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    Updated on Jul 9, 2020. Posted on Jun 24, 2020

    30 Practical Products That Are Determined To Solve Some Of Your Little Problems

    Helpful products that want to help with your tiniest inconveniences.

    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. A pack of adhesives with pen loops so you never lose track of your favorite pen again.

    rectangle sticker with loop for pen attached to notebook
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My planner didn’t have a pen holder and I had lost several favorite pens keeping them in the spiral spine. Recently I found these innovative pen loops. Every pen size I tested out worked with the loop. I’ve already given a few of them to friends and family who said they like using them, too." —Quiltermom

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $6.59 (available in two color combos).

    2. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals to prevent both under- *and* over-watering, which I believe are the top two killers of houseplants.

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    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    3. An ice tray that fully seals so you can turn that thing sideways and shove it in between your various mysterious bags of frozen somethings. No need to throw away that container of three-year-old frozen beans to make room juuuust yet.

    model puts ice tray with lid into freezer sideways
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these trays. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A pack of makeup shields to help you get crisp and perfect eyeshadow every dang time.

    model puts on shield under eye, does makeup, peels off shield, and shows off eyes
    Amazon

    The best part is they won't take off any of your foundation when you remove them!

    Promising review: "These things are great as shadow shields, but I also use them when I do my eyeliner and want to do a wing. When you take it off, it leaves no residue and the results are amazing." —Libia Gonzalez

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. A bracelet holder that'll work as your third hand so your can secure your bracelet all by yourself.

    model uses pen-sized device with clothespin-like end to holds bracelet while they close it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wonderful helper! I don't know how I fastened a bracelet before ordering this. Each time I use it, it seems to be easier to use." —LuAnne B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A shoe stretcher so you can avoid the horrible breaking-in period and go straight to enjoying your new loafers, no bandages needed.

    reviewer shoes stretcher in shoe
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m an adult with a tiny foot. Shoes sized 3-5 will fit in length generally, but are often too narrow. This device has made comfort possible without distorting the shape of my shoes. This also makes it possible to get to the broken-in stage quicker." —nmpayne

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.97.

    7. A metal bar of "soap" that will help you get rid of any unwanted food smells so you can go from chopping up garlic to shaking hands with sensitive-nosed people in no time.

    silver soap bar-shaped item that says "rub away"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.63.

    8. A pack of sheet suspenders for the restless sleeper who always ends up in a tangled ball by morning. Keep those suckers in place!

    under mattress shows black suspenders attached to sheets on corners
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They're the kind of thing you'll never know how you lived without before." —LinseyB

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A pot rack to bring order back to your chaotic cabinets. You don't have to take everything out just to find the right pan. There is a better way!!!

    before and after showing a messy cabinet that is now orderly
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product may have saved our marriage! A simple solution to a complex problem. Our cabinet that held the pans and lids turned into an avalanche of despair every time we wanted to use a pan. We gave up on trying to find the correct lid. Now we have a simple stack of pans in the cabinet with biggest on the bottom and smallest on top with their corresponding lids hanging in the same order from the door on this nifty organizer. My wife is still wondering what to do with the extra time and lack of stress every time she goes to grab a pan or lid." —AmosJK

    Get it from Amazon for $15.87.

    10. A migraine essential oil stick you can roll onto your skin whenever you need a little relief from a massive headache.

    hand holds the stick
    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his Mom and several friends. FANTASTIC." —SarahElizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of this aromatherapy stick.

    11. A pair of blue-light blocking glasses made to protect your hardworking peeps from eye strain. No more taking a moment to sigh and rub your eyes — unless John from accounting does something really annoying again.

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    Promising review: "LOVE these!! I plan on buying these again in a different color because I love them so much. I keep them at work and wear them to prevent headaches while staring at the computer all day. I have not gotten a single headache since starting to wear these." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.44+ (available in ten colors).

    12. Two pairs of handy ear hooks for anyone who can't seem to keep those tiny AirPods in their ears.

    the hooks shown to loop around the airpods and bend over the back of the ear
    Canopus

    You get one pair in navy and one pair in white.

    Get them from Canopus for $8.99.

    13. A grout pen that takes one looks at your dirty tiled floors and walls and goes "I can handle that." Just use this bad boy to paint right over all the dirt and grime.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying two to three layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). It's super easy to apply and works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don't end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side." —regalle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    14. A pack of anti-slip glasses sleeves, because pushing your glasses back up your nose stops being cute after the millionth time you have to do it.

    model shows the back of her glasses with a translucent bendy cover on the end of the arm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Both my husband with metal frames and my mother with plastic frames love these! My husband had a spot on his glasses with some numbers engraved that irritated the top of his ear. We thought this product would solve that problem and it did along with the slipping down his nose. They were instantly comfortable to wear. I decided to try them on my mother's glasses for the slipping problem and she was thrilled, too. No problems with catching on hair for either. Great idea that works!" —Nancy A.

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. An eco-friendly hard water strain remover that'll banish the dreaded orange glow. You deserve to get clean in something that looks clean.

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    It also works on a wide variety of surfaces like granite, steel, fiberglass, marble, chrome, stone, metal, porcelain, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and hard vinyl.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! This is the absolute first time I have written a review for Amazon and I shop A LOT! I have been looking for something to get the hard water spots off my shower door and this did the trick! I've used it on all my bathroom fixtures and they are sparkling. It makes me want to keep cleaning; it works that well. It's a plus that there are no fumes and it's safe to use without gloves! Product actually smells really good, like toothpaste. I've already told my family about it! Will definite buy again." —loveshoes!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in larger quantities).

    16. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets you're sure to take a shine to once you see how shiny and bright they make all your oldest and grossest bottles look.

    left: brown bottle that says before middle: same bottle foaming up that says during right: clean bottle
    amazon.com

    They're chlorine-free and environmentally safe! They work on stainless steel bottles, plastic, glass, porcelain, and silicone. Just put a tablet in with warm water, let fizz for about half an hour, rinse, and admire your freshly clean container.

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8 (also available in a pack of 36).

    17. Stain remover possibly created by the gods of beige couches, because it can get rid of even the toughest of wine spills.

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    It's marketed for wine, but it also works with tough stains like coffee, blood, and ink. It's free of bleach or phosphates, and smells like citrus.

    Promising review: "Lo and behold! I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no." —Sharon Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94 (also available in packs of 4).

    18. A hanger rack for all your spare hangers that are just hanging around, getting tangled, and making you miserable.

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    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $18.38 (also available in packs).

    19. A nail and cuticle oil to bring life back to your damaged nails, even if you did something really bad like — gasp! — peel off a gel manicure.

    left: reviewer nails peeling right: nails not peeling anymore
    amazon.com

    This oil has jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E to help promote strong nails and soften cuticles.

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4 ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    20. A pack of shower curtain clips, because the last thing you want to happen after watching Psycho is to have the curtain billow in and attack you.

    a model moves a shower curtain into a clip thats attached to the wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudent

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A pair of lacy, thigh guards that look really cute and protect you from chafing.

    two models legs with lacy straps over the thighs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "How cute are these? What a fantastic idea: They took something that was needed by millions of people (chafing guard) and made it both practical and adorable. They come in a handful of colors. For me, the size small was just right. MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE — don't make any assumptions on your size. This is very well made, and has built-in clear silicone rings — one at the top, and one at the bottom. These are what keep it from sliding up or down. They work well to protect against chafing in dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants." —Heather

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in sizes 21"–32" and 17 styles).

    22. A barbed drain snake able to grab hold of all the gross gunk and hair building up in your drain and yank it out. Keep a barf bag nearby when using this, just in case.

    reviewer pulls drain snake out of drain and shows a long thick scary wad of hair and gunk
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this after reading the reviews and thought it couldn’t possibly be. My shower has been gathering water for about a week... literally one swipe, and this came out. I will buy these forever now. I hate using Drano and chemicals. This thing, simple as it may be, will save a ton of money!!!" —Candi

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A carpet cleaning solution that works so well, you'll be surprised to learn you actually had a white carpet this whole time.

    vacuum goes over carpet and leaves a line of clean carpet thats considerably lighter in color
    amazon.com

    The solution is biodegradable, which means your pets and kids can roll around on it as soon as you finish cleaning!

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    24. A sliding magnet you can adjust to reflect the current state of the dishwasher. Never again will you accidentally wash the dishes twice — or worse, put away dirty dishes.

    dishwasher charm on a slider that says dirty on the left and clean on the right
    Amazon

    Promising review: "No more guessing for my husband and I! We flip it to clean as soon as we finish loading and turn it on. It stays that way until all the dishes have been returned to their cabinet homes. Then flip to dirty. So easy! It's cute too!" —John 3:16

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    25. A DIY mouth guard kit for my fellow stressed out teeth grinders to consider if your dental insurance doesn't cover one from the dentist.

    BuzzFeed editor's hand with mouth guard on it with caption "not all heroes wear capes"
    Jessie Gaynor / BuzzFeed

    I seriously recommend this one over any other over-the-counter options! You get a kit send to your home to make a mold, bite into the mold, send it back, and then mail you your night guard. You can pick if you want a soft, semi-soft, or hard material. See our full review of this night guard kit.

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    26. Lightning charger cord savers made in a flexible silicone that will protect the most vulnerable part of your cord from fraying.

    cord plugged into iphone with spiral protector over the top part
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got these for our (my husband’s and mine) iPads. We both were having to replace the charging cables frequently as they would lose connectivity because of bending. Cables have worked perfectly since we began using these and the cable savers still look like new. Highly recommend." —Cheryl A.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.98.

    27. A pack of cable clips to keep your wires exactly where you need them, and not doing that horror movie-esque slide under your desk.

    model peels off sticker on semi-circle clip and sticks to table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!" —Mike

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.97

    28. Two pairs of absorption insoles so you can wear those shoes without socks, no sweat.

    reviewer shows two flats with black cushy soles inside
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Do you own flats and are tired of your shoes getting nasty inside? This is the solution. I have wide feet, and they fit my shoes perfectly. These are literally saving the leather soles of my shoes and keeping my tootsies fresh and dry. And these can be washed. My no-show socks constantly slid off. With these insoles, I don’t have to wear skipping socks any longer. I will be ordering a few more sets for backups and other shoes." —Melba

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.99 (available in women's sizes 5–12, men's sizes 8–13, and two colors).

    29. A food tracker to make sure your pet isn't over or underfed. No amount of sad puppy dog eyes can dupe you into feeding Mr. Wiggles twice.

    a device with two sliders for each day of the week. when pushed, they turn green
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    30. And a six-port outlet that swivels so you can finally plug stuff in behind your couch.

    Amazon

    It also has two USB ports so everyone can get a charge.

    Promising review: "The swivel feature on this outlet extender is pretty cool. In addition to increasing the number of outlets (6 instead of the usual 2), the rotating sockets allow you to plug things into tight spaces. There are others just as good for that purpose for less, but this one is more versatile. I also love that it has a built-in surge protector and green and red lights let you know the status." —Cat Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $18.93.

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