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    43 Useful Things That’ll Help Your Household Run Smoothly This Winter

    Let these products do the hard work for you.

    1. A bottle of Quick N Brite Fireplace Cleaner to remove soot, smoke, creosote, and ash from nearly any fireplace. Tis the season for cozy nights, so make sure your fireplace is in tip top shape.

    2. A pack of washing machine tablets to make sure your machine is in good enough shape to keep your clothes clean. Like with all cleaning appliances, it's important to keep them in tip-top shape so that they run at max efficiency. 

    Product photo showing a model place Affresh washing machine tablets into their washing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My washer was smelling and had grime inside the seal that wouldn’t come off, even when I tried to scrub it off. So I used one of these tablets in the wash. It worked like magic. Not only did it clean the washer very well (the water looked so dirty during the cycle), but it also got rid of the smell! I will keep using these as recommended." —Eca

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.18.

    3. A moisture meter to tell you if your plants need water, which is crucial during the winter months because the air tends to be very dry. All you do is stick it in the soil of the plant in question and it'll tell you if the soil is dry, moist, or wet.

    Reviewer's moisture meter is in a snake plant pot

    4. Keurig cleaning cups if you use your Keurig pretty often but have never thought to clean it. Just pop in one of the pods as you would a coffee cup, and proceed to be equal parts amazed and disgusted at how much residue was in your machine.

    5. A set of magnetic glass spice jars if you have a ton of spices and nowhere to store them. Plus, they look cool and can go on any magnetic surface, so fridges and the not hot part of stoves. Get creative!

    Reviewer pic of a number of glass spice jars stuck to the side of a fridge

    6. A pack of nonslip velvet hangers to give your closet a more cohesive look and free up some space. These are super slim and take up way less space than traditional plastic or wooden hangers, so you'll be able to hang more garments and make your closet look more tidy at the same time. Truly a miracle!

    A before and after shot of a closet is shown

    7. A vent cleaner hose that'll attach to your vacuum and clean out your dryer's lint trap. Making sure your lint trap isn't clogged greatly improves the drying time needed.

    8. An upholstered storage ottoman to store stuff like candles, blankets, and more. The lid can be flipped over to create a table, which is perfect for those of us with limited storage space.

    A gold hairpin legged blush pink velvet ottoman with a removable lid
    BuzzFeed editor flipping the top of the ottoman to show the storage and the table top underneath
    Amazon, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has and looooves this ottoman:

    "I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it's pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I'll use it as a tray. It's also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than 10 minutes, and probably didn't even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I'm tempted to buy another!)."

    Promising review: "I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my Kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things." —Monica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (available in seven colors).

    9. A set of poison- and pesticide-free sticky insect traps for getting any infestation of flying insects under control, because it's cold outside now and the bugs are MOVING IN. Reviewers swear that these traps completely wipe out common houseplant insects in a matter of weeks.

    10. A microfiber spin mop that'll make sure your mop isn't soaking wet before you use it, which will dramatically cut down on the time it takes to not only clean your floors but let them dry, especially during cold weather. Plus, it's machine-washable, has an automatic wringer, and is designed in a shape that will reach into small spaces and corners.

    reviewer using foot-operated peddle to wring microfiber mop
    reviewer image using the mop to clean the floor

    Promising review: "Ashamed to say, but I barely ever mop the floors. I purchased this O-Cedar Mop and Bucket based upon the great reviews. I am here to add a 5-star review of my own. This mop and bucket not only cleaned my floors, but it made the entire process easy (and dare I say fun?). I did the entire first floor of my house both tile and wood. Then wanted more fun, so i scooped up the handy handle and carried it upstairs where I continued on to the bedrooms and bathrooms. I don't want to go on and on, but this mop picked up lots of dirt and grime, then popped easily into the washing machine. It came out great. The swirly thing makes all the difference. It wrings out all of the excess water, so it's easy to mop without using too much muscle, which I do not have. And the mop heads are short, rather than long mop heads, which only make for heavier mops. If you're on the fence, go for it, you'll agree." —LauraP320

    Get it from Amazon for $59.97.

    11. A wall-mounted battery organizer that'll keep all of your batteries neatly stored. It can hold up to 93 batteries and comes with a tester to make sure the battery you choose isn't dead (it happens to the best of us!).

    12. A bottle of all-purpose cleaner that only uses five ingredients to keep the grime and gross at bay. The scent is orange and clove, which is the epitome of a beautiful winter day. Use this on everyday messes to keep your house looking and smelling divine.

    A person holds up the all purpose cleaner in a bathroom

    13. A heavy-duty shelving unit to store everything and anything, thanks to its weight capacity of 350 pounds per shelf. Finally your boxes of seasonal decor and bulky small appliances will have a home of their own when not in use.

    14. A magnetic paper towel holder to put on your fridge so that you free up counter space. Seriously, I actually have this thing and it's a game-changer. I didn't know how much space my old holder was taking up until I switched to this fridge magnet one.

    15. A sleek power tool holder to mount right onto your wall. Keep all of your drills and drivers within arm's reach, instead of scattered around your garage in their respective cases.

    Six power tools are mounted to a wall

    16. A garbage-disposal cleaner that uses bright blue magical foam to get rid of unpleasant lingering smells. Trust me, I use these in my own home and watching them work is like watching one of the Harry Potter movies — pure magic!

    17. A bottle of hard water booster powder if your dishes don't look so great when they come out of the dishwasher. It removes mineral build up, spots, residue, and hard water film from your machine, and leaves it with a faint but pleasant lemon-y scent. 

    Promising review: "This seems to work really well in our dishwasher. The dishwasher was starting to leave a white film on everything and smell bad. I started using this along with the maximum or ultimate (I can't remember which right now, and I'm too lazy to go check) all-in-one Finish detergent pods, and it's been working great and getting the dishes clean. Also, we have well water." —Carole

    Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

    18. A length-adjustable pet hair broom because it's that time of the year when dogs and cats are shedding more than usual, and you need something to rake it all up. Because the bristles are rubber, it picks up way more hair than a traditional broom.

    a reviewer photo of the broom laying on a rug next to a pile of hair and text reading
    a reviewer photo of a door mat covered in pet hair on the left side, and cleared of hair on the right side
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    Want more info? Check out my coworker's FURemover Evrilholder broom review. You'll learn a thing or two AND enjoy some very satisfying hair-removal photos!

    Promising review: "I saw this on TikTok and thought it was worth a shot. I have two dogs and a cat, and being one with a dust and dander allergy I have to vacuum often but the vacuum can’t always get in deep enough. This actually works and I was shocked at how well it does. I brush the carpet a few times and vacuum it up and the carpet even looks better!! I highly recommend this to everyone — especially pet owners." —Theo Ackerman

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    19. A silverware sorter that fits a full 24-piece cutlery set but takes up half the space of a traditional organizer, freeing up so much extra storage in a drawer you never thought you could get back.

    reviewer photo showing the silverware organizer along with several other kitchen utensils in the drawer

    20. A wall-mounted shop vac because garages get dirty real quick, especially when the seasons change and your car (and, let's be honest, you) track in more dirt. Whether it's seasonal problems like dead leaves or just your run-of-the-mill daily dirt buildup, this vacuum and blower will make keeping your garage tidy super easy.

    21. An over-the-cabinet storage shelf to easily store your cutting boards, baking sheets, and food wrap boxes. Think of the amount of cabinet and drawer space you'll free up!

    22. A set of shelf bins so that your eggs, drinks, snacks, and fruits have their own home and are easily accessible. Trust me, I have these in my fridge and it makes finding things so much easier.

    Reviewer photo showing the inside of a fridge organized using the bins

    23. And set of fridge organization labels that have a ton of font, size, and color options. Take your fridge's organization to the next level by making sure every spot is labeled with what goes where.

    24. A self-watering, self-aerating planter to make sure your plants stay hydrated when you don't have time to. Each pot can hold up to two weeks' worth of water, so you fill it up and then replace the water as needed.