35 Products That’ll Help Take Care Of Annoying Household Problems

35 Products That’ll Help Take Care Of Annoying Household Problems

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A wood polish and conditioner that’ll leave you with *such* impressive results, that I threw in not one, but TWO before and after pics to show you what it can handle. You’re welcome. Dinged-up cabinets? Check. Scratched floor? Check.

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Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a Magic Eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.


A ~reversible~ indoor/outdoor rug that’ll provide a comfier texture under bare feet on your patio or balcony than cement. Plus when you grow tired of it, you can flip it for an upgrade!

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Get it from Amazon for $28.32+ (available in four reversible designs).


A handy tray you can attach to your couch or chair’s armrest so you never sit down for a spell realizing that you have nowhere to rest your coffee mug.


Get it from Amazon for $28.99.


Foaming garbage disposer tablets to bring up all the gunk so you don’t have to. It’s gonna get GROSS but you can get through it to the much cleaner side.


Freshens and leaves disposer, sink, and kitchen smelling clean. Made with natural ingredients, and safe for drain, disposer, and septic. Use weekly to maintain a smooth running disposer, prevent build-up and odors, and extend the life of the disposer.

Promising review: “It actually worked! So my kitchen started smelling a bit and I figured it was my garbage disposal, so I bought this and it was so easy to use. You just drop a packet inside the disposal, turn on your sink with a little bit of hot water and turn on your disposal, and after a couple of minutes it should be clean. I figured it was my disposal because my kitchen doesn’t have that funky smell anymore.” —Max Power

Get a four-use pack from Amazon for $5.


And a holy grail soft cleanser to help you *easily* erase all those gray and rusty stains on household surfaces you came to terms with years ago. They aren’t paying rent, so give ’em the boot!

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FYI, this is the pre-mixed version (which saves you a bit of time). But you can also try the original powder version. To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out our review of Bar Keepers Friend and prepare to be amazed!

Promising review: “I’m now a permanent customer. I’ve used CLR, Clorox bowl cleaners, and others but this is my favorite. I used a small broom to clean my tubs and tile (as I usually do) even though instructions said to use a sponge; it dried my hands pretty bad (please use gloves). So I used the broom instead and it worked pretty well. I would recommend. I even tried it on my stove and it worked like a charm.” —Itzel A.

Get two 13 oz. bottles from Amazon for $9.15.


A slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! Scoot over, forks.


Promising review: “Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to about using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I’d guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It’s worth every penny.” —Kathleen Cooke

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A workhouse humidifier to add moisture back into your bedroom air in the pursuit of flawless skin and nasal passages. Moist air (sry) will make it easier to breathe so you can go to sleep and stay asleep.


Seriously, putting a humidifier in your room will help you sleep so much better. It’s always helped me.

Promising review: “I didn’t realize how much moisture I was losing from my skin until I received this humidifier. I can actually breathe at night; where I live the temperature fluctuates on a daily basis. Example: one day 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the next 70 degrees Fahrenheit. My eyes were getting very dry from working on the computer and since I have added a humidifier in my bedroom and office I haven’t had nearly the issues I was having before: I sleep better, my eyes aren’t nearly as red as before, and my seasonal allergies do not leave me debilitated due to weather fluctuations. This device is easy to set up and use right out of the box and does not use much electrical energy. Thank you for making a humidifier that is cost effective, elegant, and practical. Cheers to your team for not only an excellent product but excellent customer service. You truly value your customers and their feedback. Cheers!” —A_V

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.


A storage shower curtain liner with mesh pockets that’ll hold onto your essentials and then easily drain so it doesn’t get too icky. No more avalanches of shampoo or squeezing as much as possible into your shower corners.

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A crystal decanter set you can empty your mid-shelf liquor with the ugly label into for a look that’s way more refined than your palate.


Get the decanter and six glasses from Amazon for $32.99.


A plant-watering bird that’ll keep your plant babes hydrated and looking like their best selves, even if you’re gone on a tropical vacation at your parents’ house for the week.


It holds enough water for 1–2 weeks depending on soil and plant type so you should be set for your long weekend getaway.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


A graciously sized storage ottoman for storing tons of things that you don’t want guests to see. Or just spare blankets!


Promising review: “Absolutely LOVE it!! Only assembly requires is screwing the legs in. It feels sturdy and the stitching is clean. I have an expensive leather sectional and I feared this may look cheap next to it but it doesn’t! I’m so happy with it.” —SoCalSkills

Get it from Amazon for $229.57+ (available in several colors).


A cat tree, an actual (faux) tree, so your fave felines can have something to play with that won’t tacky up your living space.


Get it from Amazon for $124.49+ (available with a round or square base and in three sizes). BTW, the largest size is shown.


Lighted curtains you can layer with some sheer curtains for a happy medium between harsh overhead lighting and complete darkness.


Get them from Amazon: 300 LED light curtain for $17.99 and sheer curtains for $12.99+ (available in several colors and lengths)


A faux-sheepskin rug you can throw on your least comfy armchair (looking at you, wicker!) or cover up some unsightly nail polish stains on your slipper chair that just won’t budge. It’s gonna look so luxe!


Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in a variety of colors and sizes).


A bidet toilet attachment for a spa-like experience that’ll cut into your family’s monthly TP spending *and* be a lil’ kinder to your septic system.


We reviewed the best toilet paper on BuzzFeed Reviews and recommend this for our highest price point for efficiency’s sake. And it’s an easy install on your toilet. Even for renters!

Get it from Amazon for $34.50+ (available in two colors).


And Poo-Pourri – it’ll turn out to be the most useful thing in your bathroom (aside from toilet paper and indoor plumbing). Go ahead and move it to the front of your medicine cabinet so guests can easily find it and use it.


Promising review: “We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement (‘YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I’M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.’) he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves.” —Supa D

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in several sizes and scents).


A over-the-door laundry hamper to get those discarded PJs and undies off the bathroom floor.


You can love someone and still not want to come in touch with their freshly used undies.

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


And a foldable double hamper with removable liners that’ll help you sort lights from darks from the get-go.


Get it from Amazon for $45.96 (available double or single and in six colors).


A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra cotta bear that’ll keep your brown sugar from going rock solid.


Promising review: “Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn’t keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven’t had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar.” —diosa

Get two from Amazon for $7.89.


A 20″ snow thrower for doing the difficult job of clearing a pathway because it’s time you retired that snow shovel. There’s a much better way!

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Promising review: “Bought this in September to save my back and so thankful I did! Northern Virginia just got hammered with one of the top 5 worse snowfalls on record. We had over 24″ inches. We ran this a few times on fresh snow and it worked great. The final clean up was about 20″. It was slow going and we had to take a few passes but she did a great job. Will buy again!” —Dobbie

Get it from Greenworks on Amazon for $107.94+ (available in three models).


Gorgeous measuring cups with hook-able handles for easy storage, and etched measurements that won’t fade in the wash. No more comparing the 1/4 and 1/3 cup by eye because the painted-on measurements came off in the wash.


My mom bought these for me last Christmas and they look just as gorgeous IRL. Oh, and they also work really well!!! Includes spoons and cups for 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1-cup.

Get them from Amazon for $24.95.


A jetted tub cleaner that’ll make you gag with delight once you run it through your system and all the pipe filth emerges like some Ghostbusters sludge. Oh, and it’s septic-safe.


Promising review: “Ok, so I am some what of a clean freak and I run bleach through the jets prob twice a month on top of my daily weekly cleaning. And I was skeptical how this product could get it any cleaner than I thought it was. Well I am here to tell you this pic is after the second cleaning with this cleaner!!!! I am a believer and would highly recommend this product to anyone with jetted tub!!” —Momof2greatboys

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.


A food storage lid organizer bc nesting those lids and containers hasn’t been working out so well thus far. Time for a change!


Holds up to 38 lids (26 small and 12 large), made of BPA-free plastic, hand-wash only, measures 11″x7.75″x3.75″.

Promising review: “We have tons of Tupperware and the lids flying all over used to drive me bananas. This is one of those simple products that makes a big difference. It has three compartments to hold three different sized lids. We must have at least 25 lids in there and they all fit great. Kind of life changing!” —Jack

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in smoke gray).


Wool dryer balls that’ll be a wonderful effective alternative to fabric softener sheets or liquid that can cause some serious buildup on machines and mess up your machine’s effectiveness.


Promising review: “I have been using these for over year now and I absolutely love them. I only use four in my dryer and they have reduced the time it takes to dry clothes. I did not add a scent to the balls so I sometimes throw a dryer sheet in with the balls. They make a soft thud sound while drying. I have given them as gifts to all of my sister-in-laws and they love them.” —P. King

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99.


And washing machine-cleaning tablets so you won’t have to rewash a load because of cleaning product buildup. We’ve all been there and it’s quite the mini tragedy.


Designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove odor-causing residue. Tablet dissolves slowly, lasting throughout the entire wash cycle and breaking up residue better than bleach. Safe to use with front-load washing machines, top- load washing machines, high efficiency (HE), and conventional washers. Recommended for monthly use.

Promising review: “This is really the only HE washer cleaner I buy. It leaves my washer with that fresh smell — not that it stinks — and clean after each use. How do I know it’s clean? I could see some the residual gunk on the inner wall of the washer drum when the cleaning is done. I just have to wipe it off of course. Using other brands I can’t even tell if the appliance has really been cleaned or not.” —AES

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.98.


A water mark removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago that’s been a running “project for next weekend” for the past two years.


Promising review: “Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth.” —JMac

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.


An affordable hand vac that’ll make cleaning up discarded fluff from your furniture NBD. Seriously, walking around like an animal fur hedgehog out of laziness is no way to live.


Has multi-layer filtration and a 16′ power cord. Includes two specially designed nozzles for pulling out dirt on surfaces like stairs, upholstery, and automobiles.

Promising review: “Normally I don’t take the time to review things, I forget or I’m just lazy. I have a German shepherd who sheds badly, despite giving her pills to help with shedding and brushing her weekly. I love my dog but I hate how much hair there is everywhere and a traditional vacuum can only do so much. I absolutely love the power this vacuum has. It actually gets most of the hair up. It can get a little heavy if you’re using it for a long period of time. I mostly use it to get hair off my comforter and off my furniture. It works on practically anything. For the price you honestly can’t beat this. If you’re looking for something to cut down on the amount of hair in your home on furniture, rugs, bed sheets, etc, then this is honestly worth it.” —Janice Kellogg

Get it from Amazon for $30.99.


And a rubber squeegee broom (with a telescoping pole) to get DEEP down into the pile of your carpet to unearth pet fur. TBH, this sounds like work but once you get a couple of passes in and it starts to unearth all the fluff you’re going to go IN on it for some super satisfying results like this.


Promising review: “We got a mature golden retriever last year and were told he didn’t shed. Then in the spring he started shedding badly. I found this product on a whim one day and ordered it. It was tough at first. The bristles pulled the hair up but then caught the tufts and spread them around. I found that using short, quick strokes with the rake turned upside down got the best results. The backside is more like a squeegee and helps pull the hair up in long rolls and keeps the hair in one big pile.” —Nick V.

Get it from Amazon for $13.33.


A silicone sink strainer that can make ridding it of tiny food particles easy as pie so you aren’t awkwardly standing over your trash can raking them out of your OG metal strainer like a masked killer in a movie. I bought one of these and it truly is game-changing.


You know what I’m talking about.

Promising review: “This is a super smart product. Looks great and easy to clean. I have a 1950s cast-iron sink and these are prefect. Much nicer than the mesh strainer I used to buy and lasts a great deal longer.” —LolasMom

Get it from Amazon for $7.96.


Stove counter gap covers to keep pesky crumbs within sight instead of down between your cabinets and appliances where they’ll attract bugs and rodents. Woof.

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They’re made of heat-resistant silicone that’s also smudge-resistant so it’ll look nice under the radar.

Promising review: “They certainly do the job I got them for. I was concerned that they wouldn’t be the correct length, but they’re more than long enough. I will cut them to fit. Held off until I was certain of my satisfaction. The finish is matte but looks nice and wipes clean easily. The material they’re made of settles into the space between counter and range easily and I don’t have any trouble with them shifting positions. I’m happy with this purchase and recommend them to anyone.” —STAR STRUCK

Get a pair from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors and two lengths).


Non-stick oven liners to clean up spills without *actually* having to clean your oven. Who can remember to clean up melted cheese once that pizza comes out of the oven and it’s time to eat. NO ONE, that’s who.


Anything that prevents your smoke detector from *rightfully* going off is a gift from heaven. It’s really starting to annoy your dog.

Promising review: “I have a non–self cleaning oven for the first time in decades. After having an apple pie spill over and spending more than an hour cleaning it up, I purchased these oven liners. What a time saver. The are easy to cut so they fit perfectly. Because I have a visible heating element, the liner goes right on the oven floor, under the heating element.” —Kimberly Barnes-O’Connor

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.


And stove burner covers that’ll do the same for you up top. And you can even run them through the dishwasher!


Promising review: “Safe and easy. It will go under the fire that will not block your cooking fire. Even some edge touches the fire, it will be burned to white color but not fired up. I also put it inside the dishwasher to wash it. Those are very thin cover but no deformation after running through the regular circle inside my dishwasher. All those are already good enough for me.” —buyer

Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $8.99.


Smart plugs you can set up to work with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT, even if you don’t have a hub!


Promising review: “Once you figure out how to sync, it is awesome! Helps my husband remember to turn off the damn lights! He has no choice now but to open his mouth and utter her name.” —Sarah jean

Get a set of four from Amazon for $31.99.

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