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    45 Practical Things For The Homeowner Who Likes To Feel Prepared

    Cleaning products, furniture, and a Mickey-shaped K-cup holder you'll likely be glad you invested in.

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    1. A vintage-inspired storage ottoman you can use to stow away things like throw blankets, shoes, books — whatever your heart desires! All that matters is that your home is about to look a lot more organized.

    A gold hairpin legged blush pink velvet ottoman with a removable lid
    BuzzFeed editor flipping the top of the ottoman to show the storage and the table top underneath
    Amazon, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has and looooves this ottoman:

    "If you flip the lid over, it has a wooden base, so you can *also* use this as a teensy snack table. I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it's pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I'll use it as a tray. It's also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than ten minutes, and probably didn't even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I'm tempted to buy another!)."

    Promising review: "I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t be bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things." —Monica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in nine colors).

    2. A bamboo burner cover that'll magically add an extra space for chopping up veggies in your kitchen — it'll feel like you *poof* doubled your counter space!

    a kitchen stove with the bamboo burner cover on top creating more counter space
    a hand lifting the cover showing the stove-top underneath
    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Jennifer Tonti credits this burner cover for helping her cook with ease:

    "OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there."

    Promising review: "This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment." —Talyn Amber Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four styles).

    3. A 3D-printed key holder/envelope keeper so you'll always know whether you've sent your mom's birthday card out or not and ideally won't spend hours searching your house for your car keys. We love a two-for-one product!

    A white plastic cover for the lightswitch with three hooks for keys and a small shelf at the top for mail and a tiny notebook
    Crossover Designs/Etsy

    Crossover Designs is a Florida-based small business that was established in 2018 and specializes in 3D-printed home products.

    Each of these fits a standard double gang (toggle/rocker) light switch cover, and can be installed easily without drilling, nails, or glue.

    Promising review: "Love it! Simple, sleek, space-saving, smart... who knew I’d be so stoked for a switch plate cover! Not to mention the customer service was very personal and attentive." —Kelsey Johnson

    Get it from Crossover Designs on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in six colors and two finishes).

    4. A trio of Bar Keeper's Friend products you can count on to help you clean any and every surface of your new living space — trust me on this.

    the three different bar keeper's friends products
    to the left: a tile floor with a stain on it, to the right: the same floor cleaned
    Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    My husband and I recently moved into our first — when I tell you I have used some form of Bar Keeper's Friend to tackle every crevice of this house please know that I'm not exaggerating. I've used it to revive the floor of our bathroom (see above), the shower, the tub, the entire kitchen sink, the outside of the washing machine and dryer....the list goes on. It's incredible how effective this product is in just a few moments!

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. It took a stain out of my sink with ease. It also made my stainless steel appliances look brand new! I also have a gas stove that had baked crap on it that I couldn’t get off. I tried every trick in the book. I used this stuff with a little elbow grease and it finally came off. We are listing our house and this product is essential." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    5. A zippered sleeve to keep all of those pesky wires and plugs under control and out of your way so when you finally get around to hanging your fabulous new TV on the wall it won't look like a hot mess.

    a before and after photo showing the cords neatly stowed away
    Amazon

    Between my phone charger, headphone wires, and keyboard wire, I'm constantly getting tangled in my web of wires at my desk. I'll be ordering a pack of these ASAP!

    Promising review: "Finally someone thought of a genius solution to organizing cables without having to unplug all wires and fishing them through an organizer. I used this cord management system for my entertainment unit as well as my workstation. It's easy to use, just bunch everything together and zip the sleeve around it. It's that easy." —TypeCast2000

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.98.

    6. A garbage guard you can use to keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

    7. side table that'll pop up to reveal it's *gasp* actually a cooler! All you have to do is fill the base with ice and your favorite drinks to transform your outdoor space into a resort.

    Promising review: "What a cool use of space and it a great match for our outdoor set. I store sunscreen and other items when not entertaining. There’s a reason thousands of people purchase this. It’s a functional cool piece." —Mamma 4

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in two styles).

    8. An 8-in-1 kitchen gadget tool complete with a funnel, a juicer, a grater, an egg cracker, a shredder, a can opener, an egg separator, and a measuring cup. You'll never be without a must-have tool again!

    a measuring cup with other gadgets stacked on top of it as well as a bottle top that's actually a funnel, making the entire product look like a colorful plastic bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I highly recommend this product to everybody! It's very convenient and it takes up less space. I just sit it right on the counter in my kitchen and just grab it when I need it. It's ideal for everything — it's perfect!" —jennifer h.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A Clorox ToiletWand you can use then toss away — say SEE YA' to that gross toilet brush hiding in the corner of your bathroom.

    Target

    I own and cherish this product. It's a dream knowing the "brush" is fresh and hasn't been intimate with the inside of my toilet prior to my picking it up again.

    Promising review: "I've always hated the idea on storing a drippy, germ-filled toilet brush under the sink and this product totally solved the issue. The heads snap on and pop off easily without the need to touch them. Was very pleasantly surprised at how well the heads scrub the bowl, didn't expect them to be that durable. I originally bought one for the master bath and loved it so much I bought one for each bathroom." —Jessamine

    Get it from Target for $10.29.

    10. A garbage-disposal foaming cleaner to scrub away the stinky grime that builds up on the blades and in the pipes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Look at that foam go!

    Promising review: "It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don't really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package. I have used it with single, large-size sinks and with double sinks — only difference is that the double sink will have blue cleaning foam rise up the drain, which you rinse away when the disposal sounds clear again. I have tried the foaming cleaner in a can, but unfortunately it stopped coming out of the can about 10% of the way through. Went back to this tried-and-true." —KS

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98.

    11. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can sing "and at last I see the light," like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. Solar-powered LED garden lights you'll love because it can change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles to make your yard feel like an escape to a more magical world.

    Solar powered bubble lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    YoungBlossomPlace / Etsy

    YoungBlossomPlace is a small business based in Irvine, California that sells an array of lights and home goods.

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually-impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from YoungBlossomPlace on Etsy for $24.29.

    13. A remote organizer perfect for keeping your various remotes, clickers, channel changers (whatever you call it in your house) in check while looking chic.

    A white and light wood rectangle-shaped holder with two compartments for remotes to rest in upright
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's light but sturdy. The color is perfect and it's bigger than I expected. It holds my four remotes and still have room to put my phone so it's not just on the nightstand. Love that it looks modern and keeps the nightstand nice and organized. I recommend this product." —Liudelis Compagines

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. A double extension cord so you can run an endless amount of power throughout your home without trying to track down another outlet.

    a white double power cord
    Amazon

    Each cord is six feet long and has three available plugs.

    Promising review: "I have no idea why these are not sold everywhere. PERFECT for my room! I ended up getting this due to my king size bed being against a wall with only one outlet. I needed a way to connect my two lamps on my nightstand and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the very best solution to connecting my lamps and also not having all my outlets taken up. I recommend this to everyone! Also perfect for outlets connected to a switch to turn on and off both lights at the same time." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    15. An ultra thin electrical cover so you can finally enjoy full access to the outlet behind your dresser — plug this bad boy in and *poof* you'll have not one, not two, but SIX new outlets at your disposal.

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in five styles).

    16. A rechargeable lighter to light every candle in your house to create the *perfect* ambience without concern you'll run out of lighter fluid.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again.

    Promising review: "This is seriously the coolest device of my winter holiday. It makes lighting candles a breeze. Yes, there is a weird crackling noise, but that's a super minor annoyance. It's a super intuitive device. Plus the lighter with the USB (included), charge for a bit, then pop it open and light ALL THE THINGS; well, candles. I don't know how well it lights cigarettes or whatever. However, for my personal intended use, it's awesome!" —Jee W

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A NordVPN security system that'll protect your data and privacy by encrypting your internet connection, so you can watch *all* the cat videos you want without being exposed.

    a graphic of an astronaut in a bubble headed towards a laptop
    nordvpn / Via instagram.com

    Get a two-year plan from NordVPN for $3.71/a month (also available in one-month or one-year plans).

    18. A red wine stain remover, so you'll forever be prepared when you inevitably spill vino all over your favorite white shirt when something shocking happens on The Real Housewives.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm sure if I knew more about science and chemistry, I'd understand how this stuff works — but since I don't, I'll just assume that it is MAGIC. If you care at all about your carpet, you need to have a bottle of this on standby. Over the years, we've used it to make numerous wine and red juice stains vanish before our eyes. The effect reminds me of the novelty shop disappearing-ink gag from when I was a kid.

    Seriously, if you've never seen Wine Away in action, it's worth spilling a little Cabernet on your carpet just so you can see it vanish after a few spritzes. I honestly wouldn't believe how quickly this stuff works had I not seen it countless times with my own eyes." —DarthClem

    Get it from Amazon for $10.30.

    19. A Honeywell Home Thermostat for anyone who likes to think they're actually a meteorologist or likes to plan their hairstyle around what the humidity might be.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thermostat is terrific. If you want a nice-looking, accurate thermostat that does its job, this is for you. Easy to set up and has a nice app to use while you're away. This doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a Nest but it's almost half the cost. I replaced another Honeywell thermostat when I purchased a new air conditioner. I like the fact you can get the outside temp and humidity as well as the five-day forecast in your area. Love the color changes as there are lots of background colors to choose from." —pmich10

    Get it from Amazon for $134.

    20. A pet stain and odor remover, so when your furry friend gets a little too excited that you just got home and decides to pee all over your shoes, it's sort of OK.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff works sooooo well. I have tried many other brands of pet stain remover, and this one is definitely the best. I have two indoor cats with hairball issues; they are often spitting up hairballs, or stomach acid only before or after the passing of the hairball. (Sorry for the TMI.) Of course, they only want to do this on the carpet and rugs. This stain remover effectively removes the bodily fluid, hairball, etc., with a nice, fresh minty scent and no sticky residue. I keep a bottle upstairs and downstairs so I don't have to go hunting for it during those 2 a.m. hairball vomiting sessions (because, of course, that's the only time they want to throw up)." —Heather Coburn-Schill

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in 32 oz. or one gallon and two scents).

    21. A hybrid mattress to basically provide you with *two* mattresses instead of one — with a single flip you can go from an extra firm feel to a softer one without splurging on a new bed.

    an idle sleep mattress on a bed frame
    Idle Sleep

    My in-laws had been trying to decide where to buy their next mattress from when I came across Idle's hybrid mattress. It's special because you can customize it for a specific feel on each side. Tired of sleeping on a too-soft mattress? Flip it over and enjoy a more firm one! It's pretty cool — the shipping was incredible, as was watching the bed-in-a-box puff out into a massive, sturdy mattress in seconds. My in-laws are loving their new mattress and have zero complaints!

    Promising review: "My husband wanted a flippable mattress, i wanted a mattress with pocketed coils, we both wanted a double sided firm mattress! The Idle Hybrid checked off all the boxes and more! The most comfortable mattress and sleep we ever had! Thank you Idle!" —Terri

    Get it from Idle Sleep for $858+ (available in seven sizes).

    22. Rubbermaid's power scrubbing brush, for when you want to give your grout an all-inclusive spa treatment and bring it back to its squeaky-clean glory.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda-and-water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TL;DR: This this is absolutely incredible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.60.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked."

    23. A Mickey K-Cup holder that'll make you feel like you're enjoying breakfast with Chef Mickey and his pals every time you make your morning coffee and easily alert you when you're running low on your K-Cup stash.

    a silver mickey-shaped k-cup holder next to a keurig machine
    PKDecor / Etsy

    PKDecor is a small business based out of Oakwood, Georgia that sells primarily metal yard decor.

    Promising review: "The best finishing touch to my Disney kitchen. I absolutely love it. Material is great and it’s the perfect size. Also it shipped and got here immediately! Thank you!!!" —yaddyliese

    Get it from PKDecor on Etsy for $36.97 (available in four styles)

    24. A table lamp with a speaker as the base to wow all of your guests the next time you have a dinner party. They'll all be wondering "where is the music coming from?"

    a table lamp with a built-in speaker
    IKEA

    Promising review: "I bought this lamp/speaker the first day it hit the store shelves. The sound is amazing! It's such a great use of space as it is also a lamp. It is the perfect balance between functional design and technology. I highly recommend this product." —CraftyChick063

    Get it from IKEA for $189.

    Read our full review on the lamp/Sonos speaker here.

    25. A hard water stain-remover because you shouldn't want to shudder each time you reach to turn on your shower.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower faucet with hard water stains and then totally clean
    amazon.com

    It can also work on toilets, tiles, and shower doors — anything that's been affected by hard water!

    Promising review: "I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium-filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first." —Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    26. And an all-natural tile and tub cleaner you can count on to effectively remove mold, mildew, and rust — just think of *how* satisfying your "before" and "after" photos will be.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have an old shower/bathtub. I tried name brand shower cleaners and bleach to try and clean the soap scum off the tiles and tub. I had no luck and I would cough and get sick because of how strong the smell was. I thought I would try this to save my lungs. I sprayed my entire shower and left it for about 15 minutes. I came back and rinsed off the walls and they were shiny! I've never had such a clean shower. The smell is amazing and subtle. All I smell is tea tree and it didn't affect me at all. The price is also a good deal since the bottle is pretty large. It came with the sprayer separate and the bottle sealed so it wouldn't leak in the box. I highly recommend this." —Amber Erwin

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. An electric standing desk that'll quickly become your favorite product if you've shifted to mostly working from home.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The desk seemed to be exactly what I was looking for in terms of design and price. So when I received it, I was delighted with how nice it was. Assembly was a breeze, and I'd say it took me a half hour to put together. I can easily fit my two large monitors, as well as laptop, keyboard, etc., on it. The height range is more than ample. And most importantly I am already feeling the positive effects of standing during part of my workday." —Twild78

    Get it from Amazon for $198.87+ (available in three styles).

    28. An 8-piece screwdriver set you'll be happy to have have on-hand (literally) when you encounter all kinds of unpredictable homeowner problems — trust me.

    the screw driver set with black and red  handles
    Lowe's

    Promising review: "This is an excellent screwdriver set-especially for the price. I like that the handles have a nice grip and the tips are magnetic. Came in handy for putting together the kids’ Christmas presents!" —nancyb

    Get it from Lowe's for $17.98.

    29. A pack of oven liners to protect the bottom of your oven from any overflow/oozing and let you continue on pretending you're competing on The Great British Baking Show worry-free.

    an apple pie inside the oven that has dripped liquid onto a mat below it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." —Artset Outset

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    30. A natural oven scrub cleaner you can rely on to remove any grease or leftover sauces from inside your most-used appliance. You're welcome.

    tub of oven scrub natural cleaner
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    This comes with the jar of oven scrub as well as a professional-grade metallic scrubber. You can use this to clean your enamel oven, racks, the oven door's interior glass panel. Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut that sells 100% natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths. 

    Promising review: "I am in absolute shock over how well this works. I really wish I took a before picture. WOW! My oven door window had grime on it for years that i couldn't get off from the previous owners so I'm estimating it's been like that for 4+ years. Nothing helped to cut through it and finally this oven cleaner made it look brand new. Still in shock!! Would highly recommend. Also, the smell of the product is sooo delightful." —Vanessa

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in two jar styles).

    31. A rustic wooden stand that'll hold your cookbook or tablet so you'll be able to follow along with any recipe hands-free.

    the wooden cookbook holder that is somewhat shaped like a cutting board
    Amazon

    Promising review "This cutting board style wood cookbook and iPad stand holder is very nice! I like the style and the convenience of having it in the kitchen. It doesn't take up too much counter space and works very well for my cookbook." —Jynnifer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three styles).

    32. Blackout curtains to ensure not a single ounce of sunlight gets into your room before your alarm goes off.

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    Promising review: "I loved that these curtains made our master bedroom darker. Perfect for sleeping in and for afternoon naps! It felt a little cooler, but I don't know if that's just because it was dark and my brain was playing tricks on me. These do not do any noise cancelling so you'll still have to get ear plugs for that. All in all I think they're great!" —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $18.76+ (available in three sizes and 15 colors)

    33. A SinkShroom strainer you won't know how you lived without because it'll keep your kitchen sink unclogged no matter how much gunk you fill it with.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I bought this for myself (since I'm clearly a REAL adult) and OMG. This thing REALLY works. Usually when my husband makes sauce from scratch I'm left with chunks of tomatoes throughout my sink and water that WILL NOT drain — that was until I bought the SinkShroom. My mom was so impressed she bought one, too. It's a serious game-changer.

    Promising review: "I’ve been a fan of the SinkShroom and TubShroom, and this is the best product from the line so far. My kitchen sinks simply do not clog any more, so there’s no more reaching into a bunch of water to unclog anything with my hand." —Brady Amerson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    34. A sofa arm table that'll be your saving grace if you have a relative who is forever complaining the coffee table is *waaaaay* too far from the couch.

    the hexagon-shaped table attached to the couch arm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this!!! It is extremely sturdy, and I can use it to place my drink on it with confidence that it won't fall! It's the perfect solution to not having enough space for an end table!!!" —Michelle B

    Get it from Amazon for $17.24+ (available in three styles).

    35. A Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven you can pass down to your children — truly worth the investment, especially if you've been looking to kick things up a notch in the kitchen.

    Laura from La Plata, MD / Wayfair, cn / Wayfair

    Promising review: "I'm not sure how I got along without a dutch oven all of these years. Or, how I thought my food was so delicious when cooking in stainless or other utensils. This is probably the one item that actually surpasses the hype! This is the most versatile piece in my kitchen. I use it as a pot, dutch oven, frying pan, etc. At first I didn't have the heart to break it in because it was so beautiful, but after viewing tutorial after tutorial on the internet, I thought it a shame to not use it. Fast forward, there is nothing else I use when I cook. This oven caramelizes every drop of food and sauce yielding dishes that are restaurant worthy. I am not exaggerating when I say that it really does change the flavor and upgrades every single meal cooked in it." —cn

    Get it from Wayfair for $159.95 (originally $275; available in 13 colors and 10 sizes).

    36. A Google Nest Mini you'll love because you can use it to listen to music (kitchen dance party!?), adjust the lights in your home, pause your TV, and ask silly questions.

    a circular google nest mini
    madebygoogle / Via instagram.com

    My husband was hesitant about getting a device like this in our home, but after an hour he was sold. We have it in our kitchen and *kindly* ask it to play music while we cook and eat, use it to set timers while baking, and ask it funny questions. We love this lil' gadget.

    Promising review: "Got this gift for my mom and she loves it! Great sound and actually understands what you’re saying. It’s also a convenient size and can be moved around! Will buy again." —Jvana

    Get it from Target for $49 (available in three colors).

    37. A stainless-steel cleaner you can count on to make your appliances so shiny you won't be able to stop staring at your own reflection in them (spoiler: you look GOOD!).

    the spray bottle of cleaning product
    Amazon

    This plant-based cleaner will remove streaks, smudges, and fingerprints from all stainless steel surfaces — sounds very therapeutic to me!

    Promising review: "THIS Therapy Premium Stainless Steel Cleaner is AMAZING. New dishwasher and and a hungry dog are NOT compatible! Our small dog, 12 pounds, had a habit of stretching up her front paws and scratching her nails on the dishwasher while her food was prepared. Not even days had gone by and the new dishwasher had little thin claw scratches all down the front. I had stopped her by placing a footstool to block her, but other family members had not, despite my instructions. I tried several cleaners and had resigned to having a scratched appliance. But ONE try with the Therapy cleaner — yes, a *miracle*. The scratches cannot be seen at all — polished right out of sight. The dishwasher looks even better than when fresh out of the box — it is gleaming. I eagerly shared the success with my kitchen remodeler, who installs many appliances, and I hope others can restore their stainless products. Try it!" —L. Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    38. Reusable towels to replace all of the paper towels in your life — who has room to store a bulk set of them these days, anyway? They'll also give you an extra thing to brag about when your parents come over to eat and see you wiping down pots and pans with this eco-friendly option instead of a one-and-done item.

    a gif of a model cleaning their counter with a green cloth
    a rainbow stack of cloths
    Wild Minimalist

    Wild Minimalist is a family-owned small business based out of San Rafael, CA that sells low-waste home goods/cleaning products. Added bonus? They also feature plastic-free packaging! Each of these "unpaper" towels are made from 100% cotton and can be tossed into your washing machine. They get even more absorbent after four to five wash cycles!

    Get a set of 12 from Wild Minimalist for $35.99 (available in three color styles).

    39. A set of produce-saving containers that'll prevent your fruits 'n' veggies from spoiling quickly and *therefore* prevent *you* from wasting produce! Win-win.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Natalie Brown is a big fan of these. Here's what she has to say:

    "On March 5, I put half of my fresh strawberries in the medium-sized container and left the other half in the clamshell container they came in from the store. And here they are 10 days later, on March 15 (see above images)!!! The berry I left in the original container's dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. (I'm not eating the leaves, but still.) But the produce-saver strawb's as fresh as it was on day one! Not that I wouldn't eat the dehydrated one, if that was my only option, but given the choice? I'll take a fresh strawberry every day!"

    Get it from Amazon for $14.06+ (available in five sizes and in sets of two, three, and four).

    40. A standing weeder (without the chemicals!) for anyone with a bad back who still wants an award-worthy lawn.

    amazon.com

    Made with a bamboo handle and powder-coated steel, it uses a simple lever system to made weeding easy.

    Promising review: "Oh my god, I friggin' love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don't think anyone can say that weeding is fun but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled." —JG

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

    41. A handheld knife sharpener you can use to bring your most-used kitchen utensils back to life in a flash without destroying your countertop or cutting boards. Bobby Flay would be proud.

    someone using the small, handheld knife sharpener
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I gotta say this is the best sharpener I ever bought in my whole life. I got it today and brought it to work. I work at a Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef and I sharpened it at work and, wow, my knife was as sharp as a samurai sword! Even my coworkers were surprised and asked me to order one for them. Thanks for the product! Now I don't have to use the stone or sharpen rod that much anymore." —Rodrigo

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener.

    42. An outdoor heater you might as well splurge on now so you can continue your backyard fun through the entire year.

    the outdoor heater
    Walmart

    The heater stands 86-inches tall.

    Get it from Walmart for $109.

    43. A BBQ tool that'll act as a spatula, tongs, and brush all in one! No more fumbling around for the right grill gadget while your burgers are ready to be flipped.

    a model using the bbq gadget
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Bought it for my son in law for Christmas, a grill master! Loved not burning his wrist on the big grill, and can pick up all large cuts of meat and small pieces of vegetable without a problem. Very well-made. Extremely pleased with this purchase!" —Joyce

    Get it from The Grommet for $17.95+ (available in 15, 18, or 21 inches).

    44. Dishwasher detergent pods featuring a lemon scent so you'll actually be delighted when you open the door after a rinse cycle — no one enjoys inhaling that hot, soapy air do they? This will also leave your glasses sparkling and your plates free from caked-on food debris.

    a box of the dishwasher pods next to a lemon
    Dropps

    Dropps is a small business based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that creates cleaning products made of natural ingredients.

    Get 64 pods from Dropps for $25+ (also available in packs of 120 and 180 and unscented).

    45. And a wall-mount swimming pool skimmer that works alongside your filter pump, so you can save the lives of tiny creatures that accidentally find themselves going for a swim and ensure your water is free of leaves and other debris.

    a tiny basket with a tube attached underneath along the side of a pool
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This skimmer does exactly what it is supposed to do. Catches things like leaves and insects that fall into the pool, anything that is floating on the pool surface eventually gets pulled in. The surface of my 18-foot Intex pool was cleaned within just a couple of hours after installation. The box comes with everything you should need to install it, so you don't need to buy extra hoses or hose adapters. The skimmer came with two different types of mounting bracket and one of them fit my Ultraframe Intex pool perfectly, I know some people had to get creative with how they mounted their skimmers, but luckily I didn't have to. I would recommend purchasing this skimmer to anyone with one of the Intex pools, it saves a lot of extra work." —thisguy

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

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