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    36 Awesome And Very Useful Products Your Life May Be Missing Out On

    Excuse me, please just get these things already.

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    1. A "Bacon Bin" — aka your new *smart* way to dispose of grease, because we do not pour grease down the drain! No we do not. When you've got a piping hot pan of grease and no where to pour, grab this and you're set!

    Pot drizzling grease into a silicone container to store grease
    The Grommet

    Once it the grease hardens, you can scoop out for easy disposal, or reuse in other recipes. Oh, and this cutie gadget is from small business Talisman Design!

    Promising review: "After using just about anything that wouldn't melt, this is the best bacon grease container ever. Easy to use, easy to the piggy!" —Michael

    Get it from The Grommet for $15.

    2. A set of silicone lids that'll stretch to fit and mold over any container that lost its companion lid. Or soda can. Or watermelon. Who ever said you couldn't fit a circle in a square clearly never used these.,

    Promising review: "I bought these to replace the lids on my Pyrex because they were all cracked. I have multiple sized Pyrex including rectangular ones. These lids are thin and stretchy which work perfectly around pretty much any dish. Even though they are all circular they stretch to fit the rectangular ones great!" —Matza

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $14.97.

    3. A set of silky-soft satin pillowcases designed to help keep your hair from frizzing and knotting while you sleep, your skin from breaking out, and your dreams sweet. A pillowcase that does all of that? *Buys 10 sets.*

    Model holding a pillow in the coral color case

    Promising review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 23 colors and four sizes).

    4. And! A custom-dyed, ribbed-stretch hair wrap — in possibly the most gorgeous set of colors I have ever laid my eyes on — that you can style in a variety of ways. But guys, the colors...

    Two models wearing different color hair wraps and styled in different ways

    The hair wraps are featured on Oprah's Favorite Things list on Amazon, and are from a Black-woman owned business, The Wrap Life. Each color is inspired by Pantone's 110 skin tone guide in order to complement a diverse range of skin tones. I truly need every color.

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in three colors).

    5. A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be tolerable and filled with endless chicken nuggets.

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

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

    6. Aaaand — to meet your in-house dipping needs — a dip clip that attaches straight to your plate so you're able to properly eat your nuggets, dumplings, veggies, and so on without making a total mess.

    Reviewer image of a plate full of veggies and dip clips attached to the side with dressings

    Promising review: "We are a household that loves our condiments! They are perfect for separating sauces, and also for portion control while sharing. I like that they are different colors too! Definitely comes in handy when you are separating sauces for wings and need to be able to tell the difference. They stay on all of my plates great, including medium saucers. I highly recommend!" —Rebecca H.

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A set of suuuuuuuper duper small spatulas in different teeny sizes made to get into the nooks and crannies of your best beauty products and condiment bottles, and remove every last drop so when you run out last minute (it always happens on the busiest days!!!), you're still ~covered~.

    Four different product images showing the spatulas used to remove contents from beauty containers, food jars, and ketchup bottle /

    Promising review: "After spending a great deal of money on my favorite face and hand creams I would get frustrated that I could not remove the unreachable amount left in the container. Now I can use the perfect size spatula for the job to easily remove every bit." —Sandi

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.98 (available in seven colors).

    *And! Get a 12-pack of tiny jars ($6.99) for any leftover makeup you scraped out of the original bottle.

    8. A Layla Hybrid Mattress that has two firmness options — that's right, just flip that sucker over to test out the firm side and the soft side and decide which one suits you best. It's also made with copper-infused foam to keep you cool as a cucumber even during the summer months.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    The mattress also comes with two memory foam pillows.

    This is it, guys. This is the mattress. Yes, I know, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of reviews about a lot of mattress companies. But the Layla, on top of being the perfect firm mattress, has so many thoughtful features that make it stand out from the rest for me. I just got their Hybrid mattress and the double-sided feature gives me the ability to sleep firm, or flip the mattress around for a softer feel. The memory foam top feels firm and cozy, but doesn’t give me that feeling like I’m sinking into my bed like quicksand. I’ve been getting some of the best sleep of my life after this thing arrived. Firm sleepers out there, it’s the *best* firm mattress I’ve ever slept on. And if I want to flip it? It has handles on the sides of the mattress to make it super easy to move with another person. Imagine that? Flipping a mattress, easy peasy.

    It *also* has an easy-to-remove cover that zips on and off so cleaning it is super simple. Really, these guys thought of it all. They took all of the common mattress problems and said, let’s solve that. Just to add to the glory that is Layla, the hybrid came with two free memory foam pillows. Gotta go now, need to take a nap.

    Get it from Layla for $1099+ (originally $1299+, available in twin–California king sizes).

    9. Kabob grilling baskets to make grilling and eating this delicious meal actually easy. Honestly, this is genius, I want them, and I don't even grill. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Hand using a brush to drizzle butter over the baskets as they cook on a charcoal grill
    Uncommon Goods

    Hand wash with mild soap and warm water, and dry immediately.

    Promising review: "These unique and well-made baskets have made it easy and fun to try different combinations of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Even our young grandchildren can make their kabobs safely." —Lainey

    Get a set of four from UncommonGoods for $17.

    10. A clever safety cutter so you can slice open packaging, quickly cut out coupons, and trim photos — you know, all annoying and time consuming things — like a ninja on a mission.


    Promising review: "This is one of those products that you never knew was missing from your life. It cuts paper, slices envelopes, opens plastic packaging, and cuts coupons from magazines without damaging the second page, all without danger of cutting your hand." —aJayM

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    11. A portable, electric pellet Traeger grill featuring a 4-pound capacity hopper that'll keep up the heat for hours on end so you can enjoy slow-cooked, delicious ribs on your next camping adventure.

    the portable grill set up next to a river and cooking steaks

    Promising review: "As long as you have a power source this thing will go anywhere you can go. Because of it's size it heats up fast and barely uses any pellets so you don't have haul extra bags around. I snagged one Traeger's power converters and hook it up to my truck's battery which works great. The skillet it awesome for breakfast stuff. The extra features like temp probe keep warm mode and timer are just all added bonuses to an already awesome piece of Traeger tech." —Cade Mangelson

    Get it from Traeger Grills for $429.99.

    12. And! A Yeti backpack cooler so you can conveniently carry your cold beverages and delicious meats out into the wilderness for a forest picnic. Can I be invited?


    Promising review: "Awesome product! Used this for a quick overnight to Moab, and it kept everything nice and icy cold. Love the durability as well, leak-proof and can really take a beating. I was also surprised by how comfortable it was to wear, even all loaded up!" —Kathleen Lutheran

    Get it from Backcountry for $299.99 (also available in black).

    13. A Glossier Brow Flick pen — aka your new favorite way to fill in your brows with total ease. Just flick, flick, flick and your feathery, natural look is D-O-N-E.


    Promising review: "I’ve been using brow pens rather than pencils/wax-based products for a couple of years now. My eyebrows naturally have a couple of patchy spots so I knew I needed a brow product. But unlike other brow products, pens aren’t hard in my brow hairs during application and don’t seem to clog up my pores as much. This brow pen is the most waterproof of the ones I’ve tried by far. I work out a lot and this did not bleed or fade at all when I sweat. Highly recommend if you’re into this type of brow product!" —Molly

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

    14. Home Chef — a meal subscription service that'll send ya everything you need for some stress-feel dinners. Don't stress about going to the store, wasting food, or wondering what the heck to make, because this budget-friendly service does all the work for you.

    Home Chef meal with shrimp burgers and fries

    You can truly customize your box based off food preferences and any foods you want to avoid.

    Meals start at $6.99 at Home Chef.

    15. A rechargeable, waterproof cooler light to illuminate your cooler and help you find the beverage you WANT (none of that root beer nonsense*) without freezing your hands off.


    *Root beer is trash! Sorry.

    You can choose between a white or red light, with battery life lasting up to 60 hours off one charge.

    Promising review: "Such a neat item! I purchased this for my husband’s hunting trip and he’s truly enjoyed the handiness of the light. He said it provided extra light in the dark wilderness. The light is compact and easy-to-charge. It lasted multiple days from one charge. Also, the different light modes are fun and one can even have a party with the blinking effect!" —Elena

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    16. An Our Place pan that is the ultimate multipurpose cooking tool made to replace eight pieces of cookware. With this beautiful thing you can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, and more.

    the Our Place pan in yellow styled on a table with cooked foods
    Our Place

    Promising review: "Best pan I have ever owned. I love it . It is non stick and so easy to clean. Cooks everything beautifully. Perfect size. I use it to make pasta and rice too.. Steamer basket is awesome." —Cindy T.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in eight colors).

    17. A cable box for hiding away the cord tumbleweed under your furniture because the only bowl of spaghetti we want is the one we can eat.

    Promising review: "I purchased this cable box to hide a bunch of cords for a router, mini cell phone tower, etc. I shopped around a bit because I wanted something that looked nicer than just a plastic box. This was the best solution I found, I like the faux wood top of it, I actually wish the sides were the same design but again I do like the aesthetic of this box. It fits a ton of cords and wires. This was a fast and satisfying fix to my cord problem. I will be purchasing another one of these boxes for a different area of the house. It was worth the money for me as it looked better than the other cable boxes I could find and it really did solve the problem." —Frustrated Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in five styles).

    18. A writing desk featuring a hidden cubby with two outlets and two USB ports. After the day is done, simply hide the cords away in the drawers!


    Promising review: "Love this desk! It was very easy to put together and has a great sleek look. The tabletop outlet is super convenient and the drawers hold a surprising amount of stuff given how deep they are. I currently have this placed on carpeting and was able to ensure that it was perfectly level because of the adjustable feet on the bottom of the legs." —JJaco09

    Get it from Target for $120 (available in three colors).

    19. Clear plastic bins to sort out the heap of beauty products in your vanity drawer — and probably make you feel like a makeup video blogger.

    little organizers in beauty drawer holding different items

    Promising review: "Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I've got Chapstick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they're not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching." —Sparkyj

    Get a six-piece from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A peel-off barrier nail polish so you can erase all your mani missteps and end up with a salon-quality polish job.

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won't tell.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. A car visor extender so you can freakin' see the road when ~golden hour~ makes it impossible. It blocks up to 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays, reduces glare, dims brightness — and your eyeballs are about to be so happy.

    polarized visor clipped on to regular car visor
    The Grommet

    Glare Guard, the clever small business that makes this add-on visor, was started by maker Mark Smith. Mark used to work in the movie theater business, and now he and his son are helpin' drivers see better on the roads with their smart invention.

    Promising review: "This is the visor I have been searching for! I have a small car, and its visor did little to help me driving into the sun, both going to and coming from work. This is a game changer! It’s easy to install, and easy to flip into place." —Fran

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95.

    22. A skull ice cube mold that is as equally ~cool~ as it is cold., Amazon

    My question is, why use boring ice cubes to chill your fancy cocktail when you could be using THIS?

    Promising review: "The silicone mold is rigid enough to hold its shape but flexible enough to pop out the finished product without damaging either the ice or the mold. The level of detail is pretty impressive." —David M

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. An 11-function stainless steel multi-tool you can keep in your wallet and whip out like a super spy in any emergency.

    The tool half in a pocket inside a wallet

    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I'll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! There's a screwdriver, four position wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary wrench, and a two-position wrench for my common tool needs. On top of that, there's a can opener, knife edge, ruler, bottle opener (very handy to have!), and a saw blade for any other random emergency, which I find very useful. The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use. " —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. A green-tea setting spray that'll lock in your makeup *AND* leave your skin looking extra radiant and shine-free. Now you don't have to worry about fading and constant touchups!,

    Promising review: "I have oily skin so I really need help haha, but I also have super sensitive skin. I wanted something that was gentle and contained good ingredients, and I think I found it. I will definitely be ordering again. With this product my makeup easily lasts 12 hours and I feel like it helps it to look smoother as well." —Melanie P.

    Many reviewers mention it works well when sprayed before and after makeup application.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    25. A pair of amber glass bottles with erasable chalk labels that'll declutter your countertops and make your soaps look a whole lot fancier.


    Promising review: "Beautiful bottles. Purchased them to use for hand soap and dish soap and they did not disappoint. I paired them with waterproof labels I purchased on Etsy from The Polished Jar and am loving the combo." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available cobalt blue).

    26. A versatile clip to keep your bag off of the dang floor. Seriously, you can use this thing on grocery carts, stall doors, tables, chairs, and in soooo many other public places.

    reviewer image of the clip hanging on a thin narrow edge in public restroom, holding a purse

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girl friends love it and have gotten them for themselves." —Jennifer

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

    27. A Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser you can use on dry skin as a makeup remover, or on wet skin as a hydrating face wash. Either way, sorry to your other skincare products that'll never see the light of day after you bring this baby home.


    Promising review: "Love this stuff so much! Since I have sensitive skin, it's always been hard for me to find a good cleanser. But this stuff is awesome. It's so gentle and feels so nice when you massage it into your skin. Its texture is amazing and better than any other gel cleanser I've tried. I can tell that my skin has improved after using this stuff. A bonus is the subtle rose smell, which is thankfully not from any artificial fragrance. This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin." —glitter

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    28. A felt purse organizer for your everyday tote that, sadly, doesn't have many pockets inside — at least 'til you get this handy thing!


    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can't go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it." —A. E.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 16 style/color combinations).

    29. Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants — a plant coffee table book with actually useful information on styling and caring for all your plant children.


    Black thumb, who?

    Promising review: "Beautiful book! The pictures and environments are inspiring. The explanations and curation on plants and caring for them made the process so relatable I ran out and bought some plants. I'll be giving this book as a gift for plant lovers in my life! It's beautiful." —EmperorsDream

    Get it from Amazon for $21.49.

    30. A helpful spray for enhancing your natural hair so you can give your locks a break from the heat. Simply spray on damp hair to reduce frizziness and let your mane do its thing!

    bottle of L'oreal wave swept spray

    Promising review: "I loooove this product. My natural hair is wavy and has always been unmanageable for me no matter which product I used, until I took a chance on this spray. From years of straightening I was unsure if this could really help bring out my natural curls and waves, but I was surprised when it did. I shower, put my hair up in a towel turban, do my makeup, then take my hair out and spray this evenly throughout my hair while lightly scrunching. It brings out my natural waves and helps lock in their shape all day without feeling heavy, greasy or crunchy. Highly recommend for those who love their natural waves, but want their shape to last all day!" —S2018

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    31. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to banish any stuck-on stains. Hello! Look at this stove!

    Promising review: "This worked great! With a little elbow grease and this magic eraser, I was able to remove super caked-on, old grease from this very dirty stove. Will be using again for hard to clean things!" —Stephanie Melcher

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.48.

    32. Anti-chafing lace bands to let you skip the sticks and powders AND walk in your dresses all day without a single complaint from your thighs.

    reviewer wearing bands on thighs

    A BuzzFeed producers tested four different anti-chafing products, and crowned these one of the winners!

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office, and I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs but wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable digging in. I did measure my thigh to get an accurate size rather than guessing, but it is definitely true to that measurement. Highly recommended and can't wait to purchase additional colors!!!" —A. Spencer

    Get them on Amazon for $18.95+ (available in sizes S-3XL and 17 style/colors).

    33. Oil blotting sheets if you're prone to oily skin but don't feel like washing your face four times a day.

    reviewer image of blotting sheet showing tons of oil that was removed from forehead

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get them on Amazon for $6.95.

    34. A hamburger sandwich bowl that'll prevent your prized pickles and perfectly cooked meat from slipping out of the bottom. Consider that tasty burger contained and that white shirt saved from the inevitable burger juice drip.

    two people holding hamburgers that are placed in the silicone holders
    The Grommet

    These ingenious little things are microwave- and dishwasher-safe, heat resistant up to 450 degrees, and made with 100% food-grade silicone.

    You can even use them for more than just hamburgers. Just check out this review:

    Promising review: "When I opened the box, we saw hundreds of possibilities and we're especially thrilled that they stand alone. So far we've microwaved portions of leftover mac & cheese, casseroles, veggies, etc. They're perfect for breakfast sandwiches, and substituting triangular waffle sections for rolls. Tuna salad sandwiches are no longer messy. The grandkids had contests for snacking ideas. The flexible silicone holds finger foods like chicken tenders or fries without burning hands. They're filling them with dips for chips, pretzels, fries, apples, etc. Need more!" —Deborah

    Get a set of four from The Grommet for $24.95

    35. Reusable K-cups so the days of relying on expensive, wasteful single-serving plastic pods ARE OVER — which means you'll end up saving $$ in the long run.

    reviewer image of k-cups laid out with some coffee inside

    I've been using these exact ones for years now, and absolutely love them. Every once in a while my old Keurig 2.0 (I've since upgraded) would give me an error message indicating it was not a K-pod and therefore could not be used, but after slightly adjusting the pod and closing the top again, it would work just fine! I now have the Keurig K-Elite and haven't had this issue arise. All in all, these are a wonderful way to use less plastic! I also enjoy ground coffee and find it fresher than K-pods, so you really can't go wrong with these!

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    36. And lastly, a sleek Squatty Potty that'll help you position yourself (and your colon) properly for some major #2 efficiency.

    image of the clear Squatty Potty at the base of the toilet

    Yes, sleek and toilet stool can go together. And ICYMI, this product first became famous when it appeared on Shark Tank. And people at BuzzFeed adore it. Check out our review.

    Promising review: "This thing is SLEEK! I bought this for my new home's main floor guest bath. We wanted to provide guests with the convenience of the 'squat pot' without the eyesore of the white one. I feel like if Kim and Kanye had a Squatty Potty, it would be this one. I like them and I like the sleek style of this squatty potty. My guests didn't notice it was there until I pointed it out. Go with the ghost acrylic you wont regret it!" —Durga D

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    If you're thinking "THIS MUCH FOR A POOP STOOL?!" then no problem. There are *much cheaper* versions, like the original for $24.99.

    Hopefully your life juuuust got a smidge better.


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