August is here and summer is starting to wind down, which means we could use an extra hand to get things done around the house as we get back into our routines. Luckily, no matter how big or small the task, we found a few gadgets you can rely on to knock things off of your to-do list.
Whether meal prepping on a busy schedule is stressful or your produce isn't lasting long enough in-between grocery store runs, TODAY contributor Alejandra Ramos recently stopped by TODAY to share a few hacks that can make a major difference in your day-to-day.
Keep reading to discover all of the problem-solving products that you didn't even know you needed, from an outlet extender with a built-in shelf to a space-saving magnetic spice rack, plus even more Amazon home must-haves we found.
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Produce is too expensive to let it go to waste. Ramos found this "produce saver," which helps keep fruits and vegetables "crisp, firm and fresh," according to the brand. You can use it in your crisper drawer in the refrigerator or in a fruit bowl on the counter — for up to three months at a time — to help prevent your food from ripening too fast (and eventually going to waste).
Hard-boiled eggs are a convenient snack or protein-packed breakfast whenever you're on the go, but cooking them can be a challenge. Ramos found these adorable (and useful) timers that changes colors to let you know when the eggs have cooked all of the way. According to the brand, they're 100% BPA-free and made with a food-safe polyresin.
Chopping garlic can lead to smelly fingers — but not anymore! You can toss a bulb of garlic into the chamber on this tool and then roll it in order to chop: The more you roll, the finer the mince will be, according to the brand. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe for easy care.
This isn't your average spoon rest! Ramos found a spoon rest that can not only hold your spoon or spatula, but has enough room to hold the lid for your pot, too. You can get a set of two for $18, so you'll have an extra to use while the other is in the dishwasher.
Editor's Note: Our original pick won't arrive until September 1, but we found another similar option below.
These spoon rests boast a similar design to Ramos' first pick and are also dishwasher safe. They can accommodate a range of lid sizes and although they are made from plastic, they have a 4.5-star rating from reviewers for their "heat resistance."
Ramos also found a different kind of "produce saver" that eliminates the need for plastic bags or aluminum foil. These silicone sleeves can stretch over common fruits and vegetables to help "slow browning and keep food fresher longer," according to the brand. Plus, they huggers are reusable and dishwasher safe.
When was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker? If you're struggling to recall, don't worry. Ramos found cleaning tablets that will do all of the dirty work for you — no scrubbing (or vinegar) required. According to the brand, all you need to do is toss one of these tablets into your coffee machine once a month and run a few brewing cycles to reduce water and mineral buildup.
These durable cloths can be used in your kitchen, car and beyond in order to clean, dust or polish. According to the brand, they're non-abrasive and won't leave lint or streaks behind.
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Shop All Day contributor Makho Ndlovu stopped by TODAY earlier this year to share some of her favorite home hacks. You can shop her picks below.
If you're short on counter space, finding a spot to charge any of your devices can be tricky. Ndlovu says this outlet extender makes it "super easy" to give your battery some juice. It features five outlets, four USB ports and a built-in night light. There's also a shelf that helps keep your accessories off of the counter or the ground.
We use our phones, tablets and computers on a daily basis, but do we clean them as frequently? Probably not. This mist cleaner can be used on your favorite devices or even your TV remote, according to the brand. It features a built-in microfiber cloth, which you can use to wipe the surface down after you've given it a good spritz or two. Plus, it's conveniently sized, so you can keep it with you while you travel or use it during your commute for a quick touch-up.
Whether you have a small kitchen or are simply short on pantry space, you'll be glad Ndlovu introduced you to this smart storage solution. This spice rack has a magnetic backing, so you don't have to worry about installing any kind of hardware in order to reap the benefits of this hack. The double-tiered organizer can support up to 15 pounds and is a must-have for any home or apartment, Ndlovu says.
Ndlovu says these genius liners are a way to hack post-meal clean up and help you cut down on time spent doing the dishes. According to the brand, the liners are heat-resistant up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit and are made from a food-safe silicone, so they can even be used in the oven or microwave, too. They also feature built-in handles, which makes removing them from the air fryer or oven a breeze. Plus, since they're dishwasher safe, you can also avoid having to wash them by hand once you're done eating.
Whether you're making bacon for breakfast or frying chicken for dinner, there will likely be a good amount of cooking oil to dispose of once you finish cooking your meal. While there are many ways to get rid of it, Ndlovu says this solution is easy — and you can do it while the oil is still hot. You simply open a packet, sprinkle it into the oil and then let it solidify while it cools. Once it's solid, you can toss it in the trash — no scraping or pouring required.
We all have those clothing items that are simply too precious to toss in the dryer, but we might not have enough space to let them air dry on a drying rack. Ndlovu loves this discreet clothesline because it is retractable — which it won't be an obstruction whenever it is not in use. The line itself is made from a durable stainless steel, according to the brand, so it can support up to 40 pounds. Plus, it can be used on different surfaces both indoors and outdoors.
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Tackling the kitchen sink is extra difficult if you don't have the tools to do it properly. This six-piece kitchen cleaning set includes everything you need to scrub your dirty dishes, from a holding tray to three different sized brushes. One brush even has a vegetable peeler that you can use after you finished washing your vegetables.
Rather than filling your fridge with flimsy disposable bags from the grocery store, you can opt for these environmentally-friendly produce bags that come in three color-coded sizes instead. They are durable and washable, so you can use them over and over again. The brand says each bag can hold up to 25 pounds of produce, so you'll be able to use them when you're shopping for the whole family.
This microwave popcorn popper just took the hassle out of making homemade popcorn. After putting your kernels in the silicone popper, you simply need to put the lid on the device and enter the desired cook time on your microwave. Minutes later, you'll have a fresh snack!
After you ordered too much pizza, do you stuff it in a container that has just enough room to fit every piece? Then, when you go to heat it up, do you find that the pieces are greasy and stuck together? This pizza storage container will solve all your pizza-storage problems thanks to the trays that you can use to separate leftover slices. Since the container and its trays are microwave- and dishwasher-safe, you can use the trays to warm up your pizza, too!
Whether you're struggling with fruit flies or mosquitos, pesky insects never seem to quit. But they should be no match for this UV bug catcher that you can score for $15! The bug catcher combines UV lights with a super glue card to trap the insects in your home.
Not all of the lint from your laundry actually ends up on the lint screen, which is why this nifty, 33-inch attachment might prove itself to be useful. You can hook it up to an existing hose attachment on your vacuum in order to suck up lint and dust that has probably been accumulating for months in the lint trap, which can help make the drying cycle more efficient (and avoid a potential fire hazard).
Batteries often take up a good amount of space in the "junk drawer," but this clever hack makes it easy to organize and store up to 180 of them at once. If you don't store your batteries the right way (if they are touching) the brand says it can actually drain them, which is why the Battery Daddy has different-sized compartments that make storing them almost foolproof.
Sometimes, sagging cushions can easily point out where our favorite spots on the couch are. This cushion support can be used to fix or prevent sagging, according to the brand. Inside the fabric are MDF wood pallets that reviewers say provide sturdy support.
Keeping cool during the summer months is essential. Whether you're heading out for a neighborhood stroll or spending some time on the beach, a portable fan like this one will come in handy. The blades are concealed, so folks with longer hair won't have to worry about getting their strands caught, and younger kids can use it safely. On a full charge, the battery-powered gadget (which comes in a variety of colors) can operate on three different speeds for a total of up to 16 hours.
Somehow, pillowcases and other small items seem to find themselves tangled up in bed sheets once they're placed in the dryer. One Shop TODAY contributor found that Wad-Free works "extremely well" to avoid this and is also easy to use.
If pet hair can be found nearly everywhere in your home, you might want this hair remover device under your belt. One Shop TODAY contributor tried it and found it incredibly helpful for removing pet hair (and lint) from car seats, couch cushions, clothing and more.
Not only are these trolley bags a sustainable swap for plastic bags, but they can also help make loading and unloading your groceries easier. You can pop them right into your cart and then use the rods to lift them from the cart to your trunk. This set of four also includes an insulated cooler bag that can be used to store frozen items or perishable foods that should stay cold.
We can feel that humid summer air. This hanging moisture absorber acts as a non-electric dehumidifier, which not only makes for fresher air, but also eliminates musty odors, according to the brand.
This jar opener is a bestseller — and for good reason. Whether you need to open a jar of pasta sauce, a water bottle or even a bottle of nail polish, its unique V-shape enables it to fit (and easily open) a range of lids. You can discreetly pop it under the bottom of a cabinet, counter or shelf using the pre-attached adhesive and use the included screws to keep it secure and out of sight.
Don't underestimate this drying rack. It has over 24,000 verified ratings and Brach says it can be used for more than just drying dishes — she uses it in her own kitchen to wash fruits and vegetables. According to the brand, it can support up to 70 pounds and is heat resistant up to 400 degrees, so you can even use it as a trivet on the counter or dinner table. Plus, since it rolls up easily, you can stow it away whenever you're not using it.
If your kitchen cabinets might be home to a giant wad of plastic bags, this holder and dispenser can help free up space (and cut clutter overall). It can hold up to 18 bags at once and can be secured to hard surfaces using adhesive strips or screws.
From tuna to canned vegetables, these small strainers can make meal prep less messy. You can use them to strain, separate and squeeze liquids from cans without having to resort to a larger colander that you'll have to clean (or using the lid to drain the liquid out).
Cut down on the amount of measuring spoons cluttering your drawers and use this cube to consolidate. It features over 19 US and metric measurements and can be used for both wet and dry ingredients, according to the brand. It is also dishwasher and microwave safe and comes in three different colors: red, yellow and teal.
When no one seems to know whether the dishwasher is clean, dirty or empty, this magnet eliminates the need to ask. It's a sleek tool that can be rotated to indicate the status of the dishes and comes in both black and silver styles to match your personal appliance.
When working with limited counter or storage space, the last thing you want to do is create more bulky dishes. This compact strainer is a quarter of the size of a traditional colander and can clip onto most round pots, pans and bowls, says the brand. The strainer is also dishwasher safe for an easy clean.
Space in the refrigerator is precious, and your favorite yogurt cups can take up a lot of it. These innovative organizers take advantage of the space on the sides of your fridge, so you can free up some room on your shelves. Each slider can hold up to four Greek yogurt cups at once, which typically measure 3.75 inches in diameter.