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    37 Useful Things You Should Be Proud Of Yourself For Buying, You Responsible Person, You

    Look at you, impulse buying a garment steamer instead of another tube of Fenty lipstick.

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    1. An easily portable (and even packable!) handheld steamer to save you trips to the cleaners and keep your favorite shirt looking like the day you bought it. "Hopelessly" wrinkled clothes may not be so hopeless after all.

    Promising review: "This is the best clothes steamer I've seen. This thing works great getting wrinkles out of my dress shirts and slacks and refreshes clothes in between trips to the dry cleaner. Just that alone will pay for itself in no time." —M.I.U.W. 104

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A handy Souper Cubes freezer tray that makes it ~souper~ easy to freeze a half- or full-cup portion of notoriously hard-to-freeze things like soup, sauces, or other liquid dishes and ingredients. Then just pop out as many cubes as you need for a meal or recipe and thaw!


    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, and it has fill lines on the side of the compartments for half and full cups as well as 125 and 250 ml if you prefer the metric life.

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE. My freezer is so much more organized now. Gone are the days of having to defrost an entire bag of chicken broth for one cup for a recipe. I now have perfectly portioned half-cup and one-cup blocks ready to go. They fit easily in freezer bags, take up less space, and make me incredibly happy. There was a lot of attention to detail put into the design and I particularly appreciate the wire inside the rim that holds everything steady — no more worrying about spilling all the liquid on the way to the freezer. Just a fantastic product all around. I purchased this and a cheaper version from another manufacturer at the same time, but returned the other product. This one is definitely worth the added cost." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    3. A clever and cute car garbage can designed to fit in your cupholder and the other pockets of your car you've been using as if they were a trash can for years. Heads up — they're not, and this baby is much easier to empty and clean. Not to mention, you won't be embarrassed by the mess when giving friends a ride.,

    Promising review: "First off, this trash can is THE CUTEST! I’ve gotten so many compliments. It’s sleek and super stylish. The plastic is easy to wipe clean and it fits a lot of small trash that lies around in the car. As a mom, there are always tissues and all sorts of wrappers in my car. Also, I have two dogs that shed so I always have lint rollers in my car and nothing is more frustrating than having a ton of sheets in my car! This little trash can is PERFECT for all that! I keep one up front with me and one in the back by the car seat to quickly clean up as we are going in and out!" —Mrosado

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    4. A two-in-one herb stripper and chopper with nine holes for stripping everything from rosemary to kale, plus a covered blade you can open up when it's chop o' clock. Herbie: Fully Loaded is no longer just a film from your childhood, it's also the perfect way to describe the well-seasoned, flavor-loaded dishes this'll help you make.

    hand using the tool to strip rosemary, then removing the green rubber cover and slicing

    Promising review: "I had no idea how much I needed this gadget until I got it. I thought it might still require a gentle touch to strip some herbs, but not at all; I ripped through one-half pound of thyme in about 15 minutes. Plus, I got at least twice as much herb as I normally do, as this did the job without me becoming super bored and only half-heartedly trying to finish. Yay." —Leah Woodard

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    5. A convenient four-slot spoon rest, because who actually uses just one utensil when cooking?? This baby was designed with all your drippy spoons, spatulas, and tongs in mind.,

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This thing is fantastic and the price point is ludicrously cheap. It works exactly as it should, if not better. The gaps look so small at first, but when you actually use the tools, the gaps are perfect. Favorite feature is the lip that surrounds the drip area. I was making risotto and I placed the spatula on its side and it dripped a sizable amount. Luckily the lip caught it all, meaning a clean counter. Cleaning was essentially as easy as rinsing under warm water; no staining. This was a little Christmas gift to the house, because I feel my house has earned better gifts this year due to our overuse during the pandemic." —Mike S

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in 17 colors).

    6. Wet & Forget shower spray, which'll seriously cut down the time you spend cleaning your bathroom *and* eliminate even the most stubborn stains. True to its name, all you have to do is spray your shower or tub, let it sit overnight, and rinse it the next morning to reveal a cleaning miracle. It works so well, you only need to use it once a week!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I had a horrible gray ring in the bottom of my shower that was impossible to remove. I had tried the Dawn dish soap method (with a lot of scrubbing) and had even used toilet bowl cleaner to try to remove the soap scum. My next step was to tear out and replace the shower pan and tile. I figured this was my last chance. I ordered the Wet & Forget spray and really coated the shower walls and floor pan and walked away. I CANNOT begin to tell you how happy I was to rinse down the walls sometime later and watch all that crud roll right down the drain!! This is the best product I have ever used in my life!! Works great and no toxic fumes!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.94.

    7. Reusable beeswax and organic cotton cling wrap in cute prints that'll do an un-bee-lievably great job covering all your containers while helping you create less plastic waste. ~Buzz~worthy, indeed.

    It's from a UK-based, family-owned small business!

    Promising review: "With all the environmental issues that we with deal nowadays, I decided to stop using plastic for wrapping food. I’m amazed of how well they work!!! They mold absolutely perfectly on any surfaces and they stick a lot better than plastic wraps, plus they can be cleaned and reused again! This is a great-quality product at a great price that will help not only you but the environment in the long run!" —Dan Mihalache

    Get a set of four pieces from Bee Zero Waste on Amazon Handmade for $9.59.

    8. Keurig-cleaning cups that can be used with any Keurig single-cup machine and will keep your homemade brews tasting their best, eliminating any residue from old batches that's been making them taste like the crappy cup of coffee Buddy buys Jovie in Elf.

    Promising review: "10 stars!! Pictures are worth 1,000 words folks. I haven’t cleaned my Keurig in years...yes it’s nasty, but I guess I never really thought about it. As you can see from start to finish, the water was BLACK in the beginning, now it is CLEAR! I can’t wait to clean my Keurig every week (it’s too easy not to do it) plus enjoy tomorrow’s cup of joe :). Amazing product. Easy to use. No smell. I already bought two more boxes 👍" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $12.76.

    9. A Schitt's Creek dishwasher magnet so the Rose siblings can help save you the struggle of remembering (or yelling to your roommates) if it would be ~schitty~ to toss a dirty dish into the partially-full dishwasher. Honestly shocked sweet, overworked Twyla didn't spend her lottery winnings on 100 of these for the café.

    round wood magnet with david's face and the text "ew, dirty" on one half and alexis's face and "yay! clean" on the other
    Cardinal Creative Co/Etsy

    This Montreal-based shop stocks tons of fun pop culture goodies!

    Promising review: "Makes doing the dishes fun!" —Stephanie Mills

    Get it from Cardinal Creative Co on Etsy for $11.53.

    10. A clear shower curtain liner with roomy mesh pockets to keep all your products within arm's reach, but out of sight of others. Visitors will think you're the only human alive whose bathroom isn't full of unsightly, half-full shampoo bottles.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly has to say about this wonder: "I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, which seems expensive for a shower curtain liner but is totally worth the price. Its mesh pockets are incredibly sturdy and even *I* can fit all my shower stuff in there. (FYI, I often keep three or four body washes and conditioners each in the shower at all times.) There’s lots of reinforcement where each pocket meets the liner and at the top of the liner, so dropping a weighty bottle of shampoo in a pocket is NBD. Obviously, you want to try for even weight distribution between the pockets and toiletries, but it doesn’t seem to be an issue. And these smooth-gliding hooks I also bought for my new digs make opening and closing my shower curtain as smooth as buttah." Check out her full review here (#7).

    Get it from Amazon for $17.69.

    11. Miraculous Folex instant carpet spot remover that also works on upholstery to make stains do a Houdini-level vanishing act. It's also odor-free for scentsitive folks.

    Promising review: "WOW! A must-have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy. Spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! There were a couple stains that I had to go back for a second time, but after having lived with these carpet blemishes for years...I was more than happy. I even used it on a cushion. You also get a lot of cleaner for your money; I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time." —Malm

    Get it from Amazon for $12.46.

    12. Arm & Hammer cat litter deodorizer, which is made with stink-busting baking soda to help save you from the stench of your catto's box. You love your kitty, but let's face it — they're nasty.

    box of the product

    Promising review: "Seriously, if you have a cat that uses a litter box and do not use this deoderizer, you are SERIOUSLY missing out. This makes such a MASSIVE difference in smell. I do not have enough good things to say about it! Hides the yucky smell and replaces it with a nice, clean scent. My kitty doesn't mind it and uses the litter box all the same. This deodorizer is a MUST HAVE for all cat moms and dads!" —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    13. Knee-high compression socks woven with copper that'll help increase blood flow and reduce swelling and soreness when you're on your feet from morning 'til night, or even if you're just going for a morning run or taking a long flight. Bonus: These come in lots of cute color and pattern options!,

    Promising review: "Great for anyone who stands or walks a lot. I am an RN who works 12-hour shifts. I have been at it for over 40 years. Through the years I have tried numerous compression socks, but usually gave them up after a few weeks because the discomfort outweighed the benefits. Not true of these socks. They are extremely comfortable, stay up without bunching, and fit perfectly. I love the colors. Our uniforms are dictated by management so we always use our socks as a means of personalizing and to be able to have options other than white is fantastic. I never realized how different my legs would feel with good compression socks. I will not work another day without them." —resa9699

    Get a pack of eight pairs from Amazon for $18.59+ (available in two sizes and 23 color and print combinations).

    14. A roll-up dish rack that's so much more than a dish rack. It'll save you a ridiculous amount of counter space, both during cooking and cleanup, since you can use it to dry dishes, thaw meat, and strain veggies, or even as just another place to put cutting boards and dishes during meal prep. And when you're done, you can just roll it up and put it under the sink!,

    Promising review: "I've used this for about six or seven months so far and can't imagine living without it! I use it Every. Single. Day. It's great as a strainer as I'm prepping veggies; it holds a ton. It's perfect as an extra shelf/counter space when I'm making several things at once. It's awesome to set hot pans on, fill with water, and let them soak for a while. And it's especially helpful to defrost on! Things defrost so much faster on this — I think it's because there is terrific air flow all around the item, but who knows? Most importantly, the food is up where I can see it while it's defrosting, instead of sitting down in the sink. Before this rack, every now and then I'd forget something was thawing down in the sink, give the room a quick eye-sweep before going to bed, and wake up in the a.m. to meat that sat out all night. Never happens with this; haven't had to toss a single thing. It is probably the most versatile, handy, useful thing I own." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

    15. Handmade shower steamers made with energizing peppermint, rosemary, and lemon essential oils to help you start your day on the right note. They're relaxing like a bath bomb, but much more practical for folks who only have time for a quick shower in the morning.

    the yellow square steamers
    The Herbal Zen/Amazon Handmade

    This Pennsylvania-based small biz also stocks plenty of other soothing scents! Some reviewers say that since a little goes along way, each cube can last for multiple showers. 

    Promising review: "This is the best shower steamer I have ever used, and I have tried a lot of them! The scent is robust without being overwhelming, opening up my sinuses while also providing a refreshing burst of energy that lasts all morning. I will definitely be ordering from this company again and I look forward to trying all of the scents." —david e.

    Get a pack of 10 from The Herbal Zen on Amazon Handmade for $20.99.

    16. Washable microfiber mop pads that'll fit on your trusty Swiffer WetJet or similar mops so you can kick wasteful and pricey disposable pads to the curb. They even pick up more gunk, so you'll wonder why you haven't been using these the whole time.,

    One pad can last up to 100 washes and works on pretty much any surface, from wood to tile to stone.

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce waste with disposable pads and I was pleasantly surprised by these. This photo [on the right] was AFTER I cleaned the floor with the disposable pad! I was able to get a super clean floor, spots were easier to clean up, and it didn’t sound like it was scratching my floors. This was easy to use, didn’t use more cleaner then the disposable pads, and got my floor cleaner. Definitely gonna buy more if the two I got ever wear out." —Riley

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.95 (or $14.20 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    17. A ridiculously convenient roll-up silicone water bottle ideal for anyone who's constantly on the go and always has too much to schlep, but also knows they importance of staying hydrated.

    The brand donates a portion of profits to dolphin rescue and conservation!

    Promising review: "My concerns were all alleviated when I used this. My desire was to have something super light and small that I could take through TSA and fill on the other side. Very easy to fill. You have to shift it a bit if you want it to stand on its own, but it does stand. I clipped it to something to keep it stable. It stayed closed when put it in the pocket of the seat in front of me on the plane. After the flight I emptied the bottle, turned it upside down to dry, and then collapsed it for my next use." —JanBo

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.97.

    18. A sanitizing handheld steam cleaner you can use to spot treat icky patches all over your home *or* clean larger areas. No mess is a match for it, and it's oh-so-satisfying to use.


    It comes with three round brushes, a scraper, a grout brush, an angle concentrator, and a nozzle that allows you to add all those attachments, plus a measuring cup!

    Promising review: "Makes cleaning FUN! I will admit I do like to clean. However, I don't enjoy using a toothbrush to get into corners of the bathroom, or scraping anything off the stove. I choose not to use very many chemicals either. I just couldn't wait to use this, and then I couldn't stop! Stains I had scrubbed and used cleaners on that never really got clean suddenly disappeared! I've used it in the shower, on tile floors, in corners of the bathrooms and kitchen, but the microwave blew me away! A couple of shots and it was like I had a brand-new microwave. AND I only wiped it out with a paper towel. No scrubbing necessary! No harsh fumes, just good and clean. I actually used it on my stone fireplace. I've vacuumed the stone with a brush but it still looked dusty. After an hour with the steam shot, it was dust-free." —Krista Behm

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    19. A chic folding desk perfect for crafting a makeshift office in even the smallest of apartments, because work-from-home times continue and your housemates are kind of tired of you dominating the kitchen table with all your papers and devices.

    light wood two-tier desk in corner of reviewer's home

    Or is that just my mom?

    Promising review: "I ordered this desk in a pinch. I live in Brooklyn in a smaller apartment where I quite frankly have no space to have a freestanding desk with my other furniture. When my company implemented a WFH policy last week, I took a gamble and ordered this desk because 1) I could collapse it and tuck it under my bed when I wasn't using it, and 2) it was spacious and sturdy looking enough to actually do work on. I received it today and I am beyond pleased. No setup required — quite literally took it from the box, slid it from collapsed to open, and began working on it. Cannot recommend this enough for the price and functionality!" —Sydney

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available with one or two tiers and in seven colors).

    20. A ridiculously durable weatherproof notebook that you can use anywhere. It's got the ~write~ stuff to withstand the elements and the wear-and-tear that would send your other everyday carry items running for cover.

    Promising review: "I work on a farm and my memory is horrible. I've tried all kinds of pocket notebooks to help me keep track of what I need to do, but they kept getting ruined. I always keep it in my back pocket, so other notebooks would get all smushed, pages would tear out, and they'd get all sweaty. This is perfect for what I needed and I intend to buy more as needed. I thought it would feel kind of like dry-erase but it doesn't. You can use pen or pencil on it, and it looks/feels exactly like any other paper. The binding and cover have stood up to me sitting on it every day and it has survived my sweat, sitting in puddles, and leaving it out in the rain." —atkinsak

    Get it from Amazon for $5.39+ (available in two colors).

    21. A paws-itively amazing rubber pet hair broom with a built-in squeegee designed to sweep up all that shedding (and even liquids!) like no other. It's def a must for anyone who ever has to clean up after their pet, but can be used on non–fur baby–related spills too.,

    Since it's basically a giant squeegee, you can even use it on cars and windows! And psst...if you're wondering, the sign next to the pooch on the right reads "This is our new carpet broom. THIS is who is evicted from our bedroom. This is the gross ball of hair collected from our carpet."

    Promising review: "LIFE-CHANGER. We have two very floofy cats and I have long, thick hair, so needless to say there is a lot of shedding in our house. I could tell our vacuum wasn't quite doing the trick and I happened to stumble upon this item that looked to be the solution. WOW. First of all, it's a bit of a workout if you've got a medium-pile carpet like I do. I use short, firm strokes with the squeegee side and it pulls the hair up instantly. It's tedious work to do a whole room, but the satisfaction you get when you see all the hair makes it so worth it. Then you'll do a second pass in high-traffic areas and see how much MORE hair there is and wonder how you ever lived like that. Once you've got a nice pile, you can pick the clump of fur up by hand. I like to give it a quick vacuum after to get the dust and dirt that comes up. I haven't used it on our laminate flooring, but I'm sure that will blow me away too. This item is a complete must-have for anyone who owns a furry pet. This broom will absolutely outshine any expensive 'pet-rated' vacuum cleaner out there." —Leanna G

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44 (also available in a collapsible version).

    22. Goo Gone's kitchen degreaser, which, well, gets the goo gone! Which is good, because from your stove to your microwave to your counters and shelves, your cooking routine leaves a lot of surfaces gooey (same — no shame).

    reviewer's shelf half covered in brown grease and half clean

    Look at the difference it made on the reviewer's shelf above, which used to be covered in grease!

    Promising review: "Cleaned a house with a thick layer of grease on top of the cabinets over the stove. The picture is worth 1,000 words. It sprays out as a foam so I had to spread it out a bit and I let it sit. Still took a significant amount of elbow grease, but it definitely worked." —Ellen 

    Get it from Amazon for $12.60.

    23. Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner, a beeswax and orange oil formula that's basically like a spa treatment for your wood surfaces. In addition to polishing, it adds a protective layer and helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading, so it's time to cue a rom-com makeover montage for your cabinet doors.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this polish!

    Promising review: "I read about this in a BuzzFeed article, read the reviews, and looked at the images posted by reviewers. I figured why not. Our house is about 20 years old and things are starting to just look worn. Add kids and a dog to the house and you have plenty of scratched-up or water-stained wood. This is magic in a bottle! The wood was trashed, but now it looks brand new." —ByteMe

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    24. Impressive silver-polishing wipes to get your most prized jewelry, silverware, and decor shining like new again. You might need to wear sunglasses to handle all that sparkle.,

    Promising review: "My engagement ring is silver, and it tarnishes easily. Since I wear it every day, it would get dull and gray very quickly. I was using silver cleaner, but it didn't work very well, and didn't make my ring shiny. These wipes blew that stuff away! Just a few seconds was all it took to make my ring look brand new. I am so happy with these wipes. So easy, and the results are amazing! I even tried one on my white gold wedding band, and it worked on that too." —Bethany Nadeau

    Get them from Amazon for $8.90.

    25. A handy "All out of" shopping checklist notepad complete with common grocery items organized by category for you to check off to build your shopping list, plus blank spaces for your less-common needs. It's perfect for those of us who've sometimes forget what exactly it is we need to remind ourselves to remember.

    the blue pad with categories like vegetables, canned goods, frozen foods, and toiletries

    Plus, since its sorted by category, you won't find yourself doubling back to an aisle you've already visited when you remember something else you need.

    Promising review: "Absolutely essential! If you're like me, you become a deer in the headlights when you walk into the grocery store. That's why this notepad is a game changer. We keep this on the refrigerator and check the appropriate box whenever we use the last of/realize we are out of something. I also use this list to plan for shopping trips. There is nothing worse than getting back from the store and realizing that you forgot to buy something essential. Making a list only helps when you think of everything that you need when you're making the list. 'All out of' provides a comprehensive list of the essentials and helps with the brainstorming process. I have already recommended this product to my friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.36+ (available in seven styles, including vegetarian, vegan, and keto versions).

    26. A helpful and amazingly affordable 27-piece mini tool set pretty much everyone should have on hand for tiny fix-it-yourself moments. It's kinda cute, too, and I never thought I'd say that about tools!


    It comes with pliers, a six-piece mini screwdriver set, tweezers, a magnifying glass, driver bits and a holster, a four-piece ratchet set, a ratchet driver tool, a socket extension, and a storage pouch.

    Promising review: "Handy and inexpensive! I was just browsing, looking for some other item when I saw this and I immediately picked it up. I own regular-sized tools but often need smaller tools for various reasons (eyeglasses, computer/models, etc.). This little item tucks away nicely at my work area but is there when needed and very useful for me." —Soemus

    Get it from Walgreens for $9.99.

    27. A bottle of The Bucko soap scum and grime remover spray that'll send all the icky soap scum in your tub packing — for good.

    BuzzFeed Shopping managing editor Mallory McInnis swears by this stuff! Here's what she has to say: "Have you ever seen the movie The Santa Clause? There's a scene where Tim Allen's character shaves away his white beard and then ~WHOOSH!~ it reappears instantaneously. That's basically my bathtub and soap scum. I've tried many products to keep it at bay, but this is the only one that has ever really worked. Not only does it have a cute dog on the packaging, it also allows me to (easily!) wipe away dastardly soap scum without having to use a lot of muscle! Which is great, because I don't exactly have a lot of muscle to use."

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88.

    28. A Billie razor starter kit, a cult-fave shaving set that BuzzFeed Shopping editors talk about more than pretty much any other product (and we talk about a lot of products). The kit includes a razor, a magnetic holder, and two blades for under $10. It's a practical, use-every-day purchase that'll still feel like a treat.

    Natalie Brown/BuzzFeed, Kayla Suazo/BuzzFeed

    You can also subscribe to get refill packs whenever you need!

    Here's what editor Emma McAnaw has to say about Billie: "I have VERY sensitive skin. As in, I so much as LOOK at a dull blade and suddenly I'm on a one-way trip to little red bumps. Until Billie, I had kind of just accepted that my bikini line was never going to be ~perfectly smooth~ no matter what. And yet! When I started shaving with these razors, I immediately noticed how comfortable the whole experience was. I'll be honest and say I rarely use shaving cream (very responsible for someone with sensitive skin!) and it doesn't even MATTER. The blades never nick me and I've actually seen fewer and fewer bumps, even in my ~most sensitive~ areas. I credit its charcoal shave soap that encases the five (!!!) blades so if you 'forget' cream, you'll still get super smooth results. I'm pretty confident in saying if a total klutz like me has yet to do damage with these bbs, then everyone can benefit from these."

    Check out the enamored testimony of seven (!!!) other BuzzFeeders here.

    Get it from Billie for $9 (available in seven razor colors).

    29. An under-desk cycling machine that's been a game changer for me personally. This wonder lets you turn your endlessly sedentary desk job (or even your Netflix binge) into an opportunity to get your blood pumping. It's got eight resistance settings so you can start easy, and people also recommend it for physical therapy and senior citizens.

    reviewer using the cycle

    It's got a helpful little display screen you can keep mounted on the machine or bring up to sit on your desk that'll tell you your time, calories burned, speed, and distance. I have one and am using it right now as I type this! I had purchased a super-cheap version a long time ago, but finally splurged on this one for my apartment as I work from home. This one is leaps and bounds better than the cheaper model. It's so much smoother and sturdier, and it looks better, too! The rotation is so smooth, it feels like I'm actually on a stationary bike at the gym. I definitely struggle with spending too much time sitting, since my job has me at a laptop for eight hours a day and I usually only feel up to working out in the mornings (and on weekdays, I'd rather sleep!). This is an absolute game changer and allows me to do what I do best — multitask! There is some assembly required, but I, the least handy person in the world, was able to do it myself without too much trouble.

    Promising review: "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This product has changed my life! Seriously. I have recommended it to everyone in my office, which is huge. I have had this product since 2015 and use it every day. Many of my office colleagues have gone on to buy this. As a full-time working mom, I have little to no time to exercise at home, so having this DeskCycle in the office, under my desk, is the BEST purchase I have EVER made. I think the company should give me commission for how many people have bought this after my recommendations!! My office now looks like SoulCycle! It has changed my life from sedentary, where I sit all day for my work, to athletic — cycling at least an hour a day, five days a week! Please do yourself a favor and purchase this for your own health! Oh — and you're welcome. :)" —Lauren S

    Get it from Amazon for $189.

    30. Waterproof vacuum-sealed space-saving bags for anyone who's ever wanted to literally shrink their clutter. Pop your stuff inside and use your hose-ended vacuum cleaner to remove all the extra air, then ooh and ahh about how small your storage problems now seem.

    It also comes with a travel pump, so you can use the bags for packing and reseal them when it's time to head home! Not sure which size to get? For context, the medium size claims to fit 8–10 sweaters and the jumbo size can hold up to four pillows.

    Promising review: "I’ve been having a hard time finding space to put away my winter clothes to make room for summer and decided to try this space saver. I’ve never tried vacuum storage before, and am very pleased and now I can’t imagine another way to put away off-season clothes. I used my own vacuum cleaner as I didn’t think the pump that it comes with would be as effective, and it was super easy and quick. The hardest part was folding the clothes LOL." —Giselle

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four sizes).

    31. A genius slicing tool that'll allow you to hold tricky foods like cherry tomatoes, shrimp, bread, meat, and bagels steady without putting your fingers in harm's way. It'll also seriously reduce your chopping time when you're prepping a salad!


    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I love this gadget! It’s so simple. Trust me...if you cut tomatoes in half, just do it!! It’s so easy to use. You do need to pretty much fill it up; you can’t just put three or four tomatoes in. Also, don’t press too hard, just lightly rest your hand on top and use a VERY sharp knife for best results. If your knife is dull this will not work! And if you cut raw chicken breasts in half, buy two, because you can use one for that as well!! Just make sure you label it 'raw chicken' and only use it for that." —Leah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    32. An as-seen-on-TV Ove Glove made of flame-resistant, 540-degree-heat-tolerating materials like the ones used for firefighter gear. As if that wasn't enough to intimidate your current oven mitt, the glove style allows for a much better, less clumsy grip.

    the white with blue grips glove
    Ove Glove

    Promising review: "As a retired firefighter, I look at any kind of glove that makes these claims with a suspicious eye...this one hits the mark! I have been using this glove for over 20 years and have yet to get burned using it...OK, ONE time...but the glove was wet and I knew better LOL. Best on the market as far as I'm concerned!" —RBinTN

    Get it from Walgreens for $14.99.

    33. A leather cleaner to buy when every other method you've tried has come so close, yet ~sofa~r from getting the stains out of your beloved leather couch (or jacket, or purse, or office chair...).

    Get a brush to use with it here!

    Promising review: "I used this on my natural leather couch and wow! The results were amazing. This couch looks better than it did when I bought it new. Some reviews said the smell is bad, but it smells just like any other cleaner that doesn't have added fragrance. As soon as the solution dried, which took about 10 minutes, the smell was completely gone. I highly recommend this product if you have natural leather that you need cleaned." —Amanda Coffee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (or $17.06 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    34. An incredible instant drain opener kit you can use on toilet, sink, and tub drains alike. It works so quickly and easily, you'll go from clueless to the go-to, plumber-replacing person all your roommates rely on in the blink of an eye (or the pull of a handle).

    The Grommet

    It's from a family-owned small business! The kit comes with two cans that can each be used up to 12 times, a handle, and adapters for floor and sink drains.

    Promising review: "After I received this, I immediately tried it on a bathroom sink that has drained slowly for years. Running water would fill the sink halfway as it drained slowly. This worked! I used it with the blue cap then filled up the sink with the stopper down. I pulled up the stopper, and the water flowed down quickly, no slowdowns. I am glad it got it, as I did not want to spend money on a plumber just for a slow-moving drain. I am sold!" —Roberta

    Get it from the Grommet for $39.95.

    35. An amazing car cleaner spray that works on pretty much every surface of your interior, from leather to plastic to vinyl to fabric to wood to rubber. Because your car is a mess, and the fewer products you need to clean it, the better.

    Promising review: "Seriously, what is this sorcery? I've had my car 10 years and have never thought to clean the upholstery and the infinite food/grease spills from tilted takeout boxes of authentic Mexican food. I embarrassingly got used to the way it looked until one day I cleaned my car really thoroughly and realized the seats were disgusting. So I tried the product. I cleaned small sections so it wouldn’t dry (with a scrub brush) and then used a few microfiber towels to wipe up anything remaining. It worked so well! No fumes." —KO

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (or $16.14 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    36. A special "bib" for your splashy faucet, because *everyone* drips water at least a bit when they wash their hands or dishes — you're not doing it wrong. Especially if you live in an NYC apartment with a very strange water-pressure-to-sink-basin ratio like I do.

    Two Lilacs Studio/Etsy

    It's from an Oregon-based small business, and you can also message the seller for a custom design.

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care. Highly recommended!" —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    37. A Colgate Keep toothbrush starter kit that's just as affordable as a regular toothbrush but way less wasteful. It's got an easy-to-grip, reusable aluminum handle and interchangeable heads, so it uses 80% less plastic than the disposable drugstore ones you've been using for years.

    reviewer holding the silver and black toothbrush with curved handle that kind of looks like a squashed infinity symbol, next to the extra head

    The kit comes with a base and two heads.

    Promising review: "I was very curious about the unique shape of this toothbrush. I bought it on a whim. I’m glad I did. The bristles are soft but still firm enough to clean well. Feels great to hold. Value is good. You can change the heads when you need/feel. It’s a great toothbrush. 10/10." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two colors and two styles).

    Me, your family, your friends, and even you to yourself once you start spending your money on practical things:


    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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