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    Updated on Jul 23, 2020. Posted on Jul 11, 2020

    36 Genius Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Discovered Years Ago

    But there's no use in dwelling on the past when your future includes gems like a mosquito-proof hammock, a service that'll stock your medicine cabinet for you, and a rinsable dish-washing spray.

    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.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. Melatonin sleep tablets for those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night and would give your first-born just to get back to sleep. I can also personally vouch that these WORK.

    bottle of the tablets on a polka dot background with hand showing the dime size of the tablet
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I'm not the best sleeper. I've had a bottle of these parked on my nightstand for the about a month and (as of publish) have used them four times when I've woken up in the middle of the night (not exactly at 3 a.m. each time but in that general area). They're super easy to either chew or let dissolve, meaning you don't need to wash it down with a gulp of water. I even chewed it with my night guard in, which is gross but helpful info! But most importantly, they helped me go back to sleep quickly without weird side effects.

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $5.97.

    2. Pimple patches you can stick on a spot that's come to a head while you sleep for the night and then peel off in the morn to find all kinds of ick on it that used to be inside your blemish(!!!). Where were these when I was in middle school?!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, I use these and they work so well that I curse the sky that these weren't around when I was in middle school before I went on Accutane. Yep, I shout at the sky EVERY SINGLE TIME.

    Promising review: "So I won't show you any of the gory details but man do these things work. I don't wear makeup, so it's perfect for just covering it up to go out because it's almost exactly my skin color. More than that, wearing it at night it takes away most of the bump by the time I wake up. I will say that these are more for that specific annoying acne that like it's huge and that you kind of have to bust, but that only makes it bigger. But it's amazing, it might take a couple days but it definitely helps acne get back to normal looking faster. Update: Here are the gory details. The back acne is real." —Rebecca Gabriela Terrones

    Get a pack of 36 dots from Amazon for $12.50 (also available in an invisible dot or larger version).

    3. And XL patches that'll cover larger areas so you aren't playing connect the dots with a bunch of tiny little circle patches.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love these! I had previously bought the small patches for individual pimples, but wanted bigger ones for the larger pores on my nose. I sleep in them and where for 10–12 hrs, and find then when I remove it I am able to extract my pores sooooo easily. Plus seeing all that gunk on the patch is sooooo satisfying. They def have my nose looking cleaner than ever.... I use it about once a week!" —Kaiti

    Get 8 XL square patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    4. *Sheer* sculpting shorts to help smooth out things underneath your clothes in a more breathable manner than thick OG sculpting shorts.

    plus size model wearing a black bra and black shaping shorts in sheer black
    SKIMS

    Raise your hand if you've ever turned yourself into a sweaty mess thanks to wearing shapewear in the humid summer heat. ::raises both hands:: When SKIMS dropped their sheer line, I nabbed a pair of these in Clay (the second lightest color that also happens to most closely match my skin tone). I've worn them around the house (thanks, quar) under slinkier sundresses and love how they help with the air flow while still doing what shapewear promises. Not that I'd normally wear shapewear around the house, but I couldn't wait to try out those shorts!

    Get them from SKIMs for $44 (available in five shades and sizes XXS–4X).

    5. Or some jersey bike shorts you'll wear on the outside as a super comfy summer option. Perhaps you've heard of them? They're like leggings but shorter.

    Plus size model wearing stretchy black bike shorts with white tank
    Boohoo

    Get them from Boohoo for $6 (available in three colors and sizes 12–24).

    6. A pet odor-focused candle or room spray that won't smell like an odor-eliminating candle. I swear! They cover up eau de dog without giving you a headache.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    In case these Vanna White-like animals aren't convincing enough, check out my full review of One Fur All Pet House candles. (My personal fave is the lavender green tea!)

    Promising review: "My favorite candles so far! My cat approves it too! My cat is super sensitive and gets allergic to certain scents but this candle has really been a hit! We both love the scent and the relaxing smell helps to keep my cat calm. P.S The customer service is AMAZING! We ordered the lavender green tea candle." —Natalia

    Get them from Amazon: candle for $29.95 (eight scents) and room spray for $9.99 (five scents)

    7. A powerful dish-washing spray I now swear by and my mom wishes came out years ago since I gave her a bottle. You can spray down that casserole dish caked with enchilada sauce, let it sit, and you simply wipe and rinse away that saucy mess in a few minutes.

    Target

    I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well.

    Get it from Target for $6.09.

    8. A Hunt A Killer subscription so you can solve your way through a (faux) case with your loved ones, now that you've seemingly finished all the true-crime stuff on Netflix. Where has this been all my life?

    the Hunt a Killer box
    Hunt A Killer

    Finally! A reason to put a bunch of yarn between papers on a wall! Each box includes clues for a murder that you need to help solve! Also, this isn't a quick, little thing. It is involved, so you'll stay occupied with this awhile. Each "season" of a crime is six episodes long.

    Get a one-month subscription from Hunt A Killer for $33.95 (also available in a six-month subscription).

    9. A plumping hyaluronic acid serum – it'll really get down to what you want from a skincare product thanks to a nutrient-rich formula — looking like you've been getting enough sleep, eating your veggies, and drinking TONS of water.

    the bottle of product
    Moon Juice

    Formulated without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes or fragrances. Plus, it's vegan!

    Get it from Moon Juice for $58 (or a subscription for $52.20).

    10. A bottle of air sanitizer (yes that's a thing) that can eliminate the WORST of smells (even cigarette smoke!) because sometimes plugging an air freshener into an outlet just masks the funk.

    bottle of the spray
    Amazon

    Other reviews on sold-out listings mention that it's great for covering up dead animal smells (sometimes mice get in your car?!) and that funeral directors also swear by it. So there's that. My mom uses this on regular smells (like our alive family dog Hank and cooking wafts), and it WORKS.

    Promising review: "If there is a smell you need to ELIMINATE, not cover up, Ozium is the go-to. Pet odor, smoke, anything. Simply the best." —Jonathan Cashman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    11. A dip powder mani kit for a salon-like effect for about the cost of one visit. Now that you've become great at painting your nails with regular polish, it's time to ~level~ up.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I get my nails done a lot, but the cost to get them done all the time wasn’t good on my budget. I started doing my own nails with the LED lamp, but they never lasted as long. I saw this product and for the price I couldn’t resist.

    It was packaged well and it had instructions with it on how to apply the coats and powder. I knew what to do from having my nails done a lot before. I thought the process was super easy! Love the colors!" —Lexi

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in more colors).

    12. Dip clips you can attach to car vents to help you get all saucey while you're on the go without finding smears of honey mustard months later.

    reviewer pic of person dipping a chicken tender into tthe little clip attached to a car vent with the sauce container inside
    amazon.com

    They'll fit onto horizontal or vertical air vents *and* can hold sauce packs from all popular fast food chains!

    Promising review: "I love this in my car! It stays in place and lets me do all the dipping I want while I drive without making a mess." —krystie

    Get two from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    13. An insulated soundproofing strip that'll stick on your door to help muffle your roommate's sounds as you clock lots of time together while social distancing in your apartment. OK this isn't revolutionary but it'll feel like it once you realize it would've improved your quality of life drastically if you bought it a year ago.

    amazon.com

    It *also* keeps cool air in your room!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two colors).

    14. A waterless shampoo – it'll transform from powder to foam when you add water to it. It takes up FAR less precious space in the shower and travels well!

    person putting shampoo in hair
    OWA Haircare

    In case you're wondering, "OK, but does it work?" The answer is a big yes. I've used most every kind of shampoo on my super thick, long, naturally wavy, and color-treated hair, and this stuff works JUST as well as traditional shampoo. Just a dash of powder TRULY transforms into a good amount of foam. It's surprising!

    Get it from OWA Haircare for $29.

    15. A bug bite suction tool to help you out with existing bites to remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (3x per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    16. And a camping hammock with a mosquito net so you can kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? Here's to comfortably clocking in more leisure hours despite blood-sucking fiends.

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top
    Amazon

    The net isn't removable but if you choose not to use it, you can flip it to the underside while in use.

    Promising review: "We recently took two of these camping and they worked well. Hammock sleeping takes some getting used to. They are initially comfy but, depending on how you set it up, your legs can end up high which caused me to wake up a few times to adjust my sleeping position. The mosquito netting is a great add. Be careful getting into the hammock as one of the lines we used to hold up the netting was caught in our hand and snapped when the full weight of your body was applied. It's not really a product flaw, you just have to make sure you are only putting your weight on the sleeping surface and not the netting when getting in. Common sense really, just something to watch for." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    17. A Blueland essentials starter kit that'll help you transform your mishmash of cleaning product bottles and cut down on one-use plastic. Plus, there's a subscription model to help you re-up. No more staring at a toothpaste-flecked mirror and an empty bottle of glass cleaner.

    the cleaning kit with empty bottles and tablets
    Blueland

    Includes three reusable cleaning bottles; one reusable foaming hand soap bottle; four tablets (fresh lemon multi-surface, unscented glass + mirror, eucalyptus mint bathroom, iris agave foaming hand soap).

    Get it from Blueland for $39 (also available on a subscription model for $35 every one, two, three or four months; check out refill options).

    18. A Glossier refining duo with a chemical exfoliating solution and priming moisturizer to help lighten scarring and discoloration while giving you *just* the right amount of moisture if you deal with some combo skin issues and would like to take the emphasis off your pores.

    Glossier

    Promising review (for The Solution): "Friends had recommended this and now I know why! I use this every other day to ease into it. I noticed using it every day at the beginning made my skin a little dry. Within a week I had less scarring and my skin keeps getting clearer!" —Haley

    Promising review (for The Priming Moisturizer Balance): "This was everything I was looking for in a primer for months. I have combo skin, very oily T-zone, but still get dry in other areas like around my mouth, as well as having decent-sized pores. This helps me in all aspects. Super lightweight, and allows you to still have a natural skin-like finish while controlling oils and allowing you to still glow. It does not blur my pores completely as some primers do, but if you are trying to get away from silicone heavy primers that can clog your pores (I am), then I think you will love this! I already know this will be an everyday product for a very long time." —Megan

    Get them from Glossier for $40 (normally $49 when bought separately).

    And check out more Glossier sets for solid beauty product pairings at a discount.

    19. A stainless-steel soap bar for erasing garlic and fish odors from your hands, which is something that'll follow you *all* around the house if you don't do something about it STAT. Plus you won't have to clean fingerprints off your stainless-steel appliances.

    hand holding the bar stainless star bar of soap shaped stone in a kitchen sink
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just got two more! This product is very useful in the kitchen or the grill. You don't have to wash your hands 10 times before you get rid of the onion smell on your hands." —Rogoltz

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A medicine cabinet supply kit to keep you fully stocked (that's even the name of the kit!). No more piecing together which things are running out and could use a refill in your family's stash.

    the selection of medicine that comes in the kit
    Cabinet

    Includes a 6- to 12-month supply of allergy relief, pain and fever reducer, sleep aid, daytime cold and flu, and hand cleanser sprays.

    Promising review: "I purchased the Fully Stocked Kit during the pandemic as my loved one has a pre-existing condition and I live in fear because of this virus. I was looking for medications to have on hand and was finding them sold out or places price gouging for what they had available. Then I found Cabinet. They had EVERYTHING we needed. The cost was even more reasonable than before this crisis and I got everything I needed in one shot. Now if my loved one gets sick I have all I need in one place and I surely know where to come back to when I need more. I will be telling everyone about this company. " —Debbi K.

    Get them from Cabinet for $65 (also available as a subscription for $55.25/shipment).

    21. A silicone dishwasher net that'll keep those lighter cups, cooking tools, and more top-rack goods in place as your machine does the washing for you.

    open washing machine with stretchy net on top of things in the top rack of dishwasher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love it! I bought it to keep plastic and lightweight things in the right place in the dishwasher. Usually, they flip over and fill with dirty water. This keeps most of them in place. If I am not using it, it just hangs on the front of the shelf. It stretches to cover half of the top shelf easily. It would probably cover the whole thing if stretched, but I bought two so I could use them both for the top." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $25.42.

    22. A cute nonmedical mask with three layers (including a built-in filter!) to help keep you stylishly safe while you're out and about.

    black and white plaid face mask
    Madewell

    Note that some patterns may ship earlier than others because they're made from clothing fabric scraps. I just ordered some for myself and my mom!

    Get a three-pack from Madewell for $20 (available in nine patterns).

    23. And some antibacterial fashion PPE gloves you can slip into because my friend Aaron can't be the only person who's designated a set of "car gloves" for stuff like pumping gas. This is just a chicer version of that v smart idea.

    person wearing cheetah print gloves
    Sanctuary

    Get two pairs from Sanctuary for $36 (available in two sizes, also in camo).

    24. A pet-hair remover to help you FINALLY rid all your upholstered surfaces of your precious fur bb's hair. This is not a fairy tale!

    reviewer holding a handful of cat hair beside of a fur-free chair
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. With multiple cats and two dogs who have no boundaries in the house (couches, chairs and beds are free game), and more than a few with black fur, our furniture and carpets were constantly covered. This thing works wonders! Easy to use, does the job right, and cheap. What a bang for your buck. The fur comes right off, it's a miracle. I recently used it in our bedroom since we have light blue carpet. The vacuum wasn't sucking up the fur and the carpet looked dingy and dirty. I got down and went to town on the carpet with this thing and the difference is like night and day. Seriously, if you have pets, this is a must. Bought it in March, it's now October and it still works like a beast. You won't regret buying this." —dameow687

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18.

    25. A hair finishing cream on a mascara-like wand for helping slick back those baby hairs and flyaways before your next video conference call.

    before and after pics of person with hair in bun with lots of wisps as before and slick look as after
    Amazon

    Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and high-rated product I try, my fly-aways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head fly-away frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smoothes my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RHoffsommer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    26. A selfie ring light you can set up by your WFH station so you look well-lit and nice during that video meeting that should've been an email. At least you can get away with not wearing pants! (Just make sure you end that call before you stand up.)

    A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up
    amazon.com

    Use it with your phone mounted under the light or set up the tripod behind your computer on your desk for meetings.

    Promising review: "I’ve been having to work from home. During this time, I’m in front of my computer doing WebEx calls and Teams. Having to present and talk in front of 20-50+ people. This light is AWESOME! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Anna Chouinard

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    27. A cooling towel you simply soak in water and wring out to bring some chill to that outdoor run... or just stroll! It's July and just walking outside or doing some low-key gardening can make you sweat like a racehorse.

    A person wringing out a microfiber towel with water dripping out of it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so in love with these, mostly use them for running, etc. I use them at night a lot because I’m going through menopause. It has been a miracle for me, I’ve tried all kinds of supplements they help but this actually works better for me. Also had a virus and used one to cool me down and help with fever. So they have so many uses, I suggest that everyone get these!" —Annette Looper

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. A pull-out cabinet organizer that'll help you file away your multitude of (all essential!) spices in a way you can more easily access them thanks to a slim design and pull handles. Grabbing the cinnamon sugar for cinnamon toast just got THAT much easier.

    person pulling one of the organizers with two shelves of spices out of a kitchen cabinet
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "An awesome product. Took a two-tiered lazy Susan full of spices and made them easily accessible. The tallest items didn’t fit, but there’s plenty of room on the shelf for them with the space saved...Want more!" —Vermontcat

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95 (available in white or black).

    29. Rapid-fill water balloons so you can cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best water ballons. Multiple balloons filled at same time, self tie and release with a gentle shake. You can't have too many of these balloons. After all the time spent at home under Shelter in Place guidelines, it was great to maintain 6 ft. apart and have so much fun. The kids were able to play outdoors, maintain social distancing and have a lot of fun with water balloons. Easy and quick to fill. Worth the money. I don't think we can ever return to regular balloons for water battles." —Brenda S.

    Get 420 balloons from Amazon for $29.99.

    30. A colorless, odorless SPF 40 sunscreen to help you get your sun protection without worrying about a weird white cast or it melting down your face. Now you have NO excuse to walk outside without protection (you always need SPF 30+).

    Dermstore

    Promising review: "I love the consistency of this. No shiny or white residue. I’m very sweaty and this stuff keeps me covered and protected." —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $34.

    31. A skin spatula you may have seen beauty influencers use. It'll do major work for you thanks to vibrations that help clean grease, dead skin, blackheads, and whiteheads... so basically any of your pore-clogging woes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Just be sure to use it on WET skin.

    Promising review: "I’ve heard from so many influencers that this product is amazing. And they were not wrong. I love that it scrubs off the layer of my skin so I can actually have my products penetrate my skin. Combating aging is so hard. I really think this has made a huge difference in my skin. I’m glad I found this. I recommend this to anyone who wants a fresh, soft face." —Carmela C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    32. An over-the-sink drying rack to create some more clean drying space because even though you have a dishwasher you know there are certain items that'll perform so much better without a machine cycle.

    Food52

    Promising review: "Drain washed fruit on top. Dry pots and pans. I love that it rolls up and hides away under sink. So much better than what we had and I like better than the big metal drying racks that you always see even when not using." —maryconlin

    Get it from Food52 for $45 (available in three colors).

    33. An extension cord that'll ~bend~ to your whims when it comes to projects around the house — or just hooking up that VR gaming system in a manner that really lets you wander.

    The moldable extension cord wrapped around a ladder.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have five of these cords now. They are the BEST thing ever. No more bending down low or trying to reach the outlet in the wall, from behind things. The plug is right there for you. I'm getting older, and have back issues, so these are SO wonderful and helpful for me. Love them. You can wrap them around pretty much anything and they stay! You will not be sorry with these. Get them for your parents/grandparents!! They will appreciate them!" —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    34. A waterless cat bath because your precious angel is really starting to stink, but that isn't something you have to live with! I mean... have you ever tried to give a cat an *actual* bath?

    reviewer's pic of clean looking cat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is great at helping me keep my long haired persian's hair smelling and feeling clean without actually having to bathe her multiple times a month. She is a rather messy eater and gets her chest dirty, and this waterless foam cleans the mess right up. I have also noticed less shedding since using this product and her hair is so soft and fluffy. The smell is pleasant too. (Picture of Purrsephone and all her glorious floof thanks to the help of this product.)" —Crystal M.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    35. An adjustable laptop riser to help you find your perfect WFH space, even if that space changes every few hours.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a heavy 17-inch laptop. I can adjust it to my liking and it's very easy to work with. The best part is, I didn't even have to build anything! It was ready to go out of the box. I can only complain about the size of the mouse pad." —Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $54.90.

    36. A tiny magnetic organizer for easily tidying up your various cords. (I can't be the only person who trips on a cord at home at least once a day.)

    filing cabinet withe product on the side with three cords on it.
    Amazon

    Plus there are little ties to keep your cords exactly where you like them.

    Promising review: "I got this style because I didn't want to put any permanent or semi permanent 3M mounts on my nice wood furniture. This sits on the table top quite successfully with little or no stick required. There is a semi stick on the bottom that you can use if needed, but its not really necessary. To give an idea, I can still easily pick this puck up off the table even when using the extra stick feature. Most of my cords attract to the magnet quite well with no extra help needed. I would say three to four cords are about the max that you can stick per puck before it gets a bit crowded, but it will all depend on the connection types/cord sizes." —mugawup

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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