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    Jan 26, 2020

    28 Things That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

    Products so smart, they'll only improve 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. A habit-tracking calendar that'll help you become more aware of your everyday routine and what sets you up for success versus what drains you mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can track daily habits, weekly habits, and monthly habits and each month is themed to better help you in the areas of sleep, gratitude, and movement.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I've always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I'd been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some 'homework' pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals. It has helped me be more disciplined AND narrow my focus, so I'm not worrying about doing everything under the sun each day." —Flight of Stars

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    2. Kank-A, a pain-relieving liquid to treat horrendously painful canker sores, denture abrasions, or brace irritation. The formula contains benzocaine for instant relief, while immediately forming a film over the area to prevent further irritation.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bit the inside of my cheek multiple times and developed the worst canker sore of my life! Nothing would help and after four days of intense pain and not being able to eat, I ordered this. I figured it was a long shot, but literally it only took one application and I instantly felt better! By the next morning it was practically gone! Love this stuff!" —Gabriela

    Get it from Amazon for $5.76+ (available in a pack of three).

    3. A toothbrush timer cup if you're struggling to uphold proper dental hygiene (two-minute rule, anyone?). It will ding when your two minutes of cleaning is up so you can start and end your day with a super clean smile.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "It's a great tool to make sure my eight-year-old brushes for long enough and to have a time limit for my two-year-old who would brush her teeth all day and never stop." —SHM

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15.

    4. Innisfree mineral powder that'll combat that afternoon shine that always seems to appear no matter how much setting spray you use in the morning. The powder will create a mattified look, controlling oil and moisture that builds up on your skin over the course of the day.

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    I own this mineral powder and swear by it! It smooths my skin and absorbs oil quickly and effectively so I don't have to worry about a shiny forehead. It's tiny, too, so I keep it in my bag and can tuck it into my back pocket before heading to the bathroom.

    Promising review: "Ok, so I oily. Get me out in the AZ heat and I'm a mess. This stuff is magical! I went out on a warm evening and danced in AC-less conditions, and my t-zone was protected by this magical powder. When I went to the ladies room, I was amazed I didn't need to reapply. Normally I use blotting tissues, and can go through one every pee break. No more sweaty face! Thanks, fancy powder makers!" —Indecisive shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $5.70.

    5. A folding board to maximize the amount of space in your closet by neatly folding and storing all of your tees, pants, and sweaters. If you fold correctly, you can essentially triple the amount of clothing you can fit into one drawer.

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    Promising review: "My husband can not stop folding t-shirts! He looks forward to doing laundry now. It's a great product and so easy to store and use!" —Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in five colors).

    6. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax wood polish so you can get rid of water marks on your tables, freshen up your cabinets, and revive your floors. It'll polish and shine, adding a protective layer to the wood so future stains won't penetrate and cause dryness or fading.

    amazon.com

    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. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (also available in packs).

    Also, check out our spotlight on the wood polish!

    7. A pet hair removal broom since you've got some pet fur CAKED into a rug in your home. Or all over your sofa. And this bad boy will collect that hair in just a matter of minutes. The built-in squeegee edge can also contain spills!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have two ferrets and a German Shepherd and ANY German Shepherd owner knows how much they shed. Regardless of how often I clean and vacuum my house, I ALWAYS have pet hair everywhere. I stumbled across this broom and decided to give it a shot after seeing the reviews and wow, this is the best $10 I've spent. It lifted up so much hair that was stuck in my carpet and I feel like my house is 10x cleaner. This broom is HEAVEN for people with shedding animals. I've already recommended this product to everyone." —Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    8. Or a Fur-Zoff pet hair remover for car seats and clothing. Since it's smaller, it'll be able to reach into those annoying nooks and crannies to remove hair from your automobile or between couch cushions.

    amazon.com

    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. Bought it in March, it's now October and it still works like a beast. You won't regret buying this." —dameow687

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97+ (also available in packs).

    9. 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. It's the size of a mascara stick so you can easily keep tucked in your bag's side pocket.

    amazon.com

    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.

    10. An eyeliner stamp, because spending time in front of the mirror trying to perfectly match your wings is so darn frustrating. Those with shaky hands can finally get the sharp edge they're looking for — this stamp will provide equal wings each and every time.

    amazon.com

    One side of the pen is the stamp while the other is a regular eyeliner pen. Plus you can feel confident through the day; the stamp is waterproof and smudge-proof.

    Promising review: "I'm a makeup junkie and extremely picky with products. I don't actually have any issues with winged liner, but I've been dealing with some shaking issues so thought this might make my routine easier. Not a lot of trial and error, it's very simple to use, and creates a lovely and slightly curved wing. Now about the formula, I'm impressed. I was thinking that I could always go over it with my regular eyeliner, but I found that unnecessary. The liner pen tip didn't drag or skip; it's a very bold and solid black that dries quickly and has amazing staying power." —SaintLee

    Get the set of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in three sizes and as a combo pack).

    And check out our spotlight on the eyeliner stamp here!

    11. Cable clips to keep your wires organized and easily accessible throughout the day. You can peel and stick the clips to whatever surface, like your desk, bedside table, car dashboard, or kitchen counter.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These work unbelievably well for what they're supposed to do. They have incredibly strong adhesive and will keep your cable in place. The rubber is a little harder than the competition making it harder to get the cables in but also harder to get them out. This ends up being a giant plus, making it so that all the cables stay in and don’t fall out." —Khalil

    Get six from Amazon for $6.97.

    12. A Mighty Patch hydrocolloid acne-absorbing patch to suck out all the pus and gunk from breakouts overnight. It'll do the work while you sleep, so you can wake up to smaller, healed pimples instead of angry monsters.

    amazon.com

    These patches are super effective and will make your morning routine of fussing over breakouts so much smoother. You can apply the patch directly to the pimple before you go to bed and remove it in the morning. What's gross is that you can really see the pus and gunk on the patch when you remove it, so maybe don't look too closely if you want to keep your breakfast down.

    Promising review: "These saved my skin. They take out all the gunk, leaving your pores looking refined with whiteheads gone. You wake up, pull them off, and there's everything there on the patch. I've never been so pleasantly surprised by a product. They actually are the answer to whiteheads and clogged pores. They bring out the stuff you see and don't see under the skin. They clear up the stubborn area I have so easily." —SamMan

    Get 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in larger packs).

    13. A posture corrector that can aid your back's alignment by building up your back's muscle memory while being supported. While wearing the brace, you're training your body to remain in the correct posture. Once the brace is removed, your body will be able to remain in the correct position.

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    The key is to wear it every day in 20-30 minute increments, working up to one to two hours at a time. The more often you wear it, the better trained your back will become. You can wear it underneath clothing and many reviewers have reported experiencing pain relief. As always though, speak to your doctor first if you're in pain!

    Promising review: "I have back issues. Serious ones. Aside from the degeneration and bulging discs, I have an awful hunch that seems to be getting progressively worse since I had my baby. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm walking around looking like the 'Crooked Man' soon enough! Apart from how I look, I am also in constant pain and taking pain medication all day is not an option for me. My doctor suggested a posture corrector to see if I could get any relief at all and although I wasn't very optimistic, I gave it a shot. It took a couple of days to get used to it but I'm so glad I took his advice!! It helps my posture a great deal and my doctor said he attributes the pain relief I feel in my neck and low back to my posture being better. It helps my body remember not to slouch and in doing so has also helped my quality of life immensely!! Highly recommended! Seriously!!" —Corinne Cruz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    14. Fabric resistance bands that'll produce a major burn during your next workout without randomly snapping on you. Since they're thicker and wider than rubber resistance bands, they're way more durable and won't slide up or down on your legs or arms during use.

    amazon.com

    I own these bands and really love them. They're so much easier to use than basic rubber resistance bands. They're superrr strong, durable, and come in three resistance levels. I can slide them on my legs easily and don't have to struggle awkwardly when taking them off. They don't fold over, too! They stay perfectly place while I do squats or lunges.

    Promising review: "These bands were exactly what I needed! I have been using the rubber resistant loops and they just get too stretched out too quickly! These have held up for a while now, and I use them daily. I also love how I can use them with shorts too! I have told all my friends about them! I highly recommend them!" —CAS724

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight color variations).

    15. Bottle cleaning tablets so you can finally reach the bottom of your water bottle or tea travel mug without having to furiously scrub or get your entire arm wet in the process of trying to reach all the nooks and crannies.

    amazon.com

    They're biodegradable, chlorine-free, all-natural, and environmentally safe! They work on stainless steel bottles, plastic, glass, porcelain, and silicone.

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8+ (also available in a pack of three).

    16. Dishwasher cleaner tablets, because just putting things in the dishwasher for a quick spin may not be enough. *gasps*. Gross smells and lime can build up in your dishwasher, so these tablets will clean your machine for future spotless washes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I started getting white streaks all over my dishes. That never happened before. Thought it was my detergent and changed it, but no difference. I kept getting clean dishes with this weird white film on them. I'd wash them by hand, then put them back in the dishwasher, and white film again! Then I did an internet search to figure out what was going on. I found these tablets and gave them a try! And now my dishes are back to being spotless!" —Carey Holzman

    Get six tablets from Amazon for $3.15+ (available as a pack of two).

    17. A SnoShark for your car that'll remove snow and ice without scratching. It can extend to 39 inches long, but can fold down to compact size for storage. The actual paddle is nylon so it will withstand the cold.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in the Lake Tahoe area and this new snow removal tool has been a godsend during our heavy snow winter. I can clear feet of snow off my car, pushing or pulling in minutes. Another feature I love is that the tool folds flat and stores neatly in its envelope-style case, keeping the melting snow off the floorboards. I have had plenty of time to challenge this tool through the season. It is well worth the price premium compared to other push/pull tools." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    18. A jewelry cleaning brush, because no one should deal with dull diamonds. This pen-like brush filled with cleanser will make them sparkle just like the first day you bought them.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.78+ (also available in a pack).

    19. A Rubbermaid produce saver that'll lengthen the lifespan of your groceries by regulating the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and preventing moisture build-up, slowing down the spoilage process. Now you'll actually get your money's worth of all those fruits and veggies you buy every week.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    I own these containers and absolutely love them. They keep my produce fresh five times longer than normal plastic containers. I can now store strawberries and blueberries for longer than a week and not feel incredibly guilty about not eating them in time. By the second week, they are still fresh!

    Promising review: "We bought one of these just to try them out. We live in Montana and the veggies just don't seem to last as long as they did when we lived in Arizona or Washington. I put some baby spinach in one of the containers and nine days later the spinach literally looks as good as the day I bought it. I bought a three-pack from Amazon and just threw a bunch of mixed berries in one and broccoli in another. I am extremely happy with my purchase." —pettyolives

    Get them from Amazon for $4.95+ (available in various sizes and in packs).

    And check out our review on the Rubbermaid produce saver containers!

    20. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $7.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    21. Touch-up razors so you can safely remove unwanted peach fuzz + stray eyebrow and chin hairs. The blades are designed with built-in guards so they won't cut your skin, plus you'll receive an extra attachment for super precise eyebrow shaping.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these blades to try at-home dermaplaning. I was nervous at first, but it’s almost impossible to cut yourself with these and it took the peach fuzz right off my face. In fact, as I was staring at my face in a magnifying mirror and removing the fuzz, I noticed my nose hair was a little out of control. I even used one of these in my nose (that’s right) and it worked great! I will be keeping a few of these on hand at all times." —TKB

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in a three or nine count).

    22. A pack of 16 Dermal Korea collagen sheet masks with Vitamin E to aid your skin's overall glow, elasticity, and tone. The pack consists of masks for different uses: brightening and clarifying, moisturizing and soothing, anti-aging, and line reduction.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I've been using these masks for two months and I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in packs).

    And read what a BuzzFeeder writer has to say about these collagen sheet masks!

    23. A set of packing cubes, because they'll help you increase space in your suitcase like no other. The double-stitching makes them incredibly strong, so no, they won't split from being overstuffed with your belongings.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    In one set you'll get four cubes of varying size to accommodate different items!

    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can believe I've been packing without them my whole life. The mesh lining allows you to peek inside, and I was able to pack all my clothes, shoes, and toiletries for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was SO much more room in my luggage after packing everything in the cubes! Items I fit in the cubes and bag include two jackets, one jean vest, four pants/capris, two pairs of shorts, one romper, four dresses, one maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes. But why are you still reading?? Go buy these cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (for a pack of four, available in nine colors).

    24. A tub cover that'll add height to your bath water by suctioning on top of your overflow drain so you can finally soak comfortably at the end of a long day. You've been looking forward to this bath since you woke up, you want to be FULLY SUBMERGED in hot water, not freezing cold because the tub won't fill up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear the dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubbles, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, you know... THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths and enjoy more warm coziness all because of this little bit of silicone!" —anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    25. Silicone brushes you can use to apply face masks, makeup, or lotion. Some reviewers even use them to apply rash cream to their babies! You won't have to dirty your fingers and you can wash them easily after use.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "First of all, you cannot beat this price for these amazing face mask tools! They're very well made and super cute. I keep a couple in the bathroom to apply my face masks with, and the other two I keep in my daughter's room to use to apply diaper rash cream on her butt during diaper changes.I absolutely HATE applying diaper rash cream with my hands because it gets under my nails, but these little things have solved that problem for me! It's easy to clean off as well with just using a baby wipe." —Amber Reviews

    Get four from Amazon for $3.99 (available in four styles).

    26. Microwave covers to control soup and sauce explosions from happening. You can also use them to store leftovers *and* while cooking via stovetop.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I use these in many ways. First, I use then in the microwave. I also use it in lieu of plastic wrap when I put things in the fridge or prove dough. One is a perfect size for my KitchenAid mixer bowl. I use the small one when I want to keep my coffee warm, too. Very versatile, and I have had zero problems with them. They are unaffected by the microwave (warp or stain) and take up no space." —ScubaDeb

    Get the set of five from Amazon for $15.94.

    27. Adjustable mug stackers so you can finally make use of vertical space in your kitchen cabinets and store mugs safely on top of each other. The stacker will provide a flat, even surface so your glasses and mugs won't chip or topple over.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a problem with coffee cups. I absolutely love them and can't stop buying them! But I'm running out of room to store them. Then I learned about this wonderful gadget and I had to have them. And I have to say, it has not let me down. These things are amazing! I will say I have found this system is most stable when using two cups that are the same but I wanted to use it with my big cups to maximize my space. That did work but I just made sure to put the bigger cup on the bottom and it's stable. I love these and I will probably buy more!" —Amanda Wyatt

    Get six from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    28. A uniquely shaped travel pillow, because you never know when the urge to nap will hit full force. Crafted from high-density memory foam, it'll provide full support while you're waiting to board your next flight. The outer sleeve can also be easily removed and washed!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. It is extremely comfortable and made of high quality material. Definitely worth the extra money. I really like the velcro connection on the front that allows me to make the pillow nice and tight. It takes all the pressure off my neck and allows me to sleep on the airplane easily. As someone who has never been able to sleep on planes, logging nearly 12 hours on back to back trips has completely changed my life. I would highly recommend." —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in three colors).

    And check out our picks for the best travel pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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