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    47 Products To Upgrade Your Home On The Cheap

    These shatterproof silicone LED lightbulbs are a parent's (and pet parent's) dream come true.

    1. A bottle of deep stain- and odor-removing "Carpet Miracle" shampoo solution so darn effective at tackling pet stains, ingrained dirt and grime, and food stains both old and new that you'll be able to erase all evidence of carpet shenanigans. 

    Before pic of stained rug
    After pic with stains gone

    You can use this this with carpet cleaners from Bissell, Hoover, McCulloch, Rug Doctor, Kenmore, and Carpet Express, as well as rented machines from stores and steam cleaners. 

    Sunny & Honey is a US-based, family-run small business that specializes in nontoxic, natural enzyme cleaners. 

    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 $16.97+ (available in two sizes).

    2. Plus a compatible Bissell multipurpose carpet and upholstery cleaner that has a *MAJOR* fan following of parents and pet owners — this compact, super portable powerhouse is a true (and affordable) investment in never having to replace your carpets. It uses warm water and a special formula to make stains from grass, mud, pet accidents, food, and all your other home-related shenanigans look like they never even happened. 

    Model using a small green suction from a vacuum on a carpet
    Model using it on a car seat

    Each cleaner comes with a trial size of Bissell's Spot & Stain Formula, which is also available on Amazon for $12.99

    Promising review: "Yep! TikTok made me buy it and I loved it. Looked for it online, and on Walmart they were about $150 for some reason?? Got it here, and I am LOVING IT. Things definitely look cleaner. Spots on my carpet are gone, and my car seats look brand-new for the first time since I bought it! Directions are easy. Just a heads-up, MAKE SURE TO USE WARM WATER. if you leave water in it and it gets cold, it's not as effective, so just follow instructions and it should be wonderful!" —Carlos 

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.   

    3. A self-adhesive paper towel roll holder you can install on the the wall or  bottom of a cabinet to free up counter space (and prevent your paper towels from getting mucked up from things that might spill on the counter!). 

    The metal bar roll holder attached to the side of a wall by a kitchen sink
    The holder installed under a cabinet

    Promising review: "Saw this on TikTok and have no regrets! Sturdy and super easy to apply. Great bang for the buck!" —E. Bucci

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99

    4. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door, giving you some much-needed peace and quiet between thin walls while also working to make sure drafts don't get in or out of the room, preserving your heat in the winter and your AC in the summer. 

    A reviewer's door with the strip already installed on the edges
    A close up of what the strips look like in the middle that shows the foam part

    Promising review: "Lifesaver. I have roommates who always watch TV loudly until midnight so I purchased this to seal the gap in my door. It really reduced 90% of the noise from living room!!! I can finally have a nice sleep!!!" —wen yan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.57 (available in two colors).

    5. A shatterproof silicone LED lightbulb built to last over 13 (!!!) years — not only is this option more environmentally-friendly and cost-saving than standard glass bulbs, but so much safer for folks with kids or rambunctious animals, who are the number one culprits in the household sport of Knocking Over Lamps. These also stay cool even when they're lit, and are so breakproof that they bounce when they're dropped! 

    A model squeezing a lightbuilb to show that it's flexible and bendy
    GIF of model squeezing it
    The Grommet

    IncrediBulb is a California-based small business that specializes in shatterproof silicone LED lightbulbs for home and recreational use. 

    Reviewers mentioned that is also a great "travel" bulb if you're camping or don't like hotel lighting! 

    Promising review: "These lightbulbs are super cool! They really don't break if you drop them (so of course I had to 'accidentally' drop one when I first showed them to my husband — his expression was worth the price of the bulbs!), and they emit smooth, steady light. I was always terrified while replacing the incandescent bulbs above my bathroom vanity, fearful of dropping or crushing them in the process, but that's not a problem with these bulbs. They're also brighter than the old bulbs, which is great for a vanity light, and as far as I've been able to tell, they don't put out any noticeable heat. Yes, they're quite pricey, but in theory, they won't need to be changed for 13 years! Can't quite believe that, but so far I'm very happy with these lightbulbs." —Cheri 

    Get a three-pack from The Grommet for $18.95+ (available in two lighting styles and in six-packs). 

    6. A bottle of wood polish to make all your scuffed-up cabinets and hardwood floors look brand spanking new in mere seconds, even if you're pretty sure the damage is older than you are.

    Before image of antique desk with wood damage
    After image of it restored and dark wood again

    Promising review: "AMAZING product!!!!! My daughter ate a hot bowl of soup on my wooden table and left numerous white ring marks. I tried everything to get them off and failed every time. As soon as I put the product on, it was practically brand-new again. Highly recommend this product!" —Diana V

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in nine finishes).

    7. Or a reviewer-beloved bottle of wood polish and conditioner to get your lackluster old floors, cabinets, and closets looking so spiffy that your friends will ask where you're hiding the time machine when they see what you've done with the place. 

    the bottle of wood polish with some jelly-like polish squirted beside of it
    reviewer pic of a worn wood floor with about half of it looking refreshed and back to life thanks to the polish

    Promising review: "I got this product a few hours ago from Amazon and now have shiny floors! It gave the really dull hardwood floors of my prewar NYC apartment an impressive shine. Really impressive. A little goes a long way: I used only about two ounces to shine about 500 square feet of clean floors. Before using it on the floors, I tested the polish on an old wooden side table that is scarred and needs sanding. It looked a lot better afterwards." —KindleCustomer2

    Get it from Amazon for $8

    8. A set of peel-and-stick tiles so you can turn your boring old kitchen into a snazzy modern one that will make you want to film a home improvement TikTok. These are self-adhesive and strong enough to stick, but gentle on the walls for later removal! 

    Promising review: "I loved everything about it. I used this product in my kitchen. I like that they had a protective clear removable film on the front. It looks like real tile and you can feel the different layers of stone." —Danette Smith

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in five styles).

    9. A reviewer-beloved high pressure showerhead to replace the old model that's just *not* quite cutting it — this one's got five easily adjustable spray settings so you can get the water pressure juuuuust right, and installation is so easy that you can pop it in without any tools. 

    Promising review: "Love this showerhead so dang much. I replaced my standard 20-year-old apartment showerhead with this and boy oh boy does it feel like a dream. The mist feature (which I’ve never really enjoyed on previous shower heads) is so powerful and relaxing. Great product for the price!" —Maggie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. An effective fruit fly trap for anyone who is sick and tired of bringing home a few extra flying roommates every time they buy a few bananas (pay rent, why don't you??). Each of these traps lasts up to 45 days, so you'll finally get some peace in your kitchen without getting an exterminator involved. 

    A small red apple shaped trap
    The trap open to reveal dead fruit flies inside

    Promising review: "Our home was infested with fruit flies. As a household of minimal fresh produce and a mostly nitrate rich menu, we were confused and horrified when these tiny, evil monsters took over our house. These apple jobs are LEGIT. Within an hour or less they had captured a good amount of flies. I just bought more." —MotherofChaos

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.88

    11. Plus a moth trap for your pantry, so you never again have to wage war with them for the sake of your hard-earned Ritz crackers.

    Promising review: "Dr. Killigan’s works better than any of the other moth traps that I have tried. Each year I’m amazed by how many moths have been caught in the traps. I have an old house with a moth problem and can’t imagine the amount of clothing damage that I would have had if we weren’t using Dr Killigan’s. I use the traps for pantry moths but have found that they work beautifully for clothing moths." —Elizabeth Prokop

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $16.97 (psst — you can get a set of clothing moth traps for closets as well!).