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    28 Problem-Solving Products For Fall You'll Probably Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    Because some (little) problems, like where to dry sweaters and how to revive last years' faded boots, have quick and simple solutions.

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    1. A faux-leather jacket because it's the perfect extra layer to first extend your favorite summer dresses and blouses into fall, and then extend your warmer sweaters into winter and put off wearing that puffy coat just a little longer.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    I wore this vegan leather jacket almost every single day last fall (and spring) and have already pulled it out again because it goes with like, 90% of my closet and keeps me warm in fall's in-between temps (oh and gives my summer dresses a delicious ~autumn~ vibe). It turns out everybody more fashionable than me wasn't kidding when they called a leather jacket a "staple piece"! This version is super soft to the touch, and at least to me genuinely looks like leather both up close and from afar. I got it last August, have worn it a ton, and it still looks brand new!

    Promising review: "Very supple vegan leather. Looks way more expensive than it is. Do not delay in ordering this jacket! I got the black version a few months ago and finally the white version came back in stock. This jacket is great in every way. Even the hardware looks and feels expensive. The only other thing I could say advice-wise is that , if you are a tall woman, this jacket may be too cropped for you. Otherwise, it's fantastic in every way. " —nosara9

    Get it from Walmart for $49.95 (available in sizes XS–XXXL and in four colors).

    2. A pack of five pairs of liner socks so you can keep wearing all your favorite flats, pumps, loafers, and sneakers up until the moment it gets really chilly, and you have to call in your boots. Plus they have a no-slip piece of silicone in the back so they actually stay on your heel., Amazon

    Note that (despite the review below) YMMV depending on your feet and the shoes you plan to pair them with!

    Promising review: "These fit well and the backs have comfortable sticky tabs that keep the socks up to perfectly cover the part of my heel that is susceptible to blisters. I can wear these with several different styles of heels or flats and you can't see I'm wearing them at all." —SparkleFyre

    Get five pairs on Amazon for $11.99 (includes two each of the black and nude pairs, and one grey pair; also available in smaller packs and with different color combos).

    3. And five pairs of super comfortable ankle socks because they're perfect for wearing with boots and booties once the thermometer hits 55 degrees.

    Natalie Brown

    I've owned these for about two years or so now, wear 'em all the time, and they're still in excellent condition! While they're not pure wool like the listing claims they are — they're probably a cotton/poly blend with a max of like, idk, 10% wool? — I'm totally okay with that because they're still warm enough, and their selection of a range of pretty colors just plain brings me joy whether I'm opening my drawer or putting them on my feet. They fit well, never slip, and machine wash and dry with no problems!

    Promising review: "Just the right amount of warmth, stretch, and ankle-height — plus they're pretty! Had no idea when I bought them, but, if it's not too ridiculous to say, I've fallen in love with these socks. I REALLY like that they stay in shape and hold your foot without crushing the life out of it. Fit was perfect too. also never thought I'd be so enthusiastic about a sock, lol!" —dogpsych69

    Get all five pairs from Amazon for $10.79.

    Or read my full womens Loritta Amazon sock review for more (#5)!

    4. A leather conditioning cream so when you do pull your boots (or leather jacket, or favorite fall bag) out, you can give them a protective coat that also restores their original beautiful tone and softness.

    Leather cowboy boots before, looking faded, and after, with their original rich leather tone restored

    It cleans, polishes, and protects your leather in one step, and it won't darken leather (so you can safely use it on your light and colorful leathers).

    Promising review: "I had an old Wilson's smooth leather jacket that I bought in the 90's. I was one cool kid back then! Now my son wanted to use it so I pulled it out of my closet only to see that it was dirty, dry, and had a whiteish sheen on it. I ordered the leather conditioner and my son went to town. When he was done I almost didn't want to let him have the jacket it looked so good! Unfortunately, my son used my, 'I can't trust you if you don't follow through' lecture on me and I was forced to let him have the now clean and new looking jacket just to stay consistent. " —Zeb Fisk

    Get it on Amazon for $9.79.

    5. Or if your boots (or jackets or bags) are suede or nubuck, a multi-functional cleaning brush that even diminishes water stains, no spray or other cleaner required.

    You can totally use it with another cleaner or spray if you want, but it seems like reviewers have success without!

    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A bulk pack of instant spiced apple cider mix because while drinking fresh-pressed cider is always the tastiest, sometimes you just want something quick and easy that won't go bad if you don't finish the entire jug in a week.

    Two mugs of the golden-brown cider

    Promising reviews: "So delicious! This is a fall/winter tradition around our place. I keep a ridiculously large stock of this on hand in cooler weather months." —Solumadur

    "Makes for a great drink around a campfire without having to find fresh cider all the time." —HusbandDad&Geek

    Get it on Amazon for $23.76 (12 boxes of 10 packets each; just add hot water).

    7. A sturdy, eight-piece, stainless steel pumpkin carving kit so you can keep your tools from year to year, instead of always throwing out those cheap ones because they end up bent out of shape by the end. Reviewers also say there are enough tools here for a couple of people to share, too, so no one has to wait too long for their turn.


    The kit includes: four different saws/knives, a scooper with serrated edges (to make removing all the inner pulp a little easier), a poker (for sketching out your design before you start carving with a knife, and two scraper things (made for sculpting pumpkins like this one).

    Promising review: "Love the pumpkin carving kit! In years past I've always bought the cheap kits and then thrown them away. This kit is such a good deal and very good quality. I will have it for a long time. Sturdy handles, no bending metal tips. One kit was enough for four people to carve at one time and share the tools. Lots of options for tools." —Justine McNeice

    Get it on Amazon for $24.98. (If you prefer one with stencils or need one that's a little more young kid–friendly, this $6.99 kit also gets good reviews, and a few reviewers say they think it'll last them for several years.)

    8. How to Not Kill Your Houseplant, a book that will help you decode what exactly's going wrong with your new indoor houseplants thanks to the seasonal change (or the fact that you've now brought them inside).

    The books cover

    (But of course that will depend on the plants and how often you spritz and/or water them!)

    Promising review: "I AM GOING TO SAVE SO MANY PLANTS!!! I was truly a horrible plant parent for the last 30 years, but this book has changed that! I am definitely on the road to recovery, I feel like everyday my plants live I am less and less like the plant murderer I was. Book is stupid simple to understand, colorful, and SUPER DUPER informative. Heck you can even find your plant without knowing its name!" —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    9. A grill cleaning stone because summer cookout season has taken its toll and this will take less elbow grease to make those grates shine than pretty much any other method.

    A hand using the stone to scrub a dirty grill grate; the grate has no charred black gunk left where the stone has scrubbed

    It may still take SOME elbow grease, but will still be easier than other options!

    Promising review: "Completely restored my three year old grill grates. Used to clean them with a box of Brillo pads and a headache but this product did the job so efficiently. Will definitely be keeping on hand for as needed cleaning. Would recommend cleaning in a deep sink so you can rinse stone residue off as you go, cannot use this at the grill without rinsing as the stone gets smaller as you go. Worth the price!" —hbinoc

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

    10. A pack of two pair opaque, run-resistant tights because they'll let you keep wearing all your favorite dresses even as the temps drop and actually hold up to lots (and lots) of regular wear.


    Promising review: "I like to wear tights to work and I’ve literally had these for so long! I wear them a few times a week and they wash well. I have had them snag and get little pulls (where the fabric pulls out and leaves a little loop) but it’s honestly so much harder to get runs in these than regular tights. The other day I hit my leg on a loose nail on a post outside work. It caused a little snag in the fabric which seemed to disappear when I washed them. With that being said they will still get runs so expect to have to replace them occasionally. About a year ago I bought four pairs and I have two left. One pair has a little fabric pull from one of my cats snagging it, but it’s not turned into a run yet so I pretend it’s not there. The other pair is perfect still." —R. McCartney

    Get two pair on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL — don't forget to consult the size chart in the photos — and in three colors).

    11. A fabric shaver — it'll eliminate all the pills leftover on your sweaters from last year so they look brand new. Then that will be so satisfying you'll turn to your couch, sweatpants, and/or any other pilled fabric you can find to de-fuzz.

    Before: a reviewer's navy sweater covered in grey-ish pills and fuzz; After: the same sweater, now looking brand new with no pills or fuzz in sight

    It has three different depth settings to choose from so you get a close shave without risk of damaging even your intentionally fuzzier sweaters.

    Promising review: "This thing is excellent. I just 'repaired' two cashmere sweaters and one modal-blend jersey top to like new condition. The waste compartment fills up quickly and will start clogging the blades if not emptied frequently. I will share one trick I found for emptying the area around the blades. Remove the waste compartment and hold the unit vertically over a garbage can while turning the defuzzer on. Blades will spin and the rest of the pills will fall out. Enjoy." —Fine Print Reader

    Get it on Amazon for $11.79 (available in six colors).

    12. A bottle of wool and cashmere shampoo because its formula includes lanolin, which will keep the yarns in your favorite wool sweaters softer than dry cleaning will. Also unlike dry cleaning, this will completely remove odors, and reviewers say it helps with those pesky deodorant stains, too.

    The bottle of The Laundress shampoo

    You can use it either in the washer or to handwash your more delicate items. It's also cedar-scented.

    Promising review: "This wool detergent is amazing! I’ve used it to wash at least 20 cashmere or merino wool sweaters so far, and they came out cleaner and softer than when I dry cleaned them. I turn the sweaters inside out and wash using the “wool/silk” setting on my front-loading machine using cold water. Lay the sweaters flat on a drying rack or towel to dry. I noticed over the years that my dry-cleaned sweaters were getting discolored around the armpits since the dry cleaner wasn’t actually cleaning the deodorant residue/sweat from this area. I was able to fix that in several cases by using a stain treatment before washing with this detergent. There is a slight fragrance, which usually bothers me, but isn’t too bad in this case. (I would prefer a fragrance-free product though.)" —The Purista

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    13. And a three-tier, space-saving, doorframe-/shower rod-hanging drying rack so you can actually lay your sweaters flat to dry the way the tags ask you to, even if your bathroom/closet/laundry room's kinda on the tiny side.,

    It twists up like a car window shade for storage, so it doesn't have to take up a ton of space when you're not using it! And it's big enough to fit sweaters up to size XXL, according to one reviewer, although they do note that the sweaters hang over the edge by about an inch. Also, be careful when you open the package; some reviewers say it tends to spring open suddenly.

    Promising review: "I used this on my shower curtain rod and was pleased with the flexibility to rotate the flat drying racks to adjust articles and shape the drying space. I believe I can fit two in my tiny condo bathroom and will likely purchase another. I use for washing cashmere articles which are much softer when hand-washed, and other delicates. Like other reviewers, I urge, when unpacking, to watch out! It does spring forth...! However when folded it collapses to near nothing — really useful for small spaces." —Lagringa

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A low-profile portable bag holder to keep the leaf bag open for you while you scoop 'em in after raking — it'll save you time whether you do it by yourself (no somehow finagling them into the bag) or whether you usually do it with a buddy (you can both be raking, instead of one person holding the bag).

    A reviewer's bag in the wire stand

    It folds flat for super simple storage, and reviewers also pull it out to use as an extra trash can year 'round for parties and picnics.

    Promising review: "Every year I dread, not the raking of the leaves, but getting them into the bag. I've tried metal and plastic trash bin containers and the bags always slip in and it seems this part of raking is what takes the most time and is most frustrating. Used this today and it took me probably 75% less time than when I used other typical containers — the bag holds on tight, no slipping —and you can push leaves down into the bag without the bag slipping off the stand! I used the 39-gallon Hefty bags and they worked perfect with this stand!" —jmt64

    Get it from Amazon for $22.66.

    15. And a pair of leaf scoops to give you bigger than bear–paws so you can move those leaves from your neat pile (post-jump, of course!) into said bag more efficiently than you could with your bare/even gloved hands.


    Promising review: "Our neighbor came over to our home as he saw my husband raking leaves to showed off his Christmas present (he's a gadget guy) and see if my husband wanted to try them out. My husband used them and actually cut his time in half outside picking the leaves up. Without them, it's a task since we have two oak trees in our front yard. He liked them so much that immediately had to get him a set." —Valerie Suarez

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. Or the Bag Butler, which holds bags open on their sides so you can literally rake the leaves into the bags, turn them right side–up for a final scrunch, and tie the bag in one swoop.

    A reviewer's setup: the wide tri-fold presentation board-like product, made from plastic, inserted halfway into a plastic garbage bag, keeping it open wide. They've raked in a bunch of leaves from their pile, and the taco funnels them into the bag

    Promising review: "I hate raking leaves and I've tried other leaf solutions like the huge plastic taco thing. This one plain works and makes swift work of leaves, even raking alone. I use 39-gallon bags. Make sure to insert the Butler into the bag so the handle cutouts are toward the bag opening. That way you can lift the bag and hold onto the Bag Butler to shake the leaves down once or twice if desired (so you fit more leaves per bag). I find that I can rake to the end of the Bag Butler and shake down twice before raking to the top again and tying the bag." —CenTex

    Get one from Amazon for $34.95.

    17. A super moisturizing unscented hand cream so for once you're prepared to actually stop your hands from cracking thanks to the extra dry air you have to deal with the very moment you turn on your home's heat.

    A model holding the bottle of Jack Black Hand Healer cream

    Promising review: "It was only October and the skin on the tips of my fingers was so cracked and raw, in spots it was actually bleeding. So this arrived yesterday, and I have to tell you, this stuff is no joke: my hands feel, oh, I don't know, 80% less dry (e.g., *significantly better*) and my cracked and bleeding skin seems to be healing right up. It's not greasy, and the scent is a sort of very light, fast-vanishing herbal smell — totally unisex. It ain't cheap, but it works, and you don't have to use much to see results." —Ondine

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    18. Some adhesive foam weatherstripping because even if you have zero handy experience, it's easy enough to add to the frames of any doors that you realize have been letting in some of that chilly, blustery autumn day.

    Plus it could help improve your electric bills from here on out, because there's less energy lost!

    Promising review: "I just noticed a cold draft coming in from the door between my porch and kitchen. Ordered the 1/2 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick, 50 ft (perfect fit). Super easy, works and looks great! The door is a little more snug to close and needs an extra push, but that's the way it's supposed to be. I have extra weatherstripping for future door projects if needed." —KG in CT

    Get 13 feet of it from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in 14 sizes).

    19. And if your home is prone to drafts, a kit designed to seal off windows, too, especially later in the season as you anticipate winter even more.


    Promising review: "I recently moved into a 200 year-old house, and we haven’t had the time to coordinate replacing the old drafty windows. Our living room was constantly freezing cold despite having two heat vents in that small area. I was very hesitant about the look of plastic wrapping our windows, afraid it would make our beautiful window recesses look cheap. I was very pleasantly surprised by how this insulation installed. There was a small struggle with the double sided tape, but once that was in place, everything else was smooth sailing. And the living room was warmer almost instantly. Huge improvement!" —Aurelia

    Get a three window–kit on Amazon for $8.18 (also available: a kit for patio doors/large windows).

    20. A Neti Pot so you can rinse all the junk out of your congested sinuses and help kick your seasonal fall allergies to the curb. Yes, fall allergies are definitely A Thing, even though you mostly hear about them in the spring and summer!


    Just make sure to only use distilled or previously-boiled (then cooled) water. And don't worry: it won't burn at all, the way it does when you get like, pool water in your nose, because you'll mix it with a packet of saline. If you're concerned about it (or if you have chronic sinus infections), you can discuss it with your doctor, of course!

    Promising review: "I was having one sinus infection after the other, sometimes leading to bronchitis. The underlying cause was my allergies, especially in the fall. I took antibiotics, (and used an Rx antihistamine), but the infection returned as soon as i was off the antibiotics. Ten years ago, my daughter introduced me to sinucleansing. It felt like really dirty hands might feel after a good wash! The sinus infections/bronchitis stopped. I've been using it ever since." —S. Smith

    Get a starter kit on Amazon for $9.92.

    Want to learn more? Here's everything you need to know about Neti Pots.

    21. And a natural multipurpose cleaner and stain remover to help you keep the dust under control, because those allergy culprits certainly never *help* when your seasonal issues come into play.

    Model holding a bottle of the cleaner

    EcoDaisy's a black- and woman-owned business founded (and invented!) by a mom *and* PhD in water resources engineering who wanted cleaning products that didn't harm fish or other aquatic life when they went down the drain!

    Promising review: "This multi-purpose cleaner literally cleans everything. There is only a clean deodorized surface with a great smell lingering after each use. It works on virtually every surface; I even spot clean the carpet with it. I would recommend these products to all. The harshness of other cleaners’ chemicals can agitate my autoimmune illness at times. This product is as mild as water. This is a great purchase and it goes a long way." —Nivea Jackson

    Get two bottles from EcoDaisy for $21.99.

    22. A bug bite suction tool because those pesky mosquitos just won't quit until you get at least one good freeze, and this lets you gently extract at least some of the venom that makes those bites itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.

    Bek's bug bite before, looking a little swollen, then her holding the bug bite thing (a plastic tube with wings on either side), then the same bite after, still pink but no longer swollen
    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: "Bought this on a whim as I get constantly bit by mosquitoes in the late summer/early fall months. We keep the AC on and the windows closed in my apartment but they somehow still find a way in. Used this twice last night after I noticed a bite swelling up near my armpit and it relieved the itch instantly." —"chex314"

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    23. A pair of butterfly wings for when Halloween is two days away and you have zero idea what you want to wear as a costume. These will be warm and comfy (you can wear whatever all-black clothes you already have), *and* arrive at your doorstep by the big day thanks to Amazon Prime.

    Two reviewers posed

    Hey, some of us love Halloween enough that we want to dress up for the day even if we can't do all the same activities as usual! Note that it's only printed on the back side, but that hasn't bothered most of the reviewers because it can drape over your shoulder. The collar (which is a printed fabric) attaches via Velcro so it's easy to put on and take off, and there are finger loops on the end of each wing (which some reviewers report break, and others report repairing with a safety pin).

    Promising review: "Got so many compliments on this costume! One employee at a store I went to on Halloween said 'Are you dressed up for Halloween or so you just dress this cool everyday?' Great price and it’s gorgeous. Easily can be put together with a cute dress you already have" —KP

    Get one set of wings on Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 12 colors / designs), and an antennae headband for $5.95. If you want wings that are printed on both sides, you can get one option on Amazon (that also includes a bodysuit) for $39.95.

    For more last-minute Amazon costumes, check out: 31 Halloween Costumes Under $30 and 17 Inexpensive Outfits That Are Basically Easy Halloween Costumes.

    24. A set of thick, soft, 100% cotton flannel sheets — if you live somewhere where it ends up quite chilly at the end of October, and even colder in November, these velvety covers will add just the right amount of extra warmth night after night.

    The sheets in grey on a bed

    Promising review: "We live in New England and put flannel sheets on our bed every fall/winter. Our current sheets finally wore out, so we purchased these. Honestly, I wished we had purchased them sooner. These sheets are much warmer and softer than what we had been sleeping in. These are an excellent product and we are looking forward to many more comfortable nights of sleep." —Jared Bryant

    Get them from Amazon for $51.80+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king and four colors).

    25. A peeler, corer, and slicer device that will cut the prep time for your famous apple pies in half, because it takes only like, 30 seconds to take an apple from whole to fully prepped for the next steps in your secret recipe.

    I've used similar devices before and let me tell you, they're pretty amazing! This one suctions to your countertop so it won't move one bit as you turn the crank to push the apple through. Then it simply slides right off the core! Oh, and if you love the peels, the peeler part is totally optional — you can turn it on and off.

    Promising review: "It’s super easy. Used it to slice apples for an apple pie. It worked wonderfully. My kids have pulled it out to serve themselves apples for a snack. And I’ve also used it to peel potatoes and to make curly fries (I just remove the coring blade). It worked great for all of the above. I truly highly recommend this product." —Camila Irwin

    Get it on Amazon for $28.97.

    26. Or just a straight-up apple corer, if you have a veggie peeler already (or just don't care to peel your apples for whatever recipe you're making). The core comes out of the open area on the head of the gadget, so you can move on to the next apple in, like, seconds.


    It has a nonslip grip handle, and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Works very well! If you twist it gently when you make contact with the apple to break the skin it's pretty easy. If you just drive it in with pressure, however, it could lead to an accident. Just gently twist to sort of saw through the skin, then it's easy peezy." —S Graves

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A miniature portable space heater (it stands about 10 inches tall) because you're freezing cold the very *instant* temperatures drop below 70, and while you should also layer up with sweaters this will give you all the heat you need right where you need it.


    It heats up to a 300 square foot–area, has three quiet fan settings, a bunch of different heat settings, a carrying handle, and a cool touch–exterior and overheat protection (for safety reasons!)

    Promising review: "Perfect quiet little heater. Exactly as described. My husband uses daily and says this may be his favorite gift — ever. Lol. It's portable, gives off a good amount of heat, and it's nice and quiet. He uses in the bathroom after a shower, under desk while working from home, and anywhere else he needs warmth. He's been using daily for about 3 months and loves it." —Bookaddictlt

    Get it on Amazon for $20.

    28. A high quality 100% cotton flannel shirt with chambray-lined cuffs and collar, so you always have the perfect thing to wear whether you're apple picking, hiking through the autumn leaves, staging an autumnal Instagram photoshoot, or carving pumpkins.


    I mean obviously you can wear anything you want to all of those activities! I just find a nice flannel shirt so irresistibly, quintessentially ~fall~. As with all online ordering, be sure to check out the size chart before you order! It is machine washable, though you should stick to the directions and wash on gentle on cold, then hang or air dry.

    Promising review: "The quality of the shirt is excellent in every respect. I am so pleased! The fit is feminine due to the placement of darts in the front and back. There are numerous added touches to this shirt that elevate it to a level of quality that rivals Woolrich (editors note: $59 for a similar style) and other 'high end' brands. The shirt is beautifully tailored and features buttons imprinted with the brand name. Another distinctive touch is that the back shoulder panel is also embroidered with the Legendary brand name. The fabric is a high quality, beefy flannel that is cozy and maintains its softness when washed. The sangria plaid is a rich, beautiful blend that is very flattering." —Mia M

    Get one from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 1X–2X, and in four plaids).

    Your mood, after you fix a few problems you have then sit down for a hot cup of well-deserved apple cider:

    Cartoon Network

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