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.


Fast-Rinse Conditioner


Spend less time—and use less water—
 with Fast-Rinse Conditioner from Love Beauty and Planet. New from Unilever, the line also includes shampoo, body wash, and more, in scents like lavender and rose.

To buy: $9; lovebeautyplanet.com.

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Hot Date Casserole Carrier


Carry homemade lasagna (or a batch of warm cookies) with this handy poly-twill tote. It holds up to a 9-by-13-inch pan, withstands temps up to 250°F, and features sturdy handles that make transporting a cinch.

To buy: $35; scoutbags.com.

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Sprayable Ghee


With a higher smoke point than olive oil and a butter-forward flavor, this dairy-free spray is perfect for greasing a skillet for eggs or a roasting pan for veggies. Works on nonstick, iron, and steel surfaces.

To buy: $9; fourthandheart.com.

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Go Smile Stain Erasers


Pop these tiny, single-use teeth-whitening ampoules into your bag for touch-ups after drinking coffee or wine. Squeeze the tube to saturate the stick, then rub over teeth to prevent stains and freshen breath.

To buy: $25; gosmile.com.

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EcoVessel Perk Bottle


Keep coffee piping hot for eight hours or water cold for 36 with this triple-insulated mug. It includes a removable strainer basket for loose tea—or for keeping ice from knocking your teeth mid swig.

To buy: $27; ecovessel.com.

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Charity Navigator’s Hot Topics


From hurricanes to wildfires, disasters often inspire an inclination to donate. But finding the best organization to receive your donation isn’t always simple. Thanks to Charity Navigator’s Hot Topics, you can click on a crisis and see the verified charities contributing to the cause. Find them on Facebook or go to charitynavigator.org.

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