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Amazon's secret overstock sale section is packed with problem-solving gadgets, from $6

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The secret’s out! About Amazon’s secret outlet page, that is. (Photo: Amazon)

We LOVE a good deal. Every week, we spend hours combing the internet for the very best products at the lowest prices to share with you. But there's only one thing that makes a deal on a product even better: it solves a problem. You probably already know that Amazon is loaded with items that meet both criteria. What you might not know is that Amazon has a secret section with awesome overstock items that you can get at a serious bargain. It's packed with everything you need, but we've zeroed in on the items that can simplify, clear up or just make your life a little bit easier — all at a massive markdown.

We searched through hundreds of products — from vacation-saving gadgets to quirky items to make lounging more relaxing — and picked out our favorite items. Scroll down for hidden gems to help out around the house.

Don't let the name fool you - it's not just for mason jars, but pretty much every jar that's literally a pain to open.

$14 at Amazon

The Bxgnip Mason Jar Opener actually works on many types of jars and cans, and also reseals them! Plus, the handle also serves as a bottle opener, making this your go-to kitchen item. It's great for people who have arthritis or dexterity issues, and also those who like canning fruits and veggies (and it is canning season!). And now this jar opener almost 70% off at Amazon!

Shoppers love its simplicity and its utility. Said one: "It makes quick work of popping the sealed lid off of the top of a mason jar. It also doesn’t damage the lid so I can wash and keep them for reuse with dry goods storage. The bottle opener on the end is a nice bonus. This is also the perfect tool if you are into food preservation and canning."

Heat- and rust resistant this foldable dish rack fits over the kitchen sink for small spaces and easy storage.

$8 at Amazon

Perfect for small kitchens, this dish drying rack saves space by using the sink to catch dripping water. And as you can see you from the photo, you can use it as an extended kitchen counter. Plus, it rolls up for easy storage.

More than 6,000 five-star reviews love its portability, "Get a bunch of these for gifts. Everyone needs one," said this happy customer. "I got everyone in my immediate family one of these. I had to buy my mom this one because her sink is MASSIVE. My brother just had his first kid, and he swears by it. Said it's so useful and easy to get out of the way if he needs to move it. It's perfect, get this. 5 stars."

With help from a little vinegar and water, Angry Mama steams from her head to soften microwave stains and make them easier to wipe away.

$9 at Amazon

You scrub and scrub your microwave, but all it takes is one bowl of tomato sauce to make the process start all over again. But don't blow your top over it — let Topist Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner do it for you. Just remove the top, add one part vinegar and one part water, replace the top and for 5-8 minutes let it steam off encrusted gunk in the microwave.

Over 5,000 five-star reviewers are anything but angry over this mama. "Unexpected and cute," reported this shopper. "’I've always hated cleaning the microwave. Gave this a try, and was amazed at how easily and quickly my microwave came clean. I didn’t even realize it was that dirty. Loved it so much I bought one for my mom. She's also in love!"

Sharp and reliable for lightweight pruning work, these shears also can help vanquish some of your thicker tree branches.

$20 at Amazon

Gonicc 8-Inch Professional Pruning Shears are just what you need to get your garden into shape — especially now that the rain and the humidity has that garden growing by leaps and bounds. Get rid of pesky roots, vines that have wrapped themselves around your trees and clip the dead bits off your rose bushes. You'll have a garden more like Eden in no time!

And nearly 9,000 five-star reviewers agree. "Why did I wait so long?" asked this gardener. "In the summer, garden clippers are my BFF and these are the new bestie! They are sharp and easy to grip. They come pre-oiled so it gives you a good first defense against rust. But maybe the best thing is the lifetime guarantee! I haven't had to use it and don't think I will, but it's nice to know that the manufacturer believes in their product enough to offer it."

Made with stainless steel, this battery-operated cup holds 15 oz of liquid and stirs itself with just a touch of the button.

$15 at amazon

Whether you like hot powdered drinks or you don't like your coffee to settle at the bottom of the cup (we're looking at you, French press coffee drinkers), this takes all of the sweat and tears out of stirring your beverage. It's made with stainless steel and plastic and has a little battery-operated spinner in the bottom of the cup to keep things from getting stagnant.

"Powerful enough to create a suction, hurricane like funnel and nicely stir up the liquid in the cup," wrote a rave reviewer. "I'm using it for some herbal tea mixed with honey and it requires constant stirring to avoid the herbs from settling at the bottom of the cup, this spares me the constant stirring with a spoon...Above all, it could be a great gift to someone you like, as well as being a good conversation piece!"

This kit comes with everything you need to make sure your earbuds are clean and clear of dirt and debris.

$6 at Amazon

As much as we’d love to believe these little gadgets stay out-of-the-box clean, yours are probably far from immaculate. But this kit can take care of all of it and will stop your earbuds from looking like Q-tips. Comes with a round metal nib for deep-cleaning surfaces and even a cleaning brush for the charging hole. Sounds good to us!

"This product is a MUST HAVE for anyone who uses AirPods," shared another. "Mine are disgusting, to say the least, from ear wax and dust due to daily use at work. I had tried EVERYTHING to get them clean before purchasing this."

The large jar provides up to 110 hours of burn time and uses a 100% natural fiber cotton wick that burns evenly.

$23 at Amazon

Nothing is quite as cozy as the smell of cinnamon and cloves, which is probably why this Cinnamon Stick candle has racked up over 1,500 five-star ratings. Perfect for when you want to add a warm glow to your home. And it also adds a pop of color to any room without even needing to be lit up!

"My favorite smell," reported a rave reviewer. "Get compliments when burning this candle. Scents the room. Spicy, but not overpowering." Said another, "This scent is light & perfect for every day."

This shoe rack is stackable so you can add a shelf when you add shoes to your collection.

$10 at Amazon

If you're tired of digging through a pile of shoes to get out the door every morning, this stackable shoe rack should relieve you of a few headaches. It has already solved a few problems for nearly 6,000 rave reviewers.

"This little gem has been a life saver!" reported a five-star fan. "I've become quite a shoe collector, I was running out of space. This was the only spot I had left! It was super easy to put together, not flimsy at all. Looks like I have room for a couple more pairs of boots."

These tongs come with a silicone tip so you don't scratch your non-stick cookware or ruin your food before it lands on your plate.

$10 at Amazon

Tongs are the unsung hero of the kitchen. Flip frying chicken with ease or serve noodles without making a mess, there's a lot this gadget can do — and more than 25,000 shoppers rave about it. Available in 15 colors to brighten up your kitchen or dining room!

"These work great especially on my pans that I don’t want to scratch," shared a five-star fan. "I have had them for about a year and they are still both holding up well and I use them almost daily." "Great value," raved this home chef. "I really like these tongs. Great for indoor cooking and on the BBQ. Easy to clean too!"

This bestselling meat thermometer features a backlit, large digital display that auto-rotates for easy reading. A motion-sensing sleep/wake feature saves batteries, while a three-second response time lets you get results ASAP.

$9 at Amazon

A meat thermometer isn't just for grilling. It takes the guess work out of heating up leftovers, baking bread or making your favorite, everyday chicken dish.

"So easy to use, quick read," raved a five-star fan. "Was always fearful of underdone poultry, but since I purchased this I no longer have dry chicken breasts - Hallelujah! Wish I had purchased years ago. Stores easily on the side of the refrigerator within easy reach of the stove."

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

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