Products I LOVE

A lot of these hacks can be found in one location with pictures over at this album on Facebook. You don't need an account to view them.

Household 

*  Any cleaning product that comes in "paks".  Like dishwasher paks.  Since I order these from Amazon, "Subscribe & Save" saves me money AND trips to the store.  It really is a win win situation for me!

*  If you enjoy an occasional glass of wine, invest in an automatic wine opener.   Some days, a girl would like to actually have a glass wine, not just stare at the bottle until someone with grip and muscles comes home.

* I found a knife at Racheal Ray that I LOVE.  This one is helpful because the handle is set high, so I don't bang knuckles on the counter or cutting board.

* ... this bottle opener.  I have one in each of my cars and one on the fridge.  Now, in an emergency, I can buy water when I'm out alone and not have to stare at it hoping it will magically open.  

* the "One Touch" can opener.  I got mine at Target.  You can get them on Amazon or at Bed Bath & Beyond, as well. I was skeptical at first, but it looked so much easier than what I was struggling with at home.  I can't hold a can in one hand and put it in an electric can opener.  I certainly can't twist a manual can opener.  This product is a savior in my kitchen!

*  "One touch" also makes a jar/bottle opener.  Again, I was skeptical.  Sometimes it sounds like it's going to die and not open the jar, but then, the magical "pop" as the seal breaks.  Savior #2 in my kitchen.

*  I got a knife similar to this at Ikea.  The 90 degree angle allows me to grip the knife securely and do the cutting I need to do.  The knife I purchased at Ikea was roughly $10, but it has made my life so much easier, I would pay the $36 to buy it from this supplier.


Laundry

* A laundry basket on wheels.  Like the ones they use at laundromats.  These, too, are a tad pricey, but I can wheel it around the house and the basket is almost at waist height.  It makes it very easy for me to get the laundry, since I can't reach the floor very well.

* If you ever need a new washer and dryer, you might consider investing in front loading ones, on pedestals.    It can be difficult or impossible for some to reach down into the washer or crouch down to get things out of the dryer.  On pedestals the tubs are right at waist level, making them easier to get clothes in and out of. HOWEVER, I have recently discovered that a top loading washer is actually easier for ME. Getting items out of the back of the dryer is still a challenge, so I use a child's garden rake that I purchased at Tractor Supply.

*  Oxo, among other brands, makes some great kitchen cleaning sponges/brushes.  On handles and such.  The handles can be filled with dish soap.  Making it much easier than trying to wrestle a dish soap bottle every time you're in the kitchen.  They are much easier to use when your hands are curled and you can't handle a sponge.  Or don't want to bang or rub your knuckles on pots and pans or counters.  I use the sponge on a handle to do my counters.  The brushes on handles are good for pots and pans.

Eating/Snacking

* This one is a happy accidental find.  Once while out sightseeing, when I used to still eat junk food ...one day, the then hubby came to the car with M&M minis.  These or gum containers are perfect to have in the cars or my travel bag.  I buy them just for the container and throw the candy away. Seeds or nuts that you may like fit in the container and you just use it like a shot glass instead of fumbling around with your hands. These tubes will work great!

Driving

* Velcro cable ties.  I have managed to loop one around my seatbelt, providing a thumb hole for me to grab and easily pull the seatbelt forward to hook.  I've also fastened one around the inside handle of my car door to be able to loop a finger into so I can easily open the door.