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    49 Things To Help You Fight The Good Fight Against Homeowner Problems

    Like a two-way extension cord that reeeally comes in handy when you realize your new *dream* home is...short on outlets 😬

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    1. A super popular pet hair remover you can use on furniture, bedding, clothes, or anything where shedding tends to accumulate. Best of all? It's totally reusable and doesn't require any annoying sticky film, making it eco-friendly!

    Reviewer photo of a black pillow covered in white dog hair and you can clearly see which side they brushed with the fur remover because all the dog hair is gone in that section
    reviewer photo of the pet hair remover filled with hair

    Promising review: "This thing is magical and I wish I had found it sooner. Even the most stubborn of dog hairs that have been seemingly woven into the fabric of your couch are no match for the ChomChom. The satisfying click of the roller will have you ChomChom-ing every surface you possibly can, while your dog looks at you in cold betrayal for removing his precious fur deposits. He plots revenge against this new nemesis, revenge that is doomed to fail from the start, because the ChomChom is far too powerful. Meanwhile, you are transfixed by the serotonin rush filling your brain as your ChomChom fills with more and more hair, leaving a path of de-furred sofa in its wake. The dog barks in disapproval. You smile, finally sitting on fur-free furniture for the first time in a long time. Maybe you’ll even have friends over now." —Will

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    2. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner that'll replace lingering smells — you know, the ones that always make you think, Wow, should I be cleaning my garbage disposal? — with a bright, lemony scent. Plus, watching it bubble up is pretty fun!

    blue foaming cleanser pushing its way out of the sink drain
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Saw on TikTok (don’t judge) and automatically added to cart. So easy to use, takes probably a minute to fully bubble up and clean, and you’re left with a clean sink! I use with other drain cleaning products, but would 100% recommend for weekly maintenance." —Jessica Hamilton

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.25 (also available as a pack of 24). 

    3. A pack of solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can see where you're going when you let the dog out at night, take out the garbage, or just enjoy an evening hang in the yard.

    the four lights brightly shining in a backyard at night
    the four square lights

    Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $23.99.

    4. A TikTok-famous Bissell Little Green cleaner, which is essentially like having your own personal stain-lifting professional in your house 24/7. This small yet mighty machine effortlessly removes stubborn stains from carpets and upholstery with its strong spray and suction functions, and its large tank means less refilling while cleaning. 

    reviewer before photo showing a stained dining room chair seat
    same reviewer's after photo showing the beige seat looking good as new after being cleaned with the little green

    It comes with a tough stain tool, a HydroRinse self-cleaning hose tool, and a trial-size Spot & Stain with Febreze Freshness formula.

    Promising review: "This vacuum is amazing. I first heard of it on TikTok where people were using it to clean their stairs, mattresses, car seats, etc. and from the videos, it already looked amazing, but considering how dirty my dining chair cushions were, I was a little bit apprehensive and skeptical. I purchased the item and used it on my chairs for the first time and the results were SO AMAZING. I posted photos for reference of how dirty my cushions were before the cleaning and after the cleaning! Best vacuum I've ever used. I even bought a second one!" —Davina

    Get it from Amazon for $123.59.

    5. And a beloved carpet cleaner that'll help you keep your cool the next time your dog/kid/S.O. makes a mess on that white rug you insisted on getting. Don't worry, it'll make stains and regret vanish!

    Cream carpet with large and dark brown chocolate milk stain on it
    The same carpet with the chocolate milk stain totally removed

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. We have a 1.5-year-old puppy and have make several futile attempts to clean up carpet stains from her potty training days. Another dog owner clued us into this, and we cannot believe we didn't buy it sooner. Seriously, the same night this arrived, I spilled an entire bottle of beer on white carpet (oops), grabbed the Folex, sprayed a bunch onto the stain, massaged it into the carpet with my finger tips, and blotted with a damp towel. You can't see ANY remnant of a stain. I've also attacked old stains (like 1-plus year old) and saw the same results. Seriously, buy this!!!" —AKM

    Get it from Amazon for $11.36+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Or a nontoxic carpet cleaning solution any pet owner will want in their arsenal, stat. You can use it with your vacuum, and not only does it help remove those stubborn stains, reviewers say it'll take care of lingering odors with its refreshingly minty scent as well!

    This solution works great with Bissell, Hoover, McCulloch, Rug Doctor, Kenmore, and Carpet Express vacuum cleaners.

    Sunny & Honey is a family-run small business making cleaning products designed for pet owners who want keep their homes stain- and odor-free. 

    Promising review: "A true sensory experience while completing a mundane, laborious chore! The scent from this cleaner was pleasing versus the harsh chemical smell from the other brands out there. Yet, it was able to remove old stains that had been in the carpet fiber for well over seven years. This surprised me as I had just accepted that those stains were there to stay. Plus, it's concentrated so I just used over a bit of the recommended amount. Now the carpet looks great with no grainy feel to it when you walk on it with bare feet; although I did vacuum afterwards. Just as important, the carpet does not have the unpleasant odor that has lingered and would rear its ugly head from time to time! Thanks to Amazon for carrying this and making it easy for me to locate on the site!!!" —Marie J.

    Get it from Sunny & Honey on Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    7. A pack of shelf dividers that'll keep your closet from becoming a chaotic mess. No more ruffling through a pile of towels whenever you're looking for a pillowcase.

    A customer review photo of their closet neatly organized using the dividers
    A customer review photo of their closet neatly organized using the dividers

    Promising review: "I was a little doubtful about these being able to stand up straight but was pleasantly surprised. I'm using them in an old antique cabinet/wardrobe to separate stacks of clothes that would otherwise turn into a pile of clothes on a shelf. I would definitely buy again." —the booniepepper

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. And some labeled Sheet Keeper bands, because how many of us can never remember which of our sheets are queen-size and which are full? Trick question, it's all of us. 

    stacks of sheets with yellow and off white bands wrapped around them to keep them orderly
    SheetKeeper / Etsy

    Sheet Keeper is a woman-owned small business based in Los Angeles and their adorable bedding bands will actually make staying organized fun!

    Promising review: "Great product. Came quickly and they work great! Such a great idea to keep sheets organized and together while being able to tell what size bedding it is. Will order again for sure!" —devonhansen1

    Get a set of two from Sheet Keeper on Amazon for $18.99 or Etsy for $15.99 (available in sizes twin—California king, as well as in duvet and comforter labels).

    9. A fan-favorite TubShroom (75,000+ 5-star ratings!) that proactively catches any hair that makes its way into your drain so the water doesn't take forever to go down. Plus, it'll save you money on plumber visits!

    Promising review: "I hardly ever write reviews but this thing is so amazing I had to share. With every shower I take, I shed a TON of hair and (as you can see from the picture) stick it to the wall so that no hair goes down my drain. I thought this method was working out well but my drain was continuing to stop up. I figured it must be my sister's fault since I was so good about not letting any hairs go down the drain, but I went ahead ordered the TubShroom after seeing advertisements on Facebook. I got this thing and after only two showers, it collected a crap ton of my hair that I didn't catch. It really is so easy to install and wipe away the hair, exactly like the videos. Awesome invention and I'm super happy with this purchase!" —Megan K.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five colors, as well as a set of two). 

    10. And a drain clog remover for any respectable adult who's ever witnessed a plumber pull a humiliating amount of hair out of their backed-up drain and is like, "Nope, never again!" 

    Just stick it down your drain and it'll lift out all of that gunk — try not to be too grossed out when you see what's been hiding down there.

    Promising review: "When I pulled the orange plastic spiked strip from the package, I was immediately skeptical and felt like all those 5-star reviews were from people who exist in an alternate universe. I was tempted to initiate a return on Amazon but decided that I might as well gamble on a piece of $9 plastic before gambling $200 on a plumber. I slipped the plastic strip down my shower drain and literally FIVE SECONDS LATER I was pulling up gobs and gobs and gobs of hair. HOLY COW!!!!!!!! OHMYGOSH. I can't believe I still have any hair left on my head. SO MUCH REPULSIVE GUNK!!!! I saved my prize hairball on the shower floor to show my husband because I knew he would be as skeptical as I was. We both agree it looks like a small raccoon or a large squirrel lying helplessly on my shower floor. It's a grisly, messy, smelly and oh-so-rewarding job." —Chocolate and Chips

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.26+ (available in orange or green).

    11. A bamboo burner cover small apartment dwellers will be thrilled to learn exists, since it transforms your stove into extra counter space! It's essentially a big cutting board, so feel free to chop away right on it.

    a kitchen stove with the bamboo burner cover on top creating more counter space
    a hand lifting the cover showing the stove-top underneath
    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed's Jennifer Tonti credits this burner cover for helping her cook with ease: "OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there."

    Promising review: "This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment." —Talyn Amber Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in six styles).

    12. A nifty little critter catcher, which traps those creepy-crawlies while keeping you at arm's length. And because it doesn't kill them, you can release those spiders outside where they belong. 

    a gif of someone using the critter catcher to encase a spider
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry your GPS brought you into my house, little guy, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in three styles).

    13. And a pack of disposable Houseplant Sticky Stakes for keeping pesky buggies off of your precious houseplants! Stick 'em into the soil and try staying calm when you realize just how many insects are in your home. 😬

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time, I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $5.98.

    14. A dryer vent cleaner attachment so you won't have to worry about extra lint buildup becoming a potential fire hazard. You probably didn't even know this existed (but you'll be glad/horrified you discovered it once you see how much filth it sucks up).

    Reviewer using the dryer vent cleaner
    Reviewer photo of sock and lint sucked out of the dryer with the vent cleaner

    This adapter is compatible with most vacuum cleaner pipes, so all you have to do is attach it to your vacuum and guide it around your dryer to suck up excess and hard-to-reach lint. Too much lint buildup not only slows down the drying process, it's also a fire hazard, so this handy device can actually be considered a safety tool!

    Promising review: "Yes, we had a sock in our dryer vent!! This past summer, the lint trap broke on our dryer. Our kids ran the dryer regardless! What a disaster. Received my vacuum kit today, and now my clothes are dry! I sucked up the sock, as well as a piece of lint roller tape. Great product!" —Laurel Enoch

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in three colors) — don't forget to apply the coupon to save $2!

    15. And a dryer vent lint brush with a long, flexible handle that'll get into those hard to reach crevices in your dryer gap and exhaust port. 

    Promising review: "Great product, much bigger than what the pictures show. I never thought I could have so much lint stuck in the vent. It helps keep clothes smelling better and I’m sure is overall easier on the dryer with better air flow." —Andrew Portus

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.95.

    16. A drawer organizer, because there's only one junk drawer allowed in every home, and the utensil drawer isn't it. Now your soup won't get cold while you fumble around for a spoon.

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Chelsea Stuart has used this product to make her kitchen feel more organized: "Just got this and it has freed up SO much space in our cutlery drawer that we can now store teas, small Tupperware, etc. vs. before it was just a mess of utensils."

    Promising review: "I had never seen this before I bought it, and holy crap it changed my life. So. Much. Room. There is so much room left in my drawer now that I moved stuff from another drawer and I have an entirely empty drawer in my kitchen now. Now only HALF the drawer is silverware and the other half is spatulas and cooking utensils. It is great. It also seems very sturdy. Highly recommend." —van31050

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 — don't forget to apply the coupon to save $1.80!

    17. A highly rated Levoit air purifier so you and everyone you live with can breathe a bit easier — literally and figuratively. If you're tired of sneezing from all of the dust and dander constantly swirling around your home, you're gonna wish you had this sooner. 

    Promising review: "I foster kittens for a rescue, and no matter how often I clean the boxes, two or three times daily, and general cleaning, I still have an odor in the room. I got this product out of desperation. It was a good size and weight for kitties bouncing around. I am truly shocked and enormously happy with how it works! My husband was at wits' end with his sensitive nose. He goes in there now and is astonished, no smell. We are getting another for the kitchen! The room is 10×10, and I use it on the two setting. I also enjoy the night light. Very helpful without disturbing sick sleepy babies recovering from illness." —victoria Mohagen

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in black or white, as well as packs of two) — don't forget to apply the coupon to save $15!

    18. A 100 percent natural oven scrub made of pumice that'll cut through tough stains just as well as chemical cleaners, meaning no unpleasant odors to see (smell?) here. In fact, reviewers say the slightly minty scent is actually a treat for the nose!

    gif of someone applying the cleaner to a dirty oven door, then wiping away the stains
    the jar of oven scrub next to a metallic scrubber
    Everneat / Etsy

    It also comes with a metallic scrubber!

    Everneat is a small Etsy shop based in Fairfield, Connecticut that specializes in natural cleaning products.

    Promising review: "Love everything about this! Love the scent and the clean it provides! We could not get our oven window clean with any previous product — this did it in seconds :)" —Elizabeth Rowe

    Another promising review: "This stuff is MAGIC! One application and it took 15 years of yuck off my oven that refused to come off with other oven cleaners! The product does most of the work so you really don’t have to scrub for hours. Highly recommend this stuff!" —Traci Hutchinson

    Get it from Everneat on Etsy for $19.99 (available in three scents).

    19. A splurge-worthy cordless Dyson vacuum for anyone who's sick of lugging around a heavy monstrosity every time their floors could use a cleaning. This one's nice and lightweight at just under 6 pounds (!), and it even transforms into a handheld vacuum for reaching those super small spaces. 

    a reviewer's stick vacuum
    someone using the handheld vacuum to clean a sofa

    It includes a charger, wall mount, and combination tool, and the fully sealed filtration system traps 99.97% of particles.

    Heather: "Honestly, no matter which version of the Dyson stick vacuum you purchase, I can promise you'll be satisfied with the results. I've used a variety of 'em and I can't say enough good things about the product. It doesn't hurt my back to use for an extended period of the time, the battery lasts long enough to clean my entire apartment, and it simply just WORKS. We have ours mounted in a narrow spot alongside our fridge — it's really easy to keep in plain sight without being an eyesore."

    Promising review: "I love this vacuum. The V10 doesn't disappoint. While it's weird to get used to holding this tiny piece of machinery, it really does an amazing job. It was incredible how much dog fur it picked up! I was pretty grossed out to be honest, to think I lived in this atmosphere for this long 'thinking' it was clean is nuts! I love all the attachments too, they are all top notch and well made. I feel like I can tackle my entire house with this bad boy. AND it's lightweight! I use it on the lowest setting and it still picks up a ton. I don't think I'll ever need the high or medium setting. But I did try the highest setting for a few seconds and literally felt like the vacuum was ATTACHED to the floor, that's how hard it sucked (in a good way)!" —Matthew Mintun

    Get it from Amazon for $657.86 (also available in another model).

    20. Or a robot vacuum and mop if you're looking for a truly hands-off cleaning experience. It's compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can even schedule cleanings and switch modes using the app. 

    reviewer gif of the robot mop/vacuum gliding along a floor and pivoting to avoid hitting pieces of furniture
    reviewer photo of the black robot mop/vacuum on a floor

    Promising review: "My Coredy R750 robot vacuum does an amazing job of cleaning all the flooring in my home. We call her Molly because anyone working in our home deserves to be known by their name. Molly cleans hardwood, porcelain tile, area rugs, and carpet better than my upright vacuum. The fact that she goes under most of our furniture and our beds is an added benefit. She learns the places she won’t fit under and will avoid them. When you add in the damp mop feature Molly truly takes over a big part of my weekly cleaning. Being able to start her whenever needed or to preset a cleaning time when we are not home is a great feature as well. I am always amazed at how much is vacuumed up each time that Molly cleans. I am so glad that my daughter recommended the Coredy R750 to me. You will not regret purchasing one." —Carolyn Gilger

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99 — don't forget to apply the coupon to save $60!

    21. And a heavy-duty wet/dry vacuum that truly "sucks" in the best possible way. It picks up everything from dust to liquid messes, and if you have a yard full of trees, this bb works like a charm on leaves. 

    It comes with two extension wands, a dual-flex hose, utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle, filter, and dust collection bag.

    Heather: "My husband and I recently bought our first home and it has been quite the learning experience. Luckily my father-in-law has a plethora of tools, such as this vacuum, that made most of our DIYs a breeze. After ripping up a carpet and removing all the staples that had been holding it down, I was amazed we were able to use this machine to clean all the debris up in one swipe."

    Promising review: "I had a 40-year-old Craftsman shop vacuum that finally broke, I was not expecting a modern one to perform as well as the old one however this new one is better in every way. The hose holds its shape under the vacuum, the wheels turn easily allowing it to move freely. It’s so much quieter than the old model, I like the cart especially as it gives a handle to allow you to move the vacuum around without bending down which for someone with low back pain, this is a great relief" —Silver

    Another promising review: "I gave it top rankings for suction because this thing will suck up anything not nailed to the floor. I went to work on my rooftop deck where there is a tall overhanging tree that left a seasons-worth of wet dead leaves in all the nooks and crannies, and because of the labor required to do that by hand, I never got around to it. With this vacuum, the whole job took me less than 10 minutes and it seemed to have mulched everything as well! No clogs, no hesitation. It just ate and asked for more!" —War Chicken

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in three sizes).