Skip To Content

    24 Things That'll Help Extend The Life Of Basically Everything You Own

    Wouldn't you want everything you bought to last forever and forever? Me too.

    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 wood polish and conditioner that'll have your grandmother's old-ass chair from 1984 shining brighter than a diamond.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel and it has a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    2. Bar Keepers Friend, a nifty cleanser for getting really tough stains out of your pots and pans without actually damaging the so-called "stainless" steel.

    amazon.com

    It can also clean porcelain, fiberglass, glass cooktops, copper, tile, and brass. It can even remove rust!

    Promising review: "It's one of those products that amazes you, it's almost like, 'Where have you been all my life!' I had an All-Clad stainless six-quart sauté pan that due to my neglect, had gotten black all over the bottom. We decided to purchase more All-Clad and I thought, ok, I am actually going to keep the new ones in pristine condition. So, I bought the Bar Keepers Friend and used it on the new ones, keeping them as beautiful as the day I got them. I thought, 'Could this stuff really get all the black off the bottom of my sauté pan?' Oh, my gosh, it did! It took a little elbow grease, but now it looks like new. I have tried Barkeepers Friend on several things: tile grout, tub, stainless appliances, and my stainless-steel sink. Everything got super clean." —Bargain shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

    Check out our full review on Barkeepers Friend here!

    3. An all-natural stain remover to help get those hot sauce stains out of your favorite T-shirt so you don't have to spend coin on a new one.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I had a pair of white baseball pants that had red clay stains literally the entire length of the leg, mixed with grass stains at the knees. I sprayed this on and rubbed the fabric against itself, and the stain was practically gone. I threw them in the wash and they were perfectly white when they came out. I had used their detergent as my stain remover in the past and it did a great job, but I think this may work even better. I have baseball moms ask me all the time how I keep my boys' pants looking so white! I tell everyone this stuff is the best!" —Shelley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.48.

    Check out our full review on Puracy Natural Stain Remover here!

    4. A headlight restoring kit that'll ~brighten~ the lens of your car so you can see better at night and have your hooptie actually pass inspection.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have to admit I was a little doubtful on how this product would do. However, after some research I gave in and purchased it. I have to say this does a GREAT JOB. I applied the product to my '06 Honda Accord headlights and they simply look like new again. If you are looking to show a little TLC and restore your vehicle's headlights, you won't be disappointed with this product. Just follow the simple instructions or play the video linked to this item. It's that simple. On a side note, I also had enough product to do and finish out my truck's headlights as well!!! I don't know who else has been able to do this but I did two vehicles (two sets of headlights) instead of just one!" —jaxsdamax

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A pack of foaming Magic Erasers made with durafoam so you can get to scrubbing your bathtub and make it look like you just got it installed — the stains just fade away.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are amazing! We have a rental property and the tenants trashed the house. I went to clean up and brought along these Magic Erasers. The bathroom was in really bad shape. I gagged for a portion of my scrubbing. These worked wonders. I'd say that they probably cut my cleaning time in half. Water stains, grime, whatever it was that those tenants left on the floor near the toilet. It left everything looking as brand new as it could. Saved me a lot of time and headache." —Crista Nalezny

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (for a pack of four).

    6. A bottle of rim spray that'll melt away all the salt and grime of winter so your wheels can shine like the sun during the utter warmth of summer.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's the best wheel cleaner I've ever used. I applied it to my wheels with over a month's worth of grime and brake dust, sprayed it on, waited three minutes, then sprayed it off with just the pressure of a garden hose nozzle. The results were fantastic; I couldn't believe it, with no scrubbing at all the dirt just washed away and that was from wheels that were really dirty to start with! Cuts car wash time down significantly for those that have rims that need a lot of handheld brush work." —Stacy S

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    7. A jean button replacement kit with a twist application so you can finally break out your favorite pair of dungarees now that they're able to fasten again!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "What can I say, never sew another button on your pants again, These are sturdy and easy to install. I use them on jeans and I've used them on shorts and khakis, too." —J R

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A non-toxic carpet cleaner and deodorizer that'll return your carpet to its former magical state while removing the smell of your dog's pee that ruined it in the first place.

    amazon.com

    The solution is biodegradable, which means your pets and kids can roll around on it as soon as you finish cleaning!

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    9. A jar of Weiman silver polish wipes to truly transform your old and rusted fine jewelry or silverware back to their bougie beginnings!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Amaaaaazing stuff. I have a Tiffany necklace I haven't been able to wear in years because it was almost black due to tarnishing. It now looks brand new. It took about six wipes but only because it was soo bad. You could upkeep all your silver jewelry with just one wipe. Love this stuff!" —stacey payne

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (for two jars).

    10. A Drain Weasel to reach into your pipes to get all the hair and gunk so your sink and shower won't ever be backed up again (until the next time).

    Drain Weasel / Via youtube.com

    Promising review: "This worked great in my shower. I'm not able to pull the drain plug out, so I was very happy to find a product that doesn't require it. It is very easy to use, and very effective. Will continue to purchase so I don't have to keep using chemical decloggers every other week. Highly recommend!" —AJane

    Get the starter kit from Walmart (which includes the handle and two disposable snake attachments) for $9.37.

    11. A pack of (reusable) watermark remover cloths to wipe away the massive water and heat stains from that hot cup of tea you just HAD to put down on the table without a coaster!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This removed the most stubborn watermark on earth! My desk had three very obvious rings from where hot mugs had been left unattended. Despite trying everything that was recommended online, nothing worked to so much as reduce their appearance. I bought the Guardsman Water Mark Remover based on other reviews saying that it did an excellent job and am adding my voice in case it helps someone else. This cloth must have some miracle oil in it because it removed the rings when nothing else would and they haven't come back. Be sure to really rub the cloth over the water mark (it may take some time, but it's worth it!) and save the plastic bag that it comes in just in case you need it again." —Trini

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    12. An electric pressure washer for getting all the dirt and grime off of your driveway, your patio, and the side of your house without batting an eyelash.

    amazon.com

    It has five different, easily attachable spray tips to go from casual cleaning to heavy-duty tasks!

    Promising review: "We absolutely loved the power this little machine has. The main reason for this purchase was to power-wash our garage so we could stain the floor. Loved the results. Then we did the driveway, then mailbox, cars, truck, deck, siding of the house, windows... Before we realized, our entire house (on the outdoors) was sparkling, squeaky clean. Wish we could power-wash inside the house as well!" —Smiley

    Get it from Amazon for $137.49.

    13. A bottle of liquid fabric dye for getting your faded jeans back to the true blue of yesteryear.

    amazon.com

    You can even mix the dyes for an exact match to your clothes! And can be used with a washing machine for a brighter pigment.

    Promising review: "I had a new pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans that I spilled bleach on... wow, they were ruined. I thought maybe I'd save them with this dye in charcoal gray. I was so thrilled and surprised to see the fabulous results. They look brand new and I couldn't be happier. You won't go wrong using this dye, it's the best!" —cookster

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99 (available in 32 colors).

    14. A bottle of Old English wood polish to cover up deep scratches in your dining room table or refurbish your front door that's seen better weather.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff really brought some of my old furniture back to life. It fills in the discoloration from rings and knicks, etc. It is easier to use than a stain because you don't have to sand anything or be perfect with the application. I used a rag and just did a few layers on the surface. I used it on a table from Big Lots and also on an antique wood cabinet and it came out great on both." —Ashley Bouchard

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    15. A container of OxiClean for getting stains out of your mattress, because you really would like to keep your warranty and not have people thinking you're an actual serial killer.

    Amazon

    I mean...I sincerely HOPE you're not one unless you're Dexter, and in that case, keep doing what you're doing.

    Promising review: "This stuff is the BEST! I live in an area where there is a lot of mineral deposits in the water and my towels always smelled stale or like they were mildewed even after I just washed them. I tried every home remedy I could find, from using baking soda to vinegar and everything in between. I use a small scoop of this and my towels smell fresh right off the laundry and stay smelling fresh. It is wonderful to get stains out. My boyfriend had a bunch of white shirts with stains on the collars and this took out the stains and made them look brand new. I just added to the laundry, no soaking or scrubbing." —Theresa Ryals

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    16. A container of fabric glue to make quick alterations and repairs on rips you just aren't able to sew back together.

    amazon.com

    It can mend leather, wood, and lace, as well as other fabrics!

    Promising review: "Do you know how to sew? I sure don't. A brand new shirt sprung a hole after only one wash, and obviously, it couldn't be returned at that point. This stuff was the answer. It dried quickly enough and did not stain. I wore the shirt several hours later with no issues. Thank God for this stuff, because I will likely never pick up a needle and don't really plan to." —Eve ill

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    17. A wine stain remover for those times when you get a little too tipsy at girls' night and spill a glass of red on your white carpet. It happens to the best of us, and you can even wait until you're all sobered up since it even works on dried stains!

    amazon.com

    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 last us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Malanie Nolan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    18. Foaming sneaker cleaner with a built-in scrubber to get your favorite sneakers back in working condition and NOT like you've been kicking dirt in the Sahara for a living.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you're looking for the perfect shoe cleaner, look no further. I used this shoe cleaner on my white sneakers that I hadn't cleaned in nearly a year and I had very low expectations for how white they would get. Well to my surprise, my shoes were nearly as white as the day I bought them. They weren't perfectly white, but I expected that from some scratches to them, but I'm not joking when I say they were EXTREMELY white after a few passes of the shoe cleaner." —Randy Estrada

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in two sizes).

    19. Grandma's Secret, a spot remover that's totally grandparent-approved will get out your little one's latest artistic venture on a canvas that wasn't the construction paper you bought.

    amazon.com

    It can remove oil, grease, ink, grass, and blood stains for all my vampires out there.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! I stumbled upon it years ago at my local quilt shop of all places. It does exactly what it says it will do, it takes out any stain you throw at it. I was most impressed by how it takes out blood, I had an 'accident' in the middle of the night wearing light pink PJs. I had just gotten the PJs from a friend for my birthday and was devastated at the thought of them being ruined. Before washing them (and risking the stain setting), I dabbed a few drops of the spot removal on the spot, scrubbed the stain with an old toothbrush and left it sitting for about a half hour. I did that twice. To say it did a good job on the spot is an understatement; you couldn't even tell there was a spot to begin with! I call it the little magic in a bottle, it's a lifesaver! You must buy it, don't wait." —Stiixgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

    20. A set of stainless steel underwires for saving your favorite bra in the whole wide world, because broken metal won't end the relationship you've got going.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The underwires were just as described. I had several expensive bras with broken wires. I took my chance and ordered these. Great quality, better than original ones in the bras. It was hard to accurately measure my broken wires so I ordered a size up to be safe." —walley

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in cup sizes B–E and two colors).

    21. A set of cool blue doorknobs to add to old furniture for a little pop of color and personality, especially if you've moved so many times that you've lost a couple. We've all been there.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are beautiful and an excellent price! The color is gorgeous and they really light up my bathroom." —MoMo

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95 (for a pack of 12).

    22. A set of shelf liners that'll protect your cabinets and drawers from sticky condiments and protect you from the extra work of wiping them down.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We moved into a new house with less than adequate shelving, and the first thing I did was clean the kitchen from top to bottom and line all the cabinets and drawers with liners. With the help of this product, I don't have to worry about my stuff sliding in drawers or touching the dirty shelves. That was the best thing I ever did. It was super easy to install so I also lined my cabinets and drawers in both my bathrooms." —Mrs. Hopefully

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in six sizes and colors).

    23. A cookbook stand with a protective splash guard to keep you from dripping marinara sauce on your beloved recipes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this crystal clear cookbook holder! It will hold cookbooks from light magazines like Cooks Illustrated to my hardback Julia Child cookbooks and everything in between. It’s stable and easy to wipe off if it gets messy." —RLM

    Get it from Amazon for $11.31.

    24. A glass cooktop cleaner essential for removing the burnt, caked-on food stuck to the sides of your burner from your latest cooking disaster.

    amazon.com

    It includes a bottle of cooktop cleaner, a cleaning pad, and a scraper.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. My rental apartment has a white glass cooktop and it gets nasty even if you use very clean pots and pans on it. Before I found this stuff, I thought that for sure I would lose a big chunk of my security deposit, but I have yet to encounter a stain that this stuff cannot remove. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries alternating between the paste and the razor scraper, but even the most stubborn burned-on, carbonized food bits always come off." —A Real Name

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Make your life even tidier. Check out some of the best home organization products on Amazon, the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

    Shopping Newsletter
     

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form