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    42 Under-$20 Products To Try In 2021 That Just Really Truly Work

    Things to help your hair, home, and juice-for-that-mimosa game (read: no more pulp).

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    1. A power scrubber that quickly ~scrubs~ away the stubborn soap scum you've been disgusted by for ages, but quietly ignored until now. This will have every corner of your bathroom looking sparkling clean.

    2. NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque uses an impressive formula of bamboo stem cells, smart keratin, and an antioxidant-rich oil blend to enrich each strand with some much-needed TLC. Why not give yourself the gift of ~splitting up~ with split-ends?

    hand holding jar of mask

    3. An electric grinder if you're sick of [insert affordable instant brand here] and are trying to broaden your caffeine horizons. This affordable present chews up and spits out whole beans into coarse, medium, or fine grinds. Beans! Beans! They make you very happy if allocated for the perfect cup of coffee.

    4. A compact Dash juicer because we demand OJ fresher than the prince of Bel-Air. This easy-to-use gadget holds up to 32 ounces of liquid and is equipped with adjustable pulp control, aka *you* can decide whether or not you want to eat orange bits between sips (#pulpisgross).

    reviewer photo of blue and white juicer with lime juice inside

    5. CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream for effective skincare that is blissfully on-budget. Niacinamide, peptide complex, and hyaluronic acid deliver hydration *and* softness instantly, with reviewers raving that it doesn't aggravate breakouts or cause irritation.

    The jar of product with text that it provides moisture without being greasy on combo skin and that it got me through an allergic reaction

    6. A liquid-free, reusable rolling screen cleaner because it's about time you saw what your phone, laptop, and tablet looked like pre- permanent fingertips. A few quick swipes = no more smudges staring back at you whilst you binge the newest Netflix true crime series.

    7. A TheraBreath oral rinse that will have you looking up at the heavens, the word "thanks" on your lips. Why? Because this stuff will actually (according to over 11,000 reviewers) get rid of morning breath, Cady Heron, as well as keep your breath fresh for a much longer period of time. That's why.

    model holding up green bottle with orange cap

    8. A ~Fasta Pasta~ cooker for the person who *insists* on eating Italian every night. This makes perfect al dente pasta right in the microwave every single time, plus the lid doubles as a strainer! So long to the 10 pots and pans that end up in my sink in the pursuit of penne.

    9. A handheld electric milk frother that makes it easy to whip up your very own, typically very expensive drink at home — and quickly. This stainless-steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Let your mouth water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milk shakes, and more.

    coffee in a mason jar with text "favorite milk frother"

    10. Miracle-Gro leaf shine for those who have recently found joy in plant culture: Forget sourdough, it's my green thumb that's thrived during quarantine. A spritz of this means shiny foliage with no spots, dullness, or dust.

    11. Head and Shoulders Scalp Elixir Treatment because healthy hair starts at the root, i.e. your scalp. This no-rinse formula hits the reset button on dryness and itching for up to 24 hours, with the heroes behind this raved-about product being coconut and peppermint oil.

    reviewer before and after photo of dandruff on the left and none on the right

    12. A portable cool mist humidifier you can stash in your car for a blast of ~aromatherapy~ whilst driving to the grocery store. If that seems excessive (which it doesn't), know that this can literally be placed anywhere — a bathroom, a bedroom, a closet, a WFH desk, etcetera.

    the blue car humidifier

    13. A squeegee broom to quickly sweep up the water spills, potato chip crumbs, and stray strands that have quickly taken over your tiny apartment. An extendable handle and 100% natural rubber also make this an absolute beast for scooping up pet hair.

    14. A vent cleaning brush because YES, that vent needs to be cleaned once in a while. Clogged vents = longer drying times = higher utility bills = less money in your bank account for Uber Eats.

    reviewer photo of dust next to black bristled brush

    15. A cooktop cleaning kit to help your oven look as clean as the day Home Depot delivered it to your doorstep. This works to cut grease stains and burnt cookie deposits like a knife, cleaning your cooktop surface more efficiently than any of the multi-surface sprays you've been using until this point.

    16. A Conair fabric defuzzer for removing accumulated lint and pilling, because no one has to know about the 250 times you washed and wore those Lululemon leggings. A few swipes of this = your most beloved wardrobe staples will look newly plucked from the racks of your favorite store.

    reviewer wearing blue leggings with visible pilling on the left leg and no pilling on the right

    17. Bread Hair-Wash is *chef's kiss* for curl types 3A–4C. It stimulates scalp health with sensitive-friendly ingredients like argan oil, aloe vera juice, and lemon tea tree oil for a squeaky clean that won't dry out or tangle your tresses.

    18. A Rain-X glass treatment for the rain, sleet, and snow that would otherwise collect on your car window and reduce visibility. This basically works to repel water and makes windshield wipers feel all but unnecessary.

    Reviewer's car to show how one half of their windshield is clear, while the other untreated half is covered in raindrops

    19. AJ Crimson Lipstick may just be the last lipstick tube you want to buy. Ever. The formulas are ultra pigmented without being overly drying, so rest assured your pout will have the perfect pink wash of pink — no 80 layers of moisturizing balm required.

    model swatching various shades of lipstick

    20. A four-sided cleaning brush because you're not ready to retire the Ugg boots you purchased seven years ago. Fair enough. This impressive tool removes the annoying scuff marks and salt stains that have invaded your suede shoes, effectively kicking 'em to the curb.

    21. An effective Safari comb for easily removing the gunk and fleas hitching a free ride on your pet! That's right, my friends. The black debris in the below cup is all *clears throat* fleas. If you're in the mood for waltzing though a rabbit hole, I highly recommend the review photos for this product.

    reviewer photo of green comb next to cup filled with water and fleas

    22. A tiny knife sharpener since that knife of yours can barely slice through bread, let alone a steak. This features two sharpening options (coarse and fine), and is designed with a nonslip base to ensure that it stays put whilst in use.

    23. A watering funnel to make you feel old because plant funnels at 26 > beer funnels at 26. The amount of water that has pooled on my floor rather than into the roots of my ZZ... ridiculous, quite frankly! This is effective, takes up no extra space, and doesn't look like an eyesore.

    water being funneled into plant

    24. AND! Insect traps for your plants, aka the likely culprits behind the flies, gnats, and various insects that very much showed up to your house without an invitation. Attach each sticky strip onto an included stake, stick 'em in your plant, and that's it! Just remove the trap when it's full of insects. Yum.

    25. E.l.f., Illuminating Eye Cream that provides your peepers with jojoba, vitamin e, and cucumber — meaning you dark circles and fine lines will begin to be gone. Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.

    the blue jar of eye cream

    26. An over-the-drain protector for anyone with a pop-up drain that is a: the bane of their existence and b: constantly getting clogged. This can quickly be placed on top of the drain to trap gunk, plus can be easily removed and cleaned.

    reviewer photo of the gray pop-up drain protector

    27. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A nonsticky combination of shea butter and glycerin soothes irritated skin in a jiffy — and despite how moisturizing it is, reviewers swear that it doesn't cause breakouts. Not all heroes wear capes.

    before and after photo of reviewer on left with visibly red skin labeled "8:41pm" and on right, visibly less red skin labeled "10:47pm"

    28. Affresh dishwasher cleaning tablets because HOW can you get clean, glistening dishes if the dishwasher itself is *gag* covered in grime? Answer: You can't. These babies are here to help. Simply pop one in, put on the rinse cycle, and continue watching your show. Easy peasy.

    29. Kiss nail adhesives for the person who'd rather do one million push-ups than wait for lacquer to dry. With these, you just peel, press on, and that is it: no more sitting in salon chairs, no more bed sheet marks because the polish never properly dried. Reviewers swear they also last for at least three weeks — I think that says enough.

    reviewer wearing red press-on nails

    30. Handmade Heroes Vegan Coconut Lip Scrub uses coconut sugar, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. The result? Hydrated lips so soft that even the smoothest of baby derriere's would be jealous.

    hand dipping into a white jar

    31. A power scrubber kit equipped with three different-sized attachments, each one perfect for the corners, floor, and door of your shower. This takes off years of accumulated build-up in just mere minutes, doing a better (and faster) job than you would have been able to do by hand. To quote the poet that is Daft Punk: this is just better, faster, and stronger.

    32. An exfoliating towel so you can tackle a word that strikes fear into your heart: Backne. This effectively removes layers of dead skin that would otherwise lead to scarring — reviewers swear by using this in combo with Mario Badescu botanical body soap to make their back all but invincible to breakouts.

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma McAnaw wearing an open back dress

    33. Cake Beauty The Curl Friend Defining Cream – it delivers glossy, frizz-free curls on second (or third or fourth or tenth) day hair. A blend of shea butter and lightweight natural oils provide a ton of moisture but thankfully none of the weigh-down, which means your tresses will look salon-quality even though it's been...several days since you last washed it.

    34. A reusable dish sponge so you can finally kick those wasteful (and typically stinky) disposable sponges to the curb. Available in a ton of fun patterns and bold colors, these sponges can be thrown in the washing machine *or* dishwasher whenever they're caked in leftovers.

    the blue patterned sponge

    35. A no-scrub Wet & Forget cleaner to make "cleaning" as easy as one, two, spritz. This no-rinse product should be used weekly to keep your shower free of mildew, which basically means it will take all of two seconds to feel like you've deep-cleaned the place in which you bathe.

    36. A Schick dermaplaning razor for anyone ready to bid adieu to the pains of plucking. This rids stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz with just a few swipes, meaning trips to the salon or a rendezvous with at-home wax will no longer be necessary.

    37. An edge control gel to help lay your edges and slick back baby hairs with just a few flicks of product. Major bonus points: It won't flake or leave behind any residue, which is *heart eyes* the definition of perfection in our book.

    38. Nontoxic leather conditioner with the power to ~rejuvenate~ everything from your favorite pair of boots to the very, very old couch you thrifted (you didn't realize how expensive furniture was until you submitted your security deposit and started scrolling through West Elm. Yikes!) This lifts years of stains in minutes.

    39. Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface Patches treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with a medical-grade hydrocolloid formula that prevents picking and speeds up draining.

    reviewer photo of the patch

    40. A water-based tile pen that makes deep cleaning grout feel like filling in the pages of an adult coloring book. Consider mold banished after a few swipes of this nontoxic formula, which releases anti-bacterial agents with each pass.

    41. NK Hydrating Lip Gels worthy of a massive round of applause. Delicious scents and tints aside, they'll be able to confidently step out into wind knowing their hair won't get stuck to their mouth. That's right. This vitamin E formula is not even a tad sticky.

    hand holding the six glosses

    42. A twist-to-dispense click pen that quickly and efficiently wipes away built-up gunk to reveal a brighter, more breathtaking surface within seconds. Consider this an easy way to make your best friend (re: diamond) look and feel as good as new.

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