Household stuff and accessories that you didn’t know you wanted

My mom is no longer visiting to help me with the Amazon posts, which makes me sad. I miss you mom! I did some research and these are all products I want that I didn’t know I wanted until I read about them. They’re mostly bestsellers with hundreds to thousands of positive reviews.

The #1 bestselling universal cell phone mount
I have purchased at least three different cell phone holders for my car, including a magnetic one, and they always either fall off or don’t work. I just prop my phone lengthwise in the compartment in the middle of my dash and put something in front of it. This universal cell phone mount sticks in the air vent, so it won’t lose its adhesiveness and it tightens to fit most all iPhone, Samsung and Android phones. It has a 4.6 star rating with almost 5,000 reviews. People call it “an excellent little phone holder,” say they’ve purchased more than one for their family, that it’s well designed and fits their phone with the case on it too.

An ice cream scoop with 4.9 stars and 1,700 reviews
I am always bending spoons instead of using the standard ice cream scoop with the little moving strip of metal which is supposed to push your ice cream off. It never works! This one has an ingenious design that makes it easy to get even the hardest ice cream into your bowl. Reviewers say they “should have purchased this years ago” and that “it’s amazing.” If you heat it up by running it under hot water, it’s supposed to cut through ice cream “like butter”
Other bestselling and highly rated ice cream scoops include this one and this one.

A spiralizer that people love
This spiralizer has 4.9 stars and over 2,000 reviews. It can help you eat healthier by making zucchini, beets, carrots, cucumbers and more into spaghetti and other thin shapes without much effort. People say this helps their kids eat vegetables and that it’s great for low carb and gluten free dieters as well. It comes with seven different blades to make different shapes and it even makes chips.

A weighted blanket for a good night’s sleep
This weighted blanket comes in five different sizes and weight combinations and three neutral colors. People say it helps them fall asleep and sleep through the night, that it’s good for anxiety and nightmare-prone sleepers, and that it can “can retain heat very well” without making you feel overheated.

An inexpensive shampoo brush for that salon feeling at home
You know that feeling when a hairstylist is massaging your scalp? You can get that at home anytime for less than $7. This shampoo brush and scalp massager has a 4.6 star rating. One woman swears it helped her grow back thinning hair and that it eliminated her dandruff. Another says that it reduces product build up.

A detangling hair brush that can reduce damage and pain
This brush can reduce detangling time without the damage caused by regular hairbrushes. Parents rave about how easy it is to detangle children’s long hair, say that it doesn’t pull and that it reduces hair loss and shedding. It’s also said to do it all without static electricity, with several reviewers calling it “magic.”

Pain relieving gel that really works
I used this product, Arnicare, when I lived overseas. I didn’t realize it was available in the states. This is the #2 best seller in pain relieving creams and gels and has a 4.4 star rating with nearly 4,000 reviews. Users say it helps fade bruises and that it works on insect bites, sore muscles, sunburn and sprains. One person says the pain relief is “unbelievable” and so fast it was “almost instantaneous!” It’s said to work for arthritis and pinched nerves, to have little to no smell and a non-greasy feel. Other highly rated pain relief gels include two kinds of hemp cream, Tiger Balm and Blue Emu. People also love Aspercreme, which I can definitely vouch for.

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  1. hnmmom says:

    I swear by my weighted blanket. My husband is ticked off b/c now I sleep so well I don’t hear the dog whining at night to be let out lol.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I have that weighted blanket and the shampoo/scalp massager! Both are great investments. My only issue with the blanket is that it is heavy (duh), so I need to make sure its perfectly adjusted before lying down, because its hard to shift it around. People should ideally look for one that is about 10% of their body weight. (So I’m around 140-145 lbs depending on the day, ha, so I have a 15 lb blanket. My SIL is a similar weight and she had a 25lb blanket, and it was way too heavy for her.)

    The scalp massager is so nice. It’s such a simple thing to make washing your hair feel a bit better, especially on an early morning when you just want to stay in bed.

  3. Erinn says:

    I was looking at weighted blankets last night! I’m half thinking of making my own because the idea of spending like 200CAD (the one you linked seems to be cheaper than the one I’d been looking at) on a blanket that I might not actually like makes me want to vomit and I have just enough sewing skill and an excess of confidence telling me to try.

    I’m someone who – no matter how hot it is – needs a blanket. I can’t sleep without some form of weight on me. Besides that, one of the main issues with fibromyalgia is poor sleep quality. I’m also a semi-anxious person in general – have been since I was a kid. So I think there’s a decent chance that I will enjoy it- I just worry about the weight of it when I’m in a pain flareup. Maybe where it’s spread out evenly it wouldn’t be too bad.

    • Becks1 says:

      @erinn – the “spread evenly” part is why you may want to buy a good one and not try to make your own. My husband’s isn’t as nice as mine, and his does not spread as evenly or as nicely as mine does. he has to struggle some each night to get the whole thing spread out evenly, mine just….is.

      • Erinn says:

        Damn. You know it’s probably for the best. I stashed away from xmas money that I haven’t spent… maybe I’ll just have to give in and get one. What brand is yours, Becks? I had been looking at Gravid mainly – but I’ve been on a mailing list for Hush blankets as well.

        I had planned to get a scale and measure out every little square I made to make it even. With a ton of tiny squares haha. Maybe I’ll make a throw blanket for sitting on the couch while my husband watches shows that stress me out haha! Our dog had one of those thundershirts – because she’s also a sweet anxious mess. Hilariously – she prefers to be buried under blankets as well. She and I will have to share one if I go ahead and make it ahha.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think if you are good at quilting you could be able to make one. Think of the difference between a cheap down comforter and a good one – a good one has all the little squares of down to keep it even. This is similar IMO.

        I “think” mine is YnM – that’s the brand of my cover for it (I just went and checked but couldn’t find a tag on the actual weighted blanket.) It was a Christmas present and I’m so glad for it every night! I’m like you, I need “weight” to sleep, and this is perfect.

      • Erinn says:

        SWEET. That was one of the ones I had just found on amazon ahha. I’m thinking I might have to just take the plunge. I can quilt fine enough, so I might try to make a small one at some point – but if I buy one I’d have a better idea of how big to make my squares. I’m glad someone was able to vouch for one of the ones I had on my wishlist haha.

      • hnmmom says:

        I bought mine at Target. I had originally bought one that was the 10% thing but it was too heavy. I went lighter and it’s perfect. Mine is 12 lbs. One other tip – I have these weighted rectangular heated neck wraps, I think they probably have rice in them or something. In the summer when it is brutal hot, I sleep with one of them draped over my hips (not heated up). It does the same kind of relaxing that the weighted blanket does without being so hot.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I would need one that breathes and think these are all made of polyester. I use a lightweight silk duvet from Costco (periodic kiosk), and add a down comforter in the winter, both with cotton covers. Maybe I’ll test the concept by having my husband pile books all over the top of a blanket while I’m under it – LOL!

      Don’t have a fibromyalgia diagnosis but never slept well and get a lot of muscle knots. Maybe there’s some kind of pre-fibro level at which I live.

      • Erinn says:

        It’s possible. Plus sleep issues and pain tend to go hand in hand in general – if you’re not getting restorative sleep (I wasn’t!) your body doesn’t have time to repair. I live in Atlantic Canada – so summer gets toasty – but not crazy hot. Winter is cold – sometimes -35C so -31ish F with the wind chills. I get so excited when it finally gets cold enough that I can break out the heavy blankets.

        I also went undiagnosed for yearssss. I can remember being in middle school and having tender points that I would just be like “ah. guess i just won’t touch that”. And it wasn’t AS bad pain wise at the time because for whatever reason I’d never gotten a flare up. Probably because I was quite thin, super active, and didn’t have any real stress in my life haha.

  4. Chef Grace says:

    I can vouch for the shampoo brush. Love mine. Hate weighted blankets. Daughter loves it. Use a cookie dough scoop for ice cream.
    Got a cheapo spiral cutter for veggies. It was amusing for five minutes. Went back to cookie dough scoop and ice cream. More fun.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I’m going to try the shampoo thingy and the weighted blanket – a friend loves her blanket, and I’ve been dealing with random anxiety since an illness last year, so I’m willing to give it a shot.

    Don’t forget if you order on amazon, use amazonsmile and help out a charity of your choice!

  6. LaraK says:

    I can vouch for the Tangle Teezer – we have 4 in our house and I buy them for gifts too.
    It’s the only way to get tangles out with no pain

    • Yellowrocket says:

      Yes me too I have long curly hair that tangles easily and the tangle teaser is the best brush I have ever owned, I love it. It really reduces breakage and glides through knots.

  7. shells_bells says:

    Curious about the weighted blanket… Should my husband and I have separate ones?

  8. IMUCU says:

    Well, I turned my ankle/foot yesterday after an aggressive coyote started jogging towards me (felt like a bad horror movie) so I’m gonna go order the pain relieving gel to try!

  9. Nancypants says:

    I didn’t have much luck with the Arnica gel and the tablets.
    You can get them at the Vitamin Cottage or the hippie aisle of the grocery store and I used both but I’d fallen and had bashed my face.

    I’ve had a hard time accepting that there are things I shouldn’t be doing anymore.

    Speaking of, I know everyone has seen the ads for the Swiffer Extended Duster, but it is a life saver.
    I no longer stand on beds and chairs to dust ceiling fans, tops of bookshelves and high-boys and so on and it is quick and easy.

    These can be expensive but for 8 years I asked for a robot (Roomba) vacuum cleaner and I finally got one a few years ago.
    It works so well, the old man got another one for upstairs too.
    We don’t have pets and don’t wear shoes in the house, so, I don’t know how they work on pet hair but I run those things almost every day.

    They even vacuum the parts most people don’t do like under the beds and chairs.
    They just run around sucking up dust and stuff. LOVE THEM.

    • C-No says:

      I have a cat (and used to have a dog) and my Roomba works great! I do have to clean it after each run as it gets pretty clogged with pet hair, but it does a really good job!

  10. CheckThatPrivilege says:

    Came to say 3 things:
    1. I just ordered that cell phone mount. I’ve never been able to find one that I like and hope this one may be it.
    2. Yes to weighted blankets — I love mine.
    3. I also love my spiralizer. I had a manual one for several years and now have an electric model, which is a big help given how much I spiralize.
    Ok, one more:
    4. I love these product posts!

  11. pottymouth pup says:

    if you’re going to get a spiralizer and think you may use it often and/or want to spiralize items like butternut squash, just go ahead and invest in a Ninja one. I used the paderno sprializer (which is just like the one shown here) for years and it was a pain in the ass for vegies that aren’t as straight & easy as a zuke.

  12. Kco says:

    These product posts have become my favorite ones! Thank you, I know it takes time to put these together <3