36 “Boring” Products That Actually Deliver Exciting Results

36 “Boring” Products That Actually Deliver Exciting Results

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1.

A non-toxic ink remover that’ll hold its own against permanent markers.


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Promising review: “Had a blue ink pen that found its way into the wash, which also made its way through the high-heat dry cycle and when I say there was blue everywhere…I had likely $600+ worth of good shirts in that load and I knew they were goners. Found this Amodex while doing some reading. Blew my mind but week-old, heat-set ink came completely out of most shirts. It does require a lot of scratching at the stain with your fingernail and a toothbrush, but this stuff truly works. I would recommend it to anyone.” —Mike V

Get it from Amazon for $10.43.

2.

A hanger stacker so you can keep all the hangers neat, untangled, and ready-to-use for the next laundry day.


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Promising review: “Working in retail for a million years, I know how amazing these can be in keeping your life less chaotic! I put off ordering for months, and I’m mad at myself that I did, because these beat a box of hangers hands down! I ordered two — one for dress/shirt hangers and one for skirt/pant hangers. They arrived today, seem to be made of the same metal that I’ve used in retail stores, appear to be sturdy, and are super easy to assemble!” —KatieLee333

Get it from Amazon for $18.33.


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Promising review: “After several visits to a professional pedicurist and not getting the results I wanted, I looked for a solution. Initially, I was skeptical of using this on dry skin but quickly realized why you do. It is similar to woodworking or ice sculpturing. You have total control of the amount being removed. After a summer in Chacos sandals, my feet were out of control. This is an amazing product I’d buy again and again.” —Ken Clements

Get it from Amazon for $7.51.

4.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray for people who don’t have time to iron their clothes in the morning (or…for people who just don’t own an ironing board).


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Promising review: “This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it’s time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, would be great to keep clothes crisp and nice smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don’t feel like ironing before each wear.” —Taylor

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94 (available in two scents).

5.

Anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with wheat protein and wheat germ oil that’ll help control flaking, scaling, and itching. These before-and-after photos speak for themselves!


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Just use it just twice a week in between your regular shampoos.

Promising review: “MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc… 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 to 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 $14.84.

6.

A tea bag organizer so you can declutter your cabinets and get rid of those half-empty boxes.


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Promising review: “Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That’s what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!” —Sarah C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

7.

A pack of spice liners to control the chaos in your kitchen drawers.


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Promising review: “This is one of the favorite things I’ve ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!” —momonono

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

8.

A bottle of fume-free cleaner for giving your oven a thorough wipe down. Haven’t cleaned your oven in over half a decade? After this, no one will be able to tell.


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Promising review: “I’m a little embarrassed to write this review; it’s been six years since my last oven cleaning… After seeing the results, I couldn’t help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures speak for themselves.” —William Fredericks

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

9.

A plastic storage container that’ll make your fresh produce last a lot longer.


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Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

Promising review: “I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I’ve kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I’ve had fantastic results with all of them.” —Laura

Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

10.

A hanging jewelry organizer so all your accessories are untangled, visible, and ready to wear. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t have enough room for an armoire or jewelry box.


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This will fit over any standard hanger. One side has 32 clear pockets and the other side has 18 hooks and loops.

Promising review: “I needed something that would save me space but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them and have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one, I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors, and it does not take up that much space.” —Nellie F.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

11.

A cleaning kit to transform your stained cooktop into a flawless mirror.


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This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn’t believe it! We had a new stove that I didn’t clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new.” —Christi Lambertson

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

12.

A pack of cleaning tablets for removing the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.


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Promising review: “After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!” —Sheila

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.96.

13.

A jewelry cleaning solution that’ll leave your precious stones sparkling in no time.


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The solution is non-toxic, and it comes with a small cleaning brush.

Promising review: “ABSOLUTELY THE BEST JEWELRY CLEANER HANDS DOWN!!! I have a ton of jewelry — a diamond tennis bracelet, 14-karat rings and earrings, precious stones, pearls, and vermeil, too. I cleaned my expensive pieces, and they sparkled like they never have, the pearls’ luster was so vibrant I was in awe. The one piece that sealed the deal is a Sleeping Beauty turquoise and diamond ring I have. The diamonds are okay quality, but after cleaning it, it shimmers and twinkles like it never has. Cleans vermeil beautifully, too!” —tammy

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

14.

A drain millipede so you don’t have to call the plumber for the third time this year.


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Promising review: “I tried every drain cleaner known to mankind in an attempt to clear my bathtub’s drain and nothing worked. Seriously, NOTHING worked. After reading the reviews on this, I figured what the heck, let’s give it a try. I wore elbow length rubber gloves and a medical face mask; I was ready for battle (I highly recommend you do this as well because the splash back is REAL and it smells of demon butt). After shoving it down the drain just once, the most god-awful–looking sea monster of a stinky hair clump came out. I did it about a dozen more times until no more hair monsters came up. I turned on the faucet and that sound of water finally draining through the pipes was like angels singing the Hallelujah choir. That pipe is CLEAR! I can finally take showers again without feeling like I’m standing in a goopy stank pond!” —Kayla Cooper

Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

15.

A cable box to tame those unruly cords and cables under your desk.


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Promising review: “Does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Keeps the power strip and all the connected power cables out of sight, neat and organized. The only challenge I had was the need to unplug everything to put the power strip inside the box and then re-route the power cables into the box. Once done though, I no longer found myself stepping on or kicking the power cords on the floor. This keeps them nice and neat and out of the way.” —Mitchell Bell

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

16.

A bottle of Barkeeper’s Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.


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One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keeper’s Friend soft cleanser.

Promising review: “Bar Keeper’s Friend should really be called ‘Homeowner’s Magician’! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I’m extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes… and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of.” —Kat Ferrari

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

17.

A pack of thin velvet hangers that’ll save you so much closet space. Plus, they’re grippy so slippery tops won’t fall off.


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Promising review: “The difference in my closet because of the hangers alone is striking. I can finally shift clothes to the side to actually see what I have. While some may think that saving their money and dealing with a tight closet is worth it, I am completely sold on making the change. So happy I pulled the trigger. I’ve purchased 100 more just now so that I can do the same for my boyfriend’s closet.” —ChristineSD

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $15 (available in three colors).

18.

A tire spray so people will think you got new wheels (but in fact, you just cleaned them for the first time in…a while).


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This spray comes with an applicator.

Promising review: “I have only had to use the spray twice in a month and a half and the only reason for the second use was I put my car through an automatic car wash. If it wasn’t for that I would still be on one use. My friend thought I never drive my car because the tires look brand new every time I see him. I also use it on the plastic parts on the outside of my car and it’s just as amazing. Definitely buying again when I run out.” —A. Glaza

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

19.

A wood polish and conditioner made of beeswax and orange oil to completely transform your old cabinets and tables. Water marks, begone!


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Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

20.

A spray gel for melting away rust stains right before your eyes. Watching it work its magic is almost as satisfying as the final result.


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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 buildup. 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 $4.24.

21.

A handheld milk frother that probably attended barista school because it’ll help you whip up a cappuccino that looks and tastes incredibly ~profesh~.


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Because it’s small and battery-powered, you can use it for traveling or camping as well. It comes with a stainless steel stand so you don’t have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

Promising review: “This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!” —Wells Family

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

22.

A set of clear plastic bins so you can finally organize your bathroom drawers and find the lipstick you want in the morning without digging for half an hour.


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Promising review: “Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I’ve got Chapstick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they’re not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching.” —Sparkyj

Get a six-piece from Amazon for $14.99.

23.

Ice molds to make perfectly round spheres for your glass of whiskey. Not only will they look satisfying, but they’ll also melt slower than regular ice cubes.


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Promising review: “I bought these molds to make ice spheres to add to whiskey drinks and other concoctions served in an old fashioned glass, and they have been outstanding. They are durable, easy to clean, and they produce a sphere that is the perfect size for a standard old fashioned glass.

Because they take longer to melt, the ice spheres don’t water my drinks down as much, which I appreciate both for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. I have always hated watery soda, so I rarely put ice in it before I got these sphere molds, but now I can enjoy ice cold soda without it getting weak. If I am drinking an old fashioned, these spheres add just the right amount of water as they melt, mellowing the drink out without making it too bland.

Also, and this is important, my friends think they are cool. I don’t know what it is about a large ball of ice, but people get oddly excited when you make them a drink with one. Some of the simple things in life are the most satisfying, and this is a simple thing that people get pumped about, which amuses me.” —John H.

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

24.

All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for dissolving decade-old coffee stains in your (supposedly) stainless steel thermos. The best part? No scrubbing required!


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These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

25.

Pimple patches that’ll work overnight to extract the gunk out of your zits while you sleep. They’re truly a dream come true.


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Unlike other pimple stickers, these are actually made with tea tree and calendula oil to soothe the skin and prevent picking.

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn

Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

26.

A cleaning kit so you can clean the dirt off your favorite shoes and squeeze a few more years of use out of them.


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This kit comes with a bottle of shoe cleaning solution and a scrubbing brush.

Promising review: “I have had my Nike Roshes for about a year now, and I don’t go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them, and now I can wear them for even longer.” —Romario

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

27.

A carpet cleaner potent enough to destroy all evidence of a ketchup crime scene. It’ll also work on upholstery like car seat covers.


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Promising review: “It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissel carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets.” —L. Logan

Get it from Amazon for $11.19.


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Promising review: “Almost out after doing it on my entire collection. Worked great on a variety of colors. Sperrys, Clark’s, and other dress shoes were all able to be helped. Would recommend especially if you are afraid of the dyes or larger kits.” —iamjaredm

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

29.

A disposable cleaning wand that even the grossest toilet won’t stand a chance against.


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This kit comes with one cleaning wand, one storage caddy, and six disposable refills (plus three bonus refills).

Promising review: “So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don’t use it, we don’t look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above).” —Whitney

Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

30.

A two-stage knife sharpener so you can restore dull blades to a razor sharp state. And when you’re done, it’ll fit nicely in the drawers.


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Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

Promising review: “Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled ‘Coarse’ about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled ‘Fine’ another 8-10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I’ve been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I’ve saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don’t know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!” —Schelly L. Wagoner

Get it from Amazon for $5.45 (available in three colors).

31.

A scratch remover to buff out surface blemishes on your car and possibly save you a trip to the auto body shop.


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Promising review: “I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn’t take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I’m glad that I didn’t pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!” —Bonnie Walton

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.


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These wipes are non-abrasive so they’re safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

Promising review: “I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it’s like it’s brand new. I’ve told everyone I know to buy these.” —JenM

Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.94.

33.

A concentrated mold and mildew remover that’ll work on grout, showerheads, or even ceilings with little to no effort on your part.


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Promising review: “My husband didn’t think our grout was originally white, but I knew better. I put this on before bed on a section of grout in the shower and woke up to THIS the next morning. Gorgeous and bright white, no scrubbing at all!! Just rinse it off. Absolutely buying another bottle. It wasn’t quite enough for my entire shower, but to be fair, we have a lot of small tiles. I think two bottles will get the whole shower floor.” —thekuan

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

34.

A wine stain remover, because you shouldn’t feel anxious about sipping on some Merlot while cuddling with your fave throw blanket.


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This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without the use of bleach or phosphates. In addition to wine, it also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents. Check out more tried-and-true stain removal hacks.

Promising review: “I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it’s still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it’s become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have.” —Melanie Nolen

Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

35.

A mini bottle of touch-up paint to cover up any chips, stains, or scratches on your walls and furniture.


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Promising review: “Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy ‘hair-dying job at home’ has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you’re unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they’ll send you a color chart for free.

This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn’t want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don’t even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver.” —mrsj

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

36.

An electric fabric shaver for rescuing five-year-old sweaters that still spark joy but are starting to look a little worse for wear.


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This runs on two AA batteries and has three depth settings for different kinds of fabrics.

Promising review: “I had low expectations for this, but it’s AMAZING! I have a couple pairs of Lululemon leggings that had some pretty bad piling. Instead of getting rid of them, I figured it was worth a shot to fix them. This little device is seriously awesome. I am shocked at how well it took off the little fuzzballs that I thought was impossible. They now look in like-new condition. Where has this been all my life?! Get it!” —SRoss

Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in seven colors).

When you realize that boring product is actually awesome:


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