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    35 Problem-Solving Products Designed For Real Life

    Smart finds that'll fit seamlessly into your everyday.

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    1. A Chuckit! ball launcher that understands that while you love playing fetch with your dog — and your dog loves playtime with you! — you just can't stand how slimy the tennis ball gets after a while. This lets you scoop that ball up *and* throw it even further, so your pup's also worn out a little faster.

    The launcher
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    Promising review: "Love this! We now have ordered three! One for each vehicle for when we go to the dog park and one to keep at home! Our dogs love it and I love it because it helps by keeping my shoulder from hurting from throwing a ball. Easy to use and really helps the dogs get exercise and have fun!" —Michelle S

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07.

    2. A powerful stain remover so you can drink your coffee in the car and not fret if you accidentally spill. You simply spritz this stuff on then pretty much immediately blot it off to make all kinds of stains old and new literally vanish right before your eyes.

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    It works on both old and new stains (including red wine!), and on any color-safe fabric that you can safely wet with water (read: not dyed silk or wool, probs, or anything that says "dry clean only"). I recently used this on a mystery stain in the lining of an old purse and worked like a charm! I did end up spraying, agitating, then letting it dry twice before I got the whole stain out, but that had more to do with the various folds in this purse lining than the product, I think. The key is to use enough of the product, then to gently agitate it with your fingers — then stains really do vanish in front of your eyes.

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them 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. Then 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!" —Brittany

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $12.25.

    3. A stamp-in toilet gel that takes two seconds to apply, and works every time you flush to keep your toilet sparkling clean week after week. Because usually, life doesn't work out so you have the time / motivation / energy to scrub your toilet any more frequently than once a month or so...and that's okay!

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    You just press it beneath the rim (after a regular toilet cleaning, of course!) and let it get to work. You'll have to re-stamp every 12 days or so, depending on how often the toilet's flushed. Oh, and make sure to stamp it somewhere it won't become a, well, "target" and get sprayed off before its time.

    Promising review: "I love these stamps because they keep your toilet clean and make the entire bathroom smell fantastic, clean, and deodorized at all times. They are very easy to use, don't over-complicate the instructions, I did, thinking there had to be more to it than that. You just stick it on the inside of the toilet and it will stay in place and clean the toilet each time it is flushed. Best way to clean toilets!" —J.D. Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $3.46.

    4. Or if your struggle is more with hard water stains than mildew, some hydrogen peroxide-infused toilet bombs that, with regular use, help eliminate the need to scrape with a pumice stone. All you have to do? Drop one in the bowl, swish once or twice, let it fizz for about five minutes, then scrub for a minute or so with a toilet brush.

    the five white spherical toilet bombs
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a Littleton, Colorado-based small business with a passion for great skincare, simple living, and the earth.

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase of theses so you can tell I totally love them. They work great and I just store them in a jar on the back of the toilet. Definitely can't say I’ve ever stored any other toilet cleaner out in the open." —Laura Wick

    Get the pack of five from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10.

    5. A patented pet hair-removing roller: you simply brush it over any fabric surface to pick up basically every last bit of shedding your furry friend's always leaving in their wake (no need to go through lint rollers quite so quickly).

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    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and use it forever! I used this a BUNCH in 2020, while living with my boyfriend at his parents (for various pandemic-related reasons) and their two sweet but shed-prone dogs. So I can tell you with resounding certainty: it works! Give it some simple back-and-forth swipes over your upholstered furniture, and it easily picks up TONS of pet hair. Then it's simple to pop open the back compartment and swoop that unbelievably big pile of collected hair right into the trash or compost. For more, read my full Chom Chom roller review.

    Promising review: "We live in a household that contains two humans, two dogs, and two cats. It's a real Noah's Ark furnished with a black sectional couch. Our dogs absolutely hate the vacuum. So much so they will attack the cleaner head with their vicious bite even before we power it on. This makes the task of cleaning our couch extremely unpleasant and nearly impossible. Thanks to Chom Chom, we no longer have this problem! With a simple, quick, SOUNDLESS sweep, we're able to keep our couch pet-hair-free in blissful peace. This tool does an amazing job picking up pet hair but not so much with crumbs. We were so impressed, we gifted these as Christmas presents for all of our pet-loving friends." —Magpie

    Get one on Amazon for $24.95.

    6. A wood polish and conditioner that can erase damage as if it was never there, like those spots on your antique beside tables that have had one too many water glasses sweat on them overnight. You were a teen, darn it, and didn't quite understand what all those partially-empty soda bottles would do to your nice family furniture.

    before: white watermarks on a wood surface and after: the wood surface with no water marks in sight
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    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.98.

    FYI, if you're facing much damage that's a little worse than that, you might want to try their other (also well-reviewed!) product, called Restore-A-Finish, first; it does more to hide minor scratches, white heat rings, deep water marks, and stuff like that. The two products are actually made to be used together! Get that on Amazon for $7.99+.

    7. An anti-friction stick to help stop that irritating warm weather-induced thigh (and swimsuit, shorts, and bra) chafe right in its tracks. I don't know anybody who has time to deal with annoying friction-related skin irritation!

    deodorant-like stick of Gold Bond Friction Defense
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this in April and now in June, I've come home from a fast-paced 15-minute walk in 84-degree heat and 50% humidity and NOW I can finally write this review. This stuff is amazing. I carry it with me so I can reapply as needed (maybe once or twice over the course of a day) and I can finally wear shorts, dresses, and skirts without layering dang bike shorts underneath. I am beyond pleased. Curvy as hell and these thighs are gliding past each other silky smooth. Blessed." —Cecilia

    Get it from Amazon for $5.23.

    8. A reusable silicone zip bag because you can use it to pack snacks and sandwiches, steam veggies in the microwave, and even seal up sous vide (if you're fancy enough to cook like that)... all without adding a plastic baggie to the trash each time or buying a new box of plastic bags on a regular basis.

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    Bonus: they're totally dishwasher-safe. (I have a couple myself and have used 'em for a couple of years. I run them through the top rack all the time!)

    Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher safe. There are other silicone ones that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren't hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices." —Megan A.

    Get a sandwich-size bag on Amazon for $11.63+ (also available in half-gallon, snack, or pocket sizes, a bigger "stand up" size, or a bundle of four sizes).

    9. A water bottle designed to help you remember to actually stay hydrated from dawn to dusk, because you know you definitely don't refill your water glass as often as you should throughout the day (too busy!!) *and* you won't use something unless it's actually cute.

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    Fuzzy Loon Designs is a Minnesota-based small business that makes all sorts of cute drink ware, T-shirts, and accessories.

    Promising review: "Cute bottle, and awesome seller! I bought several of these for my bridesmaids before, and when I needed one I knew I had to get this one! The otter is so cute and it's fun to say "You outta drink your wata." The additional time measure on the side is awesome. Also, love how wide the top is so I can easily stick ice cubes in and clean it out. The seller had shipped within 24 hrs of placing the order and received it right away. Thanks again so much!" —Chi

    Get either the Harry Potter bottle or the otter bottle from Fuzzy Loon Designs on Etsy for $21 each (originally $30).

    10. A set of two miniature spatulas — they reach into even the deepest corners of makeup bottles and food jars so you can use every. last. bit. of product. Besides saving you $$ in the long run, it also accommodates your habit of procrastinating your grocery store runs, because yes, there is enough jelly left for that piece of toast, thank you very much.

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    Because be it artisanal mustard or a drugstore foundation, you paid good money for every ounce of that product! And yes, they actually work, like, really well — here's our Spatty review.

    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." —Liz

    Get the set of two — one with a 6-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon for $11.99.

    11. A packet of water bottle cleaning tablets that also scour out coffee pots, pressure cookers, and some other things with stubborn stains that regular soap and water don't even come close to helping. You can cook dinner, watch TV, or do literally anything else while your stuff cleans itself.

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    All you do is fill your container with warm water, drop in a tablet (or two, if you're cleaning something bigger than a water bottle), wait half an hour, and rinse. Also, based on the reviews it seems to work best on metal or ceramic, and not so well on plastic.

    Promising review: "Be sure to use hot water; 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 okay. 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 a pack of 12 tablets on Amazon for $8.

    12. A seat gap filler for when you're tired of accidentally dropping your phone down in the crack of no return for the two-thousandth-time in the past year.

    Hands inserting the long piece of black fabric-covered foam into a seat gap; and a phone, change, and fries resting on that gap cover
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    Because it fits over your car's seat belt holster, it moves along with your seat as you adjust it — which means you can stuff it in and forget about it, at least until it saves some popcorn from disappearing into the abyss.

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this." —Tessa Forbes

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A dip and sauce holder that clips to your car vents so you can to enjoy your fries exactly the way you like them, even if you're the one stuck driving.

    The holder in a car; it holds two ketchups, one from Whataburger and one from Chick-fil-a, one vertically, one horizontally
    3DPrintedByBrian / Etsy

    Promising review: "This is a very creative solution for a problem I didn't know I had. Shipped quickly, and I'm pleased with the quality." —Heather Cole

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.20+.

    14. A bottle emptying kit so you can get every penny's worth of product out of your favorite shampoos, lotions, and even food products like honey or that gourmet salad dressing you can't get enough of.

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    The kit comes with six adapters (to make them fit a variety of bottle neck sizes) and six of the purple dispensing stands.

    Promising review: "This is such a great tool for using up every last bit of product and reducing waste. We used this on a bottle of lotion that we thought was empty but got nearly six more months out of it when we put this on, we were shocked. I use this for my shampoo and anything else that I can think of." —Felishia Rae

    Get the kit on Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A bottle of the cult-favorite Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen because no matter what season it happens to be, one of the best things you can do for your skin is wear SPF on your face every day. (It can help prevent skin cancers and hyperpigmentation!) So you might as well opt for one that's basically weightless, completely clear, and makeup-friendly.

    buzzfeed editor holding the 1.7oz bottle with  dab of translucent sunscreen captioned "perfect makeup primer, smooth, invisible finish, as non-greasy as sunscreen gets"
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    I've been using this sunscreen at least once daily since my mom gifted it to me last Christmas, and have every intention to keep using it for years. A dime-size amount covers my entire face, because it's translucent it leaves absolutely no white cast, and 10 minutes after putting it on, my face just feels like I applied a little bit of a nice moisturizer or makeup primer, not anything that's grease-central, like sunscreen usually is. After several years of stubbornly trying (and failing) to find a decent, oily-skin-friendly, non-greasy drugstore option, I've caved to this pricier kind because literally none of the six or seven other options I tried even compared to this.  

    Every time I've worn makeup since I got it, I've been impressed by the way my matte foundation glides over it, looks with it, and lasts with it. You can see the texture and color in the photo above; it really does go on completely clear. And it's water- and sweat-resistant for 40 minutes! 

    Get it from Amazon for $17+ (available in two sizes), or Sephora or Free People for $34.

    16. The ~Guac-Lock~, which squeezes all the air out of your guacamole so you don't have to scrape off a brown-ish layer when you go to eat the leftovers. You may only be able to eat so much your favorite garlicky avocado concoction in one night, but now you have an excuse to make a little extra to enjoy through the week!

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    No need to bother with any other half-baked hacks that theoretically keep the oxidation at bay.

    Promising review: "Rarely do I buy something that delivers 100% of what they claim it will. I'm happy to report that this completely lived up to my expectations. Truth be told, it works even better than I expected it to. I made a batch of guac a week ago. Two or three times during the week, I unlocked it, dipped a chip or two and then re-locked it. After a week, the guacamole is as fresh as if I made it this morning. I typically make a batch of guac each week and use it as a snack or as a spread on sandwiches. I also typically throw out one-third of the batch because it spoils before we can eat it. Not any more. I estimate the food I'm not wasting will actually pay for the Guac-Lock in about a month." —mhogan

    Get it on Amazon for $18.77.

    17. A pack of LED dimming sheets because your computer charger, internet router, and other electronics have exactly zero business keeping you awake (or even just annoying you) with their overly bright lights.

    hand peeling off a small circular black sticker from a sheet then sticking on the bright power button of a TV. And before: an internet router with bright flashing lights and after: the lights significantly dimmed
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    These dim 50–80% of the light, so the rest of the day you still know that everything's working the way it's supposed to! Although if you prefer, you can double 'em to block even more light, or go for the ~blackout edition~. They're completely removable and leave no residue behind, too!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape but this product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 stickers in different shapes and sizes on Amazon for $5.69. If you have a big clock face you'd like to dim, also check out a similar product that you cut to size, $8.99 for two 6-by-3 inch sheets.

    18. A pack of refillable K-Cups — whoever designed them understands that you love the convenience of your Keurig, but know it's both so much cheaper for you to grind your own coffee and so much better for the environment to avoid the single-use pods.

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    They're BPA-free (yay!) and designed to be compatible with any Keurig brewer.

    Promising review: "Really like these reusable K-Cups. I hated wasting so much plastic using regular K-Cups and found this to use as an alternative. I have had these for two years and they have held up great! Easily to fill, clean really nicely, and no complaints! And it's great you can put your own coffee in so you're not stuck to certain brands or flavors. Highly recommend if you are trying to be more environmentally friendly." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.45+ (available in packs of two or four).

    19. A lightweight sleep pod that will gently snuggle you all through the night but still be perfectly breathable (so you don't sweat up a storm), thanks to its thin, stretchy fabric.

    Model on a bed, curled up in the grey pod; you can see the outline of her legs, back, and arms; it doesn't cover her head at all
    Brian Mundt / Hatch Sleep

    I personally have one of these and have slept in it a bunch; I didn't have much trouble going to sleep without it, but it definitely helps me fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer! Yes, it's basically a stretchy, human-size pillowcase, but it really does feel like a gentle cuddle or hug all over, all night long. Oh and it's machine washable, which is key for anything I sometimes use for 56+ hours every week. The latest version even makes it easy for you to slip your feet out if you wanted to! 

    Mal Mower, another writer here at BuzzFeed, also uses one and swears by it! Here's what she had to say in her Hatch Sleep Pod review:

    "I recently replaced my weighted blanket with a Sleep Pod and I am never going back. I appreciated the comfort that I got from a weighted blanket, but it was so hot I wasn't able to last under it for long. It was also so heavy I couldn't take it with me anywhere. This design solves those problems. The fabric is breathable and so lightweight I can comfortably use it in the summer and I can throw it in my tote bag on vacations. I feel calm and comforted every time I get in. I've used it while napping, while trying to calm down before going to bed at night, and while sitting on the sofa/needing some extra stress relief when binge-watching Chernobyl got too stressful. I can't rave enough about this thing, but I'll certainly keep trying!"

    Get it from Hug Sleep for $79.99 (originally $110; available in sizes S-XL, as well as kid and tween sizes).

    20. A moisture meter because it makes it possible for a plant to reassure you it's not thirsty quite yet, and you're not being a bad plant parent even though you haven't watered it in literally weeks. How else would you really know??

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    Mal, a writer on our team, swears by this: "I love having this tool in my home! I jumped on the 2020 plant trend fast and have filled my home with tons of botanicals (that all have different watering schedules). The meter tells you if a plant is being over-watered or under-watered right down to the root, which is very necessary for a plant parent (who used to be a plant murderer) like myself."

    Promising review: "This item is great. I can check how wet my plants are down where the roots are. So no more over watering! It is very accurate. This works great!!" —Terri Carlson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two colors).

    21. A filtered produce-saver container that actually does keep berries, lettuce, cucumbers, and all sorts of fruits and veg fresh for two full weeks, meaning you'll actually be able to enjoy eating them before they go bad!

    Amazon, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    I tested them back in 2018 — and wrote a full Rubbermaid Freshworks review — and still use them and love them. The secret's in the lid: it's airtight except for a small filter that lets in the precise, best balance of fresh air. Plus its removable bottom lattice tray lets the air circulate all around the fruit and veg while keeping it out of any moisture. And it's top-rack dishwasher safe! The only thing to know: I always wash my produce first before putting it in the container, and make sure there isn't any mold on it at all, because the containers can accelerate mold if it's there.

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these! My favorite thing about these is that it keeps my lettuce crisp and fresh for weeks not days. I've been able to buy bunches of lettuce and keep them in the fridge for several weeks. I keep the second container for strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, etc. and it keeps them fresh for way longer now. I'm not worried about having to eat my strawberries in two days now. Will definitely be buying more in the future. Totally worth every penny and super easy to wash and dry." —Jessica

    Get a set of three (two lettuce size and one strawberry size) on Amazon for $33.37.

    22. Some deodorant remover sponges — with a little bit of light rubbing, they can banish both that buildup of your go-to antiperspirant that's been accumulating on your favorite sweaters *and* those annoying white streaks that suddenly appear on your darker clothes the moment you put them on.

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    No water required of course! Simply swipe them around and over the area, and watch the stain slowly brush away.

    Promising review: "I’m honestly completely amazed. I have — no, I *had* tons of shirts with deodorant stains on the armpits. It was when my favorite black cashmere sweater got some really horrible ones which made it impossible to wear that I looked for a solution. This was that solution. Five or six swipes with one of these and it was gone. I can wear my sweater again!" —Morgan

    Get a pack of two sponges from Amazon for $8.81.

    23. A wine saver that vacuums all the extra oxygen out of your partially-finished bottle so it still tastes delicious up to a week after you open it. So yes, you can open a bottle and drink only one or two glasses a night until it's gone, instead of pouring the excess you couldn't finish out after two nights.

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    You have to do the vacuuming yourself, but it's honestly not difficult at all! I've been using one for years and it still does its job with aplomb: you just quickly wet the bottom of the stopper under the tap, stick it in the bottle, and pump until you hear a clicking noise. I'm writing this on a Tuesday, and working on a bottle that I opened on Friday night, drank again on Sunday and Monday nights, and will finish tonight!

    Promising review: "My wife loves red wine. I don't. This means that when we open a bottle, she's had to do one of two things. 1) Drink it all at once. This leaves my wife in a pile on the bathroom floor. No fun. 2) Leave it open. The cheap stuff we buy goes bad pretty darn fast. This was a nice cheap vacuum that worked well and held a seal on a variety of sized bottles. My wife can enjoy a glass a day all week and not feel guilty about it going bad. I won't say that it's saved my marriage or anything like that, but it's nice little addition to our kitchen." —John

    Get a set of one pump plus two rubber "corks" on Amazon for $11.89+ (available in black or white).

    24. And a champagne / sparkling wine stopper so you can preserve all those precious, delicious bubbles for another night — no more pouring flat quarter-bottles down the drain the next morning. Just press it down until it seals, snap the two metal side-wings beneath the bottle's lip, then press the button on the top to pump out any extra air. Your bubbly will keep in the fridge for up to a week or so!

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    It even makes another ~pop~ noise when you take it off again — which helps you know it's actually sealed well. I bought this last year and it really does help the bubbles last for a good two or three days! (I haven't ever waited longer than that to finish a bottle of sparkling, so I don't know exactly how long keeps champs fizzy.) It's definitely been worth it though, and paid for itself several times over in the amount of bubbly it's saved me from having to pour out!

    Promising review: "I love this stopper. It works better than anything else I've tried at keeping Champagne carbonated. The longest I've used it is five days and when I open the bottle it was still very fizzy; probably about 3/4 compared to when it was first opened. It can be a little tricky to make sure you get the sides snapped on but once you learn the trick it works great. When you take it off be sure to have your hand or a towel across the top as it has a lot of pressure." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    25. A lightweight straw hat that's lined with satin to help prevent frizz *and* breakage in natural curly hair, so you can bring your own shade everywhere you go without having to worry about what your hair will look like when you take it off.

    Grace Eleyae

    It's a fairly new release from Grace Eleyae, a Black woman-founded brand that believes you shouldn't compromise hair health for style. She was inspired to create her satin-lined cap after her hair broke off following a bumpy 8-hour car ride. But since it's late spring and about to be summer, they're starting to release more summer-y satin-lined hats!

    Get them from Grace Eleyae for $92.

    26. Some high-fidelity, nearly-invisible earplugs designed to cut down on the decibels every time you practice on your new drum set (or, when it's safe to do so again, when you go to a concert) so your hearing stays protected without completely muffling the music's clarity and sound quality.

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    Reviewers say they also help people with autism, PTSD, and sensory overload be more comfortable in loud environments! Supposedly they work because of special sound-cutting filters; when you order a set they come with three size options for comfort. Plus they're reusable and hand-washable.

    Abby, an editor here at BuzzFeed, even took them to a couple of concerts back in 2019 and said, "I thought the sound quality was even better with the plug in, because it really cut down the bass, lower tones, and the extra noise you don't really need." For more, read her full Vibes Earplugs review!

    Promising review: "I am a hobbyist musician (drummer and guitarist) and am around loud music quite a bit. I also go to a few concerts. I tried these out at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. I was very pleased with the results. They allowed me to hear the music just fine while blocking out a lot of the ear-splitting volume and unwanted overtones within the arena. I've tried similar ear plugs in the past and always felt like they were blocking out too much of the sounds I wanted to hear. Wish I had started using these years ago. If you are a performing musician or a regular concert-goer interested in preserving your hearing, I highly recommend giving these babies a try. I don't think you will find a better value for an as effective product." —Fudge13

    Get them on Amazon for $23.98.

    27. A pack of dander reducing wipes so you can help moisturize your kitteh's dry, flaky, itchy skin without it being a fight or mess.

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    Each pack has 50 wipes. BTW, you can also get grooming wipes from Burt's Bees for your dog.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first, but am so glad I decided to get these. Burt's Bees make excellent products. My apartment is so dry in the cold seasons, even with running multiple vaporizers. My cat was getting very bad dry skin and dander, as you can see in the first image (pictured above, left). After one use her fur is soft, silky, and the dander is so much better! This product will be a regular purchase and a must for my pets!" —Magpie

    Get them from Amazon for $5.83.

    28. The TubShroom, which is a classic for a reason: it catches every last bit of hair before it goes down the drain, so you don't end up wading through several inches of water every time you shower because your drain's suddenly running more slowly.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You do have to pull the hair off of it after your showers (which may lead you to marvel how you have so much left on your head!) and let the 'shroom dry on the side of the tub so it doesn't get gross itself, but that takes like, two seconds.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it." —Lawyer for Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors; it only works on inset drains. Have a pop-up or flush drain? Try OXO's hair catcher instead, $9.99 on Amazon.)

    And we know it works because we've tried it! Read our full Tubshroom review for more.

    29. A handheld fabric defuzzer that will eliminate the pills on all sorts of fabrics after just a few leisurely passes so all your sweaters, pillows, sofa cushions, tees, upholstered chairs, fleece, and slippers can look brand-new again.

    A reviewer's piece of knit clothing with a bunch of pills on it, then the same piece with all the pills removed and the knit looking and feeling smooth
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So thankful I came across this on BuzzFeed. I WISH I'd taken photos of our microfiber sectional when I used this on all cushions, pillows, and arm rests. It’s easy to use on all corners, edges, and surfaces for my couch and did not damage a single thing even if I pushed down hard. One thing to be aware of: you need to keep the “trap” clean. I probably emptied it 10 times throughout the 25 minute clean on my seven-person sectional and pulled any longer strings out of the turbine area. I did this six months ago and still haven’t needed to go back over any part of my couch. Awesome buy!" —Meg

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    30. A pocketed shower curtain liner, because it's sturdy and spacious enough to hold your large-and-growing collection of different hair washes, scrubbies, scented soaps, and everything else you absolutely ~need~ in the shower with no problems. (Or to magically create extra storage space in the one bathroom you share with three other roommates.)

    The curtain, with two big pockets on the bottom, three medium pockets in the middle, and four small pockets at the top
    Amazon

    It also lets you move everything off the edges of the tub, making it MUCH easier to wipe down your tub on cleaning day!

    Promising review: "Not going to lie, I saw this on BuzzFeed. I ordered this, set it up, and immediately fell in love. I live in a cramped little apartment I share with several other girls. There's almost no space for any of my personal bath stuff, and I also knock over a lot of my roommates' stuff in the process of getting in. I let the girls know they were free to put their stuff in too, and about a week or so later every one had migrated their stuff in the curtain! It holds well, keeps items dry, and clears space in your shower so it feels a little calmer and more soothing. I honestly love this thing and it's held up pretty well. I've had it a couple of months so far and I foresee this lasting for a good amount of time." —g. castro

    Get it on Amazon for $18.67.

    31. A pack of hydrocolloid acne patches to suck out a bunch of the gunk lurking in your zits until they basically vanish, or at least have been somewhat diminished.

    A reviewer with a patch on their zit, and their "after" photo showing the patch has absorbed a bunch of white gunk
    amazon.com

    FYI, hydrocolloid patches work best on acne filled with pus (aka whiteheads), and not necessarily so well on that deep-set hormonal acne.

    Promising review: "I got these for my teenager. She’s had such a tough time with acne. We’ve been to the dermatologist, and short of pills, we’ve bought every product recommended and she still has pimples. So, on a recommendation from BuzzFeed’s awesomeness, I decided to purchase them. She stuck five of these patches on the first night. The next morning, she was yelling 'Mom! Mom!' When I got to her bathroom she told me she took the first patch off, and the pimple practically disappeared overnight! The same with the other four patches. She is incredibly happy with this product." —lcwells

    Get a pack of 72 patches on Amazon for $21.99.

    32. A tie-dye maxi dress so you can strike that perfect balance between incredibly comfortable and impeccably cute (no one need ever know your secret: that it feels like wearing PJs all. damn. day).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Reviewers do report it runs large, btw!

    Promising reviews: "I LOVE THIS! This was such a great find, thanks BuzzFeed! Fit so well, so cool during the summer, and super stylish!" —Brooke M. Arrington

    "Why do I love this dress so much? 1. I can wear it with flats (I'm 5'1"). 2. It's super soft. 3. Fabric is flowy but not too thin. 4. It has POCKETS. 5. High style with low effort." —aecass

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and 23 colors; doesn't come with its own belt.)

    33. A bacon sponge that'll save you at least three paper towels every Sunday, because it absorbs all the grease and drippings, then easily washes clean in the sink with just a little hot water and dish soap.

    Pile of bacon sitting on the quilted cloth
    GreenCityLiving / Etsy

    GreenCityLiving is a Denver-based small business that carries all kinds of eco-friendly things for your home. Even better? They donate 1% of sales to Climate Emergency Fund, an organization that supports climate activists.

    Promising review: "These are amazing!!! They work! And no stains!!! I was concerned that since I don’t use Dawn or a big name brand dish soap, my earth-friendly soap might not cut the grease as well, but that was not the case! My bacon sponge is perfectly clean and spotless! I love it! So glad I ordered two! I couldn’t be more pleased!!!" —cattealover

    Get it from GreenCityLiving on Etsy for $10.

    34. An ice cube tray with an attached silicone lid, which creates a seal over the top of the cubes so you can stash them every-which-way in your freezer without a single worry that they'll leak at all. (Plus they're less likely to be infused with whatever other flavors they find themselves sitting next to!)

    amazon.com

    I personally own these, have used 'em a bunch just to make normal ice in my freezer, and love them! I still need to test out the claim that you can put them on their side or at an angle if they're full of water, but they work very well for stacking on top of each other, and the ice is a shape that makes it super simple to pop out — after twisting the container a little bit, you just press down on either the top or bottom of one of the crescents.

    Promising reviews: "Saw this on BuzzFeed. Yes, it works like it says. I have an ice maker and use this for iced coffee. Drop a few of those in some Kahlua or whatever your spirit coffee drink is. I may use one to make mint ice cubes for water. Anyways, this is great. The seal holds firm and it is impressive." —CafeMiami

    Get one on Amazon for $9.99.

    35. A space-saving cutlery tray that capitalizes on vertical space to store the same number of forks, spoons, and knives without taking up the entire drawer. Yes, this means you'll suddenly have a half-empty drawer to use for even more organizing!

    The tray, taking up just a fraction of the drawer, with three full sections filled with silverware and one section divided in half, but also packed with silverware
    Amazon

    Your drawer does need to be at least 3 1/4 inches high for it to work, but in my experience at least, that's most drawers.

    Promising review: "So I stumbled upon this thing on one of those BuzzFeed kitchen gadget lists. The second I saw it I was intrigued. The wife and I were wanting a drawer separator for cutlery, but we couldn’t find anything that utilized space effectively. This thing is great at keeping things separated and is designed to use space well. We store our spoons, forks, and butter knives using this separator and still have space left over in our drawer to store oddly shaped utensils such as ramen spoons. It feels like the right tool to get the job done." —A.J.

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

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