6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Solve some summer problems—think stubborn sand and oily jewelry—with these great products.
Most laundry pacs are wrapped in plastic that breaks down in water—but all that plastic doesn’t completely break down. To offer a plastic-free (but still convenient) alternative, Blueland recently launched its naked laundry tablets, which are fragrance- and allergen-free and work on all fabrics. The starter set comes with a reusable storage tin and a pack of 40 tablets; refill packs start at $14 for 40 tablets.
Never use a single-use bottle or coffee cup again—this bottle has all your beverage needs: The sleek, durable container has a detachable, vacuum-insulated travel cup for tea, coffee, or another sippable beverage. The larger bottle is sweat-proof, sized for cooler drinks, and even has a small storage compartment that can hold snacks or other small items.
Clean watches, pearl strands, and other pieces of jewelry that can’t be soaked in a conventional liquid jewelry cleaner with this wipe, which removes grime, oils, and dirt—and is conveniently portable, so you can polish on the go when you notice a smudge.
Give your bubbly gifts a little personality: This free label maker from La Marca allows you to customize a label to commemorate an occasion, celebrate someone, and more. Simply enter your email and create your label; La Marca will send you the labels (up to two each day), which you can then put on bottles you purchase separately. (La Marca Prosecco is available at most wine and liquor stores.) A gift bottle of wine never felt so special.
Safe for all ages and smelling faintly of vanilla, this powder uses an all-natural blend of plants and minerals to dislodge stubborn grains of sand from feet, legs, and more.
Travel may be postponed until it’s a little safer to board a plane or hit the road, but you can still support boutique hotels (and their employees) around the world with The Leading Hotels of the World’s Stay It Forward program. Guests unable to visit now can purchase a certificate at a participating member hotel of their choice; 100 percent of funds from each sale are donated to the employees of the hotel facing financial hardship or to a local charity, and the certificate is good for a future pre-paid, two-night stay at the hotel, plus other perks.