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    Jun 7, 2020

    33 Household Products That Are Just A Good Idea To Keep Around

    Reusable straws, mold remover, a tool kit, and more useful things.

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    1. A dishwasher magnet to prevent you from accidentally putting your dirty dinner plate in with all the clean dishes and then rerunning the whole thing.

    The dishwasher magnet reads "clean" on one side and when rotated to the other side, it reads "dirty"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A stylish, functional little magnet. Eliminates the need to wonder if that cup looks dirty or is it just hard water etc. Also just looks cute on the dishwasher. I do not run mine daily as I have a small household and when it does get filled, more often than I'd like to admit, the clean dishes live in the dishwasher, getting picked off as needed. This makes that process much simpler." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    2. A pack of two self-adhesive razor holders that'll make it easier to keep your razor separated from your partner's or roommate's and you won't have to worry about it constantly falling off the side of the tub.

    Two razors hanging on the razor holders
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I tried the first one out in the shower to hang my razor and it works great! It definitely holds up against the water and I can see how it would easily work for hanging keys or even a phone while it's charging." —Steve D

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A set of 10 reusable silicone drinking straws, because they're much better for the environment and they'll make it easier to tell your drink apart from your roommate's or other family member's.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was kind of shocked at how good quality these straws are! They come in a neat little baggie that you can store them in, and with a straw cleaner as well! I don't usually leave reviews on products (even if I really like them), but they donate 100% of the proceeds of your order to OCEANA if you leave a review, and that's a HUGE plus for me. So not only do I really like the product, I get to share the good news through this review AND my payment gets donated to OCEANA. I really really appreciate that. 10/10 product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    4. A handheld milk frother so you can enjoy a fancy latte, cappuccino, or macchiato from the comfort of your home.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The Zulay Milk Frother is awesome when making keto coffees and lattes. Mixes butters, coconut oils, and creams perfectly for creamy coffees and teas. Best frother I have purchased and love, love, love the stand." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in seven colors).

    5. A pair of small deep-clean scrub brushes to get all of the cracks and crevices in your place squeaky clean.

    A reviewer photo of a tile floor with half of it dirty between the tiles and the other half very clean between the tiles
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of 'Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...' Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pros: Sturdy, easy to clean, solid brushes. Con: Hands may 'hurt' a bit after use due to elbow grease." —Jennifer

    Get the two from Amazon for $6.99 (two colors).

    6. A heat-resistant silicone mat/pouch so you can safely use and store your hot hair tools without having to worry about them melting or burning anything.

    A hair straighter shown inside the pouch and laid on top of it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Works good for what I need. Living in a furnished rental, I was worried that my new hair straightener that gets really hot would ruin the dresser. This is perfect to protect that, even at the hottest setting it doesn't seem to be affected by the heat. The fact it's a pouch as well is great for travel." —Maya

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

    7. A pumice stone cleaner you will want to keep your bathroom sparkling. It'll help get rid of those hard water stains, rust, residue, and more — because no one enjoys sitting on a yucky toilet.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to have done anyway, if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase... well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. An overflow drain cover so your bath can stay nice and full for ultimate relaxation.

    The drain cover being used in a full bath tub
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know... THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness... all because of this little bit of silicone!" —anonymous

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

    9. A set of bedsheet fasteners, because no one likes to wake up in the morning and realize their entire fitted sheet is now bunched up in the corner of their bed.

    The fasteners attached to a bedsheet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These work really well! I have a 14-inch mattress, so keeping the fitted sheet well-secured has been a struggle until now. One of the best purchases I've made. I followed someone else's advice here of turning the sheet inside out, putting the fasteners on, then putting the sheet on the mattress. Made them very easy to use." —Jayne Voyt

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

    10. An Echo Dot so Alexa can tell you when your next appointment is, play your favorite song while you get ready, set alarms, and more.

    Amazon

    This compact smart speaker can play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying the Dot). The sound quality is really good, especially considering it’s small size and relatively 'budget friendly' price. I definitely recommend to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. Don’t even 'add to cart' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors).

    11. A TubShroom to prevent hair from clogging up your pipes and creating a gross puddle of water in your shower.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. I tried others and they all failed miserably. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I've ever had. I strongly recommend it!!!" —Lawyer For Justice

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

    12. A convenient bedside caddy for when you don't have space for a nightstand, but you still need a place for your glasses, tablet, and journal. You can easily attach it to the side of any bed or table with two pairs of hook and loop fasteners.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising Review: "This caddy works very well when you're trying to keep items off of your nightstand or if you don't have a nightstand! There's a flap that sits under the mattress and it has hook and loop squares on the pocket side to keep it in place. It's perfect for a few books and a magazine or an iPad, remote controls, phones, pens, etc. I liked mine so much that I ordered one for my husband's side of the bed!" —K. Purs

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in eight colors).

    13. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you won't smell a yucky, rotting aroma every time you go to do the dishes.

    amazon.com

    Note that it's best if your garbage disposal is just generally smelly or dirty, and not actually clogged — if it's clogged, definitely call a plumber.

    Promising review: "After seeing it say it only takes two minutes (mine was closer to four) I thought there was no way it would work. But I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works." —J. Peace

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.87 (available in four sizes).

    14. A nontoxic enzyme-based spot cleaner that'll help you remove that annoying stain from your favorite shirt.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You can also use it on carpets, bedding, cloth diapers, etc.

    Promising review: "I feel like you won't believe what I'm about to write, because I can't believe it myself. On New Year's Eve, my husband and I had an epic fail. We dropped a glass of red wine in our bedroom, and as if it were a gymnast, the glass tumbled three times before crashing on the ground. Red wine flew all over the carpet, bedding, and my favorite pale yellow upholstered bench at the end of our bed. We stood there in shock, and then I remembered I had just bought Puracy. After spraying the better part of a bottle on various linens, our carpet, and my pale yellow bench, IT LOOKS LIKE THE EPIC WINE FAIL OF 2016 NEVER HAPPENED. It's seriously like magic. I still can't believe my eyes and really wish I took before-and-after photos. Worth every penny!!!!! It's now my go-to stain remover!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.53 (available in 25 oz and 64 oz).

    15. A dual-sided hanging organizer for sorting all of your small possessions, like hair accessories, tights, or beauty products.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a very well-made closet organizer! The pockets are able to expand to allow for various items to fit. I put underwear and socks in the smallest, upper pockets and tank tops and leggings/genie pants in the bottom large pockets. The middle size pockets fit winter socks, bras, or two pairs of athletic socks nicely. Plus, the pockets are clear so you can see what is in each! Very pleased with my purchase and would definitely buy again." —Awhatchamacallit

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

    16. Some vacuum-sealed pop containers so you can organize your cereal, flour, snacks, and more in a neat way that'll keep them nice and fresh.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    See a BuzzFeed Shopping writer's full review of these space savers (#1).

    Promising review: "Great for pantry organization. I ended up with three sizes. The tall thinner ones for spaghetti. The medium sized containers fit a 5 lb. bag of flour. The largest containers fit a 7 lb. bag of brown sugar. Worth the cost if you are tired of your pantry looking messy. Based on the quality I expect these to last many years without needing to be replaced. Air tight lids work well and are very simple to use and clean." —Tonya murray

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 11 sizes).

    17. An electronics accessory organizer made of waterproof nylon to keep your phone cords, camera batteries, and SD cards, untangled, undamaged, and easy to find.

    Reviewer photo of the organizer filled with cords and chargers
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this because I'm about to go on a couple of trips and I wanted a way to organize my headphones and chargers and make them easy to find. This organizer seems to be really well-made, it has several spots for charger cords and headphones, and also a zipper pouch for smaller things. I put some headphones and chargers in there, and still have a few slots to spare. I think this is going to be really helpful for traveling and keeping all my stuff untangled and in one spot." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.02+ (available in seven colors).

    18. A bottle of mold and mildew remover, because those tubs and showers can get gross within the blink of an eye. Just apply the gel on the surface, let it sit for 7-8 hours, and rinse it off — no scrubbing required!

    A reviewer's before-and-after shot of mold in the corner of a tub, and then the mold being about 90% gone
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. It's 1,000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. A set of interlocking bins to finally get those junk drawers organized — you'll probably be amazed at what's been hiding in there! The bins can be arranged any way you like and can work in many places, such as your desk, kitchen, or bathroom.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This set has been perfect for my desk at work. The clutter in my drawer was so annoying to sift through before I found the right pen or paper clip. Now everything is easy to find and well organized. Nice to be able to customize arrangement as well. I may purchase more of these for cluttered drawers at home." —ccc_wood

    Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $11.

    20. A water bottle holder stand so you can organize your cabinet in a way that not only looks way better, but will prevent your water bottles from rolling around and falling off the shelf.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I went on an organizing spree throughout my house after the new year and this was perfect for in my cabinet. Water bottles no longer roll and fall out every time I open the door!" —Kendra M

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A buttery-smooth sateen bedsheet with two pillowcases that'll give your regular old bed that 5-star hotel feel. You always want to keep multiple sets of sheets in the house for guests, wash day, spilled coffee, etc.

    Brooklinen

    I have white bedsheets from Brooklinen and they truly have such a luxurious feel! They're soft and cozy, but still give my room an elegant touch.

    Promising review: "Absolutely the softest sheets ever and the color is very true to the images on the website. Perfect Queen bed fit and super easy to wash. Overall we are loving these and highly recommend." —Hannah

    Get a fitted sheet and two pillowcases from Brooklinen for $98 (available in sizes Twin-Cali King and five colors/prints).

    22. A pack of stainless-steel wipes to have your kitchen appliances shining bright and free of grease, streaks, and more.

    A reviewer's before-and-after of a sink with grease and residue stains in it, and then the sink completely clean
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless-steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain my refrigerator was looking brand-new. I was impressed with the results and noticed that the canister said the wipes could be used on sinks, so I tried one in my stainless-steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures, after just a few minutes of cleaning my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later my kitchen was looking better than ever." —Connor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.98.

    23. A bamboo bathtub tray so you can have a convenient place to put your book, candle, and beverage while you soak.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "It's elegant and serves its purpose, and it adjusts to a long length — perfect for a large soaker tub. I have no complaints!" —Mayda

    Get it from Wayfair for $27.99 (originally $69.99).

    24. An extendable microfiber duster set that'll reach the toughest (and probably dustiest) areas of your home.

    Amazon

    It comes with four pieces: an adjustable handle that extends from 24 to 49 inches, a regular short handle, a fluffy duster good for brushing stuff down from high places, and a bendable chenille and microfiber duster that grabs and holds onto dust and dirt.

    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs. Love the telescoping design and that it has no protruding joints that would prevent it from fitting underneath furniture with low clearance. Reaches under, behind and around all the tight spaces I can't get to without moving heavy furniture around. The duster is also very lightweight and can handle delicate situations." —Sjay

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A hand-poured coconut and soy wax blend Otherland candle that smells like sandalwood, amber, and moss and will not only make your home smell amazing, but it will also look gorgeous with the rest of your decor. It's always nice to keep a collection of candles on deck because you never know when you'll need one to set the vibe or get rid of a lingering odor.

    The candle
    Otherland

    I have this candle in my apartment and it's one of the best scents I've ever had! It creates such a relaxing environment and it looks really pretty. It also seems to last quite a while, which is nice since I've been burning it every single day!

    Promising review: "I have the Rattan scent and it smells amazing! I try not to burn it too often because I want to save as much as I can of it, but I love how it fits in with my decor." —Kristen Banda

    Get it from Otherland for $36 (sets of three are available for $89).

    26. A heavy duty power strip so you can plug in your phone, laptop, smart home devices, lamp, speaker...everything you need at once! No more running around the house to charge everything in different rooms due to a lack of outlets.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Really needed more plugs for my living room, since there's always a problem if there is more than one person who wants to use their laptop, plug in a game, and charge their phone. I tried the USB port with my Samsung lightening cable for my phone and it worked just as good as usual — convenient so my friends don't need to bring around matching adaptors. The spacing is very convenient for my laptop to have room next to the TV plug, and now I can extend it and reach the HDMI port at the same time. The cable has a good amount of reach, but it's thick and won't tangle. Overall worth the purchase." —Vida

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in black and white).

    27. A rust stain remover to get rid of the unappealing rust that tends to make the shower, sinks, and other appliances look grody.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used it on our tubs, toilets, sinks, and shower. It took one bottle of this stuff to achieve the same result as three bottles of other brands. I will buy this again hands-down. I just sprayed, walk away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." —Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

    28. A Fur-Zoff pet hair remover that'll easily sweep away fur from your carpets, couch, and car seats.

    Reviewer photo of the pet hair being almost completely swept off of a carpeted surface
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230-pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has reduced my hair removal time in half!" —david r

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    29. A 68-piece tool kit with a 20V lithium drill perfect for a variety of home projects, including hanging decor, assembling furniture, and more.

    A reviewer showing his tool kit while holding the
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great kit. I am a woman, so I appreciate the smaller size of the drill and how lightweight it is. I have small hands, so the drill fits perfectly. And don't let its size fool you. I was able to drill in concrete walls with no problem (NOTE: the bits included are only for wood, you need to buy separately concrete drill bits). The battery lasts a long time. I did not charge it when I first received it until about three weeks after and it still had charge in it. Has all the tools one may need. I did buy a tool box and transferred all the tools to it, just to have everything more organized and easily visible and to temper my OCD. Great package deal. Very happy with it." —MelyPR

    Get it from Amazon for $89 (available in six variations).

    30. A mad mama microwave cleaner, because it's time for those sauce and cheese splatters to get lost.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little device is great and it's super simple. Fill to the lines with vinegar and water, nuke for seven minutes, let it sit for two minutes, then wipe clean. My embarrassingly super gross microwave wiped completely clean with a couple of paper towels. I highly recommend this." —UglyPetty

    Get it from Amazon for $9.58.

    31. A three-step folding step stool that'll come in handy for reaching the top shelf in the kitchen, hanging your family photo above the mantel, and so much more.

    Model using the step stool to paint a high-up area of a wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best step stool I have ever owned. I got it to replace the folding Cosco stool I bought years ago. That one stood the test of time, but now that I'm older, I need to be sure I have a heavier and reliably stable step stool. I'm quite short, and the top shelves of our cabinets are too high for me to reach without assistance. I use a step stool almost every day. This Cosco step stool is hefty and well-balanced, with steps wide enough to provide an even better sense of security. I recommend it as just right for anyone who needs assistance to reach higher places." —Honey

    Get it from Amazon for $30.88+ (also available in a two-step version and six colors).

    32. A GOpure personal water purifier with the power to purify up to 264 gallons of tap, so you can drink clean water from a pitcher, water bottle, or whatever you need. The portable pod works like a magnet to attract, bind, and adsorb the heavy metal, inorganic, bacteria, and impure chemicals in your tap water.

    The pod being dropped into a glass water pitcher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I started using this product a few day ago. I ordered it because I like the fact that it is natural and I can help the environment by eliminating plastic. I just used my tap water to fill and put the small tablet in. There has been no aftertaste or bad taste in my water. I drink water all through the day, everyday. I also was impressed by the fact that it is reusable. I can dry it off, store it and use it again and again, although I will probably just use it continually." —greyghost

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    33. And a carpet and upholstery stain remover to get rid of those wine and spaghetti sauce stains on your living room carpet.

    amazon.com

    Promising reviews:

    "Got dried black paint out of a white carpet!" —Erica Puskar

    "If you are ever thinking you might need this, TRUST ME you do! This is only the second review I’ve ever written, but felt like I needed to because this product is so amazing. My 2-year-old threw up chocolate milk on our cream carpet. It was a complete disaster. I tried everything and nothing even made a dent in it, until this. It’s also scentless, which was great because I got the stain up right before my little girl’s bedtime. TOP NOTCH!" —Jillian Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.41.

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