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    30 Lazy Ways To Solve Little Problems

    Does it matter how little effort you made if the problem gets solved? We think not.

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    1. Brighten your smile with an at-home teeth whitening kit that's a heck of a lot cheaper than a trip to the dentist. This set comes with a comfortable custom fit tray and an LED light so you can chill with your favorite show while your teeth lighten. If you use it consistently, you can expect a set of pearly whites that are two to eight shades whiter than before.,

    Promising review: "When I first purchased this teeth whitening kit I was a little unsure like most consumers. However, after reading previous reviews I decided to give it a shot. And I was definitely not disappointed. By the duration of the kit, my teeth were noticeably whiter despite the fact that I consume a lot of coffee and tea beverages. I love the kit, it is easy to use, and the results are so worth it. If you don't want to spend $500 on professional teeth whitening, I highly recommend this product." β€”Ashley Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. Lengthen your bra's life with a pack of bra band extenders so you can save yourself a trip to VS (and a lot of money on overpriced bras)., Amazon

    Promising review: "These have been amazing during my pregnancy. I really can't rave enough. When my body started changing, I went out and bought a new bra (I'm a 32 and got a 34), but soon it started feeling tight on me. I didn't need another bra because the cups still fit fine, and then I found these extenders and they made all the difference! I can extend without buying new bras! They are sooo soft and comfortable, you can't really feel or tell they are there. I've already recommended them to all of my pregnant friends!" β€”Mari

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 20 styles).

    3. And invest in some bra washing bags that'll clean your delicates without ruining the underwire (RIP that beautiful bra you got to wear like twice before the dryer destroyed it). And with all the time you'll save not having to wash bras by hand, you can find a new hobby.

    The bags holding multiple bras

    Promising review: "These things work so much better than the laundry bags we used to use. They do a much better job of protecting delicates and can really hold a surprising amount. The zippers on these are very well-made, open and close easily, don't have any jagged teeth exposed, and have proved to be very durable so far. I wouldn't hesitate to buy these again." β€”JMac

    Get a set of three bags from Amazon for $11.55 (available in two sizes).

    4. Halt your headaches with a roll-on migraine stick that helps soothe the pain with a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, lavender, and coconut oil.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I almost never write reviews, but this product should be tried by people suffering from chronic headaches. I take far too many over-the-counter meds due to lifetime chronic headaches and migraines, and I worry about the negative effects the meds have on my digestive system. This migraine stick was yet another attempt at reducing headaches, without meds. It works! I'm not saying it will stop a full-blown headache or migraine. I haven't had the opportunity to try that yet, because when I feel a headache coming on, I use the roll-on stick and it works. I roll on a small bit on my forehead, temples, and base of my neck in front and back. After about 10 minutes, I realize the headache has gone away. I'm sold! I've been using this for three weeks and have avoided a lot of meds. It's worked every time without fail." β€”NSF

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    My colleague tested and loved this. Read her full review on the Migrastil Migraine Stick here to learn more.

    5. Drift off to la-la land with an eye compression mask that molds to your face to block out every speck of light. It was designed by an orthopedic surgeon to relieve migraines, tension headaches, sinus pain, and eyestrain, plus it's filled with massaging beads to reduce pressure on your eyes.

    Model wearing the gray eye mask

    Promising review: "Loved this so much I bought two. Helps to relieve tension headaches and sun headaches after being at the beach all day. Provides instant relief. Blocks light well. Soft material. I like the weight of the beads. Took this with me on our trip to Hawaii β€” I don't travel without it." β€”I. Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    6. Restore your jewelry's sparkle for cheap with a jewelry-cleaning pen. It's compact enough to fit in your purse so you can use it on the go, yet it's powerful enough to clean days', months', and weeks' worth of dirt and grime that's dulled your stones' shine.,

    Promising review: "I actually don’t understand how this works so well. I used to drop my rings in a bit of watered down Windex, let them soak, then scrub with a soft toothbrush, rinse, and dry. That process took about 15 minutes, and even then my rings, and particularly the stones, were not flawless looking afterwards. I thought it did the job. ENTER DIAMOND DAZZLE STICK! I bought this after reading a BuzzFeed list and now I literally I sound like an infomercial talking about this thing. It’s incredible. First you dispense a little product, and you don’t even have to take your ring off!!! Then you scrub for approximately three seconds, rinse, and BAM!!!! Holy sparkles, Batman. My precious stones have never looked better. Even rings that looked pretty good before, I couldn’t believe how sparkly they were after this. Dazzle is right I guess. Consider me a lifetime customer." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    7. Protect your carpets with a set of shatterproof stemless wineglasses that can withstand your roommate's dance moves. And once you've polished off the bottle, toss the glasses in the dishwasher so they're ready for another movie night.

    The wine glasses

    Promising review: "The box says these are dishwasher-safe and you can expect to hand these glasses to your grandchildren as an heirloom because they will retain their quality. I believe it. I've tried to abuse these glasses (dropping them, dishwasher, using them as kids' cups, etc.) and haven't found a scratch or blemish. On the shelf and in the hand, they look like glass. I'm having great fun dropping these for the uninitiated." β€”Marc

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95 (also available in larger sets).

    8. Lift spots and splatters (even old ones!) from your carpets with a pack of stain-removing pads. Just stomp on them to activate their cleaning powers and say goodbye to pee, poop, vomit, and wine stains.

    Promising review: "Our poor older pup started having some incontinence issues and had several accidents in the house. I was really frustrated until I found these. They work amazingly well. They're small, so if the area was larger I had to use two or three, but they pulled up stains and saved the house from being smelly. I even used one on an older stain (that I'm pretty sure wasn't pet related) and it came up after leaving it on for about 24 hours. I make sure to keep a supply of these in the house at all times now." β€”MC

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. Spare yourself the frustration of trying to draw the perfect winged liner 15 times before you just give up with a double-ended eyeliner pen. One side is a stamp so your wing is always sharp, while the other is a regular eyeliner pen so you can finish the job.


    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out...but to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." β€”LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    10. Treat your tastebuds to Every Plate, an affordable, delicious, and so-stinkin'-easy meal kit service that delivers the ingredients right to your door. It's a fantastic option for home chefs who enjoy cooking but don't want to spend an hour or more in the kitchen each night making dinner.

    @everyplate / Via, @everyplate / Via

    Why it's great: Every Plate's recipes have only six β€” yes, six! β€” steps separating you from your package of pre-portioned ingredients and a mouthwatering homemade meal.

    What else to know: For less than $5 a serving, Every Plate's affordable meal options will make your wallet (and stomach) very happy. All meals take between 30 to 45 minutes to make.

    Availability: Every Plate currently ships to most of continental US. Enter your zip code during checkout and Every Plate will alert you if you are outside of its delivery range.

    Prices: $4.99/serving + $8.99 shipping (available in servings of two or four and three, four, or five meals per week)

    Check out the Easy Chicken Fajitas (left) and Chicken Sausage Orzotto (right) featured above and current menu selections here.

    11. Grow fresh herbs on your counter (but minus the dirt, green thumb, three months of waiting, etc.) with an AeroGarden Harvest. This hydroponic system even alerts you when it's time to water and feed your plants.

    The AeroGarden in white

    Check out my colleague's AeroGarden review for more deets!

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's sister-in-law who lamented not having a green thumb. I was somewhat apprehensive, having read a few reviews that mentioned pods not spouting. However, in the two months that the sis-in-law has had the AeroGarden, the growth has been tremendous. I'm constantly in awe when she sends me pics of the new growth. Only one pod failed to spout, but she reached out to customer service, and they are sending a replacement for that particular pod. All the others have grown quite large, and last night I received a picture of their dinner using herbs grown with the AeroGarden. Impressive!" β€”Mary A. Walls

    Get it from Amazon for $99.97+ (also available in black).

    12. Maintain your drinks' optimal sipping temperatures (aka piping hot or ice cold depending on what your mood calls for) with a two-in-one stainless-steel water bottle. Its double wall vacuum insulated design keeps your bevy hot or cold for hours and it comes with a detachable travel cup.

    The water bottle and travel cup detached
    @camelbak / Via

    Promising review: "I love always having a water bottle and the option to use the lower for hot beverages on the go. Keeps my water cool and my coffee hot. I have two and use them every single day whether I'm headed to the range, camping, or just random errands. Thank you for such a great product! Will make great Christmas gifts too." β€”AkDelia

    Get it from CamelBak for $50 (available in four colors).

    13. Pamper your patootie with a Tushy bidet attachment. It'll spell less wiping for you, fewer trips to the store for TP, and a cleaner feel when you stand up.


    Use our promo code BUZZFEED at checkout for an extra 10% off!

    This is the bidet I use and I 100% recommend to my friends, family, and to you, dear reader. Installation was pretty simple; from start to poop it took about 15 minutes. The sensation say the least but you definitely get used to it. In fact, I recently moved apartments and it's taken me awhile to hook up the bidet (I'm a procrastinator, OK?!). Oh how I've missed my bidet during this time (and I'm sure my butt feels the same way). But seriously, I cannot stress how life-changing getting a bidet is. If my bidet ever goes kaput, I'm going to upgrade to the Tushy Spa, which has the added benefit of allowing you to select the temperature of your water.

    Get it from Tushy for $89+ (available in nine colors).

    14. Blast away leftover coffee strains with a pack of bottle-cleaning tablets that'll remove those annoying rings that haven't left the inside of your travel mug since you accidentally left coffee inside that one time β€” no scrubbing needed.

    Progression photos showing the tablets removing brown stains from the inside of a water bottle to reveal its stainless steel inside

    Promising review: "Be sure to use hot water; even though it won't foam as much it seems to do a lot better job. The first time I used these on a Contigo travel mug I used room-temp water, and it just came out OK. For the next travel mug, I used boiling water and the results were terrific. It looks new again. Then I used two cubes (and boiling water) in a large old pressure cooker that had become brown inside from years of making vegetable soups, and I'm amazed how clean it came out. That pressure cooker stain persisted throughout dozens of scrubbing sessions and dishwasher runs, so I figured the Bottle Bright wouldn't help either but it did." β€”MisterPlow

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    15. Speed up the hair-drying process with a L'OrΓ©al blowout primer that simultaneously protects your strands from damage from heat-styling tools. It works with any and all hair textures, be they straight, curly, or something in between.

    The spray bottle

    Promising review: "This is absolutely essential for me to have in the winter. My hair is over 2 feet long and it takes a very long time to blow-dry it and I need this in order to get out the door in a timely fashion every morning. I spritz it liberally on my wet hair and blow-dry with my round ceramic brush until it's almost completely dry." β€”SLW

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    16. Never get locked out of your accounts again with a password log book for all your hard-to-remember logins...unless you enjoy resetting your email password for the third time this week., Amazon

    Promising reviews: "My wife purchased this to replace our little note pads that had all our login info. I like the added areas for Wi-Fi names and passcodes. I would recommend using a pencil that way when passwords change they can be changed in the book." β€”Darren

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    17. Stop living your life at 25% battery with a portable Anker battery pack that'll allow you to plan your day around things you actually want to do. This lil' guy will get you roughly 3.6 charges if you have an iPhone 8 and 2.2 charges on a Galaxy S8. Plus, it's teeny tiny so you can fit it in your purse for charging on the go.

    Hand holding the charger and an iPhone connected to it

    Promising review: "Initially purchased this for a trip to an amusement park where I would be using my phone heavily to take pics, video, track kids, and purchases. I was able to fully charge my phone twice and still had about half the power left on this battery pack." β€”Juan G. Urbaez

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

    18. Have a rechargeable ring light and you'll never have to worry about finding good lighting β€” you already have it. This one clips on to your phone and has 36 LED bulbs that light up so you can spare yourself the embarrassment of asking your friends to shine their flashlights so you can get your pic.,

    Promising review: "OH MY GOODNESS! I am obsessed! I bought these for gifts for two of my teammates, but I'm keeping one for myself and ordering more. I was seriously shocked at how bright the lights are! I love that there are three settings. I compared it to my expensive ring light, and for the price and the size of this, it's so perfect!" β€”Nichole Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    19. Stop wasting time (and risking your fingers) by cutting with a dull knife and try this itty bitty knife sharpener β€” because we all know you haven't sharpened your knives since they bought them...five years ago.

    Hands sharpening a knife using the sharpener

    A dull knife is actually more dangerous because it requires more force to cut things, which increases the chances of it slipping β€” and there's nothing no more terrifying than giving dull knives to a room full of slightly drunk party guests.

    Promising review: "Wow! I was going to buy some whet stones to sharpen my knives but I know I’d be too lazy to use them. Then I saw this gadget advertised on BuzzFeed and though I’d try it for the price. It works exactly as stated. It won’t restore knicked blades but it sharpens amazingly good. Knives that I’ve had for years I was able to sharpen and cut with ease." β€”Amazon Customer

    My colleague loves this lil' guy, saying it "totally ~transformed~ my hodgepodge of a knife collection, and probably saved my clumsy self from lots of close calls with dull knives." Read her full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    20. Slice fruits and veggies easily with the Rapid Slicer tool, a nifty lil' gadget that holds your food in place. Or spend 20 minutes chopping each and every cherry tomato. The choice is yours!


    Promising review: "I had been using two small plastic lids to slice my grape tomatoes. I held this in my hand to carefully slice without cutting myself. The Rapid Slicer holds significantly more than my lids. I place it on my counter, hold onto the center handle, and slice between the two disks for a much safer alternative." β€”For What It's Worth...

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    21. Unknot your hair painlessly with a detangling brush so you can stop using the phrase "rat's nest" to describe your hair before brushing it. This has flexible bristles that separate knots without pulling and breaking your strands., Amazon

    Promising review: "I never write reviews...ever...but I am 100% convinced that this was a product sent down from heaven to bless the souls of those suffering with obnoxiously tangled and unmanageable hair. Truly. It gave me literal tears of joy after just one use. I have long fine hair, but it is VERY thick. In a perfect world with perfect weather and perfect products, it looks glorious, voluminous and tangle-free β€” but that world is basically non-existent. But fear not my fellow tangled-mess ladies, for this product is here to make that world a very real possibility. Never before have I been able to brush through my hair without any snags. Never before has brushing my hair been a painless experience (including having tiny pieces of the brush break off into my hair, causing even further pain and tangles). Never before has it taken less than 30 seconds to brush my hair after it is wet (which, come on ladies, takes freaking FOREVER). Never before have I ever found a brush that I didn't loathe with every fiber in my being. This's pure magic. I plan on buying three more and replacing every brush I have stashed in various places (my car, my office, my oversized work tote, EVERYTHING). This brush is freaking amazing. Tell your kids, tell your wives, and tell your husbands, because this brush is detangling everybody up in here." β€”Lucy Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    22. Ditch those dryer sheets and expensive softeners and use these reusable wool dryer balls instead. The result: super soft clothes that won't irritate people with sensitive skin. Each ball should last you hundreds of washes, which means fewer runs to the store and more lazy days at home.

    Three purple wool dryer balls

    LooHoo is a Maine-based Black-owned business founded by Cyndi Price. It specializes in all-natural, sustainable, biodegradable wool dryer balls.

    Get a three-pack from LooHoo for $30.

    23. Gently clarify your pores in seconds β€” seriously! β€” with a bottle of Blithe green tea splash mask. Just pour a capful into your palms, pat it on your face for 15 seconds, and rinse off. This mini facial is a heck of a lot cheaper (and faster!) than one at a pricey salon.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed,

    Promising review: "All I can say is wow! My face was glowing and incredibly soft; I couldn't stop touching it! And this didn't wear off either. It seemed to retexturize my skin to where the effects are long lasting. My skin just looks so radiant and I don't need to wear any makeup even! I was stunned that after using it the first time that many of the blackheads on my nose have disappeared and my pores have reduced in size!! I wonder if the blackheads vanishing are the result of not diluting it as much. I wasn't expecting that at all. Such an amazing result that I didn't want to put anything else on my face after in case I ruined the effect of it, but it's really not possible anyway. This truly feeds your skin... it seeps into your skin and delivers the nutrients needed, and it's long lasting because even the next day my skin was glowing and I didn't even need to wash it." β€”Mia

    Wait, what the heck is a splash mask, you ask. Check out our Blithe Cosmetics Patting Splash Mask review for more deets.

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in three styles and two sizes).

    24. Refresh your face with the hydrating boost of Mario Badescu facial sprays so you can relieve your skin's feelings of tightness and dryness. These handy bottles are great for using wherever and whenever you need them, whether that's at your desk because you sit in front of the heater, or in the middle seat of an airplane while you're 50,000 feet in the air and your neighbor won't stop blasting the AC.

    Three mini spray bottles / Via @mariobadescu

    –Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: to wake up dull tired, skin, hydrate, tone, and reduce redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day.

    –Aloe, chamomile and lavender: to comfort irritated, dry skin, hydrate, overall de-stress both you and your complexion.

    –Aloe herbs and rosewater: to hydrate, and treat dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

    Promising review: "My husband and I are both obsessed with these sprays! The rosewater is great to set your make up and refresh throughout the day, green tea is great to spray on your face first thing in the morning to help wake you up, and I love using the lavender at night to wind down!" β€”NoleChick97

    Our deep dive into Mario Badescu's fan favorite facial sprays will answer all your burning questions.

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $21.

    25. Heal your pimples fast with Avarelle acne patches, which are basically invisible stickers with hydrocolloid that absorb the gunk and pus from your pimples while also protecting your skin from bacteria and dirt on your fingers.,

    Promising review: "I have tried many of the acne patches that are becoming increasingly popular. This is by far the best brand I have tried. There is a good variety of sizes in this packet. I wash my face in the evening and apply a patch. In the morning, the patch is clearly filled and the size of the pimple has significantly reduced and redness is gone. It is honestly a lifesaver and it is an absolute steal for the price!" β€”Brankica Cosic

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty β€” why they work, how to use them, and why 14,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    26. Clean up the random strands of hair that have escaped from your bun with a hair finishing stick. It's basically like a mascara wand coated in natural plant oils for your hair and it's so much easier to apply than blindly spritzing the back of your head with hairspray.

    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray." β€”Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. Set the record for world's fastest poop with a Squatty Potty, because a bout of constipation shouldn't leave you down in the ~dumps~.,

    Promising review: "What can I say? The process of excretion can only be compared to a real life exorcism where it feels, pleasantly if I may add, that the devil himself is trying to burst out of your gut. Needless to say, the stool changed my life. I found myself creating excuses to run to my magical place and discharge whatever little portion of food was left inside me; I was hooked. Soon people started wondering why I've become so distant; the stool had taken over my life. It would have taken over your life too if you would have experienced the kind of pleasure that I was now enjoying; it was my high." β€”Dino

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    28. Enjoy al dente pasta in your Fasta Pasta a handy gadget that solves your problem of dirtying the kitchen every time you make spaghetti. Just place your pasta in the container, fill it with water, zap it in the microwave, and drain it right in the tub.


    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti β€” either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterwards. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot and then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy to clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" β€”Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    29. Fortify your overpriced lightning cord with silicone cable savers so they're less likely to fray and tangle.

    The cable savers attached to a phone charger and a laptop charger

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks β€” the latter at $80 or $90 a pop β€” I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether, attempted electrical tape repairs notwithstanding. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Simple as can be and works like a charm. Plus, fun colors make it easy to tell your gear from everyone else's at a glance. What's not to like? Genius." β€”ElleNWC

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.58+ (available in four color combos).

    30. Defuzz your flannels and sweaters with a fabric shaver so your clothes look like they're straight from the store instead of worn and pilling. Sorry, now you really don't have any excuse to shop for new clothes., Amazon

    Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops β€” and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" β€”morningfield

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in three styles and four colors)

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