35 Products With Results That May Genuinely Surprise You

35 Products With Results That May Genuinely Surprise You

Hard-workin’ things that’ll give ya the before-and-afters you paid for, gosh darn it.

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.

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Reusable produce storage bags for keeping your freshly bought fruits and veggies actually fresh, so you have a real chance at eating them this time. Hello! Look at these results!


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Promising review: “We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!” —Trio Mum

Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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A miracle-working oil that’ll condition your nails and soften your cuticles thanks to its jojoba- and vitamin E-rich formula. Brittle, cracked nails have no place on your hands!


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Promising review: “I had peeling, weak nails for years. I tried everything. I bought this in February and this size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with religiously applying it 2-3 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 4-oz refill bottle because I never wanted to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!” —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

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And! A clear, bitter-tasting nail polish to help train your brain to keep your fingers out of your mouth and kick that nail-biting habit for good.


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It’s simple to use, safe for children, and many reviewers say that a little goes a long way — seriously, there’s no need to paint the entire nail. Just brush a bit on your nails or cuticles with the applicator so when you go in for a munch, the strong taste will make you want to keep your hands far, far away from your face.

Promising review: “I’ve always had trouble biting my nails. I read lots of reviews on different products and decided to go with this one. The product is the most disgusting thing that I have applied on my nails…but it worked wonders. After 30 years, for the first time my nails have grown and I love it. I applied it every day for two straight weeks. I will occasionally apply it if I feel like I’m going to bite them. Highly recommended!!!” —A_Emilio

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

And learn more about this Mavala polish treatment in our complete write-up!

4.

A dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower on late mornings and end up with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it’s going on day three…or five.


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Promising review: “I am so shocked at how well this works! I have never been able to find a dry shampoo that works on my hair for all day! This stuff actually works on my fine blonde hair. I have been able to go two days without showering (haven’t tried longer). I can still run my fingers through my hair after using it and it even lasts all day and I only have to touch up the next day. Would recommend to anyone. AMAZING.” —AAH

Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

5.

A magic carpet spot cleaner with such unbelievable results, you’ll rethink everything you’ve ever known about stain removers. I mean, my eyes can’t even believe what they are witnessing here:


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And! You can use this on more than just carpet. Think: Car seats, dinner chair cushions, and even clothing.

Be sure to check out our full write-up on this Folex stain remover!

Promising review: “So my dog got into my makeup bag and got ahold of some liquid lipstick and needless to say, I flipped out to see my carpets neon orange. It took about an hour and two rolls of paper towels but holy moly! WOW did this stuff work! My mother recommended it to me after using it on minor stains at her house and I’m so glad I got it. Definitely worth the money and it really does disappear right before your eyes like the bottle says!” —Jen

Get it from Amazon for $11.63.

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A no-yellow shampoo to tone down unwanted yellow hues in blonde hair so your mane keeps the vibrant, natural color from your last salon visit — you know, which means less pricey touchups!


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It has over 5,800 positive reviews on Amazon!

Promising review: “I’m not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I’m totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can’t recommend it enough! Photo (from right to left): Before using Fanola, one wash, then two washes. Love, love, LOVE!!” —Rachael

Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

And read our full write-up on this miracle Fanola shampoo!

7.

A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets with pretty impressive results and I bet you thought your extra slimy water bottle was a goner, right? Nope!


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Promising review: “I wasn’t sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!” —Robert A Moreno II

Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

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A pedicure rasp — aka a CHEESE GRATER FOR YOUR FEET — to literally shave away dead, cracked skin and leave behind baby soft feet.


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Promising review: “I am just sitting here admiring my baby-smooth, soft heels…and it is all thanks to this product. I have been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of the gross calluses on my heels, and nothing was ever fixing it. I found this on Amazon, and decided to give it a try because of all the great reviews…and it is totally legit. It took all my calluses right off, and now I use it every few days for a little upkeep if I notice any hint of roughness starting to come. This thing is awesome. Definitely buy it!!” —Luisa Rueckert

Get it from Amazon for $11.45 (also available in brown).

Check out our full write-up on this Microplane pedicure rasp!

9.

A rosehip oil that’ll tackle (and DEFEAT!!!) your skin’s biggest woes: Dryness, flakiness, redness, breakouts — you name it. They don’t stand a chance when ~faced~ with this.


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Promising review: “I have combination skin and I’m very prone to acne. When I do get acne, it’s very red and noticeable like the picture. I’ve been using this 1-2x/day for about a month now. My skin feels amazing and my acne has pretty much completely cleared up. (I have one pimple, but it’s mainly a small breakout from my period.) It dries super quick and it doesn’t leave me feeling oily. I also actually use it in my hair and it makes my hair feel nice and soft.” —Nicole

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

Read our complete write-up on this rosehip facial oil!

10.

A powerful grout cleaner, because beautiful, grime-free grout lives under all that dirt, you just have to believe, scrub (automatic brush, anyone?), and use a little bit of this magic:


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Promising review: “I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-EEZ, and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-EEZ got my grout perfectly clean in no time plus it was easy to use and no odor. I’ll never use another grout cleaner.” —Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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And! An angular brush with narrow bristles for getting in those tough corners, which we all know is where grime loves to hang out!


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Promising review: “Yes!!!! This works!!! I used this on the grout on the kitchen floor that we have not scrubbed in 10+ years. The first half hour I was using two toothbrushes to scrub. Why? Because I had the toothbrushes and didn’t want it to go to waste. Boy what a waste of time! I should have thrown out the toothbrushes and used this in the beginning! I really appreciate this product and its design. The bristles stayed hard and was easy to control over the tiles. Easy 5 stars.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in eight brush types).

12.

A disgustingly amazing drain snake for cleaning out every last bit of the nasty hair ball currently occupying your shower pipes so your drain can finally breathe again.


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Promising review: “You will not regret buying these. I had constant draining issues in my shower. I did not expect these ‘drain snakes’ to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic and I was able to use it both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away. I live in a rented townhouse, and for sure the complex company I rent from did not keep their drains clean because the amount of hair and gunk I pulled out was disgusting. (Not for the faint of stomach). I rarely ever post reviews on Amazon, but I loved this product so much that I had to post.” —Nhi

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

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A Glossier brow pomade so you can groom, fill in, and thicken your brows with just one product. And it’s made with a creamy wax formula that will provide extra hydration, so LITERALLY WHAT CAN THIS PRODUCT *NOT* DO?


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Promising review: “I didn’t know I could love my brows this much. With two swipes, Boy Brow makes magic. It puffs them up and fills them out in the best way. The brown shade matched perfectly. This will be my forever product, and my top Glossier recommendation.” —madeline

Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four colors).

14.

A leather restoring polish that’ll breathe new life into your furniture, bags, and shoes. Look how happy this little red chair is!


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Promising review: “I used this product to breathe new life into a leather sofa that I got for free on Facebook Marketplace. I changed the color of the sofa from a medium brown to the dark brown color. The product was easy to use, dried quickly, and covered much of the damage, cracking, and fading on the sofa. I love the finished product, and this was for under $30 cost total for materials. It took me two containers to cover the entire couch with a small amount left over. If you weren’t doing a complete color change you could probably get away with one container. I highly recommend buying some cheap stippling brushes for getting the color into seams and crevices. This product works more like a paint than a dye, so keep that in mind.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 19 colors).

15.

A pack of pimple patches to send whiteheads to their grave, once and for all! RIP (but not) to the gross sebum that’s no longer living in your face.


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The photo on the right is evidence that these patches can pull an entire whitehead out in one piece, and that is some skincare sorcery (that I am grossly loving).

Promising review: “I’m obsessed with these things!!! Im an esthetician, however, being in my twenties and having raging hormones has challenged my skin a lot. It’s embarrassing showing up to work and having pimples meanwhile others are supposed to trust me with their skin. These are so fast acting and have saved me a lot of time and money. Super fast acting, and it’s amazing how it just sucks out the infection. It’s perfect for those deep, under-the-skin pimples as well, but it does take a few extra days. I will continue to repurchase!” —julia raye todd

Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.50

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A spray gel for removing tough rust stains with a few spritzes and minimal (MINIMAL!) scrubbing on your part.


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Promising review: “The photos speak for themselves. When we bought our home there was no water softener and years of iron build up. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. The Iron Out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible.” —M. Gilardi

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

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An at-home eyebrow tint kit so you can achieve gorgeous, fuller-looking brows at home. Not having to leave the house? That’s a win-win in my book!


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Promising review: “I have sparse blonde eyebrows, and my arch has barely any hair. IT WORKS GREAT. It’s genuinely easy to do to. A little makes A LOT, so I had my sister and her friend do their brows too because why not? I did the first round for the suggested time of two minutes, and then did intervals with other rounds to darken some spots and not others. All and all I’ll be buying another box or two to have down the round.” —t. rivera

Get the medium-brown from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in dark brown, light brown, and natural black).

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A food-grade mineral oil for rejuvenating dry, dull cutting boards back to their original vibrancy. It’s tasteless, odorless, colorless, and is also safe to use on butcher blocks, countertops, and wooden bowls and utensils.


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Promising review: “Impressed with how well this oil works. Doesn’t have much of a scent, and goes on well. A little goes a long way. First coat really soaked into the wood, so a second coat will be applied soon. Gives a darker, richer color to the cutting board.” —Bryan S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A power drill brush attachment to deep clean showers, ovens, sinks, and anything that has unbeatable stains (until now that is!). I have this exact set, and now I look forward to my shower getting dirty, just so I can clean it…


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The brush kit comes with three style of brushes: two for surface cleaning, and a rounder one for getting in the corners! The attachments have a quarter inch shaft so they should fit standard cordless drills.

Keep in mind, this is *just* for the brush attachments. The power drill is not included — but if you want one you can get a good one for $49.

Promising review: “We have well water. We have terrible rust problems and I have never been able to scrub off the rust. Bought new sinks and tubs, and boom, the problem was still there. I couldn’t get it off once it would start. I bought Bar Keepers Friend and this drill brush. I am so impressed. I thought we were stuck in the cycle of just having bad looking things. Wow, it all looks brand new now! posted before and afters so you can see for yourself!” —Ashley Williams

Get it from Amazon for 14.95+ (available in six brush types for different cleaning jobs).

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A wildly popular mascara that’ll give your lashes natural volume and length with just a few flicks of the wrist, so those minimal makeup days are even easier.


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Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara I was curious, as she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought why not. Holy moly. I’m in love. It makes my lashes longer, — looks like I’m natural but better — and has a thinner formula so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn’t rub during the day and give me that black eye look. It’s wonderful. Must buy.” —Katherine Ochsman

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

21.

A does-it-all car cleaner for scrubbing every inch of your ride — leather, vinyl, upholstery, carpet, plastic — and give you sparkly, unbelievable results that honestly make me want to clean my car every weekend.


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…and I don’t even own a car!

Promising review: “All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures above are of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed Super Clean all over the seat until it was damp, I scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it.” —Joseph L.

Get the cleaner plus a towel from Amazon for $16.99.

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A super affordable curling wand that’ll help you master beachy waves, no problem. It features a ceramic barrel, which can help prevent heat damage and frizz — and this may be the best $25 you will ever spend!


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Promising review: “I have super straight, Asian hair. For all my life, I’ve tried to add some curls or waves. Tons of products and hairspray and it still fell out after 30 minutes. This wand is awesome! I don’t have to put anything in my hair and the curl will just loosen a little and look like such a natural curl. I’m assuming it’s the high heat and how the wand retains the heat so well. It’s very quick to heat up and where the cord attaches to the wand, it swivels so the cord doesn’t get wrapped or twisted. Super awesome! Totally worth a try!” —Bernadette Pisco

Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in two sizes).

Read our full write-up on this Remington curling wand!

23.

A headlight restoration system because drivin’ around with foggy lights = bad, and spending tons of money to replace headlights = bad. This solves both of those dilemmas!


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Just a note that this kit requires a household drill. It *does* come with a sanding pad to restore cloudy lenses.

Promising review: “This product works exactly like it should. If you follow the directions properly the headlights WILL COME OUT crystal clear. I used this on a 1999 Civic with extremely yellowed headlights. When I first started the process I began to panic because you begin by sanding the headlights with a relatively coarse sand paper. No need to panic. Be patient and keep going as each step works towards a clear headlight. My only recommendation is after you are done use a clear UV protective coating to help keep the headlights from yellowing again.” —Richard SUhanov

Get it from Amazon for $13.14.

24.

An eyeshadow primer to keep your perfectly blended smokey eye in its dang place, from sunrise to sunset. No more smudging, flaking, creasing, and can I get a hallelujah?!


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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.

25.

A cooktop cleaning kit for tackling grease, stubborn stains, and burnt-on residue — you know, all things you don’t want to and shouldn’t spend hours cleaning up on jam-packed weeks.


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It comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cleaning solution, two cleaning pads, and one scraper.

Promising review: “I was skeptical but I went for it and holy moly, does it work. It works such wonders on my stupid glass cooktop that I feel like Martha freaking Stewart. Truth be told, cleaning has never been, nor will it ever be, my greatest strength, but this cleaning product makes it easy enough that even I could do it. Save yourself the time and frustration, because the landlord picked this stupid cooktop for the ‘aesthetic’ and a trap to keep your security deposit but you know what?!? Buy this thing and you can tell em, ‘not this time’! You won’t get another penny out of me! Bwahahahaha.'” —Rita

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

26.

Machine-washable and reusable cloths that’ll gently remove dirt and makeup from your skin with a splash of some water. Just toss in the washer after a few uses and start savin’ your hard-earned dollars — no more expensive wipes here!


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Promising review: “I was skeptical of these, but now I’m pretty sure they’re what Mulan’s outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they’re pretty impressive at taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It’s nice not to burn through so many cotton pads.” —RachelM

Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.29.

And check out BuzzFeed Review’s pick for best makeup remover!

27.

A hard water remover to *finally* rid glass surfaces from that cloudy film. You may end up running into your practically invisible shower door, though — you’ve been warned.


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Promising review: “When we moved into our new place the shower doors looked like they had never been cleaned before. I tried at least 10 different products and methods to remove the hard water spots but nothing even made a dent. Bio Clean, however, was like a magic eraser! I scrubbed each door for about 10 minutes and it was incredible! I’ve never written a cleaning product review before but this one is worth every penny.” —Shane B

Get it from Amazon for $19.70.

28.

A wood polish for filling in scratches and nicks on furniture, floors, and cabinets. By the time you’re done with this magical potion, your wood surfaces will look FLAWLESS.


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Promising review: “I used this to treat a couple pieces of furniture, one that had only a few scratches, and one that was a train wreck. On the first one, it looked quite nice after applying. On the second one, I couldn’t believe the difference it made! The 31-year-old (pine) piece was heavily worn and hadn’t seen any real upkeep in its lifetime. After one application, the difference was like night and day. I definitely recommend this product to rejuvenate wood furniture. Like others have said, it doesn’t REMOVE anything, but cleans and darkens blemishes so they visually blend in. I’ve now gone over all the wood furniture in our living room and the overall difference is remarkable.” —icheckemout

Get the darker wood polish on Amazon for $4.82 (also available in a polish for lighter wood).

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A suede and leather brush that’ll get the annoying scuffs and salt lines off of your favorite shoes, bags, journals, coats, and the like. Point is, stains have no room in your closet, no they do not.


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Promising review: “I still cannot believe that this tiny brush did such a nice job. It completely saved my ruined suede boots with minimal effort. Thank you!” —Alex H.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

30.

“The Cut Buddy” — your foolproof way to get clean, precise grooming lines that are totally barber-worthy.


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Promising review: “This thing is amazing. Holds well in the hand, has many different outline sides, and the chalk pencil it comes with does a good job of helping me keep my line when I shave with a straight razor. I have tried other beard templates but they were too big, left outlines that looked subpar, and didn’t have a barber pencil. This is worth every penny.” —J

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

31.

A jewelry cleaner that’ll give you ~crystal~ clear results. It removes tarnish so your best pieces can shine and sparkle again.


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Promising review: “I could not be happier! I have a morganite engagement ring and it gets cloudy so easily. I dropped it in the cleaner for a few hours (I only planned on 30 minutes but I forgot about it) and it’s stunning! I highly recommend this cleaner! I will be buying again.” —Sarah Ryan

Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

32.

A handy hanger for scarves, belts, and ties. The days of digging through an overly-packed drawer are O-V-E-R, my friends.


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Promising review: “I love scarves and this saved my sanity hahaha! My scarves on my old scarf hanger looked very fluffy/full and looking for a scarf is a hassle. The hanger itself is rather wide. It’s distracting with all my scarves on it and covers the view to my clothes. With this new scarf hanger/organizer, I can neatly fold my scarves and now easier to look for one to match my outfit.” —edc

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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A degreaser cleaner that’ll take your driveway (and other hard surfaces) from a greasy, oily mess to a clean and pristine concrete heaven.


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Promising review: “I was skeptical that it would really remove all the oil stains on my driveway from oil leaks, but it did. I didn’t dilute it at all, just poured it over the stain, waited about a minute, then with my hose did a hard blast over the stain. All gone! Usually not even a trace of the stain left. A few times there was a small trace left that most people wouldn’t notice at all, but I just re-did the same thing and the entire stain was gone.” —agoutimouse

Get a 1-gallon bottle from Amazon for $9.09.

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And a compact hair roller so you don’t have to lug out a giant vacuum just to remove the mounds of pet hair that’s accumulated on your couch. That’s time consuming and too much effort!


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Added bonus: This product doesn’t use sticky adhesive paper. The roller can be reused over and over again because of its high quality bristles that grab the hair again and again like a brush.

Promising review: “Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it’s snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It’s absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don’t have a pet. I don’t care; it’s THAT good.” —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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A pack of touchup razors that’ll gently and efficiently remove peach fuzz and dirt. The blades are designed with built-in guards so they won’t cut your skin, plus you’ll receive an extra attachment for super precise eyebrow shaping.


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Promising review: “Super easy and satisfying to use — you’re literally scraping all of the peach fuzz and dead skin off your face. The the first two photos are the before and after I used this product, and the last photo shows all of the stuff that this product took off my face. My face is glowing and incredibly soft now. Highly recommend.” —Jane

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.

Honestly, my eyes can’t even believe all these results.


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