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    26 Cheap Things That'll Solve The Problems You Haven't Thought About In A While

    For when those pesky mishaps rear their annoying heads.

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    1. An ice cream koozie so you don't get halfway through the latest episode of The Bachelor only to realize for the fifth week in a row that you haven't put down your chilly pint for a full hour (you just couldn't peel your eyes away!) and now your fingers are REALLY cold.

    kanudles / Etsy

    Get it from kanudles on Etsy for $9.99 (visit their shop page for more colors, designs, and bundles).

    Or, get a select few of their designs on Amazon for $11.99 each: Cold Digger, Spoon Me, and Namaste In And Spoon.

    2. This sauce holder that clips to your car vents because going to the fast food drive-thru is all fun and games until you have a nugget in your hand and remember just at that moment how annoying dipping 'em can get when you don't have a way of holding the sauce without spills.

    3DPrintedByBrian / Etsy

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.60+.

    3. A cutting board with seven interchangeable mats (specifically for meats, bread, cheese, and fish) so when the extended family comes over on one of their twice-a-year visits, you don't find yourself washing the same board over and over while prepping the multi-person spread.

    They're also useful when throwing together chicken dinner for two, and you can easily store the mats in the base of the board! They're even dishwasher safe.

    Promising reviews: "Omg this thing is so cool! My dad is envious and wants one of his own. It's so convenient to switch to a clean cutting surface that's right there for you. It takes up so much less room. The surfaces are big enough without being awkward and bulky to wash in the sink. And it's pretty. V pretty. —DJ Kitten

    "I purchased this because I've worked several years in the food industry which has given me the desire to keep a food safety kitchen of my own because I've seen the things unsafe kitchens get away with. This is perfect for that and helps me teach my family to do the same!" —Nixlit

    Get it on Amazon for $24.22.

    4. This pack of 50 non-slip slimline hangers — which have half the bulk of normal plastic hangers — because you've managed to jam so much clothing into your closet that it's actually been a while since you've been able to just reach in, grab what you need, and go.

    Promising review: "These hangers are seriously low profile enough to give you close to twice the amount of space in your closet. Probably not necessarily a good thing, but I revamped my closet with these instead of donating a large portion of clothes to Goodwill (although I had already donated two other closets full until a friend recommended these hangers) and now my clothes all fit neatly!" —Lisa427

    Get a 50-pack on Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors and in packs of 30 and 100).

    5. A non-stick oven liner — even though you may have blocked that afternoon from your memory forever, you don't want to spend another three hours scrubbing out the random burnt-on bits out of the bottom of your oven because they'd started to smoke, ruining your cake in the process.


    It's also super easy to clean: Just wash it in your sink like a normal dish! Also, if you have a gas oven or an electric oven without an exposed heating element, you should only use this on a rack, never directly on the bottom of the oven (and remember to never cover any holes or vents regardless of what type of oven you have).

    Promising review: "Love this product. I do a lot of baking. These liners keep the mess off the bottom of my stove. Since I have a self-cleaning oven, all I have to do is remove the liner, turn on the self-cleaning system, and in no time, I have a clean oven. I wipe down the liner and I'm all set. Great product." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $11.99 (also available as a pack of four).

    6. This bug bite suction tool, which gently removes some of the venom that makes pesky mosquito bites itch, because you may be tired of the blisteringly cold winter now, but come summertime you'll be back to itching away at those annoying bites.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn't completely get rid of your bites, it stops the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice; however, you shouldn't use it on your face or neck because the strong suction could cause bruising!

    Promising review: "I randomly purchased this based on some BuzzFeed list or Facebook group recommendation. Two days after it arrived, my husband happened to get stung by a wasp and came frantically running to me asking me to use that bug thingie I just bought. Holy cow! It was so easy to use while my husband was flinching in pain and it provided immediate relief. I'm totally shocked how well this product worked. I didn't suction too hard based on the other reviews, but there's still a small a circle the next day where I used it. For the price, I'll probably buy end up buying a couple to have on hand. Highly recommend! —Sarah King

    Get one from Amazon for $9.93 (also available in value packs of two, three, or six).

    7. A foam kitchen sponge to replace your old, gross dish sponge, which you've clearly gotten way too comfortable using since you can barely notice the putrid smell anymore.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have been buying these sponges for a few years now and you can't go wrong! They are a bit on the expensive side but they last forever!! No foul smell after a few weeks!!! They hold the dish soap suds, and the scrubber side does not fall apart after a few uses. I do dishes every day and one of these sponges will last me at least eight months, sometimes longer. There is not a better sponge for me, and I will not buy any other sponge." —Wendy

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $14.33.

    These were also one of the BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best kitchen sponges, where you can read the full review.

    8. This set of bedsheet fasteners because as cringey as it might've felt at first, you're too accustomed to sleeping with your fitted bed sheets slipped out and sprawled across the mattress, and these babies will remind you what real comfort feels like.,

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We switched to those awesome deep pocketed sheets from Target which helped but even those to slide up each night. Bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! These are on that list of things you never knew how you lived without them before.

    A tip for putting them on: lay the fitted sheet on top of the bed with the corners inside out (flipped up, off the mattress). Then attach these bands to each of the corners and tighten the bands. Once they are all clamped on and tightened, THEN flip the corners on to the mattress. We have a pillow top 10" thick king mattress and this is the best method to get these on. Hope that helps!" —LindseyB

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $8.99 (available in black and white).

    9. A cute 'lil brown sugar bear to keep your brown sugar perfectly moist because it seems as if your sugar is perfectly useable until you're ready to whip up some cookies and find yourself with an impenetrable rock in the jar.


    Promising review: "Just read the instructions and follow them. I was skeptical, but this bear is magical. I have brown sugar in a glass canister and I was about to throw the whole container out. The sugar was unbreakable. I came across this bear and I thought it wasn't real. I put the bear in the canister and reluctantly walked away. The next day I was pleasantly surprised to find REVIVED and soft brown sugar!!!!! Great buy!" —S.G.

    Get one on Amazon for $5.61 (also available as a pack of three).

    10. This ring adjuster that'll help you avoid all those close-calls from your slightly-too-big ring accidentally sliding off your finger. You're just too used to pushing it back on so you don't even notice when you're doing it now.


    The more loops you add to your ring, the tighter it'll fit.

    Promising review: "I have skinny fingers with fat/wide knuckles. I cannot take my engagement ring down even a half size — or else it won’t fit over the bone. After purchasing these very comfortable, very durable size adjusters, I had to order another pack! I never want to be without these! The coil adjusters are easy to put on the ring (it might take a minute to get the coil around the ring but you’ll get the hang of it) and the coils don’t come off unless you undo them manually, which is VERY easy to do. It doesn’t damage the ring, either. Thank you so much, whoever patented this! It’s a lifesaver! I also think it’s great because it prevents the back of the ring from getting scratched when you wear it." —Dee

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.99 (for also available as a set of 18).

    11. A pack of clear, silicone-rubber earring backings so you'll never have that mini panic attack when you randomly reach up and realize that the earrings you were wearing fell off because you never replaced the original backings.


    Promising review: "These little silicone backs are small, but they tightly hold the earring in place really well. And with 200 pieces in the box, if you drop one (you will), it really doesn’t matter. Now I can safely wear the earrings in my jewelry box that are missing one or both backs. This was an excellent — and inexpensive — purchase for me. Highly recommend!" —Carol R. Slicher

    Get a pack of 200 pieces/100 pairs from Amazon for $4.99 (also available as a pack of 1200 pieces/600 pairs).

    12. A set of stove counter gap covers because accidental food droppings may not seem like a huge deal now but any buildup that may accumulate in the chasm between your stove and your countertop will not be a fun discovery the day you decide to go for a deep clean.

    A super great plus to this product is that you can trim it easily with scissors to fit your space.

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

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available two lengths and three colors).

    13. A cable sleeve that fits snuggly around the wires attached to electronics around your home because you never really noticed how unruly they looked until your parents did a double-take while dusting around your room.


    Promising review: "I ordered this item in the hopes that it would make my living look less messy and wouldn't be a hassle to wrap up those wires. It turned out to be a breeze! I really like that it's a zipper and not a velcro wrap. These are ideal for areas where the cables are not ridiculously too long. They're approximately 19.8 inches (1.5 ft). They're great for any area where you just don't want messy wires making the room look too busy. Enjoy." —Sir Webb

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.49.

    14. This bottle of earwax removal drops because even when you think there's no wax in your ears because the cotton swabs are coming out clean, any muffled hearing you might've been experiencing lately could mean otherwise — and could actually point to impacted (aka stuck) earwax.,

    Promising review: "I've been having ear hearing clogged issues for a month. My ear would not drain properly and it was frustrating me very much. I bought this product and used it twice and I could ear again. This is by far the best ear cleaning product ever! Highly recommended!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.53 (available in packs of one and two).

    15. This taco holder for stopping your masterpiece of beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream from tragically falling out of the shell. I mean, we love tacos but we forget how annoying they can be until we're left spooning the stragglers from our plates.

    They're dishwasher (top shelf) and oven safe (up to 500 degrees).

    Promising review: "My kids love the double-decker tacos I make, but they fall apart when I put them on a plate. These holders keep everything in place. They making assembling the tacos much easier too. When you're making 12 tacos at once, you can set these up like an assembly line. I definitely recommend them." —AlphaPepper

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.95+.

    16. A microwave plate cover because I'm sure we've all forgotten to clean our microwaves more than we care to admit, and this cover can help minimize those messy splashes.


    It's actually magnetic and can attach itself to the top of the inside of your microwave so you'll never accidentally misplace it. Plus, it's dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "We've had regular microwave splatter covers before and they are a hassle, get misplaced, take up space, and clutter up the kitchen. This microwave splatter cover, however, is really nice. The enclosed magnets make it possible to keep the cover inside the microwave at all times, whether in use or not. You're don't constantly have to remove the cover when putting something into the microwave. It's a very nifty, convenient way to keep your microwave clean! I love it!" —Olivia358

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    17. This eight-bin interlocking drawer organizer set just in case you've gotten a little *too* used to sifting around an untidy drawer for the hand sanitizer.

    Promising review: "These organizer bins were just perfect for my needs. I love that I'm not stuck with one configuration, it's so easy to change out a large bin for two or three small bins or vice-versa so the number of different layout possibilities are endless. The bins are super easy to lock together so it's simple to increase the size by interlocking a few more bins or make it smaller by removing a couple bins. The bins are made of a thicker plastic and feel nice and sturdy. I use these in the utility drawer in the kitchen, the drawers in our bathroom vanity and my dressing table. This is my third set and I will be using these to organize some drawers in the garage." —Dee

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $11 (available in five colors and as a set of nine).

    18. A jewelry fastener because even though you might not always wear bracelets, it'll make the process of putting them on SO much faster when you actually do!


    Promising review: "Wonderful helper! I don't know how I fastened a bracelet before ordering this. Each time I use it, it seems to be easier to use." —LuAnne B.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in four colors).

    19. A teeny bottle of touchup paint you can use over furniture scratches and chips in case your eyes slide right past the nicks that your house guests might actually notice.

    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a lifesaver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

    20. These heel protectors you'll be glad you bought when you go from smoothly walking on the sidewalk to trudging through grass. It'll protect your shoe from sinking into the grass and also keep your heels from getting dirty, unlike your ruined gold pair from that unexpectedly muddy wedding last year.


    Promising review: "I needed these for a pair of heels I planned to wear to an outdoor wedding. I took a chance with a size small without measuring my heels. Despite being a touch too large for my heels, they only slipped off once while I was seated. I'm very satisfied with how these held up and protected my shoes! They were easy to apply and remove, and small enough to slip into your purse." —J. St Louis

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four sizes).

    21. A cup holder designed to fit on shopping carts because we always seem to forget that pushing a cart while sipping coffee is easy enough until you weigh it down with a month's worth of groceries and actually need both hands to push the cart.

    Promising review: "Ingenious idea and great invention. I go grocery shopping with cart and attach this cup holder to the cart with Starbucks coffee... Walking around, hands-free, have a sip of coffee every now and is great." —stephen moody

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. This peel-off barrier nail polish because you haven't done your own polish in years and the last time you tried, you realized you're no longer an expert at getting the edges just right — but now no one has to know you did it at home.

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. This way, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off!

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. This back zipper puller for the two dresses that wound up in the very back of your closet despite being extremely gorgeous. Unfortunately you never wear them since you just can't zip 'em up yourself, but now, you can!


    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this puller would actually work. I wear dresses Monday through Friday for work. I buy ones that have long, hidden zippers. I am breaking about one zipper every two weeks trying to zip them up by myself. It was costing me about $50 to replace the zippers. Finally, I broke down and bought this. I am so happy that I did. It takes a couple of times to get it on right, but once you get the zipper puller on the zipper, it zips right up. This is perfect! Great for single moms like me!!!" —M. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (avialable in three colors).

    24. A pack of toaster bags because nothing would brighten up a gloomy day quite like a warm grilled cheese, but no matter how many times you pep talk yourself into just taking the extra time to make it in a pan on the stove, you still wind up craving a much more efficient option.


    Promising review: "I purchased these for the office to end the endless fights about the dirty toaster and toaster oven and THEY DO MAGIC. Everyone is happy, the toaster is clean, and peace is restored! Food is heated evenly." —Marina

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. A set of slow cooker liners so you don't run into the seldom thought about–issue of having to yank the heavy pot out of the cooker to clean it.


    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant Crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your Crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked-on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen clean up so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $2.60 (also available in packs of 12 and 48).

    26. And this ice tray with a lid because iced tea sounds absolutely divine until you remember that you're quite clumsy and might end up with a totally wet floor if you even dare touch anything like an ice tray. But this features a silicone lid that helps prevent any spills!


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these trays. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

    Get it from Amazon for $15.72 (also available as an ice stick tray).

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