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29 Products That Have Wild Before-And-After Photos *And* Are Under $25

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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.

1. A dry shampoo powder made with natural ingredients that can help you refresh your hair on rushed mornings when there's just no time to wash, rinse, and repeat.

on the left a reviewer's bangs looking greasy, on the right side the same reviewer's bangs looking cleaner and fresher
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Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —R. G.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

2. A multi-tasking face oil infused with essential oils to stop your face from freaking out, giving you inflammation and redness. This serum, formulated with a light consistency, can hydrate and refresh your skin without clogging your pores.

Before and after showing the oil helped get rid of user's red, irritated cheek breakouts
AxV Beauty

AxV Beauty is a Black-owned business started by Asata Evans and Vic Rose, who birthed the business in a response to their own skincare journey with hopes to change the narrative surrounding perfect skin.

Get it from AxV Beauty for $20+ (available in three sizes).

3. A cast-iron scrubber because caring for a cast-iron skillet can be a little intimidating. This scrubber gets out the grime without ruining your skillet or ridding it of the flavor it accrues over time.

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Promising review: "This has completely changed the way I use my cast-iron pan. I can cook whatever I want and know the pan will be as good as new. For people that worry about the seasoning on the pan, this definitely won't hurt a thing. Once I'm done cleaning, I'll shake off any excess water and then heat it on the stove top for a minute until its completely dry. I'll then put a a very light coating of oil on it and heat it up again and the pan will be good to go for the next use. My pan has never cooked better." —Josh

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

4. An ink remover so you can erase those Crayola masterpieces your toddler left on your dining room chair in time for family dinner.

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Promising review: "My son wrote all over his brand new Lego table with blue Sharpie marker. I tried everything to remove the stain. This product is EASY. Its consistency is like glue. I added one coat, let it soak in for an hour or two, scrubbed with a scrub pad, rinsed, added a second coat, scrubbed, and rinsed. It's all gone. It's magic." —Vicki

Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

5. A special pill-removing, pumice-esque stone that'll make your 10-year-old college sweatshirt look just like it did when you bought it during freshman year. *cue the nostalgia*

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Celsious is a Black woman-owned small business based in Brooklyn that creates modern laundry essentials like the pill remover to make caring for your clothes that much easier.

BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by hers! She writes: "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."

Get it from Celsious for $17 or from Amazon for $9.99.

6. A cruelty-free and plant-based vitamin C serum reviewers say has tremendously reduced the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and improved overall skin appearance.

on the left a reviewer with some breakouts and dark spots, on the right the same reviewer with clearer skin
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Promising review: "I was originally spending a lot more for a Kiehl's pore tightening and face brightening serum. When I heard from a friend about this serum, I was doubtful it would be effective, but I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the results even within two weeks! I have been using this vitamin C serum and I have seen unbelievable results! I really cant believe it! My pores are a lot tighter and my major dark sun spot has faded. I will be reordering it and I have recommended it to many friends." —Annalyssa Lee

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Check out our TruSkin Vitamin C Serum deep dive for more info!

7. A bottle Glossier Solution for a vegan, cruelty-free secret weapon that'll “unglue” dead skin, give your complexion a smoother, softer look, and enhance your natural glow.

a before and after photo of a person who used the solution
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Promising review: "This product is truly the miracle that I've been wishing for. I struggled with constant hormonal breakouts for years and nothing worked, not even prescription strength medicine. Once I started using Solution day and night, my skin finally started to clear up!" —Rachel

Get it from Glossier for $24.

Read our Glossier Solution reviews to learn more!

8. A set of clear plastic bins to customize your drawer with the exact bins you need. And, you'll be able to ~clearly~ see what is in the drawer instead of turning your hand into a claw machine hoping you've grabbed the right item.

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Promising review: "Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I've got Chapstick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they're not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching." —Sparkyj

Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $14.99.

9. A pack of toilet bombs that are both a disinfectant and a toilet freshener. Instead of using heavy chemicals, you can opt to use this natural cleaner. Toss it in the toilet, let it dissolve, give your toilet a scrub then flush.

SiVi Tidy Co

SiVi Tidy Co is a vegan cleaning company that creates earth-friendly products to help you keep your space clean.

Promising review: "I finally got my hands on some toilebombs and I'm happy I did. You can tell a lot of effort went into the product and packaging. The product is easy to use and does its job. I truly like it and will purchase again. Excellent Job SiVi Tidy! Ronda's customer service is amazing if any of you ever get a chance to talk to her. You guys are on your way to becoming the Chick-fil-A of cleaning companies." —MiMi Glendale

Get i12 from Sivi Tidy Co for $14 (available in three scents and unscented).

10. An Aztec Secret face mask reviewers say has been a lifesaver for breakout-prone skin. That mask acts as a vacuum for your pores by drawing out the impurities that have set up residence in your skin.

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For best results, mix the clay with apple cider vinegar according to the directions.

Promising review: "This clay mask is unbelievable. I saw a bunch of reports recommending it and decided to try for myself. I have moderate acne and this mask has lessened my breakouts dramatically. This mask has also assisted in getting rid of hyperpigmentation. Will definitely buy again in the near term and would recommend this to everyone." —Letsgetdangerous_

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

11. A tube of Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm you can use to not only restore brutally chapped lips but also to moisturize your nipples, cuticles, and other areas of the body where you experience dry or cracked skin.

on top, a buzzfeed editor's dry cracked lips, on the bottom the same lips looking healed and smooth
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Promising review: "I have chronically dry, peeling lips. They’ve been this way for as long as I can remember—since childhood, even. No chapstick or balm or treatment has ever really fixed it. This seems to not just soothe my lips, but actually heals them. I put it on at night before bed, and again once in the morning, and my lips feel fine all day. If I forget to apply for a few days, the peeling comes back, but this gives me relief way longer than anything else. I like that it had no color or scent. I’ve also used it on really dry cuticles or irritated spots on my hands. I also like that if it gets a little outside of my lip line, it doesn’t clog my pores and cause zits. Other lip balms have been an issue in that regard. I know some people have allergies to lanolin, but this hasn’t been a problem for me." —Amelia Barnes

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

Check out my colleague Natalie's Lanolips review for more deets!

12. A pack of chipboard ribbon spools for crafters looking to streamline their crafting space. This will totally change the game when it's time to create all of those one-of-a-kind gifts your friends and family love so much.

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Ribbon Storage is a small Etsy shop run by Danielle Laver, who creates innovative storage solutions for crafters.

Promising review: "These spools are amazing! I had three HUGE bins full of ribbon I've managed to reduce down to two small bins. I've wrapped all my lace, ribbon, and string. And even put small fabric scraps on the larger ones to save space. They work wonderfully! I loved these so much I purchased a second order. I will state that with them wrapped like this, they will have more of a bend in the fabric than if they were on the spools, but I've tested it and it's easily removed with a hot iron. Also, the seller shipped super fast and they were packaged well!" —Hazel Godwin

Get a 30-pack from Ribbon Storage on Etsy for $8.88+ (also available in sizes small and large and in larger quantities).

13. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend cleaning solution if you thought you'd have to endure those stains in the bottom of your rental shower forever.

on the left a reviewer's scuffed and stained sink, on the right the same sink white again
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Promising review: "Sink was near uncleanable. Ajax, bleach, etc. would not take out the stains you see on the photo taken. We considered replacing the sink but wanted to Google how to repair sinks and stumbled on a YouTube review for this product. The change is unbelievable. The left is AFTER an hour scrubbing with Ajax. The right is 30 minutes with Bar Keeper's." —Eze

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

For more about this, check out my coworker's Barkeepers Friend review and see how she cleaned her entire apartment with it.

14. A electric fabric defuzzer to shave those annoying balls off of your favorite gloves to get them ready for ice skating in the winter months.

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Promising review: "This product works unbelievably well. Removed lint, pills, stray strings etc. at four different depth settings. Had it for years and has never once ran out of battery. Tray is easy to remove and empty. Just all around a good buy." —Caleb

Get it from Amazon for $14.44 (available in five colors).

Head to our Conair fabric defuzzer deep dive for more incredible before-and-after pics!

15. A bottle of Sunny & Honey Carpet Miracle in case you've completely forgotten what the original color of your carpet was. It's easy to feel like the carpet is so destroyed it'll never look clean again, but this carpet miracle is just that, and will have your carpet restored in even the most high traffic areas of your home. 

It's from a family-run small business that specializes in cleaning products, especially ones for homes with pets!

Promising review: "Worth every penny. I’ve bought this product so many times now I have it on auto ship! Saw the reviews and figured I’d give it a try. My cat likes to pee over the litter box and stained the brand new carpet. I used this in my Bissell and it took all the stain and smell out!!! I’ll never use another cleaner." —Wendy

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

16. A bottle of Finish booster powder to remove spots, residue and hard water film on your dishes.

on the left a reviewer's mug with hard water stains, on the right an identical mug with no water stains
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Promising review: "Unbelievable! My water softener failed a year ago and I have been saving to replace it. My glasses and dishes were getting so cloudy and had a film on them of dish soap. Even hand washing wasn't making them look clean. Saw this product and had to try it. Now I have sparkling glasses again! Couldn't be happier!" —Kristi Edwards

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

17. A foot file that'll remove the hard callused surface skin on your feet to revive your twinkle toes for sandal weather. 🏖️

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Promising review: "Wow! I have owned a few files that I got from the drug store and felt they did nothing, which made me skeptical of this device. I saw some of the customer reviews with photos and decided to give it a try. It works so well that it’s kinda unbelievable. Even at the salon when I pay for that callus liquid it doesn’t do as good a job. Razors I have used worked, but sometimes got too close and also didn’t blend. I didn’t have hardcore calluses, just some thick skin on my heels. It comes off like snow. But, gross, now parmesan cheese will never look the same to me." —Jannie Guns

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

18. A wheel cleaner because low effort cleaning is your goal in life. This cleaner gives you the ability to clean your wheels without the scrubbing so you can keep your car in ~like new~ condition as long as possible.

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Promising review: "This product is unbelievable. Works wonderfully for cleaning up wheels. Literally spray on, let sit, and spray off and the wheels look great. I would highly recommend this product. So much nicer than scrubbing wheels by hand, with the same result." —Stefmav1

Get it from Amazon for $16.26.

19. A jewelry cleaning pen perfect for putting the sparkle back into your favorite jewelry pieces.

on the left a reviewer's scratched and dull blue gem ring, on the right the same ring looking cleaner and clearer
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Promising review: "This little stick works unbelievably well! I have a morganite and diamond engagement ring, and it gets dirty (looks cloudy) often. The brush gets into all the little crevices, and it comes out looking brand new! I've had it professionally cleaned from the jewelry store I bought it at, and this stick works every bit as good as the professional cleaner. I've also used it on sapphires and topaz pieces, and it works just as well." —H Theiss

Get it from Amazon for $6.51.

20. A bottle of dandruff shampoo in case you're struggling to find a shampoo that can wipe out your dandruff. This shampoo is specially formulated to kill scalp fungus, the main cause of dandruff.

on the left a reviewer's scalp with dandruff flakes, on the right the same scalp with no dandruff
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Promising review: "Unbelievable! I've suffered from dandruff for years and had pretty much given up. I can't remember how I came across this product but literally, it has solved the problem. Like, I have no idea what is going on but (knock on wood) I haven't had any flakes since starting to use it every few days. Zero." —RH

Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

21. A makeup brush shampoo perfect for cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges without leaving behind residue. It's also cruelty-free and vegan.

on top a reviewer's makeup brushed stained with foundation labeled "before", on bottom the same brushes looking cleaner labeled "after"
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Promising review: "I've been skeptical about items that seem like glorified soap but got it as a gift. This cleaned my brushes like nothing else, with just a drop, a few seconds of spreading it around, and literally about 10 seconds of swishing in warm water. It was unbelievable. It took out weeks of caked on 24-hour concealer and foundation and left my brush soft and fluffy like it was brand new. I will always use this, and my brushes will always be clean!" —Chloe

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

22. A wood polish and conditioner that'll breathe new life into your furniture. Now, when people ask if you got new furniture, you can respond with, "You mean this old thing?" And, actually mean it!

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Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! I can't believe how well it worked. Seriously unbelievable. One application and my coffee table looks great again. EASY to use, nothing special required. While I was watching TV, I used an old cloth/rag and spread it on. As easy as that. Nothing else worked on my abused coffee table, this stuff did. I HIGHLY recommend this product." —Carol L. Hill

Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

23. Fanola purple shampoo ideal for gray, lightened or colored hair because it tones down unwanted yellow hues on grey, light blonde, or streaked hair.

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Promising review: "Unbelievably pigmented! Better than any purple shampoo I have ever used. I finally found exactly what I was looking for thanks to researching and reading reviews! I'll never go back to anything else." —Jessica c

Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

If you're a blondie who's tired of being brassy, check out our Fanola No Yellow purple shampoo deep dive for more info.

24. A powerful stain remover so you don't have to exchange an awkward look of embarrassment when your friend hops in the front seat for a ride.

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The spot remover was designed for carpets but can also be used on any fabric that's safe to wet with water! Yup, it's non-toxic and non-irritating to skin, so don't be afraid to use it on your clothes.

Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. Then I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

Get a bottle from Amazon for $12.64.

25. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets made from biodegradable, chlorine-free, and environmentally safe ingredients that'll finally rid your fave bottle of that mysterious stain on the bottom.

on the left a reviewer's stained tumbler labeled "before" in the middle the soapy tumbler labeled "during" on the right the tumbler clean again labeled "after"
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Promising review: "These are AMAZING! Got them for the bottles my husband puts iced tea in every day hoping for a miracle and I got one. The bottles got a brown film on the inside over time that no amount of scrubbing could remove. Put one of the tablets in and let it soak overnight and the bottles were good as new the next morning — it was unbelievable. Can't recommend these highly enough." —RedHeadJenn

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

26. A tea tree oil spot treatment with a variety of uses including help treating acne, as a massage oil, and for a variety of other self-care activities.

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Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

27. A hand cream perfect for construction workers, musicians, and other people who work with their hands. The formula is specifically designed to tackle extreme dry and cracked hands.

on the left a reviewer's very dry, cracked hand, on the right the same hand looking healed and smoother
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Promising review: "I've dealt with eczema most of my life, but it's gotten severe in the last few years, to the point that my dermatologist and allergist both told me that immune therapy is my only option. I confidently said I'd tried every product until I ordered this on a whim, and it really has helped! Is it a miracle cure? Of course not, but for hands that actually get worse with Vaseline, anything that can minimize the bloody splits and make me look like I'm actually 25, rather than 100 years old is a miracle in my book. The formula is not greasy at all. I also deal with acne, so I won't use anything greasy on my hands, and this almost has a chalky-stickiness to it, but in a good way. Soaks in, even when hands aren't moist, but it also doesn't have to be applied very often. Bottom line: it helps my hands more than any prescription or OTC remedy I've tried, so definitely give it a shot!" —ebkramer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

28. A bottle of Tend Skin Care Solution so you can heal your skin and feel confident to wear your favorite tanks and crop tops again because razor burn under the arms is no fun.

on the left a reviewer's armpit with lots of razor bumps labeled "before," on the right the same armpit with no bumps labeled "after"
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Promising review: "This product has worked GREAT on my armpits where I had big, painful, gross, inflamed and embarrassing hair follicles for YEARS! I use a dollar shave razor now, changed every couple of weeks with Tend Skin after every shower and before deodorant. Miracles!" —A User

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

29. A bottle of pet earwax cleaner made with aloe and eucalyptus that have more than 19,000 ~5-star reviews~ from dog lovers who swear that it has upped their pup's weekly maintenance routine.

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Promising review: "I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn't get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!" —Tricia S.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.