6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
BootRescue All-Natural Cleaning Wipes
Slip one of these individually packaged wipes in your pocket or bag before heading out into the rain or snow. Once you reach your destination, a few simple swipes of the all-natural cleaner can remove dirt and salt stains and help your boots look brand new.
To buy: $9 for 10 wipes; amazon.com.
Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Chocolate Chip with Toasted Oats Snack Bar Dough
This package of raw snack bar dough has the same single-portioned system as break-and-bake cookie dough: Pop one bar out, bake it, and have a fresh-from-the-oven snack that staves off any over-indulgence. (The five-grain and seed blend and toasted oat ingredients will make you feel like you’ve made a healthy choice, too.)
To buy: $4 for 10 bars; available at retailers nationwide.
The blades on this compact kitchen tool can mince a peeled garlic clove to perfection in a few quick zooms, keeping sticky (and pungent) garlic juice off your cutting boards and knives. You’ll save quite a chunk of time, too.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.
Reliable Ovo 150GT Portable Steam Iron and Garment Steamer
Pack this iron and steamer combo on your next trip for effective wrinkle removal in a portable, suitcase-friendly pod. It works equally well as a home iron and steamer, if you’re particularly tight on space and your ironing pile is small. And if you’re iron-averse, the steaming capabilities are powerful enough to loosen wrinkles—no ironing board necessary.
To buy: $49; amazon.com.
Gather ’round the fire for s’mores, story-telling, and more—just without the smoke—with this wood- and charcoal-burning FirePit, which allows you to get close to the fire’s warmth without getting shrouded in smoke. An included grill grate gives you a prime cookout spot; you can even control the fire’s size using a Bluetooth app.
To buy: $200; bioliteenergy.com.
If you’ve ever ordered something online and find out two days later that its price was reduced, you could use Earny. This so-called assistant scans the receipts in your inbox and tracks prices for the items you’ve purchased. If the price drops, Earny claims the difference and gives you money back—just in time for holiday shopping sprees. The service collects 25 percent of refunds as payment; if you never receive a refund, it’s free.