Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. From eco-conscious laundry pods to smarter soap that can go with you anywhere, these editor picks will help you out through thick and thin.

By Brandi Broxson
October 25, 2019
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Lilly Brush Save Our Sweaters

Swipe this gentle little brush over a natural fiber, like cashmere, to remove pills, fuzz, or pet hair. Also works on upholstery.

To buy: $13;

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Eco-Conscious Laundry Pods

These pouches hold a biodegradable formula that's compatible with all machines and tough on stains. They're shipped to your door in a recyclable, compostable, plastic-free box that doubles as a storage bin.

To buy: $32 for 160 loads (with subscription);

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OttLite Shine LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charging

Great for a dorm room, this desk lamp can wirelessly charge Qi-certified phones and has an energy-efficient LED that lasts up to 40,000 hours.

To buy: $50;

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The Angled Board

One side has a channel to trap juices from meat or fruit. The other side is smooth for serving cheese or chopping. An angled edge makes it easy to collect diced veggies or minced garlic. Available in walnut or maple.

To buy: $77;

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Cushioned Compression Socks

These wool-and-nylon socks cushion the contours of your feet for extra comfort and feature 15 to 20 mm/Hg of graduated compression.

To buy: $35;

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Have kids draw on their hands with these portable scented soap pens. To remove the drawing, they have to rub their hands under warm water for 20 to 40 seconds, ensuring proper handwashing. Each pen provides over 100 washes.

To buy: $15 for 3;