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    Updated on Sep 18, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

    37 Practical Products That Could Make A Difference In Every Home

    If you're tired of staring at a gross shower head, then have we got a treat for you.

    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. Reusable twist ties that will let you put all "this charging cord is tangled beyond help" situations to rest. These simple pieces of rubber are an easy (but genius) solution that keep everything from chargers to USB cables in check.

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    Promising review: "These are fantastic little things; they're lightweight but feels quite sturdy. I have been using some this last month (tie/untie each day), and they still look as new -- I think these will hold up really well." —emleigha

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $2.98+.

    2. A garbage disposal brush so you can deep clean *without* having to brace the grossness that is plate dirt and smelly leftovers. So long forever, nasty odors building up in my kitchen sink.

    reviewer photo of the yellow garbage disposal brush
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product can be a major kitchen product if you have issues with odors in your garbage disposal. We eat a lot of cereals for breakfast and almost all are loaded with preservatives, which are like glue when they get wet. For two years, we could not get rid of a foul odor for more than a day or two. I purchased this as a last resort, but only expecting it to help a little. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how much gunk was brushed away and odor was reduced. " —C. D. Cornett

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

    3. A hard water stain-remover so that your faucets can finally look brand spakin' new. So long, days of staring at my gross shower head that still looks awful despite hours (upon hours) of scrubbing.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower faucet with hard water stains and then totally clean
    amazon.com

    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." —Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    4. A squeegee broom to quickly sweep up the water spills, potato chip crumbs, and stray strands that currently clutter your home. An extendable handle and 100% natural rubber also make this an absolute beast for scooping up pet hair.

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    "An embarrassing confession: my hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it. In fact, to make matters worse, weird particles get stuck in the hair on the floor, which is stuck to the carpet, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will." —Emma Lord, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Amazon for $15.10.

    5. A set of bed sheet holders that will keep everything firmly in place, aka this is *exactly* what the doctor ordered if you (or your partner) move around a ton in your sleep.

    Reviewer's before-and-after to show their bed sheet being pulled up versus neatly tucked in by the sheet holders
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Say goodbye to re-arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill, so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and four pack sizes).

    6. Insect traps for your plants, aka the likely culprits behind the flies, gnats, and various insects that very much showed up to your house without an invitation. Attach each sticky strip onto an included stake, stick 'em in your plant, and that's it! Just remove the trap when it's full of insects. Yum.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "There is NOTHING more irritating than gnats or any other tiny insects invading your home. I have these Sticky Stakes in every potted plant I own and they actually really work! Each pack comes with seven traps, so feel free to stock up." —Heather Braga, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $5.04.

    7. Ceiling fan chain pulls to 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
    amazon.com

    Why they're great:  "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." —Scholar Mama

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A Toucan pitcher that makes something as boring as, oh, milk seem exciting. For everything from water and OJ to fresh-squeezed lemonade, this is the perfect functional-but-fun item to keep in your fridge at all times. *pours milk from Toucan pitcher over bowl of sugary cereal with similar Toucan ties*

    the yellow and blue toucan-inspired pitcher
    Amazon

    Psst, this pitcher is food-safe, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.20 (available in two colors).

    9. A six-hook hanger to store your excessive (no offense) amount of handbags. This is also ideal for storing belts, ties, hats, scarves, and tank tops, aka the smaller things that tend to get shoved into the corners of your closet.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is exactly what I was looking for. My closet feels more organized, and I can layer my purses based on which ones I use the most. I love how sturdy and dependable it is!" —Li Luong

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    10. A mop and bucket set with reusable microfiber pads that scrub away stubborn stains in no time. This deep cleans stone, tile, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, bamboo, cement, baseboards, and drywall with little effort required on your end, plus a 280° swivel head means you can reach *all* those pesky nooks and crannies.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "THIS MOP IS THE BOMB! The handle is extra sturdy and long with nice handle and cushioned grip. The cleaning cloth is thick and does a great job of scrubbing…it took black scuffs and tracked in, sticky dog poop off my hardwood with little effort! It attaches firmly and easily and doesn’t slip around while you mop. The included mop bucket is GENIUS! It holds your mop water, cleans the cleaning cloth when you plunge the mop in and pull it out, and wrings the cloth to your preferred dampness — wetter for harder stuff, medium for regular mopping, and drier for a quick spiff-up." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two colors).

    11. An adhesive LED strip to reduce all that glare. This increases color contrast and sharpness to enhance the images on your television screen — so yes, Netflix, I am very much still watching. Quit asking.

    reviewer photo of TV with glare before using the strips and without glare after using the strips
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "You will be surprised how well this works. I thought it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved!" —Rgd18

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six sizes).

    12. 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
    Amazon

    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." —Amazon Customer

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

    13. Keurig cleaning cups to deep clean your coffee machine (#poetry) within minutes. Simply pop this biodegradable cleaner in as you would a cup of caffeine, proceed to marvel at the gunk that's made its way into your daily cup of joe.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "We’ve had our Keurig for a few years, and with the exception of using only filtered water and dispensing hot water every so often, we’ve never cleaned the needle or K-cup area. I used three cleaning cups back to back and WOW our machine was dirty! I'm so happy I purchased these! I’ll be keeping up on cleaning these more often." —Heather Garcia

    Get a pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. Bottle Bright cleaning tablets that quickly remove all that funky, gross, probably-starting-to-smell build-up in your favorite water bottle. These are biodegradable, chlorine-free, and require absolutely NO effort or scrubbing.

    before picture of dirty bottle; a during photo of bottle with bubbles inside; and after photo of clean bottle
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug and I tried everything, but there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY without any scrubbing necessary. They look brand new and there was no weird smell or taste afterward, either. Absolute magic!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    15. A two-paneled, padded foam pillow with ultra-strong suction cups that will actually stick to your tub. So long, resting my head on straight porcelain whilst trying to have a relaxing bath.

    white two-paneled pillow on tub
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband bought this for me because I LOVE taking baths; it's a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day...but I've recently had some health problems, which has caused me to lose a lot of weight, and taking baths has become excruciating. Due to the lack of extra cushion back there now, lying back on the porcelain tub was extremely painful on my spine/bones. I had resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be taking baths anymore. But, GOOD NEWS, this pillow is a dream come true. I wish I had always had this pillow. It's soooo comfortable! I could almost nap in the tub (but don't)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    16. A dual-sided Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet that will indicate whether those dishes are dirty or squeaky clean. So long, days of pulling out my favorite mug to realize it's coated in leftover coffee.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great magnet! Very sturdy. Also comes with a magnetic strip so you can adhere to any surface if there's no magnetic surface already there. Easy to use and a great Star Wars gift!" —Crystal Lucas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    17. A sink organizer with an allotted ~beak~ for your kitchen cloth, that way you don't have to haphazardly drape it over your faucet. This is cleverly designed with suction cup bottom to keep it in place, plus a spot for your sponge.

    the white bird holder with a long orange beak holding a yellow kitchen cloth
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this cute and whimsical pelican. Now I don't have to drape my damp dish cloths over the faucet. This extends inside the sink and it has a slot for a sponge as well, plus it swivels as needed to get It out of the way when cleaning the sink." —Owlcollector

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A silicone strainer and colander set anyone with a microbe-sized kitchen will more than appreciate (hello, my fellow NYC residents). These are completely collapsible and take up virtually no cabinet or countertop space.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm really impressed with this colander set. It collapses and expands very easily, so it is perfect for storing away when not being used. I love that it's dishwasher safe for quick cleanup! I like that it came with two different sizes of colanders. This is a must-have product for anyone who cooks often." —Makayla Brown

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. A Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet with the uncanny ability to sauté, sear, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill any meal to perfection. Want a solid kitchen investment? Look no further than this beauty, which is perfect for almost every meal you'll want to whip up — we're talking breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    the black skillet with salmon asparagus
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the cast-iron I have, and it just lives on my stove top because I use it literally everyday. To clean, simply hand wash (I usually opt for no soap, but you do you) and rub with vegetable oil to keep it nice and seasoned." —Rachel Dunkel, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in multiple sizes).

    20. A water-based tile pen that makes deep cleaning grout feel like filling in the pages of an adult coloring book. Consider mold banished after a few swipes of this nontoxic formula, which releases anti-bacterial agents with each pass.

    the pen cleaning grout between white tiles
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These things are awesome! I cleaned my bathroom tile grout first because the lady who lived there before me really let it go. A few places stayed stained and I was worried it wouldn't cover them, but all grout areas are bright white and look new after using this." —Donna K Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. A sink protector with a nonslip bottom and adjustable two-piece design you can custom tailor to fit almost any sink. The gridded layout allows for water to drain, *but* prevents food from falling down and causing any clogs.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought one for my parents because we loved ours so much. The versatility of this product is what truly sold us. Not to mention how easy it is to clean and disinfect. There aren't any hard to reach areas where food can get stuck which is a HUGE plus for me!" —Rianoso

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    22. A stainless-steel grater ideal for garlic, ginger, spices, and more! It's got ~fine teeth~ that do a fantastic job at creating paste without wasting any food (typical graters = half a garlic clove gets lost within the grooves of the grater TBH).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was avoiding cooking with fresh ginger because it was such a pain to grate. I found this product by accident and decided to give it a try. I is very fast and easy to use and works very well. I there is almost no waste with the ginger. I love this ginger grater!" —Born Barefoot

    Get it from Amazon for $8.29.

    23. A dry food dispenser with a twist design and airtight lids to keep your favorite midnight snacks from going stale. So long, days of useless cereal box closures and ruined granola. There's a new storage solution in town.

    the black dispenser with two glass lids filled with cereal
    Wayfair

    Get it from Wayfair for $39.99 (available in four colors).

    24. A draft-blocker to keep all that precious, cold air from escaping your bedroom. Not only will this save $$ because you won't have to blast the AC on its strongest setting, but it's also fantastic for blocking outside noises (loud roommates + quarantine = not great, not fun).

    reviewer photo of the white draft blocker
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used it to close the gap in some of the rooms in our house. We are working from home and closing the air gaps reduces sound traveling between rooms and also enables better air conditioning." —manikandan

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors).

    25. A multipurpose glass kitchen board you'll love if you have a lot of style, but *not* a lot of space. This functions as a trivet for hot pots and plates, makes for the ideal cutting board, and is the only way I'd like to display fruits, meats, and cheeses from now on. Talk about a gouda investment, eh?

    the red and blue cutting board with cheese and figs on it
    Amazon

    This carpet-inspired kitchen board is heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and has nonslip rubber feet to ensure it stays in place.

    Promising review: "Perfect addition to the counter top. Instead of tucking it away like most cutting boards, this is one to display. Stays put, no sliding, and just big enough for slicing up veggies for a salad. We've also used it for hot dishes on the dining room table." —C M Moriarty

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. A microfiber duster to turn cleaning into, dare I say, an enjoyable chore!? This traps dust particles with every swipe — and seeing all that gunk accumulate will be more satisfying than you can imagine. *begins to nervous sweat at the thought of when I last dusted*

    BuzzFeed / Yi Yang

    Psst, you can even remove the cloth and throw it in the washing machine when you're done cleaning!

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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A Katzco Furniture repair kit that lets you cover up scratches, scuffs, and discoloration on your Ikea furniture in a jiffy. This kit contains markers and wax sticks in a variety of hues that turn ~furniture repair~ into a task as simple as coloring in a coloring book.

    before, black wood with scuff marks and after, the same black wood with no scuff marks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended so well. It looks fantastic now!" —Shane

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. A microwave steam cleaner to finally (and I mean finally) rid your microwave of the caked-on dinner that's been there since about, oh, last year. Simply fill this handy device with vinegar, let 'er run for five to seven minutes, wipe, and done.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about buying this at first, but it's AWESOME. It works like a charm! Super easy to use and does exactly what it says. It made my microwave look brand-new again!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. A Scotch-Brite toilet kit equipped with a handle, storage caddy, and five disposable cleaners to make porcelain throne upkeep as easy as one, number two, three.

    model using white wand brush to clean toilet
    Amazon

    Are you grossed out by the fact that your old toilet brush is sitting in literal filth? Then this scrubber kit is for you.

    Promising review: "However did we live without this item? Makes an unpleasant job easy to start and finish and no need to bend over wearing rubber gloves. The curved lip design is ideal for cleaning underneath the rim. It's well stocked with cleaner and is good for more than one time. Great design. Very pleased. Practical. Affordably priced." —Uncle George

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    30. A Takeya cold brew maker so you can drink your favorite caffeinated beverage whenever you please without the $5+ charge (NYC coffee = so damn expensive). This is cleverly designed with an airtight lid and stainless-steel filter to keep coffee fresh for up to two weeks.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Just add up to six tablespoons of your go-to coffee beans into the filter, fill it with water, and leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then, remove the filter from the pitcher and — BAM — you've got some delicious coffee.

    Promising review: "This was my first cold-brewing experience, but this product made it easy! Just put your coffee in the filter, fill it with water, and forget it in the fridge for a day! Plus, I love that everything comes apart easily and can be put in the dishwasher." —shackelforrd

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    To learn more, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker".

    31. Miracle-Gro food spikes you'll appreciate if you love plants, but a) weren't blessed with the advantage of a green thumb, and b) laziness is one of your defining features. These slowly release micronutrients into soil for up to two months, thus allowing indoor plants to thrive.

    on the left, plant looking wilted and on the right, the same plant growing
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I swear by these plant food spikes!!! The package says they are for indoor plants, but I actually use them for all of my outdoor plants, especially my herbs. I first tried these after planting some basil and other herbs that seemed to be taking an eternity to grow. I went to a local home improvement store and searched the garden center for plant food, but many of them were priced much higher than I was willing to spend until I found these spikes. I figured I'd give them a try since they were so inexpensive and wow! Within just a few days, my plants had grown more than double what they had grown in the previous several weeks. One of my friends (who also enjoys gardening) came over to my house and was in awe of how big and healthy all of my herbs were. When I told her about these spikes, she went straight from my house to purchase some and had the exact same growth results." —GatorDO17

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $6.77.

    32. A non-toxic, paraben-free Blueland kit here to change your daily cleaning rituals for, well, forever. Here's how it works: Purchase three reusable bottles, then fill each with water and drop in a specific tablet (multi-use, glass, and bathroom) until empty. After that? Keep the bottles and simply continue reordering tablets at $2 a pop — not only will this save you a ton of money, but it also prevents you from unnecessarily tossing out a ton of plastic on the daily.

    instagram.com / Via @blueland, instagram.com / Via @blueland

    Each tablet and refill is packaged in compostable paper and comes in a variety of scents that aren't overwhelming to the nostrils: the multi-surface tablet is fresh lemon, the shower tablet is eucalyptus mint, and the glass/mirror tablet has no scent whatsoever.

    Promising review: "I saw this on Shark Tank and loved that it would not only help me save money but would also help the environment, so I bought the kit. The only concern that I had was if it would clean just as well as my previous products. Well... IT DOES! Blueland now has a life-long customer!" —Richard T

    Get this kit from Blueland for $29.

    33. A Joseph Joseph kitchen tool set complete with a magnetic stand (!!!!) for easy, convenient storage and the following five tools: a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon, and a ladle. Phew.

    the magnetic storage stand and five utensils
    Amazon

    "Someone gifted me one of these many moons ago, and the utensils have held up for over four years! They're still as perfectly magnetized and functional as they were when they first arrived, and I barely ever notice them even though my counter space is approximately that of a lunch tray (wish I were kidding!!!)." —Emma Lord, my fellow BuzzFeed Shopping team member

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    34. A curved window rod to keep sunlight at bay through blackout curtains. "I binged another show until the wee hours of the morning, and I don't need you waking me before my alarm goes off" —me, talking to the natural light that so rudely seeps in through the thin corners my curtains don't cover.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These Umbra rods are amazing! Very easy to install and beautiful in the Auburn Bronze finish. Because these rods have no end bracket and no finial, they provide a wrap quality that makes the Umbra rod ideal to hang a blackout drape. My drapes are completely light blocking with this rod. The rods were delivered with all the hardware and easy-to-follow installation instructions." —Whitney Christie

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    35. A cult-favorite Squatty Potty that currently has over 10,000 reviews on Amazon. What is the purpose of it, you ask? It enables your body to mimic a squatting position that turns *ahem* longer bathroom breaks into a much easier affair.

    the white Squatty potty
    Amazon

    Promising review: "As weird a product as this may be, it is AMAZING. When I first got it, my husband thought I was crazy. I explained how the height was supposed to help you go to the bathroom more smoothly and without as much frustration. I loved it right away (also, I am short so the height helped). Later I heard him telling his friend he used it and was so surprised at how everything just 'came out.' It's awkward, but highly effective!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    36. Stainless steel straws for a more eco-friendly approach to sipping iced coffee. This set comes equipped with two collapsible straws, a cleaning brush, and a carrying pouch — plus, both straws are adjustable in size and can accommodate different cups.

    Amazon

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line on Amazon for $12.99.

    37. An OXO three-blade spiralizer so you can feel like you're eating a pasta dinner when, in fact, you are not. I know that seems like a cruel joke, but ~zoodles~ are downright tasty — and this can shred an entire zucchini within minutes. Veggies! But make them fun!

    orange and white spiralized veggie noodles being held over pan
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This spiralizer is the bomb. I first bought a manual one where I had to hold the zucchini and rotate it in a little cup with a blade in the bottom to see if I would like zucchini noodles, and I did, but it was labor intensive, messy, and took forever to get enough for two adult servings done. Now I just used this for the first time. It took two minutes to read the instructions, a minute to rinse off the unit, and less than a minute to create a mountain of beautiful zucchini spaghetti for dinner tonight. It was very simple to use and clean." —Mary C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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