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Sometimes, we could use an extra hand to get things done around the house. When that isn't possible though, no matter how big or small the task, there are a few gadgets you can rely on to knock things off of your to-do list.
The Shop TODAY team keeps an eye out for these kinds of innovative finds, and we think we found a few that won't disappoint. Shop TODAY editorial director Adrianna Brach stopped by TODAY to share some of the standouts among Amazon's bestsellers in May that can make all of the difference around your home. Keep reading to discover all of the problem-solving home hacks that you didn't even know you needed, from a portable neck fan to a genius jar opener.
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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.
If you're looking for a guilt-free way to indulge your sweet tooth, over 8,500 verified reviewers are raving over this neat gadget. Rather than making a smoothie, you can toss your favorite fruits and fixings into this dessert maker so that they take on the consistency of ice cream — but with none of the added sugars and preservatives. You can use it to make single portions or enough frozen treats for the whole family to try, and once you're done the removable parts can go right into the dishwasher for easy care.
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 14,000 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.
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.
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).
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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.
Keep things tidy with this convenient lint bin that can attach right to the side of your dryer. It takes up less room than a typical garbage can and its small size might encourage you to regularly empty it out.
If you're one of those people who refuses to take multiple trips to the car while unpacking it, this pick is for you. Whether you're shopping for groceries, clothing or anything in between, you can make transporting everything from your trunk easy with this sleek carrier. It features a cushy grip on the handle, so you can comfortably carry multiple bags at once.
If you use earbuds often, you might notice some dirt, gunk and debris building up in the speakers. This cleaning putty can be pressed and peeled off of earbuds to remove dirt for an easy clean that results in a better sound quality, according to the brand.
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.
When it comes to messes in your car or hard-to-reach areas, a smaller vacuum can be helpful. This cordless option weighs 1.5 pounds and is small enough to stow away in your trunk or cabinet. Plus it can operate for up to 30 minutes on a single charge.
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.
This tiny but mighty cleaner might be your new spring cleaning go-to product. With strong spray and suction abilities, this cleaner is designed to remove tough pet stains or spills on everything from carpets and furniture to your car interior.
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.
Outlets aren't always conveniently situated near furniture, which makes a shelf like this an easy way to charge your phone in areas of your home that need it. Once you swap out your outlet cover, it can be used to hold everything from phones to speakers, as long as the device weighs less than 10 pounds. There is also a convenient hidden pocket where you can store long cords to avoid an eyesore.
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.
Trying to plug in lamps, chargers or practically anything else behind furniture can be a pain. This sleek device makes it easier (and less of a wired mess) since it blends right into your wall outlet. Attached is an 8-foot cord with a 3-outlet strip that you can stow away, out of sight.
Charging your phone and using it simultaneously can cause your wires to bend at weird angles and possibly fray over time, which is why this cable might be handy for some. The connector is already situated at a 90-degree angle, which means you'll get a better grip and find it easier to use your devices while they charge.
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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).
No one likes to touch the leftover food that finds itself at the bottom of the sink. This smart strainer basket attaches to the corner of the sink, so you can dump scraps inside and easily throw them away instead.
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.
This dispense lid has a universal cap that can fit most bottles and jugs, so you can use it to dispense everything from milk to fruit juice without having to pour anything out (which makes it kid-friendly). You'll only need two AA batteries to use it.
Chip clips are useful — when we can actually find them in our cluttered pantries. This portable bag sealer practically eliminates the need for clips; it uses heat to reseal bags to help keep your food fresher for longer. When you're not using it, you can place it on the refrigerator, thanks to its magnetic backing.
Bakers, rejoice! This dispenser can be used for pancakes, cakes, sauces and more. It can hold up to four cups of batter and releases perfectly sized portions with a squeeze of the handle. So, you can also say goodbye to drippy messes!
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.
If making rice is a regular part of your meal planning routine, then your countertop needs this large-capacity dispenser. It holds over 22 pounds of rice (or any other dry food you need to store), is designed to keep moisture out and comes with a convenient measuring cup.
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.
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If your shoes are in need of a refresh, these deodorizing bags can be used to absorb and remove odor. Bamboo charcoal is a powerful natural ingredient that can neutralize stubborn smells such as those caused by smoke, cat litter boxes, gym shoes and more, says the brand. These bags can be reused for up to two years and should be placed under direct sunlight for six to eight hours before use to activate the bamboo particles.
Now that your earbuds look shiny and new, this strap will help you keep track of them. Perfect for runners, this strap attaches to each earbud and holds them securely. Plus they are easy to spot around the house thanks to its bright color.
Whether you travel frequently or are tired of your handbag hitting the floor every time you're in the car, you might appreciate this bag hanger. It can turn practically any spot into a convenient place to hang your tote or purse, including bathroom doors, shopping carts and more.
With blow dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons and more, your bathroom counter might be cluttered with wires. This bright white holder has a sleek design and can help organize all of your tools to save space. At the front there is also additional storage space for smaller hair and beauty products.
When it comes to applying makeup, a clean brush can make a huge difference, which is why this tool comes in handy. This cleaner is designed to accommodate all brush sizes and can clean and dry them in less than a minute, the brand says.
Purses can act as catch-alls, which means they can become crowded pretty quickly. This insert comes in seven different sizes ranging from mini to XL, so it can fit inside a number of totes and purses. Over 14,000 verified five-star reviewers love it for its 13 spacious pockets, easy-to-access keychain and many color options.
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