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    May 23, 2020

    27 Genius Problem-Solving Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    Turns out some things sound good because they are good.

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    1. This stainless steel garlic rocker is faster to use and easier to clean that a regular garlic press.

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    It'll cover a bigger surface area than a regular garlic press, its shape means it's far easier to clean, and it'll actually chop your garlic rather than just crushing it into a pulpy mess. Rock it backwards and forwards over your cloves and voila, your garlic will be finely-minced in no time!

    Price: £3.00.

    2. You can get rid of that ~intense~ stain on your favourite pot without having to worry about scratching the surface underneath by using these incredible sponges.

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    The abrasive outer covering of this tool surrounds a soft, flexible sponge. That means it'll be firm enough to really tackle burnt-on food, stains, and water stains while fitting around your kitchen tools ~exactly~.

    Price: £3.76 for three.

    3. These hygienic covers are designed to protect Oral-B electric toothbrush heads when they're not in use.

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    They clip right onto the head of your Oral-B toothbrush, providing a secure and hygienic cover in no time. This incredibly highly-rated pack of six should be enough for most families!

    Price: £5.99 for six.

    4. Keep your nails looking great long after you've painted them with this cult-status Seche Vite topcoat.

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    It promises to make your nail polish last longer without any chips(!) by penetrating through the nail varnish and bonding it to your nail beds, ensuring that it doesn't budge, yellow, or chip for ages. I thought I'd try it out seeing as it had gotten over 8,205 ratings with a 4.4-star average, and like literally thousands of other customers, I was surprised by how well it actually worked!

    Price: £6.90.

    5. Keep your blades sharp with this (incredible easy-to-use) knife sharpener.

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    Just stick it to your countertops – it'll stay put while you run your knives through the double-sided buffer thanks to the PowerGrip suction cup at its base. Reviewers rave about how sharp it gets their blades and how fuss-free this handy tool is!

    Price: £9.99.

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

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    Folks say they can see an improvement in the whiteness of their teeth after just a couple of uses! Place one of these 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 they're fast-acting and easy to use!

    Price: £9.99 for 28 strips.

    7. If you're sick of paying for washing powder (who isn't), this incredible Ecoegg will wash your clothes for over a year, no detergent needed.

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    Just pop this in the drum of your machine with your laundry before running the cycle, and the beads inside this egg will foam and release a fresh scent. Reviewers rave about how well it lifts stains, dirt, and odours from their clothes, and it'll last you for up to 210 washes (over a year's worth for many people) in one single container.

    Price: £12.99.

    8. These clever watering globes will hydrate your plants for you for up to two weeks.

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    When moisture leaves your soil, it releases oxygen which then enters these watering globes, pushing out the exact amount of water proportional to the moisture lost in the soil (genius, right?!). Once you've filled the compartments, they can last you for up to a fortnight!

    Price: £6.99 for eight.

    9. This 4head stick claims to get rid of your headache in less than two minutes, and if the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like it's doing something right.

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    It contains levomenthol, which can help to reduce your headaches, and the formula will work its magic without leaving a greasy or sticky feeling on your skin. Unlike with regular medication, there's no limit to how often you can use this swipe-on stick per day (which is great, as you'll get up to 100 uses out of this thing!).

    Price: £4.60.

    10. Customers have been seriously impressed by this lash and brow serum.

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    The formula is packed full of lash and brow-lengthening peptides, so the tiny hairs will get stronger and look longer after repeated use. Customers say it leaves their brows and lashes thicker, fuller, and is cost-effective too! It's as easy to apply as mascara thanks to the handy spoolie inside.

    Price: £9.97.

    11. Make the most out of your shampoo and enjoy an extra-relaxing shower with this silicone scalp massager brush.

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    Not only is this flexible silicone brush super relaxing to use thanks to its massaging effect, it'll help to exfoliate your scalp and improve its circulation too! It's earned a 4.6-star average from over 5,700 reviews. Reviewers say it's easy to use, great for thick hair, and really relaxing too.

    Price: £7.99.

    12. This ionic shower head is a seriously smart buy if you live in a hard water area.

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    Beads in its handle will draw limescale and other minerals out of your shower before it leaves the head, so you'll be able to get the most out of your shampoo while also improving your water pressure. People love its easy-install screw-in attachment system AND its limescale-busting properties, helping to land this bad boy over 890 reviews with a 4.4-star average rating.

    Price: £9.49.

    13. This mould remover spray does exactly what it promises to do.

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    Just leave this foaming spray on your mouldy tiles, walls, or grouting for up to an hour and scrub it off to reveal perfect mildew-free surfaces.

    Price: £5.00.

    14. Help to keep your home fur-free with this pet hair-removing roller.

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    Not only is it designed to be used over and over again without any damage or loss of adhesion, this highly-rated pet roller collects all the hairs it picks up and places them in its easy-to-open compartment that lets you empty its contents with the click of a button.

    Price: £14.99.

    15. Ensure you're keeping your entire mouth clean by using this copper tongue scraper.

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    Made from naturally antimicrobial copper, this scraper is a great way to get rid of the bacteria on your tongue. Reviewers rave about how comfortable this thing is to use as well as how effective it is at making your mouth feel fresher!

    Price: £5.25.

    16. Prevent your shower curtain from sticking to you while you're washing (the worst feeling) by using these self-adhesive shower clips.

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    They've got a powerful self-adhesive backing that sticks them firmly to your walls or to glass (and yes, the glue is waterproof). You can stick the corners or bottom of your curtain into these clips once they're on your tiles, and the raised bump inside will hold the material in place during your shower!

    Price: £5.49.

    17. If the markings on your oven are looking a bit worn down, it might be time to buy these replacement hob stickers.

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    They're transparent, so they won't stand out against your oven no matter what colour it is. The extra-strong adhesive on the back will ensure these stickers don't move, even when they're being cleaned!

    Price: £4.75.

    18. If you're forever getting up out of bed to find that one magazine or remote control you needed, this bedside caddy will help.

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    Place the long, flat section at the top under your mattress for a firm and easy hold! The pockets are big enough to hold everything from books to laptops, and it's a great place to store your remote if you attach it to your sofa, too.

    Price: £6.99.

    19. Fall asleep listening to your fave podcast with this wireless Bluetooth-enabled headband.

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    This headband has a central control panel which means you can adjust the volume of your music and skip tracks without having to switch positions. They're great for runners, side sleepers, or anyone who just wants to listen to music or podcasts comfortably without clunky regular headphones or earphones digging in! The material is machine washable (just make sure to remove the speakers from their lil' pockets first), and because these headphones are Bluetooth-enabled, there are no wires either.

    Price: £18.99.

    20. These plug-in pest repellers will discourage everything from cockroaches to ants and mice alongside loads of other unwelcome critters.

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    The pack of two will cover a large surface area (each one will protect about 80 square metres), and they're kid and pet-friendly too. Plug them into your walls, and they're ready to go as soon as they arrive!

    Price: £9.99 for two.

    21. Keep your breakouts at bay with these zit-zapping hydrocolloid patches.

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    Place these cruelty-free patches over your spots and they'll help to draw the gunk and moisture out of them, eventually eradicating them entirely. They look almost invisible when they're on, so you won't have to worry about them showing up in your next Zoom call!

    PriceL £5.99 for 24.

    22. If your favourite mug is looking a bit grimy, you can tackle it in no time with this specially-designed cleaner.

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    Designed to bring your cups back to their former glory without leaving an aftertaste, customers say this cleaning powder is effective and easy to use. It'll work on your fave mug and your thermal flask!

    Price: £6.39.

    23. These all-natural tumble dryer balls will make your clothes dry faster and feel softer (all while looking cute AF).

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    They'll speed up your drying time by spinning around your drum, lifting your clothes as they go! This process also works to soften the fabric of your clothes, meaning you'll save on fabric conditioner too. I mean, is there anything they can't do?

    Price: £10.99 for six.

    24. Keep the gaps between your tiles looking fresh with this anti-mould grout pen.

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    Run it along any tired-looking or discoloured grouting for an instant colour refresh! The formula is anti-fungal too, meaning your grouting's new coating won't get covered in mildew and mould.

    Price: £4.00.

    25. Protect your charger from fraying and splitting by using these flexible protectors.

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    You'll just have to pop one of these over your charging cable to help protect it from the fraying and breakage that goes along with bending, pulling, removing, and even just moving around your cable. It works on headphones too!

    Price: £5.59 for 24.

    26. This silicone spoon rest will keep your counters clean when you're cooking.

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    It's capable of holding multiple utensils at once, so you're covered even if you're using more than one cooking tool. The silicone material is dishwasher-safe, too!

    Price: £5.23.

    27. And last but most definitely not least, these oven liners will protect the base of your cooker from spills and stains.

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    They can withstand temperatures of up to 260°C, and you can just remove them and wash them with washing-up liquid when they get a bit grimy.

    Price: £7.49 for two.

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