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    Updated on May 2, 2019. Posted on Apr 7, 2019

    29 Problem-Solving Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    Smart solutions to all your (small) problems.

    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 hair clip multi-tool with seven different functions so whether you're camping, working, or just enjoying beers with friends, you'll have a little gadget you can rely on to tackle all kinds of small challenges you run into in your life.

    amazon.com

    Loose eyeglass screw? Secure it! Torn nail? Smooth it out! No bottle opener in sight? Box to open? This will cover you — and all you have to do is snap it onto your pocket or hair, where you'll always know where to find it.

    Promising review: "I work in a BYOB painting studio and my days are filled with not only painting, but cutting open box after box of canvases. Let me tell you, this little guy is a TROOPER! I literally use it at least 30-40 times a day. It even cuts right though corrugated plastic sheeting like butter! Breaking down cardboard boxes? NO PROB! Zipping through plastic sheets? GOT THIS! Need a beer opened? POP! I love this little guy SO MUCH, I just ordered three more. My first one just broke today after six months of non-stop daily use. What an awesome tool." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $11.45.

    2. A sinus rinse because this spring's allergies are only just now getting into full swing, and this makes flushing pollen and other gunk out of your system quick and simple.

    amazon.com

    All you have to do is either boil water for one minute (and let it cool!) or use some distilled water, mix in one of the included 20 salt packets, then gently squeeze the bottle so the light pressure clears you up. (Detailed instructions are included, of course). Sinus rinses / Neti pots in general are perfectly safe; as Dr. Robert Sporter, of ENT & Allergy Associates, previously told BuzzFeed, “I encourage it. Essentially, it is rinsing all the junk out of your sinuses. The salt actually breaks up mucus a little bit.”

    Promising review: "I've tried net pots in the past and didn't like the feeling and would rather suffer than use them. Then I came across Nasopure. After reading the directions and trying this once it was so easy and effective I began using it everyday. The nasal mix doesn't burn or itch. As long as you can hold your breath so the water doesn't go down your throat it's very easy to use! It can get a little messy over the sink so I recommend using it during a shower." —Dean Wethers

    Get the kit from Amazon for $12.95.

    Still unconvinced? Here's one BuzzFeed editor's Neti Pot and sinus rinse review.

    3. And a pollen-, dust mite-, mold-, and pet dander-busting detergent that just might make all the difference if your regular allergy medicine just can't do the job on its own.

    Allersearch Laboratories

    Many reviewers heard about this from their allergist, so if regular OTC medicine just isn't doing it for you, you should probably visit your doctor too! This detergent contains Acaril, which removes allergens without having to wash and dry your clothes and sheets on hot.

    Promising reviews: "This product is an essential for me. I'm highly allergic to dust mites, but it wasn't a problem until I moved to Florida. After living here about a year, I somehow became seriously allergic to my clothes. I couldn't wear something from my closet without sneezing and enough tears and nasal discharge to derail anything. Regular washing did nothing. I washed everything in this and the problem was completely, obviously, no-question-about-it solved. Now I wash all my clothes in this about once a year, whenever they start to make me sneezy, and bedding for me and my kids every so often. It is a wonderful product and it absolutely works." —Amy

    Get a bottle with enough for 45 loads on Amazon for $24.95.

    4. A pair of snug, long-lasting heel caps that make it about ten thousand times easier to walk on gravel, dirt, mud, and grass in your favorite pumps, whatever type of fancy outdoor party you happen to attend.

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    Some reviewers even say it helps them balance in heels more easily!

    Promising review: "I received these by noon using Prime One Day on the DAY of my wedding (yes I was so busy and completely forgot to get this earlier!). Snapped them on my heels immediately and they SAVED My Day! They stayed on my heels the entire four hours that I walked in them in an outdoor garden with grass and gravel, greeting guests and taking photos. They protected the heels and still look decent afterwards. No sinking into grass or dirt or gravel, no embarrassment. They made my heels more stable and comfortable to walk in as well. So glad I got these!" —Jenn H

    Get the pair on Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A gel nail polish + top coat so you can give yourself a salon-quality manicure that absolutely lasts and looks good for over a week, no touch-ups necessary.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This polish goes on nicely and stays put for a good week. And I don't have to soak nails in acetone to get off, this comes off with regular nail polish remover. Overall, I save a lot of money doing my own nails and they still look great since the polish is so high quality. Honestly, I don't think I can tell the difference anymore — this gives a professional manicure!" —skatz

    Get some on Amazon: a bottle of the top coat for $8.59, three red color variations for $7.49+ each, two purple color variations for $8.90+ each, a light pink shade for $8.63, and a hot pink shade for $9.60.

    My colleague Abby Kass has tried this and loves it — for more, read her Essie Gel Couture nail polish review.

    6. A hydrocolloid acne patch variety pack that will absorb an unbelievable amount or the oil and gunk lurking in your zits until they basically disappear, or at least have been significantly shrunk and diminished.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is ideal because you can easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Each pack comes with four extra-large squares, six large circles, 24 medium circles, and six small circles. Get one on Amazon for $8.08.

    7. A splatter screen to stop the grease from bacon (or steak, potstickers, or anything else you need to cook uncovered) in its tracks, so it doesn't coat your stove, clothes, and counter in a thin sheen.

    amazon.com

    Which makes cleanup like, 1000x easier. It goes mesh-side down on top of your pan (like in the pictures), then you can flip it over to rest on the little wire feet if you need to. It's dishwasher safe, of course!

    Promising review: "I cook A LOT of bacon (5+ lbs/week) and have used this every time with no complaints. I hold my hand over it just to "test" it and have never been splashed once. I'd say it stops more than 97% of the grease, but that's a very good estimate. I haven't had anything splash through but I usually cook with bacon grease as well (maybe it's too large to pass through?). Has bumps on the edge so you can rest it without contaminating it. Handle has never been hot to the touch." —Liverpooligan

    Get it on Amazon for $14.90+ (available in 9.5-, 11.5-, and 13-inch diameters).

    8. And to further protect your stove from mess: a boil-over safeguard that you can set on top of any at-risk pot to buy yourself at least a few extra moments to run over and turn the heat down.

    amazon.com

    It's kinda two lids in one: the bigger bottom part fits all the way over the pot, and has an open spot in the middle, which you cover with the smaller top lid.

    Promising review: "No matter how carefully I watch the pot, it seems to ALWAYS start to boil over the very second I turn my back for that slight moment. I saw this little hummer and ordered it immediately. What a WONDERFUL invention!!! I have not had one issue with boil-over since I bought it. I LOVE it! Two things: 1) when you initially put it on pot rim, create a seal by pressing down around the rim and 2) do NOT lift rim while in use. If you need to peek, lift the center lid. Otherwise you could break the seal, which might cause a boil-over. You will absolutely LOVE this item! I give it 10 stars!" —M. Goulet

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A drain clog remover whose tip's coated in tiny little hooks that grab tight on all the gunk and hair lodged deep in your pipes, then effortlessly extract it all so your sink and tub work normally again.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "This worked great in my shower. I'm not able to pull the drain plug out, so I was very happy to find a product that doesn't require it. It is very easy to use, and very effective. Will continue to purchase so I don't have to keep using chemical de-cloggers every other week. Highly recommend!" —AJane

    Get it from Walmart for $11.62 (for the starter pack, a handle plus two extraction wands).

    10. The Tidy Cup, a handy little invention that catches all those excess little drips your mega-sized laundry detergent + softener bottles like to leave for you to discover on your shelves later.

    amazon.com

    Because it makes it so you only need one hand to fill up the cup, you won't have to lift that giant, heavy bulk bottle off its shelf to dispense what you need, either! You can do it all with just one hand.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite items ever! I don’t know how I did laundry without it. Actually I do and remember but now it’s one less thing I have to worry about. No more messy detergent dripping over night onto the floor or hangers. It’s all in the cup! And it’s easy to pour out the amount that I need!!!! I love love love this product." —Shannonmk

    Get it on Amazon for $10.40.

    11. And a set of rubber anti-vibration pads designed to stop your washer from making a racket (sometimes rocking itself forward several disturbing inches) each and every time it runs the spin cycle.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If I washed a large load (like towels) the machines would take on a life of their own: wobbling, shaking, scooting… It’s amazing how far a large front-load washer can travel on a tiled floor. I put one disc beneath each foot of the machines, and since then the've remained firmly planted to the floor. In 15 months they have not budged even an inch. The discs are quite substantial, and seem to be made of a very heavy and dense rubber. They aren’t adhesive, but they do seem to provide enough traction with the floor to keep the washer and dryer from moving." —Frederick

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $24.99.

    12. The Sock Dock — use this consistently, and you will *never* see a sock separated from its matching mate *ever* again. Plus you'll be able to fold all your socks in basically no time at all.

    amazon.com

    How it works: you slip each day's pair of dirty socks through its own secure slot in the cord, then when it's full, throw the entire thing in the wash as normal. When it comes out of the dryer, every sock will be clean but also secure in its spot!

    Promising review: "I love this product! This saves me so much time. Instead of having one for dirty socks and one for clean as they suggested, I hung one by our dirty clothes hamper, and one by the kids'. Once it is full, it goes in the wash. It takes me two seconds to fold the clean socks. No more hunting for a match every morning!." —amanda courneya

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $16 (each holds nine pairs of any size sock; three colors available).

    13. The Furminator if you have a dog who constantly sheds and / or seems to be going through an extreme spring molt. This will extract a bunch of hair your doggo might have otherwise left all over your sofa, your clothes, and your bed, and deposit it in the trash in one fell swoop.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Your dog has too much hair, and the Furminator was sent by aliens from the future to help you fix that. Go outside; don't you dare Furminate in your home, unless you're the first person to brush their dog because you want MORE hair in your house. Then get in there. Short, fast strokes are your best bet. Use one hand to hold the skin in place, and the other to run the brush through. Use the handy button on top to clear out the teeth when it gets clogged. Expect to do this about a million times. You're going to wonder how much longer it can possibly go on. But this is the be-all end-all of grooming products for your dog. If you hate having animal hair in your house and use it every week, the Furminator will change your life." —Seth A. Ratner

    Get it on Amazon for $24.99+ (four sizes available in either long hair or short hair).

    14. A set of three tick spoons because it never hurts to be prepared, especially if you have any hiking or outdoors-y time planned now that it's officially spring.

    amazon.com, tickedoff.com

    Anytime you spot a tick, the CDC says you should remove it ASAP! So you'd grab one of these, hold it almost perpendicular to the tick, then gently slide it forward, catching the tick in the v-shaped section. Don't ever crush a tick — instead, immediately get rid of it by sandwiching it between two piece of tape, flushing it down the toilet, dunking it in rubbing alcohol, or sealing it up in a ziplock bag and trashing it.

    Promising review: "LIFE. SAVER. Seriously this thing has made this nightmare tick-infested summer we're having far less horrifying for me. Ticks are the most vile critters in existence and I have disposed of probably 25+ ticks in the last two months from hiking with my dog (and I do use bug repellent!). These little scooper things pop them right off and it's quick and easy. If you hike or spend time outside, buy these!!" —S. Diggs

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $9.95.

    15. A pair of vegan leather Straplets — they fit over almost any pump, and will securely hold your feet in so you don't slip around in your shoes, or accidentally just like, step out of them.

    straplets.com

    I mean, you could also just wear them for fun and fashion if you wanted!! If you're curious, they have a 90-day trial period and free shipping.

    Promising review: "They are classy and add extra pizazz to my basic heels. They work amazingly to keep my heels on. I have slightly different sized feet, so I’m always losing one shoe. So glad I got these!" —Sarah Loven

    Get the pictured pair from Straplets for $32; they also have three other styles available for $22+.

    16. A pack of two bra wallets perfect for those times when you want to keep your money somewhere safe but accessible — or as the ideal discreet spot to stash your insulin pump.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You simply loop the strap around your bra band, the space between your bra cups, or even around the hips of your underwear, secure it with the bit of Velcro, and you're instantly on your way!

    Promising reviews: "I can wear dresses again! I've worn an insulin pump for 20 years and basically stopped wearing dresses because I couldn't put the pump anywhere. I love this. It gives me the comfort and security that my pump is secure. I wish I found you years ago." —Amazon Customer

    "I like to keep my money directly on me when I travel, and this is the most comfortable and secretive way to do so that I've found yet. If you attach it between your bra cups so the money pouch is against your chest (not facing out), you can't see a bulge at all. It is very secure and makes accessing your money easier. There is no fear of anything falling out. A great buy!" —Samantha

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $16.20.

    17. Three sterling silver magnetic clasps that clip onto any necklace so you can stop fumbling around and instead snap your vintage-'90s first-name necklace on as easily and instantly as they do in the movies.

    amazon.com

    You know, when a character puts on a necklace they got as a gift and it magically stays on when they reach their hands behind their neck, no turning it around and making a funny face in the mirror while they attempt to hook a tiny clasp together.

    Promising reviews: "Purchased these for my mother who has Parkinson's disease, when she found it too difficult to work necklace clasps. Now she can wear her favorite necklaces again. They are not so heavy that they weigh the necklace down but the magnets are very strong." —katherine knupp

    Get them on Amazon in packs of three: 4mm sterling silver magnets (good for lightweight necklaces) for $17.95, 4mm gold magnets for $19.99, or 6mm sterling silver magnets (good for heavier necklaces) for $37. You can also get a single 9mm sterling silver magnet clasp that'll actually hold bracelets on for $22.71.

    18. A set of anti-chafe lace bands that'll let you walk in your dresses all day without a single peep from your thighs.

    BuzzFeed Video / buzzfeed.com, amazon.com

    Because it doesn't have to be ninety degrees in the peak of summer for chub rub to rear its head the moment it's warm enough to wear dresses without tights. (Lookin' at you, 75-and-sunny.)

    Promising review: "Ding ding!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable "digging in." I did measure my thigh to get an accurate size rather than guessing, but it is definitely true to that measurement. They do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move!! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom. Highly recommended!!!" —A. Spencer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.95+ (eight colors, some available both in lace and solid).

    One of our producers tested four different products for chub rub, and crowned these one of the winners!

    19. A picture-hanging tool to take all the stress out of hanging a gallery wall (or even just one shelf or frame). It's basically a tape measure with a built-in level and two slidey points designed for effortlessly marking the precise spots where you need to hammer your nails.

    amazon.com / Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Or insert your drywall anchors, or coax in your "super hooks". Get that artwork off the floor and onto your walls!

    Promising review: "While hanging shelves and frames and other wall decorations shouldn't be rocket science, I make things more complicated than they should be. Leveling is where I normally falter. With the Hang-O-Matic it becomes an exact science! It's so simple to use! I've hung over 10 items on our walls this past weekend and it was a breeze with this tool. Just measure, put the tape to the wall where you want it, ensure your tape is level, and then push the marker pins in to know where you need to put in your anchors/hooks. When you're doing it solo, this tool is absolutely priceless!" —Shameel Kumar

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

    20. Some self-adhesive sliding webcam covers because you regularly like to video chat with friends and family, but don't want anyone nefariously spying on you the moment you hang up.

    amazon.com

    Is someone actually spying on you? Probably not, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if it makes you feel better and you're tired of constantly replacing a piece of tape or a sticky note every time you actually use your camera, these will help!

    Promising review: "When these arrived I laughed out loud and thought I must have ordered the wrong thing... they are so tiny! But they actually fits perfectly over the camera on my Macbook Pro and you really don't even notice it. I can still close the laptop fine." —MC

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $7.99.

    21. The Sidewinder, which is designed to tame your unruly MacBook cable so it stays nice and neat whether it's in your bag or under your desk. It can wind both ends up into its circle in less than five seconds!

    Chelsie Starley / Fuse Reel

    It also helps protect your cables from fraying, which TBH can be a big problem if you regularly bring your charger home or on the road with you.

    Promising reviews: "It keeps my cord from being bent in odd ways and saves me $80 from buying a new cord every nine months. The kid in me can't wait to use my computer cuz you pull on both ends to unwind it!" —Havilah

    "It's always been awkward to wrap a MacBook charging cable for travel with two different width cables and a heavy brick in the middle. Problem solved! The brick is protected in the middle while the two cable sections wrap neatly. No worries about bending the cables in the wrong place because the reel positions the cable and brick safely." —Anna

    Get it from The Grommet: The version for Magsafe chargers is $29.95, and the version for the USB-C chargers is $33.95. (Not sure which one you have? Check out the product description for a guide.) Or get it from Fuse Reel, $28.99 for either the Magsafe or the USB-C. Or get it from Amazon, $28.99 for the USB-C. (Amazon's currently sold out of the Magsafe version.)

    22. A bottle of full-spectrum sunscreen you won't hate wearing every single day, because it's formulated to be lightweight and hydrating without being greasy, even for people with oily skin.

    amazon.com

    Of course all skincare's trial-and-error, but hundreds of reviewers love this particular formula!

    Promising review: "I use sunscreen everyday and I also have oily skin. I’ve gotten used to blotting my face several times a day to remove the super shine that sunscreen always leaves me. Supergoop works in the sense that it provides protection. What surprised me was how wonderfully it reacted with my skin! So much so that I no longer need to blot! I’ve always been under the assumption that oily skin + sunscreen = greasy mess, but I was wrong. This stuff is amazing!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 2.4 fl oz bottle on Amazon for $19.

    23. A heat-resistant curling- or flatiron mat that doubles as a convenient travel wrap, so you can just drop your favorite tools back in your drawer or immediately stuff them into a suitcase without worrying they'll melt or scorch anything.

    amazon.com

    You can also just fold it in half "hotdog style" to make a bigger pouch; whatever works best for your tools! The little loop on one corner secures it nice and tightly; and you can totally just use it as a protective mat on your countertops, too. It's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees.

    Promising review: "Great for travel! Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. Love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" —IDesign

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in pink and grey).

    24. A waterproof phone pouch because phones are not only too important and too expensive to risk having to replace in the middle of your vacation / lake trip, but are also the only camera most of us carry around!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It comes with a lanyard so it stays secure around your neck, and it's big enough to fit any phone that's up to six inches diagonally across.

    Promising review: "Couldn't be more pleased! I purchased two for our trip to Disney — they were perfect at all the waterparks and countless lazy rivers and pools. We had no problem recording underwater, and can't wait to use these again at our local waterpark this weekend!" —LittleButMighty

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99+ (two colors).

    25. A belt made with full-grain leather, aka a thick single piece that won't break, tear, crack, fray, or split, even if you wear it every single day, year in and year out.

    amazon.com

    Seriously, these belts have a 100-year warranty because they mean it. The buckles are easily replaced, too, if you have one you like better.

    Promising review: "I can’t express how happy I am to have found this product. In 2017 alone I went through 5 belts! From torn belts to broken fasteners, I’ve seen it all. I purchased this belt in Jan 2018, and have thrown everything at it and it hasn’t blinked! I also pull my belt very tight to keep my pants from sagging from lack of a backside, so my belts tend to warp and start to roll a little. Not Hanks, this belt is freaking rock solid as the day I opened the package." —Steven McDowell

    Get one on Amazon for $54.99 (three colors, sizes 32-60).

    26. A pair of illustrative fan chain pulls because it's rather annoying when you accidentally turn on the fan — and have to click it through all three settings until it turns off again — instead of switching off the light.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was FOREVER pulling the wrong chain on our bedroom ceiling fan. (Want the light off? Oh no... now the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? Eek ... now you're in the dark.) They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor. When you notice them — most of the time, who even thinks about a ceiling fan pull chain?" —LHD

    Get them on Amazon for $8.99 (available in chrome, gold, and oil-rubbed bronze).

    27. A pair of adjustable elastic laces — if you hate tying your shoes or your shoes always come untied, they're ready to turn pretty much any laced shoe into a basic but secure slip-on situation.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These have blown me away. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot's lace tension each time. With these, I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tension. They're stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to allow my feet out when I try to get them off. The Lock Laces make the entire boot feel more comfortable, with good support all around, without the rigidity and pressure points." —John C

    Get a pair on Amazon for $7.99 (12 colors).

    28. A pack of slow-dissolving standing-water dunks to kill mosquito larvae before they can grow into full-fledged adults. Each day the weather gets warmer brings us one step closer to peak mosquito season, and this will help nip it in the bud.

    Summit Chemical Company

    Each dunk lasts for about 30 days and treats up to 100 square feet of surface water. And don't worry: it's non-toxic for wildlife, humans, pets, and fish, so you can treat your backyard pond, rain barrel, or birdbath with no hesitation.

    Promising review: "I've been using these ever since I heard about them about five years ago. They're great for keeping the mosquito population down; not eliminated, but controlled. I put them in my birdbaths, wildlife water bowls, and fountains. Each unbroken dunk last about two to three months in birdbaths and bowls. I live down in the south and mosquitoes are a nuisance. Hate mosquitoes? Try this and you won't be disappointed." —USCGRetired

    Get a pack of six from Walmart for $13.95.

    29. A mildew stain remover you can enlist to make last year's outdoor cushions, pillows, and other fabrics look brand new again.

    amazon.com

    Based on the ingredients, it seems like it's mostly diluted bleach, FYI. But it does work, according to reviewers! And most outdoor mold and mildew stain removers seem to contain bleach. The most effective non-bleach alternative would probably be a power washer, although Sunbrella fabrics calls for a simple scrub brush and soap.

    Promising review: "I was ready to throw the pillows out but then found this product on Amazon. I decided $15 was a lot less expensive than replacing all cushions. The results were night and day, as per the picture. I just sprayed and scrubbed a little part of the pillow at a time, washed with water and the results were good as new." —Emma Louise Hart

    Get it on Amazon for $14.84.

    It feels good to solve a bunch of problems all at once:

    MTV

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