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    27 Fast-Acting Products To Help Solve Your Long-Standing Problems

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    1. If you can never seem to find a good place to store your kitchen sponge, this simple caddy will help you tidy it away while also keeping it within easy reach.

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    Declutter your sink with one of these easy-install holders! It's made with flexible silicone that you can fit around a variety of tap types and sizes.

    Price: £3.75.

    2. This cuticle dissolver from Sally Hansen claims to remove the dead skin from the base of your nails in 15 seconds.

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    Pop some of the product over your cuticles before pushing the old skin away for a faster manicure. Customers say it's as easy to use as it is effective!

    Price: £4.76.

    3. This washing machine cleaner will clean your appliance from the inside out.

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    Its antibacterial formula will clean hard-to-reach dirt from your washing machine drum while also dissolving any limescale that's built up in there. It's really easy to use – just pour some of this stuff into your washing powder drawer and run an empty cycle at 60°C! You can also use it as a regular cleaning fluid on the outside of your washing machine.

    Price: £3.50.

    4. If you always end up with half an onion that you're not sure how to store after cooking, this clip-on container is about to become your new favourite thing.

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    No produce-rotting oxygen can get into this airtight container, and no foul-smelling onion juice will escape either. It's got a curved design at the top to ensure your onion keeps its shape, and it's completely dishwasher-friendly!

    Price: £2.50.

    5. These reusable descaler balls will get rid of the scum and limescale inside your kettle in a matter of minutes.

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    Drop one of these wire descalers into your kettle, put it on to boil, pour the water out, and remove the mesh ball – the limescale inside your kettle will have collected between its wires, leaving you with clearer, scum-free cuppas. You can rinse the mesh balls after use and they'll be good to go again!

    Price: £3.49 for two.

    6. Remove the grease that can build up on your kitchen surfaces over time by using this powerful spray.

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    This stuff's called "Elbow Grease" for a reason – the product inside is powerful enough to remove oil from plastics and metals without any scrubbing on your behalf. Just spray the formula onto the affected surface, let it sit for a couple of minutes, wipe it away, and you're done!

    Price: £1.00.

    7. You know those stains and marks that you've had to look at on your car seats for months now? Well, this incredible shampoo will get rid of those in minutes. In fact, it works for all synthetic upholstery!

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    Spray this stuff onto any stained seats, let it soak in, rinse it away, and voila – the fabric will look good as new again! Plus, this spray cleans AND deodorises, so your seats will smell as fresh as they look.

    Price: £8.12.

    8. If your fave mug is looking worse for wear after months (or even years) of constant use, this highly-rated cleaning powder is ideal. It'll get your cups sparkling in no time!

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    It's the perfect way to cut through coffee and tea stains (even really substantial ones). Customers say it doesn't leave an unpleasant taste in their drinks after using it!

    Price: £5.46.

    9. This carpet cleaner from Vanish has gotten some rave reviews for a reason. It'll remove stains and marks in less than half an hour!

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    Sprinkle this stuff over your carpet, wait for about twenty minutes for it to settle in, and then simply vacuum the powder up along with all the worked-in grime and dirt it's absorbed.

    Price: £8.00.

    10. Mould is a really common problem in the UK, so it's a good thing this foaming spray is so good at getting rid of it.

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    Apply this spray to any affected areas for up to half an hour, before wiping it away to reveal a clean surface underneath (ugh, so satisfying).

    Price: £5.00.

    11. Jewellery can look a little ~off~ after a while, especially if you're wearing something all the time. This specially-designed pen will brighten and shine diamonds, gold, silver, and so much more in moments!

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    This twist pen contains a gentle but effective cleaning fluid. Simply run its delicate brush over your jewellery and then rinse off the residue for an almost instant revamp! It works on diamonds, platinum, silver, gold, all precious stones, and most other metals.

    Price: £8.95.

    12. These personalised weatherproof stickers mean you don't have to double check that your bins have been put back in the right place.

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    You can get your street name and house number printed onto these highly-rated weatherproof stickers! They'll arrive through your letterbox via free first-class Royal Mail postage.

    Price: £2.25 for four.

    13. If the hair on your face grows quickly (or even if you're just tired of tweezing), these eyebrow razors are great. They'll remove fine hair in no time!

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    This pack of razors will help to keep your eyebrows in shape between waxing, threading, or tweezing sessions. The blades are made from rust-resistant stainless steel that's sharp enough to trim your brows precisely without damaging your skin!

    Price: £3.99 for six.

    14. These drain sticks will get rid of the grime and buildup that can form inside your plugholes over time.

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    These sticks are packed full of enzymes that break down the gunk and grease in your drains as they dissolve, leaving behind a fresh smell and clearer plugholes. Drop 'em in your drains and leave them to work their magic!

    Price: £5.00 for 12.

    15. Get rid of that ugly buildup on your tap's spout by using this descaler tool!

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    It's hard to properly clean your taps, because their shape makes it tricky to submerge the spout in cleaning fluid. This handy tool means you'll be able to submerge your taps in descaler for as long as you like for easy and ~thorough~ cleaning!

    Price: £4.85.

    16. Let's face it, we've all got *those* pots, pans, and baking trays that seem like they're beyond redemption. Don't worry, though – these heavy-duty emery sponges have got your back!

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    These flexible sponges will remove everything from limescale to burnt-on food and discolouration using only water. The emery layer on the outside will clean off crusted food, stains, and more, while the high-density sponges inside will polish and clean anything they come into contact with.

    Price: £3.56 for three.

    17. Okay, hear me out here – this ear wax removal syringe has actually gotten some rave reviews, and won't push the wax further into your ear like cotton buds can!

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    It's got three openings on its antibacterial tip that clean your ears with water without spraying your ear drum directly. The nozzle is designed to ensure you can't push it too far into your ear!

    Price: £7.24.

    18. If you've lost the original plug for your sink or bath, this universal sink stopper will solve that problem.

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    It's got a silicone lip that creates a seamless cover between your drains and your sink or bath, so no water will leak out regardless of the size of your drains. This handy gadget has really wowed reviewers!

    Price: £4.99.

    19. Nothing will slow down your food prep more than blunt knives. Stop suffering and use this countertop sharpener instead!

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    Stick this to your kitchen table or countertops, run your blades through its double-sided buffer, and you'll have sharper knives in no time! It's super simple to use, and thanks to the PowerGrip suction cup at the base, it'll stay put when you're working with it for added safety.

    Price: £8.00.

    20. Brighten up your smile with these peroxide-free charcoal strips.

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    Place the strips in your mouth and leave it for about half an hour so the brightening and stain-removing compounds inside can get to work. Reviewers particularly like that these charcoal-infused strips are fast-acting and easy to use!

    Price: £14.99 for 24 strips.

    21. This 4head stick claims to relieve the symptoms of a headache in under two minutes and judging by its rave reviews, it's got to be doing something right.

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    The levomenthol in this highly-rated stick will help to stop the pain signals in your head from reaching your brain, and it's got a non-greasy, colourless formula too. There's no limit to how many times per day you can use this stick, which is handy seeing as it'll last for up to 100 applications!

    Price: £3.58.

    22. These under-the-bed suspenders will ensure you don't wake up to tangled sheets, no matter how much you toss and turn!

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    They've got elastic straps that connect the powerful grips, so these suspenders will fit any size of bed. Just clip the clamps onto the corner of your sheets, pop the straps under your mattress, and you're done!

    Price: £4.99 for four.

    23. If your curtain clings to you every time you use your shower, these specially-designed clips and I are here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way.

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    They've got a self-adhesive pad on the back that sticks firmly to your tiles and glass, and once they're installed you can insert the edge of your shower curtain into the clip! It'll keep it in place so you can shower stress-free.

    Price: £5.49 for four.

    24. Speaking of showers, you can get your shower head gleaming again thanks to this limescale-busting spray. It'll clear away the gunk in five minutes!

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    Spray some of its enzyme-packed formula onto any affected surfaces and a thick foam will come out. That'll work its limescale-destroying magic for five minutes, and once it's done, you can wipe it away to reveal a clean surface underneath.

    Price: £3.00.

    25. These hydrocolloid patches will conceal AND start to heal your spots the second you put them on.

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    Apply one on top of a spot and it'll begin drawing the excess moisture and gunk out from your skin, helping to dry out the pimple and eventually eradicate it. Customers are seriously impressed by how effective these are!

    Price: £5.99 for 24 patches.

    26. Brighten up the spaces between your tiles with this easy-peasy grout pen!

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    Run it along any discoloured grouting for an instant refresh! The formula is antifungal too, meaning your grouting's new coating won't get covered in mildew and mould.

    Price: £4.50.

    27. Keep your fridge shelves clean with these liners.

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    They've got raised bumps on their surfaces to help elevate the food on top of them, ensuring veg and other foods don't sweat and cause leaks. You can remove these liners when they're in need of a wash and either run them under the tap or chuck them in the dishwasher!

    Price: £3.99 for four.

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