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    42 Products That'll Help You Do Things So Much Better Next Time

    That sticky maple syrup bottle will never defeat you again.

    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. An earwax removal kit, because cotton swabs are bad news — your future (fully functioning) elderly eardrums are gonna thank you for using this stuff instead.


    Promising review: "My right ear was totally plugged so I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that this is the one doctors usually tell patients to get. I put the drops in, waited, then flushed my ear out with very warm water and OH MY GOSH... the gunk that came flowing out onto the towel blew my mind! It's amazing that I was ever able to hear at all with all that crap in my ear. This stuff works." —CD

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96.

    2. An eye mask that'll prevent any light from coming in, even when you open your eyes, so that you can finally start falling asleep in the blink of an eye.


    Promising review: "Where has this mask been all my life?! I just LOVE it! I ordered two of them! They completely block out the light AND the material doesn't press against my eyelid like flat masks do. The convex shape gives me room to blink as I fall asleep. This is a great mask and a great investment!! Other masks just don't block out the light the way this does. This is truly a GREAT product. I ordered the second one for travel." —KPatt

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in seven colors).

    3. A gel wart remover that's sure to be the thing you need to actually rid your big toe of its clingy little friend., Amazon

    Promising review: "I NEVER write reviews, but this stuff is a miracle so I had to. Stop debating about what wart removal product you want to buy and get this NOW. I have tried everything, including having my warts frozen off at the doctor's, and nothing did the trick. This stuff did. My warts were extremely large and stubborn, but I was persistent with the gel everyday for about six weeks and they're almost gone. This is absolutely amazing." —Maria Efting

    Get it from Amazon for $13.92.

    4. A Critter Catcher so you can now bravely wrangle and release creepy crawlies without any fear (because you won't have to get within a foot of them).


    Promising review: "'I am alive because of critter catcher.' — a large hairy spider" —E. Jorgensen

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

    5. An eyeliner stamp that's gonna give you wing-tips so impeccable, you're sure to get any makeup artist's ~stamp~ of approval, despite not even knowing what a wing-tip was yesterday.

    This includes two waterproof and smudge-resistant stamps (one for each eye) with an eyeliner pen on the opposite end for any sharp lines or touchups. Be sure to read my BuzzFeed coworker's post about why hundreds of people swear by this stamp.

    Promising review: "I struggle with makeup in all aspects. Eyeliner is no exception. If I get one side to look good, the other side never matches. I was skeptical that this little eyeliner pen would help me, but it does. It goes on smoothly and only needs some minor filling in. There are two double-ended pens. One with a left stamp and one with a right stamp. The other end on both is a regular eyeliner tip. It dries quickly and stays on all day. I’m very happy with this purchase." —Rebecca

    Get two stamps from Amazon for $9.47 (available in two sizes).

    6. A framing tool that'll measure, level, and mark while you hang frames, so your art will now look picture perfect.


    Promising review: "I'm glad I waited to review this, because at first I really didn't think I was impressed (it seemed a bit on the cheap side). But after using it on a project where I was installing hanging bracelets on a plank of wood, as well as hanging that same piece above a door in a main room, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. It made every part of the hanging process so easy! All the functions of the hanging device worked flawlessly and smoothly, and I will never hang anything without using this again. I will definitely be recommending this to friends and family — great product!" —rcr

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    7. A self-cleaning litter box sure to prove you've been scooping all wrong for far too long — the most efficient way to clean out the litter is by not cleaning it yourself at all.


    Promising Review: "This works so well I didn't even think my cats were using the box, I thought they were just going in and out. I had to witness them using it to believe it. No smell at all!" —Gloria Silvers

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95 (available in two styles and two colors).

    8. An insulated reusable grocery bag so you (and your food) can stay chill when you inevitably impulse-grab ice cream first, but still need to look around for actual food.


    This can keep your groceries hot or cold for up to three hours and hold up to 30 pounds.

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with these. I'm glad I bought two sets because I use them for all of my groceries, not just those that need to be insulated. They are a nice size and I like how they stand upright and how easily they zip closed. Plus, they are very reasonably priced." —Denise K

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A seat gap filler and a French fry holder to help you eat fast food in your car like a heckin' pro from now on.


    Promising review (seat gap filler): "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize, it would be one of my favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this. That's why I gave it five stars!" —Tessa Forbes

    Promising review (French fry holder): "I bought this for my wife as she is a French fry lover to the MAX. I gave it to her thinking it was an 'okay' novelty item for the truck. You would have thought it was the Hope Diamond. We immediately had to go to Sonic and try it out and it worked well. It is refreshing to watch such happiness." —Robert Perkins

    Get the gap filler for $19.99 and the French fry holder for $10.19, both from Amazon.

    10. A diaper wipe warmer that'll soothe your baby and keep them sleepy during nighttime diaper changes — letting you actually get some shut eye, even if the sound of their cries from the dark cold wipe days still haunt your dreams.


    Promising review: "I love this thing. I’m SO glad I got it. My child is two months old and we’ve been using it since we got home and there’s been zero mold, it’s super easy to fill, holds a whole pack of wipes, has a nice long cord, a little light, and locks on the sides of the bottom lid to keep it down when pulling out wipes. Now, when I use cold wipes in the daytime, they bother my hands because I’m used to the warm wipes, so I can’t imagine how nice it is for my little one to have them warmed up. It heats up only on the top of the lockable portion of the warmer. Not too hot, not too cold and no little hands can get into it as long as it’s locked. The only issue (which isn’t huge) that I’ve run into is that when the wipes get low, the inside gets pretty hot. This is fixed as soon as it’s filled again. I was so indecisive on this issue and I’m so glad I decided to splurge." —BR

    Get it from Amazon for $27.44.

    11. An easy grip opener so you're never left with sauceless pasta, dry pancakes, or chips without dip ever again.


    Promising review: "I have severe hand/finger arthritis. I've tried several openers over the years. This one REALLY WORKS, even with a very low level of strength. My family is always willing to help but I like to be independent and with this I can open anything I want. It's very inexpensive and well worth trying. I've used it to open things as small as a bottle of nail polish to the largest item it fits. The way it works is unique and very easy to use." —George

    Get it from Amazon for $6.28.

    12. An air mattress with a headboard, for being ahead of the game when it comes to your guest's comfort.


    And because father refuses to visit again unless he can sleep on something other than your love seat.

    Promising review: "This is probably the BEST air mattress I have ever purchased!! I love the built in head board. It helps your pillows stay on, unlike other air beds. It kept the air all night and is actually pretty comfy." —roxcs31

    Get it from Amazon for $85.69.

    13. A powerful cordless Dyson that'll actually make your least favorite/most neglected chore suck way less (I mean, more).


    Promising Review: "This Dyson is amazing. We especially love it for hardwood and tile floors. It works great on rugs, stairs, and to vacuum our cars. It's much quieter than expected and holds a charge long enough to clean our entire house (2,000 sq. ft). It's so easy to use that my husband and I do almost every day!" —Heather M.

    Get it now from Amazon for $389 (originally $499.99).

    14. A magnetic screen to keep bugs out while still letting everyone (including pets and kiddos) in.


    No more watching Sparky try to break her way through the sliding screen door.

    Promising review: "This works well and our cat enjoys coming in and out of it. I had the whole thing up in about five minutes. Remember to mount the middle (where the doors meet) slightly higher than the corners (an inch or two) and the magnets will close just fine." —Chase

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A pair of anti-nausea bands designed to help keep you from getting sea sick on your next family cruise — you're gonna be scooping up that chocolate fountain with a serving spoon while everyone else is ralphing up their breakfast buffet.


    Promising review: "I get motion sickness at a drop of a hat. When I decided to go on a second cruise, I bought these thinking they wouldn't do anything and that I would return them once I got home. I was pleasantly surprised and found that these helped me tremendously. I wore them all the time over the course of my five day cruise and was never sick during my vacation. I was stunned. My first cruise I got so sea sick the first day and ended up in a foggy haze the rest of the trip since I took so much Dramamine. Great little product and I can't believe how well they worked. I bought a second pair for the car, so if I ever feel sick, I can just put these on. I would highly recommend, even for the skeptical." —Kristina K.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.10.

    16. A stick of NerdWax that'll truly keep your glasses on your face, no matter how much you move (I can totally ~see~ the appeal with this stuff).


    Promising review: "I got this for my wife. She has naturally oily skin and wears plastic framed glasses so she has problems with them constantly slipping down her face. This product works great to help hold her glasses in place without raising the center of vision as with pads. The wax will wear off naturally, so she applies the wax every day or two. But don't worry, the wax won't wipe off and stick to your face, it just seems to sort of disappear." —Anthony

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A smooth stovetop cleaner so you can now wipe away the remains of any meal without scratching the surface of your stove.


    This kit includes a bottle of cooktop cleaner, two cleaning pads, a grip pad tool, and scraper.

    Promising review: "Oh my god where do I start? This stuff is MAGICAL. We had crusted on rings around our stovetop burners that I couldn't even scratch away at all. Now I can see my reflection in the stovetop! This stuff is incredible." —Katie Gobrowski

    Get the kit from Amazon for $11.99.

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


    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 3-4 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 $14.99.

    19. A food chopper to make yourself a meal prep pro by cutting prep time in half (and cutting onions into dozens).


    Promising review: "This is useful in so many ways! I have used it to cube chicken, dice tomatoes, onions, zucchini, summer squash... really just about anything! The cutting surface is generously sized and the two cutting blade sizes are perfect for almost everything you could want to cut! The blades are super sharp and they include a brush to assist with cleaning them. This is well made and sturdy, the plastic handle is strong enough to push a raw potato through the blades, and the blades are sharp enough to cut a tomato without squishing it. I really don't know how I survived without this for 35 years of my life! It is worth every penny!" —Maggie0981

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97.

    20. A pack of homeopathic jet-lag pills that may finally keep you from sleeping through a vacation, even when you still insist on saving money with a red-eye.


    Each pack has 32 pills.

    Promising review: "My husband and I have used this product now for five years for multiple trips overseas and these really work. How do we know? We've forgotten to use them on a couple of legs and there has been a night/day difference in our energy levels. We use precisely as directed, setting timers on our phone when possible to remember the doses. On a few occasions we've slept through the timer, so missed the timing of a couple of doses, and we've been fine. Our last trip to Australia was 34 hours door-to-door on the outbound. We would have been a complete wreck without these. As it was, we arrived late morning, remained awake and lively (enough) through dinner, and then got a good night's sleep. The next day we felt as good as new. For the years before I used this, I would need to sleep for a few days after a leg like that. We never travel without this now. I highly recommend this product." —motokat

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. A John Frieda hot air brush reviewers swear by — this is sure to give you a blowout that looks like it was done professionally and save you the money you were spending on getting it done by a professional., Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Seriously, this has over 3,600 five-star reviews and one of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote all about how this will eliminate your hair struggles forever.

    Promising Review: "It has two heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. And it has ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. I friggin' love this brush. All you need to do is section your hair out, depending on how thick it is, and roll it under your hair like you would a regular round brush — but because it releases hot air, there's NO NEED FOR A HAIR DRYER! Truly easy. And you get better results than with a flat iron, because you're lifting and brushing out the hair rather than just pressing it flat."—Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $33.32+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A wood polish and conditioner that'll have your coffee table looking so nice and new it'll be like you actually used those Christmas coasters you re-gifted months ago.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemishes. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new." —Kris

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    23. A Squatty Potty so you can even start to poo with perfection.


    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.

    24. A storage bean bag chair for kids whose idea of cleaning is shoving things under the bed or in the closet — now they can shove things into a chair instead, keeping your home clean using your kids' preferred cleaning method.


    Promising review: "I didn't really believe that this beanbag would actually hold ALL of my children's considerable stuffed animal collection. Boy, was I wrong. From tiny beanie boos to a giant stuffed elephant, there are probably 40-50 stuffed animals in there, as well as a bolster pillow, and there still seems to be room to squeeze in the occasional stuffie I find lying around. It's such a great compromise: my kids refused to part with any of their stuffies, and we needed a beanbag anyway. Construction seems to be good quality, the fabric is nice, and it's good-looking. It's actually comfortable to sit on, not lumpy like I would've assumed. There is even a handle so you can drag it around easily. Highly recommend!" —JessicaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available 11 colors and three sizes).

    25. A set of lifting straps sure to lift you up when you realize how much easier it is to move your furniture — get ready to take living room Tetris to a whole new level.


    Promising review: "These make moving furniture and building supplies a breeze for nearly anyone. We got some when my wife and I needed to move a lot of furniture and supplies during our re-model. We easily moved bedroom furniture, couches, desks, curio cabinets, you name it! As well as all the lumber, drywall, cabinets, appliances, counter-tops, etc. without injuring our backs or feeling like we'd just picked-up the whole house!" —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 13 colors).

    26. A pack of colorful bath bombs that'll make your next bath your best bath.


    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $22.77.

    27. And a bath mat that's gonna keep your bathroom floor from collecting water after your shower so your foot baths only happen *in* the bath from now on.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.

    28. A tube of quick dissolve sugar for anyone who can no longer wait for their coffee to actually be sweet in the mornings.


    Promising review: "I love this for coffee. It melts a lot faster then regular sugar and makes the drink better." —Esther Myers

    Get a three pack from Amazon for $13.10.

    29. An Amazon Echo, because it can do almost everything in your home (and do it so much better than when you had to do it yourself).


    The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set music alarms, and read audiobooks from Audible (like, literally I have told her to tell me a bedtime story and she does a way better job of it than my spouse — and with far less complaining). The Echo Dot can also control Amazon Video on Fire TV, give random facts throughout the day, tell you the weather (which I use literally every morning instead of just opening my curtains and letting in some light), and can help you with grocery lists, recipes, and set timers... I'm still just trying to figure out what my Echo Dot CAN'T do.

    Promising review: "I love this incredible little helper! It was super easy to set up and I was playing music in my stereo within 15 minutes. I have two, and I set up a group so the music can play on both dots at the same time. They respond quickly to voice commands and it's rather fun to check out what they can do. The funniest thing is to ask Alexa to tell me a vegetable joke! And the most useful for me is being able to tell Alexa to add things to my shopping list, which is sent to my phone, and not having to write things down. You can even set reminders so you don't forget things, timers so you don't burn dinner, and alarms that wake you. I'm going to explore and see what all this little device can do!" —CactusMama

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    30. A nail polish holder to make painting your nails so easy, you won't know how you were managing before.


    Promising review: "Love this little gizmo. I've used many inventions to hold my nail polish close and steady when I do my nails, but this is the best. It clamps snugly and comfortably onto the fingers and holds any shape bottle you fit into it (you can lift the petals to hold odd shapes). I plan to give these out as gifts too." —J. Huggins

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

    31. An electric egg cooker to give you perfectly cooked eggs every time, keeping you from ~cracking~ under the pressure when it's your turn to host book club brunch again.


    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. You can reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation!" —J. Mercer Crenshaw

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

    32. Or if you don't have room for a new appliance, these silicone egg cookers to make poaching (and even hard-boiling) eggs surprisingly simple, considering how attempting to cook them before made you cry harder than chopping onions ever has.


    Promising review: "These are terrific! The eggs slide out nice and neat. I've also used them to bake egg cups in. They are way better than using silicone muffin molds. They slide out perfectly, leaving behind little, easy-to-clean residue. These have also worked perfectly without oil." —Dr. Boss

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.95.

    33. A pair of strappy vegan heels that'll work with every outfit you own, cutting down the decision process and making your mornings far more efficient.


    Get them from ModCloth for $65 (available in two colors and sizes 36–42).

    34. A pack of four scrub gloves that'll exfoliate your skin while evenly distributing soap — getting you, your kids, or your pets completely clean from now on.

    Promising review: "Unlike a hand brush, which is difficult for me to hold to even with a strap around my hand, these gloves stay put! What I really like about these gloves is my ability to control the pressure. I can use a light touch for the gentle areas of my skin or a heavier touch for the less sensitive areas. The multiple gloves in one package allow me to change out for the different body parts. I can also include a pair in my guest bath. I think these are great!" —Ms Anon

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    35. A cheeseburger pool float so your next pool day is relaxing to the max — jump in this and you won't even need to use up the energy it takes to float.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $5.37.

    36. A Makeup Eraser that works with water so you can stop spending cash on wet wipes and fancy oils.

    BuzzFeed reviews, Amazon

    When its dirty, just throw it in with your laundry and you'll be G2G! And be sure to check out why this was selected as our mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "OMG! Why am I just now knowing about this product??? I bought this to save money from using the disposable makeup removers not believing it would actually work. This towel is nothing short of amazing! I wet it, then remove even the toughest long-wearing makeup in minutes. And when I’m done, I use hand soap to clean it. I’m so glad I found this. If you’re trying to reduce your personal contribution to the world’s waste, give up the makeup wipes and try this towel. You’ll thank me. Trust me." —Gospelqueen

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    37. A passport wallet with enough room to hold every paper and card you could possibly need while you travel, making sure you won't misplace your passport...again.


    Read why one of my BuzzFeed coworkers says this is a must-have travel wallet.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. This holds everything I need in one place (boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, etc.) without looking bulky. It's just amazing! I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot." —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    38. A tub of Tide Pods that are so much easier to carry around and throw in the wash than standard detergent. Now you won't have to worry about making a mess when cleaning your clothes.


    Promising review: "I like the clean ocean mist scent, but I love the way these pods get my laundry clean and fresh. They are super easy to use. Having teenagers in the house that do their own laundry, the pods make it so I don't ever have to worry about my kids putting in too much or too little detergent. When we travel I always take a few pods with me in case we have to do laundry. They are so much easier to pack than any other detergent. Just a winning product all around." —SBCincinnati

    Get a pack of 72 from Amazon for $17.49.

    39. A travel Poo-Pourri, because smelling up public bathrooms always gets you down in the ~dumps~ — fortunately this is more than happy to help!


    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote all about this nifty travel-sized tool.

    Promising review: "I think this is the most adorable thing ever. I bought it so I could keep it in my purse, but once I started working in an office, I decided to tuck it into my desk drawer. It's discreet, and when I need to go to the restroom, I can bring it along without anyone noticing. Now I don't need to use obnoxious chemicals to mask the smells. One of the women in my office has a sensitivity to chemical perfumes, so I'm sure she'd appreciate that I'm not contributing to her suffering." —brinnet

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49 (available in five scents).

    40. A drill brush kit that'll finally clean the nasty grout in your bathtub. Nothing is worse than seeing that filth in the place where you try to get yourself clean.,

    This kit includes three nylon power brushes.

    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 colors).

    41. A water wand to make washing your dog way less of a mess.,

    Promising review: "This is what you've been looking for. I've waited over 20 years for this and have used everything from custom heads to kitchen wash heads. The water flow from this even at low pressure is excellent, the adjustments on the handle work well throughout, and this WILL get right through a thick undercoat." —Animal Doctor

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    42. And finally, a graphic tee you can throw on when you want to remember exactly how to take on your day.

    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $18.32+ (available in sizes S–3XL; from BuzzFeed's Good Advice Cupcake line).

    When I manage to wash the dog without turning the bathroom floor into a kiddo pool:


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