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    32 Things That'll Do Jobs You Probably Didn't Even Know Needed To Be Done

    An Instant Pot cheat sheet, anti-fog spray, damage-free hair scrunchies, and 29 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. An oven thermometer for folks who find their rental's ancient oven finicky at best. Use this for making sure you know the *actual* temperature, preventing any further cooking fails – courtesy of your oven.

    A round thermometer with top hook and stand sitting on an oven rack

    Promising review: "This is a great value for the product. The ovens I have used have always seemed to be a bit off, so this was very important to have around the house especially for recipes that need a very specific temperature. My wife bakes a lot and before having an oven thermometer, she often times over-baked or under-baked her recipes. This thermostat can hang easily on the oven rack and is easy to read, making it helpful for any dish that needs to be baked at a certain temperature. Highly recommend this product!" —Abe

    Get it from Amazon for $8.10.

    2. A fruit bouquet that's gonna be a hit with picky eaters who know produce must be ~beary~ cute if it is to be consumed.

    A fruit bouquet with tons of fruits in different shapes of flowers
    Edible Arrangements

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my fathers birthday. It was a great gift the fruit was perfect. I would order this again. The watermelon looked small but they are bigger than expected. Pineapple was sweet and not too sour." —Eva Cazared

    Get it from Edible Arrangements for $69.99.

    3. Or a box of Verb energy bars that'll delight people who need a pick-me-up stronger than chocolate. These have as much caffeine as an espresso – without the post-coffee slump and/or jitters.

    The Verb Energy bars in the salted peanut butter, vanilla late, coconut chai, and lemon raspberry flavors
    @verbenergy / Via

    Wish you could have a salted peanut butter, maple blueberry, lemon raspberry, coconut chai, cocoa, vanilla latte...that's chewable? Here ya go! You can even try them for free (just pay $3.95 for shipping) and see what you think!

    Promising review: "I struggled for a long time to find something to fuel me before my early morning workout. I'm up early, roll out of bed and work out before the day gets away from me. Thankfully a friend recommended Verb bars! They are perfect for me! Love the bars, this company, and their customer service." —Leah

    Get a box from Verb for $22+ (available in multiple flavors and bundles).

    4. A clarifying serum with willow bark extract, niacinamide, and a zinc blend that's sure to please people who have decided to sneak a serum into their skincare routine. This is here to help with minimizing inflammation, acne, and clogged pores on stressed-out skin.

    A blue bottle that says "Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum" with a dropper filled with transparent light blue liquid hovering over it
    Versed Skincare

    Promising review: "I was on a hunt for niacinamide serum and this hit a jackpot. Blemishes on my cheeks are fading after constant use (two times a day and it took about a week to notice the changes) and pores are looking smaller than before. This will be my holy grail and will be added to my daily routine for a long time!" —Versed Customer

    Get it from Versed Skincare for $19.99.

    5. An anti-fog spray for responsible folks who have been wearing face masks despite their glasses constantly fogging up – you deserve to see the light!,

    Promising review: "I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future." —Tonya Crippen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    6. A menstrual cup with a flat design that'll last up to 12 hours. Did I just fall in love with a piece of silicone? Hard maybe.

    A person holding the flexible cup applicator in the palm of their hand

    Get it from Intimina for $33.96.

    7. A soothing behavioral aid toy with a faux heartbeat that's gonna keep your anxious pup calm and help you finally get some sleep while crate training.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing invention. Honestly, I was a bit hesitant because of the cost, but I did not want our new puppy to have anxiety issues the first night away from his litter/mom. We bought this ahead of picking up our puppy, and on the day of we placed it among all the litter mates to play with and then the breeder rubbed it on the mom. On the drive home, we placed the puppy inside a puppy crate with this Snuggle Puppy and a towel with our scent on it – he did not even cry once. Then, once home we placed the snuggle puppy inside his crate and he would return to it every so often in between eating/playing/sniffing his closed off area in the kitchen. At night, we moved the crate into our bedroom, guided the puppy into the crate with a treat (positive reinforcement), and he snuggled up against the snuggle puppy. I am stunned to report that he did not even cry, not once. If you have any hesitation at all, I say go for it. It is his favorite toy and will stay with him for a long time to come." —Brennan Michael McMillan

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in four colors).

    8. A pair of magnetic barbecue lights so you can immediately make the "Gordon-Hamsey Burger (with squash and ham)" that you start craving after bingeing Bob's Burgers late into the night.

    A reviewer cooking food on the grill with the lights attached

    Promising review: "Just bought a new grill and needed some decent lighting since most of my meals are done at night. These two lights attach only to the lid of my grill because the side tables aren’t magnetic but the flex necks make the lighting very versatile. The light is bright and illuminates the grill well. The color of the light is good too. I'm very pleased so far. Seems durable. I plan on keeping it in its storage when not in use and hope to get plenty of use out of it." —Ryan Smith

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. A set of door strips for adding some extra insulation into your room and thus, help you save on electric. But wait! There's more! These are also sound-proof and great for turning your tiny home office into a sanctuary free from the Trolls 2 soundtrack your kids are belting in the living room.

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

    10. An adjustable 16-inch pan and lid rack with scratch-proof steel dividers – this'll adjust to your...unique...collection of pots and pans as easily as you adjust every recipe to be cooked in muffin tins.

    Pans, lids, and baking sheets organized on a white with metal dividers

    Promising review: "In less than five minutes my stacks and piles were organized and beautiful! I open the doors and see the neat order and smile so big! This is so easy to use and sturdy." —Pati N

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    11. An all-in-one comforter you can literally use all year long. If you, like me, have discovered the joys of making a minimalist bed, you know there's nothing better than a comforter that does it all. Plus this thing is luxurious. Like, unreasonably luxurious.

    A bed made with the plush comforter
    Sunday Citizen

    Nothing has made me feel more like a put-together adult than my Sunday Citizen products. Everything they make is 100% worth the splurge. This comforter specifically has made my nights so comfortable (it really does work in every season) and made my room look so much nicer, because it's so easy to make the bed when it's the only thing above my fitted sheet! I will cherish this comforter, to have and to hold, until death do we part.

    Promising review: "I now have three of these comforters. The colors are beautiful! They are soft and snuggly and the perfect weight for sleeping. Not too hot and not too cold...just perfect!" —Elizabeth M.

    Get it from Sunday Citizen for $249+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    12. A pack of five elastic scrunchies for anyone who is ready to break up with breakage caused by tight elastics. These are also great for preventing tension headaches if you like having your hair up when you sleep!

    A model wearing pink scrunchie in hair

    Promising review: "Reader, I love these scrunchies for my curly-frizzy-coarse and dry dry dry hair. I travel in them (they saved my hair on a looooooong set of flights to and from Australia this past January), sleep in them EVERY NIGHT, and I even wear them out when my hair is dirty and it's ~low bun time~ to dress it up a bit. I have absolutely noticed a reduction in breakage and the strands that cascade to the floor when I take my hair down in the morning for styling. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option to just add a little TLC to your hair care, I absolutely recommend these bbs. And in several months of constant use, there's been no stretching out, even though I have quite a bit of hair." —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A pack of Ruth Asawa or Halloween stamps so you can send something special to a loved one while possibly helping save the USPS. A job we *really* didn't know needed to be done.


    Get a sheet of 20 Ruth Asawa or Halloween stamps from USPS for $11.

    14. And a darling notecard that's perfect for those "just because" letters.

    An eggshell blue card with a turn-dial phone being picked up by a hand with the words "Hello There" on the top
    Copper And Brass Paper

    Get it from Copper And Brass Paper on Etsy for $15.

    15. A cabinet turntable sure to make your pantry more accessible and organized simply by spinning it...right round like a record, baby!

    Clear plastic lazy Susan filled with food goods

    Promising review: "I love it, I got one and use in my bathroom for my face masks and such, but think I need one in just about every room of my house. It's well made, spins really well, and the bins come in and out easily and are made of good, solid plastic. Also there is a little storage part in the centre for pens or brushes or something similar." —Chelsea

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    16. A versatile bag clip for treating your Gucci dupe with the love and respect it deserves – it's hard work looking that pretty!,

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girlfriends love it and have gotten it for themselves." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in seven colors).

    17. A suction shower and bath grip that'll make getting in and out of the bath less of a slippery stress, without applying permanent damage to your bathroom walls.

    A hand gripping handle on bathtub ledge

    Promising review: "I bought this for our shower, because my parents were coming for Christmas and my stepfather is an amputee. He’s almost 70, roughly 6-foot-2 and 250 lbs., (or more post-Christmas feast), and I didn’t hear a crash all week. He survived the holidays without any injury, and the handle is still in place. It was very easy to install, which made me leery because I felt like it was too easy. I can’t get a shower caddy to stay up without crashing, so my fear of being the kid who put in the shower handle wrong and causing a holiday catastrophe was a real concern — my mother would never let me live it down. But rest assured, this thing is easy and sturdy, and the price was great. Holidays are tight enough without my desperate need for karma points and parental approval making extra deductions from my bank account." —Erin H

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    18. A car dip clip to revolutionize your drive-through dinner lifestyle. Pinkies! Up!

    A reviewer dipping a chicken nugget into a sauce cup inside of the dip clip

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get two from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A tie hanger that can hold up to 20 ties, keeping your favorite accessories neat and...ahem...tie-dy all the time.

    A wooden and metal tie hanger with two ties

    Promising review: "Good quality, small, and compact. I own about 10 of these now." –Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $7.

    20. A plant-based gel cream made from a formula that's nongreasy and completely transparent. Get this and your flyaways are gonna, well you know, fly away.

    Or specifically, be tamed onto your head with a tiny, gel covered mascara wand.

    Promising review: "I was surprised to find that this product is very easy to use and extremely effective. It didn't leave my hair looking greasy or sticky and it works great for baby hairs around the face." —GoBlue

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    21. A pasta measuring tool for cooks who are incapable of using their ~noodle~ when it comes to solving the dreaded "how much dry pasta is too much cooked pasta" life quiz.

    The tool with four differently sized holes to measure pasta meant for one, two, three, or four servings

    Promising review: "This is a lifesaver. I used to make more pasta than was necessary. Now I can make the perfect amount of pasta without looking like I’m trying to feed a whole army." —ashting

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    22. A pack of corner guards sure to make sharp surfaces safe while still letting your style stay sharp.


    Your midnight trips to the bathroom are about to become far less dangerous.

    Promising review: "I needed this product to baby-proof my house for our 6-month-old as he is going to stand and walk soon. This protects us too from getting hurt from the corners. I have a desk in my living room that has sharp corners and a dining table with sharp corners. These corner protectors were easy to install. There's a small adhesive sticker that you place inside the corner protectors before sticking them to the corners. When I applied them, they stuck immediately. I was surprised by how unnoticeable they were on the corners of my desk." —Tushar

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    23. A two-roll toilet paper holder you can attach to the side of your toilet tank. Having a small bathroom is ~crappy~ but clever solutions like this can help make it livable, maybe even likable!

    A metal two-roll toilet paper holder hooked onto the tank of a toilet

    Promising review: "I needed something that didn't require hardware and that kept the toilet paper out of the way in a smallish bathroom. This does the job. My left-handed daughter would probably prefer it to be on the right side of the tank instead of the left, but that's the way it is in a small bathroom. I like that I can hang two rolls so that there is less chance that someone runs out. It's kind of utilitarian in appearance, but I happen to like that look." –Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    24. A dehydrator that'll help you turn leftover groceries into dehydrated treats that won't go bad after a week. We're talkin' dried fruit, chips, even jerky. Yes please.,

    Promising review: "This is a really a great product at a great price. I was buying jerky a couple of times a week because I am on a high-protein diet. It was $7 for a small bag. I had a similar device years ago and just never replaced it after it died. This is an upgrade for sure. It stores in a very clever way to minimize the space it takes. I took it out of the box, put in some strips I had been marinading for a couple of days, and this morning had bags of great homemade jerky. It just paid for itself. My wife is on a special diet as well and is going to make some fruit. I am looking forward to trying that as well." —Scott Stegal

    Get it from Amazon for $39.52.

    25. A cheese keeper to keep your favorite cheeses, both hard and soft, alive longer by allowing them to breathe. In the words of her highness, Veruca Salt, "Give it to me NOW!"

    A yellow rectangular box that looks like cheese with two blocks of cheese in it

    Cheese is MY bar of chocolate.

    Promising review: "Oh wow! I followed the directions and put that moist paper towel in with my cheese, on the bottom and put some unwrapped and cut Jarlsberg wedge in it. I left for vacation and two weeks later came back, and it was still fresh and moist and not moldy! Huzzah! I'm MIGHTY impressed with this simple gadget. I hate food waste and this is super helpful!" —Awesome Taste

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    26. A plant food spike that can feed your plants up to two months and give them a hearty, healthy place to grow – so there's nothing but watering on your to-do list.


    Be sure to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violet plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get 24 from Amazon for $2.99.

    27. An eco-friendly hand soap refill pack – a plastic-free alternative to buying new bottles of soap. Fill any bottle with water, drop in the tablet, and your soap'll start bubbling up in seconds!

    Three packets with the foaming hand soap tablets on a plate

    Every tablet makes 9 ounces of foaming hand soap.

    Promising review: "I love the hand soap from Blueland. So far, I've used the lemon and lavender scent and love them both. They smell amazing and foam up nicely. I feel good knowing I am doing a small part to keep plastic out of the oceans and will definitely be purchasing more from Blueland." —Sarah P.

    Get a three-pack from Blueland for $6 (available in four scents).

    28. A pack of eight extendable skewers you're gonna have to remember to buy, unless you wanna be ~roasted~ by your relatives when they find out you thought a shorty stick would work to make s'mores with. Foolish.,

    Promising review: "These are easy-to-use extendable roasting sticks. Took them camping with the family, and everyone liked having their own color. Comes with a nice little bag to carry them in. I just wrapped the tips in paper towels before putting in bag until we got home to wash. Would definitely buy again if needed. Quality seems good — nice and strong didn’t not bend or feel like anything was going to fall off." —Alaskan jen

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two styles).

    29. A garbage guard you simply stick on your trash can for preventing buzzing, bothersome bugs from hanging around their favorite haunt (i.e., your garbage).

    Reviewer photo of the rectangle guard in black attached to the inside of a garbage can lid

    Promising review: "This thing really works!!! It’s August with record-breaking heat, and there are NO FLIES in my outdoor garbage can. I did use the double-sided sticky tape (included) to attach it to the center of the lid, and it’s holding tightly after six weeks of garbage service. City trash pickup like ours is not a gentle procedure. Mechanized and very rough garbage can handling is the norm, but it’s sticking tight. I’ll never be without this product again." —Cynthia D

    Get it from Amazon for $8.24.

    30. A pack of silicone mask strap extenders so you can still wear the cutie floral number you picked up on Etsy, even though they totally made it child-sized.


    Promising review: "These straps have been ideal for me. I wear a face mask at my job for around nine hours. Because of the strap, my ears are not irritated, and I can put the mask around my neck and pull it up as needed." —Flo

    Get four from Amazon for $6.99 (available in seven colors).

    31. A pack of four self-closing outlets that go way beyond those crummy plastic caps. Plus, these are gonna make your baby-proofed place look way less baby-proofed, even though they're extra safe!

    A white wall outlet with slide covers

    Promising review: "We have been behind the curve on babyproofing and bought a big pack of the plastic two-prong outlet covers. My kiddo is determined to stick anything and everything he can into outlets and wants so badly to peel the individual outlet covers off. I bought a four-pack of these covers and they are AMAZING! They're easy to install (just don't forget the little plastic spacer between the actual bare outlet and the back of the cover) and SO MUCH BETTER than the cheap plastic covers. For the outlets that were the kiddo's 'favorites' to try to bust into, these are SO GOOD. The amount of force needed to slide the plate over to use is more than a toddler can muster, but not hard for an adult. It's very easy to plug things in, and take them out, but the baby doesn't even mess with these outlets anymore because the thrill of death is beyond his tiny finger strength. Installing a few of these in high kid-traffic areas has been WELL worth it! Thanks for a great product." —Katie Ackerman

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    32. And finally, an Instant Pot magnetic cheat sheet you can stick right on your machine, giving you a helpful source that's far more reliable than asking Alexa for recipe directions every step of the way.

    An Instant Pot with the cheat sheet on the side showing pasta, seafood, pork, beans, and vegetable timing

    This includes 95 common food ingredients with their liquid ratios and cooking times. There's info for pasta and grains, seafood and fish, pork, beans and legumes, vegetables, chicken, beef, and other meats.

    Promising review: "I am so happy that I decided to give this product a try! What an amazing idea. I placed the smaller magnet right on the Instant Pot and use it daily for a quick reference. Instead of searching the cookbook or the internet, I can just glance over and know in an instant how to program my Instant Pot for that particular product." —Olesya

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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