Step inside some brick-and-mortar retailers or simply open up your web browser and you'll be inundated with the millions of products that promise to make your life easier or more fulfilling. It's truly shocking how many pointless household items have made their way into the marketplace.
A salad spinner is meant to spin your salad greens dry, but how necessary is an entire extra bowl, colander, and lid for this? You can also use a regular bowl and a clean kitchen towel for the same effect.
One of the household items that absolutely no one should ever require is the banana slicer. Bananas are already pretty easy to peel and a knife isn't necessary. Although the manufacturer markets this as multi-functional (slicing other foods like ham or tofu), it seems like a big waste unless you're slicing bananas in bulk each day.
Pool noodle knife
Someone took to Reddit to wonder why someone might need a knife intended just for cutting a pool noodle. People commented that the plastic serrated knives are good for teaching kids knife skills safely, but it's odd to sell just for cutting pool noodles.
Unless you're really into labeling every little thing around your house, you can probably forget about a label maker.
Mops with disposable mop pads
Of course, mops like the Swiffer aren't technically "pointless" if you need to mop the floor, but there are mops with reusable and/or washable mop pads. Try to avoid the excess waste of mops that require constant throwaway mop pads.
While a garlic press may sound useful, you can use the flat side of a good chef's knife to crush a clove of garlic for more flavorful dishes. That garlic press is one more gadget that takes up valuable kitchen drawer space.
You can achieve fresh air without harmful chemicals infiltrating your home. Set out open containers of baking soda, open windows, or use non-toxic room spray.
Not only are dryer sheets expensive to purchase, but they also are terrible for the environment due to the chemicals added and the way most are made with petroleum. Use zero-waste alternatives like dryer balls to soften your clothes instead.
You can work your abdominals with a ton of exercises using just your own body weight, rather than buying an expensive ab roller machine that takes up space.
Electric egg cooker
These kitchen gadgets promise hard-boiled eggs without boiling them in a pan. But, really, is the saucepan method that difficult? Come on, folks.
Some people love their bread machine, but it can also be an annoying extra gadget for your kitchen or closet. If you don't bake homemade bread, this won't magically change that. You can just make the dough by hand, and bake the bread in your oven, especially if kitchen space is limited.