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    22 Cheap Problem-Solving Products For Everything Gross In Your Life

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    1. A tonsil stone remover that'll gently and safely extract those lil' annoying balls of bacteria/food particles that get trapped in your tonsils, causing irritation and bad breath. The tool has an LED light built-in, so you can see what you're doing while getting up close and personal with your tonsils.


    Included in this kit is one LED light tonsil stone–extractor, two short extractor heads, one long extractor head with a silicone cap, one precision tweezer, a battery for the tool, one irrigation syringe, one stainless steel pick, and a storage box. You can use the syringe to loosen up the tonsil stone with water/mouthwash, and then carefully go in with the extractor tool to remove the tonsil stone.

    Promising review: "So right off the bat, tonsil stones are gross, they smell, they give you bad breath, they can be irritating when swallowing, they're just all around bad news. The good news is that with this tool you can take them right out and you can go on with your day! I used to use a Q-Tip but it wasn't the easiest way, this tool is PERFECT! The light on the tool is worth it's weight in gold, no more Q-tip in one hand and a flashlight in the other. It' doesn't irritate my tonsils or cause any bleeding. The tips on this are small, (but big enough for easy removal of the stone) rounded, and smooth. The length is perfect too, you don't have to cram your whole hand in your mouth and even with my deep pocket problem I can still easily reach it. If you get tonsil stones, even if its just once in a while, please get this little handy tool, you will not regret it!" —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    2. An ear wax remover to clean out all that ear-i-tating wax from your ears. When they're so clogged that you can't hear or the discomfort is real, put some peroxide and warm water in the bottle, spray the solution into your ear, and hang your head over the sink to catch the solution and loosened wax. You'll be truly ~shook~ by what gross looking things come out.


    Included is the washer bottle with three disposable tips.

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with wax buildup for the past few years and it became a routine to go to the doctor every 3-5 months to get my ears cleaned. It was a total hassle and the price of having to go to the doctor that frequently for such a small thing adds up. I finally bought this and I’m so glad I did. Now monthly I clean my ears with this product and I no longer suffer with impacted ear wax. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who deals with wax buildup, it may be gross but this really helps." —Lisa and Fiona

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50 and a pack of 20 replacement tips for $16.50.

    3. Some cockroach bait so you can kick any unwanted roommates out of your home. Just place a pea-sized amount of the bait in in crevices, corners, and near sources of water (like behind the toilet) to see all your creepy crawly problems disappear.


    This non-repellent formula attracts roaches and acts slowly after consumption so the roach has time to take it back and infest their colony. Need more proof? Check out This Cockroach Gel Bait May Be The Answer To Your Annoying Pest Problem.

    Promising review: "This stuff really works! When I bought my house, I knew I had to get pest control because the house had been vacant for a while. We had huge carpenter ants and roaches. So gross. I paid about $200 in pest control and didn't really see any results so I started looking online for something and I came across Advion. I was a little skeptical but I figured if it doesn't work, I'm only out $20-$30. The day after I put it out, I saw roaches coming out of hiding, disoriented until they eventually died. I also noticed the carpenter ants were eating it too. I put it on a napkin or a piece of paper and left it on the counter. I also squirted it in the crevices of our kitchen and on the inside of the cabinets. It peels off easily after it dries. I bought 4 tubes and it did the trick. I think we saw one or two random bugs after months of not seeing any so I'm buying again to kill those off. I hope they disappear forever. Tip: Clean it up and reapply or leave out daily... I don't think it's effective when it dries." —Lysette R

    Get it from Amazon for $26.89.

    4. A tongue scraper that'll eliminate all that yucky bacteria buildup that your tooth brush couldn't get off, making your breath smell a whole lot better.

    Promising review: "It's hard to review this product without grossing people out but I think the truth needs to get out. There is some nasty stuff on your tongue that a toothbrush cannot remove, especially in the back. This thing allows you to remove it easily without gagging yourself by trying to shove a toothbrush down your throat. I was definitely surprised the first time I used it how much material I removed and yes that stuff smells bad. After that first time I couldn't get anywhere near as much off of my tongue which tells me that the material had been there a while. My breath is noticeably better now. This is a very simple tool and it cleans up well since it's just a piece of stainless steel and rubber handles." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.02.

    5. A mold and mildew removing gel so you can finally get rid of that nasty buildup in the corners of the bathroom that keeps magically reappearing every time you *think* you've finally gotten rid of it.

    Promising review: "I don't write reviews very often but this gel is amazeballs. After living in my place for a few years, my shower was super gross. I tried to use elbow grease and Clorox wipes to fix the mold and mildew but failed. I thought I had to continue to shower forever in filth or just burn my house down and take the mold with it. Then I discovered this product through BuzzFeed (of all places) and decided, what the heck, to give it a try. Holy moly, am I glad that I did. I just left it on for 4-5 hours, per the instructions, and every place this gel touched, the mold/mildew disappeared. I am so happy I gave it a chance and now my shower is fresh and I don't have to commit arson." —Gracielou Freebush

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A finger guard to save your digits from the gross pile of cheese dust that stains them when you're crunching on some delicious snacks.

    Promising review: "Bizarre looking but do exactly what they are supposed to do, keep your fingers from getting tinted orange or sticky! Excellent product in with multi-purpose uses." —Susan Dery

    Get a three pack on Amazon for $8.49 (available in four colors).

    7. A flexible drain snake that'll use its skinny design, powerful rotating handle, and over 100 hooks to latch onto any hair and gunk, effortlessly pulling something that looks like the Loch Ness monster out of your sink.


    Promising review: "My bathroom sink kept clogging and draining slowly. It was starting to bother me, so I used one of these and pulled out a huge chunk of hair (gross, I know). I had so much gunk in there that I had to do it two more times to get everything out. It's great that they come with five refills because they are not reusable. Now my bathroom sink drains fine and I have a few extra left over for when it happens again." —Bre

    Get the handle plus five wand refills on Amazon for $18.95.

    8. A pumice stone so you can remove rust and lime deposit buildup from your toilet and make going to the bathroom just a little more pleasant.

    Promising review: "Works absolute wonders! My toilet had the most disgusting black rings in it that looked like something they weren't, if you know what I mean. And despite cleaning it every single day, 15 MINUTES AT A TIME with bleach and a toilet brush to NO AVAIL, these rings would not budge, or even fade in the least. I was mortified using my own toilet, it was so gross looking. Then, I chanced upon this pumice stone ring remover on Amazon and ordered it. It worked IMMEDIATELY. The rings were gone in less than three minutes of scrubbing. It was a miracle!" —M.Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $9.37.

    9. Or a toilet cleaning wand that'll lift your ~shitty~ mood when it leaves your toilet sparkly clean. Plus, the wand has a nifty little switch that lets you drop the head right into the trash so you don't have to touch any nastiness and so the brush doesn't grow bacteria.

    The kit comes with a wand, six refill heads loaded with Clorox, and a storage caddy. The sponge is especially shaped to get into nooks and crannies under the rim, and it can also help remove calcium stains and rust!

    Promising review: "This thing is AMAZING! My sister-in-law introduced me to it and within a week I ordered the starter kit. I am completely hooked! NEVER again will I buy the traditional toilet cleaning brushes that sit and fester in all the gross toilet germs week after week. I will also NEVER have to worry about my two-year-old grabbing one of those nasty traditional cleaning brushes and running around the house with it! I absolutely LOVE that I can throw away the cleaning pads and start with a new one the next time around. I simply pop it off into the garbage, wipe the handle thoroughly with a Clorox wipe and place it in its handy little storage stand. Thank you Clorox for making this Mama a very happy camper when it comes to cleaning toilets!" —Emmyd787

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

    10. A gutter cleaning tool to help you scrape out all the sludge and leaves from that highly forgotten about (but important!) part of your home. Its flexible design is meant to fit any size gutter and removes two big handfuls of crud with one scoop.

    Promising review: "I'll never clean another gutter without it. The gutter guards were removed and there was two to three inches of muck in the bottom. The gutter getter made short work of a nasty job. No more ripped gloved hands in the wet debris." —Christopher Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $8.31.

    11. A pet hair roller, because no matter how much you love your kitty or pupper, their hair is everywhere. Sometimes including in your mouth, which is pretttty disgusting. This powerful tool will help you remove their hair from fabric without the annoying sound of a vacuum or sticky lint-roller sheets.

    Promising review: "OMG. I never leave reviews, but have to for this thing. My cat sleeps on our bed every single night. He’s huge, sheds more than should be possible, and we adore him. But the fur was out of control. I go through gazillions of lint rollers, washing machine doesn’t help, duct tape doesn’t make a dent, and the hair was not only gross but starting to make me get itchy and sneezy at night.

    This thing is a game changer. My bedspread looks as good as new, and no sneezing! The disgusting amount of fur it pulled off is gross, but at least it’s no longer on my bed." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    12. A dryer vent cleaning kit that'll make you wonder how you didn't start a fire (cue Billy Joel) when you see how much lint is packed in your vent.,

    All that lint buildup also means your clothes take much longer to dry! The kit comes with four flexible rods that will reach up to 12 feet, two brushes, and three adapters, depending on if you're using air from a shop vac, blower, or the dryer itself. It can be used with or without a drill ($24).

    Promising review: "Awesome product! Simply amazed and grossed out what came out of my dryer duct pipe, which extends about 15 feet from the linen closet wall to the side of the house. Thirteen years of build-up: I was sickened by the amount of mildewed lint this brilliant item pulled out! Dryer time cut in half, no more mildew smell in the dryer and I'm sure less fire hazard! Wish I would have gotten long ago; wife wanted Lint Lizard, but did some research and this looked like the best bang for the buck! Works like a charm!" —Zoo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.09.

    13. A three-layer blinds duster so you can finally clean the filthy blinds you've been blatantly avoiding because it's just too darn annoying. You and this thing will live ~dustily~ ever after with how easy it makes this daunting task.


    Promising review: "Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but very sturdy and well-made." —Marionvgt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. A foot file so you can ~crack~ the code to having nice and smooth feet. Carefully use the file to shave away dead skin and polish those puppies 'til they're soft and clean.

    Promising review: "I am just sitting here admiring my baby smooth soft heels...and it is all thanks to this product. I have been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of the gross calluses on my heels, and nothing was ever fixing it. I found this on Amazon, and decided to give it a try because of all the great reviews...and it is totally legit. It took all my calluses right off, and now I use it every few days for a little upkeep if I notice any hint of roughness starting to come. This thing is awesome. Definitely buy it!!" —Luisa Rueckert

    Get it from Amazon for $7.37.

    15. A fan-favorite Tubshroom to avoid getting into a ~hairy~ situation with your drain. Pop this in so it can catch what you shed while washing your hair and save you from having to call the plumber every other week.

    Promising review: "This thing does its job and more. I had another female move into my house and had issues with the drain. After snaking the drain, I quickly found the problem: hair. It's gross but it's a reality: if you live with women who have long hair, their hair will wind up in the shower drain. I saw an ad for this and figured I'd try it. After about a month, it definitely does its job. It is absolutely disgusting how much hair this thing catches and even more disgusting to clean the hair off of it, but I'd rather the hair be in the garbage than in my drain causing issues." —Megan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    16. A houseplant insect trap so you don't need to go chasing those fellas around the house with a fly swatter. Instead, put this gnat-attracting adhesive on the stake in your potted plants, and let it do all the magic.,

    This is a natural pest control that doesn't use pesticides. It'll attract and trap hiteflies, fungus gnats, blackflies, thrips, fruit flies, midges, and other flying insects.

    Promising review: "My gnats are gone! I purchased two house plants for my office, and one was infested with gnats. I would have them flying around my head all day. I finally got fed up and this was the first remedy I tried. I let the plant dry out a bit and put these suckers in it. It was gross how many gnats were on the sticky paper. After a few days my problem is gone. I haven't seen any gnats in a few weeks which is fantastic. These work." —L. Van Tol

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. A pair of charcoal deodorizers to take the smell out of your shoes so your friends don't basically pass out every time you take them off. The best part? They are reusable for up to two years as long as you air them out in the sun every once in a while.


    They’re filled with bamboo charcoal and suck up bacteria- and odor-causing moisture, as well as the odor itself, leaving shoes dry and fresh. Check out a BuzzFeed writer's in-depth review on how these amazing shoe deodorizers take the stink away!

    Promising review: "I'm on my feet over 10 hours a day at work, so it's no surprise that my shoes are smelly when I get home and take them off. Gross, I know, but I just pop a bag in each shoe and by the next morning they are good to go for my next 10 hour shift. I rotate the bags from my work and play shoes. They work very well and I like the fact that they are safe to use around pets, since my shoes are stored on their level. I would recommend these bags, they are good at removing smells and moisture and they are the perfect size to fit in shoes." —Berkley Wood

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A bottle cleaning tablet you can drop into travel mugs, water bottles, or kettles to finally remove those nasty stains you thought would forever be a part of them.

    Promising review: "I usually don't write reviews for things I buy but this product is absolutely incredible and I had to let everyone who was considering it know. I have a Contigo coffee thermos and the bottom is really narrow, making it super hard to clean and causes gross coffee residue to build up at the bottom. I tried brushes, dish detergent, and baking soda but nothing could get it off. Then I finally bought a packet of these and after one use I couldn't believe my eyes. The cup looked shiny and new as when I first bought it. Officially hooked!" —Kathy Z.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A bottle of oven cleaner that'll help you destroy those scary and sticky burnt blobs of food from the bottom of your oven using little to no elbow grease.

    Promising review: "I can't even explain how disgusting my oven was. So. Much. Gross. Seriously thick greasy tar was everywhere. I thought it was a lost cause. On a whim I bought this just to try since it was on sale and holy moly! Not only is my oven clean, but I didn't even have to scrub it! Just wiped it up with a sponge after two hours. I'm super impressed!" —A_ostermiller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    20. Sweat Block, a wipe you can use once every seven days (or as needed) in conjunction with your regular deodorant to make sure those pit stains stay far, far away.


    Promising review: "Ok, here we go. I obviously have a issue with sweat if I'm looking into purchasing this product. I can tell you from my own experience that this works. Not only did it stop me from profusely sweating, but the more I'm using it, the longer I'm going in between applications. I would SWEAT like crazy; not just have some wetness but would soak an undershirt in a hour. Gross I know. But the fact is Sweatblock does just that, blocks the sweat. I'm more confident through my day knowing that my underarms are the least of my worries now. I have a stressful job that requires lots of lifting and working closely with co-workers. I'm no longer worried about getting huge pit stains while working. And for those who are skeptical, it's worth a try. This product truly works for me." —Paul H

    Get it from Amazon for $18.94.

    21. A bottle of pet ear wax cleaner so your furry friend can live their best life *without* all that crud in their ear.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn't get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!" —Tricia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    22. A rust-removing gel spray if you've become a little, well, rusty with doing your chores and neglected the hard water stains in your bathroom. Lucky for you, this spray will make it look good as new.

    Promising review: "I don't write reviews but I do read them before I buy anything. I just had to write one on this product. Seeing is believing. Not even Mr. Clean Magic Erasers touched the rust stains on our bathtub. But now it's shiny and looks brand new. I sprayed it on (yes, it's more of a liquid than a gel but it still works). I came back an hour later and wiped it off. No elbow grease needed. Majority of the rust was gone, only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" —NMP

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    Now go put these products in your shopping cart so you can solve those problems that make you say:


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