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    29 Problem-Solving Products You'll Want To Keep In Your House At All Times

    Ant traps, pimple patches, stain-removing sticks, and more.

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    1. A pack of ant traps that'll fix your pest problem once and for all, so you won't have to call in the professionals. It comes with six borax-infused bait stations that you can strategically hide in cupboards and around your house.

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    I love how tiny the bait stations are, like, they barely take up any room. You can pretty much conceal them wherever they are, so no one will ever know you're fighting an infestation.

    Get a pack of six on Amazon Canada for $8.48.

    2. A pack of transparent pimple patches that'll suck the gross stuff right out of your zits. Reviewers say they work miracles on cystic acne and love that foundation and concealer glide right over them.

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    Get a pack of 96 patches on Amazon Canada for $24.46. Also available in an extra-large version.

    3. A bottle of Poo-Pourri spray to save you from any awkward bathroom encounters and keep everything smelling fresh. Reviewers say it's great for people who are sensitive to scents, so you won't have to stress about it affecting your sinuses.

    Reviewer holding a spray bottle of wild pear poo-pourri
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    "Okay, yes, this has been a long time favorite product at BuzzFeed. But in quarantine, my S.O. and I have moved in together, which means we’ve also started sharing a bathroom on a much more regular basis than before. After a couple of months, it became clear that we needed something that would actually work to cover up poop odor, and STAT. So I turned to this spray-before-you-go essential oil concoction. And yes! It does exactly what is says it does. Thank goodness." —Natalie Brown

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.95.

    4. A pack of washing machine-cleaning wipes that'll help you banish mould, mildew, and built-up nastiness from your laundry appliances. Reviewers say that their textured surface helps traps even the smallest pieces of lint and hair.

    A person cleaning the rubber gasket of their washing machine with one of the wipes
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    Get a pack of 24 cloths on Amazon Canada for $7.79. Also available in a pack of 48 cloths.

    5. A bottle of seaweed-infused soil enhancer that's packed with deep-sea nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It's basically like treating your plant babies to a sushi dinner every week — they will love you for it.

    A person holding a bottle of soil enhancer in front of a plant
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    I have a lot of plants, and many of them are demanding. Since I can admittedly be a bit of neglectful plant parent, I like to have a few secret weapons at my disposal that can bring my babies back to life when I've forgotten to water them for a few days (or weeks). This stuff does WONDERS. My monstera is absolutely obsessed with it and has since spawned several monstera babies thanks to its magic.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.90+. Available in three sizes.

    6. A bottle of room-freshening spray that’ll banish pet odours and make your home smell like a million bucks (instead of a zoo). It's made with natural oils and is allergen free, so it won't make you sneeze up a storm (even if you have a sensitive schnoz).

    A person holding the bottle of spray
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    "I'm sincerely loving this Pet House spray to pieces. I have a ten-year-old doggo and while I keep him bathed regularly, I still like to spritz his kingdom (read: my room) with something that smells super good. The Sunwashed Cotton scent specifically makes my nose happy. Another perk? My dog and I both have allergies (oh, the odds) and everything else I spray tends to send us both into sneezing fits. This spray doesn't tickle either of our noses and it's kinda unbelievable. Good scent. No itchy noses. Plus, the spray instantly refreshes my room and sticks around a nice little while. 10s across the board with this baby. Next, I want to try the Fresh Citrus scent." —Marquaysa Battle

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.99. Available in four scents.

    7. This Weiman stainless steel polish that'll remove greasy fingerprints from your fridge, dishwasher, and other appliances. It leaves a smudge-proof barrier behind, so you won't have to touch up your appliances every dang day.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $6.97. Also available in larger sizes and multipacks.

    8. A pack of all-natural boot-cleaning cloths that are powerful enough to remove even the toughest stains. They're also great for jackets and handbags, so go ahead and wipe down your whole wardrobe with 'em.

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    They work on suede, rubber, fabric, and nubuck (aka almost everything). I even use them to wipe touch up my Air Force 1's and sandals when they start looking a little neglected.

    Get a pack of 15 on Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    9. A colour-safe precision stain stick, so you'll never have to leave your house wearing a splotch-covered shirt again. The tip has little gel nubs that'll help massage in the product, ensuring it soaks deep into fabric fibres.

    A stain-removing gel stick
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $5.87.

    10. A bottle of Canadian-made Heartbeat hot sauce that'll help ~spice up your life~, so you won't be stuck munching on yet another bland meal. They pack a punch in the flavour department, but won't put your taste buds out of commission for a week.

    A perosn holding two bottles of hot sauce
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    I'm a big hot sauce fanatic — like, I could drink it straight out of the bottle and be happy about it. I have a few options in my fridge that are so dang spicy, I'm pretty confident they were forged depths of hell, but, hey, that's my jam. These ones by Heartbeat are a nice option for when I still want to feel my tastebuds after a meal. The red habanero is my go-to for tacos and breakfast scrambies, and I love the pineapple-infused one for burgers. They're also made in Canada, which is pretty neat.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99. Available in four flavours and in larger packs.

    11. And a bottle of Mike's Hot Honey that's the perfect combo of spicy and sweet and tastes so heavenly, you'll want to drizzle it on everything.

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    One BuzzFeed writer loves it so much that she puts it on ice cream, pizza, and even uses in margaritas. Don't worry, it's not over-the-top spicy, so even someone with a more sensitive palate would probably enjoy it.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.50.

    12. A pack of dishwasher-cleaning tablets that are more effective than bleach and will save you from having to scrub down your entire machine. All you'll need to do is throw one in, set your washer for a regular cycle, and let it do its thing.

    A person putting a tablet into their dishwasher
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    Get a pack of three on Amazon Canada for $7.97.

    13. A roll of weatherproof double-sided tape that'll save you from messing around with hardware the next time you want to hang anything. It can hold up to 60 pounds of weight, so you can use it to mount your heaviest picture frames.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.76.

    14. A two-pack of antioxidant-rich throat sprays that are made of bee propolis (a 100% natural compound produced by bees) and will help soothe your sore throat. They don't have any added sugar, but taste sweet, so you won't gag when you use it.

    A person holding a bottle of throat relief spray
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    I started using this stuff when I was working at a health food store in university and haven't stopped. While it hasn't cured any of my sicknesses completely (I turn to modern medicine for that), it does help ease my sore throat when I feel a cold coming on. Also, it tastes good enough to use even when I'm not sick, so I don't dread it like I do Buckleys.

    Get two bottles on Amazon Canada for $29.25.

    15. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that'll cleanse your stained, hard-to-clean bottles and canisters without the help of any fancy tools. Kiss the days of blindly maneuvering around a bottle brush goodbye!

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    They're biodegradable, chlorine free, and environmentally safe.

    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $10.87+. Also available in larger packs.

    16. A jar of odour-absorbing beads that'll stop your shoes from stinking up your entire apartment. Reviewers love that it leaves their space smelling fresh, instead of just masking it with another scent (like most sprays do).

    The odour-absorbing beads in a shoe closet
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.

    17. A bottle of Goo Gone that'll clean up gluey and gooey messes in no time. From gum to glitter, this stuff works on pretty much everything.

    A bottle of Goo Gone on a wooden table next to painted rocks
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    One reviewer says it even works as a mild solvent, if you need to correct paint and stain errors.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.

    18. A pack of reusable interdental brushes that have soft nylon bristles and are small enough to fit in your pocket. They're way more effective than traditional floss and are especially great if you have permanent retainers.

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    Flossing with permanent retainers is a difficult task, and these little doodads make the process so much easier. They easily slide under my wires and unstick pesky things (like popcorn kernels) super easily.

    Get a pack of eight on Amazon Canada for $4.78. Available in five sizes.

    19. A bottle of discaling solution that'll cleanse your coffee machine of all the grossness that's built up inside of it (you can't see it, but it's there). Reviewers say that it makes their appliances work like new and that their java actually tastes better after running it through their machines.

    A bottle of descaling solution next to a coffee maker
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.81.

    20. 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'll remove odours and stains, and they'll release wrinkles, leaving your clothes looking good as new.

    A comparison of before and after using the Woolite sheets on a long-sleeved shirt
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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.

    21. A pack 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.

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    They're great for messes in microwaves, stoves, bathrooms, and pretty much everywhere else in your home. I recently dyed my hair and, because I'm messy, got splotches all over my sink, floor, and walls. You know what helped me get rid of all those unwanted marks? One of these babies.

    Get a pack of eight on Amazon Canada $2.98. Also available in a pack of 16 sheets.

    22. A pack of felt furniture pads that'll save your precious floors from getting scratched up. They'll also help buffer noises, so your downstairs neighbours won't hate you for moving around your tables and chairs in the middle of the night.

    A person sticking a felt pad onto the bottom of a chair leg
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    Get a pack of 235 pads (in seven sizes) on Amazon Canada for $17.91.

    23. A bottle of drain clog dissolver that has over 54,000 positive reviews and will ensure everything is flowing smoothly in your house. From hair to soap to grease, there's pretty much nothing that this stuff can't bust through.

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    "My bathroom sink tends to stop up far too easily and this does a drastically better job of clearing the gunk than other brands. I also love that it's noncorrosive (I live in a pre-war apartment building with old pipes) and odourless (no one loves feeling like a bug being fumigated in their own home)!" —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.98.

    24. A tube of epsom salt foot gel that'll soothe your tired and achy tootsies. It's packed with aloe vera and cooling mint, so it'll soften your feet and leave them smelling a hundred times better, too.

    A person holding the tube of gel
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.75.

    25. A roll of reusable bamboo wipes that are stronger and more absorbent than typical paper towels. They're soft enough to wipe your face with, so you can use them in place of washcloths, too.

    A person putting a wipe in the washing machine
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    Each roll comes with 20 sheets, which can replace 60 traditional paper towel rolls.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99. Also available in a pack of four rolls.

    26. A shaker of Bar Keepers Friend cookware cleanser that'll help you restore your pots and pans to their former glory. It can be used on stainless steal, porcelain, ceramic, and even glass, meaning you can clean almost everything in your kitchen with it.

    A person shaking the cleanser onto a skillet
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.04.

    27. A bestselling gel toilet stamper that'll clean away stains and rings with every flush. The stamps it leaves behind have a fresh scent, so your bathroom will always smell good, no matter what goes on in there.

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    This baby will save you from getting down on your hands and knees to scrub down your toilet bowl because it does the work with every flush. Using it is simple: load the gel cartridge into the stamper and click the button to apply the gel sticker to your toilet bowl. It's actually really satisfying to use and I'm happy to report it works, too! It keeps my toilet smelling fresh and saves me from having to scrub away gross build-up on the bowl, meaning I have one less chore to do every week.

    Get a dispenser and 24 stamps on Amazon Canada for $9.98.

    28. A moisturizing cocoa butter stick that'll help combat dry lips, soothe and smooth flaky patches, and heal scars. Reviewers love that it's larger than a tube of lip balm (it's about the size of a glue stick), so they can use it on larger patches of skin.

    The swivel stick next to a flower
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.91.

    29. And finally, a pack of swear-y planner stickers that'll help you organize your agenda. They're sassy, sarcastic, and will help you actually get shit done.

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    Get a pack of over 500 stickers on Amazon Canada for $8.50.

    Cheers to solving all your probs!


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