31 Clever Inventions I’m Surprised Exist

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Life goal: meet whoever invented the combination milk and cereal cup.

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1.

Game-changing ceiling fan pulls, because apparently I’m not the only one who cannot for the life of me remember which cord controls the light and which controls the fan. Honestly, why don’t they make all ceiling fans with these?!?


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Promising review: “I love these little pull chains. Not only do they make it easier to pull, but finally there is no guessing which chain goes with what. They are so cute and made really well. There is actually a nice weight to them and they are much more durable/sturdy that the pic makes them look. I was pleasantly surprised when they came and I would highly recommend them to everyone who needs a little length and help finding the right chain. :)” —SBrain

Get them from Amazon for $5.99.


2.

A super clever keyring bangle that’s the ultimate combo of fashion and function. If you’re anyone who loses anything that’s not literally attached to their body, this was basically made for you.


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Promising review: “Oh my gosh, I love love love this thing! It is exactly what I needed! I’m always fumbling for a place to put my keys since my purse is small and I don’t always have pockets (thanks, women’s jeans companies for those FAKE pockets!)…anyway!!! This thing is so handy. I just put it on my wrist and go! It doesn’t hang too low and bump up against my leg when I’m driving either! Perfection! Planning on buying some as gifts! Thank you!!!” —MKelly

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 45 colors and prints).


3.

A LOL-worthy screaming goat figure, because don’t you just want to meet (and befriend) whoever was like, “What about a little plastic goat that shrieks when you press him? I think we could all use that.” They were correct.


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He also comes with a little book of equally delightful goat facts.

Promising review: “This is one of those things you don’t know you need in your life until you see it. Yes, it may have been a late night, altered state kind of purchase that surprised me a bit when it showed up, but it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. For just a few dollars, you too can receive an informational mini-book full of goat facts to awe and impress your friends as well as a miniature screaming goat. If you’re a fan of the screaming goat videos on YouTube, this will be right up your alley. It sounds best when set on a hard surface like a table or desk, so the sound can echo. It’s just loud enough for coworkers to ask ‘did y’all just hear a screaming goat?’ Yes. Yes you did, Phil. If you’ve read this far, it’s been decided: you need this. This will be there for you longer than that dumb T-shirt you’re considering. This screaming goat will complete you. Better get one for your best friend too, while you’re at it.” —echobunny

Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

4.

An ingenious cereal cup with separate holes for the milk and cereal, so you can simply take a sip of the perfect, non-soggy breakfast (with a perfect milk-to-cereal ratio, of course) from anywhere. Bowls and spoons? I don’t know them.


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It’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “I LOVE THIS CUP SO MUCH!!! It’s amazing, life-changing. Truly revolutionary. Changes the whole game. I use it every morning when I leave for work in a rush because I’m always late. No spoons or anything needed, and fits in the cup holder perfectly. It’s easy to clean and easy to use. The cereal to milk ratio is perfect, I’m never left with too much milk and not enough cereal or vice versa.” —Esli Pinto

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in five colors).


5.

A ~fantastically~ funny unicorn horn for your KitchenAid mixer that should win every design award known to man (and mythological equine), because it’s pretty much the only thing that could make your favorite kitchen gadget better.


Inceptualize3D/Etsy

This Atlanta-based small business stocks so many super creative 3D-printed home goods!

Get it from Inceptualize3D on Etsy for $12 (available in 10 colors and in a fixed or rotating version).

6.

An oh-so-helpful plastic bag holder for those moments when you feel like you’d need one or two additional limbs to stop meal prep from being such a mess. We’ve all been there — so why have we lived without these for so long?


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Promising review: “I prep my meals a month at a time and these make it much more convenient. These are especially helpful with raw meat, as I can use two hands while prepping the food and don’t have to worry about keeping one clean to open the bag. I’ve also used them to portion out servings and ounces of meat when placed on a scale. They’re not made of anything incredibly strong, but they’re sturdy enough for full Ziploc bags of food.” —Julie M

Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.35.


7.

A super convenient magnetic wristband strong enough to hold up to one pound (!!!) of tools you want to have close at hand, so it’ll be like you have an assistant right there with you.


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Read BuzzFeed’s full MagnoGrip write-up.

Promising review: “Husband uses this a lot now. Before he was constantly dropping his nails and screws from the top of his ladder. He would also lose the nails and screws when removing them from items. Now all he has to do is take a few at a time and place them on the band. Being hands-free when having to do projects is a gift in itself. Band is durable and you can wipe it off if need be or rinse it with the hose outside.” —Kayla D. Wood

Get it from Amazon for $13.68+ (available in two colors).

8.

Sleep-saving LED light-blocking stickers to take the annoying lights on all your household gadgets from wayyyyy too bright to *just right*. These are for anyone who’s ever stared with loathing at their clock in the middle of the night, wishing they could somehow reprogram it to be less bright and obnoxious.


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Promising review: “Works as advertised. Didn’t realize how badly I needly these in my life! I have a media PC in my living room under my TV and directly across from the main couch. The LED is extremely bright and obnoxious, especially in low-light situations. One of these dimmed the LED the perfect amount and I can definitely still see that the PC is on, but without the annoying blue beacon that can be seen from space. The variety of options included guarantee that you should have the correct size to dim whatever LEDs you have. Highly recommend.” —IPman501

Get a pack of over 100 stickers from Amazon for $7.89.


9.

A split bedding set designed specifically for couples who can never seem to agree on blanket ratio. No more freezing because babe keeps hogging the comforter or sweating because they *insist* on using all the covers even in the middle of the summer.


Uncommon Goods

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $85+ (available as just the blanket or a blanket and sheets set and in two colors).


TwoLilacsStudio/Etsy

It’s from an Oregon-based small business, and you can also message the seller for a custom design.

Promising review: “LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care. Highly recommended!” —Alina

Get it from TwoLilacsStudio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four sizes and six colors).


11.

A pack of cheerful and colorful Scrub Daddy sponges that are now famous, but remain one of the best pitches in Shark Tank history. They’re ingeniously designed to be odor-resistant and scratch free, with eye holes that make an easy grip and a mouth for scrubbing both sides of silverware at once.


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Forgive me for saying this, but yes, Daddy. This multicolor pack allows you to color code which sponges you use for which areas of your home! Check out BuzzFeed’s full Scrub Daddy write-up.

Promising review: “Love, love, love Scrub Daddy sponges, and I haven’t bought another sponge since I discovered the company after watching Shark Tank. I know the mouth is supposed to be great for spoons, but I honestly don’t even use it that way. This sponge just cleans everything: my granite counters, my stainless steel sink, my wooden dining table, dishes, etc. NOTHING is damaged, and the best part of these sponges is that they don’t stink like a dumpster after a week of use. Not only do they do their job, but you’re actually saving money in the long run from not having to buy sponges all the time. Whenever one does start to smell a bit, I just throw it on the rack in the dishwasher and run it through a cycle, and it lasts another two weeks or so.” —Peaceful Pines

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.99 (or $14.24 with the Subscribe & Save option).

12.

The Guac-Lock, an amazing airtight container that’ll allow you to enjoy guacamole goodness for days on end with no browning. It’s the scientific advancement we always knew we needed but never thought possible — dreams really do come true.


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Promising review: “This thing works! This picture (on the right) is six-day-old guacamole. It’s as green and fresh as it was the day I made it! I can’t believe it. Amazing.” —Janice Hell

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


13.

An absolutely inspired car dipping sauce holder that’ll clip to your vents and make your drive-thru meal an even more wonderful experience. You’ll pity your fellow fast food patrons who are still spilling BBQ all over their seats or balancing ranch precariously on their center console.


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It’s designed to be able to hold different sizes of sauce containers depending on whether you position them horizontally or vertically, and it even comes with a removable tray you can squeeze sauce packets into.

Promising review: “This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my love language!” —Quintana

Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.90 (available in three colors).

14.

Beyond handy grocery bag handles that must have been designed by someone who also REFUSES to make multiple trips into the house with their baggage. These babies make it possible to carry way more at once and can even hold the bags together in the back of the car so they don’t spill.


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Promising review: “It usually takes me a dozen trips from my car to my house to get my groceries inside, and if I carry too many at one time, the handles cut off the circulation in my hands and arms. These special handles solved all my problems. Today, I only made three trips from the car to the house! When I had to put the bags down to open the door, these handles laid on top of the bags and I only had to grab them, instead of searching for all the plastic handles as they flopped around. Now there are no more bag marks on my wrist and my hands don’t go numb! Who would have thought that something so simple could make my life so much better?” —Rosemary Smith Dattler

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.95.


15.

A must-have, keychain-friendly car escape tool to up your emergency-preparedness game. This tiny miracle has both a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker to get you to safety ASAP.


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Check out this review from an actual firefighter with tips on how to use this tool!

Promising review: “Just had to use one of these that I keep on my keychain. I was first on the scene of a nasty wrong-way crash. The driver and a passenger were stuck inside the vehicle. The doors could not be easily opened (on the driver side) so I pulled out my keys and used this tool to pop out the window. It instantly caused the tempered glass to shatter and I knocked the excess away with my flashlight before using a knife to cut away at the airbags. The woman survived and it was incredibly comforting for her to see me face to face and know that she had a way out and that she wasn’t stuck. We waited for a little and paramedics arrived and were able to give everyone the care they needed. This was a real-life scenario and this product worked. Would absolutely recommend.” —Madison

Get it from Amazon for $9.85+ (available in seven colors).


16.

Specially designed hoodie hangers for anyone whose epic loungewear collection deserves the best — but is often the absolute worst to hang up.


VenalliBuilds/Etsy

They’re from a Kansas-based small business! The black clip attachment is removable, so you can use it to secure the hanger on smaller rods or take it off and just hang it like a normal hanger!

Promising review: “We are a hoodie household. I think everyone in this house has at least six or seven hoodies! And prime hoodie hanging spots get overloaded regularly. These hooks are a fantastic solution to our problem.” —divamiki

Get a set of five from VenalliBuilds on Etsy for $20 (available in four colors).

17.

Absolutely genius Grease Bags that’ll not only save your drain from all the oil you might otherwise pour down it, but will actually make said greasy cooking residue commercially compostable. Yes, really.


Grease Bags

This as-seen-on-Shark Tank product is Black woman-owned! The lining of the bag absorbs oil and fat and seals securely, so you can just toss it in your trash or municipal compost bin!

Get a single bag from Grease Bags for $8.99 or Amazon for $13.99 or a set of three from Grease Bags for $24.99.


18.

A waterproof notepad for recording all of your vitally important shower thoughts, because it’s truly where your best ideas come from. Wait…do we think the person who came up with this came up with it…in the shower???


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You can use it with any regular pencil, but it includes one that says “No more great ideas down the drain!”

Promising review: “I purchased this product for myself because I was always thinking of things I needed to do while in the shower, but would forget to do them once I got out. This works for that situation. It’s also nice to leave love notes for my husband when he takes showers after me.” —Cheryl Bass

Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

19.

The amazing Alleyoop Pen Pal, aka an incredibly fun and convenient four-in-one makeup pen that’ll let you do pretty much your whole face with one tool. Just click down the various levers for eyeliner, lip liner, highlighter, and an eye/eyebrow pencil, all in one portable and adorable package.


Alleyoop

It’s vegan and cruelty- and paraben-free, and the packaging is recyclable! Honestly, I’m fascinated by all the clever, time-saving beauty tools from this woman-founded brand — they look so cool and would totally upgrade your routine. Also, how did no one think of them till now?!?

Promising review: “I love the ease of this product. It’s so perfect and the colors are great for all looks — casual, fancy, quarantine extra, everything! I love how effortless it is and how easy it is to use. I’m serious that as a makeup novice, these colors are impossible to mess up. I love It! ” —Stephanie H.

Get it from Alleyoop for $25.


20.

A pair of Boot Bananas that’ll use a combo of plant extracts, activated charcoal, minerals, and salts to deodorize even the stinkiest of shoes. And the coolest part? Just like a real banana, they’ll brown over time as they soak up more and more nastiness, so you’ll know when you need to purchase a new pair.


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Still, one set can last 6–12 months!

Promising review: “I keep my climbing shoes in my car and the stench was literally ruining my life. No matter how much I sprayed Febreze or scrubbed my shoes, nothing helped. This product is a lifesaver!” —KYM22

Get them from Amazon for $19.99.–

21.

A clever cap washing cage so you’ll be able to pop baseball caps in the top rack of your dishwasher or top-loading washing machine to get them looking like new. Honestly, hat’s off to whoever invented this.


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Promising review: “I bought these as a gift for my brother-in-law. I was worried at first and suggested that he wash a hat that he doesn’t mind ruining just in case. He had about $300 of hats that were ‘ruined’ due to the wet weather causing mold on his hats. He washed one and was pleasantly surprised! He was able to make his hats good as new again! He has a regular top-loading spinning washer and it didn’t bend his hats. Great gift idea for the hat lover in your life!” —Alyssa

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.78.

22.

A convenient condiment fork you can store around the snack jar itself, so you won’t ever find yourself ~in a pickle~ and have to stick your fingers in the brine. If necessity is the mother of invention, whoever invented this must have similar snacking habits to me.


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It’s top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy gadget to have. This comes with two rings — one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in (I could eat a whole jar of those in one sitting). The pickle fork thingie is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket at the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more…civilized!” —PT Cruiser

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


23.

Hilarious yet practical pop-up fire hydrant pee pads that’ll not only look way less unsightly around your house than plain ones, but also be easier for your pup to find (and aim at). Pee-ure genius.


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Promising review: “Best pads I’ve used. Hydrant is a floor-saver! The little fire hydrant pops up automatically when you unfold the pad, and it has a contrasting color that allows them to see it (while looking really cute). It’s perfect size for a small dog to aim at, it’s absorbent so it doesn’t splash, and it’s small enough that girl dogs can share the pad without it getting in the way. I have two toy poodles, one boy and one girl. They boy would never make it onto the pad (and nearly ruined my floor) because he didn’t have anything to aim at. So I ended up creating my own hydrants out of cans wrapped in potty pads. They worked but it was a pain to create a new one each time I put out a new pad. This is so much better! I’m in love with these. Best of all, these are hands-down some of the best quality potty pads I’ve ever used. Liquid becomes a gel almost instantly so they don’t track wet footprints on the floor, and they absorb the smell.” —A. Platter

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $14.95.

24.

A super useful washable, reusable, cotton-blend towel made to do (and excel at) one very specific job. Namely, absorb all the grease from your bacon with less waste than just using a paper towel.


GreenCityLiving/Etsy

Just use it to blot bacon like you would a normal paper towel, then soak it in hot water and degreasing dish soap and toss it in the washer to be used again. This genius creation is from a woman-owned, Colorado-based shop that makes fabric alternatives to all sorts of disposable household products and donates 1% of proceeds to Climate Emergency Fund.

Promising review: “Ok, I’m really impressed! I thought it might be inconvenient compared with paper, but I am sooo amazed! It soaked up the bacon and left it perfect (no paper bits). Super easy to wash with a bit of dish soap by hand and toss it in the dishwasher. I’m telling all my friends! Excellent shop, highly recommend!” —Julie

Get it from GreenCityLiving on Etsy for $8.

25.

A simply brilliant bracelet fastening tool that allows you to hold one end of your bauble steady instead of trying to contort your hands into unnatural positions just to put on your damn jewelry.


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Promising review: “I can’t believe I waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception, so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they’re slip-on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again.” —Cat Mom

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).


26.

A Guzzle Buddy, the as-seen-on-Shark Tank product that you can pop right into your beloved bottle of vino to aerate it and drink it on the couch in your PJs in a (slightly) more dignified way than usual. It also helps make it VERY clear that you’re not sharing. Yup, the creator of this product just *gets* you.


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It’s top-rack dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “As an avid wine drinker, I must say this is my favorite thing ever. I was finally done cleaning all the dishes one night and I didn’t want to dirty another glass. I had a bottle opened and I figured, hey let me give this Guzzle Buddy a try! It seems like it aerates the wine before it hits your mouth and it tastes MUCH better when drinking it from this glass than right from the bottle. It’s also a great gag gift for wino friends! I overall enjoyed my purchase! :)” —Shelby Bassetti

Get it from Amazon for $15.05.

27.

A beautiful and creative intimate art kit that allows you and your partner to create a museum-worthy painting with your bodies while you get frisky. Yes, really.


The Grommet

It comes with nontoxic, latex-free paint, a flat canvas you can later have stretched at a framer, a plastic sheet, and even slippers and a body scrubber for getting clean afterwards!

Promising review: “Hot, hot, hot. I bought this for my other half for his birthday. I was super excited for it as we are both a little more adventurous in the sack; the look on his face when he opened this and realized what it was…I’ll never forget it. We had planned to wait till later that night to bust it out and get to work, but as it sat there tormenting us, we couldn’t wait any longer. The kit comes with everything you need to get down and dirty and nice and clean. Not only does the paint do a thing or a two to your senses, it made both of us a little more aware of our bodies and a little less aware of the flooring…thank you for the plastic drop cloth! After the deed was done and we were satisfied with the work we did, we hopped in the shower. It took some scrubbing but all the paint eventually come off.” —Savannah

Get it from The Grommet for $60+ (available in five colors).

28.

A smart double pan to make flipping omelets, bacon, grilled cheese, and more so ~flipping~ easy, plus help you get the fluffiest pancakes you’ve ever made in your life.


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Promising review: “I had a similar pan for years but the handle eventually broke off and I was really missing it. This pan is even better, because the top will stay open at a 90-degree angle while pouring in pancake batter or whatever. That is a major improvement, especially since I use it most often when making pancakes. Anything that needs to be flipped is great in this pan. I often make grilled cheese sandwiches in it. It’s not good for volume cooking, but I only cook for one or two so it is fine. Another improvement over my old one is that the two pieces fit tighter together when closed, so batter or eggs or whatever don’t have a chance to leak out when flipping. Finally, the price was very reasonable.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


29.

An absolutely iconic Schitt spray that’s the mash-up of pop culture and practical product you never knew you needed. Ew, David, I bet you thought stinking up the bathroom was just an inevitable part of life. Nope — just spritz this oil blend onto the toilet before you go to mask whatever damage you’re about to do (especially if you’re Roland using the loo in the Rose’s motel room).


SEssentialsBoutique/Etsy

*Extremely PopTV lady voice*: A ~poop~ original series.

It’s from a Boston-based small business!

Promising review: “Love this spray!!! It works great and the scent is lovely. The small travel size is perfect for my purse!” —Nancy

Get a full-size bottle and a travel size from SEssentialsBoutique on Etsy for $16.50.

30.

A brilliant color-coded keyboard cover illustrating all the shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop that’ll be a true game-changer for anyone who uses that app about as much as they use their email. And here you were thinking about just tattooing these shortcuts on your hands — this is a bit easier.


Chic Geeks

Chic Geeks is a Black woman-owned business specializing in gorgeous tech accessories and clever keyboard covers!

Promising review: “Exactly what I needed. Fits well and easy to read.” —Heidi Winkler

Get it from Chic Geeks for $20 (available for seven different MacBook models).

31.

And finally, a very handsome top hat for reptiles and other small animals basically guaranteed to be the best thing you’ll see all day. It’s called fasssssshion, look it up.


HissyFitHats/Etsy

It’s from the aptly named shop HissyFitHats, which makes hats and glasses for snakes and other small pets.

Promising review: “Bean (a toad) has become quite the regular at HissyFitHats! We just love them. Not only is the quality of the hat absolutely brilliant, but the owners are so kind and even gave Bean some extras! I will always purchase Bean’s accessories from here, they’re just fabulous!” —Caitlin

Get it from HissyFitHats on Etsy for $6.54 (available with or without a chin strap).


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