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    29 Useful Home Things From Small Businesses You Should Have Owned Like Yesterday

    Sheet sets, cleaning concentrates, and shampoo bars you'll be seriously sad you *just* discovered.

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    1. A eucalyptus sheet set that could easily pass as silk. You know that feeling of when you shave your legs, lotion up, and then crawl into bed? That's what these sheets feel like 24/7 even if you haven't bought a razor since pre-quarantine times.

    the sheet set in snow with a forest green duvet
    Sijo

    Sijo is a small, woman-founded home brand from Anni Stromfeld and Jacob Xi (friends since middle school!). The brand is all about affordable luxuries from sheets and loungewear to candles and aromatherapy. They've partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation — a nonprofit that supports women who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse — and donate a percentage of their sales to fund education and advocacy programs.

    I've recently forayed into being a Sheet Snob™ and I have to say these are some of my absolute favorite. They are SO freaking soft, cool to the touch, and they don't pop off the corners of my bed even though I have a pretty thick mattress topper and — perhaps more pertinent — a BF who seemingly practices Taekwondo in his sleep. I have the set in forest green and have to say the color is particularly *rich* looking, too.

    Promising review: "I love these sheets! They are so soft! I ordered one set and loved them so much I had to get another set. I got rid of all of my other sheets because I knew I would never use anything except my eucalyptus sheets." —Karen B.

    Get them from Sijo for $123.25+ (originally $145; available in sizes Twin–California King and in eight colors).

    2. A magnetic meal planner you can stick right to your fridge so you can easily keep track of the week's menu and any groceries you may need to pick up. Once you've written your list, rip out the perforated page and take it with you.

    A hand tearing away one of the grocery list sheets
    Jenna Kate / Etsy

    Jenna Kate is a Utah-based Etsy shop that sells all sorts of organizational accessories (many magnetic) from calendars and chore charts to daily planners and pen holders.

    Promising review: "The perforated list separator is very nicely done, super easy to tear. Quality of paper, cardboard backing, and magnets is great. Love the free shipping, plus this item shipped SO quickly! Very happy with this purchase." —Stacy S.

    Get it from Jenna Kate on Etsy for $11.69 (originally $12.99).

    3. An eight-piece painting kit so when TikTok triggers your need to DIY something stat, you have all the necessary tools. Look, a paper plate makes for a paint tray in a pinch, but there's no replacing a pole extender. (Don't you dare stand on a rolly chair, you hear!)

    the eight piece kit
    Clare

    What's included: An ergonomic frame roller and cover, a 2-inch angled paint brush, a durable metal tray, a recycled plastic tray liner, a drop cloth, painter's tape, and a 2- to 4-foot extension pole.

    Clare is a Black woman-owned small business from interior designer Nicole Gibbons. The direct-to-consumer company is known for its high-quality zero VOC paints which are free of toxic solvents and resistant to mold, dirt, and dust.

    Get the collection from Clare for $54.

    4. A bag of "Johnny Drops" which, for the uninitiated, are like bath bombs for your toilet! Just drop one of the concentrated hydrogen peroxide tablets in, wait five minutes or so, give your toilet bowl a good lil' swipe with your cleaning wand, and you're golden.

    a paper bag next to a stack of the white toilet tablets
    Juniper Seed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniper Seed Mercantile is small, woman-owned business from Tiffany Norton. The Littleton, Colorado-based shop specializes in all-natural bath and body products as well as home cleaning solutions.

    Promising review: "These are great! I've used them in the toilet a couple times since receiving them, and also one in my kitchen sink disposal so far. They definitely help make getting the toilet bowl clean super easy, I honestly feel like it stays bright and clean longer, and there are no funky smells coming from the disposal. I'd definitely buy them again!" —Chante

    Get it from Juniper Seed Mercantile on Etsy for $2.50+ (sold individually or in a pack of five).

    5. A portable facial humidifier you can use right before a Zoom meeting (or during — it's that quiet) to give your skin a nice lil' glow.

    Hey Dewy

    The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight. Just hook it up to your computer with the included USB cord and let it go as you works.

    Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable cordless humidifier that could be used anywhere.

    Promising review: "Love my Hey Dewy humidifier. I put it on when I am working at my desk and it helps to keep my skin from drying out from the heat. It is easy to use and clean." —Anita C.

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in three colors).

    6. A faux fur weighted blanket that's filled with Earth-friendly glass beads ready to slash your stress and help ya sleep. Unlike most of its competitors, you can even throw it in the washing machine!

    a model using the honey-colored weighted blanket
    Comma

    Comma Home is an eco-friendly lifestyle brand that donates 10% of their sales to local organizations that help the homeless.

    Their 60 x 80-inch throw comes in 15- and 20-pound options. They recommend the first for those between 100 to 150 pounds and the latter for those 151+ pounds.

    Promising review: "This blanket is a game changer. I was extremely suspicious of weighted blankets. I tried one several years ago and really didn’t like it. This blanket has completely changed my mind. It’s extremely high quality, evenly weighted and is so cozy. The faux fur is very soft and my cats love snuggling in it with me. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially with severe anxiety like mine.. I will be ordering another!" —Alaina

    Get it from Comma Home for $169+ (available in two weights and colors).

    7. A sleek hanging file holder so you can free your desktop of magazines, mail, and medical records and make them into ~art~ instead.

    four leather file holders in black, tan, walnut, and mahogony
    Amazon

    Keyaiira is a woman-owned leather and fiber shop from artisan Keyaira Terry. All of the leather she uses is ethically and environmentally sourced (her cowhides are by-products of the beef industry). These file holders dangle from a two-inch brass ring which you hang via a nail.

    Get it from Keyaiira on Amazon Handmade for $65.69 (available in four colors).

    8. A washable sponge with a seriously shocking lifespan. According to reviewers, when washed and rotated in and out of use, they can last upwards of a year!

    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    The eco-friendly invention comes from Sarah Dooley of Marley's Monsters. If you're looking for other sustainable supplies, you should also check out her reusable gift wrap, coffee filters, facial rounds, and nursing pads.

    Promising review: "I love these reusable sponges! They scrub food off easily and are very sturdy. I am so happy with the quality and the fact that I can wash and reuse them! Perfect replacement for disposable sponges and so cute!" —Kristen Velasquez

    Get it from Marley's Monsters on Etsy for $10+ (available in packs of one or three and three colors).

    9. A faux book display that actually hides cords and cables in its hollow interior. If your router is ruining the aesthetic of your bookshelf or media stand, this is the solution!

    Four photos which show how from the front, the display looks like a stack of books but from the back it's actually empty
    Amazon

    Covogoods is a Utah-based, woman-founded small business that specializes in storage solutions crafted from up-cycled books.

    Not every display will have the exact books shown above but if you want to check out the titles ahead of time, select 'YES, preview books' when checking out and enable Amazon notifications so the seller can send you a pic!

    Promising review: "This is perfect for hiding our router and accessories in our bookcase. Love it!" —supergirl

    Get it from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade for $29.

    10. A bottle of all-purpose cleaning concentrate you can use on messes in every corner of your home. Just spray it onto surfaces — like your kitchen counter or bathroom vanity — then let it sit for ~30ish seconds before wiping it away.

    three bottles of the all-purpose cleaner in different scents
    Humble Suds / Etsy

    Humble Suds is a small cleaning brand run by two moms — Holli Schuab and Jennifer Parnell — in Evergreen, Colorado. All of their products are made from powerful, plant-based ingredients and packaged with recyclable materials. Each bottle of their pet-safe, nontoxic concentrate can fill a 32-ounce bottle once mixed with water.

    Promising review: "I just received my order. I’m so thrilled to find alternatives to chemical cleaners. And these smell FANTABULOUS!!! Even drinkable, though I won’t of course. I’ve already been going around the kitchen and bathroom spraying things to wipe down. Mmmm! Thank you for these super safe and super refreshing cleaners. Oh, and THANK YOU for the freebie 🎁 ~ the laundry soap sample!!! Totally unexpected delightful surprise!!! I’m looking forward to trying it." —Sandy Grugan

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $12.95 (available in three scents).

    11. An eco-friendly pill remover constructed from upcycled car windshield glass. Using gentle strokes, run the stone across your sweaters, towels, throw blankets, and even upholstered furniture to remove stubborn pills and fuzzies.

    a model using the black pill remover on a sweater
    Celsious

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned business from sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams. Drop by their Williamsburg, Brooklyn flagship to do a load of laundry with their eco-friendly laundry products or shop online for full size essentials.

    Get it from Celsious for $17.

    12. A set of eco-friendly bamboo and glass jars that will keep your food fresh (airtight seals, baby!) and your pantry in tip-top shape.

    Six of the bamboo and glass jars filled with pasta, rice, beans, and oats
    Etsy

    Little Home Designs Co. is an Etsy shop from Lucie Russell that specializes in sustainable and simple storage jars, labels, and dispensers.

    Promising review: "I’m SO pleased with these jars, they look amazing and are such high quality — now I need a bigger kitchen to order more!" —Helen Athorn

    Get them from Little Home Designs Co. on Etsy for $10.01+ (available in three sizes and packs of one through three).

    13. Plus some cutesy customized labels to go with them so you always know what you're reaching for.

    Six of the customized labels which read "Lucie's Kitchen" and rolled oats, cocoa powder, brown sugar, golden caster sugar, and icing sugar
    Etsy

    The minimalist labels come from the same Etsy shop as above!

    Get them from Little Home Designs Co. on Etsy for $14.29+ (available in packs of 12 or 24 options include herbs, spices, essentials, baking, or personalized ingredients).

    14. A fruity, cotton-candy–esque concentrate you can dilute and use on cabinets, countertops, walls, windows, cars, and more. Dump some on your floor when you mop or make it into a paste to put on set-in stains. Heck, you can even add it to your laundry detergent for an extra cleaning boost.

    the 16.9-ounce bottle of all-purpose cleaner concentrate
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    Good Vibes is a Black woman-owned business based in Philadelphia. Their plant-based all-purpose cleaner comes in a handful of fresh scents from sandalwood to frankincense and myrrh.

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product. All of the scents are honestly DIVINE — I love this particular scent for laundry! I have tried so many natural laundry solutions and nothing leaves the clean smell like this. You have a customer for life. Please make room deodorizing sprays! :)" —Rainbow Rae

    Get it from Good Vibes for $10.

    15. An all-natural, hand-harvested bath sponge that'll clean your nooks and crannies as well as any loofah but with the added benefit of being biodegradable. Once it's noticeably grubby, just toss it in the wash (with water 85 degrees or less) for a revitalizing rinse.

    The natural sea sponge which has a rope so it can be hung to dry
    Firsthand Supply

    Firsthand Supply is a small cosmetic and grooming business that grew out of an apartment in Boston. Their products are packaged in recyclable materials (like jars made from recycled milk jugs) and they only use clean, non-toxic ingredients (no parabens, phthalates, harmful sulfates, or synthetic fragrances).

    Promising review: "This was my first time trying a sea sponge and it was better than I expected! Shipping was surprisingly fast, too. At first I was a bit hesitant because the sponge was smaller than expected but it turned out to be a benefit for me since it fit in my palm perfectly. I was also worried that it would fall apart easily since it felt so soft but it hasn't yet (I've used it more than five times now). The rope attached to it also helps a lot with keeping it dry. I really enjoy how it well it picks up my body wash, and it's also easy to rinse it out when I'm done (by squeezing NOT wringing it out). Overall, it's a great product. I plan on purchasing another one in the future." —Jasmine

    Get it from Firsthand Supply for $18.

    16. A set of reusable mesh produce bags you can use to keep your produce haul plastic-free. Once you're home, you can continue to use them in the fridge in order to keep everything organized.

    Loosewarp / Etsy

    Etsy seller Atira Taqi — AKA Loosewarp — sells a variety of eco-friendly goods from denim face masks to drawstring muslin bags in a rainbow of colors. What I particularly love about the mesh produce bags is how each is affixed with a label that lists the bag's tare weight so your cashier can subtract it when ringing up your items.

    What's included: Two 8 x 10-inch mesh bags, two 10 x 12-inch mesh bags, two 12 x 15-inch mesh bags.

    Promising review: "Came perfect no loose strings or anything and can hold a surprising amount of weight. They've been through the wash a couple times and are still perfect. I put them in a mesh laundry bag to be safe though. I've been using them for a couple months now and I highly recommend!" —Rowan Cotner

    Get it from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74+ (available in individual or bulk quantities).

    17. A shampoo bar that'll save you loads of shower space and prevent more single-use bottles from ending up in a landfill. Each bar ships in entirely compostable packaging and you'll get 50 to 75 washes (roughly two to six months) of use. 🧼

    Hands holding five different shampoo bar scents
    The Earthling Co.

    The Earthling Co. is a sustainable lifestyle brand that — in their words — "offers affordable, plastic-free alternatives to everyday products." They are part of 1% for the Planet, an org that supports all sorts of nonprofits. So far, The Earthling Co.'s contributions have gone to WIRES (Australian Wildfire Relief), Carbonfund.org, One Tree Planted (Tree Planting), Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective the Audre Lorde Organization, and Earth Force.

    Their shampoo bars come in a variety of scents from sweet sandalwood to citrus sun. Plus, you have a choice between The Earthling Co.'s OG formula or a sulfate-free alternative.

    Promising review: "No lie, I've been recommending this bar to people since the day after I used it. I was water only for months, but it just wasn't working out, so I decided to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo bar. Someone recommended the Earthling Co/ to me, which was the best suggestion! After the first wash, my hair was SO clean. I had people complimenting my hair! I don't even need to use it every shower because of how clean it makes my hair. It lathers so easily and the quality of the bar makes it last a while. I also haven't used conditioner because it makes my hair so soft as well! I'm actually about to buy another. I highly recommend this product to those looking for a plastic-free shampoo — it's my favorite shampoo I've used!" —Erin D.

    Get it from The Earthling Co. for $15 (available in seven scents and original or sulfate-free).

    18. A set of monogrammed makeup towels guaranteed not to stain when you wipe off two coats of waterproof mascara. Perhaps even better, your guests/your S.O. will know right away that they aren't for wiping their hands — that's what the non-monogrammed towels are for.

    two of the black makeup towels hanging in a bathroom
    Towels by Gus

    Towels by Gus is a small, family-run towel brand based out of Sonoma, California. They make all of their products in the US.

    Promising review: "So tired of my teenage daughter ruining my nice white towels with makeup stains! Now my daughter likes using these soft Makeup Towels and my white towels stay white!" —Ann

    Get the set of two from Towels by Gus for $28 (the text is fully customizable).

    19. An all-natural detergent made specifically for undergarments as it doesn't have any parabens, sulfates, or harsh fragrances that could wreak havoc on your nether regions.

    a hand holding the bottle of detergent
    Clean & Cute Panty Wash

    Clean & Cute Panty Wash is a Black woman-owned business from gynecologist Dr. Tosha Rogers. After regularly treating patients' yeast infections, she set out to make an all-natural wash with just three ingredients that wouldn't irritate users.

    Get it from Clean & Cute Panty Wash for $14.99.

    20. A bottle of versatile organic Castile soap that puts two-in-one products to shame. The simple, plant-derived formula can be used to wash your car, floors, counters, and laundry and if you happen to run out of toiletries, it also works as a body wash and shampoo for you or your pet.

    the 34-ounce bottle of organic lavender soap
    Pur Home

    Pur Home is a Black woman-owned cleaning brand from Angela and Michelle Richardson. The company focuses on plant-based, biodegradable, sulfate-free, and nontoxic cleaning products.

    Get it from Pur Home for $18 (available in three scents).

    21. A set of glass straws so you can stop ~borrowing~ a handful every time you drop by Dunkin'/Starbucks/Tim Hortons.

    straws in green, blue, clear, yellow, and amber
    Poketo

    Poketo is an LA-based, Asian-American-owned lifestyle shop from husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung.

    What's included: Four straws, one drawstring bag, one case, and a brush cleaner.

    Get it from Poketo for $24.

    22. A biodegradable vegan dish block that can cut through grease and grime all over your home. Use the sudsy, dye- and fragrance-free formula to wash your dishes, spot clean your carpets and laundry, remove adhesive residue, and more. A single bar can last more than a month!

    No Tox Life / Etsy

    No Tox Life is a mother-daughter Etsy shop from Sandee Ferman and Callie Milford. Their Etsy shop currently only sells the vegan dish block, but on their website, you'll also find other vegan bath and home products.

    Promising review: "Transitioning to more sustainable products isn't an easy process, but this Dish Block is so incredible. It's even better than traditional plastic bottled dish soap — very sudsy — a little goes a long way! I use this dish block with with a bamboo bristled brush and bought a bamboo block to put it on." —Daniela Velez

    Get it from No Tox Life on Etsy for $9.98.

    23. A lavender-scented carpet refresher with the power to neutralize foul odors all around your home. Sprinkle it liberally on rugs, upholstery, mattresses, or dissolve it in warm water and use it to wipe down counters. Either way, you'll enjoy a big ol' whiff of fresh fragrance afterwards.

    a bag of carpet refresher powder next to purple stones and sprigs of lavender
    Ash and Indigo Boutique / Etsy

    Ash and Indigo Boutique is an Oregon-based Etsy shop that sells an array of soy crystal candles, handmade soaps, smudge kits, and more.

    Ingredients: lavender buds, lavender essential oil, and sodium bicarbonate.

    Promising review: "I have dogs and one of them has really bad breath. She licks the carpet and I’ve been having a difficult time trying to keep our carpets clean. This amazing powder does the job. It came quickly and smells amazing! I’ll be ordering more once I run out. Thank you for such a wonderful product!" —Donna Nemerovski

    Get a 6-ounce bag from Ash and Indigo Boutique on Etsy for $6.

    24. A pack of reusable "paper" towels you can use and wash and use and wash for years to come. Forget going through an entire roll of one-and-done paper towels just for a single OJ spill — just one of these guys will get the job done.

    three packs of the reusable towels
    Lan Craft US / Etsy

    The eco-friendly cloths from Lan Craft US, an Austin-based Etsy shop with handmade reusable towels in hundreds of prints.

    Promising review: "I will always stand by Lan’s un-paper towels!!!!! They’re super absorbent and so soft. Not to mention how cute the designs are!!! The bees are my all time favorite ☺️ if you’re looking to make the switch from disposable paper towels to reusable, I HIGHLY recommend checking out what Lan’s shop has to offer. 10/10." —Abby Mino

    Get them from Lan Craft US on Etsy for $8.91+ (available in two sizes, packs of six or 12, and in 16 colors/patterns).

    25. A Sheex x brrr° silky sleep mask that cools your noggin and encourages quality sleep with what the brand calls the Triple Chill Effect — a quick-drying, sweat-wicking, mineral-infused fabric that blocks out light and even helps relieve tension headaches.

    a model wearing the mask in mist gray
    Sheex

    Sheex is a woman-owned small business from Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius — former University of South Carolina basketball coaches who set out to make bedding as comfortable as their favorite performance fabrics.

    Promising review: "Blocks light and is so cooling! I use it when I get migraines because the fabric is so cooling and helps sooth them. I love this product and everything SHEEX makes! THANK YOU!" —William P.

    Get it from Sheex for $29 (available in four colors).

    26. A remote control caddy you can throw over the arm of your couch so you don't have to spend precious time digging through your cushions to find it. If you've ever had to download an app on your phone to replace a missing Roku remote, this is for you.

    the beige caddy on the arm of a couch
    D&L Awesome Living / Etsy

    D&L Awesome Living is a Vancouver-based Etsy shop with an array of lovely home goods from aprons and flatware sets to drying racks and lunch bags.

    Promising review: "This is the best! Such great quality, finally a cute and functional place for remote / phone/ hiding little things from our baby and toddler :) arrived in a few days. Thanks so much!" —Emily Hildebrand

    Get it from D&L Awesome Living on Etsy for $12.41 (available in two colors).

    27. A reusable heating pad you can pop in the microwave and then place around your neck (or really anywhere) for long-lasting heat.

    Six of the patterned heaters
    The Spoonie Society

    The patterned heating pads come from The Spoonie Society, a woman-founded, Australia-based small business from Dominique Ribeiro Da Silva and Helene Hill. After dealing with chronic pain from both endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome, the founders were searching for solutions that could help other "spoonies" — those with chronic and invisible illnesses — find some relief. Their heating pads are filled with Australian lupins — an odorless legume that is 30 percent lighter than rice and retains heat longer.

    Promising review: "The neck heat pack is so well shaped, and the sewn pockets of lupins that make the weight stay in the right place is so great. I have used it everyday, it’s so great!!" —Hannah T.

    Get it from The Spoonie Society for $34.17 (available in 11 patterns).

    28. A hand-thrown stoneware mug that might just convince you to make coffee at home. Each wabi-sabi (perfectly imperfect) piece has its own quirks, so no other mug will be identical to yours.

    a hand holding the pink speckled stoneware mug
    Earth + Element

    Earth + Element is a four-woman pottery studio in Los Angeles. The brand is very conscious of their impact on the planet and as such, they're committed to recycling their clay and shipping all of their ceramics in eco-friendly packaging.

    Get it from Earth + Element for $48.

    29. And, to go with that, a colorful macrame coaster so you can take your coffee all over the house without worrying about cup rings.

    the coasters in  neutral, pink, orange, mustard, sage, blue, and lavender
    Jess Makes Macrame / Etsy

    Jess Makes Macrame is a small Etsy shop with a handful of boho pieces from wooden garlands and woven plant hangers to macrame earrings and colorful keychains.

    Promising review: "The care and love that went in to making this item was so evident. The added touch of a hand written note and a small sprig of lavender made this purchase all the more special. Now, my beautiful coasters sit at their new homes smelling of sweet lavender giving off that boho vibe that make my space feel... well... more like me! Thank you! I wish all the best to Jess Makes Macrame. Look out... I'll probably be a repeat buyer!" —mdkk

    Get them from Jess Makes Macrame on Etsy for $9.99 (available in seven colors).

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