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 daily problems with these smart, usable solutions.
Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray
For a new way to wash your dishes, try this spray from a dish soap maker you already know and trust. The spray cuts through grease and activates on contact; simply spray, wipe, and rinse for cleaner pots, pans, and dishes, no scrubbing necessary. (Cleaning as you go has never been easier, too.)
To buy: $5; target.com.
Package Free Reusable Beauty Swab
Cleaning up your beauty routine is hard, but this reusable swab makes it a tiny bit easier. If you use a single-use cotton swab to remove your makeup every night, replace those with one of these, which lasts up to 1,000 uses when cleaned with soap and water regularly. The case is biodegradable and travel-friendly, so you can stay more sustainable on the go, too.
To buy: $12; packagefreeshop.com.
Scout Trash Cache
For everything from class parties to backyard gatherings to game-day celebrations, this collapsible trash can has you covered. It has snaps for holding a 40-gallon trash bag in place and folds flat for storage, so you can take a good-looking trash can wherever you need it.
To buy: From $52; scoutbags.com.
Brabantia Ironing Table
Ditch your clumsy, difficult-to-move ironing board for this one, which has an iron rest with non-skid, heat-resistant protective strips and a transport lock to ensure it won’t open on you while you’re dragging it out of the closet.
To buy: $76; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive
Kill the bacteria that cause a lingering funk in your clothes (particularly those sweaty gym clothes) with this laundry helper. Simply add this sanitizer to your rinse cycle, and your clothes may finally lose that hard-to-ditch smell—and any potentially illness-causing bacteria.
To buy: $6; amazon.com.
Ditch bag check lines (and fees) with LugLess, a service that ships your luggage, specialty items (such as golf clubs or skis), or boxes to your destination for less than a bag check fee. Basic shipping services are convenient and affordable, and you can add doorstep pick-up or additional coverage for an added fee to make your travels even easier.