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    31 Problem-Solving Products That You'll Use Over And Over Again

    These won't wind up buried in basement with your other gadgets.

    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 copper tongue scraper that you'll (hopefully) use as often as your other dental products β€” because daily oral hygiene can include more than just brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

    a woman using a copper tongue scraper

    Promising review: "Halitosis be toast! My husband has always had an issue with bad breath even though he's ridiculously meticulous about his oral hygiene. Seriously, I've never met someone who flosses as much as he does and he never skips a tooth brushing, no matter how tired he is. Yet he still had the most rancid breath. Enter the tongue scraper! Just like that β€” BAM! No more bad breath at all!" β€”Kelly A Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in two finishes).

    2. A pack of microfiber cloths to remove your makeup every night with as few swipes as possible.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple of swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." β€”RachelM

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. An eyeliner stamp that'll make creating matching wings so effortless it'll become your signature look.


    One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though β€” not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." β€”Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    4. A portable laptop desk if you don't have the space (or the money) for a real desk. Or if you just prefer working from the couch but need something that still makes you feel like a productive adult.

    a person working on a computer that is placed on top of the portable desk in their lap

    Promising review: "I have a 17-inch laptop that gets pretty warm on the bottom and has a sort of bar towards the back to tilt the laptop slightly. Between the heat output and the bar digging into my leg, I finally decided I needed to give in and buy a lap desk. After a lot of research, this seemed to fit the bill. It's large enough for my laptop with enough room for my mouse on the side. The lap desk itself, while large, is surprisingly light so it's comfortable on my lap and doesn't add a whole bunch of weight to my already heavy laptop. In fact, I can barely feel the weight of it on my lap."β€”K Nichols

    Get it from Amazon for $27.71 (available in white, mint, indigo blue, black, blue, and hot pink).

    5. Vacuum storage bags that'll become an essential part of your spring cleaning routine. These things are also great for people who move a lot.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of these vacuum storage bags (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I've been going through and purging items and cleaning and preparing for storage items I'm keeping, pre-moving. I love these bags, they make such a difference and you can easily see what's in opposed to my previous storage bags β€” trash bags. I've gotten what took three shelves down to one. Can't complain about that." β€”Samsara

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four sizes and variety packs).

    6. A clothes folder – it's so easy to use you might decide to save some money on drop-off service and do your own laundry from now own (since we all know folding is usually the worst part).

    a white shirt being folded on a blue folder

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. So glad I have it. It makes my life easier. I don't have a lot of closet space so I have to fold, and this is perfect for that." β€”S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (comes with a set of clothespins).

    7. And a drain snake so you can save even more money on plumber bills whenever your sink needs unclogging.

    a drain snake covered in grime and hair after being used to clean a shower drain

    Promising review: "When my wife and I moved into this new place, we noticed that there was a bit of water that just kept pooling near the drain in the shower. We tried at least two full bottles of Drano with success, but it was short-lived. A bottle of Drano costs about $6-8 for two attempts. One package of these and only ONE of the items used in this package made more short-term progress than all that Drano did. Less than $6 to save over $20 in drain cleaning products or even the prospect of hundreds from calling out a plumber? Hell yeah, I'd buy this again! Your hands will get messy but you will thank yourself for getting these. Your partner will thank you. If you have slow drains in your shower, there are only three words I can say for you to help fix that problem. Buy. This. Product." β€”Adam W.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $7.29.

    8. A day-of-the-week pill organizer, which is specifically designed to be used more than once. It has two compartments for each day (which is great for people who have both a.m. and p.m. medications), and it's also color-coded!

    a pill organizer filled with various medications

    Promising review: "I love the beautiful colors on this box. They make the mundane and boring act of taking the pills out an aesthetically pleasing process. I especially like how the doors pop fully open, making for easier and faster pill box filling, and how well they close and stay closed. The plastic is smooth to the touch and not rough or textured. I like this." β€”Jean Grey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    9. A super loud, vibrating alarm clock for anyone who needs instant chaos in the morning to get them out of bed. It'll be a staple of your daily routine, and probably the bane of your partner's existence.

    a woman sleeping near an alarm clock

    Promising review: "This alarm clock has succeeded where many have failed. I have had severe issues waking up to an alarm for years now and had tried nearly every trick in the book. After many failed attempts at solving my stubborn sleeping habit, I finally found this product. The alarm clock's ear-piercing noise can usually wake me up by itself, but when you add to it the mattress vibrating mechanism, it is a sure thing. I've had the clock going on three months and haven't overslept a single day. There have been no problems with the clock whatsoever. If you can't seem to get out of bed in the morning, or repeatedly hit snooze on your current alarm clock without even recalling doing so, then this is the product for you. It may be a little pricey for an alarm clock, but it is worth every penny." β€”MDC

    Get it from Amazon for $34.23 (available in seven colors).

    10. A habit calendar, which, again, exists solely for reuse. You can track the daily progress you've made in just about any area of your life β€” like how many times you used each product on this wonderful list.

    a hand filling out a habit calendar

    Promising review: "This has been the most helpful tool for accountability to myself to accomplish my goals. It's highly motivating! At first, I couldn't justify spending $18 for it, knowing I could make my own spreadsheets and print them out. But I didn't get around to it, so I ordered the calendar instead. Best decision ever!

    It's very durable and sturdy. The pages are thick and very high quality. No bleed-through. I don't have to worry about my walls getting ruined. And I have it on my bedroom wall where I can see it every morning and every night to remind me to stay on track. Highly recommended!" β€”Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    11. A zipper puller to zip the back of your dress even when there's no one home to help. I truly hope whoever invented this product is a multimillionaire, enjoying a life of leisure and luxury on an obscenely large yacht somewhere, because this is brilliant.

    a zipper puller attached to a black zipper on a red top

    Promising review: "Ever wish you could bring your favorite dress on a trip, but you can't get it zipped without help? Ever felt trapped in a dress because your other half is coming home late? Ever not been able to REACH just far enough? This product perfectly addresses all of those situations, and β€” this is important β€”for all zipper types, including those tiny little solid zippers that don't have a hook (some other products seem to only work on zippers with a hook).

    For years, I've dreamed of inventing this product, of finding this product β€” here it is! I've used this product a few times since it arrived last week. It is simple in design, which means it is unlikely to break. The metal piece is well-built and easy to use. This is small enough to pack in even a small purse. I'm wanting one for my suitcase (so I don't accidentally forget it) as well as at home." β€”Stacy

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

    12. A door knob organizer for people who can never seem to remember to grab their keys when they leave the house...

    the red door organizer hanging from a door knob outside of someone's home

    ...or their wallet, or their hand sanitizer, OR THEIR DAMN MASK...

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    13. A very meta bookmark that'll help people with ambitious 2021 reading lists keep track of every book they've finished.


    This "book tracker" bookmark comes with 50 blank spines that you can use to jot down the titles of the latest books you've read.

    Promising review: "Very cute! Adding to my bookmark collection. I would also purchase an option where the details (cat, plant, teacup, etc.) could be colored in as well. Very fun, and I’m enjoying adding in my book titles!"β€”cfwo48

    Get it from britishbookart on Etsy for $3.57.

    14. A set of very modern-looking geometric trays that are so versatile you'll literally use them every day. These are perfect for people who don't have the storage space in their homes for multiple sets of trays for different occasions.

    the full set of trays holding a mug and a few coffee beans

    These minimalistic trays are so basic they can actually be used in a variety of ways. You can organize things with them β€” jewelry, stationery, loose clutter, etc. β€” or use them for food serving.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A Golden Girls dishwasher magnet you'll get great use out of if your roommates (elderly or otherwise) never feel compelled to let you know whether a load is clean or dirty. This will make it a whole lot easier for them to communicate with you.


    All they have to do is remember to turn it at the appropriate time.

    Promising review: "It's a great-looking magnet and it made my boyfriend smile when he saw it. It's also just super helpful to have because now the kids don't load dirty dishes when the dishwasher is full of clean dishes. I'm really happy with it!"β€”Nicole

    Get it from TheRedSwanGiftShop on Etsy for $7.95.

    16. A six-pack of earplugs, which are essential for people who sleep next to loud snorers every night.

    a pack of earplugs photoshopped over a woman sleeping next to a snoring man with a pillow wrapped around her ears

    A quick hygiene tip: Don't reuse the earplugs themselves too many times, just buy a new pack maybe every other week.

    Promising review: "My husband decided to take up snoring as a hobby so earplugs seemed like a better solution to smothering him in his sleep. I've been through countless types of the orange foam ones. They just end up hurting my ears and/or falling out, so I end up with what looks like a bed full of Cheetos. So I decided to try Mack's. I will never go back. These things are amazing. They actually block out the noise of my husband's endless nocturnal pursuit of obstructing his own breathing. Finally I can get a good night's sleep."β€”Anita Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $3.96.

    17. A bug bite thing (no, really, that's what it's called) to suck out all the nasty venom and saliva left behind by mosquitos each summer β€” that means less swelling and itching, and more fun in the sun!

    left: raised mosquito bite middle: the plunger-like device right: flattened bug bite with light circular mark around it
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    There aren't any creams or chemicals included. All you need to do is place the device over your bug bite and pull the lever to suck out the saliva. It also works to remove splinters.

    Promising review: "This is the absolute best thing I've ever used on mosquito bites in my life. I have a rather large veggie garden and spend lots of time in it, harvesting veggies and getting eaten by mosquitoes. Yesterday, I had 24 bites on my leg. Today I have just a couple of tiny red dots left where they were. The picture (above) shows what the bite looks like right after using the device. It's outstanding! That being said, on my back, where my daughter helped me get to the mosquito bites, my skin is more sensitive. The device gave me a hickey. You don't have to depress the lever as far as it goes. I depress it until it just starts to sting a little, then stop. Don't overdo it! It's not necessary!"β€”Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A faucet grip that'll add size and leverage to any outdoor faucet, meant to help people with limited mobility who tend to have trouble with small handles.

    the faucet grip attached to a faucet
    The Grommet

    Frequent gardeners will leave this grip on for so long they'll forget what the actual handle looks like.

    Get it from The Grommet for $7.95.

    19. An earwax remover to clean out all that gunk that you've neglected for years. This is something you'll forget you have in your medicine cabinet until you need to reuse it β€” but you'll never neglect this chore for that long again.


    To use, just squeeze 5-10 drops in your ear, wait a few minutes (with some cotton balls handy to prevent any leakage), and then flush the earwax out with the included bulb syringe.

    I've used this before, and I must say, the final step it oddly satisfying if you flush with warm water as instructed.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.60.

    20. A foot balm that'll help sooth chapped feet and prevent blisters, which is perfect for frequent hikers and runners.

    someone gliding the foot balm across the side of their left foot

    Apply this before putting your shoes on, and hopefully those long shifts (or runs) will be a lot less painful.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    21. A colorful pack of leather cord organizers – it'll remain just as useful even as technology changes each year (we're unfortunately decades away from abolishing all wires).

    the leather cord organizers arranged in a color coordinated circle around a black organizer holding a white cord

    Promising review: "These are great. They're exactly as pictured and does exactly what I need them to do β€” keep my cords together and keep everything neat! I was surprised to find that the seller even threw a couple in for free! I really appreciate it because I wound up being able to use the extras. Would highly recommend this to everyone!"β€”Shawna

    Get it from DarrellStanding on Etsy for $3.90.

    22. A bag carrier for people who are tired of torturing their fingers carrying groceries from the car to the front door every week.

    two people walking down the street carrying grocery bags with bag carriers

    Promising review: "It seems silly, but having to lug in multiple bags in a shopping trip can be a huge hassle, especially if you live in an apartment complex and have to walk up flights of stairs. And of course, no one wants to make two trips (or god forbid, three or four) to get all of your stuff inside. The Mighty Handle is a great solution to this problem: you can hang all of your bags of groceries (or clothes, or shoes, or anything you can think of) on these handles and then only have to hold one (or two) handles to take everything with you. You can also use the Mighty Handle to hang your bags on and then twist the handles together so your stuff doesn't all spill out in the trunk. A simple solution to an annoying problem." β€”Elaina

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    23. A splatter screen if you're tired of being physically assaulted by hot grease popping off the pan every time you cook. Enough is enough!,

    A bonus: You no longer have to worry about wiping down your stove, countertop and cabinets after you're done.

    Promising review: "After putting it off for years making do with a cheap-o splatter screen, I finally purchased a new one. This one is great quality, and my husband and I think it will last nicely for many years to come. I love the reinforcing 'cross-members' and little feet to set it down on the counter without leaving a grease outline. I know you can always buy the cheapest one out there, but it is usually (in my opinion) worth it to spend a bit more for a quality product!" β€”Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47 (available in three sizes).

    24. A prep-and-pour cutting board so all your freshly chopped ingredients make it to your meal instead of the kitchen counter., Sur La Table

    Promising Review: "This cutting board is amazing! After chopping your veggies, this board makes transferring them into a pan, pot, or mixing bowl extremely easy and efficient. Just pick up the board using the handle, and the cutting boards transforms into a funnel to effortlessly drop the contents of the cutting board into a pan. It's great and we love it!" β€”Tiffany J

    Get it from Sur La Table for $14.96.

    25. Or a snap-on colander if the spillage that haunts your home is more pasta-related.,

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter β€” but this strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold when draining water, I can use this and still hold on with both hands. Then, when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain. It washes up like a dream, or you can toss it in the dishwasher. I do not know how I lived without this strainer." β€”SGA

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    26. A plastic storage container that'll keep your produce fresh for weeks. These will NOT wind up stacked in the back of your kitchen cabinet like the rest of your containers.

    a before and after shot of an old looking strawberry and a fresh strawberry

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." β€”Laura

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $29.50.

    27. An electric jar-opener to make struggling over jar lids a thing of the past.


    Promising review: "I love the Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener product, because it actually works. I was skeptical that this product would work well, but it actually does what it says. I've tested it the product on multiple unopened glass bottles (with tight tops, that would be difficult, if not impossible for me to open without a rubber mat and some hot water). It was so easy to use, without complicated directions. And for me, it worked every time." β€”silhouette_of_enchantment

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    28. A pet hair-removing roller that has a special lint-trapping surface that can be reused. There's no adhesive sheets!

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." β€”Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    29. An electric fabric shaver to extend the shelf life of every pair of socks you own.

    Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops on it and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" β€”morningfield

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47.

    30. A bitter but harmless clear polish that nail-biters will hopefully use every day until they never have to use it again.

    a before and after shot displaying nail growth

    Promising review: "I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    31. A Diamond Dazzle Stik with a twist-to-dispense design that makes cleaning your jewelry so easy you'll do it just for fun.

    a split shore of a ring before and after being cleaned

    Just uncap the brush, wet the bristles, twist the silver end until a blue gel appears on the tip, and thoroughly scrub the stone. Then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth β€” it's literally as simple as brushing your teeth.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.76.

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