Life's little annoyances and chores can be such a drag, but there's hope on the horizon! Amazon's full of gadgets that can make everything easier - you just have to know where to find them. So I've spent a chunk of time tracking down 37 of the handiest gadgets on Amazon that can help make everything go smoother and let you get back to the fun stuff.
Even better news is that these items are all affordable, so you can upgrade your life without breaking the bank! From the best organization tools for your purse and closet to a way to actually keep your kids in bed, we've got the top affordable, handiest gadgets Amazon has to offer.
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This Toe Separator Solves Foot Pain
via: AmazonIf you've got overlapping toes, bunions or crooked toes, this toe separator's going to be your new BFF. The soft gel gadget works by spreading your toes into the correct position, eliminating foot pain and increasing toe strength. Reviewers rave about the comfort of this flexible band as opposed to some other harder ones that make it difficult to wear shoes or sleep in. Not these ones! You can wear these all day long without even noticing them, they're that comfy. All in all, an inexpensive solution to toe pain without resorting to even more painful surgery.
These Wool Dryer Balls Speed Drying Time
via: AmazonWho knew eco-friendly could be this cute? This set of six fuzzy lil' penguin dryer balls help your clothes dry faster, saving you money on electricity in the long run, as well as being better for the environment than dryer sheets. You know how you get super fluffy, evenly dried clothes when you throw a tennis ball in the dryer? Same idea, but made with absorbent wool so it doesn't make a loud sound that'll drive you crazy!
This Massager Tool Is Pure Heaven
via: AmazonThis deep tissue trigger point massage tool is like heaven in the palm of your hand for those of us with backaches, soreness or pulled muscles. The durable, hard plastic stands up to different levels of pressure so you get the massage that's customized to your needs. It's so much comfier on your hands and thumbs than regular massage since the tool takes the brunt of the work! You can use it on yourself or others for a pain-relieving, relaxing, invigorating massage with much less work for your hands.
This Window Cleaning Tool Is Genius
via: AmazonHow handy is this window cleaning tool that combines the spray bottle, microfiber wipe and squeegee all in one package? It's so much easier than when I have to lug around a separate bottle of cleaner, go find the cleaning cloths and then go find the squeegee if I'm deep cleaning. I'd use the heck outta this all-in-one tool to give the windows a good scrubbing, which they could absolutely use right about now.
This Bookmark Finds The Exact Spot
via: AmazonRegular bookmarks are fine, but what about one that finds your exact spot with a handy little pointer? This elastic bookmark does just that - I hate when I'm in the middle of reading and I don't stop right at a new chapter. This helps mark the last word I read so I don't have to re-read or go searching for where I left off. Simple but genius!
These Recyclable Brush Heads Fit Your Oral-B
via: AmazonWe go through electric toothbrush brush heads pretty fast around here with both my husband and me using them, and I always feel bad throwing them away. My guilty conscience can now be lifted since these ones are recyclable! And they're made with trendy charcoal-infused bristles for extra whitening powers. You can even combine it with charcoal toothpaste for the sparkliest whites around! When you're done, simply mail back to the manufacturer for them to recycle, and they'll send you replacement heads (for a fee, of course).
This Monitor Clip Lets You Layer Your Screens
via: AmazonI've never seen these monitor clips before but I can see how absolutely necessary they are in a number of situations! Use one for connecting a phone or two for a tablet, then get down to business. In these days of WFH, it'd be super convenient to have a Zoom call set up on your phone while you're checking important documents or notes on your laptop or desktop, or maybe you're watching stocks in real-time and need to keep tabs on a lot of data? Or possibly you're just a multitasking machine and like multiple sources of info coming in at the same time. No matter the situation, these are incredibly useful gadgets, indeed!
This Teeth Whitening Light Speeds Up Your Road To Pearly Whites
via: AmazonIf regular whitening toothpastes, gels or strips just aren't working fast enough for you, try this tooth whitening LED light that brightens teeth so much faster. Simply apply your preferred method of whitening, then pop this gadget in your mouth for around 10 minutes a day and voila, brighter teeth in record time. The before and after pics speak for themselves - amazing. I ran out of patience with the regular strips, but this gadget might convince me to give it another try!
This Handy Pump Keeps Soda Fizzy
via: AmazonI drink seltzer water like, well, water but I'm often not fast enough to finish the whole bottle while it's still carbonated to my liking. Solution: this little pump camp gadget that keeps soda fizzy! I just replace the existing cap with this, then pump it up to recarbonate soft drinks from soda to seltzer to fizzy lemonade. The manufacturer claims it'll keep drinks fresh for weeks, but I haven't gotten that far yet!
This Silicone Brush Does It All, Literally
via: AmazonI don't even know where to start with this little silicone brush that literally does it all. Here are just a few uses, I'm sure you can come up with more: brushing your dog, scrubbing stains out of clothes, exfoliating your body in the shower, scrubbing kitchen pots and pans, cleaning veggies like potatoes and carrots and cleaning your makeup brushes. See, told ya! At this price, why not get a few to keep around the house - kitchen, bathroom, laundy room...
This Under Appliance Duster Gets All The Gunk
via: AmazonDo you know how much junk is under my fridge and stove right now? I shudder to think about it. This under appliance duster is just what I need though to clear out all the gunk and dust. It's oh-so-satisfying to rake it all out - even though nobody sees it, it still feels gross that I know it's lurking under there! This microfiber duster's simple to use, just swipe it under appliances thanks to the thin design, and it's large enough to reach allll the way to the back.
This Microwave Pasta Cooker Makes Dinner Faster
via: AmazonI love pasta as a quick and easy family meal, but it does take a while for the water to boil then at least 10 minutes for the pasta to cook. You can eliminate a step with this microwave pasta cooker that lets you just throw it all together then nuke it for 10 minutes, that's it! The lid becomes a colander, so you can drain it all in the same container as well, saving you clean up on pots and drainers. You're telling me I can get perfectly cooked pasta in record time with minimal clean up? Yes to the yes!
This Measuring Cup Scale Makes Cooking Easy
via: AmazonIf you're baking or making something that requires precise measurements or food weights, you need this measuring cup with a scale included. Sometimes I'll come across a great looking recipe online, except it's from another country so it's measured by weight not volume, which I totally can't convert in my head. This makes it easy to get precise amounts, even if you're just cooking rice (which I am also not very good at)! You can use the scale separately, too, if you want to measure the weight of fruits, veg, meat, nuts, etc. This would've been so helpful when I was counting calories and being precise about food!
This Car Trash Bag Is Every Mom's Dream
via: AmazonCars can get messy, fast, especially when you're driving kids around. That's why I went nuts when I saw this car trash container that has a built-in tissue dispenser and holder for wipes. We're going on a road trip later this year and I'm pretty sure this is going to be at the top of my "must pack" list - it can handle whatever messes kids throw at it, from spilled Goldfish crumbs to a case of car sickness. It'd also be great for everyday use, since I can't count the number of times my little one has asked for a tissue that I don't have access to since I'm doing some pretty advanced manuevers between tractor trailers on the highway!
This Toothpaste Cap Stops Messes
via: AmazonIf your bathroom looks anything like mine, then it'll feature lovely displays of goopy toothpaste on the counters and generally in places it really shouldn't be thanks to kids brushing teeth unsupervised. This toothpaste cap stops those messes before they start since it has only a small slit where a reasonable amount of toothpaste can come out and not be squirted all over the damn place. It just pops onto any tube, even the little sample ones you get from the dentist! Ordering a handful of these, stat.
These Reflective Armbands Keep You Safe At Night
via: AmazonI've been enjoying these long summer days when I can go for a walk at 7PM and still be back before dark, but I know they're coming to an end very shortly. But, thanks to these glow in the dark reflective bands, I can keep exercising after dark safely since they illuminate my arms or ankles to alert cars of my presence. They come in a few different colors and have almost 1,200 stellar reviews for high visibility and the ability to adjust bands to lots of different arm sizes. I can even put one on my dog's collar, too, so he's protected on nighttime walks!
This Avocado Slicer Couldn't Be Easier
via: AmazonIt's kind of a pain to cut avocados - it can get really messy when they're perfectly ripe and kinda just moosh down instead of giving a clean cut. But this avocado slicing tool makes quick work of the job without any of the fussing around! I just place it over a pitted avocado half then push down, and out pop perfectly-sized avocado squares that are just the right size for avocado toast, throwing into a salad or eating straight up with a little salt. If you eat a lot of avocados, do yourself a favor and get one of these gadgets to speed up mealtime!
This Waffle Bowl Maker Creates Dreamy Desserts
via: AmazonIce cream sundaes are always a special treat, but you can make 'em even more special with this waffle bowl maker! Just pour the batter in, press down and in no time you have a delicious bowl to serve ice cream, sorbet and froyo (or fresh fruit, if you're feeling healthy). It's easy to kick your desserts up a notch - this would be perfect for holiday get togethers, brunches or kids' birthday parties.
These Scrubbing Gloves Make Clean Up Go Faster
via: AmazonIf there's ever a product that'll make boring tasks like doing the dishes (ugh) go faster, you can bet I'm going to buy it. These scrubbing gloves are no exception - they'll take off stuck on dinner on pots and pans and clean silverware or sharp knives with ease, thanks to the nubby "bristles". Soap lathers so much better so you can use less of it, saving you money in the long run! You can also use them to clean bathrooms - tubs, sinks, etc as well as wash your car, but I'd suggest getting a different pair for each cleaning job.
This Can Chiller Works Fast
via: AmazonIt never fails - I get thirsty and reach for a seltzer, only to find I forgot to put them in the fridge, or a neighbor comes over for a beer and they're sitting in the garage, warm as can be. This can chiller works fast without watering down your drink, and it's portable so great for picnics or BBQs. Just fill with ice, insert your can, then spin for one minute to get a perfectly chilled beverage at the end. And one Ziploc bag of ice can chill 12 cans! The manufacturer claims it works 240x as fast as a traditional freezer, I'm intrigued!
This Heated Eyelash Curler Is An Eye-Opener
via: AmazonYou know how curling your lashes instantly gives your eyes a wider, more awake look? But they'll go right back to normal soon after since the curl hasn't set. What they need is this heated eyelash curler that curls and sets, so that doe-eyed look stays put whether you follow up with mascara or not. I don't love wearing mascara during the summer or on days that aren't special occasions, so it's perfect for people like me who don't love to wear a lot of makeup but still want to look pulled together (and awake!).
These Toothpaste Tube Squeezers Let You Get Every Last Drop
via: AmazonI like to get my money's worth out of a product, even if it's just a lowly tube of toothpaste. Hey, if it can buy me a few more days until I have to go grocery shopping again, I'm in. These handy toothpaste squeezing tubes let you get every last drop of toothpaste without resorting to that annoying fold over method where you crumple the tube up into a million rolls. You just slip these plastic gadgets on the bottom of your tube then push up as you make your way to the top. It's so satisfying to know you got every bit of a product and you aren't throwing your money away!
This Triple Peeler Does It All In The Kitchen
via: AmazonI love tools that can multitask in the kitchen since it cuts down on storage space and things I have to wash. This triple peeler is just one of those gadgets I can't live without since it's so darn handy. I use one side for julienning carrots or zucchini, the serrated side for peeling softer fruits or veg, and the regular one for peeling potatoes or apples. It's easy to switch between them and clean-up's a breeze. It even has a potato eye remover, which I definitely need since I always forget we have potatoes aging away in the pantry!
This Set Of Collapsible Bowls Takes Up No Storage Space
via: AmazonI love my leftover containers, but I don't love how much room they take up in the cabinets. These collapsible bowls are a genius idea since you still get great food storage but not at the price of eating up all your kitchen real estate! They come in a set of three, so you get a 1.5 cup, 3 cup and 5 cup bowl for storing leftovers, fruit salads, work lunch salads or soups, whatever you need. I like to chop up a whole head of romaine then store it in the fridge to make it more likely I'll eat salads during the week, and the larger size would be just right for that.
This Glasses Holder Keeps Your Specs At Your Fingertips
via: AmazonI love tucking my sunglasses into a shirt pocket, but what happens on the day I'm wearing a pocketless top? These magnetic glasses holders to save the day! Just place the back magnet on the inside of your shirt and stick the other one on the front, then you have a safe, secure way to keep track of your glasses! There aren't any pins or clips, so you don't have to worry about putting holes in your shirt, just super strong magnets that hold the glasses in place. Super handy for things like reading glasses that you don't need to wear constantly but when you need 'em, you need 'em fast!
This Water Filter Lets You Drink On The Go
via: AmazonIf you're camping, hiking, or just dining out in a foreign country and don't trust the cleanliness of the water, just use this portable water filter that removes 99.9% of all bacteria (salmonella, cholera, and E. coli) and protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium) and 100% of microplastics. It comes with a straw, filtration device, 16oz squeeze pouch and cleaning brush so you have everything you need for clean drinking water wherever you may roam. I've been burned more than a few times by dodgy water in Mexico and Morocco, so I'd highly recommend this so you don't spend a few days of your trip confined to your hotel room in agony. This filter's a much better plan!
This Balance Disc Strengthens Your Core
via: AmazonWe all know sitting all day's bad for us, but it's so easy to do, especially when you work from home! I'm tired of my wobbly middle, so I'm getting this balance disc so I can work out while I work. Multitasking at its finest. It'll also improve your posture, which I could also use! Got a wiggly kid who can't sit still? This seat's great for that too, since it'll take concentration for them to balance on it while they're sitting.
This Egg Maker Cooks Perfect Sous Vide Egg Bites
via: AmazonYou know those insanely delicious (and expensive) sous vide egg bites you can get at Starbucks? Now you can make your own in the Instant Pot with this egg bite maker mold! You can customize the recipe to your taste, maybe some cheese, lil' bit of bacon, some chives, then cook them to the perfect consistency in a snap. You could also use this container to freeze single servings of baby food or chopped up herbs in olive oil to use later.
This Phone Charger Sticker Marks What's Yours
via: AmazonWhenever multiple people are using an iPhone charger, there's inevitably the fight about who it belongs to. Which is an obvious thing to happen, since the anonymous white chargers aren't marked in any way to show whose it is. Until now! You can get these cute little stickers to wrap around your charger, and they come with another to wrap around your cord, so no one else will mistakenly take yours! I'm partial to the sugar skull, but they come in 12 other patterns that are sure to tickle your fancy.
This Purse Light Helps You Find What You Need
via: AmazonDid you know the average woman spends 76 days during her lifetime searching for stuff in her handbag? It can be scary to venture into the deep, dark recesses of my purse, never knowing what I'll find. Gum from 2010? A lip balm I thought I lost two years ago? But this purse light helps me find exactly what I actually need when I'm looking for it. It's on a little lanyard so you can hang it right on the strap of your purse and dangle it into the bag, easy peasy.
This Hair Dryer Holder Lets You Recreate The Salon Experience At Home
via: AmazonWhen blowdrying my hair, I always think at least once how helpful it'd be to have another hand to help the process along. Now you can, in a sense, with this hair dryer holder that attaches right to your wall! It lets you dry your hair the way your stylist does, having an extra hand to wrap hair around the brush that you're holding in your other hand for a professional-quality blow out you can do by yourself.
This Frywall Stops The Splatter
via: AmazonI was cooking fried eggs for the kids' dinner last week while wearing one of my favorite tees, which I then kinda ruined because the buttery spatter got all over the bottom of it while I was standing in front of the hot pan. You can prevent that easily, which I did not know until I saw this Frywall gadget. It fits into your pan or pot and creates kind of a funnel that keeps in oil spatters. So you stay cleaner and so does your cooking surface, which is a double win in my book!
This Eyeglasses Keeper Makes Glasses Stay In Place
via: AmazonIt's incredibly annoying when my slightly too-big sunglasses fall off when I bend over, or slowly slide down my nose on walks or jogs. I've been dealing with this problem for way too long when I could've just gotten some of these eyeglasses grips that slip onto the arms of your glasses to securely keep them in place. They come in three colors, so you can match to your glasses' shade to make them disappear or mix and match to contrast. I'm ordering these as soon as I'm done writing this article for no more slipping and sliding glasses!
This Purse Organizer Is A Godsend
via: AmazonKnow how you forget your favorite lip balm and other important things in the purse you're not using at the moment? So frustrating! Well, good news - now you can transfer all your stuff to a new bag easily with this purse organizer. It comes in a bunch of different colors (I like this bright pink one just because it's fun!) and has room to hold allll your goodies. Never again will I be without what I need on the daily if I decide to switch purses!
These Clothing Dividers Really Tidy Up Your Closet
via: AmazonMy closet's a jumble of summer and winter clothes, and all shoved in there in no particular order. When I saw these clothing dividers, I envisioned a whole new world of organization! You can separate by season, clothing type, heck, even color! I had some of these for my kids' closets when they were babies, no idea why I didn't realize they made them for adults, too! It comes with 12 dividers and 46 printed labels or you can print your own to customize to your organization preferences.
This Slow Feed Dog Bowl Prevents Gulping
via: AmazonNot only does this dog food bowl look neat and prevent eating too fast, it keeps your pup busy for a while as they hunt down every morsel of grub! It comes in four different colors and maze shapes, so maybe get a few and keep Fido on his toes when you switch 'em up! When our puppy is old enough, we're definitely picking up one of these to help him slow down and not get a belly ache since he loves gobbling his food before you can even blink.
This Rainbow Projector Is Magic For Kids
via: AmazonGot a kid that won't stay in bed after you say goodnight? I feel that, hard. We've done noise machines, soft music on Alexa, idle threats. The next thing I'm going to tryis this rainbow projector that casts a magical light across the room. I'll bet my little one will stay put just to watch the light show and hopefully drift off to snoozeland to dream about princesses and kittens or whatever it is five year olds dream about. It automatically shuts off after 10 minutes to save energy, but turns on again with just a tap, so she can operate it herself.