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    29 Items To Buy When Things Have *Not* Gone According To Plan

    No need to fear, these products are here to help you right life's wrongs.

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    1. The Pink Stuff cleaning paste because no sticky saucepans, streaky stainless steel, or gunked-up glass shall prosper against you or this versatile and easy-to-use cleaner. This paste has got you covered from your caked-on stove top to your dirty rain boots. It can even remove those colorful drawings your kids left on your white walls!

    reviewer image of a dirty sneaker next to one cleaned with the pink stuff
    reviewer image of a white dresser covered in black permanent marker scribbles
    after image of the same dresser now scribble-free

    Promising reviews: "I have never seen my sink so clean! It removed the limescale with a regular wash cloth and a little scrubbing." —Cndrla

    "I need this in bulk!! I have tried so many cleaning solutions to get out hard cooking stains on my stove top and nothing worked! This stuff took it right out without a problem!!" —Micaela Gunderson

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    2. A two-pack of heavy-duty construction glue that'll work on tile, wood, laminate, brick, and more! In just 30 seconds, you'll be able to restore broken, chipped, and cracked pieces.

    a model uses the gorilla glue to replace a brick in the pavement
    Amazon

    Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! We had a full-basin under-mount kitchen sink that was falling away from the countertop. We are not handy whatsoever and were about to hire a handyman to fix it for us. We had a repairman out at our home for something else, and he happened to mention that all we needed to do was acquire some Gorilla construction glue. Well, this stuff WORKED!” —JW 

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.49.

    3. An earwax removal kit if you've been trying to remove wax with a cotton swab, which just pushed the wax farther back and now you need help getting it out. This nonirritating cleanser will get your ears in tip-top shape in no time.

    an ear canal that's coated with a thick hard layer of wax
    the same ear canal with all of the ear wax removed

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first but this stuff really works! My ear was clogged and I couldn’t hear anything and wanted to save myself a trip to the doctor's office. I put 10 drops in twice a day and left them in for 20 minutes each time and on the fifth application, the flood gates opened and I could hear again! It’s amazing all the stuff I wasn’t hearing before!! I highly recommend this product." —Virginia Whitehead

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    4. A rubber broom so you can get rid of the layers of fur sitting atop your carpets and rugs that your vacuum promised to suck up (but didn't). It's also great for mopping up liquid spills thanks to the built-in squeegee!!

    Promising review: "I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large dogs and we have fur EVERYWHERE! This works so, so well! I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly, I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool." —Roseann

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    5. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo for brightening your hair if it's turned orange a few weeks after your last salon visit. It tones down any pesky brassy hues so your hair's color is more even.

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because your hair may turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    Promising review: "I have naturally almost black, thick Asian hair that is highly processed and toned to high heaven just so I can be blonde. Not just sandy blonde. Platinum blonde. Now, any 'bottle blonde' knows that purple shampoo is the sweet baby Jesus in a manger necessity that they MUST use if they don’t want to end up with orange-tinged hair. It’s just that blonde life. I have tried almost every purple shampoo under the sun, ranging from $7 to $70 a bottle. Fanola takes the cake and is hands down the winner when it comes to toning even the most stubborn brass. Seriously. Your granny needs this. You need this. Go buy stock in this company." —CatsonCatsonCats

    For more info, check out our Fanola No Yellow deep dive.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A watermark remover cloth if you've got guests with no home training leaving rings all over your furniture. This cloth will get rid of marks, scratches, and blemishes.

    Promising review: “I had old water and heat damage on my antique table. I had thought there was no way I would ever get rid of them, but now I know better!” —Roberta Kentspeth 

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A vegan ingrown hair oil made with skin-softening jojoba seed oil and anti-inflammatory tea tree oil for relief from post-shaving redness. It'll also help improve the look of ingrown hairs, razor burn, and bumps. 

    a split image of a reviewer before and after using the oil with the look of razor bumps drastically reduced after a month
    Bushbalm

    Bushbalm is an Ottawa-based small skincare brand creating products for our most sensitive areas.

    Promising review: "I've bought this product numerous of times and it never fails. I have no more ingrowns and it also helps so much with irritation after shaving!" —Pris

    Get it from Amazon or straight from Bushbalm for $26.

    8. A pack of Bottle Bright cleaning tablets because regular ole soap and water hasn't gotten rid of the tough stains and odors in your travel mugs and water bottles. The best part is, there's no scrubbing involved. So you get super clean gear with minimal effort!

    before image of reviewer holding dirty travel mug
    after image of the mug spotlessly clean

    Promising review: "My tea mug was horrible: 'stainless' steel that was totally brown from tea. It's now shiny and silver again. I used it on my coffee mug and my gym water bottle as well, and they're all like new! I highly recommend it, and it works super fast. No scent during or after use." —afK2

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    To learn more, check out our Bottle Bright tablets deep dive.

    9. A pack of two deodorant-removing sponges that'll remove the annoying (and seemingly permanent) white streaks that haven't come out in the wash.

    reviewer before image of a black shirt with white deodorant stains
    reviewer after image of the same black shirt with no white stains on it

    Promising review: "I'm not really sure what else to say about this besides that it works! I change clothes frequently so this product is a godsend. Gets the deodorant stains right out!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A clear smudge-correcting nail polish so you don't have to walk around with crinkly, dented nail polish just because you're too impatient to wait for it to dry before you get on with your life. This unique formula smoothes out mistakes so you don't have to start the painting process all over again.

    smudged nail polish before
    corrected, perfect polish after
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This refreshes my worn-out manicure very well. I apply this as a topcoat over my old manicure. It respreads and smooths out the polish and leaves it fresh and shiny. It's a bit pricey, but it does save me a lot of time and trouble not having to repolish my nails." —SoniaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    11. Hydrocolloid acne patches for times when you feel a pimple coming on. Wear one of these overnight and wake up to find that your acne gunk has been absorbed by the patch.

    Promising review: “I wasn't sure if this was going to hold up to its promise...but it did! I used this on a massive zit growing on my nose, making me look like Rudolph, and the first night it took down the swelling a bit and lessened the redness. Day Two it was significantly smaller in width and circumference! If that doesn't help you decided to purchase this, nothing will." —Cassee Colson

    Get 36 patches from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A thin electrical cover if you just bought a new couch and planned for it to sit flush against the wall but you've got cords plugged into an outlet that make that impossible. 

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get the 3-foot cord from Amazon for $23.95 (available in several styles).

    13. An air pressure wine bottle opener because using your regular corkscrew has (often) resulted in a broken cork stuck inside your Merlot.

    reviewer uses air pressure bottle opener to open wine
    air pressure wine opener set

    Plus, it comes with a foil cutter!

    Promising review: "Way easier than struggling trying to pry a cork out with a traditional corkscrew. Just insert the needle straight into the cork and pump a few times with your hand over the apparatus until the cork starts to work out, then another pump or two, and pop, the cork is in your hand. The little thing for cutting the top of the foil off the bottle is very slick too. This is the easiest way to open wine I have ever seen, short of having the waiter do it." —Finestkind

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six colors).

    14. A stainless-steel odor absorber that'll get rid of unwanted smells from your hands. If you've just cooked a huge meal with fish, onions, and garlic and your hands smell of all the above, you're gonna wanna add this to cart immediately. 

    The steel odor absorber which says
    a reviewer holding the odor absorber

    Promising review: "Just made a dish involving onions, shallots, and garlic. Normally my hands would smell of onion and garlic for two days, no matter how much soap and water scrubbing I did. I did a quick wash with soap, then rubbed this all over my hands and fingertips under running water. Completely eliminated the odor from my skin. I've had one of these under my sink for years and sometimes forget to use it. Then every time I do, it's sort of 'Eureka!' all over again. I may be a slow learner, but at least my hands don't smell... If I wash my hands, then use this, I've never had it fail to work." —CKB

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    15. A reusable pet hair remover so you don't have to keep battling with a lint roller's (limited) adhesive strips to reclaim your couch from the mob of fur that's been calling it home.

    GIF of reviewer using the chom chom roller to remove fur from a couch
    reviewer image of a chom chom roller open to reveal all the collected pet hair inside

    Promising review: "We rescued a little couch dog from the pound. I was leary of her little furrrrrs getting all over our previously pristine couches and knew that I'd need some sort of solution. I was willing to buy the lint rollers with sheets you rip off but was hoping for a better and less wasteful option. This thing works GREAT. I was so doubtful of it being the miracle product that so many of the reviews claim it to be. But it really is! A family member came by today and I swiped this baby over my couch a few times, emptied it into the trash, and you can't even tell a dog has been sleeping there. Highly recommend investing in this!" —JT

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    16. A pack of menthol canker sore patches for when those unpredictable irritations pop up out of nowhere. Get up to 12 hours of relief and be ready to say goodbye to that canker sore in as little as one day!

    reviewer with canker sore on tongue
    reviewer wearing patch on the sore

    Promising review: "Finally, relief! Canker sores are tiny yet extremely painful, especially when chewing! I had one below one of my molars. It was hell to chew, so I ordered these. I followed the instructions, which tell you to dry the sore first and hold the tablet there for 20 seconds. Amazingly, it sticks and stays for the full 12 hours (for me it was more like 14 hours). It doesn't slide off at all, even when chewing breakfast the next morning. Even brushing my teeth, it stayed. Once it was fully dissolved I could tell it helped because the pain was greatly reduced (still slight discomfort, but not pain like before). I highly recommend these for speeding up the healing process and for helping with the pain." —Sally

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $11.88.

    17. A pack of K-Cup cleaners if you haven't cleaned your machine in awhile and your coffee hasn't been tasting quite like coffee lately. Pop one of these nontoxic cups into your Keurig to give it the deep clean it's been needing.

    Promising reviews: "I use these every six weeks or so to keep my machine from getting gnarly and disgusting. They do exactly what they promise and are super easy to use. Staple in my household since trying them for the first time." —Azure Look

    “I bought this product because the needle in my Keurig 2.0 keeps clogging, causing inconsistent brew and taste. These cleaning cups fixed both of my issues and especially liked that it was really quick and easy to use. I put the cleaning pod in and ran one cycle, then took the pod out and ran a rinse cycle to clean out any leftover grinds. FAST, EASY, and GREAT results…VERY HAPPY!!” —Corey West

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A small hole repair kit so you're always prepared to patch up a wall after a failed attempt to hang a 50-pound gold mirror you found for free on Craigslist.

    reviewer image of a hole in a wall
    the hole patched up with the drywall kit

    This kit comes with a tub of primer-enhanced spackling compound, a self-adhesive patch, a putty knife, and a sanding pad.

    Promising review: "We wound up with a huge hole in our wall due to the use of skinny drywall at a property we were renting. I was worried about our security deposit, so I purchased this to patch it up. It worked great and completely covered the hole. It dried quickly and it included everything I needed to fix the hole myself. When everything was done, it blended really well." —Amber Norell

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    19. A drain snake for removing the massive clogs of hair and gunk in your sinks and bathtub that not even nasty (and harmful) chemicals could burn through.

    Promising review: "I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. I bought multiple de-clogging solutions but they didn’t assist or help much with the problem. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work. Within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!!" —DebSd

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5+ (available in two sizes).

    20. Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes if your plants aren't growing as fast as they should. Just stick one of these in your planters and your leafy babes will be continuously fed for up to two months!

    reviewer image of a plant budding
    the same plant now overtaking its pot

    Promising review: "I didn’t think I’d write a review about plant food, but these are amazing! I used to just look at plants and they would shrivel and die, but these have made every single one of my plants flourish beautifully! Even succulents in our temperamental Washington weather are thriving. We have them in both our indoor plants as well as our veggies outside." —H Husom 

    Get 48 spikes from Amazon for $6.95.

    21. A water-based instant carpet spot remover because all of life's little messes should be quick and easy to clean. Say goodbye to those stubborn wine, pet, coffee, food, and dirt stains!

    before reviewer image of green marker marks on a beige carpet
    after reviewer image with the beige carpet completely clean

    Promising reviews: "I am really impressed by this carpet spot remover. I haven’t found anything that works as well. I used it on pet stains that were months old. One treatment with this and they were gone. Works exactly as promised." —Diana L. Williams

    "I seldom write product reviews but I will in this case. The only reason I'm giving the Folex 5 stars is because there's no place to give it 10. My dog, Sweetie, while playing on the tan carpeting in the family room, got hold of a blue Pilot G2 pen and chewed through the outer casing and through the ink cartridge, leaving an approximately 6-inch-by-12-inch area of carpeting splotched with blue ink. It took four or five applications, but following the label instructions to the letter, the spot was totally removed. Way to go Folex. Outstanding!" —Bob

    Get it from Amazon for 11.18.

    22. Or a portable Bissell multi-purpose carpet cleaner that'll take care of any larger messes on your carpets, couches, and more. It's got powerful spray and suction so those stubborn pet stains will be gone in mere moments. Deep clean made easy!

    reviewer before image of a gray couch covered in dark stains
    reviewer after image of the same couch with the dark stains gone

    Promising review: “Went ahead and purchased after reading the glowing reviews, crossed my fingers that this product was as great as everyone claimed. Sure enough, it's A MIRACLE! I had tried so many upholstery cleaners and they just made the stains more prominent, but this adorable little robot cured my couch of its stains. I could have spent more time and diligence cleaning and probably gotten the couch even more sparkly, but I am so satisfied with these results that I don't even care. Go ahead and purchase this bad boy.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $109.59.