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    30 Efficient Products To Consider If You Hate Wasting Time

    Face it, we've all forgotten to defrost the chicken.

    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. A Thaw Claw because we've all forgotten to defrost something before mom got home. Suction it to your sink, fill it up with water, nestle the food underneath, and watch it defrost seven times faster.


    Promising review: "A package of frozen meat would have taken at least two days to thaw in the fridge. I used this for a 2-pound package a couple of days ago, and the meat was thawed within 90 minutes. One of the most practical kitchen gadgets I own." —Llda Schellhase

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in four colors).

    2. A set of bedsheet detanglers that'll save time by helping your linens dry faster and neater. The days of attempting to configure your mangled sheets are over, thanks to this simple hack. Since these dropped, laundry hasn't been the same.

    hands putting a sheet set with the white square devices hooked to the corners in a washer

    Plus, they're BPA-free, reusable, and created by a small business during the pandemic. 

    Promising review: "Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work — well, I can absolutely confirm this does! I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices so there was one for the fitted sheet and the flat sheet. I tried it out and my sheets not only did NOT wad up, but they came out of the dryer feeling fresher, feeling more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!" —katy

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.99.

    3. A pair of machine-washable mop slippers to tidy up that floor as you saunter across your apartment to pee again.,

    Promising review: "These are awesome. I make my kids wear them around while I'm cleaning the floors. They make great scrubbers for pretty much anything, they hold up well in the wash, and wait for it — they fit the Swiffer. Totally in love!" —Renee Darksteel

    Get a pack of five pairs from Amazon for $19.58.

    4. A pair of bag-carrying handles because having red marks from trying to do it all in one trip? Avoidable. Making multiple trips is a waste of time anyway.

    Two people carrying several bags in each hand hung on the blue handles

    Promising review: "My sole complaint about this is that it didn’t exist 20 years ago, because it could have saved me so much aggravation over the years! I am 100% one of those people who would rather dislocate both my arms and have them fall off halfway between my car and front door than make two trips with grocery or shopping bags. Many times I have had thin plastic bag handles sawing through my hands. This could solve one of the most perplexing mysteries of California, too: why there are shopping carts literally everywhere in grocery parking lots EXCEPT the cart returns. People, buy one of these and you can carry all your bags to your car! Also, the trick of twisting them all closed inside your vehicle and not slinging your groceries from side to side when you drive home... brilliant. Buy this amazing hunk of plastic without delay!" —E. Rose

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.95.

    5. A towel hammock for securing your pet long enough to be groomed at home in a reasonable amount of time.

    A reviewer's dog in the hammock

    Just hang the hammock from your shower curtain with the included hooks — the max weight is 33 pounds. I just saw a TikToker use this and say it REALLY works — when they could stop laughing, that is.

    Promising review: "My son's dog needed her nails done really bad, but I did not have time to take her to a groomer. I am terrified of hurting dogs (because of a traumatic grooming in the past), but I thought I'd at least give this a try to give her some relief faster than I can usually get her groomed. I would recommend using something sturdier than the thin S hooks that they send. We had a large plastic cable clamp on one side and a hook and loop cable strip on the other side and they worked well. She is about 8 lbs. We have metal kitchen chairs and my 14-year-old son sat on one side for counterbalance. She must have been really, really comfortable and felt really secure because she did not make a peep or seem scared. (She is very skittish so this was pretty remarkable in and of itself). There were a couple of painful looking toenail issues to overcome, and my son was able to keep her calm while I worked on her. Overall, I strongly recommend this. PLUS, she looked super cute too." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in three sizes and four colors).

    6. An attachable wine aerator 🍷 to skip letting the wine breathe and instantly take your wine from "eww, who brought this 🤢" to "mmm this is so good 😯!"

    Model pouring wine with aerator attached to the lid

    Promising review: "A must-have for any household. 7-Eleven wine has never tasted better! Traders Joe's two-buck Chuck will never be the same. I thought it was gonna be all in my head but this straight Hogwarts magic. And it comes with two! SOLD!" —Analisa

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.95.

    7. An unbelievable makeup-erasing towel that'll shave time off of your makeup removal routine by doing *exactly* what it claims to do. Just add water and gently wipe away those raccoon eyes you've been flaunting all day.

    Promising review: "These makeup remover towels are amazing! I wasn't sure because all you do is wet the towel and wipe your makeup off. These are plush-like, soft, and gentle on your face. They just feel so magical, because they remove all of your makeup with just water. These are perfect for me after working a 12-hour shift, instead of accidentally falling asleep in my makeup because I'm so tired. This takes so little time and does a great job." —Meggy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four colors and a pack of three).

    Check out why a similar makeup-removing towel won our mid-price pick for best makeup remover.

    8. A pair of Bambody absorbent panties for cutting down on bathroom trips by holding two tampons worth of blood. I love that this doesn't feel like wearing a diaper.

    A customer review photo of the back view of someone wearing the underwear

    Promising review: "These are amazing and they fit so well! I've worn them on my heaviest days and no leaks whatsoever. Super convenient for those of us that wear pads because you jump out of the shower and put a pair on and you're done! No sitting on the toilet to put a bulky pad in your underwear. I bought three pairs and will definitely buy more so I don't have to wait for them to air dry to re-use! Washing is easy just rinse out and throw in washer on cold water and hang to dry! I love these! Life-changing!!!!!" —Lauryn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XXS–6X, sold individually or in packs of two or three in various colors).

    9. A no-tangle dual dog leash so you don't miss your meeting getting your wires crossed, literally, while walking your four-legged friends. It comes in a range of sizes, in case your dogs aren't exactly twins.

    A person walking two dogs

    It also includes a waste bag dispenser and a dog training clicker.

    Promising review: "This leash exceeded my expectations! I chose this one based on the reviews and I am so happy. We have a big dog and a little dog. I wanted to walk them together but was concerned the big one would hurt her if he saw a bunny he wanted to lunge towards. Well he tried a couple of times, but the bungee leash is phenomenal. And the handle is so comfy with the underlying material that it doesn't hurt my hand." —C. Zahorchak

    Get it from Amazon for $13.88 (available in five colors).

    10. A reusable, biodegradable bacon sponge because grabbing all those paper towels is a waste of time and money. Quickly sponge as much grease out of your bacon as possible and give your arteries a break. A top-tier food and deserves its own kitchen accessory.

    The bacon sponge covered in bacon on a kitchen counter
    Green City Living on Etsy

    Green City Living is a Denver, Colorado-based Etsy shop specializing in providing solutions for living a greener life. 

    Get it from Green City Living on Etsy for $12 or on Amazon for $13.50+ (available in packs of two and three).

    11. A pack of Morning Energy Shower Steamers that'll help you squeeze all the joy out of your morning shower. Who has time for morning baths anyway?

    The pack of shower steamers

    Promising review: "This is the best shower steamer I have ever used, and I have tried a lot of them! The scent is robust without being overwhelming, opening up my sinuses while also providing a refreshing burst of energy that lasts all morning. I will definitely be ordering from this company again and I look forward to trying all of the scents." —david e.

    Get a pack of 10 from The Herbal Zen on Amazon Handmade for $20.99.

    12. A pack of Affresh dishwasher cleaner tablets for keeping the backbone of your kitchen at its best. If you have to run the dishwasher twice to get everything clean, it may be time to use one of these.

    Promising review: "I have to admit I bought this with a lot of skepticism. Our 35-year-old dishwasher wasn't really cleaning dishes, it was only the heated water that sanitized them. Our glasses would come out so cloudy that we were embarrassed to have anyone over and give them something to drink. We have a well so the water is full of minerals. I chalked it up to having to buy a new dishwasher, which we can't afford right now, or doing dishes by hand. But even using vinegar and scrubbing by hand didn't get those glasses clean. We followed instructions and put in two Affresh tablets, then ran the dishwasher. On the next load, things were a little bit better but the glasses were still not great. My husband said we'd just have to buy new glasses. Then I read a review where someone said they put in the Affresh tablet along with the dish soap. So, I tried that on a load of just glassware. It was AMAZING! It was like the glasses were new. We've now been using the dishwasher for a little more than a month and everything is coming out beautifully. We followed instructions and put in two new tablets on the one-month anniversary to make sure we were keeping everything clean. Now we don't have to buy a new dishwasher immediately. I am so surprised and grateful for a product that actually does what it says." —MaggieMae

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    13. A spherical self-watering planter so your plants won't suffer from your habitual neglect. Go ahead and use that time to do something else — this planter has you covered.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes,

    Here's a visual guide to help you repot your plants. I repotted my pilea in this planter and it's having the time of its life. Plus, the spherical shape breaks up the hard lines in my room. I would definitely buy more of these since they're really easy to use.

    Greenery Unlimited is a family-owned small business that is dedicated to creating interiors that support maximum human wellness. They sell plants, pots, and other plant-related accessories. As a company, Greenery Unlimited strives toward sustainability, paying employees a livable wage, and giving back to communities.

    Get it from Greenery Unlimited for $32 (available in four colors).

    14. Or a plastic self-watering, self-aerating planter to minimize mold and fungus by aerating the soil. If you forget to water your plants, this'll take some of the pressure off of you.,

    Each planter comes with a clip-on watering attachment for easy pouring!

    Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was ever so much increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

    15. A pair of lil' leaf scoopers because bigger hands means less time spent scooping leaves 😉, get it? Getting carved up by pine needles is much harder when you use these.

    Hands using the trashcan lid-like scoopers with rake teeth on the bottom to scoop leaves

    The jumping into the leaf pile part will be just as great though!

    Promising review: "I really like these mitts. They greatly facilitate cleaning up leaves and yard debris. They are very durable for yard work. I wouldn't use them to move gravel or rock. These mitts save time and more importantly a lot of back wrenching work. I use these too when out on yard jobs. If you have a lot of leaves or loose brush to gather these make the job a great deal easier." —Marty R

    Get them from Amazon for $14.34.

    16. A K18 Four-Minute leave-in molecular repair hair mask so sick, it ventures past the hair cuticle and does what you think your conditioner or protein treatments are doing. Its patented biotech is key to improving strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce in less than 5 minutes.

    A bottle of the hair mask
    @k18hair / Via

    Promising review: "I have very fine, highlighted hair — lots of it! I use this after I shampoo about twice a week (I do not condition my hair beforehand). It makes my hair stronger and softer and all-around more healthy. It's expensive, but I only need a pea-sized amount (my hair is chin-length), so it lasts forever. Highly, highly recommend!" —Sue Schneider

    Get the standard size from Amazon for $15+ (also available in a larger size).

    17. A Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer because it's a match made in heaven for people who take forever to blow-dry and style their hair. Now you can kill two birds with one stone while cutting your styling time in half.,

    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow-dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, nondamaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in six colors).

    18. An Instant Pot that'll reduce time in the kitchen by making decadent soups, stews, sautees, meats, steamed veggies, even warming up food. The steam cooks food much faster to save you time.


    Rice cooker? ✔️ Pressure Cooker? ✔️ Sterilizer? ✔️ Slow Cooker? ✔️ Steamer? ✔️ Saute? ✔️ Yogurt Maker? ✔️ Warmer? ✔️. Its components are dishwasher safe and it comes in various sizes.

    Promising review: "At first, I wasn't sure about all the fuss surrounding the Instant Pot. When I thought about pressure cookers, I thought of my grandmother standing over a stove, canning vegetables from the garden. Boy, was I wrong! This is hands down my new favorite kitchen appliance, and it has saved me so much time in the kitchen. Let me tell you: The Instant Pot is a total game-changer for time-starved cooks, working moms, and anyone who doesn't have time to stand over a stove waiting for a pot to boil." —Kindle Customer

    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four sizes).

    19. A handheld pot strainer for hastily draining the pasta without having to whip out a whole other appliance to get the job done. Bonus: it's easy to handle, wash, and store.

    A person using the whale-shaped tool to drain water

    Promising review: "So convenient and sturdy. I don't have to pull out my colander nearly as often. I'm always looking for time-saving and space-saving gadgets for my kitchen. This one goes at the top of my list." —Nancy G

    Get it from Amazon for $11.93.

    20. A chiseled edge ice cream scoop because who has time to wait for it to soften? Spare yourself with a dishwasher-safe scoop and never wrangle with your favorite iced treat again.

    The pink scoop scooping out ice cream with reviewer text "this scoop went through ice cream like a hot knife through butter"

    Promising review: "After hours of searching and comparing ice cream scoops I chose this one. I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. It was delivered exactly on time and we immediately washed it so we could try it out. Wish we would've bought it sooner and saved the lives of our spoons ; -) We tried it on four different ice creams and it was like scooping whipped cream! This scoop is awesome!! Very heavy duty but not too heavy. It has a nice covering that makes it easy to grip especially since I have small hands. Its dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime warranty!!! This is the only scoop you'll ever need to buy!" —Jackie R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in five colors).

    21. A power scrubber drill to help with those mysterious, yet hard-to-remove stains that popped up on your tub or stove in minutes. You can also use the three scrub attachments on your patio, pool, and other appliances.,

    Promising Review: "Works great on ground-in dirt. We moved into a place that had almost black in the tiles they were so dirty. Photos do not do justice. I only had Mr. Clean and liquid dish soap in the hot water bucket. So I put some across the tile, and then I used the drill brush, wow, what a difference. It works great on grout. So happy someone came up with this idea, I'm going to do to tub and toilets next! Worth the money. Take care." —Bishmaya

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six levels of brush stiffness from soft — the white one, to ultra — the black one).

    22. A cooktop cleaning kit so effective, you'll be wondering how you used to scrub that stove for an hour post-dinner. In minutes you'll see burned-on grease isn't as permanent as you thought.

    A scratched-looking, grime-covered stove top with buildup before using the product, then a completely clear and reflective stove top after using the product

    The kit includes a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper — and it works on glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen cooktop ranges.

    Promising Review: "Works amazing! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years...Only wiped down with random multi-cleaners, which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product... AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new... Even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off... 98% better. The key is to use very little product... Let dry to a haze and wipe with a clean, dry cotton towel. (Just like waxing a car). If you aren't getting a mirrored finish it's because you've used too much product and not enough elbow grease to polish off." —B. Swartwood

    Get them from Amazon for $11.47.

    23. A satin-lined Hairbrella for days you spent hours on your hair but the weather decides to act up. Moisture-wicking fabric and an adjustable band preserves the most voluminous hair from the elements.


    Hairbrella is a small, Black woman-owned brand that "empowers women to conquer the world without worrying about their hair."

    Get it from Hairbrella for $39.99 (available in ten colors).

    24. A set of dryer balls that'll dry your clothes more quickly and cut down on waste, since you won't need dryer sheets.

    The dryer balls
    Domain by Laura Hodges

    Laura Hodges launched her small, eponymous design studio in 2016, eventually creating Domain, a brick-and-mortar (and online!) one-stop shop based in Catonsville, Maryland, for globally sourced, fair-trade, and sustainable home decor.

    Get it from Domain by Laura Hodges Studio for $4.99.

    25. A Bracelet Mate for anyone who has *almost* missed their Uber while trying to put on jewelry. It holds your jewelry in place so you can stop playing Marco Polo with the clasp.

    Model using the tool to put on a small bracelet by themselves

    Promising review: "I bought these to use putting on a bracelet that has large spheres and doesn't bend easily. It works great — I wouldn't be able to wear this bracelet without it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors and in a pack of two).

    26. A StirMate automatic pot stirrer as good as having an extra hand in the kitchen. This'll keep that sauce from clumping while you're multitasking meals.

    The device self-adjusts to fit pots from 6–12 inches in diameter and 3–9 inches in depth. The motor will stir for up to 13 hours per charge and then only takes 30 minutes to recharge.

    Promising review: "I love this device. It will slave over the stove stirring your soups, sauces, and candies all day without a complaint or tiring. Now I cook things that I enjoyed serving and eat but hated all that stirring. No more burnt pots and ruined recipes due to under-stirring. It’s a little costly, but once you use it, you will never be without it. I may even buy another one to handle all of my stirring. This would also make a perfect gift." —Steve Bruss

    Get it from Amazon for $66.81.

    27. Some elegant spice and pantry labels with timeless, easy-to-read typography so going through your pantry isn't as time consuming.

    The labels on jars
    Real and Vibrant

    Promising review: "These labels are beyond my expectation! I'm totally in love with the way they look. My pantry looks so organized and modern. I’m in love and will definitely purchase from this shop again!!" —Sandra Yzaguirre

    Real And Vibrant is a woman-owned small business. When cook and author Sapana Chandra was looking for a way to organizer her spice drawer, she just decided to create her own durable, beautiful, and modern labels. She's been selling them on Etsy since 2020. This bundle has labels for both spices and pantry items — you can see what is included in each set in the description for the item. And if there are labels not included that you're interested in you can always custom order the spices or pantry labels you need.

    Get the set from Real + Vibrant on Etsy for $30+ (available in 20-, 40-, or 80-packs for both spice and pantry sets, plus in four sizes for spices, and three sizes for pantry).

    28. A pair of wireless sleep headphones to listen to your favorite sleepytime stories so you can doze off faster.

    A model sleeping with the headphone band around their ears

    The headphones connect via Bluetooth and have 33 feet of wireless range (meaning your phone doesn't have to be right next to you). The controls are on the forehead, which makes it comfortable for back and side sleepers, and they are made to block out ambient noise.

    Promising review: "I usually never write reviews, but, hot damn, these are a game changer! I sleep on my side and the speakers are comfortable to lay on. My only criticism is that the control panel should be padded somehow because it can get uncomfortable on for forehead/hairline area, but not so much that you can't fall asleep/renders them unusable." —Monique Vego

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors). 

    29. A bottle of Drop It so you don't have to lose a day just because you got a little carried away last night. By removing sulfites and tannins from wine, these drops can help you avoid hangovers.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    One bottle can help keep you headache free for up to 55 glasses depending on how many drops you use.

    Promising review: "I drank wine one night and did not use the drops. WOW, my IBS hit me like a knife! This proves that they really do work. I wish I had an option to give this product 10 stars!!!! I have had IBS for several years and last fall my IBS went into overdrive, after trying to figure out what was possibly causing it I realized that I have been drinking more red wine then usual. I researched it and sulfates in wine are known to irritate people with IBS. I put five drops in a glass of wine and stir it with a spoon; it does not change the taste of the wine. My youngest daughter also has IBS. I had her try it and it also cured her sulfate issues. I thought that I would have to give up wine, but no more!!!" —Keywest

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    30. A modern USB alarm clock so you can wake up on time and stick to that schedule you made. With this, the chances you'll forget to charge your phone before bed are extremely low.

    A reviewer's alarm clock with two devices plugged in

    Promising review: "Love love love this clock...sleek and definitely a statement piece. Alarm is subtle. It will definitely wake you up; however, it will not scare the bejesus out of you. Love the extra ports on the side to charge other things with it." —Meika B.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.59+ (available in six colors).

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