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    21 Things Under $20 For People Who Don't Have All Day

    When you've got places to go and people to see there are products to speed things up.

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    1. A no-rinse detergent for your handwashing, so you can skip the annoying step of washing out any remaining soap suds and save your clothes from damage caused by over-handling. Soak offers an incredible, evaporating formula that is perfect for even the finest of wools, cashmeres, and silks.

    the bottle of detergent

    You only need a teaspoon of it!

    Promising review: "I use Soak for all my lingerie, delicates, and special T-shirts, as well as my hand crochet items. Everything comes out soft and wrinkle-free....even T-shirts that I wash in Soak hang dry to wearable perfection." —painterlady

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    2. A speedy defrosting tray, for anyone who loves a good meaty dinner but hates the process of waiting around for it to thaw.

    Meat on defrosting tray

    Promising review: "This item is amazing!! I always find myself forgetting to take out my chicken in the morning and find myself waiting for the chicken to thaw. With this tray, I wait 10 minutes and my chicken is thawed and ready. I am pleasantly surprised with how great and fast this product is. If you are sick and tired of waiting for your food to thaw, i highly recommend this product. Fairly priced and worth it! A necessity!" —Justina Botros

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38.

    3. A treat dispenser you can suction to the wall to distract your dog while you attempt to give them a bath. A great way to cut down on time wrangling.

    Promising review: "I used this to calm my hyper neurotic Schnauzer during grooming. Poor little guy was abused by a groomer when he was young, and has been VERY difficult to groom ever since. I’ve long been on the lookout for anything that will help calm him. Can’t take him to a groomer anymore, because he gets so stressed out. Grooming can take hours because he is so nervous. This tool was amazing. I was able to use the electric trimmer to do his belly, back, and hind quarters quickly with no drama! Going to try it with my other schnauzer during his bath. My advice is to use just a little peanut butter or wet dog food at a time. Very thin layer. That way the dog really has to work for it and doesn’t fill up and get bored. This is the best grooming aid ever! It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing!!!!!!!" —Jeannie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    4. Cleaning tablets to pop into your travel mug because you know the struggle of opening your bottle only to find you forgot to clean it out the last time.

    Brown-tinted inside of stainless steel bottle; bottle filled to brim with bubbling liquids; completely clear inside of bottle

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (for 12).

    5. A mini fabric steamer that'll give you quick, crisp looks without a trip to the dry cleaner.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am beyond thrilled with this little gizmo. It has worked wonders on everything in my closet from delicate chiffon and poly-blends, to heavier cotton and wool-blends. I have even steamed stubborn wrinkles from blazers and purses and linen. I considered purchasing a larger steamer, but they tend to be clumsy, heavy and difficult to maneuver. This steamer is perfect. And for frequent refills, I simply keep a pitcher of water nearby. For the price, you can't beat it." —Savvy Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague recommends this, check out "I’m Not Joking, This Mini Clothing Steamer Will Help You Be A Better Adult."

    6. A scratch-free scraping tool if removing sticky labels from the bottom of a beautiful piece of kitchenware with your nails is just simply not your favorite use of time.

    Blue scraping tool lifting price sticker on the underside of a clear drinking vessel

    Promising review: "The perfect handy tool for getting into tight places. It's firm enough for multiple uses but it doesn't scratch or mar surfaces. I should have gotten the five-pack, I have so many uses for these things. I think the best use yet was cleaning the sliding door track, I finally could get into the corners to get the grunge out. A great invention." —MissPicky

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in set of five).

    7. A set of reusable nonstick oven liners to catch cheeses, sauces, and other potential messes, and create much less work for you later.

    A pie in oven dripping oils onto sleek oven liner

    Promising review: "These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A hands-free dryer holder that's completely adjustable to angle the stream just right while you style your hair. Doing two tasks in one go? A classic time-saver.

    Model styling her hair with mounted dryer holder

    Promising review: "I love this item. I had rotator cuff surgery in my shoulder and won't be able to get my arm up enough to hold the hair dryer for maybe a year. This is my lifesaver when it comes to doing my hair by myself. Solid construction and easy to install. Holds my hairdryer and looks like it would hold most any other one. Be sure to install this at eye level or it will blow down on your head instead of toward you." —Barbara Harvell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A pack of acne patches that'll work to minimize inflammation and redness with lightning speed.

    Customer photo showing application of acne patch

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things. I’ve never used another brand, but I don’t see why I ever would now. My pimples seem to be flattened overnight, and I had a deep cyst that would usually take about two weeks to clear. Within four days of using these overnight, my cyst was completely gone. I don’t know how they work so well, but they do. They pull out all the gunk and, with consistent use, clear your face so much; they even help heal scabs or popped pimples. Seriously, I love these sooo much, and I’ll keep buying them for as long as I have pesky acne!" —Clare

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of eight extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    10. A Vidalia Chop Wizard because, yes, chopping 10 minutes out of your prep time is some true wizardry.

    Vidlia Chop Wizard chopping a tomato

    Promising review: "I love my vidalia chopper! It works great! I am really lazy when it comes to chopping up veggies and such, I really don't like doing it because it takes a lot of time, but the Vidalia Chop Wizard makes it go so much faster and smoother. I don't know what I would do without it." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $19.40.

    11. A lightning-fast wireless charging stand that juices up your gadget 1.4 times faster than a standard wireless charger.

    Wireless charger charging phone

    Promising review: "Absolutely loving this charger. Does exactly what it claims to do. Here is a short summary of charging times:

    16% took 33 minutes with standard wall plug.

    16% took 26 minutes via Choetech charger.

    So I saved 7 minutes on charging time. Not too bad." —Cecelia A Helm

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    12. A genius can-opener mount that'll make opening beers, jars, push-and-twist medicine bottles — you name it — a one-handed, breezy operation.

    Hand opening can on mount

    Promising review: "Absolutely necessary for arthritic hands. I had one in another house and used it constantly. When I came here, I had to rely on other types of openers. Not good. After struggling for a few months, I found it here on Amazon. So wonderful. One of the best and most used things in my kitchen. Accommodates from vinegar (small) to large (4-inch) pickle jars." —J Jenkins

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    Read our deep dive of the EZ Off Jar Opener.

    13. A foldable cutting board so you can dump your sliced veggies right into your pot when you've finished.

    Green folding cutting board

    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in five colors).

    14. A low-effort power scrubber that'll remind you that once upon a time your bathroom grout was actually...a sparkling-clean cream color? It promises clean-up at two times the speed of a manual scrubber.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising reviews: "Holy crap I love this thing. It’s freakin' awesome. Best $13 I ever spent, and my grout is white again. Even around the toilet...where the man I married can’t figure out how to pee. I used this thing as soon as I got it from my mailbox...and wow. I love it. You’re stupid not to buy it. I’m buying another one for my mom. I’d buy you one if I could. Just get it." —Rebecca Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. An "Angry Mama" microwave cleaner that'll make you the opposite of an Angry Mama when you see how pristine the inside of your appliance is...with seemingly no effort at all.

    The microwave cleaner, shaped like a woman's shoulders and head. Her head has tiny holes where the cleaning concoction will spurt from to clean the microwave

    Just add water and vinegar and place this gadget in the microwave for five to eight minutes on high heat. Afterward, wipe off with sponge, rag or napkin, and all the grime will come right off!

    Promising review: "I thought this might be a little gimmicky, but, I was willing to give it a try. I am glad I did! I barely had to touch the cleaning cloth to the walls of my microwave and the gunk just slid right off! Well worth it, especially for the price! If this doesn't work for you, ew, I would hate to see what the inside of your nasty microwave looks like." —W. Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A fast-acting mold and mildew remover gel to give your tiles, grout, sealant, bath, sinks, and shower that brand-new sparkle.

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement, but my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1,000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. A jewelry cleaning pen to bring that brilliant shine back to your cloudy gems.

    Before and after of ring with use of cleaning pen

    Promising review: "I actually don’t understand how this works so well. I used to drop my rings in a bit of watered down Windex, let them soak, then scrub with a soft toothbrush, rinse, and dry. That process took about 15 minutes, and even then my rings, and particularly the stones, were not flawless looking afterwards. I thought it did the job. ENTER DIAMOND DAZZLE STICK! I bought this after reading a BuzzFeed list and now I literally I sound like an infomercial talking about this thing. It’s incredible. First you dispense a little product, and you don’t even have to take your ring off!!! Then you scrub for approximately three seconds, rinse, and BAM!!!! Holy sparkles, Batman. My precious stones have never looked better. Even rings that looked pretty good before, I couldn’t believe how sparkly they were after this. Dazzle is right I guess. Consider me a lifetime customer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.42.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    18. A pack of bedsheet suspenders (grippers that keep your linens from slipping off the mattress) because I'd estimate I've lost at least 10 years of my life wrestling with my sheets thus far.

    Bedsheet suspenders

    Promising review: "Amazing product. I am an architect. I hate a messed-up bed. I couldn't find thinner fitted sheets. I bought these clips. Did I say 'amazing'? I have often shown my own home to potential clients in order to show them some of my work. The beds had to be neat when I did. I bought these clips with a lot of doubts. I CAN'T SAY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO READ THE REVIEW FROM THE PERSON WHO DESCRIBES THE BEST WAY TO PUT ON THE CLIPS. (By flipping the fitted corners of the sheet up onto the top of the bed surface, applying the clips there, and THEN pulling everything back under the mattress. As opposed to all of the other reviewers who complain about how difficult it is to fasten the clips on while lifting up the corner of the mattress!) Once the clips are on, flip the fitted corner back down over the mattress and look at the great result. All of the excess fabric vanishes completely. I was expecting some kind of big pucker, even while the sheets stayed in place, but there was nothing but tight, smooth fabric." —Steven P. Gray

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    19. An adjustable measuring cup which'll mean one (or several) less things to wash after handling — every measurement needed is right in this one handy contraption. Plus: its rotating plunger will easily eject sticky ingredients like PB to save you the headache.

    A hand pouring oil out of the cylindrical measuring cup, which features precise measurements etched on the side

    It has a 2-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for, then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well made, adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things, such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded." —Gabriella W.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    20. A sworn-by microwave pasta cooker because a watched pot never boils — just my blood, as I'm waiting for it to be done!

    Promising review: "I love to make pasta, but hate boiling a giant pot of water on the stove just to cook it. Now, I prepare it all the time; this makes it so fast and easy! It is great for making pasta salad in the summer, when I don't want to have to turn on the stove, and is great for camping as well. I love this so much, I actually purchased one for my stepdaughter and my best friend as well. Well-made and dishwasher-safe, I have used mine for well over a year and it is still in perfect condition. Never want to be without this again!" —SpikeysMommy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (read more about this product here).

    21. A rapid egg cooker, which prepares six eggs in any manner your heart desires — hard-, medium-, and soft-boiled eggs, two poached eggs, scrambled eggs, you name it.

    the egg cooker

    Promising review: "This is the best kitchen appliance I have bought in a long time! Super easy and quick to use. I have a busy schedule and I make egg salad a LOT to take with me...this saves me SO much time and effort. Set it and forget it, but the super loud continuous buzzer/alarm will NOT let you forget it, which is a nice safety design. Takes exactly 16 mins to boil eggs and they are perfect. They're also REALLY easy to peel! I've never peeled eggs so easily before. Huge plus that I hadn't even considered. This little contraption is also pretty small and stores easily. Even if you only boil eggs once in a while, it's worth it!" —Jaime Bosworth

    Get it from Amazon for $19 (available in five colors). Read more about this product here.

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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