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    Feb 22, 2020

    26 Seemingly Normal Products That Deliver Basically Magical Results

    I don't know who needs to hear this, but magic is real and it takes the form of these products.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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. This cob corn stripper so you can remove those kernels at what might feel like the speed of light, allowing you to get dinner done faster than you can fathom.

    Promising review: "I have been making creamed corn for years, and the part I dread is using a knife to remove the corn kernels from the cob. It is almost impossible, and you have to have some muscle behind the knife to really get the job done. With this tool, anyone can easily remove corn from the cob in minutes! It is as easy as twisting the cob through the device, and the kernels just fall off the cob. It is the best tool in my kitchen, and one I can't do without. If you like corn, you have to have this!!" —Summergirl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93.

    2. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets that'll eliminate the muck from your favorite travel mug so well that you won't even want to share this sorcery with the world.

    Just drop in a tablet, let it sit for 15–30 minutes, and rinse!

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug, and I tried everything — bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING — and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product! No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much, I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8 (also available as a pack of 36).

    3. This all-natural dry shampoo perfect for turning slick, greasy strands into fresh-looking locks in a fraction of the time it would take you to wash your hair, wait for it to dry, and completely style it again.

    It's also vegan and cruelty-free. Just lightly dispense the powder onto your hair roots and gently rub it in.

    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair, since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month, and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two sizes and two scents).

    4. This v impressive wood polish and conditioner to restore your dull, worn-out-looking furniture. It might trick your family members into thinking you just bought a whole new coffee table or something.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it, and the oak wood came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets, and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything other than this product on my wood surfaces! It doesn't feel greasy, and the smell is fantastic!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $8.48 (available in packs of one, four, and six).

    5. A sneaker cleaner that'll transform your 3-year-old pair of super scuffed-up-looking shoes into nearly new-looking beauties so you can wear 'em even longer.

    The cleaner is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way!

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them — now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle; I will buy it again when I run out." —Romario

    Get it and a cleaning brush from Amazon for $16.97.

    6. A pack of acne patches formulated with hydrocolloid dressing, tea tree oil, calendula oil, and cica to cast a gunk-sucking spell on breakouts that have formed a white, pus-filled head so you can wake up to zits that have more or less ~disappeared~.,

    Promising review: "Last night I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry, I’m so happy. The packaging is ideal because you can easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a pack of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    7. This jewelry-cleaning pen, because you miss that brand-new–diamond sparkle your rings used to have, and this'll have 'em looking bright and shiny with basically a ~swish and flick~.

    To use the pen, just twist the top to dispense the cleaning solution onto the brush, rub it over your ring (or other piece of dirty jewelry), rinse, and voilà!

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use, my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —Liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21.

    8. A foot file that'll give rough, cracked, dry heels the scraping of a lifetime. You might wonder why the heck you've been struggling with a pumice stone all this time when THIS handy little tool exists.

    Promising review: "After several visits to a professional pedicurist and not getting the results I wanted, I looked for a solution. Initially I was skeptical of using this on dry skin, but I quickly realized why you do. It is similar to woodworking or ice sculpturing. You have total control of the amount being removed. After a summer in Chaco sandals, my feet were out of control. This is an amazing product I'd buy again and again." —Ken Clements

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    9. This anti-dandruff shampoo, formulated with ketoconazole (an ingredient that kills dandruff by binding to your hair's natural protein), because it'll practically transport your scalp back to a time when you weren't constantly trying to rid yourself of those persistent itchy flakes.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad, I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier." —Moo Moo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84 (also available as a pack of two).

    10. These microfiber makeup-remover cloths because they're surprisingly capable of swiping off even the toughest long-wearing products with just WATER. Yeah, now, that's magic.

    Throw 'em in your washing machine to clean them up so you can use 'em again and again!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple of swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.29 (available in three assorted designs).

    11. The never not famous Aztec Secret Indian healing clay mask that somehow, someway deep-cleans your pores and helps combat both breakouts and the tough marks they leave behind.,

    It's made from 100% bentonite clay and is cruelty-free. I've actually been using this mask for the last five months or so, and it's helped so much that I can definitely see a difference even when I'm NOT using this mask at least twice a week. My face feels squeaky clean after I use this mask; angry, cystic breakouts are less inflamed the next day; and some of my post-acne marks have also faded. Though you can mix the mask with water, I, like many other customers, mix it with apple cider vinegar instead for best results.

    Promising review: "I have dealt with hormonal cystic acne for years. Even after being prescribed medication to help with the acne, I would still get some breakouts around my period and occasionally throughout my cycle. This product changed everything. I use this mask every night in addition to my normal routine. I started out mixing it with water and it worked well enough, but then I switched to apple cider vinegar, and wow! What a huge difference this product has made for my face. If I do get a pimple here or there, this helps to clear it up quickly. In conclusion, this stuff has changed my life and I will buy it until I die." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two sizes).

    12. A pumice cleaning stone to gently banish the calcium, lime, and hard-water stains that have plagued your toilet bowl for far too long.

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time that regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. I decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to do anyway if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. The pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later, I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. I am very happy with this purchase...well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available as a pack of one or two).

    13. This makeup brush–cleaning shampoo because, let's face it, at this point, it really would take a magical spell or two to get your foundation-filled brushes to look good as new again.

    It's also perfect for cleaning the crap out of your makeup sponges!

    Promising review: "This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat-up (I'm not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, I see a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather but very nicely and easily rinses out." —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    14. The NYX makeup setting spray that proves you don't need a fairy godmother to grant you smooth makeup that stays fresh-looking all day long.

    Promising review: "INCREDIBLE!!!!! I swear this has changed my life. It makes my makeup last all day — literally 120-plus hours. It has even kept my makeup on and smudge-proof through a two-hour nap!!! I'm so incredibly impressed. I have very oily skin, and the 'dewy' finish has not made me look or feel greasy. I seriously love this stuff sooo much!!!!" —JaNaeSyx

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89 (available in a matte or dewy finish).

    15. A fabric de-fuzzer for removing obnoxious-looking pilling from your favorite sweatshirt, because you just aren't ready yet to retire it to the back of your closet — not when this will help make it look perfectly new again.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand-new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m de-pilling everything: sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors and as either a rechargeable or battery-operated device).

    16. A bottle of nail- and cuticle-care oil that uses a natural blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E to soften your cuticles and strengthen nails that have just been mocking you all this time with persistent chips.

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with me religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement, so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    17. These produce-saver containers, because they do what no normal plastic container can do: They prevent your fruit and veggies from going bad too quickly, which means you can enjoy everything a little longer before you have to head back to the grocery store.

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    These containers help keep your produce fresh by keeping moisture away. And they're designed with a special vent filter, which you never have to replace, to regulate the carbon dioxide and oxygen flow to your produce.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, they work! I went on a 10-day trip and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back, and everything was in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These containers will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $26.99, or individually for $6.73+.

    Natalie Brown, an editor here at BuzzFeed, actually tried these containers for herself, and, well, you just gotta read her full review to hear about how they kept her produce fresh for 10 days.

    18. These natural bamboo oil-blotting sheets to suck up excess grease before you can say "oily T-zone."

    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven't gotten around to writing a review until now. I've tried other blotting sheets, and they've either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these, I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER-oily skin (and cystic acne, which I have the scars to show for), and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne. But as you can see, it truly removes all of the oil and keeps it that way for several hours. Very cute design, too, and really easy to use and keep anywhere with you. Amazing price for what it does. If you're hesitating to buy it, just go for it!" —Noopur D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    19. A wine stain–remover spray that might actually make your jaw drop in disbelief with how easily it erases the mark of pinot noir on your favorite blanket.

    This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without forcing you to use bleach (win!!). Plus, it also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even any "accidents" your pets might've left behind.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate to a friend how great it is. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67 (available in packs of up to four).

    20. The ever famous O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream because try as you might, you just haven't been able to cure the rough, dry cracks on your fingers. This ultra-concentrated cream can help save the day by locking in moisture and preventing your skin from becoming too dry.

    For best results, you should apply the cream after washing your hands, after showering, and at bedtime.

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday, and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29 (available in packs of up to 12).

    21. These Bioré blackhead-removal strips that'll have you gawking in awe at how many tiny little blackheads have been hiding out in your pores over the last few weeks. It takes just 10 minutes, so you can deep-clean your pores without giving up too much of your busy day.,

    Promising review: "Want to feel disgusting about your previous self from five minutes ago and better about your health for the next couple of weeks? Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable to a stiff sticky pad on your face. After your five minutes of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off. Nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pic or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction." —r0bdawg11

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $13.60.

    22. A pet ear cleanser to finally give your pupper, kitty, or other lil' fluff ball's ears a satisfying clean so they can avoid potential infections down the line. The only thing more surprising than how gentle and effective this is might be just how much dirt has been accumulating in your pet's ears all this time.

    Promising review: "My husband and I just adopted our cute puppy, Winston, from the Humane Society. When we adopted him, his ears were unfortunately pretty dirty, but after we used this ear cleaner today, his ears are so clean!! I'm so amazed at everything it managed to get out. Our puppy's ears look so much better now! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog." —AmazonLurker

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in packs of one, two, or four).

    23. This sulfate-free biotin shampoo, infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils, that can help with hair loss and help your hair look thicker with regular use.

    Personally, I was very skeptical of this product but was desperate to try to thicken the small, thinning spot of hair by my temple (too many high ponytails, perhaps?), so I placed an order and dutifully massaged it into my scalp once a week for the next ~three-ish~ months (really concentrating on that one spot). The hair in that area DID look thicker, and three months later, it appears that hair has actually regrown in that thinning spot. Yays all around!!

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it, but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After I used the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on), and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells, but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. This curl cream-gel with healing argan oil, because the air never ceases to zap the moisture out of your curls, causing them to frizz. You deserve moisturized, defined curls, and you deserve 'em now!!!,

    Promising review: "Like many of the people who have posted reviews, I've tried every curl cream in the book. High-end to low-end, I've tried them all. I can't remember how I stumbled across this product, but it was the reviews that made me want to give it a try. Thank goodness I did, and that's why I'm writing this review. This product is amazing. I have waist-length wavy/curly red hair, and I only have to use two pumps of the product to coat all my hair. My curls are wonderfully moisturized and shaped, with absolutely ZERO greasy or crunchy feel. A little goes a long way. Highly recommend this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.90.

    25. A purple shampoo that'll tone down the brassy hues in blonde hair right before your very eyes so you can skip the trips back to the salon for expensive touch-ups.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. Now my hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus, this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous, with lots of body!" —KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89+ (available in three sizes).

    26. And a jet tub cleaner so you can actually use your "me time" for relaxing instead of worrying about the *shudder* tub filth you may or may not be soaking in.


    Promising review: "My wife told me we had to really clean what appeared to be a clean tub. We moved into a house where the previous owners were not the best cleaners. She had me get this product based on reviews. My one complaint is the label needs to be bigger. 'OH YUK' is not enough. OH YUK YOU MIGHT BARF might be better. I think someone had a bowel movement in my bathtub plumbing, and this is the only product that takes it out. It appears we have seven years of crud in the pipes. The feces-colored film that this product gets out of your pipes will make you a believer. The first use, it released so much toot film that we felt like we needed to have another round of cleaning. After losing a bet, I had to stick my hand in the water to drain it. Wiping off all the released film, we filled the tub again. Just turning the jets, the water seemed to be clear. However, before I was going to ever get into this thing, I wanted to do a second round of Yuk treatment. Once again, in full force, it appeared that someone had the squirts in the tub as sludge came flowing out of the pipes. We're going to have to run this a few times before we use the tub. Remember those pink tablets that you used to get in grade school to show you all the plaque that was on your teeth? The product is like that for your tub." —Paul Southwick

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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