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    31 Things That Basically Pay For Themselves The Very First Time You Use Them

    You won't have to wait to see the value in these purchases.

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    1. A flexible drain snake to trick you into thinking you're a plumber with its "micro-hook" head and rotating handle for 360-degree clog removal. Just keep a barf bag nearby for when you pull up the wet, hairy monster living in your pipes.

    2. A hair-catching TubShroom so you can be surprised by how much hair is coming off your head, instead of being surprised by the bill from your plumber. Just pop this silicone savior in the drain and watch it catch all that slimy wet hair before it sinks to drain depths unknown. Then remove, rinse, and repeat until the end of time!

    3. A scalp revival dry shampoo with charcoal, biotin, and witch hazel that cleanses and refreshes hair, while working to prevent future oiliness. And it's safe for all hair types — color-treated, keratin-treated, chemically treated, and relaxed hair.

    4. A headlight restoration kit if your lights are looking a little cloudy and just aren't shining as bright as they used to. This kit attaches to your standard electric drill, so you can get crystal clear headlights without the expensive trip to the repair shop.

    Before: a car's cloudy, yellowed lens After: the same lens, now sharp and crystal-clear

    5. A wine-saver pump to literally suck the air out of your opened bottle of vino and keep it tasting like new for up to a week! It's suitable for all types of wine and comes with two super-sealing bottle stoppers.

    6. These produce-saver containers that'll save you money (and unecessary trips to the grocery store) by keeping produce fresher for longer with ~mystical~ ventilation technology.

    7. A lightweight carpet shampooer for lifting years worth of caked-on stains (Fido's contributions, included) and cutting down on those exorbitant professional carpet-cleaning bills.

    Before: a reviewer's stained corner of carpet and After: no more stains in sight

    8. An earwax removal kit because cotton swabs really don't cut it (and can sometimes make things worse) when it comes to major wax buildup. With just a couple of drops, you'll be able to see and feel the wax flush from your ear and, with it, the sound-muffled world you'd been residing in.

    9. A self-adhesive door draft stopper you simply cut to size and stick on any door to guard against drafts, noise, and under-door lights. Then just sit back, watch your electricity bill go down, and enjoy a little extra $$$ in your pocket.

    Close-up of the white plastic stopper attached to the bottom of a door

    10. A pair of anti-nausea bands if cars, cruises, amusement parks, and even pregnancy leave you with a churning stomach, and you're looking for a solution that doesn't involve copious amounts of Dramamine.

    11. A panty wash laundry detergent developed by an actual gynecologist to remove stains left behind by vaginal discharge with just three ingredients (one of which is an essential oil). Its anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and anti-mold formula is great for bras, too!

    A hand holding a bottle of Clean & Cute™ Panty Wash on top of a washing machine

    12. A quart-size cold brew maker with an airtight seal that'll keep your coffee tasting so fresh, you won't even think about going to your favorite caffeine chain.

    A clear pitcher with a black lid and handle filled with cold brew coffee sitting next to a glass filled with ice and cold brew coffee

    13. A hydrating hair mask so you can skip the expensive salon treatment and give dry, dull hair the deep-conditioning TLC it needs — all from the privacy of your own home.

    14. A waterproof pouch because you're going to take your phone on any potentially wet adventures, anyway. You might as well skip the low-grade panic and give yourself the piece of mind that your tech is protected.

    15. A mini white noise machine to block out distracting environmental sounds and help you (or your little one) get a restful night's sleep. Construction and your upstairs neighbor's incessant need to play guitar at 11 p.m. are no match for this sleek little speaker.

    The small hexagonal machine, with the speaker as its top

    16. A wood polish that conditions and protects wood with a combination of beeswax and orange oil, while hiding dings and scratches that were totally already like that when you got it.

    17. A nontoxic Wunderbar stain stick if you've ever Googled "How to get pit stains out?" and then been told to concoct a pre-treatment with a long list of ingredients you definitely don't have. Streamline the process with this all-encompassing soap stick. Just wet the stain, rub the stick in, and throw it in the wash like normal for powerful stain-fighting action.

    A white pouch with a yellow label sitting next to a solid white soap bar

    18. A dryer vent cleaning kit — it attaches to your vacuum to suck lint and other debris (aka major fire hazards) from the narrowest of crevices.

    19. A battery-operated fabric shaver to rescue well-loved knits from the horrors of aging — lint, matted fibers, and pilling, oh my! It's like a tiny vacuum; just empty the detachable lint catcher when you're done, and enjoy your revitalized sweater.

    A split reviewer image of a pilled sweater with text that reads "Before" on top, and the same sweater without visible pilling with text that reads "After" on the bottom

    20. A rubber wheel if you're no longer vibin' with the car bumper stickers you picked out in college. This drill attachment will make quick work of stuck-on decals and stickers without damaging the paint underneath one bit!

    21. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush because anyone who hasn'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.

    22. A PooFection! toilet spray with a fresh eucalyptus mint scent to hide any trace that a poo even took place. Future guests who find themselves in a stinky situation will thank you for keeping this around!

    Four different-sized PooFection Eucalyptus Mint toilet sprays

    23. A pack of moldable glue that'll quickly become your go-to for tackling a range of repair projects from sealing off a leaky tap to reinforcing the frayed ends of your phone charging cord.

    24. A pack of Shark Tank-approved miniature spatulas so you can make sure your money is going farther and scoop out every 👏 last 👏 drop 👏 of that expensive foundation, lotion, hot sauce, etc.

    25. A terra-cotta sugar-saver to turn your hard-as-rock clump of brown sugar into a soft pile of ready-to-use sweetness (and keep it that way).

    26. A powerful all-purpose cleaner concentrate that can be used to clean floors, clothes, cars, tubs, sinks — you name it! Just follow the included instructions and dilute with water accordingly. One bottle = endless possibilities = no more wasting money on ineffective cleaners.

    A bottle of Frankincense & Myrrh All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate

    27. A pack of extra-large dryer balls made from organic New Zealand wool because cutting down on long dry times will get you to your warm, fluffed-up clothes faster and save you from having to run the dryer multiple times. Your electricity bill thanks you.

    Six wool dryer balls sitting atop a vine

    28. A patented pet hair remover if the amount of adhesive rollers you're going through is getting out of hand. This roller uses bristles, not sticky tape, to catch lint, meaning you can clean and reuse it over and over and over again.

    29. A BPA- and latex-free silicone menstrual cup so you can skip expensive monthly trips to the drugstore for pads and tampons, and enjoy up to 12 hours of leak-proof period protection.

    30. A compact knife sharpener that's easy to store and will keep your blades in tiptop shape. I didn't know vigorously sawing through potatoes wasn't normal until I learned you actually should be sharpening your knives, like, ALL the time!

    31. An EveryPlate meal subscription if buying produce usually ends up with you throwing half of it away when you don't use it in time. This truly affordable kit will deliver pre-portioned ingredients to prepare well-balanced meals that can be ready in around 30 minutes for less wasted food and money!

    A hand drizzling sauce with a spoon onto a rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables

    You basking in all the money these products saved you:

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