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    30 Problem-Solving Items For The Annoying Little Issues You Pretend Don't Exist

    Because you've practically become desensitized to your funk-smelling shoes and rough, dry skin.

    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 spackle kit for filling any holes from photo frames you intended to hang up but ended up rearranging. You've kind of just been walking past them and pretending they didn't exist, but now it's time to finally restore your wall.

    This kit contains spackle, primer, a putty knife, and a sanding pad!

    Promising review: "I slipped in the shower the other day and grabbed my towel bar outside of it so as not to die. Doing so, I ripped the bar off the wall, including the screws and anchors, so I had four small but kind of nasty holes in my wall. I've never done any sort of drywall repair/spackling, etc., and I figured, for under $10 with all I could need, this would do the job. I applied the spackle, smoothed it with the flat end of the tube, and allowed it to dry. I was able to sand it smooth and then paint over the spackle. It looks fine now. I give it 5 stars for convenience." —John J. Connelly Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    2. A pack of Avarelle Acne Cover Patches because you've kind of just thrown your hands up and given up on trying to treat your breakouts. These patches are actually effective at reducing inflammation because they suck the pus out of zits that have formed a white head.

    A reviewer showing the circular patches with white gunk on them

    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.

    3. This super-handy aromatherapy migraine stick if you're like me and always try to just grit your teeth and power through a headache instead of actually trying to alleviate it.

    A reviewer showing the small tube

    You may need more or less of a swipe, depending on how strong your headache is.

    Promising review: "I have had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I have tried everything: OTC medication, prescription medication, pain injections, chiropractor, etc.This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I have only had two to three headaches in that time, and they were mild. I ordered more already so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines. It is phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    BTW, my colleague Katy Herman wrote an in-depth review of the migraine stick that has some additional deets.

    4. A jewelry cleaning stick because you noticed your gems starting to look super dull months ago but you kind of wrote it off because you didn't want to pay for it to be professionally cleaned.

    A reviewer showing a dull green ring looking brighter and clearer after using the stick

    Promising review: "This little pen brush is incredible! I wasn't sure if it would work well on my emerald engagement ring, since it's mostly advertised for diamonds, but I thought I'd give it a try. I have been wearing the ring since getting engaged in October, and even though I had it cleaned at the jeweler's in April, it just didn't seem as bright as it was when it was new, and I thought it would just always be a little cloudy. But after cleaning it once with the Dazzle Stik, I was blown away by the difference — it looks as bright and sparkly as when I first got it! I'm so glad I didn't buy an ultrasonic cleaner, since this is so much less expensive and easier and gentler. It took me less than a minute to clean, and I can do it whenever I want! And it's honestly better than when the jeweler cleaned it. So thrilled!" —KFray

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    5. This colorful beaded face mask chain if you always have a mini freak out when you've finished eating and hate frantically fishing around your bag for your face mask. This allows you to keep your mask on your person so you can easily grab it and put it back on.

    Firefly Feeling Bright/Etsy

    Promising review: "Nice quality, good chain length and fun colors! Glad I purchased two (one for my home and one I keep in my car)." —dianecely

    Get it from Firefly Feeling Bright on Etsy for $7+ (available in sets of one, three, and five; find more colors on the shop's page).

    6. A streak-free anti-fog spray to prevent eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields from fogging up while you wear a mask. Up until now, you've just accepted the fact that your breath will fog up your glasses and there's nothing you can do about it.,

    Promising review: "I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future." —Tonya Crippen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55+ (available in two sizes).

    7. This bottle of Bio-Oil so you can finally banish the scars you've had since childhood — don't we all have that stubborn knee scar from falling off our bikes? This is made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender, and will help moisturize dry, cracked skin.

    A model rubbing bio-oil on their hands

    Promising review: "I bought this for my scars but because of the current COVID-19 crisis I have been washing my hands so much that they are painfully dry. Hand cream hasn't helped enough so I decided to use the Bio-Oil on them and even after the first application they felt SO much better! I'm glad I bought the big bottle!" —L. Strand

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A foot file because you kinda just got used to your bed sheets snagging on your rough, cracked heels every time you're tossing around to get comfy. This will gently (and painlessly) remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical because there are so many to choose from and everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn't. I have extremely crusty feet and because Covid was going on, I hadn't been able to get to the salons so I bought this and tried it at home. IT WORKED! I am very pleased. My feet are hella soft and I ain't embarrassed wearing flip-flops. This product 100% works so if you are looking for a product like I was and taking forever to make a decision ... then stop and buy this one." —Serlencie Vick Abram Jr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    9. This insulated soundproofing strip if you've just become too good at ignoring the fact that your sibling is watching TV too loudly but you're trying to study in your room. This easily sticks to the outer rims of your door to muffle noise.

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in four colors).

    10. An odor-eliminating Pet House candle because you've had your dogs for so long that your nose has kind of become acclimated to those miscellaneous pet odors.

    A lit transparent glass candle in the Lavender Green Tea scent

    Elizabeth, an Editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this candle out and while it kept her space with a dog smelling ~divine~, she also notes that it's great for any other weird smells in your home, too (like strong smells from food). Read her full review on the Pet House candles to learn more!

    Promising review: I was pleasantly surprised with these candles — the powerful scent enveloped my kitchen and part of my entrance hall, that's how potent this beautiful scent is. I chose to use the vanilla crème brulee — wow wow wow. Absolutely amazing. Not once do you think that this is a pet odor eliminator candle as the scent envelopes my ground floor with a warm fuzzy happy feeling. Which we all need during this worldwide lockdown." —Maria Puzone

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in packs of one or two and in 20 scents).

    11. Or this pet urine stain-removing spray to rid your carpet of new "accident" stains and old ones you just kept walking right past over the years. This'll also tackle any funky smells.

    A person spraying the bottle on a carpet

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh.... of course my cat decides to go on a PEE SPREE during the COVID pandemic when we are stuck inside our home for days on end!!!!! My cat peed on my mattress, the carpet, and two couches, and since the state went on lockdown, we couldn't have a carpet/upholstery place come in to clean (and even then, they couldn't guarantee anything against CAT URINE, which they say is the worst possible stain/odor to remove). This was our only hope. Well. This worked. It WORKED, PEOPLE. I sprayed the mattress down, soaked it good, soaked a rag in the stuff and laid it on top to THOROUGHLY saturate it. Then I soaked up as much of the residual and let it air dry. and then I BURIED my face in there, punched the mattress to see if any stink 'poofed' up into my face ... and nope. Only the wonderful bubble-gum type scent of this spray was left. So I'm totally happy." —AmazonReviewerJen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A set of lace bands designed to let you finally say bye-bye to that annoying, painful chafe every time you wear a dress, skirt, or shorts. You've been such a trooper sticking it out till you get home, but now you won't have to!, Amazon

    Reviewers recommend ordering down a size if you're in between sizes so the bands stay put.

    Promising review: "If you suffer from a little bit of 'chub rub' you need these. I wore these in 100 degree heat in Las Vegas under a skirt and had NO problems. They didn't fall or roll, weren't too hot, and best of pain no chaffing! I'm buying another pair for sure because I know I'll wear the first pair out now that I can wear skirts again with out having to wear hot shapewear under them!" —AJ

    Get them on Amazon for $18.95+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 17 colors).

    13. This set of three drill brushes to totally transform any grimy surface to a squeaky clean floor, stovetop, or wall. You can only ignore the dirty streaks on your shower door for so long.

    A drill with the three-inch brush attached sitting next to one panel of a shower door that's dirty and caked with buildup and soap scum; and another panel that's completely clean and transparent

    Promising review: "Seriously, I have never wanted to clean our toilets as much as I do now. These little brushes have gotten off years of stains and water scum from our glass shower doors in just a few minutes. I would have never been able to get them even a fraction as clean by hand. We had stains in the toilets from our well water that I thought were permanent. Turns out that they were easily erased with this handy little brush. Our grout is sparkling again and my husband thinks I have lost my mind with the drill. I have actually been walking around the house looking for things to clean with this. They even cleaned our birdcages immediately with just water and no chemicals at all. What a great Amazon find!!" —Happy Yogi

    Get them on Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors).

    14. This fabric shaver so you can stop nonchalantly wearing your fuzzed-up pants and sweaters — your family members have been nagging you about the pillage on many of your items but you just roll your eyes and carry on. This works on pretty much any fabric that's starting to pill, including blankets, chairs, and pillows.

    A reviewer's knit sweater before: with pills all over and after: smooth, with no more pills in sight

    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." —Dena Jensen

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors and three styles).

    15. A self-adhesive door draft stopper because it may be easy to ignore the cool air coming in from under your door early in the fall season, but once colder weather hits, you'll need an alternative to paying extra blasting the heat.

    A close up of the white plastic rectangular draft stopper on the bottom of a door; it's about 2 inches wide, 1 inch on the door, the other covering the gap

    Promising review: "It kept all the drafts away for sure. It also keeps heat and AC temperatures in rooms comfortably. I actually saw a difference with my utility bill. I highly recommend this and it was easy to put on — it was done in literally three seconds!" —Ph0t0gm0m

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    16. This mold and mildew remover to rid your bathroom of gross-looking grout and caulking. There will come a day when you're no longer chill about showering amongst the mess in between your tiles.


    Promising review: "My shower is old and disgusting. This product cleaned up all the mold so quickly and made it look almost brand new again!" —M

    Get it from Amazon for for $12.99 (also available as a pack of three for $34.99).

    17. A pair of adjustable elastic laces because you can't be bothered to re-tie your shoe laces every 10 minutes when they get loose — no wonder your aglets are practically destroyed!

    A pair of black sneakers with the lock laces; they make three loops where normal laces would go, then have a little adjustable button that, well, locks them in place

    Promising review: "These have blown me away. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot's lace tension each time. With these, I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tension. They're stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to allow my feet out when I try to get them off. The Lock Laces make the entire boot feel more comfortable, with good support all around, without the rigidity and pressure points." —John C

    Get a pair on Amazon for $7.99 (available in 12 colors).

    18. This tongue scraper — try as you might, you can never seem to get the bacteria and gunk from your tongue with just a toothbrush, so you've kind of just called it a day and decided you'd live with it. With a few quick, gentle swipes of this tool, your tongue will already look cleaner!

    Promising review: "Oh my god I need everyone to know this tongue scraper is LIFE-CHANGING! The past few months I’ve noticed a weird white/grayish look to my tongue and have had bad breath which I’ve tried everything to control. I saw this on BuzzFeed and figured, why not give it a try. Literally the first time I used it, I could see such a major difference. Not to be too gross but I could visibly witness all the gunk being removed from my tongue. I couldn’t look away. The next morning I could tell that it worked. I had ZERO bad breath and my mouth wasn’t so dry. This product truly is life-changing. And so easy to use. You just hold the cleaner with either one hand or both and just gently scrape your tongue. It’s painless and super user friendly." —Katelyn Foehner

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.18.

    19. And this little kitchen timer since you always say "you'll remember the exact time to take the food out of the oven" but you never do. You end up with burnt food and you're left to kinda just hold your nose and swallow the charred, tasteless meals. This'll ensure you never, EVER accidentally forget about your food.

    A reviewer holding the small timer

    You have the option to either prop the timer on the counter using the built-in stand or mount it on your refrigerator door or other magnetic surfaces.

    Promising review: "Ordered this kitchen timer because it stated the alarm is loud. It certainly is loud! Other alarms either lost their sound or died on me. Even the wind-up ones die over time. I like that it is battery-operated because I have lots of rechargeable batteries. The sound has to be loud enough to hear in the back of my house. My house is rather large and I used to burn a few cookies because I didn't hear the timer I had. I forget to carry it around with me and thought the loud one would be my best bet. My husband complains that it is WAY too loud, but he isn't the cook, so all he has to do is block his ears, run to turn it off, or just go in the garage and play with his toys and leave me alone! After ruining some meals with burned food he should understand the importance of this timer!" —Southern Charm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two colors).

    20. A pack of air purifying bags because you may have become desensitized to the wafting stink coming out of your favorite pair of sneakers, but your family members haven't. These charcoal bags absorb odors overnight.

    Small charcoal bags sticking out of a variety of shoes

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes, so I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!" —Erin

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Check out our full review of Moso Natural Mini Air Purifying Bag Shoe Deodorizers.

    21. These wart-removing pads if you've pretty much learned how to hold a pen, shake hands, and carry items even with the large, obtrusive wart you've had on your hand for as long as you can remember.,

    Promising review: "This stuff works! I’ve never had a wart in my life! At first I thought it was a small callus but as months went by it was getting larger. I started to google and realized I had a plantar wart on my thumb! Eww, embarrassing! So I got the freeze off and thought 'This has to work!' Nope! I tried the freeze off three times and nothing! I than realized the same thing was happening on my other thumb, a small callus but I knew that the wart had spread! Now I was desperate to get rid of them and knew I had waited too long! Bought the invisible strips and it removed my small wart in four days and my big wart in eight!! I couldn’t believe it. I left strips on for two days then pulled back the dead skin with a cuticle clipper and reapplied! My bigger wart was a little tougher to removed and I had irritated my skin trying to cut it out, so I left it alone for few days before reapplying strip and by the second 48-hour treatment, it was gone! I thought my skin would be damaged but it looks like nothing was ever there!" —Audrey N.

    Get 14 pads from Amazon for $6.96+ (available in 14- and 20-count and packs of one and two).

    22. A jetted tub cleaner because instead of cleaning the crap out of your tub's jets so you can *finally* enjoy a relaxing soak, you've just resolved to forgo baths and leaving the grimy jets as is. This cleanser flushes out soap scum and body oils to make your tub look super squeaky clean.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often and always get grossed out if I don’t. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! The first photo (above) is with my tub running with the solution. Then I drained it (second photo) and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up, and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! See for yourself in the last photo! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    23. These deodorant remover sponges if pretty much all your tops have that annoying stain on the pits from deodorant buildup, but you've just accepted the fact that it's inevitable.

    You don't even need to use water with these sponges! Just swipe them around and over the area, and watch the stain slowly disappear.

    Promising review: "I’m honestly completely amazed. I have — no, I *had* tons of shirts with deodorant stains on the armpits. It was when my favorite black cashmere sweater got some really horrible ones which made it impossible to wear that I looked for a solution. This was that solution. Five or six swipes with one of these and it was gone. I can wear my sweater again!" —Morgan

    Get a pack of two sponges from Amazon for $10.25+ (available in packs of one and two).

    24. An acupressure device you can clip between your forefinger and thumb to help melt away the searing pain of a headache instead of just sitting through it or trying to sleep it off.

    A reviewer showing a clip in between their thumb and forefinger

    Promising review: "I get frequent headaches and have utilized the acupressure spot in the past with my own fingers and found relief. But my fingers would soon start hurting from keeping the pressure. This little tool takes care of that problem. It doesn't make my headaches disappear completely but it definitely reduces the pain." —Kai

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    25. This multi-compartment cable and electronics organizing case because your cords and chargers are a literal pile of tangled wires and your partner has no idea how you can just deal with the lack of organization. This'll help you sort those items so you can always find exactly what you're looking for.

    Promising review: "I really love that it is more of a case instead of just flat. It was a little bit flimsy until I put the divider pieces in. It holds a LOT; after putting in what I needed I had room left over. I love the deep section on the bottom which allows for thicker cords or just bigger things you want to keep in one place. I had everything just thrown in a drawer and couldn't take it anymore. Now when I need something I know exactly where it is and it's so much easier to get to, no untangling cords from each other. I love this case, it really is a great organizer." —Teresa W

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    26. A pack of LED dimming sheets so you can stop pretending there isn't a glaring light from your internet router making it harder for you to fall asleep every night. These stickers dim 50–80% of the light and can be layered for increased dimming. They also won't leave behind any residue on your appliances.

    A graphic showing small black circular stickers covering a monitor light

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape but this product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 stickers in different shapes and sizes on Amazon for $5.69.

    27. A set of extra large wool dryer balls since you always end up putting your clothes back into the dryer for another cycle — you've come to believe that your towels and sheets will just inevitably never fully dry the first time. These 'lil guys help your laundry dry 25% faster and feel much softer.

    A glass vase with the three large white wool balls

    These Woolzies dryer balls are hypoallergenic and made in New Zealand. They're even safe for people with wool allergies. Celsious is a Black women-owned and environmentally-focused online shop based in Brooklyn, New York. They also run a laundromat!

    Get them from Celsius for $20 (available in white and grey).

    28. These Olly restful sleep gummies because you know it's sometimes really hard for you to fall asleep and you haven't been making it any better by just scrolling through Instagram into the wee hours of the morning. This is packed with melatonin, l-thenanine, chamomile, and lemon balm to help boost your natural sleep hormones and help you feel relaxed.

    A pouch of gummies

    Some Amazon reviewers report their gummies arriving melted, so if you live somewhere hot, consider finding these at a local store instead.

    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 pack of 60 gummies from Amazon for $16.99.

    29. Or this sleep sound machine if you usually try to ignore any loud noises coming from outside your apartment at night, but it often ends with you getting much less sleep than you'd like. It comes with a white noise setting and 30 immersive sounds — like meadow, ocean, and fireplace. It even has an optional timer so you don't have to worry about turning it off yourself.

    The sound machine in black

    Promising review: "We've had a few different sleep machines over the years and this is by far the best we've had. It has great features, like turning off the display lights and saving the volume setting, but I think the sound quality and recordings are the best reasons to buy this machine. The sound really fills the area and even sounds 'separated,' like the birds almost sound like they're coming from a different part of the room. There are plenty of sounds to choose from. I like the feature of being able to add more elements to the same sound with the 'richness' feature. For example, you can have a meadow sound with soft wind and crickets or you can juice it up with birds added and a stronger wind. It gives you more options with essentially the same basic sound. Highly recommended if you're looking for a high-quality machine!" —Bryan Gardiner

    Get it from Amazon for $76.52.

    30. And a microwave pasta maker — you always end up accidentally overcooking or undercooking your noodles but you've just been accepting the mushy linguine or too-hard spaghetti because what else are you supposed to do, throw out the whole pot? This ensures your pasta cooks perfectly and without the need for extra dishes!

    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big cleanup afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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