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These photos just might win over your inner skeptic.

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


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Promising review: “I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

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A cooktop cleaning kit for dislodging stubborn stains that you previously thought were impossible to remove. Your cooktop will be so clean, it might as well be a mirror!


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This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn’t believe it! We had a new stove that I didn’t clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new.” —Christi Lambertson

Get it from Amazon for $11.03.

3.

A hanging jewelry organizer so all your accessories are untangled, visible, and ready to wear, even if you have no room for an actual armoire.


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This will fit over any standard hanger. One side has 32 clear pockets and the other side has 18 hooks and loops.

Promising review: “I needed something that would save me space but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them and have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one, I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors, and it does not take up that much space.” —Nellie F.

Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three colors).

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A bottle of Glossier Solution – a gentle yet effective acid-based exfoliator (containing a 10% blend of AHA, BHA, and PHA) that’ll slough away dead skin, help clear up acne and blackheads, and reduce visible redness.


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Multiple BuzzFeeders swear by this product — read their reviews!

Promising review: “This stuff is incredible! I don’t usually leave reviews but this chemical exfoliator does exactly what it claims and has really helped, especially with the texture of my skin. I have noticed a difference within a week of daily use as it is gentle yet effective, and it hasn’t dried out my skin. It has helped fade acne scars and the fragrance of the product is mild but pleasant. EVERYONE AND THEIR GRANDMAS NEED THIS!!!” —R

Get it from Glossier for $24.

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A tea bag organizer that’ll consolidate multiple boxes so you can make room for…well, more tea.


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This organizer can hold approximately 100 tea bags.

Promising review: “I love tea. In fact, I don’t drink coffee so I buy a lot of varieties of tea and then put it in my cabinet and promptly forget them. I finally saw this product and bought it to help organize them. Who knew I had so many different teas! I totally forgot I had most of them. Now I have a neat display of my teas and can easily choose what tea I am in the mood for without taking things out of my cupboard. It looks great on my countertop near my fridge and doesn’t take a lot of room. Love it. It’s my new favorite thing. Worth every penny. Now I think I need another one.” —Kasia K

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

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Vacuum storage bags to prevent your off-season clothing from taking over the entire closet. Think of all the space you’ll save!


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Read our review of these vacuum storage bags (#2 on the list)!

Promising review: “I’ve been going through and purging items and cleaning and preparing for storage items I’m keeping, pre-moving. I love these bags, they make such a difference and you can easily see what’s in there…as opposed to my previous storage bags — trash bags. I’ve gotten what took three shelves down to one. Can’t complain about that.” —Samsara

Get a set of five from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four sizes and variety packs).

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A set of storage containers for keeping your produce fresh for much longer. Yup, it’s basically a miracle pod.


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These are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Read our review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers!

Promising review: “I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I’ve kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I’ve had fantastic results with all of them.” —Laura

Get a 2.5-cup size container from Amazon for $12.55.

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A temporary tooth replacement kit you can mold and apply yourself while searching for a more permanent solution.


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Promising review: “I would give this 100 stars. I had to be IN a wedding without a front tooth and out of desperation ordered this. You could NOT TELL AT ALL that the tooth was not real. My husband was amazed… they give you enough material to make a dozen or more teeth. BEST INVESTMENT you can make if you can’t afford the dentist but need to fix an unsightly lost tooth gap. I ate with it for three days straight and if you let it harden in place in your mouth, it won’t come out until you pull it firmly. You will be completely safe to be in front of people and even out to dinner. Buy it.” —Ashland A.

Get the kit from Amazon for $32.75.


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Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates skin while anti-inflammatory squalane helps reduce redness and irritation.

Promising review: “This has been working wonderfully for my extremely sensitive skin. I use it every other night and it really does make a visible difference immediately. New staple in my skincare routine.” —HOLLY M.

Get it from Biossance for $62.

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A fast-acting stain remover to have on hand until you’ve perfected your wine swirling skills.


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Promising review: “I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it’s still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it’s become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have.” —Melanie Nolen

Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

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A set of packing cubes for helping you achieve the impossible — fitting all your clothes into one suitcase and having it look neat. Over-packers rejoice!


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“Damn, you are SO organized!” — your travel buddies, when they see the inside of your suitcase.

Promising review: “These packing cubes exceeded my expectations! I was able to pack for a seven-day cruise — seven day outfits, seven evening dresses, six swimsuits, and six swim cover-ups. Along with 10 pairs of undergarments, four PJ sets, and three bras. It was crazy. I used a Vera Bradly weekend tote to fit my packing cubes and then a separate bag for shoes, toiletries, etc. It worked perfectly!” —Elias Zuloaga

Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 15 colors).


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Promising review: “Great product. I mix Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with my Aztec Secret Indian Bentonite Healing Clay for my facial masks (instead of mixing water with the clay). After the facial, my pores are totally clean, and they seem to disappear. My skin also tightens and takes on a youthful glow. The results last for about a week or a little longer.” —Gloria

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

13.

All-natural bottle cleaning tablets that’ll dissolve decade-old coffee stains in your (supposedly) stainless steel thermos. The best part? No scrubbing required!


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These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. 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 I used it on another HydroFlask 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 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

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A jewelry cleaning stick to instantly make dull gems sparkly again. There’s zero mess and you can use it on the go.


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This jewelry cleaning stick works like a brush pen: just twist the pen (a cleansing solution will be delivered to the flow-thru brush), brush the solution onto your jewelry, and voila — it’ll sparkle like new!

Promising review: “I was so excited to see the huge difference in how clean my jewelry looked. The cleaning process took less than five minutes and now it sparkles like new!” —Jackie_X

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99 or one for $7.99.

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A bottle of Barkeeper’s Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.


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One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keeper’s Friend soft cleanser.

Promising review: “Bar Keeper’s Friend should really be called ‘Homeowner’s Magician’! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I’m extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes… and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of.” —Kat Ferrari

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.26.

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Clip-in extensions so natural-looking, people will think you grew out your hair overnight.


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Promising review: “Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets and have never been completely satisfied. UNTIL NOW! These are BY FAR my favorite. For such an amazing price! If you’re worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying! And buy these extensions. I have very short hair, and they still look great! Very full and luscious. And you can straighten them. I’m very happy.” —Makenzie Long

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

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Anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with wheat protein and wheat germ oil that’ll help control flaking, scaling, and itching. Your scalp will thank you.


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Just use it just twice a week in between your regular shampoos.

Promising review: “MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc… BUY THIS! I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four to five times (over a month), and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it.” —chris

Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

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A carpet cleaner potent enough to destroy all evidence of a ketchup crime scene. It’ll also work on upholstery like car seat covers.


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Promising review: “It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissel carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets.” —L. Logan

Get it from Amazon for $13.38.

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A John Frieda hot air brush for getting a salon-quality blowout at home with minimal time and effort. It’s a whole lot easier to use than a brush and blow dryer and the results are absolutely stunning.


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Read our full review of the John Frieda hot air brush!

Promising review: “This is a total game changer for people like me with wavy hair that always gives me a disheveled appearance or the appearance that I just don’t care. I do care, I just do not have the coordination or patience to figure out how to ‘do’ my hair. I’ve tried products, brushes, and different styles. This came in the mail today. I showered and washed my hair. I dried my hair for maybe 90 seconds with my hair dryer to get it about 80% dry. (I have medium/shoulder length hair.) I turned this on, and it was magical. My hair dried and finished in a matter of a few minutes. I was so taken aback by the change this made, I called everyone I knew. My 15-year-old niece said it looked like I had just left the salon! Simple old me giving myself a salon quality hairdo. The results held all day. Where has this been all my life? I love this and will be buying one for my sister and niece. Awesome!” —Michelle Fetter

Get it from Amazon for $25.75 (available in two sizes).

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A tire spray so people will think you got new wheels (but in fact, you just cleaned them for the first time in five years).


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This spray comes with an applicator.

Promising review: “I have only had to use the spray twice in a month and a half and the only reason for the second use was I put my car through an automatic car wash. If it wasn’t for that I would still be on one use. My friend thought I never drive my car because the tires look brand new every time I see him. I also use it on the plastic parts on the outside of my car and it’s just as amazing. Definitely buying again when I run out.” —A. Glaza

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

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Tiny braces that’ll help straighten out your ingrown toenails (aka the most painful and annoying issue ever). They’re fairly easy to apply and you’ll see results within a week!


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The toenail brace is a composite strip applied across your toenail. The strip behaves like a spring so when it’s bonded to the curved surface of your toenail it applies a gentle force that helps straighten the nail. Most people will seek results within a week. The kit comes with ten toenail braces and adhesive to apply them.

Promising review: “This is a product that actually works for ingrown toenails. I had suffered for years with ingrown nails on both big toes. They were so painful that I bought wide shoes to try and be more comfortable, and wore sandals practically all year. I was skeptical about spending this much, but I’d easily spent that much over the years on things that don’t work. I followed directions to a T (not difficult). The first couple of days, I didn’t notice a difference in pain, but by days three and four, it no longer hurt to touch the side of my toes. After wearing a few weeks, my nail shape is now flatter, as it’s supposed to be. Great product!! Worth every penny.” —Amazon Queen

Get the kit from Amazon for $44.99.

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A reusable makeup-erasing cloth to wipe your face clean with only a little water — no other products required. Just toss it in the washer when it gets dirty and it’ll be as good as new!


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Promising review: “Amazing! This baby removed all my makeup including waterproof mascara. The cloth is super soft and I didn’t need to wipe hard to remove everything. Wiped twice just to make sure all the makeup was gone. Best thing is all you need is water! Washed it by hand after use, and it was as good as new.” —Lucy

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $20.

This is our mid-priced pick for the best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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A bottle of leather cleaner for restoring your car seats (or a fancy armchair) to a spotless state.


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This leather cleaner comes with a microfiber cloth!

Promising review: “I bought this product to use on my car seats. I have a newer car with light gray leather seats, and I noticed the dye from my black pants has been transferring to edge of the seat when I sit. This product removed that dye in seconds and didn’t take any original color from the seat at all. I highly recommend this product!” —Kika

Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

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A cleaning kit so you can clean the dirt off your favorite shoes and squeeze a few more years of use out of them.


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This kit comes with a bottle of shoe cleaning solution and a scrubbing brush.

Promising review: “I have had my Nike Roshes for about a year now, and I don’t go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them, and now I can wear them for even longer.” —Romario

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

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A stainless steel cleaner that’ll not only polish away existing grease, watermarks, and fingerprints but will also help prevent new ones from sticking.


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Promising review: “I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after.” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

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A purple shampoo to take out the warm/brassy tones from platinum blonde hair. Anything to delay the next trip to the salon because your stylist is awesome but…expensive.


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Promising review: “I have bleached blonde hair that loves to go brassy. I can’t stand brassy/yellow blonde (on me). If you are looking for icy blonde to platinum, this is the shampoo for you. It completely removes all yellow from my hair. My friends are always asking me how I get this silvery blonde. Well, this is the secret. The trick is to wet your hair, put the shampoo on with as little agitation as possible (put it on like a conditioner, don’t let it lather), leave it for about five minutes (or however long it takes to wash your body and a quick shave), and then rinse. I use it about two times a week and it keeps my blonde PERFECT. I’ve tried every purple shampoo on the market (almost) and this is THE BEST. All of my blonde friends use it now.” —T. Lubben

Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

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A pet hair remover (sort of like a pumice stone for fabric) for picking up everything a vacuum can’t.


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Some reviewers recommend wearing gloves while using this because it has a rough texture.

Promising review: “This product lives up to its name. Dog or pet hair cannot simply be vacuumed up. Some hair will be picked up by a vacuum, but for the most part, the hair will remain embedded in the carpet. I used the Fur-Zoff on the carpet of my car, and it sure did the trick. It literally picked up the hair. And after you get the hair piled up, just simply vacuum up the clump. Be very careful around edges of plastics, etc., because it will scratch it. I accidentally got careless and knicked the bottom of my center counsel. Around the edges, I would recommend a rubber bristled brush. Just brush the hair to the center and let the Fur-Zoff do its thing. Now I can understand why car detailers charge extra for pet hair removal. It is very tedious but well worth it. I highly recommend this product. And it doesn’t cost much too, which is an added bonus.” —Geo

Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

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A set of clear plastic bins so you can finally organize your bathroom drawers and find the lipstick you want in the morning without digging for half an hour.


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Promising review: “Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I’ve got Chapstick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they’re not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching.” —Sparkyj

Get a six-piece from Amazon for $15.99.

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A clump-free and cruelty-free mascara that’ll make you say, “I can’t believe those are my real lashes!”


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Promising review: “I never write reviews for things, but this mascara was just so great I felt like I had to! I love lashes, and my friends are used to me wearing thick coats of mascara at all times. Despite this, I got complimented on my lashes basically every time I wore this mascara this week. Multiple people even asked if I had extensions! This mascara isn’t clumpy at all, and makes your lashes super long and defined without sticking them together. I’ve never had any problems with flaking, and although it isn’t waterproof, I’ve definitely used eyedrops, shed a tear, and gotten stuck in rain without them smudging or running down my face. All in all this is my new holy grail mascara, and I’m thrilled!!” —Sophie Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

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Pimple stickers to help eliminate giant zits overnight. Stick them on before bed and they’ll suck up all the gunk while you sleep.


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Unlike other pimple stickers, these are actually made with tea tree and calendula oil to soothe the skin and prevent picking.

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn

Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

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A six-pack of spice drawer liners, if there’s not enough cabinet space in your small kitchen to store a sizable spice collection.


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Promising review: “This is one of the favorite things I’ve ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!” —momonono

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $15.99.

32.

A hanger stacker for extra hangers, because putting them in a bin just makes them angry. (See before photo for proof.)


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Promising review: “Working in retail for a million years, I know how amazing these can be in keeping your life less chaotic! I put off ordering for months, and I’m mad at myself that I did, because these beat a box of hangers hands down! I ordered two — one for dress/shirt hangers and one for skirt/pant hangers. They arrived today, seem to be made of the same metal that I’ve used in retail stores, appear to be sturdy, and are super easy to assemble!” —KatieLee333

Get it from Amazon for $18.40.

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A scratch remover that’ll erase surface blemishes on your car as well as any doubts about whether it’ll work.


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Promising review: “I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn’t take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I’m glad that I didn’t pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!” —Bonnie Walton

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

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A sunburn relief lotion (formulated with coconut oil and aloe extract) to help soothe your red and irritated skin after a little too much fun in the sun.


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Promising review: “Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart.” —Carrie

Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

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Dry shampoo for giving your third-day hair a freshly washed look in no time flat.


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Promising review: “I’ve tried dozens of dry shampoos of all price ranges and this is the best. The price is good, the smell is clean and not overpowering, and it is a REALLY effective dry shampoo. I love either sleeping with it or using it in the morning and blow drying it out. It doesn’t leave a gunky residue or white in your hair after brushing/blowing it out, and it’s great to add some texture to a blowout. Can’t recommend enough!” —Amazon Customer

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.49.

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A pack of cleaning tablets to remove the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.


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Promising review: “After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!” —Sheila

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

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