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    1. A dip and sauce holder that clips to the vents in your car, so you can always enjoy your fries exactly the way you like 'em, even when you're behind the wheel.

    3DPrintedByBrian / Etsy

    Just be careful eating your lunch doesn't turn you into a distracted driver, please!

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.60.

    2. A pair of insulated thermal socks for keeping your toes extra toasty even when the temperature insists on dropping below freezing.,

    Promising review: "My house is pretty chilly and I'd rather spend money on extra clothing for warmth than propane. Just weird that way, I suppose. This is not my first pair of Heat Holders but I've only ever had ankle length before. So glad I tried the longer ones and they certainly didn't disappoint! I've used wool socks for decades and have NEVER had a pair that compared to these socks for comfort and warmth. One issue to be aware of, these will snag and hole easily which is only a problem is you're walking without shoes or slippers on surfaces that can snag them. Don't. As for drying after the wash, I turn them inside out and was surprised at how quickly they air dried." β€”lrluvsamazon

    Get a pair of Heat Holders socks on Amazon for $19.99 (long, and in black), $15.99+ (crew-height, 28 colors), or $16.53+ (long, two colors, currently backordered).

    3. A mold and mildew remover made from a no-odor gel that sticks and stays to your grout and caulking so it can actually do its job: banishing the grossness from your bathroom.,

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." β€”Nicole D.

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A personal-sized space heater you can plug in at your work desk year-round so you're never freezing your butt off in the office again.

    Promising reviews: "This tiny little unit really puts out a lot of heat without using a lot of power. My office is often like a meat locker, but instead of freezing, I am toasty warm with my tiny heater. I love it!" β€”Christina Joy

    "What an amazing little heater for the price. For its size yeah it's only meant to heat up one person in need of warmth, but it packs a punch! The fan isn't that great but still it can definitely heat up a small room or desk with ease. This thing gets up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit pretty quick which is pretty good for the size. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a small personal heater!" β€”Net-Work

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (four colors).

    5. A folding board that condenses clean tees, sweaters, and tops into pristine stacks faster than you ever possibly could without its help. (It makes packing easy, too!),

    Promising review: "We bought this to replace an old cardboard version of this classic folding board. Anyone who worked in clothing retail will attest it's the best way to uniformly fold clothes. The benefit to that of course is level stacks and fitting more into your closet. The board is very sturdy, made of thick plastic. Its easy to use, and looks like it will last years." β€”Adgey

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A collapsible microwave cover to halt splattering spaghetti sauce before it coats the entire interior and dries to a crusty finish.

    It has holes in the lid so the steam can escape, but food won't. You can also just place it flat on top of a bowl of stew β€” it still works perfectly!

    Promising review: "I bought one and tried it out, and immediately bought another one to use when the first is in the dishwasher. It has cut spatter in my microwave to a small fraction of what it used to be. It collapses for storage and takes up almost no space.

    One benefit/word of warning: because the cover slows steam escaping to the rest of the microwave, dishes seem to cook a little faster, and don't dry out as much, which are great benefits. On the minus side, the plate on may end up hotter than you're used to β€” be careful picking them up before you have a better idea of how it effects your plates and bowls." β€”kdorian

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (three colors).

    7. The Diamond Dazzle Stick, which you gently brush onto your diamond, sapphire, emerald, and other precious-gem rings for a sparkling clarity worthy of a professional cleaning.,

    It also gives gold jewelry a ~lustrous shine~.

    Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the Dazzle Stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a diamond dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $5.24.

    8. A glasses cleaning cloth that's at your service to polish your smeared glasses, camera lens, or computer case whenever you happen to notice you need it, without hunting for it in the bottom of a bag.

    The little protective case will keep your microfiber cloth from picking up every piece of lint in your backpack or purse, plus the clip makes it easy to find so you don't lose it in the depths of your bag.

    Promising reviews: "Very handy. No more searching for a lens cloth.

    Attached to my camera, so it is always there." β€”Amazon Customer

    "Loved it! Good value, does what it says." β€”Perry

    "You can never have enough of these cloths, they are multi use." β€”Mary Ann

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $12.95.

    9. And a Dongle Dangler to hold tight to your iPhone headphone jack converter, because if Apple ditching the headphone jack's the #1 most annoying little thing in your life, then keeping track of a tiny dongle (ugh, why) is probably #2.,

    It hooks on your keychain, so you can always find it when you need it. (As long as you know where your keys are, that is.)

    Promising review: "This dangles my dongle perfectly! It works exactly as an dongle dangler should. Any dongle attached has a strong latching effect with the precision designed tip so you don't have to worry about a loose dongle getting detached and destroyed. I give this product a 5 star for simplicity, build quality and dangle ability." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99 (Five colors. FYI, it doesn't actually include a dongle; just the dangler).

    10. A travel pillow that you can wrap around yourself to achieve the perfect place to rest your head while dozing β€” its flexible 360-degree support easily adjusts to wherever you're most comfortable leaning.

    Promising review: "Finally found something that works! I never understood the fascination with other travel pillows. The only way they worked for me was to turn them around with the opening in the back, but even then, it wasn't quite right. This one works, for me, in three ways. I've used it a couple times over the last few days just to test it and I'm very pleased with how soft it is, yet supportive. Whether I need to fold it so I can have extra cushion between my head and the side of the bus, or I'm sitting straight up and need my chin supported, or my head is off to the side, there's a way to make this pillow work. It's great that it has a strap that I can snap it on to the side of my carry-on. I am actually looking forward to this bus trip and not having a sore neck when we wake up at Disney World!!" β€”Linda Piper

    Get it on Amazon for $29.97.

    And of course it's great: it's the best mid-price travel pillow, according to BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. A pack of natural cleaning tablets you simply plop into any permanently-stained mug, coffee pot, slow cooker, or tumbler to fizz out stains, odors, and gunk with literally no elbow grease or scrubbing required.

    You simply fill your container with warm water, add a tablet or two, wait half an hour, then rinse. Reviewers say it works best on metal or ceramic (not so much on plastic).

    Promising review: "Finished using it five minutes ago and it’s the best! My husband uses a Stanley thermos daily to take coffee to work. Initially I was disappointed when I dumped the water, as it was barely tinged brown. Then I put fresh water in, covered the top, shook it, and OMG. The crap that came out was disgusting, yet fascinating. I looked in the thermos and saw almost nothing but sparkly silver! There was a little crud left in the top third of the thermos, but it’s a really tall one, so I wasn’t surprised. Got the bottle brush, swished twice, and bam! All clean! No fumes, no smell, no nothin', just clean.

    I used to struggle cleaning it with baking soda, vinegar, the brush, soap, and elbow grease. Screw that. I will forever use only these tablets!" β€”BranchingOut

    Get a box of 12 tablets on Amazon for $7.99.

    12. A UV phone sanitizer because besides the holidays, it's also cold and flu season, and once one person in the house gets sick...well, at least your phone probs won't be the source when it comes around to you.

    A couple of years ago, a BuzzFeeder tested a bunch of our phones for germs, and the person with the cleanest phone used a similar product (everyone else, well, let's just say it's pretty gross).

    Promising review: "I work in a large dental clinic with 50+ docs and even more assistants. Anyone who knows about dentistry knows that there are a lot of aerosols given out during almost every procedure. Since we don't have a radio in the operatories, I've had to use my phone for music. Before phone soap I had to wipe my phone down every time with Cavicide wipes...not the best for your phone. Enter PhoneSoap! I'm able to sanitize my phone without destroying it with Cavicide! We've even tested and swabbed the phone for cultures before and after...this sucker works! Hands down, great investment. I'll be buying another one for the home because this one is staying in my office." β€”James

    Get one on Amazon for $59.95+ (2 colors).

    13. A red wine stain remover that β€” with the ~magic of science~ β€” actually fades all kinds of spills (like coffee, blood, ink, and marinara sauce) right before your eyes.

    Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I had an unfortunate accident where a guest knocked over a glass of port wine from an end table which splashed on white window shades, white window sills, while base boards, taupe-colored painted walls and white-with-dark-beige carpeting. I left it that way for a few days in order to research the best way to hopefully clean it up without negative results. I used the spray today, after days of doing nothing, mostly because I was afraid to make it worse. Lo and behold! I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no." β€”Sharon Hamilton

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $5.92.

    14. A tube of patch and primer featuring a piece of sanding pad on the top of the cap and a putty knife on the other end, making quick drywall repairs faster than you ever thought possible.

    Promising review: "This was amazing! I’m in the process of moving out of my apartment in NYC (is there anything worse?) and I needed to fill a few holes I made with wall anchors. I have 0 handy experience but this product was so easy to use. I agree with other reviewers that you definitely should pick up real sandpaper if you want your walls to be flawless but I really only gave it 70% effort and the results were pretty good (my apartment is super old). If you bother to paint over (I didn’t) it’s definitely good as new. A renters dream." β€”Tina Liu

    Get it on Amazon for $6.97. (You might also want to consider touch-up pens you can fill with your house paint; they're $7.99 for two on Amazon.)

    15. Some cockroach bait and poison that'll lure the nasty creatures to certain doom, until even the worst infestation's eradicated.,

    Promising review: "I had a bad roach problem at a rental property. I tried roach bombing the unit, but the roaches kept coming back within a day or so. So I placed an order for this. Within a minute of applying this bait, roaches were crawling out of every crack and crevice in the home, literally crawling over each others' bodies to get a taste of this stuff. My rental unit had laminate flooring. I came back the next day to check on the progress and I found the unit's floor had turned into carpet. A carpet made of roach corpses." β€”T. V.

    Get a pack of four syringes on Amazon for $26.96.

    16. A makeup-removing cloth β€” it takes every bit of makeup off with just water, so you'll be out of excuses to let your head hit the pillow with foundation still intact.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "This little miracle worker gets ALL of it off, and in record time! I find it most effective when I use hot water don't squeeze it all out before scrubbing. I used to have to psych myself up into taking my makeup off, but now it's the easiest thing in the world. I actually got the original pink one first, but bought this black one so it wouldn't get stained (though my pink one comes out of the wash perfectly pink every time I wash it; so far, so good!). But I'm elated to have two now." β€”DoReMe123

    It's also the BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best mid-range makeup remover.

    Get it on Amazon for $20 in black or hot pink.

    17. A jar of cult-favorite Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay Mask to suck out all the gunk from your pores, so you can kiss acne buh-bye.,

    It's helped over 13,000 Amazon reviewers with their skin. Thirteen. Thousand.

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result." β€”Heather E.

    Get it on Amazon for $10.95.

    18. A drain millipede covered with over 4000 micro-hooks to grab every last bit of the hair and gunk slowing down your sink and tub drains, so they actually flow freely again.,

    Promising review: "Never has my flabber been so ghasted. For a sub-$6 tool, this worked amazingly great. Pulled out a 3.5-foot-long hair monster from the shower drain. User tip: when you pull back a little and feel resistance, reinsert the millipede and twist (a pair of pliers helps with this) like your life depended on it. This gets the clog to wrap around the little tines a lot more and gives you stronger leverage to unclog the nasty SOB.

    The times are so clingy, that is near impossible to clean off the hair clog afterwards. Makes this essentially a one use tool, which I'm ok with. I don't have to clean and store a drain snake for a once a year (at most) use." β€”J.M.

    Get it on Amazon for $5.01.

    19. A travel umbrella that's, as far as I'm concerned, the perfect umbrella: it's windproof, Teflon-coated, opens and closes automatically at the press of a button, and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

    No more struggling to close your umbrella as you get in your car while your car door (and your left half!) gets wet from the rain. No more gusts of wind turning your umbrella inside out. Oh, and it weighs less than a pound, so you can stick it in your bag without burdening your shoulder. Plus that lifetime replacement don't see that very often anymore!

    Promising review: "This umbrella is awesome! During a winter storm in California it was put through the ringer: from hard downpour and winds to snow/sleet wind mix for days. If it wasn't for my associate borrowing it and leaving it open, letting the winds take it tumbling about a half-mile before hitting a fence, bouncing off of metal and muddy objects along the way, it wouldn't have needed replacing. All of that and only one arm broke which left the umbrella still useable. Just not 100%.

    It dawned on me that they had a warranty of some sort. Yeah yeah... you see it all the time. Lifetime warranty blah blah but only if it meets these very specific requirements and you have to pay to ship it back and then pay for the shipping to you with a 24-week turn around....Not the case! All I did was let them know it broke and I couldn't provide anything short of my original order number as I had discarded the old umbrella. They simply said they apologize and are sending a new one free of charge. Excellent product and customer service!" β€”Andrew W.

    Get it on Amazon for $22.95.

    20. A detangling brush with cone-shaped plastic bristles that gently separate hair sideways (instead of straight down), turning your teary-eyed kiddo combing sessions β€” or just labored brushing of your own hair β€” into a quick, painless process.,

    Reviewers with all kinds of different hair textures swear by this brush.

    Promising reviews: "I always skeptical of products that claim to 'glide through,' but this brush actually works! I have very thick kinky coily hair and this brush passes through my hair easily both wet and dry. I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for a good detangling brush. And yes, I'm leaving my Denman brush for this one." β€”Amazon Customer

    "Holy moly this brush has brought me so much relief and ENDED the power struggle of brushing my toddler's curly mop!! I always felt horrible for putting her through pain by combing out her tangles (with a comb and detangle spray). But I didn't want her hair turning into knots. Enter this brush. She saw the bright pink color and immediately started BRUSHING HER OWN HAIR. Then she went to each family member to brush OUR hair. When I tried brushing her hair with it, SHE LET ME. And the brush did not hurt her! The brushing process went so fast, no fighting!!" β€”Kat Negrete

    Get it on Amazon for $10.77 (two colors).

    21. A pack of socket sealers to block the chilly drafts that make your indoor heating work that much harder.

    Promising review: "These actually work. I admit that I had my doubts at first, but then I verified the results with the Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector. Outlets that were at least two or three degrees lower in temperature prior to install were actually warmer than the wall after install. Pretty amazing. Package comes with mostly double round socket and a few square. Our house has all square, so we cut the round to fit the square plate and they work very well. We used the light switch cut outs for cable coax outlets which made a huge difference." β€”K. S.

    Get a box of 24 on Amazon for $3.75 (as an add-on).

    22. A pocket-sized password keeper because keeping up with unique private codes for every single website on the internet is basically impossible.,

    It's nice and small, so it can fit in your bag or stash away in a drawer in your closet. (You could also totally use an online password manager β€” LastPass and Dashlane are free, with upgrade options β€” if you prefer. But if you're less tech-savvy, the notebook is a totally legit option.)

    Promising review: "I am woefully awful at remembering logins and passwords, and it seems like the list of sites I need to access on a monthly basis is constantly growing. It can be really tough to keep track of them all...nor do I want to "save" my login information on my laptop, for security reasons. This little book has been a lifesaver for me. Once I got through the arduous task of entering my numerous entries, I no longer have to fumble through my memory and wonder "Okay, what was my password for this site? Well, which is username or my password?!?" The pages allow ample space for writing the necessary details, with plenty of pages for each letter sets. Obviously, it is important to keep this book in a secure location due to the private information. However, I would definitely recommend this product for those folks like myself...who sometimes cannot even remember why they walked into a room! ;)" β€”liltreeclimber

    Get it on Amazon for $5.95.

    23. A windshield cover to catch all the ice and snow, letting you pull it off your car in one fell swoop for a completely clear driver's view, no ice scraping required.

    It attaches to your mirrors with straps plus can be tucked into shut car doors to prevent theft (and further keep it in place). It's waterproof and measures 75x42 inches.

    Promising reviews: "I was very skeptical at first about this product. I thought the price was low considering what the product claimed and the materials used. After a month of Ice, lots of snow, and below zero temperatures, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!! I have highly recommended this product to several people and will continue to do so. The amazing thing to me about this product was its ability to with stand -20 degree temperatures with snow and ice. No cracking, tearing, or any problems with this windshield cover." β€”SunnyFunny

    "I bought the cover for my Dodge Caliber and it fits like a glove. (If my car was any bigger it wouldn't work.) The straps go around the side mirrors and the flaps get folded into the car and you shut the doors. This keeps the fabric nice and tight so the wind will not move it. It covers the wipers and the little space between the wipers and the hood, so ice and snow will not accumulate there either. I pulled it off after light snow last night and it just slid right off. I folded it and threw it in the back. Perfect for winter weather." β€”Paula

    Get it on Amazon for $29.90 (but if you suspect you'll need an ice scraper anyway, you can get a highly-rated one on Amazon for $8.56).

    24. A set of two miniature spatulas for reaching deep into the crevices of almost-empty mustard bottles and foundation jars so you can actually use and enjoy every last drop.

    @the_spatty /, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Yes, you've seen 'em on Shark Tank, as the Spatty and the Spatty Daddy!

    Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ..oh please.! You get so much more than you would without it." β€”Liz

    Get a set of two (one longer, the other shorter) on Amazon for $11.99.

    25. An instant carpet and upholstery cleaner so effective you basically never have to live with stains again β€” it literally vanishes both ancient and new spills like they were never there in the first place.

    It works on any colorfast carpet or fabric that can be dampened with water (though you don't have to rinse it at all)!

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car when I bought it. I tried other cleaners to get it out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" β€”Brittany

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $11.01.

    26. A dishwasher cleaning tablet to disband the limescale and mineral buildup preventing your dishes from actually getting as clean as possible.

    Promising review: "This has been the most effective dishwasher cleaner that I have ever used. Easy to use, and does the job at a great price. This stuff really cleans out that old dishwasher "funk" that happens after having a dishwasher for 10+ years. It even improved the quality of the cleaning of dishes, which was a claim I was skeptical about, but it actually seemed to de-scale the sprayers and drains. I was quite pleased with this product and plan to run one of these every couple months." β€”C. Costa

    Get a pack of six tablets on Amazon for $5.49.

    27. A fabric shaver you gently wave over your pilled sweaters, pillows, and other fabrics to make them look completely new again.

    Promising reviews: "I tried this on one of my favorite sweaters and this has made it look like new! There is height adjustment when using different fabrics, it’s a great feature. Batteries seems to last well. I would recommend de-bobbling on an ironing board and keeping the fabric taut to avoid holes." β€”W

    "I've had it for about a week and have used it on almost everything! It helps restore life to my clothes. I've used it on sweaters, hoodies, jeans, yoga pants, etc. So far, it hasn't ruined anything. Obviously, you have to use the correct amount of pressure to avoid small cuts. I also used this on my daughter's stuffed animal, my throw pillows, and my couch without any issues. Don't expect a quick process. It does take a bit of time if you're doing a larger area. Although, I do like to make sure there are no lint balls left behind. If you're less of a perfectionist, it won't take you as long." β€”CRA

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

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

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