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    28 Useful Products That Just Make Sense To Own

    Say goodbye to wasting your precious time — these products will make your life soooooo much easier.

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    1. A two-in-one soap dish and dispenser that'll house your sponge and distribute the perfect amount of soap with a simple press.

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    Promising review: "Picked this product up for a good place to keep my sponge for the kitchen without just sitting it on the counter. This works well for that but the plus is that this holder also dispenses soap!! SO all I have to do is press down on the sponge before picking up my sponge and I now have a sponge with soap that's ready to use with the use of only one hand! I think this is an innovative item and it has worked well for us since we had it these last 10 days!" —Darius Carter

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    2. A foldable cutting board so after you chop your veggies you can easily transport them to the pan. It's time to stop sliding them off of your cutting board with your knife and only half of 'em actually making it into the pan...

    Foldable cutting board transporting veggies to pan
    Amazon

    This board features a textured knife-friendly surface so you can chop away and then folding sides so transporting your ingredients safely and efficiently to the pan. (Sorry pups, no more grabbing the fallen scraps that end up on the floor.)

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

    3. A pack of facial razors for easy eyebrow shaping or to remove any facial hair. I love these for cleaning up my jawline and upper lip.

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    These even come with an extra attachment for precise eyebrow shaping.

    Promising review: "My eyebrows can be difficult to style as they are long and the hair grows so quickly! I gave up on waxing a few years ago, as I was spending too much time and money to style my brows the way I wanted. These things are a lifesaver!! I've been using them over the past couple months to shape my brows, and they are AMAZING. My husband actually started using them for his beard lines in between trims, and he's now obsessed too. I purchased a few for my mom and sister, and they're hooked on them as well. I highly recommend trying these out especially given the price!!" —Ashley Brown

    Get a three-count from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A bottle of safety matches that are longer in length to avoid your fingers being close to the flame. Lighting candles is WAY easier with these than typical matches.

    Safety matches
    Amazon

    Promising review: "They light every time on the first strike, and they don't break. I've had trouble with other kinds which break in my hand as they are lighting — not these! I have ordered more." —Marilyn S.

    Get them from Amazon for $12+ (available in eight colors).

    5. A kitten ear headband for keeping your hair out of your face while you apply your nightly skincare routine. You won't have to worry about your hair getting stuck in your clay mask anymore (and c'mon — it's sooooo cute).

    Customer wears kitten headband
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    Promising review: "First of all fast shipping it got here just in time. It is so cute, I love my new headband and it's just perfect to take my makeup off and wash my face." —ednaellis

    Get it from Amazon for $6.43.

    6. An adjustable blind duster to clean tough-to-reach places like blinds and car vents from the rogue dust that can start to build up over time.

    blind duster cleaning the blinds
    Amazon

    Promising review: "OK I'll be honest, I ordered this because of the price. After reviewing several other options and having been disappointed with previous dusters I've had, I figured why spend more money on something that isn't going to work? So I ordered the least expensive option but WOW does this little tool rock!!!! It's very easy to use and clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning and dusting the blinds and gets ALL of the crud off of them. My blinds haven't been this clean since the day they were first installed. VERY happy with purchase." —Amazon Shopper

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

    7. A charcoal-based toothpaste that's satisfyingly gross scrubbing on your teeth, but will have your teeth whiter with each brush.

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    Promising review: "Love love love it! It made my mouth feel clean and fresh — and my teeth have been whitened!! I've tried the powder charcoal teeth whitener and I hated it. This product is amazing!" —Misty O'Brien-Barques

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    8. A mini UV light toothbrush cover for helping disinfect your toothbrush head from the potential germs that can fester on your vanity. The rechargeable case will give you up to 30 cleanings on one full charge!

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    Promising review: "Great. I'll take these with me anywhere. Put them in my purse and use them on my toothbrush when I'm traveling or just use it at home. Great idea and I already use a uv light in my house for we will disinfecting. This will be perfect for my toothbrush." —Lorina Rae McMinn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A travel case of mint dental flossers you can keep in your car or handbag when that random poppy seed gets stuck in your tooth after your morning bagel.

    mint floss picks
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    Promising review: "I purchased this to keep in my purse zipper compartment for 'emergencies' aka getting something stuck in between my teeth, such as pepper, lettuce, herbs, whatever. I can go to the powder room and remove whatever it is. I feel better having these in tow. We love Plackers for use here at home, which make flossing easy. With age, it just seems things tend to get stuck more, and these are a great idea to have along, just for in case. I can refill the case if I do end up needing to use them. The case is easy to open and close and feels like it will stay closed well in my purse. These are a great idea!" —Small~Town~Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $0.99.

    10. A scalp massager shampoo brush so you can get right down to the root and enjoy a nice head massage while you're lathering.

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    Promising review: "I'm sitting here stunned an hour later at how good I feel. I didn't realize the extent to which my scalp bothered me before until now. Even my hair looks better, which is a bonus I wasn't expecting." —C

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in light green, pink, and purple).

    11. An adjustable phone stand for keeping your phone handy for any video calls that can now be hands-free.

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    Promising review: "The stand sits solidly on my desk and I don’t have to worry about it falling over. Very simple and well-thought-our design with the two prongs to make space for the charging cord. The silicone on the stand means I can take the case off of my phone and it will not suffer any cosmetic damage. I like how the stand doesn’t involve any clipping in or snapping together, because that often can damage the phone if it is not in a case. Very simple and useful!" —Ismeh

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A teeth whitening pen that some reviewers say has given them immediate results. Say "toodles" to your coffee and red wine stains.

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    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... and this stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Mindy

    Get two pens from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A pack of silver cleaning wipes so you can deep clean your precious jewelry so it stays shiny and pristine.

    right: reviewer's bracelet looking tarnished and dark grey left: reviewer's bracelet looking shiny and silver
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    Promising review: "It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family's silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn't have any interest in polishing something that we weren't using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!" —Kehrli

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $59.99.

    14. A bottle of Goo Gone to help remove tacky adhesive that just doesn't want to take a hike. Ever try to remove stickers from your laptop? This will take care of every last bit of sticky residue.

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    Promising review: "Goo Gone is one of those things that I somehow had never heard of until this year (though others have apparently had it in their households for years). When I saw it in this BuzzFeed post, my life was changed forever. I couldn’t believe I had lived for so many years without this stuff. So many presents were ruined by price stickers that wouldn’t peel off properly and so many reusable glass containers thrown away/recycled because I couldn’t get the sticky label off of them. Since purchasing Goo Gone, I’ve cleaned off several candle tins, a Trader Joe's growler, and a kimchi jar previously marred by sticky labels — they can now be reused as pen holders and food containers! Definitely one of my best household purchases EVER. —Yi Yang, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    15. An oven cleaner that'll have it looking like you've never cooked one single meal in it. Remember those burnt on cookie bits? Gone.

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    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been six years since my last oven cleaning. After seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour." —William

    Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

    16. A pair of meat shredding paws so you can save precious time when you're preparing your favorite pulled pork dish or trying to make some shredded chicken for your taco Tuesday.

    shredding chicken with the bear paws
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    Promising review: "We’ve been on a shredded chicken breast kick and were using table forks to do the shredding. It was a miserable task and we dreaded it but prefer the taste of shredded chicken over other cooking methods. I saw these in a newsfeed article on inexpensive things that will save you time. It seemed too good to be true but after quickly shredding 4 chicken breasts we have to say it definitely saves a lot of time and effort. I think they are actually intended for larger cuts of meat like roasts so are kind of bulky but worked really well on the chicken breasts. Life changing." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    17. A silicone sink strainer because no one needs a clogged sink from the leftover food that's rinsed off of your dinner plates.

    silicone sink strainer
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    These are stain resistant and dishwasher safe.

    Promising Review: "Love this thing! They catch everything, which is important because I don't have a garbage disposal. Also, no more touching stuff that gets caught in the sink, since I can pop it inside out. I toss them in the dishwasher to clean them. This is my second set of them since my first set got tossed in a cross-country move; first thing I ordered for our new place." —Lette

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    18. A bottle of anti-fog treatment to ensure your glasses don't fail you when you move from the comfort of your home to the brisk outdoors (which is def a safety hazard).

    Person using anti fog on one lens versus the other lens where it wasn't used
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    Promising review: "I have used many different defoggers on my glasses in the past, all of them lacking. THIS defogger worked fantastically. It kept my glasses from getting foggy outside, inside, and when moving from inside to outside. I recommend this defogger to anyone looking to keep fog off of their glasses. Not only does it work, but it is reasonably priced. GREAT PRODUCT! So good I bought it twice so far and will buy it again in the future." —J. Weston

    Get it from Amazon for $12.55+.

    19. A wood polish and conditioner so you can make your wood cabinets and tables ~spotless~. It enhances the natural beauty and depth of the grain in finished and unfinished wood.

    A before and after of a wooden table where the polish was used to clean
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    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 that jumped up and scratched places, 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 blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand-new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $13.03.

    20. 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.

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    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 pack of 100 sheets from Amazon for $6.95 (available in bamboo, green tea, and rose and in packs of one and two).

    21. A Poo-Pourri toilet spray because you deserve to feel confident when using the restroom. Keep this guy in your purse or in your bathroom at home to avoid any unwanted lingering smells.

    Poo-Pourri before-you-go spray in original citrus scent
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    Promising review: "One bathroom in an apartment just isn't enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. It is very fresh and not overpowering. It is not synthetic smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon." —Allison H

    Get a two-ounce bottle from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 20 scents).

    22. A pack of smart plugs so you can turn any outlet in your home into a voice-activated or phone-controlled outlet. Sync these outlets up to Amazon Alexa so instead of turning on your lamp, she'll do it for you. *Bedroom Light On.*

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    Promising review: "Love these plugs! Easy to setup with Alexa too. I have Alexa rules that control these plugs by time of day and voice command. Save money on electric by turning off lights when not in use too. Very happy customer!

    Bought again. These plugs are very simple to use. For the iPhone, I use the Go Smart app, and go through the stepped process to add to my network. First connect to guest wifi on phone, then proceed to add the plug, and after a few taps the Alexa app sees it on the network and adds it automatically. I then add to my routines like any other device." —Richie Madden

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $27.99.

    23. A pet-grooming glove brush — ideal for any animal that needs to be rid of their loose fur (and would probs enjoy a nice scratch and massage sesh while you're at it).

    golden retriever having owner brush with grooming pet brush
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    Promising review: "This glove is perfect for our one kitty who hates to be brushed. Our family recently added kitty number three, a big beautiful long-haired Maine Coon who despises being brushed or bathed. It was such a struggle as fine cat hair started taking over our life. Honestly, I did not think this grooming glove would work, but let me just say it is wonderful. Our kitty Nicki just loves the feeling it gives him, and we love the astounding amount of kitty his hair that is now in the glove and not on every surface in our home. Thank you wonderful seller. We LOVE this glove." —Colleen5991

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. An overflow drain cover so you can enjoy a few more inches of bath water during your luxurious soaks. I legitimately need this for my bath so my upper body isn't freezing anymore.

    Drain cover in bath tub
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    Promising review: "We just moved into a new home and the bathtubs are *SO* shallow. My soul was slowly being ripped to pieces while soaking in a measly 7" of water. Devastating! It will be a while until we can afford to remodel the bathrooms, so I needed to find an alternative solution before I cracked. This product seriously improved the quality of my life. It's a softer, malleable plastic than I originally thought, but convenient for different shaped tubs since it will mold easier. All I have to do to turn my nightmare tub into a dream was to run the suction cups under the faucet and snap the suction cups into place over the bath drain. It was so easy! I got an instant 5" more of water!! Crowds applauded and cried, it was beautiful. After each bath I remove the drain cover and hang it from my shower caddy to dry out." —Rachael

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

    25. A pair of Spatty Daddy spatulas because there's so much wasted product that can be trapped into the abyss that is the back of the tube — these spatulas will help you save every last drop.

    Spatula used to get additional product out of tube
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    Promising review: "Love the Spatty and Spatty Daddy! They are the PERFECT tools for use in getting the remaining quantity of make-up, lotion, condiments, or whatever out of most bottles, large and small. I hate, hate, hate wasting product. I have been wanting something like this for years." —DMD

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. A double USB car charger if you and your passengers need to stop fighting over the charger port. This solves the problem of charging two devices at once.

    Double USB port cigarette lighter charger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I needed a USB charger for my car that would fit in a cigarette lighter port, that would also allow for the ashtray to be closed. I saw that this one was short and would be sort of flushed. I put it in the car as soon as I got it this afternoon and it looks great. Perfect fit. The ashtray closes with no problem even with a charging cord attached to it." —I.M. Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74 (available in three colors).

    27. A grill scrubber so you can say buh-bye to stuck on grease stains that tend to stay on the grill far longer than they should be.

    grill scrubber cleaning grill stains
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My grill accumulated a lot of crud as a result of many cookouts. I tried to keep it as clean as possible with a wire brush and various cleaning pads and cleaners. I never could get the rack and grates to look like new. There was always a layer of permanent food residue, carbon, and other debris that defied removal. I decided to give the Magic Stone Grill Cleaner a shot. Surprise! Surprise! This is truly a magic stone. It removed everything from the grill parts that I worked on and left them looking like new. The cleaning process did put grooves in the bottom of the stone and that helped to get the sides cleaned off as well." —Duffer.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    28. And an avocado slicer because no one wants to tango with the death that can sometimes be cutting up an avocado with a knife.

    avocado being sliced with slicer
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    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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