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    36 Genius Products To Help Fix Your Small (But Annoying) Problems In 2021

    Never again will you have to clean cake batter out of a whisk.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A stainless steel wiper which makes post-baking cleanup seem β€” gird your loins here β€” like a complete breeze! This gadget effortlessly scoops up funfetti so that you won't have to run your whisk under soap and hot water for 84 years. You also won't lose an entires cake's worth of batter.


    Promising review: "Handy and super sturdy. I was worried these would be flimsy and not last to use and washes. I was super blown away at how well these are made and will hold up. They have a robust clear hard polymer type material behind the rubberized wiper that keeps the wiper sturdy and easy to handle even one-handed." β€”Joshua Anders

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    2. LED Under-cabinet lights to make any teeny kitchen feel more spacious, more inviting, and less like a dungeon made worse by bad fluorescence. You can even keep these on overnight to reduce the chance of ghost encounters on your way to grab a glass of water.

    kitchen with plain white stock cabinets with lights underneath them to make it look so much better

    Promising review: "I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I'd give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under-cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom's as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can't wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!" β€”pauly

    Get a 10' strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $17.99.

    3. A Joseph Joseph cutting board so you can chop ingredients and then quickly transfer them ~straight~ into the pan thanks to an ergonomic handle. This bebe is also foldable for easy storage and dishwasher-safe, so you truly cannot go wrong.


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

    4. Seche Clear and Seche Vite Polishes because the manicure you painstakingly complete today should not be chipped by *insert frustrated sigh* tomorrow. This base and top coat duo work in harmony to protect your nail beds from stains, promote a shiny, longer-lasting mani, *and* reviewers swear it dries in minutes. A manicure that doesn't take seven years = the best.

    Reviewer's freshly-done nails with five-star Amazon caption "the best base/top coat I've ever used"

    Promising review: "I used to never do my nails at home because they never looked like nail salon manicures. I purchased this after I realized that I would not be able to go to the salon for sometime due to COVID. I made the best decision. The base coat is so thick yet makes the perfect surface for the next polish layer. The top coat literally looks like glass and dries within five minutes, tops. I use the top coat every other day to freshen up manicure and make it last longer. I have been very happy. I redo my nails every 10 days and only because I like to change the color often. The top coat is a blessing because with other top coats I used to always get bubbles trapped inside but this has not happened ONCE with this one!" β€”Aysar

    Get the base and top coat set from Amazon for $11.38 (available in four formulas).

    5. A large duck chew toy that reviewers (myself included) rave about for its durability. This 'lil guy is truly the gift that keeps on giving because you won't have to replace it after a mere few days β€” my Frenchie has been chewing on the same one for ~5 months now and it's still going strong.*,

    *My French Bulldog and the light of my life, Rockie, is not really into playing with chew toys (he prefers napping) but THIS DUCK! I was shocked when I first bought it because he immediately loved it so much and it didn't fall apart after a week.

    Promising review: "My English Mastiff (and the biggest baby ever) loves his ducky. He has ripped up other toys, but not his beloved duck. He has had it for a few months now and brings it everywhere around the house with him, even sleeps snuggled up with it. I don't know why dogs seem to love this toy so much, but I would highly recommend purchasing." β€”Kristen

    Get one from Amazon for $7.90.

    6. Kitschy oil and vinegar dispensers with a gravity-lid spout that automatically opens when facing downward, plus etched-in measurements ensure you'll follow that Pinterest recipe to a T. Accidentally pouring seven gallons of expensive olive oil will be a heartbreak of the past thanks to a steady pour.

    four dispensers with clear bottoms and blue, yellow, pink and white tops

    Promising review: "The best oil dispenser I've ever bought! Great price, leak proof, easy to use and the best part, it's made of glass!" β€”MB

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    7. A shower curtain liner with mesh pockets for anyone done with cluttering the corners of their (very tiny) bathtub via an excess of shampoo bottles. You like one for volume and you like the other for strength; I get it. This makes it easy to store a ton of stuff without making your tub feel cluttered.

    Elizabeth Lily / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love this shower curtain. It's very functional. I don't have enough storage space in my bathroom. This curtain is a lifesaver. I use all the pockets, and can keep heavy things in them too. Nothing has ever happened." β€”svhare

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    Read our full review of the Maytex Pockets Shower Liner (#2) here for more deets!

    8. An over-the-sink drying rack for my fellow city dwellers who understand the struggle of limited countertop space. This hunk of collapsible silicone-coated stainless steel can store everything from pans to cutlery up to 50 lbs, but can easily be folded up and stored away when not in use.


    Get it from Food52 for $45 (available in three colors).

    9. An adjustable ~garbage can~ to toss the food wrappers, receipts, and heaven-knows-what-else that accumulates in your vehicle. Picture it now: a world in which your passenger seat isn't cluttered with coffee to-go cups.

    the black garbage bag attached to the back of the passenger seat

    Some reviewers even use this for their strollers!

    Promising review: "I love this trash bag. My car has never stayed this clean. I have had it since last December and every time I go to empty it out, I am amazed as to how much it holds. It obviously isn’t made for super big items, but the paper that comes off of straws, gum, or whatever snack my kids are having in the car that day holds it and then some. The reason I’m even writing this is because I just emptied it and found a paper plate in it. I love the Velcro bottom too. It is easy to unwrap and wipe down the inside." β€”Maddie Gutierrez

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    10. A toothpaste holder complete with a toothpaste squeezer to make sure you get every last minty drop trapped in that damn tube. (One reviewer even describes this as ingenious and TBH, they are not wrong.)

    There have been mornings when I think I've run out of the toothpaste and then am forced to have bad breath BUT! There is always some toothpaste left β€” you just have to squeeze it out.

    Promising review: "This device is ingenious! Wished I’d known this product exist sooner. I use Arm & Hammer toothpaste which still comes in the standard small cap so having it prompt up behind the bathRoom cabinet was impossible. Now, problem solved. It’s a small invention that made a positive impact. I thank the person who thought of it." β€”Jl33NYC

    Get it from Amazon for $5.39.

    11. Smart stickers about to save you so much time. Rather than rifling through every single box in your garage to find the appropriate seasonal decor, turn to these stickers! Stick 'em on before fully packing up a box, download the associated app, and you'll be able to pull up a list that tells you *exactly* what's in each box!

    model holding phone to file cabinet and pulling up a list of the items inside

    Promising review: "I use these to keep track of all my vinyl records and other stuff in storage. Good way to know what's in each box without opening it." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six stickers from Amazon for $8.50.

    12. A hard water stain-remover so that your faucets and glass doors can finally look squeaky clean. So long, days of staring at my gross shower head that still looks awful despite hours (upon hours) of scrubbing.

    It can also work on toilets, tiles, shower doors, really anything that's been affected by hard water!

    Promising review: "I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first." β€”Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    13. A floating shelf especially great for tiny bathrooms β€” the kind that don't accommodate the dream vanity you've had in your West Elm shopping cart for, oh, a decade. This transforms wall space into storage and the BEST part? No drilling required. Strong adhesive tape provides durability that won't give out under .2 lbs of weight.

    the white floating shelves with product inside

    Promising review: "I needed shelves for my bathroom because well apartments. I looked at a lot of different ones and almost went with a different set tbh but I'm so glad I didn't. These were exactly what I wanted/needed. The shelves look small in the picture, which is why I wasn't sure about them, but they have plenty of room to fit your stuff. They were super easy to hang up (I did the adhesive option) and I have some heavy-ish things in them. They have held up well and honestly I love them. I will def be getting another set for my kitchen." β€”DT

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    14. A portable paw cleaner for when your good boy has decided to wander into the muddiest field on planet earth before trotting all over your freshly-washed living room floors. Just add a little water, put each paw inside to be scrubbed by the silicone bristles, and that's it! Clean paws within seconds.

    Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer that likes to dig, a mini golden doodle that is prissy about her paws, and a standard labradoodle puppy that is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was driving me CRAZY. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" β€”Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    15. Drop Stop car gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank!) with all of your late-night McDonald's runs in mind. French fries falling into the abyss that is the cracks in your seat? No longer a problem with this genius neoprene invention.

    reviewer photo of the black drop stop

    This gap filler is made from a neoprene material that provides the universal perfect fit for any car β€” just attach it to the seat belt catch once (it has a built-in slot) and it'll be set! You'll never have to worry about removing or readjusting.

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize that it would become one of my favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft, acting just like an extension of my seat. There really isn't another product that compares to this." β€”Tessa Forbes

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A sheet set made from a more breathable eucalyptus lyocell material; it also uses 96% less water and comes responsibly packaged in a recyclable cardboard box with zero waste. Not to mention there are !!! tags !!! that say which corner of the bed each side of the sheet belongs on. Oh all the time I would have saved...

    Sheets & Giggles

    Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

    Get it from Sheets & Giggles for $149.95 (available in seven sizes and 11 colors).

    17. Ceiling fan chain pulls that'll more clearly indicate which one is meant to activate the light *or* the fan. It's time to put an end to that annoying guessing game once and for all.

    reviewer photo of ceiling fan with two silver chains

    Why they're great:Β  "Absolutely adorable! They add panache to the fan, and you never have to worry about which pull to choose. The set also makes it easier for me to reach them. They do not get in the way and are a sturdy fit into the original chain. Would highly recommend to anyone." β€”Scholar Mama

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A nonslip bristle brush for a safer, more efficient way to clean expensive cutlery (*chest swells with pride at the thought of having a fancy knife set*). A wrap-around design scrubs two sides at once, plus this ultimately saves you money because you won't have to continuously replace torn dish sponges.

    Promising review: "This is a REALLY effective fast cleaner for all your knives. I have a large variety of knives and this really gets me to used them more because it makes cleaning and maintenance really simple. Whether it's a chinese cleaver, a carbon steel chef's knife or even a long slicer, this makes sure you get all the big stuff off your knives quickly so you can just wipe it down to dry with a regular cloth. If you like taking good care of your knives and you don't want to spend a bunch of time doing it you need to buy this. It's efficient, extremely well-constructed and designed (as most Joseph Joseph products are), and a pleasure to use." β€”Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A tweexy ring because that bottle isn't empty, the brush is just too short to reach the polish that's trapped at the bottom. This ring allows you to tilt the bottle and scoop up product, all while being held firmly in place on your finger. That's right! No more dark red polish spills on your shaggy white rug.

    model wearing blue ring with purple nail polish bottle inside / Via @thetweexy

    Promising review: "So all cards on the table, I felt ridiculous purchasing this. But it has so improved my self-manicuring skills that it's been a life-changer, and probably saved me a lot of money on manicures. If you have struggle with painting your own nails or have ever ruined your duvet by spilling a bright yellow nail polish bottle (not that this is from personal experience or anything), than this is a must." β€”Franimal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 20 colors).

    20. An automatic pan stirrer about to revolutionize your cooking routine. This clever gadget (designed with a timer!) churns away at sauces and other whisk-requiring ingredients, aka your arm will be saved from the pain that is continuous and tedious stirring.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "My husband LOVES Alfredo, but I HATE the constant stirring of the sauce, so I rarely make it! For Christmas, my husband invested in his future and bought me this self stirrer. I was incredibly sure that this gadget would never be able to manage the thick sauce and that I would end up whisking the night away. I will come before you now and claim that this was AMAZING!! I literally walked away and prepped other ingredients and walked back to the stove where my PERFECTLY COMBINED sauce sat. Truly a product worth its money!" β€”Kate

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    21. A bedside caddy that means you'll finally be able to keep tabs on your remote. This convenient storage solution ensures that your nighttime essentials are tucked away into one neat little spot, plus is *the* perfect item for anyone who's bedroom is simply too small to accommodate a nightstand.

    gray bedside caddy with four mesh pockets

    This organizer is designed with six pockets, meaning you can store everything from an iPad and cell phone to glasses and hand cream.

    Promising review: "This is very helpful if you have a lot of small items on your bed. I use this to store my iPhone battery case, cables, flash drives, etc." β€”Nick

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    22. KVD tattoo eyeliner worthy of the cult-like praise it gets: it dries quickly, won't smudge or budge, lasts 25 hours a day, and the thin tip makes achieving the perfect cat eye *gulp* somewhat easy. Wave so long and farewell to the dreadful panda eye effect.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I walk a lot since I live in New York City and don't own a car, and, as pictured, this held up on a humid spring day. With other liquid liners I've experienced smudges and flakiness by midday β€” so the fact that this made it to my bedtime (14 hours AFTER application) without smearing is amazing to me. And washing it off is a total breeze, which I don't understand at all, but there's no fuss when removing it with makeup wipes or other cleansers. It also survived a full workday and then a workout, so IDK, this must be some type of witchcraft because that never happens with my other liners." β€”Kayla Suazo, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Sephora for $21 (available in two colors).

    23. A 3D face coffee mug cleverly designed with a cookie slot, aka you can finally enjoy that nightly almond milk and chocolate chip treat sans plate or crumbs sprinkled all over your white comforter.

    reviewer photo of white mug with cookie inside

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    24. A clear water bottle so sleek, every sip you take will feel luxe. This even has time markers that act as a subtle reminder to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day β€” because we love a product that makes us feel accomplished for doing mundane tasks.

    Promising review: "The only water bottle I sincerely love! It keeps me on track with my water intake. I love that it fits in my car cup holder so I can take it everywhere and it’s easy to clean. I’m buying more!" β€”madeleine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A set of thick velvet slip covers for a brand new couch on a very, very small budget. It doesn't take a DIY genius to master these beauties β€” literally just ~slip~ them over sofa cushions for an immediate uptick to your living room decor. *considers starting a home renovation blog*

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.

    This set even comes with nonslip straps to ensure your new seats ~sit~ perfectly still and stay in place.

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and love seat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." β€”Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $21.70 (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    26. CAKE Beauty The Locks Smith Dry Styling that'll give your (banana split) ends some much-needed luster β€” think of this as a waterless conditioner. Argan oil adds shine with none of the weigh-down; coconut and crambe seed oil fight frizz for ~smooth~ tresses that look immune to humidity. Your hair will be taken care of in two seconds flat.


    Promising review: "I don't typically make it a habit to purchase cheap beauty products because I've learned you get what you pay for and I'd rather spend more than waste any.... but I saw a Brad Mondo video in which he reviewed this product and another and I'm like, well, I like cake... I like good hair... I can spare like six bucks... why not? and I did it (YOLO). I am not disappointed AT ALL. I sprayed this on my hair when it wasn't really even in the 'need a dry wash' moment. BONUS: my hair smells like cake." β€”Lady Nehman

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A jar opener because there’s always that *one* person in a relationship who can never open the olives; the role of the other person is to simply stand at their beck and call, ready to pop it open. Avoid fights. Avoid conflict. Get this. ASAP.

    a jar being opened with the white opener

    The jar-opener can expand and contract to accommodate lids from 1 to 3.5 inches. It's also dishwasher-safe, just in case.

    Promising review: "This is a very versatile jar opener that, unlike so many others, expands with a twist of the knob to accommodate larger jar lids. Once applied and tightened, the handle provides great leverage to open even the most stubborn of jars. I tried to open a wide-mouthed pickle jar by hand and no success after many tries which included running the lid under hot water and knocking it against a granite countertop. Opening the jar had to wait until this handy unit arrived. Once again, I tried to open the jar by hand without success. Then I applied the Kuhn Rikon to the pickle jar, tightened it against the edges of the lid, grabbed the handle and then......voila! It opened with one nudge." β€”Steven Arnold

    Get it from Amazon for $26.19.

    28. A plant-based, paraben-free EcoTools makeup brush shampoo about to give you the most satisfying results: envision globs of orange foundation dripping onto porcelain. It's fantastic, it takes only a few minutes from start to finish, and your makeup will apply so much smoother as a result.

    This formula is made with gentle, plant-based ingredients that won't damage your brushes OR your skin. Plus, it can be used on any of your brushes or sponge applicators!

    Promising review: "This is the best brush shampoo I've ever used. I've used brush shampoos from high-end/luxury lines, too, and they did not work as well as this. First and most importantly for me, there is no scent! I absolutely hate when companies put heavy perfume in products that end up touching or going near the face. When washing brushes with shampoo that is heavily perfumed, that just ends up irritating my sinuses whenever I'm using the brushes to apply makeup. So awful. This is not like that at all, so I can use my makeup brushes without having sinus/allergy trouble. It cleans extremely well! No more going over and over again like with using other makeup brush shampoos. A little goes a long way, too, so it is extremely economical. The value is awesome. I highly recommend this brush shampoo and will continue purchasing it." β€”L.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    29. An erase-a-hole putty that fills cracks in drywall, plaster, and wood faster than you can say "HGTV." Just follow the handy dandy guide below for a DIY repair that would a: impress even the great Joanna Gaines and b: won't take too much time or patience.

    a guide on how to use the stick

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." β€”bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    30. A Kitsch headband perfect for nighttime skincare routines. This must-have accessory is crafted with a luxuriously soft microfiber material that won't tug at their roots, plus has an opening in the back to ensure your pony stays secure. No more drenched scalp after a simple cleanse.,

    Promising review: "Love this so much! This headband actually fits and I love the slit in the back to pull your hair through! I've tried so many headbands and finally found one I actually enjoying wearing while getting ready for the day and the evening!" β€”Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $16.51.

    31. A cable management box to hide unsightly wires that cause heartache by just looking at them. The tangles! The never-ending tangles! They're more than I can personally handle, so I will personally be hiding them with this box: It's the more efficient tech equivalent of "the chair."*

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    *THE chair that becomes the spot in which you store all of your clean laundry for weeks on end.

    Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." β€”Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    32. A heavy duty pizza stone for dough that looks like it was flipped several times by an expert wearing a white chef's hat. This stone guarantees a delicious crust charred to perfection, which means the frozen pizza you're eating for dinner (yet again) will taste gourmet β€” not too doughy, not too crisp, but just right.

    A reviewer's finished pizza with five stars and text "adds so much flavor"

    It can be used on grills too!

    Promising review: "Whether you make pizza from scratch or enjoy a frozen pizza from the market, this pizza stone is essential for the best at home pizza experience. Preparing your pizza on a stone assures a crispy crust and removing the pizza from the oven, on the heated stone, assures you that it will remain warm while the slices are consumed." β€”Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in 14" and 16" sizes).

    33. A spoon holder (and steam releaser!) because read my lips: dirty spoons on countertops. There is nothing worse than pasta sauce cluttering up a work station. Sure, you can get yourself a spoon rest, boring. And impractical for small kitchens.,

    Promising review: "This as delightful in person as it was in the photos. He jauntily holds our spoons and spatulas and always makes us smile. Just bought a second to bring laughter to a friend, much needed during these trying times." β€”Megan A.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.80.

    34. A W&P Porter cocktail glass to give a homemade margarita some extra zhush. This is conveniently equipped with a splash-proof lid because red wine spills while wearing white T-shirts = practically inevitable.

    the white wine glass with confetti designs

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in two colors).

    35. A buttering knife designed with a curved stainless-steel blade to ensure that the corn-to-butter ratio is *chef's kiss*. The edge of the knife is also perfect for cutting into a stick or for scooping a buttery vat straight outta the tub.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "This is one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you try it. I hate buttering corn on the cob! It's messy, butter falls off the knife, etc. This genius little thing makes it easy. Love it!" β€”Christa

    Get a set of two from The Grommet for $13.95.

    36. An elephant organizer cleverly designed with a ~drainage~ trunk, aka this can store cutlery and toothbrushes without trapping any gunky water.

    the gray elephant holder

    Promising review: "In our move to eliminate single use plastic including plastic straws we have reusable straws everywhere in the kitchen and can never keep track of them. Now we have our cute little elephant to store them in right after washing so we can always find them." –Kristen Gifford

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

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