6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
1 Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron
Clear out that pile of unworn aprons for one that will actually get used. The new Ultimate Apron has all the accessories any home-chef needs and wants—think built-in pot holders, a conversion chart, and plenty of smart pockets—in a simple, adjustable design available in four different colors.
To buy: $45; food52.com.
2 Clorox Ultra Clean Disinfecting Wipes
This latest iteration of Clorox’s famous disinfecting wipes are ultra-strong, thick (for absorbing more grease), and textured to pick up more dirt and grime. The wipes are bleach-free and dual-sided for double the cleaning power; try them on exercise equipment, car interiors, countertops, and more.
To buy: $6; walmart.com.
3 Yoga Mat Storage and Display
Made of solid wood and capable of being mounted on the wall or placed on the floor, this yoga organizer keeps the mat, blocks, straps, candles, and other accessories for an at-home yoga practice in one secure, out-of-the-way spot.
To buy: $145; uncommongoods.com.
4 Supergoop Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion
Finally—a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave your face looking chalky. This ultra-creamy, blendable lotion offers SPF 40 and applies easily, with a tint that wears well under makeup and is lightweight enough for sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin.
To buy: $42; supergoop.com.
5 Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash
Spritz this seven-ingredient produce wash on greens, fruits, and other fresh foods to remove surface pesticides (more than 90 percent of pesticide residue, to be exact) in three simple steps. The wash uses baking soda, plant-derived cleaning agents, and lemon oil to make produce cleaner and healthier to eat without leaving behind an odor or taste.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.
In a new city or while exploring a new neighborhood, turn to the colorful Welcome app for an hour-by-hour guide to shopping outlets, dining options, and more. Welcome will even map out a course to follow; for more free-wheeling travel experiences, turn to the Discover option, which offers a less structured way of checking out things to do in a new (or old) city.