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    28 Products That Worked So Well They Turned Skeptics Into Believers

    Reviewers thought these products wouldn't work...but boy were they wrong.

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    1. A Squatty Potty — "Wait a second...this hunk of plastic couldn't possibly help me poop better..." you mutter to yourself. Well, I've got shocking news for you based on personal experience: it can and it will.


    Promising review: "I had been reading about these for a while and will admit I was a bit skeptical, but still really interested to see how they might impact my bathroom habits. Suffice it to say I am more than pleased with how well this has worked for me. First off, the unit is significantly stronger and more sturdy than I was expecting. I assumed it was going to be something like lawn chair strength, but this thing is actually moderately strong. It puts my feet at a great angle for pooping, and I would say that I'm able to go more 'thoroughly' than I would otherwise. Happy with the purchase for sure. As a nice bonus, its helping with my 3-year-old daughter starting to transition to an adult potty after as opposed to using her toddlers potty." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A loose face powder whose low price point (under $5?!) may have some folks doubting it, but that truly helps you set liquid foundation or give your natural skin a matte finish just as well as far more expensive brands. Over 3,500 five-star Amazon reviewers are backing me up on this.,

    Promising review: "Love this stuff! I was skeptical at first because of how cheap it was, but it's amazing! Resulted in a flawless looking face and covered well. I did use it over my Aveeno cc foundation which covers my face barely for light coverage — this is a nice finishing mask over it. Also, it smells so good! Will be purchasing again!" —Stephanie Pollum

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49 (available in four shades and translucent).

    3. A combination broom and squeegee for rounding up pet hair both out of deep carpets and spread across hardwood floors. You thought your floors could never be fully clean again while you had pets, but I'm happy to say you were wrong.,

    Promising review: "I really didn’t think this would work but my friend bought one and brought it to me to try out. I have all hardwood floors and a huge dog that sheds a ton plus two cats. This broom has been amazing. It runs so smoothly across your floor and the hair just clings to it. It’s like a 'spreading butter' feeling but you are making a huge pile of hair and dirt. The hair isn’t flying up in the air, you don’t have to repeat sweeping in same spot. One swipe and you are basically done in that spot. It is also wider than a typical everyday broom so you cover more area quickly. It is a thin design so you can still get up against your floor boards and in some tight spots. I’m able to fit it perfectly fine under my couch and chair. My favorite part is you can clean and sanitize it without it being a pain. I highly recommend this product." —Vaughn

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    4. Earwax removal drops, because sometimes big time relief comes in a teeny tiny bottle. Instead of shoving wax further into your ear while using a cotton swab, try some of these drops instead.

    To use, place 5-10 drops in your ears and let the microfoam action start softening the wax. Wait a few minutes, then flush with water using a bulb. Reviewers say it may take a few uses before wax is soft enough for removal, but...worth it.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this actually works and works well. Freaked me out at first — sounded like pop rocks in my ears. Day one flush did not reveal much debris, but day two definitely had it rolling out." —Guy from Mt P

    Get it from Amazon for $5.53.

    5. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers that seem to make stank disappear like magic. Charcoal — the David Blaine of stench removal.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product actually working but I was pleasantly surprised. I work out in the mornings and put my running shoes in my closet after I'm done. I was starting to notice the whole closet was starting to smell of straight sweaty shoe! No good. So I purchased a set of the shoe inserts and one regular pouch to also hang in the closet. My shoes don't smell at all now! And it didn't take long for the smell to be gone — like one day. I will be buying more of these for other shoes." —Ashley

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. A pair of Bandelettes for protecting your precious thighs against panful rubbing and chafing. While just plain lace might not be able to do it, stretchy lace with grippy interior strips sure can!

    Promising review: "Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant — these things work! I was hella skeptical because my thunder thighs are crazy resistant to any sort of chub rub defense. I wore these while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn't believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved, not a chub-rub in sight, and they're so feminine and romantic looking that I didn't even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace." —OceanHips

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes A–F and 14 sizes).

    7. Death Wish Coffee that may have hardcore caffeine heads saying "Pfft, I can handle it." Slow down there, buster. One cup of this should replace the multiple cups you have of normal coffee, so proceed with caution.


    Folks who normally rely on constant refills of normal roasts find themselves only having a cup or two of this with the same results. You've been warned. Death Wish coffee is fair-trade and organic.

    Promising review: "Okay, so I was genuinely skeptical when I first saw the claims about this coffee. I'm a definite caffeine addict — I need at least two cups of regular percolator coffee just to regain the ability to speak. Half a pot or so to really be functional. I decided to give this coffee a go and holy cow. One cup. One cup at 6am this morning, and here it is almost 5pm and I'm still almost as alert as when I first started drinking it! Even better, the flavor was as smooth as silk. It was like getting your favorite high-end coffee house's signature blend but with much more oomph." —Mikkel Isen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    Learn more about Death Wish coffee in "This Super Caffeinated Coffee Is About To Make Your Sluggish Mornings So Much Better."

    8. A hand-held milk frother whose small but mighty aerating action allows you to make lattes and cappuccinos in the comfort of your very own home. Heavenly.,

    Don't forget the AA batteries!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical that such a little device could actually do the job, but this is a great addition to my coffee bar! This has really good power, makes deliciously creamy, frothed milk, warm or cold, and is super easy to use. I started a keto diet and this is absolutely perfect to make keto coffee! This is so much easier to use than pulling out a blender to froth my coffee or buy a larger appliance. The battery installation was easy but I agree with the product recommendation to make sure the ribbon is sticking out is key or replacing the batteries would be difficult. So happy with my purchase. I would highly recommend this product." —Alicia A Sheller

    Get it from Amazon for $11.02 (available in three colors).

    9. A humidifier that may be small, but has no problem remedying the dryness you (and your plants, may I add) are going to face this winter. You may be skeptical at first about its power, but your sinuses will be quick to tell you otherwise.

    This humidifier has a night light function, runs for 16 hours before running out of ~steam~, and features an automatic shut-off feature just in case you forget.

    Promising review: "It was smaller than I envisioned, so I was skeptical at first. After turning it on, though, I was pleasantly surprised at the power! It puts out quite a bit of mist, but it's not heavy enough in volume to wet the table. I really like the nightlight feature as well. It came in at just the right time, as my little one has a cold, with coughing and stuffy nose. It's so quiet that it doesn't disturb him, and he's a very light sleeper. I'm excited to see how the unit holds up over time. Currently very pleased!" —Trent Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    10. A pineapple corer and slicer so you can cleanly and expediently prep your pineapples. I know, I know, there's a lot of fuss about single-function kitchen gadgets. But when's the last time you cut a pineapple and thought, "That was easy." Never — until you met this beauty.,

    Promising review: "I was pretty skeptical of this pineapple corer at first. Figured I’d order it to see if it really works. I was pretty impressed with how quick it was to get pineapple slices! I took my pineapple corer to the beach this past weekend along with eight pineapples. My relatives were amazed at how fast I was able to get the pineapples onto a plate! If you like eating pineapples, get one! It definitely saves a lot of time!" —Amazon Addict

    Get it from Amazon for $10.08.

    11. A clip-on silicone colander for quickly and easily straining things without having to fully dump them out, surely losing some in the sink. Anything from pasta water to excess grease can now be easily removed with a *clip, clip, tilt* — and in any size pot or pan!


    The colander is flexible and can be attached to cookware of almost any size.

    Promising review: "I love this thing! I received one as a wedding present and was kind of skeptical that it would work well. I was wrong. It works great. I can use it on my large pots and my small pots. It is easy to clip on and strain quickly. I have used it straining boiled potatoes and noodles. It cleans up easily and is not overly bulky." —M.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    12. A stainless steel soap bar that may look like an innocuous chunk of metal but will actually remove onion and garlic smells from your hands and — reviewers claim — BO from your pits!

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical that these would work, but they do! We love onions, so I am frequently handling them. Using these bars immediately eliminates the onion scent from my hands. It works with household cleaners, too, if you get that on your hands. I bought two, so I keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. Great product!" —Hoop Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $8.08.

    13. A Mighty Patches so you can show pimples who's boss. Simply pop on a sticker before bed, sleep peacefully, and wake up to a flattened whitehead. Huge if true (it's true).

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about using these because like all 'miracle' acne products I assumed they wouldn't work. I get bad hormonal breakouts and figured I'd give these a try since they're cheap and I had nothing to lose. Turns out they're amazing. I put some on before I went to bed and while I didn't wake up with a clear face it was significantly clearer and than the night before. They even worked on cysts which I assumed best case scenario wouldn't happen. I'm obsessed!" —Collette

    Get a 36-pack on Amazon for $12.50.

    14. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets, because if the device you use to clean isn't clean itself...truly what's the point?

    Promising review: "OMG! I had my doubts about how "clean" this product would leave my dishwasher but.... WOW! Looks brand new! All water stains are gone and the stainless steel is sparkling like brand new! Couldn't believe my eyes! Gave some to my Mom and sister for their washers with same GREAT results!" —Stephanie D.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $4.34.

    15. A pot of Hard as Hoof nail strengthening cream so even if your nails have always been flaking, tearing glorified pieces of tissue paper, they can finally get big and strong.

    Promising review: "I honestly didn't think it would work, but I was so frustrated with the state of my nails and cuticles that I bought this because nothing else I had tried was working. I still don't understand at all how it works, but it really does. After applying as directed three times a day, I saw a BIG difference after just one week. My cuticles were no longer cracked, the skin no longer tearing away, and my nails stopped tearing off and breaking all the time. My nails grew MUCH thicker and became seriously strong." —Emma Roth

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    16. A makeup brush and sponge cleaner for finally getting your old application products back in like-new shape. Tbh the most unbelievable part of this product is that you're actually going to clean your brushes, but please prove me wrong.

    The cleanser is paraben-free! Hooray!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about purchasing this because of how cheap it was. I’m so glad I purchased it though. This is by far the best brush cleaner I’ve tried, and I’ve tried some expensive ones. Oh, and it smells really good as well. After drying, my brushes are back to being soft and like new. Will purchase in the future again!" —CrazyNorac80

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    17. A fabric de-piller to rescue any knits, upholstery, microfiber, or other fabric from certain death by fuzz. You can and WILL wear your favorite vintage sweater again!

    The device has three depths so you get just the right shave for your fabric. The battery-operated version takes AA batteries.

    Promising review: "I will admit I was very skeptical of this defuzzer. I came downstairs last Friday with a sweatshirt that had pills all over it. I told my husband that I probably could not wear it again. He told me about little battery operated de-pilling devices that clean up fuzz, similar to what was on my sweatshirt. I hopped on Amazon that morning, and ordered this one. Oh my goodness. This thing is AMAZING! I have already used it on my sweatshirt, my husband's fleece, and a sweater. They all look like new. I cannot believe I had never heard of these before. I will never go without again." —ejclark

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59 (available in eight colors and in battery-operated or rechargeable versions).

    18. Olaplex No. 3 hair treatment, which brings over-bleached and damaged hair back to LIFE. Rise, zombie hair, rise! You'll be fabulous and healthy in your second life.

    Promising review: "After reading the reviews I was skeptical but after using this product, this is a must-have product. My hair was severely damaged, over-processed, as I was relaxing and coloring my hair. I would just touch my hair and it was breaking off. After the first use my hair felt stronger and soft. No more brittleness. I will continue to use this product twice a week. My hair now has shine and just feels amazing. If I do decide to relax may hair, I will definitely use this product." —Helen Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    19. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that will make you regret ever having thrown a gunky tumbler away. Little did you know that one tablet could cure those woes. Time to forgive yourself and promise to use these in the future.

    Promising review: "I keep two stainless steel mugs at work, and they rotate between tea, water, and occasionally coffee. I'm good about washing them, but they had still developed a thin, tea-colored patina. I didn't think there'd be much of a difference after using these tablets (I really bought them for a coworker whose mug is thick with stains), but WOW! 10 minutes with simmering-hot water made my mugs look brand new. I didn't realize how stained the mugs actually were." —Library Chick

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    20. A cooktop cleaning kit, because by golly if a flat cooktop isn't the hardest thing to clean. One instance of boiled-over rice and it feels like the world is ending. No longer!

    The kit includes a cleaning solution, a scraper, and a cleaning pad.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but I just bought a house where the appliances were treated really, really roughly by the previous owners. A little of this (and some elbow grease), and my oven door looks almost as good as new!" —DorianaGraye

    Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

    21. Silver polish wipes to revive your precious heirlooms and get them back in tip-top shape. Shock and awe your family by shining up every piece they ever said was "too far gone."

    Promising review: "I have an antique silver tea set that was my grandmothers and it was BLACK with tarnish. I've been thinking about getting something to clean it, but was scared of ruining it. I got this and tried it on the smallest most inconspicuous spot I could on the tea set. To my surprise, it took the tarnish off with ease. It took me six wipes to do the entire tea set and it looks just as pretty as I remember from my childhood. It even took off a few really bad spots I remember always being 'stained' in childhood! I wish Grandma was still alive to see her beautiful tea set brought back to life!" —L. Boots

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.11.

    22. An Aztec Secret face mask you've almost definitely heard about by now. The hype is real and for good reason! The calcium bentonite clay sucks sebum out of pores, leaving your skin feeling smoother and breakouts feeling calmer.,

    For best results, mix the clay with apple cider vinegar according to the directions.

    Promising review: "This stuff is the real deal. I was a little skeptical but it’s incredible. I mixed it with ACV as it recommends and kept it on for about 12 minutes or so. My skin is on the sensitive side but I didn’t get any breakout or irritation. Immediately after taking this off my break outs were less inflamed and red and my skin felt calm and butter soft. The following morning my skin was a million times better than the day before. I am blown away by how well this works." —Meredith Hickey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A Blueapple freshness extender that couldn't possibly keep your produce fresh longer...right? WRONG! The Blueapple absorbs ethylene gas, which is what causes produce to ripen, extending its shelf-life and giving you more of a chance to actually eat it.


    Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "I really doubted these would work but they do. Significant difference in the length of time things stay fresh!" —Sally

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.26.

    24. An essential oil migraine stick to finally give you a bit of a reprieve from those migraines or headaches you've been suffering from. It's no replacement for prescribed meds of course, but over 900 Amazon reviewers who gave it a five-star rating vouch for it!

    Promising review: "Very impressed with this product, and honestly I didn't think I would be. As a lifelong migraine/headache sufferer, not a whole lot has worked for me other than prescription meds-which I really don't like to take too often but need to because my headaches are incapacitating most of the time. I recently used the roll-on and within 10–15 minutes my headache was gone. It started to come back last night before bed, and used it again and again it took it away. Now, I knew it wasn't going to be a migraine headache — they feel different when they come on, but for a regular headache this worked wonderfully! I still might use the prescription for a migraine, probably in conjunction with this, as it really is soothing and nice." —carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. A houseplant insect trap so you can finally free your precious plant bbs from the swarm of pests that have taken over. These may look like just little strips of tape, but boy oh boy do they draw pests. Scroll through the review photos to see for yourself!,

    The traps do not contain pesticides.

    Promising review: "The gnats have been driving us crazy! I was skeptical but desperate and gave these a try. Within one day, the sticky traps were full of gnats and we’ve almost gotten rid of them in the house. Amazing product! So easy to put together and use." —KAinLA

    Get seven traps from Amazon for $5.04.

    26. A shampoo brush to help lift dandruff from your scalp and send it right down the drain. It also just feels stinkin' good, so truly a win-win.,

    Promising review: "I have had problems with seborrheic dermatitis. I tried charcoal shampoo, dandruff shampoos and nothing worked. I read a few reviews and didn't really think this would work but am amazed at the result. My scalp on top feels nice and soft, I see no little flakes and already feel like I'm on my way to a healthier scalp! Best $7 I have spent!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    27. A set of packing cubes so you can actually stay neat while traveling. I personally doubted the effectiveness of this system until I used it on a two-week international trip. After I — normally a human tornado — arrived back in the US with a well-organized suitcase, I knew I had the cubes to thank.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed,

    The set comes with four packing cubes of various size, as well as a laundry bag.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about packing cubes, but finally decided to give them a try and I won't travel without them now! It helps with organizing and to prevent wrinkles. Especially helpful when I’m going to multiple destinations so I don’t have to completely unpack or dig through my suitcase at each stop. My son has used them when packing a duffle bag, I can’t imagine using a duffle bag without them. The quality of the brand is very good, I love that each cube has their own handles. I ended up buying a second set since one wasn’t quite enough for extended travel." —April

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    28. A blackhead remover vacuum to suck even the most stubborn blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin, and grease up up and away from your skin. That gunky photo on the left will be burned into my mind for the rest of my days.,

    The vacuum has five suction levels and comes with four detachable heads. It's also USB rechargeable!

    Promising review: "Pleasantly surprised. I was skeptical about this item as I have tried a million other beauty products to clean my pores, especially on my nose. This is the real deal. I washed and exfoliated my face before using and was shocked at what was sucked out of my pores. It is surprisingly gentle too with no harsh pulling or tugging at the skin." —J. Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    A healthy amount of skepticism is good, but these reviewers were convinced and I think you will be, too!


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

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