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    21 Products That Seem Too Good To Be True But Actually Work

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    1. A spider and insect catcher that keeps pests in its clutches without smushing them.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical when I ordered this, but I have a husband who makes bug splats on my walls and I needed something to stop that. This thing actually works!! I have always been a catch and release person when it comes to indoor bugs but this makes it so much easier. I love it." —Island Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A dozen Bottle Bright tablets that'll deep clean your thermoses and on-the-go bottles — no scrubbing required. These'll get into all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove *all* the gunk.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A travel scarf/pillow that supports your neck so you don't nod off onto your neighbor's shoulder.

    Promising review: "This thing is the greatest thing invented since chicken and biscuits. It's like a nice scarf with just enough support to keep your neck just in the right position. I highly recommend it. Works great with big headphones too." —Deana Hero

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five colors).

    4. A lightbulb that slowly dims over the course of 37 minutes, helping you slowly drift off to sleep without worrying about turning the lights off. And it filters out blue light, so you'll feel sleepier.

    Also great for kids who want to fall asleep with the light on! And it has a ~Moonlight Mode~, which dims down to a nightlight.

    Promising review: "I love this light! I bought it to help my daughter fall asleep. She insisted on keeping the light on until she fell asleep, keeping her up much longer because she never really relaxed. Now, with this naturally dimming light she just became more and more relaxed. Then when it was totally out, she was fine because it wasn't a total shock or change. She goes to bed so much faster now. I am very impressed with this amazing light!" —Amanda M. Binder

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    5. A pack of Avarelle pimple patches formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster overnight). And they come in four(!) sizes — small, medium, and large circles PLUS large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.

    A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a Whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get the box of 36 round patches plus 4 large patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    6. An incredibly compact espresso maker that requires no batteries or electric power.

    Promising review: "This was a great purchase. I make and drink an iced latte every day and was going on a trip for two weeks, so I didn't want to spend $5 at Starbucks every day. So I bought this bad boy, and it worked great! In fact, I think the crema is even better than my at-home espresso machine. It's rich, colorful, smells good, etc. Worth it!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $40.33.

    7. A green(!) lipstick that magically transforms into a pink tint on your lips.,

    It adapts to your pH and skin tone to make the perfect shade just for you.

    Promising review: "Love this! It is exactly as it says, a sheer pink that adjusts to you. I put it on in front of my boyfriend today and after a couple minutes, he said, 'Wow, yeah, it does look different!' I've been very happy with the purchase. It's so soft and smooth on your lips, and YES, it does stain them. I find I only reapply it once and it lasts pretty much all day. Worth the investment I think!" —Elizabeth Ruas

    Get it from Amazon for $13.75.

    8. A Tubshroom, a game-changing drain strainer to catch every single strand of shed hair and make clogged showers a thing of the past.


    Promising review: "Can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four and would frequently have to snake our shower drain, it appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths and this collects the hair. It does not seem to slow down the flow of water down the drain significantly. I'm very impressed having been using around a month. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

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

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's Tubshroom review for all the deets (and more ~hair raising~ pics).

    9. A microwave s'mores maker that makes the perfect toasted marshmallow treat without the hassle of a fire.


    Just fill the water reservoir, stack your s'mores, and heat for 30 seconds. And the whole thing is dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my three kids. We love roasting s'mores on a campfire but do not get to do that too often. When I saw the low Amazon price, I had my doubts. It was just as easy as promised. It took only 30 seconds to cook the marshmallows evenly and perfectly. I could not recommend this enough. We use ours very regularly. I have already bought three more as Christmas gifts. Wonderful, simple, inexpensive. What more could you ask for? Go get your own!!" —Laura LaHood Christopher

    Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

    10. A funky little tool that clamps onto one side of a bracelet so you can fasten it with one hand.


    Promising review: "I was surprised at how well this works. I have a couple of bracelets that are strung on wire and they are stiffer than a chain bracelet, thus making it hard to catch the jump ring with the clasp. This solved that problem beautifully. Now I don't have to wait to wear them until someone is around who can work the clasp for me." —JB

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    11. A weighted coaster that turns any couch into a ~couch with cup holders~.


    Promising review: "This drink holder fits perfectly around the wide arm of my recliner, and it stays in place. It holds whatever size of cups or glassware I have placed in it, without tipping or spilling any of the liquid contents — even on those few occasions when I have accidentally knocked against the cup or holder with an errant arm. At least for me, this product works well and it looks good on my recliner. I find it safe and easy to use, and it does the intended job." —Beartrap88

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in four colors).

    12. Sweat-resistant silicone grips that'll keep your earbuds or airpods in your ears during even the most intense workouts.

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I've always had a hard time keeping these crazy little earbuds in my ears, so when I head out to the gym, or anywhere that I want to listen to my playlists, I have to use my big earphones. With these EarHoox, that is no longer a problem! I would recommend them to ANYONE who works out, runs, walks, or just has a general problem with earbuds (such a strange word...ear buds)." —Green Day Lover

    Get two pairs (one small and one large) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    13. A bonkers-looking squiggly detangling brush that removes knots without removing your hair.


    Promising review: "Let me just start by saying I have been brushing my daughter's long beautiful hair for seven years. And not a day goes by without her screaming at me that it hurts, then come the tears, and 'why mom why.' I tell her we can cut it short, but it won't completely stop the tangles. Boy does her hair tangle. I don't know how she leaves in the morning with straight lovely locks and come home with an animal nest. I've bought detailing shampoos, conditioners, sprays, they don't stop the knots. But this brush, ohh this brush. We can't believe how completely awesome this brush is. I ran it through her hair. I mean I RAN IT THROUGH HER HAIR!!!! No screaming or crying. This is the BEST BRUSH EVER!" —Donna Gates

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    14. A Feed n Wax Wood conditioner to basically erase years of damage (looking at you, drink rings) and polish up beautifully, bringing out the natural color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* add a layer of protection.

    All you have to do is apply with a cloth, wait 20 minutes (perfect time for a mid-cleaning snack!) and wipe off the excess.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    15. Suguru, self-setting rubber that can fix just about anything from dishwashers to iPhone cords.

    You can fix fraying wires, hang pictures (without a nail), create ergonomic grips on tools, and soooooo much more.

    It sets strong because it turns into silicone rubber, permanently bonding to almost any surface. It's waterproof (use it to secure a shower caddy!), heat- and cold-resistant (use it to insulate a pot handle!), and electricity-insulating (fix those constantly fraying smartphone cords!).

    Promising review: "My Macbook Pro charger wire was starting to break so I got some Sugru to mend the damage. Absolutely incredible product that saved me like $70 to get a new charger. The only downside is each package is not resealable. Luckily I also had an iPhone cable and Apple earphones to reinforce. So basically, Apple, get your s*** together and pack some Sugru with your products." —Leesankwok

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven sets of colors).

    16. A six-inch personal heater that'll get the job done for anyone who's always cold.

    Promising review: "This mini heater is perfect for keeping my desk warm without tripping any breakers. It's super portable, cute, and can fit back in my desk drawer for storage between cold months. My co-worker's giant metal heater can't claim that!" —Dan

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

    17. A travel mug that chills coffee or tea in under five minutes — no ice required.

    Just keep the stainless steel mug in your freezer between uses. Oh, and it comes with a reusable straw!

    Promising review: "I'm a huge iced coffee lover and always spent so much money a week buying coffee. Purchased this and will never go back! It actually works and your HOT coffee immediately turns frothy and ice cold. LOVE this mug and highly recommend it to iced coffee lovers!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in four colors).

    18. Grooming gloves designed with nodules on the fingers and palms to make brushing the excess hair from your cat, dog, or even horse more like petting.


    Promising review: "I love these gloves. I have three German shepherds that shed constantly and they do not sit still very well, but with these gloves they feel as if they are being petted and don't mind at all. These gloves easily pick up the loose hair and leave my dogs sleek and shiny. Also it is very easy to just shake the hair off the gloves. You don't have to dig the hair out of the grooves like you do with some brushes. I am so happy to have found these." —Margie

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes junior and S–XL).

    19. A microfiber cloth to remove every single trace of dirt and makeup (even waterproof formulas!) with just water. And the cloths are super soft, so you won't have to resort to harsh scrubbing that can dry out your face.


    Promising review: "This thing is serious magic. if you’re familiar with LipSense products, you know they don’t leave your face unless you want them to. The lip color and liner especially are like spackle, which I LOVE!! They never budge!! This cloth removes ALL OF IT. From basic easy off makeup all the way up to the industrial strength should-pay-rent-on-your-face stuff — WITH JUST WATER. I was skeptical but I’m a believer. scrubbing is NOT abrasive, and I’m no longer using harsh products to remove my face!!" —Amber Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in pink, purple, light blue, white, navy, turquoise, and red).

    Aaaand by the way, this won best mid-price makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    20. Produce-saving containers that'll regulate the flow or oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping fruit, veggies, and greens fresh for 80% longer... and saving you money.

    Promising review: "These things really work. I use spinach in a smoothie daily. The bottom of the box usually had to be thrown out. I now use every bit. Same goes for my wife's blueberries. We eat salads every night and the lettuce is fresh and crisp down to the last piece." —Jim A.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    Check out our full review of these game-changing containers!

    21. A Jergens in-shower lotion designed to be used on wet skin so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day. Mornings are hard enough!


    It blends with the water on your skin and dries quickly so you don't have to wait around before getting dressed.

    Promising review: "I have always used and loved Jergens because it dried faster than other popular brands of lotions. When another lotion brand came out with their in-shower, rinse off lotion, I tried it and liked it — but it left my shower a horrible mess. I had to scrub my shower all the time. So this is a dream. It's the same great, fast drying lotion that I love, but it is convenient to do in the shower and it doesn't make my tub a mess to clean. I love the green tea scent. When I use it before bed, my skin is noticeably softer the next morning. And it's is 100% more convenient than applying traditional lotions OR scrubbing my tub every other day." —Bernie Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $6.84 (available in six varieties).

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