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    32 Products That'll Prevent The Mess In The First Place

    Including labels for your bed sheets, washable oven liners, and a tab that releases toilet-cleaning powers with every flush.

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    1. A set of oven liners to catch crumbs before they permanently attach themselves to your oven. Raise your hand if you hate cleaning your oven. Great. Now take that same hand and click the "add to cart" button.


    Promising review: "I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill, or running the 'oven clean' option, which uses up so much energy and makes my house HOT during the process. I used to have foil on the bottom of the oven to help with spills, and that improved things greatly — but then you have to replace the foil after a while. 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 $12.99.

    2. A pot clip for holding your utensils aloft and over the pot. If they drip, it's not going to be all over your freshly washed counters.

    The clip holding a wooden spoon over a pot

    Promising review: "This is a hit at our household. My husband and I both like to use it and we love it! It is so convenient to use when cooking most anything. It holds utensils so well and they are easily unhooked for stirring soups or anything you are making. All utensils balance easily in the clip. No more dirtying spoon holders as the drip stays over the pots. It is a kitchen necessity, and oh, so convenient!" —Lakegirl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    3. A set of reusable burner covers because you can just wipe them clean when grease splatters or your pot boils over. They're nonstick, heat-resistant, and dishwasher-safe.

    Before of dirty stovetop and after showing the covers sit around the burner and catch messes

    Promising review: "I used to clean the stove each time after I cooked. It's hard to clean and makes me tired — until I found this product. It makes my life much easier. The quality is really good and its very easy to use. You can cut to different size, and it's easy to wash. I really recommend this product." —nicole

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A collapsible splatter guard so last night's spaghetti leftovers don't turn your microwave into a Jackson Pollock painting. This lil' guy is collapsible and dishwasher-safe so you can easily store it (or keep it in the microwave) when you're not using it.

    The plastic splatter guard with a red rim on top of a plate of leftovers in a microwave

    Promising review: "This item replaced a solid plastic noncollapsible microwave food cover, that melted when a popcorn bag was placed on top. But I digress. This thing is easy to clean, (the collapsible part is silicone, so spattered food washes off easily), and is very well made. It's tall enough to cover most plates of food, and shallow bowls. It folds pretty flat, so it can be easily stored somewhere other than in your microwave, but we just leave ours in the microwave all the time, until we need to microwave something other than a plate of food." —JRB

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    5. An 11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp if you want to whip up dinner fast and without dirtying every pot and pan you own. In addition to being a pressure cooker and an air fryer, the IP Duo Crisp can also sauté, steam, sous vide, bake, broil, dehydrate, and more.

    The Instant Pot Duo Crisp

    Promising review: "We have been eating out almost every night for the last few years since there are only two of us most of the time and it seemed like the prep and cleanup was not worth the effort. We have been eating in almost every night since we bought this. You can cook most meals in just one pot and it is super fast. We made a chicken pot pie that was awesome. Sautéed the chicken in the pot, added other ingredients and then pressure cooked for 10 minutes, then added crust and cooked with the air fryer. It was flaky and delicious! Can't wait to try more recipes. We are more likely to cook healthier meals at home since the cook time is less and the cleanup is so simple." —Geri C

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95.

    6. Or a programmable slow cooker and slow cooker liners that'll come in handy if you have a lot of hungry people to feed. With the disposable liners, you can cook different recipes at the same time, reducing your overall cook time *and* saving you from having to wash a huge stack of dishes.


    Promising review (for the liners): "I just purchased a slow cooker so I ordered these liners. Man am I glad I did!! I used one to cook a whole chicken and then filled it with water to make stock once we finished eating the chicken. The liner held up to making the stock, water to the near top of the cooker, for 15 hours. Once I dipped the stock and bones out of it, all I had to do was gather the liner together at the top and throw it away. The cooker was spotless!! I had also cooked the chicken for eight hours. So, the liner held up for 23 hours of cooking without ripping at all. I am very pleased and will use them every time I use my slow cooker. " —LMW

    Check out my coworker's Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners review.

    Get them both from Amazon: the Crock-Pot for $54.99 and a six-pack of the liners for $3.03.

    7. A no-spill ice cube tray to make space in your freezer (it's stackable!) and ensure your water freezes in the shape of a cube rather than in one monster lump.


    Promising review: "These are fantastic trays. In fact, we now have eight of them. I love that I can place them in the freezer without having to worry about clearing an area just for these. I can put things on top of them or them on top of things. Not to mention I don't spill in between the sink and the freezer!" —Christina

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $37.99.

    8. A portable dishwasher for anyone who despises washing dishes by hand so much that they just let them pile up in the sink. This handy dandy countertop dishwasher will clean your plates, cups, and utensils so you never have to pick up another sponge.

    Promising review: "Works better than I thought. Our kitchen cabinets are too low for a countertop dishwasher and the house is too old to try and install a huge dishwasher. We mostly hate washing silverware and cups. This dishwasher is perfect. It is a little small but great on space and I feel it fully sanitized everything. Much better than our sponge and slimy sink washing. *bleh* I am on the third load and so far it's done great. It's just three of us in the house so we really don't need a huge dishwasher. We are also moving soon and it's nice to know I can pack this up and take it with me!" —Kiera Kittie

    Get it from Amazon for $390.17.

    9. A pair of five-blade herb scissors because you can go snip, snip, snip, and have a bowl of freshly chopped herbs in seconds. No more dirty cutting boards, messily chopped herbs, and hands that now reek of said herbs.

    Scissors cutting herbs into a bowl

    It also comes with a pair of kitchen shears.

    Promising review: "An avid cook and I cannot believe I’ve never used these. Great size and comes with accessory that makes cleaning a breeze and I do dread cleanup. Cuts prep time way down. I’ll be gifting these to my friends who also spend a lot of time in the kitchen" —kimberli calma

    Get the set from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $11.84.

    10. A bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray so soap scum and shower grime buildup goes bye bye without you ever having to wipe. Rinse it clean the next day, and you'll be amazed to see those hard water stains on your shower door are *poof* gone.

    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor

    Promising review: "Does a FANTASTIC job if used regularly. I love this product. I hate cleaning tubs. This product has made our tubs look new. I don't use it every shower...maybe every third. Just spray down everything after the shower, and forget about it. You DO need to rinse tub before next shower due to product making it slick. The fumes of other cleaners always messed with my asthma. I have noticed that for some reason with this one, I sneeze twice, because I have to spray shower doors while Im still in the shower...but it never affects my lungs. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!" —Angela GIllaird

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

    11. A Lysol hanging toilet bowl cleaner if the idea of picking up a toilet brush gives you the heebie jeebies. (Who knows what kind of germs are lurking on it?!) These clip to the side of your toilet, and each flush deodorizes the bowl and helps prevent stains.

    Promising review: "This Lysol toilet cleaning product is a staple in my home. The difference they make in keeping my toilet clean is worth the price to me. One cake lasts me almost two months depending on how often the toilet is flushed, of course. If I don't have one on hand and go without, I notice hard water buildup immediately. To use it's a good idea to start with a clean bowl and then simply place one cleaner over the rim and walk away. Every time the toilet is flushed, the water runs over the cake, releasing cleaning agents that keep my bowl fresh and clean. They come two to a pack and it's easy to cut the package to use one while keeping the other one sealed till needed. I love this product and highly recommend giving it a try in your home. Trust me, it makes a big difference and reduces having to deep scrub the toilet so often." —Forever Geralyn

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $17.88.

    12. A pack of lemon-scented fizzing toilet tabs that'll sanitize your bowl and keep it smelling fresh without you ever having to break a sweat.

    a stack of circular coin-shaped tablets
    Happy Earth Boutique / Etsy

    Happy Earth Boutique is a New Jersey-based small business that sells cleaning products and bodycare products.

    Promising review: "These lemon toilet fizzies work great and I love that they are earth friendly. They come in an attractive little jar so you can sit it on the toilet tank and it looks so nice! Shipping was fast too." —Diane LeBreux

    Get 10 from Happy Earth Boutique on Etsy for $9 (available in three scents).

    13. A Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp to polish your toilet with each flush. The stamp releases the cleaning gel, which foams and cleans your toilet.

    Scrubbing Bubbles /, Scrubbing Bubbles

    Promising review: "I was sooo skeptical and was confused about how they’d work but the gel solidifies and with every flush, suds wash through with the water and it really makes a fresh difference. Also the scent is light but really nice and fresh! I recommend these 100%! They’re super interesting but they do the job." —Janet

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.97.

    14. A TubShroom for snagging the hair you shed before it clogs your drain and collects in the pipes. Have your relaxing showers turned into you just standing in a puddle of water five minutes after you turn on the water? Yeah, you need this.

    Promising review: "I have long hair and recently had a baby. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged every time we turn around, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time with that spiky stick thing you shove down there and then pull out over and over. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off to be flushed down the toilet. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!!!" —sasamo

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in five colors and as a two-pack).

    15. Sheet Keeper, an elastic band labeled with a sheet size because you've definitely unfolded every set of sheets in the linen closet looking for the king size and not the queen size. Now you'll be able to quickly and clearly see which sheets are which without making a mess.

    The elastic bands on sets of sheets
    Sheet Keeper / Etsy

    Sheet Keeper is a small business based in Los Angeles.

    Promising review: "Great product. Came quickly and they work great! Such a great idea to keep sheets organized and together while being able to tell what size bedding it is. Will order again for sure!" —devonhansen1

    Get two from Sheet Keeper on Etsy for $15.99 (available in six sizes including comforters and duvets).

    16. An elevated pet food bowl so the mess is contained. The tray catches food that escapes Fido's mouth when he buries his face in the bowl, and there are drainage holes to move water into the basin underneath the tray. Plus the top and bowls are removable so cleanup is easy.

    Reviewer photo of the feeder; one bowl filled with water and the other with dry cat food

    Promising review: "My two cats always had a habit of playing with their water bowls and spilling water everywhere. I hated cleaning it up constantly. I was looking for a solution when I came across the Neater Feeder and thought it was a great idea. It is small but it's the perfect size for both my cats. Not only did this product look super nice when I set it up it actually worked!! All of the water got trapped on the bottom and the food was trapped on the top as well. Made clean up so much easier. I am so happy with this product and highly recommend." —Kelli Palen

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes, four styles, and two colors).

    17. An automatic water fountain if you're tired of your cats spilling water all over the floor. Why, Mittens?? Why? Cats generally don't like deep, narrow bowls, so they may try to tip over their water dish to drink comfortably. The open design of this fountain will encourage your picky cats to stay hydrated.,

    It also comes with three replacement filters and a mat.

    Promising review: "My cat likes to drink out of the toilet. I bought her a $60 stainless-steel teardrop fountain which she never used (not to mention how loud it is). I tried closing the toilet to force her to drink out of it, but then she resorted to meowing next to the sink. So I asked my sister, who is a vet, what I should do. She suggested a flower fountain since cats are more inclined to drink out of them. This thing is amazing. It is DEAD silent with the flower cap on, and without it it has a nice waterfall sound. My cat, even with the toilet bowl open, consistently chooses to drink from this. It’s been a lifesaver. I honestly do not have a single bad thing to say about this." —Minno Durkin

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A hair-removing glove that'll satisfy your fur baby's endless desire for some rubbies *and* grab loose fur before it ends up all over your floors. It's also great if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much!?!? After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: this is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand."

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    19. A top entry litter box to keep the litter where it belongs: in the dang box and NOT all over your floors and carpet. It has a grooved lid to catch any litter that's attached itself to your cat's paws, plus it comes with a scoop!,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this litter box. It comes with an adorable scooper and place to hang it, and the subtle color helps it blend in the the room without really screaming 'there’s poop in here.' It’s not only discreet, but it keeps my cat from making a mess as she leaves. I got one of the dome types last because after she finishes she feels the random urge to bolt from the litter like a ghost is after her. (Cats, amiright?!) but not with this. She has to take her time and jump out. And what little litter she does track out is caught on the top piece that is so easy to remove and clean. And the price point is perfect too!" —Shelly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in three colors).

    20. An air purifier for sucking up dirt, dust, allergens, and more before they coat your apartment *and* your sinuses.

    The square black air purifier

    One of these Coway air purifiers made its way into my cart for Black Friday last year and I couldn't be happier with it. Before this purchase I usually awoke with a stuffy nose and puffy eyes, and I would sneeze three, four, five, or more times. IDK if it's the placebo effect, but since I've started using this air purifier, I wake up breathing easier and I don't have sneezing fits anymore. (I'm actually a little scared to see how much has accumulated in the filter in the few weeks that I've had this.) My favorite feature is the pollution sensor, which indicates the quality of your air with an LED light. When the light switches from purple (polluted) to blue (clean), it really makes me feel like the air purifier is doing something.

    Get it from Amazon for $170.50+ (also available in white).

    21. A pocket-sized Tile Mate because you've definitely destroyed what was a very neat room looking for your lost phone, wallet, or keys. Using your smartphone, you can make these trackers "ring" so it's easier to locate whatever is missing. You can even find a lost phone by holding down the Tile button until your phone rings, even if it's on silent.

    the black square bluetooth tracker on a keychain

    Promising review: "You never think you're gonna lose your keys till you do. Don't wait to get this great product like I did." —John Cannon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. A nail polish holder so you don't have to worry about the bottle spilling everywhere. It attaches to your fingers like a ring, meaning you don't need a flat surface on which to set it, and can paint your nails in the car, in bed, on the couch, or even in a bathtub.

    The blue ring on two fingers holding a bottle of lilac polish

    Promising review: "Arrived on time, great packaging, and good quality. I love to do my nails and always struggle when I’m not doing them on a table, so this allows me to do them anywhere without spilling the nail polish. Overall, very satisfied with my purchase!" —Kimy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 22 colors).

    23. A pair of sweeper slippers if you want to clean the floors as you walk around your apartment. They pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, your hair, and more with each step.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! I kind of bought them as a joke. I hate wearing socks, shoes, or slippers, but I also HATE dirty feet. These were the answer I was looking for! They are lightweight on my feet...hardly notice I'm wearing them, and by golly they pick up the dust and dirt that our dog leaves behind! They also wash very nicely. We always wash in Tide and these looked brand new after being washed. I'm very pleased with my purchase!" —Tim S.

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $17.65.

    24. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish that'll help you conquer the very time-consuming task of wiping down all the appliances in your kitchen. Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

    person cleaning a stainless steel fridge

    Promising review: "After reading the newspaper, I desperately need just one dang thing I can fix in this world! But seriously, it's the best stainless cleaner I've ever used. It's quick, smells great, and the finish is perfect. It resists finger prints (and paw prints) for days. It was also a great idea they had to include the microfiber cleaning cloth, as it does an excellent job as well. I probably wouldn't have thought of that. I plan to give these as gifts. Pretty funny!" —Designer Mom

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $16.95.

    25. An robot vacuum to keep the mess under control without you ever lifting a finger. OK, I lied. You will have to press some buttons on the remote control but you'll no longer have to spend a good portion of your weekend manually vacuuming up mountains of dirt, dust, and pet fur.

    Infographic of the vacuum and its features including BoostIQ Technology, a 3-point cleaning system, and 1300 Pa suction

    Promising review: I am a NEAT FREAK! I love to clean. I literally clean my house daily. It can’t be clean enough. I have a two-story, three-bedroom three-bathroom house with two dogs. This vacuum cleans all of it! This gadget is legit like a little human vacuuming your floors, but super throughly. It goes over all my rugs and hardwood floors, and it goes in the bathrooms and closets and under all the furniture. Once in awhile it gets caught in the wires underneath my TV but most of the time it is able to get itself out of it. It’s quiet. My dogs barely even notice it. This is worth every penny! It’s easy to set up, and easy to clean after each use. It does all the hard work for you. Since I’ve had mine, I’ve literally gotten five friends to buy one and they all love it too." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (also available in white).

    26. A hanging file organizer for preventing your desk from turning into a mess of unorganized papers. This'll help you take advantage of vertical space and create a home for all your clutter.

    The 10-tier hanging organizer in black

    Promising review: "It’s quite sturdy and durable. Looks great! Pockets are deep enough to hold the papers. It doesn’t move when you open and close the door. It saves space and solves the problem of paper clutter. I am happy with this purchase and will purchase more in the future as needed." —adamandeve

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A space-saving hanger organizer because you're an adult and you 100% cannot have a jumbled bin of hangers.

    Promising review: "We just moved from a two-bed to a one-bed and are trying to squeeze everything in. Anxiety is at a full-time high with all the clutter but this product helped us organize our closet while freeing up hanging space! No more random hangers here, there, and everywhere, tangled up and cluttering a room. It was SO simple to assemble. Took me maybe five minutes (tops)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98 (also available in multipacks).

    28. A bottle of Scotchgard so you can curl up on the couch with your eggnog or hot cocoa and not worry that if you spill (more like when you spill, TBH) it'll leave a stain.

    The product on a shirt showing it's repelling water

    Promising review: "I got this for my pillows. Having a 4- and 7-year-old who are constantly making messes in the living room, I was a bit fed up with replacing my pillows due to stains. The spraying was easy and quick, then I left them outside to air out. Today I noticed a big splatter of dried up ketchup on the pillow. I took a wet paper towel and rubbed off the stain. It came off completely! Nothing seeped through the fabric. I just wish I used this sooner!" —Lidia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.28.

    29. An odor-eliminating spray if your pet keeps marking the same spot. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.

    The spray bottle

    Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family's pets Rocco, a labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys.

    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pads, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" —mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review.

    30. A genius T-shirt roll holder that'll hold your massive T-shirt collection so it won't turn into one big mess in your drawers.

    BuzzFeed writer's closet door closed with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.
    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    The Roll Kepper is a small biz based in Kelso, Washington that's run by Traci, who has over 40 years of crafting experience.

    BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower has one and loves it. In her own words:

    "Before getting this I was driving myself up the wall with my bad folding habits. I basically shoved all my shirts into the storage drawers under my bed, because I have a teeny tiny closet (the picture above gives you a solid idea of how small it is). This has given me a massive amount of clothing storage I didn't have before. The quality is stellar and Traci is 10/10 the most thoughtful person I've purchased an Etsy product from!"

    Get it from The Roll Keeper on Amazon Handmade for $20.99+ (available in three sizes).

    31. An easily washable drip catcher to prevent the counter space between the back of your faucet and the wall from becoming a puddle after you wash the dishes. This absorbent mat sits snugly around your faucet so the back section of your sink area stays dry.

    TwoLilacsStudio / Etsy

    Two Lilacs Studio is a small shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon run by Jacy Stratton.

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    32. A set of bed bands for keeping your sheets in place so they don't slip, slide, and bunch up overnight.

    Promising review: "We have a rather deep mattress and added a memory foam topper, which gave our fitted sheet a real stretch to be able to securely tuck at the corners and not slip off. It would hold some of the time, but we frequently had a corner or two slip off during the night. It was disrupting sleep, so I was ready to safety pin the fitted sheet corners in place. However, no need for safety pins. After giving Bed Band a try our fitted sheet slipping problem is solved! The clamp design grips like iron, but the best part is the adjustable bands that allow for a quick final fit after installing the clamps. The other designs require that you adjust the bands first, and then stretch the clamps into place under tension. With Bed Band, you clamp each band into place without tension, then you use the quick adjuster to apply tension as needed. This makes for a much simpler installation, and with a product that by its nature needs to removed and re-installed repeatedly (sheet washing), ease of installation is critical. Bed Bands is the clear design winner here for both function and ease of installation. A stellar product design at an affordable price!" —Huancayo

    Get a pack of four bands from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors).

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