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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Aug 9, 2020

    39 Products That'll Do The Dang Thing

    A subtle fly trap, the beloved TubShroom, and other products that are here to help solve some of life's little problems and pet peeves.

    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 blow dry accelerator spray for drastically cutting down drying time if you have thick or porous hair.

    A model applying the spray to their damp, curly hair

    I use this and love it! I have really fine hair but a TON of it. My hair is also really porous from years of dying it, making water absorb and stay put. Blow drying my hair has always been a time-consuming task, but this spray has easily shaved off 20 minutes of time. My stubborn hair dries far faster when I use this.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It shortened my drying time by 15 minutes. It also smells amazing and protects the hair! I love this product." —Dayna

    Get it from Aveda for $32.

    2. A reusable Baggu shopping bag that folds into a lightweight pocket-sized square you can easily leave in your purse. Never forget to bring a reusable bag again!


    Promising review: "This is not your usual, flimsy eco-tote. The first time I used it, I carried three 12-can packs (10 pouunds each) of soda and some other stuff from the drugstore. Any lesser bag would've torn. The nylon is substantial, thick in the handles to make carrying heavy groceries more tolerable. This is a great, beautiful bag. It carries a lot, but pack it EVENLY. Folded, it fits in a standard jeans' back pocket." —Frontier Psychiatrist

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in 34 colors).

    3. A TubShroom to keep your drain hair-free without chopping it all off. You were way too close to shaving your head the last time you saw what you'd done to the drain. Don't risk that again.


    ...unless you want a bold new look!

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four and would frequently have to snake our shower drain, but with this 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. 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).

    4. A variety pack of Soylent that'll keep you fed and full of the nutrients you need without spending a moment on meal prep in your closet-sized kitchenette.

    A product shot of the vanilla Soylent bottle

    Am I throwing this in here because Soylent is my sweetheart? Yes, yes I am. I *love* this stuff...maybe too much. This variety pack comes with vanilla, cacao, and strawberry. They're all good...maybe too good.

    Promising review: "I’ve lost eight pounds over the course of a month by using Soylent to help me aggressively count calories. I’ll have one for breakfast, eat about a 1000-1200 calorie lunch, and one for dinner. The flavors are amazing and I actually look forward to Soylent. The original flavor tastes awful in my opinion. My favorite is cacao and then vanilla. I am looking to cut 25 more pounds and get my college body back. I fully believe Soylent is going to help me achieve it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $42.

    5. A Zipuller so you can finally close the impossibly long zipper on your favorite jumpsuit without the help of your incessantly chatty roommate. The next time you ask them to please ~zip it~ they can know you're not talking about your outfit.

    The puller looped around a zipper with a person pulling the zipper closed by pulling the attached cord

    Promising review: "Where has this product been for the last 15 years? I travel 50% of the time for business and often times can’t zip up my dresses myself. I have to find a housekeeper in the hotel hallway or go to the lobby (half zipped) to find some helpful soul to zip me up. This Zipuller has solved my problem!! This tool works exactly as designed. Instructions are simple. Pull string is long enough. This is now part of my must-take travel tools. I need one for home and one for business travel now!" —Joe Bowman

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

    6. A real life adult swaddle that may help save you from insomnia and have you sleeping so soundly your baby's gonna be jealous.

    Hatch Sleep, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    I recently replaced my weighted blanket with a Sleep Pod and I am never going back. I appreciated the comfort that I got from a weighted blanket, but it was so hot I wasn't able to last under it for long. The fabric is breathable and so lightweight that I can comfortably use it in the summer and throw it in my tote bag on vacations. I feel calm and comforted every time I get in.

    Promising review: "For a lifelong sufferer of miserable Restless Leg Syndrome, this is nothing short of a miracle! I was skeptical that the pod could help me, since nothing else has ever helped me, but I think since the pod contains my thrashing movements, I’m not waking myself up over and over at night. My dreams are typically very vivid and I usually don’t feel like I had a chance to turn my mind off and disconnect. I think I am getting more REM sleep with the pod because I haven’t remembered my dreams these past four nights. Also, I run hot so it’s a pleasant surprise that the pod truly is breathable and not sweaty." —Jennifer C

    Get it from Hatch Sleep for $89.99 (available in three sizes).

    7. A cell phone jail for anyone who needs some no-nonsense visualization to help them take a social media break and finally put down that phone for five minutes.

    A rectangular box with a lock and key that's designed to look like a prison cell with bars al around it. There are slots on the bottom to hold your thin electronics upright.
    The Lakeside Collection

    It comes with a lock and key in case you're storing your kid's phone and need to make sure they can't get it. You can also put your own phone in and give someone else the key if your cell separation anxiety is strong enough (mine certainly is).

    Get it from The Lakeside Collection for $3.99.

    8. A hip-pack with a snug, secure fit and genuinely enough room for your outdoor necessities (it fits two water bottles, snacks, small pieces of gear, and even has an outside pocket for your phone).

    A model with a blue waist pack that fits a water bottle

    Promising review: "What a game changer! Plenty of room in the zipper for my tools, phone, and snacks. The pack sits perfectly on my hips-forgot it was even there. Therefore, I was able to climb technical sections better! It was also nice not to have backpack weighting me down. So my back wasn't sore at the end of my ride. Can we also acknowledge the Shark color? Nothing on the market like it! Nice not to have the same pack as everyone else." —Marie Boettcher

    Get it from Backcountry for $48.96 (originally $69.95, available in five colors).

    9. A Series 5 Apple Watch you can sweat in, sneeze on, and swim with. It has a heart rate monitor, a fall detector, GPS, built-in compass, elevation tracker, a 30% larger screen — *breathe* — and access to tons of apps. Because you CAN have it all...and you can wear it all on your wrist.

    A pair of Apple Watches with different colored bands. Both screens are displaying activity for the day.

    Promising review: "This is real! It came in the same beautiful/sleek packaging that Apple always has. It came with a suede watch cover, charger, and wall plug. Everything’s there! This watch is beyond what my Series 2 was like. It charges so fast and the battery life lasts forever. I love the ECG feature and enjoy the bigger and clearer screen when reading text messages. Overall I couldn’t be more pleased with this product. It's totally worth it, I recommend it to anyone who wants one!" —Kalina Gillum

    Get it from Amazon for $409+ (available in three colors).

    10. A squalane oil that'll lock in your skin's natural moisture without feeling heavy on your face. This one wild ingredient will make your skin feel softer and smoother, while helping redness and irritation fade away. Sensitive skin-havers, rejoice!

    The Biossance squalane oil

    Promising review: "I love this oil!. It's amazing for my skin hydration and helps balance too much of my own body oil production (I have dry spots and overly oily spots my body likes to make)." —Biossance Customer

    Get it from Biossance for $32.

    11. A detangling brush for natural Black hair so you can confidently comb through curls and know it's ~knot~ gonna hurt one bit.,

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with this brush and the outcome! It's designed to separate and detangle hair! Its doesn't yank hair out! Great so far!" —#Truth

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88+ (available in four colors).

    12. A complete eco-friendly cleaning kit so you can take one big step in having far less waste in your life.

    A product shot of the reusable spray bottles, tablets, and storage containers inside the kit

    This kit includes three acrylic spray bottles, multi-surface, glass and mirror, and bathroom cleaning tablets, one glass foaming handsoap bottle, a hand soap tablet, a silicone dish soap shaker, a 16-oz. powder dish soap, one steel dishwasher tablets tin, and 40 dishwasher tablets.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough about these amazing products! I stumbled onto the site and ordered the foaming hand soap tablets first. Wow. I will NEVER go back to store bought, liquid refills again. From there, I expanded to the cleaning set and now the dishwashing tablets and powdered dish soap. I am very pleased and will continue to be a loyal customer! Amazing! Thank you for helping save our planet!" —Chris

    Get it from Blueland for $69.

    13. A handy pair of light gloves so you won't be in the dark (at least not literally) when fixing your pipes for the first time.

    A person wearing the gloves and using both hands to fiddle with small projects in the dark. The light is at the top of the thumb.

    Promising review: "I think these are cool. I bought these for my husband (who usually carries around a small flashlight) for him to use while working on cars, etc. He thinks they are great! They are bright and work wonderfully. He told me I should get a pair for doing my knitting...a great idea!" —BeYouTiful

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in four styles).

    14. A pour-over kit for coffee connoisseurs who have ~bean~ needing a good pour-over option in their place.

    The coffee kit with a cup, filters, a bottle, and instructions
    Blue Bottle

    This has a dripper, 30 filters, one carafe, and one pour-over brew guide.

    Get it from Blue Bottle for $59.

    15. A window fly trap, because your fly swatting aim is not getting any better and this can get rid of those miserable house flies in a far more efficient and sanitary manner.

    Reviewer image of the window fly trap trapping tons of flies

    Promising review: "These things really worked for me. Flying insects love to buzz around the windows and eventually they will get stuck in this trap. It's fairly easy to apply to your window and also fairly easy to discard. I really like how this works." —Jim Hunnicut

    Get it from Amazon for $2.80.

    16. A universal socket with steel spring pins to adjust and fit a variety of screws, nuts, and bolts – a handy thing to have around the house when you don't have a whole toolkit around.

    A photoshopped image of several different ways the tool can be used. The images show it twisting hooks, screws, and nuts.

    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 $14.99.

    17. A multi-tier drinking fountain that's gonna help keep your cat hydrated, because cats' instincts tell them that moving water is cleaner than still water. This thing looks great, is whisper-quiet, and is even dishwasher-safe!

    A calico cat drinking from a two-tiered fountain that is plugged into a wall

    Reviewers say this is also a great choice for small dogs!

    Promising reviews: "My Jake loves his new water dish! The constant flow keeps the water fresh and clean. I filled it and, just to test it, emptied it two days later. There was no scum and the water was clean. I am now confident I can just replenish the water lost. Jake drinks more water than before, which is good for him. I would recommend this to any pet owner." —RescueMom

    "Our little dog, who is 15 years old, was starting to have trouble seeing and drinking from her normal water bowl, so we ordered this to see if it would help! It is perfect! Not only is it higher than a bowl on the floor, which helps her neck pain but the water also moves and she loves drinking from the top part. This is great for an aging pet!" —Happypetparent

    Get it from Chewy for $29.95.

    18. An opalescent shimmer lip gloss with a formula you can count on when you want shine, sans stickiness.


    Promising review: "This is the best lipgloss I've ever tried. It's not sticky yet it's so glossy! WOW." —s

    Get it from Glossier for $14 (available in three colors).

    19. A teeth whitening pen that'll keep your smile bright no matter how much coffee you drink, and give you results you'll like a whole ~latte~.,

    Promising review: "I've been using the pen for four days now and man!!! What a difference! Being a smoker and coffee drinker has done it's damage over the years but AuraGlow is restoring not only my smile but my confidence ❤❤❤ (pictured above, right). I have a reason to smile again!" —GC P.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. An unnecessarily stunning cuticle cutter set for when you can't make it to the salon but also can't make it another day with those unruly cuticles laughing in your face.,

    This set includes a cuticle trimmer and cuticle pusher.

    Promising review: "I was very hesitant to make this purchase because of the price. I didn’t think they were going to be good because they were very cheap. I made the choice because of the beautiful color. I am amazed at how sharp they are. I love them and I’d definitely repurchase them, even if they bump up the price!" —Ana

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    21. A pressure cooker that's gonna help you make a dessert as sweet as Tayshia's smile when The Bachelorette is finally back.

    Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote all about everything you should know about the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I'm probably the last person on earth to get one of these things because I'm not into fads. It was the fact that I could supposedly make yogurt in large batches that ultimately won me over. And it's true, you CAN make yogurt in large batches with this one. You can make other stuff too and I've used it for various things. I LOVE the relatively quick cooking of things that usually take hours. Rice comes out perfect. There are lots of reasons to recommend this. It's particularly great for making a couple of meals for the week ahead that can be eaten all week." —LG

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes and styles).

    22. A darling pig egg yolk separator you can use when your recipe calls for separated eggs and you don't want your meal to turn into slop.

    A pig-shaped silicone suction tool pulling up an egg yolk from a bowl

    Promising review: "I love this. It's fast, simple, easy to use, and easy to clean. This is definitely better than the wire holder I have been using!" —meissler

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).

    23. An anti-chafing balm because every time "Summertime Sadness" starts playing you think about chafing skin, which was probably not Lana's intention. Use this and you just might figure out the real meaning, while also giving your thighs a sigh of relief.


    Promising review: "This stuff really is AWESOME. I don't know where it has been all my life. With this there is no rubbing, no issues. Just slide it on like you'd use deodorant. I give it a few good swipes on any area that may even think about touching and I'm done. It's light as a feather and leaves no residue (see above photo). It is so light that I actually thought that it wouldn't work, as I was expecting some slippery substance, but that was not the case. I have taken this on the ULTIMATE test...a vacation to Mexico where chaffing thighs become both me and my husband's problem due to the constant wet skin and walking. So we both used it on a hike in a jungle. I just knew this would fail me. I was sweating, my things were sweating, my husband was sweating. I was expecting to have the stuff just wear off from the sweat and all the walking but... NOPE! It stayed on. I even took a dip in a waterfall and it was still on to take me back to the beach. Neither one of us had any problems and my husband was equally impressed. He said we weren't ever going on a vacation again without it. I absolutely recommend this product. Try it, you will not be disappointed!" —SweetPea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A sleeved blanket for anyone in the thick of a thermostat war with their ice-cold roommate – throw this on and never waste your time changing the dial again.


    Promising review: "I highly suggest this product! My husband would get cold working on his computer so I figured that this would be the perfect solution. He is 6’2'' and it almost reaches down to his feet. It is extremely soft and has held up well after many washes and everyday use!" —Brock & Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three styles and 20 colors).

    25. A microwave cleaner you can get if you think cleaning out the microwave is so gross you've almost considered no longer spending your paycheck on cake mug mixes. Almost.

    Promising review: "I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't cleaned my microwave in about six months. It's an awful task. I ran this one time, wiped down easily, then ran it one more time to get it detailed really clean. I highly recommend using it (more often than once every six months) for a super fast, super clean microwave!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    26. A water-gel SPF 35 – a daily formula that's hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and works great under makeup. Is your skin gonna be the envy of all your sunburnt besties? Why yes, yes it is.

    Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen

    Promising review: "I've been searching for the longest time for a sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy, make me oily, or cause me to breakout. I was hesitant to purchase this because of the higher price point and small size, but it is totally worth it. This is the only sunscreen I've tried that feels nice on my skin! I use it daily and haven't experienced any breakouts or sunburn." —mckenna

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    To learn more, be sure to check out "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    27. A drill brush kit you can get if it's finally time to stop ~brushing off~ your parents' concern when they ask if you ever wash your bathtub.,

    This kit includes three nylon power brushes that'll fit on any cordless drill.

    Promising review: "I let my tub get extra dirty on purpose because I knew this brush set was coming. In five minutes, my tub was sparkling clean. This item is no joke. The flat brushes are awesome for big surfaces and the cone brush hits the hard to reach corners. I liked them so much I bought a set for my mom." —Jason B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six styles).

    28. A jewelry tool sure to help when the tiny clasp on your bracelet is putting you in a pinch.

    A reviewer using the tool to put a tight bracelet hook together on their own. They have the hook pinched near the clasp to easily hook it.

    Promising review: "This works great! You just put the little alligator clip on one end of the bracelet and pull it over your wrist so you can attach the other end. Now I don't have to keep asking everyone else to help me. All my bracelets are gold or silver, and it has not marred any of them. The jaws are just strong enough to hold them without digging in to cause damage. I wish I would have bought one of these a long time ago." —J. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $3.38.

    29. A pack of spin hair pins that'll hold your hair tight all day, saving you from having to readjust your 'do in the middle of the day.


    One of these coils is as strong as TWENTY standard hair pins. Bad hair days are officially extinct.

    Promising review: "I'm a nursing student and have to wear my hair in a bun every day. I've tried all the bun makers, watched YouTube videos, and spend way too much time on getting my hair into a bun. I was able to make a pretty bun that was secure in under 30 seconds. I thought it was a fluke so I did it again, and then again. I have hair to my mid back, and three of these worked perfectly for me. If I can get my hair in bun in under 30 seconds, trust me...anyone can." —Tina

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.89.

    30. A set of four egg cookers you can use on mornings when you've gotta ~scramble~ to make a full breakfast that requires little clean up.

    Four eggs being boiled while inside of the silicone cups

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I finally found an inexpensive way to make perfect poached eggs. This comes with an instruction card that makes the entire process easy and worked to perfection." —DenSca

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.64.

    31. A pack of pimple patches that'll look barely-there when you wear them and get rid of your blemishes so fast your whiteheads'll wish they'd found another face to call their place.,

    This is another product one of my BuzzFeed coworkers loves! Check out her post to see why these things are basically magic.

    Promising review: "I'm getting married in eight days and these patches have saved my life!!! I had two cystic blackheads pop up on my chin and it was swollen like a ping pong. I lanced them and put these patches on (I've used almost a whole pack) and it has been working really well on my chin. The acne is almost gone and it made them so much easier to cover up. I've just been wearing them after work and all night when I sleep. They draw the junk out of my shoulder and back acne but they aren't making it disappear. I'm just so grateful that they have helped my face so much." —Davison

    Get a three pack from Amazon for $8.36.

    32. A pair of blister proof socks so you can run long distances without feeling like you, or any blisters, are going to burst.

    Pure Athlete Sock

    Promising review: "These are ultra-comfort socks. They're great socks for running. These have become my go-to socks when I go running." —Miguel H Behrhorst

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in seven colors and sizes S/M–L/XL).

    33. A pack of six charcoal water filter sticks to throw in a water bottle or jug and enjoy plastic-free filtered water when you're home or on the go.

    A charcoal stick inside a glass of water

    Promising review: "These are GREAT! They're the perfect way to cut down on plastic in our more BRITA or PUR filters for us! The charcoal lasts just as long, does a great job purifying, and then doubles as an odor absorber once its life as a water purifier is over. Just air dry your stick and put it somewhere your car, your shoes, I'm sure you can think of something! Great product, so glad I found these!" —Caitlin C.

    Get them from Amazon for $20.45.

    34. A head scratcher that'll stimulate your scalp and help you relax fast when the stress of the day feels like an itch you can't scratch.

    A couple using the head scratcher on each other

    Promising review: "I have been using this for two weeks now and I can definitely feel a tingling sensation whenever I use this product. It helps bring blood flow to your scalp and it gives really soothing massages to your follicles. Before this product I would massage my scalp with my hand and my hand would cramp but this allows me to massage my hair for an extended time period." —Juanita Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $5.45.

    35. A leave-in protein treatment – you'll be amazed at how fast your hair feels nice and nourished after throwing this stuff on. Kiss those expensive salon treatments (and your scraggly split ends) goodbye!


    Promising review: "I have searched for years for a product that lets my hair shine and look healthy instead of all dried out. I love the idea of using such a small amount and being able to leave it in my hair. Along with the Aveda hair spray I have a perfect combination." —Aveda Customer

    Get it from Aveda for $31.

    36. A Squatty Potty for people who are tired of sitting on their constipation problem.

    A white stool that curves around your toilet tank to elevate your legs while using the bathroom

    Promising review: "Going 'number two' will never be the same! This is the best invention known to man. Seriously, with this you can poo in comfort and poo in peace. Poo with this underneath your feet and thank the porcelain gods for the genius who invented the most amazing product on earth!" —Sydney Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    37. A pair of soft fleece joggers to make your casually cool outfits incredibly comfortable as summer slowly starts prepping for a ~chill~ fall.


    Promising review: "They are like sweatpants but mixed to be like joggers. A nice in-between. They are super comfortable, it feels like a hug on your legs. Soft and comfy. You will not be disappointed getting these. Big chillin' vibes." —D A

    Get them from Nike for $55 (available in 16 colors and men's sizes XS–4XL Tall).

    38. A brilliant dry shampoo – you're gonna be singing its praises on days when your hair looks more like Grease than Hairspray.

    R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

    Promising review: "I absolutely love everything about this product. I’m obsessed with national parks so I love the name and branding! The smell is absolutely amazing and it doesn’t show any white residue on my black hair! And this product last forever. It’s a must buy!" —Alimegan

    Get it from Nordstrom for $32.

    Be sure to check out BuzzFeed Reviews for some other fab dry shampoo options!

    39. And finally, a bug bite sucker so you can suck out any itching bites that are really and truly bugging you.


    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times – so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) – immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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