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    40 Home Improvement Essentials For Less Than $20 That'll Make A Noticeable Difference In Your Life

    Expect items that'll turn ~painful~ projects into a piece of cake — and all for under 20 smackaroos.

    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 swivel grout and corner brush that's easily attachable to almost any broom handle, so you can automatically attack dirt and grime in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


    Promising review: "This works great standing up. I have very old and deeply worn grout. Trying to get the floors clean was a hands-and-knees job. This brush cleans really well, is easy to use, and I am so glad not to be on my knees. Plus, I wrap a microfiber towel around the bristles and can then dry those really deep grout lines so the dirty water doesn't fill them." —OAH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

    2. A pack of chic stair decals to turn your steps into a stairway from interior design heaven. They're easy peasy to use since they're essentially like stickers for your risers...just peel and position. *And* don't worry if you make a mistake, because these can be removed and adjusted, no probs.

    the white and black chevron patterned riser

    These are sold as individual decals precut to 48"W x 8"H to make it easier to install on your riser!

    WunderwallMural is a brand that specializes in premium peel-and-stick removable vinyl. They are experts in color, texture, design, fabric, and finish.

    Promising review: "Item arrived as expected. Great quality, thick material. Easy to apply/readjust as needed. Completed the staircase in one day. Glad I decided to do this. Really vamped up the look of my staircase." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from WunderwallMural on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in six heights and two finishes).

    3. A carpet cleaner that works so well, you might think it's magic. Don't worry — your eyes aren't deceiving you; this formula literally clears up any evidence of (horrific) accidents, sticky soda spills, pet stains, and shoe markings from your light-colored carpet.

    A photo showing red food stains completely removed from a carpet and walls

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain, and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissell carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.67 (also available in multiple packs).

    4. An all-in-one spackle kit even a not-so-handy person can use to fix holes that have resulted from decorating — and redecorating. Think: a renter's dream kit to fill, smooth, and repair dents from a wall hanging that once looked great above the couch, but now looks like it belongs in the year 2017.

    This kit contains spackle, primer, a putty knife, and a sanding pad! And reviewers mention that if you add a lick of paint after using this, your walls will look as good as new.

    Promising review: "I slipped in the shower the other day and grabbed my towel bar outside of it so as not to die. Doing so, I ripped the bar off the wall, including the screws and anchors, so I had four small but kind of nasty holes in my wall. I've never done any sort of drywall repair/spackling etc. and I figured, for under $10 with all I could need, this would do the job. I applied the spackle, smoothed it with the flat end of the tube, and allowed it to dry. I was able to sand it smooth and then paint over the spackle. It looks fine now. I give it 5 stars for convenience." —John J. Connelly Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    5. Fridge organization labels if you've ever yearned for a fridge worthy of making an appearance on MTV's Cribs. These babies will give your food storage a glamorous (and totally easy to achieve) makeover. Just pick from a plethora of fonts, sizes, and color options that'll make you gasp with joy every time you reach for the milk.

    Organise Life / Etsy

    Organise Life is a small business in Australia that focuses on pantry and home labels.

    Get it from Organise Life on Etsy for $1.55+ (available in small, medium, and large).

    6. A power scrubber drill with three attachment brushes to show kitchen and bathroom scum who's boss. Just attach any of the heads to a drill and watch them get to work on tight corners of the tub, flat tiled surfaces, and even spot jobs so you can forget all about the fact that someone else used to use your shower.,

    Promising Review: "Works great on ground-in dirt. We moved into a place that had almost black in the tiles they were so dirty. Photos do not do justice. I only had Mr. Clean and liquid dish soap in the hot water bucket. So I put some across the tile, and then I used the Drill Brush, wow, what a difference. It works great on grout. So happy someone came up with this idea, I'm going to do to tub and toilets next! Worth the money. Take care." —Bishmaya

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six levels of brush stiffness from soft (the white one) to ultra (the black bristle).

    7. A fireplace cleaner kit in case you've forgotten what color your fireplace ~was born with~, this'll fix soot stains and odors to strip it back to its OG shade.,

    And by kit I mean a brush and 16-ounce bottle of nontoxic fireplace cleaning formula.

    Promising Review: "Unbelievable! My daughter just moved into her first home. She thought she would have to paint her brick fireplace because of the heavy soot stains that had been there for years. We applied the product twice and put in a whole lot of elbow grease, but what a difference!! It’s a messy process, but well worth the time and energy." —MM

    Get it from Amazon for $17.02.

    8. A roll of vinyl tile stickers if you've ever desired an artsy mosaic look in your abode. These will completely renovate your boring ol' floors and transform them into a piece of artwork — that you'll want to take a top-down shot of...hmm, let's see...pretty much immediately...!

    the white and blue Moroccan style tiles

    These are available to cover up old tiled floors in units or as complete floor panels.

    Quadrostyle is a woman-founded brand from Aussie designer Gabrielle Morabia. With operations based in Bali and an HQ in the south of France, Quadrostyle embraces all corners of the globe and takes inspiration from the traditional tiles found in the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

    Promising review: "These have transformed my rented house! They are so easy to apply — literally just peel and stick, and you can adjust them if need be as you're sticking them on. They look so lovely and brighten up the kitchen, making it feel modern and fresh. Will definitely be thinking of how else to use them in other parts of the house!" —Victoria Philpott

    Get it from Quadrostyle on Etsy for $17.62+ (available in multiple sizes).

    9. A hard-water stain remover that'll do all the hard work for you to rid your surfaces clear of cloudy droplets. Think: toilets, showerheads, and tiles so clear and shiny, you'll actually be able see your reflection in them again.

    Reviewer image of stained shower door vs clean shower door

    It even has a minty scent, so you don't have to worry about that harsh chemical smell most cleaning products usually emit.

    Promising review: "I have tried for weeks to get rid of some very tough hard-water stains on my glass shower panel. They had been there for three years while my apartment was rented and never cleaned. I have tried just about everything from toothpaste to vinegar to different types of chemical products. Then I found this product...PURE MAGIC!!! The nontoxicity of the product is definitely a plus, it doesn't smell bad and doesn't sting your lungs like some hard chemicals do. Its biodegradability is a plus! I feel better knowing I'm not dumping some more toxic chemicals down the drain. Most importantly, it works!!! After 10 minutes of work it has removed 90% of the hard-water stains that simply would not come off in the past!!" —O.R

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. A drawer organizer containing five compartments so your bathroom storage can look like less of an overflowing junk drawer and more like a mood board that was made for Instagram.

    the five compartment drawer organizer containing makeup products

    Promising review: "Perfect for a standard-size bathroom drawer! All five containers fit and I’m able to separate out my hair products/brush/comb, hair ties, razor blades, and the misc. items such as headbands for face washing. The frosted look is great and just what I desired. Almost wish I had more drawers to organize with these!" —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    11. A hardwood floor–cleaning spray that'll liven up the look of that high foot traffic area. Just spray this and grab a mop for results that are sure to amaze you and everyone who lays eyes on it, since it boosts shine *as* it cleans.

    Promising review: "This is the best product I have found for my laminate floors. I have tried so many brands, including my own vinegar solution as well as the one made by the manufacturer of my laminate flooring, and none of them compare to Rejuvenate. Everything I've tried has done an OK job but I'm still left with occasional streaks and dullness. This stuff is wonderful. It just takes a few spritzes in an area and then I go over it with a microfiber mop and I have a beautiful streak-free floor with a nice luster to it. Finally the laminate floors I wanted!" —ChattyPatty

    Get it from Amazon $5.48.

    12. Glisten garbage disposal–cleaning packets if your garbage disposal really hasn't been tended to, like, ever. These foam with a lemony scent and do the trick to deeply cleanse the underside of the splash guard and the interior side walls.

    The garbage disposal solution cleaning a sink

    You just pop the packet down the drain! Can't get any easier.

    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naive thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. It literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get a box of four from Amazon for $9.03. 

    13. A set of snazzy solid brass drawer pulls and knobs to update the look of blah-looking cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. And would you just peep that fancy texture...HGTV who?!

    three knurled solid brass pulls and three knurled solid brass knobs on a black surface
    Plank Hardware

    Plank Hardware is a small business based in London crafting sleek and modern hardware for anyone living between 2021 and 3021.

    Promising review: "They look amazing and are of such great quality. I was super impressed with the sturdy weight of the pulls. They look so smart, and I am glad I was able to dress up my Ikea dresser!" —Gabriella Marine

    Get it from Plank Hardware on Etsy for $11.39+ (available in 10 sizes/styles).

    14. Some funky color-changing light bulbs complete with a dimmer that can be controlled through your phone. Each night you can expect to ~lighten the mood~ with hues that can be programmed to actually change with the rhythm of your favorite tunes.

    Some other features include: "sunrise" and "sunset" modes to ease you in and out of the day, you can choose from eight scene modes to match various occasions, AND you can use your camera and photos to select the specific color you want your bulb to match.

    Promising review: "I love this light bulb! The app you download for it is very user friendly, and I adapted to it very quickly. You can adjust brightness and the color all from your phone. One of my favorite features is 'scene.' It has a variety of options like 'romantic,' 'reading,' and the coolest in my opinion: 'sunrise/sunset.' Over the span of 15 minutes, it mimics the colors of a sunrise/sunset. It goes from red to orange to purple etc. It’s a very cool light bulb and I recommend it to all of my friends." —Kristina Adamik

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners so you don't have to worry about opening and closing kitchen cabinets quietly if you're a morning person and your roommate is a chronic snoozer.,

    Promising review: "These work very well to dampen the sounds of my idiot roommates slamming cabinet doors at all hours of the day. Just make sure you're wiping down the part of the cabinet they'll stick to before applying them. The adhesive is good and should hold for a while." —LMA

    Get a sheet of 100 from Amazon for $6.50.

    16. A vintage country life–themed peel-and-stick wallpaper for a trendy home decor face-lift in a flash. You can use this stuff anywhere from walls to furniture to make your space your very own DIY dream home.


    Promising review: "I have been looking for this type of peel-and-stick wallpaper, and Wayfair had it in the exact color I wanted! It is very easy to work with, so if you attach it incorrectly, it comes off and can be reapplied so easily." —Bernice

    Get it from Wayfair for $1.35 per square foot (available in red or gray).

    17. An automatic scrubbing brush so gracious, you can eliminate unsightly grout with a detachable oscillating brush head in a jiff, with *instant* gratification. This brightens up the dingy look of backsplashes and tiles in your bathroom so well, you'll probably find the whole process incredibly therapeutic., Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda and water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TL;DR: This is absolutely incredible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.53.

    To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked."

    18. A squeegee broom for easily gathering up crumbs, spills, *and* pet hair from any surface (we're talking carpets, furniture, wooden floors, wherever). Who knows, you might even enjoy giving the crevices of your couch a quick scrape with this once a week.

    Reviewer using the squeegee brush to clean pet hair off of their carpet

    Its natural rubber bristles attract pet hair on multiple surfaces, like carpet, tile, hardwood, and linoleum AND has a built-in rubber squeegee (aka the thing you use on your windshield) for cleaning windows and spills.

    Promising review: "I have three cats, a Great Pyrenees, AND allergies, and this thing is absolutely amazing! This is an image that I took right after vacuuming. LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR MY VACUUM MISSED JUST ON THAT ONE RUG!!! Definitely a lifesaver, especially right now as it’s allergy season. I’ve also noticed a big difference in my breathing. So worth the money!" —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    19. A flexible vent-cleaning brush that will have you exclaiming, "Holy lint balls!" once you discover how necessary this is to ensure your dryer is operating safely. Like most machines, your dryer requires periodic maintenance and this system effortlessly (but effectively) eliminates buildup that can lead to long-term damage.

    Reviewer's picture of the vent-cleaning brush next to a large pile of lint

    Promising review: "I use one in the dryer filter area and one under the refrigerator. They get dust I can't get any other way. I gave 5 stars for durability even though I've had them for only a short time. They feel sturdy to last long enough for me." —ASF

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.95. 

    20. Affresh dishwasher tablets if you've never thought to clean the appliance that does your least favorite chore for you. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it used to.

    Promising review: "I never knew I needed dishwasher cleaner. I found this product in a BuzzFeed article. The reviews were so great I just knew i had to try it. I was pretty blown away by what the inside of my dishwasher looked like after. It wasn’t funky dirty per se, but it definitely looked aged. It was also noticeably fresher once opened versus just meh." —Shasha

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    21. And some for your washing machine, because laundry day doesn't have to stink. These fast-acting tablets eradicate funky smells and nasty buildup from the edges of the drum in just a couple of cycles.,

    Promising review: "I don't know how I got along with out this! All washers need a good cleansing now and then, just to clear out things like dirt, old detergent, and gummy fabric softeners that get left behind in and around the tub and in the hoses. Over time, your machine gets a musty odor (especially if you are on well water) that gets transferred to your clean laundry. This product does an excellent job of clearing out all the things that accumulate, especially in places you can't see. Highly recommend this, and their other products for cleaning your dishwasher, coffee maker, and the dreaded garbage disposal odor!" —Outstander

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in packs of three, five, and six).

    22. A multipurpose cleaner to hit the rewind button x2 on pesky carpet stains *and* sticky gunk on kitchen cabinets. It's formulated with natural, plant-based ingredients and super-fresh, amazing-smelling scents.

    three bottles of the cleaner in scents frankincense and myrth, sandalwood, and nag champa
    Good Vibes

    This solution comes in a recyclable bottle and is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way — and it should be diluted with water first for surface cleaning. It's composed of water, plant-based soap, cleaning salts, vinegar, and fragrance oils.

    Good Vibes is a Black woman–owned business that sells plant-based multi-surface cleaners in unique fragrances like frankincense and myrrh and magnolia that can be used all over the house, on sneakers, and on car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I don’t even know where to start! I use this on my floors, my granite countertops, glass stove top, I put a little in my laundry, on my dining room table, I even use a little to wet dust with. I literally clean even when I don’t have to just so I can smell its fragrance. I love that the scent on my laundry lasts. I used the Frankincense & Myrrh cleaner on my bedsheets and duvet cover and the scent lasted quite some time. My home smells so fresh and airy. I will be ordering again soon." —Keyana

    Get it from Good Vibes for $10+ (available in three scents and two sizes).

    23. Light-dimming sheets because that annoying LED beaming from your TV, computer charger, and just about every power outlet in your bedroom has been keeping you up at night for the past 10 years. It's finally time to block it out once and for all.

    This game-changing pack comes in a variety of 100 peel-and-stick dimmers shaped to fit lights on most electrical appliances.

    Promising review: "Ingenious little idea. I suffer from migraines, so I know how a little LED light can irritate you in an otherwise pitch-black room. This product does a great job of dimming those harsh LED indicators that EVERYTHING seems to have nowadays. They are neat, not unsightly." —Jarom A. Daszko

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

    24. A grill scrubber that can erase years(!) of dried-on goop and grime from BBQs and stainless-steel utensils — little to no elbow grease required.

    Close up image of the scrubber cleaning a grill

    Promising review: "My grill accumulated a lot of crud as a result of many cookouts. I tried to keep it as clean as possible with a wire brush and various cleaning pads and cleaners. I never could get the rack and grates to look like new. There was always a layer of permanent food residue, carbon, and other debris that defied removal. I decided to give the Magic Stone Grill Cleaner a shot. Surprise! Surprise! This is truly a magic stone. It removed everything from the grill parts that I worked on and left them looking like new. The cleaning process did put grooves in the bottom of the stone and that helped to get the sides cleaned off as well." —Duffer.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    25. A jar of top-selling lemon-scented toilet bombs to break down gross rings that have built up around the edges of your porcelain throne. Just pop one of these lemon drops in and behold: a citrusy fizz taking care of one of your least favorite chores.

    the jar and round toilet bombs

    Happy Earth Boutique is a New Jersey–based Etsy store that specializes in making healthy, good-for-the-planet cleaning supplies.

    Promising review: "These lemon toilet fizzies work great and I love that they are earth friendly. They come in an attractive little jar so you can sit it on the toilet tank and it looks so nice! Shipping was fast, too." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from Happy Earth Boutique on Etsy for $12+.

    26. A pack of stainless steel–cleaning wipes that'll rid your (usually) shiny surfaces of grubby fingerprints, residue, and watermarks in just a couple swipes. You spent an arm and a leg on that state-of-the-art fridge, so you'll want to keep it in tip-top shape no matter how many hands have been all over it.

    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain, my refrigerator was looking brand new. I was impressed with the results and noticed that the canister said the wipes could be used on sinks, so I tried one in my stainless steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures (above), after just a few minutes of cleaning, my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later my kitchen was looking better than ever." —Connor

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.58.

    27. A set of microfiber cloths so you can dust down tricky light fixtures that are known for gathering gunk. These will make your home *glow* once again and they won't leave fibers behind — because streaks have no place on your glassware anymore.


    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I've ever cleaned. It's simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $16.98.

    28. Howard Products wood polisher to wipe away years of water rings, scratches, and scuffs from surfaces you thought were beyond repair. This stuff tackles tough stains and acts as a conditioner to reveal a brighter grain and texture on your beloved furniture and floors.

    Reviewer image of stained wood without use of polish and clean wood with use of polish

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this stuff! We have an older log cabin that was pretty neglected, both inside and out. Our wood floors were faded and worn. The outside logs looked dry and faded. I decided to give this a try before paying to have the floors sanded and refinished; and also outside before having the whole log home restained. This stuff is absolutely amazing. It soaks into the wood and really revitalizes it. In spots that the wood soaks it in quickly, a second or third treatment may be needed. I just squirted it on the floor and mopped it in with a mircofiber mop. Outside, I added it to a rag and simply wiped the logs. It's been a week now and this is not a temporary fix like you might see with Orange Glo or others that leave a greasy, temporary finish. What an awesome buy!!!" —Frank T.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    29. A broom and mop organizer you can pop up on the wall to arrange cleaning and gardening tools. So long to the days of gingerly opening up the cleaning closet in fear of everything toppling out in a loud cacophonous mess.

    reviewer photo showing the organizer with a broom, Swiffer, and even a drill attached to it

    Promising review: "Love this broom/mop holder. So nice to save space and stay organized. Holds them so firm and flat to wall. Also has hooks that fold out as needed. I recommend this to anyone looking for space-saving storage!" —Jaclyn

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in packs of one, two, and four).

    30. Or, a pack of individual broom holders if you'd rather the flexibility of customizing how things are stored.

    reviewer photo showing the individual clips arranged on a wall to hold a brom, Swiffer, duster and tire pump

    Promising review: "Best $8 I’ve spent on Amazon! These broom hooks work great! And so easy to install. You can place them exactly how far apart you want if something is bigger than the other." —Rayna T

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in packs of four or six).

    31. The Pink Stuff all-purpose paste (as seen on TikTok) that'll magically clean practically anything and everything in your home. This potion in a paste reverses wall scuffs, cooked-on grease, soap scum, and whatever else that could use a little abracadabra alakazam.,

    Promising review: "Since moving into this apartment, I have gradually come to hate this tub because of the water stains. I have tried every product on the market including crazy things from the Internet like Coca-Cola, vinegar, you name it... This stuff with a couple of swipes/scrubs and a toothbrush for the textured areas completely cleaned my tub in a way that I can only tell you excited me to the core of my being. All I can tell you is buy it and I wish you the best!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    32. A stackable cutlery organizer that will *cue hallelujah music* tidy up your once nightmarish kitchen drawers and finally arrange silverware so you can open and close them with ease. Goodbye to the days of hodgepodge drawerfuls jammed with extra knives your S.O. insisted would fit!

    Reviewer photo of cutlery neatly organized

    One tray fits up to 24 pieces of cutlery.

    Promising review: "THE BEST silverware storage organizer compartments I’ve EVER had in my entire life! We have a large family and therefore have the need for a lot of silverware. Unfortunately we have a small, shallow, and narrow drawer in our house but it was always full! Constantly disorganized before, and now amazingly organized. The only reason I would hesitate would be if your drawer is not adequately deep, but from reading reviews people said if they had 3.5 inches of depth it would be just fine which is exactly what I have and there’s adequate drawer depth for me. I measured my skinny drawer and realized I still had space for two units and took the plunge and am so glad I did! Silverware goes quickly from the dishwasher straight into the drawer and you don’t have to stack perfectly to put a lot in!!! ADD IT TO YOUR CART NOW, you’ll be glad you did if you have the same problem as we did!" —oceantiff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    33. A cooktop-cleaning kit so you can reverse any sign of old cooking mishaps. Burned-on grease and gunk from the previous homeowner's past will never haunt you in your sleep ever again, thanks to this nonscratch trio!

    A scratched-looking, grime-covered stove top with buildup before using the product, then a completely clear and reflective stove top after using the product

    The kit includes a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper — and it works on glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen cooktop ranges.

    Promising Review: "Works amazing! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years... Only wiped down with random multi-cleaners, which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product... AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new... Even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off... 98% better. The key is to use very little product... Let dry to a haze and wipe with a clean, dry cotton towel. (Just like waxing a car). If you aren't getting a mirrored finish it's because you've used too much product and not enough elbow grease to polish off." —B. Swartwood

    Get them from Amazon for $11.49.

    34. Some waterproof screen repair tape that will take care of all those rips that went unnoticed in the original listing pics you saw posted online. In a matter of seconds, this simple DIY task will ensure your home is free from unwelcome guests buzzing around.,

    Promising Review: "This tape works wonders. I am trying to get a recent move paid off, so I really couldn't afford to replace screens at this point, even if I did them myself. This tape made all the difference in my house. I no longer had to leave the windows closed worrying about sitting on the couch with fly swatter in hand, or watching my cats zoom around the house trying to catch them, and knocking everything over in the process." —MsRich2U

    Get it from Amazon $8.99.

    35. A roll of vinyl contact paper to cover up any evidence of a previous homeowner's interior design choices. Chic, fresh, and new will now be the theme in your kitchen and bathroom, thanks to a self-adhesive solution that won't bubble up upon application.

    Promising Review: "I recently just moved, and the kitchen needed a lot of loving. But buying new countertops was not in my budget. I came across this product and decided to give it a try. Now my kitchen is beautiful and the counters just light up the room! I won't lie that it took a lot of time and patience between measuring and cutting. But, if I messed up, I was able to peel and re-stick over and over. I will be most definitely buying more for the bathroom next! So affordable to transform one room in the house!" —Karissa Hastings

    Get one 16-inch by 6.5-foot roll from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 rolls).

    36. A convenient cable management sleeve if you've ever feared the forest of wires beneath your home office desk. This zippable cover conceals unsightly cables (and transforms areas where you'd usually keep a lot of electronics!) for a less hazardous home environment.

    Promising review: "These were EXTREMELY useful to me, I like them a lot. I have a very busy workspace at home, with two monitors and a tablet and big keyboard, speakers, NAS drive, etc., and it was very cluttered. But with these I managed to clean it up A TON. Now it looks much nicer, is much cleaner, and safer. Definitely would recommend getting these if you have a bunch of stray cables hanging around your desk area and such. After I zip-tied all of my big bundles of cables and adapters and such together and up and down the desk, I wrap these around the bundles for a nice, clean...less hazardous look —Aaron

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    37. A drain snake to avoid a call to your plumber and ~satisfyingly~ clean out the creatures you never knew existed in your bathroom pipes.


    Promising review: "So useful! Thought I’d never be able to clear my drain after using gallons and gallons of Drano (which adds up). But these took out the hair that was clogging my shower for months within a minute! Such easy use and definitely would recommend this to anyone who needs it." —Cal

    Get a three pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    38. A wood repair kit that will revive furniture and fixtures you thought were beyond help. These handy little markers perfectly touch up pet scratches and shoe scuffs that have gone untreated to reveal wood that looks brand spankin' new.

    Promising review: "Surprisingly, this has probably been my absolute favorite impulse quarantine purchase! For starters, you can't beat the price. I was able to find a match for everything I want to touch up (and then some). I mainly bought these to fill in scratches on my wooden bed frame, and I wish I'd taken before and after photos because the difference is amazing. Obviously if you look close enough you'll still see the scratches, but who looks that hard at a bed frame? ;) If you're looking for something simple you can do to freshen up a piece of furniture, I would highly recommend buying this set. Such a small, affordable thing can make a huge difference." —Katherine Swanson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    39. A disgustingly satisfying set of Sticky Stake insect traps so effective, they'll make pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies think twice about coming anywhere near your precious collection of plant babies.,

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately I added a new houseplant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

    40. And a door draft stopper for an effective way to finally seal out the bone-chilling breeze that flagrantly invites itself into your home during the colder months.,

    This also works as a noise muffler and prevents other unwelcome guests of the creepy-crawly variety from wandering through your front door.

    Promising review: "These are a must-have! I couldn’t believe how easy these were to apply. The material is very easy to cut with normal scissors and I was able to lay it on the door cut the exact length apply and noticed and immediate difference! We bought these for two doors leaking cold air into the house but it’ll also doubles to keep little bugs out! The material is very bendable which is nice if you open the door and it’s long it doesn’t damage anything — it’s very rubbery." —Lindsay (Thornburg) Perkins

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

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