6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Hedgehog Dryer Balls
These spiky vinyl hedgehogs have a soft side: Toss them in the dryer to reduce static cling and boost fluffiness. They’re good for 100 loads.
To buy: $6 for two, kikkerland.com.
Featured December 2012
Toothbrush Holder-Flip Cup
With this plastic two-in-one cup, you can swish after brushing, then store the toothbrush in the slot (which is open at the bottom, so it won’t trap toothpaste gunk). Available in clear, black, and green.
To buy: $10.50, maxiga.com.
So what if Fido eats like an animal? The curved tray surrounding this food-and-water set will keep his kibble off the floor. Dishwasher-safe in the top rack. Available in grey, orange, and blue.
To buy: $39, hepper.com.
Patterned boxes of plastic wrap are a major improvement on the ones currently in your kitchen drawers. These containers also feature an oh-so-satisfying easy-slide cutter for guaranteeing a perfect piece every time you slice. Available in six patterns.
To buy: $10, chicwrap.com.
Inverted Bottle Holder
We've all been there: You're down to the last bit of that favorite face cream or suntan lotion and you just can't reach it. Toss it? Not so fast. This handy gadget was designed to hold bottles (of any shape or size) upside down, which forces all that leftover product to slide within reach.
To buy: $8 for two, sfmoma.org.
Perfect Your Photos
As you capture every moment this Christmas season, know that you'll have the tools for perfecting each and every photo once the holidays are done. (Phew: Pressure. Is. Off.) Be the photo editor you've always dreamed of with this free app, which lets you enhance shots by adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, and, of course, experimenting with different filters.
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