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    30 Low-Effort Products To Help Get Your Home In Shape For The Holidays

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    1. A bleach-free Wet & Forget shower cleaner for not only cleaning but preventing soap scum buildup. Once a week simply give your shower a spray, let it sit overnight, rinse off the next day, and then — BOOM — you're done and didn't even break a sweat.

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    Promising review: "I have been having shower draining issues, so there was a buildup of soap scum in my shower. I have a very weak stomach, and cleaning the shower makes me physically ill. I have tried several products that have claimed to be no scrub/wipe, but this has been the only one that has worked. I sprayed it after my shower and left it to sit until the next night. Found that A LOT of the grime had disappeared. Now, was it perfect? No. But I think with consistent use it will get there. Highly recommend this product." —KZ

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

    2. A plant-based stainless steel cleaner that'll get rid of (and prevent) the streaks, smudges, and grubby fingerprints that are making your appliances look not as Architectural Digest-worthy as you'd hoped.

    reviewer before-and-after photo showing their stainless steel sink looking brand new after using stainless steel cleaner
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    It also comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth!

    Promising review: "We got this product because, while stainless steel appliances look so nice when you first get them, as soon as you start using them you get fingerprints galore. All of the 'home remedy' tricks we tried were annoying, or so labor-intensive as to be overly frustrating, so this product has been wonderful. It takes only a few minutes to clean all the appliances and make them look brand new again — great for when company comes over and you want to pretend like you always live in a magazine spread for home rather than the comfortable way you normally do. :-)" —Anton Stocker

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    3. A reusable pumice stone to quickly take care of those unsightly rings that you've been scrubbing at in vain since forever.

    reviewer photo showing toilet half cleaned with the pumice cleaning tool
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    Promising review: "When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover, and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets, and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don't know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money, and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets." —lynn mcdonald

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    4. A patented pet hair remover if you're tired of dragging out the vacuum every time your pet touches literally anything. This lightweight roller uses bristles, not sticky tape, to quickly and easily catch lint, meaning you can clean and reuse it over and over and over again.

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    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can reuse it — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising reviews: "Finally a lint roller that really works. Now I have an obsessed husband picking up German shepherd hair off the couch. Worth the price paid. It will pay for itself. No more sticky tape rollers!" —Blanca LInda Hatter

    Get one from Amazon for $24.95.

    5. These reusable Swiffer dusters so you can have all the cleaning convenience of the disposable versions while helping the environment and saving a bit of extra cash at the same time.

    Cut up fleece fabric swiffer heads in different color combinations
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    TS Designs US is a Michigan-based Etsy shop that specializes in home products and country, rustic, and vintage-styled gifts and decor.

    Psst — the seller notes that this works best with Swiffers with the yellow handle, but also is compatible with the blue handle. You should avoid using fabric softener when washing this duster so it won't lose its static cling.

    Promising review: "Great washable duster replacement tops. They vacuum off and wash up easily, and they grab dust and cobwebs every bit as well as the disposable ones I was using. Considering it means putting a bit less into landfills and also saving money in the long run; I only wish I had bought these years ago, sincerely. Also, they shipped very promptly and arrived sooner than expected, so that was a pleasant surprise. Thanks!" —otherlings

    Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5.49 (available in 10 colors).

    6. A pack of cleaning K-Cups because the inside of your Keurig is likely coated with residue from old brews. Now you can give your machine regular deep cleans in the same amount of time it takes to make a cup o' joe. Side effects may include better-tasting coffee (important when guests are coming over).

    A glass on the left filled with brown water, a glass in the middle filled with cloudy water, and a glass on the right filled with clean water
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    Promising review: "This was easy to use. Just pop in and let the system do the work. No downtime, no waiting. Simple and easy to use. I did notice a difference after the first use. Highly recommend it." —vetrie

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A TikTok-famous pink cleaning paste for tackling everything from burnt-on food to scuff marks without endless, abrasive scrubbing that you obviously don't have time for this holiday season.

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    It's made up of cleaning beads suspended in a gel, so it'll grind away at tough stains without damaging the surface beneath. It's suitable for use on most hard surfaces like ceramic tiles, barbecues, pots, pans, and more!

    Promising review: "The stains I had on my stovetop would never come out with anything I used, until I got The Pink Stuff. Came in a little bit smaller container than expected, but a little goes a long way. I usually just use a clean rag and scoop some on the rag and start rubbing in, and in less than a minute my surface is clean. I rinse with water and leaves no residue! Also used to get out the hard dirt stains from the bottom of the built-in nonslip tub, and presto, it's white again! Love this and will be getting more." —Judith Bisson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A powerful mold and mildew stain cleaner that'll help lift those daunting grout and caulking stains without the back-breaking scrubbing. Just apply the concentrated gel formula, wait six to eight hours, and wipe it off to reveal the pearly white grout you never thought you'd see again.

    a split reviewer before and after image of the grout looking dirty on the left, and clean on the right
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    Promising review: "I only write reviews when I’m thoroughly satisfied with a product or really irritated. With this product, I’m very happy! I applied it this morning, and by noon you could see the difference. The caulking around the tub is so white, just like I just resealed it. I’ve tried other bleaching products like Kaboom and Clorox with less-than-similar outcomes. The biggest difference was the mold spots behind our shower products. Those have been an eyesore for so long, and now they’re gone. My only regret is I didn’t do a 'before' and 'after' photo." —CButin

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $25.99.

    9. A pack of biodegradable foaming drain-cleaning pouches to effortlessly take care of all the out-of-sight grime clogging (and stinking) up your garbage disposal.

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    Promising review: "Seeing is believing. Not only does it do a great job, but you can see it happening. It doesn’t just mask the smell and leave a lemon scent like some products; it cleans, too, and looks fun. IDK. Blue foam comes out, and that’s good enough for me." —sylvie yah

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A set of reusable Wad-Free tools if you're tired of laundry day getting derailed by tangled bedsheets. You've got loads of guest linens to wash, and these help maintain a balanced washer drum, reduce dry times, and prevent wet clothes from getting trapped in the sheets.

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet
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    Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic by Cyndi, who had a wadding problem and no available solutions. So they did what anyone would do (JK) — learned CAD (computer-aided design) and invented a genius solution! 

    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 my sheets not only did NOT wad up, they also 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 it from Amazon for $18.99.

    11. A cordless vacuum so lightweight and easy to maneuver that you might start to say wild things like "I like vacuuming." Speaking from firsthand experience, once you go cordless, you'll never want to go back.

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    This versatile vacuum has three suction modes, an LED headlight, an additional slim brush cleaning head, an easy-to-install wall mount for easy storage that works with the charging adaptor, AND can be turned into a handheld vacuum.

    Promising review: "This vacuum was such a great purchase. It's super lightweight and easy to move around. I love that it can be mounted on the wall for charging. It's nice and slim and fits perfectly on my kitchen wall without being in the way. It's so convenient to pull it off the wall and quickly clean up any little spills without having to get the big vacuum out. It has great suction. It easily picked up dog hair, flour, and pretty much everything else I tried. The no-bag canister is also very convenient and cost-saving. Probably my favorite thing is how maneuverable it is. The vacuum head swivels and gets under cabinets and chairs very easily. I'm very happy with this purchase." —Heather Reilly

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

    12. Dishwasher cleaning tablets because you're about to be putting your dishwasher through its paces, and it won't run its best without a proper internal clean. Thankfully, these tablets make doing so as quick and easy as...well...running the dishwasher.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I used it in my dishwasher. Had standing water on the bottom, dropped one tablet in the water. Put it on the light wash cycle, and at the end of the cycle, the water was gone! It thoroughly cleans, and I have not had any other problems. I now use it regularly. I recommend this highly to keep your dishwasher clean and eliminate clogs from buildup. It was recommended to me by my super, and after my positive experience I am happy to cosign his recommendation." —cheapchicshopper

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.98.

    13. A pack of Miracle-Gro plant food spikes for a little help reviving those less-than-happy houseplants without you needing to tend to them constantly. One fertilizer spike continuously feeds plants with nutrients they need to thrive for up to two months!

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    Promising review: "My mother has always used the Miracle-Gro plant food spikes, so I grew up familiar with them. Of all the products out there, these are the easiest to use and have never burned my plants. It works like a charm for plants that are droopy and out of sorts!" —BlueFug8

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

    14. A lightweight carpet shampooer that'll lift years worth of caked-on stains (Fido's contributions included) and cut down on those exorbitant professional carpet-cleaning bills.

    Before: a reviewer's stained corner of carpet and After: no more stains in sight
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    And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Promising review: "I run dog services, boarding, and daycare out of my home. My carpet sees high traffic regularly and potty accidents on occasion. Love this Hoover! Holy moly! It picks up an INCREDIBLE amount of deeply embedded debris, dirt, stains, and hair. The difference in how much cleaner my carpet is after using it is OUTSTANDING!! I regularly vacuum and spot clean with other carpet cleaners and couldn’t fathom the filth I was actually living in after using the Hoover. It’s easy to assemble and lightweight, too. You can’t deny the results when cleaning out the dirty water tank. Easily the best purchase I have made for my small business! Very impressive!" —Patty DeCarlo

    Get it from Amazon for $89

    15. Plus, a machine cleaner-compatible carpet shampoo solution to return your floors and rugs to their original color without any toxic chemicals.

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    Sunny & Honey Store is a family-run small biz that makes cleaning solutions with your kids, pets, and the planet in mind. Their products are made in the USA, and they donate 10% of all profits to animal shelters and rescue groups.

    Promising review: "I never leave reviews, but this I had to! I have 10-year-old carpet that I’m trying to make last as long as I can...because kids. Who wants to spend the money to replace flooring when they will just mess it up! I cleaned my son's carpet with this for the first time today, and it looks and smells SOOOOO much better than it was! Other carpet-cleaning products I’ve used have made the carpet smell like wet dog while cleaning, and this didn’t! It smelled great the whole time! I’m hooked!!" —Megan Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    16. A fast-acting air purifier if the only thing left to clean in your home is the air. Three-stage filtration works to trap pet dander, pollen, odors, and more, so you and your guests can breathe a little easier — literally.

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    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! 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 (also available in black).

    17. A bottle of Goo Gone degreaser spray so you can quickly banish grease and baked-on food from counters, stoves, and cookware without waiting around for hours to see results. This one-step cleaner requires zero presoaking and is gentle enough to use daily.

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    Promising review: "Wow! A degreaser that actually works! I love the foam, which starts to work immediately on my stove top as well as cookware and other kitchen surfaces." —P. Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A gel toilet-cleaning stamp because your porcelain throne is about to have a few more patrons running around, and this will help keep it clean between scrub sessions with approximately zero effort. Cleansing gel releases with every flush, leaving behind a fresh scent and preventing stain buildups.

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    Each stamp lasts for around 12 days!

    Promising review: "I put a single 'stamp' on each of my toilets about a week ago. I didn't have the issues other people are having with application. It took about five days of toilet flushing before it started to smooth out the details in the gel. But a week later, it's still there and about the same size. It smells better than not having it, and I can only really smell it with the lid open when I'm standing right next to the toilet. The smell is definitely better than the bleach tabs or whatever else I've bought to clean it before. I'll keep using these for sure." —Kaleigh

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $4.32.

    19. A concentrated allergen spray for a quick and easy way to reduce the presence of airborne and surface allergens from pets, mites, and more. This is especially great if you have guests coming from petless homes. Time to spray away those sneezes!

    a reviewer photo of the spray bottle
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    Allergy Asthma Cleaning Store is a family-owned business making safe cleaning goods for the whole family. If you suffer from pet allergies, it's recommended you spray this daily. For dust mite allergies, try three times a week.

    Promising review: "I am honestly and simply amazed by this product. It lived up to all it promoted. The true test was a long visit from my daughter, who is highly allergic to my cat. Typically the visits are cut short due to constant sneezing or drowsiness from allergy medication. I’m sooo pleased to say she spent hours at my house Christmas Eve and never sneezed once. I spray often and especially before her arrival. Works like a charm!" —Di

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A screen cleaner kit that'll erase any trace of the smudges your toddler made trying to make contact with Peppa Pig through the screen.

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    The set includes the spray and an extra-large, scratch-free microfiber cloth. The formula has no alcohol, ammonia, or harmful phosphates and will gently clean HDTVs, PC monitors, Kindle Fire, tablet, laptops, smartphones, Apple Mac products, iPhones, and more!

    Promising review: "A miracle! I've been looking for this product all my life! I have a nice 42-inch smart TV that I hate cleaning. Every product I used left streaks everywhere, so I'd use more and rub and rub... Make sure your screen is cool, and spray an ample amount on the cloth provided and smear it everywhere. Then flip the cloth and rub it off. I think this is truly one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern history. They give you a huge can of this stuff and a quality cloth." —Paul Wedero

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. A set of brush scrubber drill attachments to eliminate caked-on soap grime with a fraction of the usually required elbow grease. Charge up your standard electric drill, attach the right brush head for the job, and let the modern luxury of motorized rotation cut through grime quicker than your sad sponge ever could.

    Before and after image of a shower door with hard water stains turned totally clean again
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    The set includes three brush head attachments: a flat 2-inch detail brush, a flat 4-inch brush for large surfaces, and a rounded brush for corners.

    Promising review: "I let my tub get extra dirty on purpose because I knew this brush set was coming. In five minutes, my tub was sparkling clean. This item is no joke. The flat brushes are awesome for big surfaces, and the cone brush hits the hard-to-reach corners. I liked them so much I bought a set for my mom." —Jason B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.70+ (available in various brush stiffnesses).

    22. An investment-worthy mattress vacuum if you can't sleep soundly until you know your bed (and your guest bed) is truly clean. This will suck up dust and dirt from your mattress, eliminate bacteria with a powerful UV light, and has a hot air outlet to rid your bed of dust mites.

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    Promising review: "So, I bought this originally for my son, who gets really bad allergies to dust. At first we didn't know what was causing this until someone told me to check our beds and furniture. Even though we change our bedsheets regularly, there will be dust left over. So I decided to give this a try, and they were right! I couldn't believe how many mites and how much dust there was. I took my time cleaning everyone's bed and our sofa, and it was easy to use and light. My son hasn't had a reaction in a while, which means this product works for my family!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $117.99.

    23. An all-natural scour paste so you can easily cut through tough messes with one multipurpose product that quickly removes questionable films, grime, and grease from a wide range of surfaces — tiles, ovens, baths, oh my!

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    Humble Suds is a Denver-based Etsy shop creating plant-based cleaning solutions that are safe, effective, and come in cute packaging (Bonus!).

    I recently moved into a new apartment, so lately I've been cleaning A LOT. Shortly after moving in, my partner and I went to store something on the top of the kitchen cabinets, only to find them caked in a thick layer of grime. 🤢 After going at it with regular multipurpose cleaner (with little success), we broke out the scour paste as a last-ditch effort, and OH BOY did this miracle product deliver (pics above). If it can handle that grossness, it's going to have no problem with day-to-day messes like soap scum and burnt-on food. Plus, it smells delightful and comes in minimal, low-waste packaging!

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $13.95+ (available in two sizes).

    24. A set of microfiber cloths because why bother cleaning if the glass is just going to look foggy anyway? These cleaning cloths will make sure your hard work doesn't go to waste with a 100% lint- and streak-free finish.

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    They're great for windows or any glassware, too!

    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I've ever cleaned. It's simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing." —Xena the Warrior Mama

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $16.98.

    25. A fast-drying grout paint pen for helping you cover up any stains in your tile cracks that just won't budge. Think of it like one of those adult coloring books — fill in the lines and bask in your ~artistic~ sensibilities.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow! I never thought my stained grout would look so good! These pens are so amazing. After a little priming, they go forever! They cover very well and are super easy to use and cover the darkest of stains! I am buying four more to cover the rest of the house. The tip does not get into the very end of a line due to the border, but I prime it a bit for excess paint and push it in with my finger. Also, this is great for those deep small holes or grooves that are in the tile that leave dirt spots that are almost impossible to get out. Just prime it over the hole and rub it in with your finger and wipe off the rest. I have very light beige tile, and the beige color pens blend perfectly. I would NOT recommend white unless you have very white tile. This beige will blend well with white as well. Cannot beat it for the price and the amazing job this pen does. One pen will cover about a 3x20-foot area, no problem." —NatJH

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

    26. A pair of microfiber mop slippers to pick up dirt and dust all while going about your day in plushy comfort.

    a reviewer wearing a pair of teddy bear mop slippers
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    Promising review: "I love this so much. It feels a lot like hotel slippers but less flimsy because of the mop part. You will not feel like you’re wearing a mop when wearing these. I have hardwood floors, so I vacuum a lot and rarely mop. These work so well in getting the dirt off the floor just by walking around doing your daily thing. I just throw the whole thing in the wash when it gets dirty!" —passionfrootgreentea

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 4 sizes and in 17 styles).

    27. A nonslip slatted bath mat if your fluffy bath mat is looking (and smelling) a little worse for wear. This one gives your bathroom an instant spa-like feel with an easy-to-clean alternative that's made from renewable bamboo, which naturally repels water.

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    Promising review: "The material is great. It's soft but flexible, so it feels comfortable to step on but also sturdy beneath your feet. I got a bigger size, and it actually pulls the room together, making my tiny bathroom look rather chic. Honestly, I think it's great and better for the environment because I don't have to launder it every week." —JamieJo

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in four sizes and in black).

    28. A jet spray robot mop so you can keep your floors sparkling clean without ever having to lift a finger. It's safe to use on all floor types *and* can be used for wet, damp, and dry mopping.

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    This mop can handle all sorts of hard surface cleaning and comes with two of each type of cleaning pad — wet, damp, and dry. And if you want an extra long-lasting scent, add in some hardwood cleaning solution.

    Promising review: "I don't normally fall in love with an object so quickly (or any objects for that matter), but Mr. Cleanie (aka my iRobot braava) is the best thing I've ever bought. He is like having a new pet that cleans up. We have vinyl wood floors, and he glides over them, goes around table legs, goes underneath beds, couches, and dressers. Best thing I've done for helping me around the house in the longest time. I wish I hadn't waited so long." —Kim Demore

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    29. A wood polish for conditioning and protecting wood with a combination of beeswax and orange oil, while hiding dings and scratches so you can turn back the clock on worn-out furniture.

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    Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! I can't believe how well it worked. Seriously unbelievable. One application and my coffee table looks great again. EASY to use, nothing special required. While I was watching TV, I used an old cloth/rag and spread it on. As easy as that. Nothing else worked on my abused coffee table — this stuff did. I HIGHLY recommend this product." —Carol L. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    30. A rechargeable electric lighter that's windproof, splash-proof, portable, and just overall very nice to look at, because it's the holidays! And you're about to be lighting a lot more candles.

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    Promising review: "I got the three-pack, one for me and two as gifts to friends who are trying to reduce waste. We all love these lighters because a single charge really does last, we don't have to buy any more disposable lighters for the foreseeable future, and the length is perfect for hard-to-reach wicks. Getting used to how to place the arc on the wick and understanding that there was a safety timeout took me a bit to get used to but wasn't frustrating." —Salim

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors).

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