32 Super Helpful Products That Work Over Time So You Don’t Have To

32 Super Helpful Products That Work Over Time So You Don’t Have To

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Heatless foam rods for creating effortless waves all while you complete other getting-ready duties — or as you sit on the couch watching Netflix. Hey, however you like to spend your mornings.

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Once you master them, they’re easy to use and mean you don’t have to spend 30 minutes in front of the mirror curling your hair. Read BuzzFeed’s full write-up here.

Promising review: “I really do enjoy these rollers. They are very easy to use and give great waves. Every time I use them I get great dimension — you basically can’t go wrong!! I’ve decided they work best after a shower/blow-dry. I leave my hair barely damp — I mean 90% dry. I put the rollers in my hair and continue my morning routine (breakfast, kids, makeup). I take them out basically as I am walking out the door. Run a brush or fingers through and boom! I save SO much time and I actually look put together! I have young kids and I have not been able to find a morning hairstyle groove to keep me put together — I found it and love ’em! I think they are great and fun to use!” —Marvelous Melissa

Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $12.99.


Labeled closet dividers because your morning time is valuable and should not be wasted on looking for specific pieces of clothing. These’ll organize everything and make finding that one sweater actually possible.


The set comes with 12 blank dividers and 48 labels.

Promising review: “This is one of those products you don’t know you need until you have it. I love how organized my closet is. It also helps you know what you have. It makes it easy to see the items you may be hoarding. I didn’t even realize I had capri pants until I stared organizing with these. I could have been wearing them all summer. I have large closet rods made from heavy piping. This product fit. I am ordering a set for my mom. She loved mine.” —Michelle

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $11.99.


A giant (and very encouraging) water bottle that’ll keep track of your daily intake *FOR YOU* so you stay hydrated and feelin’ healthy.

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Promising review: “This is the perfect bottle for my daily needs. I no longer have to constantly refill up my water bottle. The opening of this bottle is big enough for me to put in lemons to add a bit of acidity and vitamin C to my water.” —Anthony Lu

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in three sizes and 27 colors).


A miracle-working laundry bar to save your arms from endless scrubbing and your soul from internally screaming. Tough stains are no match for this sudsy clothes-saver.

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Promising review: “Softball moms’ lifesaver!!!! My daughter is a catcher on a competitive softball team and this gets her white uniform pants clean! In my laundry sink, I fill a bucket with a little water and get the pants wet to rinse the loose dirt off. Then I basically rub the bar on the pants (like you would a bar of soap and a wash cloth) until the pants are full of soap foam. I then threw them in the washer on heavy wash with a just a little bleach (you could use a your favorite white brightener). These pants took about 10 minutes!” —Terri Medellin

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.09.

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People, I love and swear by this gum. Each piece is made with 40mg of caffeine (about half the amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee), so it’s great to chew throughout the afternoon without having to worry about it keeping you up at night. You can read more of my thoughts and opinions on this gum here (it’s #2)!

Promising review: “Love this gum. Gives me just a bit of energy when I need it. The taste is great and the texture of the fun itself is smooth and soft, it does not turn hard and rubbery after chewing for awhile. Highly recommend!” —Amazon Customer

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $21.


A mug warmer so you can finally put an end to lukewarm coffee and tea, and all the trips to the microwave. Slow drinkers, rejoice!


I have one of these and I’ve come to seriously love and rely on it. I, for whatever reason, cannot drink coffee (or any beverage for that matter) quickly and am often drinking lukewarm brew. It’s gross. This simple gadget keeps it pretty hot — maybe not fresh-out-of-the-pot scorching — but hot nonetheless. It’s definitely worth $11!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A cookbook featuring recipes that can all be made in one pot, skillet, or slow cooker. Dinner and clean-up has never looked so promising.


Promising review: “This is a cookbook that anyone can use day after day. These are simple, easy meals. Easy enough for weeknights, but filled with enough flavor for the weekends! I have over 200 cookbooks and this will definitely be at the top as one of my most-used.” —P. Greer

Get it from Amazon for $19.14.


AND, of course, an Instant Pot because we know you’ve been eyeing one so just take the plunge and make it your best friend on long work days.


Promising review: “I have always wanted an Instant Pot, however the larger sizes were too big for meals for one person. This three-quart size is perfect and I use it at least three times each week when I get home from work. It is really, really easy to use and comes with a cookbook. So far I have made perfect rice, steamed corn-on-the-cob to perfection, and chili. This is one of the few gadgets that has not been relegated to basement storage!” —Gee Gee

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).


A windshield cover so you don’t have to spend 15 minutes in the freezing cold scraping off ice and frost. Reader, nobody should start their morning that way.

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The dimensions are 75”L x 0.1”W x 42.25”H so it should fit most sedans, SUVs, and trucks.

Promising review: “This prevents icy windshields early in the morning and even helps prevent snow buildup on your windshield! (Just don’t yank the cover too quickly otherwise you’ll still get snow on the windshield.) I used to have a carport and then moved to an apartment that had street parking. It was a pain in my butt to scrape ice/snow off of my windshield and this is a great solution that isn’t too expensive!” —Sunshine

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


A sous vide precision cooker so you can get perfectly done meats, veggies, and even cheesecake every single time. No guess work, no stress, just perfection on the first try. What is better than that?!

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Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

Promising review: “Oh my gosh I love this thing. I cook tons of stuff with this since I have discovered sous vide. I’ve taken it to friends houses for events or dinners to show them how it works and everyone is always amazed at how juicy and delicious everything is. I consider myself a great cook and this is just another tool in the arsenal. There have been a few occasions where I’ve not been paying attention and accidentally overcooked my steaks on the grill (alcohol may have been involved) but I’m telling you this thing makes cooking a perfect steak absolutely impossible to mess up. I won’t cook one any other way than this. It is perfection every time.” —Sean

Get it from Amazon for $86.75.


A powerful mouthwash for quickly getting rid of morning breath. Whether or not you have time to brush your teeth is your business, I am just here to show you a great product that can help bad breath!


Read BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this product.

Promising review: “Ridiculous claims. And for whatever reason…it works. Yes, it does everything it says it will do. Pour a small portion in a measured cup provided with your purchase, swish in your mouth a bit, gargle as well, and in the morning you can kiss your honey with a clean mouth. NO ODOR, NO SMELLY MORNING BREATH. THIS STUFF WORKS! I urge you to consider getting the toothpaste as well. Cleans and whitens better than anything out there and I have tried them all.” —John E. Litton

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.86 (also available in mild mint).


A fabric defuzzer to restore all your winter sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves from those annoying fuzz balls in a matter of minutes.

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Because nothing sucks more than wanting to break out your winter gear, only to realize it looks old and ratty.

Promising review: “Seems like every other day my wife would complain about her ‘pilly’ sweaters and then they’d end up in trash or donate pile. Well, NO MORE!!! She uses this constantly to make her sweaters look new again. I’ve even used it myself, and it’s way better than a crappy lint roller. This product is cool because you can plug it in and use while the battery is charging, or take it mobile! It’s been unplugged for days on end and continues to work at full power and it hasn’t died yet. The little container does fill up quickly, but it really works.” —Itsrob11

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in battery-operated and rechargeable options, and six colors).

**The battery-operated option takes AA-batteries; you can get some for $5.69.


An ultra-caffeinated coffee that’ll give you a GIANT, COLOSSAL boost of energy on sluggish mornings — and I think we all have those days where we could use a little bit of that, eh?


I’d just like to casually mention that this coffee has over 15k reviews, and a 4.6-star rating. People REALLY love this coffee, so much so, that some of the reviews left are the best (and funniest) I’ve seen on Amazon.

Promising review: “I’m sold. I bought this to keep me alert and focused at work. By my second cup I no longer needed a keyboard or mouse, as I was able to control my computer directly by thought. By the third cup I could hear colors and smell sounds. After my fourth cup, I decided to burn off some of the excess energy with a quick jog, and ended up finishing the Kessel Run in 11 parsecs flat! Seriously… Buy this stuff!” —Erick W.

Get a one-pound bag from Amazon for $19.96 (available in three sizes).


An emergency drain cover because sometimes it’s just nice to have a completely full bath without the last few inches of hot water draining completely away — no more constant refilling.


If you get home after an exhausting day, you deserve a nice bath to relax in!

Promising review: “My husband loves baths and I purchased this mainly for him because he’s a big person and every little bit of extra water depth he can get is wonderful. You can really get an extra two to three inches. The suction cups fit easily on the tub and you don’t have to use much pressure at all. They stick as soon as you push a little and you can even hear a little ‘click’ sound as you push each one, telling you it’s sealed. Our cover never ‘floats off’ or comes off the tub until we take it off, and when we do, it is easily removed. All in all, a great purchase!” —artsqueenbee

Get it on Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).


A wireless phone charger for conveniently juicing up your device while it’s not in use.


Only compatible with iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XR, XS Max, XS, X, 8, 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10 S9 S8, Note 10 Note 9.

Promising review: “Works with OtterBox Defender case! I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 with an OtterBox Defender case. I didn’t want to have to take my case off as this charger would be primarily used when I’m at work. I opted to stream music from my phone instead of buying and bringing a radio to my office, and I was using a standard charger but getting annoyed when I would have to leave my office and want to take my phone with me. I was so happy that I ordered one for my home as well!” —Karissa T.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


A miracle-working hand cream that can relieve and heal extremely dry, cracked skin.

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Promising review: “Does this product need another five star review? Nope. But I had to. This is truly a miracle product!! I have the driest skin in the winter. To the point that I will look down at my hands to notice they are bleeding from all the various cracks. This product made a major difference after just one use! Here I am weeks later and my hands have no cracks, look younger, and are no longer red. Can O’Keeffe’s fix potholes too!?!” —P. Neuber

Get it from Amazon for $7.29.


A multi-functional chopper with interchangeable blades to make chopping tons of fruits and veggies easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Think about how much time you’ll be saving! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

Promising review: ” The chopper is heavy-duty, and stainless steel. It’s very sharp! It’s easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic.” —Chelsea H

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


A buy-once makeup remover cloth that *only* needs water to work! No more running out of wipes and burning through wasteful cotton pads — you know, things that just add more stress and more work.

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While some reviewers say that most nights they’re able to rinse most of the makeup off of it to use it again the next day, it is machine-washable! It’s also a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best makeup remover!

Promising review: “OMG!! How have I lived all this time without one of these?!? I wear full makeup every day: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, foundation, blush, several eye-shadows, eyeliner, waterproof mascara, brow pencil, blush, concealer and the longest-lasting, hard-to-get-off lipstick there is (Covergirl Outlast btw), and this thing took it all off without any effort at all!! —MyssLynx

Get it on Amazon in pink or black for $20.


A pack of divider sticky notes that’ll conveniently summarize important chapters of the giant textbook you’ve been lugging around all semester, while keeping your notes super organized.


Read BuzzFeed’s full write-up of these sticky notes.

Promising review: “I love these! I’m a college student who takes notes a lot, and these are perfect for using on rented textbooks (which you can’t write in). The tabs are nice and there’s just enough space on each paper to put down important information. Nice thick paper; it’s sticky from one edge to about halfway to the other edge so it stays on pretty well.” —maria17

Get it from Amazon for $4.69 (available in packs of one, two, three, six, nine, and twelve).


A miracle-working eyeshadow primer to ensure your perfectly blended smokey eye stays in its dang place from sunrise to sunset. Now you can can kiss smudging, flaking, and creasing GOODBYE.

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Promising review: “So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay…they don’t hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I’m lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!” —Melissa Mae

Get it from Amazon for $13.48.


A steaming tray you simply slip into the microwave with your meat, veggies, and a little water, and in minutes you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you.

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The trays are stackable, freezer-safe, and top-rack dishwasher safe.

Promising review: “OMG! I love these! I’ve used them for soups, reheating pasta and chili, making scrambled and poached eggs, ramen noodles, and canned veggies. Many uses for them straight from the fridge or freezer right into the microwave. They’re great for travel to the office for lunch without spilling in your tote bag, purse, or briefcase, picnics, or a day out. The locking lid prevents that explosion in the microwave you often get from microwaveable food that come in containers. Your food will become piping hot while the bowl remains touchable and easy to manage.. Best microwave cookers I’ve found so far and I have tried many since I got my first microwave when they first came out. Great, great, great! Did I say these are great?” —AshGray

Get it from Amazon for $12.51.


Grocery bag handles because who on earth wants to make more than one trip to the car to get the rest of the groceries? Spoiler: NOBODY!!!


Promising review: “It usually takes me a dozen trips from my car to my house to get my groceries inside, and if I carry too many at one time, the handles cut off the circulation in my hands and arms. These special handles solved all my problems. Today, I only made three trips from the car to the house! When I had to put the bags down to open the door, these handles laid on top of the bags and I only had to grab them, instead of searching for all the plastic handles as they flopped around. Now there are no more bag marks on my wrist and my hands don’t go numb! Who would have thought that something so simple could make my life so much better?” —Rosemary Smith Dattler

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99.


A two-spray shower head because the last thing you need on a slow and sluggish morning is slow and sluggish water pressure.


Promising review: “I’m amazed! We live in a prewar New York City apartment and it seemed that poor water pressure in the shower that barely extended beyond the wall was par for the course. We just installed this shower head and now the water stream extends to the other side of the tub! Looking forward to finally taking a satisfying shower after all this time.” —TWNYC

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

Read our full write-up and learn more about this life-changing bathroom addition.


An ultra creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer here to soothe and tackle redness, and irritated, dry, cracked skin. Yes, this is basically the holy grail of moisturizers.


Psst, many reviewers said this helped relieve their eczema symptoms!

Promising review: “I have struggled with very persistent eczema for years and this product has been a godsend. Prior to finding this brand, I had been devoted to the Cerave lotion lines but they were not really helping to heal my skin. Come to find out, I am highly allergic to several of the ingredients commonly found in Cerave and many other lotions and cheap skincare products. Vanicream is so great because it has less ingredients, and more sensitive ingredients than any other lotion brand I have come across. I have never had any irritation from this lotion and it has gone miles towards healing my rashes and open wounds. I have used this religiously for about two years now and I am never going back.” —Lauren B.

Get it from Amazon for $12.17.


A similar stain repellent you can use on your pricier handbags to ensure rain and denim stains never again leave their mark.


Promising review: “I LOVE this stuff! I have several high end purses and was struggling with dye transfer from my jeans. Now, each time I buy a purse I treat it with this first, and I have no more troubles with my purses turning blue!” —MTHealthyLiving

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.


A vitamin C serum made with salicylic and hyaluronic acid to not only help with sun damage, but prevent pesky breakouts and restore hydration.


Promising review: “This product is just perfect for my skin type! I’m using it every night and it’s helping me a lot with my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation problems caused by my last acne outbreak. I have been using this product for 1.5 months and the results are visible. My skin looks more hydrated and the dark spots have cleared. (I’m also using benzoyl peroxide-based acne treatment to control my acne while I’m using this product).” —Desiree

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.


A tablet holder that’ll free up your hands and allow you to properly eat nachos while you watch The Office for the 50th time.


Promising review: “I appreciate how flexible this stand is. I can configured to use in bed whether I’m lying on my back or my side, and I also use it in the kitchen to hold the iPad when I’m cooking and using an online recipe. I particularly like the feature that lets you put the iPad into one of three different angles, and the ability to hold differently-sized devices in both landscape and portrait.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.


A bagel guillotine for helping delish bread quickly and swiftly meet its untimely demise.


I’m not the only one who learned about these from Sandy Cohen.

Promising review: “I love this product. I originally bought it because I wanted to feel more like a Cohen (bagels and schmears were a staple in the Cohen family kitchen on the television show The O.C.). Pretty sure this is the exact model they used on the show. Anyway, it cuts my bagels very satisfactorily. Schmear on, my friends.” —Christina

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


A double-sided eyeliner stamp that — are you ready for this — creates the perfect wing in mere minutes. Oof, these are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.

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One side is the actual stamp, while the other end is a fine-point pen perfect for touchups.

Promising review: “I am a lazy girl but I like to look nice, and figured I should be trying to make it look like I’m putting more effort into my appearance without actually putting in more effort. I have NEVER been able to do a wing. I barely can do normal eyeliner. I did this in less than two minutes on my first try it is so easy and it looked fantastic. And it’s not just the stamp, the eyeliner pen is great too (no longer going to use the old kind). Honestly it looked fantastic. And it STAYS on — I actually had to really wash to get it off. I was very impressed.” —Annie

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.


A teensy vacuum…made for your PORES. Seriously, all that ~poor~ dirt, grease, and dead skin doesn’t stand a chance. Say it with me: It’s time to move on out, you pesky blackheads!

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It’s designed for all skin types, thanks to its five different levels. Level one is for sensitive and dry skin, levels two and three are for neutral skin, and levels four and five are for mixed and oily skin. The set comes with four suction heads: for blackheads, removing dirt/grease, reducing dead skin buildup and fine lines, and tightening your skin. It’s also rechargeable and they really thought of everything!

Promising review: “I honestly can’t run out of great things to say about this! This blackhead remover works WONDERS I use it about once or twice a week & absolutely love it. It works very well, and I have seen a size reduction in my pores since using it for the past few weeks. I highly recommend this blackhead remover!” —Andrea

Get it from Amazon for $37.80.


A manual scalp massager brush that can not only help you relax on hectic days, but reduce flakiness and oily build-up from regular use of hair products. Dandruff has no room in your house!


Promising review: “If you have stubborn dandruff, TRY THIS before you give up! I have seborrheic dermatitis, which causes a greasy buildup of dandruff on my scalp. When I use this product to rub the shampoo through my hair while in the shower, it cleanses my scalp and removes the buildup. My dandruff has significantly decreased and is almost gone. I have tried a variety of other products to get rid of my dandruff, including high-powered dandruff shampoo. None had worked before this. Side note: I have found this product works best on shorter hair, anything longer than shoulder length makes it a bit harder to pull through your hair. Overall I am incredibly pleased with this product.” —Marilyn

Get it from Amazon for $7.58+ (available in three colors).


And for a more in-depth cleaning, a clarifying shampoo you can use once a week in place of your usual shampoo to remove the residue left behind from heavy hair products.


Promising review: “I absolutely love this shampoo. I have thick but fine, curly hair. I get a lot of build up because of the products I use to define my curls and control frizz. Curly hair is very dry so shampooing daily is a no-no. This shampoo is perfect because I can use it on my roots once (sometimes twice) a week to cut down any buildup. I highly recommend for anyone who uses a lot of products but isn’t able to shampoo often.” —Mary C

Get it from Amazon for $4.83.

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