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38 Problem-Solving Products That'll Actually Make 2019 A Little Easier

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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.

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Get it from Kanudles on Etsy for $8.99 in either purple or blue.

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

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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 and can't wait to purchase additional colors!!!" β€”A. Spencer

Get a pair on Amazon for $16.95+ (available in 8 colors, some available in both lace and solid).

3. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers that can suck the stench and moisture out of your sweaty shoes after a long day on your feet.

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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.

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.

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Promising review: "My poor 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 once and for all.

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

Get a jar on Amazon for $10.95.

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.

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Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $7+

7. A pack of fizzing cleaning tablets you drop 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.

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

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

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

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.

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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 2 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 $12.34

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.

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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 $34.99.

10. A pack of 50 slimline hangers that will 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.

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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 (three colors).

11. A coloring book you can pull out to relax and feel like you made something ~nice~ despite an especially stressful day.

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It's packed with 32 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 namely 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 and was so excited that she went around to everyone else at her party to show them various pages. 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. This product was exactly what I wanted!" β€”Michelle Johnson

Get it on Amazon for $9.47.

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.

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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. Or if the fleece seems like it would be too warm for you, you can get them in lycra with a mesh lining for $17.97+.

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.

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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 $5.01.

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

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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 $8.99.

15. One of these books, 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.

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Both books offered techniques that were helpful for me β€” and you definitely don't have to take every word seriously (especially in Kondo's book), just the stuff that you find useful.

Promising review for The Life-Changing Magic: "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.

Promising review for Unf*ck Your Habitat: "I love this book! It is nonjudgemental and actually applicable to a normal human. This is a book I can follow, use, and come back to. The author doesn't shame you into cleaning and takes different lifestyles, mental health and mobility restrictions into account. Can't recommend enough if you're looking to change your cleanliness habits in a way that is gentle and doesn't make you feel like a pile of garbage yourself." β€”R-Dinner

Get it on Amazon for $15.99 or find a copy at your local library.

16. 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.

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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.

Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." β€”Artest Outset

Get it on Amazon for $17.95.

17. 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.

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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€”Island Gal

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

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

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Plus it's lightweight, which minimizes breakage β€” I have one of these (that's me on the right) and use it/love it in combination with my John Frieda Hot Air Brush to pull off low-key blowouts. And just generally get my hair, like, 85-90% dry.

Promising reviews: "I have thick, naturally curly hair. Generally, my hair takes forever to dry. This towel helps my hair to dry about twice as fast. Getting out of the shower, I wrap my hair in this towel while I get dressed and I no longer have to worry about my hair completely drenching my shirt as soon as I take it out of the towel. It really dries it to a manageable level of dryness in just a minute or two. " β€”YogaDogs

"I received my first towel from my mom about 20 years ago, and I am now on my third one. That tells me that each of them last about 10 years which is pretty impressive. And I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I wrap my hair in it after I get out of the shower until I'm ready to blow dry. The towel keeps my hair just the right amount of damp, without drying completely and looking wacky, even if I leave the towel on for thirty minutes. It is very lightweight and never falls off while I'm getting ready or making breakfast or whatever." β€”Jason Patrick Duane

Get them on Amazon for $20.99+ (3 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+ (5 colors) β€” or a long-hair version, which is bigger to fit more hair, for $24.99 (2 colors).

19. 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.

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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 $16.99.

20. 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.

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I have one of these that I've been using now since July and it looks and smells as good as it did on day one β€” and I'm writing this in December, a full SIX MONTHS later. (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 this long.)

I also stick to basic sponge hygiene: 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 8 months, sometimes longer. There is not a better sponge for me, and I will not buy any other sponge." β€”Wendy

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

Get a pack of three on Amazon for $18.99.

21. 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.

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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 my associate borrowing it and leaving it open, letting the winds take it tumbling about a half-mile before hitting a fence, bouncing off of metal and muddy objects along the way, it wouldn't have needed replacing. All of that and only one arm broke which left the umbrella still useable. Just not 100%.

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

Get one on Amazon for $22.95.

22. 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.

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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 (5 colors).

23. 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.

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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.

24. 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.

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

Promising reviews: "A little hard to get some tubes started but once you do it does a good job! Love that it has the built in stand! Using one on a tube of lotion, no longer have to tap the lotion to the opening!" β€”MaureenM

"Just got them and set them up. Seem great so far. The gripping finish on the bottom is good for keeping them in place." β€”KKC

Get a set of two on Amazon for $7.29.

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

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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 one can on Amazon for $6 or two cans for $9.89.

26. And a soft cleanser that eliminates the built-up residue on shower doors *and* the burnt-on grime on glass cooktops.

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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: $7.25 for one bottle or $10.99 for two.

27. 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.

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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 $3.29, the dogs one for $7.99 (5 breeds), and the rainbow unicorn/pop emoji one for $10.99, all on Amazon.

28. 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.

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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.

Promising reviews: "Very happy with this product! Works great for scrapping food off of dishes and has already saved a bunch of water due to less rinsing." β€”Adam

"Love this! Works great on scraping everything from cleaning oatmeal from a pot to caked on casserole dishes." β€”Chris

Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

29. Some cockroach bait and poison to lure the disgusting critters to their certain doom and help banish even the worst infestations.

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

Get a pack of four syringes on Amazon for $26.92.

30. 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.

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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 a few years ago which helped but he even manages to get 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€”birdchic1

Get a pack of four on Amazon for $8.99.

31. A blinds duster so efficient you'll no longer procrastinate on this simple chore. It clamps down on two blinds at once, ridding each of dust on top and bottom as you go.

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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.

32. 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.

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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: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft even in a tight container. I purchased new five-quart jars for my flour, sugar and so forth and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again which was amazing to me! I have about two pounds of sugar in the five-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years." β€”diosa

Get one on Amazon for $5.80.

33. 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.

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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 $6.60.

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

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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 have your socks and shoes with these in them and put on before you step out of bed...it will make your day so much better!" β€”Jen

Get them on Amazon for $6.37 (as an add-on).

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

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Promising review: "My 12-yr old daughter and I took on this project a fine afternoon to bring the headlights on our Honda Odyssey back to their former glory. The kit comes with two sanding pads and a hand sanding pad, a polishing wheel designed to attach to your drill, a small bottle of PlastX polishing compound, and a small bottle of protectant fluid. 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 the sanding was done, 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 $19.57.

36. Some pet nail clippers almost anyone can use successfully without causing your dog or cat undue distress, because they're sharp enough to actually cut through nails *and* have a safety stop help you cut the right length.

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Promising review: "I purchased this for my two mid-sized domestic cats (9 lbs and 12 lbs). Excellent clippers! It's sharp and cuts clean. Has safety feature (backstop) that limits how much you can trim in one session which I consider a "must have". There is so much going on during the clipping session, I have to hold the cat and squeeze it's paw while my wife does the clipping that it's extremely helpful that one doesn't have to worry about cutting too much in one pass.The spring loading on the clippers is just right. The quality of construction is high. Positive attribute: this clipper does NOT "crush" the cats claw, it cuts it cleanly.

I can think of NO cons for these clippers. They are engineered perfectly for the task with high quality of manufacture." β€”YeahSoMaybe?

Get a pair on Amazon for $5.40+ (two sizes).

37. 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.

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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.

Promising review: "We bought this because I grew suspicious about the temp on our oven. We moved recently, and the oven was in situ, and really new and expensive-looking so we didn't want to replace it. But it just wouldn't cook stuff β€” a key task for an oven β€” at least not in the time we thought it would. And I'm obsessive about timing the different parts of a meal to come out at the same time.

So we bought this, threw it in and pre-heated. 20 degrees off! Who lived in this house before??? Downloaded the PDF manual for the oven, fiddled with the settings and ran the pre-heat test again. The thermometer and oven were in sync and my life joined them again. Now things are cooked on time and meals are no longer ruined. All thanks to this wonderful, functional little thing." β€”Scribbler

Get it on Amazon for $7.

38. 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.

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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 $6.48.

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