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33 Things Under $20 That'll Make A Big, Big Difference

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1. A pack of water bottle cleaning tablets that'll FINALLY reach the bottom of yours without the need for scrubbing — goodbye mysterious smell.,

They're biodegradable, chlorine free, all-natural, and environmentally safe!

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

2. An all-natural charcoal teeth-whitening powder for looking like the epitome of perfect dental hygiene even if you haven't flossed since 2005.

Its main ingredients are charcoal (yeah) and bentonite clay. And don't forget to check out our top picks for teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Promising review: "I have only used the Pro Teeth Whitening Activated Charcoal Powder for two days (twice a day as directed), and already see a significant difference! Not only are my teeth extremely white, but there is no hot/cold tooth sensitivity like I have had with many major brand whitening systems. My teeth also feel like they have a smooth polished texture exactly like they feel after leaving my six month dental deep cleaning appointments." —Destiny

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

3. A stainless steel jar opener, because there is nothing more tragic than not being able to eat your pickles when the %&*@ lid won't come off.

I CAN ONLY HOLD IT UNDER HOT WATER FOR SO LONG. P.S. this is great for those with arthritis!

Promising review: "This is my third 'easy-open' jar opener and by far, the best. The two I bought previously required batteries and neither worked. This one is easy to use and works surprisingly well. I can't seem to open pickle jars easily but this opener cracked open the jar effortlessly. Whereas the battery operated opener just slid around the jar. Even with new batteries they didn't work." —Sunshine

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

4. A pack of makeup removing cloths so you can wipe off even waterproof eyeliner and mascara away faster than you can dive into bed — not to mention this'll save you $$$ on disposal makeup wipes.

Their plush microfiber gently lifts away dirt, oil, and makeup! Use it wet or with your fave liquid makeup remover.

Promising review: "This product...I have no clue how this works, but it does! Let me start by saying I was wearing a full face of make up. I mean foundation, contour highlight, eyeliner, seriously the whole nine yards. All I did was wet it and wiped my face, my jaw literally dropped. This is hands-down my favorite makeup remover. The best part is that they are reusable so you don't have to keep buying those expensive disposables that leave your face feeling greasy." —Heather and Ryne Griffith

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $2.97.

Btw, check out our top picks for makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

5. A duo of soft silicone bra strap cushions that'll end the lifelong feeling of something digging into your shoulder. I can already feel the ahh coming my way 🙏.

Promising review: "I suffer from severe shoulder pain from my bra straps. These made such a difference! I actually forgot I was wearing a bra, because the pain was gone. The shoulder dents also disappeared. It took about 30 seconds to put them on, and they stay in place." —Amazon Customer

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two color combos).

6. A flat colander for both catching food scraps and washing fruits and veggies a heck of a lot easier while you cook — adulting is hard enough, why add cleanup to the list?

Plus it's safe to put in boiling water, as well as dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "This is a simple design that just makes so much sense. I have always had some kind of mat in the bottom of my sink to keep dishes from clanking around too much, but often times food strands would get looped around and stuck on it, making it a pain to clean up. This colander is soft enough to prevent that clanking of dishes, but also solid enough to easily lift up and spray off, allowing food particles to slide right off and into the drain catch (no garbage disposal here). It's also great for rinsing and peeling vegetables, creating a large surface area (your whole sink) for catching flying peels, which you can then slide right into the trash. It seems like a bowl-shaped colander would be just as simple, but this design makes a ton of sense for my work-style in the kitchen and does double-duty as a sink mat. A great multi-tasking piece that has eliminated multiple kitchen inconveniences." —loubee

Get it from Amazon for $12.39+ (available in two colors).

7. A bottle of Bio-Oil, because it's essentially a one-step solution to gently exfoliating your way to an even skin tone. Acne scars? Stretch marks? I don't know her.

It's even hypoallergenic, so sensitive skin can also use this! It's also great for uneven skin tones, fine lines, and dehydrated skin. Its formula is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base that'll both moisturize and heal unwanted marks over time. Plus it's non-greasy so it won't clog your pores! Learn more about Bio Oil!

Promising review: "I put this on at least one to two times daily since I received this two weeks ago. I use it on my belly where I have stretch marks from my pregnancy and I also use it on my face. It helps moisturize my dry skin. I can tell my face is clearing up from my months-long acne breakout AND I use the oil on my underarms after I get out of the shower to try and lighten them up. It's helping my discoloration on both my face (from my acne) and underarms and I feel like my stretch marks look different, as well. I'm very impressed with this product." —Valerie

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

8. A TubShroom — aka literally the best (and most popular) thing since sliced bread — so you'll never have to stand in water while showering again.

Just put it in your drain and pop it out to clean every so often. It's made of silicone so you can easily wipe away all that gross hair and who knows what else before you lose your cool. And check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for all the info!

Promising review: "I was so afraid to wash my hair because the thickness would stop up the tub. This TubShroom changed my hair washing routine forever. Great product!" —cassandra edwards

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

9. A habit-breaking polish that'll save your poor fingernails and cuticles from your biting at long last. Maybe now we'll stop getting yelled at when at the nail salon?

It's basically just bitter-tasting clear polish that's safe for children as well (it's also great for stopping thumb-sucking)! Check out more info at This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails!

Promising review: "I am 27 years old and have been a horrible nail biter since I was a toddler. I’ve tried lots of different things to stop — gloves, soap under fingernails, acrylics nails and yes other brands of nasty nail polish. This has been the only thing that’s worked. I wish I had a better before photo to share but this is truly the longest my nails I’ve ever been and it’s only been a few weeks. I keep a bottle of this stuff in my desk so I can always have a freshly applied coat. This was my last resort before I tried hypnosis and I’m so glad I gave it a try." —Morgan Shepard

Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in three sizes).

10. A pack of velvety hangers for successfully keeping your silky clothes off the freaking closet floor. GOOD LUCK, satin camis. You will not escape me this time.

Plus their slim design gives your more closet space!

Promising review: "These are great quality for the price. They don’t leave marks on your clothes and don’t take up a lot of space so you can fit more clothes in your closet." —Mahsha

Get a 10-pack from Macy's for $8.99 or a similar 50-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

11. A pair of anti-UV glare computer glasses, because blue light is definitely responsible for at least some of your headaches at work. Maybe emails are easier to handle when seen through ~amber-colored~ glasses?

These can truly help with alleviating headaches after long periods of looking at a screen!

Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommend!" —Ariele Monzo

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available with no magnification or reader strengths 1x–2.5x).

12. An all-natural headache and migraine relief balm with aromatherapy benefits so you can feel soothed in a much shorter time than usual.

Its organic ingredients (chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, extra-virgin olive oil, almond and castor oil, and beeswax) can help alleviate tension, headaches, migraines, and migraine-induced nausea.

Promising review: "I am so happy. I had a migraine for 11 days then came across this Headache Ease Balm. It has decreased the pain to a mild-medium headache which is a MASSIVE DROP IN MY PAIN. If you have a headache that's driving you nuts buy this it does help. Although I believe in herbal remedies my pain was so bad I didn't think it would help. I am so happy I decided to give it a try." —Journey

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

13. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo that'll neutralize yellow tones left from pigment residue after bleaching or lightening, and brighten your hair to platinum blonde — all in just one to three minutes.

Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

Need proof? Check out more before-and-afters in this If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo!

Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in six sizes).

14. A headlight restoration system for solving your ~glaring~ problem of driving at night with dim guidance. This three-step process will have those roads perfectly visible again.

These sanding discs even help to remove scratches!

Promising review: "My headlights were old and cloudy, and this restored them to looking almost brand new again! It's definitely worth the money and time to do this yourself, instead of a $100-200 replacement for your headlight lenses. It took me right about 60 minutes to do both headlights, and I can't believe the difference it made. I'm super happy with the results and would definitely recommend this!" —D. W. Brace

Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

15. A stainless steel spinner ring, because you'll always have something *on hand* to fidget with instead of picking at your cuticles (or whatever you do when bored or nervous).

It features an inner band that's locked into the main band for you to spin manually. And it's rust- and scratch-resistant!

Promising review: "I've had this ring for about two weeks now and just had to write a review. I've had the nervous/bored habit of picking at my fingers since I was a kid. I can't remember the last time I've not had at least one nail bed torn up and bloody. For people with similar habits, I can't recommend this ring enough. It's a great, non-distracting way to redirect fidgety behaviors. I've worn it every day since receiving it and for the first time in years I have intact nail beds!" —KGL

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and in six colors).

16. A tub of Aztec healing clay so you can deep-cleanse your pores like there's no tomorrow and kiss even the toughest, cystic breakouts GOODBYE. Did I mention the 13,166 Amazon five-star reviewers who got their acne under control with this?

By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar! Want more proof? Read our full breakdown!

Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

17. A toothpaste squeezer dispenser stand that'll help you get every last drop. We're millennials, aka on a budget ok? And usually $10 wine beats out more toothpaste for the week.

Promising review: "This is well-made and nicely performs its function. Now I can get my toothpaste tubes under control." —Jon from Reston VA

Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

18. A 10 foot iPhone charger for giving you all the freedom in the world to scroll through Instagram, no matter which side of the bed you prefer. Unless your bed is obscenely large.

It's compatible with all iPhones except for iPhone 4/4S, and with iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, iPad 9.7-inch, iPad Air 1/2, iPad 4, and iPad mini 4.

Promising review: "I eat through Apple chargers like candy. There are *so* many bad ones on the market that I am extremely relived to have found one that is reliable. Generally a cable will last me like three to four months, however, I've had this cable for eight plus months now and it is still going strong! I travel a lot, so my cables are tossed around hotel rooms, shoved into my bag a million times a week, etc., so for it to still be kicking is a great testament to it's quality." —Will

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

19. And! A quirky cable accessory to prevent your precious cord from disconnecting or damaging (frayed wires = heartbreak).

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $6 (available in 18 styles).

20. A Kohler sink and countertop squeegee, because spills and crumbs should only be an inconvenience for .05 seconds.

It's double sided: one side has nylon bristles for sweeping dry spills, and the other a squeegee for wiping wet spills. Plus it's stain-resistant, easily disassembled, and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "My new big and beautiful sink lacks one feature, and that is enough slope to the drain to carry away bits and pieces. This squeegee serves well to safely scrape everything to the drain. The blade is flexible enough to firmly drag items out of the corners, yet sturdy enough to scrap up a stuck bit. It is easy to hold and the size is nearly perfect." —Maven of Mortar

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

21. A pet hair removal glove so you can a) have a good excuse to pet your dog or cat for hours and b) save your couch from the current layer of fur decorating it. ~Furry chic~ is not in, sorry.

AND it's machine-washable.

Promising review: "My cat never really enjoyed being brushed; we had one of those ones with flexible metal bristles. He would sit for a very short time and then walk away. Not anymore! My cat is very skittish so the sound of the velcro scared him in the beginning, but he quickly got used to it. He lays still, purrs, allows me to get his under belly a bit, and even allows me to groom his fur 'against the grain' which he would never do. Today was the first time I did that and you can see from the pics (above) how much fur I got. Love it!" —Alicia Mead

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in right hand and left hand).

22. A wine stain removing spray that'll help avoid any nights out from going sour. I'm not sure who trusted me with a glass of merlot, though.

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Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

Get it from Amazon for $6.

23. A credit-card sized pack of biodegradable flossers for getting spinach out of your teeth no matter where you are. Maybe next time you'll have pizza instead of salad.

These babies can fit in your purse, wallet, pocket, wherever! Each individual flosser also has a toothpick when hinged to position.

Get a four-pack from Free People for $5.99.

24. An adjustable bed sheet fastener, because making your bed every morning shouldn't involve wrestling with your mattress. This will make your bed sheets stay 👏put👏.

These heavy-duty babies feature chrome metal clips and elastic bungee cords to grip your bed sheets firmly.

Promising review: "These sheet straps are the best purchase I have ever made. I bought a new bed and had to put a thick mattress protector on it for the warranty to remain active, so my sheets fit very snugly. I toss and turn a lot and my dog moves around a lot, so the sheets were always coming off the corner. I bought these, and it only took a couple minutes to put on. It’s been a week and my sheets have stayed in place. This was the perfect simple and cheap solution for a major annoyance." —Shariece

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

25. A lightweight, long-lasting face powder so oily T-zones, acne, and scars are basically nonexistent from the minute you put it on. If 24/7 shine control and steadfast makeup sounds good to you, then you just found yourself a new best friend.

You can use it as translucent powder to set your makeup or as powder foundation! Learn more about it in This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless.

Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in six shades).

26. A pack of super-soft foam earplugs that'll block out the noise of your roommates playing COD at 12 a.m. while you try to memorize your bio textbook overnight.

Remember: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. They're hygienic and even come with an aluminum carry case for individual earbuds. These are also great if your lovely partner is a snorer!

Promising review: "These are probably one of the best purchases I made so far. It works like a charm. I'm studying for my MCAT and I need to be in a quiet environment, but my house is filled with a ton of people. It is almost impossible to get them to quiet down, and I don't want to tug my books around all the time to the library. I decided to buy these earplugs and now I can't hear a peep when I'm in my room!" —Steven

Get a 60-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

27. A roll of eco-friendly, reusable bamboo towels for both nixing overspending on regular paper towels and for cleaning up messes a whole lot faster thanks to their absorbent material. AND they're good for the earth! Everybody wins.

They're made from sustainable, organic bamboo — one roll replaces 60 paper towel rolls. Plus they're machine-washable and SUPER strong! They can be used ~120+ times~ before discarding.

Promising review: "I frickin' love this. These are great for those times you need a paper towel but don't want to create all the waste to throw it out. They're definitely a lot thicker than a normal paper towel, but function just as well for being easy to crumple up or soak up liquid. I've found these especially helpful for tasks that used to waste a lot of paper towels because towels didn't work for it: like cleaning the litter box, cleaning the bathroom, placing in the microwave to catch spills, cleaning up pet messes, and so on. I've already run some of them through the wash probably five to seven times and they remain just as useful as before." —Caz

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

28. A bottle of Eos lavender shaving cream, because this ultra-moisturizing formula (hello, shea butter, vitamins C and E, green tea, and grape seed extract) will be your savior if you always forget to put on lotion after showering. Oh, and razor bumps? You can forget them, too.


Plus, aloe and oat extract help prevent nicks and razor bumps.

Promising review: "This is simply the best shaving cream out there. It's 100 times more moisturizing than any cream I've used before, the smell is so much better, and less chemical than other top competitors. I received a bottle from a friend who swore by it and wanted to 'change my life' and to 'thank her later.' I totally did. This stuff will leave your legs as smooth as the day you were born. The price tag is reflective of what you are getting. Yes, it's more expensive, but is it worth it? Absolutely! This is a great product for people who have sensitive skin, allergies, or just want a better shave. I am really glad my friend got me hooked on this stuff. It's all I'll be using from here on out." —Jennie

Get it from Amazon for $7.72.

29. A set of silicone stove counter gap covers so you can bake cookies to your heart's content without worrying about crumbs falling through the cracks and attracting ants. Did I scare you enough yet? Cookies + gap cover = no scary ants.

Don't worry they're high-heat resistant (up to 446° F) and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "These worked our quite well for me. To be honest this is the last thing I wanted to put on my stove! The ones that go with my new stove are $100 each. I wasn't sure if they would even fit so I reluctantly ordered the silicone. They fit perfect even though the gap is different on each side. Within a couple of days I didn't even see them. Any relative that came over did not notice! They do not take way from my awesome new stove. I take them out once a week to clean them, but of course you can clean them just as they sit there. When I take them out there is no food underneath. There are no issues with them being so close to the heat. I would have spent $200, but I spent $12 for these two. They got to me right away too. So, yes I am very happy with this product." —Amazon Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

30. A pack of reusable silicone stretch lids that'll both allow you to continue to be lazy AND feel like a successful adult. You can stretch these babies over everything — half-cut fruit, bowls, blenders, whatever. So long, annoying containers.

And they're dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "These are seriously the best invention ever! Now absolutely any container in your house works as a band-name plastic storage container. Pots, pans, mixing bowls, even a pitcher! I gave a set to my mom as a gift, and ordered one for myself. My mom made a batch of sangria for a weekend get-together, and was able to bring it to our house in her favorite pitcher — no spills at all, even in the backseat of the car on a 70-mile trip! I plan on buying a few more sets and permanently ending the dreaded 'lid search' that happens every time I need to store leftovers. Seriously, these are worth it — buy a set and see for yourself!" —Kindle Customer

Get a seven-pack from Amazon for $15.94.

31. A can of fume-free oven cleaner for successfully wiping away tough baked-on spills (my worst nightmare: fallen lasagna) or messes that...have been there awhile. Either way, they don't stand a chance.

Did I mention it's lemon-scented?

Promising review: "This stuff really works! I had a lot of baked-on grease, and other cleaners weren't doing anything to remove it. I left this on overnight and the grease wiped off like sludge the next day! It was pretty gross wiping it off honestly lol." —S. Napoli

Get it from Amazon for $5.97+.

32. A bottle of extra-strong antiperspirant, because some of us are just extra-sweaty people and regular deodorant just doesn't cut it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But this will make sweat stains a thing of the past — even when put up against the NYC subway.

It's roll-on so it's super easy to use! It can reduce sweat for up to ~seven days~ per use.

Or if you want to go ~au natural~ check out our top picks for natural deodorants on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Promising review: "I have tried everything possible. I even contemplated Botox or surgery. I would soak through sweatshirts and T-shirts when everyone else was cold. I learned to only wear tank tops. This is the first summer I've been able to wear T-shirts since I was like 10, and I now don't have to even buy regular deodorant. I use this every few days and I stay dry and odor-free. I will be a lifetime customer." —Jaime A.

Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

33. A jewelry cleaner solution so you can bring diamonds, birthstones, gold necklaces, and WHATEVER back to life. They were expensive, so you deserve to have them shine forever!

It also includes a small bristle brush for extra cleaning and a basket as a safe place for leaving your jewelry in the solution.

Promising review: "This is absolutely the best jewelry cleaner hands down! I have a ton of jewelry — a diamond tennis bracelet, 14-karat rings and earrings, precious stones, pearls, and vermeil, too. I cleaned my expensive pieces, and they sparkled like they never have. I was in awe. The one piece that sealed the deal is a Sleeping Beauty turquoise and diamond ring I have. The diamonds are okay quality, but after cleaning it, it shimmers and twinkles like it never has. This cleans vermeil beautifully, too!" —tammy

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

Staying under budget **and** solving all your problems? Is this what being an adult feels like?


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