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. From sanity-saving kitchen helpers to a bathroom essential anyone can feel good about using, these editor picks will help you out through thick and thin.
1 Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Floor Cleaners
These non-toxic floor cleaners offer commercial-grade cleaning power made of simple ingredients—think vinegar, plant cleaners, and essential oils. Dilute with water, pick up a mop, and enjoy floors you could (not should) eat off of.
To buy: $8; auntfannies.com.
2 Kuhn Rikon Wave Counter Helper
Keep dirty spoons, cookbooks, tablets, and more off your countertops with this slim stand, which can prop up a recipe (on a tablet, cookbook, phone, or whatever), serve as a spoon rest for utensils, and hold drying pan lids or cutting boards. The countertop will never have mysterious stains or scratches again, and cookbooks, phones, and tablets will be safely out of harm’s way should something spill.
To buy: $10; kuhnrikonshop.com.
3 By Humankind Cotton Swabs
These cotton swabs are made of bamboo and cotton and are 100 percent biodegradable; they arrive in a sleek canister, and the regular restocking options eliminate more than an ounce of single-use plastic with every order. (Small efforts add up.)
To buy: $10; byhumankind.com.
4 Keurig K-Duo Plus Coffee Maker
The latest coffee maker from Keurig combines standard K-cup and traditional ground coffee brewing abilities, so users can choose to brew a single-serve cup or a whole carafe. The water reservoir is adjustable, too, so the maker can be adapted to take up minimal counterspace or fit into tight corners.
To buy: $230; bedbathandbeyond.com.
5 Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids
Swap out plastic wrap or aluminum foil for these versatile lids, which can serve as saucepan lids, leftover covers, and food covers—and go in the dishwasher once you’re done with them. Five different sizes mean any and all bowls, pans, and containers are covered (literally), and the lids nest together for easy storage.
To buy: $40; food52.com.
6 Minted Greeting Card Subscription
Never forget a card-sending occasion with this smart subscription, through which Minted sends beautiful, high-quality (and pre-chosen) greeting cards to your door ahead of major events, including birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Order a slew of cards for the year ahead in one online shopping trip, then rest easy as they arrive right on time for you to write in and send. Cards start at around $4 each, and shipping is free.