46 Home Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

46 Home Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

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1.

Wood polish and conditioner that’ll revive all sorts of heirloom and sidewalk finds so you can bring your great-grandmother’s rocking chair back to fighting condition for the nursery. You’re going to start scouting out projects to tackle with this potion!


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Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

Promising review: “I’m not able to sand and stain my floors until spring but they are so dry and worn. I bought this hoping to keep them moisturized until we can refinish and I am amazed with this product.” —nicole feather

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

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A humidifier that may seriously help your stuffy nasal passages and dry winter skin woes. Buy one for your bedroom AT LEAST but you’ll thank yourself for buying one for your living area too. Just think of that harsh indoor heat!


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Trust me, running one of these in your bedroom while you sleep will take your skin’s moisture up a notch and may even help you sleep a little more soundly. They help me! This cool mist model has a 1.5-liter tank that can put moisture into the air for up to 16 hours of continuous operation. FYI, this size tank is good coverage for bedrooms, offices, and other medium-sized rooms.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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Smart plugs to pair with Alexa, Google home, and IFTTT so you can finally dip your toe in the home automation pool you’ve been flirting with awhile now. New decade, new you who’s basically turned your home into Smart House, except for the scary dystopian stuff!


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Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT., no hub required. Requires Android 4.4 or above and IOS 8 or above. No matter where you are, turn on/off home electronics. Manage up to 50 electronic appliances with one electronic appliance per smart plug.

Get them from Amazon: four plugs for $29.99 or with an Echo Dot for $64.98


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Hello and welcome to my shower! Yes, this is my bathroom and I’ve been using both of the products for coming up on two years. I love them both SO MUCH that I’ve bought two replacement liners since this inaugural one. Now, I’m not the best at keeping things clean so if you’re one of those people, you can def get more than eight months’ use out of one of these beauts. The hooks are still going strong though, so no need for replacing those. The liner is an excellent storage alternative to a regular old shower caddy. Want more deets? Read my full review for the storage shower curtain liner.

Get them from Amazon: liner for $15 and 12 hooks for $6.21+ (available in several finishes)

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Foaming garbage disposer tablets to bring up all the gunk so you don’t have to. It’s gonna get GROSS but you can get through it to the much cleaner side.


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Freshens and leaves disposer, sink, and kitchen smelling clean. Made with natural ingredients, and safe for drain, disposer, and septic. Use weekly to maintain a smooth running disposer, prevent build-up and odors, and extend the life of the disposer.

Promising review: “It actually worked! So my kitchen started smelling a bit and I figured it was my garbage disposal, so I bought this and it was so easy to use. You just drop a packet inside the disposal, turn on your sink with a little bit of hot water and turn on your disposal, and after a couple of minutes it should be clean. I figured it was my disposal because my kitchen doesn’t have that funky smell anymore.” —Max Power

Get a four-use pack from Amazon for $5.06.

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A water mark removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago that’s been a running “project for next weekend” for the past two years.


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Promising review: “Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth.” —JMac

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

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A slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! Scoot over, forks.


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Promising review: “Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to about using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I’d guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It’s worth every penny.” —Kathleen Cooke

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A couch clip-on table for that side where there’s zero space to squeeze in a side table for your beverages and the remote.


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Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two wood finishes).

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A hanging boot organizer because maybe you spent New Year’s Day re-watching Tidying Up to get you back in the organizing spirit post-holidays. (I did.)


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But Marie wouldn’t make you feel bad about being lazy again. You’ve just gotta maintain!

Promising review: “Sometimes I’d waste time digging for the matching pair I was hoping to wear. I’ve been wanting to buy the Boot Butler, but was hesitant because of the price. After some time and frustration (especially with boot season approaching), I bought the Boot Butler for myself in October, as an early Christmas gift. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! I loved it so much, I bought a second set a couple months later and am now contemplating buying another. I love that my boots aren’t in a pile anymore; that they are easy to find and see, and I don’t have to shuffle huge plastic boot boxes around, (an option I tried before and was not happy with).” —ZAR

Get a set for five pairs from Amazon for $69.99.

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A cool-touch tea kettle you can operate with one hand that’ll help cut down on the precious time between that musical whistle and your cuppa.


Macy’s

I own and ADORE this tea kettle. I basically run off of green tea at home and I put this to good use multiple times a day. Not having to use an oven mitt to pour hot water from it is a *total* game changer. (I’m forever misplacing my oven mitt.)

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $29.99.

12.

A jetted tub cleaner that’ll make you gag with delight once you run it through your system and all the pipe filth emerges like some Ghostbusters sludge. Oh, and it’s septic-safe.


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Promising review: “Ok, so I am somewhat of a clean freak and I run bleach through the jets prob twice a month on top of my daily weekly cleaning. And I was skeptical how this product could get it any cleaner than I thought it was. Well I am here to tell you this pic is after the second cleaning with this cleaner!!!! I am a believer and would highly recommend this product to anyone with jetted tub!!” —Momof2greatboys

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

13.

An infuser pitcher that’s dishwasher-safe and will fit in most fridge doors so you can have cucumber water at the ready.


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Oh, and it’s BPA-free! If you’re trying to cut down on soda or just drink more dang water in 2020, this is an excellent buy.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $28.99.

14.

A scratchy lil’ tool that’ll FINALLY get all the pet hair off your fabric surfaces both inside your house and car. You’ll wonder how you lived without it up until now.


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Promising review: “This this is like magic. Our van was nasty and covered with hair from a German and Australian Shepherd. Looked brand new after. Don’t think about just buy it. It will blow your mind.” —Dan

Get it from Amazon for $9.41.

15.

Fishing rod organizers for your garage door because you can never seem to keep them in one place out of harm. (It sounds like a weird idea, but it totally works!)


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Hardware included for easy, no tool installation on standard garage doors. If the door is a hard insulated or wood door, self tapping screws are not included but can be shipped at no cost. Can also be installed on walls and ceilings. Give the inventor of these racks an award because they are damn clever!

Promising review: “I have to say I’m pissed that I didn’t come up with this idea first. Great product. It is a must-have if you fish and need space in the garage. Easy to install, works like a champ. I showed my neighbors and the reactions are all the same. OMG!!!!!” —David

Get them from Amazon for $35 (available in two sizes).

16.

A scratch-off world map that’ll be a pretty reminder of your past travels and *why* you’re staying inside not spending money — your future travels!


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I have one just like this (gifted from my friend Courtney!) and keep it in a frame without glass so I can easily scratch off each destination I’ve recently visited.

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

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An all-season comforter that’s made of down alternative and is ACTUALLY MACHINE-WASHABLE. Seriously, leave the bedding and home goods that require dry cleaning in 2019. And it’s reversible, so you can get a lil’ versatile with your bedding scheme.


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Promising review: “It’s so fluffy! As soon as I got it I threw it in the dryer with some dryer sheets and when it came out it was fluffier than before. I threw it on my bed and my dog immediately jumped up on it and hasn’t left since. He enjoys it and so do I.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 8 sizes and 10 colors).

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An Instant Pot 7-in-1 multicooker you’ll be so sad you were sleeping on this whole time once you realize that this could be the biggest lazy-enabler in your kitchen since pizza delivery. And that’s a good thing! (Yes, I believe even Martha uses one secretly.)


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It’s used as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out our full review of the Instant Pot and Instant Pot recipes that’ll basically cook themselves. If you’re still feeling meh about it, just

Promising review: “There are so many people who say the can’t cook, but I swear I’m on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don’t love it for meats (which I don’t eat much of anyway), but I think that’s just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can’t believe how many foods can be cooked in here!” —Aundrea

Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes).

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A baby gate to finally keep the dogs out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. Or from stealing cat food. Or from scaring visitors. It’s quite the problem-solver!


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Promising review: “Great product. Not at all difficult to install. Works just like it is described to work. Highly suggest that the little cups that fit on the rubber foot be used. You just screw them into the door frame/wall and put the rubber feet into them. It’s still a pressure foot, but the little cups being screwed into the door frame make it very, very secure and stable. My old Aussie feels a little betrayed, but peace reigns. No more stealing cat food while I’m out and about, dang it.” —Mary Valentine

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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A Roku that works with Alexa so you can catch up on your stories from the couch without lifting a dang finger — JUST as nature intended. Seriously, catch up on season three of Mrs. Maisel already so we can discuss.


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It has the usual suspects of other streaming systems that work with your TV. *Except* you can also plug your headphones into the remote and enjoy your stories without disturbing anyone else in the house. My mom does this all the time with hers while my dad’s snoozing in his chair in the living room without disturbing him. It’s easily her fave part of it! And yep, it’ll work with your Disney+ subscription!

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

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A memory-foam pillow to make your couch or fave chair feel *so* much comfier (yes, it’s possible!) during your next binge-watching session.


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I bought one for each of my parents for Christmas 2018 after reading my coworker’s story about stuff for people who never want to leave the couch. It is squishy but supportive and wide enough to fit across the full width of a recliner chair. Oh and did I mention I used my parents’ pillows a lot while relaxing at their house over the holidays? I had to give them a proper test run bc journalism. Don’t @ me.

Get it from Amazon for $23.87.

22.

An unassuming wall-mounted broom organizer that’ll become your cleaning station with five spots for long-handed tools and six hooks to help corral product bottles.


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Promising review: “Perfect! Exactly what I needed to organize my mop, broom, scoop, etc. Efficient and easy to use. A little hard to get my scoop into it but that’s cause it’s thicker than the rest of items. Love that there are hooks. Spray bottles and cleaning product bottles hang perfectly on there too.” —Kavita Chandanie

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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A really good steam mop — it can help kill up to 99.9% of germs on household surfaces like wood, tile, marble, and linoleum. So that *should* cover a good amount for ya’.


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Has an on-board spot boost brush to remove tough, sticky messes; easy-fill watering tank with measuring cup; high and low steam settings.

Promising review: “I went a month without mopping my kitchen floor, in a house with two kids and two dogs (don’t judge me). I didn’t think this thing would get it all up – it did…..and effortlessly. Then only thing it didn’t get was some of the grout stains, but that’s asking a little much anyway. You can’t beat it for the price.” —Nici

Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (also available in sets with demineralized water and steam mop pads).

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A commercial-grade cleaner for getting at soap scum and grime on notoriously hard-to-clean shower doors. It’s time to stop ignoring those scummy surfaces you encounter on the reg.


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Seriously, why did anyone think shower doors were a good idea?

Promising review: “Amazing product! My kids’ bathroom has a tub with a textured bottom and what seemed to be ground-in heavy soap scum. I tried everything from Tilex to baking soda and vinegar but the stains just wouldn’t budge. Got my shipment of Bucko in, immediately ran upstairs and sprayed the tub down, let it sit for three minutes, grabbed a washcloth, and the stains/soap scum just wiped right off. I couldn’t believe it!!!” —Ray

Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

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A set of reusable coffee pods you can fill with your favorite ground brew and then toss in your K-cup machine like normal. This’ll put a halt to tons of plastic pod waste, both for the environment and your fam’s monthly budget.


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Promising review: “These reusable filter cups work PERFECTLY with our Keurig Elite B-40 model. Usually we use K-cups, but we received a bag of ground coffee as a gift. We attempted to use our old reusable filter cup that we’d had for an old model Keurig, and it just created a mess and left tons of grounds in the cup. Amazon delivered these K&J cups in a day and they solved the problem. The bottom and sides are mesh, which was not true on my old reusable filter cup, and the little lid snaps shut snugly. They come four to a pack, but I don’t see using the others until the one I’m using wears out. Very easy to clean also. So happy to find these!!!” —Jamie von Holstein

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

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A luxe-looking futon no one will realize is a futon, unlike that metal monster you’ve been using as extra seating in the TV room. Blech.


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I can say this because I owned a horrible metal futon for like six years of my life, ok?!

Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $254.99+ (available in several colors and styles, including sleeper couches).

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A v good air mattress so you’ll have something squishy to sleep on (instead of the couch or floor) when your in-laws visit for a week at a time.


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Promising review: “I’ve retired at 65, and am self-moving a long distance. I purchased this product with hope and it has absolutely done the job. I have used it six times so far, for at least a week each time, while packing or unpacking my stuff at each end, etc. and it gives me a comfortable sleep, on my sides or back. I have had two back surgeries and feared a bad reaction but it has actually supported my back better than the 8″ memory foam mattress I had on my main bed. My only recommendation is that you use a mattress pad under the sheet. Otherwise, it will feel a bit chilly or moist against your contact side and, yes, I have the blue flocked side upward. Fast inflation and deflation, easy to carry when rolled back up. I highly recommend this product for temporary bedding.” —Azbard

Get it from Amazon for $94.95+ (available in four sizes).

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An exterior trash can holder in case you’re tired of 1) carting your patio trash back inside or 2) staring at an ugly trash can that does anything but look nice with your patio dining set.


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FYI, this has a latching lid so you won’t have to worry about critters digging into your refuse.

Get it from Amazon for $39.

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A handsome Nic Cage sequin pillow cover because you *know* you’ve wanted it awhile. Just go ahead. Add to cart and then lovingly stroke that beautiful sequined face.


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Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in a variety of designs).

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Or a sequin chair to brighten up a sad lil’ corner you haven’t quite figured out how to transform… ’til now!


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Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $142.51+ (also available in teal/pink).

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A Tasty wall calendar ready to reside on that awkwardly blank wall in your kitchen and remind you of the wonderful dinner possibilities. The recipe is *right there*.


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Get this BuzzFeed Tasty calendar on Amazon for $7.49.

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Bamboo charcoal odor neutralizers you can keep in the mudroom and make a house rule that your kid with the stinkiest feet puts in their shoes as soon as they kick ’em off. It may even make those shoes last longer!


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Get a pair from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in blue).

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A candle that smells like home because even though you were relieved to say bye to your fam after the holidays, you’re already sorta homesick again.


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Each natural soy candle has a burn time of 60–80 hours. But how do they smell? For example, Maryland has the scent of salt water, ginger, bay leaf, and thyme to define the Old Line State.

Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 50 states, also in countries and cities).

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A marble-print desk in a much-easier-to-clean PVC laminated particleboard because maybe it’s time you stop balancing your laptop on your lap on the couch. Just because it’s *called* that doesn’t mean that you have to park it there.


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Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $105 (also available in black marble print).

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A tea bag organizer so you can finally reclaim your cabinet space from the miscellaneous tea boxes you forget you had until you need that ONE spice that also lives in the same cabinet.


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Promising review: “This is the perfect addition to my new kitchen to get my many teas off the counter and out of sight, yet easily accessible. It’s sturdy plastic and fit exactly between the two trims on the inside of my cabinet. The back is flat so I purchased the 3M doubled sided tape and, voila! The description says it holds 90 tea packets but it’s more suitable to 72, 12 in each of the 6 bins. My cabinet doors are ‘self closing’ so there is no worry of the bins not staying in place.” —2Bounders

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

36.

Wool dryer balls you can toss in the dryer instead of chemical-coated dryer sheets that, psssst, leave behind buildup on the inside of your dryer and thus makes it less effective over time.


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If you can’t give up on the scents of dryer sheets, you can treat these with essential oils!

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

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A gel-infused mattress topper that’ll help keep hot sleepers cool as a cucumber without sacrificing the cushy embrace of memory foam.


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Made of a ventilated design infused with gel and comes with a 3-year warranty.

Promising review: “So we’ve now had this for roughly a few months now and it’s the best sleep I’ve gotten in a long time. I’m currently in my ninth month of pregnancy so finding a comfortable sleeping position without a pillow is nearly impossible, but I’m able to sleep a bit better with this on our bed. The only downside is it tears fairly easily, so if you have dogs like us (or even cats) I would be extra careful with having them on the bed due to nails. Highly recommend purchasing!” —Michaela

Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ thicknesses 2- and 3-inch, and seven sizes).

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A professionally framed gallery wall because your attempts to put up your wedding photography haven’t quite panned out and you just celebrated your fifth anniversary.


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I’ve used a Framebridge gallery wall before and they turn out beautifully! You can upload digital pics to their site and choose your format and frames. Then your gallery wall arrives with framed photographs (complete with mats), a paper guide you can hang on your wall with spots for each frame and the hardware, and responding hardware. It’s more of less fool-proof — as long as you know how to use a hammer!

Get this gallery wall from Framebridge for $549 (available in three frame styles). And check out more gallery wall options.

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Fridge bin liners that’ll absorb extra moisture in an effort to keep your produce fresher for longer. PLUS, they’ll catch the brunt of messy spills and will be so much easier to clean than taking a drawer out of the fridge and awkwardly scrubbing it down in your sink. I’ve done that before and it’s not great!


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Get a three-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

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A foot massager you’ll start using on the reg while you park on the couch and catch up on your stories after a long hard day sending tons of emails.


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This uses infrared heat and six rotating massage heads for delivering some serious relaxation.

Promising review: “Don’t wait to get this like I did. It’s fairly priced and great to have. I’m a nurse so I work 12-hour shifts plus an hour and a half commute each way on the train. I get back pain. I use this when I get home or randomly while watching TV. It gives you that perfect little massage you need. It gives off heat too. I love it and highly recommend it.” —tracy

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (also available in big vibration). Also check out a manual rolling massager.

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Some really good bath towels because it’s way more affordable to invest in these and feel like you’re getting the spa treatment than actually paying to go to a spa.


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These bath towels earned the mid-price pick for the best bath towels on BuzzFeed Reviews. BUT LET ME TELL YOU, I’ve been using Snowe bath towels (that tbh are more like bath sheets) for longer than I’ve been working at BuzzFeed (or BF Reviews has existed) and I am a diehard fan. They’re super soft and light, but also somehow extremely absorbent. And they only grow softer the more you wash them!

Get them from Snowe for $22 each (available in five colors).

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A floor lamp to help you light up your preferred reading corner. Tiny lights you can clamp onto your book help, but this’ll be drastically better!


Poly & Bark

I own a (now-sold-out) similar floor lamp from this site and I honestly thought my bedroom was well-lit. Welp, I was WRONG. Also, I’m totally speaking to myself about lighting up your preferred reading spot.

Get it from Poly & Bark for $79.

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A phone soap sanitizer (and charger!) to park on your beside table so when you dock your fave gadget for the night it can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day too.


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Also, phones get so dirty! But I’m going to pretend like I didn’t say that bc I don’t wanna gross myself out all over again thinking about it. This gadget was seen on Shark Tank (in case it looks familiar) and uses UV light to kill 99.99% of bacteria on your phone in just 10 minutes!!! AND it’ll clean whatever fits inside, like reading glasses!

Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in four colors).

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An air fryer because you can no longer actively avoid the recipes on Pinterest and would love a reason to feel, like, 2% better about eating a batch of onion rings for dinner. Again.


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This can help you satisfy your fried food cravings at home, except by using air circulation and a TINY amount of oil!

Promising review: “So far I love it and more importantly my husband does. At first he laughed at yet another kitchen appliance. But now he’s using it daily and ready to retire his deep fryer. This is so much cleaner, healthier, and faster. I told him I need to purchase another one for his and her air fryers. 😊” —Alliecatkatie

Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

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A Dyson stick vacuum that’ll be so effective you may even *want* to clean. No guarantees here, but I have a feeling.


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One of my coworkers owns this in lieu of a storage space–hogging upright vacuum and touts its crevice tool for sucking hairs out of upholstery. Also, it works on both her hardwood floors and a shaggy rug! So really, it’s a multitasking investment worth your coin. Check out our review of the Dyson V7 motorhead cordless stick vacuum.

Get it from Amazon for $245.89.

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And a bidet attachment for your toilet because you could cut down on your toilet paper usage AND — not to be gross — but your butt does a lot for you. This is an easy way to treat it!


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We tested the best toilet paper for BuzzFeed Reviews but instead of having you spend oodles of money on paper you use to clean yourself and then toss, we suggested this bidet as the $$$ price point pick.

Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in two colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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