19 Household Things That’ll Help Keep The Whole Family From Fighting

19 Household Things That’ll Help Keep The Whole Family From Fighting

Just consider these peacekeepers a part of the fam from now on. ♥️😘

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1.

Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver so everyone with hair on their heads in your house can stop fussing about who’s exactly responsible for clogging the toilet this time and the next time. This’ll gobble up the problem before the argument can ensue.


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Green Gobbler is plant-based, biodegradable (yayyy environment!), odorless, and non-corrosive so it won’t damage your pipes in the process.

Promising review: “OK… So I have to do a little review on this product BECAUSE I have had a stopped-up kitchen sink and have LITERALLY tried EVERYTHING down to the industrial products with NO luck. I decided to go on Amazon and read a few reviews. This is the one I decided to go with. I only used one chamber, let it sit for an hour, and then used boiling water. My sink is NO LONGER stopped up!!! I saved a plumber bill and this was $11.97. HUGE win for this woman!!” —Tabpeach

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

2.

An automatic independent vacuum because if no one has to vacuum, then no one can fuss about who did it last and who should do it next. It’ll work via remote on carpets, tile, and hardwood floors. Plus, you can set a timer so it’ll clean every day.


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I watched this thing work in person (at my bestie’s new house full of hardwood floors) and was pleasantly surprised to find that it really picks up even the tiniest floor particles and moves easily around (and under) furniture. It’ll run on a 110-minute cycle with different cleaning modes and your preset vacuuming times. From what I’ve seen, it’s also pretty good around pets too, although that will depend on your pets’ temperament specifically. My bestie’s hyper puppy was super chill about this vacuum, surprisingly.

Promising review: “This vacuum is so amazing! I bought it because after having a second baby, I barely have time to vacuum and I have a toddler who likes to roll around on the carpet. It gets extremely messy with his snacks so I needed to vacuum every day. This vacuum saved me so much time because now I don’t need to vacuum and my toddler started to pick up his toys to clear the way for his new ‘robot friend.’ This vacuum actually picked up more dust than my original vacuum and it will dock itself when it needs to charge or when you are done with it. This is an amazing vacuum at a lower price!” —Happy Mom

Get it from Amazon for $169.99 (originally $209.67 with free Prime one-day shipping and free returns).

3.

A four-bag laundry sorter on wheels so everyone in your household has a spot to put their dirty clothes and no one can accuse the other of mixing things up and misplacing stuff when it’s needed.


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This’ll keep dirty clothes from piling up too long and creating an odor, and will also help with your household organization since the clothes will be corralled into one place in the house. You could assign the bags to each person in your household (up to four people) or just have them separate colors, whites, linens, and towels. The bags are also decently sized which should encourage everyone to wash as soon as they fill up without feeling overwhelmed with too many clothes.

Promising review: “So, I purchased this to organize and create a laundry system. Up until this point, I used one basket for everything. Wow. What a time-saver this has been. I now do wash when any baby (two) or adult (two) js running low on their clothes. Before purchasing, I wondered how much each of the four bags could hold. I have one bag designated to my husband, one to me, one to linens, and one to babies. My husband’s (who wears a size L or XL) bag held one week’s worth of clothes. ALL IN JUST ONE OF THE FOUR. This most definitely simplified my laundry.” —Mackenzie

Get it from Amazon for $38.87 (available in two colors).

4.

A cook top cleaning kit for the people who are quick to cook but super slow to clean up. So many reviewers noted how easy this thing was to use and how quick it cleans, so it’ll encourage ’em to leave the stove looking better for the person coming behind them.


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The kit comes with a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “I tried EVERYTHING for two years to get the ring of baked-on grime off of our stovetop. Nothing worked. I figured I’d give this product a go since the kit was just $10. IT’S AMAZING. A little scrape with the razor and a few scrubs with the cleaner and pad. BOOM! Nasty rings around the burners are GONE!” —OperaDiva

Get it from Amazon for $11.03+ (available in two kit options).

5.

A dishwasher magnet to handle the charge “Are they clean or are they not?” debate in your household and keep dirty dishes from making their way back into your cabinets. Now, dishwasher duties will run like a well-oiled machine!


A magnet with an octagon shape (8 sides) with the word “dirty” on top and the word “clean” on the bottom so it can be flipped

Promising review: “I gifted the act of ‘not having to tell us twice’ to my mom this year. This small add-on has been a real time-saver. If you are in a family home or share a space with roommates, then this is an inexpensive way to get everyone to just run the machine as soon as it’s full. It’s not a large magnet so it won’t clash with anything in your kitchen or laundry room. I’d recommend you make sure that its OK to add on to the front of your device first.” —Suh

Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

6.

Laundry stain remover so you can stop fighting with the kids about getting their clothes dirty — or your spouse for not making sure the kids didn’t get their clothes dirty. This’ll get the stains out faster than you can roll your eyes and say, “Not againnnn.”


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Promising review: “I’m always skeptical of these kinds of products but I went ahead and decided to give this stain remover a chance because I have clothes that have small grease spots from cooking that I never notice until after I’ve already washed them. I used this on those items (which have already gone through the dryer several times) as well as my trusty old ‘period panties’ that hide in the back of my drawer. I sprayed it on the stains pretty generously, let it sit for a few hours, and then washed everything as I usually do. When I took everything out of the dryer, the stains were gone! I have never seen such results from anything I’ve used before, including all of the big-name stain removers that claim to be the best. The next test is to try it out on my dishrags that I’ve been using for the last few months that all have stains I can’t seem to wash out. This product will remain a staple in my laundry room forever!” —Kerry

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

7.

A Poo-Pourri toilet spray to prevent family members from disturbing each other’s noses when they have to ~doo~ the ~doo~.


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The scent featured here is called Wild Pear which is a blend of pear, cinnamon, and clove natural essential oils.

Promising review: “I learned of this after seeing it in a friend’s bathroom and they swore it worked great. I bought some myself and was pleasantly surprised. A few spritzes before you go and you can stop questioning your diet. The earth will thank you for saving water on courtesy flushes and the person after you won’t curse your existence. Cheers!” —Dan T.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in multiple scents).

8.

An air fryer for the one who’s quick to eat everyone else’s cooked meal but never wants to pitch in and cook themselves. This thing’ll fry stuff up fast without them having to pull out oil, brave popping grease, stand on their feet looking over a pot, do much cleanup, or keep the cooking burden on someone else.


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The air fryer can cook raw and frozen foods and it’s good for preparing french fries, sweet potato nuggets, chicken wings, and more.

Promising reviews: “I absolutely love this purchase! So far, I have used every day since I brought it and have cooked everything from breakfast to dinners in it. You can actually taste the difference in the foods you make and see the oils that would have been in them, had you made it on the stove. Another convenience with this is that it cuts cooking time in half!” —Evelyn

Get it from Wayfair for $45.99 (originally $99.99; available in three colors).

9.

A magnetic chore chart to stick on your fridge and label it with cleaning chores and names of the family members responsible for them on which day. This way, no one can say they “forgot” it was their day OR unfairly assign the day to someone else because it’ll be right 👏🏿 there👏🏿!


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It’ll come with four bonus chalk markers so you write to your heart’s content. Also, many reviewers shared that they used it to document kids’ other responsibilities and their good or bad behavior.

Promising review: “They pretend to be hard of hearing. They may run and hide. They might just take after their father and be complacently lazy without care for cleanliness or responsibility. No matter what the case may be for you, this magnetic chore chart has magically transformed my little hellions into Grade A worker bees who, through the power of reward and shame, are now pulling their weight around the house and achieving cleaner rooms, cleaner dishes, and a future of promise. Highly recommended.” —Rob Munch

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

10.

Stove crack covers because your family will probably never be as committed as you are to pulling out the stove to sweep crumbs they saw fall down under. Just prevent the hidden mess (and the impending argument about proper deep cleaning) before it can even happen.


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Promising review: “This stove counter gap cover is the best invention for the kitchen! They act as an extra buffer between your stove and the counter. No more messy spills down the side of the stove that you have to pull the entire stove out to clean up. The clean up of these is such a breeze. If anything does manage to slip under it, the length is long enough that you just have to lift up a corner and get the rest of that grease or dirt cleaned up. I often use these to hold my spoon instead of laying it on the counter because it provides a slip-resistant surface as well as easy cleanup! They match the stove great and blend in well. Mine seemed to look extra long and extended past the edge of the countertop but I don’t mind and they are easy to clip if you wish to trim them down. They lasted through all the cooking for about 20 people during Thanksgiving and Christmas without any wear and tear. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to make clean up a tad easier.” —Nikki

Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in a set of two; three colors and two length options).

11.

Color-coded cutting board mats so everyone in the family can make sure they keep foods separated that can contaminate each other (i.e. raw meats away from veggies, please). This’ll prevent potential food poisoning that will deffffinitely not go over well with the fam.


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There are four cutting boards in different colors and they’re also labeled with a small graphic that shows what to cook on what board. Several reviewers also noted that they’re easy to clean so everyone in your home should be able to use these to keep the food safe and then clean them right after use.

Promising review: “I purchased these cutting mats because they seemed to be so much more sanitary than the cutting boards. They are so easy to wash and I feel much better about putting food on them. They are also color-coordinated by food groups and we love that!!!! I initially bought them to use for making baby food but my husband loved them so much he decided to use them to prepare our food. We will buy another set!!! It also came with a cookbook which I will definitely be using!!! This is an amazing product and I would recommend it to everyone!!!” —Kay

Get the set of four for $14.99.

12.

A wine-stain remover that’ll come to your rescue before anyone can find out you drank wine somewhere in the house that you weren’t supposed to. (Hey, I won’t tell if you won’t. 🤫)


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Per reviews, it’ll also work on carpets, couches, pillows, and more!

Promising review: “I initially bought this to clean red wine out of fabrics that cannot be cleaned but did so with trepidation because I’ve tried other products that have only made things worse. Anyway, I didn’t have to wait long to test out Wine Away’s effectiveness as the first red wine spill happened a couple of weeks later on my wife’s brand-new, super expensive runner which we weren’t supposed to be drinking anywhere near and, of course, is brilliant white. At this point, I had already given up all hope of covering up my tracks but figured I might as well try Wine Away as my last-ditch ‘maybe I won’t have to sleep on the couch’ effort. To my amazement, upon spraying Wine Away on the stain, it immediately cleared up and left no residue or dullness behind. Honestly, I even called my wife in, told her what happened, and had her search for where the stain was and she couldn’t find it. Simply amazing stuff. I am now a believer in Wine Away and have used it on not only wine spills but also pet stains on various fabrics and it’s always stepped up to the challenge.” —Derek

Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

13.

Adorable superhero bathroom signs so you won’t have to fight with the kiddos about washing their hands, brushing their teeth, putting their stuff away, or bathing. Because all kids’ll believe being clean is super cool if their favorite superheroes do it, right? You know it!


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Heads up: These cute pics don’t come with frames but luckily, I found some 8-inch x 10-inch frames for ya for a pretty low price. Also, if your kiddos are more into Star Wars, then you’ll be happy to know that YES there is definitely a set with the Star Wars characters.

Promising review: “I bought this for my son for Christmas and he’s been following what the superheroes do! These are very helpful with him learning responsibility!” —Marnika

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 or the Star Wars version for $16.99, and a four-pack of 8-inch x 10-inch frames for $18.49.

14.

Watermark-removing cloths for getting rid of pesky rings that tell the tale of way too many cold drinks on the wooden furniture. The person in the house who takes the most pride in decor and cleanliness will finally hop off your back about drinking in the living room if you eliminate the evidence. Just sayin’. 🤷🏿‍♀️


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Promising review: “This removed the most stubborn watermark on earth! My desk had three very obvious rings from where hot mugs had been left unattended, and despite trying everything that was recommended online, nothing worked to reduce their appearance. This cloth must have some miracle oil in it because it removed the rings when nothing else would, and they haven’t come back. Be sure to really rub the cloth over the watermark (it may take some time, but it’s worth it!), and save the plastic bag that it comes in just in case you need it again.” —Trini

Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

15.

An “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner so food and juices wipe off smooth and easy when they do happen to splatter everywhere and no one’ll find gunk and get mad when it’s their turn to warm up food.


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Just add water and vinegar, and place this gadget inside for five to eight minutes. Afterward, the nasty splatters will wipe right off. Enforcing a “must use the Angry Mama” rule is also a great, fun, and memorable way to teach the entire household that they shouldn’t forget to cover stuff in the microwave, but when they do, they had BETTER clean it up.

Promising review: “People in my household always forget or are too lazy to use plastic film when microwaving things. So, my microwave is constantly dirty which isn’t the easiest to clean. Upon searching on Amazon for microwave cleaner, I stumbled upon this which I thought was so cute and funny. The product is sort of bigger than expected which is great because that means I can store more solution into the product. I added vinegar and some lemon juice into the product to clean it, and it works so well! It makes cleaning the microwave so much easier and is so, so simple to use. Saves me a lot of time.” —Lara

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in multiple colors and also in different sets).

16.

An attachable
wine aerator
to make your cheap Trader Joe’s wine taste like something poured straight from the hand of a sommelier as you summer in Napa Valley. This way, you don’t have to go back and forth about how much to spend on wine with your cheap partner or roommate. 😘🍷


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Promising review: “A must-have for any household. 7-Eleven wine has never tasted better! Traders Joe’s two-buck chuck will never be the same. I thought it was gonna be all in my head but this is straight Hogwarts magic. And it comes with two! SOLD!” —Analisa

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

17.

An all-purpose car cleaner so your kids or siblings can borrow your car and bring it back in pristine condition before you get ticked off about what was spilled, who was in the backseat, etcetera, etcetera.


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It’ll clean upholstery, fabric, canvas, leather, vinyl, plastic, rubber, metal, wood, and more!

Promising review: “I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+-year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that’s it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, ‘No way, no way,’ because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

18.

A Chi automatic curling iron that’ll give ooh-worthy curls in minutes. This way, everyone can do their hair quickly without hogging the bathroom for too long.


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Just insert your hair inside the chamber and the curler will automatically wrap it around the heated rod. Then, wait until it beeps to let you know that the curl has set. The barrel is designed to protect your fingers from getting burned so you enjoy an ouchless curling sesh. It also has an auto-shutoff feature and even a feature that pauses the iron if you put too much hair into the chamber to curl at once.

Promising review: “Love it!! I have fine textured hair — very straight hair. I have trouble not only curling it but also keeping it curled. For example, the other day I left rollers in my hair for 45 minutes and got a minor wave that fell out in 10 minutes. This tool is easy and fast to use, adds shine, and the curl stays.” —Alexandria

Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in four colors; free shipping).

19.

A flameless LED candle set for the bustling household that’s way too busy to risk someone forgetting to blow out real candles. This set can be turned on, off, and set to a timer with a remote — minus the drama and danger that could be associated with abandoned flames.


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Promising review: “I placed one of these candles in a bronze lantern with rocks at the base and it looks really cool. I placed the candles in separate rooms throughout the house (bedroom, living room, and kitchen table), and set them to light up at 10 p.m. and then go out at midnight. They serve as kind of a warning that two hours remain before bed and then when they go out, it’s lights out and bedtime. It’s a nice, relaxing way to be reminded that the end of the day is coming. They look authentic and wife and daughter love them as well.” —Mike

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three styles).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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