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    Updated on Jul. 2, 2020. Posted on Jun. 15, 2020

    41 Practically Genius Products Your Parents Would Be Proud Of You For Owning

    Make your life less of a mess.

    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 bottle of miracle liquid cleanser that can be used on copper, tile, ceramic, porcelain, and stainless steel. It'll help you clean your entire apartment without a thousand different sprays and gels, and probably save you some money, too.

    A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend being held up in a kitchen
    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.47. It's available in spray foam and powder, too.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser.

    2. A magical toilet stamp that cleans away stains and rings with every flush. It's also scented, so your bathroom will always smell fresh, no matter what goes on in there.

    A person stamping the inside of their toilet with the toilet stamp
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10. Also available in a pack of two.

    3. A set of collapsible laundry hampers that'll encourage you to separate your darks and your lights, so your clean clothes never come out the wrong colour. They have soft cloth handles on all sides, making them easy to carry to your laundry room.

    Laundry hampers labelled "Dark" and "Light" beside a sofa
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    Get them on Amazon Canada for $42.99. Available in three colours.

    4. A magnetic 2-in-1 meal planner pad and grocery list that'll make sorting out what to buy and cook an actual breeze, so you don't end up giving up and ordering takeout (again). It's got a perforated line down the centre, which makes it easy to tear off your grocery list to take with you.

    A person ripping off their completed grocery list from the planner pad
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.23. Also available in a pink and blue combo.

    5. A pack of dry cleaner sheets that are safe to use on special care clothing and will probably save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. They remove odours and stains, and releases wrinkles, leaving your clothes looking good as new.

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    Reviewers say they work wonders on "dry clean only" goods, like dress pants and wool scarves.

    Get a pack of six on Amazon Canada for $8.87. Also available in a combo pack with stain wipes.

    6. A pair of chic blue light blocking glasses so that you don't hurt your precious peepers by staring at screens all day. They help protect against eye fatigue, dry eyes, and vision falling, plus they'll make you look stylish as heck.

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    Reviewers say they're comfortable to wear all day long and have even helped with headaches.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.99. Also available in black.

    7. A pair of blind spot mirrors that'll give you a better view of your surroundings, so you stay safe and sound while you're cruising. Reviewers say they're especially great for parallel parking (if it's not exactly your strong suit).

    A blind spot mirror showing a wide view of the road on a highway
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a pack of two on Amazon Canada for $11.97.

    8. A set of durable bag holders that makes stowing away shopping bags, purses, and garment bags a cinch. They clip right onto your car headrests and will ensure that your backseat doesn't turn into a floordrobe.

    A shopping bag and a hand bag hanging on the back of a car headrest
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    You can rotate them out of the way when they're not in use, or just unclip them. They're super easy to install and uninstall.

    Get a pack of four on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    9. A pack of Windex cloths that'll remove fingerprints, smudges, and smears from your doors, mirrors, tables, and everything in between. Reviewers say they don't leave streaks and are a lifesaver for car windows (just leave a pack in your glovebox).

    The packaging for Windex wipes with a freshness lock to keep the sheets moist
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a pack of 28 wipes on Amazon Canada for $4.49.

    10. A budget planner packed with bill-tracking spreads, spending logs, and budget-savvy checklists, so you can track your saving and spending, and make realistic financial plans. It comes with sheets of colourful stickers, so you can brighten up your notes, and has a pocket for receipts and important docs.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.89.

    11. A set of bamboo bottle and straw brushes that'll keep your hard-to-clean essentials from getting gunked up. They have long handles, making them easy to maneuver, so you can get at every nook and cranny.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a set of five on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    12. A set of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sheets that'll make cleaning up messes in hard-to-reach places a lot easier. They're more flexible than the OG Magic Eraser, meaning you can get them into tinier nooks and crannies.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed, Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a pack of eight on Amazon Canada $2.97. Also available in a pack of 16.

    13. A set of good quality kitchen knives, because you won't become the pro chef you were destined to be with dull tools. They're ultra-sharp, but you may want to invest in a sharpener to keep them in tip-top shape (your parents would be proud you owned one of those, too).

    The five knives laying on a cutting board with steak, garlic, mushrooms, and spices
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The set comes with a multipurpose chef knife, bread knife, paring knife, carving knife, and utility knife.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    14. A 2-in-1 toilet plunger and squeegee that pushes out clogs in one swift movement and cleans your toilet bowl, too. Reviewers say it's way more effective than a classic suction plunger and works on bowls of all shapes and sizes.

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    It comes with a caddy holder that'll keep your bathroom looking neat and tidy (and save you from making a puddle of toilet bowl water on your floor).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $31.22.

    15. A tub of stain-removing powder that can be used on clothes, carpets, upholstery, decks, gutters, and more. Reviewers say it's their holy grail laundry product because it leaves their white clothes whiter and their coloured clothes brighter in just one wash.

    A tub of Oxi Clean stain remover sitting in a laundry basket full of clothes
    @oxicleanofficial / Via instagram.com

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $8.98.

    16. A receipt catcher with a built-in notepad that'll help you keep track of where you're spending your dollars, so you can start making better decisions. Now you won't have to sift through the chaos at the bottom of your bag or check your online banking app to figure out why you're in the negatives.

    The receipt catcher opened to show the accordion file, pen, and spending tracker
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It comes with adhesive tab labels and a ballpoint pen.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.01.

    17. A mini power scrubber that's basically an electric toothbrush for all your home cleaning needs. Reviewers say it's great for scrubbing gunk out of grout and tiles, and is even awesome for shining tarnished jewelry.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    One BuzzFeed writer says it also busts through soap-scum buildup like a dream. It comes with a one-inch scrubber head, and you can purchase a backup or a half-inch scrubber head to get into smaller nooks and crannies, separately.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    18. A bottle of stain and odour eliminator that'll get rid of pet messes and smells in just a few spritzes, so your home stays fresh 'n' clean. It works on pee, poop, vomit, and pretty much every other gross thing your pet does.

    A bottle of odor destroyer being held up in front of a sleeping puppy
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    I've been fostering a puppy and this has really helped manage the messes she makes around the house. She's peed on the couch and carpeted stairs a few times and this stuff is a real and true lifesaver. It leaves everything smelling fresh and eliminates dark circles around accidents, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.97. Available in three scents.

    19. A hanging compression bag that'll magically shrink your clothes and help keep your closet clutter free. Congratulations! You can finally pack away all your winter coats and ski jackets to make room for sundresses and shorts.

    A before and after comparison of jackets hanging out of the compression bag and inside of the compression bag
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.97. Available in five non-hanging styles, too.

    20. A microfibre spin mop system that'll make banishing spills, dirt, and grime from your floors a total walk in the park. It has over 2,500 positive reviews and reviewers say it's great for cleaning textured tiles (like, better than a steamer) and that the adjustable handle makes it great for people with back problems.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    You activate spin wringing on the bucket with a foot pedal, so you don't need to get down and dirty with your hands.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.97.

    21. A set of flexible silicone lids that you can stretch over bowls to seal in flavour. It comes with six different sizes that fit everything from cans of tuna to giant mixing bowls.

    Silicone lids covering bowls, pots, jars, and fresh fruit of all shapes and sizes
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    They're safe to put in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.

    Get a set of 12 on Amazon Canada for $20.99.

    22. An over-the-cabinet organizer that'll keep your prep surfaces and baking sheets from creating a cluttered mess in your kitchen cupboards. It's also great for bathroom supplies, if your heat tools or cleaning essentials are taking up too much real estate right now.

    The cabinet organizer hooked onto the back of a cupboard door, holding cutting boards and a muffin tin
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.87.

    23. A set of Hallmark cards for all occasions, so that you're always prepared for a birthday, surprise pregnancy announcement, anniversary, or anything else that might come up. Reviewers love how each card is unique, so you're never stuck giving away duplicates.

    A medley of greeting cards with various colours, textures, and messages on their fronts
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get a pack of 24 on Amazon Canada for $40.33.

    24. A container lid organizer for all your food storage stuff, so that no bottom is ever without a top. It comes with five adjustable dividers, so you can give each style of lid its own home.

    A bunch of plastic lids organized by size in the container lid organizer
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.84.

    25. A fridge-friendly container set that uses ventilated lids to keep all of your pre-cut produce fresher for longer. Now you won't have to throw all your fruits and veggies in the compost because you're a slow eater.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca, Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed

    One BuzzFeed writer put it to the test and was impressed by how it extended the life of her strawberries and spinach by over a week, compared to their regular containers.

    Get a set of three on Amazon Canada for $32.99. They can also be purchased individually in three different sizes and in larger sets.

    26. A pack of silicone scrubbing gloves with textured palms that'll make chores like washing your tub and doing your dishes easier than ever before. Reviewers love how thick and durable they are, and say you can't even feel hot water through them.

    Silicone gloves cleaning a car, dishes, and sink tap
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.61.

    27. A sunrise-simulating clock, so that you actually wake up at a reasonable hour. It mimics the progression of an actual sunrise by gradually increasing in brightness over the course of 30 minutes and is much less annoying than a beeping alarm.

    The alarm clock changing from an orange glow to bright white light
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    You can also set a sound (there are five options, including a gentle piano and seaside sounds) that will gradually grow louder while the light brightens.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $158.

    28. A lined chore list that'll remind you to do all the things you don't want to do. It has sections for what needs to be done, where it needs to be done, and who needs to do it. Plus, it comes with a shopping list to keep track of what you need to stock up on.

    The first page of the chore list on a table with a pen next to it
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.39.

    29. A set of drawer organizers that'll help you get your floordrobe in order once and for all. It comes with four organizers, each with internal cell dividers, that'll keep everything looking Marie Kondo-level tidy.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The set comes with two medium bins (measuring 12 x 6 x 4.3 inches) and two large bins (measureing 12 x 12 x 4.3 inches).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.20. Also available in a set of six.

    30. A flexible coil brush that'll help you get every speck of dust, pet hair, and lint out of your dryer and vents. It has a rubber tip to save your appliances from getting scratched up while you clean.

    A before and after photo showing the massive amount of lint this brush picked up in a dryer
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.97.

    31. A basic 39-piece household tool kit that comes with everything you'll need to make small repairs around your apartment, so you never have to call in a repair person for pointless projects again. Reviewers say you get great value for your money, and that it has everything you'll need to tackle little problems.

    The open tool kit showing all the tools locked in place
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The set includes a tape measure, claw hammer, slip joint pliers, scissors, bit driver (with ten bits), exacto knife, nine SAE hex keys, and four precision screwdrivers.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.99. Also available in pink.

    32. An over-the-door drying rack that can hold up to 20 pounds of clothes and will save you valuable space in your laundry room. Reviewers say it's great for dorm rooms and smaller apartments that don't have a ton of floor space.

    Bras, nighties, and yoga pants hanging from the over-the-door drying rack
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.36.

    33. A bottle of leather conditioner that'll breathe a second life into everything from your couch to your computer chair. It can also be used to protect new leather, so go ahead and slather it on your bags, furniture, and everything else you own.

    A before and after comparison showing a dirty computer chair and a chair that looks brand new
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It's non toxic, non solvent, not sticky, and has no odour.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.95. Also available in a larger size.

    34. A machine-washable microfibre duster that'll trap all those pesky dirt particles, leaving your space cleaner than ever. If you've been sneezing up a storm thanks to all the gross stuff floating around your home, it may be time to invest in one of these.

    Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    "Do you dust? Because I don't! I find that when I dust, the particles just fly into the air, and it seems like I'm not cleaning at all. Well, everything changed when I bought the OXO microfibre hand duster. Dust and dirt stick to this thing like a magnet — it's both gross and satisfying to see. The best part is, the cloth is removable and machine washable so it's clean and ready to be used for next time. It's a small thing, but my apartment feels so much cleaner with this duster around!" —Yi Yang

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    35. A full Ring home alarm system that comes with a free Echo Dot. It sends alerts to your smart phone via a free app when doors or windows open or motion is detected, so you'll always feel safe sleeping alone at home.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It's compatible with Alexa, so you can arm and disarm your system with the sound of your voice. The kit includes a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $249. Also available without the Echo Dot.

    36. A floral accordian file to keep your tax stuff together, so that nothing goes MIA before you meet with your accountant (or try to navigate the CRA website solo). It has five expandable pockets and is large enough to fit standard sized documents, so you don't have to scrunch or fold any of your paperwork.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99. Available in three styels.

    37. A whisper-quiet robotic vacuum that will suck up every last crumb on your floor so your home stays spotless and sparkling at all times. It has over 10,000 positive reviews and people say it's great for picking up pet hair.

    The robot vaccum picking up seeds and oats off hardwood floor
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It comes with a vacuum, charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, five cable ties, and an instruction manual.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $279.99+. Also available in white.

    38. A stackable weekly pill organizer that’ll keep all your tablets and capsules in order. Now you might actually remember to take your vitamins.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    There's a labelled case for each day of the week with sections for morning, afternoon, evening, and night.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    39. A rubber broom that can rid your carpets of pet hair, squeegee your windows, and clean up spills on your floors. Reviewers love how it's not just a one-trick pony and say it works better than any regular broom they've tried.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.05.

    40. An ergonomic gap-cleaning tool that'll get all up in your home's impossible-to-clean nooks and crannies (I'm looking at you, window frames and shower door tracks). The opposite end is a scraper, which is great for tackling hardened debris.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    You don't get to choose your colour, so prepare for a surprise.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.12.

    41. And finally, a Waterpik with over 17,000 positive reviews that's easier to maneuver and more effective than regular floss. It uses water to blast away gross stuff between your teeth and below the gum line, leaving you with a seriously clean mouth.

    The Waterpik sitting on a sink next to the faucet
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    This one has ten pressure settings, seven water flossing tips, and 90 seconds of water capacity.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $99.99.

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