It’s easy to get used to the little inconvenient things that pop up in everyday life — but the good thing is that sometimes you just don’t have to. There are tons of
genius things on Amazon that can fix annoying problems around your home. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your existing furniture, appliances, or tech, or you simply want to make your daily routine easier, there’s a product that can help.
The items on this list span a wide range of functions, but they all solve very relatable problems around the home. When clutter piles up, it can get in the way of everything, but
clever organizational products like storage bins, key holders, and space-efficient hangers can offer an easy upgrade. If your furniture or flooring is looking worse for wear, try out a furniture repair kit or felt pads to prevent scuffs. Kitchens and bathrooms pose all sorts of unique challenges, from clogged drains to smelly garbage disposals — fortunately, there are products that can tackle those problems and more.
Scroll down to see 44 of the best items on Amazon to prevent and fix the things around your home that annoy you. (And don’t be surprised if you have a hard time imagining everyday life without them again.)
A Surge Protector With Rotating Outlets To Fit All Your Devices
It can be really annoying when you go to plug something into an outlet and it doesn’t quite fit with what’s already plugged in. That’s where
this six-port surge protector comes in. Each of the outlets can rotate 90 degrees and face either to the front or the side. Plus, it is fireproof and can protect your devices and appliances from power surges.
A Repair Kit To Disguise Scratches In Your Wood Furniture
If noticeable scratches or scuffs in your wood furniture have you down, snag
this furniture repair kit. It comes with 13 different items: six markers, six crayon-like wax sticks, and one sharpener. The markers and wax sticks range in brown colors so that you can find one to match your furniture. One reviewer described using the kit on a scratched bed footboard: “The darkest marker worked wonders for the scratches and the crayon did work well for the deeper ones. I recommend using the crayon until it’s mostly filled, and then using the marker to add more opacity.”
This Super-Customizable Organizer Rack For Pots & Pans
Any pan rack can help with kitchen cupboard organization, but
this pan organizer rack really takes it to the next level. Not only can you move around the rack’s dividers to fit your cookware and storage space, but you can also move the base. The rack can be used in one of three ways: laying horizontally, standing upright with all the dividers on one side, or standing upright with dividers on both sides.
A Clip-On Strainer That Makes Straining Pasta So Much Easier
When you need to strain water out of a pot of pasta but don’t want to deal with a clunky colander, turn to
this Kitchen Gizmo tool. It clips right onto your pot or pan so all you have to do is attach it and tip out the water. One reviewer praised, “A must have for kitchens! I use this every time I boil anything and I lovveee it!”
This 3-Pack Of Foldable Storage Bags With Transparent Windows
Fabric zippered storage bags are my personal go-to solution for stowing away out-of-season linens and clothing, and
these bags from ABO seem like a great option. In addition to the zipper closure, each has sturdy handles at the sides and a clear window so that you can see exactly what’s inside without having to open it up first. Plus, you can empty and collapse them down if and when you don’t need to use them.
These Handy Plugs That Turn Standard Outlets Into Smart Ones
Kasa smart plugs are a super simple way to make your home “smarter.” Plug them into your existing outlets and connect them to your Alexa or Google Home Assistant to control your lamps and small appliances (like your coffee maker) without getting up. You can even control them from outside your home with the Kasa app.
A Water-Resistant Quilted Cover To Protect Your Sofa
A sofa cover can be a game-changer when it comes to protecting your furniture from pesky dirt, hair, and stains (especially if you have kids or pets running around!).
This sofa cover is made with a water-resistant fabric, and the quilted construction is double-sided so that you can switch up the look whenever you please. It comes in 11 colors and two sizes.
This Thermometer That Takes The Stress Out Of Cooking Meat
When you snag
this meat thermometer, you can cook with a whole lot more precision — and a lot less stress — than eyeballing it. It’s safe to use with ingredients with temperatures up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can give you a read-out in just seconds. Plus, since it’s waterproof, it’s easy to wash.
A Mirror That Won’t Fog Up In The Shower
Standard mirrors fog up in a steamy shower — but
this compact Honeybull mirror isn’t standard. It’s coated with an anti-fog treatment, which keeps it clear even when you’re in the shower. It has a suction cup in the back to easily attach it to your shower wall and a little hook in the front to store a razor. Get it in white or black.
This Outlet Shelf To Hold Devices As They Charge
When you have short charging cords, your devices can — quite literally — be left hanging when you plug them in.
This outlet shelf can help prevent that. You install it just like you would a wall plate, and the shelf can hold up to 10 pounds’ worth of devices and the top of the shelf can actually slide to reveal a compartment for holding extra cables.
A Set Of Fasteners That Hold Your Fitted Sheet In Place
No matter how well you secure a fitted sheet on your bed, sometimes it can still slide up overnight.
These elastic bed sheet holders have clips to pull the corners of the sheet tightly and keep them from sliding around. They’re adjustable so that you can find the perfect fit for your bed.
This Magnetic Cleaning Tool For Hard-To-Reach Windows
Wiping down the outside of a window can be a lot more challenging than the inside (particularly if you don’t live on the ground floor), but
this magnetic window cleaner makes it simpler. One reviewer described it as “essential for apartment dwellers,” while another raved, “This is the perfect tool that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it! It is great to clean my tall windows that open from the top.” A safety cord ensures that if the magnet somehow comes loose, the tool won’t fall to the floor.
These Analog Outlet Timers To Automate Your Lighting & Appliances
These outlet timers allow you to set your lights and appliances to run on a set daily schedule. Just set the pins according to when you want them to be on or off — and that’s it! They’re an ideal low-budget alternative to smart plugs and hubs.
A Pretreated Cloth That Can Rid Wooden Furniture Of Stains
Wood furniture can be especially delicate and susceptible to damage from moisture and heat, and the stains can be an eyesore. The next time you notice a water ring or other mark on your wooden furniture, try wiping it with
this water mark remover. The small pretreated cloth can help to erase them — and it’s reusable, too.
This Handy Product That Turns Armrests Into Tray Tables
There aren’t many options for where to set down your drink if you don’t have space near your couch for a coffee or side table (the floor?) — but
this bamboo armrest tray solves that problem. The tray itself measures just over 13 inches long and 6 inches wide, and reviewers confirm that the product drapes just as well over wide-armed couches.
A Set Of Hangers That Can Each Hold 5 Pairs Of Pants
I have multiple S-shaped hooks similar to these ones in my closet, and I can’t remember what it was like to store my dress pants before I had them.
This three-pack of hangers features a stainless steel construction with rubber coated tips and can hold up to five pairs of pants, saving rod space in your closet. One reviewer described, “Saves space and you can still see which pants are where to easily pick them out.”
This Step-Saving Pineapple Peeler That Delivers Perfect Portions Without Waste
Pineapple is delicious, but it can be difficult to peel and dice — with so much going to waste. This
clever gadget peels and cores in just two simple steps, leaving lots of fresh fruit behind. An ergonomic handle is easy to grip. Use the included wedger to portion your pineapple into perfect pieces for sharing or creating a delicious summer salad.
A Magnetic Screen Door That’s Easy To Walk Through
If your sliding screen door has seen better days,
this magnetic screen door is an alternative solution. It’s essentially two screen flaps with a magnetic strip down the middle that keeps out bugs but lets you (and pets) pass through with little effort. “Super easy to install and is holding up really well to constant use,” wrote one reviewer. “I love how my two dogs can use it easily as well.”
This Drain Protector That Prevents Hair From Clogging The Tub
Prevent hair from clogging your tub
before you have to bust out any harsh chemicals with this TubShroom drain protector. It’s designed to fit standard 1.5-inch tub and sink drains and comes with a 60-day return policy if you don’t love it. And it comes in five different colors to choose from.
A Nifty Tool For Clearing Out Clogged Drains
If you, however, you’re already dealing with a slow-draining tub or sink that you need to clear out,
this pack of drain snakes could do the trick. It has a flexible 20-inch design to reach deep into the drain and features little barbs that pull hair and other debris right up. According to one reviewer, “They are great at removing hair from the bathtub drain!” Another praised, “Honestly the best product for unclogging drains.”
This Cool Mist Humidifier That Can Help Combat Dry Air
Humidifiers can get expensive, but
this ultrasonic model is a great deal. Reviewers have attested that it “actually works well” and “really makes a difference in the way the room feels.” It has a 2.2-liter tank that can last a full day, several mist settings to choose from, and a nozzle that allows you to point the mist in a specific direction and rotates a full 360 degrees. And it doesn’t require any filter replacements.
A Removable Double-Sided Tape For Keeping Rugs In Place
Keep area rugs from sliding around with
this double-sided carpet tape. One roll comes with 10 yards of tape, and it works on both smooth and rough surfaces, including tile and carpet. It’s removable, too: Just heat it with a hair dryer to soften the adhesive, then slowly roll the end until it’s all up.
This 133-Piece Set Of Furniture Pads To Protect Flooring
Protect your wood, laminate, and other delicate flooring from scratches and scuffs with
these furniture felt pads. The adhesive backing makes them easy to stick onto the legs of your furniture. This pack comes with 133 total pads, including beige and brown options in a range of sizes.
An Easy-To-Install Door Draft Stopper To Keep Cool (Or Warm) Air In
If large cracks under doors are causing drafts in your home, check out
these door draft stoppers. They measure 37 inches long and can close gaps up to 1 inches tall. They have a self-adhesive backing to stick them along the bottom edge of your door. One reviewer confirmed, “I installed it in no time and works very well. […] It made a huge difference in the draft coming under the door.”
These LED Night Lights That Automatically Turn On When It’s Dark
Make nighttime treks to the restroom a whole lot easier to navigate with
these LED night lights. They automatically turn on when the room is dark, can last upwards of 10,000 hours, and won’t block more than one outlet. And at under $16 for a pack of six, you can install multiple throughout your home.
A Caddy To Keep All Your Batteries Safely Stored & Organized
If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of stray batteries rolling around drawers and could use
a battery storage case like this one. It holds up to 180 batteries in its compact package and the clear lid means you can spot what you need right away. As a bonus, it comes with a handy battery tester.
These Blackout Shades You Can Cut Down To Size
Custom shades can be pricey, but
this set of blackout paper shades comes with six shades that you can trim to fit your windows. The paper blocks 99% of light to give you privacy (and let you sleep in whenever you want to). One reviewer described, “This is a very good, easy, and inexpensive way to blackout windows. They look good and [truly] block out all the light.” Another wrote, “Easy to put up! And easy to replace!”
Simple-To-Use Fertilizer Spikes To Feed Your Indoor Plants
If you don’t love mixing together liquid plant fertilizer solutions, these
Miracle-Gro plant food spikes are a simpler option. All you have to do is use the spike to create a hole, then slide in one of the fertilizer sticks and softly pat soil over it. They’re formulated for indoor plants like pothos, spider plants, and snake plants.
These Activated Bamboo Charcoal Bags To Help Reduce Odors
Looking for an effort-free way to eliminate odors in your home?
These deodorizer bags are made from activated bamboo charcoal to help reduce odors. One fan described, “Put 1 by our shoe shelves, 1 in my teen sons room, 1 in the room with the dogs crate, and 1 in my younger sons room. They work great!” Another reviewer claimed, “These absorb odors really well…almost too well. I put one near the kitty’s bathroom and nearly forgot to empty it because I didn’t smell it at all.”
A Pair Of Apple-Shaped Traps To Catch Fruit Flies
One day you notice a little fly buzzing about the kitchen … and the next day you have a full-on fruit fly infestation. Now you can stop them
before you get to the infestation stage with these insect traps that draw in and catch fruit flies. The traps come with a bottle of lure solution, and the manufacturer specifies that each trap can be used for up to 45 days (although some reviewers have reported reusing the apples with their own homemade lure solution). The compact, apple-shaped design of the traps helps them blend in on your kitchen countertops.
This Hanging Over-The-Door Hamper For Your Dirty Laundry
Take advantage of the space behind a door with
this hanging laundry hamper. It’s made from a washable Oxford material and comes with two hooks to hang it up. Plus, in addition to the cut-out at the top for filling the bag, it features a zipper along the bottom edge for unloading your clothes.
A Rack With Damage-Free Installation To Hold Keys & Other Small Items
Having a designated spot for your important items can help you keep track of them, and according to reviewers,
this Command key rail provides the perfect place to set your keys, jewelry, kitchen supplies (like oven mitts), belts, and more. It can carry up to 2 pounds in weight, and it includes six of Command’s signature damage-free, removable strips.
This Cleaner That’s Formulated For The Garbage Disposal
When your garbage disposal seems like it could use a good clean, try
this Plink cleaner. Safe for septic and plumbing systems, it can help clean the garbage disposal (and help get rid of any lingering unwanted odors) in just 15 seconds. One fan wrote, “Excellent clean lemon smell, easy to use, just drop into disposer and run quickly!”
A Red Wine Stain Remover For Accidental Spills
Even when you’re really careful, spills and stains can happen. The next time you’re drinking red wine, coffee, or fruit punch keep
this wine stain remover on hand. It’s safe to use on both clothing and carpet. One fan summarized: “Red wine spilled on a white couch. This got it out. Now we make sure we always have it nearby.”
This Fan-Favorite Mat That Traps Cat Litter
If your cat tracks litter around your home, try placing
this genius EVA mat by their litter box. Clocking more than 18,000 ratings on Amazon thus far, the mat has a double-layer design that catches pieces of litter, with a waterproof bottom to ensure that your floors stay clean and dry. When you want to dispose of the trapped litter, just tip it towards the open end to pour it out into the garbage.
A Dish Drying Rack That Conveniently Rolls Up For Storage
Drying racks can be clunky and take up a lot of space on your counter or in your sink, but
this dish drying rack actually rolls up when it’s not in use. It is built from stainless steel with a silicone coating and is safe to clean in the dishwasher. To use it, just unroll it and spread it across your sink, then set your dishes on top to dry.
This Toothbrush Holder That Also Dispenses Toothpaste & Cups
This wall-mounted organizer doesn’t just clear the countertop of your family’s toothbrushes, it also dispenses toothpaste and stows the four included cups. It comes with an adhesive backing to attach it to the wall. One fan attested, “Very easy to install! Great for keeping everything off the counter.”
A Deodorizer To Keep Fridge & Freezer Smells At Bay
No matter how regularly you clean your fridge or freezer, unwanted odors can creep up on you. The manufacturer specifies that
this refrigerator and freezer deodorizer can tackle those smells in just hours. One reviewer raved, “I put it in the fridge and a couple hours later it was like brand new and completely no more oder! Definitely would recommend.” And if you want to stock up, you can also snag them in packs of two or four.
This Handy Broom & Dustpan Set For Quick Cleanups
When you don’t want to lug out the vacuum for a small mess, reach for
this broom and dustpan set. One reviewer described, “Using this broom and dustpan combo has definitely made easier! We have vinyl, laminate, and concrete floors and this has helped for both routine and small messes.” Plus, the broom’s plastic bristles are constructed from recycled bottles.
A Roll Of Absorbent Bamboo Towels You Can Wash & Reuse 120 Times
These reusable bamboo towels offer an easy way to cut down on conventional paper towel waste. One roll features 20 bamboo sheets that can be reused more than 120 times. When they’re dirty, just toss them in the washing machine for a deep clean, then use them again. And as a bonus: You can use them as refill pads for sweeper mops.
This Adjustable Duster-Mop To Clean From Ceilings To Floors
When it comes to dust, the “out of sight, out of mind” approach isn’t typically a practical solution — tackle that hard-to-reach dust on top of ceiling fans with
this versatile fan duster. The handle is adjustable in length from 27 to 47 inches and the duster’s fibers are made to effectively grab dust but up high and down low. One reviewer reported, “I use my ceiling fan cleaner to dust underneath my sectional couch on hardwood floors.”
A Supportive Board To Give New Life To Sagging Sofa Cushions
Does your sofa sag in the middle?
This cushion seat saver might be just what you need. Slide the firm, foldable board under your couch cushions to better support them. It’s available in two widths — 44 and 66 inches — and reviewers report that you can fold in excess panels as needed to fit your furniture.
An Expandable Rack To Better Organize Your Spice Jars
If it takes a while to find the spice jar you need every time you bust out a new recipe, consider snagging
this adjustable spice rack. Each shelf can hold up to 40 pounds worth of spices (which should be plenty!), and you can expand the shelf to fit your cabinet from 11 to 18 inches.
A Wall-Mounted Container To Store Your Remote Controls
This wall-mounted holder can offer a designated place to store up to four remote controls, depending on their sizes. It comes with adhesive tabs for easy installation — and if you ever need to remove the remote holder, you can slowly pull down on the tabs to release their grip on the wall. “Love this remote holder,” wrote one reviewer. “It was very easy to install and I like the fact that it can be removed easily.”