There are some things — like the iPhone, say, or the art of Prancercise — that mere mortals cannot hope to invent. These are not those inventions.
You've seen the show Shark Tank, right? If you haven't (I'm very disappointed in you), it basically features up-and-coming inventors trying to get a group of people to invest in their sometimes-wacky but always entertaining products.
I've assembled 32 of the most brilliantly simple inventions ever seen on the show — from brownie pans that make every piece delicious, to the greatest sponges on earth. Some are wild successes, some, not so much. But every last one will make you wonder: why didn't I think of that?
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This Squatty Potty That Gives You Smooth Movements
via: AmazonDid you know that the body is naturally designed to squat instead of sit when going to the bathroom? Well, now you know. And now you can have the product that will change the way you go to the bathroom FOREVER. It fits right around your toilet so it's easy to install, and the squatting position is great for your glutes. Why would you not buy this thing?!
This Nerdwax That Keeps Your Glasses In Place
via: AmazonYou know what's one of the most irritating things ever? When your glasses are constantly slipping off your face when you're trying to get stuff done. Nerdwax keeps them secure so you have one less thing to be irritated about. Simply slide some of this Chapstick-like wax on the temples of your nose, and-boom! No more annoying slippage when you're trying to TCB (take care of business).
This ReadeREST That's Oh-So Handy
via: AmazonDon't you hate it when you set your glasses down somewhere and can't remember where they are? And because you're not wearing your glasses you just bump into things in your house looking for them until you break something and hurt yourself? Never misplace your glasses again with this ingenious invention, which clips onto your shirt using super strong magnets so you always have a convenient place to put your favorite pair.
This Scrub Daddy That Will Make You Throw Out Your Sponges
I am biased. I believe that the Scrub Daddy Sponge is the greatest kitchen invention since the stovetop itself. And I am including the microwave in that consideration, and I love me a microwave.
These sponges will clean the nastiest of caked-on gunk, and when you're done they rinse perfectly clean. That means no more stinky, disgusting sponges to contend with. Raise your hand if that sounds amazing.
This Allstar Innovations Sleep Styler That Gives You Perfect Curls Overnight
via: AmazonI have a lot of hair, and if I want to curl it in the morning I have to wake up at the crack of dawn and spend 3 hours in the bathroom. It's a pretty horrible way to start the day. But the soft design of these ingenious curlers allows you to wrap your hair up before bed and wake up to gorgeous, bouncy, heat-free curls.
This Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan That Makes Every Piece an Edge Piece
via: AmazonClose your eyes and think back to your childhood for a moment. Remember when your mom would make a pan of brownies and you and your siblings would race to the kitchen to try to nab one of the crispy, crunchy edge pieces? This special pan makes EVERY BROWNIE one of those edge pieces. Your 10-year-old self will kill you if you don't purchase this product.
This Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook That You Can Use Again and Again
via: AmazonNormal notebooks are SO last year. This high-tech design allows you use up the entire thing, microwave, erase with the special pen, and re-use. So, if you think about it, this could be the last notebook you EVER have to buy. There's also a free app that you download on your phone to save your work digitally, so you always have a backup of your best ideas. Pretty mind-blowing, right??
This Bambooee That Helps Saves the Planet
via: AmazonStop throwing away millions of used paper towels when you can simply wash and re-use these sheets. One roll of Bambooee can take the place of up to 286 regular rolls of paper towels. It's also stronger and more absorbent than a traditional roll, so you can tackle your toughest messes with ease. Not only will Mother Earth thank you, your wallet will as well.
These GO Cubes That Give You a Burst of Energy Anywhere
via: AmazonMornings are hard. Trust me, I know this. I tend to wake up 10 minutes before I have to leave the house just to nab a few more precious moments of shut eye. You know what makes mornings tolerable? Coffee. But you know what takes a long time to make? COFFEE. That's where these chewable coffee morsels come in. Simply pop a few of these delicious GO Cubes to kick-start your day. Unfortunately, the GO Cubes are temporarily unavailable but we found these Caffinated Snack Bites which are similar.
These Safe Grabs That Eliminate Burnt Fingers
via: AmazonIf you're like me, you tend to burn yourself. A lot. While I love to cook, I don't always have the best sense when it comes to picking up hot dishes. My hands are basically covered in callouses. That's where these finger-savers come in. These Safe Grabs are made from strong, flexible silicone so you're protected no matter what, and the grooved design prevents dangerous slippage.
This Drop Stop That Fills In Seat Gaps
via: AmazonThere are certain products that you never thought you needed but then, after experiencing their genius, don't know how you ever lived without them. The Drop Stop is one of those products. The flexible design fits into pretty much any seat gap so you're covered no matter how you roll. Never shove your hand into the disgusting crack between seats to find your cellphone again!
This Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner That Sends Grease Packing
via: AmazonOkay, so this is going to sound weird, but bare with me: This soap actually uses dirt to clean your hands. That sounds pretty counterproductive, right? It's actually pretty genius. When your hands are especially greasy, smelly, or covered in an oil-based substance like makeup, dirt is able to remove it like no soap ever could. Plus, the lime essence keeps it from smelling like, well...dirt.
This Motion Sensor Toilet Night Light That Illuminates Midnight Potty Breaks
via: AmazonGetting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom can sometimes feel like you're Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. You're constantly avoiding abstacles and trying not to trip and fall on your face from the dark room and grogginess of being half asleep. But this clever toilet night light means you'll never trip on your way to the toilet in the middle of the night again!
This Simply Fit Board That Makes Workouts Fun
via: Amazon"Working out is SO much fun!" said no one ever. (Okay, so some people probably enjoy their workouts. I am definitely not one of those people.) But ever since I got this ridiculously fun workout board, my life has been forever changed. I actually look forward to exercising now! The clever design uses a twisting technique to work every muscle in your body so you can slay during swimsuit season.
This HoodiePillow That's a Must For Travel
via: AmazonBefore I bought this, the thought of sleeping on a plane was laughable. My husband and I are avid travelers, and I'm constantly trying to figure out how I'll survive those 14-hour long flights without going completely nuts. But now I have no trouble dozing off on an airplane (or a train, or a car, or the city bus), and I never travel without it. Screeching infants are no match for this cozy creation.
These Solemates Heel Protectors That Keep You From Sinking
via: AmazonAttention all fancy ladies! If there's one downfall to wearing heels (other than the crippling foot and back pain) it's the complete inability to step foot in a grassy area without sinking at least 5 inches into the earth. These clever little gadgets pop on the end of the heel so you can strut your stuff wherever you want without feeling like you're walking in quicksand.
This CreaClip Set That Makes Home Haircuts a Breeze
via: AmazonHome haircuts usually equal disaster. I once tried to cut my own bangs when I was in high school, and the result was so awful that I was forced to wear a hat for 3 straight months. And I do not look good in hats. But with this smart product, you'll get the perfect cut without the $60 price tag. You can throw all your hats away!
This Beard King That Keeps Hair Out of Your Sink
via: AmazonWalking into the bathroom after my husband has shaved is pretty darn disgusting. There's always hair EVERYWHERE, even after he claims he cleaned up after himself, and the drain is usually completely clogged because of it. If only there was a way to catch all of those tiny little hairs before they even reach the sink... Oh wait! There is! This brilliant Beard King saves the day! (And, maybe, your marriage.)
These Dude Wipes That Take You From Funky to Fresh
via: AmazonDudes, we hate to break it to you, but you probably don't smell great. But with these handy dandy wipes, that doesn't have to be the case. These flushable wipes were designed "specifically for cleansing your dude regions", as weird as that sounds. They're also 25% larger than traditional wipes, completely biodegradable, and infused with soothing aloe vera and vitamin E . So why wouldn't you buy these, dude?!
These High Fidelity Concert Earplugs That Protects Your Ears
via: AmazonPop these babies in before your favorite concert so you can enjoy the show without causing permanent damage. The reusable design saves you from having to buy pack after pack of disposable earplugs, and they reduce damaging decibel levels by up to 22db (15 NRR). So basically, you can rock out to your #1 artist and protect your ears without compromising sound quality. Never go to a concert without 'em!
This All-Purpose Cleaner That's 100% Natural
via: AmazonA lot of all-purpose cleaners claim use only 100% natural ingredients, but how can you be sure that's true? Or, when they are all-natural, they tend to be no match for your greasiest, most disgusting messes. This cleaner features plant-derived ingredients that actually gets the job done and is safe to use around kids and pets. Why fill your home with toxic chemicals when you can clean the green way?
This ezpz Happy Mat That Makes Mealtime Less Messy
via: AmazonIf you have currently or have ever had a toddler in your life, you know firsthand how ridiculous tough meal time can be. They're throwing their food on the floor, dumping their food on the dog's head, screaming for cake, and basically behaving like tiny drunkards. It's a lot to handle. This amazing mat/plate combo protects your table from messes and stays in place, no matter how determined your toddler is.
This Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel That Cuts Styling Time in Half
via: AmazonBlow-drying your hair is a task that few women look forward to. It's hot, it takes forever, and your hair is left ridiculously frizzed and frayed-looking unless you spend hours meticulously smoothing it out. That's where this must-have product comes in. Super absorbent and effortlessly chic, this towel turban is a hair styling game-changer. You'll wonder how you ever got ready in the morning without it.
This Bottle Bright That Cleans Out Your Travel Coffee Mugs
via: AmazonStop working yourself into a lather trying to scrub your cups and bottles clean. It's one of the worst household jobs, and everybody hates doing it (which is why there is a collection of dirty glasses and travel coffee mugs currently sitting in my sink waiting to be cleaned). Bottle Bright does the dirty work for you! The best part? There's no scrubbing required! Win!
This Milk Snob That Has Endless Uses
via: AmazonBeing a parent is way harder than anyone expects. There are so many things you have to remember to bring with you before leaving the house, and it's pretty much a given that you'll forget at least one crucial baby item when you're on the go. That's why it's so important to have items that do double-duty. Use this life-saving product as a car seat cover, breastfeeding cover, highchair cover, or wherever you need a comfy baby blanket.
This Rapid Ramen Cooker That Makes Your Favorite Noodles Even Faster
via: AmazonYou need ramen, and you need it NOW. Sure, you may be thinking to yourself, "How could cooking ramen possibly get any easier? Is there really a way to improve on this late night snack classic?" I'm here to tell you that yes. Yes there is. And it'll change the way you slurp your favorite noodles forever. Cut down on that brutal microwave wait time with this speedy noodle cooker.
This Wondercide Flea, Tick and Mosquito Control Spray That's Free from Harsh Chemicals
via: AmazonYour furry friends deserve the best. And when you're out exploring the woods, swimming on a dog-friendly beach or a running through a particularly rural dog park, there's a constant fear of disease-ridden parasites latching on to your pooch and causing all types of problems. This all-natural flea and tick spray sends bugs packing without the use of harsh and irritating chemicals. Plus, the lemongrass scent keeps your pup and kitty smelling oh-so fresh.
These Chirps Chips That Have a Surprising Ingredient
via: AmazonBrace yourself: These chips are made from cricket flour. Which, as you might have guessed, is made from crickets. I'll just let that sink in for a seconds... But they're surprisingly delicious and packed with protein. The sea salt, BBQ and cheddar flavor options mean there's a variety to suit everyone's palate. Try them with hummus for a double-POW of protein! You'll be shocked how scrumptious crickets can be.
This FunBites Food Cutter That's Fun and Functional
via: AmazonNeed to cut up your little one's food and make mealtime more fun? Are you so sick of chopping food into tiny bite-sized morcels that you're ready to throw your entire knife block out the window? I've been there. Trust me. This FunBites food cutter has you covered. You'll never have to dice by hand again! Now step away from the knife set and give your tired hands a rest.
This Signal Vault Credit & Debit Card Protector That Thwarts Thieves
via: AmazonGetting your identity stolen is a pretty big bummer. Thieves can knock out your bank account with ease, and you won't even see it coming. But you can show scammers who's boss with this credit & debit card protector. Simply slide it into a slot in front of your cards in your wallet and any credit cards within its 10mm E-Field are made invisible to a card reader. It's that simple, but super effective.
This Q-Flex That Hits Hard-to-Reach Places
via: AmazonThere are few things in life more relaxing than a massage. It loosens your muscles, feels amazing, and releases all the stress of the day so you can forget about the bills piling up and the overflowing baskets of dirty laundry. But getting someone to give you a massage can be a bit of a struggle. With this brilliant back massager, you can relieve tension in your back and neck without anybody's help.
This Eco-Nuts Laundry Detergent That Clean Your Clothes Naturally
via: AmazonLaundry detergent made from berries? I know. It sounds weird. And the thought of adding any type of berries to your favorite sweater, pair of jeans or silk dress shirt sounds like a one-way ticket to Stainsville. But this organic and cruelty-free soap is the real deal. Made from dried soap berries, this all-natural detergent is as easy on clothes as it is on the environment.