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    21 Products That Won Over Skeptical Reviewers

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    1. A fast-acting carpet spot-removing spray that'll remove those stains you thought would never ever come out.

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING! I was a little skeptical because I have some carpet stains I’ve let sit for a while because I didn’t have any cleaner at the time of the accident. The accidents have included coffee spills and poorly cleaned cat barf stains. I ordered this because I didn’t want to spend the money on a carpet cleaning service plus you have to be out of your house too long. This stuff was INCREDIBLE. You just spray a concentrated amount and then scrub the stain away. It worked in every single stain I had and was super quick and easy. 100% recommend if you need a good spot cleaner!" —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.25.

    2. Some dishwasher-cleaning tablets reviewers doubted after all of their home remedies failed to do the job — that is, until they saw the results. If your dishes are still dirty when they come out of the dishwasher, you might wanna give these a try before you give up and replace your machine altogether.

    Promising review: "I have to admit that I was skeptical that this product was actually going to do anything. I’ve noticed my dishwasher wasn’t cleaning dishes very well lately, and I did everything I could to get it working properly again, but was ready to finally give up and buy a new dishwasher. I bought these tablets thinking they were designed to eliminate odors, but I was willing to give them a shot before buying a whole new dishwasher. I put one in the bottom of the dishwasher last night per the instructions and woke up to completely clean dishes for the first time in weeks. They look perfect. I don’t know why these tablets work but they absolutely did and I am a happy customer!" —B. Turner

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    3. Some earwax removal drops that'll actually remove the wax instead of just shoving it deeper into your ear (I'm lookin' at you, cotton swabs).

    A tissue with clumps of earwax next to a dime for size as well as the container of drops

    To use, place 5-10 drops in your ears and let the microfoam action start softening the wax. Wait a few minutes, then flush with water using a bulb. Reviewers say it may take a few uses before wax is soft enough for removal, but...worth it.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this actually works and works well. Freaked me out at first — sounded like pop rocks in my ears. Day one flush did not reveal much debris, but day two definitely had it rolling out." —Guy from Mt P

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    4. Some Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips to remove years of stains in under a month using the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient that dentists use. You'll see a difference in days, which, I get it, sounds too good to be true. But don't just take my word for it! These have over 19,000 5-star reviews for a reason.

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    It even includes 1 Hour Express Strips that give you same day results if you need a little last minute whitening!

    Promising review: "Great product! I was skeptical at first, because any OTC teeth-whitening product I’ve ever used never worked for me. Only professional dental bleaching has. I tried this and saw a difference after the fifth treatment. I did like that you can use it every day until you’re done with all 14 treatments. That way you can see results a lot faster. I’ll be repurchasing this regularly now (every six months like it says) to always have a nice white smile." —Danny

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $49.99.

    5. A set of packing cubes that'll help you fit a LOT more stuff in your suitcase than you thought was possible.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed,

    The set comes with four packing cubes of various size, as well as a laundry bag.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about packing cubes, but finally decided to give them a try and I won't travel without them now! It helps with organizing and to prevent wrinkles. Especially helpful when I’m going to multiple destinations so I don’t have to completely unpack or dig through my suitcase at each stop. My son has used them when packing a duffle bag, I can’t imagine using a duffle bag without them. The quality of the brand is very good, I love that each cube has their own handles. I ended up buying a second set since one wasn’t quite enough for extended travel." —April

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors).

    6. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets to make your gunky, stained tumbler look and smell brand-new, no scrubbing required!

    Reviewer image showing a dirty cup before using the tablets and a clean cup after using the tablets

    Promising review: "I keep two stainless-steel mugs at work, and they rotate between tea, water, and occasionally coffee. I'm good about washing them, but they had still developed a thin, tea-colored patina. I didn't think there'd be much of a difference after using these tablets (I really bought them for a coworker whose mug is thick with stains), but WOW! 10 minutes with simmering-hot water made my mugs look brand-new. I didn't realize how stained the mugs actually were." —Library Chick

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    7. Some washing machine cleaning tablets that'll remove all the gross stuff making your clothes smell funky even after they come out of the wash. Just lazily run these tablets through a cycle and, believe it or not, your work is done.

    person putting a cleaning tablet into a front loading clothes washing machine

    Promising review: "I purchased with skepticism, but after using them I am pleasantly surprised. I LOVE this product!! Our laundry used to come out smelling WORSE than before I washed it. I thought I needed to buy a new washing machine. NO!!! I used two tabs initially (two different wash cycles), then use one a month for maintenance. My clothes always come out smelling fresh and clean! What a miracle, money-saving product. Only wish I’d known about them sooner!" —Ashley

    Get a box of six tablets from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. A streak-free anti-fog spray – it's easy to quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to keep them from fogging up while you're wearing a mask. If you thought fogged up glasses were just a part of your life now, think again.

    A reviewer image of a person wearing unfogged glasses with their face mask holding up the spray

    Promising review: "I wear glasses all day everyday, I also work in the food service industry. I cook in a very hot kitchen, and also bartend at an outside bar in the extreme heat. I have to wear a mask for up to 14 hours a day. This spray has been so helpful. I spray it on in the morning, and do not have fog on my glasses all day! This is seriously a lifesaver! I was skeptical at first, but it honestly worked really well!!!! Worth the buy!" —Jenfa

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    9. Avarelle tea tree and calendula oil-infused pimple patches that actually help reduce acne overnight by drawing out pus trapped under the skin. Some reviewers who thought they'd tried it all were blown away by the results and love how you can literally see the gunk these patches pull out.

    Review image of the patches covered in gunk

    Promising review: "These are incredible! I was totally skeptical about acne patches in general. I ordered a few different brands, and these by Avarelle are by far the superior choice! They are super thin and nearly invisible. The patches create a super tight seal that doesn't budge even during sleep — they don't peel off easy, but they don't harm sensitive skin, either. AND THEY WORK! It's amazing to see all the gunk these things suck out. Totally reduces acne overnight or, at the very least, reduces pimples to barely perceptible! Would recommend!" —Amanda L. Purnell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (for 40 patches).

    10. A FURemover squeegee broom reviewers thought couldn't be that much better than other brooms. Turns out, this thing attracts hair like a magnet will remove way more from deep carpets and surfaces than you thought possible. While pet hair is the focus, it'll do a great job cleaning up water, dirt, and dust too.

    Promising review: "I really didn’t expect this to work. We’ve had short-haired cats for years and I had a rubber upholstery brush that never seemed to do anything. Well, we recently got a dog — a black Great Pyrenees mix. There is fur everywhere. Our downstairs is all hard flooring with area rugs and I hate lugging my Shark vacuum every couple of days but just daily sweeping with a regular broom wasn’t cutting it. I decided to take a chance on this broom and I am so happy I did. It takes some elbow grease but it gets the fur off the area rug in my living room... Not only is it great for getting the fur off rugs, but it’s also even better on the hard floors. My regular broom catches some of the hair (which I then have to clean off by hand) but much of it just swirls away in the breeze the sweeping creates. This broom actually collects even the tiny stray hairs and deposits them in the dust pile without me having to get my hands dirty (literally)." —Sarah R.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    11. A garbage disposal cleaner that requires basically zero work on your part, and even puts on a bubbly little show while getting rid of that vom-inducing smell you thought would never leave your sink.

    Here's what you do: Run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Garbage disposer = clean and ickiness-free.

    Promising review: "Works like a charm! These are pretty cool! I was a little skeptical but I followed the easy-to-use directions and it worked just like the product said it would. Foamed up and cleaned the drain!! Smell removed!!" —Jennifer K

    Get two packs of four from Amazon for $9.95.

    12. The Cat Dancer – it's designed to drive even the most unexcitable cats wild. Can a super simple, ~$2 toy really be that entertaining? The answer is a resounding YES.,

    Honestly, I could spend all day LOLing at the review photos.

    Promising review: "This little toy is a miracle! Was skeptical at first since it’s such a simple design but my cat (who usually only plays for a couple of minutes) was obsessed with this toy from the moment I opened the package. Even more, he won’t let it out of his sight and brings it to me so he can play some more. Will be buying a lot more of these in the future!" —Amcooper2006

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    13. A Revlon hot air brush to help turn wet, frizzy, tangled hair into a salon-worthy blowout in just minutes. It has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster, and is much quicker than using a dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. So set your skepticism aside and watch your morning routine get a whole lot easier!

    Promising review: "Just wow! I was skeptical at first. I wish I would have bought this sooner! After showering I get all the moisture I can out of my hair. And leave it to kind of air dry while I’m getting ready, having coffee, or whatever I’m doing that morning. It takes me about seven minutes to dry my hair if that! I have very thick naturally curly hair. It’s is a fabulous tool to have in your arsenal! May be the only one I have to use. No flat iron needed as of yet! Would buy again in a heartbeat!" —D.K

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A tiny outlet shelf perfect for storing an electric toothbrush, your glasses, or any other odds and ends that need a home. It installs just like a regular outlet cover, and you just might find yourself wanting one in every room.

    Amanda / Amazon / Via, Amazon Customer / Amazon / Via

    FYI, it can also be installed so the shelf is below the outlet.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about this one, I had it in my cart for a while and just couldn’t get myself to order it. Once I did and I received it, I was so happy I did. I will be ordering more now. It adds an extra storing space. My laundry room is very limited so any added storing is key! I use it for my dryer sheets. I’ll be ordering another to store a small trash bin for lint from the dryer. I’m thinking about also adding these around the house for other things. So easy to install, takes literally less than two minutes." —Hazel Vera

    Get it from Amazon for $6.18+ (available in three colors). And check out a larger outlet shelf.

    15. A pet hair remover that'll easily pull way more pet fur off your carpets, comforters, couches, and clothing than you expect.,

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical at first, but this product works great for getting rid of of dog hair. We use it on our furniture and it works so well. I am so glad we tried it. We would purchase it again if we ever need too." —BDP

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    16. An essential oil migraine stick to actually help relieve the pain from migraines and headaches. It's perfect for those moments when you'd rather not rely on prescription meds, but still need something to take the edge off.

    Reviewer holding the stick

    Promising review: "Very impressed with this product, and honestly I didn't think I would be. As a lifelong migraine/headache sufferer, not a whole lot has worked for me other than prescription meds-which I really don't like to take too often but need to because my headaches are incapacitating most of the time. I recently used the roll-on and within 10–15 minutes my headache was gone. It started to come back last night before bed, and used it again and again it took it away. Now, I knew it wasn't going to be a migraine headache — they feel different when they come on, but for a regular headache this worked wonderfully! I still might use the prescription for a migraine, probably in conjunction with this, as it really is soothing and nice." —carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    17. An Always pan designed to replace eight pieces of cookware. Really, eight? Seems a little excessive and unrealistic, right? Wrong! This baby lives up to the hype, and has the reviews to prove it.

    Our Place

    Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The spatula is designed to fit neatly on the pan's handle. The pan is dishwasher-safe and only weighs 3 pounds.

    Long, but worthwhile promising review: "I bought this pan not sure it was going to live up to the hype. Yeah, it was cute (I got the green color to match my kitchen color palette) but I've bought plenty of cute, millennial-branded products that turned out to be all style and no substance. How good could it be? It's phenomenal. I got it three weeks ago and since then the only time I've used a different pan was when the Always pan was already in use for one dish and I needed to cook something else. 

The nonstick coating is great. Eggs don't stick! Dried-on sauce doesn't stick! Yesterday's oatmeal doesn't stick! It all just wipes off with almost no scrubbing, which is great, because I have no desire to put this pan in the dishwasher, because what if I need to cook something?!

 The pan surface heats up really quickly! I cooked on my normal boring stove, and I was shocked how much faster my pasta water came to a boil.

 The pan surface also heats really evenly, and is amazing at searing. I cooked steak in it last night, hoping I wasn't making a mistake by using nonstick instead of cast iron, but it gave the steaks a flawless sear, way more even than my cast-iron pan. I was super impressed.

 I love the built-in spatula rest. So much. My only comment on the pan is that the hole in the spatula could be just a hair larger so that it doesn't require any leveraging to remove from the rest, but very minor complaint.

 Love the steamer/strainer basket. Haven't used it for steaming yet, but love it for pasta. It's so much easier to just lift all the pasta out and leave the pasta water behind than carry the whole pan of boiling water over to the sink to pour out, all the while terrified that one of my cats will come in and get boiling water splashed on them or something.

 I love the lid, especially the steam vent feature. It's really great for cooking grains. 

Basically, this pan is totally worth what you spend on it. I'm moving in six months and I'm planning to donate most of my cookware when I do. Very confident that I won't miss any of it, thanks to this pan." —Abigail R.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).

    18. A rain shower head so every shower feels like a trip to a 5-star resort.


    Promising review: "It was super easy to install and works amazing! I love it so much and the flow of water is perfect and so relaxing. It's a real steal for the price (which had made me skeptical it would work right). It works so great though, super luxurious." —Sarah Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $26+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    19. A drill brush kit you'll probably think can't possibly replace all of the miserable scrubbing it usually takes to even make a dent in cleaning the tub. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Just attach the brush head to your drill, turn it on, and watch all of that grime disappear way faster and easier than before.

    Promising review: "Bought these on a whim and was skeptical if they would really help, but man am I glad I did! They made cleaning our glass shower door and fiberglass shower a breeze! Don't really want to admit how long it had been between cleanings, but the shower shined like it never had before (even with using tough elbow grease and a standard bristle brush). No issues with the brushes leaving marks, but definitely want to err on the side of caution on how long you stay in a spot. Used the large flat circular brush for the door and walls, and the round toilet bowl type brush worked great in the corners and on fixtures." —Molly

    Get a set of three brush heads from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in soft, medium, stiff, and ultra-stiff bristles).

    20. A clip-on silicone colander that'll take the ~strain~ out of straining noodles. It's flexible, cleans up easy, and can be attached to cookware of almost any size!

    Model using the colander to strain noodles

    Promising review: "I love this thing! I received one as a wedding present and was kind of skeptical that it would work well. I was wrong. It works great. I can use it on my large pots and my small pots. It is easy to clip on and strain quickly. I have used it straining boiled potatoes and noodles. It cleans up easily and is not overly bulky." —M.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. And a Squatty Potty you might not think will actually help you poop better until you've actually taken it for a spin. And if your feet are currently resting on one while you're reading this, you already know what I'm talkin' about!

    Model sitting on toilet using the squatty pott

    Promising review: "I had been reading about these for a while and will admit I was a bit skeptical, but still really interested to see how they might impact my bathroom habits. Suffice it to say I am more than pleased with how well this has worked for me. First off, the unit is significantly stronger and more sturdy than I was expecting. I assumed it was going to be something like lawn chair strength, but this thing is actually moderately strong. It puts my feet at a great angle for pooping, and I would say that I'm able to go more 'thoroughly' than I would otherwise. Happy with the purchase for sure. As a nice bonus, its helping with my 3-year-old daughter starting to transition to an adult potty after as opposed to using her toddler's potty." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    I'm sold!

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