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    Jul 29, 2019

    34 Useful Products That Life’s Annoying Problems Are No Match For

    Get outta here, pesky problems.

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    1. A universal headrest mount for tablets (sized 7-11 inches) so long road trips don't require you to play the balancing game. You know, it's when you try to build a self-mount with a sweater on top of the middle console — yeah, it never works, but this will.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's even compatible with tablets with a case on! Love that.

    Promising review: "Purchased this for road trips/long car rides for my toddler. I have used it with an iPad and with a Samsung tablet and both work great. It was very simple to install on the headrest. I was surprised at how well it blended in because I was honestly expecting it to look tacky. It is also very easy to adjust to different size tablets. Very happy with this, it allows her to watch a movie while keeping her hands free so she can eat/drink etc. Great for long car trips." —Heather Bush

    Get it from Amazon for $24.30

    2. A PopWallet that takes the convenience of a wallet with the stability of a PopGrip and combines them into one genius product. You'll never have to take sacrifice the perfect selfie just to have your credit cards around.

    PopSockets

    Promising review: "I have been looking for the best of both worlds when I comes to iPhone accessories for a long time. This holds my cards and gives me a PopGrip. I can’t be more proud of this purchase." —Mckenzie G.

    Get it from PopSockets for $25. And check out the full selection of PopWallets here.

    3. A roll-on anti-blister and -chafing formula to give your feet and thighs some sweet relief on hot, sweaty days. I love summer, but I do NOT love chafing and blister season — no I do not.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Oh...my...soul. This product is a miracle. I have VERY blister prone feet, and it is so difficult for me to find shoes that don't rub me raw. (I'm talking every kind of shoes — flats, sandals, heels, tennis shoes, etc.) I bought new water shoes that were supposed to be amazing for your feet, and they felt great when I tried them on, but the first time I wore them I had a blister on my heel within 30 minutes. (And I wasn't even in the water! Just walking around the house.) I went online and bought this product that night. Let me tell you, the next time I wore those water shoes with this product...NO blisters, AT ALL. Not even a sore spot!! I am in awe. I've now tried this product with several other shoes that used to rub me as well, and same thing! This is my new best friend. Thank you, sport shield!" —Matthew Leonard

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. And! Blister prevention patches you apply on the areas in your shoes where you feel the most discomfort. The squishy, thin patches reduce friction so your feet can feel happy as you run errands — or marathons, if you're into that sorta thing.

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    Promising review: "These were freakishly effective! Thin as paper. Easy to apply. Stayed in place, even when the shoes got wet. But, best of all, they worked! I had a very painful callus due to a misshaped toe that would hit my shoe and cause bleeding and blistering. It hurt all the time and never seemed to heal. The pain eased immediately upon using the patch. Then, the sores healed! Seriously, these look like they could never work, especially on real problems. But after multiple cushions, bandages, etc. failed, this worked perfectly! I have recommended this to others." —Calliopia

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. A pack of touchup razors that'll gently and efficiently remove peach fuzz and dirt. The blades are designed with built-in guards so they won't cut your skin, plus you'll receive an extra attachment for super precise eyebrow shaping.

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    Promising review: "Super easy and satisfying to use, you’re literally scraping all of the peach fuzz and dead skin off your face. The photo shows all of the stuff that this product took off my face. My face is glowing and incredibly soft now. Highly recommend." —Jane

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $3.79.

    6. Extra-pointy cotton swabs here to save the day from any makeup slip-up. Use them to quickly fix eyeliner, lipstick, and eyeshadow mistakes with its precision tip, and you're out the door!

    Amazon

    People also use them to clean lenses and hard-to-reach places, like in between the letters on keyboards.

    Promising review: "I'm very satisfied with these. They are great for touching up eye makeup. I used them for applying eye shadow, too. But, the biggie for me is, they clean up under-eye smudges. Also, great to keep in your purse for when your mascara gets a bit smeared under your lower lashes. These work so much better than regular cotton swabs." —Vicki LF

    Get an 800-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A password logbook, because nobody wants to argue with their computer after a long day of work. I mean, I think *you* know who your best friend and what your favorite pizza topping is!!!

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    Promising review: "When we have so many internet addresses and passwords to remember, it gets really hard — especially when you get older and have trouble remembering what silly password you gave something. And, we are supposed to change or update passwords from time to time, so this is a great tool to help us do that. It certainly makes more sense than scribbling on a random piece of paper on your desk and then misplacing it. The trick, however, is to not misplace the book! I HIGHLY recommend this!!" —Carole P

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07.

    8. The Tidy Cup, a handy little invention that catches all those excess little drips your mega-sized laundry detergent and softener bottles like to leave mounds of for you to discover on your shelves later.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite items ever! I don’t know how I did laundry without it. Actually I do and remember but now it’s one less thing I have to worry about. No more messy detergent dripping over night onto the floor or hangers. It’s all in the cup! And it’s easy to pour out the amount that I need!!!! I love love love this product." —Shannonmk

    Get it on Amazon for $10.76.

    9. And while were on the topic of laundry (so exciting!), a magnetic washer/dryer guard to prevent your socks and tiny garments from tragically slipping behind. I mean, who knows what lurks beneath those appliances...

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Oh, how I love this laundry guard! I have very little counter space in my laundry room and this allows me to use all that space on top of the washer and dryer for folding clothes. No more fishing socks and underwear from behind the machines! I love it and so does everyone else that visits and sees it for the first time. The magnets hold it in place very well. There is not a lot of shifting unless I throw something large and heavy up there but it's an easy adjustment to get it back in place. Good quality, not flimsy at all. I highly recommend this product." —Christa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    10. A microwave plate cover featuring a genius magnetic hover function — and I *dare* that spaghetti sauce to try and splatter all over your freshly cleaned zap box NOW!

    Amazon

    This clever and clean kitchen tool is dishwasher safe and simply attaches to the top of your microwave.

    Promising review: "We've had regular microwave splatter covers before and they are a hassle, get misplaced, take up space, and clutter up the kitchen. This microwave splatter cover, however, is really nice. The enclosed magnets make it possible to keep the cover inside the microwave at all times, whether in use or not. You're don't constantly have to remove the cover when putting something into the microwave. It's a very nifty, convenient way to keep your microwave clean! I love it!" —Olivia358

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A universal socket that uses steel spring pins to adjust and fit a variety of screws, nuts, and bolts so the days of carrying 20+ different tools are O-V-E-R.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is great. It will save you time looking for the right socket. It is under $10 and it has already saved me more than that in time alone. If you are like me and don't like messing around with dozens of different tools to fix a small issue, then this is the product for you. Obviously, it may not work in every situation depending on the size of the fastener you are trying to remove or if it is in a tight spot; however, it works in enough situations where I consider this a must buy for the amateur handyman." —Pete

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. An under-cabinet lid opener so you don't have to spend your peaceful evening battling an impossible-to-open jar.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one person who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the 'V' closest to you and with it placed in the front, in the right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." —moorecats

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this under-cabinet lid opener.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. Bed bands to keep your fitted sheet in its dang place for once, because who has the time or patience to put one corner on, just for the opposite one to come undone? Nobody, it's too much!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top and pillow-bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets, and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now — and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY....SINGLE...NIGHT. To say this is life-changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get a pack of four bands from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    14. A dual-blade package opener for *safely* (safely being the key word here) opening up boxes, bottles, and mail. You know, 'cause it's not the best idea to use a giant butcher knife to slice through boxes!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a must around the house! We have one on each level of the house and it is used everywhere! This is the perfect stocking stuffer gift and we have given 20 or so of these — someone always asks where we got them! The slice-it blade works for zipping through packaging and the button-extended blade is sharp but small. This is a fabulous tool that is perfect for all the stupid hard plastic packaging with the crimped sides! Also excellent for opening taped boxes, cutting the ribbon on gifts, cutting foam board, cardboard, or chipboard." —T. C.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.31.

    15. A stain repellent spray that'll create an invisible protective layer on your pricier handbags and ward off the evils of rain and denim stains.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff! I have several high end purses and was struggling with dye transfer from my jeans. Now, each time I buy a purse I treat it with this first, and I have no more troubles with my purses turning blue!" —MTHealthyLiving

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    16. A condiment fork you can literally attach to your favorite jar of pickles. No more dirtying dishes, no more trying to reach the last little guy waaaay down at the bottom of the jar — just pop out the teeny fork, and snack away.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy little gadget to have. This comes with two rings, one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in. The pickle fork thingy is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket and the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more...civilized!" —PT Cruiser

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. A clever dip clip that'll let you enjoy a mess-free snack session and keep your sauces from touching *everything* on the plate. There are just some days when I don't want my syrup leaking onto my eggs, ok?!

    Amazon

    This lil' guy has a 1/3-cup capacity and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.84.

    18. A set of cleaning sponges so you're prepared to tackle any tough surface cleaning job the moment you spot it — from marker scribbles (you looked away for *one second!!) to the seemingly permanent stains in your bathtub.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these sponges. I use them in the kitchen, the bathroom, and on the sides of the pool. But the use I like the best is to clean my vinyl wood floors. They get the spots and footprints off quickly without damaging the floor. I've use mops but they didn't remove what everyone had tracked in without pressing down really hard. These work quickly and efficiently." —D. Morales

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. A console organizer for sorting out *that* unavoidable mess in your cupholder. You'll be able to find what you're looking for when you need it, and most importantly, keep your eyes on the road. Yay for safety!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Storage compartments are rare nowadays in newer cars, so I didn't have a place to store my oversized sunglasses, a pair of gloves. and access card apart from cramming them into the two cup holders in the middle. Thankfully this organizer makes it easy and I can also have my hand sanitizer within reach. If you rotate it 90 degrees, the other cup holder can still hold another drink. Very happy with this purchase especially since I can always move it to another vehicle when the time comes!" —Frank Yeo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.02+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A roll of super durable, machine washable, and reusable bamboo towels that'll replace up to six months of paper towels. Imagine living in a world where you're not constantly running out! Amazing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I clean for a living so using these on the job as well as my home makes life much easier and I can feel better about not being so wasteful. I use them for drying my hands, cleaning the countertops, and as a reusable Swiffer pad for floors. What I do is mark each one with a Sharpie. My first initial for hands and face at home, 'C' for cleaning counters and 'F' for floor. What I love about these the most is they dry a lot quicker than regular towels and washing them is super easy. Dirt and grime tends to just rinse right out. Even on the mop pads. It's incredible. Now I don't have to waste money buying the Swiffer refills. These are different to use but it's worth figuring out what works for you!! A must buy for eco-friendly cleaning!" —Joyce

    Get a roll of 20 sheets from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. An antiperspirant designed just for your hands to give you some relief from sweaty palms and the frustration that comes with it.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've struggled with a severe case of hyperhidrosis since I was born. I've tried pretty much everything out there, and besides surgery, this is the only product I've found that WORKS. I cannot say how much I LOVE this product. Other products give you this awful tingling sensation that burns. This doesn't! Once you apply it at night, you can't feel it the next morning. It worked for me after one application, and I just can't say enough great things about this. I NEVER review products, but if my review can help this company get more clients who are struggling with hyperhidrosis to try it, then it's worth it. You will not be sorry you tried this!" —Rachel Alvarez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (also available in a foot and underarm formula).

    22. A life-changing shoe powder that kills odor-causing bacteria and keeps your best sandals from smelling like death. Hot summer days have arrived — now you and your feet can get through them stink-free.

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    Promising review: "This is by restored my belief in Santa, the Easter bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and all magic again. We search and searched for a foot powder, or treatment, or even reasonably priced hazmat suits for when our teenage son took off his shoes. Nothing we tried worked apart from making him stay outside. Until we tried this powder. It’s a very mild scent when you sprinkle it in the shoe itself, instead of a heavy perfumed mask scent like all other foot powders, sprays, little scent balls etc. I honestly didn’t think there was anyway it could actually stop the hazardous stench that dwelled within our teen's footwear. It was so natural smelling, by day two of using it in said stinky teen's boots there was nothing. It’s like this product neutralized the odor. It was sweet sweet freedom." —Kelli Gebauer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.78.

    23. A compact hair roller so you don't have to lug out a giant vacuum just to remove the mounds of pet hair that's accumulated on your couch. That's time consuming and too much effort!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Added bonus: This product doesn't use sticky adhesive paper. The roller can be reused over and over again because of its high quality bristles that grab the hair again and again like a brush.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care; it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    24. A taco holder for perfectly cradling your masterpieces and stopping any ingredients from tragically falling out. And besides, don't we all need more reasons to eat more tacos???

    amazon.com

    They're dishwasher (top shelf) and oven safe (up to 500 degrees).

    Promising review: "My kids love the double-decker tacos I make, but they fall apart when I put them on a plate. These holders keep everything in place. They making assembling the tacos much easier too. When you're making 12 tacos at once, you can set these up like an assembly line. I definitely recommend them." —AlphaPepper

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.95.

    25. Anti-mold pads that'll help extend the life of allllll the fruit and veggies you just optimistically bought at the store. These will give you a chance to actually eat them before they go bad!

    Amazon

    These foam liners help cut down mold by absorbing excess water and providing your fruits/veggies better air circulation.

    Promising review: "These are my favorite new kitchen items. Cut into the shape of your fridge crisper drawer and you can place your veggies directly on top, they will last days longer without getting spoiled. It saves money in the long run because your vegetables will stay fresh. I loved them. I use the yellow for fruits and green for vegetables. They do their job, absorb excess water thus preventing mold and keeping things crisp." —California-Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. A wearable nail polish holder to serve as an extra hand during at-home manis. The fear of spilling polish all over the carpet can be a thing of the past, my friends.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Ok this is definitely one of those things that is so simple and when you get it you say well why didn't I think of that? Super useful, fits my tall, thin bottles of gel polish great. I was concerned it wouldn't be snug enough for them because they are skinny but it still works wonderfully. Comfy on my fingers (ring size 9.5). Definitely recommended." —MandiC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 12 colors).

    27. A "headcool" balm that can give ya some dang relief when you feel a headache coming on. Stressful weeks happen and it feels a teensy bit better when you're prepared for them.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    The brand also has tons of balms for nausea, stress, and congestion!

    Promising review: "This product is really effective in reducing headaches and even migraines. I followed the directions (use a cotton pad or something similar to apply so you don't rub it into your eyes). Just use a small amount on forehead, temples, and back of neck. I am truly amazed how fast it works. Keep applying per instructions and you will find relief!" —Michella1204

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in six salve types).

    28. An overflow drain cover so you can enjoy a full bath without worrying about losing precious water every second. Listen, you deserve to climb into a hot bubble bath and relax, ok?!

    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 $6.99.

    29. A set of toe caps for protecting ingrown nails, corns, blisters, and other painful areas and preventing them from rubbing in your shoes. Its latex-free gel material also moisturizes skin and promotes healing.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    These are waterproof and reusable!

    Promising review: "This is an unbelievable product! I work 12 hour shifts in the hospital and need protection for the corn on my left great toe. I purchased the size large and it fit well. I completely forgot I was wearing it underneath my socks and athletic shoes — bonus! The silicone is very soft, flexible, cleans easily. Would absolutely recommend this since it has held up quite well for the 17 hours I have it on (from the time I wake up until I am back from my shift). Cleans and dries easily and has maintained its shape." —LJ

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and colors).

    30. A detangling brush that'll stop the painful snags and gently comb out knots. Nothing is worse than running a brush through your main and hearing that awful hair-shredding sound. *Cringes.*

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great for any type of hair! It's the best detangling brush I've ever owned. I'm an African-American woman and my hair can get tangled a bit after showering. It is amazing what this brush can do. It detangles my hair easily, without pain, and without taking out too much hair. I wish I had this brush growing up!" —KScott

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.35.

    31. And! A dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower on late mornings and walk out the door with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it's going on day three...or five.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am so shocked at how well this works! I have never been able to find a dry shampoo that works on my hair for all day! This stuff actually works on my fine blonde hair. I have been able to go two days without showering (haven’t tried longer). I can still run my fingers through my hair after using it and it even lasts all day and I only have to touch up the next day. Would recommend to anyone. AMAZING." —AAH

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    32. A double-ended extension cord, because sometimes you need two but only have one outlet to spare. Go ahead, plug that lamp in! And that charger! And that router!

    Amazon

    Cords are six feet long and have three plugs each.

    Promising review: "I have no idea why these are not sold everywhere. PERFECT for my room! I ended up getting this due to my king size bed being against a wall with only one outlet. I needed a way to connect my two lamps on my nightstand and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the very best solution to connecting my lamps and also not having all my outlets taken up. I recommend this to everyone! Also perfect for outlets connected to a switch to turn on and off both lights at the same time." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90.

    33. A teeny bottle of touchup paint to restore furniture back to its original glory days. Scratches, chips, and stains, WHO?

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

    34. And 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.

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    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 $26.99+ (available in four colors).

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