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28 Things That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

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1. Metal pull chains so you can finally stop the guessing game when it comes to turning your fan on versus the fan light. You consistently choose wrong, so why not make the choice obvious moving forward?

Promising review: "I love these little pull chains. Not only do they make it easier to pull, but finally there is no guessing regarding which chain goes with what. They are so cute and made really well. There is actually a nice weight to them and they are much more durable than I thought. I was pleasantly surprised when they came in and I would highly recommend them to everyone who needs a little length and help finding the right chain." —SBrain

Get them from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in two finishes and in packs).

2. Silicone soup freezer trays with four fill lines to help you create the perfect frozen meal to keep on hand throughout the week. It also comes with a tight-fit lid so the soup won't spill out into your freezer if jostled before frozen.


Now meal prepping will be a breeze! Just make your soup beforehand and store for later. You'll have the perfect amount to pop into the freezer when you get home from work.

Promising review: "My freezer is so much more organized now. Gone are the days of having to defrost an entire bag of chicken broth for one cup for a recipe. I now have perfectly portioned half cup and one cup blocks ready to go. They fit easily in freezer bags, take up less space, and make me incredibly happy. There was a lot of attention to detail put into the design and I particularly appreciate the wire inside the rim that holds everything steady: no more worrying about spilling all the liquid on the way to the freezer." —Kate

Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in a pack of two).

3. An insect sticky trap that'll rid your home of annoying gnats, flies, midges, and whiteflies. You can stick them directly into soil so your lil baby plants will stay insect-free! You're a devoted plant parent, we understand.

BTW, they're made of eco-friendly materials, are non-toxic, and can be used for indoor or outdoor plants.

Promising review: "These work exactly as described! Fungus gnats took to one of my indoor plants and these sticky sheets were an extremely easy and effective solution. They were also easy to cut to size, and the 20-pack left me with plenty of extras for future use." —Leah

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in larger packs).

4. A jewelry cleaning brush, because no one should deal with dull diamonds. It just takes a few seconds of scrubbing with the soft-tipped brush that'll dispense a formula containing polishing agents and micro-fine cleansers to achieve that dazzling shine.

Promising review: "Can't tell you the number of times I've been on my way to an event, meeting, party, etc., and realize my ring is cloudy from lotion — ack! I run to the bathroom to quickly clean it, it takes 30–60 seconds max, and my ring looks brand new again! I don't even take my ring off — just get it wet, twist the bottom to make the cleaner come out into the brush, scrub with the brush, and rinse with warm water. The cleaner foams up as you brush — it really feels like it's cleaning off the grime and oils. The brush is super soft and really gets into nooks and crannies, unlike the brushes that come in those jar cleaners that are always too bristly and thick for my dainty yellow gold jewelry." —honestreviewer

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

5. Parchment paper squares with nifty handles so you can get your baked goods out cleanly instead of using a fork and knife to desperately lift your perfectly cooked cake. Even with the use of sprays and butter, sometimes thing ~stick~ and you need a bit of a lift to get everything out of the pan on the first try.


Promising review: "I love baking, and the 'handles' on these parchment rounds made a huge difference in being able to remove sponge cake layers neatly from their baking pans and move them onto a cooling rack. No more contortions trying to pick up and flip over a hot cake pan! I'll definitely be ordering these rounds in other sizes to fit all of my cake pans!" —Karin W.

Get 24 sheets from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four sizes and for round pans).

6. A three-tiered drying rack for items that can't conveniently be hung on hangers like larger sweaters or or delicates. It can hold up to 10 pounds and feature mesh bands to keep clothes secure if placed outside in the sun.


Promising review: "This is a great idea for a drying rack. It hangs easily from a shower rod. I like that there are pieces of fabric that stretch from side to side so I can secure garments if I'm drying things outside so they don’t blow away. Also a little tricky to close, but very compact when closed for easy storage. Very well0made and innovative." —Paula Rinewalt Photography

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

7. A flat colander to lay at at the bottom of your sink to catch all the food scraps that otherwise fall down the drain and cause a clog. It can also be used for defrosting so water doesn't pool around the chicken your mom asked you take out of the freezer a few hours ago!


Promising review: "I love this flat colander. When cooking meals that require more washing and preparing of veggies, I can set them all out and wash them at the same time. Since I don't have a garbage disposal, I peel potatoes and carrots such that the peels fall on the colander, making it easy to collect them and dispose of them. I use it all the time." —Natalie O

Get it from Amazon for $10.89+ (available in three colors).

8. A PopGrip Slide you can readjust to different positions depending on where your hand rests while holding your phone. It can slid down to the bottom of your case or repositioned to the middle if you're using it as a stand. And if can be completely removed if you don't feel like having it on for a while.


It can fit a variety of iPhones from the 7/8 to the 11 Pro Max.

Check out the variety of options from PopSocket for $15.

9. A Kangaroo water and climate sensor to keep on the floor that can detect changes in temperature or water should a pipe (or your washing machine) unexpectedly leak. It's ideal for basements, laundry rooms, or any area that experiences high humidity.


Once you place the sensor in the desired area, you download an app to your phone. Should the sensor detect anything suspicious, you'll immediately be notified.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

10. A tabletop gift wrapping tool so you can whip through boxes like a real mall pro. The clamps can be secured to any table and will hold the roll of wrapping paper, plus one clamp will hold your tape. All you ever need will be in one convenient place!


Promising review: "It held the wrapping paper roll perfectly in place. It made wrapping my gifts easier and faster. The tape dispenser is handy on the end of the clamp, too." —Linda Cook

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

11. And! A sliding wrapping paper cutter that'll give you that clean cut every single time. No more fumbling with scissors or getting caught with the blade halfway, causing the paper to rip right in front of your eyes.


Promising review: "This item is super easy to use and cuts well every time. I've used it at least five times already and it works perfectly. It's such a great time saver and I've even come back to buy more for other friends as a cute little gift. This little helper makes me actually enjoy wrapping presents!! Everyone should have one of these Little ELFs!" —Cathy Bitner

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

12. A Goodful digital food scale with a conversion chart etched directly onto the top to guide you mid-recipe. No more sticky fingerprints all over your phone as you try to figure out how many cups are in a pint. Or teaspoons in a tablespoon.


Promising review: "This was a great deal for a great product! It’s a lightweight, sleek design that does the job. So glad I purchased it." —Greatreviewer

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection sold exclusively at Macy's for $13.93 (originally $35.99).

13. Glossier's Brow Flick that'll help define your brows in a natural way. You can increase your arch, add color and definition in areas lacking hair, and extend the tail of your brow for a fuller look.


Promising review: "I was a bit hesitant when ordering the Brow Flick pen, thinking how well could this actually work. I'm so happy I took a chance on this product! Chemo has taken away my eye brows and this pen has given them back. The pen makes precise marks so I can create a brow that looks realistic. Thanks for making a product that helps me feel more like myself again." —Jessica

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

And check out our review on Glossier's Brow Flick pen!

14. A hair finishing cream to help tame those annoying little hairs that surround your face and fly around no matter the weather or how much you try to control them. The smoothing effect is immediate, so you'll accomplish that sleek bun in just a matter of seconds. No extra time added to your morning routine necessary!

Made from natural plant extracts, the serum won't leave your hair greasy.

Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and high rated product I try, my flyaways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head flyaway frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smooths my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RHoffsommer

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

15. A Fur-Zoff pet hair remover for carpet, couches, clothing, and bedding. Just imagine a household and car that's not covered in pet hair. It'll sweep up hair instantly, so you can run it over the couch before guests come over.

Promising review: "This thing is amazing. With multiple cats and two dogs who have no boundaries in the house (couches, chairs and beds are free game), and more than a few with black fur, our furniture and carpets were constantly covered. This thing works wonders! Easy to use, does the job right, and cheap. What a bang for your buck. The fur comes right off, it's a miracle. I recently used it in our bedroom since we have light blue carpet. The vacuum wasn't sucking up the fur and the carpet looked dingy and dirty. I got down and went to town on the carpet with this thing and the difference is like night and day. Seriously, if you have pets, this is a must." —dameow687

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in packs).

16. Five Two cookware that'll make meal prep an enjoyable experience for once. Built with stay-cool, non-slip handles and built-in strainers from non-stick, stainless steel, you won't be stuck scraping the pan during cleanup. The lids are made from tempered glass so they won't crack, won't warp, and are super lightweight.


Each piece has also been treated with anti-yellowing technology so the color will never distort after years of use. They'll stand temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, so yes, go crazy in the kitchen.

Get it from Food52 for $89+ (available for sale individually or as a set).

17. A Behr Simple Pour lid, because up until now you've been attacking paint cans with a screwdriver, trying to get the lids off and never being able to reseal them afterwards. The pour lid allows for zero mess, too.


The lid is rust-proof and will keep paint fresher for longer! The spout also can be detached and cleaned separately.

Get the lid from The Home Depot when you purchase a Behr Marquee color starting at $40.98, depending on the sheen.

18. Coty Airspun oil-reducing and setting powder you can use on top of your makeup to soften the overall look of your skin and reduce shiny buildup. It can also be used as a foundation to even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes., Amazon

Promising review: "I absolutely love this powder. I've used more expensive ones in the past, but this one takes the cake. It keeps my makeup on all day, even with my oily skin. I personally don't use the 'baking' method, but even so it keeps my face in place all day, even when I get hot and sweaty. Other reviewers are right, it does have a slight baby powder smell, but it doesn't bother my very much and once you've applied it to your face, the smell disappears. I recommend it to all of my friends!" —Brittany

Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available as a pack of two and in six shades).

19. Zesty Paws allergy supplements for dogs that suffer from allergies, itching, and digestive issues. Each bite contains vitamins, protein, fiber, and antioxidants to support natural immune defenses to keep your lil fur ball healthy.

Promising review: "I have a Bichon who has lots of allergies. We tried a lot of treatments such as allergy testing, changes to her diet, allergy shampoo, Benadryl, shots, and a bunch of other stuff without any huge improvement. After all of these she would still be up all night licking and scratching until she would bleed. After we got these her scratching to excess as all but stopped and her licking her paws has too. These work so well we cut them up and sprinkle on her food just to keep her on them. This is honestly the only thing we found that works for our girl." —Sonya

Get it from Amazon for $25.97+ (available in two flavors and a larger pack).

20. Nail and cuticle oil made from jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E that'll target weak nails to restore strength and soften cuticles. If your nails are constantly breaking or peeling, this is for you!

Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month while I was religiously applying it two-three times a day in February. I was really seeing great improvements, so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

21. A Smart Funnel to help you transfer liquids without having to annoyingly hold the bottle. Now you can transfer family pack shampoos and conditioners from Costco without killing your arms.


Promising review: "This funnel works well, even with heavier bottles. I was hesitant to buy, because I had previously tried a large silicone funnel that was intended for the same use. With this funnel, I've already transferred a highly viscous lotion in a large bottle to another, with no problem whatsoever. It washed nicely in my dishwasher and has already paid for itself in product saved. One of the best features is that its components rotate around the same axis. You are able to swing the clips or the funnel out of the way if need be." —Amy S.

Get four from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors and in packs).

22. Bed sheet fasteners that'll help you neatly make your bed (possibly for the first time in your life). The metal clips grasp onto your fitted sheet so it stays in place no matter how much you toss and turn.


Promising review: "I hate a messed up bed. But these clips are amazing. By flipping the fitted corners of the sheet up onto the top of the bed, applying the clips there, and THEN pulling everything back under the mattress, you can fasten these clips quickly and easily. Once the clips are on, flip the fitted corner back down over the mattress and look at the great result. All of the excess fabric vanishes completely. I was expecting some kind of big pucker even while the sheets stayed in place, but there was nothing but tight, smooth fabric." —Steven P. Gray

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

And to find out where to buy the best bedding possible, click here.

23. Slow cooker liners so you can minimize cleanup time post-meal. They'll prevent leaking fluids and spills — and hours of scrubbing.


Before you add your ingredients, just line the stoneware pot with one of these. They fit a wide range of slow cookers and truly will make cleanup a breeze.

Promising review: "Where have these been all my life?! When the slow cooker came along it was supposed to make our lives easier. Just throw everything in it in the morning, let it cook all day, and dinner was ready when you got home. But then you had to soak it until the next day and scrub for what seemed to be an eternity. These liners make it so easy! You take it out after you're done cooking, rinse the crock pot out, dry it, and put it away. Cleaning now takes only three minutes." —Michele

Get eight liners from Amazon for $7.95.

24. A silicone baking mold, because spending all that time making egg muffins or cupcakes only to have all the bottoms rip off is way too frustrating. The molds are freezer-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe, so they're super versatile., Amazon

Since the molds bend easily, you can pop out your baked goods in about half the time. Also, they're incredibly easy to clean compared to traditional baking pans!

Promising review: "A must-have for any baker! Hands down, this is one of the best silicone additions to my kitchen cabinet and bakeware arsenal I have. Extremely easy to clean and always makes a burn-free, stick-free finished product. The silicone prevents burning or hotspots with even temperature distribution, making each muffin as good as the last! Your treat (muffin, biscuit or cupcake) will seamlessly pop out of the silicone mold once cool! Thus, preventing the dreaded fork and spoon removal method that results in crumbs and cracks. To clean, just wash and rinse with warm water and light soap and that's it! No scrubbing or scraping needed. Now everyone can be a five-star baker with this five-star muffin pan!" —Angel Lee Jones

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

And check out our spotlight on the silicone baking molds here.

25. A silicone tool holster so you can confidently rest your straightener or curling iron in a place that won't catch fire. Yes, you turned it off, but with this holder you won't have to worry about it marking up your countertop.


The silicone can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees and can attach to any smooth, non-porous surface.

Promising review: "My wife left the hair straightener on and rushed to work, this plastic magnificent thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very warm and hot, nothing burned, not even the plastic holder itself. It does what it's supposed to do. It sticks and prevents fires from hair straighteners. Proved after sticking to the sink for over three to four months and not melting with a turned-on hair straightener inside from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m." —Emre

Get it from Amazon for $18.16+ (available in five colors).

26. Avarelle tea tree and calendula oil–infused pimple patches that'll clear up pesky breakouts overnight by sucking out all the gunk and pus trapped underneath the skin. Gone are the days of freaking out over your latest blemish.

After cleaning your face before bed, apply a patch directly to the inflamed breakout. When you wake up in the morning and remove the patch, the pimple will be visibly smaller and less inflamed. *Plus* you'll be able to see all the gross white gunk on the patch itself (v satisfying feeling).

Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself, and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

Get 40 patches from Amazon for $8.50. And for larger, square patches, click here.

And if you're fighting some serious breakouts, check out our roundup of face treatments that'll make a noticeable difference.

27. A cutlery organizer, because you've definitely got your set messily thrown into a kitchen drawer. This organizer will make use of vertical space, leaving more horizontal space in your drawer for other utensils.


Promising review: "I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons, etc., in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. I will say I have to flip my forks over face down in order to be able to shut and open my drawer, but then the drawer itself is kind of shallow. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!" —mialro

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

28. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax wood polish so you can rid of scuffs, water marks, and anything else lingering on your tables within 20 minutes of application. It'll polish and add a protective layer to prevent the wood from once again drying out and fading.

Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs who had jumped up and scratched places, and we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemishes. Everything looks brand new. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $6.03+ available in packs.

Also, check out our spotlight on the wood polish!

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