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    26 Products That’ll Help Optimize Your Life

    Efficiently get through your to-do list so you have more time for the fun stuff.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A versatile chop, slice, and dice unit that'll drastically *cut* down on food prep and cleanup time with interchangeable blades that can each be popped into the dishwasher.,

    This unit comes with three interchangeable chopping blades, three grater blades, and two slicer blades. It also comes with holding containers to house all the blades, a cleaning fork, and a safety holder.

    Promising review: "I got this because I am slow at chopping veggies with a knife and it works great. It takes no time at all to have fully diced onions now. When I have a bunch of stuff to chop at once, I can just chop, let it go into the catch bin below, chop the next thing, etc., and when I'm done, dump everything into my pot for dinner. Cleaning is also super easy. The pieces come apart for individual cleaning and you can throw the whole thing in the dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. 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, then — BOOM — you're done and didn't even break a sweat.


    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 $16.38.

    3. 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

    The set includes three brush head attachments: a flat two-inch detail brush, a flat four-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 $14.95+ (available in various brush stiffnesses).

    4. A pack of Wi-Fi-connected outlets so you can make virtually any electronic device in your home "smart" and control lights, your humidifier, and even the curling iron you forgot to unplug, all via your phone or voice control.

    a reviewer photo of a smart outlet plugged into a wall socket

    No specific hub is needed to use these outlets (just a smartphone), but they are compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant! To set up, simply plug the mini outlet into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the plug via the app, and wirelessly control the device using a tablet or phone — they just need a Wi-Fi connection!

    Promising review: "These little mini sockets are awesome!!! I tried two other brands of smart sockets but these are by far the best I’ve tried. All I did is download the app, open it, plug the socket in, waited a few seconds for the little blue light to flash...then the app asks me to accept and then I can change the name of the socket, then click, bam, boom! Done! They can be up and running in literally seconds. They are amazing. So far they work flawlessly." —Harper Lee III

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99

    5. A super-convenient tofu press if you're tired of spending more time tending to your tofu than you do your cat. This all-in-one system works in the fridge without you needing to come back and increase the pressure. Plus, all the water collects at the bottom so there's no mess and no need for paper towels.


    Promising review: "I've been a vegan for 13 years and I can't believe I went this long without a tofu press. So much more enjoyable cooking with tofu after pressing it. This press is different than all the rest as it has a tray that catches all the water. You can put the whole thing in the fridge and it's hassle-free. Take it out the next day and drain the liquid and you're good to go. The other presses require a plate underneath and some require tightening and adjustments as it presses. I'll admit after reading some of the reviews here of users with broken Tofuture presses I was hesitant to order but I've just been careful with mine and haven't had any problems so far." —Conner

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    6. A bottle of professional-grade callus-removing gel that quickly removes years' (I repeat, YEARS') worth of hard calluses without endless scraping and scrubbing. Reviewers say dead skin dissolves in mere minutes, so I'd start picking out a new pair of sandals, like, now.,

    Just presoak your feet, apply the gel, let sit for five to 10 minutes, and rinse! It's recommended you go back in afterward with a foot file just to make sure no residue or dead skin is left behind.

    Promising review: "I have the driest heels and this is the ONLY product that has ever worked. Before I used this my heels had some pretty deep cracks and now they're almost baby soft again. BUT please follow the directions...left it on my super-dry thick-calloused heels for only three minutes and the callouses were literally melting off! Wonderful product! So glad I don't have to go soak my feet in those tubs at the nail salon anymore." —Key2Del

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    7. Plus, a rotating electric foot file to maintain your callus-free feet by gently (but effectively) buffing away dead skin without the time and elbow grease required from a manual stone.,

    When the rolling head wears out, you can pick up refills — no need to buy a whole new unit. My mom and I both own one of these and they really do work, but be warned, it does sound like a tiny drill (worth it).

    Promising review: "I've struggled with my feet for as long as I can remember, paying for pedicures only for my feet to feel a little smooth, but the cracks remained. In five minutes I have new feet!!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    8. A Chuckit! ball launcher for upping your fetch game by helping you throw the ball farther with less effort (good for the dog) and pick it up without actually touching the copious amount of slimy drool left behind (good for you). Everyone wins!

    A reviewer photo of a hand holding the ball launcher loaded with a ball and a black dog looking at it

    Promising review: "I ordered the small Chuckit! instead of the large because of the size of our yard and I did not want to check the ball too far over the fence. This is the perfect size for a smaller space and it is easy to control the distance to which you throw the ball for the dog. We also took it to the park in a large pasture and it did just great throwing it a long distance as well as short distance. The ball cup makes it awesome to just be able to pick the ball up without touching it with your hands and I like the fact that a normal tennis ball will fit in it instead of having to buy the Chuckit! ball." —Sam Chap

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three sizes and in five lengths).

    9. A powerful mold- and mildew-stain cleaner to lift the most daunting grout and caulking stains without the back-breaking scrubbing. Just apply the concentrated gel formula, wait six to eight hours, and watch your stains (and your worries) wash down the drain.

    Promising review: "We moved into a new apartment and the mold was out of control and it was disgusting. We tried so many products to get it out until we found this one and decided to try it as we didn’t have anything to lose. I’m so happy we bought this! This is basically concentrated Clorox as a gel so it’s so much easier to apply than the liquid and it kind of stays in place. You just have to apply it, wait a few hours, and remove it (no scrubbing required). Just make sure your shower is dry when you apply it and you’ll be good to go. Definitely worth buying if you have the same problem and nothing has worked." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    10. A sleek Burst water flosser so you can get your flossing done faster with a rechargeable unit that does all the hard work for you. It's water-resistant so you can floss in the shower, doesn't take up a ton of counter space, and when your dentist asks the inevitable "Are you flossing?" question you can proudly flash your squeaky-clean pearly whites.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    After recently experiencing my first cavities as an adult, I decided maybe it was time to get serious about that whole flossing thing. A few personal barriers to that goal included the fact that I hate flossing, it takes forever if you're doing it well, and regular floss is single-use and potentially very wasteful. The answer? This water flosser. It's certainly an up-front investment, but after several months of regular use, it seems like it's built to last a long long long time (it looks no worse for wear after me dropping it several times). One charge lasts SO unbelievably long, and since I live in NYC and have approximately zero counter space, the fact that it's so compact is a big plus. You have to refill the water reservoir once or twice per floss sesh, but it's really easy and you don't have to shut the unit off and on every time. My teeth feel super clean after using it and it's really helped me build a better oral-hygiene routine that I don't dread doing before bed.

    Get it from Burst Oral Care for $69.99 (available in three colors).

    11. A charmeuse pre-rolled scarf because tying the scarf is a whole lot of hassle that you no longer have to deal with. This large design can accommodate a wide range of hairstyles, and the silky smooth satin will help hair retain moisture and prevent breakage.

    Amazon, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Glow by Daye is a Black woman–owned small business founded by Ranay Daye and based in Los Angeles. She sells a variety of bonnets, as well as silk pillowcases.

    My fabulous colleague Christine Forbes loves these scarves. Hear why in her own words:

    "Folding a scarf is half the battle and I love that these are pre-folded. They're comfortable, easy to tie, and very cute. Although my first scarf was free, I ended up buying two more. They're that good. Sometimes they slip off, but that's usually when I tie them loosely. My hair is very fine. Using smooth, moisture-retaining fabrics like this drastically reduces my breakage."

    Get it from Amazon for $24.96.

    12. An electric makeup brush cleaner that will whip and whirl your brushes around until nary a speck of makeup is left *AND* they're dry enough to test out that new foundation you just got.


    This set comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars, a glass bowl, a bowl splash guard ring, a manual, and a 140-milliliter bottle of the makeup-cleaning solution.

    It's just three easy steps to cleaner brushes: 1) dunk your brush in water and cleaning solution; 2) spin to rinse; 3) spin to dry. The base is rechargeable so your spinner will always be charged and ready to go.

    Promising review: "Works AMAZINGLY well! Had all my brushes clean and looking brand new in the time it normally would have taken to hand-wash one brush. If you hate cleaning your brushes, then you need this product. So easy and fun! I only wish I would have bought this sooner!" —Tellie82

    Get it from Amazon for $22.39.

    13. A classic Tushy bidet attachment for a true revo-loo-tionary toilet upgrade that'll keep your tushy in tip-top shape without endless wiping, wiping, wiping.


    Tushy is a small biz founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting booty bliss and reducing wastefulness. Their line of easy-to-install bidets make is easy to go toilet-paperless and reduce overall water waste. Plus, a portion of Tushy profits go toward building community toilets in impoverished Indian communities.

    It comes with everything you need to install your bidet in under 10 minutes!

    Promising review: "This was our second Tushy! Our first was installed in our master bath. We just remodeled a guest bathroom and could not call it 'finished' without a Tushy in it. Once you get Tushy clean, nothing else will do!" —Teresa S.

    Get it from Tushy for $99 (originally $129; available in 10 colors).

    14. A hands-free electric can opener so you can effortlessly crack open some canned corn without slicing your finger on jagged lids brought to you by manual openers.,

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother, who has some problems with arthritis, and when we gathered around to see if it worked, we were all pretty impressed. It left the edge of the can crimped in a way that avoids those sharp edges, which I personally have been sliced by several times. At first, it didn't seem like it was working, but then we lifted it and boom! Open can. I might get one for myself, honestly." —Rachel C.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in four colors).

    15. A rechargeable hair trimmer if you want silky-smooth legs without partaking in the laborious act of shaving. This palm-sized shaver can be used anytime, anywhere without soap or water *and* is perfect for anyone who regularly struggles with nicks, irritation, and razor bumps.

    a reviewer photo of one leg covered with hair and the other hair-free

    Promising review: "I love love love this shaver. It works great. Easy to use. It's design is a comfortable fit in my hand. The side grips allow no slipping. The more I use it the smoother my legs are. I have course hair and trouble with razor burn and ingrown hairs. Thus unit feels like an exfoliant treatment each time I use it. Really great. No irritation. I highly recommend it." —Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $44.37

    16. Dishwasher-cleaning tablets because (to my shock and horror) you have to clean the thing that cleans your dishes, and these tablets make doing so as quick and easy as...well...running the dishwasher.

    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 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 $11.98.

    17. A variety pack of tape cutters for getting a clean cut every time instead of tangling the tape beyond repair trying to rip it yourself or digging through the junk drawer for 10 minutes trying to find the scissors.

    The Grommet

    Tadpole is a small biz founded by Lee Mallahan III after their own struggles to cut straight pieces of painter's tape. And they give back! Each piece is made in the USA by partners from the Louisiana Association for the Blind.

    One pack includes a cutter designed for duct, electrical, and packing tape.

    Promising review: "With Tadpole my tape end is easy to find and grab, my take rips evenly and I don’t waste time and get frustrated peeling pieces of tape. So convenient and easy to use." —Janet

    Get a three-pack from the Grommet for $13.95.

    18. A set of time-saving elastic shoelaces to install on those sneakers that just always come untied so you literally never have to tie them again., Amazon

    Promising review: "These things are amazing. This is my second set because I loved the first one so much. They’re perfect for shoes with laces that always come untied. Also, I can vouch, they work on round laces, which often do no stay tied as well as flat laces. They are very easy to install. Just cut the laces, I use a lighter to melt then ends so they’re not frayed, then slide on the ends and screw in the pointed screw. No issues either time and they look so much sleeker than a bow." —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 13 colors).

    19. An itty-bitty Theragun Mini so you can gently punch your aching muscles into submission even when you're too tired to even think about working out ever again. This quiet yet powerful percussive massager is small enough to travel with and one charge lasts for roughly two and a half hours!

    @therabody / Via,

    BuzzFeed Editor Melanie Aman loves her Theragun Mini for post-workout relief:

    "Exercising has been a huge boost to my mental health during quarantine, but the DOMS man — the DOMS hurt like hell!! I'm talking hurts to walk, hurts to lower myself and sit, hurts to stand up, hurts to lift things heavier than a stuffed animal, hurts to exist. I learned early on that this little gadget was suuuuuuuuper helpful in reducing my discomfort and loosening my tight, angry muscles. While jackhammering my calves and thighs is not an incredibly fun experience (TBH it hurts especially when I'm massaging already sore muscles), I know the next day I'll wake up with significantly less pain."

    Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors).

    20. A variety pack of ready-to-eat beans if there just doesn't feel like enough time in the day to cook up the nutritious (and delicious) meals you crave. Simply warm up a packet in the microwave or on the stove and you've got a ready-made protein to mix into any meal in minutes., Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    A Dozen Cousins is a small biz aiming to create healthy, plant-based options that are actually convenient and authentic. The Black-owned brand is based in San Francisco and is named after the founder Ibraheem Basir's daughter, her 11 cousins, and all the family dinners they've shared.

    My colleague Katy Herman is a big fan of these beans:

    "This pack is from Black-owned, San Francisco–based bean brand A Dozen Cousins and comes with black beans, pinto beans, chickpea curry, red beans, refried black beans, and refried pinto beans. They're all vegan and made with avocado oil. I personally swear by their black beans, which I have just recently become completely obsessed with. They're so flavorful and perfectly seasoned and shockingly easy. Plus, one bag has about two small servings for one person, so I have leftovers the next day. I've been enjoying them with quesadillas and nachos, in homemade burrito bowls, and over microwave seasoned rice."

    Get a variety six-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A hair-removing glove because you're already going to give your pet all the scritches they deserve, you may as well multitask with a massage mitt that will remove hair and help curb shedding.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed,

    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much?!?! After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: This is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand."

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. An easy-to-use guide wand and eyeliner duo that simplifies eyeliner application (yes, even tricky cat-eyes). The easy-to-hold wand helps to steady shaky hands and is equipped with a flexible, replaceable silicone tip that's gentle on the eyes.

    @guidebeautycosmetics / Via,

    Guide Beauty is a woman-owned small biz founded by makeup artist Terri Bryant after her own Parkinson's diagnosis made some once-routine makeup techniques more difficult. So she set out to listen to the most common makeup struggles and develop tools to make application easier for everyone!

    Promising review: "Really really like this product. It’s so different from other liners. It helps me put liner on flawlessly. Great company that took care of me when I put the wrong address accidentally for delivery. I would recommend this to everyone that wears liner." —Perry R.

    Get it from Guide Beauty for $50 or from Verishop for $50 (available in two shades).

    23. A bagless, touchless stationary vacuum for anyone ready to ditch their dustpan for something a little more high-tech and a lot more convenient. Simply sweep towards it and your new vac will take care of the rest.,

    Promising review: "I love this thing!!!! I have three long-haired dogs and it just sucks up all that hair. I almost did not get it because of a review saying that it got clogged up quickly. That is not the case. It compacts the hair and doesn't lose the suction. I empty it once a week and I sweep almost everyday!" —Christy Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $114 (available in six colors).

    24. An EveryPlate meal subscription to cut out stressful meal planning and grocery shopping. This truly affordable kit will deliver pre-portioned ingredients to prepare well-balanced meals that can be ready in around 30 minutes for less wasted food, money, and time!

    A hand drizzling sauce with a spoon onto a rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables
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    Planning meals and going to the grocery store is the actual bane of my existence. The fact that EveryPlate sends me everything I need at a very affordable price is such a weight lifted off my shoulders! This photo is of a real recipe I've made, and loved, and have actually recreated on my own many times since! I've been using EveryPlate pretty regularly for over two years and there has never been a recipe I (a novice chef, at best) couldn't handle.

    Sign up for EveryPlate for $4.99/serving.

    25. A high-voltage bug zapper so you don't have to spend all your outdoor time swatting at bugs and reapplying repellent spray. Just turn it on and this little lantern will provide top-notch 360-degree protection from mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and moths.,

    Promising review: "I am happy with my bug zapper. I am using it on my deck, where I enjoy sitting outside. I plugged it in and almost immediately, it started to work. I was not bothered by flies or other insects. Cleanup was very easy. I just removed the bug tray, rinsed it out and let it dry. I will be purchasing one to keep on my front porch as well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    26. A pack of fizzing toilet bombs if you like soaking stains away instead of scrubbing them. It's basically a sanitizing bath bomb for your porcelain throne that leaves a clean, fresh scent in its wake.

    The plastic container with six white square tabs in it
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is the brainchild of Rita Pardo, a Black mother and entrepreneur who, inspired by her daughter's medical needs, developed a line of natural products for the body, hair, and home. She can even customize orders to avoid certain skin allergens and irritants.

    Get six-pack from Pardo Naturals for $8.99

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