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    30 Things That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

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    1. A transparent mouse and memo pad so your to-do list will always be within your view (and your reach). The actual pad is split into three sections: weekly plans, to-do items, and notes, while the top transparent cover is non-slip and waterproof for your mouse.


    Promising review: "What you see is exactly what you get. There are two transparent sheets to keep notes/cards and such separated. Writing on the mat is very comfortable, and I love being able to use it as a mouse pad as well. This is plastic type sheets so you can just wipe them off. Since this mat can be cleaned, I don't see having to ever buy a replacement unless this one becomes torn. Of course, I did end up buying another one because I originally purchased this mat for work and loved it so much I purchased one for home use." —JC

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88 (available in two colors).

    2. Environmentally-friendly ice melt your pets will like wayyyy more than salt and traditional melts. Made from pure lava rocks, you'll be able to get better traction on icy surfaces *without* causing corrosion.

    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95+ (available in two sizes).

    3. A doorstop with a built-in security alarm that'll emit a high-pitched tone when door pressure is applied. Aka, when someone is trying to get in at a time when you're not expecting company. The design of the doorstop provides a physical barrier so while the alarm is sounding, the actual door won't be able to be pushed in.


    Promising review: "These are fantastic and VERY loud. I put one at the front door without telling my wife while she was out. She came in, the door wouldn't open past it, and the alarm went off. Not only did it scare her, but I was napping in the den and it scared the crap out of me too! Fantastic door alarm that no one should be without in my opinion, even if you have an alarm. I travel a lot for work, and having one at the door in the room is extra peace of mind. Inexpensive enough for you to supply for your family, and even friends. Easy to use as well. Keep in mind that if you set it off, you need to pick it up and turn off manually." —Xfiler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16.

    4. A pack of lobe support patches, because you shouldn't be discouraged from wearing heavy earrings just because they stretch your ears. The adhesive is totally clear, so they won't be noticeable on your lobes and can make all-day wear much more comfortable.


    Promising review: "Amazing. Literal lifesavers. I LOVE my heavy Kendra Scott earrings, but I’m pretty sure they’re the culprit of why my right earring hole has ripped slightly. Using these support patches, it’s as if the earrings don’t even exist. I am going to tell all of my friends to get these for their heavy statement earrings!!" —Donthemom50

    Get a box of 60 patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    5. A webcam sliding cover that'll enhance your privacy by blocking your webcam while your laptop is open and active. And since it's so slim, it won't interfere with how your laptop sits when closed.


    Promising review: "These are great, for years I have had a post it coving my laptop and tablet webcam lens (like most other reviews have) so when I came across these I decided to give them a try. They are great, they are very small and thin, so discreet that I can't even tell it's on my device unless I'm looking for it. The little lens cover moves effortlessly and doesn't feel like it's going to break or come off. I'm very pleased with this webcam cover." —T Simmons

    Get three from Amazon for $6.95.

    6. The Wand, a mini handheld filter to use before drinking to help alleviate those awful headaches and hangovers. The filters work on reds, whites, and sparkling wines to remove histamines and sulfite preservatives that commonly trigger common wine sensitivities. Plus giving your glass a swirl *won't* change taste or color.


    Promising review: "OMG!!!! This works. I love wine, but have terrible allergies to the histamines, sulfites, and preservatives in wine. I actually use one wand for two glasses of wine. I was very skeptical, but it works like a dream! Thank you PureWine. This is really a breakthrough for me." —Penny Froh

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in larger packs).

    7. Reusable silicone cotton swabs so you can end your dependency on single-use ones! Plus, the silicone is medical-grade so they're super sensitive and soft against skin. Just think about how many swabs you've thrown away in your life – and now imagine never having to do so again., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the year of less waste, and this is a great way I will be trying. When I forget to take off mascara at night, I use swabs to remove it from under my eyes in the morning. I also use swabs to clean my outer ears. This works great for replacing both! I love that it comes in a little case, since I hate packing swabs when I travel so they don't get dirty. They're super easy to clean and very durable. I love this idea!" —Lighthouse

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. Vicks portable nose inhaler to help with on-the-go stuffiness, because having an uber clogged nose when you're busy throughout the day is so darn annoying. You'll be able to smell the smoothing scent of Vicks while you're hopping from one subway to another.


    Promising review: "My nose is often stuffy, so I make sure to always have a Vicks inhaler around. They are a medication-free, mess-free and portable way of getting fast relief." —Mostly Maven

    Get two from Amazon for $9.94+ (available as as three-pack).

    9. An on-the-go cereal cup that doesn't require a spoon so you can take breakfast with you when you're running a tad bit later than usual. The milk and cereal sit in different compartment so you won't have to deal with soggy Cheerios!


    Promising review: "Don’t know why others complain about the size; I think it's a great product and is the perfect size for the breakfast you would normally skip. But now it's a perfect solution to eating and driving to work; I love it. Saves me from going to fast food places in the morning which I hate because all that breakfast food taste pretty bad." —handieman!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in three colors).

    10. A set of Bond Touch bracelets so you and your long distance partner can remain close even while far apart. No matter where they are, they'll feel a vibration when you touch your own bracelet, signaling that you're thinking of them.


    Promising review: "This is an excellent gift for someone that you may be experiencing long distance with: a significant other, for a child who just went to college, etc. No matter how far they are from you, as long as their Bluetooth device is nearby, you’ll be able to send them a pulse letting them know you are thinking about them without them having to pick up the phone and read a text. What a great idea!" —Jennifer Thompson

    Get them from Amazon for $98.

    11. A pet water bottle to provide your pooch with a place to lap up water. Future walks will be a breeze! The top seals shut for a leak-proof design so it can be thrown in your bag without fear.

    Promising review: "My little guy loves this thing. I love how easy it is to use and easy to carry. I have an extra small dog so the small size is more than plenty for him. I love that the unused water can go back in the bottle without spilling everywhere." —Marie Rich

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

    12. A portable electric razor that you can use on both dry and wet skin so you never again have to panic when you want that mid-vacay touch up. It won't irritate your skin and is travel-friendly since it's cordless and compact.

    I own one of these, and I love it! I've tried it on both wet and dry skin, and both sensations are comfortable. I was a bit hesitant to try it on my legs without shaving cream, but it didn't hurt at all. It's great for travel, the gym, or really anytime you want a quick touch-up along your bikini line or underarm.

    Promising review: "I love this thing so much! If you are in a rush or if you don’t want to shave your armpits or the hair on your armpits is too short to shave, this thing is perfect. I wear tank tops to work every day so I always make sure that my underarms are shaved and this has saved me so much razor burn. You can also use it on your bikini line, legs, and your arms! It’s super easy to clean, too, and I have taken it on multiple airplanes. Extremely happy with this purchase, I actually just got my coworker the same one!" —Kasey Mogavero

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. An ionic hairbrush to fight frizz as you brush, sealing hair cuticles for a silkier look and feel. The micro-vibrations produced in the brush may help stimulate blood flow to the scalp to promote hair growth.

    The Grommet

    For the best results, use on damp hair!

    Get it from The Grommet for $34.95.

    14. A portable paw washer so you can clean your pupper's paws after being outside in the mud. The inside bristles are super soft, so no, they won't howl during the cleaning process. It's also transportable so you can bring to a friend's house after a doggo playdate.

    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." —Jessica A Suggs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    15. And! Waterproof dog shoes to protect their paws from salt, ice, and snow that can hurt their feet and cause irritation and bleeding. These shoes expand because of a split seam opening to fit their specific paw size, and the two adjustable and reflective Velcro straps ensure a tight fit.,

    Promising review: "I was so skeptical that my dog would actually wear these, but I put them on and immediately took him out to play fetch. Once he realized that he could run and jump with them on, he was sold. It snowed a few days later and we put them on again and ended up walking six miles without any sore or red spots on his feet after. I did make it a point to not laugh at him and only put them on for fun stuff. He’s getting to the point where he knows they mean fun and will even give me his paws so I can put them on. You have to make sure that you tighten them enough, but once they are on, they should stay. I will be ordering another pair if these get run through." —emiliey

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in five sizes, two colors, and two styles).

    16. An incredibly effective, fume-free oven cleaner that'll cut through baked-on spills and grease so you don't shock guests the next time you open the oven during a dinner party.

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut the door overnight, and wiped it off with paper towels. Now I don't have to dread cleaning the oven ever again! I can use this for everyday spot cleaning. I also used this on a broiler pan that would not scrub clean, even with steel wool. My Crock-Pot recipe leaked over the bowl and burned on inside heating chamber; I just sprayed, covered, wiped in morning. I plan on using this to clean the grill in the spring and I'm sure it will be a breeze.” —Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    17. An Ecotools makeup-removing shampoo to transform your dirty beauty blenders and brushes into the spotless tools they once were. You can't get a fresh face if you're dealing with leftover residue from faces past.

    Promising review: "Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. Aside from just looking bad, though, all that old color was probably affecting pigment and application any time I used them. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79+ (also available as cleansing cloths).

    18. A garbage disposal foaming cleaner that'll reach deep into your drain pipes to eliminate grime and buildup on pipe walls and blades. It'll blast away odors, leaving your disposal smelling like sweetly scented flowers., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the first time that I used these, and I am impressed. To use them, you run very hot water from your tap into the disposer. Then you add the cleaner pack to the disposer while the water is turned down to a trickle, and turn the disposer on. I initially thought you tore the paper and poured the cleaner in the disposer, but you add the pack as is — the paper gets dissolved as the disposer is run. There is a scrubbing bubbles type of foam that appears, and once it stops foaming, your disposal is clean. It took two of these to really clean the disposer (it hadn't been cleaned in some time), and they did a fantastic job. Glisten will now be part of our regular kitchen cleaning routine." —Wyrmwood

    Get it from Amazon for 6.27+ (available in larger packs).

    19. A jar of Aztec Secret clay mask to clear breakouts (and cystic acne), decrease redness, and prevent dryness. You can leave it on for five to ten minutes before washing off, but expect some redness after immediate removal. This will disappear within the first 30 minutes!

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. I have sensitive skin and stuff like this usually breaks me out, but this magic powder mixed with apple cider vinegar left me feeling smooth like butter. It dragged up so much dirt from my face. I use it for spot treatments daily (fewer and further between as the days go by), and once a week I use it as an all-over mask. And it's a whole pound. It feels really good when it dries and you move your face for the first time. Your face will be red for a little bit afterwards, but that goes away." —MamaBear

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    And check out our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing clay mask here.

    20. Folex spot remover you can use on carpets, upholstery, and clothing — it'll instantly lift stains without the need for scrubbing or vacuuming. Plus it's non-irritating to skin.

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I’ve become that weird lady that goes arounds singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $14.51+ (available as a pack of two or four).

    21. Thayers Witch Hazel toner that contains rose petal water to soothe and moisturize skin without any alcohol or parabens. It can tighten your pores, help curb oil production, and reduce any redness. We also always recommend testing a patch of skin before applying to your entire face!

    AnaMaria Glavan/BuzzFeed

    Here's what AnaMaria, an editor here at BuzzFeed, has to say about it: "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well."

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79+ (available in three scents).

    And check out our full review of Thayer's alcohol-free original witch hazel toner here. Also, if you've got peeling or flaking skin that you can't rid of, check out these underrated products for dry skin that actually work.

    22. Dip clips you can attach directly to your vehicle's air vent so you never have to deal with a naked nugget again. Plus, you'll never have to deal with a sauce spill inside your cup holder because that has happened one too many times.

    They'll fit onto horizontal or vertical air vents *and* can hold sauce packs from all popular fast food chains!

    Promising review: "I love this in my car! It stays in place and lets me do all the dipping I want while I drive without making a mess." —krystie

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

    23. 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+ (available in three sizes).

    24. A bottle of vitamin C serum, because sun damage is a real thing, people! Yes, you should be wearing sunscreen, but you may have some already-in-existence damage you can treat. It can help lighten dark spots and sun spots, plus increase skin firmness and elasticity.

    Promising review: "I love love love this product! I’m nearing 30 and needed a good skin care regimen, as I’ve NEVER had one. I can’t believe my results! Not only has it taken away all dullness, it has reversed some sun damage! My before and after pictures are taken WITHOUT filters in the same lighting/same area of my bathroom. I’m highly satisfied!" —Heather C.

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

    25. Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner that'll remove grease, burnt and baked on foods, and random stains that have befallen your stove top. The kit comes with a little scraper and textured brush so no other tools are necessary!

    Promising review: "This is GREAT stuff! My water is really hard so if anything gets near water, it creates a deposit. Of course it's worse when the water is hot, which increases the evaporation. The first use took care of most of it and I used it again in a week (without spilling anything on it) and the deposits are almost gone. It looks almost like it did when it was new. It comes with a scrubber sponge with an ergonomic handle, scraper, and light abrasive liquid cleaner, and only takes a few seconds. I'm really happy with the product and and definitely going to keep using it." —NP

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87.

    26. A set of decorative hinges to elevate your garage door to a level of real sophistication. You may not have the big bucks to upgrade the door entirely, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get a bit decorative! Plus, the set is magnetic so you won't have to drill in or turn the process of refinement into a long, messy one.

    Promising review: "The only thing I don’t like is that kids think they are real and walk up and try to hang on the handles, which obviously just come right off. I have to admit it’s hysterical, it does teach the kids to quit messing around with things they shouldn’t because they think they break them... it’s downright comical. Other than that, you would never know they are magnetic. They stay on, you can pull them off easily to wash the doors and then just put right back on. Heavy rains and they didn’t come off. It’s -20 outside now, and they're still stuck on with no problems. I got three sets — one double door and one single door, looks perfect." —Rummy3

    Get it from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in five styles/combos).

    27. Grip Clean, a heavy-duty soap made with coconut and olive oils so you can effectively and efficiently clean your hands that may be dirty from mechanic work and construction. Really anyone who works with their hands all day long can benefit from this.

    Promising review: "I work for the railroad and I am always getting my hands dirty! I could never seem to find anything that worked. Also, I live in Utah so when it starts getting cold my hands dry out. Well, with Grip Clean that doesn’t happen! I have my coworkers coming to my locker asking to get some soap since the soap we have at doesn't work as well as Grip Clean!" —Nick

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    28. An exfoliating lip brush to combat flaking skin on your lips, because getting that perfectly smooth pout is way harder than it looks. Matched with an exfoliator, these soft-tipped brushes can be used to remove dead skin and stimulate blood circulation so you can achieve softer lips.


    Promising review: "I admit I was skeptical about this product but my desperation to regain my soft lips made me click the buy button. My lips were dried, cracked, and even bleeding — very painful. Even my tried-and-true expensive-as-heck lip moisturizer I use couldn't help. Having this lip brush did the trick and made all the difference. The exfoliation must have allowed my lip moisturizer to get better absorbed. I was able to see results in just a couple days. Now I have soft and supple lips again. And it was so easy to clean the brush afterwards. Where has this thing been all my life? I don't think I can live without it now." —Double-J

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    29. Self-defense keychains so you feel a bit more secure while walking home at night or using public transportation. The actual keychain is made of solid aluminum and can be used to break windows, too.

    Promising review "I have the black one on my key chain and gave the rest away to friends. The metal is very light but it feels sturdy in you hand. I haven't had a reason to use it on a person (thankfully) but I've used it to stab holes through things like cardboard and it stays firmly in your hand even when it meets resistance." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    30. Or a Lucite self-defense ring you can maneuver so the pointed, sharp side is sticking up. Hopefully that will never be necessary, but it's a sleek and modern accessory you can add to your outfits and can double as protection.

    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $40 (available in five sizes and four colors).

    Can you believe?!


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