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    Just 41 Products Under $20 That'll Make Your Life Better

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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 dual-layered antimicrobial toothbrush with ultra thin bristles that will help get deep into the creases between your gums and teeth. It won't completely replace a floss, but it's pretty damn close! 

    A close up shot of the bristles on the toothbrush
    A shot of the entire toothbrush
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    Growing up, I was the absolute worst at flossing and brushing my teeth. It was so bad, I ended up developing periodontitis, which is inflammation of the gums caused by a build up of bacteria. It causes your gums to separate and recede from your teeth. It's pretty bad. Well, now I obviously go to the dentist regularly, but still struggle to floss my teeth at often as I should. These toothbrushes are such a game changer for me! The bristles at the tip are sooo tiny, I can literally feel them cleaning between my teeth. My gums get red easily if I don't floss enough, and ever since I started using this twice a day, they're no longer red! They look so healthy and I truly feel like I'm actually getting a good cleaning, compared to other manual toothbrushes. It's gentle enough for my sensitive gums, but gets in deep to prevent plaque. I'm obsessed! 

    Mouthwatchers is a small business that specializes in making antimicrobial toothbrushes for an ultra-clean feeling!

    Promising review: "I was intrigued by this toothbrush, so I thought I’d order one. Wow, it really lived up to what it said. After just 2 days, using it four times, I was sold! I have been using an electric brush for probably 20 years. This toothbrush made my teeth feel cleaner. Weird right? A toothbrush is a toothbrush. Think again. It’s the combination of the two lengths of the bristles and the softness. I was so happy with how clean my teeth felt, I ordered two more brushes after the second day. I don’t want to be caught without it. My only advice is to not get carried away really scrubbing. I did, and it made my gums sore. Once I took easy, it’s been absolutely great. I will use my electric toothbrush some, but once it breaks, no more electric, then it will only be this toothbrush." —Skippy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.90

    2. shower phone holder so you can continue binge-watching the new season of Stranger Things without distractions, like annoying showers. Ugh.

    Yes, you can still use your phone when it's inside thanks to the .25mm flexible touchscreen! NOTE: if your phone has a Pop Socket, it probably will not fit inside. 

    Promising review: "This product is the answer to my search for a way to have music or Netflix playing while in the shower! The adhesion quality is great, and it's very easy to use. It fits my iPhone XS Max very well and is very sturdy. I would recommend this to anyone!" —Jackie Donovan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four colors).

    3. A FURemover rubber broom that isn't *just* for those with shedding pets (but it works wonderfully for that!) — it's also great at pulling human hair out of the fibers in your rugs! We already know how much we shed, but you're about to be real surprised when you see the results. 👀 

    A BuzzFeed editor's carpet with a hairball next to the broom
    BuzzFeed editor holding the giant hairball from the floor
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    It works on all floor types, but is *especially* great on carpet. *And* it has a built-in squeegee great for cleaning up spills on hard surfaces.

    Promising review: "This is the best broom ever. My parents own multiple and I just bought my first. It wasn't to clean up pet hair but to collect my own hair, as I shed uncontrollably. The hair ball that formed after sweeping my living room carpet would make you think I should be bald. It was gross but glorious. Everyone should own one." —Michelle K. Tulcan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29.

    4. A super bitter-tasting clear polish to assist you in finally quitting your nail-biting habit, allowing your fingernails to grow strong, healthy, and best of all, nice and long. Time to start looking up nail inspo on Pinterest for your next manicure! 💅 

    It's totally harmless *and* shine-free, so it won't look like anything's on your nails. It's also great to help kids stop sucking on their thumbs.

    Promising review: "I am in my mid-30s and have been a life long, hard core nail biter. I am someone who will chew and pick my nails and surrounding skin until they're so short they bleed and hurt constantly (not to mention look horrendous), yet still keep going. Mavala stop is the only nail biting deterrent that has worked for me. It does not taste 'spicy' like other products, it just tastes horrible! For those concerned about visibility, it is essentially clear nail polish that tastes bad. The shine doesn't last as long as regular nail polish. Three years ago I used Mavala stop every other day and for the first time in my life, I had nails that didn't hurt. I wasn't embarrassed about and actually looked nice!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    5. A 2-in-1 cradle cap comb that'll gently loosen and remove dry skin from your little one's scalp using ultra soft rubber bristles and a fine-toothed comb. Just look at the before and after of this one! 👀 

    Cradle cap, which is also known as seborrheic dermatitis, occurs on the scalp and is a common condition that affects infants. Parents naturally worry when they see the flaking skin that is the major symptom of cradle cap, but in most cases the condition is not serious or long-lasting (read more about it from the Seattle Children's Hospital and Mayo Clinic, and of course call your doctor if you have questions). Using this cradle cap brush and comb could help you alleviate the symptoms.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. And, my babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    6. A two-pack of mint-flavored, sensitive skin-friendly teeth-whitening pens you can easily brush on to remove those old coffee and tea stains you've accumulated — all without having to deal with sticky strips or awkward trays.

    Just twist the bottom, and paint onto your teeth. Keep it on for 30 minutes before resuming your normal drinking and eating activities. Each pen has 20 uses, and you can see how much you've used through the handy transparent tube!

    Promising review: "I have used so many products before and this is the best so far! I even got a whitening kit from my dentist which is supposed to be very effective but it only burned my gums and the whitening wasn’t as fast as this product. I bought this just because it was not expensive and had good reviews but didn’t have any hopes it would work because it was a lot more affordable than the Dr’s kit that cost me hundreds of dollars. It is very easy to use. It actually works even after first application. It doesn’t burn gums. It doesn’t make your teeth sensitive." —Melinda

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in a four-pack for over $20).

    7. A mold & mildew removing gel because we are ~tired~ of scrubbing our tiles and still having "mold stains" throughout the grout. Squeeze out some of this magic non-drip gel and let it do its thing overnight — sans scrubbing!

    It clings to tile, meaning it'll STAY PUT, killing mold & mildew and keeping it from reappearing later down the road.

    Promising review: "Didn’t think it would work, but it DID with no scrubbing!! My husband didn’t think our grout was originally white, but I knew better. I put this on before bed on a section of grout in the shower, and woke up to gorgeous and bright white, no scrubbing at all the next morning. Just rinse it off. Absolutely buying another bottle. It wasn’t quite enough for my entire shower, but to be fair, we have a lot of small tiles. I think two bottles will get the whole shower floor. Bravo on a great product." —thekuan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    8. A gentle pet ear cleanser for a painless and straightforward way to treat your pets' dirty ears, preventing any future infections, and so they can *finally* hear your answer to the age-old question: Who's a good boy?

    This is of course, free of harsh chemicals and cleaners!

    Promising review: "My husband and I just adopted our cute puppy, Winston, from the humane society. When we adopted him his ears were unfortunately pretty dirty, but after using this ear cleaner today, his ears are so clean!! I'm so amazed at everything it managed to get out. Our puppy's ears look so much better now! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog." —Jerome F

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A few sheets of LED-dimming stickers so you can *finally* get to sleep without getting annoyed by those pesky electronic lights that taunt you at night.

    A graphic showing the sheet of different size stickers and a before/after of a router with the lights blacked out
    Reviewer pic of an LED digital close super bright and then less bright thanks to the stickers

    They dim 50%-80% of the light, so you can still tell that your devices are still actually *on* and functioning. You can always double them up to completely block out the light source if you'd like (many reviewers do this) or buy the stronger **full black-out** edition!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape, regular tape covered in sharpie, etc, but true to the name of these products if you're looking for something to DIM, then this is for you. Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $3.89.

    10. An ever-popular CeraVe moisturizing cream for anyone who just wants an overall excellent moisturizer that's gentle on sensitive skin. It has hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and MVE technology for 24-hour hydration. It's even fragrance-free! 

    A deficiency of ceramides in skin can often be associated with dry skin, which can feel itchy and look flaky. This cream was shown to increase the skin's level of ceramides after 4 weeks.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $17.78.

    11. nongreasy eye cream designed to help reduce your under-eye bags, hydrate your skin, and even brighten your under-eyes. It has a lovely blend of aloe, rosehip seed oil, and vitamins C and E. BTW, having eye bags and dark circles is entirely natural, but you do what makes you happy (plus, it'll help you feel more awake)!

    Reviewer before and after showing the cream tightened and brightened their under-eye area
    Reviewer before and after pic of their under eyes after using the cream, showing less wrinkles

    LilyAna Naturals is a small business that specializes in clean, vegan, and cruelty-free skincare products.

    Promising review: "I have been using this daily for about eight months now. I am 60 years old. It reduced the puffiness and bags under my eyes. I am Sicilian and had dark circles. It has brightened up my eye area. I am very surprised as I have paid much more for eye creams that have done so much less. I recently had precancerous cells removed at the bridge of my nose. After healing, I was left with a dark scar. The dermatologist told me that it would heal over time. Since I began to apply this eye cream, the mark has almost disappeared entirely. I shop constantly from Amazon. This is the first time that I have taken the time to write a review. That's how impressed I am with this product. If you decide to purchase this, you won't be sorry." —Lynda M.

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

    12. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer that'll make the cutest crust-free sandwiches, perfect for the little ones who just absolutely cannot eat crusts. Also, let's be real, this is great for adults too. I want one!

    The sandwich cutter and sealer
    Reviewer's photo showing homemade uncrustables

    They're 100% free from BPA, lead, PVC, mercury, and phthalates. Also, they're top-rack dishwasher safe! Woo-hoo!

    Promising review: "These have been a GAME-CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables, but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer, so in the morning during the school year, we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

    Get it from Amazon for $15.96.

    13. A paw plunger so you can clean your pup's paws *before* they get the after-park zoomies inside your house...all over the new living room rug.

    To use, just add warm water to the top row of bristles, insert your pet's dirty paw, gently move it in and out as the bristles clean the dirt, and then use a towel to dry their feet, and pour away the dirt water, voila!

    Paw Plunger is a small biz!

    Promising review: "Best money I've ever spent on a dog with feet. We have a goldendoodle with curly hair and large paws, and a brand-new yard on the coast that is 95% sand. In the past three months I've been wiping his paws ineffectively and spending most of my housekeeping time sweeping/vacuuming all the sand that he brings in. Our new veterinarian, upon hearing me whine about the situation, recommended I buy this product because she uses it with her own dogs. From the first time I used it I was sold! It looks like one of those oversized water jugs you can get at a convenience store, with a fitted insert for paws and legs. I stuck my hand (and my kids') inside to try it out and the bristles inside are very soft, and will not hurt sensitive paw pads. I wish I'd found this years ago; it would have saved my sanity and my floors many times over. I've already recommended it to my friends and family with dogs who understand the struggle." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in three sizes, and four colors).

    14. A bottle of sulfate-free Biotin shampoo infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils that'll help treat hair loss. This is an excellent option for anyone who may have hair that's thinning or just someone looking to make their hair stronger and more hydrated.

    It is sulfate and paraben-free! 

    Maple Holistics is a small business specializing in using naturally-derived ingredients in all of their products. 

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After using the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on) and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two styles and two sizes).

    15. A easily-washable drip catcher you can wrap around your kitchen sink to catch any rogue water that splashed up while washing dishes. Or if you have a leaky sink, like I do, it'll help prevent puddles of water from forming.

    Closeup photo of sink drip guard in navy blue
    Red drip catcher placed around kitchen sink's faucet
    Two Lilacs Studio / Etsy

    Two Lilacs Studio is a small Etsy shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    16. A foot filer that'll leave your feet feeling and looking smoother than you've ever seen them before. Bonus: it works great with or without soaking your feet! 

    Promising review: "This thing is pretty amazing. I was skeptical for sure, since I've tried all kinds of lotions, balms, and stone-based products, none of which helped my heels whatsoever. I've worn socks to bed for years, because if I don't the sheets hardly last a week before they have holes rubbed through them. My wife ordered this thing that looks like a mini cheese grater, lol, and after two minutes — two minutes!! — of rubbing it on my heel, it's a complete 180. I never would've believed it until I tried it myself. This is well worth double what it costs." —LBK

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    17. A running tank complete with padding for lightweight support during your next pilates class, trip to Target, or just lounging on the couch after a long day of being fabulous. It's hard work, okay? 

    Promising review: "This is the perfect workout tank! Good support but not flattening. It’s the perfect length for anything high-waisted. I’d even wear this as a going-out top!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 20 colors).

    18. A pre-mixed multi-fabric cleaner that you can easily spray on literally anything that's looking a bit musty-crusty. It works great on curtains, mattresses, couches, and even car upholstery. 

    Please note: it is NOT suitable for velvet, leather, vinyl, or silk!

    Promising review: “I just got a brand-new mattress and my cat got locked in my room and peed on my mattress in two places, leaving two big yellow SMELLY stains! I was worried about finding a product that would be OK on my pillow top mattress. I was skeptical at first with the product being so cheap but the reviews had me sold! I sprayed it on my mattress liberally and waited five minutes as instructed. It says to blot but with my stains I scrubbed and was amazed when the stain started to disappear. I repeated one time and I honestly can’t locate where the stains used to be! Super impressed! Like others I also really appreciated the nice fragrance! Didn’t smell like chemicals at all!” —Hailey Brown 

    Get it from Amazon for $4.32.

    19. Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spike for when you've always wanted a green thumb but just need a *little* bit of help...for your plant's sake. Just stick these babies into your plant pot every few weeks to keep your plant friends alive and healthy!

    Each spike can be used for 30–60 days, depending on the season. 

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, and three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny. Since I tend to kill them anyway, 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 48 spikes from Amazon for $6.97. Get some specially designed for orchids here.

    20. A RainX shower door cleaner that'll make your glass so clean, you'll have to actively try and not run into it when stepping out after your shower. 

    Reviewer before and after pic of their shower door after using the cleaner
    Reviewer before and after pic of the shower door after using the spray

    Promising review: "I'm in complete awe. I've tried everything under the sun to get the water marks and soap scum off my shower door. Nothing has come close to giving me these results!! I used a Scrub Daddy pad to apply the product. A cloth wouldn't do it. It took me an hour to do the whole door (in and out) but I love the results. Wonderful product for tough shower door stains." —L. Reilly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.65

    21. natural dry shampoo powder because sometimes we don't have time for a full wash but still want to *look* like we did. Simply apply it at the roots, let it sit for a moment, and brush it out! 

    A reviewer's bangs looking oily at first but then fluffy and oil-free after using the dry shampoo