can even use it to combat strong laundry, nursery and trash odors, too.
Buy It: Amazon, $11.19 (4 oz.)
Drain Stop + Hair Catcher
PROBLEM: Your tub isn't draining.
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 as a drain stop.
Buy It: Amazon, $7.78
Sneaker Dryer + Wash Bag
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.
Buy It: Amazon, $6.99
PROBLEM: There's toothpaste left, but you can't squeeze it out.
SOLUTION: Handy tube squeezers make it a cinch to use every last drop of toothpaste, lotion, gel and even icing. Slip one on the end of a new tube and instead of squeezing, slide the bar. The entire contents of the tube will move smoothly downward with ease.
Did You Feed the Dog?
PROBLEM: Uh, did you feed the dog?
SOLUTION: This simple device will help you keep track of your pet's daily feedings. Mount it almost anywhere to keep you on track.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.95
PROBLEM: The trash bag won't stay in place.
SOLUTION: These highly-stretchable trashcan bands work like oversized rubber bands to keep bags in place. They securely hold plastic bags of any size up to 32 gallons.
Rechargeable Hand Warmer
PROBLEM: Your hands can't handle winter.
SOLUTION: With a four-star rating and more than 1,300 reviews on Amazon, this rechargeable hand warmer is definitely a fan favorite. It warms hands in seconds, features two temperature settings and comes with a powerful, little power bank for quick charging.
Buy It: Amazon, $24.95
Bamboo Charcoal Air Freshener
PROBLEM: Your gym bag smells 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.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.95 (Set of 2)
Last Drop Spatula
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.
Buy It: Amazon, $11.70 (Set of 2)
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.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.99 (Set of 2)
PROBLEM: You love your dining room table, but it's wobbly.
SOLUTION: Wobble Wedges are a household imperative. Use them to stabilize furniture, level appliances or tighten rattling windows in seconds. They have a neat, clean appearance, require no tools for installation and stay where you put them.
PROBLEM: You're tired of hearing the door slam.
SOLUTION: The Latchy Catchy allows you to open or close any interior door silently. It conveniently fits all door shapes and sizes and is thick enough to keep a door tightly shut. This little guy is perfect for schools, libraries, day spas, loud roommates and much, much more.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.95
Earbud Cable Management
PROBLEM: Your earbuds are always tangled.
SOLUTION: This cord spool features a magnetic center to keep earbuds tidy and tangle-free. The spool design makes it quick and easy to wind and unwind earbuds in seconds.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.95
Nail Polish Bottle Holder
PROBLEM: You haven't mastered at-home manicures.
SOLUTION: The Tweexy wearable polish holder fits all finger sizes and all nail polish bottles, making DIY manicures even easier.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.99