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    Jan 25, 2020

    31 Frequently Overlooked Products That Are Actually Super Useful

    These definitely deserve more credit.

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    1. A set of drip trays for catching excess laundry detergent or fabric softener before it gets all over your carpet. Chances are you've seen this at SEVERAL friends' houses without realizing how darn useful they are.

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    Promising review: "I love this little product!! Such a fantastic simple solution to the drips from detergent or fabric softener. I had at one time stopped buying the economy size bottles of laundry products due to the drips on my washing machine lid. Easy to use: You simply snap the two pieces together and hang over the nozzle — the base is large enough to set the pouring cap on and easy to clean if need be. So happy I came across this ingenious little gadget!!" —tm

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.12.

    2. A draft-blocker, because you may forget that this is even on your door, but it'll effectively prevent noises from drifting in your room through underneath the door — its soundproof, three-layer design will stop any unwanted ~roommate disturbances~ from entering your room.

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    Reviewers also use this to keep cold air from coming into their house/room!

    Promising review: "I’m renting an apartment and my front door doesn’t brush up against the floor. There was about an inch gap which was annoying, because it meant light, noise, and bugs could get in. Ever since I’ve installed this, I’ve had almost no bugs, light, and so much less sound! It’s great. The sound blocking is especially amazing, because my bedroom is near the front door and I hated hearing my neighbors conversations clear as day in the stairwell. It practically matches the color of the door so it doesn’t stand out at all. It’s been on for a little over a month and I’ve had no issues. It’s been stuck where I placed it. I’m very happy with this product!" —airazedy

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

    3. A set of bed sheet holders that'll discreetly work from underneath your mattress to hold your fitted sheets in 👏 place 👏, even if you toss and turn. How many perfectly-made beds have you seen that secretly had these? Almost all.

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    Promising review: "Say goodbye to re arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and four pack sizes).

    4. A key-hiding rock so you can rely on something that is LITERALLY overlooked by everyone but you. No more awkwardly waiting outside your house until your roommate finally comes home.

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    Plus its believable rock design can set your mind at ease about people spotting your keys.

    Promising review: "About a month ago, I was headed for my dad's singing performance and locked the front door from the inside as I was walking out. Something distracted me and I closed the door before I could check to make sure I had my car/house keys with me. I didn't. And it was a cold wintery night. The only person who could help me get back inside in the next four to five hours was my dad, who was already at his show warming up! The next day I ordered this rock key holder and it's exactly what I need. The top side of the rock looks very realistic. It hides well in my garden where I placed it. I don't think to the naked eye anyone would know what it is though." —S. Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers to keep your closet smelling nice and fresh, despite your old sneakers that have...seen better days. Good thing these'll do their work in secrecy so guests are never the wiser.

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    Promising review: "These are magical! I have a favorite pair of shoes that got soaked in the rain. I thought the stench after that meant complete ruin and was ready to throw them away when I found these. I placed them inside the pumps for a week. And that was that. The stench is completely gone!!! Unbelievable." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.45 (available in two colors).

    To learn more, check out "Stop Throwing Out Your Stinky Shoes And Get These Charcoal Shoe Deodorizers".

    6. An under-the-sink mat for protecting your cabinets from leaks and spills so you never have to clean up unpleasant, sticky messes. Will you ever think about this? No. Is it saving you from potential disasters? Yep.

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    Promising review: "The day after I put this under my sink, my pipe developed a slow leak which I did not see for at least two days. There was a small puddle under the mat and the mat itself was saturated. But it definitely performed above and beyond what it is intended to do and saved from a major mess! It dried quickly after I cleaned up, so I am quite pleased." —E.G.Simon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. A set of Drop Stop gap fillers, because these'll work under the radar to catch pesky crumbs (or loose change!) from getting all over your carpet. Out of sight out of mind...until you see they caught you a quarter for your laundry.

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    They even fit around your seat belts and move with the seats if you adjust them!

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a new car and have had them a couple months, but this weekend they proved their value beyond a dropped French fry. My sweet four-month-old puppy was sick and threw up, but not a single drop of liquid fell down between the seats! The material soaked up enough of the fluid to keep it from seeping into the threads of the seats or splashing around before I could pull off the highway. It was SOOO much easier to clean up than had I not had these guards." —Kathy Horner

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A waterproof mattress cover protector that'll protect your bed from spills or accidents. It's super breathable and quiet so you won't even remember it's there — until you drop your water bottle and thank it for its service.

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    Promising review: "I bought this because I had a futon that a cat peed on. I tried everything to clean it but cat pee is impossible to completely get out. I could still smell pee. Not wanting to buy a new futon right now for a few hundred dollars, I decided to try this out. My thoughts were that if it were waterproof then perhaps it would lock IN the faint smell that is left as well as protect the futon from further mishaps. I can confirm this thing is definitely waterproof. It does NOT feel like plastic at all. It isn't noisy or uncomfortable. The bonus part is it is airtight as far as smells go. To test this out before putting it on my futon, I took a leaf from a fresh basil plant and slapped it a few times to get the aroma released. Then I put it inside this casing and zipped it up. I found where the leaf was inside and sniffed as hard as I could directly into the leaf through the casing...couldn't smell it. I unzipped the casing and an Italian dinner came wafting out, but prior to that, I could not smell the basil. I threw it on the futon mattress and try as I might, could not smell the cat pee. So I recommend this thing to prevent getting into my predicament in the first place but I also recommend if you are looking to get out of a similar predicament." —Justin Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king and two styles).

    9. A set of stick-on bumper pads so you can muffle e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, from slamming microwaves, toilet lids, glasses, cabinets, you name it. America's top secret is that every quiet home actually has these.

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    Promising review: "I 100000% guarantee that you will love this item. Living in a house with three kids can be a loud process, from slamming doors, dropping items, etc. I had to think of an idea on how to make that process a little more quiet. So I found these little rubber bumpers and wow what a surprise. They have been a life-changer. Everything is so quiet — I recommend it to anyone else with loud kids!" —Tylers product review

    Get a pack of 300 from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A mini car essential oil diffuser to keep your car freshly scented no how many fries get buried under your seat. Your friends will never catch on to why your car always smells so darn good — feel free to keep your secrets.

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    It's easy to refill and stays securely attached to your air vents — no fussing needed.

    Promising review: "This is a great way to have your car stay smelling great!! The pads are nice and thick and hold plenty of oil for a good week or more!!" —Marnie Richardson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Need some essential oil? Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. An outlet cover for protecting your curious little one (it's child-resistant so they can't take it off), while still being able to use cords as usual. Plus, it blends in with the wall as well as outlets alone, so guests will never notice how extensively you've baby-proofed your entire home.

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    Promising review: "Living with a toddler isn't easy. A toddler is like a scientist with no fear and a similar, but different, language. The difference being: when you say 'no' that means, 'do exactly what you're about to do, with a smile.' I am so so so so so happy I found this!!!! I installed them today and they are a breeze to install. Our son can't get into it and he can't pull out the cord. The cover is simple enough to remove for adults without being annoying. That's huge for me, because we tend to move stuff around a lot. I just can't say how much this has improved my life. It's a major deterrent. I watched him approach it the first time and after two good pulls he gave up. He hasn't been back since." —Bexyrae

    Get it from Amazon for $3.74.

    12. A pack of moldable glue, because this'll stealthily bond your frayed phone or laptop charger so you don't have to waste money on a new one. It's a thankless job, really, to ~keep it together~ when no one notices you. But it's happy to do it.

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    Promising review: "Really amazing stuff. I took two phone charging cords that were splitting — within another week they would’ve been in the trash — and completely salvaged them. Not pretty, but impressive. The product stayed put, maintain flexibility, and yet the cords are still working fine. Really amazing! Worth every penny. Product dried smooth, soft, not sticky or tacky, really ideal." —seashore6

    Get pack of three from Amazon for $9.97.

    13. A set of bra extenders that *also* work as a handy, super discreet way to make bodysuits more comfortable if they're constantly giving you wedgies. You'll get a pack of three, so you can create more breathing room in BOTH your tops and bras — and they'll perfectly blend in, so your clothes look the same.

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    Promising review: "I actually did not order this for a bra extender,I ordered it for my compression garment which was too too tight between the crotch snap area and hurt me so bad, so I snapped the extender on the crouch area which was very easy to do, and now I have plenty of room to adjust the extender to my desire. It now feels very comfy, satisfied with my purchase." —queenb276

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99 (available in six different inch spacings and four color combinations).

    14. A large car cup holder so you can safely keep your Hydro Flask, thermos, or other bigger bottles on-hand while driving. To the rest of the world, you still have a regular-looking console. But to you, this just became your most prized possession.

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    Promising review: "The console cupholders in the Chevy Colorado are ridiculously small. Good for a 12 oz paper cup and that's it. There is a thick rubbery liner within the cupholder area and this Smart Kup slides in and grips nicely. Also, it goes in deep enough to be stable. With a full 40oz insulated Hydro Flask in it, the holder doesn't move or tip over or pop out of the cup holder hole during sharp turns. The cup also keeps the Hydro Flask from falling out of the cup, because it sits deep enough." —Bartimus Max

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two colors).

    15. A pack of toilet cleaning gel to maintain a clean toilet with minimal effort. This'll subtly live on the side of the bowl and quickly become your *number two*. Meaning: it cleans every time you flush — you're free from any dreaded tasks.

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    Each application lasts about 12 days! Refills have six gel stamp uses, and each box has two refills.

    Promising review: "Love these. They keep the toilet clean. So you squeeze this thick, nice smelling gel stuff onto the inside of your toilet bowl using the dispenser that comes with — easy. It lasts a few weeks according to how often your toilet is flushed. Each time you flush, water runs over the gel, cleaning the bowl and dispensing a fresh scent. I've watched as, ahem, dirty stuff stuck on the inside of the bowl gets washed away as the cleaner works its magic. I've used these for years and highly recommend." —Johnny's girl

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A shoe organizer for keeping anything from boots to unused sweaters tucked under the bed and out of sight. Its work may go largely unnoticed, but at least it has the Boogeyman for company. Kidding. Maybe.

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    It has 12 slots! Reviewers use this for shoes, scarves, sweaters, you name it.

    Promising review: "At first I really disliked and was thrown off that this doesn't have any cardboard support in the separators like I have had in the past. But turns out it's been actually super helpful as I use this for my shoes I use less often, which are mostly big heels and shoes that don't exact fit in tiny box compartments. The flexibility of this organizer worked perfectly for me. There is a lot of extra give to be able to put in shoes that are weirdly shaped or too big and still be able to zip it closed with no problem." —Michelle Laughlin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A shower filter, because this'll help treat chlorinated or hard water to improve dry, itchy scalps, dandruff, and irritated skin — you know, so you actually feel clean. How many showers have you taken at friends' houses not knowing what a difference this was making? TOO. MANY.

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    It also neutralizes odors (hello, well water) and catches sediment and calcium sulfite. It works with all shower types and doesn't need any tools to install!

    Promising review: "I live in an area where they pump the water from a river with a lot of farming in the catchment; its also volcanic soils and in summer gets salt water encroachment. So not ideal — it basically tastes and smells like a muddy puddle full of chlorine! After doing a bit of research as to why my hair felt so dry yet oil after washing, I decided the water may be playing a part. One word — amazing! I could actually feel a difference when showering, the water almost felt softer if possible and the chlorine smell was gone. After showering my skin didn't have that tight feeling, and my hair felt much softer. Greatly recommended!!" —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $34.86.

    18. A pair of no-tie elastic shoelaces that'll look *exactly* like your regular laces, but make wearing your winter boots all season a lot less tedious — reviewers with arthritis also swear by these for making putting on shoes an easier task!

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    Promising review: "All I can say is that these shoelaces have saved me about 25 minutes every morning with my three kids! Great quality, very nice colors, and super easy to use. Never worry again about having to tighten shoes in the middle of the street!" —ColorMeLife

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 12 colors).

    19. A set of rustproof shower curtain rings so you can open and close your shower curtain without snagging or friction — these are about to become your favorite thing in your bathroom, even if they're the least noticeable to everyone else.

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    Promising review: "Gone are the days of two rods when you buy these genius little 'hooks.' The bearings glide easily across the rod with no snagging. Set-up is easy and removing the liner and outer curtain is a snap when it's time to throw them in the wash. These are the only shower curtain rings I will ever buy — I want to hug the inventor!" —D. Dickinson

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three finishes).

    20. An adhesive LED strip to put ~behind~ your TV and reduce the screen's glare, create sharper images, and increase color contrast — talk about working behind the scenes.

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    It also helps your vision adjust between a bright screen and dark room to reduce eye strain!

    Promising review: "You will be surprised how well this works. I thought it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved! " —Rgd18

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes).

    21. A set of non-stick oven liners for catching any *remnants* from your last baking attempt so you don't have to scrub burnt pie filling off your oven (15 years later). You'll only remember these are here whenever your lasagna tries to betray you.

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    Promising review: "I have a non–self cleaning oven for the first time in decades. After having an apple pie spill over and spending more than an hour cleaning it up, I purchased these oven liners. What a time saver. The are easy to cut so they fit perfectly. Because I have a visible heating element, the liner goes right on the oven floor, under the heating element." —Kimberly Barnes-O'Connor

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    22. A set of LED stickers, because these'll be just as unnoticeable as now any annoying electronics at night. Now you'll be able to enjoy actual darkness — *especially* helpful if the very thing keeping you awake is your alarm clock. Curse it.

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    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. OH MY GOD! This is a game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $4.49.

    23. A suction cup toilet paper holder that'll probably be the most unremarkable thing in your bathroom *but* allow you to keep your TP on the wall without risking your security deposit — all while saving valuable space if you're in a small apartment!

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    Promising review: "I moved into a fancy apartment with all of the fancy amenities, but no toilet roll holder...odd, I know. It also has marble all over the bathroom, so I can't drill any holes or use a regular suction cup holder (it doesn't stay up once the weight of the TP is on it). I got this one and the suction is great! I can put a roll of TP on the holder without it slipping down the wall. I recommend this if you need it. It does the trick." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A set of anti-vibration pads so you can finally stop your laundry machines from making SO. MUCH. NOISE. whenever you use them. To the rest of the world, your dryer looks exactly the same. But to you, it's drastically new and improved.

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    Promising review: "My house was built in 1954. Old houses and front load dryers do not get along and when my wife was doing laundry, the floor felt like Godzilla was attempting to escape from beneath my toilet. This has 100% fixed the vibration issue for me. I can be in peace whilst a load of laundry is being done without worry." —Teej

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $24.95.

    25. A soft, cooling mattress topper to inexpensively improve your old mattress and make it feel like ☁️cloud nine ☁️. When people ask if you just have an incredibly nice mattress, smile and nod.

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    AND it's 100% cotton, so hot sleepers can stay cool.

    Promising review: "This thing saved my back! My mattress was caving in and I could feel all the springs through it. This is thick enough that I can't feel those springs anymore, and it like you're sleeping on a cloud it's so soft and fluffy. I also love that it goes on like a sheet and covers the edges of the bed so it doesn't move around like a foam topper can. The material also protects the mattress from spills, which is great because I eat in bed on occasion and I'm a messy eater and spill a lot. Overall this was a great purchase. I would highly recommend this product!" —Randy A

    Get it from Amazon for $25.93+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king).

    26. A set of Miracle-Gro spikes for *looking* like an incredibly successful plant parent, when really these are low-key doing all the work. They're small and discreet, but can feed your houseplants for up to ~two months~ with micronutrients so having thriving greenery doesn't involve trial-and-error.

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    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $6.95.

    27. A cable and cord box, because this'll sneakily hide unsightly tangled messes with minimal effort. When guests tell you how clean you are, you can totally fail to bring this up. They'll never even notice.

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    Promising review: "I can't wait for the time when cables no longer exist in an absolutely cordless world. Until then, this cool little box does a good job of hiding my cable mess. It's big enough to store extra battery packs and chargers, too." —Jenny K.

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

    28. A Levoit air purifier that'll sit quietly in the corner and capture allergens, pet hair, dander, mold, and even odor (goodbye, litter box stink) so your home finally feels CLEAN all the time. Its three-in-one filtration system effectively improves your indoor air quality — making this the hardest-working thing in your home to never get noticed.

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    It even has a night light with two brightness settings (or you can just turn it off), is super quiet, and has a built-in replacement indicator to tell you when to replace its (included) filters.

    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!" —victoria Mohagen

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in two colors).

    29. A set of smart plugs so you can save energy and turn devices on and off from wherever (like your slow cooker, decorative lights, fan, wax burners, etc.) straight from your phone. If these didn't look exactly like regular outlets, people would notice them and give them the credit they DESERVE.

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    This works with Alexa devices to let you make voice commands ("Alexa, turn on fan") through the Gosund app. You can also schedule controls, like turning off your slow cooker, so you don't have to worry all day.

    Promising review: "Really love these. Got them on Prime Day and decided to add more to my home already. It’s nice to be able to schedule lights to power on and off at particular times. I have one connected to my hair tools to turn off in a certain amount of time as well. I’m always frantic when I forget and no longer an issue. Set-up was incredibly easy. There is a scan code on the box to download the app on your phone, or you can search by the company name in the App Store. Once I got past that it, was just a matter of renaming each and setting a schedule." —Amy M.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $29.99.

    30. A silicone sink strainer to catch scraps before they fall down the drain if you don't have a garbage disposal. People may never give this a second glance, but you'll forever know it as the thing that never makes you dig for soggy eggs.

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    Plus, it's super easy to wipe clean and is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "After trying multiple sink strainers, I'm thrilled to report that the OXO strainer is the clear winner. I was sick and tired of the strainer that would move itself into the sink stopper position, and make grungy water backup while I was rinsing stuff, making me have to put my hands in there to try to let the water flow down the drain. Frustrating. This strainer is simply a strainer. It grabs big pieces of whatever you're putting in the sink, and it's easy to pick the strainer up and bang it against the garbage can to discharge the trapped stuff into the trash. I've had zero problems with food getting stuck to the strainer — even melted cheese falls right off. Magic!" —housewench

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    31. A set of silicone stove counter gap covers, because these'll blend right in with your stove, but will let you bake cookies to your heart's content without worrying about crumbs falling through the cracks and attracting ants.

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    Promising review: "I've been using these for about a week on my new freestanding range. When they removed my old range, I was really surprised to see how much stuff had slipped through! Now, when I cook, I can see the splatters and seasonings left on the silicone that would have fallen between the stove and the counter. These gap fillers really do clean up easily, too. Although they are that extra thing to clean, I prefer that to knowing there's a mess hiding in the cracks." —JMom

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

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