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    Updated on Jun 18, 2020. Posted on May 17, 2020

    31 Products That Are Just So Dang Useful

    Small things that might just make a difference in your life.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Some bamboo towels that'll replace six month's worth of paper towels, so you can keep your home clean, feel good about the impact you have on the environment, *and* never have to worry about using tissues to clean up a spill because that's all you have left in your house.

    Amazon

    ...not talking from experience, not at all.

    All you have to do when you're done using one is throw it in the wash! Plus, they can be used on a Swiffer Sweeper instead of buying new pads all the time.

    Promising review: "I clean for a living, so using these on the job as well as my home makes life much easier, and I can feel better about not being so wasteful. I use them for drying my hands, cleaning the countertops, and as a reusable Swiffer pad for floors. What I do is mark each one with a Sharpie. My first initial for hands and face at home, 'C' for cleaning counters and 'F' for floor. What I love about these the most is they dry a lot quicker than regular towels and washing them is super easy. Dirt and grime tends to just rinse right out. Even on the mop pads. It's incredible. Now I don't have to waste money buying the Swiffer refills. These are different to use but it's worth figuring out what works for you!! A must buy for eco-friendly cleaning!" —Joyce

    Get a roll of 20 sheets from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. An all-in-one slicer with three interchangeable blades: one to cut apples, one to dice potatoes, and another to core mangos, which is pretty dang life-changing, in my opinion.

    Food52

    Promising review: "I bought this to replace my separate apple and mango slicers. The product is worth the cost for the space-saving attribute alone, but it also works quite well. It’s easy to pop the inserts in and out for cleaning, and they stack well for storing." —Emily

    Get it from Food52 for $30.

    3. A handle that'll make it *sooooo* much easier to carry all your groceries in one trip.

    Amazon

    Each handle can hold up to 50 lbs.

    Promising review: "I live in an upstairs apartment with 16 steps in a row up to my front door, and I have about a 40-yard walk from my car to the base of the steps. These handles allow me to EASILY tote all or most of all of my grocery bags from the car to my apartment. Before I was using almost every finger on both hands to struggle the bags to my apartment, with some pain in some of my fingers." —Doubting Thomas

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    4. Some seat gap fillers so you'll never experience the feeling of having your phone fall between the seat while you're driving, knowing it's going to take about 10 minutes to retrieve it from the black hole down there.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this. That's why I gave it 5 stars!" —Tessa Forbes

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A wine stain-removing spray that works like magic to get stains out of anywhere — trust me, accidents happen and you can get that stain out of your white carpet.

    Amazon

    TBH this is one of my favorite things to keep on hand. It works wonders. I've used it to remove a rosé stain from a white shirt, a berry stain on a comforter, and even a red wine stain on a white/grey rug. With a little bit of scrubbing, everything looked as good as new. I am obsessed and always have to keep it around for safe measures.

    Promising review: "This stuff is like a miracle on those tough red wine or dark berry stains! It even works well on dark chocolate! My husband is the 'Stain King,' and on our last vacation he put some berries from a buffet into the pocket of his brand new khaki shorts (Why you ask? Never got a good answer for this one!). As you can then figure, the berries, during the course of the day and while riding home in the suitcase got mashed up and stained the shorts pretty badly. (Luckily they didn't get on anything else in the suitcase.) When I unpacked, the stains had set for about two days, and I thought the shorts were going to be ruined. I saw this product online and ordered it. It got every bit of the set-in berry stains out! It was like magic, I sprayed it on, and it just DISAPPEARED! As I said, I have also had the opportunity to try it on several red wine and dark chocolate stains, and it's been a miracle for getting them out without any damage to the material. No fading at all just takes out the stain!" —Linda R. Shinsky

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    6. An earwax removal oil you'll be talking your friends' ears off about because of how clean it will leave yours feeling.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    All you have to do is turn your head to the side and put five to 10 drops in your ear. After several minutes you can remove wax with a warm water flush.

    Promising review: "My right ear was totally plugged so I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that this is the one doctors usually tell patients to get. I put the drops in, waited, then flushed my ear out with very warm water and OH MY GOSH...the gunk that came flowing out onto the towel blew my mind! It's amazing that I was ever able to hear at all with all that crap in my ear. This stuff works." —CD

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    7. A miracle plastic container with FreshVent technology to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to keep your berries fresh for up to two (!!) weeks so you can actually enjoy them instead of realizing they're already bad and having to take a trip to the grocery store to get more.

    Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed, Walmart

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. What kind of witchcraft could make these small plastic bins be born from that would make them somehow extend the life of our otherwise short-lived produce? Well, let me tell you if it was witchcraft that produced these containers, then call the Sanderson sisters and get them rolling on another batch! Down here in southeastern Virginia, the produce is terrible! We couldn’t get strawberries to last for more than three of four days. They’re so much cheaper to buy in the large containers, but then we had to eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner just to make sure they were gone before they started to get too soft and juicy. I was beginning to dislike strawberries. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a crime in and of itself. But along came these wonderful containers. They more than doubled the life of our berries allowing me to once again think to myself “eh, maybe this meal I will have kiwi.” P.S. they’re easy to clean and stack well in the fridge too."—Michael Territo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine styles).

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver here.

    8. A silicone popcorn maker you just fill with kernels, ~pop~ in the microwave, and end up with delicious popcorn in minutes.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I've been using a similar one for years, and I still swear by it. It's so much cheaper than buying microwave popcorn all the time, not to mention better for you. It's super easy to use and makes delicious popcorn in minutes. Plus, it's collapsible, so it won't take up a lot of room in your cabinet. You *can* use it as its own bowl, but it's usually pretty hot after coming out of the microwave, so I usually just transfer to another bowl so I don't have to wait for it to cool.

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! I am throwing out my old popcorn maker because there is no need for it anymore. I cannot believe how easy it was to make perfect popcorn and use the same bowl to eat it out of. I've already told all of my friends to buy this!" —Cindy Suy

    Get it from Amazon for $18.90 (available in 11 colors).

    9. A bug bite suction tool that works *wonders* to reduce the size and itchiness of bug bites, because nobody's got time to deal with that anymore.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I cannot stress how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY. I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? It provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these!" —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A migraine stick you can keep in a safe place and quickly grab when you feel a headache coming on to help stop it in its tracks before it ruins your whole day.

    Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed

    It's made of a mix of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to ease tension.

    Promising review: "Years ago, a massage therapist I went to used a cream at my temples that helped greatly with headaches and nausea. I have tried to find that scent for years. THIS IS IT! I use it daily on my temples and the back of my neck just below my hairline. It helps 100% with nausea I suffer from the meds I take. Many of my headaches I can prevent from going to a migraine by applying again at the start of a headache. I take so many meds because of autoimmune diseases that I like not having to pop another pill for my headaches. I am the most skeptical person you will find when it comes to homeopathic or oils, etc., but this works!" —DVS

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    One of my BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues swears by this! Read her full review here.

    11. A toothpaste holder designed to hold *and* roll your toothpaste so you get to use every last drop of what you paid for without spending a good five minutes squeezing as hard as you can.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This device is ingenious! Wished I’d known this product exist sooner. I use Arm & Hammer toothpaste which still comes in the standard small-cap so having it prompt up behind the bathroom cabinet was impossible. Now, the problem is solved. It’s a small invention that made a positive impact. I thank the person who thought of it." —Jl33NYC

    Get it from Amazon for $6.19.

    12. A reusable silicone bag that will not only replace your need for plastic bags, but can also be put in the freezer, dishwasher, and even the microwave.

    Amazon

    Plus, you can sous vide or marinate with these!

    Promising review: "This is an amazing idea! I keep my frozen bananas in them when they start to go bad. The freezer disposable bags used to freezer-burn them. These reusable bags keep these from getting freezer burn, and they taste amazing in my smoothies. Plus, they're easy to close! I need 100 more! I love this color, however, I think I would lean towards clear since if I have multiple in the freezer, it's easier to see what's in them." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in five sizes and 12 styles).

    13. A Zipuller for anyone, including myself, who has struggled to get a dress (or any other article of clothing) zipped up while screaming, "There's got to be a better way!" Here it is.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this puller would actually work. I wear dresses Monday through Friday for work. I buy ones that have long, hidden zippers. I am breaking about one zipper every two weeks, trying to zip them up by myself. It was costing me about $50 to replace the zippers. Finally, I broke down and bought this. I am so happy that I did. It takes a couple of times to get it on right, but once you get the zipper puller on the zipper, it zips right up. This is perfect! It's great for single moms like me!!!" —M. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in pink and black).

    14. Reusable produce storage bags specifically designed to keep fruit, vegetables, and even flowers for fresher longer so you can actually enjoy everything you purchase.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!" —Trio Mum

    Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.88.

    15. Or a Bluapple produce extender that works for three months to keep your produce from wilting when you look away from one second.

    Amazon

    Okay, I know that's not how it works, but doesn't it feel like that's how it works sometimes??? This absorbs ethylene gas that would otherwise ripen your fruits and vegetables. It's safe to put in the fridge or even in a fruit bowl. Each packet lasts three months.

    Promising review: "These REALLY work! We have to move them away from our fresh fruit so it would ripen! My produce is lasting at least three times as long without spoilage. This is a great product, and I have already bought many as gifts. They don't seem to work on tomatoes, but they are great with bananas, apples, kiwi, pears, grapes, plums, peaches, lettuces, mushrooms, and many more fruits and vegetables." —Jacki

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. An anti-chafe balm you can glide on any part of your body you want to protect whether you're running, walking, or just going about your daily life.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff really is awesome. It really works and I don't know where it has been all my life. I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun). It is super easy to use, just slide it on like you'd use deodorant." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A memory foam wrist rest and mouse pad set to truly give you the support you need through the day.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This worked out very well for me. I have tendinitis in my wrist and thumb joint. This mouse pad has given my wrist the right amount of support I need and is still comfortable to use with a mouse. I like that the pad is longer than many other memory-foam mouse pads as I move my hand around a lot." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    18. A chair cushion to basically make your seat into a royal throne. This is especially great if you've found yourself working from a less-than-ideal chair right now.

    amazon.com

    This one is made of memory foam with a gel layer on the top for a cooling effect to make it comfortable all day.

    Promising review: "This pillow has been a godsend. My boyfriend suffers from severe numbness in his left leg and severe sciatica pain. Within an hour of using this coccyx pillow, he said the numbness was essentially gone. I am so glad I found this pillow! I also suffer from back pain due to bad posture since I am sitting and leaning over for hours at a time running my own business. If you have sciatica pain, or back pain or really any pain associated with sitting for long periods of time, I implore you to get this item. I’m even going to get another one for my other office." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    19. And a lumbar support back cushion to complete the chair and turn it into a place you won't mind spending eight hours a day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. I was totally not expecting it to be so comfortable because it was so affordable, but it's just such a delightful upgrade to my supposedly ergonomic office chair. Basically the easiest thing ever to install (snap snap!), with instant relief. I am kind of petite, so it just feels like I fit in the chair better now. Fingers crossed one of my coworkers doesn't steal it. Even if they do, I can afford to buy another. So pleased!" —Adri

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    20. A portable blender so you can make a delicious smoothie in seconds. No more dealing with bulky blenders — or washing them, for that matter.

    amazon.com

    This 14-ounce jar is dishwasher safe and charges with a USB. Plus, it's quiet, so you don't have to worry about annoying the people around it when you use it.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It's WAYYY better than I expected. I live alone, so a traditional blender is awkwardly bit large for me. This blender is super easy to carry away with you because it is light. And this blender is super easy to clean. The white color and shape are classy. I am happy with this purchase. I can't wait to try out more recipes for my morning smoothies." —Zoey

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in blue, pink, and black).

    21. A freezer tray to store the extra herbs you buy when your recipe calls for four tablespoons of fresh parsley...but the grocery store only sells it in bushels meant to serve hundreds.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These little freezer cups are awesome. They makes it really nice when you need some fresh herbs, and you don't want to run to the store all the time. Also, makes it nice to freeze the fresh herbs I grow." —DUCK

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    22. A posture corrector you'll ~straight~ up be obsessed with, because you've finally realized you should have listened to your mom when she kept "annoying" you by telling you to stand up straight.

    amazon.com

    My mom wasn't the only one that did that, right?? It's one size but can be adjusted to fit chest sizes 30 in to 43 inches.

    Promising review: "I started wearing this in hopes of improving my posture. It's much better than I expected, and my posture has improved substantially. I worked up to wearing it pretty much all day at work under my shirt. I work outside and sometimes do strenuous activity. It does not impede me from doing anything and does not restrict my movement. It does remind me how I should be holding my back which has probably saved me from several strains. The most surprising thing is that my lower back pain is gone. I think it is probably just my generally improved posture and developing the muscles in my back and torso but I don't go to work without it anymore and will buy another when it wears out. Oh, and it washes fine in the washing machine." —Greg

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    23. A nail strengthening cream made with hydrogenated jojoba oil, vitamins, and calcium to prevent splits, chips, peels, and cracks and give your nails new life.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "So my grandmother told me about this product when I was young, about 20 years ago or so. I use it all the time! THIS STUFF WORKS! It works really well too. My nails grow really long in a few weeks and I get to decide when to cut them off. Women ask me about them all the time, 'How do you get such white nail tips?' Well, it's because of this." —Halie Brake

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    24. A dip clip so you can keep your sauce separate from your food so you don't have to enjoy ranch all over your whole dinner (even though that might be okay for some...well me).

    Amazon

    Plus, it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. A handheld vacuum that makes it super easy to get rid of the pet hair on your couch (and every other surface) once and for all.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This vacuum is simply amazing. It is by far WAY better than I expected. I read several reviews on this before purchasing along with looking at several other options. After countless hours of reading and researching, I chose this and couldn't be any happier with the product and the work it does. First, I want to say that I have a Great Pyrenees living in my house, and if you aren't familiar with the breed he is a lean mean shedding machine!! I have spent many hours on a daily basis sweeping and lint rolling my whole house. So, I bought this with the hopes that it would just be "good enough" to get the job done. However, I was amazed to realize that it hasn't missed a SINGLE HAIR in its path ( and in one swipe too.) It literally got every single little crumb and hair out of every area I went over and it's the perfect size to get the job done. It is also VERY easy to clean the filter. The ONLY downside is that it's not cordless, but with this quality cleaning I'll just buy an extension cord because I LOVE it!!" —Jordyn

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    26. An acne patch made with hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil to gently draw out the gross stuff in the pimple and stop it in its tracks from ruining your big date, presentation — or just your everyday life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these things. I have not tried other companies because these were the first of its kind I had tried, and they worked WAY BETTER than I expected them to. I've always struggled with acne, from teen to adult, and these get rid of my pimples in two to three nights. It's also very fun to see all the gunk it extracts from your pimple in the morning. It works the best if you open the pimple up slightly before putting on, even a little scratch of the surface to allow the pressure to release a little, smaller pimples will be pretty much flat the next day and larger ones be patient with! For anyone reading this, you can buy like little tools to help with opening your pimples, don't use your finger and don't pop it. But it will work wonders! I wish I could get bigger packs of these. I don't go more than one day without using these somewhere on my face!." —Olivia

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 or eight XL square patches for $8.50.

    Read more on how amazing Avarelle's acne patches are here.

    27. A back-massaging stick designed with 11 knobs and three shapes so it will reach every single spot on your back, neck, and shoulders and help you *finally* get rid of those knots that have been bothering you for a while now.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This tool has changed my life!!! There is not a pressure point on my body that is not tender. I no longer have to wait for somebody to massage me to get relief!! I literally use it every day. The pain that I had before was so debilitating. There were days when I couldn't function because I was in so much pain from muscle tightness. I am having tremendous relief now. Words cannot express how grateful I am to the person who designed and came up with this concept. This tool has enabled me to take the first steps in taking back my life! I leave it sitting next to my bed and the first thing I do when I wake up is hit the pressure points on my shoulders and neck before I even get out of bed!! No more waking up stiff and staying stiff!!!!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the inventor of this life changing tool!!!" —alisa g.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in three colors).

    28. A microwave pasta maker because waiting for water to boil is the WORST part of making pasta. What's the saying about watching paint dry? Well, when you're hungry, boiling water is worse than that.

    Amazon

    Just put the pasta and water in this, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have al dente pasta in no time.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years. Pasta has always been a simple, go to, dinner for me. Tending to the boiling pot of pasta was just part of the process. I’ve been getting 'tired' of cooking as I’ve aged. This simple little microwave pasta cooker has simplified cooking so much more than I could have imagined. Seems silly, but it’s kinda like a little miracle. No more toting a heavy pot to the stove. No more pouring pasta & boiling water into a colander. It’s simple, lightweight and foolproof. You’ll never regret buying this." —Winkie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Read more on this microwave pasta cooker here.

    29. A jar of O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream that'll work wonders on your dry, cracked hands that have seen better days since you started washing them approximately 124,958 times a day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in 1–12 packs).

    30. A flip top you attach to your bottles to make sure you get EVERY. LAST. DROP. There's really nothing as satisfying as using up all of your lotion, or shampoo, or ketchup.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect. File this under 'Products that truly do make my life better.' I love this so much. The variable sizes are good, and the tripod is really stable. Now I'll be able to get every last drop of my lotion and shampoo." —N. Folsom

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. And a splurge-worthy cordless Dyson that just may just change your life because it will make vacuuming approximately 198,439 times easier.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    I've been using the cordless Dyson for over a year now, and I still love it SO much. Yes, I know that it's a bit pricy, but I totally think it's worth it. I used to DREAD vacuuming. I hated how long it took, how you had to keep stopping to unplug and replug in the cord, and how mundane the whole experience was. Well, not anymore. I honestly never thought I'd be the kind of person to get excited about getting a vacuum, but this baby is brilliant. I can vacuum my whole apartment in about five minutes (it's pretty small) without ever really stopping. Plus, it has different attachments that help me reach those hard-to-reach places (*cough, cough* under my couch) that haven't seen a vacuum in years. It's also super easy to grab if anything spills in the apartment and have clean in minutes. I seriously recommend it to everyone I know.

    Get it from Target for $279.99.

    Me every time I see all the gunk in the pimple patch picture:

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