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    33 Helpful Products That Will Make Life Feel Like Smooth Sailing

    You'll feel like the captain of SS Life. (The SS stands for smooth-sailing, of course.)

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    1. 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.

    glasses with a plastic sleeve over the ends
    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 three colors).

    2. A jar of Clearly Clean Cleansing Balm — a fragrance-free spin on the beloved Farmacy Green Clean classic. It's ready to completely melt off even the most stubborn makeup. Waterproof mascara has met its match.

    the green clean and clearly clean balms next to each other
    Farmacy

    I recently discovered a new mascara (PeriPera Ink) that turns my lashes into skyscapers. It's amazing, but with one fatal flaw: It's *too* waterproof. I had to scrub my eyes just to get it off. This buttery cleansing balm has been a total lifesaver. It completely melts off every speck of mascara like it's nothing. A little goes a long way, and it even comes with a little applicator wand to help you scrape a tiny bit out of the jar at a time. On top of the ultra-creamy consistency, I love that it's fragrance-free so I can use it on my sensitive skin. Whether you're looking for a gentle, fragrance-free option or its tropical-smelling counterpart, you can't go wrong with Farmacy.  

    Get it from Farmacy for $36

    3. A plant water tap that puts your watering duties on pause. The rope gradually brings moisture into the pot, keeping the soil moist. 

    white sink faucet with a rope that goes through it, one half in a glass of water and one half in the soil of a houseplant
    studiolorier

    Get it from studiolorier on Etsy for $18.13

    4. 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.

    shower curtain being fitted into plastic holder mounted on 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 6 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 $9.99.

    5. A 13-pocket purse organizer that'll let you seamlessly move all your belongings from one tote to another.

    organizer with pockets
    the organizer inside a tote

    Promising review: "I travel a lot and like to use totes rather than a handbag. The challenge is keeping that open space organized — everything falls to the bottom of the tote! This organizer is perfect. A firm felt fabric holds my phone, papers, cosmetics, pen, notebook, etc., without any issues retrieving any of them. It also has a clip-on strap that attaches to my keys, and it's long enough to reach from inside my tote to unlock the door! So clever and very handy. The center section of the organizer is a removable zippered pouch that could be used as a smaller organizer in another bag or can be removed if I have a larger item to carry in the center of the bag. The organizer also works great for moving from tote to tote. It's the right size and height. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in six sizes and 22 colors).

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

    black bands under mattress holding onto corner of sheet
    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." —LindseyB

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.55 (available in three colors).

    7. An alcohol infusion kit that does the bulk of the bartending for you. Throw the packet in your choice of alcohol, infuse for three days, and enjoy up to 10 drinks! 

    the package of blackberry gin smash alcohol infusion kit
    two glasses of cocktails using the alcohol infusion kit
    InBooze / Etsy

    InBooze is a Black woman-owned business based in Grandville, Michigan. Each handmade InBooze packet contains one pouch filled with dehydrated fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs to infuse your alcohol. Kits infuse enough for 8–10 cocktails.

    Get it from InBooze Etsy for $18 (available in 11 flavors).

    8. A suction tool to help relieve the itchy agony of bug bites by sucking out insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin. Finally, you can go outside after dark again!

    left: raised mosquito bite, middle : the plunger like tool right: flatter bite with light circular indent around it
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Make sure you read all the directions before using so you don't accidentally give yourself a hickey! I've used this and it totally works. It won't completely get rid of 100% of your bug bites, but it makes a noticeable difference. I haven't scratched once since this amazing device came into my life.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get two from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. A weekly pill organizer designed with push-through silicone lids so you can easily organize your pills at the beginning of the week without accidentally knocking the whole operation over and having to start all over.

    A set of seven transparent pill bottles with blue and green silicone lids dividing day and night propped on a gray magnetic holder
    Sagely

    Sagely is a family-owned small business founded by husband-and-wife team Ellie Glazer and Ivor Miskulin, who spent three years designing the ideal, stress-free pill storage solution. The silicone lids are super secure, but also designed for gentle and easy opening and closing to account for users with dexterity issues.

    Promising review: "I know that title sounds like a lot, but this pill organizer changed my life. I have ADHD and a few other mental health/physical health issues that I take daily medications for. Having ADHD makes it hard to remember things in general, and remembering to take (and get refills for) my meds was a daily struggle. I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made. Not only does this organizer look cute and non-clinical, but the functionality of it works so well with my ADHD brain. Since I’ve started using it, I’ve been so much better at remembering to take my meds. It’s even helped me keep track of refill requests so that I don’t have gaps in my doses. It’s also so convenient for travel that I can pop out the pods and just take the days I need. The lids stay closed and the colors haven’t faded since I bought it a year ago. I love the top entry function because it helps me easily keep track of which meds I’m putting in. Plus it’s satisfying/fun to push them through the little hole, but that may just be me." —Max 

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A satin-lined Hairbrella to keep your hair protected from rain, humidity, and anything else that's out to ruin your perfect hairdo.

    Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried
    Hairbrella/YouTube

    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business established in 2016 that specializes in hats combining fashion and function to protect against all types of weather.

    Promising review: "I never carry an umbrella cause they’re too bulky, so when I saw the Hairbrella I was so excited. It keeps my hair dry and my curls nicely quaffed, rather than me looking like I stuck my fingers I a light socket. I’m telling everyone I know about it, it’s an amazing alternative to those wide-brimmed hats or a briefcase LOL! Truly it’s never going Read more about review stating Love it!!to leave my side from now on! I definitely recommend it." —Gina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or Hairbrella for $39.99 (available in 11 colors).

    11. A LifeStraw that allows you to drink pretty much any water you can find in nature. Hiking trips are now just icky water scavenger hunts.

    model drinks water from gross algae water using straw
    Amazon

    Check out our closer look at the LifeStraw for more.

    Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, and every other water source that I came across I stopped for a drink. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' since you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking in mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86 (available in three styles).

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

    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." —Natalie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $22.99 (available in three sizes and two colors).

    13. 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.

    metal shaped like soap bar
    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 $8.49.

    14. A Bissell multipurpose carpet and upholstery cleaner, aka *Little Green*!!! This cutie pie is well known for being a compact and easy way to clean carpets, cars, furniture, and even plush toys. 

    green carpet cleaner
    puddle of paint on carpet
    most of paint gone from carpet with slight paint tint

    Each cleaner comes with a trial size of Bissell's Spot & Stain Formula, which is also available on Amazon for $12.99

    Promising review: "Yep! TikTok made me buy it, and I loved it. Looked for it online, and on Walmart they were about $150 for some reason?? Got it here, and I am LOVING IT. Things definitely look cleaner. Spots on my carpet are gone, and my car seats look brand new for the first time since I bought it! Directions are easy. Just a heads-up: MAKE SURE TO USE WARM WATER. If you leave water in it and it gets cold, it's not as effective, so just follow instructions and it should be wonderful!" —Carlos 

    Get it from Amazon for $123.28

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

    a clip on a long stick
    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+ (available in two colors and also in packs of two).

    16. A portable personal blender so you can start every morning with a nutritious breakfast, even if you have to have it while running out the door.

    hand holds bottle filled with frozen fruit
    same bottle now filled with smoothie

    Plus, this is shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes with an ice cube tray and funnel! ANDDD it's quiet, so you'll feel comfortable making your smoothie at work.

    Promising review: "This blender is amazing! I am a yoga teacher and always on the run, which sometimes makes it hard to eat well. I bought this after reviewing quite a few different options and I am SO glad I did. It fits well into my gym bag, is surprisingly quiet when in use, and holds a charge really well. The blades are very efficient and I’ve had no trouble blending up ice or frozen fruit. Seriously cannot recommend it enough." —Amazon Customer

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

    17. A pair of mop slippers that'll take care of dirty floors while you shuffle around looking for a clean coffee mug in the morning.

    Promising review: "I buy mopping slippers. Yup, that's right. This isn't my first pair. So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old, and they're great for mopping up little splashes. Drops of water from doing dishes and the extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it's immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item. My last pair did not have this detachable mopping bottom. I enjoy washing both parts because I think it's cleaner but it's a nice feature." —G. Kim

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and 17 styles).

    18. A pack of Affresh tablets to make sure the thing making your dishes clean is also clean.

    model adds tablet to washer
    Amazon

    Read our review of Affresh cleaning tablets!

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. A pet hair remover that'll pull all the fur off your belongings. It turns out that white fur coat you own is actually a black denim jacket???

    reviewer holds up grey stone in packaging that says
    pile of fur next to gray stone

    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool." —David R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    20. A blessedly effective carpet cleaner capable of turning your brown carpet into whatever color it was when you bought it.

    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 wonderfully 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 $16.97.

    21. Garbage disposal cleaner that's not only easy to use, but also very entertaining to look at.

    gif of blue foam overflowing from garbage disposal
    Amazon

    Here's what you do: Run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Garbage disposer = clean and ickiness free.

    Promising review: "WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE???! Holy cow, I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. I didn't know that there was an actual disposal cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. I had to try it. The instructions are very simple. It literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! you have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Any time I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of these packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus, the blue foam bubbling in the sink was amusing to watch. Worth every penny!!" —VadersGirl

    Get two packs of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. A magnetic meal planning pad with a detachable shopping list, so you don't have to hem and haw about what to make for dinner.

    meal pad on fridge
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So cute, and helpful to keep on track with meal planning. I liked the first one I ordered so much that I just ordered a second one. I love that it has magnets on the back so that I can put it on my fridge and the whole family can see what's for dinner each night. Perforated for easy list removal that doesn't affect the menu side." —Elizabeth Jeter

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    23. A three-blade blinds cleaner with five removable microfiber sleeves, so you can clean every single blind to your liking.

    three prong cleaner with five sets of microfiber cloths
    cleaner being used on blinds

    Promising review: "These blind cleaners are terrific! I've enjoyed cleaning houses and offices professionally for over 20 years and cleaning blinds is not always easy. I debated and debated what to buy, to try to make the process a bit easier. Within five minutes of using this, I was almost doing cartwheels — it really works! Best product I have ever used to clean blinds. My first time using it, I had eight different large blinds to clean, with skinny slats to boot, and this duster brush with refills DID THE JOB BEAUTIFULLY. I have gone from dreading cleaning blinds to actually enjoying the process. I could not be happier." —T.R.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. A self-cleaning litter box, because if robots are gonna steal all our jobs, they might as well start with the worst ones.

    cat comes out of lidded litter box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in a one bedroom apartment and this thing is a godsend! No matter what room the litter box was in, it managed to stink up the ENTIRE apartment. Not anymore! I really like the crystal litter (it does a better job of odor control than clay litter) and I'm so happy I don't have to scoop anymore. I hated that job and after scooping, the clumps went into my wastebasket, where they just sat for days and continued to stink up the apartment. The crystal litter dries everything out, so no smell at all." —Elizabeth R

    Get it from Amazon for $280.99.