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    41 Household Products That'll Make You Think "Oh That's Genius"

    You'll only wish you'd found them sooner.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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 tub of the TikTok-famous The Pink Stuff that'll blow you away with its cleaning capabilities. Tough scrubbing jobs are about to get a LOT easier. Whether you have stubborn stains in the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else, this miracle paste can help eliminate them for good.

    Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
    A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

    Promising review: "Honestly, I was very skeptical when I first purchased. Everyone on social media was talking about how amazing this product was for cleaning around the house and I just thought they were all jumping on some kind of bandwagon. Of course, I caved and had to try it for myself. Needless to say, I’m very impressed! It removed stubborn mold and grime from my shower tile grout with the use of a hard-bristle toothbrush. It removed hard water stains from my sinks and faucets. I noticed it really does remove mineral buildup, but it takes a lot of elbow grease and repetitive applications before you start seeing progress. The texture feels similar to when you mix honey with sugar to make a lip scrub, except it’s super-fine grit and more pasty like putty or clay. It works amazing so far! No overpowering smell (barely any smell at all), easy to use, and a little product goes a long way. I haven’t tried it on rust yet so we’ll see how that goes. Overall, very pleased and impressed so far. Highly recommend!" —Marissa 

    Get a one-pack from Amazon for $5.97 (also available in two- and three-packs)

    2. A dishwasher magnet to prevent those honest mistakes that happen in every household. You know, the ones where you discover someone put dirty dishes in a clean dishwasher — how dare they? Problem solved.

    A customer using the magnet
    The magnets

    Promising review: "I bought this because of a TikTok video. Super cool and now nobody has to ask me if the dishes are clean or not." —D. Washington

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A set of Wad-Free pads for keeping your sheets and other linens separate in the wash so they don't get tangled. Even better, this helps them dry faster AND prevents wrinkles!

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet
    Amazon

    Wad-Free is a small business established in 2020 after the founder Cyndi Bray self-taught computer-aided design to create the pads.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and not only did my sheets NOT wad up, but they also came out of the dryer feeling fresher, 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 two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A snap-on pasta strainer so you can strain hot water and juices from a pot *without* potentially burning yourself OR losing any of your meal. The space-saving design is perfect for small kitchens, too!

    A model straining pasta from a green strainer clipped to the sides of the pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've owned this for about six months, and I couldn't imagine cooking without it. I hate strainers. They are bulky and fill up the dishwasher, I'm lazy, whatever. This strainer is a lifesaver. Clip it on your pan, strain, and voilà! And it is so easy to clean. A little hot water and it's good to go for the next round. I highly recommend this gadget, it will retire your current strainer." —Viola Evens

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

    5. A toilet-cleaning gel if you want a quick and efficient way to keep your toilet fresh between cleanings. Apply a gel stamp under the rim and the bowl will receive a ~refresh~ with each flush for the next 12 days! It also helps prevent toilet rings and limescale buildup.

    Model stamping the gel to the inside of a toilet and flushing
    Amazon

    Promising review: "What can I say? This smells great and helps deodorize the water closet. It helps sanitize and keeps the bowl clean after every flush...and I can't be the only one who's satisfied when I click, press, and release the little jewel-looking gel tab onto the inside of a sparkling-clean bowl!" —Gino

    Get a pack of 12 gel stamps and a dispenser from Amazon for $16.74.

    6. A trio lasagna pan to make Italian night way easier! You'll be able to cut perfect slices AND use different ingredients in each rectangle for a variety of flavors. You can even get creative and use this pan for brownies and all sorts of other goodies, as well.

    The pan with three rectangles of cooked lasagna in it
    A piece of lasagna on a plate

    FYI, you can 6,000% use these for brownies, blondies, and bread, too. This is also great for making several kinds of lasagna at once, if you and other fam members have different preferences/food sensitivities!

    Promising review: "I loved everything about this pan. It's versatile, I can put three different cake mixes in each well, or meat loaves, etc. I really love this pan! A very happy customer." —Lisa F.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.10.

    7. A self-grooming cat toy that'll entertain even the neediest of cats with unlimited rubs whenever they want! This is also ~purrfect~ for keeping up with grooming until you can get around to brushing your furry friend.

    gif of reviewer's orange cat rubbing face on the wall-mounted self-groomer cat toy
    another reviewer holding up clump of hair from the toy

    You can easily mount this toy to a flat wall or a corner using the adhesive strips included, and it even comes with a little bit of catnip you can put in it to initially attract 'em.

    Promising review: "My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs, and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall." —T. Mangiacarina

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    8. A set of adjustable mug organizers you may have learned about on TikTok and suddenly realize how genius they are! If you desperately need more space in your cabinet, grab these organizers ASAP. You can stack mugs without them crashing down on you each time you grab one.

    The round adjustable flat organizers in blue, orange, and black, plus a before and after pic of the mugs unorganized and organized
    Amazon

    Psst — if you want to see them in action, check out this viral TikTok of the mug organizers that's clocked millions of views. 

    Promising review: "I love these cup organizers. I have a small cabinet above where my coffeepot is and these have made it a pleasure to open that cabinet. All cups are organized and easy to get to. They stay right where they should be. No more stacking them inside one another and them falling over when I opened the cabinet. I also use these for some bowls in my dish set. Works great. I just order a couple more and I am going to use them for my china cabinet. I wondered when I first bought them because the price was a little high. Worth every penny and more. I can not say enough good about these." —ChefGirl

    Get a six-pack (to organize 12 mugs) from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors). 

    9. A set of Keurig cleaner pods for cleaning the inside of your beloved coffee maker. Pop one in and run it through a cycle to remove those ancient coffee grinds that have been building up and probably impacting the taste of your morning fuel.

    Reviewer image of the cleaning K-cup in a Keurig machine
    Another reviewer photo of different glasses of water that range from dirty to cleaner after using K-cup cleaner

    Promising review: "These cleaning K-Cups work like magic. So easy a monkey can do it, LOL. No bad smell when cleaning. Coffee tasted great after using one of these cleaning cups." —KIMBERLY R. 

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A rechargeable, flameless electric lighter if you know the terrible feeling of happily attempting to light a candle only to discover you're out of fluid *gasp*. This one is rechargeable via USB so you won't have to keep buying new ones

    model using black electric lighter to light a candle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is great for lighting candles and more so to reach those candles that are deep inside a holder. The best part is that it doesn't produce a flame that oftentimes blackens the inside of candles. It's almost like passing a light saber through the wick, instantly lighting it." —Pdura002

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in seven colors).

    11. A highly popular microwave cooker so you can make pasta faster than ever! This lil' gadget will save you on nights when you simply don't have time to cook dinner. Add the water and dry noodles, stick it in the microwave, strain it, and you're done.

    A model straining water out of a transparent rectangular cooker full of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week. If not more. First of all, I like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big cleanup afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot, then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    12. A customizable chore chart because sometimes your kiddos just need a little push — or toggle, if you will. Motivate them to get through their tasks with this fun magnetic chart! You can swap out the labels for dozens of different chores.

    person holding the chore list with different chore labels and images
    Useful Makes / Etsy

    Useful Makes is a Maryland-based Etsy shop established in 2021 that specializes in 3D-printed goods for homes and hobbies. 

    Promising review: "I got our order quickly with no problems. This is a perfect tool for my 19-month-old daughter who loves routine and helping us with tasks. I’m confident we’ll be able to adapt it for many years thanks to the 100 sticker options it came with." —Chanel

    Get it from Useful Makes on Etsy for $29.95 (personalization and color options available). 

    13. A container of Museum Gel, which is a clear adhesive that parents, pet owners, and collectors swear by! This gel can be applied to the bottom of crystal or glass to secure it in place – no residue will be left behind, either.

    Reviewer holding container of clear gel
    another reviewer photo of crystal collectible item being held in place with it

    Psst — people who sell jewelry like rings and want to balance them on a surface for photos also swear by this! 

    Promising review: "Saw this on TikTok and I honestly absolutely love it. I use it to keep my drawer organizers from sliding around. This stuff is amazing and I wish I had known about it forever ago." —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.33

    14. An aesthetically pleasing floating bookshelf if you've been trying to avoid it but you simply have no more space for books. These unique bookshelves are not only a guaranteed conversation starter, but they''ll save you so much room!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these but they are great!! My husband has an easy time installing these and they are very sturdy. I love the 'invisible' feature! Will be purchasing more for sure! These were a great choice for us as we have TONS of books but not a lot of space that is conducive to traditional bookshelves." —Maddy St J

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in two colors, two sizes, and as a three-pack).

    15. A universal jar opener you'll be sooo thankful for when you get a sudden craving for pickles and you have NO time to waste (or drawer space, for that matter).

    A model using a white round jar opener mounted under a cabinet to pull a lid off a jar
    Amazon

    You can easily install it with peel-and-stick adhesive and the three included screws. It also works on things as small as nail polish and water bottles!

    Promising review: "I've tried a million different tools and gadgets for help opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one reviewer who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the V closest to you and with it placed in the front-right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I've already placed an order for another one as a gift for my sister." —cat lover

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    16. An incredibly chic storage ottoman with vintage vibes so you can liven up the decor in your home while also sneaking in a hidden place to store blankets, remotes, and any other odds and ends you have lying around.

    A gold hairpin legged blush pink velvet ottoman with a removable lid
    Lid removed to show a blanket and books in the storage unit
    Amazon

    Another bonus? If you flip the lid over, it has a wooden base, so you can *also* use this as a teensy snack table.

    Promising review: "I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my Kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things." —Monica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (available in seven colors).

    17. A Shoe Slotz space saver that's a total game changer for tiny closets everywhere! This makes it easy to stack pairs of shoes on top of each to save tons of room. Don't worry, it won't squish your shoes until they're deformed beyond recognition.

    A before and after photo of a organized shoe collection and an organized one
    Sally Elshorafa / BuzzFeed

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping editor Sally Elshorafa has to say about this handy organization unit: "This product SAVED MY SHOES! I have an awkward set of built-in shelves in my closet, and it was the only place I wanted to put my shoes. As you can see from the before pic (above), it was a big mess; my shoes were piled on top of each other and getting really dirty. Traditional shoe caddies or boxes didn't really work because there's not much horizontal space, so I tried the Shoe Slotz. It fixed the problem perfectly! Because the design smartly stacks one shoe on top of the other, you save 50% of the space you'd normally use to store your shoes." 

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95

    18. An all-in-one measuring cube for any multitasker who loves a kitchen product that can keep up! This thing can be used for 19 measurements, including imperial and metric. It's also microwave and dishwasher safe!

    the yellow kitchen cube filled with rice
    Amazon

    Each cube measures *deep breath*: 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup, 2 tbsp, 1 tbsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 120 mL, 80 mL, 60 mL, 30 mL, 15 mL, 7.5 mL, 5 mL, 2.5 mL, and 2 mL.

    Promising review: "First of all I gotta say, I don’t cook much and if there’s something I hate after cooking is having to wash all the bunch of utensils I have to use once I use them. This cube has been amazing, I don’t have to wash a million utensils over and over, it’s very easy to use, easy to clean and it’s very handy to use for when I’m meal prepping for the week. I bought this out of curiosity and ended up enjoying it a lot. If a regular guy like me is enjoying it, I’m sure it would be a great tool for people who cook or bake on a regular basis." —Daniel Matajira

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A power scrubber brush so you can *finally* dominate difficult cleaning jobs with ease. Attach the brush head to a drill and prepare to blast away all the dirt and grime you've been trying to get rid of for ages. Better late than never!

    Gif of reviewer using the brush to clean grime out of a tub
    another reviewer showing brush attached to a drill next to a shower pane with half still fogged up and the other super clear

    Promising review: These brush attachments are absolutely FABULOUS! I was looking for ways to clean a 20-year-old shower without having to spend hundreds of dollars to replace it. I saw a homemade version online so I searched and found the Drill Brush. A drill and some cleaner later and the shower looks brand new! So easy and no muscle strain! The toughest part was waiting for the drill battery to recharge so I could continue the transformation from dingy to DANG that looks great! The different sizes get into all angles of the shower. I will never scrub by hand again! Can't wait to try it on other surfaces!!" —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in six colors).

    20. A set of velvet closet hangers if you're tired of your clothes sliding off the hangers. The velvet material clings to your clothes just enough to keep them secure. They're also slimmer than normal hangers, so you'll save some room in your closet!

    A BuzzFeed' editor's closet with shirts hanging on beige velvet hangers pressed together tightly
    Closeup of hangers showing how close they stack together
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    "I bought about 60 of these six years ago just to streamline the ~aesthetic~ of my closet, and I have now carried them with me through three closets and two big moves and can't imagine using any other kind of hanger. The velvet locks all my shirts and coats in place so I never have to worry about finding them bunched up at the bottom of my closet whenever I jostle them looking for something to wear, and they have been a *godsend* for reducing the space taken up in my closet. I also just love how sleek and organized they make my closet look. A few reviewers mentioned the velvet coming off on their clothes, but I've never had an issue with the beige ones." —Emma

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in 12 colors, three pack sizes, and shirt, skirt, and suit hangers).

    21. A six-outlet wall charger perfect for plugging in various bulky chargers at once. It also has two fast-charging USB ports as well as a brilliant night-light so you're not left in the dark when trying to plug things in.