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    Jun 28, 2020

    30 Products That Will Probably Shock You With Their Efficiency

    "Well, that was surprising," —you, after using these helpful products.

    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. Silver cleaning wipes because the last thing you need is a set of dirty silverware ~tarnishing~ your reputation.

    right: reviewer's bracelet looking tarnished and dark grey left: reviewer's bracelet looking shiny and silver
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family's silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn't have any interest in polishing something that we weren't using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!" —Kehrli

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

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

    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 $10.89.

    3. CeraVe moisturizing cream — a gentle, miracle-working face cream to help with dry skin, acne, and other skin woes. It's just a solid moisturizer choice.

    amazon.com, instagram.com

    This hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free face cream is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide nongreasy 24-hour hydration. I use CeraVe products and trust the brand with my life.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08 (available in three sizes).

    4. A stain remover that says, "hey it's OK, no need to cry over spilled wine."

    amazon.com

    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 (available in packs of 1-5).

    5. A wood polish capable of turning back time to before you invited over a guest who forgot a coaster or got a dog with scratchy nails.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    6. Liquid plant food that's pretty much a multi-vitamin for your houseplant. If your green little buddy isn't growing as much as you'd like, consider a couple drops of this elixir!

    amazon.com

    This works for all indoor and outdoors plants to encourage new growth. Just add seven drops to your watering can before watering.

    Promising review: "I bought this for a money tree plant that my cat ate all the leaves and completely destroyed. The first pic was a week or so after using the fertilizer as recommended, on April 7, and the second is May 4. Of course I keep away from my cat at this point. Highly recommended fertilizer!" —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $6.84.

    7. A flexible drain cleaner with tiny fibers that pull up all that gross gunk and hair with the efficiency of a tiny, flexible plumber.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Looks cheap (is cheap) but is effective. I had a few inches of standing water in my tub for two days when I got this thing. Cleared it in moments, I did not save it because it was difficult to clean off and inexpensive enough that I'd just as soon buy another when the need arises. It's very nice to have a viable, non-chemical means of clearing hair clogs. (More reliably effective too.) Don't waste money on chemicals — this and three minutes of effort and you're done. Do wear gloves, and keep a plastic bag handy for pulling the hair off the gizmo." —pissedfemale

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    8. A set of produce containers for keeping your fruit and veggies fresher for longer. No more rushing home to gorge yourself on berries — take your sweet time!

    left: big fresh strawberry that says "stored in produce saver" right: wrinkled strawberry that says from original container
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh for longer!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    9. An ink and stain remover ready to pick a fight with even the toughest of marks. Permanent marker? We'll see about that.

    left: blanket with evan written in sharpie right: same blanket now sharpie free
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    10. A canine ear cleaner so your pup can actually hear you when you tell them what a good dog they are. :3

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn't get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!" —Tricia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. A zombie face mask that works magic to bring your face back to life — in a chill, Rick Grimes-approved way.

    before: reviewer with some fine lines and bags during: review wearing mask that makes skin look warped and zombie-like after: face looks noticeably bouncier with less fine lines
    amazon.com

    This mask is made with albumin, a component from eggs that helps moisturize skin. It claims to help tighten pores, hydrate, promote elasticity, remove dead skin, and balance pH. To use, mix the included powder and liquid together with a brush. Spread the mixture evenly over your face and leave until it begins to dry. It'll create a sort of ~undead~ look, hence the name. Wash after 10 or 15 minutes and enjoy your freshly hydrated face! If this looks familiar to you, it's apparently similar to the Hanacure facial that Instagram loves.

    Promising review: "I own a salon and have worked in them for 19 years and never in my life have I used or seen something so amazing. I have read all about the Hanacure facial but it is expensive and always on back order. This is the same thing AND IT WORKS. It doesn't smell bad at all. There is a veryyyy slight smell to it but hardly noticeable and not something I'd complain about. This has natural ingredients and boy does it work. It sucked every thing out of my pores and shrunk them and all of the lines on my face are GONE. YES GONE. Usually I have to have Botox for my forehead. Well not anymore that's for sure!!" —Aja Rieger Cooke

    Get a pack of eight treatments from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. A pet grooming glove with two key functions: removing excess fur and giving your pet the most luxurious petting of their life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Plus you can throw this bad boy right into the washer.

    Promising review: "My cat never really enjoyed being brushed; we had one of those ones with flexible metal bristles. He would sit for a very short time and then walk away. Not anymore! My cat is very skittish so the sound of the Velcro scared him in the beginning, but he quickly got used to it. He lays still, purrs, allows me to get his under belly a bit, and even allows me to groom his fur 'against the grain' which he would never do. Today was the first time I did that and you can see from the pics (above) how much fur I got. Love it!" —Alicia Mead

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in right or left hand styles).

    13. A razor subscription service that shows up on time and is gentle on your delicate gams (or wherever you feel like shaving).

    the razor in various pastel colors like pink, lavender, and coral
    instagram.com

    This service is great! When you sign up, you get a razor handle, two razor heads, and a magnetic mount for your shower wall that attaches with putty. In following shipments, they send you four replacement razor heads. The heads are surrounded with a layer of soap to ensure you're getting a close and safe shave. The handle comes in five colors on their website OR a cool lime green from Madewell. Check out this very extensive review of why we love this service.

    Get it from Billie for $9/shipment.

    14. Two pairs of baby feet masks for getting the peeling snake feet of your dreams. JK! After the peeling stops, you get nice, soft tootsies.

    before: feet in plastic socks during: feet peeling all over in big chunks after: smooth feet
    amazon.com / amazon.com / amazon.com

    Just pop on the booties for an hour, wash your feet, and marvel as your feet start shedding layers of dead skin.

    Promising review: "My feet have never felt softer! I do recommend wearing socks often, otherwise your couch and blankets will be covered in sloughed off skin! No pain or discomfort. I love it!" —Nicole C

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $27.95.

    15. An eco-friendly laundry detergent made with natural, organic, and biodegradable ingredients that'll clean your clothes without irritating sensitive skin. It also comes in a compostable bottle for anyone with a compost heap going!

    brown cardboard-like container with plastic pourer top
    PUR Home

    PUR Home is a Black woman-owned, eco-friendly household product company that launched in 2017, emphasizing transparency in the ingredients both in its products and packaging,

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I'm thrilled to have found a laundry detergent that smells great, cleans my clothes beautifully (even sweaty workout clothes and dirty gardening clothes!), is easy on my rash-prone skin (it causes none), and is non-toxic and eco-friendly. I couldn't be more happy with this product!" —Melissa

    Get it from PUR Home for $16.95 (available in six scents).

    16. Glossier Solution gets rid of dead skin and clears complexion, leaving you glowing.

    Glossier

    This cruelty-free chemical exfoliator uses several acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) to unclog pores, fight acne, and banish dark spots — all while moisturizing, conditioning, and exfoliating your skin. Plus, it's a lot more gentle on skin than a physical exfoliant. Check out our full review of the Glossier Solution.

    Promising review: "I was really skeptical about buying this, but I'm so happy I did! I started using this about a month ago: I first noticed that my skin texture was WAYYY smoother, and then I noticed that all of my active acne fully went away. This product has also been a lifesaver for diminishing dark spots! I use this product every night, follow it up with rosehip oil, and it's perfect." —Alexa

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    17. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that clean those hard-to-reach places so you don't have to. That moldy Nalgene you forgot to clean for a year can now be saved from the garbage!

    before: bottle with dark brown stains during: water foaming up after: clean, silver bottle
    amazon.com

    Just drop in a tablet with warm water and wait 15-30 minutes. Wash out and admire your sparkling container!

    Promising review: "I actually found this product on a BuzzFeed article on things that you can’t believe you don’t already own. I figured I’d give it a shot as we have plenty of gross looking travel coffee mugs. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was blown away. I was amazed and even a tad disgusted at how gross they truly were." —Nanners1010

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    18. A toilet cleaning wand you'll think must be a REAL magic wand, because what earthly product could possibly work so well?

    left: really really brown and dirty toilet right: toilet free of brown stains
    amazon.com

    You get a caddy with a wand and six disposable sponges. Simply attach the disposable sponge to the wand, scrub around the whole toilet bowl, and pop the sponge in the trash (you never have to touch it!). You can also get more sponges when you're done with the included ones.

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    19. A microfiber cloth that only need water to wipe away aaaalll your makeup with a few swipes. Your old greasy makeup remover could never.

    buzzfeed writer uses cloth to wipe off makeup so half is on and half is completely off
    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Just wet the towel with warm water and wipe the makeup clean off!

    Promising review: "I purchased this based on positive reviews and now know that they didn't even touch how amazing this product is. I was tired of using mascara removers and washing my face and still having makeup on. Well, that problem is now gone. This product seriously does what it says — it erases makeup! I could not believe the way it removed my makeup the first time I used it! I use it for a week, toss it in the wash, and use it again. I was wondering how it would clean up in the laundry, and it always looks brand new. I no longer have to use chemicals to remove my makeup!" —StaceyB

    Get one on Amazon in pink, white, or black for $20 or get a pair of cheaper ones that I swear by for $11.97.

    Plus, this was picked as BuzzFeed Review's best mid-price makeup remover!

    20. Anti-chafing balm because summer should be pain-free, even if you're completely set on breaking in those new jelly sandals.

    reviewer holds up a deodorant shaped container that says body
    instagram.com

    You can put this stuff wherever needs protection, but they also sell Foot Glide as well.

    Promising review: "This stuff really is AWESOME. I don't know where it has been all my life. I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun). I bought this and it has been fantastic. No rubbing, no issue. And it is super easy to use, just slide it on like you'd use deodorant. I give it a few good swipes on any area that may even think about touching and I'm done. It's light as a feather and leaves no residue (see above photo). It is so light that I actually thought that it wouldn't work, as I was expecting some slippery substance, but that was not the case. I have taken this on the ULTIMATE test... a vacation to Mexico where chaffing thighs become both me and my husband's problem due to the constant wet skin and walking. So we both used it on a hike in a jungle. I just knew this would fail me. I was sweating, my things were sweating, my husband was sweating. I was expecting to have the stuff just wear off from the sweat and all the walking but... NOPE! It stayed on. I even took a dip in a waterfall and it was still on to take me back to the beach. Neither one of us had any problems and my husband was equally impressed. He said we weren't ever going on a vacation again without it. LOL! So I absolutely recommend this product. Try it, you will not be disappointed!" —SweetPea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A brightening face mask made with 100% pure, edible fruits like lucuma, papaya, and sea buckthorn perry. It smells tropical, is packed with vitamin C, and gently exfoliates your skin. Just add water to activate.

    Golde

    This Black-owned, Brooklyn-based company focuses on beauty and wellness products made with natural ingredients and superfoods.

    Promising review: "You get so much product with only a few drops of powder and water. I really need to get a mask brush! Love this!!!" —Taylor L.

    Get it from Golde for $34.

    22. Two cans of Bar Keepers Friend cleanser and polish to cut through tough stains on steel, porcelain, ceramic, brass, and pretty much anything else you can find in your bathroom or kitchen.

    the can of cleanser held by reviewer in front of pan that is half cleaned to show how effective it is
    amazon.com

    The cleanser is nonabrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" —Donette

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.95.

    Read "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" for all the deets!

    23. A jewelry cleaning pen so your jewels can shine bright like a — well, a diamond.

    left: cloudy diamond ring right: much clearer looking diamond
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. A tube of primer to ensure your amazing makeup masterpiece stays put all day long.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    25. A John Frieda hot air brush better at giving you a glam blow out than your usual salon.

    reviewer shows one side of their hair looking frizzy and wavy and the other half looking silky smooth and straight
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Let's face it. It's near impossible to get a salon blowout look at home. Your arms get tired, and trying to manage a brush and blow-dryer is a feat in and of itself. This brush is not just good, it's great! I love this brush! I actually like the way my hair turns out with this styler better than what I get at the salon — seriously. I love my hairdresser and she does a great job, but I have actually gotten more compliments on my hair when I do it myself with this tool. I'll probably get two more to give to my daughters as well, that's how much I love it. This is great and you can't beat the price!" —debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    26. A pair of shoe condoms to protect your favorite non-waterproof kicks from the elements. Don't be silly, wrap your willy-cool sneaks!

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Firebox

    I have a pair of these and was shocked to learn that they're more than just a novelty product — they work really well! Unlike regular condoms, these are not rolled. They're more like rubber socks that you pull over your shoes. They fit snugly and are subtle enough to not draw attention. When you're done, you can just throw them in the wash. Easy-peasy!

    Get them from Firebox for $11.99 (available in two sizes).

    27. A dandruff shampoo that can blast away every annoying flake and let your scalp breathe a sigh of relief. Expect a thank-you note from your noggin.

    left: scalp with lots of flakes right: scalp with only one super small flake
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT! If you have a flaky scalp from dandruff, BUY THIS. I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four of five times (over a month) and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    28. A Squatty Potty stool so you can finally poop as nature intended.

    u-shaped stool that hooks around toilet when not in use
    Amazon

    Read our review of the Squatty Potty and learn why you need this thing.

    Promising review: "Going 'number two' will never be the same! This is the best invention known to man. Seriously, with this you can poo in comfort and poo in peace. Poo with this underneath your feet and thank the porcelain gods for the genius who invented the most amazing product on earth!" —Sydney Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    29. An all-purpose car cleaner that works for leather, vinyl, carpet, upholstery, plastic, and rubber. Just marinate your whole sedan in this stuff.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    30. A caffeinated hair duo featuring a scrub and hair mask for a healthy scalp and silky soft locks.

    one hands squirts out the white hair mask and then other hand squirts out brown coffee scrub with bits of coffee bean in it
    Frank Body

    Man, I love these things! The scrub has little bits of ground coffee beans to help scrub my scalp. It's really helped my problem with product build-up. The hair mask has a nice fresh scent that I would say is similar to ginger beer (although I couldn't find ginger in the ingredient list) and leaves my hair feeling super soft. And don't worry: They're made without silicones and synthetics!

    Get them from Frank Body for $34.95.

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