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    Updated on Jul 13, 2020. Posted on Jun 8, 2020

    30 Useful Things You'll Probably Feel Extremely Smart For Owning

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    1. A bug bite suction tool that'll play those suckers at their own game. It actually removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin to stop the itching and even help ease swelling — meaning this just might be the first summer we don't feel plagued by scratching.

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    Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

    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. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite 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.

    2. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription so you can try delicious fresh roasts from all over the world that are delivered right to your door. Each box features 12 ounces of coffee from places like Tanzania, Kenya, and Colombia, as well as flavor notes, a postcard, and brewing tips. Bland grocery store coffee...we don't need you anymore.

    A box of the coffee bag, a post card, and flavor notes
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    You can get a single bag of coffee every four weeks.

    Get a subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+.

    To learn why not one, but THREE BuzzFeed Shopping team members love this, check out "This Subscription Service Delivers You Fresh Coffee From Around The World."

    3. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals, because this'll help prevent over- *and* under-watering your precious plant bbs. This'll reduce ~water stress~ in plants and protect them from heat and drought — all you have to do is mix 'em in the soil.

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    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

    4. A gel-infused, memory foam pillow specifically designed for stomach sleepers so you can finally sleep the way you like without straining your neck. Plus! Its gel-infused filling and ventilation holes help regulate your temperature so you never have to worry about switching to the cool side again.

    Model's head resting on the flat pillow
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    Promising review: "I'm purely a stomach sleeper who does not move very much when asleep. I've owned this pillow for about two weeks now. The foam on this pillow is very soft and compresses well enough to conform to the shape of my head and neck, but springs back easily. It doesn't compress fully which keeps my head from cutting off circulation to my wrists if they're under my head due to my sleep posture. The cover is comfortable and soft with a bit of fluffiness." —Jeremy E

    Get it from Amazon for $41.80.

    5. An ice cube tray for making nugget-shaped iced cubes, aka the best kind. Now every time you want those perfectly crunchy cubes in your soda, you won't have to drive out to Sonic.

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    Promising review: "I gotta say this is as close to fast-food ice as you can get from a home ice cube tray. It's the perfect shaped ice. It is easily chewed. I've tried the big ice balls made for whiskey glasses and they seem to melt so fast. This simple ice is much better for everyday drinks." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $17.

    6. A pair of marble car coasters so you can protect your car from sticky messes *and* add a little cute decor (who knew?).

    Reviewer's picture of the marble car coasters in their car
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    Promising review: "I didn't think much of the product when it was delivered. It looks great but I thought it can't work. Wow, I was wrong. I have no more drips in the car cup holders. This little coaster absorbs all the moisture and dries quickly. I will have to order for the second car." —Fred G.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A NordVPN three-year plan that'll give up to six devices unlimited bandwidth for faster streaming, protect your private data with a secure connection, and will instantly connect your device to the fastest server available wherever you are. Talk about bang for your buck.

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    It also offers privacy and protection when you're using public WiFi.

    Get a three-year protection plan from NordVPN for $3.49/month.

    To learn more, check out "15 Phone Hacks Every Traveler Needs To Know."

    8. A dual dog leash to walk both your pups at the same time without having to juggle. It comes in various size combinations, so even if you have a tiny *and* big fur child, you'll be able to depend on this for drama-free walks.

    Reviewer's picture of two different-sized dogs being walked on the same leash
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    Promising review: "This leash exceeded my expectations! I chose this one based on the reviews and I am so happy. We have a big dog and a little dog. I wanted to walk them together but was concerned the big one would hurt her if he saw a bunny he wanted to lunge towards. Well he tried a couple times, but the bungee leash is phenomenal. And the handle is so comfy with the underlying material that it doesn't hurt my hand." —C. Zahorchak

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six colors and styles).

    9. A Cetaphil clay mask, because people *swear* by this for helping with even hormonal acne — including those with sensitive skin! It's gentler than most bentonite clay masks, absorbs excess oil, and keeps tough breakouts at bay, making this a super simple yet effective acne care routine.

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    Promising review: "So this product kept popping up on BuzzFeed as a must-have for skin and lists of great products for an affordable price. The review that convinced me was one that said their nose looked like a strawberry before this product but it made a huge difference in their pores. I tried it and so did my teenage sons and we could definitely see a big difference! I wish we had taken before-and-after photos. Their acne definitely improved as well." —Say it ain't so

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    To learn more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team recommends this, check out "I'm Obsessed With Cetaphil's Purifying Clay Mask And, Honestly, I Just Want To Talk To Someone About It."

    10. A beverage chiller for cooling even fresh, hot coffee in under ~two minutes~ without diluting your precious joe. Translation: iced coffee lovers, now we can start every morning with our favorite blend (without watering it down).

    Hand using the frozen beverage chiller to pour iced coffee into a glass
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    It comes with an insert that you can place in the freezer until you're ready to use it. Just place it into the pitcher after pouring in your coffee (or other hot drinks) and wait for up to two minutes!

    Promising review: "I love this thing for making iced coffee!! It's awesome! It instantly chills my beverage without watering it down and is such an easy concept! I usually rinse mine off right away and store it back in the freezer so it's ready to use again! Definitely recommend!" —Suejung

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    See what we picked as the best cold brew makers (that we tried and tested) in "If You Drink Cold Brew, You Need One Of These Coffee Makers In Your Life."

    11. A jalapeño corer that'll prepare your favorite dishes without getting seeds all over your fingers (don't. touch. your. eyes.) *and* speed up the process altogether.

    Reviewer's picture of multiple cored jalapeño peppers with the corer
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    Promising review: "This is a great tool! The first time I tried to core jalapeños, I tried a variety of knives and any other sharp pointy tools I could find in the kitchen. It took me forever, made a huge mess, and no matter how careful I was, I still tore the tops off the jalapeños. I was determined to find a better way to core a silly jalapeño. I read reviews on Amazon for several different jalapeño corers, and I am SO glad I chose this one! It works great!! In just a short time, I had 14 perfectly cored jalapeños, with 14 intact cores (above). I highly recommend this tool!" —daetexas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    12. A DHC makeup primer to keep excess oil and sweat from disrupting your hard work — even after hours of wear. It also helps smooth the appearance of pores and breakouts, meaning this quick extra step will make your foundation skills look ::chef kisses fingers::

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    Promising review: "I could go on and on about this magic face sauce, but instead I’m just gonna lead with the pictures from my random sweat test experiment and tell you what you’re seeing. I think it did a GREAT job of soaking up the oil on my nose and forehead, much better than any pressed or loose mattifying powders I use. The (picture on the right) is after I danced Lindy Hop, Shag, AND Balboa (all fairly rigorous dance lexicons in the swing dance family) for three hours in a hot crowded bar that had to be at least 90 degrees inside. According to my Fakebit, I did 20 thousand steps that night so I REALLY put this stuff to the hardest test I could manufacture! It’s lasted for forever, as well, so I definitely think it’s a good deal for the price. It’s small, but you don’t need a lot!" —Queenofthehouse

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    13. An odor-removing gel, because this'll eliminate pesky odors from your kitchen, trash, bathroom, or wherever else leaves ~lingering smells~. This *absorbs* the odors instead of simply masking them with perfume-y scents and lasts up to 60 days. You can even use it to take care of pet odors!

    The jar of odor-removing gel
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    Promising review: "I have eight large breed dogs that have the run of the house, even though we sweep and vacuum twice a day you can still smell dog. I have little to nothing in the way of soft surfaces that hold odor and the whole house gets a deep clean three times a week, but the smell keeps popping up. I put three of these around my house and people have asked me if the dogs are not in the house anymore. It doesn't cover up the smell, it really eliminates it and leaves the house smelling crisp and clean." —BB Caldwell

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. A pair of high-waisted bike shorts for keeping your thighs free from the peril of painful rubbing and chafing, even when humidity strikes this summer. *Plus* they have pockets — looks like I just found what I'll be wearing seven days a week.

    Reviewer wearing the bike shorts that reach her knees
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    Promising review: "I bought these shorts not for exercising, but actually for the sole purpose to wear under dresses to help keep the dreaded chub rub at bay. To that end, they did their job! The shorts are soft and very stretchy, and protect my thick thighs from chafing under my dress. You can’t tell I was wearing anything underneath. The size chart was right on point, I am 5-foot-4 and weigh about 200 lbs, so I bought the XL and they fit perfectly." —Melissa P.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–4XL and 28 colors and styles).

    15. A set of vacuum storage bags so you can finally free up your closet or drawers by compressing all your bulky sweaters. No more squeezing in summer dresses in between a sea of knits.

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    An editor on the BuzzFeed Shopping team LOVES these! Here's what she has to say: "WHY didn't I buy these vacuum storage bags sooner?? I chose the large size (as opposed to the biggest size, called 'jumbo') because it seemed easier to move and store — jumbo is probably perfect for bedding, duvets, etc! And just one large bag was plenty to store nine or 10 *very* large winter sweaters — all collapsed down to a fraction of their size. And it was surprisingly effortless, too! I am literally going to order another pack of five today — my closet game is forever changed!!!

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $26.99 (available in six sizes).

    Read her full review in "Just 7 Things You'll Want To Try In June."

    16. A swivel grout and corner brush that you can attach to almost any broom handle to sufficiently scrub away tough dirt or grime from any angle *without* having to get down on all fours. My back feels better already.

    The swivel brush attached to a broom and scrubbing grout
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This works great standing up. I have very old and deeply-worn grout. Trying to get the floors clean was a hands-and-knees job. This brush cleans really well, is easy to use, and I am so glad not to be on my knees. Plus, I wrap a microfiber towel around the bristles and can then dry those really deep grout lines so the dirty water doesn't fill them." —OAH

    Get it from Amazon for $8.16.

    17. A water dispenser to make pouring a glass from your jug a heck of a lot easier than trying to lift the entire thing. Just push the button, let it do all the work, and hit the button again to stop it. Fini.

    Reviewer using the dispenser to pour water from the jug, hands-free
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    Promising review: "I have being using a manual water dispenser for years, until I started feeling pain in my hands and fingers and decided to give this item a try. I charged the same day and it is still going on, even thought I replaced the five gallon empty water bottle several times. It works fantastic, is very nice, and very easy to use. Everybody in my household loves it and appreciates me more for getting it! Thank you very much to the inventor." —Marta S. Gallego

    Get it from Amazon for $11.66.

    18. A Shout advanced stain-removing spray, because this'll tackle just about any ~messy situation~ that comes your way (including on rugs, clothing, upholstery, you name it). Now the next time your kid spills juice all over the carpet, you can remain calm.

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    Promising review: "This is the BEST stain-removing product I found. It does a great job with things like tomato paste, red wine, red cranberry juice, blueberry and strawberry stains, etc. I keep it handy in my laundry room, my closet, and even keep some in my travel bag. It has saved more clothes from the trash bin than I can remember. It works fast, does not leave a shadow or mark, and does not fade colors. Suffice it to say, I'm a believer, and I highly recommend this product!" —Vickie Unrue

    Get it from Amazon for $4.18.

    19. A cooling weighted blanket for maintaining a comforting nighttime routine that helps you fall (and *stay*) asleep this summer without instantly turning into a puddle of sweat. This'll still apply pressure to help you feel relaxed, but uses glass beads to keep you cool all night.

    A weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed
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    Promising review: "I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn, and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket, I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!" —Natali Galindo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    20. A treat-dispensing mat so you can strike a deal with your pupper during bath time: If they stand still and let you wash them, they can eat some peanut butter. Look at that, first bath that leaves you totally dry.

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    You can suction cup it to the wall.

    Promising review: "I love this simple but amazing mat so much. My dog hates baths and, although she’s huge, she tries to jump out of the bath leaving me and the floor soaking wet. Since this purchase, she stands patiently until her peanut butter is gone, and I get to give her the most thorough baths she’s ever had. best of all, I stay dry! I encourage you to purchase this!!!" —LunasMom

    Get it from Chewy for $12.56.

    21. A Rain-X glass treatment that'll protect your car windows from rain water blocking your view while driving. Basically it'll repel the rain (and reduce sleet, ice, and snow) so you can still see clearly.

    Reviewer's car to show how one window is clear, while the other untreated window is covered in raindrops
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    Promising review: "This is amazing stuff. I have read about it but never tried it. I live in northeast, and we have had a tough winter. I followed the directions and put Rain-X on front windshield and could not believe how the rain simply flew right off over the top of the car. Several times I have not even had to turn on the wipers! It has been four months since I put on the Rain-X and am still seeing a lot of 'fly-off' of water, plus the wiper blades glide over the surface with ease. Great product. Will continue to use it." —Mediaman

    Get it from Amazon for $5.76.

    22. A pair of compression running socks to help you push through that extra mile, thanks to better blood circulation, reduced swelling and soreness, and even moisture-wicking fabric. Dare I say, this'll be the day you meet your 7-mile goal.

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    According to their size chart, this fits men's sizes 5–14, and women's sizes 5.5–15.5.

    Promising review: "These socks feel great. I've been wearing them with everything: spinning shoes, running shoes, booties and flats. The support is the same in each shoe. It actually seems to help my knee pain issues and I can tell a distinct difference when I give them a break and wear other exercise socks. There is a little extra room in the toe area but that doesn't alter the fit in any of the footwear that I have been wearing." —Bev

    Get them from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in sizes S/M–L/XL).

    23. A pair of silicone dish-washing gloves, because these'll help you get post-dinner chores OVER WITH in a faster amount of time. Turns out this is all we needed to wash our pan before letting it "soak" for 15 years.

    Hands using the scrubbing gloves to wash a pan
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    They have silicone bristles attached to scrub away food residue. And! These'll last longer and stay cleaner than your traditional sponge.

    Promising review: "I bought these gloves to save my dry cracking hands and they are wonderful! I just had a baby and I’m constantly washing bottles and pumping accessories, therefore constantly washing my hands, and they are taking a beating. I love these gloves because I can still wash my bottles in hot water and can’t feel the heat through the gloves. I also love that they have bristles on the palms so I can wash anything with them. They are a little big on me, but other than that they are a great pair of cleaning gloves!" —Kelsi Wilde

    Get them from Amazon for $10.59 (available in three colors).

    24. A gel-enhanced seat cushion for making your at-home desk chair so much comfier so you don't get a backache midday (hello to everyone using a kitchen chair 💀). Reviewers say this actually also helps their posture!

    Reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it
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    Promising review: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    25. A silicone drain cover so you finally have a cheap solution if you don't have a garbage disposal. It'll catch everything *before* it goes down the drain so you don't have to go digging — or more likely, avoid cleaning altogether and let a mess pile up. Now you can just wipe it all off.

    Hand lifting the silicone drain cover to show it protecting a sink drain
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    Reviewers also say this is easier to clean than alternative hair catchers in showers (hello, conditioner buildup 🙃). They have suctions on the bottom so they'll stay in place.

    Promising review: "We do not have a garbage disposal in our kitchen. We have been using the sink drain stopper, but finally got tired of constantly cleaning them, as food would get stuck in the holes. I looked for a different solution for some time and thought this would be a cheap thing to try. They suction well and it's easy to pick up and wipe the food in the garbage. They clean so much faster than the original ones." —Deloris P.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.49.

    26. A set of bra extenders that'll *also* serve 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. Cue major sigh of relief.

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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 crotch 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." —Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.39 (available in six different inch spacings and four color combinations).

    27. A draft-blocker to make the most of your A.C. by keeping it *in* the room, instead of letting it escape. And! It'll muffle outside noises, particularly helpful if you're currently quarantining with loud people.

    The draft-blocker attached to a door
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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).

    28. A jar of Museum Gel, because this'll make sure your belongings can't be knocked over. It's a clear adhesive that was originally designed to keep artwork safe from falling in galleries, but reviewers use it for protecting their things (vases, pots, anything on a shelf) from cats and earthquakes!

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    Promising review: "I read somewhere random online that museum gel could help cats from knocking stuff over. So I put this stuff under all my plants, and my cats no longer knock them over and break the pots! It has saved me so many messes. It's kind of like clear silly putty. You don't need a lot because it slowly smooths itself out and will leak over edges. It's super easy to take up and move around. It doesn't harm furniture or windows at all! If you have cats, this is basically a necessity." —djYAAAS

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. A no-spill dog bowl for making sure your beloved but messy fur child doesn't splatter your floor every time they want a drink. The floating base gives your pup water little by little so a) they don't get wet mouth b) can't drink too fast and c) get water everywhere. Your days of cleaning up after them are OVER.

    Dog drinking from the no-spill bowl
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My dad's dog Zeke is a notoriously messy drinker. I don't even think he swallows his last gulp, just fills his mouth up and walks away leaving a trail of water behind him. When I found out my parents would be staying with us for a month, I needed a solution to protect my wood floors. I was intrigued by this bowl because I hoped it would cause him to drink slower and I was right! To train your dog that there is water in the bowl, take all other water sources away and then fill it so a little water sits above the paw shaped hole in the center. Both Zeke and my dog have adapted well to this and my floors are drier. There are still occasionally drops on the floor but no longer puddles, but I blame the dog not the bowl." —Bano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in two sizes).

    30. A rechargeable lighter so you can light your favorite candles with something not only *way* easier to use than traditional lighters thanks to its super simple switch, but protect your hand from the flame. If you're a proud candle enthusiast, this'll quickly become your favorite gadget.

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    A BuzzFeed Shopping team member loves this! Here's what she has to say: "I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! If you're someone who gets a thrill from RAW POWER this is sort of the product for you. No, it's not a super intense gadget, relax pyromaniacs, but it does buzz and produce a burst of electricity that I personally find exciting. AND I'll never have to buy another lighter again! Stop burning your fingers on matches and pick up one of these bad boys."

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Read more about why she loves this (and what other people on the BuzzFeed Shopping team swear by) in "Just 9 Things To Try In January."

    Me overcoming mosquito bites just in time for murder hornets:

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