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    Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Sep 8, 2020

    25 Products That Get The Job Done Every Time

    Whether you need something better to cook on or a good spray to get rid of yucky bathroom odors, these products have got your back.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An under-the-sink water filtration system so you can enjoy a glass of pure fresh water straight from the tap without worrying about what the heck's in it. This'll ensure you get your clean water. Fun fact: it's designed to be installed in under three minutes!

    A reviewer photo showing a used filter turned completely brown, and an unused one that's all white
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    The above photo shows a used filter (left) vs. an unused one (right) to show how much it's filtering OUT of the water. Horrified yet? Each cartridge lasts for two years! You can get more from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "We have town water. The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth, it smelled like a swimming pool. I decided to give this a try. Wow! The chlorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. The flow is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a name-brand filter. It was expensive, the replacements are expensive, it is a pain to replace, and the flow rate is pathetic! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    2. A Bonbowl for super simple cooking, eating, and cleaning — it comes with a cook top and detachable bowl and uses induction heating, meaning it's safer than gas cook tops. You can cook everything from rice to pasta on it! You get an easy-to-cook-on appliance, yummy meals, and a simplified cooking routine every time.

    Bonbowl

    Induction cooking is a method of heating metal using a magnetic field. The bowl has double-walled construction so you get a layer of insulation between your hands and the hot inner surface of the bowl. This cooks for one person so it's perfect for those living alone. See how it works here and if you don't know where to start, take a look at recipes you can try out with it!

    This is made of patent-pending hardware, brushed stainless-steel, and heat-hardened tempered glass. It's free of PFOA coatings and BPA. It's also dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from Bonbowl for $149 (available in two coatings and includes cooktop, bowl, and lid).

    3. A Kooty Key utility tool that'll save you from touching germ-filled door handles, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, and more, especially in this pandemic-laden time when there's more of a risk. Use the hook to open doors, move levers, flush public toilets — the possibilities are endless!

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    Promising review: "I am a courier for a fast delivery company, I deliver to a hundred residents a day. I purchased this to ring the door bells on these hundred houses so I don't have to physically touch them. This device is keeping me safe. I sanitize it after each use and it has held up. Thank you for making such an important tool in my workday." —courier deb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two quantities and five colors).

    4. A liquid-free reusable screen cleaner to actually clean your tablet, phone, laptop, and other devices — and then keep it that way! Let's face it, water and damp cloths just don't work. You know what will? This.

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    Promising review: "This little device removes the oil from your screen. Often, when you are 'cleaning' your screen with a cloth, you are simply pushing around the oil. This device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen feels like new. This is much better than cleaning with a wipe since repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time. My wife was cleaning her screen daily and she wore off the protective layer. With this, you don't need to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can enjoy that pristine screen without fear of wearing the oleophobic layer off. I would highly recommend this to others." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two sizes).

    5. A steel foot-filing rasp that won't stop until your years of callus buildup are gone. And it'll do the job in MINUTES! No need to invest in expensive creams or cheap foot files that don't last.

    A collage of six images: the top cracked heels before treatment, the middle mid-treatment, the bottom after lotioning, not cracked  at all
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    Promising review: "I have BAD feet. Like genetically bad. I have tried EVERYTHING. I’ve spent an excessive amount of money on foot masks, foot scrubs, pedicures, pumice stones, foot files, etc. Nothing worked. This fixed my feet in five minutes. I was actually in shock. I haven’t had 'soft' feet in years. I literally feel like I have new feet. Best $10 I ever spent." —Hdb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. A stainless-steel tongue cleaner for making your halitosis seem like it never existed in the first place. All that bad breath-causing gunk on your tongue shall be gone!

    A reviewer's tongue: on the left with yellow residue, on the right pink and clean
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    Promising review: "This item is really fun to use! I also like the consequences; I get to see the 'stuff' on the metal piece when I scrape it which tells me I'm taking crap off my tongue. And then my tongue also feels scraped, which makes me feel like I did something more than just some kind of toothpaste or mouthwash to keep my mouth clean (which hasn't worked before). I think the feeling of having done something specific to keep your mouth clean is an important aspect of having confidence in your breath. After having bad breath for a while, I shy away from talking directly at people. But this helps remove some of my doubts and act like a normal human being again."Ashley

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.98.

    7. A car air freshener — it comes in over *50* scents to keep your interior smelling fresh. You won't have to worry about your car smelling like the McDonald's you got three days ago.

    The air freshener
    WicksNOLA / Etsy

    WicksNOLA is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop based in New Orleans. Their fragrances are inspired by the city, and when you find your fave, you can get it in all sorts of delicious-smelling products from candles to linen sprays to hand sanitizers and more.

    Promising review: "This is the cutest car fresher and smells amazing! Perfect balance of filling the car but not overwhelming." —indgot

    Get it from WicksNOLA on Etsy for $10 (comes in three colors and 50+ scents).

    8. A stainless-steel bar because it'll actually get rid of those icky odors (like fish, garlic, and onions!) with or without water! Just rub and the stink is vanishes. You can save the real soap for when it really counts.

    The soap bar-shaped stainless steel, with the text "rub away" on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I always thought it was a hoax that a piece of steel could remove kitchen odors (like from chopping onions or garlic). I am happy to report that it totally works. Handle all the stinky food you want — even nonfood odors — and then wash your hands with this steel bar. No soap. No perfume. It just removes the odor nearly instantly. Little bar is reasonably priced as well. Best gadget I've bought in years." —Deb

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39.

    9. A set of reusable grocery bags so you can shop greener, save money, and do your part for the environment — plus, these are huge and durable so you know they'll last!

    A large reusable bag in yellow with dogs printed on the fabric
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are giant bags. They are extremely sturdy. I can go grocery shopping for my whole family using these and I’m not afraid of them ripping or tearing like I do with store bags or other reusable bags. The patterns are also really cute." —Amber

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (for a set of five; available in four sets of colors/prints).

    10. A set of wool dryer balls that'll make doing laundry more efficient every time — they'll gently soften your clothes and help reduce dry time by 10–25%. We're all about efficiency in this household.

    the wool dryer balls
    LooHoo

    These are a great natural alternative to toxic dryer sheets. Plus, LooHoo is a Black-owned and woman-owned company!

    Get a pack of three from LooHoo for $30.

    11. A portable charger with a load of power so if you leave the house without checking your phone battery again, well, you need not worry anymore. This has got your back.

    The charger with text "high speed charging"
    Amazon

    This has two USB ports to charge two devices at a time, and it holds enough juice to charge *over* THREE iPhone 8s.

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing and I’d give it 20 stars If I could!! You will NOT be disappointed! My phone was at 48%, I plugged this in, and in 45 minutes it was up to 100% with plenty of charge left in the charger bank!! I plug it in at night after I use it and it’s fully recharged in a couple of hours — and it has awesome light to show you how much it’s charged. It’s flat and fits in my purse or pool bag perfectly. The quality is fantastic and better than any other bank I’ve owned!!" —shayk

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A mattress vacuum because this'll work nice and hard to get you that perfectly clean bed you deserve. You do know dust mites and bacteria exist...and live in our beds, right? I know it's horrifying so using this semi-regularly should give you some peace!

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    This has a powerful UV light to eliminate bacteria, a strong suction design to trap dust and mites, and a hot air outlet for those dust mites *shivers*.

    Promising review: "So I brought this originally for my son who gets really bad allergies to dust. At first we didn't know what was causing this until someone told me to check our beds and furniture. Even though we change our bed sheets regularly, there will be dust left over. So I decided to give this a try and they were right! I couldn't believe how many mites and how much dust there was. I took my time cleaning everyone's bed and our sofa which was easy to use and light. My son haven't had a reaction in a while for means this product works for my family!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $102.89.

    13. A mop and bucket set with reusable microfiber pads to help you get those stains and spills out of your precious floors without much effort — this'll do the work for you.

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    The mop works on stone, tiles, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, bamboo, cement, baseboards, and drywall. The microfiber pads are machine-washable.

    Promising review: "Spray mops and steam mops don’t deliver enough moisture. Then you have to change the cleaning cloth or rinse and wring it, getting your hands dirty. Single-use pads don’t stay put, don’t scrub well, and aren’t environmentally sound. THIS MOP IS THE BOMB! The handle is extra sturdy and long with cushioned grip. The cleaning cloth is thick and does a great job of scrubbing. It took black scuffs and sticky dog poop off my hardwood with little effort! It attaches firmly and easily and doesn’t slip around while you mop. The included mop bucket is GENIUS! It holds your mop water, cleans the cloth when you plunge the mop in and pull it out, and wrings the cloth to your preferred dampness. No wet, dirty hands. No replacing cloths or cloths slipping off the mop head. No sweat!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two colors).

    14. An insect repellent lotion you can use whenever you go outside. Whether it's a mountain hike or a simple trip to the groceries, you won't leave without this again.

    model putting the lotion on their arm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff we have ever used to fend off the mosquitoes. We love to barbecue but during the summer it is just not possible to enjoy it fully without insect attacking us. We would get bitten all over our arm and legs. We tried many products, such as incense candles. We have heard many good reviews about DEET. So, we gave it a try. It definitely works. We can actually see mosquitoes fly by and didn't even bother coming close to us. It was such a relief. It is quite easy to apply. Just like applying sunscreen. It is also oil-based so it might not be good for everyone. It does give off some smell, but doesn't bother us too much. A four-ounce bottle lasted us for the whole summer. Verdict: Buy, Buy, Buy!" —EZC

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    15. A nonstick ceramic Always Pan — you won't even reach for anything else to cook your dinner once you have this. It's designed to replace EIGHT pieces of regular cookware. Your meals will taste just grand!

    The pan with shrimp etoufee, with bowls of the shrimp and rice around it
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    This comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest. It's also PFOA-free. And check out my colleague's Always Pan review to learn why this is so great!

    Our Place is a POC-owned business. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradable and recyclable materials, and the Always Pan is made in a female-owned factory in China.

    Promising review: "My Always Pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware. Super versatile and absolutely beautiful. Love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range; someone really thought about all the best way to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long! Shipping took a while because I preordered, but I was happy to wait!" —Celyn

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in four colors)

    16. A deep detox bath soak blended with Pink Himalayan and dead sea salts, rose petals, eucalyptus, and lavender to ensure you always get a soothing and lovely bath experience!

    the bath salts
    Good Night Darling Co

    Good Night Darling Co is a Black-owned company committed to helping you sleep better and stress less.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously the bomb. The rose petals float to the top of the water and make the bath feel so fancy! I was so relaxed that I feel asleep and when I got out, my skin was smooth as can be. Want to feel like a queen? You have to try this stuff!" —Tea

    Get it from Goodnight Darling Co for $23.

    17. A stainless-steel cleaner and polish that'll take care of nearly all your kitchen appliances, from your refrigerator to your dishwasher to your sink! Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer so if you hate cleaning like me, this stuff's for you.

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    Promising review: "After reading the newspaper, I desperately need just one dang thing I can fix in this world! But seriously, it's the best stainless cleaner I've ever used. It's quick, smells great and the finish is perfect. It resists finger prints (and paw prints) for days. It was also a great idea they had to include the microfiber cleaning cloth, as it does an excellent job as well. I probably wouldn't have thought of that. I plan to give these as gifts. Pretty funny!" —Designer Mom

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $16.97.

    18. A pack of of heavy-duty, eco-friendly, and reusable bamboo towels so you don't have to waste a million paper towels cleaning up juice spills when all you're trying to do is have a nice cold drink. These are strong and durable — and you can do your part in being kind to the earth!

    Model's hands holding a small watermelon in bamboo towel under running water
    Amazon

    These are machine-washable too.

    BuzzFeed staff writer John Mihaly loves these! Here's what he has to say:

    "You don't realize how many paper towels you go through in a day until you run out of them (and can't easily restock your supply). Using these bamboo towels (which were recommended by a coworker) changed the way I approached cleaning up household messes. These were great for taking care of the kitchen countertop throughout the day (especially while trying to feed a toddler). Didn't quite make it to the six-month mark on one roll but that's certainly a goal!"

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three quantities).

    19. A citrus-scented toilet spray you spritz in the bowl before you go so no one is the wiser as to what you did in the bathroom 😉. What's better than stopping the smell before it's even happened? This can actually be used anywhere in the house to rid the air of strong odors so it's a great investment.

    the spray
    Amazon

    This formula is nontoxic and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I didn't think I would like this, but it works! I was shocked. My husband has very regular BMs and that usually means that the rest of us have to avoid that part of the house for at least a little while. I got this for his birthday as a gag gift, but we tried it and it works amazingly well! The only downside is that I'm starting to associate the pleasant citrus scent with poop as well. It is not a subtle coverup, as anyone who walks by the bathroom will smell a great outpouring of citrus, but it's better than the alternative! Overall, I definitely recommend this product to anyone who poops." —steel_muffins

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69 (available in five scents).

    20. A thickening shampoo for fine and thin hair because it'll work to give you lightweight body and volume every time — you can physically feel the thickness of your hair after using this!

    the bottle
    Love Beauty and Planet

    I know because I've used it! It makes my hair feel fuller, more voluminous, and clean too. The scent is light and lovely and I love the price.

    This is sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I would give 6 stars if it were possible. I have fine hair. This shampoo leaves my hair light and clean. It doesn't dry it out, and it doesn't weigh it down. It smells great, not cloying or perfume-y. And surprisingly, my wet hair is a bit easier to run the comb through than with my other shampoos. Like my salon shampoo, this one is concentrated so you don't need to use much. Even the container is well made with a chunky container that is less likely to topple from a caddy. I appreciate the environmentally friendly features. Most of all, I'm really happy with what it does to my hair." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    21. A compact heated massager to spoil your limbs because that's so much more preferable to cramps and sore legs. You'll always be well-rested with this around!

    the massager
    Amazon

    My colleague loves this too! See what she has to say below:

    "I recently purchased this bad boy as a birthday gift for my momma and after plugging it in and letting it get to work on her shoulders — which she's complained about having pain in for months — she immediately said her shoulders felt lighter. I tried this on my feet and honestly, it's sooooo relaxing! It feels like rolling your feet across tiny lacrosse balls but BETTER because all you have to do is sit there and let this contraption do all the work for you." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    22. A pack of food spikes for indoor plants because you know what? You're tired of taking care of houseplants and you just don't have the green thumb for it. Enter: these food spikes that'll feed and grow your plants with no other work on your part!

    the spikes
    Amazon

    Each pack comes with 48 spikes.

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99+ (available in two quantities).

    23. A veggie chopper to do the tedious job of chopping, slicing, and dicing for you in minutes. Save your energy for your other kitchen tasks!

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    This comes with four interchangeable blades so you can julienne, chop, slice, and cut easily. This is FDA-approved, BPA-free, and can be fully disassembled. It also has a soft-grip handle to make prepping ingredients easy on your hands.

    Promising review: "If you’re lazy like me, this is for you. One thing I don’t like doing in the kitchen is chopping vegetables. You do have to cut the vegetables to a certain size so it can fit correctly in the blades, but I don’t mind doing half the work." —J Rivera

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    24. A power scrubber that'll do all the backbreaking work for you. You'll be done before you've even finished saying "let me get my power scrubber."

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    Promising review: "I discovered this tool at a friend's house. Wow! It got into tiny crevices of pots, pans, lids, the stove, sink. It saves painful arthritic fingers from scrubbing. I had to have one! I've used it to polish the intricate carvings and trim on my silver pieces, things that I have never been able to get clean by hand. Anything that can be moistened with liquids, gels or cream cleaners should be fine to use it on. I clean my jewelry with it. It's excellent on my wedding rings. It could be used on grout in the bathroom. I was so happy with it that I ordered another one. It's been gentle enough but effective enough to get the stains out. I could never accomplish by hand, what this little miracle tool can do." —Linn

    Get it from Amazon for $17.74.

    25. A hard-water stain remover so you don't have to cringe at the sight of your ~unsightly~ bathtub every time you need to step in for a shower or bath.

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    It also works on shower doors, windshields, toilets, and tile!

    Promising review: "Had hard water stains on my large glass window in my huge walk-in shower. I tried everything out there for several months. Nothing even touched it. Honestly, we purchased this and laughed at how we were wasting more money. Wow!! It took the stains right off. And it did it fast. We couldn't believe it. I have never been so happy over a cleaner. It doesn't even have a strong smell. I hardly ever write reviews but I had to on this one. One of the girls at work was having the same issue. I let her try it out and it worked for her. And it doesn't take much. I cleaned my entire window and didn't even go past the skinny part on the neck of the bottle." —Lorie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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