36 Household Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results
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36 Household Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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A headlight restoration kit that could potentially save you a trip to the auto shop and make life on the road a lot safer for you and fellow drivers.


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Promising review: “I renewed both front headlight lenses with this product. If you follow the instructions and use a little elbow grease, you will be able to restore them to a new condition. My lenses were 10 years old and now look as they did when we bought the car. I’m delighted. I spent about 20 minutes on each lens. For about $10 for the kit, you are paying about $5 for each headlight lens. Before purchasing the Turtle system, I had my auto dealer provide me with a contractor who offered to do both for $50. I highly recommend this product.” —LTGAZ

Get it from Amazon for $10.45.

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An electric fabric shaver to keep your socks looking as new as the day you bought them. This will of course extend the shelf life of your favorite winter sweaters as well.


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This runs on two AA batteries and has three depth settings for different kinds of fabrics.

Promising review: “I had low expectations for this, but it’s AMAZING! I have a couple pairs of Lululemon leggings that had some pretty bad piling. Instead of getting rid of them, I figured it was worth a shot to fix them. This little device is seriously awesome. I am shocked at how well it took off the little fuzzballs that I thought was impossible. They now look in like-new condition. Where has this been all my life?! Get it!” —SRoss

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven colors).

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Or an easy-to-use pill remover stone if the idea of a fabric shaver feels a little too hardcore for you (machines are overwhelming sometimes — even tiny ones). Just brush the pumice-like stone gently over your favorite knit, and your sweater will be as good as new.


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Promising review: “Like many of you, I’ve been living in sweats and PJs during this almost-year of WFH full time. And it’s made me revisit the state of some of my loungewear. Take for example, this college sweatshirt I wear all the time — as evidenced by the rather EXTENSIVE pilling all over it. So when I saw this pumice-esque sweater stone (it’s made from upcycled car windshield glass — how cool is that?!), I decided it was worth the try. We’ve featured electric pill removers (mostly the fan-favorite Conair one) many times, and they really work. But sometimes you’re looking for a little more detail or control — that’s where this stone comes in handy.

I was able to navigate around the contours of the logo on my sweatshirt with ease, removing pills using the corner or the entire flat bottom in a few quick strokes. It truly took no time at all — the sweatshirt was done in mere minutes. The only thing I would note is that particles do “fall out” of the stone, so do your pill-removing on a surface that’s easy to sweep or vacuum up at the end. Btw, I procured mine from Celsious, but they’re also available on Amazon.” —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Celsious for $17 or from Amazon for $11.38.

Celsious is a Black woman-owned and environmentally focused laundromat *and* online shop based in Brooklyn.

4.

All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for your water bottle(s), which are super simple to use and probably fun to watch if you like seeing fizzy things. The best part is there’s no scrubbing required.


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These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

5.

A drain snake so you can avoid those ridiculous plumbing bills whenever your sink needs unclogging.


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Promising review: “When my wife and I moved into this new place, we noticed that there was a bit of water that just kept pooling near the drain in the shower. We tried at least two full bottles of Drano with success, but it was short-lived. A bottle of Drano costs about $6-8 for two attempts. One package of these and only ONE of the items used in this package made more short-term progress than all that Drano did. Less than $6 to save over $20 in drain cleaning products or even the prospect of hundreds from calling out a plumber? Hell yeah, I’d buy this again! Your hands will get messy but you will thank yourself for getting these. Your partner will thank you. If you have slow drains in your shower, there are only three words I can say for you to help fix that problem. Buy. This. Product.” —Adam W.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

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And a TubShroom that’ll prevent a clogged drain in the first place. Miraculously, this handy little thing can catch hairs while never disrupting the water flow.


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Promising review: “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. 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. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I’ve ever had.” —Lawyer For Justice

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors). Also, check out the SinkShroom and the ShowerShroom.

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A pack of clear bumper stickers (no, not the kind that go on cars) to make your home a much quieter place. These will keep your drawers and cabinets from slamming shut, even if your house is haunted by very petty and rambunctious ghosts.


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Promising review: “So my parents’ bathroom cabinets make a lot of noise and are all missing bumpers in the corners of the doors and on the frames. I put these on the other day and life is sweeter without having to hear the cabinet doors slamming or closing each time they’re opened. With the bumpers being clear and not of a color, it’s also aesthetically pleasing.” —KW

Get a 300-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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A colorful pack of leather cord organizers, which would be useful for anyone whose desk drawer is basically a bottomless abyss of jumbled wires.


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Promising review: “These are great. They’re exactly as pictured and does exactly what I need them to do — keep my cords together and keep everything neat! I was surprised to find that the seller even threw a couple in for free! I really appreciate it because I wound up being able to use the extras. Would highly recommend this to everyone!”—Shawna

Get it from DarrellStanding on Etsy for $3.90.

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An adhesive remover to remove sticky residue left from price stickers and labels — which are ESPECIALLY annoying whenever I see them on kitchenware. Did you not know that I plan to eat off this, Mr. Manufacturer???


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Read our full review of Goo Gone! It can help you get out of all sorts of *sticky* situations.

Promising review: “I have a terrible habit of putting chewing gum through the wash which then gets stuck all over the barrel of the dryer. For years I’d just put up with having the gunk stuck on there, but I decided to give this a try to get rid of a particularly bad lot that got stuck on. It is amazing — the gum comes straight off with very little work, and for smaller amounts of gum you only need a tiny bit of it. One bottle has lasted for ages. It’s also easy to clean off the Goo Gone itself once you’re done. Excellent stuff.” —mech4bg

Get it from Amazon for $8.09.

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A mini bottle of touch-up paint that’ll cover up small, cosmetic imperfections that maybe visible on your walls or furniture (such as chips, scratches, stains, etc.).


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Promising review: “Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy ‘hair-dying job at home’ has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you’re unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they’ll send you a color chart for free.

This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn’t want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don’t even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver.” —mrsj

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine shades).

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And an OxiClean laundry whitener + stain remover to accomplish something similar for your white clothes, brightening and restoring them their original color.


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Just add to every load of laundry or you can dissolve in some water to pre-soak to get out really tough stains.

Promising review: “I can’t use regular bleach without making a mess and inadvertently bringing back acid-washed jeans. This stuff is a lifesaver. It brightens up my colors, revives my whites, and gets out stains as well as any funky smells that can be lingering around, especially in gym clothes or anything else that gets sweaty. It also does wonders for towels, eliminating that mildewy funk they can get and zapping any stains, even in kitchen towels. While nothing can really get out turmeric, alas, this comes the closest, and that’s saying a lot!” —Scholar of the Shire

Get it from Amazon for $6.83.

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A de-shedding glove that can be used to remove excess hair from your furriest friend *and* give them endless belly rubs at the same time.


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Promising review: “I brush my cat every night but tonight, I was so surprised at how much more loose hair I came off. AND being a glove on my hand, it was easier to use than the brush. No more knocking her in the face with the handle when she squirms around. She must like it better as well because she kept coming back for more!” —Expert Shopper

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A jar of mink oil to transform your worn-out shoes, chairs, couches (really anything leather) back to how they looked when you got them. It also adds a layer of protection against water and salt marks.


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Promising review: “This brought back three pairs of my boots from the verge of death. The boots were dried out and stiff with age and neglect, but one heavy application of this mink oil softened them up and they look good again!” —Nakz96744

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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Heavy-duty cleaning wipes that’ll remove stains and splatters from any part of the house without feeling like you’re *actually* cleaning. This feels like it’s specifically made for people like me who can demolish an entire roll of paper towels over the course of a single weekend.


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These wipes are nonabrasive so they’re safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

Promising review: “I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it’s like it’s brand new. I’ve told everyone I know to buy these.” —JenM

Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $13.94.

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A Golden Girls dishwasher magnet you can use to let everyone in the house know whether the load in the machine is clean or dirty. It’ll make living with roommates (elderly or otherwise) a whole lot easier.


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You just have to remember to turn it at the appropriate time.

Promising review: “It’s a great-looking magnet and it made my boyfriend smile when he saw it. It’s also just super helpful to have because now the kids don’t load dirty dishes when the dishwasher is full of clean dishes. I’m really happy with it!”—Nicole

Get it from TheRedSwanGiftShop on Etsy for $7.95.

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A garbage disposal cleaner to rid your home of unpleasant odors that come from particles stuck in your machine’s pipes. Bonus: It has a fresh lemon scent.


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Promising review: “Holy cow I didn’t realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I’d just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!” —VadersGirl

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.10.

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And a stainless-steel bar if you’re tired of your hands smelling like the stuff that ultimately winds up in the garbage disposal when you’re done washing the dishes.


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Promising review: “This little bar of ‘soap’ does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that…..odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I’ve used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It’s worked consistently every time.” —Jeremy

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A pack of generic melamine sponges that work just as well as the name brand sponges but are a lot cheaper.


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Read a BuzzFeeder’s full review of these sponges.

Promising review: “As good as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but half the price. They clean so many surfaces better than anything. We use them at the bar and clean our chalkboards, metal sinks and ice wells, beer coolers, FRP backsplash walls, and even graffiti in the bathrooms comes off more easily with these than other cleaning products. I took one home and cleaned my shower faster and more easily than with bottles of shower cleaner. Highly recommended.” —Stephen Brandau

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

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A window insulator kit if being inside all of 2020 made you realize how damn drafty your living room is. Think of the money you’ll save on heat!


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This kit includes 62 x 210″ of clear film and a 1/2-inch by 84-feet (1080″) roll of double-sided tape. All you’ll need to do is measure your window to determine the right size, cut out and apply the film, and use a hair dryer to shrink the film into an airtight lining over the window.

Promising review: “This product kept my apartment warm and toasty last winter! I live in an older apartment and the windows are not only large, but they’re also not updated to be efficient. There was draft pretty much on all the windows in the apartment so the heater just keeps kicking in to warm the place. Of course, this means an enormous heating bill. Last winter, my husband decided to try this product. We noticed the difference right away on the first night we had it installed! No more drafts and the apartment stayed pretty warm. We noticed a huge drop on our heating bill (almost $50 a month compared to the previous year). It takes some time to install it especially because we have several windows in our apartment but it’s absolutely worth it! I am buying another box for this coming winter!” —D. Dacera

Get a kit for five indoor windows from Amazon for $7.88.

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Or these draft stoppers that attach to doors instead of windows.


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Promising review: “Strong, durable, and easy to install. I immediately noticed a difference in the temperature in the room, keeping cold air in during hot summer days.” —Steve RainH2O

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A stainless steel cleaner to EVISCERATE existing grease stains, watermarks and fingerprints, *and* help prevent new ones from appearing.


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Promising review: “I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after.” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $11.32.

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A bottle of spray-on gel that’ll dissolve the years-old rust stains that have been grossing your house guests out for as long as you can remember.


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Promising review: “The photos speak for themselves. When we bought our home, there was no water softener and years of iron buildup. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. The Iron Out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible.” —M. Gilardi

Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

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And a disposable cleaning wand, because the only thing worse than a rusty shower is a dirty toilet.


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This kit comes with one cleaning wand, one storage caddy, and six disposable refills (plus three bonus refills).

Promising review: “So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don’t use it, we don’t look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pics attached (above).” —Whitney

Get it from Amazon for $13.07.

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Annnddd a bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray toilet spray to save you some embarrassment the next time you blow up the bathroom.


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Just spritz into the toilet bowl before you go and *poof* no more stinky smells!

Promising review: “One bathroom in an apartment just isn’t enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. It is very fresh and not overpowering. It is not synthetic smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon.” —Allison H

Get a two-ounce bottle from Amazon for $8.49 (available in 20 scents).

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An all-natural spot treater that’s excellent for treating stains without bleaching the fabric.


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Read our full review of the Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover.

Promising review: “My favorite stains to try products on are grease/oil-based. Puracy took out the stain perfectly. Not only that, it took out other stains I thought would set and stay forever. I’ve tried just about every stain remover on the market and found some are good for this and some for that, but none were good for all the stains. I am willing to admit this one sure looks like it can take on anything. I’m not only impressed, I’m a fan!”—P. Penwood

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.


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One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Also, read our full review of Barkeeper’s Friend.

Promising review: “Bar Keepers Friend should really be called ‘Homeowner’s Magician!’ I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great, moderately priced set that has seen better days, and I’m extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes… and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of.” —Kat Ferrari

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.98.

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A tiny, two-stage knife sharpener to repair and restore your knives just as quickly an easily as it appears in this GIF.


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Check out our review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

Promising review: “Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I’ve been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I’ve saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives.” —Schelly L. Wagoner

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

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Dye-trapping sheets for those of us who sometimes forget to separate our laundry (by forget, I of course mean actively choose to not do it and risk suffering grave consequences).


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These work in all water temperatures!

Promising review: “These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and whites) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry, too, (he isn’t the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. I use these for my jeans, too, since there are many variations of color; from light wash to dark. If you do laundry, then you need these!” —Shannon Schneider

Get a 72-count from Amazon for $9.94.

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A pack of elastic fasteners to prevent aggressive sleepers from ripping their fitted sheets off the mattress while tossing and turning.


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Promising review: “My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We switched to those awesome deep-pocketed sheets from Target a few years ago which helped, but he even manages to get those to slide up each night. Bought these, and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! These are on that list of things you never knew how you lived without them before.” —LindseyB

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.


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The solution is non-toxic, and it comes with a small cleaning brush.

Promising review: “I’ve used this on my wedding set (platinum and diamonds) and on a white gold ring with an aquamarine stone, and it worked great! Got a better clean with this cleaner than when I take them to the jeweler.” —Mrs. B

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

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A 4-in-1 cleaning brush to scrub the water and dirt marks off your precious suede and nubuck shoes (a dresser as snazzy as you shouldn’t be seen with stains).


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This brush has a welt surface used for stronger cleaning on heavier scuff marks and stains, nylon bristles used for a lighter gentler cleaning on light scuff marks and for thin fine suede/nubuck, an arched half circle brush for easier cleaning on rounded corners, and a thin protruding brush for cleaning harder-to-reach crevices and grooves.

Promising review: “Worked like magic! I had a brand new Calvin Klein suede purse. I took it to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and it came back with grease streams down one side. I was devastated. I figured I’d try this brush before taking it to a professional. Seriously y’all — a few swipes with this brush cleaner and you couldn’t tell there was previously a stain. 10 stars!” —Runnwme

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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A microfiber cleaning cloth that’ll lift smudges off tablets, phones, or whatever other new-fangled touchscreen device Apple is currently cooking up.


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Promising review: “I wear glasses and spend most of my time staring at the screen of some electronic device. Until I ordered these cloths, I was cleaning my glasses and screens with a microfiber cloth that came with my glasses. It worked OK, but my glasses always seemed to be at least a little smudged. Enter MagicFiber. ZERO smudging. Crystal clear lenses and clean screens. And the cloths are huge so you get plenty of cleaning area. Oh, and they are dirt cheap. Get more than you think you’ll need because friends and family are going to want to ‘borrow’ these.” —Faceless Consumer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

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A pack of fenugreek-infused sheets for extending the shelf life of your produce if you’re someone who often does big grocery hauls but then forgets to eat what you purchased, as you scroll Uber Eats for the fifth time this week.


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Each bag contains eight sheets, which lasts approximately one to two months.

Promising review: “I love these papers! They really help keep produce fresher. I use them a lot for berries, herbs, and counter produce like apples and bananas. They really help bananas slow their ripening, extending their life, and ultimately saving you money. The papers really do have a maple syrup smell and when that smell fades, you know it’s time to change the paper.” —r2rn1

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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Storage bin decals that’ll help you organize your fridge *and* impress your mutuals on Instagram — since cute organization posts are all the rage on social media these days.


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Each pack has labels for fruits, vegetables, eggs, butter, yogurt, sauces, condiments, and cheese. If you have specific words you want, you can also message the seller for custom decals, too!

Promising review: “Absolutely love them. These are so stinking cute and super easy to put on. Thank you!”—Sarah Sanchez

Get the pack of eight words from Fairy Dust Decals on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in 5 sizes and 25 colors.)

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A handheld milk frother to have you feeling like a professional barista minus the long lines and Italian jargon.


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Because it’s small and battery-powered, you can use it for traveling or camping as well. It comes with a stainless-steel stand so you don’t have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

Promising review: “This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!” —Wells Family

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

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And a tabletop fireplace for anyone who doesn’t live in a traditional suburban home but would still like to experience the luxury of sipping coffee (or cocoa) by the fire.


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Promising review: “Bought this as an anniversary present for my boyfriend and he (we) absolutely love it! The care and detail that went into this is amazing! The wood and glass are high-quality and well-packaged and they even included s’mores forks in the kit! So great! Will definitely be purchasing more for gifts in the future!! Keep up the great work!” —April Rojas

Get it from 1 Man 1 Garage on Etsy for $18.00+ (available in two styles).

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!


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