25 Products To Help You Avoid Life’s Little Embarrassments

25 Products To Help You Avoid Life’s Little Embarrassments

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Antiperspirant wipes to keep your pits much drier than usual. Besides making you feel a little (or a lot) self-conscious, being sweaty just feels BAD!


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For most effective use, dab the wipe on your pits before bedtime — they should be significantly drier for about seven days. They do, however recommend that first time users apply a few nights in a row to get started.

Promising review: “Cannot recommend enough! If you suffer from excessive sweat like I do, this stuff is a life saver! I’ve always had a problem with underarm sweat and I’ve tried every kind of antiperspirant available and nothing worked. I finally saw this on BuzzFeed and decided to give it a try. I can’t believe I’ve suffered this long without this product. I showered at night, dabbed the wipe on, took another shower in the morning — it’s been almost three days now and almost no sweat! It did itch a little but nothing unbearable, and I can deal with that for the payoff!” —Kathy

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

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No-tie shoelaces so you can completely avoid the possibility of tripping on an untied shoelace. Been there a million times and do not feel stronger for it.


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Promising review: “Perfect for a 13-year-old boy who treats all shoes as slip-on. No more dangling laces to trip over. No more smashing the heel down. These have enough stretch to let the feet slide in, yet stay snug enough for all activities. Such good quality that I assume these will be transferred to his next pair of shoes. He advised me to give these laces 5 stars.” —kathos

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 36 colors).

For a full review, check out “These No-Tie Shoelaces Will Save You Time Every Morning.”

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Some gas-neutralizing pads that are said to eradicate toot smells, so if you’re planning on eating a lot of beans for lunch at your desk that is VERY close to other desks…perhaps invest?


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Promising review: “My significant other has a butt that wants to violently suffocate everyone. This was originally a gag (pun intended) gift but, when used, it actually worked. Most, if not all, of the smell went away with the particularly terrible poots. We joke that we should get some more.” —Sunshine

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $12.95.

4.

A classic beanie to throw on if you’re having a bad hair day that just can’t be fixed. You’re not hiding an out-of-control cowlick, you’re just a hip, cool person who happens to have cold ears.


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Promising review: “I now have two of these beanies and would love one in every color! They are perfect, in that they are stretchy, with just enough give. They are not tight on your head or really saggy. I guess I’m pretty particular about my beanies I’m realizing. Anyway, I would recommend as an easy beanie to throw on if you’re having a bad hair day, or it’s a bit cold.” —Amelia Larson

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 23 colors).

5.

An ink remover so if your favorite pen has the gall to explode on your favorite shirt, you don’t have to grin and bear it.


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Promising review: “Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs.” —Michelle hammer

Get it from Amazon for $10.71.

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A pack of Mighty Patches to have on-hand just in case you start getting a veritable unicorn horn on your forehead the night before a big presentation. Just pop on a sticker and it’ll suck all that pus and sebum out of your whitehead overnight.


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Promising review: “If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can’t afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked at minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the pus to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining pus. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!” —Megan Meehan

Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in three styles).

7.

A Squatty Potty so if you have to go number two while people are over, you’re not given away by being in the bathroom for forever and a half.


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Promising review: “What can I say? The process of excretion can only be compared to a real life exorcism where it feels, pleasantly if I may add, that the devil himself is trying to burst out of your gut. Needless to say, the stool changed my life. I found myself creating excuses to run to my magical place and discharge whatever little portion of food was left inside me; I was hooked. Soon people started wondering why I’ve become so distant; the stool had taken over my life. It would have taken over your life too if you would have experienced the kind of pleasure that I was now enjoying; it was my high.” —Dino

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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And Poo-Pourri to even further shield your guests’ noses from the smell of your deed. It’s a dinner party, for goodness sake.


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Promising review: “I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also travel with them, because you know how it is in a hotel with the bathroom right there by where you’re sleeping. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the ‘courtesy flush.’ By the time you do that one, the problem is already ‘out there.’ With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven’t met a scent I didn’t like so far. What a great idea!” —Kindle Customer

Get it in a variety of travel sizes from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in seven sizes and 26 scents).

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A bra liner so you never have to worry about pooling boob sweat temporarily staining your shirt again. No matter the season, no matter the temperature…boob sweat seems to find me.


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Just tuck the liner into your bra and you’re good to go!

Promising review: “This thing made me believe in miracles. I wear a 38G, and boob sweat is a problem especially at work or hiking. This keeps me dry and works amazingly well. I will never go without one again. It’s also super soft. I don’t have any complaints at all. It is utter perfection.” —jenniy

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

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DressWeights to keep your hems from completely Marilyn Monroe-ing up, up, and away when there’s a breeze. This has happened to me too many times to count, and I’m permanently blushing because of it.


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The weights are adhesive! Just peel the backing off, stick them to your hem, and waltz off. When stored properly they stay adhesive for about six uses.

Promising review: “What an amazing invention ! I had my bridesmaids use these for my destination wedding . I got married outside by a very windy gazebo and they worked like a charm. Highly recommend!” —kimberlyo143

Get a set of four from DressStrong on Etsy for $15.04.

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Non-slip shoe pads so you don’t slide about when wearing a new, slick pair of kicks. No need to tread lightly anymore!


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Promising review: “These adhere to the shoes so easily and are a great width, and they are not too thick or noticeable on the bottom of your shoes. They fit on great. You get a lot of them for a good price too so you can use them on many pairs of shoes.” —christine kalis

Get five pairs from Amazon for $9.99.


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The mirror features an LED light and both 1X and 7X magnifications.

Promising review: “Love this mirror! I bought this for makeup when I travel. It’s the perfect size and the light is a big plus. It’s easy to handle, not to big, and not to small, it’s perfect! It came with batteries and instructions that were easy to read.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A pet hair vacuum so when your parents come to visit your grown-up apartment they don’t have to ask for a blanket to put on your couch before sitting down to avoid all of the pet hair.


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The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

Promising review: “Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The ‘before’ picture was taken of my dog’s bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The ‘after’ picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!” —Luka Chan

Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

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A sock-pairing device that’ll ensure you never have to wear mismatched socks ever again — unless that’s part of your ~quirky~ personal style, of course.


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The SockDock holds nine pairs of socks.

Promising review: “These work. They are of good quality construction. I had a sock problem, and these have stopped the unexplained disappearance of socks. Obviously, the sock monster can’t swallow the Sock Dock full of socks, only single socks.” —A.D. Burnette

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in five colors).

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Some charcoal shoe deodorizers so when you go to a friend’s house and they ask you to take off your shoes, you can comply without being nervous about the impending Big Stink.


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To recharge these, just place them in the sun.

Promising review: “I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!” —Erin

Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

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A foot file to avoid making a *scraaaaape* noise against the sheets while snuggling with your boo. Them: “What was that?” You: “My dead foot skin.”


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Promising review: “OMG, these should be standard issue to every human. I’ve bought them all — the cheap foot files and the expensive ones. None of them remotely compare to this one. I thought I was doomed to have course heels forever, but no more! With just one use, my heels are fabulous! The callouses this thing removed were absolutely disgusting, but I couldn’t be happier. You won’t be disappointed!” —JMart

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A set of heel caps so you don’t drive your stilettos into the ground, trip, and fall at your own dang wedding.


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Promising review: “I just tried these last weekend at an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. They were amazing! I kept them on all night. First, I walked outside in thick grass, and the wedding photos were taken in a mushy grassy area. I didn’t sink even a little bit. It was fantastic. My heels were fabulous. I then decided to leave them on for the rest of the night since they made my heels more stable and comfortable. So glad I tried them. I was showing them off to the other ladies, and everyone loved the look of them.” —J. L. Dossey

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes).

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Little packs of toilet paper you can pop in your bag to make absolutely certain you never have to have an Elaine Benes “Can you spare a square?” moment.


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Each pack has 75 sheets of two-ply toilet paper.

Promising review: “This was a life-saver while traveling in Europe! I am so glad that I thought to get these and bring them with us, as there were quite a few bathrooms that did not have toilet paper for women! One instance I ended up handing out some of this tp to all the women in line waiting to use the toilet. If you are getting ready to travel anywhere outside of the US where toilet paper might be questionably available in public restrooms, I would highly recommend getting this so that you have a very compact roll to carry with you during the trip!” —LivyLynn

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.79.

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A stainless steel “soap” bar that will free your hands from the smell of onion and garlic after you chop, chop, chop them. All respect to onion and garlic, but nobody really wants a cloud of that tear-inducing smell around their digits.


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Reviewers say this bar also helps with body odor! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Promising review: “This bar is for real. I know there is science behind it but it feels like magic. The onion smell disappears from your hands instantly. Every kitchen needs this. Have had it for years now and no rust or any sign of wear. Looks and works like it’s brand new.” —kallisto

Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

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Dandruff shampoo so you don’t need to be concerned with any flakes standing out or snowing onto your clothes. Everyone gets dandruff, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun.


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Promising review: “MIRACLE PRODUCT! If you have a flaky scalp from dandruff, 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 of 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 $14.79.

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A jetted tub cleaner so the next time you decide to run a ~steamy~ bath with someone (or for yourself, go off) goo doesn’t come out of those jets you love to run so much.


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Promising review: “They don’t call this Oh Yuk! for no reason. I previously used Jacuzzi’s two-part system and this worked sooo much better. I was totally embarrassed not to mention grossed out at how much funk came out. It was NASTY! It definitely cleans your tub. You will probably have to clean the sides of your tub after it’s finished because of how much stuff might come out. I swear I clean my tub on a regular basis, but I was amazed at how much better this worked. Highly recommend!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

22.

A pack of tooth wipes to use on stains that usually occur after a glass of red wine, coffee, or even tea. Simply rub the wipe on your teeth and voilà! Stains be gone!


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Promising review: “Genius! As a big cabernet drinker, I’m always concerned about purple teeth! Before I leave the house I throw a packet or two in my purse and don’t have to think twice. Buy these white wipes!” —K. Welch

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $7.25.

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A water mark-removing cloth so you never ever have to reveal to your parents that you’ve left several sweating glasses of water on the priceless table they passed on to you.


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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 so much as 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 water mark (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 it from Amazon for $4.99.

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A tongue scraper to get that breath fresh as can be. Don’t let tongue gunk gross out the next person you close-talk to…or don’t close-talk in the first place! ¯_(ツ)_/¯


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Promising review: “It’s hard to review this product without grossing people out but I think the truth needs to get out. There is some nasty stuff on your tongue that a toothbrush cannot remove, especially in the back. This thing allows you to remove it easily without gagging yourself by trying to shove a toothbrush down your throat. I was definitely surprised the first time I used it how much material I removed, and yes that stuff smells bad. After that first time I couldn’t get anywhere near as much off of my tongue which tells me that the material had been there a while. My breath is noticeably better now. This is a very simple tool and it cleans up well since it’s just a piece of stainless steel and rubber handles.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

25.

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die so you can at least read up on flicks you’re “supposed” to know about instead of being like “Ummm yeah hah I don’t know that one,” every time someone tells you about their favorite movie.


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Get it from Amazon for $33.25, Barnes and Noble for $25.38, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.

These things may not cure you of ALL your embarrassment, but they sure can help!


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The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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