26 Things It May Be Hard To Believe Actually Work So Well But They Really Do

26 Things It May Be Hard To Believe Actually Work So Well But They Really Do

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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. You’re gonna wanna put on your good clothes in the house for this one. 😘🍷


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!” β€”Analisa

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.


Plant-based bug repellent that smells so good, you may think it won’t actually do its ~real~ job of blocking the bugs β€” but per the reviews? This stuff will be equal parts effective and nose-friendly.


Promising review: “This stuff works fantastic. It lasts for hours and no chemical smell. It has a definite lemon smell but not like a furniture polish lemon smell. I had no bites and I was out for about three hours. Bugs didn’t bug me at all and it has no deet. You would need to reapply if you’re getting in and out of the water so just keep that in mind. Mosquitos LOVE me so if it works on me, then it should work on anyone.” β€”Gina Central

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.


A cleanser and polishing powder to completely erase the evidence of the tries, fails, and victories of your cooking exploits from all of your pots and pans.


The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

Promising review: “As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!” β€”Donette

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in two sizes).

Check out “You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House” for more info!


Garbage disposal packets that’ll finally, finally rid you of that ever-present yet somehow ever-elusive smell emanating from your sink.

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BTW, it’s lemon-scented and the packets are biodegradable so they won’t screw up the environment once they go down your drain and out into the sewage.

Promising review: “These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me.” β€”KPITT

Get them from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in multiple quantities).


A Pet House candle with scents to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a flower garden or just put on a pot of apple cider β€” anything but the regular-degular pet odors that try to take over your home and assault your nose.


I have a doggo and this candle 100% eliminates the pet odors. It’s super strong β€” as in the scent will fill up a few rooms in your house β€” but overpowering and it burns for a really long time. I would use these candles even if I didn’t have a pet because I haven’t been able to find any other candle with a scent that travels as well as this.

Promising review: “These are the BEST candles for homes with dogs. We have five dogs (yup, five) ranging from a 6 lb Chihuahua to a 95 lb Lab. All are rescues and two are seniors. Senior dogs tend to be a little more stinky. These candles are amazing. Even when not lit with the lid off they make the house smell like fresh-cut flowers. Light just one and the whole upstairs smells like lilacs. It’s magic. There’s no chemical scent, it really smells like fresh flowers. I’m not a fan of labels on candles, and this one peels off really easily and leaves no sticky residue. You’re left with a beautiful, clean-looking, fresh smelling, dog funk eliminating, and even-burning candle.” β€”Laurel

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of the Pet House candle for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 20 scents and in sets).


A wireless no-bounce bra that β€” per the rave reviews β€” will actually keep the most bountiful, bouncy boobs in place when you do even your most bounce-inducing workouts. Jumping jacks and bear crawls, here you come β€” and there those ta-tas will stay!

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Promising review: “My search for a sports bra is finally over!! No longer do I have to stuff myself into three sports bras, crushing my bosom and my soul, to be able to get a good workout. My 36G bust is fully supported in this bra. It’s comfortable, easy to put on, and cute! I especially like the panel that prevents too much cleavage, which has always been something I don’t want to show. Now, I can go to the gym without feeling self-conscious. I’ll definitely be purchasing more.” β€”Samantha

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 34C-50J and seven colors).


Mold and mildew remover gel to transform what you thought were impossible-to-clean nooks and crannies in your home into spots clear of buildup and germs.


Just apply it, let it sit for six to eight hours, and then scrub away. It’s meant to work on tiles, grout, sealants, tubs, sinks, showers, and more. Heads up: For more longstanding mildew buildup, several reviewers noted they had to do more than one treatment for the area but that they did still get results.

Promising review: “Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We’ve had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We’ve scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It’s incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment.” β€”Nicole D.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver that so many reviewers swear made them a believer over all the other drain-fixin’ things out there. It’ll dissolve hair and other gunks in your pipes in minutes.


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

“My bathroom sink tends to stop up far too easily and this does a drastically better job of clearing the gunk than Drano or Liquid Plumr. I also love that it’s non-corrosive (I live in a pre-war apartment building with old pipes) and odorless (no one loves feeling like a bug being fumigated in their own home)!” β€”BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.


NYX Cosmetics eyeliner with a super cheap price that’ll help you execute the same purr-fect cat eye that higher-end mascaras would! Everyone who spots you wearing it will be just ~clawing~ to find out where you got it from.

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Btw, NYX Cosmetics is cruelty-free, baby!

Promising review: “I don’t usually write reviews but I had to rave about this eyeliner because it’s amazing. My go-to eyeliner used to be the Kat Von D Tattoo liner but this is my new favorite. I think the quality is even better overall. Plus it’s at least $10 cheaper. It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It’s affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, waterproof, stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. I also usually have to use makeup remover and concealer to clean up my lines but I barely need to do any maintenance with this. My cat eyes have been turning out so clean and beautiful.” β€”Caiti

Get it from Amazon for $6.29.


A pumice cleaning stone so you get hard-to-remove grime off your toilet bowl, tile floors, grills, sinks, and more. It’ll almost look like you bought yourself a new bathroom but nah, just this super affordable thing. (Plus, you’ll do it all without getting your hands dirty thanks to that helpful handle.)

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Reviewers especially loved it for getting hard water stains out of their toilets.

Promising review: “THIS IS THE BEST THING EVERRRRRR!! Our toilets are old and have hard water stains in them. I clean them (admittedly less than) religiously but I could never get the hard water stains off. So, I thought I would give this rock-on-a-stick a try before I ended up smashing all our toilets in frustration and embarrassment. My rock-on-a-stick arrived and, in the words of John Oliver, ‘PRAISE BE.’ THIS THING IS A MIRACLE-WORKER. It requires very little scrubbing and my dang toilets look brand spanking new! Seriously! I am thinking about inviting the Queen over for a nice tinkle because that is how clean my toilets are.” β€”Octomeggo

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in a pack of two).

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PSA: Ya’ gotta be careful with the charcoal peeps! Doctors have confirmed that activated charcoal can whiten your teeth (yay!) but excessive usage can weaken the enamel of your teeth (boooo!). I recommend you use this toothpaste to whiten your teeth and keep the tube around for when you need it occasionally. Everything in moderation, peeps! Ah yes, and you should also understand that activated charcoal toothpaste is good for surface-level stains made by coffee, wine, dark foods, etc… For deeper stains beneath the surface of your teeth, your best bet is the dentist’s office. Last thing: This toothpaste is vegan, and it’s fluoride-, peroxide-, and gluten-free!

Promising review: “I developed some coffee stains on my two front teeth earlier this summer. I could not get them off with regular brushing and they were making me very self-conscious. I found this product and, after less than a week, the stains are completely gone. Now, I’m going to work on the yellowing of my bottom teeth. Great product!” β€”Laurapgh

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


A posture corrector to basically force you to move and sit with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed for 100% of the time that you wear it. It’ll also help train your body to rest in that position naturally. Good posture and poise and all that jazz, here you come!

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You can wear this while you’re working out, sitting at your desk, just chilling around the house, or whenever you go out. It can be worn over or underneath clothes. Several reviewers noted that the posture corrector for helping them as they deal with things like scoliosis and pain from pinched nerves. That said, you’ll still want to run it by YOUR doctor to make sure a posture corrector is the best choice for your specific needs.

Promising review: “I have been wearing this for an hour at a time. I have honestly been able to tell a huge difference in my posture! It’s almost like it won’t let you slouch. It’s been super helpful during workouts too! You can’t even really tell that it’s on! Or, if you’re a college student it feels like a backpack is their except without the weight of it!” β€”Niqui Higbee

Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (free shipping).


Laundry stain remover that reviewers swear will work literal magic on your (or your kids’) dirtiest, nastiest clothes.


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!” β€”Kerry

Get it from Amazon for $11.86.


Acne patches to vacuum the gunk out of your whiteheads and give you a visible reduction in just a few hours.


The patches will also keep you from picking your pimples to pieces so you have less scarring. They’re by the Avarelle brand, which is cruelty-free.

Promising review: “I almost never write reviews but I have to this time! This product is amazing β€” basically a miracle! I used these on three giant cystic acne spots and they nearly disappeared over the course of two days!!! I used them overnight and for a few hours during the day for two days and BAM! The gnarliest pimples I’ve ever had are magically and dramatically almost gone!” β€”Nikki Berry

Get them from Amazon for $8.50 (40 patches in a pack).


Small scrub brushes with non-slip grips that’ll make you say, “These little things cleaned all THAT?” when you’re done.

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The smaller one is double-ended with a wiper blade so you can clean out the tiniest cracks near your sink and elsewhere.

Promising review: “This set is the best friend of those who hate cleaning bathroom fixtures. Instead of scrubbing and scraping, you can give a few comfortable whisks with one of these brushes and the job is done. The brushes are particularly good at quick-cleaning the back of the faucets where you normally can’t see what you are doing. Also good at keeping the silver drain rings shiny. I couldn’t be happier with this set.” β€”Rodger

Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors and in sets of two).


Pan scrapers so you can clean up after cooking with way less muscle work and end up with a pan that looks brand-spankin’-new.

Via amazon.com

Promising review: “These are the best little scrapers! I’ve messed up my iron skillets so many times before buying these! They’re super easy to use, not pricey, and they do the job! It was even easy on my hands since it took me maybe two minutes to scrape everything, rinse, and dry. I had to scrape shepherd’s pie (meat, cheese, gravy, and potatoes left overnight) off the pan. And if you’ve ever left gravy in something overnight, then you know how hard that can be to get off. But not with these bad boys!! Save yourself some time and save your pans! Your skillets will thank you!” β€”Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $7.36 (available in a two-pack).


A bottle of pure hyaluronic acid that’ll help give your skin the moisture surge it deserves. It’s also made to improve skin texture, smooth out fine lines, decrease blemishes, and give the skin an overall natural glow.


Reviewers with a variety of skin needs β€” including dryness, fine lines, texture, etc. β€” raved about this product! The acid is vegan and paraben-, oil-, dye-, and fragrance-free.

Promising review: “Amazing product! It has kept my skin tight and I’m slowly seeing results for my fine lines. I have been using it for two months now and I’ve stopped expecting overnight results with a skincare product. Few things will show you progress within a week. I loved this product so much that I bought a second bottle since I’m a little past halfway on the first one already. Update: Six months later, I’m on my third bottle and I will not trade it for anything else! I use it in my 10-step Korean skincare routine and it has helped transform my skin!” β€”CM

Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).


A wine-stain remover so you never have to ~whine~ about spilling your fave vino on your clothes or linens. This remover will come to the rescue and it’ll be like nothing ever happened. (Hey, I won’t tell if you won’t. 🀫)


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.” β€”Derek

Get it from Amazon for $7.94.


A Lavinso Foot Exfoliation Mask that’ll basically give you brand new feet since it strips layers and layers of dead skin and calluses from them.


Promising review: “These were amazing! They actually did what they claimed they would. My feet were peeling in five days. Starting on the third day, I made sure to soak them for at least 10 minutes. It took about three to four days for them to stop peeling but the results are amazing. My feet feel so new!” β€”Nov.Rain

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.


Cuticle oil to strengthen your struggle nails and take ’em from busted to beautiful with consistent use.


Promising review: “I had peeling, weak nails for years and I tried everything. A friend recommended a nail strengthener they saw on QVC. It was quite pricey and I wanted to make sure it was worth it, so I read the reviews. One of the comments said to just buy Solar Oil. Since it was much more affordable than the QVC stuff, I tried it. I bought it in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month of religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big four-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again!”β€”Diana

Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in three sizes).


Silver polish wipes that’ll make you change your mind about tossing out tarnished jewelry and silverware you thought was past its prime.


Promising review: “It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family’s silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn’t have any interest in polishing something that we weren’t using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!” β€”Kehrli

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.28.


Pet earwax cleaner to clear away all the buildup in your fur baby’s ears. It’ll honestly be the least you can do for all the times your pet’s lent you a non-judgemental ear, don’tcha think?


Promising review: “I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn’t get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!” β€”Tricia S.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


A vitamin C serum that’ll decrease dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts so you get closer to reaching your goals for having clearer, “what’s-your-esthetician’s-number?” skin.


Promising review: “I was originally spending a lot more for a Kiehl’s pore-tightening and face-brightening serum. When I heard from a friend about this serum, I was doubtful it would be effective, but I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the results even within two weeks! I have been using this vitamin C serum and I have seen unbelievable results! I really can’t believe it! My pores are a lot tighter and my major dark sunspot has faded. I will be reordering it and I have recommended it to many friends.” β€”Annalyssa Lee

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Check out “This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life” for more info!


A jewelry cleaning pen to give your diamonds their shiny groove back when they go dull.


Promising review: “Don’t get me wrong β€” my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However…after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik…*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!” β€”liltreeclimber

Get it from Amazon for $7.80.


Watermark-removing cloths for getting rid of those pesky rings that tell the tale of way too many cold beers and sodas on your wooden furniture.


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.” β€”Trini

Get them from Amazon for $4.99.


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.” β€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

You celebrating in the house after trying these things and getting those “omigosh-it-worked” results.

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