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    27 Practical Products You Probably Aren't Trying That You Should Be

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    1. A pack of bedsheet suspenders (grippers that keep your linens from slipping off the mattress) that'd leave Larry King utterly shook.

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    Promising review: "Amazing product. I am an architect. I hate a messed-up bed. I couldn't find thinner fitted sheets. I bought these clips. Did I say 'amazing'? I have often shown my own home to potential clients in order to show them some of my work. The beds had to be neat when I did. I bought these clips with a lot of doubts. I CAN'T SAY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO READ THE REVIEW FROM THE PERSON WHO DESCRIBES THE BEST WAY TO PUT ON THE CLIPS. (By flipping the fitted corners of the sheet up onto the top of the bed surface, applying the clips there, and THEN pulling everything back under the mattress. As opposed to all of the other reviewers who complain about how difficult it is to fasten the clips on while lifting up the corner of the mattress!) Once the clips are on, flip the fitted corner back down over the mattress and look at the great result. All of the excess fabric vanishes completely. I was expecting some kind of big pucker, even while the sheets stayed in place, but there was nothing but tight, smooth fabric." β€”Steven P. Gray

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

    2. A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners so you don't have to worry about being woken up by your roommates scouring the cabinets for a midnight snack.

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    Promising review: "These work very well to dampen the sounds of my idiot roommates slamming cabinet doors at all hours of the day. Just make sure you're wiping down the part of the cabinet they'll stick to before applying them. The adhesive is good and should hold for a while." β€”LMA

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19 (for a sheet of 100).

    3. A fast-acting mold and mildew remover gel to give your tiles, grout, sealant, bath, sinks, and shower that brand-new sparkle.

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    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement, but my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1,000% worth the (small) investment." β€”Nicole D

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A loud-as-hell doorstop alarm that'll sound when pressure is applied on the door so you (and your neighbors) can always stay alert.

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    Promising review: β€œThese are fantastic. VERY loud. I put one at the front door without telling my wife while she was out. She came in, the door wouldn't open past it, and the alarm went off. Not only did it scare her, but I was napping in the den and it scared the crap out of me, too! Fantastic door alarm that no one should be without, in my opinion, even if you have an alarm. I travel a lot for work, and having one at the door in the room is extra peace of mind. Inexpensive enough for you to supply for your family, and even friends.” β€”Xfiler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16.

    5. A set of packing cubes to keep the outfits you plan on wearing on vacation securely grouped together.

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    The set comes with four packing cubes of various sizes as well as a laundry bag.

    BuzzFeed writer Rachel Dunkel swears by these:

    "I have these packing cubes and cannot recommend them enough β€” they made an organizational task I was seriously dreading into SUCH an easy one. I went on a two-week vacation to New Zealand and just KNEW that by the time I got home, my suitcase was going to look like two tornadoes kissing. But with the cubes, my suitcase was neat and tidy for the entire trip. By the end of week 1, I found myself spontaneously yelling, 'I love the CUBES!' in a Seinfeld-adjacent voice, much to the dismay of everyone I was traveling with. But what can I say? They're the best thing I've bought for a long time."

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    6. A carpet spot remover so you can finally discard that oddly placed welcome mat you've been using to strategically cover up stains.

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    Promising review: "I remember being completely dumbfounded by my pencil eraser as a kid. Where did the marks go? I looked in the air, I looked under my paper. What's it made of? Does it have to be pink? This carpet cleaner caused the same dumbfounded confusion when 'spray, rub, gone' actually worked. I've obviously lost some of my childhood curiosity over the years because I didn't try to figure out how the carpet stain disappeared. Who cares? It's gone! I practically skipped to the next room to try it out. The memory smudge of food, footprints, dog vomit. Gone. It even worked SOMEWHAT on the decade-old mystery stain left behind by the previous owners that professional carpet cleaning couldn't remove. How does it work? I don't care. What are the ingredients? Pixie dust and incantation. Where did all the stains go? Away." β€”K.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (for a 32-ounce bottle).

    7. A cold-brew maker so you'll finally stop overspending at Starbucks on bevs you're perfectly capable of whipping up at home.

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    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever functioned without this. It's my first cold-coffee brewer. I'm usually a daily drive-thru cold-coffee drinker. I haven't purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven't had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine-ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven't made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn't drink. So simple! Don't hesitate to try it!" β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out our full review of the Takeya cold-brew maker. And find out about the best cold-brew makers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. A disgustingly satisfying drain-cleaning tool to avoid the shame of calling in your landlord.

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    Promising review: "I had a pretty significant hair clog in my shower. I had tried chemicals. Didn't work. I ignored it. Didn't work. Ignored it some more. Started to get slimy (don't judge me). Saw this on Amazon and saw that more than 2,000 people had tried it and actually reviewed it, so I thought I'd give it a go. Oh my goodness. This took no effort β€” I pushed it down the drain and it immediately caught something. What came out was so disgusting, so vile, so yucky, that it should have its own X-Files episode. Before it could lift its head up and start quoting from the Book of Revelation, I put it in a plastic bag and dispatched it to the fiery depths of hell from whence it was birthed. Let some children dig it up in a trash pile in 500 years to have their futures told. I wanted nothing of it." β€”Ecae

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (for a three-pack).

    9. A double-ended electronics cleaning brush so your coveted camera can have a long, healthy life.

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    Promising review: "It's the last company I would have chosen for photographic accessories, but this pen is wonderful for touch-ups to my lenses in the field. The brush is delicate and properly shaped, and the pen is amazing at removing stubborn dirt. I try to never wipe a lens β€” it's a good way to ultimately scratch the surface β€” and this pen is a positive step forward in avoiding that wiping." β€”Hawki Pierce

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A pack of energizing mints that won't require any prep time (like coffee); pop one of these bad boys in your mouth and you'll have all the B12 (energy) and minty breath to conquer the rest of your workload.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE these mints. They taste great in general, and I've had every flavor. I never understood the caffeine crash from coffee that people often complain about, because I used to drink loads of coffee and I didn't really experience one. In fact, I was always tired and I never got much of a caffeine boost. Then I started using these mints. I got a noticeable caffeine boost, and I could tell when the boost was slowly fading away, but I never felt tired after. I just felt normal." β€”Queen Torres

    Get a single pack from Amazon for $4.99 or a pack of six for $19.99 (both available in five flavors).

    11. A gel-enhanced seat cushion to give you the proper back support you need so that nothing β€” certainly not tailbone pain β€” can take your eyes off the prize.

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    Promising review: "As an audiobook narrator, I spend a great deal of time propped on my bum. It's difficult to concentrate on the book you're narrating when your bum goes numb. After trying a collection of folded towels and foam bed pillows, I took a chance on this pillow. OH MY. I can now sit for hours in complete posterior comfort. I thank you, and my listeners thank you." β€”J. Seybert

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    12. A monitor document clip so you can have an in-your-face reminder of the work you need to get done.

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    Promising review: "This lightweight arm holds at least 20 pages without falling out. I use this to prioritize things I need to get done, and it keeps me from losing paper in piles. I have neck issues because I am constantly looking down, and this keeps my head up and makes data entry easier because it's right next to the screen. It also pivots so I can adjust the angle." β€”Life Is Short

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

    13. A pack of super-effective earplugs for those mornings when the garbage truck swings by your window 30 minutes before you planned on getting out of bed.

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    Promising review: "I purchased these earplugs because I suffer from something called annoying-neighbors syndrome. I would liken the sounds coming from below and across from my apartment to that of an auto shop or a construction site, perhaps even an airplane hangar. It's particularly horrendous in the evening. Therefore, I have resorted to earplugs to ensure that I get a somewhat worthwhile night of sleep. The contour capabilities of these earplugs make them incredibly comfortable to wear. After I inserted the earplugs and allowed them to adjust, silence befell my bedroom. I was able to sleep free from the obnoxious noises that surround my apartment. My only complaint is perhaps these earplugs work a little too well. I missed my alarm...by an hour and a half. The earplugs blocked every bit of noise. After the initial panic of being late for work wore off, I was slightly amused that my neighbors had to listen to my alarm while I, for once, slept through their douchebaggery. These will be the only earplugs I wear from now on." β€”Emily Buss

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98 (for a pack of 10).

    Check out our full review of the Flents Quiet Contour earplugs.

    14. Or a shower curtain liner with pockets, because who are you kidding? Every inch of storage space matters in your tiny-ass bathroom.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for my tub/shower situation. We have no shelving, and showerhead racks tend to get rusty/caked with soap and have even fallen off. We've had this in the shower for three months now, and it's great. It holds all our bottles, razors, and bars of soap." β€”Rachel B.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    Read our full review of the Maytex Mesh Pockets Shower Curtain Liner (number two).

    15. An easy-to-use clothing folding board if you watched the entirety of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and thought, Wait, I got the 'spark joy' part, but how did she just fold that?

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    Promising review: "If you are a folding klutz like me, you need this. Now I can zip through a load of laundry-folding in no time, and everything tucks away neatly." β€”Sbosak

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A two-stage knife sharpener so you don't have to deal with dull blades (and a lousy mincing job as a result).

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    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) nonserrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8–10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar-cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" β€”Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.45 (available in three colors).

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    17. A John Frieda hot brush if you simply can't afford to get a blowout every week.

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    Promising review: "I am not a paid person who writes reviews. In fact, I usually don't write them at all. But let me start out by saying, holy crap! This is amazing! Not only was it so easy and fast, but I also have a salon blowout that actually looks great...and I never went to the salon! So I can't do my hair at all, ever. The best I do is flat-iron or messy bun, mkay? But I'm obsessed. When I go to the salon, it looks great for two days and then, bam, I'm crying, 'cause I can't get my hair pretty like she did it, and now I hate it and myself. Sound familiar? Well, I'm living proof this is amazing and it truly works. I won't lie β€” I was hesitant because this looks and sounds like crap/too good to be true. It's not!!! Happy buying β€” I'm buying another for my mom for Xmas; how awesome!" β€”tangi raysor

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

    Check out our full review of the John Frieda hot brush for more info!

    18. A pack of stick-anywhere motion-sensor night-lights so you can grab an item out of the medicine cabinet in the middle of the night without waking everyone up with a sudden burst of light.

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    Promising review: "These little babies can detect motion from about 10 feet away and turn themselves on. The light they give off is incredibly bright considering they are only six LEDs. After they turn on, they will shut off after about one minute with no motion in the room, so they are great for a bathroom night-light, but you may have to move a few times if you're there for a bit." β€”Mr. SmokeyJoe

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.99 (available in warm or regular white).

    19. A trusty washing machine cleaner for zapping the musty, unappealing odors that accumulate over time.

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    Promising review: "Washer started smelling a bit funky several months after we got it. I didn't understand why I couldn't just run bleach in my machine to clean it out occasionally, until I actually ran one of these tablets. The key is that the tablet goes in the washer drum and doesn't dissolve right away. So as the washer runs through several repeated cycles of fill, agitate, and drain, the tablet is still there, sudsing up the water on cycles 2 and 3. If you just put bleach in the soap dispenser, it would all be gone after cycle 1. Also, this gets very sudsy, and that probably helps it reach some areas of the machine that wouldn't otherwise get touched." β€”Aberson

    Get six tablets from Amazon for $10.78.

    20. A pack of acne patches that'll work to minimize inflammation and redness with lightning speed.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE these things. I’ve never used another brand, but I don’t see why I ever would now. My pimples seem to be flattened overnight, and I had a deep cyst that would usually take about two weeks to clear. Within four days of using these overnight, my cyst was completely gone. I don’t know how they work so well, but they do. They pull out all the gunk and, with consistent use, clear your face so much; they even help heal scabs or popped pimples. Seriously, I love these sooo much, and I’ll keep buying them for as long as I have pesky acne!" β€”Clare

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of eight extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    21. A tangle-free cord organizer, if you're starting to feel like you're wasting away your life painstakingly unknotting electronics.

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    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." β€”TheOrdinaryHiker

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

    22. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets that'll clean better than bleach.

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    Promising review: "I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some buildup and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand-new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, and no more odors or buildup around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." β€”Martoune

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $3.71.

    23. A "things to do around the house" pad because there are bound to be days when your list of chores feels unmanageable.

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    Promising review: "These help me be so much more productive at home, and it helps my husband to see how much I do each day as I cross them off. The grocery list is very convenient too." β€”Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $5.26.

    24. A two-tiered shelf organizer that won't cut any corners in the looks department.

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    Promising review: "This is perfect for my bathroom counter to make more space. It was cluttered before with stuff I use daily and don't like the hassle of constantly removing and replacing from drawers. Having it all stacked neatly to the corner is much more tidy and convenient. Assembly was easy. Be sure to measure the space where you want to put it to make sure it fits." β€”JDH

    Get it from Amazon for $23.20.

    25. A hanging cotton canvas laundry bag you actually won't mind leaving out.

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    Promising review: "This hanging cotton canvas bag is a definite lifesaver for my bathroom floor. Instead of having to pick up laundry and collect it before going to the wash, we now can strip down before a shower and basketball-throw our clothing into the hamper. We have an older top-loading washer, and this bag holds one full load of wash, which is great for saving space, since we no longer need to keep a basket out for collection. This bag has been completely filled with jeans, and the metal frame and hook have not bent or warped from the weight, so it will hold up to heavy laundry." β€”Z.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in black and white).

    26. A beautiful bamboo cutting board and seven color-coded mats you'll be relieved to discover are very easy to clean.

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    Promising review: "OMG, this thing is so cool! My dad is envious and wants one of his own. It's so convenient to switch to a clean cutting surface that's right there for you. It takes up so much less room. The surfaces are big enough without being awkward and bulky to wash in the sink. And it's pretty. V pretty. β€”DJ Kitten

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    27. A pair of handheld scrapers to restore your trusty cast-iron pan and avoid getting surprise bites of burned residue in your stir-fry.

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    Promising review: "A necessary tool to clean your cast-iron pots and pans. Perfectly contoured to the rounded corners used by Lodge in their pans, so you'll easily get any food off that's stuck to your pan. The plastic is sturdy and malleable, but not so much that it will deform. Been using these for a couple of months now, and I haven't had them break. Since I still can't get a properly seasoned coating on my pans, I have a lot of food that sticks (my fault), but these scrapers get pretty much everything off easily." β€”JGtz

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $2.54.

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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