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    31 Things You Should Probably Already Own, But Don't

    Including retainer cleaning tablets, wash bags for your ~delicates~, organic wool dryer balls, and a bunch of other basic products you should probably already own.

    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. Velvet hangers that will save a RIDICULOUS amount of space in your closet. These non-slip babies are super thin, but remain sturdy enough to hold the (many) pieces of clothing you kept after Marie Kondo-ing.


    Promising review: "You probably want more closet space. I hear you. Now, I did donate about two bags of old clothes right before buying these hangers, but I cannot BELIEVE how clunky my old hangers were in my closet!! These transformed my entire space and I immediately ordered more. I don’t plan on purchasing more clothes, but I love that I can manage them easier with these matching, space-saving hangers." β€”Kelly

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. Adjustable clip holders capable of turning your favorite bra into one that won't be visible under your racerback top. Plus, this keeps straps from falling and gives your breast friends some extra lift.


    Promising review: "My bra straps spend more time off my shoulders than on β€” but NOT ANYMORE. I was hoping something like this existed and when I found it, I was so happy. They're as glorious as I expected them to be. These are life-changing." β€”Amanda

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $5.97 (available in six colors).

    3. A three-tier organizer to add extra space to your abominably tiny bathroom. Store everything from deodorant and floss to toothpaste and medicine all within arm's reach! Who knew clutter-free countertops were in the realm of possibility?


    Promising review: "I have a bunch of random toiletries that I was always pushing around and leaving in odd spots, but now I automatically put them back on the risers and the counter stays pretty clear." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors).

    4. A facial polish formulated with glycolic acid (3%!) to remove dead cells, salicylic acid to fight blackheads and blemishes, and a grapefruit scent that will make you feel AWAKE. / Via @nipandfab

    This subtle scrub is ideal for people with sensitive skin prone to irritation! This product is strong enough to give you a deep clean, but gentle enough that it won't make your face feel dry or look red and angry.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this scrub. My skin is very sensitive, so finding something that can exfoliate my skin without irritation is hard... but this scrub does the trick. It has really helped my skin clear up and begin to glow, and since using it, I have noticed that I get significantly less pimples and blackheads, plus my old acne scars are fading. The fine lines on my face have started to fade, too. The product lasts a long time (one tube has lasted me over five months and I use it about twice a day) because you only need a pea-sized amount. I’ve thrown out all my other exfoliants because this one beats them all!" β€”Summer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    5. A jewelry organizer to easily display all of your many necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches. No more "OMG, I completely forgot I had that..." moments OR gargantuan tangles you'll never be able to undo.


    The best thing about this organizer is that it guarantees your necklaces will remain tangle-free.

    Promising review: "I love this jewelry hanger! I have necklaces and bracelets that I never wear because I forget that I have them or they were cluttered into a jewelry box. This is perfect for hanging my jewelry, and it gives me a quick visual for me to grab something and go!" –Carmik

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

    6. A beverage cooler that might just save a life, and I don't think I'm being dramatic. This can take a cup of hot coffee and chill it by 130Β° in less than 60 seconds β€” without diluting the flavor in the process. / Via @thehyperchiller

    Promising review: "This product is a must-have for iced coffee lovers on a budget. Using this avoids the sour flavor of cooling coffee, so it definitely replaced my trips going to a cafe and ordering coffee. I calculated how much I spend on coffee in a cafe vs. using this machine. Overall, a year of buying coffee outside would cost me $1,200-1,3000, which is a huge number. Using this with ground coffee from the super market reduces the spending to less than $100, which is a a huge save!" β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    7. A cleaning brush set complete with a bottle brush, a straw brush, and a detail cleaner to really sanitize the dark depths of that water bottle and stainless steel straw you use... every single day.


    Neglecting to deep clean your water bottle and reusable straws (which I'm proud of you for using, BTW) can lead to yucky odors and bacteria build-up. Long story short? CLEAN THEM.

    Promising review: "I love these brushes! I wanted these brushes to clean shaker bottles (for protein) that my husband and I use. Sometimes, the protein powder gets caught in those tiny spaces inside the cap which gets annoying and IMPOSSIBLE to clean with a simple sponge. That’s where the smallest brush from this set comes in. It fits perfectly and the bristles reach areas I couldn't with a sponge, which makes cleaning the bottle caps faster and easier. The big brush is also perfect for cleaning the bottle itself, and the straw brush speaks for itself. They are sturdy and don't feel cheap, like they're going to fall apart easily." β€”raerae

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A hair brush suitable for wet *OR* dry hair. Now wave goodbye to stubborn tangles and naughty knots.


    Promising review: "This brush is truly magical. I have spent YEARS listening to my daughter scream and yell every time I try to gently comb her thick, curly hair after her bath. No matter how much detangler I sprayed, how I much conditioner I used, or how gentle I would try to be, she would always yell. This brush is a game-changer. The first time I used it... silence. No joke." β€”Sarah Byrnes

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in three colors).

    9. Anti-vibration pads to prevent your floor from feeling as if an apocalypse-like event is occurring. Washer running = floor shaking, panic ensuing.

    These handy dandy pads also act as an anti-skid protection, meaning your dryer won't budge when you slam its door with vengeance.

    Promising review: "My house was built in 1954. Old houses and front load dryers do not get along and when my wife was doing laundry, the floor felt like Godzilla was attempting to escape from beneath my toilet. This has 100% fixed the vibration issue for me. I can crap in peace whilst a load of laundry is being done without worry." β€”Teej

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. A silicone popcorn maker capable of making 15 cups of popcorn in under four minutes. Just add in some kernels, ~pop~ it in the microwave, and BAM! Your movie marathon feast is complete!


    This popcorn maker is especially fantastic because it acts as a popcorn bowl itself. PLUS! It's collapsible! Which makes this easy to store if you have approximately zero space in your kitchen.

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! I am throwing out my old popcorn maker because there is no need for it anymore. I cannot believe how easy it was to make perfect popcorn and use the same bowl to eat it out of. I've already told all of my friends to buy this!" β€”Cindy Suy

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75 (available in 10 colors).

    11. A two-step mascara sure to get you the most coveted compliment of all time: "Are those your real lashes?!" This mascara comes with a nourishing basecoat, an ultra-lengthening topcoat, and can be removed with JUST warm water.

    This mascara is ophthalmologist-tested (meaning it's safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers #phew) and the formula won't smudge, smear, or flake.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best mascara I've ever used! Not only is it easy to apply, but it comes off with just water." β€”Jamie Gwynne

    Get it from Amazon for $7.55.

    12. Wash bags for anyone who *knows* they should be hand-washing their bras, but has zero time to do so. This structured mesh will save your (very expensive) bra the heartache of ruined underwire and frayed lace.


    Promising review: "Yes, I know you’re really supposed to hand wash bras, but I honestly don’t want to spend an hour, twice a week after work, washing bras by hand. On top of that, there’s never a great way to get enough water out of the bras so that they dry overnight. These bra bags solve both of these issues! After 50 minutes in my washer, all of my bras are clean! Plus, the light spin cycle has taken enough water out of the bras so that they hang dry to completion overnight." β€”Hannah Fass Goodman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.45 (available in two sizes).

    13. Rain boots that will have you moving to Forks, Washington faster than you can say "vampire devotee". These lovely shoes will have you begging for a downpour.


    Rain boots = a seriously worthy investment.

    Promising review: "I've had these rain boots for a couple of months now, and they are amazing. They're perfect for the rain and snow, plus they fit well and look stylish. Can't ask for better!" β€”Rachel J.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95 (available in sizes 36-41 and in nine colors).

    14. AND! waterproof tray to prevent muddy footsteps (from the rain boots pictured above) from ever approaching your hardwood floors. This multi-purpose tray is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use!


    Promising review: "This is great for stowing wet shoes and boots when you get home. I live in an apartment where I have no mud room or garage to walk through first when I get home, so I take my shoes off at the door then put them directly on this, as does my boyfriend. Very sturdy, plus it's easy to clean and sanitize!" β€”Suze

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. Clear containers that make it easy to spot (and grab) the bobby pins, hair ties, and pretty clips that always seem to go missing when you need them most...


    These containers are stackable, but can also be separated to triple their storage space β€” just lay whatever knickknack on top of the lid!

    Promising review: "I like that it's transparent so you can easily see what you need, that there's three separate containers with lids, and it has a clean, sleek look. This is a great trinket or small accessory organizer!" β€”MMM

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    16. Hem tape to provide a quick fix for all your ~should've brought these to the tailor~ needs. These allow you shorten pants and skirts, no finger-pricking sewing needles required.


    Promising review: "This tape did the job for me! I took them on a cruise for two reasons. First, I didn't have time to properly hem a pair of pants and when applied correctly, the hems stayed in place until the adhesive was removed. Second, short socks always slide off of my heels, so I applied the tape to the inside of the socks and no more problems!" β€”Paule T.

    Get a pack of 24 from strips from Amazon for $5.35.

    17. Organic wool dryer balls capable of saving you an elephant ton of money in the long run. Wave goodbye to purchasing pricy (and chemical-packed) dryer sheets every month!

    These hypoallergenic dryer balls (made of 100% wool, FYI) will leave your laundry wrinkle- and static-free, plus they'll make all of your clothes, linens, diapers, etc. feeling softer and fluffier.

    Feeling extra fancy? Add a drop of essential oil to give your laundry an even more delicious scent. (I would opt for lavender. Hello, calmed nerves.)

    Promising review: "We purchased these to replace our dryer sheets because we wanted something more eco-friendly that would save us money in the long run. Our clothes feel nice and soft, plus they dryer balls themselves are super cute! I love that we’re able to save the planet while using them and that we’re avoiding using toxic chemicals." β€”Max

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $23.95.

    18. Reusable silicone food huggers that keep produce fresher for a longer period of time. This means you can eat half a pomegranate, save the rest for later, and it won't be gross by the time you're ready for that second half!

    Promising review: "These are wonderful little covers for so many things. There are plenty of gadgety things in my kitchen that I barely use, but these I could use another set of. I find it really satisfying to snug these onto cut lemons and peppers and zucchini- β€” no bulky containers in my fridge or plastic wrap to throw away. And my half-vegetables look so adorable with their colorful huggers. Just love these!" β€”Melissa Goldman

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.93.

    19. A foot and shoe spray formulated with peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. This natural, antibacterial mixture will prevent any skunk-like odors from forming in your favorite pair of boots.


    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have hyperhidrosi and ruin all of my shoes, especially my flats and my running shoes. I started using this daily, spraying this spray liberally on the bottom of my feet after showering and in my shoes right after I take them off. I noticed a difference after just one use! Plus, I love that it's made from natural ingredients. This will change your life!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.82.

    20. A honeycomb organizer to prevent your intimates drawer from morphing into a junk drawer. Prepare for Aerie undies that will ~spark joy~ every time you see how neatly folded they are.


    Promising review: "I really wasn't expecting much out of these but to my surprise, these are a huge improvement over my old ways! I like these so much that I have made three separate orders of multiple boxes. They're not too high, the area inside is just right for a pair of winter socks (or two pairs of thinner socks) and underwear. Even my picky, picky daughter is using them." β€”Linda Elaine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    21. A makeup cleaner because YES, you need to deep clean your brushes. Those things are breeding grounds for bacteria! **sits with her nose up in the air, pretending to have super clean brushes at home**

    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: "I originally got this to clean my beauty blender, but I used it to clean my brushes as well! This takes the cake for the best brush cleanser I've ever used. I didn't have to do any scrubbing or anything β€” each brush took about a second each and suddenly my hundreds of brushes were clean in the blink of an eye! I keep my brushes clean now, and I never thought I would be 'that girl' who always had clean brushes...but alas, here I am, sitting on my high horse thanks to Ecotools. It even smells nice!" β€”Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    22. Anti-bacterial cleaning tablets for retainers and dentures, because BOY do those things tend to get smelly. And a smelly retainer? Smelly breath.


    SO HOW DOES THIS WORK? Drop a tablet into warm water, add in your retainer, and leave it in for about 15 minutes. The result? A clean, fresh, odorless retainer.

    Psst, these tablets also work for dentures, night guards, and Invisalign.

    Promising review: "This stuff cleans so thoroughly and gets rid of the nasty smell that my aligners were getting. So glad I bought this!"Β β€”Subway Reader

    Get a pack of 120 from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. An umbrella stand that provides a home to β€” YES, you guessed it β€” all of those drugstore-bought umbrellas you've accumulated over the years. Who's ready for some rain?


    This stand is also designed with a hook that can be fasted to the outside or inside, meaning you can also hang your smaller, more compact umbrellas.

    Promising review: "This is beautiful and functional! It comes with a plastic liner that you can pull out and clean if it gets mildew from a wet umbrella, and it even has a hook that you can place on the inside or outside of the umbrella stand for smaller, purse-sized umbrellas." β€”Caren B.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in three colors).

    24. Magnetic all-purpose clips because true heartbreak is chomping on a beautiful Dorito just to realize that (*le gasp*) it's gone stale.


    These magnetic clips ensure that all packaged foods remain as fresh as possible! This is great for chips, coffee, baking mixes, frozen foods, etc.

    PLUS! They are magnetic, which makes 'em perfect for hanging up notes, dish towels, or cleaning towels on your fridge.

    Promising review: "I have been eating chips and various food products sold in bags for over 30 years and these are the best dang chip clips I have ever used! Don't look at any others, stop here, you found the best. Not the wider ones that slowly slide to the edge of the bag and finally slip off, not the small ones that pinch one tiny area. These chip clips are just NO JOKE. They have a great magnet and a serious chomp, reinforced by sturdy grippy plastic at the clamp part. Your chips are safe!" β€”S. Hoffman

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. A detoxifying facial cleanser that β€” thanks to an effective trio of charcoal, tomato extract, and salicylic acid β€” kicks the derrieres of acne, blackheads, and excess shine. / Via @yesto

    Promising review: "This stuff is MAGIC. I saw drastic results literally overnight. I thought I had outgrown my acne problems, but then I switched to a new birth control and started breaking out in tiny, stubborn pimples all over my forehead. After wrestling with it for a couple weeks by using the cleansers and scrubs I had on hand, I decided to order the Yes To Tomatoes balancing moisturizer and this cleanser. The cleanser arrived before the moisturizer so I used it by itself, and the very next day the acne was all but gone." β€”blackmallow

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A non-abrasive cleansing and polishing powder perfect for porcelain, copper, glass, tile, stainless steel, plastic, and brass. Grab your cookware set, folks, because the before-and-after photos are about to get GOOD.

    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!" β€”Cassie B.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6+.

    27. Iridescent, reusable stainless steel straws currently on a mission to save the environment, one less one-use plastic straw at a time.


    These food-grade, dishwasher-safe straws also come with two cleaning brushes to ensure that no gunk gets trapped inside.

    Promising review: "These are by far the best reusable straws out there. They're easy to clean with the brush, and I love that they come in both straight and curved shapes." β€”Tracie

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $8.49.

    28. A dishwasher-safe stainless steel peeler capable of peeling potatoes (for your french fry dinner, of course) with speed and ease. This peeler also works on carrots, zucchini, and whatever heckin' other vegetable your nutritious self enjoys to eat.


    Promising review: "This is the best! I can't believe how great these work on sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, and butternut squash. Plus, this tool has cut my potato-peeling time in half! I used this to peel apples, fantastic! This is one peeler that everyone should have." β€”Bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    29. A mink oil to restore your favorite leather boots while conditioning 'em at the same darn time. Plus, this oil is also here to protect against FUTURE scuffs and damage.

    Promising review: "This brought back three pairs of my boots from the verge of death. The boots were dried out and stiff with age and neglect, but one heavy application of this mink oil softened them up and they look good again!" β€”Nakz96744

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99 (originally $8.10).

    30. A comfy bath pillow because a relaxing soak is all but impossible whilst resting your head on porcelain. Solution? OBVIOUSLY A TWO-PANEL, PADDED FOAM PILLOW!


    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)." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    31. A peppermint detergent powder free of fragrances, dyes, and a slew of other chemicals that could potentially wreak havoc on your skin β€” especially for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or eczema!

    This detergent is also vegan, cruelty-free, and available in an unscented version.

    Promising review: "I have kids who are allergic to gluten and corn. For years, I have been making my own laundry detergent. I finally hit my limit and started to research is there was anything out there that makes a gluten- and corn -free detergent. I finally found this and what a blessing! I have made this my family detergent and continue to love it!" β€”M. Ehinger

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (enough for 70 loads of laundry).

    Me, realizing I can get perfect iced coffee in less than 60 seconds (#6):

    PBS / HBO

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