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    Apr 3, 2020

    22 Useful Things Our Readers Swear Are 100% Worth The Money

    Smart little life-improving finds.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the most useful products they own (plus saved up their recs from the comments on other posts) – here's what they actually swear by!

    1. Wine Away, which deserves a gold medal for all the wine and coffee spills it's cleaned up over the years. (It fades the stains, like, instantly.)

    Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed

    "It's LEGIT. A friend and I were house-sitting for my college professor, and we spilled an entire bottle of red wine on the carpet. Wine away took it out completely!! Life saver for sure. Thanks mom for the tip!" —laurens4faa6b76c, from the comments in this roundup of cheap products.

    Get a bottle from Home Depot for $6.67 or Sur La Table for $9.95.

    2. The ~Furminator~, which is exactly what it sounds like: a brush that gently extracts all the loose hair that your dog would have shed anyway, so you can keep it contained instead of letting it coat your furniture, clothes, and everything else.

    Teffy (Reviewer) / Chewy / Via chewy.com, Kongball (Reviewer) / Chewy / Via chewy.com

    "I got the Furminator de-shedding brush for short hair for my greyhound. He’s a nervous shedder and I could brush him for hours with a regular brush, scrub him down with de-shedding shampoo, and there would still be endless hair. You couldn’t pet him without your hand coming back covered in hair. I finally got the Furminator, and brushing him for 5-20 minutes throughout the week has made it so he practically never sheds anymore. I actually can’t believe that it worked, and now there is so much less fur around the house." —carinae4aca2b6af

    Get it from Chewy for $29.95+ (available in two sizes and for either short or long hair).

    3. A bottle of Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning because it'll instantly add a salty, garlicky, onion-y crunch of flavor to everything you anoint with it, from avocado to popcorn to roast veggies and SO much more.

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    "It's the bomb and very much worth purchasing." —emilyp48690a503, from the comments on this roundup of products you need in your life.

    Get it from your local Trader Joe's, or if you don't have one nearby, from eBay: a two-pack from a seller with 100% positive feedback and free shipping for $15.49, or from another seller for $6.99 per bottle.

    4. A set of sheets so soft anyone who touches them will pretty much instantly envy them — aka, ask you nicely where you got 'em so they can grab a set for their beds.

    Target

    "I LOVE everything about Target's bedding! I have a set of sheets from there that are so soft my roommates were jealous and bought some for themselves." —maddygracek, from this bedding roundup

    I don't know which sheets maddygracek had specifically, but the printed version of these have 4.6 stars and over two thousand people who rated them said they'd recommend them, so you know they've gotta be good. They're 100% cotton sateen — as in, silky and soft — wrinkle-resistant, bleach-friendly, fit mattresses up to 18" deep, *and* have a special corner design that helps them actually stay put on your mattress (no slipping off!).

    Get them from Target: in solid colors for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king and 17 colors) or in prints for $19.99+ (available in 19 designs; all Target orders over $35 qualify for free shipping).

    5. An eyeliner with wing stamps — it makes perfecting your wings super quick and easy, so if you get 'em now and start practicing, you'll both look great on video chat *and* be able to whiz through this part of your makeup routine once you start doing it regularly again.

    Lovoir

    "It's great. There is still a learning curve. But honestly, I know how to do wings and I still use these instead because they're just so much easier. Definitely worth it!" —Pinkster, from the comments in this problem-solving products post.

    Get it on Lovoir for $19.96+ (available in three sizes, or in a triple-pack combo)

    6. Some ultra-absorbent microfiber cleaning cloths because you like to get your money's worth out of a product, and these can be repurposed for dozens of different uses.

    Wayfair

    "I use them for everything from going to the gym, to cleaning my car, to cleaning a spill." —justinem47eda4304

    And of course they machine wash and dry like any other towel.

    Get a pack of 12 thick and ultra-absorbent microfiber towels from Wayfair for $28.99+ (available in five colors).

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

    Chewy

    "I have one of those "Did you feed the dog" things and honestly it makes a world of difference. We're a household of three with a very smart and very hungry pig. He would lick his bowl perfectly clean before begging the next human for breakfast. He's lost weight since we bought this!" —c4f6c9ac94, from the comments in this problem-solving products post.

    Get it from Chewy for $9.95. (Also available as "Did You Medicate The Dog?")

    8. A jar of the cult-favorite Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay Mask because it really can banish acne with regular use.

    Ashley McGetrick / Alisha Barron / BuzzFeed

    "It works wonders. I'm amazed with the results. I had terrible blackheads and the mask sucked them out over the course of a month with weekly use. It’s amazing and it’s worth every penny. I’ve had my container for seven months and I have a quarter of it left after using one or two times a week. I highly recommend using apple cider vinegar but if your skin is sensitive then water's fine." —meredith326, from this other roundup of problem-solving products.

    Of course as with all skincare, YMMV! But when we tried it, three of the four testers saw results and said they'd incorporate it into their regular skincare routine!

    Get a one-pound jar from Target or Vitamin Shoppe for $7.99.

    9. The classic Magic Erasers so you can up clean all kinds of impossible-seeming stuck-on messes without wearing yourself out in the process.

    Target

    "Seriously, game-changers. The last residents in our house left lovely Sharpie scribbles on the walls and they took them off with just some water and no excessive scrubbing. Great for getting your cleaning deposit back and for parents of young kids who have discovered the joys of crayon graffiti." —sahvana

    Get a pack of eight from Target for $6.99.

    10. Some acne patches that you stick on any blemish before you go to bed, then wake up with a clear (or at least significantly clear-er) face, because they spend the night absorbing a bunch of gunk lurking beneath the surface of your skin.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Soko Glam

    "Honestly they are amazing. I ordered them on a whim because I only really get a zit every few months or so. Last week, I felt one brewing under my skin all day at work. Like I could tell it was going to one of those zits that takes three days to come to a head and leaves a mark on my face for a week. I put a patch on when I got home and then changed to a fresh one before bed, and in the morning it was gone. I'm in love." —elleh400b602e8, from the comments in this acne-patch review roundup.

    Get a pack of 24 patches from Soko Glam for $5.

    11. A compact and affordable battery pack — TBH I've been using my battery pack as much as ever even though I'm staying in the house all day because I'm lazy. When my phone hits 10% in the early evening, it's easier than finding an outlet downstairs for my charger!

    Target

    "$10 portable battery packs by Heyday at Target. The 4,000 mAh one is a charge and a half for an iPhone and I swear by these things. You probably won’t ever need to buy a new one, unless you want one in a different color. I’ve had mine for years now and it still works perfectly. Their other accessories are great too!" —alexxb4ebf1f3c2

    Get one from Target for $9.99 (available in nine colors).

    12. The Sidewinder, which is designed to tame your unruly MacBook cable so it stays nice and neat whether it's in your bag or under your desk (or dining room table). It can wind both ends up into its circle in less than five seconds!

    The Grommet

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    It also helps protect your cables from fraying, which TBH can be a big problem if you regularly bring your charger home or on the road with you.

    Get it from the Grommet for $29.95+ (Available for either the MagSafe or USB-C; Not sure which one you have? Check out the product details for all the deets.)

    13. A 25-foot HDMI cable so you can hook your laptop up to your TV for streaming but still use it to check email / do work, too.

    Home Depot

    "A long-ass HDMI cable if you use a TV for anything from gaming to casting from your laptop. Seriously, stop sitting right in front of the TV to play your NES Classic." —elizabethlilly

    Or so you can accommodate your particularly specific situation. Get one from Home Depot for $16.99.

    14. An alarm clock to wake you up with a chill, gradual sunrise — the way all of our bodies ~evolved~ to wake up — so you don't even feel like hitting the snooze button and have plenty of time in the morning.

    Philips

    "I have the alarm clock that simulates the sun rising and holy crap, it’s a life saver! I sleep in a basement so there’s zero light coming in and it helps me wake up so much easier. I highly suggest it." —darlingvioletta, from the comments in this time-saving gadgets post.

    If gimmicky, loud, fight-or-flight alarms have failed you in the past, maybe something chill is what you've needed all along.

    Get one with and a sunset feature to help you fall asleep, as well as the gradual wake-up sunrise, from Walgreens or Best Buy for $219.99 (qualifies for free shipping from both stores).

    15. A set of anti-chafe lace bands that'll let you walk in your dresses — even if only through the grocery store one morning a week and around the block once every afternoon — without a single complaint from your thighs.

    BuzzFeed Video / buzzfeed.com

    "These leg bands are amazing. Seriously a lifesaver. I wish they came in a slightly thinner band option too, but I practically live in them during the summer!" —jennyAZ, from the comments in yet another roundup of problem-solving products.

    Get them from Bandelettes for $17.99 (available in five colors; also available in seven other styles).

    One of our producers tested four different products for chub rub, and crowned these one of the winners!

    16. A lightweight, mini-sized vacuum perfect for quickly picking up dust, dirt, and debris on hardwood floors and low-pile car carpets.

    Home Depot

    "My Eureka Mighty-Mite vacuum. It was a gift from my grand parents. I was 18, and that was 35 years ago. It still runs like a top. It will be buried with me...cleanest coffin ever." —Wendy Ervin, Facebook

    Well, while we certainly can't guarantee that one made in 2019 will last as long as one made in 1984, you can get the latest version of the Mighty Mite from Home Depot for $63.59 (qualifies for free shipping).

    17. A pair of acupressure wristbands that just might help relieve your nausea caused by riding in the car (motion sickness, why???) or pregnancy.

    @sea_band / Via instagram.com

    "I can confirm that the Sea Bands work! I get extremely motion sick. I use them all the time!" —katiec4a7e4ac80, from the comments on a roundup of problem-solving products under $10.

    Get one from Walgreens for $8.59 (random color) or in pink from the FSA Store for $8.99 (also available in child's sizes).

    18. An airtight food storage set because they keep pantry staples fresh for longer than the original packaging ever possibly could and they'll make everything easy to find — that's money + time saved.

    Wayfair, Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    "We got the OXO set as a wedding gift 10 years ago and still use it." —rachelsporyh, on this roundup of products that last for years.

    "The OXO containers are great!" — DramaDoc77, on that same roundup

    They're designed to be incredibly efficient with the space on your shelves, the rounded corners make for easy pouring, and you press the button on top to open and seal the containers.

    Get them from Wayfair: three containers for $33.95 or 10 containers for $99.95 (orders of $49+ qualify for free shipping).

    Or get them from Target: five containers for $49.99 or 10 containers for $99.99 (orders of $35+ qualify for free shipping).

    19. A weighted blanket — every time you wrap yourself in it, you'll feel gently cuddled, which can help you deeply relax despite some of your daily stresses.

    Wayfair

    "I absolutely love it! I fall asleep more quickly and I have not woken up in the middle of the night nearly as often. I also don't toss and turn as much. Three things: 1. It can get a tad hot, especially in warmer months. 2. If you're claustrophobic, the weight of the blanket could trigger you. 3. Get a duvet cover for it! The blanket isn't machine washable, so you definitely want some kind of cover to keep it clean." —rachy95, from the comments in this roundup of products that will help you sleep.

    It comes in three sizes and four weights so you can choose one that's juuuust right. Get it from Wayfair for $55.91+ (qualifies for free shipping).

    20. And a cozy U-shaped body pillow that people love for pregnancy but also can be supportive whether you have back pain or just want a consistent cuddle buddy every night.

    Wayfair

    "I seriously can't sleep without my u-shaped pillow. I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain in my lower back and legs; the pillow provides lumbar support and takes the strain off my back. Can't recommend enough!!" —r484a5453c, also from the comments in this roundup of products that will help you sleep.

    Get it from Wayfair for $57.99 (qualifies for free shipping).

    21. A silicone menstrual cup because once you get the hang of it, you'll save money and the environment AND just generally be much less inconvenienced by your period.

    @intimina / Via instagram.com

    "They’re genuinely life-changing. If you’re tired of changing your tampon frequently, spending loads of money, or sending loads of unnecessary waste to landfills I would definitely check it out." —adrianao4caf40365, from the comments in this roundup of useful things.

    Get a menstrual cup from Intimina that rolls up as thin as a tampon (making it super easy to use) for $25.46 (available in two sizes and a collapsible version).

    For help on ~making the switch~, check out 37 Menstrual Cup Tips From People Who Actually Use Them.

    22. An Instant Pot so you can pull off that modern-day miracle: putting a healthy meal on the table every night that takes less than an hour to go from prepping veggies to eating the first bite.

    Instant Pot / littlespicejar.com

    "Anyone who reads this, get an Instant Pot!!! I got the three-quart and it’s worth the size, it’s more than enough for small three-person family like mine. Trust me, it’s lifesaver. A few nights ago we decided on dinner at five-something. After buying everything we were home by six and by seven dinner was done. Honestly I don’t know how I lived without it." —christinam4ee470e81, from the comments in this roundup of gadgets that'll save you time.

    The 3-quart is perfect for one to two two people, while the 6-quart's better for families or dinner parties. Get either (or both!) from Target: the 3-quart for $79.99 and the 6-quart for $99.99 (both qualify for free shipping).

    And if you want to learn more, read our Instant Pot review, or check out the chicken tacos recipe on The Little Spice Jar.

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