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10 cult-favorite Amazon products that solve life's little problems — all under $25

These little gadgets will help you solve major problems and minor inconveniences. (Photo: Amazon)
These little gadgets will help you solve major problems and minor inconveniences. (Photo: Amazon)

Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a skincare gem, a cleaning must-have or just something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, it must be good, right?

No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are, when hoards of them swear by something, it's the real deal.

Plus, every Amazon pro knows that the best way to save big is to be a Prime member. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Scroll for 10 of our favorite Amazon cult-favorite finds.

A $4 fix to your cat's unending boredom

Engage with your fur baby in loads of play time with this beloved toy.
$4 at Amazon

Whether your cat is perpetually bored and getting into trouble, or simply needs more exercise, this $4 solution will keep them dancing, quite literally, for hours. All it is is a steel wire with a spring and rolled cardboard fixed to the end, but it does the trick to keep curious kitties out of your hair.

Over 26,000 owners of feline friends swear by it, too. "If you say 'cat dancer toy' my cats come running," one happy reviewer says. "This is great news for our twenty-pound senior cat. He is actually getting up and moving quite a bit, hence we purchased two more.... It’s just amazing to everyone in our household how something so simple (and inexpensive) can be their favorite. They beg for this, while the expensive toys sit. Why not give it a try?"

A $15 multi-purpose skincare gem that over 50,000 shoppers adore

This 100% bentonite clay mask works magic on acne and can also be used as a bath or foot soak or treatment for bug bites.
$15 at Amazon

Whether you're plagued by the occasional blemish or have some stubborn blackheads that just won't go away, this single-ingredient clay just might be the solution. The tub comes with a pound of 100% natural calcium bentonite clay which you can use as a spot treatment, mask, foot soak or even a hair mask. All you need to do is mix it with water or apple cider vinegar, then apply the paste and leave on for up to ten minutes.

"This is the best mask!" shared one of over 50,000 five-star reviewers. "Used it back in the day for my acne and now that I’m almost 30 I’m using it for age prevention! I have a lot of dry skin issues including psoriasis, and this works wonders!"

An oddly satisfying cleaning putty that'll get dirt and dust out of your keyboard

This lemon-yellow putty satisfyingly grabs the dirt right out of keyboards, air vents, speakers and more.
$7 at Amazon

Yellow putty might seem like a strange way to clean tough-to-reach dirt and grime, but once you try it for yourself, you'll become a believer. ColorCoral Universal Dust Cleaner The product is made with a biodegradable gel that's sticky enough to pick up dirt in small spaces. All you have to do is roll the gel over the area you want to clean, give it a second to pick up the muck, then peel it off the surface and watch as the hard-to-reach dirt comes free. Gross, but also amazing.

"I purchased this product to clean those little spaces in my car filled with dog hair and random crumbs from my husband, and it works amazing," one fan says. "It picked up everything and didn’t leave a residue. The lemon scent was faint and didn’t overpower the vehicle while I was cleaning it. This definitely got in all the little nooks and crannies."

An ingenious purse holder for your car

No need to frantically search behind you or around your feet for your purse or glasses when you're driving — just hang this smart organizer between the front seats and you're good to go.
$12 at Amazon

If you have ever found yourself reaching into the backseat, desperately searching for your purse, the Car Cache Purse Holder is for you. Fasten the hooks between the driver's and passenger's seat to form a an easy-to-reach hammock that cradles your essentials. It also doubles as an excellent barrier to keep your dog from jumping into the front seat.

"I love this car cache," one reviewer raves. "It’s a great solution to a common problem. My purse was either in the back or on the dirty floor between my seat and gas pedal (not safe). Now my purse stays clean, is easy to reach and out of the way."

A set of 10 slippers that'll make mopping your favorite chore

Literally walk off dust and dirt with these mop-like slippers that you can toss in the washing machine when you're done.
$14 at Amazon

If you dread mopping more than any other chore, these fuzzy slippers might be the antidote. They come in a set of 10 for just $14, and they're designed to be worn over your shoes so that you can effectively dust and mop your floor just by walking across it as you normally would. No more back-breaking pain! Plus, it's kind of fun, which means you can easily rope the kids in your life to help.

"I have never had wood floors before and I have two huge hairy cats — big hair problem!" lamented one shopper. "The slippers are big, so I wear them over my regular house slippers. Then I skate, slip, and slide over the floors as the cats chase me! We have a lot of fun while cleaning up the cat hair. The slippers do very well picking up the cat hair — amazing."

A rip-proof shower curtain liner that makes over 166,000 shoppers sing

Nearly 166,00 five-star reviews say it all — this is the only shower curtain liner you'll ever need. Its weighted bottom helps keep it firmly in place and the spray from the shower inside, instead of on your bathroom floor.
$12 at Amazon

At first glance, this shower curtain liner might not look like much. Don't be fooled, though — the Liba liner is the creme de la creme of bathroom necessities. For starters, it's two and a half times thicker than other liners, plus it doesn't accumulate soap scum. It doesn't smell funky — unlike some other liners — and it's completely waterproof, so it dries instantly.

"This is the Cadillac of shower curtains!" one shopper shared of the No. 1 bestseller. "No smell, plus, we've got really hard water, and it's only been a couple of weeks of use, and I'm sure it will eventually spot, but so far so good. Nice oversized curtain as well, covers the corners well. The weight of it makes it hang well too."

Cracking the code on the easiest breakfast ever

Enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast for two without the worry of an egg-flipping disaster. Even better? The non-stick surface cleans easily in seconds with a damp cloth or paper towel.
$23 at Amazon

Achieving omelet perfection can be difficult, especially when it comes to the flipping and folding. That's where the nonstick Holstein Housewares omelet maker comes in. It makes two beautiful omelets at once, no flipping required. You can also use it to make frittatas, pizza pockets, apple turnovers or whatever other delicious pocket-shaped food your heart desires.

"I ordered it as a Christmas gift for my wife and myself," this reviewer shares. "We immediately began using it and have never looked back! It makes a perfect omelette every time and the cleanup is so simple. We just dampen a soft cloth and wipe it down."

A truly revolutionary hair catcher

Forget calling the plumber. This handy rubber strainer traps all the hair that could clog your drain and cleans easily.
$13 at Amazon

Have you heard of the TubShroom and its mighty ability to catch all the hair in your shower drain before it even thinks of clogging? If not, you will be amazed by this mini gadget that fits snuggly inside your drain to catch hair. When it comes time to clean it out, just wipe it off, throw away the unwanted hair and place it back in your drain. Sorry plumbers of the world, but we no longer need your services.

This fan raves, "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. I tried others and they all failed miserably. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain."

Neat little stickers that block blue light

If the lights on your alarm clock (or any other appliance) are keeping you up at night, dim them with these easy-to-use stickers.
$1 at Amazon

If you're anything like me, then you're incessantly annoyed by the unending blinking blue lights that come with all electronics. Some are even bright enough to wake me up at night! Fortunately, Light Dims stickers offer a simple solution — and they're on sale right now for just $3. They come in a variety of sizes and dim LED lights on electronics so you no longer have to deal with the brightness.

"I have a media PC in my living room under my TV and directly across from the main couch. The LED is extremely bright and obnoxious, especially in low-light situations...[These stickers] dimmed the LED a perfect amount. I can definitely still see that the PC is on, but without the annoying blue beacon that can be seen from space," this reviewer shares.

An essential gadget for the impatient fusilli eater

When you're pressed for time, this genius pasta helper is the answer. Just add pasta and water according and pop this gadget into the microwave for 12 to 13 minutes. Carefully put the lid on for easy straining once the pasta is cooked.
$18 at Amazon

Some folks may bristle at this, but yes, it is possible to cook pasta in the microwave. Instead of waiting for water to boil, fill the Fasta Pasta's reservoir with water and the pasta of your choice, then pop it in the microwave. You'll get the perfect al dente bite in 15 minutes or less — even Rachael Ray is a fan.

"I bought this microwave pasta cooker at a time when I did not have a stove," this reviewer says. "Even though I have a stove now, I still use this cooker for dinner for myself sometimes because it works so well and quickly!"

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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