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    25 Products It’s Finally Time To Buy So You Can Stop Trying To Hack Your Way Through Life

    When baking soda and vinegar don't solve all your problems, these products are here to help.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A powerful jetted tub cleaner because it flushes out soap scum, body oils, and black flakes from your tub's jets better than your homemade bleach solution.

    Promising review: "They don't call this Oh Yuk! for no reason. I previously used Jacuzzi's two-part system and this worked sooo much better. I was totally embarrassed, not to mention grossed out, at how much funk came out. It was NASTY! It definitely cleans your tub. You will probably have to clean the sides of your tub after it's finished because of how much stuff might come out. I swear I clean my tub on a regular basis, but I was amazed at how much better this worked. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. An earwax removal kit if you're still one of those poor souls jamming cotton buds in their ears. Good thing you don't need your ears to read the 17,100+ 5-star reviews this product has garnered.

    Reviewer photo of their finger covered in chunks of ear wax

    Promising review: "After messing around with a cotton swab in my left ear (never do this), I managed to fully block all hearing in it. I ran around like a headless chicken for about 24 hours because the pressure in the ear was so intense. One treatment of Debrox and the blockage immediately subsided. Trick is to let it sit in the ear for at least five minutes. Drain the ear, wait another five minutes, then irrigate with the bulb and warm water, never cold. Seldom does a remedy work as advertised; this one does!" —Chazmax1

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    3. A speedy oven cleaner to de-gunk drippings from your last five years' worth of meals. It can power through baked-on crud, so all you have to do is wipe it clean. Now go put back the dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar.,

    If your oven is in need of a deep, deep clean, you may need to let this cleaner sit longer, but it'll do a heck of a job lifting all the barnacles of food bits that are crusted on your oven.

    Promising review: "This oven cleaner works really well. I cleaned my oven that had some terrible food spills and the oven ended up spotless. This does not have a strong overpowering odor like other oven cleaners and breaks down grease really fast." —Nia K.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.02.

    4. A tonsil stone remover so you can stop poking and prodding your tonsils with dirty fingers or cotton buds. This tool has a built-in LED light so you can easily locate the tonsil stone. Plus it also comes with a syringe to help you wash out the pocket the tonsil stone left behind.


    Promising review: "I'm in my early 30s and just started getting tonsil stones. Until a few months ago, I never even knew what these things were! I've been struggling with cotton swabs to fully remove the stones but couldn't get rid of them and they would just come back within the week. I received this and investment ever. No struggle holding my phone as a flashlight while awkwardly posing myself in front of my badly lit bathroom mirror. I sat comfortably at my vanity, used one hand, and removed the whole stone in less than a minute. Why did I not know this was a thing? Why have I been struggling? Get it! Stop struggling, suffering, and awkwardly dealing with this ridiculous me." —Wren

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three colors).

    5. A pumice cleaning stone for powering through tough rust, lime, and calcium streaks that have retired many a toilet scrubbing brush. Give your tired arms a break and let this little guy rub away discoloration with ease. This nontoxic cleaner is tough on dirt but gentle on porcelain so you can sit atop the glistening throne you deserve.

    Promising review: "I have very hard water that leaves hard-water buildup and nasty stains. It’s embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets are so gross! I have tried so many products and cleaning solutions — from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was lightheaded for the rest of the day. Well, I tried out this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing, light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple years at least. So if you have embarrassing toilets, try this!" —Stephanie Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    6. A set of Wad-Free pads that'll keep your bedsheets from tangling in the wash. If you've ever opened the dryer, tossed in a dryer ball, crossed your fingers, and hoped the sheets didn't tangle, you need this.

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet

    Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic. Cyndi, the founder, learned CAD (computer-aided design) to create the pads.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I saw Wad-Free on Amazon, thought to myself, why not, then decided to give it a try, knowing that if I wasn't satisfied, I could return it to Amazon. Well, I'm not satisfied. I'm over the moon with this product and can honestly recommend it. Give it a try, you won't regret it." —Maureen A. Stanford

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    7. A pack of dishwasher-cleaning tablets because they clean as your machine runs — no need to run a cycle with bowl of white vinegar or spend your precious free time cleaning it by hand.

    Promising review: "Great cleaner! I was doing a deep clean of my apartment and expected some scrubbing needed to be done in the dishwasher, but decided to give this a try. It got my dishwasher so clean that I didn't even need to wipe it down. The dishes I threw in with it had all their built-up markings disappear. Highly recommend!!" —Trucy R.

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. A pet hair remover if you thought you were smart for using a lint roller but now you have to buy them in bulk. Not feeling so smart now, are ya? Roll this reusable hair catcher 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

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes, but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing — he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. A jewelry-cleaning pen to have your jewels sparkling in literal seconds instead of sitting at the table gently scrubbing...and scrubbing...and scrubbing with a toothbrush and hoping you're getting all the nooks and crannies.

    Reviewer before and after of their cloudy emerald looking brilliant and sparkly after using the pen

    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 afterward. I thought it did the job. ENTER DIAMOND DAZZLE STIK! 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 $6.99.

    10. A TikTok-famous pink cleaning paste so you don't need to douse your home in nail polish remover when your little ones go Baby Picasso on the walls with a permanent marker.

    Promising review: "I used this product for my stove because if there's one thing I dislike it's cleaning. I have used multiple degreaser sprays and they all are so toxic and don't work for me. But this product, oh my goodness; legit a miracle. It doesn't have any type of smell. I put the paste on a cloth, clean the area, then wipe it off with a damp cloth and voilà — magic!" —May

    Get it from Amazon for $7.46.

    11. A teeth-whitening pen for brightening your smile without the hassle of strips that slip and slide all over your teeth or weird charcoal powders that can actually damage your enamel. 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

    Promising review: "I have only used the two original pens that I purchased and can already see an improvement. I am older than 60 and drink coffee daily and red wine weekly." —vicki houska

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.89.

    12. An eco-friendly hard water stain remover that'll defeat stubborn soap scum and residue without making your bathroom reek of vinegar. Plus it's safe enough to use on just about anything — including shower glass, tile, granite, stainless steel, marble, brass, and porcelain.

    Reviewer before and after showing the cleaner removed hard water stains on a glass shower door

    Promising review: "This worked just as described. I had terrible hard-water stains on my stone shower walls and glass floor. I thought I'd never get rid of them. I tried all the things the websites said to do: vinegar and water, baking soda paste, etc., etc., etc. I even bought the stronger harsher chemical products with no luck. NOTHING worked. I mixed a small amount of this with water, making a watery-type formula, and spread it all over my walls and floor. It has a green mint scent and is very mild. I liked that it is eco-friendly but mostly liked it because it WORKS! My shower looks amazing. I never thought I'd see my shower clean ever again, without the awful white film. I didn't have to scrub much at all; I just wiped down the walls using a circular motion to remove some of the watery paste I'd applied, and the walls and floor rinsed clean. I was so shocked after rinsing and it started drying that all that was left was my beautiful stone. I would definitely recommend this product for stone and/or glass showers with ugly hard (white) water stains. You won't be sorry." —Dianazon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.77.

    13. A compact yet powerful mattress vacuum because it gets the job done without you having to coat your mattress in baking soda and lug your bulky vacuum up the stairs to the bedroom. This loosens dust and dirt lodged in your mattress and sucks it up, catching itty-bitty particles.

    Promising review: "So, I bought this originally for my son who gets really bad allergies to dust. At first we didn't know what was causing this until someone told me to check our beds and furniture. Even though we change our bedsheets regularly, there will be dust left over. So I decided to give this a try and they were right! I couldn't believe much mites and dust there are. I took my time cleaning everyone's bed and our sofa, which was easy to use and light. My son hasn't had a reaction in a while, which means this product works for my family!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    14. A hanging moisture-absorbing bag if your closets and pantries always smell...musty... Each bag pulls moisture from the air to prevent damage to your items without you having to invest in an expensive dehumidifier.

    the bag hanging on a clothes rack in a closet

    Promising review: "I've been using these products for years now. They say what they do and do what they say. Always satisfied with these." —WOLFSSLAYER

    Get three from Amazon for $11.22+ (available in three scents).

    15. A leather-cleaning brush to restore your favorite suede booties that were destroyed by rain and mud — no vinegar or alcohol required. This lil' guy can be used four different ways to clean scuff marks, water spots, and invisible dust.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud on my new suede boots and thought for sure they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered 'ruined' for several years and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. I was so impressed! It's absolutely worth getting and trying for yourself! Scuff marks take a bit more time to improve but they do look better after brushing them." —Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A liquid tartar remover so you can keep your dog's teeth cleaned without having to ply them with treats and peanut butter to get a toothbrush in their mouth. Think of this as doggy mouthwash! Just add this to their water and you'll notice your dog's plaque and bad breath subside as they drink.

    Comparison of reviewer's dog's teeth showing the water additive lightened the brown plaque stains noticeably

    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 capful 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 canines 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 $5.99+ (available in three sizes and three flavors).

    17. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets for anyone who's tried every trick in the book to remove the coffee stains from inside their travel mug. It's OK — these bad boys will do all the heavy lifting for you so your beloved thermos is crystal clean quicker than it took you to make those stains.

    Progression shot showing a reviewer's brown stained mug foaming and then looking completely clean inside

    Promising review: "Be sure to use hot water; even though it won't foam as much it seems to do a much 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.

    18. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaners that'll deodorize your sink when ice cubes and lemon wedges aren't cutting it. Please, please, please do not stick your hand down the drain; let this do the work instead!


    Promising review: "This product really works! We were dealing with a foul stench coming from our disposal for some time. We tried boiling water, vinegar, etc. This stuff sniffed out the smell real quick and deodorized it as well." —James Tiberius Kirk

    Get a pack (good for four uses) from Amazon for $9.94.

    19. A supercharged stain remover because you always need a different ingredient to remove different types of stains. Well, not anymore! This do-it-all soap bar is made for lifting grass stains, grape juice, bubblegum, blood, ink, mildew, and more, plus it has a high glycerin content so you can even use it as a regular hand soap without it drying out your paws.

    A stack of six of the stain remover cubes

    Gary Austin and his wife, Karen, started SallyeAnder in 1982 after learning that their son was allergic to store-bought soap. Their olive oil–based Castile soaps are great for people with skin sensitivities, and their line of hair- and bodycare products are 100% hypoallergenic.

    Promising review: "I have used Hogwash Soap for several years on tough laundry stains. It worked especially well on my sons’ football practice uniforms. The bar lasts a long time, and it smells good, too. I make sure I always have some on hand." —mrsfio

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 and SallyeAnder for $8.

    20. A denture cleaner because, despite brushing your retainer each night and soaking it in vinegar weekly, it's still coated in some weird white film. These fizzing tablets will blast away odor-causing bacteria, discoloration, and plaque from your Invisalign, retainers, dentures, night guards, and more.

    Promising review: "I use this cleaner every morning for my Invisalign and think it works wonderful. Very easy to use and keeps the retainer looking clean and fresh. Have been using for months now and am very satisfied." —Beth

    Get 120 tablets from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. A broom for pet hair to loosen the fur trapped in your carpet. It works just as well on wood and linoleum, with the rubber head working as a magnet to attract stray hairs. Or enjoy running an itty-bitty pumice stone over every inch of carpet!,

    Promising review: "I bought this broom based on the tons of great reviews and I am not disappointed. I love this broom! It is lightweight but sturdy. I have used it on tile floors and carpet, and it does a great job of getting the pet hair, lint, and dirt. I like this so much better than our traditional push broom. It is very easy to clean after use just using my hand, unlike our old broom. It also has a telescoping handle so that you can adjust it to whatever height you need. There is also a squeegee for doing the house windows and the car windows. I highly recommend it." —Joyce V

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    Check out my coworker's Evrilholder FURemover broom review for more satisfying photos of the hair it removed from her carpet.

    22. A set of shoulder-protecting pads so you don't have to put panty liners under your bra straps to prevent your bra from digging into your shoulders.

    reviewer wearing the pad over their bra strap

    Promising review: "I have 36E, very heavy, dense breasts. It's impossible to find the PERFECT bra that has all the right parts. For some strange reason, bra designers think skinny straps are sexy. No, they hurt! The pads take away the pain and strap marks. Easy to put on and stays in place." —Matt and Chris

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two color combinations).

    23. A box of cleaning K-Cups for getting rid of residue in your machine and preventing flavors from transferring in just one cycle. Or have fun descaling it with vinegar multiple times. Your choice!

    reviewer photo of the water that came out of their keurig after using the k-cup cleaning pod and you can see that the original brown water gets cleaner and clearer after each cycle of using the cleaning cup

    Promising review: "Thought I was having problems with my machine. Used two cups to flush the entire coffee maker out and it started working like new. Totally satisfied!" —Dara Pazooki

    Get a box of six pods from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. A microwave steam cleaner that'll melt away the baked-on crud that's still clinging to the sides of your microwave despite trying the hack where you microwave a bowl of vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda.

    side by side of a dirty microwave with food splatter inside it next to an image of the same microwave looking totally clean after the steamer was used

    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 $6.99+ (available in four colors).

    25. An earbud-cleaning kit so you can clean out the crusty earwax goop without resorting to using a paperclip or a hydrogen peroxide–soaked cotton bud. You'll thank me when you're no longer getting Apple alerts that your headphones are too loud for too long.

    It comes with a liquid cleaner, microfiber cleaning cloth, 20 cleaning swabs, five soft-bristle brushes, five cleaning wipes, one brush, and one soft brush.

    Promising review: "Although this is disgusting to admit, no matter how hard I try I can’t keep my AirPods clean. They get an extreme buildup of earwax. This product is amazing!! It got all the wax out of the hard to reach spots on my AirPods with damaging the screen!! I highly recommend!" —Frank

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59.

    You when you stop wasting time and money with DIY solutions and homemade versions that kinda sorta work and let these products to their job:

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

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