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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Sheet Masks and Spice Racks

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Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top ten products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the TL;DR of the Strategist: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to, too.

A newcomer jumps to the the top of the list this week — a nasal spray recommended by actor Glenn Howerton — followed by a classic best seller in second place: this tiny-but-mighty dustbuster. The rest of the list is a mix of old favorites (like this anxiety-reducing weighted blanket in eighth place and a pillow for side-sleepers in tenth) and new picks (including a streamlined magnetic spice rack in sixth, an iPhone-charging Lightning cable in seventh, and a Rio-recommended sheet mask in ninth). Big sales on two products we’ve covered before — dryer balls and wireless headphones — launched them into the top ten in third and fourth place, respectively, and this fancy bottle of lube slides from fourth to eighth place.

This week’s top seller, a nasal spray featuring the naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial plant sugar xylitol, came recommended to us by Glenn Howerton, star of A.P. Bio and co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. After sinus surgery, he relied on it to stay clear of congestion. “Within five minutes [of using it] you’ll blow out an outrageous amount of of snot. Your sinuses are totally cleared. It’s amazing.”

For the second week in a row, this powerful little cordless vacuum comes in at number two. According to one Amazon reviewer, it’s “very powerful for a hand vac. With three young kids and a very messy cat, we’ve used this vac to pick up spilled cereal (wet and dry), cat food, cat litter, cat hair on furniture, drywall dust (fixing holes the kids made), and every kind of spilled food imaginable with young kids. Never had a problem. [Plus], it is easy to empty. You can either take the front off and dump it or take the back off (for cleaning the filter) and empty it that way. Finally, it is easy to clean the filter.”

We first learned about wool dryer balls last year, when Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens raved that her Woolzies prevented wrinkles and dramatically cut down on drying time. Incidentally, those hit the best-seller list back then, and now these very similar Smart Sheep balls make their debut in third place — probably thanks to a big sale last month. They’re back at full price now, but for an eco-conscious, non-toxic drying solution that last for a year, they’re still a bargain.

Like the dryer balls, we’ve known about these headphones for a while, now. Writer Steven John says, “The audio quality is quite good for the earbud category, and the eight-hour battery life is nothing to scoff at, considering the compact size of the hardware,” but it took a sale last week to get them on the list. And while they aren’t true wireless earbuds, they’re a lot cheaper and harder to misplace. As John says, “They connect to one another via magnet to make a necklace you can wear when you’re not using them, which is handy for not losing your earphones.”