37 Genius Products To Help Fix Small Problems

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I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you should probably clean your grout.

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A grout cleaner that clings to silicone sealants (so the thin area around your shower head, in between your tiles, etc.) and effectively banishes mold and mildew to the pits of heck forever, which is where they rightfully belong. Someone contact Dante and let him know we’ve got another inferno contender.


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Promising review: “You guys. I’m embarrassed to even show you this. The grout around our tub was DISGUSTING. It was never caulked right and it got gross very quickly. I would scrub. The cleaning lady would scrub. It would get worse. Well, I came across this in a BuzzFeed list, and this stuff made me curious. I don’t know why it doesn’t have 10,000 good reviews. Seriously. All I did was squeeze it on and walk away. I let it sit overnight. Check this out. Buy it. Like today.” —KarynB

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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A vacuum hose attachment in which multiple reviewers (multiple!) swear they pulled out whole socks from their lint traps. Clogged vents = longer drying times = higher utility bills = less money in your bank account to put toward, say, more Seamless takeout.


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Promising review: “This thing is seriously amazing. I figured out how to use it very quickly and it worked like a charm. I had a sock stuck wayy down in my vent and would’ve had no idea! I still can’t believe how much lent and dust came out of my dryer. My husband is already talking about other uses for this unique tool, like getting into tight spaces in our cars.” —J. Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


3.

A floating hidden bookshelf that scratches the itch of having your own at-home library (you’ll have it one day, I promise). These sturdy shelves are great for anyone with limited storage but a *ton* of books, meaning no more scattered paperbacks littering your bedroom floor.


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Psst, these can up to 15 pounds’ worth of books!

Promising review: “If you are running out of space for your books, get these bad boys right away. They are incredibly strong, can hold several heavy books, and give your bedroom an incredible look.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes individually or as a set of three and in silver and white).

4.

A shower curtain liner with mesh pockets for anyone done with cluttering the corners of their (very tiny) bathtub via an excess of shampoo bottles. You like one for volume and you like the other for strength; I get it. This makes it easy to store a ton of stuff without making your tub feel cluttered.


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Promising review: “I love this shower curtain. It’s very functional. I don’t have enough storage space in my bathroom. This curtain is a lifesaver. I use all the pockets, and can keep heavy things in them too. Nothing has ever happened.” —svhare

Get it from Amazon for $15.

Read our full review of the Maytex Pockets Shower Liner (#2) here for more deets!


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An adjustable ~garbage can~ to toss the food wrappers, receipts, and heaven-knows-what-else that accumulates in your vehicle. Picture it now: a world in which your passenger seat isn’t cluttered with coffee to-go cups.


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Some reviewers even use this for their strollers!

Promising review: “I love this trash bag. My car has never stayed this clean. I have had it since last December and every time I go to empty it out, I am amazed as to how much it holds. It obviously isn’t made for super big items, but the paper that comes off of straws, gum, or whatever snack my kids are having in the car that day holds it and then some. The reason I’m even writing this is because I just emptied it and found a paper plate in it. I love the Velcro bottom too. It is easy to unwrap and wipe down the inside.” —Maddie Gutierrez

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

6.

An ultra thin electrical cover because the only outlet in your entire bedroom is covered by a heavy dresser. Say so long, farewell to wiggling furniture out in order to make room for bulky plugs: This cover is connected to a power strip that lets you charge six devices at a time.


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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 it from Amazon for $24.95.


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LED Under-cabinet lights to make any teeny kitchen feel more spacious, more inviting, and less like a dungeon made worse by bad fluorescence. You can even keep these on overnight to reduce the chance of ghost encounters on your way to grab a glass of water.


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Promising review: “I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I’d give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under-cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom’s as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried and I drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can’t wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!” —pauly

Get a 10′ strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $17.99.

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A no-scrub Wet & Forget cleaner to make “cleaning” as easy as one, two, spritz. This no-rinse product should be used weekly to keep your shower free of mildew, which basically means it will take all of two seconds to feel like you’ve deep-cleaned the place in which you bathe.


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Promising review: “This stuff is excellent. It performs as promised, it has a very nice scent, no fumes, and leaves shower clean with no scrubbing actually necessary. It is very easy to apply and rinse off. It is designed very well, with squirting spout separate from the large container and attached by a longish tube, so you don’t have to hold the heavy container while applying the product. I’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I love it. I highly recommend it.” —Stephanie Martin

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.


9.

Reusable K Cups about to save you so much cold hard cash. Not only are these practical puppies *so* much better at reducing waste, but they’re also compatible with all Keurig machines and guarantee good joe every time.


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“I’ve been using these exact ones for years now, and absolutely love them. Every once in a while my old Keurig 2.0 (I’ve since upgraded) would give me an error message indicating it was not a K-pod and therefore could not be used, but after slightly adjusting the pod and closing the top again, it would work just fine! I now have the Keurig K-Elite and haven’t had this issue arise. All in all, these are a wonderful way to use less plastic! I also enjoy ground coffee and find it fresher than K-pods, so you really can’t go wrong with these!” —Kayla Suazo, BuzzFeed Staff

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.45.

10.

A multi-purpose basket that expands to fit your sink *and* collapses so it can be shoved right back into a tiny kitchen cabinet. Cleverly designed with draining holes, this tool is perfect for straining pasta, washing fruits and veggies, or even drying some dishes. You know the metal colander you have now? The one that takes up more space than its worth? Ahem. We think it’s on its way out.


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Promising review: “I don’t want a kitchen sink without this tool ever again. I love this! I have had it for a week and it just works for my needs! I ended up getting it for silverware and other small utensils because something got stuck in the garbage disposal somehow. However, it also work for rinsing vegetables and fruits when I have dishes in the sink to clean. I don’t have a dishwasher so being able to separate things is so useful. The size is adjustable and that makes it even more worth it!” —Jocelyn

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).


11.

Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo – it enlists the help of charcoal powder and rice starch to make squeaky clean hair as easy as one, two, spritz. Bid adieu to allllll the ponytails you were forced to wear in your past on account of not having time for a proper shampoo.


Mane Club

Get it from Mane Club for $8.

12.

A stainless steel wiper which makes post-baking cleanup seem — gird your loins here — like a complete breeze! This gadget effortlessly scoops up funfetti so that you won’t have to run your whisk under soap and hot water for 84 years. You also won’t lose an entires cake’s worth of batter.


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Promising review: “Handy and super sturdy. I was worried these would be flimsy and not last to use and washes. I was super blown away at how well these are made and will hold up. They have a robust clear hard polymer type material behind the rubberized wiper that keeps the wiper sturdy and easy to handle even one-handed.” —Joshua Anders

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.


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A set of Swedish dish cloths that are great at wiping up spills, saving you a ton of $$$ (they can be thrown in the wash when dirty), and cutting down on waste because you won’t have to purchase more paper. So in other words, a total win.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love these clothes! They were just what I was looking for. I felt like I was wasting paper towels all the time and I hated to use my dish sponge to wipe the counter or table. I highly recommend these, especially because they are washable!” —Francesca C.

Get a set of three from Dropps for $16.

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A Joseph Joseph cutting board so you can chop ingredients and then quickly transfer them ~straight~ into the pan thanks to an ergonomic handle. This bebe is also foldable for easy storage and dishwasher-safe, so you truly cannot go wrong.


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


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A watering funnel that gives you no choice but to water your plants. The amount of water that has pooled on your floor rather than into the roots of that ZZ… ridiculous, quite frankly! This is effective, takes up no extra space, doesn’t look like an eyesore, and gets a task (one that you constantly put off) out of the way.


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Promising review: “Do you have a lot of plants? Are they crowded together and hard to see where on pot begins? Or bushy plants that spread out low and wide? These will help in all of these situations. My plants are happy and my floors are dry.” —k gannon

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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A toothpaste holder complete with a toothpaste squeezer to make sure you get every last minty drop trapped in that damn tube. (One reviewer even describes this as ingenious and TBH, they are not wrong.)


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There have been mornings when I think I’ve run out of the toothpaste and then am forced to have bad breath BUT! There is always some toothpaste left — you just have to squeeze it out.

Promising review: “This device is ingenious! Wished I’d known this product exist sooner. I use Arm & Hammer toothpaste which still comes in the standard small cap so having it prompt up behind the bathRoom cabinet was impossible. Now, problem solved. It’s a small invention that made a positive impact. I thank the person who thought of it.” —Jl33NYC

Get it from Amazon for $5.39.


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Drop Stop car gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank!) with all of your late-night McDonald’s runs in mind. French fries falling into the abyss that is the cracks in your seat? No longer a problem with this genius neoprene invention.


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This gap filler is made from a neoprene material that provides the universal perfect fit for any car — just attach it to the seat belt catch once (it has a built-in slot) and it’ll be set! You’ll never have to worry about removing or readjusting.

Promising review: “I have to admit, my expectations weren’t very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize that it would become one of my favorite gadgets ever! I don’t know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it’s soft, acting just like an extension of my seat. There really isn’t another product that compares to this.” —Tessa Forbes

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

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A sheet set made from a more breathable eucalyptus lyocell material; it also uses 96% less water and comes responsibly packaged in a recyclable cardboard box with zero waste. Not to mention there are !!! tags !!! that say which corner of the bed each side of the sheet belongs on. Oh all the time I would have saved…


Sheets & Giggles

Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

Get it from Sheets & Giggles for $149.95 (available in seven sizes and 11 colors).


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A hard water stain-remover because I’m ready to say so long and farewell to the days of staring at my gross shower head that still looks awful despite hours (upon hours) of scrubbing. This quick-working formula is great for toilets, tiles, shower doors, and really anything else that’s been affected by hard water!


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Promising review: “I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first.” —Joshua N. Dufek

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

20.

A Kitsch headband perfect for nighttime skincare routines. This must-have accessory is crafted with a luxuriously soft microfiber material that won’t tug at their roots, plus has an opening in the back to ensure your pony stays secure. No more drenched scalp after a simple cleanse.


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Promising review: “Love this so much! This headband actually fits and I love the slit in the back to pull your hair through! I’ve tried so many headbands and finally found one I actually enjoying wearing while getting ready for the day and the evening!” —Steph

Get it from Amazon for $16.51.


21.

A slow feeder licking mat to keep your doggo entertained for more than *checks watch* three seconds. A suction cup design allows this to be placed vertically or horizontally, which makes it a must-have bath time accessory — peanut butter not included.


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Get it from Petsmart for $7.99.

22.

A spoon holder (and steam releaser!) because read my lips: dirty spoons on countertops. There is nothing worse than pasta sauce cluttering up a work station. Sure, you can get yourself a spoon rest, but…how boring. And impractical for small kitchens.


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Promising review: “This as delightful in person as it was in the photos. He jauntily holds our spoons and spatulas and always makes us smile. Just bought a second to bring laughter to a friend, much needed during these trying times.” —Megan A.

Get it from Amazon for $15.80.


23.

A black faux leather desk valet to have you feeling as if all your ducks are in a row during your 9 to 5. This handy organizer provides enough slots for all WFH essentials one could ever need: notepads, iPads, chargers, papers, etcetera.


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Get it from Office Depot for $22.49.

24.

A “Bacon Bin” if the inconvenience of storing grease was ever so overwhelming in the moment, you contemplated the unthinkable — pouring said grease down the drain and adding your plumber to speed dial. This “I should have thought of that” invention gives you a place to store piping hot liquid until you can use *or* properly dispose of it.


The Grommet

Once it the grease hardens, you can scoop out for easy disposal, or reuse in other recipes. Oh, and this cutie gadget is from small business Talisman Design!

Promising review: “After using just about anything that wouldn’t melt, this is the best bacon grease container ever. Easy to use, easy to clean…love the piggy!” —Michael

Get it from Talisman Design on The Grommet for $15.

25.

An elephant organizer cleverly designed with a ~drainage~ trunk, aka this can store cutlery and toothbrushes without trapping any gunky water.


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Promising review: “In our move to eliminate single use plastic including plastic straws we have reusable straws everywhere in the kitchen and can never keep track of them. Now we have our cute little elephant to store them in right after washing so we can always find them.” –Kristen Gifford

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

26.

A hanging clip if the bottom of your purse is covered in the dirt and grime of dive bars past. This convenient invention is perfect for public restroom stall doors, grocery carts, tables with barely enough room for your plate of food, etcetera. It doesn’t require much space thanks to a sturdy grip!


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Promising review: “I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girl friends love it and have gotten them for themselves.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in seven colors).

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A Chuckit! ball launcher to play fetch without having to, well, get your rump off your backyard patio furniture. If you’ve got a doggo with more energy than you after ten cups of cold brew, this is a great way to play for long periods of time without overexerting yourself in the process.


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Promising review: “Love this! We now have ordered three! One for each vehicle for when we go to the dog park and one to keep at home! Our dogs love it and I love it because it helps by keeping my shoulder from hurting from throwing a ball. Easy to use and really helps the dogs get exercise and have fun!” —Michelle S

Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

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A magnetic stove shelf for folks who understand the struggle of living in an amoeba-sized apartment (shoutout to literally everyone living in New York). This requires zero installation and provides a nice, neat, tidy place to keep your kitchen essentials, freeing up a ton of cabinet *and* countertop space in the process.


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Promising review: “This is amazing and I have no idea I didn’t buy one of these years ago!!! My new stove wouldn’t get close enough to the wall to allow me to rest anything on top without it falling behind. This was absolutely PERFECT. I am very happy that the magnets provided were able to be moved. This allowed me to place them perfectly for maximum hold because my top was slightly curved.” —JStill

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four colors and three sizes from 24″ to 30″).

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A memory foam seat cushion to take your uncomfortable desk chair and turn it into something you can actually sit on for eight+ hours. An ergonomic design prevents bad posture, plus a gel layer provides ultimate support.


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Promising review: “This seat cushion is SO GOOD. I have had a lot of problems with pressure on my tailbone and resulting back problems, and they’ve been getting worse. I will be honest, I have only tried the old-fashioned medical donuts, so I don’t have much to compare it to. However, this cushion is nicely thick, and the cutout and contours are so perfect and they take all pressure off my tailbone. After working for a few hours, I got up and for the first time in almost a year, didn’t have pain. Normally, the pressure on my tailbone becomes pretty bad while sitting, but produces an even sharper pain upon standing. Feeling so great for the first time prompted me to buy another for work so I could keep this one at home and never be without it! Hopefully, reducing the pressure on my tailbone will also help it heal, but even being free from pain is wonderful.” —CSC

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

30.

A hand-powered chopper to save you blood, sweat, and tears… literally. Chopping onions (or veggies, fruits nuts, herbs, and more) will no longer be a sobbing affair thanks to this small-but-mighty kitchen gadget.


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Promising review: “This chopper is amazing!! I love cooking, but used to absolutely HATE chopping onions… until someone gave me this chopper! Now I simply have to quarter the onion, throw it in the chopper, pull the handle about 10–15 times, and they’re ready to be used! No more teary eyes or spending a long time chopping onions. The cup is big enough to fit a whole onion… I think the capacity is 3 cups. There’s tons of other uses to this as well… you can chop pretty much anything from herbs, veggies and fruits, to making salsa and guacamole.” —Valjulia

Get it from Amazon for $15.30+ (available in two colors).


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An air pressure wine bottle opener because I am an adult, I have consumed many a $7 red, and yet — there is nothing that makes my palms sweat faster than a manual corkscrew opener. The cork breaks in half about two-thirds of the time and I just no longer have that level of patience. Give them the gift of stress-free Pinot. They’ll truly thank you for it.


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This even 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 $12.99 (available in 11 colors).


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A six-outlet wall charger with two USB fast-charging ports *and* a night-light, because your entire apartment has a single outlet and considering all the devices that need to be charged… that simply won’t suffice. Luxury is being able to juice up my phone, laptop, and earbuds at the same damn time.


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Promising review: “Love this. I have many items to plug in now that I have to office at home. There’s plenty of room to plug in two laptops, a computer, a monitor and my Alexa safely. It’s a little bulkier than I was expecting but that is due to the room your items will need.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.


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Silicone ear grips for your favorite pair of prescription frames. These anti-slip holders basically ensure that your glasses stay put, meaning constant re-adjusting and slipping down your nose? A thing of the past! Plus, these won’t dig into your skin and give you a headache.


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Promising review: “My new glasses were constantly slipping down my nose, even after being adjusted. These were a lifesaver. It took a bit to work the ear hooks onto the arms of my glasses as mine are thick, but once on, they stayed put. Glasses don’t budge on my face now, at all.” —thesoftparade

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $6.98.

34.

A reversible waterproof desk mat that cackles in the face of coffee rings. Plus, don’t have a space large enough to accommodate a fancy WFH set-up? Same. Slap this bebe on your living room coffee table to at least give the *feeling* of typing away at a genuine office desk.


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Promising review: “I’m an art teacher, and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak was going to put a lot of strain on my wood desk (which I keep mostly for show but now am forced to use for work). I ordered this desk pad because mint green is my favorite color, and I wanted something to protect my desk from paint and other art supplies. It arrived today, and it was so cute! It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s thin enough not to add too much bulk to the desk, the color is so fun, and it wipes off easily. I love that it’s reversible, too, so I’ll probably use one side for making tutorial videos for my classes and the other for when I’m painting. I was worried that it wouldn’t lie flat because it came rolled up, but it lay flat immediately. And it came with a cute little belt in case I need to roll it back up again and store it!” —Jill S

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two sizes and six colors).

35.

A soundproofing strip because that upstairs neighbor is practicing tap dance routines, your roommate has been blasting the same ’90s Spotify playlist since 7 a.m., and I can really go on but don’t want to. Buy the damn soundproofing strip. You’re welcome.


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Promising review: “This product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install.” —Sandra Revueltas

Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).


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A set of oven liners to save you the heartache (yes, heartache) of burnt roast chicken bits — the kind that will require a minimum of seven scouring pads and so. much. backache. Consider that time-consuming cleaning step all but gone.


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Promising review: “I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill, or running the ‘oven clean’ option, which uses up so much energy and makes my house HOT during the process. I used to have foil on the bottom of the oven to help with spills, and that improved things greatly — but then you have to replace the foil after a while. I had to cut them to size, which was easy to do with a simple pair of household scissors. Then I placed them in the oven (they look nice!), and I waited for it to get messy. I cooked something super messy and finally needed to clean the liner. It was SO easy; I put it in the sink and used my sink sprayer and everything immediately slid right off the liner. No problem! I have a double oven, so I was glad this pack came with more than one. I have one in each oven and one on standby in case I need it. I know that having a dirty oven isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if it matters to you, try these!” —Hpg

Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.99.


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An ingenious scrap collector with a wire rim that easily attaches to the edge of your counter top. Consider post-cooking clean-up a true breeze by simply scraping those potato peels and random morsels of rice right into this silicone bin.


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Promising review: “I am one of the messiest cooks in the world. When I get done, I usually have scraps around my feet where I have knocked bits of veggies off the counter. I’ve looked for a long time for something to take care of the problem, but everything seemed like overkill. This container is perfect. It’s just the right size. I attach it in front of my belly, and all the stuff that usually hits the floor, goes in the container. Plus, I can wipe the counter into it, empty it in the trash, and pop it in the dishwasher.” —Patricia Logos

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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