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    37 Things Under $20 That Basically Every Single Adult Honestly Needs

    Useful products that make grown-up things a lil easier.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A TubShroom, because if you don't already have one of these, there's probably an expensive bill from a plumber in your future. Just sayin'. 🤷

    reviewer photo showing nasty hair and gunk wrapped around TubShroom pulled out of their drain

    Promising review: "I held off reviewing this to see how it worked over the course of a month or so. My first though is, 'how are my husband and I not bald?'. Seriously, I empty this thing every other day (see nastily graphic photo below) and it is always completely gunked up with hair and goo of all types. I was impressed by the sheer amount of hair and other stuff this thing captured. Yes, clean up is disgusting. Pull it out with a paper towel and clean it off with another one. It's flexible, so the gunk come off easily." —LT

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    2. A pack of pimple patches that'll zap away zits overnight and help prevent you from picking, which can lead to scars or even more acne. You literally apply the patch and when you wake up the next morning, *poof* — the sebum is sucked right out.

    Promising review: "I’ve had the never ending pimple along my jaw line for days. I put the 12mm “dot” over the pimple and it’s already healing. The best part is that it covers like a clear band-aid, so unless someone was really staring at you, they would not notice. I did not put makeup on top of it because of the location. They’re also great because they’ll keep me from constantly rubbing the zit and aggravating it. On a side note, I am a woman in my 40’s who doesn’t get pimples that often." —Rebecca Gray

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A pair of blackout curtains to keep the sun from peaking in and annoyingly waking you up before your alarm goes off.

    reviewer photo showing half their window covered with blackout curtains, showing how effective they are at keeping the sun out

    Promising review: "These are TRUE blackout curtains!!! FINALLY I found some curtains that you truly cannot see through. These are exactly what I was looking for! They really don't let ANY light through, they're fantastic for both my office, where I have to do minute color adjustments on architectural illustrations on my computer monitor, AND my bedroom, where the nearby train station's blinding lights keep me up all night unless I wear one of those sleeping blindfolds, which are really uncomfortable." —DotScott1

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and 18 colors).

    4. A Seche Vive gel-effect top coat that'll give your DIY mani a professional-looking gloss and buy you a few extra days before they start to chip. 💅

    reviewer photo showing their nails on day 1 and then day 14 after using the top coat, showing their nails are chip free and looking healthy
    Valeza Bakolli / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am apparently hard on all nail polishes. A typical DIY manicure would last a day or two before chipping. I have tried MANY top coats and DIY gel solutions, but read recent reviews on Seche Vive gel top coat and thought I would try it. I was surprised. I did my nails on a Thursday and they lasted me through Tuesday before chipping. This was pretty amazing." —Mommy May

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.88.

    5. Or a bitter-tasting varnish for anyone who's less worried about chipping their nails than they are biting them.

    It tastes pretty bad but, don't worry, it's totally edible and completely harmless.

    Promising review: "During stressful times, I bite off all my nails. Once they're bitten off, it's hard for me to quit biting them so I thought I'd try this product. Well, it's been a week and I'm not biting them anymore. The taste if you do is just bitter enough to make you stop. And my nails already look better after a week. I highly recommend this product." —Cheryl Douglas

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    6. A travel case of floss picks guaranteed to save the day when you're out and about and see a giant piece of lettuce stuck between your two front teeth.

    case of floss picks fits in the small pocket of a clutch

    Promising review: "I purchased these to keep in my purse zipper compartment for 'emergencies', aka getting something stuck in between my teeth such as pepper, lettuce, herbs, or whatever. I can go to the powder room and remove whatever it is. I feel better having these in tow. We love Plackers for use here at home — they make flossing easy. With age, it just seems things tend to get stuck more, and these are a great idea to have along, just for in case. I can refill the case if I do end up needing to use them. The case is easy to open and close, and feels like it will stay closed in my purse. These are a great idea! I'm very happy to have this little travel case of Plackers tucked away in my purse!" —Small~Town~Girl

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $0.99.

    7. A windshield cover that'll make cleaning the snow off your car SO much easier. ❄️

    Promising review: "I just recently bought this product and it definitely lives up to my expectations. It has been windy all day and it has stayed on no problem. I have a Chevy sonic and it completely covers the windshield. I'd expect it to fit a much larger windshield, too. It keeps the snow off." —Shelby

    Get it from Amazon for $13.60.

    8. A mini file organizer you can use to neatly store your receipts. It's small enough to fit inside your purse or backpack, and will be helpful when the time comes to add up how much $$ you spent on iced coffee last month.


    Promising review: "This file organizer is perfect for budgeting and is small enough to keep in your purse! Also, if you are into couponing, this is perfect as well!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. And a budgeting planner filled with expense trackers, worksheets, and fun stickers that'll make your personal-finance journey a little less stressful.

    Product photo of the Zicoto Budget Planner in rose gold

    Promising review: "This little booklet is perfect for organizing all my bills and creating a game plan to saving money! I love the way rose gold looks and it is so functional! Nice size makes it easy to carry around and the stickers give it a personal touch. I love the colored tabs and that you can start this at anytime. Plus it’s from a small family-owned business which I enjoy knowing I’m supporting locally. 5 stars!" —aidan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three colors).

    10. A wrinkle-release spray that'll prevent you from having to actually iron your clothes.

    reviewer photo showing their white shirt before and after using the wrinkle release spray, revealing their shirt looks crisp and as if it were ironed or pressed

    Promising review: "This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it's time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day, like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, is great at keeping clothes crisp and nice-smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don't feel like ironing before each wear." —Taylor

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.94.

    11. A tub of cleaning wipes that can tackle even the messiest of messes. Grease, paint, permanent marker, nail polish, pet stains... You name it, these wipes can handle it.

    model using Tub O' Towels to clean a stain out of a rug

    You can use these on almost any surface, including leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, and metal.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $15.67.

    12. A bottle of white touch-up paint because you rearrange your wall art every five minutes and now there are scratches and scuffs all over.


    Promising review: "I decided to try this to cover up some of the chips of missing paint in my kitchen. It works perfectly. The bottle is a little bigger than a tube of Whiteout, but it's going to last me a long time. The paint went on smoothly and dried quickly. I am very happy with this product." —JMar

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in eight shades).

    13. An organizing keyboard shelf that'll make your WFH desk look a little more put-together.

    reviewer photo showing keyboard shelf perfectly organized on their desk

    Promising review: "This is sooo perfect. It’s easy to assemble and holds a great amount of weight. It keeps my desk organized and takes up less space than having these all on my actual desk. I’ve sent this to five coworkers to purchase for the same reason." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.48.

    14. A four-way cleaning brush you can use with sprays and foams to clean just about anything, including shoes, coats, and even your furniture.

    reviewer photo showing one boot completely cleaned using the brush while the other is covered in mud

    It has four sides: one to clean heavier scuff marks and stains, one to gently clean fine suede and light scuff marks, one to clean rounded corners, and one to clean hard-to-reach crevices and grooves.

    Promising review: "I was really sad when I thought my bucks were at the end of their road, because I had always heard that suede couldn't be cleaned. With this brush and a little elbow grease my bucks are looking great again! I didn't use any water or cleaner, I just kept wiping the brush off on my jeans to keep the brush clean, then hit the shoe again with a clean surface. It even brightened the leather up a bit." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A bottle of Garnier micellar water that serves double duty as a facial cleanser by morning and a makeup remover by night.

    model holding bottle of micellar water

    Promising review: "I hate the feeling that is left behind by most makeup removers — this is not like that. This removes makeup easily and doesn't have the oily feeling that other products leave behind. This has been my holy grail makeup remover for a year now and works for all skin types." —Bianca

    Get it from Amazon for $6.34.

    16. A pair of large mesh laundry bags to protect your delicate garments from tears, rips, snags, and stretching. They're also great for bringing along on trips so you can keep your dirty clothes separate from the clean ones in your suitcase.

    laundry bag filled with clothes resting on top of washing machine

    Promising review: "These are bomb. My tank tops usually get caught in the dryer and tear apart, but when I wash them in these they come out perfectly every time!" —12267beepboop

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A bottle of Bar Keepers cleaning solution that's capable of restoring even the dingiest of sinks, showers, and toilets to their former glory.

    reviewer photo showing their sink before and after using the cleaner, showing the sink looking completely new and shiny

    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

    18. A pair of blue light glasses to protect your eyes from harmful digital eye strain (especially great for people who stare at screens all day for work or school). And, they're actually pretty cute! 🤓

    Facebook: MelissaSalaman,

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $8.49 (available in 19 colors).

    19. An attachable aerator that'll make your $10 bottle taste way more expensive. 🍷

    model pouring a glass of wine with aerator attached to bottle

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    20. A meal-planning pad you can hang on your fridge so you always know what's for dinner. It also comes with a handy shopping list!

    meal planning pad with meals written out for the week

    You can separate the two lists or keep them attached!

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. The fact that it's magnetic is cool, because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    21. A set of plastic drawer organizers to get your bathroom products off the counter and neatly stored away.

    plastic drawer organizers with toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other toiletries in them

    Promising review: "I love all of the organizers! This is a great product! I bought the organizers for all of my bathroom drawers to store various items that normally were left out on the counter of which made the whole bathroom look cluttered. I love the way the plastic containers stack upon each other! You can also configure the boxes to fit in your drawers. The clear plastic is great for seeing what is on the lower organizer. It is convenient to take one container out one out at a time if you need to." —A H

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. Some Command hooks that truly offer up endless possibilities for all your grown-up projects, like hanging photos or organizing your cupboards.

    reviewer photo showing the command strips used to hang measuring cups on back of cupboard

    Promising review: "These were perfect for hanging my measuring cups!! When I had to readjust one, it was simple to pull down and left no mark on the cabinet door. I just grabbed another adhesive and put it in a different spot. So easy to use and works great!! Now I can see measuring cups easily. I wrote each measurement with a Sharpie on the white plastic part. You could draw something cute there or leave it white." —Sara

    Get a pack of 16 for $9.99.

    23. A bottle of Finish booster powder to help your dishwasher do what it was built to do: clean your dishes!

    reviewer photo showing one mug that hadn't been washed with the Finish booster, and another that has, showing the latter much cleaner and no evidence of hard water

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    24. A mini knife sharpener that'll keep your blades from prematurely dulling and hopefully buy you some time before you have to shell out a small fortune for a new set. 🔪

    model using the knife sharpener

    Promising review: "I bought more than a dozen Victorinox steak and kitchen knives over 15 years ago and they have been great knives. But they’ve been getting dull over the years and I believed I couldn’t sharpen them because they have the wavy blades, but i was mistaken. This stone does a fantastic job and after a quick 20 pulls across the steel (rough) and then ceramic stones my knives were 200% sharper. Now I try to pull them over the ceramic sharpener a few times each time I wash them. They’re essentially brand-new knives again. " —J&A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    25. A candle accessory set because trimming the wick can add SO much more burn time to all those expensive candles you've been buying lately. 🕯️

    three-piece candle grooming set

    Promising review: "For years I have just been using scissors to trim my wicks but the trimmed pieces would often fall onto my candle wax making them look awful. The trimmer keeps the trimmed portion contained so this doesn’t happen. I don’t really use the bell shaped snuffer often but the tool that you use to bend the wick over into the hot candle wax to snuff it out without all the smoke? Seriously, I’ve been missing out. Tools you didn’t know you needed but they make burning candles so much more enjoyable. Handy storage box, they look nice and seem to be good quality so far." —CeKaRi

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    26. A Scrubbing Bubbles cleaning stamp to *keep* your toilet shining bright, without ever having to get too far in there with a nasty ol' cleaning brush.

    Scrubbing Bubbles /, Scrubbing Bubbles

    Promising review: "I was sooo skeptical and was confused about how they’d work but the gel solidifies and with every flush, suds wash through with the water and it really makes a fresh difference. Also the scent is light but really nice and fresh! I recommend these 100%! They’re super interesting but they do the job." —Janet

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.97.

    27. A reusable bamboo cutlery set that'll give ya all the utensils you could ever need (fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, straw, cleaning brush, toothbrush, AND carrying pouch) to eat mindfully on the go and avoid unnecessary plastic consumption.

    bamboo cutlery set laid out on a wooden plate

    Promising review: "First of all, if you are buying a bamboo cutlery set, you probably are interested in reducing wasteful plastic in the environment. I was pleased to see that this product came with minimal, recyclable packaging! Secondly, unlike previous bamboo cutlery sets I’ve purchased, this comes with a knife that actually has teeth. It’s bamboo, but with notches that allow you to use it as more than just a butter knife. I love that there is not only a bamboo ‘straw’, but it comes with a brush to clean the straw effectively. Finally, bonus: a toothbrush! Very thoughtful. My classmates all took pictures of my kit because they want to order it too." —Morgan Dawning

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. A pack of washing machine cleaning tablets because, uh, have you ever cleaned the inside of your washing machine? Did you know that doing so can actually prolong the life of your washing machine? As well as prevent your clothes from smelling and getting damaged? Take care of your washing machines, people — they're not cheap to replace!

    Ok but HOW did that come out of a washing machine!?

    Promising review: "I'm happy to say this tablet worked great! Our drum is crystal-clean without a strong odor and there was no residual powder or tablet left. I also tried the Affresh wipe after to clean in and outside the rim, the door, and the detergent tray. Our washer looks brand new. I initially hesitated to buy the wipes but after seeing how well it cleans vs. just using one of my own towels, I'm sold. Having a front load washer in conjunction with hard well water is like a combo of two evils. This did clean the machine much better than I had expected!" —MMak125

    Get them from Amazon for $11.98.

    29. A pack of Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes that make being a plant parent easier than ever. If you're the person who buys new plants every year because your old ones keep dying, these will be a godsend. 🌱

    Reviewer photo showing their houseplant before and after using Miracle Gro Plant Food Sticks. In the before photo, the houseplant is visibly wilting. In the after photo, the houseplant looks considerably healthier after using the product.

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny but since I tend to kill them anyways I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —Victoria

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

    30. An Ecotools makeup brush shampoo to extend the life of your brushes and sponges by cleansing out weeks (OK, months??) of buildup. It'll condition bristles back to their original glory in literally a matter of minutes.

    reviewer photo showing dirty brushes before and after using the cleansing shampoo, revealing brushes looking brand new

    Reviewers also mention it pairs perfectly with a silicone brush cleaning mat ($5.96 on Amazon).

    Promising review: "You know how you spend time and effort to find makeup that lasts? No matter how much you makeup you may wear, using long lasting makeup comes at a cost. You can't just rub some regular soap on your face to get that "all day mascara/eyeliner/foundation" off can you? It's the same with your brushes. This is coming from someone who really doesn't care to clean brushes. I only started using them about seven years ago. It was three or so years after that I started trying to clean them. Rarely. And I thought vigorous scrubbing with hand soap was all you needed. It wasn't so I thought dish soap was all you needed. It still wasn't. I thought natural discoloration was inevitable for the lazy. Long story short, it turns out I was wrong and life is easy. Elbow grease for years was fine... until I got this stuff on a whim. The same brushes that were slowly permanently discoloring and fraying up had looked near new after my initial clean." —Not Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    31. A handy bag cinch since there are two types of people in this world: those who actually twist the little plastic thingy around the bag, and those who twist the plastic bag and tuck it under the bread. One of these methods takes too much time, and the other is ineffective at keeping the bread fresh. No matter which person you are, this solves both of those problems. You're welcome. 🍞

    the big cinch being used to close a bag of bread

    Promising review: "These have to be among the most useful gadgets in my kitchen and we use them constantly for open loaves of bread, crackers, rice, and many other types of packaging where you need a secure hold. I no longer save twist ties, those funny square plastic thingies that come with so much packaging. I have ordered additional ones since the kitchen is not the only place I have found them useful." —Connie of GA

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99.

    32. A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub to brighten your complexion in one easy step. You don't need a regimen with a ton of expensive products to get you that ~glow~ you're chasing. This'll exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts while highlighting your clear complexion underneath.

    reviewer photo showing before and after using the scrub, revealing noticeably brighter, less oily skin after use

    It's also vegan and cruelty free!

    Promising review: "This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects). I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or Subscribe & Save for $9.49.

    33. An Instant Pot Magnetic Cheat Sheet that makes cooking for yourself truly a foolproof endeavor.

     Instant Pot Magnetic Cheat Sheet Set

    Promising review: "This certainly is a handy, organized way to check Instant Pot cooking references for various foods. The highlighted portions are a little bit too shaded to easily see the print beneath but overall is well thought out. The item came quickly, well-packaged. Didn't even know this type thing existed." —mew

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    34. Non-stick oven liners to catch drips and spills while you're cooking. Have you ever put a frozen pizza in your oven, only for a plume of smoke to emerge and your fire alarms beeping obnoxiously? Yeah, that's probably all the caked up food at the bottom of your oven. These make clean up SO much easier.

    oven liner in bottom of oven catching drippings from a baking pie

    Promising review: "I have a non-self-cleaning oven for the first time in decades. After having an apple pie spill over and spending more than an hour cleaning it up, I purchased these oven liners. What a time-saver. The are easy to cut so they fit perfectly. Because I have a visible heating element, the liner goes right on the oven floor, under the heating element." —Kimberly Barnes-O'Connor

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    35. An avocado slicing tool guaranteed to make your homemade avo toast look just as beautiful as the order from your favorite brunch spot. 🥑


    Promising review: "High quality. The feature that sets this apart from cheaper tools is the pit remover. I actually cut my palm and needed stitches removing a pit with a knife. Then someone told me about tools like this. The slicer part also works fine for me and saves a lot of time over manual slicing. Cleanup is simple. Run water over it in the sink, then put it in the dinnerware basket in the dishwasher. Great gift idea!" —W.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    36. A cleaning gel that's just as fun to play with as it is effective at removing dust and crumbs from your keyboards, vents, and remotes. It's basically the practical, grown-up version of slime.

    reviewer holding the cleaning gel in their hand

    Promising review: "This is a very effective product. You just press down and roll across your keyboard. I’m not sure there’s a way to clean the product itself but after at least four uses it’s still doing the job just not as brightly colored obviously. Glad I purchased it. Also the amount is a generous size." —Chris Cassity

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    37. A handy charging pad so you can stop wasting minutes on end trying to find that *exact* angle for your fraying charging cord to work.

    This is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

    Promising review: "One of the most aesthetically pleasing wireless chargers I've ever seen and used. I've tried different ones and they either take too long to charge and gets hot or are bulky. This one is perfect for leaving at home, work and taking with you to travel." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight colors).

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

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