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By Liz Steelman
January 05, 2018
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Pup got his paws muddy on that jaunt through the park? No need to carry him to the bathroom to tidy up—just add a little water to this portable paw cleaner, insert Fido’s paw, and turn the cleaner. The silicone bristles inside will gently remove dirt from his paws. To buy: $19; amazon.com.
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Keep screws, nails, and drill bits at hand with this nifty magnetic wristband. Ten powerful magnets hold everything you need while working on that DIY project, meaning you’ll spend less time searching for dropped items.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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Pup got his paws muddy on that jaunt through the park? No need to carry him to the bathroom to tidy up—just add a little water to this portable paw cleaner, insert Fido’s paw, and turn the cleaner. The silicone bristles inside will gently remove dirt from his paws. 

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

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These shower melts give all the calming effects of bath bombs without the fuss of cleaning the tub. Create a steamy shower, then place a melt on your shower floor (away from the stream) or on the shelf and luxuriate in the relaxing lavender scent that’s released.

To buy: $8; target.com.

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This one-pound cutting board allows you to easily measure on a kitchen scale without having to transfer to another bowl (just subtract a pound from the reading!). But that’s not all it does—the board has flexible edges that can flip up or down to easily convert from a stable cutting board to a serving tray, or flip it over and use the groove to catch juice while carving meat or cutting fruit.

To buy: $25; dreamfarm.com.

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These heavy-duty liners stand up on their own, eliminating the need for a muffin tin and letting you bake more treats per batch.

To buy: $8.50; amazon.com.

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A user-friendly encyclopedia of fruits, vegetables, and spices, the free Specialty Produce app provides a vast amount of information on more than 2,200 items, including flavor profiles, pairing suggestions, and images that help you visually reference unfamiliar ingredients.