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    30 Products That'll Help Solve Problems You Thought You Were Just Gonna Have To Live With

    You can't solve all the world's problems, but you *can* banish some of life's smaller annoyances.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bitter-tasting nail polish that'll help you kick even the most stubborn (and germy) nail-biting habit. Wait, you mean I might actually let my nails get long enough to file for the first time in my life? Am I dreaming?

    Over 6,000 reviewers swear by it!

    Promising review: "I'm 30 years old and I have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember. And I'm not talking about a little nibble here and there, I'm talking about biting them until they were bleeding or it was too painful to continue, then I would move onto the next finger. When I was out of fingers I would move on to my cuticles. I had tried everything imaginable to stop the habit. I would never last more than a couple days without starting up again. I figured if anything had a chance at working it would be this product. This product is advertised as having a bad taste to curb your desire to bit your nails, so I painted it onto a finger, let it dry for a couple minutes, and then took a lick. At first didn't taste like anything, but then the taste hit me! It's one of the worst tastes I have ever come across and it lingered for a good five minutes or more! I'm not saying I'm cured yet, but I went from being a highly addicted nail biter to having not bitten my nails or cuticles in the past two weeks. I have almost zero urge to do so. Both my nails and cuticles are growing out and have actually required trimming and shaping. Now I catch myself lifting a finger to my mouth and thinking, 'if I bite that nail I'm going to taste that nasty stuff,' and I quickly put my hand back down!" β€”ChrisB.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    2. A hairbrush cleaning tool for anyone who, like me, becomes disgusted by hair the second it is no longer attached to a head and always procrastinates cleaning buildup from their brushes so they don't have to β€” *gasp* β€” touch it. This thing is a martyr who's willing to deal with that grossness for you.

    The reviewer above got such amazing results by using this tool along with soaking their brush in a Dawn and diluted vinegar solution!

    Promising review: "When I bought this I was really skeptical. I am grossed out by my hairbrush and clean it all the time. I've soaked it in vinegar and tea tree oil, used a toothbrush, scrubbed it with shampoo, picked it clean by hand β€” everything you can think of. Still, it's so hard to get the little lint that forms at the base of the brush β€” they don't dissolve off and you have to pick them off the bristles one by one because a toothbrush won't even break them up. This thing works amazingly. I don't know why, it just does β€” the particular texture of the bristles on this really grabs everything. It scraped the little lint rings right off and now my brush is cleaner, 10 times as fast." β€”HeartsofHavoc

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. Adjustable bedsheet fasteners that'll actually keep your fitted sheet in place ONCE πŸ‘ AND πŸ‘ FOR πŸ‘ ALL. Really.

    the fasteners, which look like a three-pronged overall strap, holding a fitted sheet around the underside of a mattress

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They're the kind of thing you'll never know how you lived without before." β€”LinseyB

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    4. A champagne stopper that doesn't just reseal your precious bottle, but also increases the pressure inside to preserve the bubbles. That way, you can pour an individual glass and save the rest for another day. Which is good, because it's looking like you're gonna have a lot of nights chilling at home alone for a while.

    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    You can even mark the date you opened it on the top of the stopper!

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by this! She writes, "I love bubbles β€” champs, cava, prosecco, sparkling rose β€” they just know how to bring the party! But no one likes when sparkling wine goes flat, or you feel like you can't just have one or two glasses without ruining the whole bottle. So I went on Amazon and found the best champagne stopper I could find and immediately hit 'add to cart.' What a great purchase! This little bb is so easy to use β€” just pop it on top of the bottle, push the metal sides in so it clamps on, then push the top button several times to vacuum seal and preserve the bubs. Then when you next want a glass, spritz, or mimosa, you'll hear that same *POP* you heard when first taking out the cork β€” and the effervescence you so crave will be fully intact. Plus, you can confidently store your leftover bottle on its side in your fridge; I've had zero leakage problems with this thus far!" Check out her full review here, #1)

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two colors).

    5. A chic storage ottoman to solve your small space storage woes without sacrificing style.


    Promising review: "Love this little ottoman! The velvet is soft and the gray is a rich color, more like charcoal gray, and the storage feature is great! The reverse of the top is wood so it can be used as a table too! It is quite sturdy as well. The gold legs are not shiny but muted. I highly recommend this ottoman!" β€”Sheila

    Get it from AllModern for $74+ (originally $93.99+; available in eight colors).

    6. A stylish roll of unpaper towels you can just toss in the wash and reuse over and over, so yes, it is possible for even the most spill-prone people to start using fewer paper products around the house.

    roll of mint and gray patterned fabric towels

    These are from a woman-owned, Colorado-based shop that makes fabric alternatives to all sorts of disposable household products and donates 1% of proceeds to Climate Emergency Fund.

    Promising review: "Nice, heavy duty paperless towels. I like that there are two layers offering two different β€˜scrub/wipe’ options. The roll they came on is nice and sturdy and I would expect it to last a good long time. And also they’re just plain beautiful. Very happy!" β€”mckannay

    Get a roll of 12 from GreenCityLiving on Etsy for $68.50 (available loose or with snaps wrapped around a roll). Find more colors and prints here.

    7. A battery-powered fabric defuzzer, in case you thought that your old favorite, pill-covered sweater was officially out of commission. You'll be happy to be proved wrong.


    It's got 10,000+ positive reviews and three depth settings so you can get a just-right shave. And the lint-collecting compartment detaches so it's super easy to empty! Get the required AA batteries here, and check out our full review of this defuzzer.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them. 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. I’m obsessed. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything de-pilled. Everyone needs to own this." β€”Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

    8. Or a special pill-removing, pumice-esque stone so you can do the job manually and pay more attention to detail.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer loves this! She writes: "Like many of you, I've been living in sweats and PJs during this almost-year of WFH full time. And it's made me revisit the state of some of my loungewear. Take for example, this college sweatshirt I wear all the time β€” as evidenced by the rather EXTENSIVE pilling all over it. So when I saw this pumice-esque sweater stone (it's made from upcycled car windshield glass β€” how cool is that?!), I decided it was worth the try. We've featured electric pill removers, but sometimes you're looking for a little more detail or control β€” that's where this stone comes in handy. I was able to navigate around the contours of the logo on my sweatshirt with ease, removing pills using the corner or the entire flat bottom in a few quick strokes. It truly took no time at all β€” the sweatshirt was done in mere minutes. The only thing I would note is that particles do 'fall out' of the stone, so do your pill-removing on a surface that's easy to sweep or vacuum up at the end."

    Get it from Celsious (A Black woman-owned, Brooklyn-based small business) for $17 or from Amazon for $11.38.

    9. Double shower hooks that'll allow you to swap out just your curtain or just your liner without having to basically dismantle your whole shower setup every time. Let's leave the shower curtain struggles to the Bates Motel, shall we?


    Because yes, changing your shower curtain liner before these WAS a Hitchcock-level nightmare, thank you very much! BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly has and loves these. Check out her full shower hook review (#3).

    Promising review: "Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the bar." β€”CASEINPOINT

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $8.26+ (available in three colors).

    10. Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover, a pumice stone with a handy handle sure to produce results that'll bowl you over. I'm talking getting rid of hard water stains you thought would still be there when your grandkids come to visit in 2065.

    a before and after of a toilet with lots of brown stains in the bowl and then with most of the stains gone

    It's great for hard water marks in the tub, too!

    Promising review: "We rented a home and the toilets were disgusting. The picture above is after just five minutes with the stone. I had tried bleach, every toilet bowl cleaner available, and countless hours of scrubbing to no avail, but this stone worked instantly! I will be buying several more! The stone does dissolve when scrubbing so you need a couple. I was able to completely do almost two toilets that looked awful with one stone!" β€”Crista

    Get it from Amazon for $11.80 (or $11.21 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    11. Briogeo's Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo that's here to save the day if you're dealing with a dry, flaky scalp. It'll vanish said flakes so fast, it's basically magic.

    The pics above are with just ONE wash!!! This stuff is cruelty-free and made with tea tree, coconut, and peppermint oils. Plus it's from a Black woman-owned brand! πŸ™Œ

    Promising review: "Totally amazing and beyond expectations. Chronic dry scalp for over a year, and with **one use**, super awesome results. My head feels fantastic and no more flaking. I'm going to buy a vat of this stuff and swim around in it! Really worth it." β€”Jana

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    12. An absolutely inspired car dipping sauce holder you can clip to your vents to hold your precious condiments. Where has this been your whole chicken-nugget-eating life???

    A reviewer dipping a chicken tender into a sauce cup stored in the red holder clipped to a car air vent

    It's designed to be able to hold different sizes of sauce containers depending on whether you position them horizontally or vertically, and it even comes with a removable tray you can squeeze sauce packets into.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my love language!" β€”Quintana

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.45+ (available in three colors).

    13. A stylish scrunchie made from satin so it won't pull your hair or leave you with the dreaded post-ponytail crease.

    Bread Beauty Supply

    You can trust it to work on all hair types, too β€” this Black-woman owned business specializes in products for 3a-4c hair!

    Get it from Bread Beauty Supply for $16.

    14. A genius dish squeegee sure to make anyone who has ever done dishes and touched icky leftover food or struggled to clean up a countertop spill say, "Where have you been all my life?!?!"


    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe! Plus, one side is curved so it works on bowls as well as plates.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" β€”Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A miraculous diamond-cleaning stick that just might reveal your gems to be even more gorgeous than you thought and get them to shine as bright as Rihanna said they would β€” without paying a jeweler to do it.

    a before and after of a reviewer's ring looking cloudy then sparkling clear

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this amazing stick.

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong β€” my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this...*oh my goodness*! After one use, my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much schmutz marred my beautiful diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance! My wedding ring is something that always makes my heart beat a little faster, for its beauty, for what it represents...and now, my smile is even bigger and my heart skips a beat a little more as I gaze upon this amazing clarity. I highly recommend this, it's an amazing value with mind-blowing, beautiful results!" β€”liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.83.

    16. A hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-mold, and anti-yeast panty wash formulated by an actual gynecologist β€” so yes, she really *does* understand the problem you've had your whole vagina-having life and haven't wanted to talk about. It'll be delicate on your delicates but tough on all the gunk (yes, I am talking about discharge) you need to wash out of them.

    hand holding a bottle of the detergent
    Clean And Cute

    This Black-woman owned brand is the genius creation of Philly-based OB/GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers, and it's good for bras too!

    Get it from Clean & Cute for $14.99.

    17. An easy wood-repairing marker and wax stick set so you can fill in and cover those scratches you've been meaning to do something about for ages...without spending all that coin to repair or replace your floors and furniture.

    One reviewer even said it was perfect for filling in worn shoe soles!

    Promising review: "For $10 you can cover up so many scratches that you couldn't buy a house big enough to run out of ink. I've had this for just four hours, but I fixed a table that was scratched when I moved it, kitchen cabinets, chairs, a wine rack, and some hardwood flooring. It does a good job at covering the scratches to a point where you have to stare at a spot to notice it, but don't expect it to make your furniture to look brand new again. But for $10 you can make your furniture look reasonable! Would highly recommend to anyone who has pets who scratch the !@#$ out of their wood furniture." β€”Phaedrus

    Get six markers, six wax sticks, and a sharpener from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A Command adhesive towel bar that's such a clever idea β€” you can finally add some extra storage to your bathroom or kitchen without losing your deposit!

    the silvery towel bar mounted on a reviewer's wall

    It holds up to three pounds and works on most types of surfaces.

    Promising review: "I rent my house and needed a solution without putting new holes in the wall. This looks and feels like a 'real' towel bar! I’m so glad I was able to find such a great solution for a rental property." β€”caraashley

    Get it from Amazon for $13.20.

    19. A bottle of Glossier's miraculous exfoliating toner, which is so good at solving skincare woes from acne to redness, it's literally called Solution.


    It's cruelty- and paraben-free and vegan! Plus, it helps skin look smoother and softer. Talk about a glow-up.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely over-the-moon excited about this product. This Solution has helped my skin immensely. I have acne-prone skin, and it can be oily sometimes and other times very dry. I didn’t know how my skin would react when using this solution, but I took at shot at trying it anyway. My skin loved it. My skin has cleared up COMPLETELY, and it's always glowing. I am beyond happy that I bought this product and I will continue to use it!! Thanks Glossier :)" β€”Ella A.

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    20. The TubShroom, a possibly magical drain protector here to deliver some good news: you can actually be done with the gag-worthy process of cleaning your drain in just a few seconds.

    TubShroom Hair Catcher / YouTube

    This thing collects all the icky loose hair neatly around it (at the bottom, so you can't see it when the TubShroom is in place), so all you have to do is wipe it off! No wonder over 21,000 (!!!!!!!) reviewers swear by it.

    Promising review: "I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about this product when I first heard of it. After several recommendations from friends (and needing to find another solution for the hair clogs) I went ahead and purchased it. We are a household of three women, two with short hair and one with long hair, not to mention several family member visits a month with multiple people having longer hair. Oh, and a medium-haired dog that gets washed in the shower. I tried three other drain catchers while I was waiting for this one to arrive. None could hold up, and frankly they were nasty to clean out. I removed the metal catcher with a screwdriver and placed the Shroom in its place (as directed by the printed instructions on the box). The first shower was a grand success. Not only was the water able to properly drain (goodbye standing in a pool of your own dirty bathwater!!!!) but the hair dropped into the catcher without it collecting on the top (so it was not visible when taking a shower). Once I was done, I didn't think it had worked, since all the hair drained. But little did I know it was draining into the spool. All the hair that had gone down was indeed caught and very, very simple to remove from the spool. I grabbed tissue and just peeled the hair off and threw it in the trash. Voila! I don't know why I ever hesitated. I like it so much and it is so useful. It is the item you never knew you needed nor wanted. But now that I have it, I am so much better for it." β€”Montserrat Covis

    Get it from Amazon for $12.37+ (available in five colors).

    21. A simply brilliant bracelet-fastening tool that'll allow you to hold one end of your bauble steady. Because let's face it, lobster clasp bracelets weren't made for people who live alone and that's an injustice.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception, so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they're slip-on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." β€”Cat Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    22. A genius dongle case you can clip to a keyring and that literally everyone with an iPhone needs. Because who among us has not found ourselves dongle-less when we were desperate to listen to music or watch a video?

    Two of the black, flat, rounded triangular cases with a dongle-shaped slot, one of which is holding a dongle, clipped to a keyring

    It's from a Black-owned Etsy shop!

    Promising review: "Love it. I’m always losing my cord or leaving it in my other jacket or pants pocket. Now all I have to do is put it back on my keyring. Brilliant!!!" β€”Mel

    Get it from DukeofCases on Etsy for $16 (originally $20).

    23. The Drop Stop, a car seat gap filler to prevent you from ever losing anything in the depths of your vehicle again, and sure to make you wonder, why aren't all cars just made like this?!?!


    Promising review: "The gap between the seat and center console in our car is big enough to lose french fries and debit cards in, but not big enough to fit my adult hand when I try to retrieve anything. Now, with the Drop Stop, I don't have to worry about it anymore. It's great when it keeps things from going into the Gap of No Return. Once, I was in the car by myself and I literally said out loud, 'Thank you, Drop Stop,' like I was in an infomercial." β€”Rhett A Lahey

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $22.99.

    24. A clever soap-saving dish so your bars will last way longer and you won't ever have to deal with the buildup of that icky, half-dissolved soap gunk (that's the technical terminology) ever again. *Shudders*

    the slanted soap dish on the edge of a sink

    The base is a suction cup, so it won't tip over even though it's on an angle.

    Promising review: "This is one of the best things I have EVER bought. I love this! It keeps bars of soap BONE DRY, with virtually NO gummy buildup on the bottom. After your shower, just leave the soap in the dish, and the next time you reach for it, it will be in perfect shape. I plan to buy one of these, not only for every sink in the house, but for my mom's house too." β€”Deborah from Los Angeles

    Get it from Amazon for $8.41.

    25. A zipper repair kit that'll make fixing the fastenings on bags and jackets without the help of a pro (or just giving up and tossing the item) a breeze even if you're not at all handy.


    The kit includes 11 replacement zippers in common sizes and designs, four bottom stopper replacements and six top stopper replacements, plus illustrated instructions and access to a customer service line that'll help you figure out exactly the replacement part you need.

    Promising review: "Incredibly easy! Big money saver! Amazing! Within ten minutes of opening the package I had repaired the zippers on two ski jackets. A tailor wanted $14 each to replace the zippers and I would have had to provide the zippers. It came with enough parts to fix several more. Wish I had known about this handy product a long time ago." β€”gbdoc

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    26. A subscription to Blue Apron for anyone who's never understood how anyone else has time to shop for and prep a dinner more complicated than a microwave quesadilla (big mood). This service will send you all the ingredients and instructions you need to make drool-worthy meals, many of which take less than a half hour.

    basil, tomato, and kale pasta
    Blue Apron

    Each week, you can choose between the Signature, Vegetarian, or Wellness menus, for 2-4 people and with 2-4 recipes to suit your mood, diet, schedule, and budget. Each recipe lets you know how long it takes to prep too, so you can plan accordingly!

    Subscriptions start at $7.49 per serving. Get the recipe for the yummy-looking pasta above here.

    27. An amazing leather and suede cleaning brush that'll swoop in like a superhero to save your splurge-worthiest shoes that you thought you'd totally ruined after one walk in wet grass.

    The brush actually has four parts β€” a soft bristle side and a hard bristle side, plus curved edges to tackle even the hard-to-reach parts of your suede goods.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud on my new suede boots and thought for sure they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. I was so impressed. It's absolutely worth getting and trying for yourself! Scuff marks take a bit more time to improve, but they do look better after brushing them." β€”Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. DressWeights, heroic little weights that adhere to your hem to prevent a Marilyn Monroe moment. Because every day should have the potential be a dress day, even when it's windy as heck.

    model applying one of the oval shaped weights to the inside hem of their dress

    The adhesive is strong but removable, so they can be used again and again! These clever babies are from an NY-based, woman- and family-run small business.

    Promising review: "These are, hands down, a complete lifesaver. I recently attended a multi-day conference event, where wardrobe malfunctions weren't an option. Add in mid-Atlantic summer breezes and skirts and well, you have a potential disaster on your hands, right? NO. These babies will keep your hemlines down where they belong, and they work hard without being cumbersome. They're lightweight but dense, can easily be adjusted or moved without removing the backing, and they come in their own case β€” what more could you ask for?" β€”tahlia pankau

    Get a set of four from DressStrong on Etsy for $13.50 or from DressWeights for $15.

    29. A super affordable rust stain remover that'll banish even the most impossible stains with zero scrubbing. Because, sing it with me, "I don't want no scrubbing!"

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this spray.

    Promising review: "Everyone needs this product! I don't write reviews, but I do read them before I buy anything. I just had to write one for this product. Seeing is believing. These are before and after pictures of our bathtub. It was gross and orange rust-stained. Not even Mr. Clean Magic Erasers touched the stains. 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. The majority of the rust was gone β€” the only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" β€”NMP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    30. A subscription to NordVPN, aka a "virtual private network" that conceals your IP address and data, so using the internet will be way more convenient. It allows you to do things like safely use public Wi-Fi and use apps that might not otherwise be available in your location (hello, accessing the US Netflix selection from abroad).

    person using a phone and laptop

    Plus, it helps protect your browsing data and privacy, and you can use it on up to six devices with one account!

    Plans start at $3.71 per month.

    You got this!


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

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