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    Updated on Nov 15, 2019. Posted on Nov 10, 2019

    28 Lazy Ways To Solve Little Problems

    Modern problems require modern solutions.

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    1. Tame funky odors that linger in your work flats with air purifying bags, because there's nothing more awkward than trying to figure out where the stink is coming from...and then realizing it's you. This way you can skip actually having to wash your shoes.


    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes, so I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!" —Erin

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Check out our full review of Moso Natural Mini Air Purifying Bag Shoe Deodorizers.

    2. 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: "I've been looking for a home teeth whitening kit that was effective and not harsh or harmful and I'm so glad I came across this one! The very first time I tried it, I left it on for 20 minutes and instantly my teeth looked so much whiter. I opted to do the custom tray fit which was super easy to adjust. My only recommendation is to be careful not let gel go to your gums or teeth because it does sting a little bit. Other than that it's convenient and effective." —Evenny

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    3. 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!" —Mari

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 14 colors and styles).

    4. 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.


    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." —JMac

    Get a set of three bags from Amazon for $10.89 (available in two sizes).

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

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    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 ten 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." —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.

    6. 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.


    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 — I don't travel without it." —I. Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    7. 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in a one-, two-, and four-pack).

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

    8. Protect your carpets with a set of shatterproof stemless wine glasses that can withstand your drunk friends' dance moves. And once you've polished off the bottle, toss the glasses in the dishwasher so they're ready for any impromptu get-togethers.


    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." —Marc

    Get them from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in sets of two, four, and eight).

    9. Lift spots and splatters (even old ones!) from your favorite shirt with a red wine stain remover spray. This sure beats going to the dry cleaner and praying they can get rid of the stain in your favorite white button-down.

    Promising review: "Totally impressed! The unassuming generic packaging and label left me a bit skeptical but this stuff is almost as exciting as the wine I spilled! This cabernet stain sat on my ivory faux fur blanket for over a month before I tried this product. Completely gone in one try! Get this. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed." —PersianTess

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    10. 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." —LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes).

    Read our full review of Vogue Effects WingLiner Stamp, and see what won best liquid eyeliners at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    11. Maintain your drinks' optimal sipping temperatures (aka pipping hot or ice cold depending on what your mood calls for) with a Mira Alpine Insulated Water Bottle. It'll keep your bevy cold for up to 24 hours (or 12 hours if your drink is hot) thanks to its triple-walled vacuum insulation. No more running to the kitchen for ice or warming up your coffee every 30 minutes.


    Promising review: This bottle is AMAZING! I got the 17-ounce one and I am so happy with it. I tell everyone to get one, and I'm purchasing another. I left ice cold water in this bottle in my car when I arrived at work at about 8 a.m. It was a sunny, hot day and my windows were up. At 4 p.m. when I left, I got stuck in traffic and was thirsty. I assumed that it would be hot or at least warm, but in desperation I tried anyways. The water was STILL ICE COLD! After about eight hours in a sweltering car! I couldn't believe it. I'm sold! The outside is also perfect for decorating with fun vinyl stickers." —Stacey Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in three sizes).

    This is our pick for best low-priced insulated water bottle on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. 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 — no scrubbing needed.

    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." —MisterPlow

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    13. Speed up the hair-drying process with a L'Oréal 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.


    Promising review: "This is absolutely essential for me to have in the winter. My hair is over two 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." —SLW

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    14. 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 pass-codes. I would recommend using a pencil that way when passwords change they can be changed in the book." —Darren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.33.

    15. Stop living your life at 25% battery with a portable Anker battery pack so you can plan your day around things you actually want to do versus hanging out at coffee shops for an hour so you can charge your phone. 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.


    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." —Juan G. Urbaez

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    And check out our picks for best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    16. Have a rechargeable ring light and you'll never have to worry about finding good lighting — 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!" —Nichole Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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


    A dull knife is actually more dangerous because it requires more force to cut things, which increases the chances of it slipping — 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." —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.

    18. 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." —For What It's Worth...

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    19. Detangle your hair painlessly with a Wet Brush so you can stop using the phrase "rat's nest" to describe your hair before brushing it. The Wet Brush has flexible bristles that separate knots without pulling and breaking your strands.,

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I've used all sorts of brushes on my hair all my life and never had any make any big difference on my easily tangled hair. I still don't understand what the difference is with this brush, but it just glides so effortlessly through my wet, tangled hair — it's like magic! After so many years of struggling with my hair and using conditioning sprays to help speed the process — crazy that this brush just goes right through!" —L. H. Christenson

    Read our deep dive for an in-depth review of the Wet Brush Pro to learn more!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in four colors).

    20. 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 roughly 2,000 washes, which means fewer runs to the store and more lazy days at home.


    Promising review: I LOVE these dryer balls! Phenomenal quality and I am very impressed. I was hesitant and a little skeptical at first, and it only took ONE load of laundry for me to be a believer. The toughest load (king-sized duck down duvet) is the one I tried first. ONE cycle in my dryer and six of these = completely dry. I am blown away! My sister-in-law has a fancy high-efficiency machine and her dryer took over eight cycles to partially dry my duvet. My dryer and these balls took one. Every other load since is easily dry in 35 minutes tops, whereas before everything would still be a little damp or I would find random articles of clothing that didn't get completely dry. I barely notice a difference in sound, if at all (some people complain they can hear the balls in there). They are quality balls, I could tell when I handled them out of the package. I put a few drops of lavender on them and can smell my laundry, so yummy! They are also a perfect size, not too small or too large. Four does a normal to large load fine, and six does larger or bulky loads great! The price is much lower than so many listings on Amazon, and yet these are better quality than many of those listings! Buy these, you will not be sorry!" —Miranda

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.93.

    21. Gently clarify your pores in seconds — seriously! — 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.

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    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." —Mia

    Wait, what the heck is a splash mask, you ask. We've got you covered with our in-depth explainer.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    22. 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.

    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!" —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.

    23. Heal your pimples fast with CosRx Clear Fit Master 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: "Truly rids my skin of the discomfort that comes with pimples! These patches gets rid of them with ease and saves me from scarring!" —Mark A. Kaplan

    Get a single pack of 18 clear fit patches from Amazon for $5.49.

    24. 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." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    25. 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." —Dino

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. 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 — 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!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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


    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks — the latter at $80 or $90 a pop — 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." —ElleNWC

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

    28. 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 — and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" —morningfield

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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