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    1. An acne patch because you simply slap it on a zit before bed and wake up with a dramatically less angry breakout. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple — all without you needing to use approximately 10 different products and an extraction kit.

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    Promising review: "I am a fan for life! These spot stickers are easy to use, comfortable, adhere incredibly well, and don’t irritate my sensitive skin. For the first time in years, I’m rocking clean skin with no foundation!! At night I cleanse, apply my serum and moisturizer, then place the stickers on problem areas. The next day you can see all the white infection that is pulled out of the skin and the inflammation is gone! I usually keep reapplying to the spot to promote healing until the pain/inflammation/redness is completely gone. I’d give 10 stars if I could." —Anna Khrustaleva

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50.

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 26,000+ people gave them 5 stars.

    2. A pet hair remover if you can't be bothered to vacuum your whole house every other day just to deal with all the fur. Roll it over your couch, bed, favorite blanket, you name it, and watch it lift the fur away. See, we can own nice things!!

    Reviewer photo of a black pillow covered in white dog hair and you can clearly see which side they brushed with the fur remover because all the dog hair is gone in that section
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    Promising review: "If I could give this product six stars, I would. My husband and I use it almost every day. We have three furry dogs and six fluffy cats, which makes for A LOT of hair. We were using a lint roller before we bought our ChomChom Roller. The lint roller didn't work very well and had to be replaced. We have had our ChomChom Roller for months and it still works just as well as it did when we first got it. We can actually invite our friends over now without worrying about all the pet hair." —Morgan Willis

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    3. A bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray for making soap scum and shower grime buildup go 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
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    Promising review: "We cannot BEGIN to tell you what a lifesaver this is! We have two old fiberglass tubs with vinyl shower enclosures that no matter what amount of scrubbing we have done with everything from bleach to cleanser to vinegar and baking soda would NOT come clean. After I took my shower last night, I sprayed down the tub and walls. Within minutes, all the built-up water deposits and dirt and grime began to melt away in front of my eyes. I left it on overnight, and when I got up this morning, it did not look like the same tub and shower. This product is a godsend, especially for old folks like us who have difficulty getting down on our hands and knees and scrubbing anything. More importantly, it performs as advertised. We plan on using it as part of our weekly cleanup routine, in addition to purchasing the Wet and Forget Mold and Mildew Remover for use on the vinyl siding of our house. This is truly an overnight sensation!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    4. An Etude House drying powder to spare you from having to reapply messy powder every hour. This'll help control your skin's oil production and keep your face from looking greasy. You can also apply it to your hair (make sure you dust off the residue) so your roots look freshly washed.

    Reviewer progression photos showing that throughout the day their face stayed oil-free
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    Some reviewers apply it before their makeup while others find it works best on top of their foundation. You may need to experiment to find the right order for you.

    Promising review: "I'm 36 and have struggled with oily, acne-prone skin my whole life. Why did no one tell me about this sooner??? I use a kabuki brush (instead of the small velvet pad they provide) and spread a thin layer of powder all over my face after all other skincare products and before foundation. It literally keeps me shine free for my 18-hour work shifts! On especially hot and humid days, I'll reapply this *lightly* over my makeup halfway through the day. It also seems to have cleared up the smaller blemishes around my nose and chin! Hooray! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars." —Rebekah Zenn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90.

    5. A jewelry-cleaning pen that'll make your jewels sparkle with just a few swipes. No more having to scrub...and scrub...and scrub some more with a toothbrush.

    Reviewer before and after of their cloudy emerald looking brilliant and sparkly after using the pen
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    Promising review: "If I could give this 10 stars I would! I'm a fanatic when it comes to keeping my jewelry clean, especially my wedding set. I tried this product on my diamonds, Swarovski crystals, and Brighton jewelry, and the results are nothing less than amazing! This restored one of my Swarovski rings that I had not worn in years due to the cloudy color to a sparkling brilliance just like the first day I bought it! I cannot recommend this product enough! I just ordered additional wands so I don't run out! Home run Amazon!" —Kristina B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

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

    6. A robot vacuum so the hardest you'll have to work is lifting a finger to press the start button on the remote. Having a mountain of pet fur to hoover on the weekend? No, thank you!

    Reviewer photo of their vacuum, showing how much dog fur it picked up
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    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 (also available in white).

    7. A pack of stain-removing pads because you simply lay them over the spot, give 'em a stomp to activate their cleaning powders, and watch the stain disappear — no bulky carpet steamer necessary!

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    Promising review: "WOW! Honestly, I was a little skeptical of the promise of these pads, but I bought them just to try out. THEY WORKED AMAZINGLY WELL! Seriously. I have some stains that are 1.5–2 years old. I've tried everything to get them out. I put these pads on the stains (two to cover the spot), let sit for about an hour, pulled them up, and the stain was gone. I truly couldn't believe it. The pad was yellow. Somehow the old urine was soaked up into the pad. My carpet looks like new. I couldn't recommend these any higher for what I wanted and what I got. Wish I could give this more than 5 stars." —Matt

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. 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?

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    Promising review: "If I could give it 10 stars I would. If you have a tile shower that is the bane of your existence like mine...you need these! They clean what no human hands can in half the time. Still hard work to use but way better then the old fashioned way!" —jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in soft, medium, stiff, and ultra stiff bristles).

    9. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaner for deodorizing your sink. Plop a packet in your disposal, run it, and watch blue cleansing foam bubble up (and the bad smells drift away). So easy!

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    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 $10.25.

    10. Dishwasher cleaning tablets to do practically all the work for you — no scrubbing needed! Say goodbye to having to wash your dishes and plates again by hand because they're coated in mysterious white crusty bits.

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    Promising review: "My dishwasher was getting into horrible shape. The top tray would stick and bind no matter how careful I was. The bottom tray was making noises when I moved it. The whole inside of the dishwasher was growing a coating of white mineral deposits. The washing arms were making noises during wash cycles. The dishes were not getting clean. When my order of Affresh arrived, I ran a clean cycle. When I opened the dishwasher at the end, it was clean. Both trays moved easily. The washing arms were clean. The next load of dishes was spotless. Now I run a cleaning cycle the first of every month. This is one product that I will not do without. My dishwasher is 5 years old, but after using Affresh it looks virtually new." —Mithrandir

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.98.

    11. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets that'll require zero elbow grease while removing stains and stinky smells you thought were imprinted on your travel mug forever.

    Progression photo showing a stained mug, the mug with foaming liquid inside, and the mug after it's been cleaned looking shiny and brand new
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    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.

    12. A Green Chef subscription so you can chow down on delicious organic and sustainably sourced meals without stepping foot in a grocery store. Hate all the prep work involved when you cook? Samesies! Thankfully Green Chef sends you pre-measured pre-prepped ingredients so you can toss it all right in the pan.

    Sesame-Ginger Beef Patties
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    Why it's great: Each week you get to choose from nine different recipes that fit a variety of dietary preferences. Pre-measured and pre-prepped ingredients arrive at your door along with recipe cards so you can cook a flavorful meal in just 30 minutes. Plus the packaging is compostable, recyclable, or reusable.

    Get it from Green Chef for $10.49+/serving.

    13. A mold and mildew remover because you can set it, forget it, and come back in a few hours to see grout that looks like new. If your brain is filled with images of your dirty shower grout every time you close your eyes and try to relax...you definitely need this.

    Progression photo showing dark mold and mildew on shower tile grout disappearing overnight
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    Promising review: "You guys. I’m embarrassed to even show you this. The grout around our tub was DISGUSTING. It was never caulked right and it got gross very quickly. I would scrub. The cleaning lady would scrub. It would get worse. Well, I came across this in a BuzzFeed list, and this stuff made me curious. I don’t know why it doesn’t have 10,000 good reviews. Seriously. All I did was squeeze it on and walk away. I let it sit overnight. Check this out. Buy it. Like today." —KarynB

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A pack of hanging vacuum bags if the sign outside your closet says no vacancy. With these genius bags, you can shrink your bulky jackets while they're on the hanger instead of trying to fold and smush them in a regular vacuum bag.

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    Promising review: "Bought these storage bags two weeks ago to pack my winter clothes for summer, and they did the job perfectly. They are large and sturdy. I like its five-hook design. I can store five women's jackets or four big men's jackets in ONE bag. The long bags also fit my dresses. The biggest reason I bought these bags is that I do not need to fold my seasonal clothes; just hang, zip, vacuum, done! Super convenient. Extremely happy with this space bags. I will definitely order more!" —Jia Yan

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $25.99+ (also available in blue).

    15. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans for those nights when you need a quick, easy meal. Just pop them in the microwave, and they're ready in 60 seconds. Or, use them to zhuzh up leftovers so you can finally clear some fridge space.

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    A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned business founded by Ibraheem Basir and inspired by the Creole, Caribbean, and Latin American flavors he ate growing up.

    Promising review: "Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that. I've been trying to avoid packaged, processed foods but the natural ingredients make these different. I can feel good about eating them. The beans are whole and not mashed-up like in cans. All of the varieties are seasoned well and versatile. I've had them on their own, in salads and in wrap sandwiches. I'm really happy to have found these and hope they continue to add new flavors and products. Do yourself a favor and order some. You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A liquid tartar remover to help clean your doggo's teeth, because lord knows they will not let you within 5 feet of them if they see you coming with a toothbrush. Think of this as doggy mouthwash! Just add this to their water and you'll notice your dog's plaque and bad breath subside.

    Comparison of reviewer's dog's teeth showing the water additive lightened the brown plaque stains noticeably
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    Promising review: "My dog's molars were turning black and he had a ton of buildup on his canines, and his gums were beginning to look inflamed. And, of course, his breath could kill a horse. After one week of constant use (a cap full for every bowl of water) you could see an obvious difference in tooth color. I was blown away. (Why can’t human mouthwash do such a good job on our teeth?) After three weeks, his molars were almost completely clean. After a couple of months of use, the plaque on his canines was soft enough to brush some of it off, which was totally impossible before. Plaque covered the canine approximately 70%. Obviously that's no longer the case. IDK what insane solvent this is made of, but it keeps his gross mouth clean as a whistle. Now I don’t have to worry about my picky priceless mutt losing his teeth because he can’t be bothered to chew anything." —BaconPancakes

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12.

    17. A mounted brush that'll finally earn you your cat's affection. If kitty would prefer you brushed them for 23 hours a day, this'll keep them occupied for approximately 22 hours so you can still enjoy your brushies during mother-son bonding time but you won't have to brush them 'til your arm falls off.

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    Promising review: "My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall." —T. Mangiaracina

    Get it from Amazon for $3.74.

    18. A Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp so you can polish your toilet without ever having to pick up a dirty toilet brush. *shudders* The stamp releases the cleaning gel, which foams and cleans your toilet.

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    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 (or Subscribe & Save for $3.77/month).

    19. Some stain-removing tablets because spending your Sunday scrubbing wine stains on your shirt from Saturday's movie night is for silly billies. Toss one in with a regular load and your whites will emerge dramatically whiter.

    The Fizz Whizz / Etsy

    The Fizz Whiz is a small business based in Brandon, Florida.

    Promising review: "Washed my clothes and they came out very clean. I put my sneakers in the wash and they were very gross. They came out so clean that they almost looked new. Will buy again, and recommend." —Daniel Law

    Get them from The Fizz Whiz on Etsy for $12+ (available in two styles).

    20. A do-it-all cruelty-free lengthening mascara if you want a voluminous curl without having to apply a primer and two different mascaras. This one is lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day — what more could you ask for?

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    Promising review: "One of the few products that actually performs as advertised. I was so impressed by the waterproof version that I also got the regular — both are fantastic (and I have tried A LOT of mascaras). Best value ever!" —Candace70

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    21. A set of wad-free pads for keeping your bedsheets from tangling in the wash. If you've ever opened the dryer expecting...well...dry sheets only to find them tangled in a damp ball, you need this. Doing the bare minimum = having to dry your bedsheets only once.

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet
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    Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic. Cyndi, the founder, learned CAD (computer-aided design) to create the pads. And 5% of profits are donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet, and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and my sheets not only did NOT wad up, they came out of the dryer feeling fresher, feeling more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!" —katy

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    22. A streak-free anti-fog spray to do the important task of keeping your glasses clear while you're wearing your mask. No more having to remove and wipe down your foggy spectacles every 10 minutes! It's also great for spritzing on your mirrors, goggles, and even your windshield.

    Reviewer wearing a mask and glasses that aren't foggy
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    Promising review: "I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future." —Tonya Crippen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    23. A teeth-whitening pen that'll be a heck of a lot quicker (and taste a lot better) than those irritating whitening strips that slip and slide all over your teeth. You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.

    Reviewer before and after showing the pen noticeably whitened their yellow teeth
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    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... This stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Mindy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. An interactive cat toy so you can tire your energetic feline in just a few minutes instead of having to cycle through every toy they own in an attempt to calm them before bedtime.

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    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $2.09.

    25. Some washing machine cleaning tablets that clean and freshen the inside while dissolving residue because having to deep clean your washer is *checks schedule* not on the calendar for this weekend.

    models hand dropping 1/4c-ish size tablet into washer
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    They're safe to use with pretty much any type of washer: HE or regular, top-loading and front-loading.

    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.98.

    26. A pack of fizzing toilet tabs if you would be perfectly happy to never touch a dirty toilet brush again. These'll make your dream a reality. It's basically a sanitizing bath bomb that disinfects your toilet.

    White bath bombs
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton. It specializes in all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

    Promising review: "Like a bath bomb for your toilet! Works great, smells great, toilets were just as clean but with none of the chemicals! Fast shipping too! Thank you!” —Erin Horender

    Get them from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $2.50 (or a pack of five for $10).

    27. A 2-in-1 highlighter and contour stick for making makeup application as minimal as possible. This tube will add depth and sparkle to your skin without taking up a ton of space in your purse or requiring separate brushes.

    The tube
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    Ready Set Jet is a woman-founded business started by Shalini Vadhera.

    Promising review: "Nothing like a great double-duty product that so easily fits in my bag for on the go touchups! Such an amazing highlighter and contour stick. I love that I can change out the batons too." —Melissa Meyers

    Get it from Amazon for $32.

    28. A Revlon hot air brush to help you go from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a shiny, salon-worthy blowout by literally brushing your hair. Tell your round brush and the inevitable wrist pain that comes 10 minutes into a blow-dry to get lost.

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    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: "This product did what it said it would and more. It is easy to use, and it has saved me time getting ready in the morning. My hair is so shiny and full of volume. It feels very healthy. Even the ends of my hair look good. I have even been able to use it to extend days between washes. Very impressed." —Sara Kovach

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in five colors).

    29. A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks that'll truly terrify you at first because you'll look like a zombie once you've applied it, and second because it's so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Ditch the complicated 10-step skincare routine and try this instead.

    Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles
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    Promising review: "Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticeable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn't be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level" —Samantha

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $30.48.

    Do yourself a favor and try some of these before you judge me!

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