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    33 Low-Key "Boring" Products That Are Actually High-Key Exciting

    You'll be telling everyone about these everyday game changers.

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    1. An ink remover that takes the "permanent" out of permanent marker. The nontoxic formula also works on everything from chocolate stains to red wine spills, so the important bases are basically covered.

    A photo of a blanket with the word "Evan" written in permanent marker next to clean version of the blanket with the permanent marker completely removed

    Promising review: "Had a blue ink pen that found its way into the wash, which also made its way through the high-heat dry cycle and when I say there was blue everywhere...I had likely $600+ worth of good shirts in that load and I knew they were goners. Found this Amodex while doing some reading. Blew my mind but week-old, heat-set ink came completely out of most shirts. It does require a lot of scratching at the stain with your fingernail and a toothbrush, but this stuff truly works. I would recommend it to anyone." —Mike V

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    2. A microplane foot file for scraping away the toughest of dead skin. Yes, it does look strangely like a cheese grater, but your feet will thank you after you go to town with this bad boy.

    Promising review: "After several visits to a professional pedicurist and not getting the results I wanted, I looked for a solution. Initially, I was skeptical of using this on dry skin but quickly realized why you do. It is similar to woodworking or ice sculpturing. You have total control of the amount being removed. After a summer in Chacos sandals, my feet were out of control. This is an amazing product I'd buy again and again." —Ken Clements

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. A hanger stacker that might just make you look forward to hanging up your clothes. If you're constantly searching your closet rack for unused hangers, this stacker will be a major time-saver.

    Promising review: "Working in retail for a million years, I know how amazing these can be in keeping your life less chaotic! I put off ordering for months, and I'm mad at myself that I did, because these beat a box of hangers hands-down! I ordered two — one for dress/shirt hangers and one for skirt/pant hangers. They arrived today, seem to be made of the same metal that I've used in retail stores, appear to be sturdy, and are super easy to assemble!" —KatieLee333

    Get it from Amazon for $18.41.

    4. A tea bag organizer since tea time is supposed to be a relaxing, orderly experience. You'll also save so much cabinet space once you get rid of those bulky boxes.

    Promising review: "Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That's what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!" —Sarah C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. A wildly popular anti-dandruff shampoo that uses ketoconazole 1% to fight dandruff and relieve itchy scalps.

    A before-and-after photo showing a head full of dandruff on the left and clear scalp on the right

    For best results, the brand recommends using it every three to four days for up to eight weeks.

    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc... BUY THIS! I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four to five times (over a month), and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    6. A pack of spice liners so you'll never have to fumble around in your drawers and cabinets to find the cinnamon. The soft fabric keeps the bottles in place and labels facing up, so your spice drawer will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

    Promising review: "This is one of the favorite things I've ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!" —momonono

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. A plastic storage container that will keep your produce fresh — because we're all guilty of forgetting about our fruits and veggies the minute we put them in the fridge.

    A "before-and-after" photo showing the results of storing a strawberry in a produce saver container versus the original container

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers.

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $34.76.

    8. A hanging jewelry organizer so you can find that perfect accessory without wading through all of your drawers. Constantly searching for that matching earring? The clear pockets will make that a thing of the past.

    Before-and-after photos showing a tangled pile of jewelry next to organized jewelry in a hanging organizer

    Simply slip it on to a clothing hanger and place it wherever you please. One side features 32 clear pockets for all of your small earrings and bracelets, while the other side has 18 hoops for necklaces.

    Promising review: "I needed something that would save me space but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them and have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one, I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors, and it does not take up that much space." —Nellie F.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    9. A cleaning kit that will make your ceramic cooktop look as shiny and flawless as the day you moved in.

    A before-and-after photo showing a dirty stovetop and a clean stovetop

    The kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a cleaning pad and a heavy-duty scraper that are all designed to break down burnt-on foods and tough stains.

    Promising review: "As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn't believe it! We had a new stove that I didn't clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand-new." —Christi Lambertson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A pack of cleaning tablets for your dishwasher because, yes, it needs cleaning too! These little tablets will help break down lime and mineral build-up and get rid of any odor-causing residue.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    11. A jewelry cleaning solution that'll bring the bling back to your rings. You can use it on basically any of your accessories that need a good sprucing-up.

    A before-and-after photo showing the results of the pen cleaner on a ring

    Promising review: "ABSOLUTELY THE BEST JEWELRY CLEANER HANDS DOWN!!! I have a ton of jewelry — a diamond tennis bracelet, 14-karat rings and earrings, precious stones, pearls, and vermeil, too. I cleaned my expensive pieces, and they sparkled like they never have, the pearls' luster was so vibrant I was in awe. The one piece that sealed the deal is a Sleeping Beauty turquoise and diamond ring I have. The diamonds are okay quality, but after cleaning it, it shimmers and twinkles like it never has. Cleans vermeil beautifully, too!" —tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    12. A cable box to bring some order to the mess of cables under your desk right now.

    Promising review: "Does exactly what it's supposed to do. Keeps the power strip and all the connected power cables out of sight, neat and organized. The only challenge I had was the need to unplug everything to put the power strip inside the box and then re-route the power cables into the box. Once done though, I no longer found myself stepping on or kicking the power cords on the floor. This keeps them nice and neat and out of the way." —Mitchell Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    13. A pack of thin velvet hangers to basically double your closet space and provide a much better grip on your clothes.

    A photo of a full closet using plastic hangers next to a photo of the same closet with more space when using the velvet hangers

    Promising review: "The difference in my closet because of the hangers alone is striking. I can finally shift clothes to the side to actually see what I have. While some may think that saving their money and dealing with a tight closet is worth it, I am completely sold on making the change. So happy I pulled the trigger. I've purchased 100 more just now so that I can do the same for my boyfriend's closet." —ChristineSD

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $18.77 (available in five colors).

    14. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser that can remove tarnish, soap scum, rust and hard water deposits with ease. The original formula comes in a powder, but this version is premixed and ready to use!

    A before-and-after photo showing a dirty and clean sink

    Read our review of the Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser.

    Promising review: "Bar Keepers Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician'! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes or a pack of two).

    15. A wood polish and conditioner to bring your furniture back to life. Its magical blend of orange oil, beeswax and Brazilian carnauba oil will help to break down water spots and restore wood to its former shiny glory.

    A before-and-after photo showing water spots and scuffs that have been removed from wood furniture

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $20.86.

    16. A spray gel for when you want to get rid of rust stains but don't feel like scrubbing. Simply spray it on, wait a few minutes for the rust to dissolve and then lightly wipe it away.

    Promising review: "We bought a house and there was iron stains in the showers, sinks and toilets. I tried bleach and other types of cleaners at different times to try and remove the stains. Nothing worked and I was so disappointed as I usually use bleach on tough stains and it removes them with no problems.....but it failed. I saw this on amazon and was skeptical if it would work. To my surprise it worked and fast. Just a few min after spraying it on it melted the rust stain away." —S. Peterson

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    17. A handheld milk frother that will turn your kitchen into your new favorite coffee shop. For the cost of about three lattes, you can whip up all the frothed milk topping your heart desires.,

    Promising review: "This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!" —Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in 13 colors).

    18. A set of clear plastic bins to get your drawers organized — and keep them that way.

    A messy, unorganized cosmetics drawer next to a neatly organized drawer with plastic bins

    You'll get two small, two medium and two large bins that you can fit in one drawer, or spread around your house as needed.

    Promising review: "Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I've got Chapstick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they're not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching." —Sparkyj

    Get a six-piece from Amazon for $15.99.

    19. Ice molds that will take your glass of whiskey to the next level. The slow-melting spheres will chill your drink without watering it down — and you'll totally feel like you're in an episode of Mad Men.


    Promising review: "I bought these molds to make ice spheres to add to whiskey drinks and other concoctions served in an old fashioned glass, and they have been outstanding. They are durable, easy to clean, and they produce a sphere that is the perfect size for a standard old fashioned glass.

    Because they take longer to melt, the ice spheres don't water my drinks down as much, which I appreciate both for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. I have always hated watery soda, so I rarely put ice in it before I got these sphere molds, but now I can enjoy ice cold soda without it getting weak. If I am drinking an old fashioned, these spheres add just the right amount of water as they melt, mellowing the drink out without making it too bland.

    Also, and this is important, my friends think they are cool. I don't know what it is about a large ball of ice, but people get oddly excited when you make them a drink with one. Some of the simple things in life are the most satisfying, and this is a simple thing that people get pumped about, which amuses me." —John H.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for reviving your favorite coffee mug or getting rid of the odor in that water bottle you left unwashed for a bit too long (we've all been there).

    A three-panel set of photos showing a dirty coffee tumbler on the left, a foaming tablet placed in water in the center and a clean bottle on the right

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    21. Pimple patches that use tea tree and calendula oil to get rid of breakouts overnight. Just pop one on before you head to bed and that pesky pimple will be a distant memory in the morning.,

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    22. A cleaning kit to fool everyone into thinking you bought some new kicks.

    A before-and-after photo showing dirty shoes and clean shoes

    A little of this cleaning solution goes a long way thanks to its blend of saddle soap and gentle conditioners. The included scrub brush will help you break down stubborn stains and scuff marks.

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshes for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them, and now I can wear them for even longer." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two sizes).

    23. A carpet cleaner that will clean up everything from spaghetti mishaps to coffee spills in your car. If only Kevin had this on hand when he spilled his famous chili.

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissell carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    24. A disposable cleaning wand to make scrubbing the toilet less of a chore. The kit comes with 16 refill heads to get you started, so you can immediately say goodbye to that dirty toilet wand in your bathroom!

    A dirty toilet next to a completely clean toilet after using the disposable cleaning wands

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96.

    25. An all-natural universal conditioner that will let everyone know mama's got a brand new bag! Except not really, you just cleaned the old one.

    If it's made of leather, this blend of shea butter and carnauba oil will help it get it's shine back while preventing future damage.

    Promising review: "Almost out after doing it on my entire collection. Worked great on a variety of colors. Sperrys, Clark’s, and other dress shoes were all able to be helped. Would recommend especially if you are afraid of the dyes or larger kits." —iamjaredm

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    26. A scratch remover to help your car get its shine back. The formula is safe to use on all paint colors and is perfect for basic scuffs, water spots and paint transfers.

    A before-and-after photo showing scuffs that were removed from a car's exterior

    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" —Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    27. A compact two-stage knife sharpener that will revive those dull blades in your kitchen drawer and make chopping veggies a total breeze., Elizabeth Lily

    Check out our full 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. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8-10 times. Bingo! 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. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

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

    28. A mini bottle of touch-up paint to mask any scratches or scuffs on your walls and furniture... and to make sure you get that security deposit back.


    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free.

    This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a lifesaver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 10 shades).

    29. Heavy-duty cleaning wipes that will tackle almost any stain you throw at it. Dirty shoes? Paint splatters around the house? Stains on your car's interior? These wipes can handle it.

    Promising review: "I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it's like it's brand-new. I've told everyone I know to buy these." —JenM

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.94.

    30. An electric fabric shaver to get your cozy sweaters back in shape for the winter. It also works on couches, car upholstery, and just about any fabric that's seen better days.

    A before-and-after photo showing fabric pilling being removed from a sweater

    Promising review: "I had low expectations for this, but it's AMAZING! I have a couple of pairs of Lululemon leggings that had some pretty bad piling. Instead of getting rid of them, I figured it was worth a shot to fix them. This little device is seriously awesome. I am shocked at how well it took off the little fuzzballs that I thought was impossible. They now look in like-new condition. Where has this been all my life?! Get it!" —SRoss

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in seven colors).

    31. A bottle of anti-fog drops for your glasses that'll have you singing, "I can see clearly now the fog is gone!" every time you wear a face mask. Simply add a few drops to your lenses, wipe clean, then go about your day without ever having to wipe them down.

    A glasses lens with fog on the top half and no fog on the bottom half

    Promising review: "When it came to wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I tried everything I could think of to position a mask in such a way that I could still see. I tried different shapes, different nose wires, wearing it higher, wearing it lower, tighter, looser, the whole gambit. Nothing helped enough. I was to the point where I literally would just tape the mask to my face. An essential-worker friend of mine suggested anti-fog spray, and I was skeptical but picked this one. I read the directions, put on my glasses and a mask...and no fog. NONE. I genuinely couldn't believe it, so I tried it on my partner's glasses; he was stunned, too. I've applied it almost every time I've gone out since, and it's still working great." —K. M. Dunton

    Get it from Amazon for $15.55.

    32. A highly-rated clothes steamer so you can make sure all of your "Zoom tops" are wrinkle-free and ready for those big meetings.

    I bought this steamer a little over a year ago and it is a GAME. CHANGER. I'm able to steam a normal sized load of laundry with just one tank of water, mostly thanks to the handy trigger that allows you to pause the flow of steam in between garments. I may not be leaving the house much these days, but it still feels nice to keep a good laundry routine intact.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97+ (available in two colors).

    33. A mold and mildew spray that'll fool everyone into thinking you regularly deep-clean your shower. If quarantine has completely messed up your cleaning schedule, this spray will basically help you rewind time.

    Promising review: "Either this stuff is a straight up magic potion in a bottle or I seriously channeled my inner Hermione Granger with every squeeze of the trigger. The mold I've been battling on my bathroom ceiling since moving into this place literally disappeared. I have tried so many products, and let's just say, trying to wipe or rinse clean a product from a ceiling is no easy task, and I wouldn't complain if any of them actually worked. I sprayed this RMR-86 product and I had to do ZERO wiping or rinsing. It just vanished." —herbivorehippie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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