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    36 Things That'll Help Revive Almost Everything In Your Home In 2021

    Simple, smart upgrades and fixes for a bunch of things from the bathrooms to your carpets, to your furniture, and even smaller stuff that's in-between.

    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. Some cushion supports so you can turn back time on your slouchy sofa, and continue spending happy evenings there for years to come.

    A reviewer's loveseat, half without the supports, looking very slouchy and worn-in, and half with them, looking neater and newer

    It's basically a thick foam that you insert on the bottom of each cushion to plump up all the other layers. So your couch will feel equally comfy but look brand new.

    Promising review: "We have 10-year-old $6000 Ethan Allen sofas. This product saved us from buying a new sofa!! Absolutely restored my cushions to new! This may seem a little expensive but versus the cost of reupholstered or new, it's worth every penny." —JBlack

    Get them on Amazon for $29.99+ per panel (available in two sizes and two levels of stiffness; each panel fits one cushion).

    2. A fabric shaver — no need to throw out a throw, pillow, chair, or any other piece of fabric just because it's started to pill! This easily pinches off those pesky little buggers to make your fabrics (including upholstery!) look brand new.

    A reviewer's armchair, half of it covered in nubby pills and labeled "before", the other half smooth, looking new, with no pills in sight

    And it works on sweaters and clothes, too, of course!

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh." —Dena Jensen

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    3. A can of Barkeeper's Friend powder cleanser to scrub off even the most impossible stains you never thought would come up, even with hardcore elbow grease.

    Promising review: "This stuff works so well, you'll feel like you're in a staged infomercial where your surfaces are left gleaming and impossibly new. I removed the worst stains from my white ceramic sink, which I had tried everything on... bleach, oxygen cleaners, lemon and baking soda... Nothing worked. But sprinkle some Bar Keeper's Friend on there with ~10 min of elbow grease, and BOOM it looks almost brand new. I'm obsessed, could not recommend it more." —KathleenH

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $9.49, or from another listing for $13.99.

    4. And the Barkeeper's Friend Cooktop Cleanser that eliminates the built-up residue on shower doors *and* the burnt-on grime on glass cooktop stoves.

    Promising review: "Like a hot knife through butter for built up hard water stains on my glass shower doors. I've tried everything and this stuff worked in two minutes. Made me a little embarrassed it took so long to find something so effective. I haven't tried it on anything else yet but I guarantee I'll be reordering just to have extra. Just can't have enough of a good thing." —Ron

    Get it on Amazon for $7.97.

    5. Or if you have no elbow grease to spare, three drill brushes because they'll transform essentially any grimy surface — from cooked-on grease on a stovetop to built-up dirt in a bathtub to the accumulated years of grime on tile and grout — without requiring any hard scrubbing on your part.

    A reviewer's before: with one panel of their glass shower door uncleaned and opaque with mineral and soap buildup; the other glass panel is clean and completely see-through

    Just make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! You can alway test in a discreet area first to be sure.

    Promising review: "Seriously, I have never wanted to clean our toilets as much as I do now. These little brushes have gotten off years of stains and water scum from our glass shower doors in just a few minutes. I would have never been able to get them even a fraction as clean by hand. We had stains in the toilets from our well water that I thought were permanent. Turns out that they were easily erased with this handy little brush. Our grout is sparkling again and my husband thinks I have lost my mind with the drill. I have actually been walking around the house looking for things to clean with this. They even cleaned our birdcages immediately with just water and no chemicals at all. What a great Amazon find!!" —Happy Yogi

    Get them on Amazon for $14.95+ (six bristle stiffness options available).

    6. 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.

    The tip of the bottle spreading the clear gel; the gel on moldy grout

    You do have to let it sit for four to five hours (or even overnight), but the results, at least according to reviewers, are worth it. It's also recommended by our readers! (See the review below from a now-defunct listing.)

    Promising review: "After living in my place for a few years, my shower was super gross. I tried to use elbow grease and disinfecting wipes but failed. Then I discovered this product through BuzzFeed. Holy moly, am I glad I tried it. I left it on for 4–5 hours, per the instructions, and every place this gel touched, the mold/mildew disappeared." —Gracielou Freebush

    Get two bottles from Amazon for $24.99.

    7. A powerful no-rinse stain remover — it can conquer many of the seemingly-impossible messes you throw at it. Simply spritz it on, wait a second, then blot it up to see most stains truly vanish like magic.,

    It claims to work 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"). One of our readers who uses it and recommends it (#33) says it doesn't work on every stain they try, but it makes most stains — even really old ones — disappear! You simply spray the product on the stain, work it in with your fingers, then blot it up with a clean paper towel.

    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 it on Amazon for $11.63.

    8. And a leather stain remover spray because even though leather's usually relatively stain resistant, years with kids, pets, spouses, or just our own messy selves eventually take their toll, and this will basically turn the clock back for your furniture.

    This also works on durablend, vinyl, compound, saffiano, faux and other leather or leather-like surfaces.

    Promising review: "Used the microfiber cloth to apply and after the first treatment noted only mild improvement, but after the second treatment (done just after the first treatment dried), the stain was not visible!! I then did the entire chair and the results are great. Advice: Do not scrub the area hard. This may roughen up the leather. Apply lightly and wipe off with another microfiber towel." —mich

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    9. Speaking of leather, a leather recoloring balm so you can spend many more years reading in your favorite chair, reveling in the afternoon sun, *without* having to put up with furniture that looks like it's on its last legs.,

    You just rub it right into your leather. It can even help minimize the look of cat scratches, depending on how bad they are. Note that it's very important to test to see if it will work with your particular leather, because it's for absorbent leather only — you simply put a drop of water on your leather and see if it soaks in. If it does, this product works! (Here's a video; skip to 0:42.)

    Promising review: "Can I give it TEN stars? My hubby was ready to get rid of the set. It's SUCH a comfortable set, and well-built... scale was just right for our new home... I couldn't let that happen! I had cleaned the chair with a tiny amount of mild dish soap and water previous to the stain's arrival. I threw on some latex gloves, dipped my fingers into the gel, and started massaging it into the leather. Results were immediate and impressive!! AMAZING!!" —Muysson

    Get a jar from Amazon for $29.95 (13 colors available).

    10. A cute little brown sugar bear who just wants to soften up that impenetrable rock of brown sugar (and keep it perfectly soft and moist for ages), so you don't have to hack chunks off of it anytime you want to bake cookies.

    The small, flat terracotta bear next to a jar of brown sugar

    Both my mom and I have used these for years, and they actually do work! Some reviewers mention you can put it with cookies or bread to keep those soft, too. Just soak it in water for 20 minutes, dry the outside of it thoroughly, and put in your brown sugar bag.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this bear is magical. I have brown sugar in a glass canister and I was about to throw the whole container out. The sugar was unbreakable (I think my boyfriend was putting his wet spoon in it too...) I came across this bear and I thought it wasn't real. I read some reviews and decided to give it a try. I put the bear in the canister and reluctantly walked away. The next day I was pleasantly surprised to find REVIVED and soft brown sugar!! Great buy!" —S.G.

    Get one on Amazon for $5.50.

    11. An all-in-one wood cleanser and polish to transport water- or heat- or pet-damaged furniture (or cabinets, or wood floors) back to its former glory with just a coat or two.

    It works on both finished and natural woods, including wood floors.

    Promising review: "Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $14.

    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 $9.29.

    12. Or if your damage is more minimal, a set of furniture repair markers and wax sticks because some damage will practically vanish after a few quick swipes of the right color.

    They're designed for smaller scratches on wood furniture, wood laminate furniture (yes, that means stuff from Ikea!) and wood or wood-like floors. The kit includes both markers and wax sticks in six colors: maple, oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany and black. And yes, the sharpener for the wax sticks is included, too.

    Promising review: "Better than expected. Blends perfectly and leaves a beautiful sheen. Used them on different shades of wood cherry, oak, and mahogany. I blended several shades of markers on each piece. Blended easily and matched perfectly to the different shades of woods. Used on claw foot dining table, chippendale chair legs, Grandfather clock, china cabinet. All look sensational. Covered sweeper scuffs well. They look new now, not touched up. These stain quickly so wear disposable gloves and cover floors where you are working. Excellent results." —PhoebeS

    Get them on Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A squeegee broom so you can extract years worth of built-up, embedded pet hair from your carpet and rugs (the kind that even your pet vacuum somehow doesn't touch) *and* easily sweep up the scattered bits from your hardwood or tile floors., Amazon

    It features rubber bristles along one edge, and if you flip it, a wide rubber squeegee on the other — some reviewers find the squeegee side is more effective on carpet than the bristles, so could be worth a try! Oh, and the handle telescopes 36–60 inches, so you can store it easily but also like, use it to squeegee off high windows if necessary.

    Promising review: "1000% worth it! Ya'll. I read about this on BuzzFeed and had it on my wish list for a few weeks. When our nine month old–black lab came back from the trainer, I knew it was time to get something to help the mountains of hair. I got this in today and tried it out. I didn't think it would get much, I swept last night. Oh my lawrd. The hair it picked up was ridiculous! If you have pets and hardwood floors, you need this. Life changing! So glad I bought this!" —Katherine Burch

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    14. A mini white noise machine with non-looping audio to restore your bedroom to the place of peace it was when you first moved in. You'll finally get the solid night's sleep you deserve despite the fact that your new neighbors insist on loudly playing video games all through the night.

    The small hexagonal white noise machine on a bedside table; it has a power button, two volume buttons, and three buttons for choosing the sound

    It has ten fan sound options, ten ambient noise options, and two ocean sounds, and is small and compact.

    Promising review: "This is so freaking great. I've been using white noise machines for years and years but ended up finding this through BuzzFeed. My old machine had looping audio and I hated it, so the fact that this is non-looping is everything. It's also very sleek and modern. I live in downtown Boston with construction sites literally boxing me in my building with noise nearly 24/7 between that and cops/fire trucks. This knocks out the noise and allows me to sleep or nap at any time of day without hearing anything." —ML

    Get it on Amazon for $34.95+ (available in two colors).

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

    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought this, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build up around the door seals." —Martoune

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

    16. A bottle of makeup brush and sponge shampoo that will break up all the various layers of stubborn foundation, contour, concealer, powder, and eye makeup that's embedded itself in your tools. Even the ones you use most often will look fresh out of their packaging in no time!

    Before: A reviewer's makeup sponge, which is dark brown after many uses; and after: the same sponge, now light orange and clean

    Plus it'll reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria that tend to accumulate on makeup tools over time. (Oh, and it's cruelty-free.)

    Promising reviews: "I clean my brushes every so often (not as often as I should) and I have NEVER gotten this much gunk out of my brushes with regular soap. This stuff is amazing, takes almost no scrubby effort and my brushes are the cleanest they have ever been. Definitely recommend." —Melissa

    "Well, I am seriously impressed. All of my sponges of various colors look almost brand new after using this. Even my white sponges look only faintly tinted in comparison to what they used to look like. It does seem like it takes quite a bit of product to do each sponge, but it definitely gets the job done. I'll certainly order another bottle when I run out." —G.T.

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    17. A tube of patch and primer — it features a piece of sanding pad on the top of the cap and a putty knife on the other end, so you can repair that little hole your doorknob handle put in your wall that miiiight only be there because you enthusiastically throw the door open to greet your wiggling, overjoyed, nine-year-old pup everyday when you get home from work.


    You simply squeeze a little of the patch/primer mix out of the tube, level it off with the scraper end, let dry, then sand with the cap!

    Promising review: "This was amazing! I’m in the process of moving out of my apartment in and I needed to fill a few holes I made with wall anchors. I have zero 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." —Tina Liu

    Get it on Amazon for $6.97.

    18. And a set of air-tight paint touch-up pens to easily cover up those small drywall repairs or pretty much any other scratches, scuffs, or stains that refuse to clean off any other way.

    Amazon, Slobproof

    They work like little syringes to neatly suck up the paint from the can. Because they're completely air tight, the paint lasts for years without drying out! They *are* refillable, despite what some reviewers claim; here's how.

    Promising review: "Love this — absolutely perfect for touchin' up little spots that need touchin' up. I have several sets filled with different paints and so far they've stayed usable, without the paint drying out. I rinse the brush really well after each use (latex paints) and recap it. It would be nice if the manufacturer put an area on the pen where you could easily label the paint info, but I use a permanent marker, and it works okay." —Hooked on Amazon!

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $9.99.

    19. An oil stain remover that works wonders on basically any kind of stone (whether it's untreated *or* sealed and polished) because you shouldn't have to live with the consequences of that one leaky bottle of olive oil.

    A reviewer's four steps: 1 an oil stain on untreated marble, 2 apply thick amount of product 3 let dry for 72 hrs 4 scrape away and the stain is gone

    It works on marble, granite, limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone, grout (for ceramic and porcelain tile), masonry, and concrete — and it won't discolor the surface of the stone even one bit!

    Promising review: "Had an oil stain on my untreated West Elm marble top buffet from a kids toy. I purchased the oil stain remover and crossed my fingers that it would work. Followed the directions, waited 72 hrs to let it dry completely, and then scraped it off with a credit card. It worked perfectly! I couldn't be happier with the results. I highly recommend this product!" —parkhaven916

    Get a can of it on Amazon for $12.50.

    20. A waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, flexible, moldable rubbery glue called Sugru so you can make dozens of tiny fixes, like saving those expensive cables and chargers so they can live to fight another day (or lots of other random little tasks, like fixing a plastic dino's boo boo).,

    You can use it to bond glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics *and* to bond all of those surfaces to most walls. It slowly cures from malleable glue into a tough silicone rubber overnight.

    Promising review: "Apple is good at making crappy over-priced cables that break in 30 minutes. Sugru has been a great tool to save all of my splitting lightning and mag safe cables saving me tons of cash. It pays for itself on the first lighting cable you fix. So many other uses as well. Great product." –Derek L

    Get an eight-color pack on Amazon for $16.99 (also available in packs of seven other color combinations, including all black or all white).

    21. A stainless steel cleaner and polish because all you have to do is spray it on then wipe it off to reveal a sparkling clean, fingerprint-free kitchen, zero real effort required.

    Hands spraying the white cleaner on a fridge, then wiping with a microfiber cloth

    It's plant-based and USDA-Certified Bio-based 100%, which means it's made from renewable resources, not petroleum products.

    Promising review: "Perfect cleaner for my new Whirlpool stainless appliances. It also seems to make it a bit fingerprint-resistant as well. Since I cleaned my fridge down a month ago, I haven't had to do it again yet. I'm sure if I had kids it'd be a little different, but this stuff is where it's at. I've tried cheaper big-box store cleaners and they all take a lot of arm work." —W Fish

    Get a bottle and a microfiber cloth on Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A rust stain remover spray perfect for anything coated in a thin crust of orange — a few sprays and a final wipe of this stuff will actually make your shower, sink, and tub look exactly like they did the day they were first installed.

    Note that it's designed for rust stains that come from having hard water; it won't do anything for like, a rusty metal towel holder.

    Promising review: "Can’t believe we finally found something that works! When we bought our home there was no water softener and years of iron build up. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated, but the Iron Out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible." —M. Gilardi

    Get it on Amazon for $5.22 (and if you also have struggles with rust in the toilet or staining your white laundry red, try the same brand's rust removing powder, $12.97).

    23. A handheld knife sharpener because it will fiercely hone each and every blade you own until they're back to their peak, like-new sharpness that makes it a thousand times easier to slice and dice.

    hands holding the two-slot sharpener on the corner of a counter (as designed), pulling a knife through

    It has two slots: coarse for sharpening dull and damaged knives, and fine for polishing a knife or giving an already-sharp knife a quick touch-up.

    Promising review: "I use this on my high-end German knife and it performs as well as any expensive sharpener. If your 'good' knife requires some fancy sharpener, perhaps the knife is the problem. I use this on three large kitchen knives as well as paring knives, and it keeps them all in tip-top shape. I do a lot of chopping, so having every knife tomato-ready is great. If you want an expensive sharpener, be my guest; for me, I'd prefer to spend my time USING sharp knives, rather than adding undetectable macho-sharpness I don't need. Find a couple of good videos before you start — the instructions are ok, but don't actual demonstrate all the features!" —Pete

    Get it on Amazon for $10.42 (available in three colors).

    Elizabeth, one of our editors, owns one of these and loves it — you can read her full knife sharpener review for more!

    24. A drain millipede covered with thousands of 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.


    You can technically clean and reuse it, but many reviewers just toss it because of the yuck-factor.

    Promising review: "Our one sink would constantly back-up over and over again. We would use Draino and what not which would open it up for a week, but then it would slow up again. We finally said enough is enough and tried this snake. For $9, it's cheaper than a new bottle of Draino. Couldn't be happier with this! It goes right down the drain, turned in around for about 20 times, and then yanked it out. Pulled out a whole bunch of crap! Did it two more times, and water flows down this drain like it was just installed. Do NOT plan on re-using this down the road, just clean out the drain, and toss it in the trash! Worth the $9!" —Marc

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    25. A pack of bubbling cleaning tablets because you simply plop one 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.

    A reviewer's reusable coffee tumbler before: stained brown and after: clean, silver, and stain-free

    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: "My husband drinks about three or four cups of tea each day. He uses stainless steel mugs that stain horribly. No amount of soaking or scrubbing would get them clean. I set our electric kettle to 200 degrees and poured the hot water over the tablets, filling the mug to the top. I left them in the sink overnight, and all I had to do was dump the dirty water out! No soap or scrubbing at all, and they were like new!" —Rachel

    Get a pack of 12 tablets on Amazon for $8.

    26. A fume-free oven cleaner — it will erase the evidence of all those years of delicious baked goods, frozen pizzas, and bacon with one overnight treatment.

    Technically the directions say you actually only have to wait for two hours to get results.

    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. I am VERY pleased!" —KsGrl444

    Get it from Amazon for $7.10, or if that's sold out, in a bulk pack of six for $45.98 ($7.66/can).

    27. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner that you simply drop in, run a little water, then let its fizz reach down into the depths of your disposer for you, ridding it of any built-up slime and grossness.

    Note that it's best if your garbage disposal's just generally smelly or dirty and not actually clogged — if it's clogged, definitely call a plumber.

    Promising review: "After seeing it say it only takes two minutes (mine was closer to four) I thought there was no way it would work. But I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works." —J. Peace

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $6.07.

    28. A bottle of jetted tub cleaner because over the years those pipes get coated in soap, dead skin cells, and all kinds of other gunk that you definitely don't want keeping you company in your relaxing bath.

    A reviewer's tub filled with foam that's mostly white but there's big chunks of brown by the jets

    And it takes just 15 minutes to see results; simply run your water, pour in some cleaner, and start your jets.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! I first ran my tub with the solution, then drained it and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea

    Get it on Amazon: a bottle good for four cleans for $16.99 ($4.24/clean), or a gallon good for 32 cleans for $59.99 ($1.87/clean).

    29. A pet hair removing–roller so you can pick up basically every last bit of shedding your furry friend's always leaving in their wake from any fabric surface with a quick, simple brush-brush-brush.

    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and use it forever — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course! My boyfriend's parents have two dogs that shed and use this almost daily, and because (long story) we ended up living with them during quarantine, I got to use it... and know it 100% works the way it says it does! Especially for sofas; don't expect great results on clothes. 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 hate the vacuum so much so they will attack it 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.

    30. And a Pet House candle you'll burn every day because it really does eradicate any lingering odors around the house, whether they're from your beloved kitty or pup *or* from cooking yesterday's delicious dinner. Several of us here at BuzzFeed use them all the time and know they actually work!

    The lit candle in the fresh citrus scent

    They're made from cleaner-burning soy wax, come in 21 scents that smell just like normal candles, and will burn for up to 60 hours.

    Promising review: "I have multiple dogs in the house and am always concerned that it smells like that to visitors. I have used other candles and melts that add a pleasant smell to the underlying odor, but these candles do better. I can leave the house and return hours later and when I first open the door, I don't smell dog. We recently had a house full of people (many of them pet parents) over for Christmas dinner and it was actually commented, 'Your house smells really nice. How do you keep the dog smell out?' I laughed and told them I was just wondering if the candles were working." —LLL Texas

    Get them on Amazon for $21.95 (available in 24 scents).

    Want to know even more? Read our Pet House Candle review!

    31. A glass and ceramic cooktop cleaning kit that comes complete with a heavy-duty scrubber, a razor blade, and a bottle of powerful cleaner — basically everything you need to conquer even the messiest of burners so it shines like it was painstakingly restored by a renowned art historian.

    Promising review: "I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years, only wiped down with random multipurpose cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product... AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. It will leave your cooktop shiny and new. Even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off. 98% better. The key is to use very little product. Let it dry to a haze and buff with a clean dry cotton towel, just like waxing a car." —B. Swartwood

    Get the kit on Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A pumice stone because it beats back even the worst hard water buildup on toilets and tubs, so you can enjoy having a bathroom that actually looks clean again.

    Promising review: "I have a 19 year old master bathroom–toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to have done anyway, if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase...well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    33. Some Goo Gone — it quickly and painlessly removes everything from tape residue to mysterious sticky substances, pretty much wherever you find them around your home.

    A reviewer's window before: view obscured by lots of duct tape residue and after: the same window, clean, with no residue in sight

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. So far, I have used it to remove heavy adhesive from a tile floor where we had previously had a cover for a wire running across the area. I applied Goo Gone, scraped the majority of the adhesive and fibers off, then wiped off the remaining residue with a paper towel. I also used it to clean grease off of wood veneer cabinets using a paper towel, and it was so effortless! We have a microwave above the stove, and I also used Goo Gone to clean grease from the exhaust vents, which was so much easier than ever before." —Cass

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $6.98.

    34. A carpet shampooer that will scrub away then suck out years worth of mystery stains now, leaving your floors looking fresh, then come in handy over and over later, whenever you discover your spouse / toddler / teen / pet left you a surprise... like, several weeks ago. WHY.

    A reviewers light beige carpet before: with two large set-in mystery stains and after: completely clean and stain-free

    It also works wonders on area rugs! And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Promising review: "I run dog services, boarding, and daycare out of my home. My carpet sees high traffic regularly and potty accidents on occasion. Love this Hoover! Holy moly! It picks up an INCREDIBLE amount of deeply imbedded debris, dirt, stains, and hair. The difference in how much cleaner my carpet is after using it is OUTSTANDING!! I regularly vacuum and spot clean with other carpet cleaners and couldn’t fathom the filth I was actually living in after using the Hoover. It’s easy to assemble and light weight too. You can’t deny the results when cleaning out the dirty water tank. Easily the best purchase I have made for my small business! Very impressive!" —Patty DeCarlo

    Get it on Amazon for $99.99.

    35. A pair of scrub brushes — they have your back no matter how stuck-on or deeply-embedded the grime at hand happens to be, *especially* if you're in the mood to tackle your grout situation, or if your kids have a tendency to spray toothpaste all over the sink.


    The smaller brush has tapered bristles and a rubber blade on the end for wiping up grime from super narrow areas, like where the edge of the sink drain meets the sink. And the larger brush is sized perfectly for scrubbing at grout.

    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of “Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...”. Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pros: Sturdy, easy to clean, solid brushes. Con: Hands may "hurt" a bit after use due to elbow grease." —Jennifer

    Get the two on Amazon for $6.99 (two colors available).

    36. A specialty dryer vent cleaning kit and brush that (optionally) attaches to your drill, because lint can seriously build up in those vents and once you push the excess out, you'll reduce your fire risk and your clothes will dry faster (which means you'll save on energy bills).

    A reader's cylindrical brush at the end of the rods, laying in a big pile of lint it cleaned out from their vent

    Oh, and you could get a pro to do this, but it's a pretty simple DIY — that's more money saved! Just make sure you get enough rods to extend all the way through your dryer vent in one direction (this kit comes with 12 feet of 'em) to completely clear the buildup.

    Promising review: "We moved into our new house about two years ago and needed to clean out the dryer duct. This kit made it super simple. The rods were easy to attach and very flexible, but still strong enough to spin, even when extended all 12 feet! We got out a TON more lint than we could ever imagine out of the duct! Buying this kit and doing it myself already paid for itself. It was $150– $200 to have a specialist come over and do the same work. Took me all of about 20 minutes to move the dryer, use the brush and all attachments, vacuum, and use disinfectant up the dryer vent!" —Michael Wiggin

    Get it on Amazon for $15.71.

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

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