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    32 Random Products That Are Actually So Useful, You Won't Know How You Ever Lived Without Them

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of webcam covers so you always feel 100% protected from potential spies, hackers, and the CIA agent specifically appointed to you. Hey, Bryan. Not today.

    Promising review: “One night, I had my laptop camera turn on by itself. I'm so happy to see that there is a product to protect against someone spying on you remotely.” —Sorrelli 

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79+ (available in three color combinations).

    2. A pack of Gorilla Grip rug grippers whose adhesive pads will keep your rug from wandering across the living room floor. They'll also help prevent the corners of your rug from staying permanently curled upwards.

    reviewer lifts the underside of their rug to show the gorilla grips attached below

    Promising review: "These rug grippers are EXCELLENT!!! We recently bought two new rugs for our kitchen and needed something to keep them from sliding. These work great!! So easy to apply. We flipped our rug over. The grippers are marked; one side says rug, the other says floor. So we placed two in each corner. On our larger rug we placed one in the middle of each side. We stuck them to the rug. Flipped it back over. Got it positioned where we wanted it. Started with a corner and just went along sticking them to the floor making sure there were no bumps in the rug. Then we walked over each gripper to press it down to the floor. I promise you these rugs are not going anywhere! Great idea!" —Stacey A Morriset

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $7.99

    3. A pair of stainless-steel toothpaste squeeze stands because there's enough at the bottom of that tube for at least four more brushes. Waste not want not, amirite?

    reviewer image of a tube of toothpaste in the squeeze stand

    Promising review: “These are one of those things in life that you'd have wished you knew about sooner. Not only does it keep your kids from creating mountains and castles out of toothpaste but it also stops your spouse from squeezing from the middle of the tube ALWAYS leaving for half the remaining toothpaste to be stuck in the bottom only to be pushed up by you. These are some seriously well-made tube squeezers. A must-have for every bathroom.” —Aimer L'infiniti 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    4. The Nori Press — no more worrying about water leakage or burn marks. The Nori Press works without an ironing board and can press and steam your outfits in minutes!

    close up of model using nori to iron a button down shirt

    Nori is a woman-owned small business based in Connecticut hoping to make your life easier with this all-in-one travel iron and steamer.

    Promising review: “I am not an iron girl, but this product sold me. It is so easy to use. The Nori is portable, so I take it with me everywhere. It has helped me to look sharp at weddings and weekends away. At home, I can refresh my dresses and shirts before starting work and going out. I would highly recommend this product to everyone who might be thinking of a change. No more heavy irons and dry cleaning for me. Thank you Nori!” —Elizabeth M 

    Get it from Nori for $120.

    5. An Ergo Spout for your mason jars if the way you're currently getting your homemade sauce out of mason jars involves a lot of accidental messes.

    reviewer image of the blue ergo spout on a mason jar full of salad dressing

    Promising review: “I now have three Ergo Spouts. I found a few vintage half-gallon regular mouth mason jars and use them with the Ergo Spouts for cold beverages in the refrigerator. Ergo Spout is well-constructed and durable for half-gallon weights.” —Linda 

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in three colors).

    6. An easy-squeezy batter dispenser that'll make breakfast time move so much quicker and way less messy.

    image of reviewer holding a full bottle dispenser above mickey mouse shaped pancakes in a pan

    Promising review: “So, my son absolutely loves Mickey and I couldn't wait to make him some Mickey pancakes using my new pancake pen! I love that both ends open for easy batter pouring and cleaning! It also allows me to keep the batter for longer if I don't use it all at once. No spilling or splattering, just perfect Mickey pancakes and the excitement on my son's face is all worth it!” —Kelly Daniel 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. A 25-foot measuring tape if you keep eyeing how much space you have in your home, which leads to buying things that absolutely do not fit. Be more precise next time.

    reviewer image of the komelon measuring tape extended out to seven inches

    Promising review: “This tape measure ROCKS!!! The white tape measure is easier on the eyes/easier to read, and the lock feature actually works!!! I was doing a construction remodel at my house and my contractor misplaced his and was eyeballing my tape measure afterwards. I made sure that he knew it was mine and that if it came up missing, I would know who took it (lol). Hopefully he ordered several for himself!” —Arizona 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55+.

    8. And a retractable body measuring tape because are you a 38W, 34C, or 32XYZ? Never guesstimate your size again!

    the retractable measuring tape

    Promising review: “I own an online resale store and I always have customers asking me to take measurements on items for them. I actually keep this measurer in my purse so that I ALWAYS know where one is, and so that I also have one when I am out and about if I need it. I have found this very useful. It's very lightweight, small and compact...yet it gets the job done!” —stephanie 

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98.

    9. A green and black three-step folding step ladder so you can finally reach the top shelf of your kitchen cabinets.

    a model steps on the step ladder to install a cabinet door in a kitchen

    Promising review: “This is a very high-quality, substantial ladder. It's a little heavier than I anticipated, but I am 71 and I can still lift it without issue; it is very stable and feels extraordinarily safe. Even when I don't need the height of all of the steps, I will use this ladder instead of my others step ladders just because of the safety factor. Couldn't be more pleased with this purchase.” —Lavonne Ochs 

    Get it from Amazon for $46.79 (available in three other sizes).

    10. Eco-friendly, lemon-scented toilet bombs for a clean that'll impress your eyes and nose. And because they're not made with any chemicals, your eyes and nose will also be thanking you.

    the lemon toilet fizzies displayed next to lemons
    Happy Earth Boutique/Etsy

    Happy Earth Boutique is a woman-owned small business making healthier alternatives for your health and home.

    Promising review: “Works like a charm and the smell is fabulous! The included glass jar came well wrapped and in perfect condition. I highly recommend this shop! Looking forward to shopping here again!” —Debbie 

    Get it from Happy Earth Boutique on Etsy for $12+.

    11. A subscription to Huppy toothpaste — just pop one of these all-natural toothpaste tablets into your mouth for a clean that comes from clean ingredients. And every four months you'll get a new supply!

    several packs of huppy toothpaste

    Huppy is an Asian-owned small business making all-natural, 100% vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, toothpaste that comes in compostable pouches. Oh, and all of its packaging is recyclable or biodegradable. Two percent of their revenue goes towards helping fund sustainability initiatives.

    Promising review: "I was surprised by how tiny but mighty this tablet is. They feel so refreshing and cleansing. These pack a punch! And I feel good knowing that I'm contributing less plastic to the environment. The ingredients are super solid too." —Evan P

    Get the recurring four-month supply from Huppy for $32 (originally $48).

    12. An egg timer will get you perfectly boiled eggs every time. If you have a tendency to crack your hard-boiled eggs to find them runnier than a sunny-side up breakie, this is for you (AKA me).

    egg shaped timer in a pot with eggs

    Promising review: "This thing is the Seriously, buy one. You won't regret it. Works the first time and every time after that. I was slightly concerned when I first got it out the package. The lines that tell you how hard or soft the egg will be cooked were really hard to see. Nothing like the videos I had seen. Never fear, toss it in the pot of water and voila! Easy to see the lines!" —gunmetalgreen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.07+.

    13. A two-pack of spray hand sanitizer formulated with moisturizers so you don't dry out your hands while trying to stay germ-free.

    a model sprays the surgicept hand sanitizer on their hands

    Promising review: “This stuff is great. It sprays on and is not gloopy or sticky. It doesn't dry out your hands after multiple uses (have been using it consistently for two days straight now). There is a slight alcohol smell, but it dissipates very quickly after application. And based on the science that's on their website, it's protecting me for SIX HOURS after each use. I will definitely be purchasing more” —LLH 

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+.

    14. An ergonomically designed jar opener because no tight lid fashioned against you shall prosper or get in the way of you enjoying some good ol' Ragu.

    Promising review: "Having had arthritis in my hands since my teens, I have used many jar/bottle openers out of necessity. The OXO ones work well, but wear out within a year because of the volume of usage. This fabulous opener has yet to find a container that it cannot easily open, even bottles of water with heavily sealed caps. I love it so much I ordered another one to have in two drawers on either end of my kitchen. This gripper does not exacerbate my carpel tunnel syndrome, either. I would give it more stars if I could." —Patrizia L. 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors). 

    15. A fun, hand-shaped paperweight and pen holder if you tend to lose writing utensils faster than you can replace them. Let this paperweight give you a ~hand~.

    a pen resting in the hand-shaped paperweight

    Promising review: “I am always searching for my pen, and I thought this would be perfect for leaving on the side-table next to my couch. It looks good, leaves a smile on my face, and stays in place (as does the pen resting on it).” —Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $22.88.

    16. A cute and practical space pen known for being able to write at any angle. It can even write in zero gravity, extremely hot temperatures, and underwater!

    reviewer image of the space pen

    The patented ink cartridge was designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960s! 

    Promising review: "I keep this in my back pants pocket because it is small enough that I can do so. It gets sat on, dropped, and occasionally sent through the washing machine...and it is still as good as new.

    I have had worn this pen on my person, daily, for the last FOUR YEARS, and the coating is as good as ever. It needs refills every once in a while, but other than that, no maintenance is needed." —Segv

    Get it from Amazon for $58.65.

    17. A CouchCoaster — no offense, but you can't be trusted to balance your drink, Roku remote, and phone all at the same time. Cheers to a spill-free Loki binge session!

    reviewer image of the gray CouchCoaster on an armchair

    Promising review: "This product is awesome. I was afraid that it wouldn't be heavy enough not to slide around with a large drink in it, but no worries: it handles any drink. This is perfect since I don't have a coffee table to use for my drinks. My drinks sweat inside the holder, but it does not leak onto my couch and I just wipe it out with paper towels. I love the feature of the insert for smaller based glasses and cups." —Sandra F

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    18. A pack of two retractable razors so you can stop ruining the foil cutter on your wine opener by using it to open boxes...or is that just me? You'll also get a pouch full of replacement razors. Boxes, stubborn plastics, and thick ropes/twine don't stand a chance!

    close up of reviewer's hand holding a retractable razor

    Promising review: "These are EXCELLENT utility knives for the price. You definitely get two sturdy knives, each wrapped in plastic, AND a box of spare blades. The ergonomic grip is excellent; the knives aren’t too thick or thin and the lever slides forward and backward smoothly, exposing the blade cleanly. They’re very sharp knives and replaced old metal handle utility knives we’ve had for many years. Best of all, you get extra blades contained in a plastic box.

    The blade itself has no wobble tolerances as the handle holds it solid. This is extremely important as you cut into objects and boxes because you don’t want any wiggle or unstableness in the blade itself. Five-stars." —Peter

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    19. A pair of premium earbuds that'll mold to your earbuds within 60 seconds for a custom-to-you fit sure to impress. You'll never have to worry about them falling out while on a run or while running to catch the train.

    jaden smith wearing the UE fits earbuds
    Ultimate Ears

    Promising review: “The fit is awesome! They don’t hurt your ears after wearing them for long periods of time like other headphones, and the EQ is awesome for fine-tuning the sound for listening to a podcast or jamming at the gym. I really like being able to use either the right or left headphone by itself too! Battery life is great and the case is compact!” —Neil K

    Get it from Ultimate Ears for $199 (originally $249; available in three colors).

    20. A four-pack of Command Strips because you'll inevitably want to hang things on your walls, and if you're anything like me, you're not gonna want a hammer and nails involved...


    Promising review: "I ordered these to finish up a gallery wall I have been working on. These were much larger than the ones I bought in the store, so I cut them in half, and one was able to hand two 5x7 frames! Every photo in my home is hung with Command Strips because, if removed properly, they won't ruin the wall. Just make sure the wall is not freshly painted. If it is, this will take your paint right off. I have never had an issue with a photo frame falling off the wall. If it is a larger photo or picture, I use two. They really are so easy to use and make gallery walls a breeze!" —Joy de Leyer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.44+ (available in two colors).

    21. An easy-to-install shower sprayer for easier bath times for you and your pup.

    Promising review: "To be honest, I was a little worried this would be a waste of money. I have a dog who is incredibly nervous around water. He typically shakes and gets so nervous he will outright vomit, and is upset for the rest of the day. I purchased this hoping to at least speed up the process and reduce the amount of time he was stressed out for.

    This was a game changer! I bathed him in less than half of the normal time! Not only that, he was significantly calmer since he wasn't sitting in a tub of water or being hosed down with a wide spray shower head. This was the easiest dog bath I've ever dealt with in my life! I also, only had to rinse him once, because even with gentle/low water pressure it rinsed all of the shampoo from his coat in one pass. Additionally he didn't act at all upset after the bath had finished. If you are questioning buying this product, do yourself a favor and just buy one!!!" —Jaimi

    Get it from Amazon for $26.82.

    22. A metallic peel-off mask if you wanna feel like a futuristic alien for a few minutes before you feel like a model with flawless skin. Infused with oat extract and exfoliating gem powder, this formula works to truly illuminate your skin.


    And you can paint this mask on with a soft silicone brush!

    Promising review: "One of the best peel-off masks I have used. The scent is really light and pleasant, not overpowering. Skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant after use. Does not irritate my very sensitive skin, and it actually peels off very easily!!! There is probably enough for about 10 total applications. Will absolutely be purchasing again!" —Jennifer S.

    Get it from Amazon for $23 (available in three colors).

    23. A cute and sleek LED alarm clock with charging ports so your phone can charge while you sleep instead of being responsible for waking you up (and losing power in the process).

    reviewer image of the digital clock on a bookshelf

    Promising review: “Let’s be honest. There are tons and I mean tons of clock options out there but the reality is that majority of them are hideous. I wanted a clock that was both functional and looks great. This product is exactly that. I find the second dim level perfect. The USB ports on the side make charging small devices a breeze. Guests are always complimenting the clock and asking where I got it. Highly recommend!” —Catherine 

    Get it from Amazon for $17.80+ (available in five colors).

    24. A portable lantern — easily transform this light from a WFH desk staple to a camping necessity. And because it's water-resistant, you can use it as mood lighting to walk down the beach at night. So many options!

    side by side image of the cordless portable lantern hanging from a shelf and fully extended
    Pinky Moon/Etsy

    Pinky Moon is a small business operating out of Oregon crafting comfy and cute goods to gift yourself and your loved ones.

    Promising review: "The low setting is perfect ambient lighting, and the highest is a full on outdoor spotlight. It is as aesthetically pleasing in real life as it is on the web. I couldn't be happier. I've had it for one day and a guest already saw it and asked where she could get one." —emilyirenehartigan

    Get it from Pinky Moon on Etsy for $27.89 (available in two colors).

    25. A blow-dryer holder because drying and styling your hair shouldn't feel like an Olympic sport. Easily mount this to your bathroom wall for hands-free hair-drying experience.

    reviewer image of the adjustable stand mounted to the wall holding up a blow dryer

    Promising review: "I LOVE this hair dryer holder. It used to take me 15 to 20 minutes to dry my hair in the morning. Now it takes me eight because I don't have to put my arms down to rest them anymore. I placed it high on my bathroom wall and tilted the arm down because I wanted to straighten my wavy hair. My hair was sleek and straight because I brushed it while drying, which was so much easier to do without holding the dryer. I'll tell all my friends about this!" —Jon Wagner

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    26. A motion-activated toilet night light if you don't want to have to wake yourself up 100% by turning on the bathroom lights when you have to go in the middle of the night.

    Promising review: "This little light has different brightness settings which make it last longer on the dimmer settings. Other toilet lights that don't offer this feature tend to burn out quicker because there's no way to regulate the brightness. This feature alone is a major selling point. The motion detection is also very sensitive, so it turns on when everything is totally dark if I walk near it. Super easy to install. Just bend the little arm with the light on the end around the rim of the toilet with the unit on the outside and you're done. Recommended and would buy again." —Joe B

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A pack of facial razors for easy and gentle peach fuzz removal and brow shaping., BuzzFeed

    This has almost 98,000 5-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I'm a hairy gal. My cheeks, neck, forehead, and chin are covered in a fine ever-growing peach-fuzz. I have been shaving for a while with a men's razor, but it just couldn't give me a close enough shave. ENTER SCHICK SILK TOUCH-UP! Holy Wow! I've been dry shaving my entire face and some of my neck with these and have experienced no irritation. Plus it is the closest shave I have ever had. No pulling or scraping like other 'mini-razors.' I love this product and hope that they sell it forever. It works on my peach fuzz, mustache, and brows. If I ever get word that they are going to stop making them, I will hoard them all." —Ashley Brown

    Get a three-count from Amazon for $4.99.

    28. A handy-dandy handbag light so that when you're rummaging through the bowels of your purse, you can see through the jungle of receipts you've been keeping for no real reason.

    the handbag light inside of a purse
    The Grommet/SOI

    SOI is a small biz making portable chargers and lights so you're never caught in a lurch. 

    Promising review: "The more that I give the Handbag Light as a gift, the more requests I get to give it again and again. It's compact and 'invisible' but it does its job of illuminating a small space (full of junk) so that car keys and combs can be retrieved. It's a perfect gift " —Steven

    Get it from SOI on The Grommet for $29.95.

    29. A mini Bluetooth speaker and night-light with max volume potential for park dates in need of a soundtrack. And don't be scared to take it to the beach because this lil' guy is water-resistant.

    close up of reviewer holding up the portable speaker with lights turned neon fuschia

    Promising review: "It's magnetic, so I attached it to the lamp in my living room. And it sounds like I have a stereo playing in my living room. I can't believe how great the quality is for something so tiny. It sounds better than a larger speaker I have." —Misty Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    30. A lightweight, portable campfire because your ghost stories deserve some serious mood lighting, no matter where you are. Made from recycled soy wax and paper, you'll have no embers and minimal smoke to deal with as you huddle up with your nearest and dearests.

    several campers sit around a radiate portable campfire on a beach

    If you're a camper, you need to be shopping at small biz Radiate Portable. Fresh from Season 9 of Shark Tank, Radiate Portable continues to make high-quality, portable campfires. 

    Promising review: "I love the Radiate! It's simple to light and the fire gets up to max size fairly quickly, certainly quicker than a traditional wood campfire regardless of any fire starter used. At the max, the flame gets up to a few feet high with no wind.

    Do not be deceived. For its size, this thing puts out some heat. I’d say three to four people could comfortably sit around it and all get plenty of heat. And there's virtually no smoke and what smoke there is has a neutral to pleasant smell that certainly will not make your clothes stink. And it resolves the biggest discomfort of traditional fires: when any wind change can result in a face full of smoke and burning eyes." —Keana Z

    Get it from Radiate Portable on Amazon for $27.99+.

    31. A pack of BootRescue cleaning wipes — those boots might be made for walking, but not covered in dirt and stains they're not.


    Promising review: "Worked perfectly on black suede booties. Splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. Couldn't find anything that removed the stain. Tried these wipes as a last-ditch effort. I can't believe it; they look brand new!! Stains came right out with very little effort." —AAD

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in a resealable pack).

    32. A stainless-steel kitchen sink organizer to help make sure you never lose your sponge at the bottom of the sink under a stack of dirty dishes...that you can't clean...because your sponge is...well, you get it.

    reviewer image of the odesign kitchen sink caddy organizer in a kitchen

    Promising review: "This is a sturdy, modern looking sink organizer with a plastic bowl underneath that collects water and slides out. It easily holds tall brushes, a sponge, washcloth, hand lotion, and your soap bottle. I am thrilled to declutter my sink." —ClaireWithLove

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two colors).

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