31 Useful Things For Problems You Probably Just Gave Up On

31 Useful Things For Problems You Probably Just Gave Up On

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A sparkling-wine saver that will keep your bubblies bubbling so you can pop your prosecco any day of the week without resigning yourself to wasting the leftovers.

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I purchased one of these at the aggressive behest of a friend, and it’s LEGIT. I told myself I was a Red Wine Lady my whole life because it was easier to save for later, but now that I don’t live in constant fear of wasting the bubbly stuff, I am an All Wine Lady and have finally achieved my truest form.

Promising review: “This product was a real surprise for me, I was never able to keep my bubblies as fresh and bubbly after the first opening. Three days later, and my expensive Brut tastes just as nice. Frankly, this is probably going to become my go-to gift from now on… pair a nice bottle to it and voila! Thumbs up!” —RonBY

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of the wine saver here!

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.


A pair of hooks for your AirPods to stop them from slip n’ sliding right out of your ears, then onto the sidewalk, then somehow rolling into traffic, then under the wheel of a Ford Explorer, and — well. If you’re constantly readjusting your AirPods cuz you have sweaty ears like mine, you get the gist.

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These also work great for wired EarPods!

Promising review: “Couldn’t be happier with my purchase! I’ve never been able to wear EarPods because they always fell out. These Earhoox have completely solved that problem. They work so well, in fact, I can’t imagine what activity could make them fall out. 100% satisfied, would recommend and would definitely buy again.” —bern

Get a set of two pairs (one small, one large) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).


An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you no longer have to fall asleep to sound of your roommate loudly recording a podcast with someone over Skype.


Psst — this insulated strip also stops air conditioning from escaping out of the crack under the door, saving energy and money!

Promising review: “I came across this blessing in disguise after being completely FED UP with noise from my siblings in my house when I’m trying to sleep for work the next day. I bought sound proof padding as you would use in a studio, it helped, but not that much. Not actually realizing that it’s not really the door I have to worry about… IT’S AROUND THE DOOR. It never dawned on me to look into door sealing options. MANNNN this is everything I needed. I followed the instructions although I already knew what to do with it, the glue is very adhesive, it really has a true feeling of what I would expect this product to feel like. I quickly installed it and EUREKA. IT WORKS, it does not budge or move regardless of how hard my door closes. I was listening to my sibling take a phone call when the door was open then after I was done, I closed the door and POOF, noise no more!” —Bobby

Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in four colors).


An adjustable neck mount for your phone to rescue your poor arm from the ache of holding it up during endless FaceTimes — plus, now with your hands free, virtual dinner or drinks with friends will be a total breeze.


You can also use it to steady your phone on a flat surface, or wedge it between couch cushions for stable Netflix marathoning!

Promising review: “Best invention for cell phones and tablets. This is one of the best products ever! I use it for my lives, FaceTime, and for watching my iPad. Super light and comfy! My hands feel better after one week if use!” —Dannette M. Cara

Get it from Amazon for $9.25.


A hands-free grocery carrier that will make an entire massive grocery haul feel as manageable as a backpack, without requiring you to channel The Rock to get your yogurts in the door.


Promising review: “I live alone and moved to a second-story apartment. I have bad circulation in my hands. I bought this to make things easier and it surely did. I can now carry $100 worth of groceries with EASE. The material is like a seatbelt. I love it.” —Ashley O.

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


A beauty spatula to rescue that last lil’ bit of foundation that no amount of wrestling with nozzles or the pull of gravity will free. It’s been a lifetime of lost .05-ounce foundation scams, but now you can OUT-SCAM THE SCAM!!


Promising review: “Fantastic product. I’m able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. Works on bottles, jars, etc. Only wish I had bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up), and I think you will get your money’s worth out of it. Already bought more as gifts.” —HMSK

Get it from Amazon for $5.89.


A six-outlet wall charger designed specifically for larger chargers that also comes equipped with two USB fast-charging ports *and* a nightlight, so you can get rid of that ugly power strip on the floor you keep tripping on by your bed in the middle of the night.


Promising review:Excellent design that solved my long-term issue! I have a corner wall outlet where we plug in digital clock, table lamp, computer charger and cell phone chargers. For a long time we have been using an outlet extender strip, which has a thick long line laying on the floor. Even with the multiple outlets the extender provided, we sometimes still need to unplug and re-plug some chargers because they have big head that occupies multiple outlet spaces. Surprisingly, this relatively small device provides large space on the side which can easily fit two big head chargers, USB outlet saves you another charger head space, and the night light function makes it easy for you to see the outlets in dark corners or at night. This product is a perfect space saver for office and entertainment areas for your home. Thumbs up!” —LawSchoolStudent2L

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.


A battery-operated depiller you can use to restore old fabrics to their former glory, instead of living with nice sweaters that all look like they got in a fight with a character on Sesame Street.

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Promising review: “Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil’ baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me.” —Sydney Jensen

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).


A selfie ring light, so you can finally stop feeling self-conscious on Zoom calls where all your friends look well-lit enough to live with the Kardashians and for some reason your apartment looks like a medieval dungeon.


You can either use this with your phone mounted just under the light for FaceTime or TikTok, or if you’re calling or filming from a laptop, you can set up the tripod or the light on your desk behind the screen. Boom, fancy lighting.

Promising review: “I’ve been having to work from home. During this time, I’m in front of my computer doing WebEx calls and Teams. Having to present and talk in front of 20-50+ people. This light is AWESOME! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!” —Anna Chouinard

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.


A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away those vague headaches you’ve been trying to ignore until they go away.


Promising review: “This stuff is my go-to fix when I feel a migraine coming on. I suffer from sinus headaches and migraines usually once or twice a week. This product I put on each temple, under my nose and on my wrists when I feel the pressure starting and it cuts the pain to a minimum. It seems to stop the worst pain before it has a chance to start. Thank you for a great product! I will buy again and again!” —Brenton1985

Read BuzzFeed’s review of the migraine stick for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A pack of NeuroGum made with a blend of caffeine and nootropics, designed to give you energy five times faster than regular coffee — without jitters or sluggishness afterward. That chronic 3 p.m. slump when you suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish just met its match.

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Promising review: “As a medical student this has been an amazing addition to my daily study regimen. Same amazing boost as the Diet Coke and coffee I used to chug, but without the jitters, crash/headache, or teeth staining. It’s become my new go-to for staying awake and alert in the OR or on the wards. Highly recommend for anyone who needs a pick-me-up but doesn’t want that ‘wired’ sensation you get from coffee.” —R. Sardesai

Get a nine-pack with six pieces of gum each from Amazon for $21.

You can read BuzzFeed editor Kayla Suazo’s full review of NeuroGum for more deets!


A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone and back that you might not even realize how *much* of a problem you have with your current chair setup until you get that sweet, sweet relief.


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 $34.95.


A time-marked water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, so you can finally stop halfheartedly chugging water at the end of it and then waking up to pee three times a night.


This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up — plus a carrying strap, so you can take it on your midday walks away from your desk!

Promising review: “For years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with water bottles. I’d want to carry one and get in my daily H2O, but the bottles would be heavy, hard to clean, or just plain ugly. This bottle is brilliant on many levels. First, easy to clean, soft to the touch but not slippery, it is comfortable to carry and fits in most cup holders. Next, the pour is perfect! No straw to mess with or lid to unscrew. No valve to get grody, or break! The lock is optional, but the closure is not. You pick the setting. You can close the lid or close AND lock the lid — genius! Next, is the very convenient, ounce/timer label. This keeps you motivated to KEEP drinking. You can tell right away if you falling behind on your intake by just checking how far along you are on the water level of the bottle. I am a HUGE fan and already plan on buying one for each member of my family. Probably will also gift this bottle to others because it is seriously THAT cool! Thanks Cactaki for your innovative and step-above design! This product is fantastic!” —BGR8FUL

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).


A set of blue-light blocking glasses ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time on their computer (especially at night) and has surrendered to the sleep disruption. These will alleviate the eye strain and the blue light impact so you can get decent shut-eye again.

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Promising review:I purchased this item because I work from home and I am constantly looking at a computer screen. My eyes were getting strained from always looking at a screen and knew I needed to add something to my routine. I purchased this for me and my boyfriend and they work AMAZING! Not to mention stylish.” —Beth

Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.98 (available in seven color combinations).


A hand massager to finally work out all the little aches and pains from typing or texting that have steadily gotten worse, but not bad enough that you’ve been motivated to find a solution yet.


It pulls double duty, too — one side is geared to massage your fingers, and the other to massage your palms. A lot of people use it to recover from hand surgery or deal with carpal tunnel and arthritis.

Promising review: Really works. I work on a computer all day typing and clicking away and my index finger began to get very sore and have sharp pains. This massager actually works really well. No need to buy the $50 ones, which probably also work great, but for the price this is an exceptional value that I am grateful for!” —Matthew Robillard

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.


A bottle of avocado hot sauce so you can add a bit of savory and a kick of spice to save all those meals you’ve been making that have gotten a little, well, boring. (No offense to microwave pizza! She’s trying her best.)


The question is less what can you put it on and more what *can’t* you put it on. Reviewers mention salads, burritos, eggs, burgers, sandwiches, and steak.

Promising review: “So good. Favorable and just a mild hot, it’s really good on anything that needs a little something — eggs, beans and rice, etc. Not a ‘hot sauce’ as much as a flavor enhancer. And, name aside, not really avocado in flavor; the avocado base just provides a little creamier, smoother, richer base for the spiciness. I can see people who don’t like avocados still liking this sauce.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (also available in Mango and Original flavor).


A tiny (and adorable!!) cactus humidifier that operates on a USB cable, so you can keep the air in your space cozy and hydrating instead of just accepting that your nostrils are going to feel like sandpaper forever.


Promising review: “I LOVE these little humidifiers! I bought my first one to use at my desk at work, because the air is so dry in the building, and it has been a godsend. Not only does it help keep my sinuses happier, but it looks great too. I bought a second one for my nightstand that I use while I sleep at night, and they both work perfectly.” —Selene Schneider

Get it from Amazon for $14.89 (available in five styles).


A set of adhesive cable clips you can stick to your desk to keep your charging cables locked in one convenient place, so your desk will no longer be a veritable jungle of cords that makes you wince every time you see it.


Promising review: “It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!” —Nelis Perez

Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.97.


A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can tackle all those stains on your bottles and travel mugs instead of quietly buying new ones every year when it seems like they’re past the point of no return.


Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug; I tried everything — bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING — and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much that I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.


A bottle of wood polish that will make your all those long-scuffed up doors, hardwood floors, and furniture you’ve been turning a blind eye to look brand spanking new.


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. Take a look at the pictures to see the before-and-afters. 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 a bottle from Amazon for $8.47.


A blister-preventing balm so you can stop chanting “beauty is pain” to yourself every time you have to break in a pair of boots, sandals, or heels.


Promising review: “I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS, I was like pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING. Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!” —Jamie

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


A bunch of Miracle-Gro “food spikes” that can bring plants as sad as the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas back from the brink of death, and then will continuously feed them for 30 to 60 days as a bonus.


Promising review: “I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of the package for quantity), and approximately a month after I used these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This also worked wonders for my plants that don’t flower! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became greener and healthier looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again.” —Elizabeth

Get a set of 48 from Amazon for $2.24.


A produce-saver storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh way longer, so you can finally stop surrendering to the race against time when your produce goes bad faster than you can finish it.


Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. What kind of witchcraft could these small plastic bins be born from that would make them somehow extend the life of our otherwise short-lived produce? Well, let me tell you — if it was witchcraft that produced these containers, then call the Sanderson sisters and get them rolling on another batch! Down here in southeastern Virginia, the produce is terrible! We couldn’t get strawberries to last for more than three or four days. They’re so much cheaper to buy in the large containers, but then we had to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just to make sure they were gone before they started to get too soft and juicy. I was beginning to dislike strawberries. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a crime in and of itself. But along came these wonderful containers. They more than doubled the life of our berries, allowing me to once again think to myself, Eh, maybe this meal I will have kiwi.” —Michael Territo

Read BuzzFeed’s review of these “miracle” produce containers for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $7.17.


A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull up the kind of pet hair that’s so deep in the carpet you’ve just learned to live with it. (Trust me, your actual carpet is probably a different color than you think.)

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An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody’s business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will.

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

Get it from Amazon for $14.66.


A set of dishwasher-cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell you were low-key hoping would just go away on its own.


Now you can host your get-togethers without that one helpful friend being like *GASP* when they see the state of your dishwasher.

Promising review: “We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it’s been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh’s machine cleaners I’d used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it’s been since we got it! Love it!” —Mouriana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.


A ring size adjuster for loose rings, so you can finally stop checking every eight minutes to make sure you’re ring is, in fact, on your finger, and not rolling behind your furniture.

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As you can see, this is my own human hand pictured above. I’m obsessed with jewelry retailer Local Eclectic, but my ring finger is between two of their sizes — enter this plastic coil, which made up the size difference in the hottest second.

Promising review: “I’ve been holding off on getting my ring resized and decided to do something temporary till then. These are perfect! They came with a bunch of different sizes, and you only use a small amount of the one you need. If I end up needing it tighter again, I can swap it out for a larger coil. They are really easy to put on, and I hardly feel it at all on my finger. I’m not sure how long they will last because I haven’t had it for long, but it comes with enough extra that it would be easy to swap out if they don’t hold up.” —Charet

Get a 12-pack in two sizes from Amazon for $5.99.


A set of bed bands that will lock your fitted sheets neatly into place so you can stop shoving the loose corners under your duvet whenever you’re too tired to remake your whole bed in the morning.


Promising review: “I have a pillow top and pillow bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now—and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY …. SINGLE… NIGHT. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets.” —TinkerbellAPixie

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.


A bottle of clear “shoe goo” to piece back any shoe you assumed was a goner after its top consciously uncoupled from its sole. Once this subtle glue dries, it locks the shoe back in place, *and* is totally waterproof and weatherproof to ~boot~.

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This is also super handy to plug up holes that may have developed in the heels of your soles, too!

Promising review: “This glue is great. Thought I’d have to throw out my favorite sneakers. The toe soles were completely separated. I first sealed the sole edges with glue and dried overnight. Then glued edges together. Had to hold them together for 10-15 minutes. Dried 48 hrs and my sneakers are like new. It’s now three weeks later and they’re still good to go. Awesome product.” —Candac

Get it from Amazon for $7.50.


A Pet House candle with scents engineered to cancel out all those miscellaneous pet odors like litter boxes, dog bed, and all those lil’ sprinkles of pee that you’ve just accepted as “eau de basement” since your pet came into your home.


Promising review: “These candles are fantastic! They smell great, and do a great job of eliminating any odors in your house, not only those from pets. They do work best if you burn them for 1-2 hours at a time, but will get rid of the smells of wet dog, fecal smells, urine odors, and I’ve even found them useful for cooking odors. I highly recommend these candles. I purchased the Vanilla Creme Brûlée scent. I often get headaches from powerful scents, but have never gotten one from these lovely candles!” —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 16 scents).


A set of slow cooker liners so you can finally go *ham* with all those hard-to-clean recipes in your slow cooker that you stopped making after a half hour of prep led to an hour of soaking and scraping the remnants clean.


Promising review: “I LOVE LOVE LOVE my slow cooker liners. Never again will I cook without one in my slow cooker! I’ve been using these for 2+ years and it still boggles my mind how much easier cleanup is nowadays. I’m not worried anymore about crusty sauce I have to clean off or things sticking to the bottom of the slow cooker itself. Now I just plop one of these easy to use bags inside and voila! Doesn’t affect cook time and cleanup is a breeze — just pull bag out and toss and you’re easily 95% of the way to a cleaned up slow cooker.” —Minnemama2017

Get a set of six from Amazon for $2.60.


A bottle of Londontown Kur smudge-correcting nail polish to basically vanish away those marks you get when you use your recently nail-polished hand to open a large bag full of chips a little too aggressively*, and just have to live with the blunder.


*Based on a true story.

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

Get it from Amazon for $14.

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