Skip To Content

    28 Products With Before-And-Afters That’ll Impress And Disgust You All At The Same Time

    You've been warned by the title.

    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 speedy oven cleaner because the place you cook all your grub should probs be thoroughly cleaned every once in a while. Remove all those baked-on bits with absolute ease.

    Reviewer's before and after photos of their dirty oven caked in burned food looking clean and brand new
    Another reviewer's dirty oven, which has a thick layer of black grime on it
    The same oven looking shiny and new after using the oven cleaner

    If your oven is in need of a REALLY INTENSE clean, then let the product sit on a bit longer before cleaning.

    Promising review: "So I usually don't write reviews too often but OMG. My oven had SO MUCH BUILDUP on it and almost everywhere: burnt on oil, foods, dust was sitting for nearly 15 years!! After seeing so many reviews of this product and seeing the product in almost every BuzzFeed post, I knew this was the product to buy. I love that it smells like lemon cause it masks the harsh chemicals! Which by the way, are really harsh. Please be careful using this around kids and animals and carefully follow the instructions! But after liberally spraying this ALL OVER my oven (door, bottom, top, sides, even the hefty, blackened oven rack) I let it sit overnight like the instructions said and the next day, when I wiped EVERYTHING CAME OFF SO EASILY!! It was so so satisfying and you can see it working as soon as you spray it on. I got so excited and showed everyone our new, sparkling oven! Must buy!" —Mariam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

    2. A nose waxing kit so you can yank all those hairs out in one swift pull as opposed to the painful alternative...plucking.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Kit includes 100 grams of wax, 24 applicators, 12 post waxing balm wipes, and 12 mustache guards.

    Promising review: "I'll spare you a before/after photo...but holy cow it's so awesome! Surprisingly close to painless. When you think about how much pulling one nostril hair hurts, this sounds like it would be excruciating torture. For some reason, it's not. It doesn't do a perfect job, there were a couple stragglers left in there, but it got more or less everything & nobody's going to inspect your nostrils close enough to find the one hair still left. Does a much much better job than tweezing or scissors." —Bill

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. A pumice cleaning stone that'll effectively remove rust and calcium streaks that have clung to your toilet bowl for far too long. It's nontoxic and won't ruin your porcelain throne. 

    Reviewer photo of their toilet bowl, which has dark yellow and brown stains on it
    Same reviewer's toilet looking white and clean after using the stone

    Promising review: "I’m doing a happy dance right now! My toilets have had mineral rings in the bowls from well water since we bought our house five years ago. During those five years, I have purchased NUMEROUS products to try to remove the rings. Every single one failed. I had come to terms with the idea that if I wanted pristine looking crappers, I was going to need to replace them. Three of them. Ugh! I ordered the pumice cleaning stone as a last-ditch attempt. Received it today, and immediately went to town. My extreme enthusiasm for scrubbing johns was actually a bit odd, but I was feeling optimistic. Turns out I had reason to. THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING!!! SO amazing, it actually inspired me to take a picture of my TOILET!!!! My hoppers are saved!!!!! Seriously, the rings are COMPLETELY GONE. If I could give 10 stars, I would." —Sassyscribbler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A pack of sticky traps to pop in your house plants and banish pesky bugs 4ever. But seriously, look at ALL THOSE BUGS. *eeeeek*

    Reviewer photo of three sticky traps in one pot
    Reviewer holding a trap that is almost completely covered in gnats

    Promising review: "I was having an issue with the fungus gnats inside and outside of my house. They were driving me crazy, flying in my face and I couldn't take it anymore. I ordered these traps and they worked instantly! I placed the stakes and traps in my orchids (which I keep in the kitchen) and then placed some in my mini garden outside. Both traps caught more than I expected and are still catching more. It caught not only the fungus gnats but all kinds of large and small flies and moths! Totally worth the buy and will be buying more when I run out." —Sami H.

    Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. A drain clog remover that's grossly satisfying to use on your backed-up shower drain. All that hair that'll come slithering out — big yuck, BUT, your shower will drain faster now! 

    before photo of the drain snake sitting inside a drain
    Reviewer holding the snake, which has grabbed a massive chunk of hair from the drain

    Promising review: "When I pulled the orange plastic spiked strip from the package, I was immediately skeptical and felt like all those 5-star reviews were from people who exist in an alternate universe. I was tempted to initiate a return on Amazon but decided that I might as well gamble on a piece of $9 plastic before gambling $200 on a plumber. I slipped the plastic strip down my shower drain and literally FIVE SECONDS LATER I was pulling up gobs and gobs and gobs of hair. HOLY COW!!!!!!!! OHMYGOSH. I can't believe I still have any hair left on my head. SO MUCH REPULSIVE GUNK!!!! I saved my prize hairball on the shower floor to show my husband because I knew he would be as skeptical as I was. We both agree it looks like a small raccoon or a large squirrel lying helplessly on my shower floor. It's a grisly, messy, smelly, and oh so rewarding job." —Chocolate and Chips

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

    6. A leather cleaner and conditioner since your car interior could use a full-on resurrection. Time to ~finally~ remove that old ketchup stain that's been overstaying its welcome on your passenger seat.

    amazon.com

    It works with any leather color! And it's also safe to use on your leather jacket, shoes, and furniture.

    Promising review: "I wear jeans all the time and the dye transfers onto the beige leather seats of my 2016 Camry (see before photo). I applied twice in immediate succession. Application one: seven sprays with immediate paper towel wiping. Application two: five sprays, waited 60 seconds, then paper towel wiping. ‘After’ picture shown here was taken after the first application. No discernible difference between application one and application two. One application does the trick!" —DDM11

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A denture cleaner — perfect to get them looking AND smelling fresh (this works on retainers too)! I don't even wanna TALK about that picture on the right...

    nasty clear retainer
    the same retainer looking completely new

    These fizzing tablets will blast away odor-causing bacteria, discoloration, and plaque from your Invisalign, retainers, dentures, night guards, and more.

    Promising review: "Cleaned my retainer I haven't worn in about seven or eight years. So I bought this for my top retainer to clean it up, but I also decided to test how good it was so I used my nasty old bottom retainer I haven't touched since high school and this was the result. Great product." —Rami B

    Get 96 tablets from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. A foot file you'll want to go to town on your heels with so you can finally feel like you're walking on clouds and not rough gravel. Why shouldn't you have feet as smooth as butter?

    Promising review: "I'm not one to talk about my feet. I've had circulation problems for years that are just now resolving and that has lead to deep callouses on the heel of both feet. I bought this on a whim as I have tried other products in the past with no luck. Twenty minutes later I'm touching baby-smooth skin where there used to be deep cracks and rough, broken skin. This thing is a miracle worker and if I could rate it 10 stars I would." —Gully176

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. Or this callus removing gel that'll assist in removing your dead skin more efficiently after applying a thick layer of it to your calluses. It has over 23,800+ 5-star reviews!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have the driest heels and this is the ONLY product that has ever worked. Before I used this my heels had some pretty deep cracks and now they're almost baby soft again. BUT please follow the directions...left it on my super-dry thick, calloused heels for only three minutes and the callouses were literally melting off! Wonderful product! So glad I don't have to go soak my feet in those 'used' tubs at the nail salon anymore." —Key2Del

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    10. Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm to rejuvenate chapped lips — aka a MUST in these colder months. Apply this balm wherever else you need some extra moisture as well (cuticles, skin, etc.).

    before and after using lanolips on chapped lips
    Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I've had dry lips forever, and they tend to flake and crack. Any lip balm that I had used would work for maybe an hour before I need to reapply. This balm keeps my lips so hydrated and moisturized all day long! I even like to apply it at night as a 'lip mask' and I wake up with nicely hydrated lips. It's a little overpriced, but a little goes a long way. I'll never repurchase another brand of lip balm again." —ellen

    Get it from Ulta for $16.95.

    11. An earwax removal kit that's def more effective than using a Q-tip to try to remove a wad of pent-up wax from your ear canal. This lil' tool will provide sweet, sweet relief.

    an ear canal that's coated with a thick hard layer of wax
    the same ear canal with all of the ear wax removed

    Promising review: "After messing around with a cotton swab in my left ear (never do this), I managed to fully block all hearing in it. I ran around like a headless chicken for about 24 hours because the pressure in the ear was so intense. One treatment of Debrox and the blockage immediately subsided. Trick is to let it sit in the ear for at least five minutes. Drain the ear, wait another five minutes, then irrigate with the bulb and warm water, never cold. Seldom does a remedy work as advertised; this one does!" —Chazmax1

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    12. A stainless-steel tongue scraper for an extra-deep clean because sometimes a toothbrush just won't cut it. Use this post–teeth brushing to rid away coffee breath. 

    before photo of a reviewer with a thick white film on their tongue
    the same reviewer's tongue with the white film scraped off

    Promising review: "I was a little unsure what to expect. I had never used something like this before, but my girlfriend says my breath stinks and she deserves better than that. I brush and floss, but there is still that 'thing'...that stank under the normal mouth breath. Using this has removed that. Not really sure how it works or why that layer of spit and stuff on your tongue has to smell so bad, but this removes it well and also feels kinda nice. Thank you!" —nick

    Get two from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. An acne patch to assist in ridding your skin of pesky breakouts that decided to show up the day before a big event (the WORST). Slap one of these bbs on and when you peel it off the next morning, you'll be amazed at what was extracted from your skin.

    Reviewer photo of square acne patch that is filled with pimple discharge
    Reviewer photo of cheeks with dark red acne scars and breakouts
    Same reviewer's cheeks, which are now a more even skin tone and free of almost all breakouts

    Promising review: This really works. Even though it doesn't completely prevent my cystic acne, it definitely does help reduce the swelling and make the cysts go away much faster. So easy to use and they stay on all night or all day; they don't slip off like other brands. I've purchased so many times and I will continue to do so. Nothing else I've tried works as well at treating acne, especially cysts deep under the skin, as this does!" —Kelly Dixon

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.49 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 31,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    14. An iPhone port cleaner to clean that oval-shaped space of sand, dirt, debris, and whatever else has been living in it since your last tech upgrade. If you're having trouble with your phone charging, odds are it needs a good port cleaning. 

    before photo of an iPhone port with dirt, hair, and other gunk in it next to an after photo of the port totally clean of all debris
    before photo of an Apple charger coated in dirt next to an after photo of the same charger looking much cleaner
    Amazon

    Promising review: "You know the deal: You’ve got that one cable that works better than the others. Or the white one with the braiding that if you insert just right it usually works. But the cable in the car needs to be inserted with the phone upside down and shoving it in. This kit fixed my 'broken' iPhone 8 charge port, which required all the above superstitious routines to make charge. I’ve tried every cable I have in every problematic scenario and they all just plug in perfectly fine and the phone starts charging immediately." —AK

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    15. A jetted tub cleaner since you surely don't want to enjoy a relaxing self-care night at home marinating in a bath filled with gunk. This cleaner will ensure your jets stay clear as crystal.

    Reviewer's hot tub filled with dirty brown water that's been cleaned out of the jets
    Same reviewer's hot tub with the water removed and a ring of dirt around the edge of the tub
    Same reviewer's hot tub that's now totally clean

    Promising review: "They don't call this Oh Yuk for no reason. I previously used Jacuzzi's two-part system and this worked sooo much better. I was totally embarrassed not to mention grossed out at how much funk came out. It was NASTY! It definitely cleans your tub. You will probably have to clean the sides of your tub after it's finished because of how much stuff might come out. I swear I clean my tub on a regular basis, but I was amazed at how much better this worked. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. A bug remover to rinse your car hood and windshield of those majorly gross bug guts. You know the massacre that happens when you drive on the highway...scrubbing it off your car is a massive must.

    Reviewer before and after photo showing the cleaner removed all the bug carcasses from their side mirror so its shiny again
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This item was recommended by a stranger in the next RV lot at a campground hundreds of miles from home. This Good Samaritan brought his bottle over, sprayed down the front of my bus, and then just wiped half an inch of smashed bugs off it! Just like magic. He then smiled, shook my hand, and left. When we got within two days of home, we ordered this, and it was delivered the day after we arrived. Again, it worked just like magic." —Hikes in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A portable Bissell SpotBot so when one of your furry friends decides to drop a deuce on your rug, you can forgo scrubbing stain remover on it and just use this handy fella for a quick cleanup. 

    Reviewer photo of a diarrhea stain on their tan carpet
    The same carpet with the stain totally removed

    This portable carpet cleaner will spray, brush, and suction up any stain, no adult supervision needed. It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you'd prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

    Promising review: "I have two cats (ages 16 and 8), one dog, a 5-year-old kid, and several other dogs on occasion (I pet sit and board dogs). I have needed to rent a carpet cleaner at least twice a year since I can remember. No longer! The SpotBot has revolutionized cleaning in our household. It is ridiculously easy and fast! The best part is that I barely have to touch anything gross anymore. I always pick up the larger chunks first, but I let the SpotBot do the rest and all I have to do is follow it up with a good dump and rinse. A single spot takes less than five minutes to clean depending on the setting used and your competency (again, super easy to set up and use). I've had good experience on the stairs and the upholstery using the wand as well." —Rainbow Chicken

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    18. A pack of natural green tea oil-blotting sheets to help remove any excess oil on the skin for a mattified look. Keep these in your bag to dab over your T-zone so your makeup stays looking fresh all day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these on a whim a few months ago, and I've bought three more packs of them for friends and family. I always used to use the Clean & Clear oil blotting sheets, but these are so much better. They feel papery, which is better than the shiny feeling of the Clean & Clear ones. They also come out of the package much easier. With the Clean & Clear ones, you were always having to use a piece of sticky tape to pick up the next sheet, but this one comes out on its own after you pull a sheet, which is great. I can't recommend it enough." —Carly

    Get a two pack from Amazon for $11.95 (available in bamboo, green tea, and rose and in packs of one and two).

    19. An itty-bitty toenail brace set in case you're prone to ingrown toenails and need some *relief* from those painful buggers.

    left: bent, u-shaped nail in september right: normal looking nail by november
    amazon.com

    The kit comes with 10 toenail braces and the materials needed to apply it.

    Promising review: "I never realized how curved my toenails were. I thought the pain I had was just normal and a fact of life. Only when I read about the Curve Correct product did I realize that I had a major problem, and it could be resolved! Now I'm on the way to normal, flat toenails that DON'T grow curved into my skin!" —Jamie H.

    Get the kit from Amazon for $44.99.

    20. Bar Keepers Friend's all-purpose cleaner and polish for removing baked-on grease from your cookware. This multiuse product will be your new cleaning secret weapon.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This stuff cleans and polishes stainless steel, porcelain, fiberglass, glass cooktops, copper, tile, brass, and more.

    Promising review: "Yes! This turned my nasty yellow bathtub white again! I don't have to keep my shower curtain closed anymore while I have guests come over because I don't have to be embarrassed by my tub. You do have to scrub, but it WORKS and I'm really happy with the result!" —Cassie B.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $23.52.

    21. Two pairs of baby feet masks for a satisfying foot peel that'll refresh your feet and remove all that pent-up dead skin.

    before: feet in bags during: peeling feet after: nice and smooth feet
    amazon.com / amazon.com / amazon.com

    Just pop on the booties for an hour, wash your feet, and marvel as your feet start shedding layers of dead skin.

    Promising review: "My feet have never felt softer! I do recommend wearing socks often, otherwise your couch and blankets will be covered in sloughed off skin! No pain or discomfort. I love it!" —Nicole C

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $27.95.

    22. A jar of O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream because your hands deserve to be pampered (and hydrated), especially after doing the dishes night after night.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on Earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in packs of 1–12).

    23. A set of Drill Brushes that pop right on that handy power tool for an effective deep-cleaning experience. Take one of these to your shower door and you'll be thoroughly impressed with the transformation.

    a glass shower door half foggy and half clean with a drill and brush attachment in front of it
    amazon.com

    The set comes with a 2-inch flat brush, a 4-inch flat brush, and a round brush. The drill isn't included, but you can grab a basic Black and Decker one ($34.99 on Amazon) that'll do the trick.

    Promising review: "I thought my hard-water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it's amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side." —Traci D.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

    24. Medicated waterproof bandages for effectively lifting warts from the deep depths of the skin.

    four images of a reviewer's wart breaking through the skin and erupting outward
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This worked for me. Here's what happened. First bandage: Everything turned white. Second bandage: The top layer of the wart started disappearing and I could see the blood vessels that were inside it clearly. Third bandage: It started burning while wearing it. One day was REALLY painful, but now I think I just put the bandage on too tight. There was definitely burning though. Uncomfortable, not unbearable. Fourth bandage: The skin around the wart started to crack. Fifth bandage: The skin continued to crack and I could see the wart separating. Sixth bandage: Skin separating deeper. Wart was really soft but it wouldn't budge. Seventh bandage: The wart stuck to the medicine, so when I pulled off the bandage, the wart went with it. I'm left with some raw skin that's a bit sensitive but it feels fine. It looks like the entire wart came off, roots and all. Side note: It smells horribly. Make sure you put the bandage on tight enough to try and conceal the smell, but not so tight it hurts. Overall, not a horrible process. Make sure you follow the instructions and keep it on for 48 hours at a time. Two of mine were only on for 24 hours and I think that prolonged the process." —Chelsea Gipson

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $6.96.

    25. A blessedly effective carpet cleaner that'll have you saying, "what sorcery is this?!" You'll never have to call Stanley Steemer again.

    vacuum cleans a light stripe into dark, dirty tan carpet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    26. A bottle of pet ear cleaner in case your furry friend's ears are smelling and looking a bit icky. This non-toxic, gentle solution will get their ears squeaky clean.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My husband and I just adopted our cute puppy, Winston, from the humane society. When we adopted him his ears were unfortunately pretty dirty, but after using this ear cleaner today his ears are so clean!! I'm so amazed at everything it managed to get out. Our puppy's ears look so much better now! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog." —AmazonLurker

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A dryer vent coil brush to stop potential fires from occurring. You won't believe your eyes when you see what'll emerge from your dryer...

    Coil brush covered in lint with a before and after of the inside of a dryer with lint built up and then removed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We are in love! This thing cleans so well and gets all the way down the line and around the corner. It's wide bristles really help get all the lint out and even help scrub some of the really stuck in their pieces off. We use this regularly now to clean out the vent!" —Leslie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. A bottle of skin solution if you wanna be prepared the next time razor burn gets the best of your bikini line. Irritated bumps? A thing of the past.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is a lifesaver, simply amazing!! My before picture (above) is from two months ago without using Tendskin after shaving. That’s how bad my thighs used to get two to three days after shaving. I used to cry so much because EVERYTHING hurt my thighs, including my silk covers. My after picture is from July 31, 2019. As you can see it’s a tremendous difference. Although I still have scars, my shaving doesn’t bring tears to my eyes anymore. It’s helped with razor bumps, ingrown hairs, dark spots, and my sensitivity to denim." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $21.24.

    Ew, but also like amazing.

    NBC

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form