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    1. A money-saving Bluapple freshness ball that'll extend the life of fruits and vegetables by just existing in proximity to your produce.


    Just refill the Bluapple with a new packet every three months. Refill kits available.

    Promising review: "These do seem to work, extending the life of my fruits and vegetable up to a week longer. Change the packet inside on schedule. I shake them occasionally and make sure that no produce is covering the top holes. I bought more for family/friends when I told them about it. No food is more expensive than that which you throw away (thanks, Mom)." —ttmadison

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    2. A gluten- and cruelty-free lengthening mascara if you're tired of getting excited about mascaras that never live up to their promises. This one is different — or at least according to the 134,000+ 5-star reviews.,

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour workday right to the gym and sweat a lot..and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A carpet stain remover for lifting those scary stains that make you question if it's time to bring in the professionals. With this around you can get the job done yourself. And the best part? No rinsing or vacuuming required!

    A photo of a stained carpet next to another photo of the same carpet with the stain removed

    Promising review: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.39.

    4. A box of waterproof medicated pads you apply like bandages to force out the wart living rent-free under your skin.

    A set of four reviewer pictures: The wart turned white, the ward even whiter and starting to rise, the ward starting to separate, and the wart peeling off

    Promising review: "I had a stubborn wart on my right thumb that had been there for almost a year. Went to the doctor the first time to freeze it, but it didn't completely remove the wart so I decided to try the gel. The gel helped but not for too long and the wart came back (in a couple days). Long story short, I got these medicated bandages and the results are incredibly satisfying. Used these bandages every day for a week and the next week, my wart is gone. So far it's been a week after and I haven't noticed any growth. Highly recommend!" —J

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $6.96.

    5. Budget-friendly period underwear so handling Aunt Flo is a fuss-free affair. This affordable pair can absorb the equivalent of two tampons so you can go about your day (or night) without fretting about unexpected leakages.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed,

    Some reviewers recommend sizing up! For more info, check out BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord's full Bambody period underwear review.

    Promising review: "These are amazing and they fit so good! I've worn them on my heaviest days and no leaks whatsoever. Super convenient for those of us that wear pads because you jump out of the shower and put a pair on and you're done! No sitting on the toilet to put a bulky pad in your underwear. I bought three pairs and will definitely buy more so I don't have to wait for them to air dry to reuse! Washing is easy just rinse out and throw in washer on cold water and hang to dry! I love These! Life changing!!!!!" —Lauryn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XXS–6X, sold individually or in packs of two or three in various colors).

    6. An affordable teeth-whitening pen because traditional strips are tough to use, expensive, and can leave you with teeth sensitivity that is, in my professional opinion, NO fun. This pen requires just a minute of daily use to get teeth that are four to eight shades whiter. The best part? No lingering sensitivity.

    a split image of a reviewer's teeth before and after using the whitening pen

    Promising review: "These are some of the best teeth-whitening pens that I have ever used! They are extremely easy to use with very simple instructions. They even whiten your teeth starting after the first use! Being able to use these has made it so I feel more confident in my smile by having better, whiter teeth. There is very minimal flavor to the gel so if you happen to get a taste of it, there is no bother. I would highly recommend these!" —Derek Gross

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99

    7. A powerful mold and mildew stain cleaner that'll lift the most daunting grout and caulking stains without the back-breaking scrubbing. Just apply the concentrated gel formula, wait six to eight hours, and wipe it off to reveal the pearly white grout you never thought you'd see again.

    a split reviewer before and after image of the grout looking dirty on the left, and clean on the right

    Promising review: "I only write reviews when I’m thoroughly satisfied with a product or really irritated. With this product, I’m very happy! I applied it this morning and by noon you could see the difference. The caulking around the tub is so white just like I just resealed it. I’ve tried other bleaching products like Kaboom and Clorox with less than similar outcomes. The biggest difference was the mold spots behind our shower products. Those have been an eyesore for so long and now they’re gone. My only regret is I didn’t do a 'before' and 'after' photo." —CButin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99

    8. A silicone-free L'Oreal moisturizing treatment if you want visibly healthier-looking hair fast — like, eight seconds fast. This rinse-out formula works on any hair texture or length, delivering the proteins and amino acids necessary for a shiny, flippable mane.,

    Shine in a silicone-free product?! Dreams really do come true.

    Promising review: "I bought this stuff on a whim because I'm always in the market for products that promise to smooth frizz and enable easier blowouts. My hair is almost shoulder-length and has been through a lot of damaging bleach and harsh keratin treatments. Honestly, I was shocked at how well this worked. After one use (left it in for about a minute and followed with normal conditioner), my hair was so easy to blow-dry. It came out straight with just a paddle brush and I was able to skip the flat iron. It still had bounce and volume, though. I'm a huge fan!" —LisaG

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    9. A concentrated allergen spray for a quick and easy way to reduce the presence of airborne and surface allergens from pets, mites, and more. Time to spray away those sneezes!

    a reviewer photo of the spray bottle

    Allergy Asthma Cleaning Store is a family-owned business making safe cleaning goods for the whole family. If you suffer from pet allergies, it's recommended you spray this daily. For dust mite allergies, try three times a week.

    Promising review: "I am honestly and simply amazed by this product. It lived up to all it promoted. The true test was a long visit from my daughter who is highly allergic to my cat. Typically the visits are cut short due to constant sneezing or drowsiness from allergy medication. I’m sooo pleased to say she spent hours at my house Christmas Eve and never sneezed once. I spray often and especially before her arrival. Works like a charm!" —Di

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A reusable pumice stone to quickly have your toilets, sinks, and tubs looking like new — no unsightly rings in sight.

    a split reviewer image of a toilet before and after using the pumice stone scrubber

    Promising review: "When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. I was actually considering buying new toilets as the ring was embarrassing to me. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don't know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets." —lynn mcdonald

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    11. A stainless-steel foot file so you can treat your feet on the regular and scrape off all that dried, cracked skin keeping you from being the foot model you were always born to be.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    Promising review: "THIS FOOT FILE IS LIFE CHANGING. I have lived with calloused feet for the last 15 years of my life from all through high school doing sports and now just doing everyday exercise. Through pedicures, other foot files I've tried, and basically everything...I have finally found my godsend of a foot file. My feet have never been softer and it has stayed soft for significantly longer than any other foot file I've ever used. I will literally never use another foot file, ever." —Sally 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    12. OR a bottle of professional-grade callus-removing gel if you're looking for a quick and easy way to remove years (I repeat, YEARS) worth of hard calluses. Reviewers say dead skin dissolves in mere minutes, so I'd start picking out a new pair of sandals, like, now.,

    Just presoak feet, apply the gel, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and rinse! It's recommended you go back in afterward with a foot file just to make sure no residue or dead skin is left behind.

    Promising review: "I have the driest heels and this is the ONLY product that has ever worked. Before I used this my heels had some pretty deep cracks and now they're almost baby soft again. BUT please follow the directions...left it on my super-dry, thick-calloused heels for only three minutes and the callouses were literally melting off! Wonderful product! So glad I don't have to go soak my feet in those tubs at the nail salon anymore." —Key2Del

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    13. Dishwasher cleaning tablets because (to my shock and horror) you have to clean the thing that cleans your dishes, and these tablets make doing so as quick and easy as...well...running the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I used it in my dishwasher. Had standing water on the bottom, dropped one tablet in the water. Put it on light wash cycle and at the end of the cycle, the water was gone! It thoroughly cleans and I have not had any other problems. I now use it regularly. I recommend this highly to keep your dishwasher clean and eliminate clogs from buildup. It was recommended to me by my super and after my positive experience I am happy to cosign his recommendation." —cheapchicshopper

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.38.

    14. An easy-to-use liquid ant killer that's essentially a "set it and forget it" way to take care of ant infestations without spraying your home with a bunch of chemicals.,

    Promising review: "I'm in SoCal and the ants here are out of control! Terro is the only thing that worked. I had professional exterminator spray and also bought Raid and Home Defense but unless I spray every wall and crack it didn't work. I put the traps where the ants were coming in and watched them go. It definitely seems to get worse before it gets better but after a few days depending on how large the colony is, they're gone. Just watch that the traps still have liquid in them. The colony I had was so bad it took a few traps to do the job, but it worked and I don't have chemicals sprayed all over the place!" —VT Pooh Bear

    Get six traps from Amazon for $4.68 (also available in a 12-pack).

    15. A fragrance-free litter deodorizer for enjoying a better-smelling home without endless poop scooping, because nobody's got time for that. Plus, it'll help extend the life of your litter, saving you $$$., Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff works really well. My upstairs bathroom has no vent and no window, so it gets kind of stuffy, and that's really the only place upstairs that makes sense to keep a litter box. I never used that bathroom really ever because the smell of the litter box just sort of lingers in there, even when it's clean. This stuff has eliminated the smell completely. It's amazing. It does have a little bit of a chlorine smell when you first sprinkle it on, but it goes away quite quickly and doesn't bother my cat. It keeps the litter fresh for so much longer, and I don't find that I need to use very much. I just sprinkle in a bit after I clean the box and no smell." —Marie

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.97.

    16. A volcanic stone face roller to instantly soak up excess face oil, even if you have makeup on! Unlike blotting papers, this roller is able to be washed and reused again and again.


    Promising review: "I first saw this online and it looks like it worked very well in the video that I watched. I use oil blotting sheets a lot and they work, but I thought if this rollerball works it would be way more convenient as it is reusable and washable. This does not move your makeup at all and it literally makes your face look completely matte, soaking up all of the oil! Super easy to clean." —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    17. A jewelry cleaning pen so all your gems (real or not) sparkle so bright even your Claire's ring from middle school will turn heads.

    A BuzzFeed editors hand wearing a diamond ring before and after cleaning it with the cleaning pen
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. These Swiffer-style reusable duster heads because for just five bucks, you can stop wasting money on disposable refills and get an effective, eco-friendly clean without any last-minute trips to the store.

    Cut up fleece fabric swiffer heads in different color combinations
    TS Designs / Etsy

    TS Designs is a Michigan-based Etsy shop that specializes in home products and country, rustic, and vintage-styled gifts and decor.

    Psst — the seller notes that this works best with Swiffers with the yellow handle, but also is compatible with the blue handle. You should avoid using fabric softener when washing this duster so it won't lose its static cling.

    Promising review: "Great washable duster replacement tops. They vacuum off and wash up easily, and they grab dust and cobwebs every bit as well as the disposable ones I was using. Considering it means putting a bit less into landfills and also saving money in the long run, I only wish I had bought these years ago, sincerely. Also they shipped very promptly and arrived sooner than expected, so that was a pleasant surprise. Thanks!" —otherlings

    Get it from TS Designs on Etsy for $5 (available in 10 colors).

    19. A cruelty-free pet ear cleanser that'll gently (but effectively) flush out built-up dirt to keep your furry friend's ears happy and healthy without a trip to the groomer.

    a split image showing the inside of a dog's ear with lots of brown spots on the left, and the same dog ear interior without spots on the right

    Promising review: "My husband and I just adopted our cute puppy, Winston, from the Humane Society. When we adopted him, his ears were unfortunately pretty dirty, but after we used this ear cleaner today, his ears are so clean!! I'm so amazed at everything it managed to get out. Our puppy's ears look so much better now! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog." —Jerome F

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    20. Some adhesive tortoiseshell nail wraps if you want a bold salon-quality manicure without shelling out the big bucks. If applied correctly, they should last for around a week (or more!) and all you have to do is peel, stick, file, and finish with a topcoat.

    a model wearing the nail wraps
    Pretty Fab Nails / Etsy

    Pretty Fab Nails is a Florida-based Etsy shop creating bright and bold nail wraps to upgrade your at-home manicure game. 

    Promising review: "These are fantastic!! So cute and stylish. I’m a disaster who can’t keep nail polish on. It’s impossible. These are wonderful!!!!! I’ve had them on for two weeks and counting. The picture was taken today. This is after doing dishes every day, camping, cleaning, etc. I will be ordering again! I used Seche Vite as a topcoat." —Serena Carter 

    Get a 16-pack from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $5.99

    21. A versatile scoop bralette for everyday comfort and support with super soft recycled fabric, adjustable straps, and three extra sizes specifically engineered to better support bigger boobs.


    Promising review: "Silky soft and COMFORTABLE. The scoop bralette was a huge upgrade from my Richer Poorer brand bralette. I wear these for work and play (yoga, biking, roller skating). I love that no matter how active I am, the bra straps stay in place and I stay cool and dry all day." —Hannah F.

    Get it from Parade for $28 (available in sizes XS–3XL, 1+–3+, and in 10 styles).

    22. A cruelty-free lip balm with SPF 25 to take even chronically irritated lips from dry and cracked to hydrated and smooth, while protecting them from future damage.

    a split image of a reviewer's lips before and after using the balm

    Promising review: "This little $8 tube has changed my life. For going on 12 years I've had almost nonstop chapped cracked and peeling lips. It doesn't seem to matter the season or even be related to time spent outdoors. I'd just learned to live with it and cringe when I'd see close-ups of my face. I happened upon a post in a women's hiker forum and this brand was heavily recommended. For the first time in many years I can smile without my lips hurting and can eat without them burning. It stays on even after brushing my teeth. It's so nice to feel soft lips again after all these years." —Bluebearee

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in seven flavors). 

    23. A space-saving drawer organizer so you can actually find the cutlery you need when you need it instead of rummaging through a pile of potentially painful pointy things.,

    Suitable for drawers with a minimum height of 3.25 inches, this organizer fits up to 24 pieces of cutlery.

    Promising review: "I thought this would be handy and help with space management in a small apartment. It turned out to be absolutely perfect. It keeps the silverware clean, and stores a lot in a very small space. I love it. I got two because I inherited my grandmother's silverware, so there are two types of forks and two types of spoons, and I wanted things separate and organized. Two organizers fit side by side in a standard apartment drawer. After getting these, I picked up the knife organizer, and it’s just as handy and useful." —Jerimi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush because anyone who says they haven't accidentally got caught in the rain while wearing a pair of suede shoes is lying. This brush will diminish the look of water stains with no additional cleaners required so you and your favorite shoes can reunite for another (hopefully drier) outing.

    You can totally use it with another cleaner or spray if you want, but it seems like reviewers have success without! It just takes some elbow grease.

    Promising review: "I am very impressed with this product. I was new to suede shoes and instantly regretted buying a gray-colored shoes once I got them dirty. Luckily I found this lovely thing. Very easy to use, straightforward packet comes with it that tells you which sides to use and when. I would definitely recommend this since you invest so much in those shoes you might as well keep them nice and clean!" —Celeste

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. This sulfate-free biotin shampoo with over 19,000 5-star ratings that can help hair look thicker and stimulate regrowth with regular use. It's 100% safe to use on all hair types — even color-treated hair!

    a split reviewer image showing the top of a head with thinning hair on the left, and the same head with a lot of hair filled in on the right

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it, but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After I used the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on), and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not wild about the way it smells, but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    26. An all-natural stain stick if you want powerful stain-fighting powers without any harsh chemicals. Simply wet the soiled area, rub the stick in, and let it sit until your next wash! Yes, it can even handle grease and bloodstains, thanks for asking.

    a pile of the stain sticks wrapped in paper
    Shady Creek Farm NC / Etsy

    Shady Creek Farm NC is a Dallas, North Carolina–based Etsy shop selling a variety of all-natural (and eco-friendly!) cleaning supplies like soaps, detergents, and even crochet patterns for reusable cloths!

    Promising review: "Our kitty cat had an upset tummy and, on the first night we used our brand-new white organic quilt, threw up quite a bit on it. I had little faith on it working, but amazingly, my first try with it and IT WORKED 100%!!! I AM CUSTOMER FOR LIFE! 😍" —michelemassoni

    Get it from Shady Creek Farm NC on Etsy for $8.

    27. A dryer vent cleaning kit – it attaches to your vacuum for sucking lint and other debris (aka major fire hazards) from the narrowest of crevices.,

    The entire set comes with a plastic hose, a Holikme adapter, and a vacuum hose for use with most any vacuum. Plus, a flexible lint brush!

    Promising review: "I love this dryer lint extension for the vacuum. I wanted to try a cheaper option first before I spent way more money having someone clean the lint trap deep down. So much lint came out of my dryer, it was wild. I'm very good at cleaning it after using the dryer, but inevitably there's always more that we can't see or reach because it's too deep. It's a great way to keep it clear of lint to increase the efficiency of the dryer, which will save money from electricity and extend the life of the dryer, and prevent possible fires." —Cat Landis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    28. A natural carpet-deodorizing powder made with a mix of baking soda and borax to banish that mysterious smell lingering in your carpet despite your best efforts. Just sprinkle it around the room, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum like normal.

    a cardboard tube filled with the powder
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is the brainchild of Rita Pardo, a Black mother and entrepreneur who, inspired by her daughter's medical needs, developed a line of natural products for the body, hair, and home. She specializes in products for people with issues related to sensitive skin and can even customize orders to avoid certain allergens and irritants.

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $9 (available in four scents).

    29. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets so you can remove stubborn stains from the walls of metal tumblers and impossible-to-clean water bottles with NO scrubbing required!

    a stained mug before, during, and after cleaning tablets have been inserted, revealing mug is stain-free after use

    Promising review: "What is this sorcery???? I have had my metal tumbler for four years now and no amount of scrubbing or scrapping has been able to remove the stains from my tea! Seriously though, this is my dedicated teacup and it had four years' worth of tea staining/buildup. I won’t lie, it took four tablets and I used boiling water and let each tablet soak overnight over the course of four days but my cup now looks brand new again. So glad I found these! Now I know exactly how to take care of my cup and it will never get back to the way it was before!" —Chrystal Mayo

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    30. A gentle hair-removing glove if you love multitasking almost as much as you loving giving your furry friend all the snuggles they deserve. This mitt will help curb shedding (no matter your pet's coat type) and is super easy to clean — fur lifts away in one solid, satisfying sheet.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed,

    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much?!?! After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: This is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand."

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94+ (available in three colors).

    31. A flexible cable protector so you can save money, frustration, and depleted batteries by protecting your charging cables from an untimely, frayed end.

    A three-paneled image showing the cable protector packaging, a frayed phone charging cord, and the same cord with the protector applied hiding and supporting the frayed edges

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half-inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $4.99 (available in two color combinations).

    Results that don't cost a fortune? This isn't a dream.

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