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    32 Things That'll Save Messy People From Themselves

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    1. A cooktop cleaning kit, because if you're not splattering sauce everywhere you're awkwardly avoiding the mess. This will tackle grease, stubborn stains, and burnt-on residue before you have time to avoid eye contact with your roommate.

    Promising review: "This works amazingly! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years — I only wiped them down with random multi cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product — AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new — even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off: 98% better." —B. Swartwood

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

    2. A set of Drop Stop gap fillers so you can keep fries in your mouth — not buried between the seats (though somehow they end up in both). Now the ghosts of fast food past won't live in our cars.

    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 two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A spackle kit for filling in any holes you've made in the walls (aka when you hung up pictures with abandon and then rearranged them AGAIN) quickly and easily — and most importantly getting that security deposit back.


    This kit contains spackle, primer, a putty knife, and sanding pad!

    Promising review: "I slipped in the shower the other day and grabbed my towel bar outside of it as to not die. Doing so, I ripped the bar off of the wall, including the screws and anchors, so I had four small but kind of nasty holes in my wall. I've never done any sort of drywall repair/spackling/etc, and I figure for under $10 with all I could need, this would do the job. I applied the spackle, smoothed it with the flat end of the tube, and allowed it to dry. I was able to sand it smooth and then paint over the spackle. It looks fine now. I give it a five for convenience." —John J. Connelly Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    4. A foldable plastic cutting board that'll bring chopped food directly to the pot before you have time drop it everywhere. At least, we hope!


    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in six colors).

    5. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes, because these'll conquer scary messes wherever they happened: even on your carpet. The next time you spill nail polish on the rug again (tonight), you can be done with panicked scrubbing before you know it.


    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.94.

    6. A TubShroom so you can officially cancel showering in standing water when you can't bring yourself to snake the drain. Oh, this has been happening for a year now? PLEASE GET THIS.

    Just put it in your drain and pop it out to clean every so often. It's made of silicone so you can easily wipe away all that gross hair and who knows what else before you lose your cool. And check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for all the info!

    Promising review: "I held off reviewing this to see how it worked over the course of a month or so. My first though is, 'how are my husband and I not bald?'. Seriously, I empty this thing every other day (see nastily graphic photo below) and it is always completely gunked up with hair and goo of all types. I was impressed by the sheer amount of hair and other stuff this thing captured. It was easy to install (unscrew the small metal drain covering, gag at the stuff growing on the underside of said covering, pop the TubShroom in the hole). Yes, clean up is disgusting. Pull it out with a paper towel and clean it off with another one. It's flexible, so the gunk comes off easily." —LT

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

    7. A leak-proof stainless steel travel mug for feeling confident that your coffee is safe and sound — and so are your car seats now for that matter. No more early morning crises before you've even HAD your caffeine.

    This boasts a totally spill-proof lid (thanks to its vacuum insulation technology) AND keeps your drinks hot for up to five hours and cold up to 12 hours! Plus, it makes drinking with one hand (hello, driving) easy, courtesy of its big button opening mechanism.

    Promising review: "I've had this thermos for about a month now and I am very pleased with it. I put my hot beverage of choice inside the thermos by 5:40 a.m. (what am I doing up so early?) and at around noon it is still nice and warm (not piping hot, but definitely not cold or even tepid) so that's give or take six hours. I have repeated this exact ritual nearly every day and it will always be deliciously warm at noon time." —Diana G.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.40+ (available in two sizes and in 18 colors).

    8. A pair of microfiber duster slippers that'll totally understand that sometimes the only cleaning we want to get done is when we're walking to the kitchen. Now you can count that pan of brownies as a ~reward~.

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    Check out some BuzzFeeders' review of these when they tested products for lazy cleaners!

    Promising review: "This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?" —Nigel

    Get them from Amazon for $11.98 (available in sizes 6-9 and in two colors).

    9. A four-part drawer divider set, because you can technically still throw everything into a drawer, but now you'll be able to find your undies come morning.

    It includes four multi-sectional organizer bins that can be for clothing, undergarments, and personal items!

    Promising review: "I ordered these not to use personally but for my workspace. My messy drawers that no one could find anything in are now neatly organized and clean! It's really easy to assemble and begin using. They worked perfectly for what I was putting in them." —Anne Lohstroh

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. A magnetic key holder so you never have another "WHERE THE #$@! ARE MY KEYS" morning again. As we're all well too aware: calling the locksmith is EXPENSIVE.

    Promising review: "This is one of the most useful purchases I've ever made on Amazon. I use it every single day to hang my keys. I've had it for at least half a year now it seems. It hasn't lost any magnetism and it holds my car keys, remote start, USB, rewards/gift cards, house and work keys, etc. I'm in love. One of the best purchases I've made." —Makenah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    11. A microwave steam cleaner for tackling the mess you know has been there for three weeks. I know it and your roommate knows it. But this will loosen the hardened mess so you're done in a swipe. Bless.

    Just fill 'er with vinegar ($2 on Amazon) and let the microwave run for seven minutes!

    Promising review: "I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't cleaned my microwave in about six months. It's an awful task. I ran Angry Mama one time, wiped down easily, then ran it one more time to get it detailed really clean. I highly recommend using it more often than once every six months for a super fast, super clean microwave!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    12. A cotton storage basket that'll still allow you to toss clothes, laundry, whatever away carelessly, but now they WON'T stare you in the face for the next three weeks. Tl;dr: this'll replace The Chair.


    Promising review: "I bought this hamper to help keep our laundry room more organized since we have a large family. This hamper is durable, the handles allow for a nice grip, it can hold a decent amount of clothes, and I like the color and material." —Brandon

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    13. A wine stain removing spray, because now you can prevent any nights out from going sour. I'm not sure who trusted us with a glass of merlot, though.'s all over....your floor. Ok, bye!

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    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

    14. A set of microfiber cloths so you can nix all those streaks that are still there after a lazy attempt at cleaning them. These are totally lint- and streak-free and take about one minute to use. No spray involved.


    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $13.98.

    15. A spill stopper for catching boiling water from overflowing onto your stovetop. Meaning when you wander back into the kitchen to realize your pasta is in DANGER — it's already taken care of.


    This 11-inch spill stopper is made of heavy silicone that's heat-resistant up to 400°F. It's also microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I received one of these as a gift and loved it so much, I ordered another. They really work well for pots of pasta, skillets with frying meat, and I even use them to cover bowls of food in the microwave to stop splatters. I use them several times a week, and they wash up easily in the dishwasher. They are quality-made, and while I was initially concerned about the durability of the center flaps, I haven't had any problems with the durability. Highly recommended!" —LP

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five colors and three sizes).

    16. A multi-purpose cleaning solution that'll be perfect for those of us who know there isn't a mess we haven't seen. But now there won't be a mess we haven't fixed! People like to use it for rust, burnt pans, stained tubs, worn-down sinks, even Sharpie marks (!!!),

    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.90.

    17. A set of counter gap covers, because all the crumbs that have spilt into crevices from you eating chips over the sink are sadly lost forever. But at least now someone will ~catch your fall~.

    These are heat-resistant up to 446°F so you don't have to worry about them melting while you cook. They're easy to wipe clean but you can also toss them into the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down the space between. Just lay it down very easily, and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean; just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However, it is heat resistant, so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two lengths and three colors).

    18. A pack of Clorox antibacterial wipes so we have a super simple solution to every single spill (which is great since there's a lot on our horizon). No tools, no fancy techniques, just a few swipes and your counters are back to shiny (like when you moved in).


    Promising review: "My perfect just about 'all-cleaner' for when I was in college and now for my new apartment — tiles, tables, mirrors, it cleans everything. It's cheap too for what you get. It'll last a long long time (just make sure to keep the top closed so it doesn't dry out)!" —Nick23

    Get a 75-pack from Amazon for $4.98.

    19. A tub of OxiClean stain remover for easily hitting the reset button no matter how intimidating the damage. Spilt food on your comforter? More like wine? Easy peasy.

    Promising review: "This works so well as a stain remover and is so easy to use! Just throw it in the washer with laundry detergent and the stains disappear! As the mother of an infant son who is constantly spitting up, I couldn't be happier with the convenience and effectiveness of this product." —Lindsey Jebb

    Get it from Amazon for $12.48.

    20. A set of non-slip velvet hangers that'll easily make your closet look put-together, as well as keep all your clothes off the floor. Oh...there's that silk top....

    Promising review: "I think I need an intervention, lol. I ordered 100 of these hangers and was so impressed I ordered 100 more. I can't wait for them to get here. I'm on my fourth closet and it's a huge closet. My clothes were all over the floor from slipping off hangers. I couldn't find a thing because of the mess. What a difference these hangers make. If anyone wants to send me a birthday present, I'll take some more of these velvet hangers." —Catherine

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    21. A flat colander, because this'll both catch food scraps and make washing fruits and veggies a heck of a lot easier while you cook — adulting is hard enough, why add cleanup to the list?


    Plus it's safe to put in boiling water, as well as dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is a simple design that just makes so much sense. I have always had some kind of mat in the bottom of my sink to keep dishes from clanking around too much, but often times food strands would get looped around and stuck on it, making it a pain to clean up. This colander is soft enough to prevent that clanking of dishes, but also solid enough to easily lift up and spray off, allowing food particles to slide right off and into the drain catch (no garbage disposal here). It's also great for rinsing and peeling vegetables, creating a large surface area (your whole sink) for catching flying peels, which you can then slide right into the trash. It seems like a bowl-shaped colander would be just as simple, but this design makes a ton of sense for my work-style in the kitchen and does double-duty as a sink mat. A great multi-tasking piece that has eliminated multiple kitchen inconveniences." —loubee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in two colors).

    22. A Clorox ToiletWand so you can remove tough stains and eliminate germs not only super fast, but at a safe distance from the potty. Basically this will do all the *heavy lifting* while you essentially just move your arm.

    It comes with a caddy and six disposable refill sponges!

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

    23. A multi-surface cleaning spray (especially popular for car seats) for finally confronting the mess building up in your car that you "totally forgot about." But it's there. Waiting.

    Promising review: "This product is great! All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures (above) are pictures of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed this all over the seat until it was damp, scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it!" —Joseph L.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A wooden desktop organizer that'll make cleaning your desk actually achievable — it's definitely harder to concentrate when surrounded by every single memo you've gotten, ever. Maybe now you'll sort out your emails? HAHA.


    It only weighs four pounds and is easy to put together, so bringing this to the office is a piece of cake.

    Promising review: "I rarely ever leave a review for anything, no matter how good or bad. But this was really a great buy so I felt compelled to write a review. I received it just yesterday. I easily put it together and immediately brought it to work to put it to use. Every single coworker that walked past my desk complimented just how cute and organized it looked. I was skeptical at first, thinking it looks better in the picture than it might be in reality, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The picture shows just how nice and tidy it made my things, and I definitely think this is worth getting." —R

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath, because if you guys are starting to get nervous to bathe in your own tub then it is TIME to CLEAN. This will easily wipe away the toughest of grime, soap scum, etc. before you have the chance to give up.

    Promising review: "These things are amazing! We have a rental property and the tenants trashed the house. I went to clean up and brought along these magic erasers. The bathroom was in really bad shape. I gagged for a portion of my scrubbing. These worked wonders. Id say that they probably cut my cleaning time in half. Water stains, grime, whatever it was that those tenants left on the floor near the left everything looking as brand-new as it could. Saved me a lit of time and headache. Highly recommend these little guys. They pack a punch!" —Crista Nalezny

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.48.

    26. A Bissell vacuum cleaner so you're not punished for waiting several lifetimes to address the dirt-colored rectangle that is your carpet. This boasts a powerful suction to destroy every *situation* in its path.

    And it's lightweight so lifting it isn't a *chore*.

    Promising review: "Have long hair? Have you killed other vacuums with your (slightly worrying amount) of shedding? Then look no further. We bought a another Bissell vacuum a year ago, and it didn't take long for my long hair to just kill the little vacuum. Now, we have this vacuum and our apartment is actually clean because my hair is not too much for it. The bristles have grooves that prevent hair from caking on, and it's very easy to clean. The brushes are also adjustable, so you can really get into the carpet if you want. It's also pretty light for something so heavy duty. I also love that all of the attachments stay on the vacuum, and I don't want to look for that hand attachment. For the price, it's a great vacuum and would really work if your place isn't very big, as the cord isn't super long." —J. Haller

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    27. A handheld Dirt Devil vacuum for finding a new home for all those crumbs that have been chilling on your couch cushion — the trash. Its lightweight design plus a powerful motor means all it'll take is a ~flick of the wrist~.


    Plus its 16 foot power cord lets you *go the distance* when cleaning your whole house (or car).

    Promising review: "Holy smokes. Do yourself a favor and get this. This little guy gets the job done. I used it to clean out my car that transports two active, filthy children who apparently cannot manage to get french fries in their mouths, and one long haired Nordic dog whose only response to anything is 'shed immediately'. It did better than any vac at a car wash. The crevice tool got all the crumbs out of the gear shift spot. I don't even know how those crumbs get there, because that's not, like, prime food real estate. Whatever. Get this and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how nice your car looks for all of 40 seconds before the kids/dogs pile back in." —Keeks

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    28. An over-the-door shoe organizer that'll make it easy to put anything from shoes to cleaning supplies (you have those right?) in a proper place and off the floor.

    Promising review: "Having no place to store my shoes was driving me nuts, and I was always tripping over shoes. I wasn’t sure if the pockets in the organizer would be large enough for my Crocs, but they fit perfectly when I put the shoes in heel first. I was able to get two pairs of sneakers in the last two sets of pockets, as well. The pockets seem to be well-made and I’m confident that this shoe organizer will last." —bcomstock15

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    29. A can of Easy Off oven cleaner, because it's time for the pie you definitely saw leak everywhere go away. How long ago was that again? Let's not think about it.

    Plus its lemon scent *might* inspire you to cook. If you're feeling up to it.

    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been six years since my last oven cleaning. After seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures (above) speak for themselves." —William Fredericks

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29.

    30. An extendable tub and tile scrubber with a pivoting head so you can get every nook and cranny squeaky clean without making you get down and gritty. Translation: you just reach and scrub. That's it.


    It extends between a whopping 26-42 inches!

    Promising review: "I have cancer in my spine and so I experience pain every day. I have been unable to lean over and clean my bathtub for a month! I thought I must do something and decided to take a chance on this. I am so glad I did! This thing really gets my bathtub clean, every single corner of it! And I do not have to bend at all. What a great tool this is!" —C. Berfield

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    31. A Swiffer wet and dry mop for the easiest solution to picking up the dirt, hair, and other grime that's been living on your kitchen floor since Christmas. Hey look, it's your tiles — remember them?

    This comes as a starter kit: one sweeper, seven dry sweeping cloths, and three wet mop cleaning solution cloths!

    Promising review: "This product saved me — I have arthritis in my back and knees, and normal mopping and ringing out were such a chore and pain to my joints. The Swiffer is so easy: no bending, no rinsing out, no wringing. I just put a wet pad on, run it over the floors, and they come out clean. When the pad gets dirty, you just change it. I recommend this great product to everyone if they want a truly clean floor with no hassle." —Frank Paolucci

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94.

    32. A wood polisher that'll get rid of the wear-and-tear your table or wardrobe are starting to show. No trip to IKEA for a new table necessary — a session with this will get rid of scratches, water marks, you name it. Heck, do it while watching Netflix.

    Plus it feeds your wood protective carnauba wax and beeswax to give it some ~luster~ and extend its lifetime.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    May this minion show you how it's done:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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