A virtual shopping trip to Amazon can’t help you deal with that annoying coworker, pay off your student loans, or identify that weird looking freckle that might not have been there yesterday, but it can help solve some of your problems- like keeping your closets tidy and organized or helping you have better hair days.
Life is full of minor problems, headaches, and annoyances. No, Amazon can’t solve all of them, but it might just solve some of them! At the very least, shopping is a fun distraction from your other problems. To that end, here are 37 problem solving inventions to help you with your daily problems.
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Problem: You’re Short on Storage Space. Solution: These Bed Risers with USB Ports and Outlets
A shortage of usable storage space is a pretty universal problem. I used to live in an apartment with the world’s tiniest, most useless closets. There was no place to store the things I needed, but didn’t need to see very often, like suitcases and extra blankets. Then I discovered the wonder of bed risers. Raising the bed just a little creates a whole world of storage! These Bed Risers with USB Ports and Outlets are even better than the ones I used to use because you also get some always-needed plug-in space!
Problem: You’re Always Cold. Solution: No Need to Turn Up the Heat, Just Wrap Yourself in a Heated Wrap
I’m always cold. That wouldn’t be such a problem if I lived with normal people who are also cold. Instead, I live with weird people who are always warm. Years ago my husband gave me a Heated Wrap as a birthday gift. It is one of my very favorite things. I use it at my desk, when I watch TV, basically whenever I’m sitting anywhere. I have since given them as gifts to my mom, my sister, and a few cold blooded friends. Best.Gift.Ever.
Problem: You Are a Well Endowed Woman Who Wants to Exercise. Solution: Lock ’em Down With the Buband No-Bounce Bra Support
If you have no problem running while female, feel free to scroll on. But, if you’re like me and so many of my friends, you either wear more than one sports bra at a time, have resigned yourself to discomfort, or you have abandoned high impact exercise. There is a better way! The Buband No-Bounce Bra Support is a band you wear over your regular sports bra that locks your girls down like nothing else.
Problem: Plastic Bags are a Blight For the Planet. Solution: Reduce Your Plastic Consumption by Shopping With These Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
For years I brought my own shopping bags with me to the market, but still used those plastic produce bags for all of my fruits and veggies. Those flimsy bags aren’t even usable as trash bags or anything. Then I discovered these Reusable Mesh Produce Bags. I simply keep them in my car along with my grocery bags. I’m not an environmental saint by any means, but easy substitutions like this really add up.
Problem: Your Hair Tie Rips Out Your Hair. Solution: These Super Soft, Extra Stretchy Cotton Hair Ties
Where have these been all my life? I have a bunch of rowdy curly hair. My daughter has the finest, smoothest hair, and she makes a VERY BIG DEAL out of any hair pulling when I’m trying to extract her pony tail holders. These Cotton Hair Ties are perfect for both of us. They’re extra stretchy so I can wrap them around and around my daughter’s fine hair, getting a good secure hold. And then they slide right out. And they’re sturdy enough to handle my crazy mane too.
The best deals selected by the 22 Words team for you.
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Problem: It’s Near Impossible to Find a Good Marshmallow Stick. Solution: Stop Searching in the Woods and Just Bring These Telescoping Roasting Forks Instead
Ahhh, nothing is better than making family memories around a campfire. Whether you’re sleeping under the stars or enjoying your backyard fire pit, roasting marshmallows is a hallowed family tradition. But all the sticks that are both long enough and thin enough have been used in previous fires, so your kids are trying to use sticks that are too short, too brittle, or too fat. Forget that. These Telescoping Roasting Forks will be there for you time and time again.
Problem: You’re a Zombie Mess the First Day or Two of Your Well Deserved Vacation. Solution: Bid Jet Lag a Bon Voyage With This No Jet Lag Homeopathic Remedy
I must admit that I have no idea how this stuff works. Was it created through wizardry or witchcraft? Maybe. I’m OK with that because it works! My family has used No Jet Lag Homeopathic Remedy on our last two overseas trips and the difference in how we each felt on days 1 and 2 were truly remarkable! Even the kids were able to land in Rome after an overnight flight and walk around all day long, staying up until their normal bed time (local time) on that very first day without needing a rest. Amazing!
Problem: There Aren’t Enough Outlets in the World. Solution: Bring Your Own With This 6-foot Extension Cord with 100V outlets and USB ports
When was the last time you secured a comfortable seat right next to a power outlet in an airport? Is your favorite seat on the couch close enough to a plug? Stop letting outlet locations rule your life. This 6-foot Extension Cord brings the outlets to you. It has two regular 100V outlets and 2 USB ports so you can take care of all of your charging needs without having to get that one seat by the plug.
Problem: Some of Your Clothes Can Get Damaged in the Washer or Dryer. Solution: Keep Your Delicates Safe With These Mesh Laundry Bags
Whether it’s your favorite knit sweater that would be destroyed in the dryer, or your daughter’s tights that end up in boa-constrictor tangles around everything else in the wash, or your underwire bra which could get bent or snagged on stuff, Mesh Laundry Bags are the solution. That sweater will be easy to find and remove when you’re transferring the load to the dryer. The killer tights will be contained, and your bra will be protected.
Problem: You Slouch. Solution: Stand Up Straight With the Help of a Posture Corrector
Unless your mom or grandma is following you around and reminding you to stand up straight, chances are you spend a good portion of your day slouching. (Did you just sit up straighter?) No need to take Grandma along with you if you have one of these chiropractor designed Posture Correctors. Made of flexible neoprene, this corrector is comfortable for all day wear and highly adjustable. You’ll notice a difference in how you look and feel instantly.
Problem: You Think of the Best Ideas in the Shower, and Then Immediately Forget Them. Solution: Write Those Gems Down on the Waterproof Aqua Notes
Showers are great for more than just winning imaginary arguments or thinking of a hilarious or biting comeback to something that happened seven weeks ago. It’s also where you have great ideas or remember something that you’ve been meaning to do. There’s actually a scientific reason for your shower brilliance. When your brain is relaxed and occupied with a simple task that doesn’t take concentration, like washing your hair, the rest of your brain is free to work on your pressing problems. Keep an Aqua Notes pad in the shower and your great ideas won’t wash down the drain.
Problem: Your Brain Won’t Settle Down Enough For You to Fall Asleep at Night. Solution: Drift Off Easily With the Help of the Dodow Sleep Aid Device
If you are like me and millions of other people who have a hard time falling asleep, the Dodow Sleep Aid Device might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. If you can’t seem to shut your mind off for long enough to fall asleep, this futuristic gadget can help. It projects a light onto your ceiling that slowly blinks on and off. You relax as you sync your breath with the light; your racing thoughts are disrupted, and before you know it you’re asleep! Good luck trying to stay awake through the entire 8 minute cycle though.
Problem: Your Kitchen Counter Space is Limited. Solution: Create New Counter Space Out of Thin Air With a Sink Shelf
Clever kitchen storage solutions are always welcome, especially when it comes to increasing valuable counter real estate. Is there anyone who feels like they have too much kitchen counter space? No. My kitchen counters are full of the things I use daily leaving little room for actual food prep, for useful but not necessary items, and certainly not for decorative items. This handy Sink Shelf takes dead space and turns it into useful space.
Problem: You Never Seem to Get Around to Eating All Your Produce in Time. Solution: Extend the Life of Your Produce With These Fruit & Veggie Life Extender Liners
Nothing is worse than throwing out unused produce. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, and we buy them with the best of intentions, but, for one reason or another, we all end up tossing soft, slimy, brown, and mushy produce because we didn’t use it in time. (Just me?) It’s a waste of food AND money. These Fruit and Veggie Extender Liners allow air to circulate in your fridge drawers, helping keep your produce fresh and buying you more time to get around to eating the fruits and veggies you buy.
Problem: Your Desk is an Unorganized Mess of Paper. Solution: Tame the Clutter With a Cascading Wall Organizer
I want to be all Marie Kondo, but I’m not very good at it. I’ll spend a day clearing out a closet or my desk only to have it revert back to its natural state of chaos in a shockingly short time. I need systems to help me stay on track. This Cascading Wall Organizer keeps all your papers organized and within reach. And, according to Kondo, we really shouldn’t have more papers than would fit in this one organizer. #lifegoals
Problem: Your Grout is Stained and Scrubbing it Doesn’t Do the Trick. Solution: This Mold & Mildew Remover Gel Cleans Your Grout so You Don’t Have to
Unsightly mold and mildew, especially on tile grout, is a major headache. And scrubbing it away with toxic chemicals and a ton of elbow grease is an even bigger headache! How about a product that just does the job for you? No, it’s not a maid, just this awesome Mold & Mildew Remover Gel. Apply the gel to your stained areas, leave it for a few hours or overnight, and like magic it’s all clean!
Problem: You Want to Take Pictures in the Water But Your Phone Isn’t Waterproof. Solution: Place Your Phone in a Universal Waterproof Case
My family loves the water. Whether it’s the beach, pool, or a waterpark, we have some of our best family fun in phone unfriendly environments. So, I can either have no pictures of my adorable children frolicking, or I can just put my phone into a handy Universal Waterproof Case and not worry about it. These things are totally waterproof, and you can take pictures right through them. It’s also handy to have a place to keep my cash and credit card rather than leaving it behind on the beach.
Problem: Your Toilet Bowl Has a Hard Water Ring and NOTHING Helps. Solution: Make it Disappear With the Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover
This thing is no joke amazing. If you have one of those rings in your toilet, then you know how impossible it is to get rid of it. Nothing does the trick. Turns out, that’s not entirely true. The Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover won’t scratch your toilet, but it will completely scrub away that annoying ring. Prepare to be amazed. This will make any bowl sparkle!
Problem: The Only Time You Have to Exercise Outside is When it’s Dark Out. Solution This Magnetic Clip Rechargeable Safety Light
As winter is finally ending, people are venturing outside more and more. An evening jog or walk with the dog is suddenly possible again. But it’s not exactly summer, and darkness might just come while you’re out. All this walking or jogging done without the comfort of bright sunlight and clear visibility can be dangerous. Keep yourself safe and visible to passing motorists with this Night Visibility Light. This little light is surprisingly bright, and easily attaches to your clothing, your leash, or even your dog’s collar.
Problem: Your Computer Doesn’t Have Enough Ports. Solution: Get More With This 4-Port USB Hub
We don’t have to be beholden to our computer’s stingy allotment of USB ports. You can plug in your keyboard AND your mouse AND an external drive AND your phone if you want to. This 4-Port USB Hub lets you be the boss of just how much you’re going to plug in to your computer. Also, if you use a desktop Mac like I do, it’s handy that you don’t have to get up and walk around to the back of your computer just to plug something in.
Problem: You Want to Always Have a Reusable Bag on Hand to Save on Plastic. Solution: Keep These Super Compact Reusable Grocery Bags Handy
These nylon Reusable Grocery Bags are machine washable, fold into a tiny parcel, and can handle a huge amount of stuff. I use them for groceries, for overnight bags, for a day out with the kids, and a million other things. They are comfortable to carry on my shoulder, and can hold a ton of stuff. After a day at the beach or park, I just throw them in the wash. I have one in my purse at all times for any unexpected shopping I do. I almost never need a store’s plastic bag anymore!
Problem: The Directions Say to “Dry Flat” But You Don’t Have Enough Counter Space For That. Solution: Create More Space With a 3 Tier Hanging Drying Rack
Whose laundry room has enough space to dry a bunch of things by laying them out flat? Not mine, that’s for sure. This clever 3 Tier Hanging Drying Rack solves that problem by creating three flat surfaces out of thin air. When you’re done, it collapses flat for storage. How brilliant is that? Not only does this hanging rack give your more space, but the mesh shelves will allow your clothes to dry SO MUCH FASTER than they would laid out on a counter or towel.
Problem: Your Summer Wardrobe is Not Bra-Strap Friendly. Solution: These Bra Strap Clips
Turn any bra into a racerback bra in seconds with these super handy Bra Strap Clips. Don’t take my word for it. These clips have over 1,000 Amazon reviews!
I absolutely love these bra clips…No discomfort, hardly know you have them on. They are sturdy plastic, but comfortable…I like that it keeps my bra straps from digging in my shoulders. I highly recommend these! – Jo
Problem: Your No Show Socks Don’t Stay Put. Solution: Trade Up For These Bamboo No Show Socks
I love the look of sneakers or booties with a little peak of ankle showing. The problem is that most no show socks are the worst. They constantly slide down into my shoes which is uncomfortable and annoying. These Bamboo No Show Socks have a little strip of silicone at the heel which keeps them in place all day long. The bamboo is soft, comfortable, and breathable so your feet stay cool and dry on those hot summer days.
Problem: Your Dog Isn’t Going to Tell You That Someone Else Already Fed Him. Solution: Keep Track of Things With This Did You Feed the Dog Gadget
Your dog is unreliable at best when it comes to letting you know whether he’s had his supper yet. And he’s not complaining on those lucky nights he gets fed twice! This clever Did You Feed the Dog? gadget eliminates the mystery. Mount it with the included adhesives or magnets, and simply slide the switches over. Because you can’t rely on your dog to tell you the truth.
Problem: Sleeping Ruins Your Hair. Solution: Have a Second Great Hair Day By Sleeping on This Luxury Satin Pillowcase
Whether it’s a fantastic blowout, or your curls are unusually cooperative, nothing destroys a great hair day like a good night’s sleep. (Or even a bad night’s sleep.) This is in part because our cotton pillowcases create a friction-y nightmare for our poor hair. So we wake up with frizzy day after hair, bent curls, and general crazy hair. But, if you switch our your regular pillowcase for a Satin Pillowcase, you can wake up and go because your hair will look as good as yesterday!
Problem: You Don’t Have a Great Hair Day Every Day. Solution: It Might Be As Simple As Using a Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap
The list of potential hair maladies that can be solved simply by switching out your hair towel is long. It turns out, opting for a Microfiber Hair Towel will lead to better hair days. Not only does the microfiber not disrupt your natural curls or smoothness, but it also dries your hair so much faster and more efficiently. You’ll cut your time with the hair dryer down dramatically, and your hair will be much less frizzy.
Problem: You Can’t Get a Professional Looking Polish at Home. Solution: Fix Any Imperfections Easily With This Nail Lacquer Remover Pen
My left hand is useless when it comes to any task that requires a bit of dexterity. Basically, it is there for symmetry purposes only. This means that my at home nail polish applications look less than perfect. Significantly less. Please never look at my right hand. This Nail Lacquer Remover Pen is like an eraser. The fine tip makes cleaning up any out of line polish a cinch!
Problem: Your Fruit is Coated in Waxes, Pesticides, and Who Knows What Else. Solution: Wash That Stuff Off With Fruit & Vegetable Wash
Whether you buy organic or not, your fruits and veggies are covered in things you might not want to ingest. (You definitely don’t.) From protective waxes to harmful pesticides to the germs of the guy who touched all the apples before you got there, you are going to want to clean your produce. And simply running it under water doesn’t do the trick. (Do you know how many people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom? Are you sure that apple guy isn’t one of them?) This Fruit & Vegetable Wash gets rid of all that stuff.
Problem: Your Clothes are Jammed Into Your Closet. Solution: Magically Have More Closet Space With the Wonder Hanger Max
Prepare to be amazed by how much space the Wonder Hanger Max can save you! The genius contraption works quite simply: hang up all your clothes in the designated slots, you can even double up, then take the second hook off the bar, and, voila! The hangar collapses all your clothes into a neat, tiny parcel! Now picture your closet full of these babies. It’s a beautiful sight. Just don’t let it fool you into thinking you need to go shopping to fill all that extra space.
Problem: Your Desk Gets Covered in Crumbs and Other Debris. Solution: Clean Up With This Mini Desktop Vacuum
This thing is as adorable as it is handy. I know I should eat my food at the table, but, let’s be honest, that rarely happens during the day. I work from home and my kids are out so my meals and snacks are had at my desk. This makes things a little messy sometimes. The Mini Desktop Vacuum is a battery operated little powerhouse. Not only will it clear your desk of any crumbs, but it can vacuum out your keyboard!
Problem: It’s Hard to See Behind You On Your Bike. Solution: Of Course Your Bike Should Have a Rearview Mirror!
This is one of those things that you see and realize that it’s crazy that it’s not a standard part of every bike. I’ve been riding bikes for mumblemumble years now, and I still can’t look over my shoulder without steering my bike that way just a little. Is it coordination or neck flexibility that I’m lacking? It doesn’t really matter, because one should not turn into traffic just to check if there’s traffic. So, everyone should have a Bike Rearview Mirror instead.
Problem: You’re Stuck Sitting at a Desk Most of the Day. Solution: Make That a Less Unhealthy Situation With This Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler
We all know that it’s not good to sit all day. But we have jobs and most of us don’t have the kind of job that involves walking around in the fresh air all day. So, what to do when you’re stuck at a desk all day but you don’t want to be super unfit? This Folding Exercise Peddler fits under most desks so you can keep moving and keep working at the same time.
Problem: There is No Good Way to Carry Your Stuff When Running. Solution: There is Now Thanks to This Unisex Travel / Running Belt
Wear it for travel, hiking, running, or even carrying medical devices! Stashbandz is the most comfortable and versatile running belt ever. It sits flat against your body so there’s no bouncing and jiggling, which is annoying on a run, and it can hold all the stuff you need. Wear it for traveling to ensure pickpockets don’t get the best of you. Reviewers even report that it’s perfect for carrying chemo pumps and other medical devices.
Problem: It’s Impossible to Find Your Things in Your Purse. Solution: Tame the Mess With a Purse Organizer Insert
Your desk is organized. Your closet is organized. Your kitchen pantry is organized. So why is your purse a black hole where everything you might want on any given day goes to live together in utter chaos? Sure, you use the little pockets in there, but you know that your purse is a lawless abyss of darkness, where you may or may not find your phone before the call goes to voicemail. There is no need to live this way. A Purse Organizer Insert will give you the purse you deserve.
Problem: The Calluses on Your Heels are NO JOKE. Solution: You Need a No Joke Tool Like This Colossal Pedicure Rasp
Spring is here, which means it’s time for your feet to come out in public again. If your heels are in bad shape, nothing will whip them into sandal readiness quite like this Colossal Pedicure Rasp. It’s essentially a large cheese grater for your feet. But don’t let its massive size or many sharp points scare you. It will leave your heels baby smooth. Few products on Amazon have the ratings that this thing does. 95% of the over 2,500 reviews rate it as 4 or 5 stars!
Problem: Your Bananas Are Making the Rest of Your Fruit Overripe. Solution: This Fruit Basket Bowl with Banana Hanger
Have you noticed how quickly your fruit over-ripens sometimes? If you keep your bananas in the bowl with the rest of your produce, none of your fruit will last very long. This is because bananas give off high levels of ethylene gas as they ripen. Ethylene gas speeds up the rate that fruit ripens, so while your bananas go from green to yellow, your apples go from crisp to mealy. Blech. If you hang your bananas with a Fruit Basket Bowl with Banana Hanger then the air can circulate more and the ethylene gas dissipates.