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    May 2, 2019

    35 Useful Products That Just Have Your Back

    Nifty little gadgets, tools, and eccentricities to make life a little easier.

    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. A pair of blue light–blocking glasses to prevent eyestrain from ruining your groove at work. These minimize the glare from your computer and allow you to avoid that awful midday eye pain.

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    Promising review: "I love these glasses! I work at nighttime in an office with really bright fluorescent lights and two screens; we turn a third of the lights off and I showed everyone on my shift how to dim our screens to help with eye strain, but I found I was still having frequent eyestrain and needing to massage my temples. We aren't allowed to download blue light filters to help, either, and many of my coworkers suffer from frequent migraines. I have been looking for a way to relieve strain on my eyes and these were absolutely the answer. I use these even at home on my own computer while writing, and I don't exactly know how to describe the difference other than just that my eyes feel more 'relaxed'. My eyes haven't been in pain since I got them, and seriously, I forgot to wear them for about 20 minutes the other day, and my eyes were right back to feeling how they had." —Cam

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in six styles and in low and high definition).

    2. A Lively Busty Bralette that lets people with a larger chest enjoy the sweet, sweet comfort of a bralette while also providing support. This thing doesn't just have your back — it also has your front.

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    I'd long ago given up on finding a bralette that actually did anything for my DDs, but Lively changed that! I have the All You bralette on the left and love it. It smoothes and lifts, and the wide straps keep everything in place.

    Promising review: "I am a 5"4 athletic build with 34 DD chest. I went with a size 1. This is a great bra. It turns out that finding a bra that provides SIDE support to hold my breasts in is a real challenge. I'm talking about a bra that makes my boobs behave and face forward. This bra clasps in the back, has adjustable straps, and keeps these toddlers in their seats. 10/10 recommend a try. Love this bra and will be ordering another." —Gigi

    Get the All You bralette on the left for $35 (available in three sizes and three colors) and the original Busty Bralette on the right for $35 (available in three sizes and three colors).

    3. A sock-pairing device to help you learn to trust again after losing so many pairs of socks in the laundry over the years. Gone but not forgotten.

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    Promising review: "These work. They are of good quality construction. I had a sock problem, and these have stopped the unexplained disappearance of socks. Obviously, the sock monster can't swallow the Sock Dock full of socks, only single socks." —A.D. Burnette

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in four colors).

    4. Where Cooking Begins by Bon Appetit's Carla Lalli Music. In this unique (and gorgeous!) cookbook, Carla teaches you not just the basic recipes, but also how to "spin it" and make the meal your own with what you have on hand or simply what's in season, helping to make you a more confident, independent cook.

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    Promising review: "The approach of this book — shop for what you'll eat, use up everything you bought — is genius. I was in a trap of big-shopping, then tossing out stuff that had gone moldy or mossy before we got to it. This book shows you technique (that seems totally doable, with step-by-step photos) and gives you a recipe, but also tells you how to shop so that you want to cook everything." —RKE

    Get it from Amazon for $29.25.

    5. A time timer so you can have a visual representation of the passage of your day. These can help you with time management during meetings, daily projects, and specific tasks, especially if you have a tendency to get distracted.

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    My coworker Jen Tonti says: "I have ADHD and have used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set :30 min increments for any given task, an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in :30min, but rather I am kept aware of time passing in the first place and that helps me stay focused. The red film that timely disappears is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it within view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off I can quickly glance up and say, 'oh wow that was 10 min of distraction, better get back into it."

    Get it from Amazon for $31.28+ (available in two sizes as well as magnetized versions).

    6. A Quip electric toothbrush that times you and gives you cues to switch to a different area of your mouth. Preserving your smile has never been so easy.

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    The starter set comes with an electric toothbrush base, a cover/mount, and an optional toothpaste. Refills come with a brush head, AAA battery, and optional toothpaste.

    Get a starter set from Quip for $25+ with $5+ refills every three months.

    Quip won as the inexpensive option in The Best Electronic Toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can rescue all the tumblers you've let sit for too long from the moldy hell they've been banished to. Just one tablet and *bam*, problem solved.

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    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    8. A shopping bag carrier to save yourself dreaded multiple trips back and forth from the car after a grocery run. Now you can scoop up all of your bags at once get on with your day.

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    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: Just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well-made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    9. A free-form planner that not only lets you plan your days, but also state and work towards your personal goals. It's also dateless, so you can start any time during the year and skip a week or two if needed.

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    Promising review: "Love this planner. I love the free-form. You can skip weeks you know you're out of town or whatever and save those pages for another time. I think my favorite part of this planner is the first two pages. Everything to do with this planner is how YOU make it. It also helped me reflect on things I really do want and goals I really do want to achieve. Words of affirmation was difficult for me to fill out so I looked them up online and wrote the ones that spoke to me most." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).

    This planner won as the best budget option in The Best Planners by BuzzFeed Reviews!

    10. A bottle of wrinkle releaser spray for when ironing is just not gonna happen. For me, that means always, but live your life.

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    Promising review: "As a college student with a full course load, I'm in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle-free without having to waste time ironing them. It's also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes." —Seth

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.26 (available in two scents).

    11. A Blueapple freshness extender that'll keep all the produce in your fridge fresh as can be until you're ready to actually use it. Waste, avoided. Planet, saved. You, a hero.

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    The Blueapple works by absorbing ethylene gas, which is what causes produce to ripen. Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks — some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. Or if you tend to only have a few problem items, a three-piece produce storage container set so all of your berries and greens taste fresh from the earth the way Mother Nature intended.

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    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh as can be!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $27.52.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    13. Tend Skin Solution for sending ingrown hairs and razor bumps straight back to hell where they came from. Those suckers hurt!

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    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this has helped tremendously! I’m a woman who unfortunately started shaving my chin 20 years ago to get rid of peach fuzz. I’ve had stubble ever since and have to shave everyday. I get rashes on my chin due to shaving. My skin is now less sensitive and my rash is almost gone!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A cable protector to keep all of your precious electronics safe from wear and tear. The Fray: great early 2000s band, terrible thing to happen to your expensive cords.

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    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $4.98 (available in five colors).

    15. A pet hair vacuum so you can finally put down the lint roller for one freaking second. The hair is pretty much the ONLY negative thing about having a furry friend, and with this trusty vacuum, it's no longer an issue.

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    The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!" —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in two colors).

    16. A beard bib to catch the ocean of stray facial hair you produce during a shave. It looks like a reverse cape because you're the new household hero.

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    Promising review: "My husband used this for the first time tonight and loved it! The suction cups work well, it’s a neutral color, and the hair doesn’t cling to the apron so we can dump it in the trash fast and easy. So glad I bought this so I don’t have to keep asking him to clean the sink." —Cassie Fort

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    17. A programmable Crock-Pot that slow cooks for you while you're at work. Cleaning a Crock-Pot feel too daunting? Grab a pack of slow cooker liners for super easy clean-up!

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    Promising review: "WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THE MAGIC OF SLOW COOKERS RIGHT WHEN THEY BECAME A THING!? Seriously, this thing is a busy person's savior, or in my case, a lazy person's dream! This one is plenty large enough and incredibly easy to use. Reviews say this one runs a bit hotter than most, but I've followed a handful of recipes and their cook times seem to be accurate. I really love that this model will automatically switch to keep warm after the timer you set expires. That's crucial for me because I work ten hour shifts and most recipes even on low are about eight hours. That keep warm feature makes sure my food isn't burnt, but still warm when I get home." —Peter Q.

    Get them from Amazon: the Crock Pot for $39.99 (originally $59.99) and the liners for $2.77+.

    18. A smoothie plan from Daily Harvest so you're never "too busy" for the most important meal of the day.

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    Simply select which flavors you want delivered right to your door. Store in your freezer, and whenever you're ready for a refreshing smoothie, just add milk or water and blend!

    Get it from Daily Harvest starting at $6.99/cup (available in multiple plans).

    19. A combination broom and squeegee that wrangles hidden hair from carpets, no problem. You know how you've had hair stuck to your feet for six years? Yeah, we're done with that.

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    Promising review: "I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month." —Nicolor

    Get it from Amazon for $14.66.

    20. A jar opener for all the times you need a little extra elbow grease...even though you totally loosened it on your own first.

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    The jar-opener can expand and contract to accommodate lids from 1 to 3.5 inches. It's also dishwasher safe, just in case.

    Promising review: "This is a very versatile jar opener that, unlike so many others, expands with a twist of the knob to accommodate larger jar lids. Once applied and tightened, the handle provides great leverage to open even the most stubborn of jars. I tried to open a wide-mouthed pickle jar by hand and had no success after many tries, which included running the lid under hot water and knocking it against a granite countertop. Then I applied the Kuhn Rikon to the pickle jar, tightened it against the edges of the lid, grabbed the handle and, voila! It opened with one nudge." —Steven Arnold

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    21. Lin Manuel Miranda's book Gmorning, Gnight! so the most overwhelmingly positive figure of our time can help you turn your frown upside down.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I expected nothing except delightful wordplay from Lin-Manuel Miranda, but between the genuine feeling of being seen and understood that these little pep-talks give the reader and the humorous, perfectly-suited illustrations by Jonny Sun, Gmorning, Gnight is one of those books that I'll read over and over again. I pre-ordered and received my copy today, and I'm not ashamed or surprised that I finished it in one sitting. Please buy a copy for yourself, your friends, or anyone in your life or on the subway who needs a smile. So happy." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    22. A cleanser and polishing powder that will give all of your tarnished cookware an America's Next Top Model-level makeover.

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    The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" —Donette

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    Check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" for more info!

    23. A set of heel caps to prevent your stilettos from sinking into grass, gravel, and dirt. Why did we spend so much time worrying about quicksand as kids when we really needed to be worrying about heels in grass?

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    Promising review: "I just tried these last weekend at an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. They were amazing! I kept them on all night. First, I walked outside in thick grass, and the wedding photos were taken in a mushy grassy area. I didn't sink even a little bit. It was fantastic. My heels were fabulous. I then decided to leave them on for the rest of the night since they made my heels more stable and comfortable. So glad I tried them. I was showing them off to the other ladies, and everyone loved the look of them." —J. L. Dossey

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A Tubshroom that will keep all hair you shed in your shower from even THINKING about joining forces to become one, impenetrable, drain-blocking clump.

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    The TubShroom is flexible, so it fits snugly into almost any drain, creating a tight seal even the thinnest hair can't move past.

    Promising review: "I shed so much hair, and it has always been an issue when it comes to showering! I used to try to catch the hairs before they went to the drain, but now I encourage and move them towards the drain and my TubShroom! It truly is amazing, and the silicone material allows it to not rust like the old metal tub sink screens. It makes cleaning so much easier, and I am amazed every time. It even caught my dog's hair and he has short, thin hairs! Highly highly recommend this to every home." —S.K.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    25. A grout pen so you can spend less time than you normally would cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your bathroom and still impress your in-laws when they come to town.

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    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving, and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I'm very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    26. A bidet that's got your back in more ways than one. It's more efficient and eco-friendly than TP! And a mini butt shower every time you poop? Dream come true.

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    The bidet's nozzle retracts to keep it safe and clean when everything's...ya know...going down. It comes with everything you need for easy installation — even the tools — and is compatible with most standard toilets.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on Silkwood decontamination,' ensuring the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone. Even flush-able wet wipes pale in comparison." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in two colors).

    Btw, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    27. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet so you don't have to launch a full investigation into the status of the dishwasher every time you want to throw in a fork.

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    Promising review: "My kid always used to ask, 'MOM ARE THESE CLEAN OR DIRTY DISHES?' Now, I don’t have to answer the same question over and over again. Thank you! It works great. I just stick it to the dishwasher and turn it so they know if the dishes are clean or dirty. I’ve had this for five or more years now. I love it." —Brighteyez

    Get it from Amazon for $5.87.

    28. A dip clip for keeping your snack situation orderly. Perfect for picky eaters or anyone who requires at least three different sauces with every meal.

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    The dip clips have a 1/3-cup capacity and are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    29. An essential oil migraine relief stick so you can hopefully finally be free from all those headaches that have been holding you back from going about your day.

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    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Hear more about one BuzzFeed writer's love of the migraine stick in "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life".

    30. A wedge pillow that's literally got your back while you get comfy reading, knitting, gaming, or just chilling and watching Parks and Recreation all weekend.

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    Promising review: "Sitting in the bed can be luxurious unless you are sliding down or pillows are going between the mattress and the bed. These pillows elevated me enough to comfortably knit for hours and kept any pillows from their normal disappearing act." —Williamettia Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in three sizes).

    31. A set of nonstick oven liners so you never have to clean your oven again. OK, that's probably an exaggeration, but you WON'T have to scrape off any burned-on food — the worst cleaning task.

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    Promising review: "These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa Kim

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    32. An electric wine bottle opener for making uncorking a bottle of wine as chic and easygoing of a task as actually drinking the wine itself.

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    The bottle opener comes with a foil cutter, can remove a cork in seconds, and works on 30 bottles on a single charge! It also comes with a sleek charging station that will fit in on any home bar.

    Promising review: "Picture the scene: It's Saturday afternoon, you have discovered a fresh bottle of wine in the fridge and you have absolutely no responsibilities for the day. You go to the drawer to get your corkscrew and your osteoarthritis says, 'OH HOLD UP! GO GET YO MAN TO OPEN THIS FOR YOU!' ...except your man is at a friend's house helping install a ceiling fan. The horror. The devastation. But wait! Enter the Oster electric wine opener. All my dreams came true. Simple and sleek design takes up little counter space. It works flawlessly and with ease. Be still, my wine-soaked heart. True love does exist." —Allison S.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    33. A jewelry cleaning pen to keep your diamonds shining bright like...well...a diamond. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45.

    34. A pair of bedsheet suspenders for keeping your fitted sheets firmly in place all night long. And there's the added bonus laugh after you dress up your mattress in people clothes.

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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 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." —LindseyB

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    35. A sleep eye mask with Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to a book or soft music as you snooze while also keeping out excess light. The ~dream~.

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    Promising review: "The first thing I noticed was how soft it is. I have tried other sleep masks but they usually end up with some seam feeling scratchy on my nose. I love the size of this and how well it fits with the adjustable velcro straps. It blocks light very well, which is great for me as I cannot stand any light when I sleep. I also use a sound machine app and had no trouble pairing this to my phone and playing my sounds. It has really good quality audio and was still playing when I woke up in the morning after about six hours." —TSpencer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59.

    Come hell or high water, these products have you covered.

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

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