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    35 Problem-Solving Products That Are Basically The Easy Way Out

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    1. A Hoover carpet cleaner that's both a vacuum and a carpet steamer so you don't have to lug out two heavy machines every time your pet has an accident.,

    Promising review: "Just got this carpet cleaner last Saturday, and it is very impressive. My family has four cats, one dog, and two kids 5 years old and under. Our carpets were a mess and this cleaner made them look as close to new as they are going to get. I really enjoy that you don't have to fuss with a trigger to go from wash to dry and love even more that I don't have to hassle with measuring out the detergent. The carpets were a little wet, so I turned on the dry only function and they were completely dry by the morning. As for the look of the carpet, it was wonderful and the machine also fluffed up the fibers too, so they felt wonderful under my toes. Very pleased with my purchase. Thanks Hoover!" —Jennifer Rice

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (originally $249.99).

    2. Or a smaller, portable Bissell SpotBot, because who wants to spend hours on their hands and knees scrubbing cat vomit from the carpet with a brush? The answer: no one.

    This portable carpet cleaner will spray, brush, and suction up any stain, no adult supervision needed. It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you'd prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

    Promising review: "This machine is amazing. I was shocked. My dogs had a severe diarrhea blowout from getting into some people food and garbage. My carpet looked beyond repair. We used the cleaning solution that came with it and also used Nature's Miracle carpet shampoo liquid. I am sold on the SpotBot. It is fabulous and gets out any set-in stain. Not a trace left and we didn't have to do a thing but move the machine to a different spot when it was done. No work for us!" —MK

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (originally $179.99).

    3. A jar opener if the only thing separating you from a crunchy pickle or a spoonful of Nutella is a lid that just won't unscrew.

    Promising review: "I don't use jars or bottles very much. When I do, and I can not get them open, there's usually someone else here stronger than me to open them — until a month ago. I was home all alone for the weekend and had the entire dinner made and could not get the bottle open! It was defeating and embarrassing. I searched for something that would not take any room in my kitchen, and I found this product. It was easy to install (took about five minutes) and so easy to use! You have to get the jar in the teeth all the way back. Once it is secure, then turn! And it is that! I am so glad I found this! No more, 'Can you open this?' And no more worrying when I am alone that dinner will be ruined." —MyHobby

    Get it from Amazon for $13.69.

    4. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets for giving your machine a deep clean so it doesn't leave behind mysterious white crud on your "clean" plates and glasses.

    Promising review: "We moved into our house in late January and the previous owners were lazy. Upon opening the dishwasher you got hit with a 'yuck' smell. I tried a measuring cup filled with white vinegar and it helped, but the smell was still there. I saw these on a BuzzFeed list. I ordered and threw one in our dishwasher without any dishes and ran it. The smell is gone!!! I haven't noticed a difference in dish cleanliness yet but simply because I haven't run it since. These are a great, inexpensive and easy way to clean your dishwasher for sure." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $3.70.

    5. A jewelry helper so you can clip your bracelets without needing a third hand.


    Promising review: "I bought three of these bracelet tools. One for my sister, my niece, and one for me. Everyone was tickled pink. It's like growing another hand. Very handy for getting those hard to close bracelets on when you're home alone. Get one, you won't be sorry." —JoGro

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    6. An eyeliner wing stamp for preventing a dreaded case of uneven wings and saving you from having to start over approximately 50 times. *screams internally*,

    Promising review: "I am not one to write reviews often, but this product has exceeded my expectations! I normally use liquid liners such as Kat Von D Tattoo, but this has drastically reduced the time it takes for me to create a winged look! I personally prefer a longer wing, but this stamp provides a template to work with and reduces the amount of time to create ‘sister’ wings — they’re pretty much twins now! The eyeliner pen itself it’s a bit broad for me, but the pigment is great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two sizes).

    7. A pack of stain-removing pads that'll lift pee, poop, vomit, and even wine from carpet. Just place one on the spot and stomp to activate its cleaning powers.

    Promising review: "I foster dogs and they always have accidents when they are new, or just learning potty training. These pads are so easy and fast. I leave them on for a while and the smell is gone. I even used a blacklight to check and they take the stain out where they were, you can actually see the square outline of the pad. My only complaint is that they don't make them in larger pads. That's what I really need!" —Jessica V

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. MakeUp Eraser, a super soft cloth made to dissolve every last bit of waterproof mascara and longwear foundation so you don't have to double cleanse with an eye makeup remover too. Plus, they're supposed to survive 1,000 washes or three to five years.

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    Promising review: "I was so ready to write a review about what a piece of crap this is; boy was I wrong! This actually works! I usually use the Neutrogena cleansing cloths, which work OK, but this MakeUp Eraser blows them out of the water. I can't believe how great it is. I went to a show last night and got the dreaded hand stamp. Of course, because they use ink developed my NASA, I couldn't wash it off. I can't show up to work with a giant robot stamped on the back of my hand so I scrubbed and scrubbed. When my skin was gone but the stamp wasn't, I tried the Makeup Eraser as a last resort. That sucker damn near got the whole thing off!!! I'm so impressed by this thing I'm going to get another one just in case they stop making them!" —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Read our MakeUp Eraser review as well as BuzzFeed Review's deep dive into the best makeup remover (the MakeUp Eraser won as our mid-price pick).

    9. A Zipuller for when you're struggling to zip up your dress. No more trying to finagle it with a paperclip or ribbon.


    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but for this item, I had to share. Why did it take so long to find this tool? Back zippers were driving me insane and I almost was ready to give up a lot of dresses. I tried rigging up a paper clip and even bought another device which cost almost twice as much and really didn’t work. Living alone for the first time in my life, I needed help and would occasionally run to work with my zipper half undone! Never again with this lifesaving device. Now I need to get another one so I will always have one with me wherever I am! No more contortions, yay! I highly recommend" —Joana H. Magno

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A robot vacuum you can run for a few hours every day if you'd prefer to not spend your weekends manually vacuuming up mountains of dirt, dust, and pet fur.

    Promising review: "After running Eufy for nearly two months now, I can confidently say I absolutely LOVE it! It is amazing on my hardwood floors. It picks up sooo much fine dust brought in by my two German Shepards! They shed year-round! And it’s super effective with pet hair! Wow! I use Eufy once a day for a little more than hour, emptying and cleaning the brushes out about three to four times during use. It seriously has been life-changing, keeping my floors cleaner than sweeping! Great purchase and I would highly recommend!!" —Jacqueline M

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99.

    11. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets so you can drink from a stain-free mug without actually having to scrub it yourself.

    Promising review: "I have glass and stainless steel water bottles that I love to use but hate to clean. It's a pain trying to clean with a traditional brush and dish soap. Plus, there's always the issue of your water tasting soapy if you use just a little too much dish soap, yuck! These tablets are great and so easy to use! I just fill up the bottle with warm water and drop in a tablet. I leave it for 10 or 15 minutes, and then dump out the tablet water. I'll fill it up with water again, dump that out and it's ready to use. My water tastes fresh and there's no weird after taste or chemicals. I would definitely recommend this if you want to keep your reusable water bottles clean, but without all the hassle." —Alyssa Rose

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    12. A robot window cleaner to prove we are truly living in the future. Reviewers also use it to clean their shower walls and even their floors!,

    The Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner uses AI to clean every inch of your windows and is especially handy if you can't reach the tops of your tall windows. It comes with an app so you can control it from your phone.

    Promising review: "This product is sooooo cool! I live in the desert and my windows need constant cleaning to keep the dust away. I don't even need to spray my windows with cleaner unless there are fingerprints — and even then it’s not always needed. I sit the Gecko on the window while I vacuum or do laundry. It beeps when it’s done and then I move it to the next window. Extremely simple!" —Karen Kline

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95.

    13. A jewelry-cleaning pen that's so easy to use and will have your jewels sparkling in literal seconds. This sure beats soaking them in a bowl for hours!

    Check out my colleague's review of the Diamond Dazzle Stik to get more deets.

    Promising review: "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. Consider me a lifetime customer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.55.

    14. A hair finishing stick to clean up all those random strands that escape from ponytails and buns and make your hair look messy. You'll thank me for buying this when you're running late and need to tidy your look.

    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.

    15. A veggie dicer and spiralizer, because the alternative is spending an hour slicing and dicing onions and peppers by hand.

    Promising review: "Omg omg omg. This thing is amazing. I hate chopping veggies. Hate. Hate. Hate. I just filled up four plates (10 in Dixie plates, to be exact) with veggies in less than 10 minutes. Seriously. I chopped an onion earlier to sauté in 15 seconds. Yes, really. If chopping veggies keeps you buying the same frozen ones over and over like me, this is for you. It's a kitchen miracle. You can chop onions, potatoes (not sweet potatoes, though, that's in the instructions), peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Probably a whole lot more, too. You can also do eggs. Best. Invention. Ever." —Angela W.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A Revlon hot air brush for transforming your wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a sleek and shiny blowout in minutes.

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "Just wow! I was skeptical at first. I wish I would have bought this sooner! After showering I get all the moisture I can out of my hair. And leave it to kind of air dry while I’m getting ready, having coffee, or whatever I’m doing that morning. It takes me about seven minutes to dry my hair if that! I have very thick naturally curly hair. It’s is a fabulous tool to have in your arsenal! May be the only one I have to use. No flat iron needed as of yet! Would buy again in a heartbeat!" —D.K

    Get it from Amazon for $47.91+ (available in three colors).

    17. A crystal flower lip balm that'll mingle with your body's unique pH and morph into the perfect shade for *you* — no more spending hours in front of the lipsticks swatching shade after shade hoping to find your color.

    Winky Lux

    Promising review: "So very clever and adorable! The lip balm is fantastically hydrating and the natural color that it turns is a perfect everyday shade." —Cayce C.

    Get it from Winky Lux for $16 (available in five shades).

    18. A color-depositing conditioner if you'd prefer to skip the hassle and mess of at-home box dyes or the hefty price tag of a salon visit. Each time you wash your hair using this conditioner, the color will become more vibrant.,

    Promising review: "I love this! Never using traditional home dye again. I ordered pastel pink. It was so easy; I hopped in the shower, got my hair wet, and added several pumps to my palm. Then I used my hands to work it through my strands like conditioner. I waited for the five minutes, finished showering, then it was time to rinse. That's it. From bleached blonde to pastel pink in less than 10 minutes total. Results were even better than expected. And I didn't need gloves; my hands didn't get dyed." —Tabatha Carpenter

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 15 colors).

    19. A spinning makeup brush cleaner so you don't spend hours cleaning and drying your brushes. It swirls your brushes in soapy water until leftover makeup, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris are gone, and then it spins the brush until it's dry.


    It comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars that securely connect the makeup brush to the spinner, a glass bowl, and a splash guard ring.

    Promising review: "So far I really like this neat little gizmo. It’s got an excellent range as far as brush size goes. I have a pretty wide variety of brush types and there isn’t a single one in my extensive arsenal that I’ve not been able to fit! My main obstacle with brush maintenance was always setting them all up to hang dry and keep their shape. I grudgingly did this wash, scrub, dry, hang routine on 20 plus brushes because clean brushes are VITAL to get the best results! With this, it only takes a few minutes to wash AND dry, so now they go right back where they belong instead of sitting out where my kids can get ahold of a $40 foundation brush and use it to paint with toothpaste." —fuzzypants

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    20. A power scrubber that'll wow you with its results. It's basically an electric toothbrush but for cleaning tile grout and hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

    Promising review: "Well, this product is amazing. I used this for the grout lines, and I used the corner attachment for...corners. It was amazing. It got gunk and grime off the grout that has been there for years I even used these to scrub the cabinet doors, around the toilet, etc. and they were really, really great. You have to put the right amount of pressure on the brush, but once you do, it's *wonderful.*" —None

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. A set of oven liners so you can prevent future messes and catch crumbs before they burn and get baked on. We both know the chances of you actually cleaning the oven are, well, slim, so the least you can do is get yourself a pack of these and save yourself the mess.


    Promising review: "I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill. Then, I found these non-stick liners on Amazon. I had to cut them to size, which was easy to do with a simple pair of household scissors. Then I placed them in the oven (they look nice!), and I waited for it to get messy. I cooked something super messy and finally needed to clean the liner. It was SO easy; I put it in the sink and used my sink sprayer and everything immediately slid right off the liner. No problem! I have a double oven, so I was glad this pack came with more than one. I have one in each oven and one on standby in case I need it. I know that having a dirty oven isn't the worst thing in the world, but if it matters to you, try these!" —Hpg

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    22. A box of cleaning cups for your Keurig that'll get rid of residue in your machine and prevent flavors from transferring.


    Promising review: "Just pop it in and run about one reservoir of water through the system. It is blue but unclogs and does a great job of cleaning. When I used the white vinegar method I'd have to rinse it quite a few times to get rid of the vinegar taste in the water. I definitely recommend this to others. I believe it works in all systems that use the k-cup." —Brandi

    Get a box of five pods from Amazon for $9.95+.

    23. A grout paint pen to cover up years of dirt and grime that's fallen into the cracks. It works like a regular marker, so even the people who failed art class can use it.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying two to three layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don't end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side." —regalle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    24. A jetted tub cleaner, because who can chillax in dirty water. This cleanser is made to flush out soap scum, body oils, and those black flakes that gunk up your tub's jets.

    Promising review: "I own a walk-in tub. This product is really easy to use: fill the tub with cold water, add the desired amount of the product, and turn on the tub. When the tub had completed its 20-minute run, I drained it, and then using antiseptic wipes, I easily removed the yucky residue that the product had cleaned out of my tub's tubings. When I say easily, I mean easily! There was no scrubbing, just wiping. When I have used all of this bottle (Yes, there's more then one application in this bottle) I will be purchasing more." —Nora G.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    25. A drill brush kit with three different heads if you gave up on baths a long time ago because getting your tub sparkly clean didn't feel possible. No more furiously scrubbing your tub; instead, just attach the brush head and flip the switch on your drill. Why work harder when you could work smarter?

    Promising review: "I let my tub get extra dirty on purpose because I knew this brush set was coming. In five minutes my tub was sparkling clean. This item is no joke. The flat brushes are awesome for big surfaces and the cone brush hits the hard to reach corners. I liked them so much I bought a set for my mom." —Jason B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.16 (available in soft, medium, stiff, and ultra stiff bristles).

    26. A truly ~egg-celent~ rapid egg cooker that'll whip you up an omelette (or soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies) without you ever having to dirty a pan. Reviewers even use it to steam frozen dumplings!,

    Promising review: "The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is so neat and fun to use! I used it the next morning after the delivery, and I cook my eggs only in the Dash Go. It cooks every egg so perfectly, and they come out so fluffy every time. It cooks a variety of egg dishes, and you can cook vegetables, and some meat like fish. Very wonderful kitchen gadget, and I highly recommend you make a dash to buy the Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker if you love eggs! You will not be disappointed!" —Tonya

    Get it from Amazon for $18.11+ (available in five colors).

    27. A blind cleaner brush, because who has time to clean each blind individually? Not you!


    Promising review: "Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years???? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but I feel confident it won't break any time soon." —marionvgt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    28. A TubShroom for trapping your loose hairs before they enter your drains and create a furry monster. There's a reason this little guy has 12,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I am a woman who SHEDS hair while taking a shower (and just throughout the day). Spend the money on this so you don't have to spend any more money on liquid drain cleaners/uncloggers. I actually have two of them. When one gets too full, I switch it out and put the other one in. Once I'm done cleaning the dirty one (paper towels and spray cleaners or put in bleach) I place that one in a draw until I'm ready to switch them out again. If you do not have one of these already, get one!" —Jennifer Paulk

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in six colors).

    29. A two-pack of Tilex Mold & Mildew spray that contains the stain-fighting power of Clorox bleach. Spray it anywhere that needs some cleaning, let it sit, and wash away your mess — no scrubbing needed.

    Promising review: "I am almost in tears writing this review right now. For almost two years I've been dealing with mold and mildew in my bathroom. It's covering the walls, the caulk in the bathtub, and the baseboards. I've spent so much money on bleach sprays and mold killers that didn't work. I almost gave up and moved out. I can't afford to hire a professional and my landlord is a corrupt jerk so I've been stressing by myself. I bought this two-pack as a last resort and I can't believe how well it's working!!! My tub is nearly spotless and the walls are coming clean as well. Hopefully I can paint and get this nightmare over with! I've been avoiding having people over because I've been so embarrassed but now I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am so grateful to this brand and product." —Jessica N

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.69.

    30. An oven cleaner to de-gunk drippings from your last five years' worth of meals. It can power through baked-on crud so you're not scrubbing from noon 'til night.,

    Promising review: "First, let me say I never clean my oven because I hate it so much! It had years of baked-on drippings on the bottom and the usual brown crud that forms on the sides and shelves. After reading reviews, I decided to give it a try. It works wonders! My oven looks great and it was so easy. Follow the directions and all the bad stuff just wipes away! I've even used it on other stubborn stains on baking pans. Highly recommended!!" —E. Nyquist

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    31. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaner if you need to deodorize your sink ASAP and you don't have any lemons. This does the trick and it'll leave with the scent that smells better than citrus: no odor at all.


    Promising review: "Performs exactly as describes. Have two kitchen sinks that had odors. Tried in both and both no longer have a smell. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to clean their kitchen drains." —DPK

    Get a two-pack (good for eight uses) from Amazon for $9.84.

    32. A microwave steam cleaner, because you have better things to do than clean food splatter. The steam comes out through holes in her hair and softens pasta sauce stains and melted cheese so you can remove it with just a few wipes.

    Promising review: "Something I didn't believe until I tried it. So easy to follow directions, written on Angry Mama. Was disappointed when I opened the microwave to see the filth still on it. Was wishing it would magically taken care of itself. But all it took was a quick swipe with a paper towel and GONE. Loosened everything, which is half the process. My microwave was sooooo white once cleaned!! Would buy as gifts." —max's mum

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    33. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot to help you whip up dinner without you ever needing to dirty another pot or pan.


    This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer.

    Promising review: "I use the pressure cook and slow cook options regularly! I even got rid of my stovetop pressure cooker, because I wasn't using it anymore. This one does the job perfectly well, with no noise, and no mess. The sauté feature is a huge bonus. A lot of slow cooker recipes require that you brown the meat first. It really saves the mess and hassle of browning it on the stove, and then transferring it over to the slow cooker. I simply use the sauté feature to brown whatever I need, then turn it off, switch to slow cook mode, cover, and walk away. It's the best feeling to get home from work in the evening and have a home-cooked meal ready to go!" —Beatriz

    Get it from Amazon for $79 for six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95, also available in three sizes and three styles).

    34. A sandwich bag holder so you can transfer your leftovers without spilling half the pasta sauce on the counter. We recommend these reusable silicone bags if you're trying to reduce your plastic use.


    Promising review: "This makes filling bags so easy. If you live alone, for sure, get one of these. So simple, so effective, so clever." —Cynthia S. Morrison

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    35. A Mighty Handle if you hate the long walk from the store to your house (of even from your car to the front door). This lil' gadget can help you carry multiple bags at once without straining your hands.,

    Promising review: "If you carry in your groceries alone or have to go up stairs, these are an ESSENTIAL. Now that I've used them I don't think I could ever go back. They're small and lightweight, fit easily in my glovebox or purse, and enable me to carry my entire grocery run up 30+ stairs without losing circulation in my hands. I'd recommend them to anyone and have started giving them as gifts." —bbbrittish

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    You, excelling at life without even trying:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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