42 Useful Home Products That’ll Do The Hard Work For You This Winter
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A bottle of Quick N Brite Fireplace Cleaner to remove soot, smoke, creosote, and ash from nearly any fireplace. Tis the season for cozy nights, so make sure your fireplace is in tip top shape.
2. A pack of washing machine tablets to make sure your machine is in good enough shape to keep your clothes clean. Like with all cleaning appliances, it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape so that they run at max efficiency.
Promising review: “My washer was smelling and had grime inside the seal that wouldn’t come off, even when I tried to scrub it off. So I used one of these tablets in the wash. It worked like magic. Not only did it clean the washer very well (the water looked so dirty during the cycle), but it also got rid of the smell! I will keep using these as recommended.” —Eca
Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three pack sizes).
A moisture meter to tell you if your plants need water, which is crucial during the winter months because the air tends to be very dry. All you do is stick it in the soil of the plant in question and it’ll tell you if the soil is dry, moist, or wet.
Keurig cleaning cups if you use your Keurig pretty often but have never thought to clean it. Just pop in one of the pods as you would a coffee cup, and proceed to be equal parts amazed and disgusted at how much residue was in your machine.
A set of magnetic glass spice jars if you have a ton of spices and nowhere to store them. Plus, they look cool and can go on any magnetic surface, so fridges and the not hot part of stoves. Get creative!
A pack of nonslip velvet hangers to give your closet a more cohesive look and free up some space. These are super slim and take up way less space than traditional plastic or wooden hangers, so you’ll be able to hang more garments and make your closet look more tidy at the same time. Truly a miracle!
A vent cleaner hose that’ll attach to your vacuum and clean out your dryer’s lint trap. Making sure your lint trap isn’t clogged greatly improves the drying time needed.
8. An upholstered storage ottoman to store stuff like candles, blankets, and more. The lid can be flipped over to create a table, which is perfect for those of us with limited storage space.
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BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has and looooves this ottoman:
“I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it’s pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I’ll use it as a tray. It’s also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than 10 minutes, and probably didn’t even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I’m tempted to buy another!).”
Promising review: “I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my Kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things.” —Monica N.
Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (available in seven colors).
A set of poison- and pesticide-free sticky insect traps for getting any infestation of flying insects under control, because it’s cold outside now and the bugs are MOVING IN. Reviewers swear that these traps completely wipe out common houseplant insects in a matter of weeks.
10. A microfiber spin mop that’ll make sure your mop isn’t soaking wet before you use it, which will dramatically cut down on the time it takes to not only clean your floors but let them dry, especially during cold weather. Plus, it’s machine-washable, has an automatic wringer, and is designed in a shape that will reach into small spaces and corners.
Promising review: “Ashamed to say, but I barely ever mop the floors. I purchased this O-Cedar Mop and Bucket based upon the great reviews. I am here to add a 5-star review of my own. This mop and bucket not only cleaned my floors, but it made the entire process easy (and dare I say fun?). I did the entire first floor of my house both tile and wood. Then wanted more fun, so i scooped up the handy handle and carried it upstairs where I continued on to the bedrooms and bathrooms. I don’t want to go on and on, but this mop picked up lots of dirt and grime, then popped easily into the washing machine. It came out great. The swirly thing makes all the difference. It wrings out all of the excess water, so it’s easy to mop without using too much muscle, which I do not have. And the mop heads are short, rather than long mop heads, which only make for heavier mops. If you’re on the fence, go for it, you’ll agree.” —LauraP320
Get it from Amazon for $54.
A wall-mounted battery organizer that’ll keep all of your batteries neatly stored. It can hold up to 93 batteries and comes with a tester to make sure the battery you choose isn’t dead (it happens to the best of us!).
A bottle of all-purpose cleaner that only uses five ingredients to keep the grime and gross at bay. The scent is orange and clove, which is the epitome of a beautiful winter day. Use this on everyday messes to keep your house looking and smelling divine.
A heavy-duty shelving unit to store everything and anything, thanks to its weight capacity of 350 pounds per shelf. Finally your boxes of seasonal decor and bulky small appliances will have a home of their own when not in use.
A magnetic paper towel holder to put on your fridge so that you free up counter space. Seriously, I actually have this thing and it’s a game-changer. I didn’t know how much space my old holder was taking up until I switched to this fridge magnet one.
A sleek power tool holder to mount right onto your wall. Keep all of your drills and drivers within arm’s reach, instead of scattered around your garage in their respective cases.
A garbage-disposal cleaner that uses bright blue magical foam to get rid of unpleasant lingering smells. Trust me, I use these in my own home and watching them work is like watching one of the Harry Potter movies — pure magic!
17. A bottle of hard water booster powder if your dishes don’t look so great when they come out of the dishwasher. It removes mineral build up, spots, residue, and hard water film from your machine, and leaves it with a faint but pleasant lemon-y scent.
Promising review: “This seems to work really well in our dishwasher. The dishwasher was starting to leave a white film on everything and smell bad. I started using this along with the maximum or ultimate (I can’t remember which right now, and I’m too lazy to go check) all-in-one Finish detergent pods, and it’s been working great and getting the dishes clean. Also, we have well water.” —Carole
Get it from Amazon for $5.81.
18. A length-adjustable pet hair broom because it’s that time of the year when dogs and cats are shedding more than usual, and you need something to rake it all up. Because the bristles are rubber, it picks up way more hair than a traditional broom.
Want more info? Check out my coworker’s FURemover Evrilholder broom review. You’ll learn a thing or two AND enjoy some very satisfying hair-removal photos!
Promising review: “I saw this on TikTok and thought it was worth a shot. I have two dogs and a cat, and being one with a dust and dander allergy I have to vacuum often but the vacuum can’t always get in deep enough. This actually works and I was shocked at how well it does. I brush the carpet a few times and vacuum it up and the carpet even looks better!! I highly recommend this to everyone — especially pet owners.” —Theo Ackerman
Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six styles)
A silverware sorter that fits a full 24-piece cutlery set but takes up half the space of a traditional organizer, freeing up so much extra storage in a drawer you never thought you could get back.
A wall-mounted shop vac because garages get dirty real quick, especially when the seasons change and your car (and, let’s be honest, you) track in more dirt. Whether it’s seasonal problems like dead leaves or just your run-of-the-mill daily dirt buildup, this vacuum and blower will make keeping your garage tidy super easy.
An over-the-cabinet storage shelf to easily store your cutting boards, baking sheets, and food wrap boxes. Think of the amount of cabinet and drawer space you’ll free up!
A set of shelf bins so that your eggs, drinks, snacks, and fruits have their own home and are easily accessible. Trust me, I have these in my fridge and it makes finding things so much easier.
And set of fridge organization labels that have a ton of font, size, and color options. Take your fridge’s organization to the next level by making sure every spot is labeled with what goes where.
A self-watering, self-aerating planter to make sure your plants stay hydrated when you don’t have time to. Each pot can hold up to two weeks’ worth of water, so you fill it up and then replace the water as needed.
Some food storage containers with airtight lids that are great for storing your nonperishables and making sure your pantry looks Pinterest-ready.
A spice rack drawer organizer in a 10-foot roll that you can cut to size. The roll provides enough length to organize 30+ full-size spice bottles.
A scrap trap to make sure food prep doesn’t result in a huge mess — just chop up your ingredients and push your discards into this lil’ bucket.
A 100% natural oven scrub for keeping your oven clean now that it’ll be in used way more (we love a winter roast!). Because cooking anything in a filthy oven is just the pits.
29. An extra-large silicone ice tray perfect for freezing large amounts of soup or broth for you to eat later. Each cube is the equivalent of one cup, so make a big pot of soup, sauce, or broth and then freeze it for later use.
Souper Cubes is a family-owned small business in the San Francisco Bay Area making freezer tray packs specifically for soup.
Promising review: “This product is an absolute game changer for folks who cook in volume for food prep or just to store leftovers in an efficient, organized way! I saw these on a different site and definitely hesitated for a while due to the price. Finally sucked it up and ordered, couldn’t be happier! I’ve made soups, enchilada sauce, chili, breakfast casserole, etc.! Great for portion sizing! My freezer is becoming much more organized, giving me more room! I’ve told everyone about these! Just love them!” —Deborah L. Hughes
Get a pack of two from Souper Cubes on Amazon for $36.99 (available in two colors)
A 24-pocket shoe organizer that reviewers actually use to store pantry overage. Also, how many people actually have a pantry!??! If you have a door you just hang this over it, and now all your nonperishables are right there where you need them, no cabinet or drawer space required.
A slide-out storage tower that fits into that empty space between your fridge and counter or wall. It has three shelves that can store everything from can foods to condiments to spices.
A pack of two tape measure holders that can mount to your workbench or wall. Never again will you spend hours combing through every junk drawer looking for your tape.
A magnetic stove shelf to turn that unused space on the top of your stove into a fully functional shelf, no installation required. It also has a small back lip, so you won’t worry about stuff slipping off behind the stove, never to be seen again.
A pet hair remover roller that can be used again and again because it doesn’t require the single-use adhesive paper found on traditional rollers. Instead, this roller uses bristles that grab the hair, very similar to what a brush does.
A container lid organizer to finally keep all your lids organized in one easily accessible way. Never again will you be sifting through a sea of lids trying to find the exact one you need to save your leftover spaghetti.
An outlet shelf so you can easily store small items that need power, like electric toothbrushes or cellphones.
Double-sided carpet tape for making sure your rugs stay put. Most rugs show up in a roll, so when you roll them out the corners naturally lift. Use this tape to make sure the corners stay down and the rug never moves out of place.
A pack of food spikes so your houseplants never go hungry. Each stick provides up to two months of food for your plants — eliminating the need to constantly fertilize and check the soil for nutrients.
An Instant Pot magnetic cheat sheet that classifies and categorizes 95 common food ingredients for easy reference. Just stick on the side of your Instant Pot and never scramble to look up a recipe on your phone again.
40. Stove counter gap covers that’ll prevent crumbs and spills from dripping down that ever so tiny space between the stove and the counter. It’s basically impossible to reach, but you sure can smell it when something nasty is down there. This product fixes that problem.
Promising review: “I wish I had discovered this sooner. I cook a lot and it annoyed me whenever spills and crumbs would get in the gap between the stove and countertop. This was an effective and easy solution. It is easy to install. I ordered the size that covered the whole width of my counter, cut it to size and fit in between the crack. Because it is silicone, it is easy to take on and off to clean. I am not sure how much heat it can withstand but I just try not to put hot pans on it to be safe.” —LLMama
Get them from Amazon for $7.11+ (available in a 21″ or 26″ long strip).
41. A set of Shoe Slotz to double your shoe storage area. Instead of putting a pair of shoes side-by-side, this genius product stacks them on top of each other but with a protective barrier between each shoe so they don’t get scuffed.
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This product SAVED MY SHOES! I have an awkward set of built-in shelves in my closet, and it was the only place I wanted to put my shoes. As you can see from the before pic (above), it was a big mess; my shoes were piled on top of each other and getting really dirty. Traditional shoe caddies or boxes didn’t really work because there’s not much horizontal space, so I tried the Shoe Slotz. It fixed the problem perfectly! Because the design smartly stacks one shoe on top of the other, you save 50% of the space you’d normally use to store your shoes.
Promising review: “Confession time. I am a bit of a shoe fiend. These little shoe slots have allowed me to fit way more shoes in my closet shelving (yay!) AND having them organized like this keeps my shoes much nicer — since they aren’t all scraping against each other. It also helps me remember which shoes I have — since they are all visible. 🙂 The little heel stoppers pop out every so often when I am getting shoes, which is sort of annoying, but still a 5-star purchase.” —MoniqueRamsey
Get a set of ten from Amazon for $31.95+ (also available in packs of 20 and 40).
And a sturdy Command spray bottle mount so that your cleaning supplies don’t take up any more room in your already overstuffed cabinets. Instead, keep your bottles within reach by attaching them to the wall. Oh, and each mount can hold up to 2.5 pounds!
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