Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
Disinfect your microwave in a flash with this five-inch, dishwasher-safe doodad. Just fill with vinegar and water, place on the microwave tray, and set the oven timer for five minutes. The heated water steams up the inside of the oven, softening stuck-on gunk so you can wipe clean.
To Buy: $10; bulbhead.com.
BoomStick Portable Audio Enhancer
Improve the sound quality of earbuds (without upgrading to bulky headphones) with this handy rechargeable gadget—the Boomstick. Plug headphones into it and you get better volume, bass, and clarity.
To Buy: $60; amazon.com.
This dentist-developed floss is cylindrical, not flat, and made of hundreds of filaments to scrub between teeth more effectively. It comes in flavors like strawberry, coconut, mint, and Cara Cara orange, and it’s a great motivator for kids (or adults) who need a flossing nudge.
To Buy: $22 for three; amazon.com.
Automatic Handbag Illuminator
Drop this three-inch, 1½-ounce gadget into your bag vortex—it turns on when it senses a hand reaching in
To Buy: $30; uncommongoods.com.
Dinner Winner Kid's Dinner Tray
Replace the “One more bite, please” conversation with this playful plate, which comes in pirate, “supper” hero, and enchanted-forest themes.
To Buy: $15; amazon.com.