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Just 40 Incredibly Useful Products To Have Around The House (If You Don’t Already)

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Just 40 Incredibly Useful Products To Have Around The House (If You Don’t Already)

After you see this clip-on strainer, wick trimmer, and Keurig cleaner, you won’t want to live without ’em.

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1. A pack of dishwasher-cleaning tablets because, yes, your dishwasher does need to be cleaned occasionally despite the fact that its literal job is to wash the things you put inside it.

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These tablets are designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove odor-causing residue that accumulates inside your dishwasher over time, as well as remove lime and mineral build-up. Using Affresh tablets once a month can prolong the life of your dishwasher and make it more effective at doing its job: cleaning your dishes.

Promising review: “Worked very well! We’ve lived in our home a while, and small remedies haven’t done much to help clean the dishwasher. I finally decided to give a cleaner a try, and this one worked exceptionally well. I definitely will be getting more when I run out to help maintain a cleaner dishwasher!” —chocobeanie

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

2. And! Bottle Bright cleaning tablets that make cleaning your water bottles and tumblers less of a headache. If you’re the person who just “rinses out” their reusable water bottle once a month with, well, more water, your bottle is likely filled with unwanted bacteria and grime.

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These tablets are biodegradable, chlorine-free, and environmentally safe.

Promising review: “At work we have stainless-steel coffee pots with a plastic top that no one cleans and they are often left on for hours at a time. The bottoms got very gross and someone tried to clean them with hot water and soap, but not much happened. I bought these, added hot water and two tablets (since they are bigger than a water bottle) and let the pots sit over night. So much came off with no scrubbing! I then soaked again for about another hour with two more and almost all of the grime was gone. I did scrub just a tiny bit to get all the stains out with a brush I had and you can see the difference between the before and after! They are almost like new! I did this on two pots and we were all amazed by the results. Ordering more so that we can clean regularly since it’s so easy!” —Heather

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

3. A bug bite suction tool to extract all the nasty saliva, venom and irritants from your skin that are causing you to react to the bug bite in the first place.

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This compact, easy-to-carry tool works on all kinds of pesky bites: mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies and more.

Promising review: “Them darn skeeters love me. Although this gadget doesn’t deter me from being bitten, I can now at least have some relief by suctioning out their nastiness. The itchiness was gone instantly and the swelling went down. I even scratched the area I was bit and there was no itchy sensation. I used the small end since it was just a mosquito bite and it worked really well. I only bought one to test and now I will get a few more to have around.” —RockMyZendotcom

Get one from Amazon for $9.95

4. PUR Home laundry detergent made from natural, biodegradable ingredients that lifts stains and dissolves dirt, all while being safe for you and our planet. You can even throw the outer shell of the packaging into your compost bin or recycle it along with your cardboard.

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PUR Home is a black-owned business created by Angela Richardson. PUR Home is a product line made up of natural, nontoxic, eco-friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners.

Promising review: “We’ve been easing our way out of non-natural products in the house and my fiance was very weary of using natural laundry soap. Now he’s always asking when is the next sale so we can make sure we always have extra on deck. I love the smell and how our clothes no longer have that random chemical-y smell.” —Breezy

Get a 50-oz. container from PurHome for $16.95 (available in six scents).

5. Easy Off Professional Oven Cleaner to remove all the burnt-on food and grease that’s currently coating the inside of your oven. Its fume-free formula makes it great for daily use (or yearly use, depending on who you are — no judgment).

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Promising review: “I’m a little embarrassed to write this review; it’s been ~6 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 pictures speak for themselves.” —William Fredericks

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

6. A pack of Avarelle Acne Cover Patches that’ll zap away zits overnight and help prevent picking, which can lead to scars or even more acne.

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Promising review: “WOW I am shocked. I’ve been traveling a lot and have been having more hormonal breakouts. I get painful red pimples. I’ve used this on a stubborn side mouth/chin pimples And the redness and pain has gone down significantly! With only a couple uses. I am blown away. This product is amazing. Would recommend. Even to try, with this price and what I have seen it is worth it!!” —Mimixoxolove

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

7. Glisten Disposer Cleaner to scrub away tough grunge and odor causing build-up from sidewalls, blades and under the splashguard with its oh-so-satisfying foaming formula.

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Promising review: “It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don’t really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package. I have used it with single, large-size sinks and with double sinks – only difference is that the double sink will have blue cleaning foam rise up the drain, which you rinse away when the disposal sounds clear again. I have tried the foaming cleaner in a can, but unfortunately it stopped coming out of the can about 10% of the way through. Went back to this tried and true.” —KS

Get it from Amazon for $6.82+.

8. A pack of Keurig-cleaning cups because, despite all the deliciousness that comes out of that magical machine, there’s likely a whole lot of grime and gunk hiding on the inside that has no place in your morning coffee.

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Promising review: “Wow, this really cleaned the Keurig. I was grossed out by all the gunk that came out during the first use. After I removed the cleaning K-cup for the second rinse, the water was much cleaner. I cleaned it 3X times until water ran clear, which is not needed but I wanted to ensure there was no residue left. Happy Keurig Drinking!” —Saywhat4you

Get a 6-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

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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. My face is glowing and incredibly soft now. Highly recommend.” —Jane

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

10. A foot file and callus remover that’ll make your feet shinier and smoother than ever. Plus, watching all that dead skin fall off is a satisfying, cathartic activity when there isn’t much else to do.

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Promising review: “To say the least, I was pretty apprehensive about using what is advertised as a ‘Colossal Foot Rasp.’ Pretty terrifying labeling if you ask me. But HOLY CRAP this thing works. I had to do a before and after shot. It looks photoshopped but it absolutely is not!” —Derrick

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

11. A bottle of anti-fog spray to keep your glasses, ski masks, or goggles clear and clean in all kind of conditions.

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Reviewers note that this spray is not as effective when applied to prescription glasses with anti-reflective coating. If you have glasses with an anti-reflective coating, check out this spray from Optix 55.

Promising review: “At the beginning of this pandemic I decided to get this wonderful product! We are a clinic that continually is dealing with treating covid patients and swabbing them out in their cars. Our doctor and I were both so impressed with this product immediately. I referred several other health care coworkers to also buy this product to eliminate fog from our glasses and goggles. They too were impressed by the prompt arrival of this item but what a dream it was to use. The glasses remain crystal clear, with no retouch during the day and no sensitivity to the product.” —Ms. Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

12. A roll of reusable bamboo towels that are more durable and absorbent than the regular kind. They’ll also help you save money — and are better for our planet!

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Each roll includes 20 reusable sheets that can simply be washed once soiled and last for approximately six months.

Promising review: “I use a shameful amount of paper towels and these make feel so much less wasteful! I have a tiny little bin on my kitchen counter that I put the used ones in and then transfer to the laundry bin when full. I put them in the dryer even though it says not to, they are fine. They turn to more of a felt like texture after being washed and dried but still work great. Also I store the loose clean ones in an empty Kleenex box (long rectangular kind) by folding them the same way tissues are in a box. This is a nice way to dispense them once off the roll.” —CH

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

13. A stainless-steel wine stopper so you can keep your half-finished bottle tasting fresh and delicious for up to 10 days after you pop the cork.

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Promising review: “This product was just what I was looking for! I love my wine and needed to find a wine stopper that keeps my wine tasting just as good as the day I opened the bottle and this one does just that. This stainless-steel wine stopper is made of high quality materials and easy to use. It came with good packaging and super quick. I would recommend this product!” —Gnoecker

Get one from Amazon for $7.98.

14. Or a bottle of red wine stain remover if you tend to spill more than you sip. So please, stop panicking — this spray *actually works* and will prevent you from having to pay thousands of dollars to replace your carpet. Everybody makes mistakes!

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Promising review: “I spilled red wine on my new white shirt and after feeling sad and mopey, I decided to try this! It worked like a charm, the stain came out and it was a good price. Instead of trying to get your shirt dry cleaned try this first because it will save you time and money!” —Cora S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.23

15. A TubShroom drain protector and hair catcher because liquid drain cleaners and drain snakes are a hassle to use. In short, this little gadget ensures you can take as long a shower you want without having to end it short because the water is about to spill over.

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You can also get a SinkShroom for your kitchen and bathroom sinks!

Promising review: “I have saved SOOOOOO much money on drain cleaner because of this. My husband has THICK curly hair and other hair trappers were failing to catch half of it. So I was spending $10-20 a month on drain cleaner. Now, we’re keeping the drain clear of hair.” —Cecillia J

Get one from Amazon for $12.99.

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Promising review: “Trying to eat healthy. More fruits, vegetables and greens. The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days but I’m not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem.. I was skeptical. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten.” —M. Hughes

Get a set of three from Amazon for $36.90.

17. Bissell Stomp & Go Cleaning Pads that are equally effective at removing pet hair and stains from your carpet as they are a fun activity. All you have to do is lay these little sheets on your carpet and stomp your heart out to release the cleaning chemicals. I literally can’t think of anything more therapeutic than stomping on the floor while ALSO restoring carpet to its original hue.

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Promising review: “These things saved me from replacing my entire upstairs carpet! Stomp and leave it for 24 hours and I was amazed to see my carpet was its original light cream color. I now stock a box of these and have told every one of my pet owning friends about them. I’ll never spend hours scrubbing the floor or carpet shampooing again!” —findingk8

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

18. A stress relief candle made with 100% soy wax and infused with lavender oil, chamomile, and bay leaf so you can always be prepared for a little R&R.

Moon Goddess Shop / Etsy

Moon Goddess Shop is a queer-owned business run by a person named Xiomara in Brooklyn, NY specializing in hand-crafted candles.

Promising review: “This is my third candle and I’m still in love! The candle invigorates my mind, body, and soul! I will buy more!! Great packaging!” —Nicole

Get one from Moon Goddess Shop on Etsy for $23.50

19. A handheld garment steamer that works on all kinds of fabrics, because steaming is WAY more fun than ironing. Period. It’s also a great way to care for your garments and keep them looking crispy for as long as possible.

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Promising review: “What a fantastic little gadget! I hate ironing. Hate it with a passion. This little miracle worker makes things easier for me. It takes away the wrinkles so quickly. Wow!” —Tes

Get one from Amazon for $37.97.

20. A pack of cable savers to protect your chargers, aux cords, headphones, and all your other precious cords from fraying and becoming damaged. We thought the electronics themselves were expensive, but the real racket is how costly the charging cords are.

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Promising review: “I’ve just had to replace a charging cable for my iPad – the wires broke within the insulation, within a inch of the connector/plug end. Then I found out about these spiral coil flexible silicone wire protectors. They keep the wire cable from being stressed from bending. I bought a bunch of these and have put them on both ends of every charging cable for every device, iPad, cellphone, etc that I own. I would recommend that you do so too!!!” —Richard Virchow

Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

21. Reusable makeup remover pads that come with a mesh laundry bag so you can simply toss them in the washing machine, and voila! These are economical, eco-friendly, and suitable for all skin types.

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Promising review: “They feel amazing! They clean great since they come with a baggy to put them in so you don’t lose them in the wash! PLEASE consider these rather than the throwaway ones!!” —Kerrin

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

22. A beauty spatula so you can get every last drop out of your cosmetic and personal care items before having to finally break down and fork over a small fortune to replace them.

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Promising review: “I kept debating about buying this. I’m trying to stick to a tight student budget and wasn’t sure if spending money on a little tool like this would end up saving me money in the long run. I ended up getting about a month’s worth of foundation out of a bottle that I would otherwise have considered to be “empty” — and that’s just one bottle so far! For me, totally worth it.” —Reviewtoo

Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

23. Or a FlipIt! Bottle Emptying Kit for those products that are just a little too big for The Spatty (think shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lotion, condiments).

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Promising review: “I hate wasting lotions, etc. in pump bottles and this is the perfect solution and saves money over and over again. Easy to use and clean up. My last bottle of lotion had another two weeks’ worth I got to use thanks to Flip-It!” —S

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

24. A candle accessory set because so many people don’t know how to properly care for their candles. Trimming the wick and keeping it in the center of the candle can add so much more burn time and will help you justify all those trendy, expensive candles you’ve been buying lately.

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Promising review: “For years I have just been using scissors to trim my wicks but the trimmed pieces would often fall onto my candle wax making them look awful. The trimmer keeps the trimmed portion contained so this doesn’t happen. I don’t really use the bell shaped snuffer often but the tool that you use to bend the wick over into the hot candle wax to snuff it out without all the smoke? Seriously, I’ve been missing out. Tools you didn’t know you needed but they make burning candles so much more enjoyable. Handy storage box, they look nice and seem to be good quality so far.” —CeKaRi

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

25. A grout cleaning pen to restore your grout tile lines and instantly take your bathroom from drab to fab.

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Promising review: “Best product! I wish I had thought to take before pictures! My house was built in the early 1960s and the bathroom grout was becoming discolored in spots. I had used every product on the market before buying this pen to see if I could brighten the grout with no luck. It worked throughout the shower with more product to go! Easy to clean up and lasts a while!” —Kelli

Get one on Amazon for $8.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

26. A jeans button replacement kit so you can squeeze every inch of life out of your favorite pair of broken-in Levi’s. And if they get a rip or tear, these iron-on denim patches will come to the rescue.

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Promising review: “I have lost two buttons on two pairs of pants in the past week and these fixed the problem in literally two minutes. The fixed buttons are solid and this works as well as sewing on new buttons. I can never find my sewing materials, since I use them so rarely and these are much more convenient than sewing on a button.” —W. Lang

Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

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Promising review: “When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. I was actually considering buying new toilets as the ring was embarrassing to me. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don’t know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets.” —lynn mcdonald

Get one on Amazon for $10.98.

28. A bottle of Old English Scratch Cover so you can actually use that piece of wood furniture you have hiding in a corner somewhere instead of letting it be an unsightly catchall.

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Promising review: “I remodeled my kitchen with a new floor and wall paint. My cabinets were looking a little shabby but were in great condition except for looking 25 years old. I didn’t want to spend the time and money for new cabinets. Old English Scratch Cover saved the day. The cabinets look new again and it took about an hour for me to do the entire kitchen.” —Danny Boy

Get it on Amazon for $4.82.

29. A Castile liquid hand soap that lasts longer and leaves your hands softer than a detergent-based soap ever could.

Rora Apothic / Etsy

Promising review: “You can smell the natural scent of lavender before you open the package. It’s so nice. Love this.” —Rae Stoughton

Get it from Rora Apothic on Etsy for $8+ (available in 4oz or 8oz)

30. A pack of Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes so you don’t have to buy new houseplants every spring because you continue to fail as a plant parent. These are truly foolproof and SO affordable — you really have no excuse to not have beautiful, thriving plant children anymore.

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Promising review: “I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny but since I tend to kill them anyways I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I’ve had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I’m very happy with this product and it was a great price.” —Victoria

Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $2.99.

31. A back and neck massager that’s basically a personal masseuse whenever you need one. This thing even comes with a car adapter so that you never have to go without a neck massage.

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Promising review: “My first thought when I used this was ‘I want everyone to have this for Christmas!’ It works so well and is so easy to use. Super nice quality materials used, and one of my favorite convenience factors is that it comes with a car adapter! I know people that have problems with back pain while driving, and this is something that would be SO nice to keep in the car for those long road trips! I am so excited about this massager. Awesome value!” —Trista

Get it on Amazon for $49.99.

32. A fabric shaver to remove all the pilling on the sweaters you’re about to unbury in a month. It also works on sofas, armchairs, and car seats, too.

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Promising review: “This is the best money I have spent in a long time! I was worried it wouldn’t be very nice, being so low priced, but it saved my couch! I put a picture of both my couch cushions, they both used to look like the one on top but now my couch looks brand-new! I love this product, would 100% recommend.” —B. Nielsen

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

33. A CreaClip DIY hair cutting tool because we’ve all had to get a little creative in the hair department over the past few months. This tool takes all the panic out of trimming your hair or giving yourself bangs at home.

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Promising review: “I have waist-length thick hair that costs a fortune to get trimmed. My ends were really getting ragged and I just did not have 60 dollars to pay someone to do what I hoped I could do on my own. I watched the videos, asked my boyfriend to double-check what I was doing as I did it and saved myself a good chunk of money. Easy to understand, easy to use and most importantly, easy on my wallet.” —minta

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

34. An all-natural de-tangler spray that works wonders on all hair types. Even better, a portion of every sale is donated to help support homeless, queer youth of color.

Project Qurls / Etsy

Project Qurls is a queer-owned business created by Madin Lopez in Los Angeles, CA selling a variety of hair-care products.

Promising review: “This is my new favorite detangler. First of all, the smell is amazing! Throughout the day, I’ll get a wiff of the scent and ask myself, ‘what smells so good?’ Then I realize it’s my hair. Secondly, my hair gets the worst tangles. After a few days it all becomes a big knotted ball that’s painful to comb out. This detangler was able to make combing out my hair tolerable. It worked well and made my curls bouncy. This is my new go-to product!” —Sabine

Get it from Project Qurls on Etsy for $18.75.

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Promising review: “I recently bought an older house where all the windows are out of square. These strips have filled the gaps. I have no doubt that my next electric bill will be significantly lower after applying these to all my windows.” —Nolan

Get a two-pack of 33-foot long rolls from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

36. A handy Snap N Strain that clips onto any size pot or kettle to make straining and rinsing truly a one-pot job.

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Promising review: “Why didn’t I discover this earlier??? I am not a fan of cooking, really, but I have to with a family of five. This helps cut down on a mundane process. You know you’re an adult when…you get excited about kitchen gadgets. There are reviews that say it won’t fit over pots or pans with ‘lips’ but I’ve used it just fine with those types. You have to just really wiggle it in there slowly. It’s snug, but you want that! Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mess if it fits easily, because that means that it will slide out easily also.” —Jade Fox

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

37. Zymox Pet Ear Cleaner to keep your pet’s ears looking and feeling healthier than ever. Your pet will never know the weirdly satisfying feeling of jabbing a cotton swab into their ear canal, so buying this spray will do them a real solid.

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Promising review: “I have a golden who has ear issues, so much that a few years ago he had to have surgery on his ear because of a hematoma. Tried diet changes and other products. This ear cleaner is the best of all. And I noticed after a month of using it every three to four days that his ears are staying much cleaner. I usually don’t write recommendations, but this is a good product for chronic ear problems.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

38. A set of reusable zipper storage bags you can rinse out and use over and over again. They come in snack, sandwich, and gallon sizes and can be used for everything from keeping produce fresh to a handy weekend toiletry bag.

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Promising review: “The leakproof performance is excellent as always. I use them to pack sandwiches and snacks for my kids and store produce in the fridge. I also find that the snack bag size is great for storing travel items. There are so many ways to use these bags, I’m glad that they have 12 in one set. I’m planning to buy a second set because these bags are DEFINITELY worth it.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $16.99.

39. Shredder claws to perfectly shred your meat without having to hassle with knives and forks.

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Promising review: “Works well for shredding larger portions of meat, like pork. Plastic appears to be of higher quality. Sufficient room in the opening for most finger and hand sizes. The pointed tips shouldn’t cause injury unless you’re careless. I’d highly recommend the use of quality protective gloves; you’re not only dealing with the mess of shredding itself but also, most likely, some elevated temperature food.” —Legardi11

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

40. And a BuildLife motivational water bottle that’ll ensure you are getting enough H2O throughout the day. If you are in denial or at a loss when it comes to not drinking enough water, this bottle can help you reach your goals.

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Promising review: “Yes, yeeeeeees yeeeeeees. It’s perfect, so motivating, durable material. I’m overly pleased. The straw is a plus as somehow it seems easier to get through my daily goal to continue drinking a gallon a day.” —Khittey

Get one from Amazon for $9.96+ (available in three sizes and 19 colors).

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