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    31 Products You Hate That You Need, But You Really, Really Do

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    1. A stainless steel tongue scraper to get rid of all the funky bacteria that's been causing bad breath. Stay plaque-free with this gentle tool.

    before image of reviewer's yellow tongue
    after image of reviewer's now clean and pink tongue

    Promising review: "I have gone 30 years of my life having the worst breath known to man. I would brush and brush, and within 20 minutes, I'd be back to the same. I never knew how to get rid of it. Then, I came upon this little item on Amazon. I decided to give it a try because I figured I've tried everything else. Wow, just, wow...I couldn't believe how much crap this thing was pulling off my tongue. Seriously, if you have suffered from bad breath, give this a try. You will not regret it." —Me

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in larger pack sizes).

    2. A pack of two minty, dentist-formulated oral rinses — freshen up your mouth with this non-burning mouthwash. It also doesn't contain alcohol, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.

    Promising review: "This mouthwash is the only one that actually works. Your mouth feels so clean, it's a pleasant taste, and most importantly, your breath is perfect. Once you have tried this, you are NEVER going back to 'regular brands' again." —Awake and Alive

    Get the pack of two from Amazon for $14.57+ (also available in packs of six).

    3. 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 decide to purchase this, nothing will." —Cassee Colson

    Get 36 patches from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. 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.

    5. A fungal nail renewal formula if you've been living with thick, discolored, and brittle nails. Improve the look of your nails in as little as two days!

    Promising review: “I tried EVERYTHING! I tried tree tea oil for years and various different products. Nothing worked. The reviews were so great on this that I decided to try to cure it one more time. But when you have had a condition for 35 years, you aren’t too hopeful! I followed the suggestions of some of the reviewers and cut my toenails (I only had it on my big toes) everywhere that the fungus was present. Even below the quick. I started applying this gel, which is super easy to use. I swear to you that I noticed a difference after one application.” —WIAPilot 

    Get it from Amazon for $16.25.

    6. A bottle of professional-grade callus-removing gel that'll remove years' worth of calluses quick and easy. Just presoak your feet, apply the gel, let it do its magic, and rinse!

    Promising reviews: "This is a Hail Mary! This is hands-down the best product ever!!!! I have been using this product on my clients and it has made my job so much easier and less time consuming." —Diamante Valentine

    "Best foot callus remover I have ever used! I read a lot of the reviews before purchasing this product. Most callus removers I have purchased in the past were not very effective. So I was encouraged by the reviews. I saw that a lot of reviewers mentioned to be very careful not to leave it on longer than three or four minutes. My feet were the softest they have ever been. Love love love." —Cheri whisker

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. garbage disposal cleaner to foam up and scrub your disposal, leaving a fresh scent behind so you don't have to keep living with icky drain pipe odors.

    Promising review: "It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don't really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package. I have used it with single, large-size sinks and with double sinks — only difference is that the double sink will have blue cleaning foam rise up the drain, which you rinse away when the disposal sounds clear again. I have tried the foaming cleaner in a can, but unfortunately it stopped coming out of the can about 10% of the way through. Went back to this tried-and-true." —KS

    Get the pack of four from Amazon for $9.58.

    8. A pack of washing machine cleaner tablets because you shouldn't be tossing dirty clothes into a dirty machine. These tablets dissolve to remove any residue that may have built up, so you can be sure your favorite blanket comes out smelling fresh!

    Promising review: "I never knew how tough it would be to clean my high-efficiency washer. It is a never-ending battle. Life is a little easier now that I can toss in a tab and have it do most of the work for me." —Maggie Dennis

    Get the pack of six tablets from Amazon for $11.98 (also available in packs of three and five).

    9. A pack of two ready-to-use fruit fly traps for luring and killing the fruit flies trying to take over your home. And each trap lasts for up to 45 days!

    reviewer image of the apple-shaped fruit fly trap
    reviewer image of the trap open to reveal dead fruit flies inside

    Promising review: “A miracle worker! I bought at least seven different types of products trying to destroy an army of fruit flies. This is freaking awesome stuff! I seriously am beyond thankful that this product works.” —JMC 

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89.

    10. An anti-nausea acupressure bracelet so an impromptu summer road trip, ferry trip, or bout of vertigo won't lead to any day-ruining queasiness.

    Promising reviews: "I recently came back from a three-day cruise and I feel amazing. No nausea and no seasickness all because of these sea bands. I wish I found out about them sooner." —Eve

    "I have now bought this for the third time. I wear them 24 hours a day, seven days a week because I suffer from extreme vertigo and when I wear this, I experience no vertigo whatsoever. They say not to wear them all the time, but it works!" —C51

    Get the pack of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. A Scrubbing Bubbles cleaning stamp since rings have been forming around the inside of your toilet. This will keep your toilet bowl fresh and clean with every flush. Just plop some gel inside the bowl, and let it work so you don't have to.

    A hand stamping the circle of gel in the toilet
    Scrubbing Bubbles

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these things! I have five kiddos. These gel stamps keep my toilet cleaner and fresher smelling for longer, which is a definite plus with four boys. These have an easy, no-mess application. I finally just put them on my Subscribe & Save so I always have them ready." —Alyssa M

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $5.29.

    12. nail and cuticle repair oil that'll soften cuticles and strengthen your nails when used daily — because you can't keep ignoring how easily they chip and break. 

    Promising review: "It's a miracle! I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. A friend recommended a nail strengthener they saw on QVC. It was quite pricey and I wanted to make sure it was worth it so I read the reviews. One of the comments said just buy SolarOil. Since it was much more affordable than the QVC stuff, I tried it. I bought it in February. This bottle size lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in four sizes).

    13. A fragrance-free CeraVe body wash with salicylic acid and ceramides to help you deal with any "chicken skin" flare-ups. This will exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling moisturized!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING! I have had bumps on the back of my arms and top of my thighs for as long as I can remember. I've used this with a exfoliating sponge TWICE and they are noticeably smaller and my arms actually feel smooth!! I'm sure as I continue to use it they will be gone completely. I rarely write reviews but had to come tell you all how awesome this stuff is if you are dealing with the same problems. NO MORE CHICKEN SKIN!! YAYY." —Taymcg

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners because you shouldn't have to hear the kitchen cabinets slam shut after every snack choice your roommates make. And they make a lot of snack choices.

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    Another reviewer image with the dampener being used on a cabinet

    Promising review: "These work very well to dampen the sounds of my idiot roommates slamming cabinet doors at all hours of the day. Just make sure you're wiping down the part of the cabinet they'll stick to before applying them. The adhesive is good and should hold for a while." —LMA

    Get a sheet of 100 from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A skin-repairing body oil chock-full of natural oils good for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Its skin-renewal formula will help get rid of acne scars, surgery scars, and so much more!

    image of lower half of reviewer's face covered in red scars from shingles
    image of the same reviewer with drastically fewer marks and scars
    image of the same reviewer with no scars on their face

    Just make sure to use sunscreen with this since it can make you a bit more sensitive to the sun.

    Promising review: "I'm 27 and still struggling with acne and the scarring that comes with it. After one use of this overnight, my skin texture and acne itself looked noticeably better. It's now been only three days since I've been using this before bedtime and I'm just amazed how clear and soft my skin is, and it's less oily throughout the day. This stuff is awesome and can't wait to see the outcome of using it long-term!" —Stephanie Fifolt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    16. A box of maximum-strength one-step wart-removing pads with extra cushioning so there's no discomfort while they work their magic.

    Promising review: "This stuff works! I'd never had a wart in my life! At first I thought it was a small callus but as months went by it was getting larger. I started to google and realized I had a plantar wart on my thumb! So I got the Freeze Off and thought 'This has to work!' Nope! I tried the Freeze Off three times and nothing! I then realized the same thing was happening on my other thumb, a small callus but I knew that the wart had spread! Now I was desperate to get rid of them and knew I had waited too long! Bought the invisible strips and it removed my small wart in four days and my big wart in eight!! I couldn’t believe it. I left strips on for two days then pulled back the dead skin with a cuticle clipper and reapplied! My bigger wart was a little tougher to removed and I had irritated my skin trying to cut it out, so I left it alone for few days before reapplying a strip and by the second 48-hour treatment, it was gone! I thought my skin would be damaged but it looks like nothing was ever there!" —Audrey N.

    Get 14 pads from Amazon for $6.96.

    17. Calming CBD drops for dogs if you need help handling your pup's anxiety or overactive spirit. This veterinarian-approved formula is safe for daily use!

    a bottle of CBD drops
    Modern Beast

    There are four doses available based on your pup's size, diet, and anxiety level.

    Modern Beast is a Los Angeles-based woman-owned small business whose profits go toward helping 501(c)(3) animal charities.

    Get it from Modern Beast for $35+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A pack of houseplant sticky traps that'll help you get rid of those annoying gnats calling your monstera and fiddle-leaf figs home. Just stick a stack in the soil, and let the nontoxic traps do what they do (trap).

    Promising review: "A simple and perfect solution to all those dang gnats, bugs, and flies that gravitate to my plant babies. Easy to put together and very sticky. You will be amazed by how quickly it works. After the first one or two I used, I saw a MAJOR decrease in buggies! Highly recommend. Great value and efficient." —Tori S Nunnally

    Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $6.93.

    19. deodorizer shoe spray working to remove AND prevent odors because your gym buddy shouldn't have to hold their breath while spotting you as you do a million sit-ups. And you don't need to worry about any dangerous chemicals because this spray is made using essential oils, making it safe enough to even spray directly on your feet.

    Promising review: "I use this on my stinky sneakers after a long day at summer camp. It works beautifully! No more stink walking around with me." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in larger pack sizes).

    20. 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 $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A children's leave-in detangling conditioner for curly hair made with jojoba oil, vitamin B5, and plum seed oil so you don't have to spend wash day fighting your little one's hair anymore.

    reviewer image of child's matted and tangled hair
    the same child with untangled ringlets

    Reviewers say this conditioner works on hair types 2–4!

    Promising review: "This is the BEST product EVER! I will never use another hair detangler ever again. We use this product daily in my house, my daughter, my son, and I. Both of us girls have long and thick curly hair and it allows us to brush through our hair with no problems! And my son mostly uses it to style his hair before gel, and because it smells so good! We tried all the products at Walmart and a few from Ulta and Target, and nothing was good enough. Then someone recommended this! Now it’s been on my Subscribe & Save every month!" —Tamira McLelland

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in a pack of two).

    22. A cute lil' octopus-shaped blackhead remover to gently scrub away excess sebum and exfoliate your pores. It'll help remove blackheads, whiteheads, and whatever else is trapped in your clogged pores. 

    A black small octopus shaped remover in a reviewer's hand
    the cap off to show the salt on the top of the remover

    Promising review: "After just two days of use, this adorable little octopus has done wonders for me. Smells great too. Here's how I used it: I wore down the stick just a little to where the texture from the salt is visible, scrubbed around on my face so there was plenty of product, then I used my fingers to gently massage all the gunk away. Rinse, pat dry, and enjoy the softness. Highly recommended for people with sensitive skin like myself." —LuckLocust

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50