What do a microwave cleaner, a massage stick and an ice roller have in common? They’re all random but secretly useful products that PureWow staffers have discovered on Amazon—and now can’t live without. Here, ten PureWow staffers share the most useful, totally random gems hiding in the depths on the mega retailer’s site just waiting to be discovered. Are you ready to change your life?
1. Ticarve Cleaning Gel
“I live off of this sticky goop,” says senior manager of strategic partnerships, Brynn Conway. “My dog sheds like crazy and this stuff picks up hair from clothes and furniture like no other. I’ve also used it to clean crumbs out of hard-to-reach spots in my car that have honestly been there for years.” Reviewers say the gel is great for cleaning keyboards and picking up lint and dust, too.
2. Wyze Cam 1080 HD Indoor Wireless Smart Camera
Conway is also a fan of this wireless HD camera so she can keep an eye on her English Bulldog when she’s not home. “It sends a live stream of my living room right to my phone so I can make sure Tonka’s not getting into trouble when I’m out. I seriously can’t believe it’s only $26 given how well it works,” she explains. There’s even a night vision mode if you want to set it up as a baby monitor.
3. BackEmbrace Posture Corrector
“This is so weird, but I love this posture corrector. It’s so comfortable and actually works. Plus, it makes it easier to breathe by opening up your chest,” says senior commerce editor Bri Lapolla. So long, tech neck.
4. Oxo Good Grips Salad Chopper & Bowl
“I bought this at the beginning of quarantine, and I’m not sure how I ever made a salad without it,” software engineer Michelle Varat says of this easy-to-use salad chopper. Just throw your ingredients in the bowl, run this tool over them a few times and there you have it: A perfectly chopped salad that rivals one of Sweetgreen’s.
5. Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
Influencer marketing manager Noel Pescetto says this little device is essential when it comes to cleaning the microwave. “It’s such a time saver and the angry mom design makes me laugh every time,” she says. All you have to do is fill the reusable Angry Mama with some water and vinegar, pop it in the microwave for five to seven minutes, wipe the walls and turntable down and boom, your microwave will look good as new.
6. Esarora Ice Roller
Stick this baby in the freezer and pull it out when your face or under eyes are feeling puffy. “It’s also great for migraine relief, sinus pressure relief and most importantly, helps you feel revived during a hangover,” says senior manager of brand strategy Ariel Pietrobono. Reviewers say it’s good for TMJ pain, inflamed acne spots and redness too, FYI.
7. Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Back Massager
“It looks heinous, but if you have backaches and you can’t get actual massages as much as you’d like, this is a game-changer. The knobs work out every kink and I promise you will feel so. much. better,” says senior editor of branded content, Cristina Gutierrez, who’s not the only one who swears by it—the Body Back Buddy has racked up almost 1,100 five-star reviews.
8. Toloco Indoor Mosquito Trap
Director of audience development, Sally Herrod, is so impressed with this indoor bug trap, she calls it her all-time favorite Amazon purchase. “It’s chemical-free, quiet and keeps my apartment mosquito and gnat free,” she says. The device’s UV light attracts bugs, then its fan ensures that they get sucked in and trapped on its sticky paper. This particular model even comes with ten paper replacements so that you don’t have to worry about running out for a while. We’re getting one for our screened-in porch, STAT.
9. Do a Dot Art! Makers Washable Paint Markers (6 Pack)
Director of special projects, Rachel Bowie, has been relying on these paint markers to keep her toddler occupied while she works from home. “As far as art projects with a toddler go, these keep my 2-year-old entertained and mostly mess-free for minutes on end. I was skeptical at first, but then saw all my friends using them with their kids. They are so easy to use, but also the perfect size for gripping and practicing fine motor skills,” she says.
10. Opolar Quiet Desk Fan
“This mini desk fan is amazing, I’ve gotten so many PureWow editors hooked on it,” says managing editor of branded content, Rachel Gulmi. Plug it into your computer’s USB port and you’ll never be sweating at your desk again. We think it’ll make the perfect addition to our outdoor office setup now that summer’s in full swing.
11. Blue Key World Cable Clips (6 Pack)
As for my personal pick, my phone charger would always end up on the floor, until I discovered these cable clips. They stick onto your nightstand, desk or counter and hold your charging cord so that it doesn’t fall. Sounds simple, but I really don’t know what I did without them (besides struggle).
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