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    Oct 10, 2019

    36 Products That'll Probably Make You Realize Life Could've Been So Much Easier This Whole Time

    Living smarter, not working harder.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A no-rinse soap that removes an entire step from hand-washing your clothes, making the whole process easier and faster.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really like this soap. I did some research and found it is very difficult to find just the right gentle soap for hand washing small delicates in the sink. The choices are few. Some had lots of chemicals and other sites suggested making your own. Well that 's not happening. This Soak is great stuff. A little goes a long way and it smells nice. The BEST thing is you don't have to rinse it out. You are not standing at your sink filling it with water over and over to remove pesky soap residue. I only gave it four stars because I think it's a little expensive, but I would likely buy it again anyway." —Yankee transplant

    Get it from Amazon for $15.70+ (available in six scents).

    2. A pair of waterproof shoe covers to keep on hand in case of unexpected rain. We all know that umbrella is not going to protect your new suede heels from a torrential downpour.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are FANTASTIC!! I’m in Oslo, Norway. I knew there was going to be some rain on this trip and I didn’t want to bring my heavy rain boots, so I ordered these! Rain today, so I slipped these on my walking shoes. Let’s be honest; they are not going to win any fashion prizes, but which would you want, dry feet or wet feet?" —Sarabeth721

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three sizes and 12 colors).

    3. A journal happy to store all your increasingly complicated passwords. At least 12 characters, including a symbol, number, capital letter, ancient rune, and the fleeting details of a half-remembered dream? COME ON!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's alphabetized so you can easily find the one you need!.

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. The book has a heavy plastic cover and heavy-duty wire binding. The paper is good quality, although my favorite gel pens did have some bleed-through. I'd recommend ballpoint or pencil. The entries have wide spaces, with room for website, email, username, password, and notes (which is perfect for noting the answers to those security questions... What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don't remember what I answered a year ago!). The password section has a good number of extra lines, for those sites that make you change your password with annoying frequency." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes).

    4. A breakfast sandwich maker that cooks every part of the sandwich at once and then neatly stacks them together so you can skip the line at your local deli.

    Hamilton Beach

    Promising review: "I must admit I thought this seemed gimmicky — until I tried it. Super easy to use, easy to wipe up, and makes a delicious piping-hot breakfast sandwich every time. So fun to dream up new variations. Come up with your toppings as it heats, let it cook for 5 minutes, and voila, breakfast is ready! We use it almost every day now. The only con I can think of is that it doesn't fit a full-size bagel. Guess we'll get the mini bagels instead. Crumpets work fine and if you cut the corners off your bread that works great, too." —Karen Bramblet

    Get it from Amazon for $19.30.

    5. A peel-off cuticle guard so you can get fancy with your sponge manicure — or more likely, so you can get a half-decent manicure that's not mostly on your fingers.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you do nail art or want to perfect your nail polishing skills, this is the product for you. Easy to use, dries sparkly so you know it’s dry, easy peel-off in one piece, and a clean finish. I do a lot of nail art and stamping. Some of the stamping polishes are really hard to get off the cuticle but with this, they come off cleanly. Helps when I do my toes, too, if I get a little messy, the mess comes off with the latex. You can also switch the brush so you don’t waste the bottle when the brush gets clumpy." —Diannah S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A pack of pantry moth traps to finally rid your home of those annoying, dusty bug aviators.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "When I say these work fast, I mean it. I got these in hopes of killing my pantry moth problem once and for all. As soon as I set these traps out a SWARM of moths came out from who knows where. I felt like I was in The Birds — it was that intense. After my momentary panic I was shocked to find that the moths went straight to the traps and got themselves stuck, and within a few hours the kitchen was eerily free of moths. Don’t let the price scare you, this stuff works and works well. The only complaint I have is that my cat got herself stuck on one in a desperate attempt to kill some moths herself. Though that is more of a complaint with the stupidity of my cat and not the product. With a little complaining and vegetable oil she came free with only a little fur missing." —Taylor

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $15.97.

    7. A pack of toaster bags so you can get your grilled cheese fix without waiting around to flip your sandwich in a pan.

    Amazon

    End the agony of constantly under your bread to see if it's ready yet. It never is! It's either completely untoasted or inedibly burnt.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for the office to end the endless fights about the dirty toaster and toaster oven and THEY DO MAGIC. Everyone is happy, toaster is clean, peace is restored! Food is heated evenly." —Marina

    Get three from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A blind spot mirror so switching lanes doesn't have to be a heart-stopping moment of terror.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." —Mariam Abass

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97+ (available in three shapes).

    9. A silicone freezing tray that lets you section your leftover food into perfect frozen portions so you don't have to unfrost your entire vat of black beans every time you want a single serving.

    Amazon

    It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. It's great for little sides of beans, sauces, soups, and more.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    10. A folding board that lets you harness the tools of the retail professionals and get perfect folds every time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband can not stop folding T-shirts! He looks forward to doing laundry now. It's a great product and so easy to store and use!" —Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in six colors).

    11. Detangling brushes that'll make quick work out of even the knottiest hair. Brushing your or your kid's hair no longer has to end in tears.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great for any type of hair! It's the best detangling brush I've ever owned. I'm an African-American woman and my hair can get tangled a bit after showering. It is amazing what this brush can do. It detangles my hair easily, without pain, and without taking out too much hair. I wish I had this brush growing up!" —KScott

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.95.

    12. ~Handy~ nail clippers sporting a rotating swivel head and an extra-long handle, giving you easier access to hard-to-reach nails.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Total comfort and ease for those that suffer arthritis or aged weaker hands. Just set the angle for your comfort and clip with ease. Not only are these clippers super sharp, the but the long handles reduce the pressure needed to clip toe and finger nails. Even the younger set will be pleased with the adjusting angel of the cutters. I sure wish I this product ten years ago. I am 100% pleased and recommend for anyone to use." —Allen F. & Virginia S. Capel

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. An under-counter jar opener so you can open stubborn containers with just one hand (the other hand is free to text friends about all the pickles you're about to eat).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one person who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the 'V' closest to you and with it placed in the front, in the right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." —moorecats

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up here.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    14. Boy Brow — a foolproof way to get instantly well-groomed eyebrows with just a few swipes.

    Glossier

    Seriously, just brush your brows up and then out; it's that easy. I used to use Boy Brow all the time and loved how natural my eyebrows would look, even if I used a color that was much darker than my natural hair color. It's way easier to use than a traditional eyebrow pencil. Read another, more in-depth review of this eyebrow magic (#5).

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in three shades and clear).

    15. A back zipper puller in case you don't have a treadmill to use like Liz Lemon.

    Amazon

    An iconic lifehack, tbh.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this puller would actually work. I wear dresses Monday through Friday for work. I buy ones that have long, hidden zippers. I am breaking about one zipper every two weeks, trying to zip them up by myself. It was costing me about $50 to replace the zippers. Finally, I broke down and bought this. I am so happy that I did. It takes a couple times to get it on right, but once you get the zipper puller on the zipper, it zips right up. This is perfect! Great for single moms like me!!!" —M. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. A handy device that keeps track of whether or not the dog has been fed. Those hungry puppy dog eyes aren't fooling anyone now, Fido!

    amazon.com

    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 not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    17. Slow cooker liners so you don't have to yank the heavy pot out of the cooker to clean it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant Crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your Crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.53.

    18. A grippy silicone strip to apply to your bags to keep them from falling off your shoulders all the dang time. It's the only thing more effective than wearing an '80s blazer with big shoulder pads.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I recently bought a high quality leather shoulder strap handbag and was having problems with it sliding off my shoulder, since the leather strap was fairly smooth. So I went online and searched to see if there were any products out there that would solve this issue...and I found the Purse Gummy! It works beautifully! No more struggling with a slipping strap. It is hardly noticeable on the strap since it is on the underside, but I wouldn't mind it if was seen because it works so well." —D. Dillon

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.45.

    19. A dip clip so you can be in complete control of how much sauce is getting on your food.

    Amazon

    This lil' dude has a 1/3-cup capacity and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.68.

    20. An egg cooker you can count on to not mess up the hard boiled eggs again.

    Amazon

    Oh, you wanted soft boiled? It can do that too. Poached? Sure, get fancy. Scrambled! Yep!!!! Now you can have scores of deviled eggs at home instead of reluctantly overpaying $6 for one at a restaurant. It has a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access.

    BuzzFeed actually tested it out and loved it.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A veggie chopper to make quick work of your prep work.

    youtube.com

    Think about how much time you'll be saving! So much!!!! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

    Promising review: " The chopper is heavy duty, and stainless steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A microwave popcorn maker so you can avoid the bagged kind but still do the least amount of work possible.

    youtube.com, Amazon

    The top can be used to measure out popcorn kernels and hold a chunk of butter when cooking.

    Promising review: "This is so easy to use and makes delicious popcorn! I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil (instructions say any cooking oil) in with the corn kernels and a good pat of butter on top and cook in the microwave. I just listen for when the popping slows and remove from microwave. I add a small amount of salt and shake it up — makes perfect popcorn!!!!!!!!" —TMAC TexasTop

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes).

    23. An ice tray with a lid so you can walk at a normal pace from the sink to the freezer and just throw that thing in there, no risk of spills.

    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.

    24. A magnetic meal planning pad with a detachable shopping list for when you want to really commit to cooking at home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    25. 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???

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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.

    26. A ball of slime putty that's really fun to play with — but don't forget to use it to clean up anything with lots of nooks and crannies.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on the keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. LOL." —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. A jewelry cleaning pen you can count on to add new shine to your gems, no costly trip to the jeweler needed.

    amazon.com

    Just twist the stick to get some cleansing solution on the bristles. The formula will keep your gems shiny and new.

    Promising review: "If I could give this 10 stars I would!!! I'm a little of a fanatic when it comes to keeping my jewelry clean, especially my wedding set. I tried this product on my diamonds, Swarovski crystals, and Brighton jewelry and the results are nothing less than amazing!!! This restored one of my Swarovski rings that I have not worn in years due to the cloudy color to a sparkling brilliance just like the first day I bought it!! I cannot recommend this product enough!!! I just ordered additional wands so I don't run out!!! Home run Amazon!" —Kristina B.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.39.

    28. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets possibly made out of fairy dust, because they'll totally wipe away years of grime in mere minutes.

    amazon.com

    Just fill your dirty mug with water, add a tablet, let fizz for half an hour, and then rinse!

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.99.

    Check out our closer look at these Bottle Bright tablets for more incredible before and afters.

    29. A doggy foot cleaner to quickly get your pup's paws squeaky clean so they can get back to lounging on your furniture instead of the expensive pet bed you got them.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer that likes to dig, a mini golden doodle that is prissy about her paws and a standard labradoodle puppy that is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was ridiculous. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" —Rachel

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

    30. A John Frieda hot hair brush for when you wanna look like you have an in-home stylist at your beck and call.

    amazon.com

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's full review of the John Frieda hot air brush.

    Promising review: "Let's face it. It's near-impossible to get a salon blowout at home. Your arms get tired and trying to manage a brush and blow dryer is a feat in it of itself. I thought I would give this brush a try. Well, it's 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 will probably get two more to give to my daughters as well — that's how much I love it. I almost purchased another brand online that was closer to a hundred dollars, thinking the more you pay the better it is. Glad I didn't because this one is great, and you can't beat the price!" —debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    31. An Aerogarden countertop garden for a foolproof way to grow fresh herbs at home. Pizza night is gonna be sooo much better with basil you grew all by yourself.

    Aerogarden

    This kit includes the countertop garden, Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food. It'll alert you when the plants need more food or water, so it does all the hard gardening for you! Read the whole review for this Aerogarden.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    32. A snazzy electric toothbrush with a toothbrush head subscription so you can permanently remove toothbrushes from your shopping list.

    instagram.com

    I have a Quip toothbrush and love it! The vibrations are nice and gentle, plus it just looks pretty.

    BuzzFeed Reviews named Quip one of the best electric toothbrushes on the market!

    Get it from Quip for $25+ with $5 refills every three months (available in plastic or metal and six colors).

    33. A rotating makeup organizer with room for (almost) all of your beauty items. You'll never have to dump out a makeup bag on your bed in search of a specific eyeliner ever again!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am in love with this thing. Whoever came up with it is a genius, OMG!!! This is the best thing I've bought from Amazon, and I am a weekly shopper. I have a small space right now and don't have anywhere to put most of my stuff, so this comes in handy. It fits the stuff that I use on a daily basis. Love it!!!!! Thank you." —Mom of 4

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in three styles and two colors).

    34. A Tile Mate you can keep track of on your phone. Clip it on to your keys, bag, dog, or whatever you're constantly misplacing.

    amazon.com

    This device connects to an app on your phone. You can see where it is on a map or make it start making noise so you can find it if you're nearby. I should really get one for my Roku remote, honestly.

    Promising review: "I use it for my cat when we let her in the backyard. Sometimes she wanders off into the neighbor's yard but she has learned that when her collar starts singing that I’m looking for her. Keep in mind though that if you’re using this for an animal, you have to be in range of the tile to find it (which I’ve noticed is about 20 feet or so)." —Ctesta

    Get it from Amazon for $17.33.

    35. A wall suction that you can fill with peanut butter so your dog will have something to distract themselves with from the unimaginable horror of bath time.

    Amazon

    Freeze before use so it takes Fido longer to lick up all the peanut-y goodness. And get the cool hand-washer shown in the picture here!

    Promising review: "Tried this with our lab puppy when I needed to sweep and vacuum the floors. This kept her busy for a while so I could clean in peace! I filled it with peanut butter and placed it on the refrigerator door. She loves it! Also used this when we had company to keep her busy so she wouldn't be such a pest." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    36. A liquid eyeliner with a stamp on the other end so you can just ~wing~ it when you want dramatic cat eyes without the drama of trying to draw them on yourself.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It really is smudge-proof! Living in Texas in the 100+ degree weather, you definitely need something that’s not going to be running down your face a couple minutes after going outside. This is it! It's super easy to use and doesn't irritate my eyes like other eyeliners. I love it and will repurchase when I need to." —Lacey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in four sizes).

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