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    Mar 17, 2020

    28 Products That'll Do Jobs You Didn't Know Needed To Be Done

    An adhesive "shoe," glow in the dark tape, an Instagram painting, and 25 other products that'll help solve everyday (and not so everyday) problems.

    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 mesh sneaker bag so you can stop feeing de-feet-ed by smelly, dirty shoes. Attach this around the machine door (the hook-and-loop straps even work on round ones), toss your shoes in the pocket, and you're G2G!

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    You can attach it to the door like the image above or just toss it in the machine like a regular delicates bag.

    Promising review: "Love this. My 12-year-old daughter decided white Keds would make her life complete. So this product became very necessary. Nice that you can use it for both the washer and dryer. The hook and loop is great and makes it easy to open. You can easily adjust the straps for a round door. Hoping this will make all the extra sneaker loads easier." —chicago

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    2. A Pretty Litter subscription – this litter is designed to change colors when your cat is sick, alerting you with plenty of time to get your kitto to the vet. Nothing will put your mind at ease better than knowing your stoic cat's health is ~crystal~ clear.

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    Each bag has enough litter to cover you for a month and the subscription includes free shipping.

    For more information, check out this review from my co-worker, Kat Angus: This Kitty Litter Knew My Cat Was Sick Before My Veterinarian Did.

    Start a subscription for $21/month (available for one, two, and multi-cat households).

    3. A pack of four "licorice" straws for anyone who knows eco-friendly choices make everything taste especially sweet.

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    Promising review: "Now that reusable straws are becoming more and more popular, especially where we live in California, I figured it would be great to have a little fun. These a great for kids as well as adults, and they work really well! I will certainly be ordering them again." —Joshua Epstein

    Get them from Amazon for $7.49.

    4. A car insurance and registration holder to keep everything you need in one spiffy space, because rushing to find your registration in the trash box you call a glove compartment can be even more stressful than getting pulled over in the first place.

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    Promising review: "I was searching for a flat holder that was long enough to hold my state’s registration form without having to fold it. This fit the requirements. I like the sturdy feel of it – it feels long-lasting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it seems to have light magnetic closures that keep it together but aren't so strong as to make it difficult to open." —Rachel Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in three colors).

    5. A cast-iron stake to let your neighbors know your yard is not their basset hound's bathroom...without taking away from your *gorge* rhododendrons.

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    Promising review: "I love this little sign! It's such a polite way to tell your neighbors not to let their dogs go on your lawn. We had a problem with one particular neighbor who wouldn't pick up after her two small dogs and this has totally alleviated that. She simply walks past our yard now. It's cute, the perfect size, and effective!" —MO x CO x KO

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A 10-piece set of shoe storage slots sure to save you enough closet space to...buy many, many more shoes.

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    Promising review: "Confession time. I am a bit of a shoe fiend. These little shoe slots have allowed me to fit way more shoes in my closet shelving (yay!) AND having them organized like this keeps my shoes looking nicer because they aren't all scraping against each other. It also helps me remember which shoes I have because they are all visible. :) The little heel stoppers pop out every so often when I am getting shoes, which is sort of annoying, but this is still a five-star purchase." —MoniqueRamsay

    Get them from Amazon for $24.95.

    7. A ring-size adjuster for helping you wear oversized rings without spending a bundle on getting them fitted.

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    Promising review: "This is so simple yet so efficient! I have thin fingers (size 4) and my rings always spin all the way around. This product was very easy to use. I used both sizes, one for my bridal set that is soldered together and the thin one for my other ring. You can customize the fit by using more or less turns of the twine. It will be fairly easy to remove and attach again on swollen finger days. And it's super cheap. I think I should be able to resize 10 rings without having to reuse any of the twine. I'm very satisfied!" —new mom 2

    Get four from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. A roll of glow in-the-dark tape you can basically use any time you'd rather not trip or stub your toe in the dark. This stuff really is, ahem, a ~bright~ idea.

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    Promising review: "I bought this tape hoping I could use it to label switches on a guitar effects pedalboard (above, right) so I could identify them on a dark stage while playing. It works perfectly! It was easy to trim the length and width neatly, thanks to the lines marked on the reverse backing. Sharpie ink goes on easily, with no smearing, and it's high contrast and easy to read in both light and dark environments.

    When I tested 'supercharging' the tape with a bright pocket flashlight just before playing, the glow was a really bright green and it was incredibly easy to read the labeling – even in total darkness. I am really impressed with this tape. It performed much better than I had hoped for. I am going to give strips to my friends so they can label their boards as well." —Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    9. A clear spinning storage system that'll make finding/grabbing items in the fridge, cupboards, or bathroom so fast it'll make your head spin.

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    Promising review: "I bought a few of these to organize medicine in the cupboard. They're great quality – very sturdy and spin nicely. Perfect!" —Nichole Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A pack of six furniture markers sure to delight your kids when you tell them they actually ~can~ draw on the furniture.

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    Promising review: "I am thoroughly impressed! We have a 115+ year old house and we only have hardwood in our downstairs hall and den. We didn't want to spend tons of money because we are probably going to be replacing the flooring in a few years. I'm actually still working on this as I'm writing this, but I am so impressed that I just had to write a review right away. The only 'negative' I have is that the colors are darker than the caps show, but not a big deal. For the money, you can't go wrong." —Borg

    Get them from Amazon for $8.24.

    11. A Rent The Runway membership for fashion-savvy folks who want to rent their wardrobe and thus, be able to afford their rent.

    Rent The Runway

    One of my BuzzFeed Coworkers tried the unlimited membership and said it was literally life changing.

    Get a membership starting at $69/month.

    12. A can crusher to help you recycle *and* relieve some stress in the most satisfying way possible. Honestly, now that you know this thing exists, you might be ~crushed~ if you don't get it.

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    You can mount this on a wall or table and crush cans to 20% of their original size. Reviewers have also said this works on smaller cans, so feel free to crunch that pet food right on up!

    Promising review: "I'm sorry to tell the can community that I've killed many of their brethren with this device. I think the other cans now recognize me and are trying to flee when I walk into the store, but they too will get what's coming to them. Muahahaha. Seriously, though, this is a good crusher. It does what I bought it for. The cans had no chance." —Markus

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A pair of adhesive soles so you can walk around sans-shoes wherever you want, all barefoot and beautiful!

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    These durable soles are designed to protect your feet from grime, pollutants, and skin abrasions, while still feeling like you're walking around barefoot. They're even waterproof, so they're a solid/sanitary choice whether you're hanging out at a water park or strolling through a stream.

    Promising review: "These are great for on the beach! Hot sand is no longer a problem!" —Rebecca H.

    Get a pack of three from NakeFit for $17.99 (available in sizes 5–10).

    14. A pack of parchment paper squares *with handles* that'll help swiftly remove your baked goods without the need to stab a fork or knife into those perfectly crisp edges.

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    Promising review: "I love baking, and the 'handles' on these parchment rounds made a huge difference in being able to remove sponge cake layers neatly from their baking pans and move them onto a cooling rack. No more contortions trying to pick up and flip over a hot cake pan! I'll definitely be ordering these rounds in other sizes to fit all of my cake pans!" —Karin W.

    Get 24 sheets from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four sizes and two shapes).

    15. A set of six taco trays that are gonna make preparing (and eating!) dinner on taco night a breeze. Are these colorful cuties about to make the best night of the week even better? Why, yes. I believe they are.

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    These are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "These are PERFECT for kids! My son has a meltdown over his tacos on a regular basis, because they fall over and the filling falls out. These are not only a fun novelty, but quite functional. These are fun, festive colors. They even worked on soft shells! I put them in the dishwasher on the top rack and they wash up great." —Marni JC

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. Or an automatic pan stirrer so you can ignore a crucial part of your dinner prep without stirring the pot...at all.

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    This has a built-in timer and runs on four AA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It's perfect for stirring gravy when you need your hands for other things." —Grace Cerar

    Get it from Amazon for $22.90.

    17. A gorgeous bottle of nonalcoholic gin that'll give you a fix when you aren't fixin' to drink as much, while still making your bar cart look beautiful.

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    Promising review: "I've tried many non-alcohol spirits and Monday is legit. It has a great forward juniper taste. I'd like a better burn, but on ice with splash of lime, when mixed with tonic or soda, this is spot-on. Monday is the top non-alcohol spirit in my opinion. I was at two to three gallons of spirits a week and up to 10 beers a day for a decade. Monday takes the edge off." —Timothy Strong Bear

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. A custom painting you can have made from any uploaded photo – making your most Instagram-worthy memories actual pieces of art.

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    I recently had a custom painting made from one of my favorite photos of my cat, Blair. The process is brilliantly simple, just upload a photo (with up to five subjects included), choose from three different painting styles, select a size, and finish off with a frame. Voila! I can literally see the brushstrokes on my painting – this is ART, people! ...as if all cat photos aren't already fine art.

    Get it from Paintru for $185.

    19. A Home Chef membership for folks who are ready to embrace home cooking, as long as they don't have to leave their home to grocery shop.

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    Home Chef uses basic ingredients and creates clever twists with their recipes, so you can make new foods without being intimidated by ingredients. And there's no need to worry about time, each meal takes 30 minutes or less to make!

    Get it from Home Chef for $6.99+ a meal (available in multiple memberships).

    20. A sliding wrapping paper cutter so you can stop wasting paper when your scissor skills aren't what they used to be. Seriously, you were the best paper cutter in your kindergarten class, what happened?!

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    Promising review: "This item is super easy to use and cuts well every time. I've used it at least five times already and it works perfectly. It's such a great time-saver and I've even come back to buy more for other friends as a cute little gift. This little helper makes me actually enjoy wrapping presents!! Everyone should have one of these Little ELFs!" —Cathy Bitner

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. An LED necklace that'll make finding your doggo in the dark *much* easier, no matter how far they're able to fetch.

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    Promising review: "This product worked perfectly for my two 15-10 pound Chihuahua mixes. They like to wander around the property and this makes it ten times easier to spot them at night instead of trying to hear for their collars, or hurting my eyes to try and spot a white speck." —Sierra

    Get it from REI for $12 (available in two colors).

    22. A freeze-dried bag of raw cat food that'll improve your cat's digestive system and thus, improve life with your cat...by making their litter box smell like nothing at all (even immediately after use).

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    I started feeding my cats Stella and Chewy specifically because I had heard a raw diet could prevent litter box odor. After seeing how much my cats love it, how much energy they now have, and how well-maintained their weight has been since I started feeding them this, I can't help but recommend it every chance I get! And the litter box? I swear I forget it's there. This stuff really, really works.

    Promising review: "My beloved cat is 18 years old and this food has seriously improved her life (and mine!). I've fed my cat a different brand for years thinking I was giving her the best kibble I could find at the store, but after hearing reports that brand was being linked to heart disease in pets, I did my research and came across Stella and Chewy's. Since starting her on this food she barfs less and her litter box doesn't stink up the whole house between cleanings. She seems happier and more energetic and I couldn't be more thankful!" —Courtney Le Bel

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six flavors).

    23. A Taiyaki pan that may seem fishy, but it's sure to make desserts at home extra delectable.

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    Promising review: "My dad is a Japanese native who grew up in Japan and has been living in the US for almost 30 years. Fresh Taiyaki is impossible to come by where we live here in the US, so for Christmas I got him this maker. He was absolutely giddy and has been addicted to it ever since! If he gains 20 pounds this year, I know it'll be my fault. You can easily make delicious, fresh, warm Taiyaki with this device and a basic out-of-the-box waffle mix (yes there are better recipes from scratch, but we found the box recipe was good enough for us!). After a few practice batches, my dad was a pro. We use it on a glass-top stove and it works fine, especially if you follow the directions and pre-heat the pan on the stove." —Mar-Bar

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    24. An insect sticky trap that'll destroy gnats, flies, midges, and whiteflies – place these directly into the soil to keep your plant children from being ~bugged~ by life-sucking insects.

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    These are made using eco-friendly materials and they're non-toxic, so go ahead and use them with both indoor and outdoor plants!

    Promising review: "These work exactly as described! Fungus gnats took to one of my indoor plants and these sticky sheets were an extremely easy and effective solution. They were also easy to cut to size, and the 20-pack left me with plenty of extras for future use." —Leah

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three pack sizes).

    25. A hair-finishing stick that'll snatch up those flyaways and wisps and get you out of any ~hairy~ situations in a stitch!

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    This is made from natural plant extracts, so you don't have to worry about it leaving your clean hair greasy.

    Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and high rated product I try, my flyaways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head flyaway frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smooths my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RHoffsommer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    26. A nail and cuticle oil made from jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E that'll strengthen your nails.

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    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month while I was religiously applying it two-three times a day in February. I was really seeing great improvements, so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    27. A road trip candle to help satisfy (at least a little bit) anyone who wishes they could go on one right now.

    Homesick Candles

    Promising review: "This candle is my favorite so far! There's no other way to describe the scent other than 'road trip.' Perf! It's the best!" —Lauren S.

    Get it from Homesick Candle for $29.95.

    28. And finally, a striking eyeball rug that's gonna be a real sight to see no matter where you put it in your place. Statement pieces this simple are simply the best!

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    Promising review: "I adore this fun rug. It looks great in my kitchen and it’s so soft under my feet. I highly recommend! 👁👍💙" —D. Christensen

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $25.49+ (available in two sizes).

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