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    39 Multitasking Products That’ll Help You Work On Your Efficiency

    Products that do more so we can do less are our favorite kinds of products 😇.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A tube of Maybelline Great Clear Lash Mascara to up the effectiveness of your routine. This stuff grooms and separates lashes in preparation for a coat of color, or it can be used alone to build length and define naked lashes. Bonus here: This clear formula can also be used as a pomade to tame frizzy hair and flyaways, or even as a brow gel!

    reviewer showing before, after, and the next morning after applying the mascara
    reviewer holding the tube of clear mascara

    Promising review: "The multi-tasking mascara! This clear mascara is the only mascara I use. It organizes my eyebrows and eyelashes for the whole day. That way, I don't have any problems with smudges from colored brow gel or flaking from black mascara - both of which can be hard to get off at the end of the day, along with taking brow hairs or eyelashes with them! The Maybelline Clear Mascara is amazing and is always with me, no matter what continent I'm on. Lastly, it doesn't make my eyes tear, as other mascaras do, and removes easily with water, in the shower. Altogether, a perfect cosmetic!" —Mary T. Graffeo

    Get it from Amazon for $4.44.

    2. An over-the-door shoe organizer that will arrange and store more than just sneakers. Tiny but overflowing pantry closet? Overrun cleaning closet? This sweeps items up from off the floor and into 24 roomy compartments so you don't waste time searching for the essentials.

    Reviewer photo of shoes stored in the organizer
    Reviewer photo cleaning supplies stored in the organizer

    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. (For reference: my Crocs are women’s size 9). 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." —A. Roach

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three colors).

    3. A bottle of Bio Oil to gently treat uneven complexions and take care of a myriad of skin concerns in one go. It's so effective, more than 100,000 people love it. It's also noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores and — *jumps for joy* — can be used on the face to eradicate acne scars, too.

    reviewer showing their face with shingles before using Bio Oil
    same reviewer showing their face after using Bio Oil with a clear complexion

    Psst! Bio-Oil contains retinol, which accelerates skin turnover but can make you more sensitive to the sun — so don't forget your sunscreen!

    Promising review: "I swear by this product. Very effective on discolored skin due to scarring. I had shingles on my face brought about by stress because we were moving. It ravaged the lower right side of my face and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it until now. I had my shingles in April and it's August now. It works. Check the before and after pics. Scars are now gone." —twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92.

    4. A plastic cutting board you can dice and slice on like a pro. The bonus? This nifty thing folds into a funnel so you can just *arm gesture* scoop up all those veggies and plop 'em in the pot in one fluid motion.

    The green cutting board with handle, flat on a counter with sliced peppers on it
    The same cutting board, held over a pot with the two sides folded up to form a funnel for pouring the peppers into a pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very good foldable chopping block. We use it daily and love being able to chop a lot of different items and just fold the block and pour into a pot or container. Seems to be standing up to lots of use with little wear showing. We use the large and medium sizes daily and are very happy with them." —Nathan Bales

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. An Oxo under-appliance flexible sweeper to make it easier to finally reach down and clean the nooks and crannies beneath your fridge, that awkward spot between your dishwasher and stove, and under your low-profile sofa. Hey, you may even find that $5 bill you never knew went missing — which means, you're now rich *and* efficient.

    the duster being used between a dishwasher and stove
    reviewer showing the length of the red duster

    Promising review: "So, I never thought about cleaning under our sectional when we purchased it. It's huge, heavy, and unmovable — and the kids like to eat nearby, so food is constantly rolling/sliding/migrating underneath and it gets disgusting. Too low-profile to vacuum; broom won't fit. Was using one of the static dusters for ceiling fans that was doing a meh job — this little thing got yuck out from under there from...*shudder* let's not talk about it. Great little tool. Fit under my washer, dryer, and fridge, too, which was an added bonus. Cleanup is easy, too." —mmj

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    6. A multipurpose pack of Command broom holders if you'd rather the flexibility of customizing how things are stored and installed in your home. Things being brooms, mops, dusters, and curtain rods!! Yep, just think, no holes needing to be drilled. Stick these up, plug in the rods, and hey presto a renter's decorating dreams come true!

    reviewer photo showing the individual clips arranged on a wall to hold a brom, Swiffer, duster and tire pump
    GIF of reviewer showing their curtain rods installed with the broom holders

    Promising review: "Used it to hang curtains after seeing a hack on TikTok and it worked flawlessly! Especially for rentals because nails and drilling are a hassle when moving out. I was worried about the aesthetics of it but you don't even really notice." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (also available in a six-pack).

    7. A tube of Glossier Cloud Paint that blends like a cream for subtle, buildable color when you want to look kissed by the sun without having to, you know, actually see the sun. The lightweight formula means it won't ever look cakey, and you can dab the same product on your lids for days when you're feeling matchy-matchy.

    Another model with a darker skin tone with the blush on
    Maitland with the Puff shade on her cheeks and eyelids
    Glossier, BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Our Deputy Editorial Director Maitland Quitmeyer uses this and says: "Cloud Paint might be the easiest-to-apply blush of all time. I am (as you can see) incredibly pale, and a lot of blushes get full Haunted Victorian Doll really quick. Two dabs of this and a quick blend, and the natural pink flush is there — and any excess product I just pop on my eyelids for a cute matchy look. It adds some hydrated dimension to an otherwise-matte face of foundation, feels SUPER comfortable on, and lasts (on me at least) all day! There is a little bit of a learning curve when squeeeeezing the product out (it can be easy at first to waste some), but once you're used to it, squeezin's a breeze. The good news is you only need a teeeeensy tad, so the tube lasts (The Sandlot voice) FOR-E-VER!"

    Promising review: "I am such a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I used to never use blush or bronzer. A simple tinted moisturizer with some concealer and whatever. BUT CLOUD PAINT CHANGED THAT. I absolutely love the color and glow it adds to my face. And it only takes three seconds to put it on. Perfect for a makeup minimalist like me." —Jennifer T

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight shades).

    8. A glass desktop dry erase board to optimize your workspace and save you from hoarding (and losing) a bajillion sticky note reminders. It even comes with a hidden storage drawer so you can *appear* to be keeping everything organized, even if your schedule might not be.

    Promising review: "This thing is absolutely perfect. I highly recommend for those of you working from home. I needed a white board but really didn’t have the space nor did I think a stand up board would be functional for me. This is the perfect solution. I have it set out right below my extra monitor and it is at my fingertips whenever I need to jot down an action item for myself. It has significantly helped to reduce my number of sticky notes. Helps to make my desk space cleaner and more efficient looking which helps me to work better."—Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $30.49.

    9. PanOxyl Foaming Face Wash, which works as both a cleanser to fight present and future breakouts with its 10% benzoyl peroxide formula *and* as a spot treatment (ideal for sensitive skin folk). It powerfully kills off bacteria to prevent new skin bullies from appearing, and deals with those that are currently on the surface by unclogging pores and helping skin shed more effectively.

    Jasmin using the face wash as a spot treatment with dots of the cleanser on her cheeks
    reviewer showing before and after using the face wash with less redness and a smoother complexion after using
    Jasmin Sandal/BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    I have super-sensitive, temperamental skin so using a maximum strength Benzoyl Peroxide as an all-over face wash would just not work for me. HOWEVER, after tapping through some stories and scrolling through some reviews, I discovered that many of those who suffer from bad breakouts, like myself, were using it as a spot treatment. And hey! I gotta say these folks were onto something. I gave this a whirl for a couple of months — used it in conjunction with a mild, all-over facial cleanser — and strictly dotted this on painful, under-the-skin pimples post-cleanse. After applying it each night and allowing it to sit on my skin for no more than two minutes, I noticed a significant decrease in the size of these boulder-like breakouts come the next morning. (If I saw any irritation or dryness, I'd skip a night.) Now, I use this to help clear my skin anytime I feel one of those bullies trying to punch their way through — and, TBH, it really helps to keep things under control!

    (Just don't forget to thoroughly moisturize after each use!)

    Promising review: "This product is by far the best solution if you struggle with acne. I have tried millions of cleaners, creams, masks you name it I’ve tried it and nothing works as good as PanOxyl. I currently use the 10% and have since the beginning, I have heard some people experience dryness however, that has never happened with me. I swear by this product and it definitely does not get the hype it should. After one week my face was completely free of breakouts! This product uses benzoyl peroxide instead of other typical acne treatments, like salicylic acid which only removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores. This product works by or penetrating deep with the pores killing the bacteria that causes acne! So while it’s clearing your breakouts it’s preventing new ones from starting. That being said this product does contain peroxide so it will stain any towels or clothing it comes in contact with!" —Carolyn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

    10. An all-natural multipurpose spray because cleanup duty doesn't have to stink. No, literally, this spray is available in a bunch of amazing scents that'll make ridding all kinds of surfaces from muck and gunk super refreshing and satisfying... Just peep how well this stuff works:

    on the left buzzfeed editor's wall with brown goo on it captioned
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    The Hoot is a Black woman–owned small business. It was started by Tonya Newsome, a professional cleaner, who noticed traditional cleaning solutions made with harsh ingredients were causing skin irritation and respiratory issues. Newsome decided to make a cleaner that's just as effective but without SLES and SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are both known to cause irritation and allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin).

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Bek O'Connell has put this to use and raves: "You know that refreshing feeling you get after a deep clean at the dentist? That's how I feel about my home after using this spray. The peppermint smell is so invigorating and makes everything smell fresh. It cuts through grime and dust with no problem, and I think might actually scare off mice (rodents hate minty smells). The sprayer works well, and the bottle is even made from recycled plastic. I have to say, it's really nice to use a cleaner that works but doesn't give off unpleasant fumes or put my dog at risk. If you're looking for a multipurpose spray that smells like a nice piece of gum instead of the bottom of a swimming pool, try it out!"

    Get it from The Hoot for $6.99+ (available with two sprayer nozzle options). 

    11. A food slicing board with a stainless-steel blade that'll make you a tour de force in the kitchen. Veggies, cheese, meats, whatever...all cut into the perfect and most satisfying slice in no time.

    person using slicer to cut cucumbers
    gif of person using it to cut cheese
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is a champ. It's completely revolutionized my cheese and sausage game. The adjustable stop block is terrific; you can really speed through a block of cheese or a long summer sausage with clean and consistent cuts. I've only used it a handful of times so I can't vouch for its long-term durability, but at just over $20 you really just can't go wrong." —LeffelMania

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    12. An Ilia Multi-Stick to streamline your routine by taking care of cheeks and lips in one go. You'll want to favorite this and keep it close by since this creamy formula leaves a natural pinch of color while nourishing your skin — all you'll need is your finger to blend.

    model with a darker skin tone applying the stick to her cheeks
    model with a lighter skin tone applying holding the stick
    Ilia

    Promising review: "I love the way this glides onto cheekbones melting right in and super easy to blend with fingers. Buildable color. Got Dreamer color and it’s great on both cheeks and lips." —Michelle B.

    Get it from Ilia for $34 (available in seven shades).

    13. An Oxo dish squeegee that fits nicely into your palm to swiftly scrape off leftover food and grease — and ensure nothing gets stuck down your drain. Another perk? You can squeegee your countertops from spills instead of wasting rolls of paper towels.

    hand using tool to wipe sauce from a plate, with text
    hand using it to scrape scraps into garbage disposal, with text
    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe! Plus, one side is curved so it works on bowls as well as plates. I have this and particularly like it for scraping off things that get stuck to the side of a pot after boiling and melted cheese from plates.

    Promising review: "Useful for SO MANY THINGS. This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment, with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. Alleyoop's Pen Pal to spark joy (and nostalgia) into your otherwise hum-drum routine. This 4-in-1 tool has the ability to create full looks and easy end-of-the-day touch-ups. Plus, it's *exceptionally* great if you're trying to cut down on the amount of products you're carrying around.

    GIF of Jasmin pushing down the lip liner function of the  pen
    Model holding the pen after using it to create her full face
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed, Alleyoop

    I didn't realize I'd ever use a makeup product in my 20s that had the ability to transport me back to a piece of stationery I used in sixth grade, but here we are; and here I am using a multitool pen...for my face. I gotta say, I love the concept of the Pen Pal from Alleyoop! After using all of the functions (eyeliner, highlighter, lip liner, eyebrow pencil) and as someone who LOVES makeup but was applying as little as humanly possible during lockdown, I think it’s a great tool for anyone looking to streamline their routine. It's ideal to use for touch-ups come the end of the work day, or a subtle, minimalist way to apply makeup in the a.m. The brow pencil is particularly soft and pigmented, and filled in my eyebrows quickly. I just adore the ease of application of each product, and appreciate the universal, does-it-all-for-you concept. Plus, it saves me so much room in my already-overflowing makeup bag!

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25 (available in three shades).

    15. A 2-in-1 chop 'n' stir tool ideal for thoroughly cooking ground meat for pies and easily mashing potatoes for — let's face it — the best side dish to ever exist. Since it only takes one hand to press and twist, you can use the other one to scroll for ~inventive~ recipes.

    the tool with four horizontal blades mixing up ground meat in a pan
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love making chicken tacos in my pressure cooker, the meat ends up tender but sometimes doesn't fall apart. I'd seen this online and it worked out perfectly; not only does it smash but it chops at the same time. While the chicken is still hot in the pot I can use this to smash/shred the chicken, making perfect shredded chicken taco meat. I have also used while cooking ground beef doing the same, chopping while i smash. I even used it to smash/chop some cooked meatballs making meat sauce. I love this thing." —Eric M. Schloegel, Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.77+ (available in three colors).

    16. A can of Colab Overnight Renew dry shampoo that'll work the night shift and freshen up your sad, greasy roots as you sleep. Since this stuff does the work of two products (it cares for as it cleanses your scalp using pink clay and lavender), you and your locks can wake up feeling refreshed — and with more time to actually cook breakfast!

    model with greasy roots as before then model with voluminous, fresh roots
    Walmart

    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lily uses this and raves: "I have this dry shampoo and it really does work so much harder than regular dry shampoo formulas. When you spray it on, it's more likely to look stark white (don't freak out about it like I did!), but you simply rub it in like you would a normal dry shampoo before you hit the hay. Waking up with de-greased roots definitely gives me a head start on trying to pull myself together these days when, tbh, I'm only (regularly) washing my hair once a week. Because this stuff is so potent though, you should really only use it before bedtime. If you're curious about their regular dry shampoos, they're great!."

    Get it from Walmart for $6.38.

    17. An electric milk frother because the days of becoming your own crush-worthy barista are finally here. Ta-ta to spending $5, five days a week, waiting in line for caffeinated treats, now you can create perfectly whipped lattes from the comfort of your own abode. Oh, and this can be used to make superbly rich hot chocolate too!

    Reviewer's picture of the milk frother
    Reviewer's picture of coffee with foam

    It comes with both heating and frothing whisks.

    Promising review:"I'd always used espresso machines to steam milk in the past — I had no idea these things existed! My SO drinks a chai every morning, and buying it from the coffee shop was adding up. For this small investment, I have made delicious homemade chai, cafe au lait, and hot cocoas every single day! The machine has worked reliably for months, and is very easy to clean. Quick rinse and a wash with soap in the evening. The milk on 'froth' mode is delightfully fluffy and very tasty." —Leopard Print

    Get it from Amazon for $54.96.

    18. A pet-grooming glove brush that'll not only have your fluffiest pals looking like they just stepped out of the groomers (sans pricey bill), but also help with any shedding problems around your home.

    Reviewer with clumps of hair in their glove and their dog sitting beneath them
    Another reviewer with clumps of hair in glove and kitten beside them

    Promising review: "This glove works far better than any cat brush I've used. Total game changer. Not only is it efficient at removing hair but my kitties seem to enjoy when I use it on them." —Susie Straub

    Get it from Amazon for $7.09+ (available in three colors).

    19. Leakproof travel capsules so cute and useful, you can carry *and stack* all your essentials together in one spot on the go (without having to forego your routine). Now pills, creams, and jewelry can all be encased in lil' TSA-approved magnetic containers.

    hand holding the hexagonal shaped containers with various things in each
    hand placing the magnetized containers inside a beauty bag
    Cadence

    I love my little containers that allow me to downsize but still carry my necessities while I'm traveling. They're not only cute to look at but they're pretty practical. I have used mine to store my vitamins, earrings, and face cream and have not run into any issues. They have tight, screw-on tops so you know everything is secure *and* you can customize their labels so you know exactly what's in what. Oh, and the fact that they're magnetic? Genius. This way, they stay tightly together in your case or can be conveniently stored in a makeup bag.

    Cadence is a woman-owned small biz that helps people from many different walks of life stay on top of their personal care routines no matter where they go. The capsules are made from recycled ocean bound plastic in an effort to clean existing plastic off of beaches. One Cadence capsule = one travel-sized bottle worth of plastic removed from shores.

    Promising review: "My day job keeps me on the go constantly, traveling locally and nation-wide. Whether I'm in my car, on a flight or in a hotel room, Cadence has simplified my life in ways I never thought possible. I used to have to compromise certain products over others due to lack of space, which would often lead to feeling a little less confident throughout the day. I used to worry about my products leaking during travel. All of these worries are gone. Whether it's mints, lotion, vitamins, jewelry, etc. I'm covered with Cadence, and I refuse to go back to the way it was. The fact that they use recyclable material is the cherry on top. I recommend them to everyone!" —Cadence Customer

    Get it from Cadence for $74 (available in individual capsules, bundles of three or six, and six colors).

    20. A colorful waterproof desk pad, which enhances your "workable space" since it provides more room for your mouse to roam, and it can be reversed so you never get bored of the same old same old. Plus, it protects your desk, covers up any unsightly scratches, and the material is comfy enough to rest your arms and 'bows on.

    A pink version sitting on a desk with a keyboard, wireless mouse and mug.
    The turquoise pad with a laptop and accessories on top of it

    Promising review: "I love this thing way more than I thought I would! I've always hated how little surface area mousepads had, but I had no idea desk pads existed until I was randomly browsing through Amazon. I purchased the pink one, and it is the perfect addition to my white/pink home office! It works perfectly as a mousepad, but I love that I now have a place to put hot/cold drinks without damaging the desk. I purchased the smallest size, which is absolutely large enough for the corner of my desk where I work. It came rolled up in a tube, but it unrolled flat, no curled edges whatsoever! Would definitely recommend!!!" —Rigashi

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes and 11 colors).

    21. A convenient slide-out pantry for anyone who's in a committed relationship with their kitchen and wants it to thrive no matter its size. This set of shelves is perfect for two jobs: ridding your countertops of clutter *and* utilizing the dead, blackhole space found between your fridge and kitchen wall.

    A reviewer's photo of the sliding pantry tucked between the wall and their fridge
    The same reviewer's photo of the five-tier rack pulled out from the wall

    This cupboard on wheels has five shelves, so you'll have ample storage space and you can pull it out and push it back in with ease.

    Promising review: "Easy and efficient for a small kitchen. So easy to put together and looks great. So functional :) love the five tiers for the side of my fridge! It's taller and wider than expected which will be so nice for storage in my small kitchen. I am so happy with it I'm getting one for my stacked washer and dryer." —Cody A Hood

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.