Skip To Content

    40 Problem-Solving Products That'll Actually Make 2020 A Little Easier

    Your (small) problems, solved.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An ice cream koozie so you can eat as much of your favorite pint as you want without your fingers getting cold OR your ice cream melting too quickly.

    Kanudles / Etsy

    Get it from Kanudles on Etsy for $10.99 in either purple, pink, or orange; or blue (or see their shop page for all the available styles).

    Or get them on Amazon for $11.99 each: Spoon Me, Cold Digger, or Namaste In and Spoon (as in, "'Naw, I'm gonna stay in and spoon").

    2. A pair of sexy lace bands to stop that thigh chafe we all dread right in its tracks.

    BuzzFeed Video / buzzfeed.com, amazon.com

    A BuzzFeed video producer tested the best thigh chafe products, and these were one of the winners!

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office, I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable 'digging in.'

    I did measure my thigh to get an accurate size rather than guessing, but it is definitely true to that measurement. And they do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move!!

    I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom. Highly recommended!!!" β€”A. Spencer

    Get a pair on Amazon for $16.95+ (most $18.95; available in six sizes and eight colors, some available in both lace and solid).

    3. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers that can suck the moisture out of your sweaty shoes after a long day on your feet, making them *much* less hospitable to those bacteria that cause that unwelcome stench.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are a little wonder. I have waterproof steel toe boots that get worn about six hours a day and make my feet sweat like no other shoe I have worn. For the first time a pair of my shoes smell and can't be kept in my closet. I am very active in sports and I wear numerous cleats and running shoes, those never smell, but these boots.... Yuck. Once I started putting these bags in after each use, no more smell! I recommend highly." β€”M Hill

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $9.95.

    Yi, another writer here at BuzzFeed, has actually tried these out on a couple of pairs of leather flats and says they do work! Read her Moso shoe deodorizer review for more.

    4. Or an odor eliminator spray to eradicate stink on pretty much anything that's dealt with lots of dried sweat: shoes, sports equipment, mattresses, gym clothes, and more.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My 16-year-old athletic son has always struggled with foot odor. He packs three or four extra pairs of socks with him everywhere he goes. We have tried everything from mint extract between the toes, foot powders, going to the doctor and getting prescription sprays etc.... NOTHING has worked. But this amazing bottle of spray is a miracle!!!! My son sprays his shoes each day with this and even his gym bags. He no longer has smelly feet or shoes. I'm so happy for him that he no longer has to feel self conscious about his feet." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $6.48.

    5. A jar of the cult-favorite Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay Mask for cleansing your pores and helping banish your acne bit by bit.

    amazon.com

    You can mix it with either apple cider vinegar or water, spread it on your face, and let it dry before rinsing it off.

    Promising review: "This has really helped me with my cystic acne!!! I have tried topical medications and even laser to help me with my skin, when I wasn't seeing any results I came to this and it has really changed the game! I am feeling so much better about my skin and my large cystic bumps have significantly reduced and even my skin tone has evened out." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a jar on Amazon for $12.95.

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

    3DPrintedByBrian / Etsy

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.95+.

    7. A pack of fizzing cleaning tablets β€” you drop them into almost any seemingly-permanently-stained travel travel mug, slow cooker, or stainless water bottle to banish those stains without scrubbing even one little bit.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.

    8. An eyeliner with a wing stamp that reviewers swear actually makes it possible to get a nice, neat, even wings in just a couple of minutes without being a professional makeup artist.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You get two dual-sided pens: one each with the left and right wings. The other sides = straight eyeliner.

    Promising review: "I've tried the taping method, tried normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot... It's not like my hopes were high since nothing else has been efficient or worked as it should. But to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect aside from needing to connect it to my current liner. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES...LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There was no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line." β€”LadyMeow

    Get the set of two pens on Amazon for $13.97.

    9. A cutting board with seven mats each labeled for a specific purpose, making it easy to swap out for a clean mat when you're done prepping the beef and want to switch to slicing bread.

    amazon.com

    Each mat fits snugly into top of the cutting board so they don't slide around while you chop, then seamlessly store in its base.

    Promising reviews: "Omg this thing is so cool! My dad is envious and wants one of his own. It's so convenient to switch to a clean cutting surface that's right there for you. It takes up so much less room. The surfaces are big enough without being awkward and bulky to wash in the sink. And it's pretty. V pretty. β€”DJ Kitten

    "I purchased this because I've worked several years in the food industry which has given me the desire to keep a food safety kitchen of my own because I've seen the things unsafe kitchens get away with. This is perfect for that and helps me teach my family to do the same!" β€”Nixlit

    Get it on Amazon for $24.22.

    10. A pack of 50 slimline hangers because they'll instantly create extra inches on your closet rod β€” you don't even have to get rid of any clothes. Plus they're non-slip so even the silkiest spaghetti straps stay put.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These hangers are seriously low profile enough to give you close to twice the amount of space in your closet. Probably not necessarily a good thing, but I revamped my closet with these instead of donating a large portion of clothes to Goodwill (although I had already donated two other closets full until a friend recommended these hangers) and now my clothes all fit neatly!" β€”Lisa427

    Get a 50-pack on Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    11. The Swear Word Coloring Book so you can relax and feel like you made something ~nice~ despite an especially stressful day.

    Amazon

    It's packed with 60 different illustrations, each single-sided and on a perforated page, so you can put your latest masterpiece up on your fridge.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday present for my best friend who's almost constantly stressed out from her demanding schedule. I chose this particular version over similar ones because it has more pages and the illustrations are complex enough to be challenging without being too excessive to finish coloring in an hour or two. She absolutely loves it. I think the best endorsement was that I got a text from her at 2:15 AM when she was too anxious to sleep and had started coloring to take her mind off everything." β€”Michelle Blackburn

    Get it on Amazon for $9.42.

    12. Some cozy fleece headphones because you deserve to *comfortably* listen to white noise or music while you doze without disturbing your S.O./roommate/airplane seat mates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The sounds of my boyfriend's dog licking herself would wake me up at night and I couldn't get back to sleep untillllll I found this! I plug this into my phone and put on a free bedtime fan app that I can customize the speed and it totally drowns out the sound! It's helpful as a sleep mask too for when I want to block out light, but I can otherwise wear it more like a headband. I'd been reluctant to get it because of the cord, but it hasn't been a problem. It's long enough to reach the night stand and I just pull it up and out of the way like I do with my hair. I also use it at home when my roommate or neighbors are making noise and I wanna shut out everything and get some rest. Plus, it packs down really small into the carrying case. Super convenient for travel. It's one of the best purchases I've ever made. So happy I found this!!" β€”Heather Eberts

    Get them on Amazon for $15.97 (available in three colors). Or if the fleece seems like it would be too warm for you, you can get them in lycra with a mesh lining for $16.49 (also available in three colors).

    13. A drain millipede that will finally help you tackle the hair-and-slime-monster who's been blocking up your sink and shower drains for far too long by extracting it from the depths of your pipes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 one on Amazon for $5.28.

    14. And a silicone drain cover to catch every last bit of hair *before* it can even begin to clog up your pipes.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This model fits nicely over any drain, whether it's a pop-up, sink-in, or flat and flush to the rest of the tub.

    Promising review: "After tossing away quite a few cheap-o drain protectors that became dingy over time no matter how I soaked and scrubbed them, I decided to splurge on this OXO silicone drain protector. I've been very impressed! It's tall enough to fit easily over my pop-up drain and (even without suction cups) the weighted top keeps it in place β€” even with my faucet running almost directly on it. I have medium-length hair and seem to shed almost as much as my cat, but the drain protector catches it all, then it's easily removed and tossed away. Best of all, in my case, the silicone hasn't held onto mildew or mold β€” I've been able to spray and wipe away any grime with very little effort. It looks like this drain protector will last a very long time. This has been a very worthy purchase for the few dollars more!" β€”Suneimi

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (aka Marie Kondo's book) if one of your goals for the new year is to get rid of the stuff you don't need β€” or even just the clothes you don't wear.

    Amazon

    Although it's helped me declutter a BUNCH of old clothes, you definitely don't have to take every word seriously, just the stuff that you find useful.

    Promising review: "It's soaked with knowledge and super inspiring! As a chronically messy person, this book completely changed my perspective on 'tidying,' what to throw away or get rid of, and how to find joy in your space again, how to reclaim it! Honestly pretty awakening, and I think absolutely everyone could learn something from it." β€”rainydayshopping

    Get it on Amazon for $9.69 or find a copy at your local library. (Or if you're looking for something a little more low-key or the concept of "sparking joy" doesn't appeal to you, I also like and recommend this book.)

    16. The thick and moisturizing Bliss Body Butter so you don't have to suffer through dry skin on your hands, elbows, or pretty much anywhere on your body no matter how much indoor heat dries out your skin in the winter.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I keep coming back and ordering more and more. The reason I love it so much is how smoothly it goes on, like silk, and how it leaves your hands so soft and dry, not greasy at all. It is the best lotion I've every had, and I'm 70 years old, so I've gone through a lot of lotion." β€”Sandra L. Gulliver

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A non-stick oven liner that'll be MUCH easier to clean than the charred floor of your oven when your weekend baking experiment gets a little *too* wild.

    Amazon

    Instead of burnt sugar stuck to the impossible-to-reach back left corner of your oven, you'll be able to just pull this mat out and wash it like a dish in your sink. FYI, if you have a gas oven or an electric oven without an exposed heating element, you should only use this on a rack, never directly on the bottom of the oven (and no matter what type of oven you have, you should never cover any holes or vents in the oven with this β€” and you should always trim it to size). Read the full instructions to know more!

    Promising review: "Love this product. I do a lot of baking. These liners keep the mess off the bottom of my stove. Since I have a self-cleaning oven, all I have to do is remove the liner, turn on the self-cleaning system, and in no time, I have a clean oven. Wipe down the liner and I'm all set. Great product." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $11.95.

    18. A bug catcher so you can stand at a distance, grab the pesky little guy without injuring him, then take him outside and release him safely somewhere that isn't your bathroom.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical when I ordered this, but I have a husband who makes bug splats on my walls and I needed something to stop that. This thing actually works!! I have always been a catch and release person when it comes to indoor bugs but this makes it so much easier. I love it." β€”Hopeful

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    19. And a bug bite suction tool β€” it lets you gently extract at least some of the pesky venom that makes the bite itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn't completely get rid of your bites, it does put a halt to the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice! Note that some reviewers say the suction can be really strong, so try to use it gently; and the company doesn't recommend using it on your neck or face, because it can cause bruising there. (Read the full directions before using it!)

    Promising review: "I randomly purchased this based on some BuzzFeed list or Facebook group recommendation. Two days after it arrived, my husband happened to get stung by a wasp and came frantically running to me asking me to use that bug thingie I just bought. Holy cow! It was so easy to use while my husband was flinching in pain and it provided immediate relief. I'm totally shocked how well this product worked. I didn't suction too hard based on the other reviews, but there's still a small a circle the next day where I used it. For the price, I'll probably buy end up buying a couple to have on hand. Highly recommend! β€”Sarah King

    Get one from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in value packs of two, three, or six).

    20. A microfiber hair towel that soaks up more water faster than regular terrycloth, so your hair always dries more quickly than normal, whether you blow-dry or air-dry.

    instagram.com, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Plus it's lightweight, which minimizes breakage. I have one of these (that's me on the right) and I use it two ways: to blot excess water out of my curly hair after scrunching gel into it (my hair still takes some time to air-dry, but this absorbs enough to prevent that awkward dripping down the back of my clothes. I don't wrap it up on the top of my head when I use it this way), and to get my hair significantly drier before reaching for my John Frieda Hot Air Brush to pull off low-key blowouts.

    Promising review: "I have really thick hair and it takes so long to blow dry that most days I usually end up throwing it up into a bun. This hair towel is so great β€” it absorbs so much water and really does cut down on drying time. For best results I recommend keeping your hair in it for awhile for it it really soak up as much water as possible. However, I have found that even if I don't have much time it still dries pretty well. If you have thick hair like me, you'll still have to spend some time blow drying, but I really have noticed a fairly significant difference and honestly every bit helps!" β€”julieb

    Get them on Amazon for $20.99+ (available in eight colors). It also comes in in a "turban" version, which uses elastic and a button to make it even more secure β€” that's also $20.99+ (six colors) β€” or a long-hair version, which is best if your hair is past your mid-back, for $24.99 (one color).

    21. A fabric shaver β€” you shouldn't throw out a sweater, 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 look brand new.

    amazon.com

    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 one on Amazon for $14.99.

    22. A foam kitchen sponge that seriously lasts for months (and months, and months) on end without getting stinky, no matter how many dishes you wash.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    I used one of these from July 2018 and it didn't get smelly until March 2019 β€” a full NINE MONTHS β€” and I think it was only because I started to slack on my sponge hygiene. (Granted, I live alone, have a dishwasher, and tend to tackle my messiest dishes with these plastic scrapers before I scrub them with my soapy sponge. But I've NEVER seen a regular sponge last that long.)

    This is my basic sponge hygine: 1) always rinse it out completely so there isn't any food left sitting on it and 2) when you're done washing your dishes, squeeze it out well and leave it somewhere it will actually dry.

    Promising review: "I have been buying these sponges for a few years now and you can't go wrong! They are a bit on the expensive side but they last forever!! No foul smell after a few weeks!!! They hold the dish soap suds, and the scrubber side does not fall apart after a few uses. I do dishes every day and one of these sponges will last me at least eight months, sometimes longer. There is not a better sponge for me, and I will not buy any other sponge." β€”Wendy

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $14.90.

    These were also one of the BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best kitchen sponges, where you can read our full review.

    23. An umbrella to end your search for the best umbrella forever: it's teflon-coated, fortified against rogue wind gusts so it almost never turns inside-out, automatically opens and closes at the touch of a button, weighs less than a pound, and has a lifetime. replacement. guarantee. (No questions asked, no returns necessary.)

    youtube.com

    Light enough to carry in your bag, tough enough to stand up to the worst wind and rain, and convenient enough to open and close one-handed? Sign me up.

    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 someone 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%. 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 one on Amazon for $22.95.

    This is yet another BuzzFeed Reviews pick for the best umbrellas!

    24. A set of cleaning brushes that attach to your drill β€” they're ready to bust through any tough grime around your home, from the caked-on grease on your stovetop to the layers of mineral buildup in your tub.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51 and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, so hand scrubbing it was for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." β€”Terry

    Get the set of three drill brushes on Amazon for $14.95 (available in five colors, each a different degree of stiffness/toughness).

    25. Some high-fidelity, nearly-invisible earplugs designed to cut down on the decibels during all your favorite concerts (or exercise classes) so your hearing stays protected without completely muffling the music's clarity and sound quality.

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    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, and they're reusable and hand-washable.

    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." β€”Fudge13

    Get them on Amazon for $23.98.

    26. Did You Feed The Dog, a switch pad to make sure your pups (or kitties, or fish) can't ever trick multiple humans into feeding them two breakfasts and three dinners.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" β€”Toni Deegan

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A set of two toothpaste squeezers β€” you paid for every last ounce of product in that tube, and these will help ya actually use it all.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Plus it'll put a stop to anyone in your household who insists on squeezing the tube from the middle...

    Promising reviews: "These work great. They keep even a full tube upright so the bathroom counter looks tidier. The key twists the empty section of the tube easily so every bit of the toothpaste is used with no fuss. Have one for my husband and I and for each of the two kids." β€”Chelley Patterson

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $8.28.

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

    amazon.com

    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." β€”KathleenH

    Get a pack of two cans on Amazon for $9.69.

    29. And the specialty Bar Keeper's Friend cooktop cleanser because it easily eliminates the built-up residue on shower doors *and* the burnt-on grime on glass cooktops.

    amazon.com

    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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $8.90.

    30. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet (or one with dogs, or one with a unicorn) so you β€” and everyone you live with β€” never puts well-rinsed but still-dirty dishes back in the cabinets again.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You simply flip them upside down after unloading clean dishes, or setting it to wash.

    Promising review (for the stop-sign version): "This thing does its job. Very sturdy too for its price. I added color to it to make it easier to see from far away. Buy this!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get the black and white stop-sign one for $4.72, the dogs one for $7.99 (available in three breeds), and the rainbow unicorn/pop emoji one for $8.49, all on Amazon.

    31. A dishes squeegee β€” you'll clean excess food off of plates in half the time it takes to rinse them, *plus* save water in the process.

    amazon.com

    Plus it can help your sponge last even longer: it won't get all the little bacteria-causing food particles embedded in it, because you're not using it to wipe the plates down. I have one and use it for sauces, soups, and grease, although because it's a squeegee it doesn't work for stuck-on things (instead, try a plastic scraper). I use it to scrape plates off into the trash, so very little gunk goes down my drain, although if you have a garbage disposal it's perfect for that use, too!

    Promising reviews: "It’s one of those things you feel silly buying and then use every single time you wash dishes. I love how it gets all the sauces and grease from plates." β€”Danielle Hernandez

    "Ordered this because I saw it on BuzzFeed. I try to be conscious about what I rinse down my sink (no oils/butter, etc.) so I usually use paper towels to wipe dishes before washing. Enter: the DISH SQUEEGEE. Now, I can just squeegee off any oil, sauce, butter, etc. right into the trash, and it only takes a few seconds. It's also great for cleaning water off my countertops after I finish dishes (I just push it into the sink), which saves me from using more paper towels. It's small enough to not look ugly sitting around, and it's a great and easy eco-conscious option." β€”Clara

    Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

    32. A set of bedsheet fasteners because TBH there's no need to put up with a fitted sheet that always slips off the mattress in the middle of the night.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We switched to those awesome deep pocketed sheets from Target which helped but even those to slide up each night. Bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! These are on that list of things you never knew how you lived without them before.

    A tip for putting them on: lay the fitted sheet on top of the bed with the corners inside out (flipped up, off the mattress). Then attach these bands to each of the corners and tighten the bands. Once they are all clamped on and tightened, THEN flip the corners on to the mattress. We have a pillow top 10" thick king mattress and this is the best method to get these on. Hope that helps!" β€”LindseyB

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $8.99.

    33. A blinds duster that makes this chore extra efficient β€” it clamps down on two blinds at once, ridding each of dust on top and bottom as you go.

    amazon.com

    It comes with five (washable!) microfiber sleeves, so you can dust every blind in the house and still a clean one left over for touch-ups.

    Promising review: "I got more excited about this find than is probably normal! This product is AMAZING! Everyone should own one. I've been using a Swiffer duster to clean my blinds. I have to clean one side, then the other, and there is STILL always dust left behind. This product is a game changer. You can clean both sides of two blinds at once and grip them firmly to get ALL the dust off. Plus, it comes with five covers, so no matter how dirty your blinds are you should still be able to finish the whole house! I also love that you can wash the covers, so there is no money wasted on refills." β€”Sarah

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    34. A cute little brown sugar bear who just wants to keep your brown sugar perfectly moist, so you never find yourself hacking at an impenetrable rock, hoping to bake cookies.

    amazon.com

    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 it 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: "Just read the instructions and follow them. 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 came across this bear and I thought it wasn't real. 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!" β€”S.G.

    Get one on Amazon for $6.25.

    35. A pack of oil blotting sheets that are basically essentials for all of us oily-skinned people who don't want to wash our faces four times a day.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I finally bought these after putting them in what feels like hundreds of posts, and y'all they really do work as well as people say they do, and are a great price for the number of sheets you get!

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try β€” completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all." β€”Kelsey

    Get a pack of 100 sheets on Amazon for $6.95.

    36. A pair of heel inserts to finally give your feet the arch support they so deeply crave, and potentially even relieve your plantar fasciitis.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have spent BIG $$ on many products, special socks, gel insoles, a night splint, tapes, and on top of oral steroids to relieve my foot pain. I have even used certain New Balance shoes to try and help with the pain. But these cheap little insoles have worked WONDERS and my pain is instantly relieved and it helps all day long. I really recommend these to anyone suffering from PF. I also recommend, before getting out of bed, making time to stretch your calves And to have your socks and shoes with these in them ready to put on before you step out of bed. It will make your day so much better!" β€”Jen

    Get them on Amazon for $8.55.

    And if your'e looking for more solutions, check out other products people love for plantar fasciitis relief.

    37. A headlight restoration kit that uses the power of your drill to polish up your car's peepers to a sparkling shine that can rival the day it first drove off the lot.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The kit includes two sanding pads, a hand sanding pad, a cleaner and polish, a polishing wheel that attaches to your drill, and a protective headlight coating.

    Promising review: "The sanding is little bit of work but not too bad. We first taped off the painted areas around each light with some painters tape. A spray bottle of water kept everything wet as I sanded. After sanding, we wiped them dry with a microfiber cloth and then broke out the corded drill. At this point, the headlights look hazy and frosted. After the polishing step, you can really see the magic happening. Lenses are really clear and I am happy. After cleaning up the rest of the compound, the final step is applying the protectant liquid. Be careful with this stuff because it runs easily and feels like glue on your hands within a minute. The liquid hardens into a clear film and completely sets up in 15 minutes and then you can pull off the tape, scrub down the front of the car, and admire your work. Really looks like new again!" β€”Kurt R Watson

    Get it on Amazon for $20.

    38. Some dog nail clippers that almost anyone can use successfully without causing your pup undue distress, because they're sharp enough to actually cut through nails *and* have an adjustable safety stop help avoid cutting them too short.

    Amazon

    They're best for small to medium sized dogs, and some reviewers also use them for their cats!

    Promising review: "I had never trimmed my dogs’ nails before β€” I was always paranoid about hitting the quick, so I let the vet techs do it. I got these clippers for my 65-pound Labrador, and they are SO easy to use if you put the guard in place. Using the guard is a good guide for how much (or rather how little) to trim, but also it prevents any accidents if the dog flinches as you trim." β€”Baker

    Get a pair on Amazon for $8.69.

    39. An oven thermometer because if everything you bake always comes out over- or under-done, it's probably your oven's fault, not yours β€” this shows you the actual temp, not the temp your oven *thinks* it is.

    Amazon

    You also might have "hot spots" in your oven that bake one or two cookies faster than all the other cookies on the sheet, and this can help you locate those β€” then check your owner's manual for info on how to recalibrate everything so your cakes and pies come out the way the recipes say they will. And it's simple to use: you can either set it directly on the rack with its stand, or hang it wherever you think is best.

    Promising review: "Helped me diagnose/confirm that our 14-year-old oven was dying/developing a major issue. Helped us realize that our conventional oven could only reach 300 degree's tops. Also helped us realize our small toaster oven was about 20 degrees cooler than what it's settings indicated, due to our high elevation in Utah. This helps us know to adjust temperature to compensate for the elevation difference for recipes." β€”CDay

    Get it on Amazon for $7.

    40. An all-in-one wood cleanser and polish to transport any water- or heat- or pet-damaged furniture back to its former glory with just a coat or two.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. 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." β€”Kris

    It works both on finished and natural woods, including wood floors. Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    You, starting 2020 off right by solving a few small problems right away:

    NBC

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

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

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form