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33 Products That Are Genuinely Transformative

By transformative, we mean a vacuum that’ll suck blackheads right off your face, a grooming glove that’ll let you shave your puppy by rubbing their belly, and so much more.

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.

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A blackhead remover vacuum to suck blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup right off your face. Aggressive problems need aggressive solutions, and this thing fits the bill while also being significantly less painful than blackhead-removing strips. It comes with four different attachments as well as five suction levels, so there’s a suitable setting for everyone.


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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).

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A downright magical foot peel that’ll shed all the dead skin that’s been keeping you out of flip-flops for years.


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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 $27.95.

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A two-pack of stainless-steel tongue cleaners you’ll (hopefully) use as often as your other dental products — because daily oral hygiene can include more than just brushing, flossing, and rinsing.


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Promising review: “Unfortunately I, like many, suffer from bad breath and have tried so many things to stop it. I read that sometimes it’s the germs on your tongue that can cause it, so I went crazy trying to brush my tongue. Of course we all know how that ends — gagging, watery eyes, and it still looks like that gross film is on your tongue. This product is really easy to use and I can get very far back on my tongue without activating my gag reflex. Also, it doesn’t have the feeling like brushing with a toothbrush does. This cleaner just glides across my tongue, taking all the icky germs and bad breath with it. I love my nice new fresh breath and bolster of confidence!” —jordan

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.75.

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A teeth-whitening pen that’s easier to use than whitening strips, and far cheaper than a trip to the dentist (although you should definitely go if it’s been a while).


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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… and this stuff has it all and I’m more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!” —Lil Mama Mindy

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

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A cruelty-free vitamin C serum that’ll brighten and soften your skin while drastically reducing hyperpigmentation. The 44,000+ people who gave this serum a 5-star review love it so much there should be a fan club for it.


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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.

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A grooming rake specifically designed for dogs with dense fur to loosen and lighten their undercoat and prevent future mats. I mean just look at how neat and handsome the pooch in this photo looks. They deserve to be on the cover of doggy GQ!


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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 $9.

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Or this grooming glove that can be used wet or dry to remove excess hair from your furriest friend *and* give them endless belly rubs at the same time.


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Promising review: “Fantastic dog grooming aid! Our older rescue dog isn’t too keen on the routine dog brushing stuff but her thick coat really needs the grooming — this dog grooming glove is the exact right answer. Put the glove on, pet the dog, and all that loose hair comes away, leaving her coat feeling so much smoother and softer without causing her to be nervous or upset over a brushing. Highly recommend, and yes I’m going to be ordering as gifts for a couple of other dog owners I know!” —DSP

Get each glove from Amazon for $7.99 (available in both left-handed and right-handed versions).

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An odor-eliminating spray because sometimes it’s not enough to use a cleaning product that just removes visible stains — those smells gotta go too! This thing is perfect for pet parents still in the process of potty training their fur babies. Not only does it releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after one of your pet’s accidents, it also deters them from peeing in the same spot again.


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Promising review: “Very hard to find ANY fault in this amazing product. It’s easy to use and smells very fresh! I have a rug under our dining table where our Chow likes to tinkle pretty regularly. I was cleaning with a steam carpet cleaner at least once a week — and avoiding the rug altogether most of the time — but the smell never went away and neither did our Chow, even after using Arm & Hammer carpet deodorizer! But a few sprays of Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator and POOF! Smell is ALL GONE and Chow has lost interest. I give this product FIVE STARS but it honestly deserves more than that! Will buy again for certain!” —ICH

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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

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A cleanser and polishing powder to restore your tarnished cookware, and once again make your most cherished pots and pans presentable enough to post your cooking photos on Instagram.


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The cleanser is nonabrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

Promising review: “As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!” —Donette

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.90 (available in two additional sizes).

Kayla, an editor here at BuzzFeed, gave this cleanser a try — read her full review to learn more about how you can use this cleanser to basically clean your entire house!


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Promising review: “My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good, I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel-dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I’m totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn’t leave it greasy or weigh it down. I’ll definitely buy again.” —Ellie

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

Bek, a BuzzFeed editor, thinks this protein treatment is the miracle product she’s been searching for — read this post on game-changing beauty products to learn why!

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A variety pack of 40 acne patches made with tea tree and calendula oil that’ll basically redefine the way you think of “beauty sleep.” Place this on before bed to draw all that pus and oil out of your pimples, and inflammation will go down by morning.


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Promising review: “The amount of gunk this took out of my pores AFTER washing and exfoliating my face is literally crazy! I have very oily skin and acne (cystic and ‘normal’ acne). Also works great on popped pimples. Sucks all the crap out!”—Amanda

Get the round ones from Amazon for $7.79 or the large patches for $8.50.

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A black car scratch remover to magically erase evidence of either reckless driving or a lover’s scorn. Either way you should add this to your cart to avoid having to explain yourself to the people at the auto shop.


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Promising review: “The scratch on my Escalade was deep. I scratched it against brick while moving into the garage. I didn’t think this would work as well as it clearly did. It was quick and easy, and on small surface scratches it works almost instantly. I’d give this stuff 10 stars if I could.” —Imran Naqvi

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


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Promising review: “We, regrettably, had not properly cleaned our glass stove top for six months. We’d wipe and clean with generic products we had, but nothing removed the deep stains. It was not properly maintained by the previous tenants either, so I wasn’t hopeful we’d get it back to its original appearance. It looked horrible. With help of the razor, this product completely transformed our stove top. It looks like it was just installed. I’m so happy and relieved. This will be a must-have item in our kitchen for years to come.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.44.

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A Diamond Dazzle Stik with a twist-to-dispense design that makes cleaning your jewelry so easy you’ll do it just for fun.


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Promising review: “Don’t get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However…after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik…*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!” —liltreeclimber

Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

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And these silver polish wipes that’ll revive even your most beat-up bracelets and hoop earrings.


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Promising review: “It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family’s silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn’t have any interest in polishing something that we weren’t using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!” —Kehrli

Get a pack of 20 wipes from Amazon for $8.28+ (also available as packs of six and 20).

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A foot file you can use to touchup around your heels for beach season. This thing will gently scrub away any dead skin or calluses and leave your heels feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom — or, ya know, their actual 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.

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A bottle of sulfate-free Biotin shampoo infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils to help treat hair loss. This is a potential option for folks whose hair is thinning a bit sooner than expected, or people simply looking to go a few extra rounds with Father Time.


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Promising review: “I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After using the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on) and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It’s longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells but others love it when they smell my hair.” —Diane J. Huff

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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An Erase-a-Hole putty if you and your roommates have turned your living room walls into Swiss cheese, but would still like a chance at getting all of your security deposit back. You’ll definitely keep this stashed away somewhere in every new apartment you move into.


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Promising review: “I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff.” —bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

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Some stair riser decals to add a pop of personality to to what’s usually a pretty dull area of the average home.


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There’s just something so neat about looking down at an interesting design as you make your way up to where the magic happens (I’m of course talking about the upstairs bathroom).

Get it from Bleucoin on Etsy for $9.49+ (available in 11 sizes). You can also get a pack of 5 from Bleucoin on Amazon for $62.49+ (available in three sizes).

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Or a replacement handrail if you’d prefer your staircase looked sleek and minimalistic. This could be a nice, subtle way of modernizing your home without paying for major renovations.

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A carpet spot remover that doesn’t require any rinsing or vacuuming. This is particularly helpful for people with messy children (so, children in general pretty much). Just spray it directly on the stain and it’ll disappear before playtime even ends.


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Promising review: “I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. Then I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!” —Brittany

Get it on Amazon for $12.25.

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An easy-to-use pill remover stone if the idea of a fabric shaver feels a little too hardcore for you (machines are overwhelming sometimes — even tiny ones). Just brush the pumice-like stone gently over your favorite knit, and your sweater will be as good as new.


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Promising review: “Like many of you, I’ve been living in sweats and PJs during this almost-year of WFH full time. And it’s made me revisit the state of some of my loungewear. Take for example, this college sweatshirt I wear all the time — as evidenced by the rather EXTENSIVE pilling all over it. So when I saw this pumice-esque sweater stone (it’s made from upcycled car windshield glass — how cool is that?!), I decided it was worth the try. We’ve featured electric pill removers (mostly the fan-favorite Conair one) many times, and they really work. But sometimes you’re looking for a little more detail or control — that’s where this stone comes in handy.

I was able to navigate around the contours of the logo on my sweatshirt with ease, removing pills using the corner or the entire flat bottom in a few quick strokes. It truly took no time at all — the sweatshirt was done in mere minutes. The only thing I would note is that particles do “fall out” of the stone, so do your pill-removing on a surface that’s easy to sweep or vacuum up at the end. Btw, I procured mine from Celsious, but they’re also available on Amazon.” —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Celsious for $17 or from Amazon for $11.38.

Celsious is a Black woman-owned and environmentally focused laundromat *and* online shop based in Brooklyn.

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A grout pen that’ll…well…hide dirty grout. Which is a quick and easy project for lazy people who’d rather not spend an entire afternoon actually *removing* dirty grout.


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Promising review: “I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving, and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I’m very happy with this product!” —Jenelle

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

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Or this automatic scrubbing brush if you’re a little more ambitious and *actually* want to get rid of that dirty grout. It comes with a detachable oscillating grout brush that’ll have your bathroom tiles looking as flawless as they did the day you moved in.


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Promising review: “Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda-and-water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TLDR; This this is absolutely incredible.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.94.

To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out this list of cleaning gadgets that actually work.

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A tiny, two-stage knife sharpener that’ll repair and restore your knives just as quickly an easily as it appears in this GIF. Anyone who walks in the kitchen and sees your sharpening your steel as you prepare to go to war with a batch of potatoes will know you mean business.


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Check out our review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

Promising review: “Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I’ve been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I’ve saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives.” —Schelly L. Wagoner

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

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A leather conditioner to bring your old, worn-out couch back to life and have it looking like it’s fresh off the showroom floor.


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What’s great about this product is it works on just about anything made of leather, not just fancy sofas. It can even add a layer of water protection to your boots!

Promising review: “I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I’m not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!” —David Horning

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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And a wood conditioner that’ll do pretty much the same thing for a coffee table. It’ll also create a protective layer that helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading.


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All you have to do is let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe. Check out BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish to learn more. And! It has 4,700+ positive reviews on Amazon.

Promising review: “OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the ’30s that had been in storage forever… It was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel — and a fantastic smell!” —Tiffany Sadowski

Get it from Amazon for $13.25+ (available in eight size).

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Scotts Outdoor Multipurpose Cleaner so your neighbors can stop judging the condition of your walkway. Sure, inner-beauty is all that really matters in life — just not when it comes to having the freshest house on the block.


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Promising review: “If I could give this 10 stars I would! No strong chemical smell, but most of all it works as described. My patio and patio chairs look better than ever. It works cleaning items other cleaners didn’t.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

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And a stained glass corner piece that could beautify even the blandest, most boringly designed front porch or entryway. Every time you come home, you’ll feel like you’re entering a majestic palace built in your iconic image.


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Promising review: “There really are no words to describe how gorgeous these are. I absolutely adore them! They totally bring life to the entryway between our living and dining room. So happy to have such special pieces in my new home.”—Justine Bijas

Get it from TheSweetKarmaBar on Etsy for $139.


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Promising review: “I had very hard water buildup and nasty stains. It was embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets were so gross! I tried so many products and cleaning solutions, from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was lightheaded for the rest of the day. I tried this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture (above) is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing — light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple of years at least. If you have embarrassing toilets, try this!”—Stephanie Ray

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A bottle of CND Essentials nail and cuticle Solaroil so that broken and peeling nails will be a thing of the past.


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Each day, work the oil into your nails and cuticles and they will begin to grow and strengthen so you don’t have to worry about weak nails anymore!

Promising review: “I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-oz refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!” —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

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A pet earwax cleaner to clean out all the gunk your fur baby has stored their little ears. Hopefully this means they’ll hear you better when you tell them to pipe down during your Zoom meeting.


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Promising review: “I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn’t get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!” —Tricia S.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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A faucet grip that’ll give your green thumb some much-needed assistance while tending to your lawn or garden.


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This big ol’ grip adds size and leverage to any outdoor faucet, which is great for people with limited mobility who tend to have trouble with small handles. And it comes in packs of two!

Get it from The Grommet for $14.95.

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