29 Products That'll Fight Life's Little Problems So You Don't Have To

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If these products could talk, they would say, "Please let me help you."

1. A set of NoNo brackets that'll make putting up curtains over your windows a piece of cake. Who wants to deal with drill-in rods or risking damage to the walls? Not me!

A customer review photo showing a close up of the bracket on the window

A customer review before and after photo showing their window with vertical blinds and then with curtains

Promising review: "This bracket is awesome and was extremely easy to install. We were able to hang curtains over our vertical blinds in just a few minutes and didn't even need any tools. Great product!!!" —Amazon Customer

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95 (available in a variety of colors).

2. Garbage disposal drops so you can trade in those nasty odors that accumulate down there with the glorious smell of fresh lemon. *Breathes a sigh of relief*

person holding one of the lemon drops over a sink

one of the lemon drops going down a sink drain


Important to note that while these will make it smell delicious, they won't actually clean your disposal. If you're looking for a good product for cleaning, try this reviewer-loved Glisten foaming cleaner and then use the lemon drops to maintain the fresh scent between cleanings!

Promising review: "Use these weekly in my house. My kids often half empty the garbage disposal, leaving a smelly mess some days. These little balls of lemon make a huge difference and help to keep my sink smelling fresh! Great value." —Consumer

Get 120 drops from Amazon for $15.04.

3. A set of clips that'll make it easy to hide your bra straps while wearing racerback dresses and tank tops — no strapless bra required. 🙌

model in tank top with bra straps visible then covered

reviewer wearing black strap across back of bra

Promising review: "Genius!! Why did it take me so long to find these? I was looking for a solution to hide straps in a racerback tank but these straps do so much more than just that. Unlike the round clips that pull straps tightly to the center of your back, these straps lie flat and they have just enough give to allow the bra to still fit right and feel comfortable. Moreover, they can be used to keep bra straps from falling down all day!!! Such a great product." —MsChris

Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.97+ (available in eight color combinations and in a pack of five).

4. And while we're on the subject of brassieres, some bra extenders to gain an extra 2 inches in the band! If you wear a bra, you know just how rare it can be to find one that you actually adore and we want to help you preserve your faves for as long as possible. 

black bra with three hook closures using the bra extender

Promising review: "Bought these for my pregnancy based on a tip from a recently pregnant friend. Total game-changer. Only had to buy a new sized bra once, and then used these for the rest of my pregnancy, as my cup size didn't change any more but omg my ribcage just kept on expanding and expanding to accommodate baby. IMO, these make wearing a regular bra possible during those body-changing portions of pregnancy, saving me money in the long run. Additionally, they work as expected...they clip onto the original spacers easily, they match up with the original hooks really well, and they are very comfortable and easy to use. Best $6 I've ever spent on Amazon. Buy them, you won't regret it." —Queen Bee

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 29 styles).

5. DrainWigs — a pair of shower drain protectors that'll catch hair in the shower/tub to prevent clogging. 

the drain wig inside a drain

person putting the drain wig in a shower drain


Not having to call a plumber to snake your shower? That's the energy we're manifesting this year. 

Promising review: "I didn't even think about my shower drain being such a problem with hair. We have a relatively new shower and the drain was starting to be slow, but not really a problem because the pipe has a long drop. I was watching Shark Tank and thought maybe I need to check this out. Wow, there was a lot of hair to clean! Three long-haired girls in the house! I started using this and it pulled all sorts of hair out. We change it about once a month. Easy to pull out and no breaks or rust. I keep buying!" —Kindle Customer

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99.

6. A set of silicone air fryer liners because the only thing stopping you at the moment from living your best "air-fried chicken tenders and French fries for dinner every night" dream is the daunting thought of having to clean the air fryer basket after. Just pop the silicone bowl in the dishwasher when you're done and voila! 

A red liner in an air fryer full of nuggets

Promising review: "I bought these because I was tired of cleaning the whole air fryer container. These were bought on a whim for both mine and my boyfriend's parents, who each have an air fryer. They work great, keeping all greases and crumbs inside, and make it easier to clean. The only bad thing (and this may just be me) is the ridges/ripples on the bottom of the inside of the liner. When you try to wash it in the sink, don’t put the stream of water right on those unless you want to take a small bath. Other than that, these are fantastic. My boyfriend also says that it seems to make everything crispier, and we love that." Jordan Hixson

Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and three color combinations). 

7. A set of acne patches you can apply over areas where you're breaking out. Simply put the patch over a zit, let it sit overnight or throughout the day, peel it off, and watch it take all the pore-clogging gunk with it.

reviewer before photo showing pimples on their forehead

reviewer after photo showing the pimples faded

Read our Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch review!

Promising review: "OMG! It actually works! My son gets really large acne breakouts that are really hard to heal. He put these on before bed and woke up to his large white pimples being gone! Like, completely gone. I usually pay $50 a visit to the dermatologist for 30 minutes for him to get extractions, which is pretty painful for him. We will be ordering more of these and using these instead!! If I could give more stars I would!" —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.99.

8. A magnetic purse hanger because if you're a bag-lover, chances are you're also familiar with the struggle that is going to a restaurant or a public restroom and having no place to put your pocketbook! All you have to do with this is attach the metal hook to your bag and use the magnetic hook against a metal surface to hang your bag!  

A reviewer's handbag magnetized to a bathroom door hinge

Models hanging their bags on table legs and chairs from the magnet

Bagnet is a woman-owned small biz that sells magnetic bag holders and phone slings.

Promising review: "This is the best bag holder ever! I was completely blown away, the magnet is SO strong. Works in so many places: in restrooms (try the hinges if the door isn't metal), at restaurants (on tables, chairs, even under the table), at the gym to hold my water bottle and keys so they don't end up on the floor. But my absolute favorite place to use it is on my car! I can attach it to the side of my car while I unlock it without having my hands full and leaving me vulnerable. If you have ever felt nervous trying to fumble with all your stuff while trying to unlock your doors in a dark parking lot, you need this! My only regret is that I didn't know about it sooner. I am going to get one for everyone in my life for Christmas. Any person who carries a bag should have one (or two). Seriously, it's life changing​." —robert rodriguez

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 23 styles). 

9. Cleaning tablets that'll make you realize the important task of sanitizing your retainer, dentures, night guard, or any other dental appliances you may use can be quick and easy. Simply drop a tablet along with your dental appliance into warm water and let it soak! 

before photo of a reviewer's dirty retainer

the same reviewer's retainer looking clean and rid of yellow that was on it before after using the cleaner

Promising review: "I really loved this product. I am currently waiting for a new Invisalign set. My old Invisalign needed to be cleaned. I read the reviews and decided to purchase. OMG it worked! There was a fresh taste and they were clean. I wished I had found this product sooner. I did let them soak overnight only because I had been wearing them for the last four months. Nothing happened to Invisalign; there was no weakness or anything. Just very clean and fresh. If I could have given the product 10 stars I would have." —Lisa R.

Get 120 tablets from Amazon for $26.11.

10. A set of no crease hair clips so you don't have to risk messing up your gorgeous blow-out just because you need to keep your hair out of your face during makeup application.

a reviewer wearing the clips to hold their hair out of their face while they do their makeup

A reviewer with their hair held back out of their face by two pins on either side

Promising review: "I'm a hair-before-makeup girly and these bad boys DO NOT CREASE your hair just like it says (: I pin the front pieces back after I've finished my hair, and leave them pinned while doing my face and when I'm done you would never be able to tell I had them pinned back!! They are also sooo much cuter than a thicccc headband on my head which is what I was using. 10/10!!!" —Amanda Bailey

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $6.36+ (available in smaller and larger packs, and in six color combinations).

11. A baseball cap that'll finally allow you to wear your hair in a high pony at the SAME time. No more settling for low ponytails or worse...wearing your hair down just so you can wear a hat.

Model showing back of the hat where there's a cross hatch design to support a high ponytail

Model wearing a blue version outdoors in workout gear

Vimhue is a woman-owned small biz based in Arizona that sells caps designed with ponytails in mind.

Promising review: "Love this hat so much! I already ordered another one in a different color for myself and one for a friend! I live in Texas near the Gulf and it’s summer — really humid and really hot. I walk 3–4 miles outside most days and I’d been wishing for a hat that allowed for a high ponytail so I could keep my hair off my neck to not get as hot/sweaty. Decided to Google it and found this and was thrilled! The X straps are easy to adjust and it fits great and is breathable. And it’s super cute!" —mlp06h

Get it from Vimhue on Etsy for $29 (available in 25 colors). 

12. An outlet concealer kit complete with a power strip and an 8-foot cord because while you love all your super cool high-tech gadgets, you don't love that their cords stick out like a sore thumb and ruin the aesthetic of the room you place them in. Why can't everything just be WIRELESS?!  

a before and after showing unsightly cords from electrical devices being hidden away nicely by the concealer


Promising review: "I have an outlet above our mantel that’s meant for a wall-mounted TV. We have a large painting covering it. We wanted to use the plug to power two Wi-Fi speakers on the long mantle. The thinness of the plug is perfect behind the painting. The power strip is hidden by a mantle clock. So, we have our two speakers to either side and no visible wires. This product may not work for every application, but for us, it’s 10 stars." —Chashum

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in other styles/lengths).

13. A laundry stain remover to make quick work of tough stains — both fresh and set-in. Just spray, blot, and launder! This is great if you're a parent to a small human or animal, or if you just happen to be a naturally messy eater. #same

A white dress with berry stains all over it

The dress completely white again next to the spray bottle

Promising review: "I have three young kids who like to get messy and usually spill things on themselves — this spray is a miracle worker! I haven’t found a stain this stuff can’t get out! I’ve even had stains that weren’t new come out with this spray! Wish they had a bigger bottle option but for now this works. Not a huge fan of the smell but it’s not a huge deal because it gets washed anyway." —Heather & Kresten

Get it from Amazon for $7.91

14. Light-dimming stickers so the bright LED lights from all the cool tech items in your room (or, ya know, just your alarm clock) don't keep you awake at night. 

on the top a reviewer's bright alarm clock and on the bottom the same alarm clock with the screen less bright thanks to the dimming stickers

These dim 50–80% of light! They're super easy to use. All you have to do is just peel and stick, and they don't leave any sticky residue, so you can remove any time you need with ease. Plus, they can always be cut or adjusted to your preferences/needs.

Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape but this product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Logan M

Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $2.89.

15. A self-watering planter that'll hold up to two weeks of water so you can focus on more important things — like figuring out which plant you're gonna buy next because dang, this makes owning houseplants so much easier, you gotta turn your home into a greenhouse now!

A snake plant in the pot

A full, large plant in the pot with the spout

Plus it comes with a clip-on watering attachment to make pouring easy.

Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

16. A clear toy blocker because any pet household knows their four-legged friend seems to really enjoy playing with their tiniest toys in the places where they're most likely to get stuck and hide away...forever. Sorry, Fido, but your Kong toy does not belong underneath the sofa.

clear plastic blockers set up under a stove to prevent toys from going under

Promising review: "A must-have for ALL pet owners. This contraption is genius and will save cat (and dog) owners so much time and frustration retrieving toys. We used this beneath our oven and it works PERFECTLY. Cat can't destroy it (the way she shredded the foam insulation we had stuffed under there before) and we no longer have to get the yardstick out when literally all of her toys are 'gone.' Yes, this is a challenge to install, but 100% worth it. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat." —Allison Goldstein

Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in three sizes).

17. veggie chopper for those who wanna cook homemade meals, but are so daunted by the thought of prepping the ingredients, they're already ordering Seamless a fourth night in a row.

Reviewer putting a potato on a flip top lid cutter and bringing the lid down to chop it into pieces

the veggie chopper in white

Fullstar is a small biz that specializes in super useful kitchen gadgets!

Promising review: "Makes life so much easier. I can't imagine chopping onions or bell peppers by hand anymore, and it does so much more. We used to have a Prepworks chopper which was a similar idea, but you had to press so hard to chop, and it broke after not too long. This one requires very little effort to cut through the food and it has a generous container." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

18. An anti-chafe balm you just roll onto any areas where you're prone to chafing and let it help protect you from the pain that comes with that not-so-fun skin rub. 😭

A model applying the balm to her inner thigh

a model applying it under their shirt

Amazon, Amazon

Promising review: "I had a terrible summer in Florida this year with the high temps and humidity and started to chafe every time I wore my sports bra (five times a week) so bad. It was painful and my skin was breaking in places all along my sports bra band. Powder and/or Vaseline did not help. I found this product, and have not had even one episode of chafing once I started using it. It's easy to apply; I just put it anywhere my sports bra band touches, front and back. haven't chafed not one time since I started using it." —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

19. A bag sealer you need if you've ever done something like open a bag of Doritos and eat some, put a flimsy clip on top before putting it back in the pantry, and open up a stale bag of cheesy chips a few days later when you want more. Pretty sure that's happened to all of us.

reviewer using the sealer to close a bag of takis

reviewer holding the sealer in black with a bag of chips in the back

Promising review: "It works very well. Heats up fast and does a good job. For the price, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. Love this little thing." —Annie E

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in six colors).

20. A set of heel protectors that are a must-have as we near warmer weather aka the start of outdoor events like weddings, graduations, and parties galore. No matter the occasion, you're gonna want these babies so you can rock your favorite heels without worry of them sinking into grass or breaking on rough surfaces. 

The clear plastic cap, which has a flower-shaped petal base that extends a centimeter or two out from the bottom, all around a shoe's stiletto heel

The pair of caps, called Gogoheel Stoppers

Read our Stoppers Heel Protectors review!

Promising review: "After slightly sinking into the ground at my own wedding, I decided that I absolutely needed these for every summer wedding thereafter! They were a hit — everyone thought they were genius and my heels were spared from sinking into grass as well as dirt and gravel! LOVE THEM! I need them in every size!" —Alexis

Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four sizes).

21. A pair of cleansing cuffs because getting the sleeves of your shirt wet when you wash your face is sooo not the vibe we're aiming for this year...or any year for that matter. 

writer wearing the fluffy light gray cuffs before I wash my face

GIF of Gen wearing the cuff that's stopping water from dripping down my sleeves

Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

LABeautyologist is a small biz founded by Nayamka Roberts-Smith who created the 60-second-rule. "What's that?" you ask? it means cleansing with your fingers for a minute to allow the ingredients to get to work on your complexion!

My colleague, Genevieve Scarano, swears by these cleansing cuffs! Here's what she has to say about them:

"My sweatshirt sleeves ALWAYS get wet when I wash my face. It's really tricky to keep them dry because I use creamy cleansers that require a little more rinsing than other products. I decided to try these cozy cuffs and they make such a difference in my skincare routine. They protect my sleeves from getting drenched and make self-care time a little more fun. They're also machine-washable!"

Get them from LABeautyologist for $27.

22. A pair of fridge door handles for preventing hungry (and sometimes sticky) hands from leaving fingerprints and gunk on your stainless-steel handles. They're machine-washable for easy cleaning and work just as well on other stainless-steel appliance handles like ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers.

A three door stainless steel fridge with all the handles covered by gray padding

They're made with Velcro to help you get a perfect and easy fit!

Promising review: "Keeps my handles clean! What a game changer! These are the softest covers. Love how they just blend in with my stainless-steel fridge. If you own a stainless-steel fridge, 'stainless' is not true with the handles. These covers will change your life!!!!" —Debby from Warren

Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99 (available in a variety of sizes). 

23. Wad-Free, a truly wonderful creation that'll stop bed sheets from getting all tangled and twisted in the washer and dryer. In turn, this will help ensure that your sheets, and the other items that frequently get caught in them, come out cleaner. I don't know about you, but I'm all too familiar with finding a soaking wet sock or shirt caught in the crevices of my bed sheets and having to put them back in the dryer and it's SO.VERY.ANNOYING!

the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet


Wad-Free is a woman-owned small biz and was featured in Shark Tank where it got offers from both Kevin and Lori and ultimately made a deal with Mr. Wonderful, himself.

Promising review: "THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!! I saw a TikTok about these and decided to order. Sheets balling all up in the washer and dryer has been a pet peeve of mine for forever. I was super skeptical of these, but I tried it, and it works as advertised! It’s a little on the expensive side IMO, and that’s kinda holding me back from purchasing a second set, but they really do work." —StrangerThings

Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a set of four).

24. A universal remote attachment because having to use more than one remote to operate a single television is SILLY! What's the point of living in a high-tech world if you need one remote to turn on the TV, another remote to change the volume, and yet another to switch between streaming apps and cable?! 

Reviewer's three remotes before the attachment; same review now with just one remote and the attachment

Promising review: "Before: three remotes, one for the screen (on/off), a separate one for the sound system (volume) and of course the Fire Stick remote. After: just the one convenient integrated unit. No more scrambling to find the which remote to do what I want, cause it's all right there in the one unit. I wish I'd have bought one years ago cause the multi-remote tango got old real fast." —Chapman Baetzel

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

25. A portable door lock that'll provide some extra security and peace of mind in hotel rooms, apartments, and college dorms. 

lock on door

how to guide for door lock

Promising review: "My apartment door has a deadbolt but no lock on the door handle. The latch is also misplaced so if it’s not dead bolted anyone can just push my door open. Took a few tries to get this right but makes me feel much more secure and it’s easy to use when you get the hang of it! I also take this with me when traveling as it fits almost all doors. Definitely recommend, thanks TikTok for showing this to me." —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

26. A set of underarm sweat pads you're gonna feel so grateful for on those mornings you're rushing out the door 10 minutes late, Starbucks is taking their sweet time working on your mobile order, the train is running at a snail's pace, and you have a big presentation to give at work once you get to the office. We won't tell your boss your pits are perspiring up a storm if you don't. 

Model wearing the pads, which look like large panty liners


Promising review: "I love these. I have a few cute summer dresses with sleeves — eeek! The first time I tried the shields it was 104 degrees at an outdoor event, and I was sweating bullets! The shields worked BEAUTIFULLY. Not a sweat stain in sight." —Cosmic Girl

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $14.99.

27. A set of food pouch toppers/covers so your little one can bask in the satisfaction of getting to hold their snack, and you can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they won't make a mess thanks to the flow-control valve! 

reviewer photo of orange cover on a pouch of applesauce

a kid drinking out of a pouch with one of the silicone covers on them

Promising review: "My son refuses to let anyone feed him and insists on doing it himself. I could never give him a pouch because he would squeeze it all over the place until I found these. No mess and he loves that he gets to do it himself. 10/10 recommend!" —Christopher Sele

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five color combinations).

28. A pack of moldable silicone ear plugs for drowning out loud construction outside your window when you're trying to fall asleep, noisy roomies and pets blocking your train of thought during the work day, and reducing the decibel levels at concerts and nightclubs to a comfortable point. 

buzzfeed writer emma lord showing what the ear plugs look like in her ears

emma holding the silicone ear plugs

Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

My colleague, Emma Lord, swears by these ear plugs! Here's what she has to say about them: 

"The moldable silicone of Mack's Earplugs contours easily to the shape of your ear to block out noise much more effectively than other foam or plastic varieties, and the noise reduction is so good that if I pair them with a white noise machine (or just like a white noise loop on Spotify) I genuinely don't hear noises from outside my room. Not only that, but once they're in place, they stay locked there until you decide to pull them out. I've also *loved* these for traveling — if you put these babies in on a plane not only does it help reduce some of the YIKES factor when the plane takes off (it's loud!!), but it cancels out the murmuring noises of passengers on the flight and makes it easier to get some shuteye."

Get a pack of six pairs from Amazon for $6.59.

29. A pill crusher that'll quickly become a favorite product in your household if you or your loved one can't stand the thought of taking a pill whole or if your pets or kiddos can only take their medication if it's crushed up and hidden inside their food. 

Reviewer image of blue pill cutter and storage unit

A graphic showing all the different parts of the crusher disassembled

Promising review: "I can't swallow pills (effects of GERD) so pill crushing has been a mess and a pain. This little gadget is quick, easy, and keeps the process tidy. Made of sturdy plastic, it's lightweight and compact and does the job beautifully! Highly recommend!" —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $8.99

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