13 Strange But Smart Household Items You’ll Wish You Thought Of First
You spend a lot of time at home. Between the Netflix binge-watching sessions, dinner parties, and mornings you sleep through your alarm clock, you're always using products that make life at home even better. Hoping to discover some products that improve my own home life, I came across some pretty strange but smart household items that are so brilliant, you'll wish you thought of them first.
There are certain items that you come across and you're just like, "Hmm, why didn't I think of that?" And the ones that I found totally fit the bill. From things you use daily, to things you'll never stop using once you see them, there are a ton of household items floating around the internet that will blow your mind. I came across a knife that slowly heats up to effortlessly cut butter, and even a dustpan that makes sweeping so much easier. I found a cutting board that will keep your mess to a minimum and a toaster oven that also makes coffee and fries an egg at the same time.
There are new household products coming out all of the time, but there are some that make you wish you thought of them first. Hopefully, the ones that I stumbled upon will make your house even better than it already is.
1Keep Your Towel Dry Without Using Wall Space
I always keep my towel on the top of the toilet seat (with the cover down, of course). It's the closet thing to my shower without having to throw the towel on the floor, so it's just convenient. But, with this double shower rod, you'll always have a place to store your clean towel while you're showering. It's completely rust-proof, it can be used to hold your towel or separate the curtain from your liner (if you have one), or you can use it to hang clean laundry that needs to air dry.
2A Cutting Board That Minimizes Mess And Keeps Things Organized
If you love to cook but hate the prep (because it takes forever to clean up), you should definitely pick up this cutting board. It's made out of bamboo and features two removable sliding drawers on each side. Use one side to keep your freshly chopped food, and the other to keep the scraps. That way, you can clean up quickly, cook faster, and enjoy your meal sooner. You can even use the drawers to store extra fruits or veggies, if you chopped too many.
3Breathe Easy With A Portable Humidifier
A humidifier isn't usually something that is easy to travel with. But with this misting humidifier stick, you can get the same effects as a regular one, anywhere you go. The portable, personal humidifier simply plugs into a USB port or charger to power on. Afterwards, all you need to do is place it in a cup of water or a bottle, and you'll start to breathe easier. It's a great travel product that is super convenient. Plus, you only have to change the filter every three months, so you don't have to carry extras with you when you're on the road.
4Cutting Butter Has Never Been So Easy
I was at a hotel yesterday, and the waiter brought me butter that must have been sitting in the fridge for a day. When I tried to cut it so I could spread some on my bread, I ended up knocking the whole thing over because my knife wouldn't go through it. If I had had this warming butter knife, it would have been so much easier, and I wouldn't have made a scene. It uses your body to conduct heat with a copper-heat transfer core (that means no batteries or cords). The serrated edge helps you to effortlessly cut the butter, and you'll be left with the best piece of toast you've ever had.
5Keep Your Cords Tangle-Free (And Where You Can Find Them)
How many power cords do you have? I have quite a few, and they are always falling behind my desk. If you're like me and you're constantly having to reach for your cords every time you unplug something, you should find a way to keep them in one place. This desktop grip is a great option for that because it's weighted (so it will stay put) and can hold several cords (it has five rubber grips and four slots). You can fit several cables in each slot, but because you stack them, they don't get tangled.
6Keep Your Broom Clean, So Your Floors Are Cleaner
I never understand when people sweep their floors with a dirty broom. Sure, brooms are great for getting dust and hair off your floors, but so much stuff gets trapped in between the bristles and just stays there. This broom and dustpan set solves that problem because each time you sweep, you can clean out the bristles. The dustpan has teeth connected to it, which helps get rid of the dust and hair that gets trapped on the edges of your broom.
7Cook Your Whole Breakfast With One Appliance
I'm all about efficiency. That's why I'm always looking for products that are multifunctional. And this 3-in-1 breakfast maker is definitely that. You can make four cups of coffee, toast some bread (four pieces at a time) or muffins, and fry eggs or bacon with one appliance. You can do all of that because the coffee maker is also a toaster oven and griddle. Make all your favorite breakfast foods in this easy to use machine. It comes in black, red, white, and blue.
8Spice Up Your Food With Ease
I have a knack for poorly measuring spices. I love to experiment with cooking, but sometimes I make my food too spicy or too salty. And I'm totally going to blame it on the fact that it's so hard to properly measure them in their containers. That's why this spice rack is such a great buy. It auto-measures your spices with a twist of a dial (1/4 teaspoon each time). Plus, it's a great way to keep your spice cabinet organized and clean.
9A Portable Projector, So You Can Play Your Favorite Videos Whenever And Wherever You Want
This tiny little projector is a great investment. It comes with the proper connector cables to work with your phone, laptop, tablet, and gaming console. It works with HDMI compatible devices and has a 90-minute battery life. You can use it with mobile adapters to watch your favorite videos on the go. It just makes streaming videos that much better when you can watch it on a display that stretches up to 120 inches.
10Keep Your Phone And Keys Where You Can Find Them
If you're always misplacing important things like your phone or keys, a great solution is a wall hook. This one is great because the bottom is magnetic, so your keys will stay put. It also has a shelf where you can leave your phone, sunglasses, or wallet, so you know where to find them when it's time to leave the house again. One user said, "I was constantly forgetting my work keys and/or wallet when leaving the house and this tiny shelf was the perfect way to keep track of them."
11A Perfectly Cooked Hot Dog And Bun Every Time
A toaster that cooks two hot dogs and toasts two buns at the same time seems like a dream to me. But, it's possible. If you love hot dogs, but you aren't a fan of boiling them, and you don't like to turn the grill on frequently, then this toaster is for you. It has an adjustable cooking timer and a stop cooking button, and it comes with tiny tongs to remove your hot dogs safely. It's also super easy to clean, as it comes with a drip tray. You'll be enjoying hot dogs way more frequently now that they're so easy to make.
12Not Your Average Betta Fish Bowl
If you're interested in ecosystems and want a pet fish, then this is the fish bowl for you. The tank is a closed-loop ecosystem as the plants naturally filter and clean the water, and the betta fish waste fertilizes the plants. The kit comes with everything you need to get started (including a coupon for your betta fish). It's a great way to learn a little bit about ecosystems at home (or in your classroom if you're a teacher).
13Spark Your Dog's Curiosity
Dogs are really smart animals. They often get super curious, and that can often lead to them running after something or excessive barking. This little fence window is a great way to help your dog get a look at the world around them without them jumping over fences or running away. Just make sure to ask your neighbor if it's okay to install first. One user said, "Our dogs absolutely love them, and people walking past on the sidewalk that goes behind our fence always have a smile when they see the dogs looking out at them."
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