Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Here, the best problem solvers our editors discovered this year. 

By Liz Steelman
December 23, 2016
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This easy-to-use tool attacks built-up grime in a home's crevices and cracks (think bathtub scum, baked-on grease, and tile grout). And for just $6? Our editors are truly obsessed.To buy: $6, amazon.com.
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This easy-to-use tool attacks built-up grime in a home's crevices and cracks (think bathtub scum, baked-on grease, and tile grout). And for just $6? Our editors are truly obsessed.

To buy: $6, amazon.com.

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2016 was the year we were finally able to let down our ponytails without snags, kinks, or headaches. The secret weapon? The Invisibobble, a flexible hair tie that slides in and out of strands with ease.

To buy: $8 for three, nordstrom.com.

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Have sensitive skin? Toss one of these irritant-free wool balls into the dryer with clothes, blankets, sheets, and more—they replace the need for fabric softener and dryer sheets, as well as reduce drying time and static.

To buy: $20 for three, target.com.

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Going on a long walk? Keep your pup hydrated with this bottle. Just squeeze to fill the dish on top of this leak-proof bottle with water. It's just the right height for your hound—and an adjustable strap means you can attach it to your bag or belt for easy carrying.

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com.

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Just apply face wash to this palm-size, portable cleaning brush for a deep clean. The nubs pulsate 8,000 times a minute, removing dirt and grime as it glides over skin.

To buy: $39, nordstrom.com.

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Missed your connecting flight due to a delay? Spot an excess charge on your cell bill? Use Service, a free app that contacts customer service and works to resolve the issue for you.