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    29 Products That Are Either Literally Or Figuratively Life Saving, According To Reviewers

    These products totally know ♫ How to Save a Life ♫.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A TubShroom that'll protect you from the things lurking in your drain, because soap-covered hair goo is too scary for even Stephen King to put down the pipes.,

    Promising review: "I preach and swear by the TubShroom. It is an utter life saver and keeps our drains clear. We haven't had to use harsh chemicals to unclog the drains since we started using it. Since two women share the tub we have to clean it more often but it really isn't bad at all. It blends right in the tub — no nasty weird contraptions that trap the hair outside the drain making it an eyesore. LOVE LOVE LOVE." —Ariana Zarate

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

    2. A WubbaNub pacifier sure to be easy to find when your kiddo inevitably throws it and immediately throws a fit. Grocery shopping is about to be a whole lot more bearable for you...and everyone shopping within earshot of your baby's incredible lung capacity.

    Small white dog plushie connected to classic pacifier

    Promising review: "These pacifiers are life savers. They are so much easier to find then regular pacifiers (which I am constantly losing)! They are especially useful during long car rides. You can easily reach for them and reinsert in baby’s mouth while driving. Plus they are super cute! A must have." —Ang C

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    3. A door draft stopper that'll be a great choice if the gap under your door is doing its best to suck out all of your AC into the hot, humid hallway this summer.,

    This is also great for noise reduction and preventing some critters and creepy crawlies from making their way in.

    Promising review: "This is a life saver! I rent, so there’s not usually much I can do about gaps under front door. This draft stopper went on easily and is very well adhered to the door. Now I don’t have to worry about loosing cold air in the summer, and don’t have to worry about bugs crawling in from the front yard." —S. Johnson

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

    4. A smoke and carbon monoxide detector, something you should always have updated and at-the-ready. This can give you peace of mind about the things you're breathing in, helping you breathe easy.

    First Alert smoke and carbon monoxide alarm

    This has a seven year warranty and runs on two AA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "This saved my son's life. I bought this for my son to put in his camper. They were using a indoor propane heater in the mountains in Colorado. The air is very thin there and so there’s less oxygen. This saved their life one night." —Connie Satterfield

    Get it from Amazon for $27.34.

    5. An argan oil heat spray for restoring dry, damaged ends by shielding your hair strands from the blistering heat of your curling iron and straightener. Sigh, because the tools that fix a bad hair day also have to be bad for your hair. Rude.

    Promising review: "This thermal spray is absolutely a life saver for people like me who use flat iron on regular basis. I was not able to find a substitute for this one anywhere. This spray does wonders." —Shwetha Viswanathan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    6. An anti-blister balm that'll keep you from feeling de-feet-ed by painful blisters, even on intense hikes. Rub this on and rub it in when *you* get to the top blister-free after your sore-footed friends mocked your preparedness skills.

    Person applying product to feet while outside

    Promising review: "I can not say enough good things about this product. Let me tell you, this little purple bottle is a life saver. I have a couple pairs of shoes that I haven’t been able to wear because they cause blisters. But with one swipe of this, no more blisters. I can now wear my cute shoes again!" —Jennifer Gomez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    7. A travel wallet with enough room to hold every paper and card you could possibly need. When traveling is a thing again, you're gonna be the best traveler. You are.

    Clutch wallet with four card slots, three large pockets, button clasps, and a keychain hook

    Promising review: "It's wild to think I once had all my travel documents all over the place — in my purse, backpack, my pocket, and such. I would often scramble to find what I need. With this wallet, EVERYTHING can be kept in one place. It makes your life so much easier. If you are prone to lose things, THIS IS A LIFE SAVER! So worth it." —Joseph

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 35 colors).

    8. A foot odor spray so you can confidently know you have a place to sleep at night when your roommates have threatened to throw you out with your smelly shoes.

    Reviewer holding shoe up to nose and smelling

    Promising review: "This spray is a life saver! My wife is very sensitive to the 'chemical' undertones of most air fresheners and shoe sprays. This has none of those chemical smells. It smells like natural essential oils – mostly tea tree and clove. It doesn't just glop a layer of fragrance on top of your stinky shoe odor. I don't know how, but it actively eliminates stank and just leaves the tea tree/clove smell behind. It's not just for shoes. I use it to freshen my closet and sock drawer, too!" —Emy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    9. A reusable menstrual cup designed specifically for heavy flow, saving you from the stress of possible leakage *and* saving your favorite pair of pants from...yourself.

    Lena menstrual cup

    Promising review: "After year of heavy periods, where I would have to change my tampons every 30 minutes or I would soak everything around me in blood, I found out about cups. At first I was nervous but I was so tired of having to deal with my period that I took a chance and got two cups. This cup was a lifesaver! I've never had an accident with it and I only have to change mine every 12 hours, so I get a lot of free time to do other things! I was so happy that I got the cup, it completely changed my periods! This is the perfect cup if you're suffering with heavy periods, and it's great for beginners!" —Annon

    Get it from Amazon for $26.90 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    10. And a bottle of Poo-Pourri sure to protect you from the dread that is a number two in a public restroom. Spray this in the tank before you go and everything's sure to be coming up roses!

    Two product bottles

    Promising review: "At first I was skeptical about this but my roommate swore up and down that these sprays were the best thing to ever happen to her. I had purchased one of the bigger bottles and found it useful but a little awkward to haul around in my purse, but the tiny travel size little spray is absolutely perfect to hide in a pocket. I take this with me everywhere and spray a little down over the bowl; it has been a lifesaver even for places that I am only ducking in to wash my hands. Some bathrooms (or other public places) just smell awful even when no one is using them. Now I don't have to hold my breath or put my shirt over my nose." —Brig Frank

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 17 scents and seven sizes).

    11. A spiffy blind spot mirror that'll make you a parallel parking pro. Your bumper can't wait to thank you.

    Car side mirror with circular addition helping view the back of car

    Promising review: "I bought these to put on the mirrors of my 1994 Dodge Ram pickup with a camper shell to drive from Ohio to California. These were a life saver! I was skeptical of the size at first but they turned out to be perfect!" —Kindle Reader

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.97.

    12. A pack of vomit bags with a twist and seal structure to save the day (and the road trip) when your kids start getting motion sick the minute you put the key in the ignition.

    Person using vomit bag on flight

    Promising review: "I ordered these again at a stop light after I handed my child the last of my initial stash. They are a lifesaver to have in the car. They have saved many a car seat and hours of cleaning. And they've saved us from that dreaded smell. Oh, ​that smell. Get them, stash them everywhere, and save yourself from that smell!" —Emily Sullivan

    Get a pack of 45 from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. An on-the-go razor, because everybody deserves to calm their nerves with a relaxing bath and a silky smooth shave after an unsettlingly bumpy flight.

    Small five-blade razor with gel moisturizing sides

    This razor is designed with five blades (plus an extra one) and a compact storage case with holes at the bottom (to keep water from getting trapped inside).

    Promising review: "This little buddy is great for a quick touch up. I am constantly going from work to shows or to a night on the town and this guy is a life saver. The shave is so smooth and so close. It leaves the skin soft too! It seriously is a wonder! I don't know if I'll be able to live without it now!!" —Jessica Baheza

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. An odor eliminating candle for saving your relationship when your boo brings along their smelly Irish Setter to your place on date night. Three's still a crowd, but at least this way the date won't stink.

    Person petting dog on sofa with candle on table

    And to be fair, that friendly little furball is growing on you.

    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers used to have a rather pungent roommate (who just happened to be a dog) and raves about how much these candles helped with the smell in her place.

    Promising review: "My dogs aren’t stinky but they still smell like DOG. I don’t hate that smell or anything but it’s always nice to get a little break and feel like I don’t live with a bunch of animals. I certainly don’t want it to smell like I live with a bunch of animals when people come over. We’ve used candles in the past... we’ve use a lot of candles... and they’ve definitely helped, but not like this! This candle doesn’t just mask the smell like most other candles. You can really tell it is attacking the smell and getting rid of it. I can’t tell you what a lifesaver this candle is for me and I will definitely be keeping a stash of these handy!" —Glorybee328

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 24 scents).

    15. A portable door lock so you can add some extra security in seconds, without a single tool in sight.

    Thin red lock and metal addition slid into doorframe

    This thing is super strong and takes less than a minute to install. Just open the door and insert the claws on the back of the silver piece into the "strike" of the door (the hole where the lock fits in) and then close the door. After you've done that, take the metal rod on the red handle and insert it into the butterfly hole on the silver piece. This completely locks the door handle – no one from the outside could even try to peak in.

    Promising review: "This is a LIFE SAVER...literally. Thanks to Add-A-Lock's simple design and simple instructions, my 18-month-old can no longer leave the apartment and wander the halls or attempt to take rides on the elevator in my apartment building. This is well worth the money. Five stars!!" —Lori S.

    Get two from Amazon for $29.95.

    16. A pair of compression socks said to improve blood circulation, support your Achilles heel, and save you from restless nights when even putting your feet up hasn't helped.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    One of my former BuzzFeed coworkers wrote a full review on these stellar socks!

    Promising review: "I'm seven months pregnant and these socks are life savers. I put them on in the morning and wear them all day at work and my ankles don't swell at all. Without them, even with my feet propped up, they would swell to the size of softballs. My legs feel better and, because I'm not limping around the office, my hips feel better. This has made pregnancy so much better, I was really struggling there for a while! Thank you, compression socks!! I have wide, long calves and size 9.5 feet... the size large fit perfectly! These are a pregnancy must-have." —Christine P.

    Get them from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in 10 colors an sizes S–XL).

    17. A pack of homeopathic jet-lag pills – these just might finally keep you from sleeping through (and ruining) your vacation, no matter how late your red-eye is.


    Promising review: "Although one needs to follow directions closely and it is a bit annoying to take these every two hours, there is no comparison with how annoying it is to have jet lag. These are a life saver for me and my husband. We have used them on a number of very long flights and they have worked every time we followed the directions carefully." —Ted Nehrbass

    Get a pack of 32 pills from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A heat protective iron holster, so you don't burn anything while making yourself look hot.

    Silicone holster on edge of counter with straightener inside

    Promising review: "I came home from work and realized that the hair iron had been left on all day – this magnificent thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very hot nothing had burned, not even the plastic holder itself. This product does what it's supposed to do. This has proved itself by sticking to our sink for over four months at this point, and didn't burn after that iron was left on from 6am-8pm. I'd like ten more." —Emre

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A pack of six disposable urinals that'll assist you while camping, on road trips, or with any other urinary emergencies that may arise away from the comfort of a bathroom stall.

    Travel John! disposable urinal

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver when camping with a large group if you are afraid of the woods at night, like me! I'm female and have had absolutely no issues with leaking or overfilling. These things are awesome! Definitely a staple for me now on summer camping trips. I also have a few in the car for my kids for road emergencies." —Alex Bogherie

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    20. A silk bra stash for protecting your valuables right next to your personal assets.


    Promising review: "I originally bought this to use while on a cruise. It was awesome because I never had to worry if I had my sea pass. I’m an on the whim person when it comes to carrying a purse or not, so it was nice to clip this on in the morning and not have to thing about it the rest of the day. Two years later I had a baby, and this thing is a life saver!! No digging in my diaper bag, no carrying and diaper bag and a purse, no worrying if my stuff is in the diaper bag or my purse. I just put my money, ID, and credit card in this and I’m good to go!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50 (available in two colors).

    21. An Instant Pot you needed in your kitchen like, yesterday. This contraption can replace half your appliances and make full meals in minutes, saving you kitchen space *and* saving you money...your pizza deliverer is about to be heartbroken.

    Instant Pot

    This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! It also has over 80,000 five-star reviews. Want to read just one? My BuzzFeed coworker wrote all about the Instant Pot – dig in!

    Promising review: "It took a little effort to learn how to use this appliance, but once I got the hang of it, I fell in love with it! I have made steel cut oats in four minutes, rice in six minutes, a baked potato in twelves minutes, I even made my own pumpkin puree in 13 minutes. There are delicious soups, stews, and even cheesecakes that can be made in this little gem of a time saver! I found out about this from a friend who raved about hers. I just went through breast cancer treatment and also work two jobs, so this was a total lifesaver for me, as my time and energy are so limited. I am so happy to have this. I highly recommend it. Once you get comfortable with using it, you won't be disappointed!" —Patricia A. Faussett

    Get it from Amazon for $63.94+ (available in four sizes).

    22. A multi-use car hammer designed to help you escape from your car in an emergency – use the safety edge slicer to cut through your seatbelt and the rounded hammer to break through windows and windshields.


    Promising review: "I tired this out in a junk yard and it works as described. I hope I never need it but if you are trapped in a car it will save your life." —2 Knives

    Get two from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A set of decibel-reducing, noise-canceling earplugs that'll tune out noise around you, helping you feel like you have your own quiet work space even when your partner's Zoom calls seem to go on all day long.

    Hi-fidelity earplugs

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver for me! I have sensory processing issues and get easily overwhelmed/overloaded in noisy environments. Whenever I get into a situation where there is too much noise, I am able to quickly put them in. I also make sure I use them proactively before I walk into a store. It's so much more tolerable shopping now because I can tune out all the overwhelming noise. The nice thing is you can still hear if someone is talking to you (i.e. across the table in a noisy restaurant), but it knocks all the deafeningly loud background noise down tremendously I feel like these ear plugs have given me a bit of freedom back again. Thank you!!!!" —K.A.

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    24. A loose face powder for fashion-savvy folks who want a full-coverage powder foundation that's sure to actually last a full day – saving your personal style from a certain, sweaty doom.


    Promising review: "I used to have a lot of trouble covering up my dark circles with just my liquid concealer. Other setting powders would help, but made my makeup seem very cakey and unnatural. This product was a lifesaver! Goes on great, offers full coverage, and still makes makeup look breathable and natural. Highly recommend." —Akshita Sanjay

    Get it from Amazon for $5.72 (available in five shades).

    25. A password book so you can keep all your secrets in a place that's far easier to remember than the suggested passcode every retail site and service expects you to use.

    Internet Address and Password Logbook

    Promising review: "While I understand that if this falls into the wrong hands I'm SOL, I do love this for me. I try to keep a variety of passwords, so I'm constantly forgetting them. I have them saved for my phone and computer but periodically, they are lost or wiped for one reason or another and this has been a lifesaver! Right now, I just keep it in a drawer in my office or bedroom but I will probably upgrade to a safe in the near future." —Layla West

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05.

    26. A jar opener that'll easily (and subtly) attach to a shelf or under a counter and help you out any time a stubborn jar puts you in a real ~jam~.

    Jar opener attached to bottom of kitchen cabinet being used to open jam container

    Promising review: "This thing has been a life saver!!! With carpal-tunnel and arthritis, I got to the point where where opening anything was nearly impossible. And I live alone, so I don't have anyone to go to when I need something opened. I would either work on it until I got it opened (and was in a lot of pain) or gave up on whatever it was I was opening. But with this, I can open ANYTHING!!! A great product!!" —Crystal A.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.65.

    27. A dry shampoo for busy people who don't always have the time to wash their locks but would still prefer not looking like a cast member from Grease. Save yourself from a day in the life of Danny Zuko, there's way too much spontaneous singing involved.

    Reviewer before-and-after with greasy hair before and a clean ponytail after use

    Promising review: "I’ve tried too many dry shampoos to count and this is the only one that has worked in my hair. All of the others made my hair feel stringy (sprays) or chalky (powders). I only need to use a few small shakes on my hand which I then tousle into my hair/scalp. It feels super light, blends in easily after brushing, and I can go days without shampooing now. I can even wear my long hair down on day four without it looking like a greasy, flat mop like it used to. With a toddler at home and baby on the way it’s been an absolute lifesaver!" —Elise C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A can of fire extinguishing spray with a design that'll spark your muscle memory, because nothing sounds scarier than not knowing how to use an extinguisher when you notice a fire start to spark.


    Promising review: "I bought one for beside the grill, one for beside the stove, one for the laundry room, and one for the car. I think the intuitive, easy to use design is fantastic. We already have the muscle memory for using a spray can. In an emergency, it's so much easier to grab this and use it, and turn a small fire into a non-fire. I don't have time to remember a three step method of fire control when my bacon has gotten out of control on the stove. I'm not a firefighter! I'd really like to have one in every room. Think about it. Isn't it better to immediately contain a small fire than deal with a big one? This could save your life, and your house." —K. Zander

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

    29. And finally, an essential oil stick you're gonna love forever when you see how well it saves you from the headache that is living with migraine pain.

    Amazon, Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers raves about this life saving oil stick in a detailed review that's totally worth the read!

    Promising review: "This is a lifesaver. I can't live without it. I've been on every medicine possible. I don't even reach for my migraine abortive pill anymore. I reach for this. I roll it on my temples, forehead, and the back of neck. It relieves my migraine and the peppermint helps with nausea. It's just amazing. I'm on bottle number three now." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    When I use these products and don't even care that I'm talking to an inanimate object:


    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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