26 Things That’ll Fix What You Think Is Gone Forever

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1.

A blessedly effective carpet cleaner capable of turning your brown carpet into whatever color it was when you bought it.


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Promising review: “This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can’t always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the ‘room of shame’ twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh.” —Vicky Faurot

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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A nail and cuticle oil to repair all the damage you’ve wreaked on your paws after peeling that gel manicure off.


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This oil has jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E to help promote strong nails and soften cuticles.

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 ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!” —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

3.

A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that clean those hard-to-reach places so you don’t have to. That moldy Nalgene you forget to clean for a year can now be saved from the garbage!


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Promising review: “I actually found this product on a BuzzFeed article on things that you can’t believe you don’t already own. I figured I’d give it a shot as we have plenty of gross looking travel coffee mugs. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was blown away. I was amazed and even a tad disgusted at how gross they truly were.” —Nanners1010

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

4.

A grout pen so you can easily cover up unsightly tile grout without having to, you know, scrub them clean.


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It works like white-out for your floors!

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 on Amazon for $7.80 (available in three colors).

5.

A pack of Magic Eraser-dupes that work just as well as the real deal at zapping away smudges and stains. Save your dirty sneaks AND save some money.


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Promising review: “Obsessed. You start by scrubbing that one scuff that’s been bugging you every time you walk by since the day it mysteriously appeared… then you see a small one next to it. Then hours have passed and you’re holding this shriveled up fluff and your house is spotless and you realize you can’t live without these things.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.95 (or get the originals).

6.

A bendy, millipede drain snake to rescue your clogged drains just when you were about to surrender to always taking foot baths every time you showered.


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Promising review: “Looks cheap (is cheap) but is effective. I had a few inches of standing water in my tub for two days when I got this thing. Cleared it in moments, I did not save it because it was difficult to clean off and inexpensive enough that I’d just as soon buy another when the need arises. It’s very nice to have a viable, non-chemical means of clearing hair clogs. (More reliably effective too.) Don’t waste money on chemicals — this and three minutes of effort and you’re done. Do wear gloves, and keep a plastic bag handy for pulling the hair off the gizmo.” —pissedfemale

Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

7.

A wood polish that can miraculously erase water stains and scratches. Everyone will be asking when you found the time you buy a brand new coffee table.


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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. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is 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 $8.48.

8.

A stain remover formulated especially to handle red wine so you can rescue those sheets you nearly ruined during “pinot noir in bed” night.


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Promising review: “Lo and behold! I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no.” —Sharon Hamilton

Get it from Amazon for $5.92 (available in packs of 1-5).

9.

A twisty cable protector to squeeze some extra life out of your frayed cables. Seriously, these should just come standard with all your chargers.


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Promising review: “I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I’ve had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius.” —ElleNWC

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.97 (available in three color combos).

10.

A set of drill brushes so effective, you’ll be shocked how clean your home used to be.


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The set comes with a two-inch flat brush, a four-inch flat brush, and a round brush. The drill isn’t included, but you can grab a basic Black and Decker one ($27.83 on Amazon) that’ll do the trick.

Promising review: “I thought my hard water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it’s amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side.” —Traci D.

Get it from Amazon for $14.96 (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

11.

A pack of moldable glue you can use to fix pretty much anything — frayed cables, holes in shoes, broken toys, ANYTHING!


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This stuff is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant and electrically insulating (up to 24 volts). It sets strong and in place by turning into a durable, tactile silicone rubber overnight.

Promising review: “This thing has so many uses! I keep buying this over and over. I’ve used this moldable glue to mount things, organize wiring in stereo cabinets, stop rattles (my license plate rattled when closing the trunk and two little balls of Sugru to the back of plate did the trick), and I’ve even made tool hangers in the garage with it.” —fastrnu

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

12.

A set of cascading hanger hooks that will give you something you never thought you’d see again: closet space!


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These bars hang onto your closet bar and offer room for six hooks each. They utilize vertical space so you can stuff even more clothes in your closet.

Promising review: “This was perfect for our small closet. I couldn’t be happier. I share a closet with my husband and this made a huge difference in space.” —Toni Jefferson

Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in packs of 8 or 12).

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A handheld steamer to tackle any clothing that’s wrinkled into such an unrecognizable ball you thought you’d never see the original shape again.

14.

A headlight restorative cleaner so you can actually see where the heck you’re going. Plus, this is a lot cheaper than replacing the headlights altogether.


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Just one treatment can last years!

Promising review: “This stuff worked great! My car is six years old but it looked more like 20 with the cloudy headlights. The instructions are simple and clear: wet the surface and use the green side of the square to gently scrub off the milky, yellowish stuff on your headlights. Follow up with another splash of water and use the grey side to polish. This step will take more time and effort depending on how bad your headlights are. Once you think you’re ready for the last step, take the red cloth and thoroughly dry the surface. I let it sit for a few minutes to make sure everything was dry as a bone. Last step: put on the gloves, open the packet, remove the thick wipe and carefully go over the surface once. All in all, this was a simple procedure that didn’t take too much effort and my headlights look brand new. Win-win!” —Jeneroo2u

Get it from Amazon for $9.90 (available in a pack of six).

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A toilet scrubbing wand (the magic kind, maybe?) that’ll turn your yuckiest toilet into something usable again.


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This wizardly kit comes with one wand, a caddy, and six disposable scrubber refills.

Promising review: “Do you ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How is a dirty used-up brush still sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom, but then you put that sucker down in its place and it’s just mocking you. It’s never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine your porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean, sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty-cleaning-brush-thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand: the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep clean and to toss away the brush after you’re done. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just how we like to clean.” —Juliana

Get it from Amazon for $8.44.


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Promising review: “Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I’ve tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I’d tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth.” —Steve

Get a 3.4-ounce jar from Amazon for $6.49 (available in packs 1–12).

17.

A roll of screen repair tape for quick window fixes so you don’t have to replace the whole dang screen every time your cat gets a little scratchy.


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Promising review: “I live in an old home and we are at the point in life where we have done all the big repairs we are going to do. We have holes in quite a few screens which my spouse promised to fix with his mystical screen hole patching prowess. That was years ago and I’m tired of getting eaten alive. I bought a roll of this and in 10 minutes every screen was patched. This product cuts cleanly even with mediocre scissors. It adheres to the existing screen neatly and without a lot of pressure or fuss.” —Quickbeam

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

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A stain-removing spray so you can reclaim your bathroom from that horrible orange glow! Orange is the worst color, especially when your bathroom is supposed to be white.


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Promising review: “Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!” —Jessica B

Get a bottle on Amazon for $5.

19.

A shoe shining kit to make your boots sparkle as bright as the day they caught your eye in the store.


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The kit comes with two tins of black polish, a shine brush, a dauber, and a cloth.

Promising review: “KIWI is my favorite brand for shoe care items. From shining actual military boots to polishing my dress shoes, I haven’t found a better quality shoe shine. This pack is extremely useful for those who are new to polishing shoes themselves since it comes with everything a beginner really needs to learn. Remember that these are new horsehair bushes, so you may lose a few hairs the first time you use the dauber.” —Lord McFatty

Get it from Amazon for $12.12.

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A defuzzer for the pilled up hoodie you’ve had since high school. Worry not, Greenville Lacrosse sweatshirt, you can be saved!


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Promising reviews: “I tried this on one of my favorite sweaters and this has made it look like new! There is height adjustment when using different fabrics, it’s a great feature. Batteries seems to last well. I would recommend de-bobbling on an ironing board and keeping the fabric taut to avoid holes.” —W

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

21.

A foot file to return your feet to their former, painful-crack-free glory.


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Promising review: “OMG, these should be standard issue to every human. I’ve bought them all — the cheap foot files and the expensive ones. None of them remotely compare to this one. I thought I was doomed to have course heels forever, but no more! With just one use, my heels are fabulous! The callouses this thing removed were absolutely disgusting, but I couldn’t be happier. You won’t be disappointed!” —JMart

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

22.

A scratch removing kit that can help you cover up unsightly car damage without even having to take a trip to the body shop. Your dad will never know you took the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California for a spin.


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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 $19.97.

23.

A watermark removing cloth so you can wipe away all the evidence of that rude guest who “forgot” to use a coaster. Coffee table = saved!


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Promising review: “This removed the most stubborn watermark on earth! My desk had three very obvious rings from where hot mugs had been left unattended, and despite trying everything that was recommended online, nothing worked to reduce their appearance. This cloth must have some miracle oil in it because it removed the rings when nothing else would, and they haven’t come back. Be sure to really rub the cloth over the water mark (it may take some time, but it’s worth it!), and save the plastic bag that it comes in just in case you need it again.” —Trini

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

24.

A pair of charcoal deodorizers ready to save your wretchedly stinky gym bag from the trash.


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You can recharge them by leaving them out in the sun!

Promising review: “These are a little wonder. I have waterproof steel toe boots that get worn about six hours a day and make my feet sweat like no other shoe I have worn. For the first time a pair of my shoes smell and can’t be kept in my closet. I am very active in sports and I wear numerous cleats and running shoes, those never smell, but these boots…. Yuck. Once I started putting these bags in after each use, no more smell! I recommend highly.” —M Hill

Get the pack of two on Amazon for $9.95.


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You can hide the extender with your favorite belt!

Promising review: “I’m in the middle of my first trimester and these have been awesome! I’m still too small for maternity pants, but am too bloated to wear my current pants as-is. This pack is great because it includes both kinds of closures (buttons and metal clasp) and it comes in a variety of colors. I highly recommend! I’m fairly sure I will be using these until I am in all maternity clothes and perhaps after (pair it with a bellyband), and also after baby is born and I go back to work!” —JMCrwy

Get a pack of 13 from Amazon for $18.95.

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A jewelry cleaning pen to bring that brilliant shine back to your cloudy gems.


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Promising review: “I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the dazzle stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a diamond dazzle stick of my own. It’s the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go. I don’t feel this product replaces the need to professionally clean your jewelry every now and then, but it does help with the maintenance of that new shiny sparkle.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

Like a Phoenix emerging from the ashes, your stuff will be reborn again. Here’s live footage of you awkwardly explaining why you almost threw it out to begin with:


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