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    19 Useful Things Our Readers Swear Are 100% Worth The Money

    Little life-improving finds.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the most useful products they own (plus saved up their recs from the comments on other posts) – here's what they actually swear by!

    1. Some acne patches that you stick on any blemish before you go to bed, then wake up with a clear (or at least significantly clear-er) face, because they spend the night absorbing a bunch of gunk lurking beneath the surface of your skin.

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    "Honestly they are amazing. I ordered them on a whim because I only really get a zit every few months or so. Last week, I felt one brewing under my skin all day at work. Like I could tell it was going to one of those zits that takes three days to come to a head and leaves a mark on my face for a week. I put a patch on when I got home and then changed to a fresh one before bed, and in the morning it was gone. I'm in love." —elleh400b602e8, from the comments in this acne-patch review roundup.

    Get two packs of 24 patches on Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    2. The ~Furminator~, which is exactly what it sounds like: a brush that gently extracts all the loose hair that your dog would have shed anyway, so you can keep it contained instead of letting it coat your furniture, clothes, and everything else.

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    "I got the Furminator de-shedding brush for short hair for my greyhound. He’s a nervous shedder and I could brush him for hours with a regular brush, scrub him down with de-shedding shampoo, and there would still be endless hair. You couldn’t pet him without your hand coming back covered in hair. I finally got the Furminator, and brushing him for 5-20 minutes throughout the week has made it so he practically never sheds anymore. I actually can’t believe that it worked, and now there is so much less fur around the house."


    Get it on Amazon Canada for $42.98+ (sizes small, medium, and large available for long or short hair. There's also a version of the Furminator for cats!).

    3. A bottle of Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning because it'll instantly add a salty, garlicky, onion-y crunch of flavor to everything you anoint with it, from avocado to popcorn to roast veggies and SO much more. We may not have Trader Joe's in Canada, but we do have this.

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    "It's the bomb and very much worth purchasing." —emilyp48690a503, from the comments on this roundup of products you need in your life.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.13.

    4. An alarm clock to wake you up with a chill, gradual sunrise — the way all of our bodies ~evolved~ to wake up — so you don't even feel like hitting the snooze button and have plenty of time in the morning.

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    "I have the alarm clock that simulates the sun rising and holy crap, it’s a lifesaver! I sleep in a basement so there’s zero light coming in and it helps me wake up so much easier. I highly suggest it." —darlingvioletta, from the comments in this time-saving gadgets post.

    If gimmicky, loud, fight-or-flight alarms have failed you in the past, maybe something chill is what you've needed all along.

    Get one with 4.5/5 stars on Amazon Canada (and a sunset feature to help you fall asleep, as well as the gradual wake-up sunrise) for $158. Or get one with 4/5 stars (but only the sunrise feature, no sunset) for $64.95.

    5. An eyeliner with wing stamps — it's practically guaranteed to speed up your morning routine, whether you're a liquid liner novice or seasoned pro.

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    "It's great. There is still a learning curve. But honestly, I know how to do wings and I still use these instead because they're just so much easier. Definitely worth it!" —Pinkster, from the comments in this problem-solving products post.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.97 (three line thicknesses available).

    6. Some ultra-absorbent microfibre cleaning cloths because you like to get your money's worth out of a product, and these can be repurposed for dozens of different uses.

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    "I use them for everything from going to the gym, cleaning my car, to cleaning a spill."


    And of course they machine wash and dry like any other towel.

    Get a pack of three thick and ultra-absorbent microfiber towels on Amazon Canada for $14.04..

    7. Did You Feed The Dog, a switch pad to make sure your pups (or kitties or fish or piggies) can't ever trick multiple humans into feeding them two breakfasts and three dinners.

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    "I have one of those 'Did you feed the dog?' things and honestly it makes a world of difference. We're a household of three with a very smart and very hungry pig. He would lick his bowl perfectly clean before begging the next human for breakfast. He's lost weight since we bought this!" —c4f6c9ac94, from the comments in this problem-solving products post.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.95.

    8. A jar of the cult-favourite Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay Mask because it really can banish acne with regular use.

    "It works wonders. I'm amazed with the results. I had terrible blackheads and the mask sucked them out over the course of a month with weekly use. It’s amazing and it’s worth every penny. I’ve had my container for seven months and I have a quarter of it left after using one or two times a week. I highly recommend using apple cider vinegar but if your skin is sensitive then water's fine." —meredith326, from this other roundup of problem-solving products.

    Of course as with all skincare, YMMV! But it does have over 2,400 five-star Amazon Canada reviews, so it helps a LOT of people.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.69.

    9. The classic Magic Erasers so you can up clean all kinds of impossible-seeming stuck-on messes without wearing yourself out in the process.

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    "Seriously, game changers. The last residents in our house left lovely Sharpie scribbles on the walls and they took them off with just some water and no excessive scrubbing. Great for getting your cleaning deposit back and for parents of young kids who have discovered the joys of crayon graffiti."


    Get a pack of four extra-durable Magic Erasers on Amazon Canada for $5.97.

    10. A 25-foot HDMI cable so you can hook your laptop up to your TV for streaming but still use it to check email / do work, too.

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    "A long-ass HDMI cable if you use a TV for anything from gaming to casting from your laptop. Seriously, stop sitting right in front of the TV to play your NES Classic."


    Or so you can accomodate your particularly specific situation. Get one on Amazon Canada for $16.89.

    11. A set of anti-chafe lace bands that'll let you walk in your dresses all day without a single complaint from your thighs.

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    "These leg bands are amazing. Seriously a life saver. I wish they came in a slightly thinner band option too, but I practically live in them during the summer!" —jennyAZ, from the comments in yet another roundup of problem-solving products.

    Get them from Amazon Canada for $6.99+ (available in four colours and comes in sizes 22 inches to 34 inches).

    One of our producers tested four different products for chub rub, and crowned these one of the winners!

    12. Some hand sanitizer spray — the only thing nicer than knowing your hands probably don't have the cold virus lurking on them anymore is getting to enjoy the lovely lavender scent at the same time.

    "Spray hand sanitizer is also a game-changer because it's quick-drying and also novel enough that you won't forget it's floating around in your bag."


    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.33.

    13. A lightweight, mini-sized vacuum perfect for quickly picking up dust, dirt, and debris on hardwood floors and low-pile car carpets.

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    "My Eureka Mighty-Mite vacuum. It was a gift from my grand parents. I was 18, and that was 35 years ago. It still runs like a top. It will be buried with me...cleanest coffin ever." —Wendy Ervin, Facebook

    Well, while we certainly can't guarantee that one made in 2019 will last as long as one made in 1984, you can get the latest version of the Mighty Mite on Amazon Canada for $108.72+ (available in three colours).

    14. An acupressure wristband that just might help relieve your nausea, whether it's caused by your cruise vacation (motion sickness, why???), pregnancy, or something else entirely.

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    "I can confirm that the Sea Bands work! I get extremely motion sick. So sick that when I went on a cruise two years ago that the prescription patch didn’t even keep me from being ill several times. These bands were the only thing that kept me from being stuck next to a toilet. I use them all the time!" —katiec4a7e4ac80, from the comments on a roundup of problem-solving products under $10.

    Get one on Amazon Canada for $13.95.

    15. A weighted blanket — every time you wrap yourself in it, you'll feel gently cuddled, which can help you deeply relax despite the stress of everyday life.

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    "I absolutely love it! I fall asleep more quickly and I have not woken up in the middle of the night nearly as often. I also don't toss and turn as much. Three things: 1. It can get a tad hot, especially in warmer months. 2. If you're claustrophobic, the weight of the blanket could trigger you. 3. Get a duvet cover for it! The blanket isn't machine washable, so you definitely want some kind of cover to keep it clean." —rachy95, from the comments in this roundup of products that will help you sleep.

    It comes in multiple sizes and weights so you can choose one that's juuuust right (you should get one that's approximately 10% of your body weight). Get it on Amazon Canada for $102.50+.

    16. And a cozy U-shaped body pillow that people love for pregnancy but also can be supportive whether you have back pain or just want a consistent cuddle buddy every night.

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    "I seriously can't sleep without my u-shaped pillow. I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain in my lower back and legs; the pillow provides lumbar support and takes the strain off my back. Can't recommend enough!!" —r484a5453c, also from the comments in this roundup of products that will help you sleep.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $76.99+ (available in three colours).

    17. A silicone menstrual cup because once you get the hang of it, you'll save money and the environment AND just generally be much less inconvenienced by your period.

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    "They’re genuinely life-changing. If you’re tired of changing your tampon frequently, spending loads of money, or sending loads of unnecessary waste to landfills I would definitely check it out." —adrianao4caf40365, from the comments in this roundup of useful things under $15.

    Get two menstrual cups on Amazon Canada for $22.99 (available in two sizes).

    For help on ~making the switch~, check out 37 Menstrual Cup Tips From People Who Actually Use Them.

    18. Wine Away, which deserves probably a Nobel Peace Prize or at least a Gold in the stain-remover Olympics for all the wine- and coffee-spill-related crises it's prevented over the years. (It fades the stains, like, instantly.)

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    "It's LEGIT. A friend and I were house sitting for my college professor, and we spilled an entire bottle of red wine on the carpet. Wine away took it out completely!! Life saver for sure. Thanks mom for the tip!" —laurens4faa6b76c, from the comments in this roundup of products that'll repair your broken life.

    Get a bottle on Amazon Canada for $17.97.

    19. An Instant Pot so you can pull off that modern-day miracle: putting a healthy meal on the table every night that takes less than an hour to go from prepping veggies to eating the first bite.

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    "Anyone who reads this, get an Instant Pot!!! I got the three-quart and it’s worth the size, it’s more than enough for small three-person family like mine. Trust me, it’s life saver. A few nights ago we decided on dinner at five-something. After buying everything we were home by six and by seven dinner was done. Honestly I don’t know how I lived without it." —christinam4ee470e81, from the comments in this roundup of gadgets that'll save you time.

    The three-quart is perfect for one to two two people, while the six-quart's better for families or dinner parties. Get either (or both!) on Amazon Canada: the three-quart for $68 and the six-quart for $77.88.

    And if you want to learn more, read our Instant Pot review, or check out the chicken tacos recipe on The Little Spice Jar.

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