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    31 Things To Help You Stop Saying "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"

    "This is why we CAN have nice things" β€” Taylor Swift if she would've read this post before Reputation came out, probably.

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    1. Solemates, for when the biggest factor separating you from wearing those super cute new heels you just bought, is the impending threat of sinking into muddy grass.


    Promising review: "I purchased the narrow pair to wear with some high heels to my friend's wedding as a maid of honor. I also purchased some for the bride. These are amazing and did not pop off once! Everyone was asking me how in the world my heels weren't sinking into the grass. They didn't notice the clear protectors until I pointed them out. This invention is genius and I definitely did not sink into the grass! Totally worth it, especially if you have expensive heels that you do not want to ruin! As for the bride's expensive shoes, they were definitely saved!!!" β€”swt caroline

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two colors, and three sizes)

    2. A hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector to preserve your mattress from things like your child's bodily fluids or your cup of coffee spilling.


    Promising review: "My wife went into labor a year and a half ago and that labor went very quickly that she ended up giving birth on our bed in the presence of EMTs. We then went to the hospital where I stayed overnight with my wife and new baby girl. The next day, once things had clamed down, I went home to clean up before they came home. For those who have witnessed or gone through child birth, you know what a mess I arrived to. For those who haven't, suffice to say there are many different types of fluids and a lot of them. Let's just say I was fully expecting to be purchasing a new mattress. To my amazement, once I'd bagged our sheets and this mattress pad, our mattress was perfectly fine. I bought another one immediately and will continue to use this brand as long as it exists. I challenge anyone to put it through a more rigorous test and I'm positive it can stand up to some sweat or your child's pee in the middle of the night. I could have posted a pic but it's better for everyone if I don't." β€”Kevin C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in six sizes).

    3. A door scratch shield that'll protect your walls from your sharp-clawed pet, who just wants to go for a walk, or better yet, is just super excited to hear you're about to come home.


    Promising review: "OK, so it's really not the prettiest door guard but we could not be happier with this purchase. We trained our puppy to use a bell to go outside but she prefers to body slam the bell and then claw at the bell for dear life. This entire process made me want to cry watching her destroy our brand new house. This hangs past the door and it protects the wood trim and wall as well. We could not live without it." β€”C. Guss

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    4. A two-pack of silicone bibs with a roll-up pocket for catching the remnants of food your messy little one didn't manage to get into their mouths.


    These are dishwasher-safe, and can also be easily cleaned with just some water!

    Promising review: "We have been using these for over a year now with my 2-year-old and they are great bibs. We don't use anything else anymore. They are both still in perfect condition after almost daily use for over a year! They are so easy to clean and they save so much food from falling into my son's lap and messing up his clothes. They are especially great for liquids like soup. Definitely recommend these bibs!" β€”Jennifer M. Oslon

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98 (available in two colors).

    5. A 12-pack of water bottle cleaning tablets to restore your reusable drinking vessel back to store condition. I mean, you don't wanna be drinking from something gross!

    The tablets are biodegradable, chlorine-free, all-natural, and environmentally safe. Just put one in with water and they'll clean your bottle without any additional brushing or scrubbing. They're good for use on stainless steel bottles, mugs, hydration reservoirs, coolers, dishes, and hard-to-clean plastic containers and bottles.

    Promising review: "I actually found this product on a BuzzFeed article on things that you can’t believe you don’t already own. I figured I’d give it a shot as we have plenty of gross looking travel coffee mugs. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was blown away. I was amazed and even a tad disgusted at how gross they truly were." β€”Nanners1010

    Get them from Amazon for $8.

    6. A spandex suitcase cover that'll protect your luggage so when you go to retrieve it from baggage claim, it's in the same tip-top shape it was in before you brought it to bag check.


    Promising review: "I bought the cover to protect new luggage, a pretty red color that would look pretty bad on just one flight if not protected. I really like the cover. It does protect most exposed parts of the luggage from the grease and black soil and grit that it runs through in the luggage handling process. It also is a deterrent from anyone trying to quickly open the bag and possibly remove any of my belongings. It's washable but not all stains will wash out so consider that when picking a color or pattern for your cover. I've had several compliments from the airline counter, to passengers and fellow travelers, to people just walking in the airport. That said, over the course of several flights, one of my covers were scraped and torn in a small area so the cover isn't damage-free. I ordered a new one and may try to actually use beneath the torn one on my next travel for double protection. Much easier to get a new cover than a costly new suitcase. Best of all my luggage is still looking great so well worth the purchase of the cover." β€”TerryS

    Get it from $12.99+ (available in 11 styles, and sizes S–XL).

    7. A three-pack of oven liners for catching crumbs, sticky stuff, or any other food debris, so you can just take this out and stick it in the dishwasher rather than worry about cleaning the oven itself.


    These are PFOA-, and BPA-free, and works well in electric and gas ovens, microwaves, toasters, and can also be used as a grill or baking mat, or pan liner. They're non-stick, reusable, can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees F, and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love these liners. When stuff drips, I can just take it out and clean it in my sink in soapy water or throw it in the dishwasher. Don't have to scrub the bottom of the oven. Just remove the liner carefully. Less need to turn on the self-cleaning feature and endure the smells and smoke that are emitted as part of that process. The worst is usually the floor of the oven and this minimizes the problem." β€”wifi-er

    Get them from Amazon for $17.95.

    8. A TubShroom to collect hair in the shower/bath so your precious drains don't get clogged. Yeah, you're welcome.


    Promising review: "This is absolutely worth every penny. Kudos to the inventor of this product. I have thick long dark hair, and after two months of moving into my own apartment, my shower drain was completely clogged with all my hair. After being disgusted at the amount of hair I had to clean out with a snake (which is NOT a fun task), I decided I needed to purchase something to prevent it from happening again. I read about this product on a BuzzFeed article, and I have no regrets. It is so satisfying to clean out, and it does not lie when it says it catches every single hair. I have had it for close to 4 months without once instance of my shower drain backing up. This product is absolutely worth it." β€”Jess

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

    9. A two-pack of car seat protectors so if your kiddo takes up a sudden past time of kicking the back of your seat out of boredom, you can breathe easier knowing it won't be damaged.


    Your purchase will come with an e-book on games and activities to keep your little one busy on car trips!

    Promising review: "Recently got my car detailed and then noticed this staccato thumping from the back seat...oh yay my toddler has found a new way to entertain herself. Knowing that her shoes see sand and mud puddles galore I immediately began hunting for some seat protection. These work great. Nicely priced, large enough to cover the whole seat, and I specifically didn't want one with a bulkier organizer because I figured she would get her foot caught and shriek 'I'm stuck' for our car travels. I'm so proud she can self entertain and now she won't have to do it at the expense of my seat backs." β€”Leah

    Get them from Amazon for $18.97.

    10. A wine stain removal spray for the clumsy red vino drinker who is as good at spilling on their clothes and furniture as they are at polishing off an entire bottle by themselves.

    Emily Shwake / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." β€”Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

    11. A pet seat cover for people who love bringing their very good fluffer along on car trips, but don't quite love seeing their beautiful car seats resemble the floor of a pet groomer.


    Promising review: "Great cover, worth the price. I purchased the XL size for my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It gave perfect coverage of the back seat. The anchors tucked into the seat and held in place for the entire nine hour-trip last week. The best feature, and reason I decided on this cover, is the 'hammock' straps that attach to the head rests of the front seats. My dog had ACL surgery on both of her back legs six months ago and it could really set her recovery back if she partially fell into the foot wells in the back seat during a sudden stop or turn. I'm very happy with the quality of materials and stitching; should last for a long time. Definitely recommend!" β€”Erik

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three colors, and two sizes).

    12. A bitter nail polish that'll help your nail biting habit bite the dust. Can you say that three times fast? You can. Wanna know why? Because you won't have your nails in your mouth!


    Promising review: "I've been nervously biting my nails awhile. Imagine my embarrassment as an adult looking down to see my stubs of shame. Trying to kick this habit, I gave up and bought Mavala Stop. It's been five days and nary a nibble has occurred. I highly recommend the product. It is a great way to realize how much you mindlessly bite. I layer my Mavala stop on top of freshly painted nails. I have a lovely glitter manicure now that I will not chew on. Be aware though, finger foods are gross now. Which could be good if you are a snacker. I can't wait to see what my nails look like next week!" β€”Pie the Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    13. A bread storage container for keeping store-bought or fresh-baked loaves fresher longer. I mean, you didn't spend time literally getting this bread just for it to go bad shortly after.


    This helps to keep bread and baked goods fresher longer. The air vent is adjustable for a variety of conditions β€” closed for dry conditions and opened for humid conditions. The magnetic closure helps keep it snapped shut and secure. Plus, this is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love these. Years ago, I was looking for a bread box and just couldn't find one that would allow me to cut the bread and put it right back in the box easily. I love that you can cut the bread on the front and that it is magnetic and how it expands. Soooo handy. I have two of them, so I can rotate, or sometimes both of them have bread in them. This would be easy for cookies or any baked goods you want to get in and out of easily on your counter. Really love this product." β€”Walnut Farm Designs

    Get it from Amazon for $19.28.

    14. A two-pack of glass screen protectors to add an extra shield of safety to your iPhone. Seriously, I don't remember life before having glass screen protectors. When I drop my phone and "crack the screen," I know all I did was crack the screen protector, and the ACTUAL screen is A-OK!


    Compatible with iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and 8.

    Promising review: "I had JUST received my new iPhone 7, literally a week before. I had a jacket tied around my waist and my phone was in my left pocket. I got in the car and closed the door hard, but it wouldn't close, so I did it again. I suddenly realized that my jacket was hanging out of the door and my phone was what was preventing me from getting the door closed. I looked at the phone and it looked like the phone's screen was shattered and, I assumed, I now owned a ruined $700 phone. It wasn't until I called Apple for help or confession, thinking I had killed my phone, that it was revealed that the screen protector was what had cracked, saving my phone from disaster. I ordered a new one immediately and from now on I'll rely on this protector as long as I have a phone. And there are two per box!" β€”Kerry Flynn

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A rust stain remover gel that'll be no match on even the toughest of rust stains. The photo below? Actual magic.

    It comes in an easy-to-use trigger spray and is ideal for cleaning bathtubs, showers, toilets, colorfast fabrics, vertical surfaces, and hard-to-reach spots. Plus, it's non-abrasive, and made with non-hydrofluoric acid based formula, which is safer than other similar liquid rust stain removers.

    Promising review: "Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. With almost no effort, this made my dark orange, iron-water shower stall white again. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!" β€”Jessica B

    Get it from Amazon for $5.48 (originally $13.59).

    16. A cat scratching post for your furry friend whose claws are longing for some scratching action, but like, your furniture, walls, and personal belongings are not game.


    Promising review: "I'm on here because I'm buying another one of these. According to Amazon, I purchased my first one about 5.5 years ago. Considering the whole purpose of this item is to get damaged day in and day out, that's impressive. If you're wondering whether it's worth it to splurge for something like this versus buying those horrible cardboard scratchers every week, the answer is an emphatic yes. I've got two cats that use this multiple times daily. It's heavy enough to be used by larger cats (one of mine is 15 lbs). It's built rock solid and has survived multiple moves, and even now, though I'm buying a new one, it could probably be turned around and used for another year." β€”ExtraTrstl

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    17. A four-pack of bed sheet clips to ensure your sheets actually stay in place, no matter how all over the place you are in your sleep.


    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. Bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing!

    A tip for putting them on: lay the fitted sheet on top of the bed with the corners inside out (flipped up, off the mattress). Then attach these bands to each of the corners and tighten the bands. Once they are all clamped and tightened, THEN flip the corners onto the mattress. We have a pillow top 10" thick king mattress and this is the best method to get these on. Hope that helps!" β€”LindseyB

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three styles).

    18. A glass water bottle with a silicone protection sleeve so you can enjoy the fresh taste that only glass bottles can provide while still having some protection from shattering in case you drop it.


    This is BPA-, PVC-, phthalates-, odor-, and stain-free. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "After several years of use, my glass water bottle broke when it fell off a table and I replaced it with this one at a lower price. It's great! It feels very sturdy β€” the protective outside covers most of the bottle, and the lock feature is terrific for those times at exercise class when the bottle falls over (or when it turns sideways in my gym bag). I've been using it for about a month and have no complaints, only compliments!" β€”ScoopBC

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29+ (available in seven colors).

    19. High heel repair caps for a quick-fix against those heels you really like, but broke, and how could you ever find a pair to replace them?


    Promising review: "The extra small caps fit perfectly on my ultra spiked stilettos. The original heel tips deteriorated completely after a few long walks, so I bought these caps to repair the shoes. It took a little effort to get the caps onto the heels, but I think they will hold up well. I walked around in the shoes a bit to test the caps, and the shoes feel much safer now than they did before. The caps also make the shoes much quieter. No more noisy clicking with every step." β€”Emily Contompasis

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and sizes XS/S–M/L).

    20. A tile grout pen to trick people into thinking you hired a fancy schmancy cleaning service to make your floors shine like the top of the Chrysler building, but really it was just this handy dandy pen.


    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!" β€”Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.80+ (available in three colors, and two sizes).

    21. A fabric protection spray that'll actually repel spills so they don't stain your rugs, surfaces, and furniture. It may look like a spray can, but I think it's secretly a magic wand.


    Promising review: "I got this for my pillows. Having a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old who are constantly making messes in the living room, I was a bit fed up with replacing my pillows due to stains. The spraying was easy and quick, then I left them outside to air out. Today I noticed a big splatter of dried up ketchup on the pillow. I took a wet paper towel and rubbed off the stain. It came off completely! Nothing seeped through the fabric. I just wish I used this sooner!" β€”Lidia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (originally $14.49).

    22. An avocado keeper for anyone who loves nature's butter but doesn't love how fast it turns brown.


    This is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I have NO idea how this works, I just now know it does! I cut an avocado in half, put it in this keeper and THREE days later it was as if I had JUST cut it!!! NO browning. My avo was VERY ripe! No need to add lime or anything before wrapping up, just put it into this mystifying avo keeper, even with the pit, and ENJOY when you want! PLEASE don't think I wasn't highly skeptical too, as I was ready to return it before I even opened it!!" β€”Keith Gauthier

    Get it from Amazon for $4.68.

    23. A four-pack of coasters that'll not only prevent water rings on your surfaces, but will surely get a laugh out of those who use them.


    Promising review: "Good quality, especially for the price. The cork backing keeps them in place and protects the table, (which is particularly important with this item), and they have good weight and printing. I’m a big fan, and my guests all get a laugh out of them." β€”J. Step

    Get them from Amazon for $13.60+ (available in six styles).

    24. A ToiletWand for proving once and for all, wands of all types, even ones for toilets, are truly powerful. For reference, see kinda disgusting image below.

    Comes with one ToiletWand, one storage caddy, and six disposable ToiletWand refills to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Just click the wipe onto the wand, swish, scrub, and clean the bowl, pop the wipe off, and dispose in the trash.

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." β€”Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

    25. A two-pack of bracelet fastening tools to make putting on your own bracelet super fast and easy.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I've waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they are slip on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." β€”Cat Mom

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    26. A sofa slipcover that'll prevent your furniture from getting covered in a mess of pet dander, so next time you see your flufferino jump onto the couch, you don't need to have a million and one heart palpitations.


    Promising review: "This cover is great! Our couch and loveseat aren't super high quality, but with two toddlers and a dog, I wanted something inexpensive that I could throw in the washing machine. I got it more to collect crumbs and dog hair than anything else, and it does that well. It's well-made (especially for the price point) and easy to install. I love this type of cover SO much more than the more traditional full couch cover; this cover is much more versatile for a variety of couch shapes and sizes. I'm going to get another one of these covers for our couch as well." β€”J. Maclauchlan

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (originally $39.99).

    27. A splatter pan for those who enjoy cooking up a storm, but dread the inevitable and highly dangerous grease/oil splatters. IT HURTS.


    Should fit most pots and pans. It's made of 304-grade stainless steel and extra-fine mesh to prevent 99% of splashes. Comes with a lifetime warranty.

    Promising review: "After putting it off for years making do with a cheap-o splatter screen, I finally purchased a new one. This one is great quality, and my husband and I think it will last nicely for many years to come. I love the reinforcing 'cross-members' and little feet to set it down on the counter without leaving a grease outline. I know you can always buy the cheapest one out there, but it is usually (in my opinion) worth it to spend a bit more for a quality product!" β€”Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in three sizes).

    28. A stainless steel polishing spray with a microfiber cloth that'll make your stainless steel appliances look as if they were just delivered to your house just with a simple spray and wipe.


    Comes with a microfiber cloth! This is good for use on stainless refrigerators, stoves, sinks, dishwashers, microwaves, grills, and other appliances!

    Promising review: "In my experience, cleaning products usually need to be pretty strong chemicals that require care when applying. When faced with options, I usually buy the chemical with the most skull and cross bones, warning labels, and danger symbols I can find. I figure the more volatile and poisonous the chemical, the better it will work! So I was skeptical about this product when it was billed as a plant based chemical on the other end of the toxicity spectrum. I decided to try it because of the many positive reviews. I'm glad I did. It works great! I wouldn't use it as a mouthwash, but it certainly isn't as harsh as other cleaners I've used." β€”Joe

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97 (originally $19.99).

    29. A hair styling storage holder that'll provide a neat and safe spot for your styling tool so you don't accidentally burn yourself from leaving it on the counter.


    Promising review: "After coming home from a long day at work seeing that my wife left the hair straightener on rushing to work, this magnificent plastic thing probably prevented a fire in our apartment. Even though it was very warm and hot, nothing burned, not even the plastic holder itself. I can't thank this product enough, because it does what it's supposed to do. It sticks, and prevents fires from hair straighteners." β€”Emre

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06+ (available in four colors).

    30. A gate to keep your little ones and pets in a designated area of your home where they can't cause damage or get hurt.


    Promising review: "Really easy to set up. As others have said here, it may look off/angled, but it straightens out during set-up. All four attachment points can be adjusted, which is super handy. The gate looks formidable to my labradors, which keeps them out of my kitchen β€” damn they love food! It's a pleasing white color and doesn't feel too out of place aesthetically. Pretty reasonable price, in my IMHO." β€”DigiChalk

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (originally $38.99).

    31. A 20-piece chair sock set to put on the feet of chairs and tables so when you move them around, they don't end up leaving unwanted scratches on your floors.


    Promising review: "I love these. Cute way to keep wood-on-wood surfaces safe from scratches. We live in a loft so they reduce noise level and stabilize some wonky chair legs." β€”S Rhodes

    Get them from Amazon for $13.89.

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