8 Products We Can't Live Without

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Every year, a friend or colleague introduces you to something you just love instantly -- and not something glamorous: more something utilitarian, helpful, simple, a great idea and product you now couldn't imagine doing without. We polled the BlogHer editorial staff, and here are our top picks.


Wool Dryer Balls



wool dryer balls



Wool Dryer Balls, $20


I know, could there be something less glamorous to be excited about? But since laundry is a part of daily life, anything that makes it faster and less annoying is a must. And that's what these 3 ivory felted wool balls do: you toss them into your dryer, and they punch the clothes around, helping them dry about thirty percent faster (take that off your electric bill after three months and they've paid for themselves), and add their natural woolly goodness to the mix, acting as a natural fabric softener (with no horrible "delightful scent" added). Plus these are WAY quieter than the tennis balls or plastic hedgehogs that make such a racket in the dryer it sounds like there are rocks in it. And there's the cute factor. Who knew laundry could be cute? I've kind of fallen in love with the hide-and-seek of seeing where the balls end up when I take the laundry out. Stuffed into my son's pant leg? Anchored in the sleeve of a sweatjacket? Or just lying at the bottom of the dryer, all in a row, like three peas in a pod, just waiting to make my laundry a little more adorable.

Stacy Morrison, Editor in Chief





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