40 Things To Help You Feel Like Less Of A Trash Human In 2020

40 Things To Help You Feel Like Less Of A Trash Human In 2020

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A 15-pack of meal prep containers to start your new decade off with some better habits if you’re trying to stop ordering in multiple times a week.


These are microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe!

Promising review: “These containers have been a life saver for me. I recently am doing the keto diet and prep is a huge part of success, not only for me but my husband as well for packed lunches for work. The size is perfect to fit in lunch boxes and store in the ice box. Isn’t too tall, making wasted space. I cook and freeze as well and they hold up great. All around this was a great buy! Storage containers are expensive with most not holding up in the microwave very long and leaving stains; not the case with these at all.” —Paula

Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $18.56 (available in three bulk sizes).


A copy of BuzzFeed’s Tasty Everyday, a cookbook that’ll inspire you during those meal prep Sundays ahead of your busy work week.


Promising review: “Are you tired of eating take-out but don’t have a lot of time to cook….or are you BORED of your repertoire and want something new? This book is brilliant in that it has a lot of trendy recipes people like to eat out or take out (like avocado toast) and has easy recipes to cook at home. Except for the shopping you have to do, it’s rather like the recipes for those meal kits. Or a usual thing like lasagne but made with frozen ravioli. The book has instructions for using your instant pot and slow cooker, very useful indeed.” —Johanna

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


A bottle of Glossier’s Milky Jelly cleanser because it’ll glide onto your skin like silk as it dissolves into your pores, cleansing them of any dirt that built up throughout the day. A simple skincare routine you can depend on really makes a huge difference day to day.


Promising review: “This cleanser feels amazing on the skin. When use it at night and it feels amazing and feels like the dirt is just melting away, and in the morning. it’s so rejuvenating. Favorite part of my routine!”—Customer

Check out this post on 9 Glossier Products We Really Love! (#2 should look familiar!)

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in full size and mini).


A purse organizer so when you’re going about your *busy life* you can easily (and quickly!) find your phone, wallet, keys, etc.


Let me get into just how many pockets this thing has. There are 13 pockets total, three exterior pockets, ten interior. There is a singly detachable pocket in the middle so you can use it as a separate wallet if needed. And finally there is a long felt key chain attached that’ll help you find your keys right way, each time.

Promising review: “This thing is great! I have a large bag I use as a carry-on when I fly by plane. Unfortunately it has very few pockets and is just like a bottomless pit. This fit in perfectly. I was able to organize all my items quite well. They were easy to retrieve in flight and in the airport. I didn’t use the zipper compartment at all, but did put that piece in to use it as a divider. It is well-made and sturdy. Be sure to measure your inner bag space first!” —Susan

Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in 13 colors and six sizes).


A non-slip fridge liner so your can give yourself an added layer of protection against messy food. Because being older and going into a new decade means cleaning up after yourself.


Simply remove and clean in the sink! IDC what people say, I will and I ~have~ cried over spilt milk. You can cut to fit any sizes and shapes you need!

Promising review: “I bought this liner to line my refrigerator shelves. I like how this roll is big enough to line my whole refrigerator. I needed to get a sharper scissor to cut this liner cleanly. It makes it easier to clean the refrigerator and I can just remove it to wash it.” —Peter

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.89.


An eight-pack of Skyn Iceland’s firming eye gels to de-puff your under eyes like nothing else can. These gels are so refreshing as they firm and tone (especially if you store them in the fridge). You’ll be reaching for a pair of these after a late night.

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Worth every penny, especially if you put them in the fridge for extra cooling! Read my full review here for more on this and other Skyn Iceland products!

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $32.


A 10-piece ceramic cooking set so you can finally stop cooking pasta in that pot you think was actually your roommate’s from back in college.


Includes a 9.5″ frying pan, saucepan with lid, 11″ grilling pan, 3 Qt. saucepan with lid, 4 Qt. jumbo cooker with lid and helper handle, 6 Qt. Dutch oven with lid and a recipe booklet to help you actually make use of all these cool new pans!

Promising review: “These pots are amazing. I was going to spend $500-$800 on a name brand set, and decided to try these out first. So glad I did! They were so great!” —Customer

Get this set from BuzzFeed’s Goodful collection, exclusively at Macy’s for $104.99 (originally $214.99)


A FlexiSnake drain cleaner that’ll remove nasty clogged hair quickly and painlessly — no more harsh chemicals down the drain or waiting impatiently for that sink puddle to disappear.

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It has *4000* hooks and loops and can extend 18 inches. Plus, there’s no need to disassemble the stopper, because this is skinny enough to fit in any drain. Check out our full closer look!

Promising review: “The plunger would solve the problem for one or two days max, then it would be back to standing water. Nothing was fixing our bathroom drain issues in the sink AND the tub. The tub was getting so bad that it was dangerous to stand in the shower, because the gross scum buildup made the tub so slippery. Then I ordered this. I was convinced we were going to have to hire a plumber to rip out the whole bathroom to find the problem. We dealt with these horrible drain issues for months. I could not believe — it didn’t get stuck and all the disgusting gross crap that came out of the sink drain!” —expatinaasia

Get it from Amazon for $4.86.


A weekly pill organizer so you can be a responsible adult and take your medicine and vitamins daily and when you’re supposed to! Might be hard to swallow, but this is super important.


Promising review: “I have had this for a few months now. I don’t think I’ve missed any medicine since I started using it. I am on ten different meds which I take several times a day. This is perfect. I love that I can put the day in my purse or pocket and I am set for the day.” —Karen R. Starken

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in a pack of two).


A water bottle that’ll track the amount you drink in a day with colorful movable rings so you’ll be ready to meet those 2020 water-related resolutions.

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Promising review: “Best $11 I’ve ever spent. I used to hate drinking water throughout the day and could never remember to do it, but this bottle turns water intake into a game. I have increased my daily water intake by over 5x without even thinking about it, and I feel so much happier and healthier. Don’t even think twice about this purchase. It is SO worth it!!” —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.


A set of four packing cubes for any last-minute trips you might have next year. With these, you can fit everything you’ll need so you don’t feel panicked and unorganized.


I recently bought these for myself and I cannot stress enough how much SPACE I SAVED by using them. I was able to pack, I kid you not, DOUBLE the amount of clothing for my trip. Should I have? Probably not. Did I take full advantage of it? Yes, I did. I truly feel like I won against life on this one!

Promising review: “I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can’t believe I’ve been packing without them my whole life. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes!” —Tiffany

Get the set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors).


A bottle of wood polish to turn your run-down furniture and floors into stunning pieces you’ll want to show off to everyone. Adulthood!

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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 is 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 (available in three sizes).


A shirt folding board so you actually fold your laundry when it comes out of the dryer instead of clumping it all in a “clean pile” and procrastinating until the next laundry day.


Promising review: “My husband can not stop folding t-shirts! He looks forward to doing laundry now. It’s a great product and so easy to store and use!” —Krista

Not relatable to me at all…👀

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in seven colors).


A bag of Bottle Bright tablets that’ll clean your bottles, plastic containers, mugs, and everything else, with no scrubbing required. We love an all-natural, no-hassle way to clean!


Promising review:I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. 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 pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

Check out our closer look of these Bottle Bright tablets!


A visually stunning hanger stacker so you can spend an entire Sunday spring cleaning your closet for five hours, and end up with long-term organizational solutions. Only grown-ups brag about this kind of stuff.


Promising review: “The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!”—Kara

Get it from Amazon for $18.30.


A stainless steel tongue scraper to help rid your mouth of the odor that sticks to your tongue after a delicious meal or three. Thank goodness you have this, otherwise the date you have later might, well, stink!


Promising review: “Oh my god I need everyone to know this tongue scraper is LIFE CHANGING! The past few months I’ve noticed a weird white/grayish look to my tongue and have had bad breath which I’ve tried everything to control. I saw this on BuzzFeed and figured, why not give it a try. Literally the first time I used it, I could see such a major difference. Not to be too gross but like holy hell I could visibly witness all the gunk being removed from my tongue. I couldn’t look away. The next morning I could tell that it worked. I had ZERO bad breath and my mouth wasn’t so dry. This product truly is life changing. And so easy to use. You just hold the cleaner with either one hand or both and just gently scrape your tongue. It’s painless and super user friendly. 10/10 recommend.” —Katelyn Foehner

Get it from Amazon for $6.69.


A pack of makeup-remover cloths to gently and effectively remove all the makeup that’s been soaking into your pores throughout the day. This will help minimize breakouts and also make you feel generally cleaner before bed each night. Try not to sleep in your makeup like you did all of 2019!


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 about 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.” —Rachaelm

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in a pack of five).


A bottle of Ecotools makeup brush shampoo that’ll clean your favorite tools so well they look how they did when you *first* brought them home. Clean makeup brushes = fewer breakouts, people!


Promising review: “This stuff really works, it suds up a bit and got my white brushes clean. I didn’t have to use much product, just a small drop per brush. For the stubborn ones, I washed them twice. I used hot and warm water to clean them and used my DIY brush cleanser palette (just a bunch of squiggles and dots with hot glue on an old plastic lid). Works great!”—maihiro

Get it from Amazon for $4.79 (available in cleansing cloths).


A bottle of earwax removal drops that’ll do all the hard work for you. Gone are the days of using five cotton swabs just to get nothing out, even though you know there’s still wax in there! Now you can hear when your mom says, “You’re a whole new person this year!”

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Promising review: “I’ve been having ear hearing, clogged issues for a month. My ear would not drain properly and it was frustrating me very much. I bought this product and used it twice and I could hear again. This is by far the best ear cleaning product ever! Highly recommended!” —AmazonCustomer

Get it from Amazon for $5.60.


Promising review: “This actually works! It is surprisingly quick and easy to use. I feel like it’s going to last for a long time. Attached are some before and after pictures. Although you can use a microfiber cloth that folds up into the size of a penny, this you can also fit right into your pocket and after a few rolls, the job’s done!” —C. L. Clancy

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 available in two sizes).


A flexible cable protector so you can prevent your charging cord from fraying after, like, two weeks. We all wish we bought this like three chargers ago, but now’s your chance.


Promising review: “I am always breaking my cables so I got these little protectors for all my wires, what a great bang for the buck. There are plenty in a package, it was enough for all my cables and I had some left over for the future.”—Erica

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $5.59.


A pack of 36 hydrocolloid acne absorbing patches to put on any unwanted pimples (are any pimples wanted?) overnight and — WOW — say goodbye to pus, oil, and inflammation in the morning.


Promising review: “I’m a 47-year-old woman who has adult cystic acne for 12 years. Four months ago I got the worst cystic zit of my life. It kept closing up and then refilling. I was so depressed and researched these dots online. I paid for next day shipping and was amazed how great they work! They were able to drain the zit and keep it draining so it couldn’t close and refill and get big and angry. They dots filled up so much I ran out and when I went to reorder they were back ordered so I had to order another brand. The other brand was a couple of dollars cheaper but they did not work as well. Get these! Seriously they really were a GODsend!” —auntylizzy

Get a pack from Amazon for $12.50 (available in four sizes).


A personal password book because, like me, you keep adding a number to the end of your passwords and you’ve lost count and also lost sleep. Just keep your passwords all in one place so when you do forget, you’ll be glad it’s just a page away in your drawer.


Promising review: “When we have so many internet addresses and passwords to remember, it gets really hard — especially when you get older and have trouble remembering what silly password you gave something. And, we are supposed to change or update passwords from time to time, so this is a great tool to help us do that. It certainly makes more sense than scribbling on a random piece of paper on your desk and then misplacing it. The trick, however, is to not misplace the book! I HIGHLY recommend this!!” —Carole P

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.


A cap cage so when you finally wash your dirty hats they’ll keep their shape. 2020 is gonna be filled with next-level problem solving.


Promising review: “Works like a charm! It’s given new life to my favorite baseball caps, some of which, I’m sad to report, have suffered tragically in washing machine incidences. Never would I have considered the dishwasher, but Ballcap Buddy said yes, so I tried it, and not only did my caps get clean, but they retained their shape. It’s a perfect way to wash a baseball cap. Different styles, different colors and materials…all came out the same: Looking good.” —Mcharmony

Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in a pack of two).


A pack of divider sticky notes to help you organized your thoughts and keep you on track. Divide and conquer those final exams!


Promising review: “These sticky notes are excellent. They come in a booklet, with a clear cover over and a card-like paper with a blue mandala pattern at the back, which is really neat and beautiful. The colors are quite neon and bright and look exactly as the picture shows. The tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle, and are 2.4 cm or about 0.8 inches in length. The paper note itself is 14.8 cm or 5.8 inches in length. They came in neatly and safely packaged, with no dirt or paper creasing in sight.” —Malik

Get a single pack from Amazon for $5.69 (available in packs of 1–12).


An over-the-drain hair stopper, because 2020 is the decade of not having to un-clog your drains.

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Promising review: “I’ve been very impressed! It’s tall enough to fit easily over my pop-up drain and (even without suction cups) the weighted top keeps it in place. I have medium-length hair and seem to shed almost as much as my cat, but the drain protector catches it all and is easily removed and tossed away. Best of all, the silicone doesn’t hold onto mildew or mold. I have been able to spray and wipe away any grime with very little effort. It looks like this drain protector will last a very long time. This has been a very worthy purchase!”—Suneimi

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


An organizer for your desk so you can keep books and trinkets at your desk in a clean and personable way.


Promising review: “I’m very happy with this purchase. It looks very ‘finished’ and good quality. It took me 20 minutes to assemble it, and the directions were very easy to follow.” —Danielle

I have this on my desk at work! It keeps everything so clean and I get to keep all my favorite books right where I can see them. It only took 15 minutes to put together and all the pieces you need are included. So easy! Seriously one of my favorite purchases on Amazon.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).


A fabric defuzzer to make all of your fuzzy sweaters, throw pillows, and worn down furniture look like they just came from the store.


Promising review: “Hi I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything de-pilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me.” —Sydney

Get it from Amazon for $12.99. (available in five colors).

Check out more about this awesome product in the BuzzFeed post, This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life.


A mini fabric steamer, because such a small detail can make a WORLD of difference when it comes to how professional and put-together you look.


Promising review: “I purchased this so that I could avoid ironing as much as possible. It does get rid of the wrinkles rather well. I don’t go to work looks like a garbage person.” —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s review of this steamer to find out more.


A wine vacuum stopper for those nights you think about finishing the whole bottle of wine before bed but decide not to. Yay, more wine for later!


Promising review: “Plenty of people think, ‘why would I ever open a bottle of wine and not finish it?’ You’re probably correct (and we would probably be good friends). But this can do so much more. If your friends come over and pop some prosecco, the Vacu Vin can keep that thing bubbly until the end of the night. It also works with hard alcohols should you lose the cap (in drunken confusion). I highly recommend having one of these on hand. Even for that rare occasion that your friends accidentally open two bottles of wine at once!” —Thad Phallinger

Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (available in eight varieties).

Read more about why people are obsessed with this wine stopper in the BuzzFeed post: If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper.


A drawer organizer so you can actually find your fave pair of socks and get out the door ON TIME for once!


Promising review: “No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear, they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer. These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in place, and you won’t forget about those items you own that end up buried at the back.” —M. Hanson

Get it from Amazon for $13.87 (available in two colors).


A pack of BootRescue cleaning wipes because your favorite pair of leather or suede shoes need some attention after they got stained from the salted snow.


Promising review: “Worked perfectly on black suede booties. Splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. Couldn’t find anything that removed the stain. Tried these wipes as a last ditch effort. I can’t believe it, they look brand new!! Stains came right out with very little effort.” —AAD

Get it from Amazon for $8.27 (available in a resealable pack).


A bottle of Mavala Stop bitter-tasting nail varnish to help curb your nail-biting habit with a coat of something nasty. This will literally leave a bad taste in your mouth.


Promising review: “I have been a nail biter for at least 15 years and have tried yet again to break the habit. This polish tastes horrible and definitely stops me from biting. When you use it I would suggest keeping a drink near by for the first couple times you try to bite your nails. Also be careful when eating finger foods because you can accidentally get a little taste. I would buy again, and recommend to anyone trying to stop biting their nails or for thumb suckers. The polish is a clear coat but does give your nails a shine.” —Megan Range

Get it from Amazon $12.95.

Find out more about this product in This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails.


A copy of BuzzFeed’s The Goodful Cookbook: Simple and Balanced Recipes to Live Well, a book that’ll bring so much joy and yummy food to your belly in 2020.


Promising review: “The Goodful Cookbook is packed full of amazing and delicious recipes that fit all sorts of ways of eating – meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, dairy free, gluten free, etc. It literally is for everyone, so I love that I can pick recipes from it to make for all of my family and friends. The book itself is beautiful too. Everything from the photos to the design are so well done. The shopping lists at the end are also so helpful. Thanks, Goodful!”—Alana

Get it from Amazon for $19.32.


A wine stain remover that’ll magically erase all kinds of spills us trash-humans get on us (like coffee, blood, ink, and marinara sauce).


Promising review: “Lo and behold! I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no.” —Sharon Hamilton

Get a bottle on Amazon for $6.67 (available in a variety of pack sizes).


A pack of charcoal oil absorbing tissues to confront your oily T-zone in the fastest manner possible. They’re super absorbent and will be your go-to for years to come.

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Promising review: “From greasy to matte in seconds! I love how well these work and how big the sheets are. They absorb the access oil on my skin without removing my makeup. Glad I bought these, you will be too.”—Jessica Ellis

Get it from Amazon for $6.95 .

Check out this BuzzFeeder’s closer look at these oil absorbing tissues!


Some silicone stretch lid covers, because you finally made food at home instead of ordering out and now you have to store your food properly so it doesn’t go to waste. Speaking of waste, these will help rid your life of one-use plastics!


Promising review: “This is truly an amazing replacement for plastic wrap or other covers that are not eco-friendly! And it saves you money in the long run! You can throw them in the fridge/freezer/microwave because they are made out of the most kitchen/earth friendly material…silicone! Plus, they’re easy to clean, easy to use, and durable as hell!” —Tammy Cardona-Zambeis

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99 (available in multi-size ( 3″-10″) and small).


A 100% natural soy wax candle meant for anyone with a pet in their home so they can eradicate those funky smells that come along with those adorable faces.


Promising review: “Best candle on the market! If you have pets or not, this candle lasts such a long time and the scents are not sweet and overpowering. If your trying mask an odor or just want a beautiful smelling home. This candle is what you want. I use nothing else. I LOVE THEM!”—P. Jarrett

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 25 scents).

Find out more about this product in this Pet House candle review.


A straight-up miraculous foot peel to heel your cracked feet and help you shed dead skin that’s been grossing you out for months.


Promising review: “I can’t believe I’m posting a picture of my foot to Amazon, but there’s a first time for everything I guess. Being a New Yorker, I’m used to walking A LOT, and as a result, my feet were dry, calloused, and just plain disgusting. I wouldn’t even touch my feet and was embarrassed to wear sandals. I didn’t want to pay for a pedicure, so I tried this, and I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t believe all the skin that peeled off my feet. I felt like a shedding snake. As crazy as it sounds, my new beautiful feet have given me a boost of self-confidence. I can’t wait to wear sandals again .”—AmazonCustomer

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.


A pet hair remover roller, because your living room feels no longer livable every time you try and snuggle up on the couch and start having a sneezing fit!


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 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.

Us bettering ourselves in 2020:

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

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