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    Updated on Mar 18, 2020. Posted on Mar 18, 2020

    24 Products You May Not Need Immediately But Will Probably Be Grateful To Have When You Do

    Ever notice how a few weeks after you say you don't need something you actually wind up needing it?

    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. These bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers because your shiny, new kicks may still have that new shoe smell now, but give it a month or two and you might be pinching your nose every time you put them on.


    And, they aren't just used for shoes. You can also use them for things like gym bags and boxing gloves.

    Promising review: "My active 9-year-old boy has very stinky socks and shoes! I was constantly using Febreeze in his shoes or even running them through the washing machine. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this product! The first time I placed them in his shoes, I was amazed! The odor was actually gone. I would say to really eliminate the odor, it takes a good 24 hours, but I still place them in his shoes every night as well and notice a difference by the morning. I love that they absorb the odor vs. just covering it up. There is no fragrance to the product. I would highly recommend it!!" —Korinne N.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.98.

    2. A brown sugar bear you'll be ~beary~ glad you bought because brown sugar is all fun and games until you finally decide you're in the mood for homemade chocolate chip cookies and your supply is hard as a rock.


    You just soak it in water for at least 20 minutes and then place it in brown sugar to help it soften.

    Promising review: "After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps, I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child. That's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar. After a quick Google search, I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 minutes and then added to my lumpy brown sugar...two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!" —Sneezeloaf

    Get it from Amazon for $5.41.

    3. These melatonin sleep gummies if you sometimes go through cycles where you sleep like a baby one week and can't lull your mind into some shut-eye the next.


    Promising review: "I've tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They've worked the best out of any of the others I've tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!" —Jaime Arnold

    Get a bottle of 50 from Amazon for $11.89+ (also available as a bottle of 70 gummes).

    4. A Spatty Daddy set since you may be easily dispensing foundation from a brand new bottle today but in about a month, it's gonna be waaaay harder to get the last bit stuck at the bottom.

    @thespatty / Via, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    You'll get a 12-inch spatty for larger bottles and a smaller 6-inch one. These are FDA- and USDA-approved, and BPA-free, and can fit inside pretty much any bottle.

    Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on an 18-oz. lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container...oh, please! You get so much more than you would without it." —Liz

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    5. These blue-light blocking glasses that you may want to have on hand for those weeks when you start feeling the eye strain from working on a computer or looking at your phone or TV screen for extended periods of time.,

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! Highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 11 styles).

    6. An auto shut-off outlet because even though you may be really good about remembering to unplug your flat iron after using it, the day might come when you accidentally forget and this lil' guy will at least give you some peace of mind after you leave the room where you do your hair., Amazon

    It features a push-button so you can set the hours for eight, four, two, one, or hold. Simply plug it into an outlet and use the button to control how many hours it'll stay on before automatically shutting off.

    Promising review: "This is the best design of all the countdown timers I've used. I have an individual timer or multiple outlet strip timer on every appliance that could overheat or overcharge, because I worry a lot about fire and don't trust my memory to turn things off. This helps with that!" —MysteryAuthor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (also available as a two-way outlet with remote and for the outdoors).

    7. This wine stain remover since, of course, you'll only spill your wine the day you buy a brand new throw pillow for your couch.

    It also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine, and pet accidents.

    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. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. 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.

    8. An incredibly effective, fume-free oven cleaner because your brand new oven may be pristine now, but give it a few months and you may find it covered in burnt batter spills from all your baking experiments.

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut the door overnight, and wiped it off with paper towels. Now I don't have to dread cleaning the oven ever again! I can use this for everyday spot cleaning. I also used this on a broiler pan that would not scrub clean, even with steel wool. My Crock-Pot recipe leaked over the bowl and burned on inside the heating chamber; I just sprayed, covered, and wiped it in the morning. I plan on using this to clean the grill in the spring and I'm sure it will be a breeze.” —Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    9. This drain clog remover so you're prepared for the day that your sink and tub are too clogged up with all the hair and gunk that's wormed its way down there over the months and even years., Amazon

    Promising review: "You will not regret buying these. They work SO well. I had constant draining issues in my shower and so I figured I would search 'hair drain' on Amazon. Lo and behold, there I was searching for tools to clean out my drain. I did not expect these drain snakes to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic and I was able to use it both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away." —Nhi

    Get three from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes).

    10. A zip-up cosmetic bag with adjustable compartments so when it finally comes time for you to pack for that trip across the country, you can easily carry your makeup and skincare products along for the ride.

    Promising review: "I love this makeup case. I use it as my daily makeup bag. Everything stays in its place after zipping it up, flipping it on its side, and putting it under the sink. Great for travel. I love having everything in its place and organized! It's made very well, too. And you can customize to the size of your products which is really nice feature." —Amber Keys

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in seven colors).

    11. A portable bug-bite suction tool since the weather is warming up and once you're out getting that sweet, sweet fresh air, you may also start getting quite a few mosquito bites, too. This little gadget helps reduce the itching and swelling you experience after a mosquito bite or bee or wasp sting.


    The suction can be pretty strong so use caution and try a small amount of suction first, working your way up if necessary.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite is gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in packs of two, three, and six).

    12. This hanger stacker because once you do some spring cleaning and remove some old clothes from your closet, you'll be left with all these plastic hangers you have no idea where to put.

    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $18.38+ (available in packs of up to 10).

    13. A stainless-steel bar that neutralizes raw fish and garlic odors for when you finally realize that the perpetually smelly scent of garlic has been clinging to your hands since the dinner you prepared two nights ago.


    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available as a pack of two and in two styles).

    14. This handheld milk frother so you can whip up barista-level cappuccinos in your own kitchen on days when you might be working from home instead of going to the office.


    Promising review: "This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!" —Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in three colors).

    15. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets because one day, your HydroFlask will accumulate grime and you will not want to toss it and buy a new one.

    Promising review: "At work, we have stainless-steel coffee pots with a plastic top that no one cleans and they are often left on for hours at a time. The bottoms got very gross and someone tried to clean them with hot water and soap but not much happened. I bought these, added hot water and two tablets (since they are bigger than a water bottle), and let the pots sit overnight. So much came off with no scrubbing! I then soaked again for about another hour with two more tablets and almost all of the grime was gone. I did scrub just a tiny bit to get all the stains out with a brush I had... They are almost like new! I did this on two pots and we were all amazed by the results. I'm ordering more so that we can clean regularly since it’s so easy!" —Heather

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

    16. This automatic pet feeder to feed your doggo or feline friend once your schedule gets a little busier and you won't always make it home in time for their dinner. You can pre-schedule when food gets dispensed for your furry friends or even feed them remotely from your smartphone.


    You can set up to 12 meals to feed on your pet's schedule, and you can also use the "Feed Now" option to feed your pet outside normal feeding times. With the app, you can get notifications from the feeder and control the feeding remotely. There's also a special "Slow Feed" option that allows the food to dispense slowly over a 15-minute period.

    Promising review: "Great product. Feeds my pets automatically or I have a webcam to see if their bowl is empty. If it is, I’ll manually feed them either next door or across the country. Very dependable. Works great. Highly recommend for travelers." —NotSatisfied

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95.

    17. A makeup brush cleaner because you might've promised yourself that you'd clean your brushes more regularly but in a few weeks, that task might seem more and more daunting. This rad-looking thing makes cleaning makeup brushes fast and fun!


    You can have clean brushes in just three super easy steps: 1) dip and dunk your brush in water and cleaning solution; 2) spin to rinse; 3) spin to dry. The base is rechargeable so your spinner will always be charged and ready to go.

    Promising review: "Works AMAZINGLY well! Had all my brushes clean and looking brand new in the time it normally would have taken to hand wash one brush. If you hate cleaning your brushes, then you need this product. So easy and fun! I only wish I would have bought this sooner!" —Tellie82

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    18. These dress weights to keep skirts and dresses in place even when it's super breezy outside. If you're like me, you probably rarely wear dresses and when you do, the most annoying thing about it is having to hold the fabric down so you don't accidentally pull a Marilyn Monroe when the wind picks up.


    Promising review: "I finally had a chance to use these and I LOVE them! I only needed to put on two of them and they worked great. I thought they might be heavy and pull on my skirt but they didn't. I even had to check to make sure they were still there! When I moved I felt like my skirt wouldn't twirl up and then when I went outside it stayed right where it should in the wind. The fact that I can use them over and over is well worth the money. I plan on taking them with me on my cruise this summer and I know I won't have to worry about flashing everyone — yay for me!!" —Heather

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7, or a pack of four with included replacement adhesive tape for $12.

    19. These shoe stretchers because you never know when a super cute pair of shoes you just ordered may actually be just a tad too tight.


    It also includes attachments to help you stretch your shoes if you have bunions, if the tops of your shoes are tight, or if you need to stretch your shoe length-wise.

    Promising review: "I have slightly wide feet and it's hard to find cute boots and flats that adjust to my fitting, which was about time for me to buy a shoe stretcher. I bought this one because it looked unique. How? It's bright, bright pink rather than the usual wood or black, like the rest of my closet. I'd definitely rather not lose this as it has become a lifesaver for me, especially with spring and summer coming up. I used to struggle through such wonderful weather with my feet in pain, to the point of me limping, and as fun as that is, I'd rather feel comfortable and free in my shoes." —Tanya Lu

    Get them from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in two colors and for women's and men's shoes).

    20. A pack of canker sore patches you'll reaaaally wanna keep around in case one of those pesky, painful things rears their head. The patches basically protect the sore from any irritation you can experience from eating food or having your teeth rub against it. This way, it *might* actually heal faster.

    They stay in place for eight to 12 hours.

    Promising review: "Honestly this is one of the weirdest things I've ever done, but it worked. I put the patch on my canker sore (looks like a tiny pill) overnight and when I woke up the patch was huge and soft and sponge-like. Anyway, IT WORKED! My canker sore was significantly smaller when I woke up and no longer rubbed up against my teeth. I did one more night with the canker patch and it was completely gone. This product also works great on tongue sores. I would highly recommend! I especially would encourage you to use overnight like I did, instead of during the day. Just because you won't have to worry about eating and drinking water, etc." —LW

    Get a pack of six patches from Amazon for $7.88.

    21. These Avarelle Acne Cover Patches I DEFINITELY wish I had growing up with my face full of breakouts because zits have this way of sneaking up on us when we least expect (or want) them to — before a school photo, a date, a job interview, or other events.

    To use, all you do is make sure there's a very small opening on any blemish with a whitehead (aka one that's filled with white gunk), then plop the patch on top to absorb what comes out.

    Promising review: "I love this product! Whenever I have a pimple that is ready to burst (whitehead), I put one of these stickers on for a day and BOOM, it flattens and sucks up all that yucky junk. It feels really comfortable and can be barely noticeable if you have a small pimple that needs to be removed. There were times where I wore these out to school. Great product!" —Jenny

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.50.

    22. A compact umbrella you can leave in your purse or backpack for those spontaneous downpours that just seem to know exactly when you're ready to go outside.


    Promising review: "I love how travel-friendly this umbrella is. I'm used to buying a million umbrellas to have in my car, backpack, purses, etc. as backup and I always end up not having one when I need it because they're too big to lug around. This umbrella can actually fit quite nicely in my purses and still leave me room for my other necessities. It seems sturdy enough. I do use this umbrella as a method of blocking the sun when I'm walking around campus as a way to keep the sun off my face. I don't live in a super windy city (like Chicago) so I can't speak on its level of indestructibility in weather like that but like I said before, it's definitely sturdy enough for my day to day needs." —Blah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors/designs).

    23. This v. cool(!!!) hair clip multi-tool with seven different functions to tackle any small challenges life might throw at you. Gone camping and forgot a pocket knife to peel an apple? Just pull out this hair clip!


    This lil' guy can tighten screws, file down rough spots, or act as a bottle opener — it's basically like a tiny toolbox you can wear in your hair!

    Promising review: "I work in a BYOB painting studio and my days are filled with not only painting, but cutting open box after box of canvases. Let me tell you, this little guy is a TROUPER! I literally use it at least 30-40 times a day. It even cuts right though corrugated plastic sheeting like butter! Breaking down cardboard boxes? NO PROB! Zipping through plastic sheets? GOT THIS! Need a beer opened? POP! I love this little guy SO MUCH, I just ordered three more. My first one just broke today after six months of non-stop daily use. What an awesome tool." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $10.95 (available in sets of one, two, or three).

    24. And a pair of earplugs with a convenient carrying case. They come with a keychain carrying case so you can just snap it on your bag and keep 'em there for when you need them.


    Promising review: "These earplugs work wonders for a low profile set that people would never realize you are wearing in a bar, concert or nightclub. They dampen the intense cacophony from speakers turned up much higher than they need to and the din crowds of people generate in small rooms while at the same time filters individuals' voices you are conversing with due to the direction you are facing. The whole time they are in, I have never had anyone realize I was wearing them. Even the people who know I wear them actually have to look several times and normally ask before they notice them." —John

    Get it from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in two colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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