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34 Problem-Solving Products That Understand That The Struggle Is Real

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Struggling to enjoy a drive-through meal in the car? Fitted sheet always coming loose? Have pets that eat too fast? All the above? These products *feel* you.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…
34 Problem-Solving Products That Understand That The Struggle Is Real

Struggling to enjoy a drive-through meal in the car? Fitted sheet always coming loose? Have pets that eat too fast? All the above? These products *feel* you.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.


A winged eyeliner stamp 5,000+ reviewers swear by because it takes getting a perfect cat eye from time-consuming and near-impossible to quick and easy.

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Each order comes with two double-sided pens (one for the left eye and one for the right). One end features the wing stamp for the corner of your eye, while the other is a regular eyeliner pen to finish the look on your lids.Promising review: “Tried wings over and over again with NO success until I purchased this wing stamper. Best invention ever!!! Stayed on, didn’t smudge through humid and 85-degree weather. Went to wash at night and wet my face, and the liner did not budge. Was very easy to wash off with soap and water though. Would buy again!” —HeangGet a set of two from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes and two colors).


Adhesive weather- and sound-proofing strips to block drafts, leaks, and the sound of the people next door who haven’t been quiet for even a second since stay-at-home started. Did you expect to find sympathy from 33 feet of foam? No, but 2020 has been full of surprises.

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Promising review: “I ordered this product to replace older foam weatherstripping on my apartment door. I made sure to prep the surface by cleaning it with alcohol and then the wipes sent with the product (stunk to high heaven like paint thinner but were very effective, use gloves!). For the first package, I separated the lobes/tubes because I only needed half the width for my door. And being halved, one roll was enough for my door. It was very easy to apply and stuck well, but remained easy to reposition for the first half hour or so. I tested for drafts after installation and there were none. What I wasn’t expecting was just how sound-proofing the product is. This morning I felt my floor shaking without hearing anything — it was the neighbors stomping on the stairs. I normally hear their doors, talking, and footsteps but not anymore! It’s wonderful. Love this product. 15/10 my neighbors are on mute forever.” —This GirlGet two rolls (for a total of 33 feet) from Amazon for $8.97 (available in three colors).


A slow feeder dog bowl specifically designed for doggos who chow down wayyy too fast and end up upsetting their tummies. The raised edges inside not only look cool, but they make it impossible for Max to gulp up all his kibble in one bite.


Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this bowl.Promising review: “I definitely recommend this product for people who own a fast-eating dog. I just adopted a rescue coonhound. When she was found (abandoned by her previous owner) she was so thin and starved she couldn’t stand up. Whenever I fed her, she gobbled her food down in less than a minute and I was immediately concerned for her health, as larger dogs can have issues with bloat and torsion of their innards. I was also worried about her gaining too much weight due to her eating habits. She wasn’t chewing at all! I mentioned this to her foster mom and she told me about these slow feeder bowls. Heidi now takes roughly five or six minutes to eat her food and doesn’t stop until she gets every piece of kibble. She’s now stopping to chew more and she sure seems to enjoy it, too, as she’s wagging her tail the entire time! I don’t know who came up with this feeding bowl but it sure works.” —NancyLouGet it from Amazon for $8.05+ (available in four sizes and five designs).


A motion-activated toilet light that’s a dream come true for people who always have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (big mood) and want to be able to see what they’re doing without subjecting their sleepy eyes to the harsh bathroom light.

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It’s got over 4,000 positive reviews! You can choose between five brightness settings and 16 colors, or have it cycle through different colors. It automatically turns off when you leave or turn on the bathroom light.Promising review: “This is the greatest thing for kids or adults alike. I have it set on just the blue light. When I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, it makes me smile. It lights up enough for you to see, but isn’t bright enough to be bothersome or wake you up. It’s easy to install and I’d recommend it to anyone. I showed it to a friend at work and they are buying it for their grandparents who complained about getting up in the middle of the night in the dark.” —Amazon customerGet it from Amazon for $14.95. Get the required AA batteries here.


A bitter-tasting nail polish made to help folks with even the most stubborn lifelong nail biting habit. Wait, you mean I might actually let my nails get long enough to file for the first time in my life? Am I dreaming?


Over 6,000 reviewers swear by it!Promising review: “I’m 30 years old and I have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember. And I’m not talking about a little nibble here and there, I’m talking about biting them until they were bleeding or it was too painful to continue, then I would move onto the next finger. When I was out of fingers I would move on to my cuticles. I had tried everything imaginable to stop the habit. I would never last more than a couple days without starting up again. I figured if anything had a chance at working it would be this product. This product is advertised as having a bad taste to curb your desire to bit your nails, so I painted it onto a finger, let it dry for a couple minutes, and then took a lick. At first didn’t taste like anything, but then the taste hit me! It’s one of the worst tastes I have ever come across and it lingered for a good five minutes or more! I’m not saying I’m cured yet, but I went from being a highly addicted nail biter to having not bitten my nails or cuticles in the past two weeks. I have almost zero urge to do so. Both my nails and cuticles are growing out and have actually required trimming and shaping. Now I catch myself lifting a finger to my mouth and thinking, ‘if I bite that nail I’m going to taste that nasty stuff,’ and I quickly put my hand back down!” —ChrisB.Get it from Amazon for $15.50.


An absolutely inspired car dipping sauce holder that’ll clip to your vents so you can easily dip your drive-thru meal without spilling BBQ all over your seats or balancing ranch precariously on your center console. Where has this been your whole chicken-nugget-eating life???


It’s designed to be able to hold different sizes of sauce containers depending on whether you position them horizontally or vertically, and it even comes with a removable tray you can squeeze sauce packets into.Promising review: “This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my love language!” —QuintanaGet a set of two from Amazon for $10.05 (available in three colors).


Super helpful LED light-blocking stickers to aid anyone who finds the lights on their household gadgets wayyyyy too bright and needs to make them just right.

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Promising review: “IMO this is one of the greatest simple inventions I have discovered in a few years. I don’t usually write many reviews, but felt it was necessary in this case. As a light sleeper, I need my room pitch black. These have helped me solve that problem with the numerous electronic devices I have in my room. No longer do I have to throw a shirt over all the annoying things that produce light. Just stick one of these pre-cut stickers over the light source and you’re good to go. I even put a strip over my alarm clock to dim the light from the time display. Worked like a charm and now I no longer have to turn it away from the bed every night because it’s just bright enough to read the time without emitting any extra light into the room.” —TaylorGet a pack of over 100 stickers from Amazon for $5.69.


Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes that know you really do try your best not to kill your plants, but rarely succeed. But your fern-murdering days may be over — just stick these guys into your plant pot every few weeks so you can keep your foliage friends alive and perky, or even revive a plant you thought was long gone.


Each spike can be used for 30-60 days, depending on the season. The reviewer pics above are all of the same plant — the left one shows how this magical stuff helped the rather sad dude perk up in just 10 days, and the right one shows that he’s like a whole new plant two months later! Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on these plant spikes.Promising review: “I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, and three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny. Since I tend to kill them anyway, I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple of days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I’ve had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I’m very happy with this product and it was a great price.” —victoriaGet 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.99. Get some specially designed for orchids here.


Adjustable bedsheet fasteners, because apparently you’re not the only one who wakes up with their fitted sheet in a crumpled mess at least twice a week. Trust me — same.


Promising review: “My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They’re the kind of thing you’ll never know how you lived without before.” —LinseyBGet a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.


The Drop Stop, a car seat gap filler for anyone who has ever lost a pair of keys, a phone, or a french fry in the depths of their vehicle. This simple product is sure to make you wonder, why aren’t all cars just made like this?!?!

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Promising review: “The gap between the seat and center console in our car is big enough to lose french fries and debit cards in, but not big enough to fit my adult hand when I try to retrieve anything. Now, with the Drop Stop, I don’t have to worry about it anymore. It’s great when it keeps things from going into the Gap of No Return. Once, I was in the car by myself and I literally said out loud, ‘Thank you, Drop Stop,’ like I was in an infomercial.” —Rhett A LaheyGet a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.


Smart double shower hooks designed by someone who must have understood your desire to swap out just your curtain or just your liner without having to basically dismantle your whole shower setup every time. Let’s leave the shower curtain struggles to the Bates Motel, shall we?

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BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly has and loves these. Check out her full shower hook review (#3).Promising review: “Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the bar.” —CASEINPOINTGet a set of 12 from Amazon for $10.27+ (available in three colors).


DressWeights, heroic little weights that’ll adhere to your hem and swoop in to save you from a Marilyn Monroe moment. They must share your fundamental belief that every day should have the potential be a dress day, even when it’s windy as heck.


The adhesive is strong but removable, so they can be used again and again!Promising review: “I have needed this product since I first owned a dress or skirt. My mom told me about how people used to sew pennies in their hems but I was never that motivated. I contented myself with pairing dresses with jackets and weighing them down manually. The adhesives in this product are quite amazing. Day One: I wore a lightweight cotton dress with ease, despite the breeze. I promptly returned them to their case for storage and prepared for their next usage. Days Two and Three found the adhesives and weights still going strong. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this product and would highly recommend for those in breezy climates! I am also thrilled with the responsiveness of the shop — all of my queries were answered right away, despite how silly they may have seemed.” —cuecayteaGet a set of four from DressStrong on Etsy for $15.04 or from DressWeights for $15.


Latex-free, reusable toe covers here to solve the lifelong problem of bandages and other covers never staying on your toes. These will keep you comfy no matter what blisters, corns, ingrown toenails, and calluses have to say about it.

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They’ve got over 2,000 positive reviews!Promising review: “I cannot live without these for 12-hour hospital shifts. This is an unbelievable product! I work 12-hour shifts in the hospital and need protection for the corn on my left big toe. I purchased the size large and it fit well. Underneath my socks and athletic shoes I completely forgot I was wearing it — bonus! The silicone is very soft and flexible and cleans easily. The product is priced well for the quality and quantity that is provided. Would absolutely recommend this since it’s held up quite well for the 17 hours I often have it on (from the time I wake up until I’m back from my shift). Cleans and dries easily and has maintained its shape.” —LJGet a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).


A 4-in-1 hole repair product that is a squeeze bottle of spackle with a built-in primer, plus has a built-in putty knife on the top and a sanding pad on the cap and is perfect for people who aren’t at all handy but still want their security deposit back, pls and thank you.

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Promising review: “I normally don’t write reviews for products, but this one was amazing! I’m in the process of moving out of my apartment in NYC (is there anything worse?) and I needed to fill a few holes I made with wall anchors. I have zero handy experience, but this product was so easy to use. I agree with other reviewers that you definitely should pick up real sandpaper if you want your walls to be flawless, but I really only gave it 70% effort and the results were pretty good (my apartment is super old). If you bother to paint over (I didn’t) it’s definitely good as new. A renter’s dream.” —Tina LiuGet it from Amazon for $6.97.


A hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-mold, and anti-yeast panty wash formulated by an actual gynecologist — so yes, she really *does* understand your panty problems. It’ll be delicate on your delicates but tough on all the gunk (yes, I am talking about discharge) you need to wash out of them.

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This Black-woman owned brand is the genius creation of Philly-based OB/GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers, and it’s good for bras too! Get it from Clean & Cute for $14.99.


A brilliant cereal cup with separate holes for the milk and cereal, so you can simply take a sip of a nonsoggy breakfast — with a perfect milk-to-cereal ratio, of course — even if you’re in a rush. The inventor must have seen how sad that mushy bowl of Cheerios looked after sitting on your desk for 45 minutes.


It’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe!Promising review: “I LOVE THIS CUP SO MUCH!!! It’s amazing, life-changing. Truly revolutionary. Changes the whole game. I use it every morning when I leave for work in a rush because I’m always late. No spoons or anything needed, and fits in the cup holder perfectly. It’s easy to clean and easy to use. The cereal-to-milk ratio is perfect, I’m never left with too much milk and not enough cereal or vice versa.” —Esli PintoGet it from Amazon for $20 (available in three colors).


A super handy makeup smudge remover pen that’ll pass *zero* judgement on your makeup mistakes, and instead let you
easily correct ’em without messing up your whole dang face (or breaking out the oily remover).


You can also use it to moisturize your cuticles!Promising review: “This stick really does remove makeup mistakes quickly and easily and it does it without leaving an oily mess behind! I don’t know how many times in my life I have managed to mess up my winged eyeliner or gotten mascara on my face or eyelids, and I’m sure most who wear makeup can relate. 😉 Before I had this I used cotton swabs and a little makeup remover to fix the mistakes. That usually just makes things worse, because the remover leaves a film on the skin and you’re almost better off starting over than trying to put makeup on top of where you took it off. With this, swipe it and it’s gone! That easy! I usually still follow up with a cotton swab, but there’s no need — there’s no oil left behind. It’s a twist-up tube in a pencil form; it will last you for-ev-er because you hardly need any to get the job done. I’ve bought a few of these — an extra for myself for work and a couple for my sisters. I’d definitely recommend it others! Plus it’s bright yellow so you can always find it easily in your makeup bag!!” —LMJGet it from Amazon for $15.99.


A game-changing champagne stopper for anyone who has ever wanted to open a bottle of bubbly solo, but worried about wasting the rest. This thing must know that you could *really* use the booze right now but aren’t exactly throwing any parties lately.

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You can even mark the date you opened it on the top of the stopper!BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer loves this thing! She writes, “I love bubbles — champs, cava, prosecco, sparkling rose — they just know how to bring the party! But no one likes when sparkling wine goes flat, or you feel like you can’t just have one or two glasses without ruining the whole bottle. So I went on Amazon and found the best champagne stopper I could find and immediately hit ‘add to cart.’ What a great purchase! This little bb is so easy to use — just pop it on top of the bottle, push the metal sides in so it clamps on, then push the top button several times to vacuum seal and preserve the bubs. Then when you next want a glass, spritz, or mimosa, you’ll hear that same *POP* you heard when first taking out the cork — and the effervescence you so crave will be fully intact. Plus, you can confidently store your leftover bottle on its side in your fridge; I’ve had zero leakage problems with this thus far!” Check out her full review here (#1).Get it from Amazon for $8.97.


A beginner-friendly, collapsible, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup that’ll be like your BFF coaching you through composing a devastating breakup speech to pesky (and wasteful) pads and tampons.


You can use this soft, expandable cup for up to 12 hours at a time, then just wash it out! With the case, you can easily stash it in your purse or pocket.Promising review: “I bought this a year ago. Since then, I’ve been using it every month. I didn’t need any complementary products to feel safe, and it only leaked once when I put it up wrong. My cervix travels a lot, so sometimes I need to readjust the cup because it comes out, but thanks to its adjustable size, I can do this easily. Since I started using it, my period has become less stressful. I would recommend it to anyone, and have already done so.” —AnonymousGet it from Intimina for $24.95.


The Pooch Selfie, a LOL-worthy yet ingenious device here to prove once and for all that getting a good pic of your doggo is not a lost cause. It knows just as well as you do that the secret to getting their attention is a B-A-L-L.

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The as-seen-on-Shark Tank product includes a removable squeaky ball. Plus, the attachment clip works universally with all smartphones and won’t block the camera from either side, so you can get great regular pics as well as selfies!Promising review: “It’s so simple, yet so genius. My dog is very wiggly but also ball obsessed, so this solves the photo-taking problem with ease. It’s hilarious to see him snap to attention the moment you bust it out. For $10 it provides plennnty of entertainment. A must-have for wiggly dog owners (dogs who are wiggly, not the owners).” —Keegan SlatteryGet it from Amazon for $9.99.


A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet that’s so simple yet game-changing. It’s all you really need to save you from having yet another fight with your S.O. or roommate when they throw their icky dinner plate in with the dishes you JUST. FREAKING. WASHED.


Promising review: “Such an easy (and attractive) fix for such a dumb problem. I love it.” —Megan T.Get it from Amazon for $4.50.


An efficient nonstick, carbon steel lasagna pan made for families with picky eaters and folks with dietary restrictions — it’ll let you cook three separate versions of a dish at once.

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It’ll also turn every piece into the best kind of piece — an edge piece. In addition to lasagna, you can also use it for baking bread or layers for a layer cake!Promising review: “As someone who has a child (now a teenager) that will not eat any form of cheese, this pan is amazing! I typically avoid making any food that has cheese mixed into it, but now I can make him a section without cheese and the rest of us our regular cheesy goodness. Another benefit to this pan is how well the portions slice. One cut with the spatula gives you a perfectly formed square. Each section makes four regular-sized portions for our family.” —TLC101Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


An adhesive bra that must have overheard your complaints about regular strapless bras and struggling to find the right support with tricky backless and strappy styles.


I’ve used these wonders for years, and they’re a must for every fashionista! Since you can unhook the middle and place them anywhere, you can play around to get just the right coverage for whatever weird neckline you’re rocking. Promising review: “Let me start by saying I HATE strapless bras. It’s impossible to get them to fit right and they’re sooo uncomfortable. I ordered an E cup, so clearly I’m busty and need a bra’s support. If I put it on properly, it actually gives me support and I’m not miserable wearing it. It was great all summer and for wearing with strapless cocktail dresses. It’s plenty hot here in the summer, but it stayed on well even in our humidity. I highly recommend this.” —JDCGet it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes AA-DD/E and in six colors).


A microwave mac ‘n’ cheese cooker, because you know boxed mac tastes better than made-to-microwave tubs, but you’d sure as heck still like to be able to cook it (and lots of other dishes that usually require boiling water) in the microwave. Never fear, the Rapid Mac is here.

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It’s BPA-free and reviewers also love it for other packaged rice and pasta products you’d usually cook on the stove. It’s from a Black-owned, as-seen-on-Shark Tank company that now makes rapid cookers for everything from noodles to oatmeal to desserts!Promising review: “First off: I refuse to call this product the Rapid Mac, because to do so would be a disservice to how useful and versatile this thing really is. I’ve done some experimenting and I found that this product can make pretty much any pre-packaged rice/pasta dinner box you can think of in the microwave. Rice-A-Roni? A whole box in just ten minutes. Pasta Roni? Takes some care, but if you’re patient enough to mind the microwave, you’ll have saved yourself an extra dirty pot. Knorr sides? Yes, yes, and yes. Add some meat/veg, wrap it up, and you got yourself a couple of meals for later. I know it’s essentially just a plastic bowl, but it’s the best made plastic bowl I’ve ever bought. 11/10 with rice, and other stuff as well.” —WesGet it from Amazon for $9.85.


A countertop dishwasher made to be a space-saving superhero for folks with tight kitchen spaces or budgets who are 10000% D-O-N-E with doing dishes by hand.

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It has six cycle options and allows you to delay the start of the cycle for up to eight hours to fit your schedule. The universal adapter just connects to your faucet to supply it with water!Promising review: “I have always washed all the crud off dishes before I put them in a dishwasher. I live in an apartment and have gone without a dishwasher for many years now. But my nephew recommended this for me. I absolutely love it! It fits nicely on my cupboard next to the sink. I am completely amazed at how clean my dishes come out…WITHOUT PREWASHING THEM! I have back problems and not having to bend over to empty the dishwasher is really a lifesaver. This was one of the least expensive dishwashers I could find, but don’t let the price fool you. It is wonderful!” —Carol E. MaetcheGet it from Amazon for $272.44.


Compostable, hand towel-size body wipes in a compact container you can take and use pretty much anywhere — just add water! No more resorting to puny and wasteful little wipes when you’re feeling icky after errands, chores, or a workout.


These hypoallergenic wonders come out of the container as compressed cylinders but expand when wet.Promising review: “I love these wipes! They are compact, eco-friendly, and great when you don’t have a towel around. They are multi-purpose and can be used on the go as well. They expand so nicely with some water and the texture is soft and feels so amazing on the skin. I would recommend them and would buy again for sure. The packaging is also beautiful. They are easy to carry around and very lightweight. All around a great product.” —Hala H.Get a pack of 10 from Maude for $12.


Natural, cleansing, and odor-eliminating Bottle Bright tablets, which must be fully aware that you procrastinate cleaning out your gross water bottle because it’s usually so hard to get in all the crannies and fully rinse all the dish soap out. Sorry, but you have no excuse anymore.


Several reviewers also recommend this for stainless-steel coffee pots! All you have to do is fill your bottle with warm water, drop a single tablet in, and let it fizz the gunk away. The tablet dissolves completely, so once you dump out the water, you can use your bottle again right away! Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on Bottle Bright.Promising review: “Can I give Bottle Bright 10 stars? This is a MIRACLE product. I saw it on Shark Tank last week and was really surprised that Lori was the only one that made them an offer (the other Sharks must not use Contigo travel mugs). I immediately ordered it to try and save my Contigo mug that I thought was too far gone. One 10 minute go-round with this product in warm water cleaned the dark brown layer of crud off the bottom of the mug, revealing perfect, shiny, good-as-new stainless steel underneath! I’d tried everything to get that off, but the shape of the bottle made it nearly impossible to scrub. With this product, it rinsed right off like it was nothing. I decided to try one more tablet with hot water and leave it overnight to get the stains off the sides of the bottle. This morning when I rinsed it out, I was absolutely blown away by how perfect it looks. I almost didn’t want to put more coffee in it! Also, as the product was sitting and doing its thing in the water, there was no odor whatsoever, and there is absolutely no residual taste. I don’t know how they did it, but this incredible product is a MUST-HAVE if you have a mug that you find impossible to clean!” —Erica C.Get a pack of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.


Cool highlighters with partially clear points that’ll feel heaven-sent for anyone who constantly highlights way past the end of a sentence by accident. Hello, organization porn-worthy notes.


Promising review: “These are great highlighters. They are smooth, have a great color, and most importantly you can see through the tip to see what you’re highlighting. This allows you to keep a straighter line as well as stop at the desired point. Give them a try; I think they’re better than a standard highlighter.” —JKGet a pack of four from Amazon for $7.42.


An efficient blind cleaner brush that recognizes how tough it is to reach those crevices, it really does. But letting all that dust sit there would just be (window)sill-y.


It comes with five microfiber sleeves!Promising review: “Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years???? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but I feel confident it won’t break any time soon.” —marionvgtGet it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).


An amazing self-cleaning litter box surely invented by people who know how much you hate scooping cat crap to ensure you never have to do(do) it again.

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It has sensors, so it knows when your kitty is in the box, and it rakes the box automatically five, 10, or 20 minutes (you choose the setting) after they leave. All the nastiness is stored in an odor-locking trap until you change the tray (which you only have to do every few weeks)! Plus, it even includes a counter that’ll let you know how often your cat uses the box, in case you need to monitor their output for health reasons. Get some tray refills here.Promising review: “I’ve owned this product for two years and had cats my entire life. I have one cat currently. Regular cat litter made my long-haired cat smell of it. These crystals have solved that problem. I replace the litter/box every three weeks after 35 uses (it counts the number of times it scoops) and I have never had clumping/gooey litter. I have it set to scoop after 20 minutes and I have never had any issues. My litter box is mostly odor free (a vast improvement from standard litter boxes). An added bonus is that my little dog can’t get to the cat poop to eat it! My cat is easygoing, so he was using the new litter box in a week after I left his old litter box next to it. Seriously, this is the best invention ever for cat owners!” —j hartungGet it from Amazon for $169.95+ (available in three styles and in two colors).


Absolutely genius Grease Bags that’ll not only save your drain from all the oil you might otherwise pour down it, but will actually make said greasy cooking residue commercially compostable. Yes, really.

Grease Bags

This as-seen-on-Shark Tank product is Black woman-owned! The lining of the bag absorbs oil and fat and seals securely, so you can just toss it in your trash or municipal compost bin!Get a single bag from Grease Bags for $8.99 or Amazon for $13.99 or a set of three from Grease Bags for $24.99.


An adjustable posture corrector, in case you (like me) have never had great posture but find it seems to be getting even worse now that you spend all day hunched over your laptop at the kitchen table. This baby is ~no slouch~ and here to save you from the back pain and headaches that can cause.

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Before work-from-home started, I had one of these in my desk at the office and I wish I had brought it home! I know that the tense way that I sit working at my laptop for eight hours a day is not great for me or my headaches. You definitely feel a difference with it on. One day I used it when I had a really nasty headache that wouldn’t go away no matter what I tried, and it eased my neck and shoulder tension enough to give me some relief while my medication kicked in.Promising review: “I ordered this posture corrector because I slouch too much, and when I try to stand up straight I feel like I overcompensate and it gets tiring. I like this product because when I have it on, it doesn’t restrict my movements like a brace with a plate might, and I don’t feel like I have to put effort into standing straight so I’m not getting fatigued even after wearing it for a full eight-hour day. I’m really pleased with my purchase — it’s well designed and easy to use, and I think it will eventually fix my bad posture.” —mdantesGet it from Amazon for $19.99.


A peel-off barrier nail polish you should be glad exists for many reasons, but mainly because it means you are far from the only one who usually ends up painting just as much of their skin and cuticles as their nails during at-home manis.


Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won’t tell.Promising review: “This product is great. I wish I’d known about it sooner. It would’ve saved me so much money on manicures. I’m horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I’ve always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It’s a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it’s great.” —Brittany NGet it from Amazon for $8.99.


An easy and ideal-for-quarantimes touchscreen Skylight slideshow frame that allows others to share photos directly to it through a special email address. It’s perfect for feeling connected to your friends and fam while apart and simple enough that even your grandparents can use and enjoy it.

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Of course, you can always email favorite photos you want to feature in the frame to yourself, too! The setup is a breeze that even your grandparents can do — just connect it to Wi-Fi and it’s ready! You can also delete photos and heart new pics as they come in (you’ll get a notification).Get it from Skylight for $159+ (available with the basic email photo plan or the Plus plan that allows you to send videos, add captions, and do bulk uploads on the site or app).

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