24 Products That'll Keep Your Kids From Ruining Everything You Own
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1.SoapSox (aka a toy that’ll hold a bar of soap and act as a loofah) to help get your kid pumped for bath time — maybe — and keep them from speeding through a bar of soap because it’s starting to get a little ridiculous.
Promising review: “Highly recommend these bath buddies. Bought five different ones to date and every one received squeals of delight, especially at bath time. FUN.” —Tamera Smith
Get the shark from Amazon for $9.99. And check out all the animals.
2.An EZPZ Happy Mat that’ll save you several post-dinner kitchen cleanups and even make going out to eat with the fam totally bearable because this thing does NOT budge!
Promising review: “I don’t understand how this mat works, but it’s amazing. You set it down on the table and it sticks to it so tightly that even an adult can’t move it! But when you peel back a corner, it comes right up and it’s like it was never there. We take this with us when we eat at restaurants, because my son will just throw around a plate or tray and make a huge mess. This placemat has made eating out a much more pleasant experience. I picked this particular placemat because it was so highly reviewed on parenting sites. I haven’t tried the other brands that are a little less expensive, but I strongly believe that this mat was worth every penny that I paid!” —R & K
Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).
3.A timed safety shut-off plug in case your teenager has developed quite the reputation around the household for forgetting to unplug their flat iron. At the least you’ll shave a few pennies off the electric bill and at the most you’ll prevent a house fire.
Promising review: “Best ever. I just have to press the button and it auto turns on and shuts off after 30 minutes. I’m constantly forgetting to turn off my hair straightener so this is preventing house fires and saving electricity, yay! I originally was worried 30 minutes is too little time to do my hair and was looking for a 1 hour version but it turns out 30 minutes is actually more than enough. And it really isn’t that bad if I need another 30 minutes and have to press the button again lol. I no longer worry about setting my house on fire from leaving on my hair straightener so I highly recommend.” —AoiMizuno
Get it from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in three timer types).
4.And a hot hair tools holster made of heat-resistant silicone that’ll stick on flat surfaces as a lil’ extra insurance.
Meant to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Promising review: “After coming home from a long day at work seeing that my wife left the hair straightener on rushing to work, this magnificent thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very warm and hot, nothing burned. I can’t thank enough for this product because it does what it’s supposed to do. It sticks, and prevents fires from hair straighteners. Proved after sticking to sink for over 3–4 months and not melting with a turned on hair straightener from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside. Thank you, send me 10 more.” —Emre
Get it from Amazon for $14.66+ (available in three colors).
5.A car trash can you can hook to your passenger head rest and tell the kids it’s a trash-eating monster that’ll come after them if they throw trash on the floor of a car. ‘Tis a mere suggestion!
It has an adjustable belt to fit around your headrest and can be washed clean!
Promising review: “Purchased this to replace the plastic garbage bag that I use to put garbage dropped in the car by yours truly or my passengers. This bag is more appealing and not in the way. Its size holds enough that I get to empty once a week. Can hold even the medium size drink from Burger King.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $5.95.
6.A red wine stain remover that’ll also take juice stains to task because even sippy cups aren’t a sure thing!
Promising review: “I’m sure if I knew more about science and chemistry, I’d understand how this stuff works — but since I don’t, I’ll just assume that it is MAGIC. If you care at all about your carpet, you need to have a bottle of this on standby. Over the years, we’ve used it to make numerous wine and red juice stains vanish before our eyes. The effect reminds me of the novelty shop disappearing ink gag from when I was a kid.
Seriously, if you’ve never seen Wine Away in action, it’s worth spilling a little Cabernet on your carpet just so you can see it vanish after a few spritzes. I honestly wouldn’t believe how quickly this stuff works had I not seen it countless times with my own eyes.” —DarthClem
Get it from Amazon for $6.67.
7.An ~all-natural~ stain remover – it’ll work *so* well on that shirt you lent your kid that they then spilled pizza allllll over. Stains be gone!
Works on stains ranging from grass, salt, grease, red wine, ketchup, ink, blood, and underarm sweat with minimal effort. Can use on nylon, leather, linens, upholstery, clothing, walls, carpets, and more!
Promising review: “Best stain remover I have EVER used!!! White shirt with a dried barbecue sauce stain, blouse with a set-in, forgotten spaghetti sauce stain…all removed completely with one application. And so easy to use.” —modestogirl
Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.39.
8.Tempered glass phone screen protectors you can install yourself (I swear!) for chump change in comparison to getting a pro to do it in store. So when your kid insists on playing that game at the restaurant dinner table, you’ll at least feel a tad safer about it.
I use these and love them! Check out my full review of the amFilm Glass Screen Protectors (#2)!
Promising review: “I had JUST received my new iPhone 7, literally a week before. I had a jacket tied around my waist and my phone was in my left pocket. I got in the car and closed the door hard, but it wouldn’t close, so I did it again. I suddenly realized that my jacket was hanging out of the door and my phone was what was preventing me from getting the door closed. I looked at the phone and it looked like the phone’s screen was shattered and, I assumed, I now owned a ruined $700 phone. It wasn’t until I called Apple for help or confession, thinking I had killed my phone, that it was revealed that the amFilm screen protector was what had cracked, saving my phone from disaster. I ordered a new one immediately and from now on I’ll rely on this protector as long as I have a phone. And! there are two per box, (I ruined the first one when it dropped face down (of course) while I was trying to apply).” —Kerry Flynn
Get a pair from Amazon for $6.99.
9.A waterproof case that’ll withstand all sorts of extreme behavior, like toppling off a ski lift, falling into a white water rapid, or swiping on dating apps while on the toilet.
Promising review: “Paddle board–proof. Snug fit, slimline design, keeps the dirt and water out when I’m outside.” —Red Paddle
Get this ~extreme~ case from Lifeproof for $89.99 and check out more products here.
10.Magic Erasers to basically undo most any and every stain or mishap around the house.
Promising review: “The only thing I’ve found to get crayon and other marks off my walls! Sometimes it takes a little paint off too but not much. Whenever I find crayon, I hand the guilty kid the magic eraser and they know what to do!” —TBDrahos
Get an eight-pack of the extra durable variety from Amazon for $7.97.
11.A drawstring makeup bag to make it that much easier to gather your paycheck’s worth of goods from Sephora and put it away where your toddler can’t get a hold of it.
Opens up to a hexagonal shape of 19″ x 22″ and easily wipes clean.
Promising review: “Love this. It is so convenient. Open it up and there’s my makeup. Close it, and the mess is gone!” —Linda Loughridge
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
12.Goo Gone that’ll remove all sorts of sticky ANYTHING… which will really come in handy when your kid goes HAM with that brand new sticker book all over your living room walls.
Promising review: “I would give a 10 star if there was one. Works like a charm. All of the annoying sticker marks in my house now is gone!!!! The old home security stickers on the windows and doors, the price sticker marks on my beautiful pink hair brush, the old hook sticker mark in our bathroom from the old homeowner, you name it. They’ve all been there like forever and I seriously tried all means that I could, steam cleaner, electric scrubber, nothing worked until I got this magic Goo Gone. Now they are all gone and it didn’t even take any hard work to get rid of all the goos!!!!” —Yingnan
Get it from Amazon for $7.87.
13.A robot vacuum to help tidy up in the background and help manage the mess while you manage every other kind of mess in the household.
Promising review: “It does my whole downstairs in just over an hour. I can set it to run daily when we are not home. It’s noisy but not overly loud. Some of the reviews said it dumps into furniture, etc. hard but I have not noticed this. I have found it slows down before it hits anything and just has a soft tap. I have five kids and two dogs. This thing is a time saver and it’s nice to come home from work to clean floors.” —Amie
Get it from Amazon for $279.
14.A water-resistant laptop case – it’ll help keep your precious computer safe(r) and sound(er) when not in use.
Made of waterproof canvas fabric with a soft, shock-proof lining.
Promising review: “The inside is soft and plush. Although I haven’t dropped my laptop with the case yet, it really seems it would absorb the impact well. The outside is a rugged feeling fabric that reminds me of backpack material. Even so, it feels nice in the hand, and provides decent grip. It seems to repel liquids surprisingly well. What prompted me to log in and write this review was an accident a few moments ago when I spilled coffee on it. Most of the coffee wicked off right away, the rest came off with a napkin; no trace, doesn’t even feel wet.” —Tony
Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors and several sizes).
15.A couple bottles of Scotchgard fabric protector as a barrier for all kinds of fabric against an army of spills. Spray it on your clothes, your throw pillows, everythinggggg.
Promising review: “Best stuff ever if you have school age kids who have to wear uniforms…..and who eat in a cafeteria that likes to serve meatball subs and lasagna.” —Koren Oransky
Get two bottles from Amazon for $23.68.
16.A pair of cut-resistant gloves made especially for kids, lest an accident happens when they’re helping you put that shiny new mandolin to use.
Promising review: “I bought these for my son and he loves them!! We were cutting brussel sprouts today and one rolled away as he was trying to cut it in half. The knife hit his glove but it didn’t hurt him and he rolled it off like it was fine! So glad we got these and my son cant wait to get in the kitchen again!!” —Kristen Roberson
Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).
17.Shark Tank–famous Scrub Daddy sponges set to make washing and scouring so much easier on you after you find out your kid made you a cake for your birthday without greasing the pan.
Promising review: “I don’t have a dishwasher and have used so many products full of promise. THIS however, cleans better than anything I’ve ever used. Goes from scrubbing glass to pans with ease. Gets to the grease, lipstick, baked -on junk, all of it and so easy, no elbow grease required. Does not scratch and rinses clean without much effort. I’m a customer for life! I’ve used the pictured sponge (left) for three weeks and it’s still going strong.” —Denice
Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.
18.A ~lockable~ shower organizer you can use to stash your GOOD hair conditioner that your kids and partner use like it’s going out of style. Enough is enough!!!
It stays put with commercial-grade suction cups and has holes for drainage, a mirror, and removable shelf.
Promising review: “I live at home with my parents, and I have THREE teenage brothers who don’t care if I buy my own stuff, they’re going to use it. Schlocker saved my sanity and their lives!” —Savvyw
Get it from Amazon for $39.99.
19.Charger stickers chock full of character to help designate which charger belongs to which human so they’ll stop stealing yours.
Promising review: “It was great! It’s exactly what I expected and great to tell which charger belongs to whom!” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in a variety of characters).
20.A stair runner to create a little more traction on wood stairs for pups, little kids, and everyone else in the household to *safely* walk down the stairs without scratching them or wearing away the wood finish.
Promising review: “Thank you for your prompt and quick service!!! I received my Marash Luxury Collection Stair Carpet Runner in Ivory in 2 days and it is as beautiful as luxurious as described. This runner is very rich looking (after my husband put the runner down he looked at the staircase and said people are going to think were rich lol). I love this runner so much that I’m buying a 2nd one for my other staircase. I only wish I had more staircases so that I could buy more of these runners. They truly are beautiful.
P.S. My husband put the runner down using a heavy duty staple gun instead of carpet tape because I’m not sure if carpet tape will mess my wood floors up.” —Crystal
Get this 25-foot stair runner from Amazon for $94+ (available in five colors).
21.Kick seat protectors for keeping dirt, mud, and everything else on your kid’s shoes instead of all over your car seats.
Promising review: “These kick mats are great. My grandson is a big time seat back kicker. Consequently, sand, dirt, mud, and other villainous substances are a threat to the seat back in my car. I put them on and presto — instant protection. Also, they help keep the car from looking like a kid mobile. My interior is light grey and these are plain and black — no pockets to catch dirt or to hold toys. (The toys are supposed to go with the kids, not take over Grandma’s car.)” —predawnwalker
Get two from Amazon for $12.69.
22.A scratch cover polish to help revive worn wood surfaces around the house.
Promising review: “I am not a Big Project person. My sister would have stripped, sanded, stained, and varnished this old table. I was able to do this in my living room. I cleaned the surface with soap and water, wiped, let dry and proceeded. The original style was ‘distressed’ and nearly 20 years of careless kids and husband, spilt beverages, and puppy claws had added authenticity. Our newly remodeled living space made distressed look just plain beat up. My goal was to achieve a neutral finish; you simply wouldn’t notice it. The photos are before, after application but before wiping, and after wiping showing my application tools. No mess, no fuss can’t beat it for a quick fix.” —S. Ackermann
Get it from Amazon for $4.82.
23.And a wood polish with miraculous before and after pics that’ll help create some similar after pics from wood surfaces that have taken a beating.
Promising review: “What an incredible product. When my wife and I bought our new house we furnished with a coffee and end table from Pottery Barn. Given the price, we were disappointed at what a magnet they were for scratches — even from the most benign objects. Add two kids and it became even worse over time. Fed up with Pottery Barn’s lack of a solution and the unsightliness, I tried this for $9. If it ruined the surface it would it be much worse than its current state. After trying it on a small area, I went all out. The scratched areas are rehydrated and the color then blends in. This is essentially a laminate/veneer finish and I can confirm it works fine. Most reviews are on brown/tan products but it works well on darker colors too!” —Ryan M. Thomas
Get it from Amazon for $8.48.
24.Silicone baking mats that’ll help keep your cookie sheets looking pristine after every last chocolate chip cookie has been consumed.
Promising review: “I’ve had my old Silpat silicone baking mat for about a decade, and wasn’t sure about going off-brand, but these mats are just as good as the fancy imported ones. If you’re still baking cookies or breads without one of these, I can promise these will change your life. They’re absolutely non-stick, and the way they distribute heat in the oven ensures a more even bake. Never going back.” —//
Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.38+ (also available in three- and four-packs.
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