36 Products That’ll Help Make Everyday Tasks Easier
May 31, 2023
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Because life is hard and sometimes you need all the help you can get.
Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us who 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 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 $11.95 (available in black and silver and in four other styles).
It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance. Plus, it comes with the stamp of approval from more than 136,000 5-star ratings (!!!!). Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!
Promising review: "I am a guy not too fond of cooking and cleaning up. I like working out and eating clean. I bought the 6-quart last weekend, and I can say my life is now on a different trajectory because of this product. Cooking and cleaning up is now a breeze. It cooks amazing foods. (I suggest getting a recipe book.) I can cook in large batches for the whole week without too much fuss. The best part is cleaning up. Due to the deep bowl, it doesn't splatter everywhere when cooking. I use it to sauté a lot. It has replaced my electric stove and even my microwave. I just ordered the nonstick bowl for it as the food seems to stick to the stainless-steel bowl when searing or sautéing. It's an amazing product." —TK
Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in three sizes).
BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Elizabeth Lilly also loves this spray. Here's what she has to say: "I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well."
Get the starter pack from Amazon for $21.84.
Promising review: "This is the BEST product EVER! I will never use another hair detangler ever again. We use this product daily in my house, my daughter, my son, and I. Both of us girls have long and thick curly hair and it allows us to brush through our hair with no problems! And my son mostly uses it to style his hair before gel, and because it smells so good! We tried a few products from Walmart, Ulta and Target, and nothing was good enough. This is now on my subscribe and save every month!" —Tamira McLelland
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
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 no...now the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? Eek... now 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. (When you notice them — most of the time, who even thinks about a ceiling fan pull chain?) As an added bonus, my infant daughter loves staring at them while I change her diaper or jammies. I tap them to make the chains swing, and it's instant fascination, which helps make my job easier!" —LHD
Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in six styles).
It comes with a small-dice blade, large-dice blade, spiral blade, and ribbon blade that are interchangeable and gives you the option to chop, slice, and julienne vegetables. Plus, you get a lid with a built-in chop and a storage container to hold the veggies.
Fullstar is a small business established in 2017 that specializes in kitchen gadgets.
Promising review: "I’ve had this for a couple of months now, and it makes my life SOOOOO much easier. Anything I’ve thrown at it, it’s sliced with ease. Tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onions, celery, carrots...EASY! I even use to chop the eggs when I make potato salad now since it’s so easy and makes perfect slices.
"What used to take me three to four mins chopping up an onion and then a face full of ruined makeup, now takes less than one minute and no makeup ruined. The blades are SHARP, definitely be careful when removing them. But the lock on the tray makes it easy and so far I haven’t hurt myself with it. Typically, I’ll use it and then rinse out the top and put it in the dishwasher. It’s been through on the top rack well over 20 times now and still looks brand new. If something ever happens to this one, I’ll be back to get another one. It saves me so much time when cooking dinner!" —Macygrey09
Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).
Promising review: "This chopper is amazing!! I love cooking, but used to absolutely HATE chopping onions... until someone gave me this chopper! Now I simply have to quarter the onion, throw it in the chopper, pull the handle about 10-15 times, and they're ready to be used! No more teary eyes or spending a long time chopping onions. The cup is big enough to fit a whole onion... I think the capacity is 3 cups. There are tons of other uses to this as well... you can chop pretty much anything from herbs, veggies, and fruits, to making salsa and guacamole." —Valjulia
Get it from Amazon for $18.18+ (available in three colors).
Mouthwatchers is a small business started by Dr. Ronald Plotka to create antimicrobial toothbrushes to help to get deeper cleans that patients might miss with a traditional brush and floss routine. As always, your dentist will have the best advice on the routine that's best for you!
Promising review: "I love the feel of this toothbrush. More important, I just had my teeth cleaned, and the hygienist said my mouth was in great shape — in spite of the fact that my appointment was delayed for two months AND I was a bit lazy when it came to flossing. It seems to work way better than my expensive electric one, which I am retiring." —Jackie
Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.90.
Bestie Brands is a small business started by a hairstylist to help their grandmother dry their hair after having a stroke. You can either screw the mount into the wall or use suction cups for a more temporary solution.
Promising review: "I wish I found this product sooner, I would have saved so many hours. It cut my hair blow-dry time from 30 minutes to 12 minutes. I'm also able to do my makeup while my hair is drying. I also love how light it is and how easily it sticks anywhere I'd like. It's very secure and fits almost every size blowdryer. I've been recommending this product to all my friends and family. I highly recommend this amazing product to anyone who wants to get a professional blowout quickly without spending too much time, and most importantly, without your arms getting tired." —Mariya
Get it from Amazon for $34.95.
The shoelaces can be used on both adult and kid's shoes! Reviewers also say these are great for making it easy to remove shoes while going through airport security.
Promising review: "At first I was skeptical that these laces wouldn't hold my shoes on tightly enough, but I decided to give them a try in my Converse Chucks. They're fantastic! I like the way the "hidden" fasteners sit inside the shoes below the eyelets, but on top of the tongue, and I can't feel the fastener at all with my foot in the shoe. I've had them in for around eight months, and they're still just as elastic as ever. They haven't stretched at all and show no signs of wearing out. I loved them so much that I bought five more sets to put in all of my shoes! No more triple knotting my shoes so they don't become untied. I tie knots pretty slowly so these laces have honestly saved me tons of time. I couldn't be happier with them." —lucidity
Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 37 colors).
Click & Carry is a Los Angeles-based, woman-owned small business that Kim Meckwood started when she wanted to solve the problem of carrying heavy shopping bags. Each bag holder can hold up to 80 pounds. Reviewers also say this holder comes in handy to help carry paint cans, sports equipment, and more.
Promising review: "I heard about this product from a friend and had been meaning to check it out. My only regret about this purchase is not getting it earlier! I used to dread going to the grocery store due to the hassle of struggling with all my bags and the multiple trips to and from the car. Now those days are a thing of the past because of this ESSENTIAL product. After realizing my newfound love of this product, I did some research and found all sorts of other uses for it such as using it to secure my purse to my shopping cart and hooking my dog leashes together to walk both dogs at the same time. I love this product and love gifting it to others as well!" —Lisa Gilroy
Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).
Lotus Sustainables is a small business creating products to help eliminate plastic used while shopping.
Promising review: "I am the envy of all who see me. Seriously. The only 'problem' with these bags is how many people will stop you to ask about them. I never forget to bring my reusable bags anymore because these are so useful! I use the scan as you shop app at my local store and bag as I go. When I’m finished shopping, I scan it at any register, pay, and go. Everything is packed the way I want it and can be easily carried into my home. It saves time while helping the environment — win/win. I plan to buy these for all of my friends for their birthdays. So much more useful than body wash or another scented candle!" —S. Connell
Get it from Amazon for $44.99.
Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I love it. This is a lifesaver! I’ve been looking for something like this for years. I always forget 10 minutes later if I actually took my medicine or just put it down. I’ve tried so many different ways, making marks on the bottle, making stickers, and other pill containers. None ever work. And pill containers are so bulky when I only need one pill." —Niki
Get a pack of five from Amazon for $19.99 (available in white and blue).
Promising review: "Love, love, love this pasta strainer!!! My husband and I hate cleaning out the strainer, so I ordered this to make life easier. OMG, does it make life easier!!! If this ever breaks, I’ll be ordering another! It’s very sturdy and easy to use. Absolutely love it!" —Freyja
Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors).
Promising review: "This product does exactly what it says it does. I recently got a new car and was looking for something to easily put I up dust. I saw this product from TikTok. I was surprised at how easily it picks up dust and small debris, especially from inside of vents and cup holders. It’s also great for the though screen in my car! The only complaint is the very artificial smell when you use it. It doesn’t last, just when it’s out of the container!" —DreamyOne
Get it from Amazon for $6.99.
Promising review: "This cat feeder is amazing! We bought it for when we go on vacation in September, but we wanted to try it out before we leave. It was very easy to set up, and we had two feeding times a day. It has operated with batteries just fine. It saved our mornings from our two cats crying outside our door for food early in the morning! Have not had any issues with it for over a month. I would highly recommend this product for your vacation or your sanity!" —Amanda Roper
Get it from Amazon for $69.99.
Promising review: "Pulling up the zipper in the back of a dress might turn out a stressful situation if you don't have anyone to help you. It is a simple idea to hook up a zipper and pull it, but it saves tons of time if you have a stubborn zipper. The price a bit expensive, but to save time to dress yourself without anyone's help, it is worth it." —Sharon P
Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three colors).
SockDock is a small business founded by Kevin Bunn in March 2017 after he got so frustrated losing socks while doing laundry.
Promising review: "For the last six years, I have lost literally dozens of socks. No one would fess up to having them stuffed in their drawers or crammed underneath their beds. So, it must be the sock gnomes or if you are familiar with Family Guy. I have been using the SockDock for about a month, I've washed about three or four loads, and guess what, not one sock was lost. It does take some commitment to load soiled socks on the tree, but it's worth the effort. They come out of the wash, and you just hang them up and pull fresh ones off. I highly recommend if you can commit yourself to the process." —S. Peterson
Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).
It's also more hygienic than sticking your fingers into the product directly if it comes in a tub.
Promising review: "I absolutely love these. I saw them on TikTok and ordered them right away. I've been using them for months now and they make applying masks so much easier. I get a much more even application than I did with my hands or with other brushes. Extremely easy to use, clean, and store. Love love love!" —caterina
Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $5.50.
Turbo Microfiber Store is a small business creating microfiber reusable mop pads and other cleaning products.
Promising review: "Ok, so I was never skeptical about this product, but it has really WOW'd me. It works better than the traditional disposable wet and dry Swiffer pads. I think it has everything to do with the texture. I have long hair, and my bathroom gets pretty hairy, just did a quick sweep of my bathroom using this thing and it pretty much picked up everything. I also used it as a 'mop' in my entryway, and it worked very well." —atstrmn
Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.75.
Promising review: "Quite impressive. After making some fries, we added a packet to the hot oil and stirred a few times. Maybe 10 minutes later, we checked the pan, and the oil had solidified. Using a wooden spoon, we easily removed the solid and put it in the trash. I will always make sure to keep a pack of FryAway in our pantry. Highly recommended." —Ryan O.
Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in two other styles).
Promising review: "I can't believe I've waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they are slip-on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." —Cat Mom
Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in pink and white and in two-packs).
Promising review: "Great kitchen item. Forks are great to get pickles out of the jar, but if you have kids/lazy people (lol) you know that dirty hands are going into that jar. 😉 This has really prevented that from happening. It comes with two different rings to fit whatever size jar, a stabber holder, and a stabbing stick." —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
Promising review: "If you're like me and living in a space that doesn't have a ton of room let alone space for a big old ironing board, this is the perfect solution. This mat easily sticks with the magnets to the top of the dryer. It's a great space-saving solution. If you're looking to minimize, this is what you want!" —JD
Get it from Amazon for $13.28+ (available in two sizes).
Promising review: "This item is great. I can check how wet my plants are down where the roots are. So no more over-watering! It is very accurate. This works great!!" —Terri Carlson
Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three colors).
Promising review: "I bought this because of a TikTok video. Super cool and now nobody has to ask me if the dishes are clean or not." —D. Washington
Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three styles).
Note: Depending on how dirty your shower is, some reviewers say it takes a couple of applications to get it completely clean.
I finally bought this after putting into approximately 7,375 posts, and honestly, I'm mad at myself for not adding it to my cart sooner. I am not the biggest fan of cleaning the bathroom, especially the shower. It's just so cumbersome to get to everything and really feel like you've gotten a good clean. But this spray made it SO easy. I just spritzed my whole shower and let it sit — 24 hours later, I came back and rinsed it. I could tell there was a noticeable difference. I'm super happy with this and will always clean my shower this way from now on.
Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in two scents and as a refill bottle).
This small business started when the founder, John, had trouble cleaning drink containers. This lil' gadget makes it so much easier to get your bottles clean. Each sponge lasts about four months.
Get it from Cleanzy Sponges on Etsy for $9.99.
Promising review: "These are awesome! I rarely use paper towels anymore. Great for cleanup just about anywhere. They also wash easily in the washing machine. I throw them in with regular dish towels and hang them to dry. They have held up through many washes. Highly recommend! I bought a 10-pack and do not need all of them. They are so easy to rinse and reuse, I gave some to friends. Five is the perfect amount, so grab a pack and give a few to friends." —Freefaller28
Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $19+ (available in eight color packs).
Plus, they're BPA-free, reusable, and created by a small business during the pandemic.
Promising review: "THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!! I saw a TikTok about these and decided to order. Sheets balling all up in the washer and dryer has been a pet peeve of mine for forever. I was super skeptical of these, but I tried it, and it works as advertised! It’s a little on the expensive side IMO, and that’s kinda holding me back from purchasing a second set, but they really do work." —StrangerThings
Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.
Promising review: "TikTok made me buy this, and it is money well spent!! I’m convinced that my beagle sheds a full coat of hair and regrows it daily! I use this on my bed every single day and it blows my mind how well it works. Before this, I was going through 4–5 disposable sticky rollers a month and spending 3x longer to remove dog hair. I am buying these for everyone in my family as Christmas gifts this year! ❤️" —tiff4short
Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
Promising review: "Is this 100% necessary? No...however, it does make one thing a little easier for me in the morning. Instead of watching the pot and waiting for the water to boil to start the timer you can just put the NobelEgg in the pot with your eggs, start the heat and just wait for your eggs to be done. Can't wait to give some as gifts!" —Bailey Boo
Get it from Amazon for $6.99.
Promising review: "Oh my gosh — this stuff is a life-changer! Used it to get my fiberglass shower totally clean. Nothing else would get it done and this stuff brought my shower back to near-new in one use. We’ve since cleaned a weird chalky film off our garage door, removed wall markings, and cleaned my storm door. We’ll never be without a jar (or three) of this stuff. Worth every penny." —Nancy F.
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
Promising review: "I love the scent and how it leaves such a pretty shine and smooth feel on my counters and stovetop! A little goes a long way, which makes it a very economical purchase. It is so easy to use and requires very little (if any) scrubbing. Simply spray and wipe. We have very hard water, and the stains have been removed by the first use! I was so impressed with this product, I bought it for my mom and my best friend (who are all cleaning-obsessed liked me). There is a bottle in the kitchen and both bathrooms as well as stocked in my cleaning closet!" —EJ
Get it from Amazon for $4.99.
This little gadget can not only open jars but also other hard lids (like on plastic bottles). Just put it in the corner and twist it for easy opening.
Promising review: "I wish I would've bought this sooner!!! I don’t take time to write many reviews, but I wanted to let everyone know this is the best thing I’ve purchased in a long time. I installed it a little differently than the instructions per a few reviews I read. I put the bottom of the V Pointed towards me that way when I open the jar I have a little more strength to open it. This thing works every time for anything that I’ve had to open from small tiny ketchup bottle lids to large pickle jars. It was easy to install. I just have the adhesive strips at this time but will be putting the small screws in soon knowing that I know it works. I just turned 61, and I have struggled for so many years even in my younger years opening pickle jars, etc…I am very happy with this. You will be so happy you bought this after you open your first jar that you struggle with." —Bobbie H
Get it from Amazon for $14.39.
It is an LED light and has 16 colors that can either be solid or rotate between all of them.
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." —Wandergurrlee
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.Promising review: It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning.Promising review:Cooking and cleaning up is now a breeze. It cooks amazing foods.BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Elizabeth Lilly also loves this spray. Here's what she has to say I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Promising review:We use this product daily in my house, my daughter, my son, and I. Both of us girls have long and thick curly hair and it allows us to brush through our hair with no problems!This is now on my subscribe and save every month!Promising review:This is the definition of "product you didn't know you needed because you didn't know it existed."Promising review:What used to take me three to four mins chopping up an onion and then a face full of ruined makeup, now takes less than one minute and no makeup ruinedIt saves me so much time when cooking dinner!Promising review:The cup is big enough to fit a whole onion... I think the capacity is 3 cups.Promising review:I love the feel of this toothbrush.Promising review:It cut my hair blow-dry time from 30 minutes to 12 minutes. I'm also able to do my makeup while my hair is drying. Promising review:I've had them in for around eight months, and they're still just as elastic as ever.I tie knots pretty slowly so these laces have honestly saved me tons of time.Promising review:I used to dread going to the grocery store due to the hassle of struggling with all my bags and the multiple trips to and from the car. Now those days are a thing of the past because of this ESSENTIAL product.Promising review:Everything is packed the way I want it and can be easily carried into my home. It saves time while helping the environment Promising review:Promising review: OMG, does it make life easier!!! Promising review: I was surprised at how easily it picks up dust and small debris, especially from inside of vents and cup holders. It’s also great for the though screen in my car!Promising review:It saved our mornings from our two cats crying outside our door for food early in the morning!Promising review: It is a simple idea to hook up a zipper and pull it, but it saves tons of time if you have a stubborn zipper.Promising review:I have been using the SockDock for about a month, I've washed about three or four loads, and guess what, not one sock was lost.Promising review:I've been using them for months now and they make applying masks so much easier.Promising review: It works better than the traditional disposable wet and dry Swiffer pads.Promising review: Using a wooden spoon, we easily removed the solid and put it in the trash.Promising review:Promising review you know that dirty hands are going into that jar. 😉 This has really prevented that from happeningPromising review:Promising review:I can check how wet my plants are down where the roots are.Promising review:Promising reviewI rarely use paper towels anymore. Great for cleanup just about anywhere. Promising review: Promising review:Promising review:Promising review: Promising review:It is so easy to use and requires very little (if any) scrubbing.Promising review:I wish I would've bought this sooner!!!This thing works every time for anything that I’ve had to open from small tiny ketchup bottle lids to large pickle jars.Promising review:I can't recommend this toilet night light highly enough, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.