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    25 Before And Afters That'll Totally Shock And Horrify You With How Well They Work

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    1. Zombie face masks since spooky season is certainly upon us — and what's more terrifying than a Halloween slasher movie? An incomplete skincare routine. These minimize enlarged pores and wrinkles so well, you might give yourself a fright with how incredible your new skin looks after just one use and 15 short minutes.

    reviewer showing the wrinkles and texture of the zombie face mask on their skin
    Reviewer's before and after and you can see that the mask has tightened their skin and reduced the appearance of lines on the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth

    Promising review: "I'm 27 and this is my second time purchasing these masks. I use these about once every other week or so. I have seen drastic improvements in my skin. After one use my skin was not nearly as dry and flaky. My face seemed a lot more supple and plump as well. After continued use, I have noticed my fine lines on my forehead are less noticeable and the overall texture of my skin is smoother compared to bumpy looking. I also noticed I don't look as tired even though I'm exhausted LOL. My uneven skin tone has improved and my face has brightened some. I live and work in the city and I think you can tell by my skin appearance but after using these my skin looks fresh, soft, and has a nice glow to it even after one use. I will continue to keep these masks stocked in my vanity." —Rachel

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A hard-water stain remover that'll do all the dirty work for you to clean your surfaces that...*insert high-pitched scream* look like they belong in a Hitchcock flick. Think: stained toilets, murky shower heads, and yucky tubs now so super clear and shiny, you'll probably consider this stuff a masterpiece.

    Reviewer image of orange stained tub and shower walls
    same shower after completely clean

    It even has a minty scent, so you don't have to worry about that harsh chemical smell most cleaning products usually emit.

    Promising review: "I have tried for weeks to get rid of some very tough hard water stains on my glass shower panel. They had been there for three years while my apartment was rented and never cleaned. I have tried just about everything from toothpaste to vinegar to different types of chemical products. Then I found this product...PURE MAGIC!!! The nontoxicity of the product is definitely a plus, it doesn't smell bad and doesn't sting your lungs like some hard chemicals do. Its biodegradability is a plus! I feel better knowing I'm not dumping some more toxic chemicals down the drain. Most importantly, it works!!! After 10 minutes of work it has removed 90% of the hard-water stains that simply would not come off in the past!!" —O.R

    Get it from Amazon for $17.77.

    3. AirPod cleaners to clear out the gunk that's making your tunes sound more like creepy radio static and less like your upbeat jogging jams. Just squish the putty square into your AirPod speaker, peel off, and proceed to be amazed (read: horrified) at the debris that's been dulling your sound.

    reviewer's earphone caked with with wax and gunk
    reviewer's earphone after using the putty clean

    Promising review: "This is by far the most effective way of removing the magnetic dust from your case or any dust/wax from the mesh of the AirPods. This pack will also last you quite a while, so there’s no need to be frugal with how much you’re buying. Important note: If you wait too long to clean your AirPods, the magnetic dust eventually scratches deep into the case beyond what can be cleaned off. With this product, you can catch that dust early and prevent lasting damage to your AirPod case." —Jelani Nunes

    Get 12 from Amazon for $11.99+ (also available in packs of 24).

    4. The Pink Stuff all-purpose paste and spray (as seen on TikTok) that'll magically clean practically anything and everything in your home — and even in your closet! This potion in a paste reverses wall markings, cooked-on grease, soap scum, shoe scuffs, and whatever else that could use a little abracadabra alakazam.

    reviewer image of their oven covered in gunk
    same oven after using The Pink Stuff now completely clean

    Promising review: "WOW!!!! This stuff is amazing. I literally just have to spray it, let it sit for a few minutes, come back, and depending on what I’m using it for, I either wipe it and it comes right off, or I just use a scrubbing pad and it comes off. There’s nothing out there that is anywhere in comparison to this product!!!! This stuff is the absolute best. I highly recommend purchasing this. I can tell you that half of my cleaning products are now going to be thrown out because all I need is The Pink Stuff. Whoever invented this stuff is an absolute genius; if you’re a clean freak like me, this really is the way to go. Also it doesn’t have that nasty chemical smell; it smells great. Just buy it; you won’t regret it." —Twin33

    Get the original cleaning paste and multi-purpose spray from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. Medicated, waterproof bandages lauded by reviewers for effectively concealing, protecting, and lifting stubborn warts out from the deep, dark depths of your skin. Some saw results after just ONE application.

    Promising review: "More than six years with a large, sometimes painful plantar wart on the bottom of my foot. The doctor tried freezing. I tried apple cider vinegar, aspirin, freezing at home, over and over again...nothing worked. Never showing the bottom of my feet, refusing to get a pedicure with the girls, and so, so embarrassed...It felt like I was doomed to have it for forever; it was resistant to everything. Literally six years of fighting it and on a whim tried these because of the good reviews. ONE APPLICATION. I wore the bandage overnight. I didn’t think it did anything, but a few days later the wart just came off. I know it’s silly to be so emotional over a stupid wart, but I’m telling you, I nearly cried. I’ve never been so happy with a product in my life. Highly, highly recommend giving these a try if you’ve got stubborn plantar warts." —Liz Dube

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $6.96.

    6. A drain snake to give your clogged pipes a good ol' cleanse without having to get your plumber on the horn. This'll easily and ~satisfyingly~ clean out the clumpy monsters you never knew (or didn't want to know) existed in your bathroom pipes.

    reviewer threading the drain snake down their sink
    same drain snake after pulling it from the drain, now totally covered in gunk

    Promising review: "So useful! Thought I’d never be able to clear my drain after using gallons and gallons of Drano (which add up). But these took out the hair that was clogging my shower for months within a minute! Such easy use and definitely would recommend this to anyone who needs it." —Cal

    Get a four pack from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. Foot exfoliating peel masks that work like witchcraft to peel away dead skin and leave you with the softest baby bum feet. AKA this at-home science experiment might be gross, but you'll be oh-so very satisfied with the results.

    day 6 and day 8 of reviewer's peeling skin on feet
    day 14 of reviewer's super smooth feet

    Just pop on the booties for an hour, wash your feet, and marvel as your feet start shedding layers of dead skin.

    Promising review: "Okay, so first things first: I have VERY calloused feet from years of barefoot gravel adventures. The directions advised me to use a second application one week after the first, which I did. My feet just keep PEELING. I'm talking massive chunks of skin coming off. My feet literally haven't felt this soft in over a decade and I'm only 21!! It's a must-have for those wanting to take care of their feet!" —Callie Pinaire

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.95.

    8. Or! A foot file so you can tell pricey pedis to beat it once and for all. This makes taking care of crusty feet epidermis easy peasy — and if you want to let your hooves see the light of day quickly (without going through a two-week treatment), this miracle worker will gift you with brand-new skin that you'll be proud to parade around.

    A reviewer's dry calloused heel
    The same reviewer's heel looking smooth and callous-free after using the file

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!! Seriously beyond impressed with this product. I've never had dry or cracked heels until recently, and I've tried everything I could find to get rid of them. This is all you need!!! I literally opened the box and did this in less than a minute! I'll never use anything else! Even better than professional pedicures!!!" —Kyla Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. An allergy supplement to free your pup from their nightmare of incessantly itching and scratching with naturally derived probiotics that claim to boost immunity and improve digestion. Pet owners are celebrating these treats that feature salmon fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids that help good boys and girls with sensitive skin and itchy paws.

    Reviewer before and after photos showing the allergy supplements helped treat their dog's bald patches
    Before photo of a dog with a red, irritated belly
    Same reviewer's dog after taking the allergy supplements, which calmed the dog's skin and made it less red

    Promising review: "Our 70-pound lab boxer mix was in misery due to skin allergies. We had spent a small fortune, and he had two allergy-related surgeries that left him weakened and with serious hair loss. We changed diet, went through food trials, twice! Various prescription allergy medications with no relief. We started using these treats, and his coat now looks healthy and normal. His vitality has improved, and we haven't visited the vet for months! We are amazed at the change in his skin. The itch has stopped completely. I only wish we had found relief for him sooner." —Kool-aide

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $28.97+ (available in five versions and also available in a pack of 250).

    10. Some compression socks to comfortably keep your ankles and legs from ballooning and scaring the bejesus out of you on long-haul flights. Because let me tell you, having to squish swollen, zombie-like toes back into boots after some time in the air is no easy feet.

    Promising reviews: "With three weeks of international travel coming up, I purchased these to combat swelling in my feet during the flights. I had noticed swelling after three hour domestic flights, so I was worried about what almost 30k miles would do! I wore these on every leg of the trip and never noticed any swelling — even after the 10- to 15-hour flights. They are very comfortable, too!" —J. Beaty

    "Highly recommended. I am currently 8 months pregnant and wear these beauties every single day. I come home from work, take them off, wash them, and hang them to dry for the next day. I never knew how painful the swelling in my legs and feet could be until recently, and these socks were a complete game changer. I stand for over 9 hours a day at work, so I can't begin to explain how badly my legs and feet ached. I have a picture of what my feet looked like with (right) and without using the socks (left). The difference is tremendous!!" —OStocky

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 13 colors).

    Check out our full review of these compression socks here.

    11. A pack of pet stain-removing pads that hellooo...? make crime-scene-type messes vanish with little to no work. Here's how: You simply lay 'em over a spot of...I don't know...let's say, pee, poop, or even vomit perhaps, stomp on them (yes, STOMP) to activate their cleaning agents, let 'em soak, and presto — stain begone!

    Reviewer photo of their dog's accident on a white carpet
    Same reviewer's carpet after two hours, showing that the stains have significantly lightened
    Same reviewer's carpet after the pad sat overnight, showing that the stain is no longer visible

    Psst! They work on red wine, too!

    Promising review: "WOW! Honestly, I was a little skeptical of the promise of these pads, but I bought them just to try out. THEY WORKED AMAZINGLY WELL! Seriously. I have some stains that are 1.5–2 years old. I've tried everything to get them out. I put these pads on the stains (two to cover the spot), let sit for about an hour, pulled them up, and the stain was gone. I truly couldn't believe it. The pad was yellow. Somehow the old urine was soaked up into the pad. My carpet looks like new. I couldn't recommend these any higher for what I wanted and what I got. Wish I could give this more than 5 stars." —Matt

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $27.48.

    12. Or! A top-selling stain- plus odor-eliminating spray for stenches that make you say pee-yew. Perfect if you have a pet that's known for vomiting à la The Exorcist — this stuff lifts away dirt and grime and releases enzymes to break down deep and persistent odors.

    a carpet stain before being treated with a stain eliminator
    carpet without stain after using the stain remover

    Hey! You can also use this on clothes and other surfaces like concrete and hardwood. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully for non-carpet use.

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a Labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys.

    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee, I saturate the area with Rocco & Roxie's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" —mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review for more!

    13. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to reverse any sign of itchy scalps and nightmarish flakes by targeting the *source* of the issue, instead of just masking it. Admirers mention that after just two uses, their pesky dandruff has virtually vanished, and they even say they've noticed a difference with shedding *and* hair loss, too.

    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT! If you have a flaky scalp from dandruff, BUY THIS. I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four of five times (over a month) and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70.

    14. An itty-bitty toenail brace set that'll correct the natural curve of your nail that causes cringeworthy ingrown pain. Simply apply the strip to your toenail, and watch this lil' bb work its sorcery to straighten out the sides so pressure is *poof* eliminated and the new you can walk ache-free.

    The kit comes with 10 toenail braces and the materials needed to apply it, including a nail file, solvent, and cotton swabs.

    Promising review: "I never realized how curved my toenails were. I thought the pain I had was just normal and a fact of life. Only when I read about the Curve Correct product, did I realize that I had a major problem, and it could be resolved! Now I'm on the way to normal, flat toenails, that DON'T grow curved into my skin!" —Jamie H.

    Get the kit from Amazon for $44.99.

    15. A fireplace cleaner kit in case your current one's appearance is giving you nothing short of night terrors — this'll fix soot stains and odors to make your space look like less of a haunted house in a jiff.

    A fireplace before using the kit, that looks like gray brick with a huge black stain from the pit to the top of the mantle. Then after the kit, with red brick and no stain
    A fireplace before the kit that is dull, then the same fireplace after, with visible detail on each stone and brighter, different shades of stone

    And by kit, I mean a brush and 16-ounce bottle of nontoxic fireplace cleaning formula.

    Promising Review: "Unbelievable! My daughter just moved into her first home. She thought she would have to paint her brick fireplace because of the heavy soot stains that had been there for years. We applied the product twice and put in a whole lot of elbow grease, but what a difference!! It’s a messy process, but well worth the time and energy." —MM

    Get it from Amazon for $16.07.

    16. A stainless-steel tongue scraper designed to banish shockingly bad breath, enhance tastebuds, and reduce scary bacteria buildup for an ultra clean mouth. A bonus? This also restores the look of the natural color of your tongue, too.

    Promising review: "I never realized how much gunk was on my tongue in the mornings. Pretty disgusting actually. My mouth feels extra clean after using this. Great quality stainless steel. To sanitize it, I just dip it in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. The only thing others may have an issue with is storage as it doesn't come with a case or anything. Simple solution, though. I put up a small hook next to my toothpaste and toothbrush and hang it on that." —Alexis T.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    17. Keurig cleaning cups if you're someone like me who didn't realize a coffee maker needed to be descaled — turns out, it DOES. Just pop in one of the pods as you would a coffee pod, and proceed to be amazed (read: petrified) at the amount of residue that's been trickling into your cup of joe.

    Promising review: "This is an excellent product that I cannot say enough good things about. I had thrown away my current Keurig machine thinking it was broken. I decided to try to resurrect it using these cleaners, and I am glad I did! One cup took care of years of neglect on my part (lesson learned). Because there was so much cleaning needed, I used two cups, and now the machine works perfectly. So glad I discovered this product and highly recommend. I am thinking a three-month interval to keep the machine in good condition. Thank you so much!" —Susan

    Get a 6-pack from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in a 12-pack).

    18. A cradle cap comb to soothe and rid your bub's irritated scalp of dead skin. This'll slide onto your hand easily and is made with the softest rubber bristles to gently *and* effectively remove flakes. 

    New parents, don't panic. Cradle cap — aka seborrheic dermatitis — is a very common dry scalp condition that affects infants.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    19. An all-purpose, all-natural scour paste some may call "essential" to clean up mysterious grime and dirt buildup, because ~I know what you did last summer~ and it wasn't taking care of the tops of your kitchen cabinets. With this, all you need is a cloth and a fisherman's hook, I mean, a tablespoon's worth of paste to work through murky film in sinks, showers, and ovens.

    a reviewer photo of a cabinet top covered in a layer of grime and dust and text reading
    a reviewer photo of the same cabinet now clean and text reading
    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    Humble Suds is a Denver-based Etsy shop creating plant-based cleaning solutions that are safe, effective, and come in cute packaging (bonus!).

    BuzzFeed Shopping writer Danielle Healy uses this stuff and says: "I recently moved into a new apartment, so lately I've been cleaning A LOT. Shortly after moving in, my partner and I went to store something on the top of the kitchen cabinets, only to find them caked in a thick layer of grime. 🤢 After going at it with regular multipurpose cleaner (with little success), we broke out the scour paste as a last-ditch effort, and OH BOY did this miracle product deliver (pics above). If it can handle that grossness, it's going to have no problem with day-to-day messes like soap scum and burnt-on food. Plus, it smells delightful and comes in minimal, low-waste packaging!"

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).