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32 Products You’ve Put Off Buying But Really Should Get

Including this summer’s *perfect* bathing suit, a do-it-all vitamin C serum, and a drip catcher if your sink area is always wet.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

A teeth-whitening pen because it’s a heck of a lot quicker (and tastes a lot better) than those irritating whitening strips that slip and slide all over your teeth. You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.


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Promising review: “I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth… This stuff has it all and I’m more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!” —Mindy

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

2.

A carpet cleaner for getting rid of that questionable stain on your white carpet that’s bested every other carpet cleaner you’ve ever tried — well, every carpet cleaner but this one.


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Promising review: “I’m absolutely speechless. If I could give 10 stars, I would. I’m baffled as to how this stuff works. I feel like I’m in an infomercial demo where they spill red wine on a white carpet and then after spraying the ‘magic carpet cleaner’ the stain vanishes. Unlike infomercial products that don’t actually do anything when you try it at home, this stuff completely makes stains vanish before your eyes. Carpet cleaning products certainly don’t excite me normally, but after watching how the spaghetti sauce that I dripped on the light beige carpet completely disappeared, I’ve been telling everybody I know to buy some. You don’t even have to wipe it; you just spray it on and the stain is gone!” —Scott G

Get it from Amazon for $8.63.

3.

A mini inflatable pool so you can make your summery dreams of relaxing in a pool with a glass of sweet tea a reality — even if you have a small backyard.


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Promising review: “On 85-degree hot and sunny days, you just need to have a pool. This inflatable pool is heavy duty. Great quality, very safe, and we love that the walls are high enough where our 1-year-old bull dozer cannot get out (unlike the other pirate kiddy pool we have that she would just climb right out of it a million times, which was beyond exhausting). The pool honestly is a 10-star pool. Worth every penny. We dump the water after every use, and clean it with soap and a soft car brush. Just easy unlike the maintenance of a real pool. You will not regret getting this. Just sit in relax in the water on a beautiful sunny day. What more can you ask for?” —Ashley Vallejo

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

4.

And speaking of pools, a stunning ruffle V-neck one-piece if you’re still on the hunt for this season’s swimsuit. I’ll be taking all meetings poolside in this bathing suit. Sorry not sorry!


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Promising review: “This swimsuit is sexy, comfortable, and affordable. Love it. Would give it 10 stars. Bought it in red and olive.” —Holly

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 18 colors; this is a super cute plus-size option as well).

5.

A stainless-steel tongue scraper to banish bad bacteria and improve stinky breath.


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Promising review: “I never realized how much gunk was on my tongue in the mornings. Pretty disgusting actually. My mouth feels extra clean after using this. Great quality stainless-steel. To sanitize it, I just dip it in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. The only thing others may have an issue with is storage as it doesn’t come with a case or anything. Simple solution, though. I put up a small hook next to my toothpaste and toothbrush and hang it on that.” —Alexis T.

Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

6.

A cruelty free vitamin C serum that’ll give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up. Just listen to the 44,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review: this stuff brightens, softens, and dramatically fades hyperpigmentation.


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Promising review: “I never thought that I would find a serum that didn’t just irritate my skin. I’ve spent WAY more money on fancy serums just to have them purge my skin and leave me red and angry-skinned. This stuff is amazing. It isn’t sticky or heavy. I used it every day, and it’s still lasting me forever. I’m in love. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.” —Makayla Fryman

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

7.

An odor-eliminating spray because a few spritzes on the stain your pet’s “present” left behind will save you from smelling pee every time you walk into the living room. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet’s accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.


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Promising review: “I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get ‘peed off’ about. It’s not a litter box problem and, although I’ve caught one or two of them doing it, I can’t blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pads, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi’s odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I’ve tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It’s better than smelling that awful pee!” —mona mia

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review.

8.

An air purifier for anyone who’s felt personally victimized by seasonal allergies. This bad boy removes dander, mold, dust, and pollen in the air to help you breathe better.


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Promising review: “This is an excellent purifier for those who are affected by cat dander, mold, and other problems associated with breathing difficulties. I have several cats so there is so much hair in the air in addition to their dander. This machine has solved my breathing problems during the night (I use it in my bedroom). In fact I am sleeping better every night, which I’m sure is due to the cleaner air that I am breathing. Another plus is that I’m using a great deal less tissues.” —Linda Cruz

Get it from Amazon for $80.90+ (also available in white).

9.

An easily washable drip catcher so the counter space between the back of your faucet and the wall won’t just turn into a puddle after you wash the dishes. This absorbent mat sits snugly around your faucet so the back section of your sink area stays dry.


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Two Lilacs Studio is a small shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon run by Jacy Stratton.

Promising review: “LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care.” —Alina

Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $10.50+ (available in four sizes and seven colors).

10.

A pack of matatabi chew sticks if you’re tired of wasting money on catnip toys that your kitty couldn’t care less about. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and a catnip alternative (great for kitties who show no interest in catnip!). Plus, the stick format helps keep their teeth clean.


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Meowy Janes is a wonderfully named small business based in New Egypt, New Jersey. It specializes in catnip and catnip alternatives.

Promising review: “My nip-fiend cat and my take-it-or-leave-nip cat both love these sticks. They roll around on them, grab them and chew them, rub all over anything the sticks touch. One lasts for a long time too. We rub two together to get the oils going and when that stops working, we scrape the bark off bit by bit with a pocket knife. Will definitely buy again!” —S. Lee

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

11.

A Revlon hot air brush to help you go from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a shiny, salon-worthy blowout in minutes. FYI this is the hot air brush that all the influencers you follow on IG are raving about because it is just 👏 that 👏 good 👏.


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The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it’s quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

Promising review: “Amazing product. I wish I found this 20 years ago!! I have naturally curly hair and enjoy a nice blowout without having that pin straight ‘burnt’ flat iron look. This product helped me achieve the blowout look in about five minutes (yes five!). When it comes to hair, I’m a super novice and this is by far the easiest most effective (inexpensive) blow out. I would give this more than fve stars if I could. Where has it been all my life?!?!” —Sara Kovach

Get it from Amazon for $41.88+ (available in four colors).

12.

A box of cleaning K-Cups that’ll get rid of residue in your machine and prevent flavors from transferring. Or have fun descaling it multiple times. Your choice!


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Promising review:10 stars!! I haven’t cleaned my Keurig in years. Yes it’s nasty but I guess I never really thought about it. The water was BLACK in the beginning; now it is CLEAR! I can’t wait to clean my Keurig every week (it’s too easy not to do it) plus enjoy tomorrow’s cup of joe :) Amazing product. Easy to use. No smell. I already bought two more boxes 👍” —Amazon Customer

Get a box of five pods from Amazon for $16.38.

13.

A cruelty-free lengthening mascara because you’re tired of mascaras that don’t live up to their promises. This one won’t let you down — I promise! It’s lightweight, won’t transfer, doesn’t smudge, and lasts all day. Consider your expectations exceeded!


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Promising review: “After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat…and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!” —Carrie E Miller

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

14.

A foot file for getting your heels in sandal-ready condition. Rub gently and watch the dead skin and calluses fall like shredded cheese to reveal baby soft heels.


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Promising review: “I’m not one to talk about my feet. I’ve had circulation problems for years that are just now resolving and that has lead to deep callouses on the heel of both feet. I bought this on a whim as I have tried other products in the past with no luck. Twenty minutes later I’m touching baby smooth skin where there used to be deep cracks and rough broken skin. This thing is a miracle worker and if I could rate it 10 stars I would.” —Gully176

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

15.

An allergy supplement so you’re not distracted and annoyed by your dog constantly scratching and licking themselves. These soft chews are great for dogs with sensitive skin and allergies, and they deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to help improve immune function, aide digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog’s coat.


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Promising review: “Our 70-pound lab boxer mix was in misery due to skin allergies. We had spent a small fortune and he had two allergy related surgeries that left him weakened and with serious hair loss. We changed diet, went through food trials, twice! Various prescription allergy medications with no relief. We started using these treats and his coat now looks healthy and normal. His vitality has improved and we haven’t visited the vet for months! We are amazed at the change in his skin. The itch has stopped completely. I only wish we had found relief for him sooner.” —Kool-aide

Get them from Amazon for $25.96 (or Subscribe & Save for $23.36/month).

16.

A pack of fizzing toilet tabs if you would be perfectly happy to never touch a dirty toilet brush again. These’ll make your dream a reality. It’s basically a sanitizing bath bomb that disinfects your toilet.


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Juniperseed Mercantile is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton. It specializes in all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

Promising review: “These toilet bombs foam in the bowl when dropped in and clean well. Smells great and much more eco-friendly than bottled cleaner!” —Barbara S.

Get 10 from Blue Poppy Bath on Etsy for $8.50 (available in two scents).

17.

A multi-use skincare oil to treat a variety of issues, including uneven skin, stretch marks, and acne scars. It helps your body retain moisture (bye bye dry skin!) and absorbs into the skin fast so you won’t feel greasy.


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Promising review: “This oil is wonderful. It smells amazing, has a perfect consistency, and makes my skin smooth and not greasy — just as advertised. Will absolutely purchase again.” —Holly Anger

Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

18.

An electrical outlet cover with a power strip that’ll hide cluttered cords stat. It’s also pretty great if you want to push your furniture right up against the wall but can’t because your phone charger adapter is in the way.


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Promising review: “I have an outlet above our mantel that’s meant for a wall-mounted TV. We have a large painting covering it. We wanted to use the plug to power two Wi-Fi speakers on the long mantle. The thinness of the plug is perfect behind the painting. The power strip is hidden by a mantle clock. So, we have our two speakers to either side and no visible wires. This product may not work for every application, but for us, it’s 10 stars.” —Amazon since ’97

Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in four lengths).

19.

A pack of stain-removing pads because owning a pet = a lot of messes. Pee? Check! Poop? Check! Vomit? Check! (You can even use them to clean up your wine spills.)


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Promising review: “WOW! Honestly, I was a little skeptical of the promise of these pads, but I bought them just to try out. THEY WORKED AMAZINGLY WELL! Seriously. I have some stains that are 1.5–2 years old. I’ve tried everything to get them out. I put these pads on the stains (two to cover the spot), let sit for about an hour, pulled them up, and the stain was gone. I truly couldn’t believe it. The pad was yellow. Somehow the old urine was soaked up into the pad. My carpet looks like new. I couldn’t recommend these any higher for what I wanted and what I got. Wish I could give this more than five stars.” —Matt

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

20.

A soap brows kit for anyone who wants to try this beauty trend they’ve seen all over TikTok. This method will help make your brows look thicker using just your existing hairs. And of course you can go in with a brow pen or powder to add even more fullness.


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Promising review: “I was looking for a good soap for soap brows for so long! I have super dark brow hair and the problem I have with most bar soap is it will get each throughout the day or super sudsy and white. This product did not! It was amazing and left my brows in whatever direction I wanted!!!” —Savannah

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

21.

A grooming rake so you can loosen fur and lighten your dog’s undercoat and prevent future mats. This brush is specifically designed for pooches with thick, dense fur or double coats.


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Promising review:I wish I could give this thing seven stars, but five will have to do. I was able to pull entire sheets of undercoat out of our husky without disturbing the topcoat. I’ve never had anything work so well. It’s even easier to keep the fur pile together. The fur stays clumped instead of getting spread out and floating around like with the blade style Furminator. This thing really digs the loose stuff out so much faster and easier. Check the photo to see what 20 minutes will get you.” —pvfjr

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

22.

A pair of baggy overalls if you’re ready to ditch tight sweaters and jeans for loose, flowy cotton linen.


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Promising review:I have gotten so many compliments on these overalls! I was looking for something comfortable and light enough to wear during the summer since I’m not a big fan of shorts. I’m pretty petite and it fits well and is just baggy enough. I love them so much I ordered another pair in blue!” —Cynthia Cahalen

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and four colors).

23.

A bacon sponge to absorb excess grease without requiring single-use paper towels. Just soak these polyester and organic cotton cloths in hot water and a degreasing soap to keep them clean.


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GreenCityLiving is a small biz based in Denver that specializes in eco-friendly home goods. They donate 1% of sales to Climate Emergency Fund, an organization that supports climate activists.

Promising review:These are amazing!!! They work! And no stains!!! I was concerned that since I don’t use Dawn or a big name brand dish soap, my earth-friendly soap might not cut the grease as well, but that was not the case! My bacon sponge is perfectly clean and spotless! I love it! So glad I ordered two! I couldn’t be more pleased!!!” —cattealover

Get it from GreenCityLiving on Etsy for $10.

24.

A genius T-shirt roll holder that’ll hold your massive T-shirt collection without complaint. Sure, it’s not glamorous but someone’s gotta do it.


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The Roll Kepper is a small biz based in Kelso, Washington that’s run by Traci, who has over 40 years of crafting experience.

BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower has one and loves it. In her own words:

“Before getting this I was driving myself up the wall with my bad folding habits. I basically shoved all my shirts into the storage drawers under my bed, because I have a teeny tiny closet (the picture above gives you a solid idea of how small it is). This has given me a massive amount of clothing storage I didn’t have before. The quality is stellar and Traci is 10/10 the most thoughtful person I’ve purchased an Etsy product from!”

Get it from The Roll Keeper on Amazon Handmade for $19.99.

25.

Some washing machine cleaning tablets that clean and freshen the inside while dissolving residue because you keep your washing machine open when it’s not in use yet it still smells moldy. What gives?


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They’re safe to use with pretty much any type of washer: HE or regular, top-loading and front-loading.

Promising review: “I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn’t even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh.” —Kelli Crawford

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.98.

26.

A set of wad-free pads for keeping your bedsheets from tangling in the wash. If you’ve ever opened the dryer expecting…well…dry sheets only to find them tangled in a damp ball, you need this. Doing the bare minimum = having to dry your bedsheets only once.


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Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic. Cyndi, the founder, learned CAD (computer-aided design) to create the pads. And 5% of profits are donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Promising review: “Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet, and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and my sheets not only did NOT wad up, they came out of the dryer feeling fresher, feeling more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!” —katy

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

27.

A non-greasy and non-sticky pet-safe cream so you can moisturize your cat’s dry paw pads and treat itchy, irritated dry skin.


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Promising review: “We have a cat with VERY bad allergies. He is very sensitive and dislikes foams, creams…pretty much anything. But his skin gets dry and itchy. I just started using this cream and love the fact that it is quickly absorbed into his skin, so that he does not lick it. Many other creams have a scent he does not like and tries to constantly clean himself. Not this one. I highly recommend it!” —Chippy

Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

28.

A plant-based stainless steel cleaner and polish if your family doesn’t seem to understand that there are handles (handles, people!) and unnecessarily smudge the fridge with their fingerprints.


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Promising review: “This is hands-down the only product that has ever perfectly cleaned my stainless steel appliances. It deserves 10 stars because nothing else comes close to removing streaks and toddler finger prints as easily and completely as this. I have tried for years to get my appliances to look like new. Everyone who has stainless should own this.” —Danielle

Get a bottle from Amazon for $14.95.

29.

A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful head to suction up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup. It comes with four different attachments for all your skincare needs, as well as five suction levels so you can clear up your skin without painful blackhead-removing strips.


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Promising review:If I could give it six stars I would. I was actually expecting to be a little disappointed because it was pretty cheap and I’ve yet to find one that works. But this one is absolutely perfect! I’d buy it over and over! Highly highly recommended!” —Deanna Brannon

Get it from Amazon for $25.59 (available in seven colors).

30.

A perfect egg timer that’ll ensure that every egg you make from here on out is your preferred level of “doneness.” (No more rock hard yolks when you want a runny center.) The face on the timer will change colors to indicate how cooked your egg is, removing any guesswork. Medium-boiled egg of my dreams, I’m coming for ya!


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Promising review: “This thing is the bomb.com Seriously, buy one. You won’t regret it. Works the first time and every time after that. I was slightly concerned when I first got it out the package. The lines that tell you how hard or soft the egg will be cooked were really hard to see. Nothing like the videos I had seen. Never fear, toss it in the pot of water and voila! Easy to see the lines!” —gunmetalgreen

Get it from Amazon for $7.35.

31.

An acne patch because pimples always pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.


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Promising review:These did exactly what they said they would. I had a rather large acne area breakout under my chin. Overnight it nearly disappeared! I will say these are best on spots with a whitehead as they work by drawing the yucky stuff out. I will definitely be getting these again.” —Heather E Tapp

Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

Our in-depth review of Avarelle’s acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why they’ve earned 28,000+ 5-star reviews from customers.

32.

And a set of magnetic air fryer cheat sheets for ensuring your foods emerge perfectly cooked instead of still raw or burned to a crisp because you guesstimated the cook time.


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Promising review: “So glad that I came across these. I love having this information handy and easy to use. The magnetic sheets are strong and stay in place well, even with the fridge door opening and closing a lot. It’s handy having them right in view for quick reference. It helps us to use the air fryer more, as it’s easy to glance over and time things correctly. I like that it is a dark color so it doesn’t get messy as easily, and it has all the things we are most likely to use the air fryer for. The envelope the magnetic sheets come in is cute and would make a nice gift, perhaps in a basket or bag of related items. Happy to have these!” —Small~Town~Girl

Get them from Amazon for $11.45 (also available in white).

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