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    Nov 4, 2019

    27 Genius Replacements For All The Annoying Time Sucks In Your Life

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    1. A pack of fast-working cleaning tablets to pop into your travel mug when you're too lazy to scrub away all the grime that's accumulated at the bottom. Whaddya know: These require zero point zero zero elbow grease.

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    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 it from Amazon for $7.99 (for a pack of 12).

    2. An adjustable blind duster that'll tackle those windows (or car vents!) with just a few painless twirls of the hand.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "OK I'll be honest, I ordered this because of the price. After reviewing several other options and having been disappointed with previous dusters I've had, I figured why spend more money on something that isn't going to work? So I ordered the least expensive option but WOW does this little tool rock!!!! It's very easy to use and clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning and dusting the blinds and gets ALL of the crud off of them. My blinds haven't been this clean since the day they were first installed. VERY happy with purchase." —Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A "wrinkle release" spray if you simply don't have the time to warm up an iron. (And we're not here to judge!)

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    Promising review: "This stuff is the bomb dot com. You just spray it on your clothes, smooth out the clothes with your hands quickly, wait a few minutes, and the clothes are wrinkle-free! I hate ironing, so this is magic. Obviously it won't work on hard creases but wrinkles from the dryer, for example, it will get rid of." —J. Larsen

    Get two bottles from Amazon for $13.26+ (available in two scents).

    4. A robot vacuum cleaner with an infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, so you don't have to worry about leaving this thing unattended.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We are very pleased with our Eufy who we named Sneaky Pete because he is very quiet and can sneak up on you. We run him twice a day and are always surprised how much grime and pet hair he picks up. The instructions are simple and clear. Cleaning is super easy. He travels under beds and couches where we would not normally be able to reach with the traditional vacuum. After comparing all of the leading robo-vacs, we chose the Eufy because it was rated as high as expensive ones and was less than half of the cost. We chose well. Like all robo-vacs, Pete will become confused on an area that is black due to the anti-fall safety feature. Like a black patch of a rug. But, we don't hold that against him. Our dog is totally indifferent to Pete which is another pleasant surprise. We are very happy with our Eufy." —Dahna Brinkley

    Get it from Amazon for $224+ (available in two colors).

    5. A "disgustingly effective" set of sticky-stake insect traps to prevent leaf damage and reproductive issues stemming from pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies. Instead of pouring your time into upkeep, just set it and forget it!

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    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. Unfortunately I added a new house plant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.04.

    6. A Squatty Potty for anyone who doesn't have time to sit around all morning — this handy bathroom addition is designed to relax your Puborectalis muscle so you have an easier ~elimination~ with no straining.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love Squatty Potty and you will too. It works like a charm. You will wonder how you got along without it all these years. Think 'Laundry Chute!' That's the best way I can explain it. You will have more time on your hands now, that you own a Squatty Potty. You go into the bathroom and you are out in seconds, not 10; 15; or 20 minutes as in the past. Business owners should buy these for their bathrooms, as their employees will take less time on bathroom breaks, really! In fact if the government would invest in these for every bathroom, the legislative process would even speed up. You will be glad you got one!" —campromise

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    For a more design-forward option, consider the teak wood ($65.58) or bamboo versions ($76.49).

    7. A robot wet/dry mop to supplement your vacuuming — instead of getting on your hands and knees let this thing do the manual labor.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have severe arthritis in my hands and this IRobot is my new BFF. I start with my Roomba, which I've had for about six years, then when the vac is finished I turn the Braava loose. I use just a tiny bit Mr. Clean in the water, I have pets and want something safe but also with a little more cleaning power than just water. I am shocked at how much dirt it picked up. I rinsed the blue cloth in a white sink, how embarrassing it would be to post that picture. I am quite impressed with the navigation cube, it got every inch of my living room without going over the same area twice. it is so quiet that I actually lost it but soon it came out from under the sofa. If the new Roomba models were as thorough and quiet as this Braava I'd be tempted to upgrade. So far so good, I hope it lasts as long as my Roomba has, if not I'll be back to update this review." —CJ

    Get it from Amazon for $254.

    8. A microfiber wrap that'll dry your hair in record speed — because you made a last-minute decision to wash your hair and now have to rush off to work.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have wavy hair that needs product or it gets frizzy. When I took this off my head after my shower, my hair was ALMOST DRY and I had all these well-defined curls! I couldn't believe it. And the large button and wide loop make it easy to put on, unlike the others with the small button and tight loop that were so frustrating — they went right into the donation pile. Don't hesitate, this is worth the money!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in nine colors).

    Check out our full review of the Aquis original hair towel.

    9. A Zipuller so you never have to waste another minute unsuccessfully grasping at that hard-to-reach back zipper.

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    Promising review: "I live alone so one of the biggest troubles I have is zipping up dresses by myself. I tried this product and it works great! I tried it with both small zippers and large zippers. As long as it can loop through the hole, the Zipuller can grip it. Plus, the grip is pretty sturdy and does not become loose when you pull it up. Never has this task been easier! I am so happy that I purchased it and I recommend that you do too!" —Cherie Weissman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A bottle of Soylent — a protein-packed, ready-to-drink meal — if you didn't allow enough time to make a proper meal and need something to tide you over at work.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This drink has made my life so much easier. I have class at 8 a.m. Monday–Thursday and I’m the kind of person who gets up, gets dressed, and just goes to class without eating a proper breakfast. After getting this drink, I started drinking a bottle some mornings when I needed more energy (such as the day before a test or the day of a test) and I didn’t have to worry about what to eat and was able to put all my time into the lecture and studying. I wouldn’t say this counts as a meal but it makes you not worry about eating for a while. It’s also nutritious and tastes like chocolate milk. Definitely a great addition to my life. I highly recommend this if you don’t have a lot of time to eat breakfast or you’re just lazy like me." —Pedram Miyabi

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $39+ (available in five flavors and a variety pack).

    11. A toilet cleaning system that'll spread Oxi Clean every time you flush for a whole three months so you don't have to roll up your sleeves and scrub away at that toilet quite so often.

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    Promising review: "Had no problems with installing this product liked how it came with an extra tube to use I most definitely needed a new one haven't seen no leakage of water at all from replacing the tube either. Love the freshness of the tablets smell." —kezia simpson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.47.

    12. A scratch-free scraping tool if you know the struggle of removing a sticky label from the bottom of a beautiful piece of kitchenware with your nails all too well.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The perfect handy tool for getting into tight places. It's firm enough for multiple uses but it doesn't scratch or mar surfaces. I should have gotten the five-pack, I have so many uses for these things. I think the best use yet was cleaning the sliding door track, I finally could get into the corners to get the grunge out. A great invention." —MissPicky

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in set of five).

    13. An Instant Pot that'll do all (ok, MOST of) the meal prepping while you're out of the house — it's a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my IP! I am a baker and cook all the time, BUT I hate all the mess. So sometimes, I just don't cook. But I have had this a week already, and have cooked every day. Hard boiled eggs, oh my gosh! The peels LITERALLY fall off, no more trying to get them off. It took me 1.5 minutes to peel 10 eggs and I was taking my time. Last night, I decided I would try New York cheesecake. Talk about EASY? And it was done in 35 minutes! It took so much longer to just let it cool and put into the fridge. It was PERFECT! Seriously people, get one. READ THE BOOK, for safety etc. And go to Pinterest or YouTube and start grabbing those recipes. WOOHOO I LOVE IT!" —Starrstylist

    Get it from Amazon for $59.89+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes and four colors).

    14. A "chop wizard" to make the most taxing part of meal prep feel like a breeze.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love my vidalia chopper! It works great! I am really lazy when it comes to chopping up veggies and such, I really don't like doing it because it takes a lot of time, but the Vidalia Chop Wizard makes it go so much faster and smoother. I don't know what I would do without it." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $19.75.

    15. A cold brew coffee maker – it beats waiting in an impossibly long Starbucks line.

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    Promising review: "I was spending so much money at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, waiting in lines, being late for work, for burnt or watery coffee. I don't remember how I came across cold brew because I'd never heard of anything but iced coffee at that point...which I assumed was the same. Nope! It's not. As soon as I started using Seattle's Best Coffee signature blend number 5, everyone at my office started texting me at all hours of the night to bring them in some coffee! All in all I love this thing and its so easy to use. I have just bought two of the largest ones for the office!!" —pedikeens

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    This is our top budget pick for the best cold brew makers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    16. A set of reusable nonstick oven liners to catch cheeses, sauces, and other potential messes, and create much less work for you later.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These liners are life changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A stainless steel grocery bag dispenser that'll make a great alternative to rummaging through a pile of discarded bags underneath your kitchen sink to find something useable.

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    Promising review: "There are only a few things that you need to know about something that merely holds plastic bags.

    Number one: Does it hold enough bags that it seems worth it? Yes.

    Number two: When I jam way too many bags in there, does it fall off the wall? Fortunately, no.

    Number three: Does it look stupid or cheap? No.

    Overall result: Good product, good price, good fasteners so I didn't need to use any screw to install it. Win!" —Matt A - Engineer, father & honest reviewer!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A bottle-emptying valve you can use for kitchen and bathroom products alike to get every last bit out (and, in turn, save yourself time and money).

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. I haven't found anything yet that they don't work with. Right now I have them on my lotion, shampoo, and conditioner bottles. I have always tipped my bottles over but they fall over and these help with that. I highly recommend these if you like to get the last drop out of your bottles." —Amazon Customer

    Get the kit from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A washer-friendly sock organization system (equipped with clips and locks), because your least favorite part of doing laundry — hands down — is scavenging for lost mates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you're tired of sorting and pairing socks, then you need this product. I ordered a set for me (one for clean socks and one for dirty socks). The socks stayed secured in and out of the wash cycle and dried well. Great idea for each family member, travelers, and kids going off to college. Can be used for more than just socks. Think scarves, gloves, etc." —valueval

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in pink, red, blue, and dark blue).

    20. A rapid egg cooker, which'll perfectly prepare six eggs in any manner your heart desires — hard-, medium-, and soft-boiled eggs, two poached eggs, scrambled eggs, you name it. You really can't mess this up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love hard boiled eggs for protein especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud sounds like a basketball game buzzer) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked and was afraid they were still raw." —OnAJourney

    Get it from Amazon for $18.59+ (available in five colors).

    Read more about this rapid egg cooker here.

    21. A pack of slow cooker liners to make slow cooking even easier. Just remove the liners after you're done and you can completely skip the annoying clean-up that usually follows.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant slow cooker? 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 $2.98+.

    Check out our full review for Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners here (#4)!

    22. A cord wrap for your perpetually knotted-up electronics.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My sister-in-law is a busy mom with a bunch of kids and barely any time to get ready. So when I heard she was always misplacing her earbuds and that was eating into her gym time, I hopped onto Amazon and grabbed her the cutest earbud organizer I could find. She loves it, and it really helps because she can tuck it in her bag and even attach it to some of her workout bags." —TheOrdinaryHiker

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in 10 colors).

    23. A meal planner, so you don't have to drain 50% of your energy on a Chopped-style scavenger hunt in your kitchen every time you get home from work.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "As a busy working mom, this is fantastic! I keep an ongoing list of groceries needed on the right side (I modify mine based on what store I am going to) and then what's for dinner on the left side. I have four teenagers, and there is always someone who is asking, "What's for dinner?" so this does the trick as now they just need to look at the list! Perfect for the busy family, and LOVE the magnet on the back!" —Lauren T.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    24. A 100% polyester satin pillow cover that'll help eliminate bedhead (and, in turn, shave a good chunk of time off your morning grooming).

    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "Best pillow case ever!! It feels so nice. stays cool, which is a need for me, I have a hot head! And it keeps my super curly hair from frizzing." —Lindsay Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

    25. A dish squeegee for making clearing leftover food a far less time-consuming activity than it needs to be. Its curved shape is perfect for getting in those hard-to-reach spots on bowls.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you have ever had to repair or replace a garbage disposal, then I am sure you have been lectured on basically only allowing crumbs to fall into the disposal. This dish squeegee makes prepping dishes for a dishwasher or sink washing a breeze. I hold the dish over the trash can and after a few swipes, the dish is ready for washing. In comparison to using a paper towel, it saves you money, helps protect the environment, and keeps your fingers free from gunk." —She Who Reads

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    26. A dry shampoo that'll absorb all the oil at your roots and give you that nice, textured, "nope I definitely didn't wake up 15 minutes ago" look.

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    Promising review: "Batiste is hands down the BEST dry shampoo I have come across. I have bangs, fine hair, and oily skin — an unfortunate trifecta. To combat this look, I have invested in a multitude of dry shampoo and oil-reducing products, and while rice paper ended up a winner for my skin, no dry shampoo out there seemed to cut it for me...until Batiste.

    I spritzed some on my (previously air-dried) bangs and roots before bed and put my hair in a top knot (without brushing) and woke up the next morning with volume and waves like I've only had from a professional blowout — and it stayed like that all day!

    I was so impressed after that first use that I decided to test it further. I went to a smoke-filled bar one night and instead of washing my hair before bed as I normally would, I puffed on some of this dry shampoo (brushing it through this time), did my top knot and went to bed. The next morning, the ashtray smell was gone (not just in my opinion, either — I made about 10 people smell me that day to make sure) and my hair was clean-smelling and soft with some nice body to it." —CaffeinatedDaria

    Get it from Amazon for $6.19.

    FYI, this is our budget pick for the best dry shampoo at three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    27. And an organizing insert for your bag, if it seems like there's always something MIA when you need to leave — be it your keys, phone, or wallet.

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    Promising review: "The quality is amazing and it gives the bag a great shape. The compartments inside are quite roomy and it makes it very easy to find everything at a glance. I will definitely order the red and the brown for my other bags." —Rania Eleish

    Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in 14 colors).

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