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    Updated on 4 Aug 2020. Posted on 17 Jul 2020

    Here Are 26 Things That Will Help Keep The Peace In Your Household

    Calling all my fellow shitty housemates.

    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. This Instant Pot, which will do all the temperature-measuring and timing for you — perfect for lazy cooks who always leave the cooking for their partners.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    I was fully prepared not to be impressed by the Instant Pot. I can not stress how tedious I find the act of cooking — but even after my very first experience, I can wholeheartedly advocate its use for the culinary-challenged or time-poor among us. A 7-in-1 appliance — yes, seven — you're able to do all the things with just a single appliance, saving storage space, washing up time and (as I was particularly curious to find out) master all the cooking techniques.

    Read more about my experience cooking with the Instant Pot here.

    Buy a 3L model for $189 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This scalp shampoo brush, which will not only detangle your hair, but massage your scalp, encouraging hair growth (and feels amazing). Perfect for turning morning grouches into people easier to be around.

    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This lil' guy has two massage settings that can help increase hair growth and overall scalp health by lifting away dead skin cells, oil and buildup. It's also cute as heck.

    I completely expected this to pull my hair when dry, especially at times when I don't add any oil, but it proved my narcissistic self wrong! Not only does it keep my hair tangle-free, it moves so smoothly I constantly use it on my dry hair when I have a headache or feel stressed. This has saved me so much time (and water) when I'd usually take a bath to relax.

    And it works just as well in the shower. I have ultra-bleached, over-dyed, exhausted hair and yet, this moves smoothly all the way from the base of my neck to my crown. Which makes me feel like an actual queen."

    Mallory Mower

    Read more of Mallory's review here.
    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.13.

    3. This automatic toothpaste dispenser, so you no longer have to justify squeezing the tube from the middle, rather than the end.

    Amazon

    If you often get into arguments over a mangled toothpaste tube, this here is about to solve that particular dilemma. Affixed to the wall with a strong and seamless sticker, this toothpaste dispenser makes the most of every tube, squeezing every last drop out, saving you money in the process.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.99.

    4. This gel mould and mildew remover, to do all the work in the shower everyone's been avoiding — get you some brownie points, you know?

    Amazon

    I love me a quick fix. This highly concentrated (wear gloves!), mould and mildew remover is effective and requires very little effort. Simply squeeze gel along the grout you want to revive, leave for five to six hours, then wash off with running water. Much cheaper than renovating the bathroom, really.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    5. This cold brew coffee maker, because you know you're hard to deal with when you've not had your morning coffee.

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    Next to having caffeine directly injected into your veins (please do not attempt this), cold brew is heaven sent to a caffeine addict. Should you be the kind of person to not go a day without a morning cuppa, try your fix in a different way with this cold brew maker. A stainless steel basket holds ground coffee or tea leaves — and a complimentary neoprene sleeve means hands stay warm and dry when on the go.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.79.

    6. This Squatty Potty, which will help you, well, go to the toilet better, minimising the time you hog the bathroom.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This simple stool promises to relax and fully open your colon for quick and easy, err, evacuation. Furthermore, you can say goodbye to symptoms of haemorrhoids, constipation and bloating.

    Read all about my experience with the Squatty Potty here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $40.

    7. This office chair cushion, because your housemates can't have yet another conversation about how fucked up your back is, so best you sort out your office set up quick smart.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    So, I have a pretty rubbish spine — a chiropractor once described it as someone having veered off the road in one direction and in trying to right themselves, steered far too much in the opposite direction. Long story short, even the best, ergonomic office chairs are unlikely to give me the support I need. This lumbar support made from memory foam supports the arch in my back perfectly. Attached to any seat with adjustable, elasticised straps, it is an absolute godsend.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.99.

    8. And this rechargeable, handheld deep tissue massager, because unsurprisingly, your mates don't really want to massage your sore muscles for you.

    Amazon

    My idea of luxury are massages. Like, keep your fancy chocolates, your champagne (actually, I wouldn't mind those) — just soothe me of my many aches and pains. This handheld massager features a powerful motor that can produce up to 3600 pulses per minute, so you can trust it to loosen the tightest of knots. It comes with five different head attachments, so it's effective wherever you choose to use it.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $46.99.

    9. This makeup bag, which is perfect for those of us (ahem, me) who have a hard time packing their makeup away after using it, leaving products sprawled all over the bathroom sink.

    Amazon

    This makeup bag uses a drawstring mechanism to open up and become a makeup mat, then closes to turn into a makeup bag. It is unsurprisingly the number one bestselling makeup bag on Amazon.

    Buy a two pack from Amazon Australia for $12.97.

    10. This scratch-off movie list, because nothing is more infuriating than spending the whole night deciding what to watch and leaving no time to view a movie in the end.

    Etsy

    I may or may not be calling myself out with this one. Many a night has been spent jumping from streaming service to streaming service, looking for something that both my husband and I could agree on. This chic movie poster features 100 of the most popular, iconic films of all time, allowing you to scratch them off as you go.

    Buy it from Etsy for $25.32.

    11. This toilet roll holder, which will end arguments about who didn't replace the loo paper — because there's a handful right there.

    Amazon

    This toilet roll holder is about to be the most useful accessory in your bathroom. A handy hook dispenses paper, while storage below holds an extra roll. Attached to the tank by a hook, it cleverly saves on floor space, unlike other roll holders.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.07.

    12. This bottle of Mavala Stop, which tastes bitter enough that you're sure to kick your biting nails habit — much to your partner's relief.

    Amazon

    I'm sorry, but biting your nails is a nasty habit and you must be helped. Bitter-tasting, but completely harmless, this clear polish will dissuade you from chewing down on your nails.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.61.

    13. This three-in-one laundry hamper, because no matter how many times you're told to separate whites and colours, you just chuck it all in at once.

    Amazon

    This laundry cart has three detachable, washable bags, each for either different members of the household or separating whites, darks and colours from each other. Set on wheels, you can move it to different parts of the house — including in front of the TV, when ironing on its flat top surface. Plus, a built-in net under the bags serves to hold other dirty items you don't want mixed with your clothes.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $79.89.

    14. This neck book light, which will settle arguments when one of you wants to read and the other wants to sleep.

    Amazon

    Instead of debating the benefits of getting another chapter in versus an extra hour of sleep, get yourself one of these silicone, adjustable reading lights. Made to sit lightly around the neck and on shoulders, it can last for eight hours (who needs sleep anyway?) and comes with flood light and spotlight modes. You can also use it on nighttime runs.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.99.

    15. This TubSchroom, which will collect all your hair, avoiding arguments about whose turn it is to clean the drain.

    Amazon

    Fitting neatly into standard drains, this little device will capture all hair that comes off your head in the shower, making clogged pipes a thing of the past. Yay for no longer being berated over exxy plumber bills!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    16. This handy magnet, which will prevent you from being told off for forgetting to run the damn dishwasher.

    Amazon

    Few things get under the skin more than dirty dishes being stacked in clean loads. This handy device sticks to your dishwasher via mini-magnets, reminding everyone whether you bothered to empty the dishwasher last night. It also has a "running" setting, for those with quiet dishwashers.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.99.

    17. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because no point getting into fights about directions when you can just use your mounted phone and its GPS.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.99.

    18. This soap dish, which suctions onto your counter and makes sure your soap stays dry and lasts longer, leaving less mess for the person after you.

    Amazon

    If there's one annoying thing about bars of soap, it's the mess they leave when they're not in a dish — and even then, they usually stay wet and end up a mushy mess. This soap holder sits at a slight angle and features ridges to make sure your soap stays in place while the moisture trickles down.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $5.99.

    19. This LED toilet light, which allows you to take a midnight leak without turning on blinding lights, disturbing your partner's sleep.

    Amazon

    This toilet attachment is fitted with a motion detector, so that it only illuminates when you need it. With 16 different colours and five levels of brightness, it's just the little bit fun you never knew you needed in your bathroom.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $6.99.

    20. These air-purifying bamboo bags, because your partner doesn't want to tell you, but your shoes could really do with a refreshing.

    Amazon

    These reusable little bags are filled with bamboo charcoal, a natural absorber of harmful pollutants and odours. They come in various sizes, but this particular one is ideal for slipping into smelly sneakers and storing in musty closets.

    Buy a pack of 12 from Amazon Australia for $34.95.

    21. This indoor thermometer, which also measures humidity — so no longer will you have to argue your case for turning up the heat.

    Amazon

    This indoor thermometer records humidity as well as temperature, so that you can ensure you're relaxing in optimum conditions at home. Stick it to the fridge using its rear magnet or prop on any surface using its stand.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    22. This keyboard cleaning jelly, which will leave sticky and crumb-laden keys clean for the next person who uses them.

    Amazon

    This cleaning jelly is made of soft gum and is non-toxic and biodegradable. It's totally safe on your skin, so you can have a great time playing with it and put an end to sticky keys forever.

    Buy a four pack from Amazon Australia for $12.98.

    23. This brilliant storage solution, which makes something of that random space between the fridge and wall — no more arguing over limited pantry space!

    Clare Aston / BuzzFeed

    This slim shelf is fitted with wheels, so you can keep it tucked out of sight and bring it out when needed. It has four shelves perfect for storing spices, oils and canned food (and in my case, wine).

    Promising review: "I moved in with my partner to a beautiful one bedroom apartment about six months ago. We only had one cupboard that wasn't filled by an exhaust fan or dishwasher etc, and that was quickly filled with our plates and glassware — we ended up appropriating a huge shelf of our linen cupboard for our dry goods!

    Finally, I had enough and bought this rolling shelf to fit in the empty gap next to our fridge. It was super easy to assemble, had enough space to empty out our linen-turn-pantry shelf and ended up matching with our kitchen cupboards (go figure!). The only real down side is that the wheels aren't the best quality. I think they need to be just a touch bigger, but for the price point, I really can't complain!"

    Clare Aston

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.95.

    24. This pumice cleaning stone, because there's nothing more embarrassing than leaving the toilet dirty for the person waiting to use it.

    Amazon

    Look, no one likes putting their hand in the vicinity of the toilet bowl. At least with this pumice cleaning stone, you'll be in and out in no time at all. Rings and stains that would otherwise take much muscle, time and product to move are easily scrubbed away.

    Buy a pack of 12 from Amazon Australia for $18.99.

    25. This set of essential oils, which you can use to calm, protect or revitalise the nerves of everyone in the house, diffusing arguments before they start.

    Amazon

    This set includes lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, sweet orange and peppermint, so you can create your own potions depending on what you need.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.95.

    26. And finally, this humidifier and diffuser, to distribute said scents to the far reaches of every room.

    Amazon

    This diffuser has seven different light settings for you to adjust to your mood, two different mist settings and ensures 10-16 hours without interruption, so you can turn it on before bed without worrying about it burning out.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $45.99.

    You, when your housemates comment on how delightful you are to live with:

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