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    31 Things To Buy When You Decide It's Finally Time To Do All The Chores You've Been Neglecting

    *checks calendar* hmmm it appears that today is the day I finally clean my oven.

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    1. 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 $5.38.

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

    model peels off shopping list section from the pad
    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.

    3. And if you're not interested in grocery shopping, a subscription to EveryPlate, a service that will just ship you everything you need to create delicious homemade meals.

    box with two meal and some produce around it
    Everyplate

    Sometimes the solution to bad grocery shopping is to simply not do it at all. EveryPlate lets you choose from 12 recipes each week. The ingredients and recipes are delivered right to your door so you can cook up meals that take about 30 minutes.

    Get it from EveryPlate for $4.99+/serving.

    4. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant — a helpful guide to consult when you want to try to care for something more demanding than a plastic cactus.

    cover of book
    Amazon

    This has information on 50 different types of popular houseplants along with cute illustrations.

    Promising review: "Really great guide to houseplants. I am an experienced outdoor vegetable gardener who has never had much success with houseplants. The only one I've ever been able to keep alive is George, my un-killable Aspidistra (Iron Plant). Thanks to this book and the more detailed, but less cute, book 'Practical Houseplant,' I now have a little forest of air cleaning plants, succulents, retro '70s plants (rubber plant and Swiss cheese plant), and even two indoor banana trees — all healthy and happy. Even George is happier than ever, with new leaves." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

    5. A pack of workout cards for when you're ready to start exercising but have no idea how to start.

    deck of workout cards with various routines like push ups and squats
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'd highly recommend this and all FitDeck products! We generally work out for an hour at a time — start with a one- to two-mile run, then do a handful of FitDeck cards, then about 10 minutes of stretching. The hour goes by really fast. By shuffling the cards and drawing them in random order, you get something different for each workout, which keeps it from getting boring. Since I have to look at a card every minute or so, it also keeps me mentally engaged, so I don't zone out. We usually didn't work out when we traveled, but now we take the bodyweight FitDeck with us so we make it a point to at least squeeze in a light workout. We love it!" —S. Berg

    Get them from Amazon for $14.39 (available in three styles).

    6. 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???

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    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.

    7. A makeup brush shampoo to ensure that the brushes that touch your delicate face are in tip-top shape.

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    Amazon

    This solution is free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and perfume!

    Promising review: "I'm terrible when it comes to taking care of my makeup and brushes. Those badger brushes I paid a ton for? Pretty sure they were still holding onto powder and eyeshadow from six years ago. In a rare moment of responsibility, I finally broke down and started looking for a brush cleaner. I picked this one based almost entirely on the add-on pricing. Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A teeny-tiny trashcan that fits in your car's cup holder so you have no excuse for all the gum wrappers and tissues littering the passenger seat.

    tiny trash can for your cup holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    9. A handheld steamer, because you're gonna need crisp and polished-looking clothes eventually.

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    Promising review: "I needed something to get the wrinkles out of a few different dresses and hate to iron. I ordered this thinking it would be something I'd just use at home, but it's so compact that I'll definitely be traveling with it as well. It heats up fast and is easier than ironing. Very much worth the $20 I paid for it!" —Jessica L.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    10. A Blueland cleaning kit with everything you need to tackle your less-than-sparkling-clean home.

    a box with four large glass spray bottles and one smaller spray bottle for hand soap
    Blueland

    The cleaning solutions are safe around kids and pets, and come in reusable bottles (environment, you're welcome). The kit comes with four bottles and four tablets to dissolve in the bottles with water. You get: multi-surface, glass + mirror, bathroom, and foaming hand soap.

    Promising review: "Always trying to find ways to live more sustainably and with less waste. Blueland is a perfect way to do that with re-using the same bottles and you can re-up whenever you need to. I ended up purchasing another foaming hand soap bottle for the bathroom — I would order extra of the hand soap tablets because it does go pretty quick compared to the rest." —Cait F.

    Get it from Blueland for $39.

    11. Drawer liners that extend the life of your produce, in case wilted spinach was the only thing standing between you and making yourself a healthy meal.

    lined fridge drawer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product; lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. A pack of silicone straws so you can keep sipping on your bevvies but without harming any sea turtles in the process. Expect a thank you note from Mother Nature in the mail.

    cup with reusable straw in it
    Amazon

    This comes with 10 straws, a carrying case, and a cleaning brush. They're also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I originally started out using the stainless steel straws — but I lived in this relentless, looming anxiety that I would chip my tooth on them...to the point where I dreaded using my straws. Which defeats the point! I thoroughly enjoy that you can chew on these. 😂 Five stars all around, they come with simple baggy to take them for travel, AND a cleaner utensil. They're super low maintenance, because they give you the proper care and cleaning tools. They also donate to the OCEANA campaign effort to save the ocean!" —Amy Marquez-Vincent

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.95.

    13. 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.

    garden with sprouting herbs in pods with light on top
    amazon.com

    This kit comes with seeds for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basi,l and mint. There's an overhead light and it alerts you when the plants need water.

    Promising review: "I planted everything photographed 1/3/19 and I took this photo this morning (2/5/19). It takes care of itself and they grow a little bit more each day. It's the most exciting part of my morning routine. While my coffee brews, I admire my plants!" —kristy campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. A tongue scraper to rid yourself of all the nasty goo on your tongue. Bad breath stands no chance against you when you're armed with one of these babies.

    model uses metal tongue scraper
    Amazon

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

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A foot stretcher and spiky ball for plantar fasciitis sufferers who keep saying they're gonna stretch and then end up sitting on the couch relaxing instead. This rocker turns stretching into a fun game!

    foot stretches on u-shaped stretcher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, and this is the PERFECT tool for a deep stretch. I do yoga and stretch like it’s my job, but I can never quite get those soleus muscles to relax. If you have extremely tight calves or medical conditions like myself, this is definitely for you. It’s also great for a hamstring and glute stretch!" —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    16. A clothes folding board to get neat and tidy duds every dang time. No more drawers brimming with crumpled clothing!

    folding board in action
    Amazon

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. It makes my life easier." —S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $10.94.

    17. A bottle of liquid, peeling latex — paint it around your nail before applying your nail polish. No matter how sloppy you are, your manicure will always look neat when you pull away the latex guard.

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    It has over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I'm a fan! This definitely helps a lot when we're doing our own nails. Easy to apply, dries fast, and peels off super easily." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    18. A drawer liner that forces you to stay organized. It has slots for everything, so you can't let your storage space slip back into chaos.

    tools organized with silicone slots
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two kitchen drawers that were so cluttered I could never find anything. I had been searching for a good organizer and decided to give this a try. I am so glad I did! This product is wonderful. I couldn't believe how much I was able to fit in the drawer with this system. (I bought two-one for each drawer.) Everything is in its place and stays perfectly." —Darcy

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

    19. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets to revive that old, slimy water bottle you kind of have been ignoring for...months.

    before: brown bottle during: foaming in bottle after: clean bottle
    amazon.com

    Just fill the bottle with water and drop in a tablet. Let it work its magic for half an hour and then rinse out.

    Promising review: "In all fairness, I first heard of this product while watching Shark Tank, and their pitch was impressive so I gave the underdog a try. Now, I'm on my fourth re-order. My whole family drinks out of various name brand bottles, coffee mugs, etc. The fact is, they are rarely cleaned because they are a part of our daily lives and they are a pain in the ar$e to clean, because of the inconvenience that they are not dishwasher-safe, or don't fit. The answer is these tablets. They work and they're simple to use." —K.R.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8 or 36 for 22.

    20. 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.

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

    vacuum cleans a light stripe in dark dirty carpet
    amazon.com

    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 $19.97.

    22. A wood polish that can miraculously erase water stains and scratches. It's time to start treating your furniture with respect!

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    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 $14.48.

    23. A hanger organizer to solve your horrible hanger-nest problem you've been suffering through in silence all these years.

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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 $18.30 (available in six packs).

    24. A shopping bag strap that'll make carrying a bunch of bags at once a total breeze. You're gonna need it now that you're buying all those fruits and veggies!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well-made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    25. And a Baggu or three to help replace all those plastic bags you normally get at the grocery store.

    Amazon

    I have a Baggu and love it! It can fit a ton of stuff, but is made with a thin material so it can be packed down small. That means I can throw it any purse and always have it on hand in case I hit the grocery store, farmer's market, book store, or pharmacy on the way home.

    Get one from Amazon for $12 (available in 40 patterns).

    26. An under-desk peddling device so you can do something about your fidgeting feet that's not, say, kicking your partner for chewing too loudly.

    the peddler
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I have a job where I sit for eight hours a day and don't want to pay hundreds for the standing desk. It doesn't fit perfectly under my desk, my knees bang, but it's small enough I can pull it out and push it back in when I need to. It doesn't slide and so far doesn't make noise. It does get hot pretty quickly but I try to use it at 10- to 20-minute intervals. It's enough to get my heart rate up a little and keep the blood pumping. I highly recommend this. My coworkers saw mine and bought their own the same day. I've noticed I don't get that 3 p.m. slump either, so it's eliminated the need for afternoon caffeine of any sort just by moving more." —CLM

    Get it from Amazon for $21.31.

    27. An over-the-door hanger that keeps your iron and ironing board within reach. Good luck trying to avoid laundry duties now.

    over the door hanger with hooks for ironing board and clip-like structure for iron
    Wayfair

    Get it from Wayfair for $19.99.

    28. A trio of Scotch-Brite stainless steel scrubbers for your more intense cleaning needs. Use 'em on uncoated cookware, broilers, and more.

    model uses steel scrubber
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m so mad that I never knew these existed until this week. I’ve been struggling to clean my All Clad cookware and tired all sorts of methods but still no shine! These arrived yesterday and I immediately went in. I got all my pans and used these along with Bar Keepers Friend.. OMG, unbelievable! Not a single stain left. Just the beautiful shiny All Clad as I remember! Buy these now. I know I’ll be reordering." —Joy

    Get them from Amazon for $2.48.

    29. A sweater pill removing stone so you can breathe new life into your old sweatshirts.

    model uses stone on sweater
    Celsious

    Celsious is a Black-owned, eco-friendly laundry brand founded by sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams. They also have the most energy efficient laundromat in New York. If you live near Williamsburg, Brooklyn I definitely recommend checking it out and doing your laundry there.

    Get it from Celsious for $17.

    30. A Burst Oral Care starter kit with everything you need to give your teeth a good scrub-down.

    everything included in the kit
    Burst Oral Care

    The kit comes with the Sonic toothbrush, toothbrush head, USB charging base, USB wall adapter, expanding floss, coconut whitening strips, and toothpaste.

    Promising review: " Ilove everything about this brush! The color, the tapered bristles that reach between my teeth, its ability to whiten my teeth, the 4-6 week battery life, and the lifetime warranty are all good but my favorite part is that my teeth feel squeaky clean after I use it. This brush is really the best at removing plaque." —Robyn

    Get it from Burst Oral Care for $74.99 (originally $112.96).

    31. A tumbler with a press for fresh iced tea on the go.

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    Just add hot water and loose tea (or tea bag) to outer chamber, let steep, then fill the inner chamber with ice. Press down into the outer chamber and presto! Cold iced tea with no loose leaves floating around.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line on Amazon for $15.99.

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