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    Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on Aug 12, 2020

    21 Cheap Things That Work So Well You May Do A Double Take

    Products that are affordable and still prove they're worth buying.

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    1. A foaming carpet shampoo that'll be really great for the interior of your car. You wheely wheely need to deep clean that thing. 👀

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    The stain-removing formula lifts dirt and residue on cloth, carpet, and upholstery. Oh and it's citrus-scented!

    Promising review: "I would’ve been happy if this stuff worked half as well as the reviews made it seem. But holy cow, this fabric cleaner is incredible! I bought a '93 Jeep recently and the inside was pretty gross (check out the photos). The fabric upholstery looked like someone’s Pepsi had exploded everywhere, with dark drippy stains and spots all over the seats. After using this cleaner these seats looks amazing! It takes some work to really get in there and work a lather, but hoo boy is it worth it. Check out the before and after photos! I’m so pumped. This stuff is great! Definitely a lifelong customer now." —S. Wheeler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A set of two vinyl furniture scratch guards so your pets will finally get the message that your really expensive couch is not their really expensive toy.

    A side by side of the arms of a couch with and without the plastic protector
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    Promising review: "I purchased these because my destructive cats tore up two sofas. I purchased a new sofa and didn't want to go down that road again if I could help it. I have already tried sprays, calming scent diffusers, and double-sided tape. None of these worked. I put these on two sofas and so far my cats have left them alone. I have had them on for a couple of months. Of course, you can see them but they have an obvious purpose. They attach by screw in fasteners with a spiral pin. I haven't had any problem with rips from these. They needed tightening a couple times, but that is it." —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in five sizes).

    3. A set of Schtick dermaplaning razors because they'll shape brows flawlessly (and painlessly!). They're precise and won't irritate your skin like waxing and threading do.

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    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors, which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh so satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A leather conditioner for transforming your worn-out shoes, chairs, couches (and really anything leather) back to how they looked when you first brought them home.

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    The formula is also water-, snow-, and rain-repellent so it'll build a layer of protection for your belongings to last longer.

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit; my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    5. A set of light-dimming sheets because someone kept looking at their very bright alarm clock and thought, "there's gotta be a way to rid my life of glare!?" And then they invented this thing. Glare be gone!

    A clock with the light dimming sheet over it showing that it's dimmer now
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    Pack comes with two large light-dimming sheets (cut to fit your needs)!

    Promising review: "What a time to be alive. I was lying awake at night wishing there was something I could do to make my hellish alarm clock less bright. I was really pleasantly surprised when I found out this product existed. I'm SO HAPPY that it does. I seriously don't know where my fiancé bought this alarm clock, but it has four brightness settings and they range from light house search light to surface of the sun. I cut one of these sheets and smoothed it over the display and it's AMAZING. I can still read the clock during the day, but at night it's now just the right brightness so I can see the time, but not burn my retinas when I crack my eyes open in the middle of the night." —Tiffany Marie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    6. A portable dog paw cleaner for when your furry friend decides their favorite activity today is running through the mud! Simply add some water, dump their paw into these super soft bristles, and watch the magic happen!

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    Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer that likes to dig, a mini golden doodle that is prissy about her paws, and a standard lab puppy that is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking into the camper was driving me CRAZY. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $12.54+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    7. A bottle of Burt's Bees sunburn lotion to soothe the biggest mistake you made all summer — forgetting the SPF!

    A before and after of a sunburnt back now healed
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    Two words: aloe and coconut! Those are the main two ingredients and with results like these, we have no choice but to stan.

    Promising review: "Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    8. A suede and leather brush cleaner for your favorite pair of shoes that just got ruined in the muddy grass or rain.

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    Promising review: "I am very impressed with this product. I was new to suede shoes and instantly regretted buying gray colored shoes once I got them dirty. Luckily I found this lovely thing. Very easy to use, straightforward packet comes with it that tells you which sides to use and when. I would definitely recommend this since you invest so much in those shoes you might as well keep them nice and clean!" —Celeste

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. A portable bug bite suction tool that'll help reduce the itching and swelling your body is experiencing after a mosquito, bee, or wasp sting.

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    The suction can be pretty strong so use caution and try a small amount of suction first and work your way up if necessary.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions). Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A set of clip-on bangs because you know you've wondered what you'd look like with them. We all have! Now's your chance to see what you'd look like without making it permanent.

    A before and after of a reviewer trying the bangs out
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    Promising review: "I had very LOW expectations for this. I accidentally cut my bangs too short the other night because my puppy distracted me mid cut. I thought it would be funny to buy this and wear it one day. I got it for laughs mostly, not really expecting it to look normal. AND OMG I AM SHOCKED! First of all, it's the exact same shade as my hair color. It was super easy to put on. The hair feels soft and realistic. I am so beyond amazed. So far, no one has been able to tell that the bangs are fake! I love them!" —JRod

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 23 colors).

    11. A bottle of earwax removal drops that'll do all the hard work for you. Gone are the days of using five cotton swabs just to get nothing out, even though you know there's still wax in there!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been having ear hearing and clogging issues for a month. My ear would not drain properly and it was frustrating me very much. I bought this product and used it twice and I could hear again. This is by far the best ear cleaning product ever! Highly recommended!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    12. A three-pack of plastic plumbing snake drains so you can take care of the slow-flowing drains that have been bugging you for weeks. With just a few minutes of work (no need to call the plumber, or take apart the drain) this'll slide right in and the hooks will do the trick.

    A reviewer using the drain snake to remove hair from their drain
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work, within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!!" —DebSd

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. A grooming glove to use wet or dry to remove excess hair from your furriest friend in a way they will actually enjoy.

    A series of photos showing the glove picking up tons of animal hair from pets
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fantastic dog grooming aid! Our older rescue dog isn't too keen on the routine dog brushing stuff but her thick coat really needs the grooming — this dog grooming glove is the exact right answer. Put the glove on, pet the dog, and all that loose hair comes away, leaving her coat feeling so much smoother and softer without causing her to be nervous or upset over a brushing. Highly recommend, and yes I'm going to be ordering as gifts for a couple of other dog owners I know!" —DSP

    Get each glove from Amazon for $7.99 (available in both left-handed and right-handed versions).

    14. A pack of four toe separators so bunions and overlapping toes won't stop you from wearing your new favorite pair of shoes.

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    Promising review: "These are absolutely a godsend! It is a great alternative to bunion surgery. My second toe was creeping over my big toe and at times causing spasms. These have made all the difference in the world! I am a very satisfied customer. Worth every penny! They are very comfortable to wear even with your shoes or sandals on." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A pair of moisturizing gel heel sleeves made with a gel pad that'll release oils and vitamins as you sleep to help heal cracked skin and dry patches.

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    Promising reviews: "I have been having trouble with badly cracked heels and I have tried Vaseline in my socks overnight, but I would get hot and end up taking them off. These provided great breathability all night and in the morning, my cracked heels already looked a million times better. If you are looking for a product that softens your heels and starts working away at those dry, cracked areas immediately, I would recommend these." —Victor Farrell

    Get a box of three from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and two styles).

    16. A waterproof phone pouch so your essentials stay safe this summer. While it's in the bag you can totally still use it and take tons of amazing photos UNDER WATER!

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    It fits Google, Samsung, and Apple devices, including the iPhone XS Max.

    Promising reviews: "I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe about an hour from our pick-up point. My ID and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river. Fast forward to earlier this week. I was contacted via Facebook by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself, because he was just that impressed! I’m not one who is easily impressed by much of anything anymore, but if you are planning a trip and need a waterproof case, this is the one to get!" —Julie McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 13 colors).

    Check out our full review of this waterproof phone pouch (#5)!

    17. A bag of Bottle Bright tablets that'll clean your bottles, plastic containers, mugs, and everything else, with no scrubbing required. We love an all-natural, no-hassle way to clean!

    A before and after of a bottle super clean
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    Check out our closer look of these Bottle Bright tablets!

    18. A bottle of nail and cuticle oil to rid your life of broken and peeling nails from all those gel manicures you did over the summer. With daily application, your nails will grow so strong that you'll be able to file this purchase under #worthit.

    A before and after of someone's nails looking healthier after using the product
    amazon.com

    Each day, work the oil into your nails and cuticles and they will begin to grow and strengthen so you don't have to worry about weak nails anymore!

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big four-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    19. A wine stain remover that'll magically erase all kinds of spills us trash-humans get on us (like wine, coffee, and spaghetti sauce).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Awesome product! I had an unfortunate accident where a guest knocked over a glass of port wine from an end table, which splashed on white window shades, white window sills, white baseboards, taupe-colored painted walls, and white with dark beige carpeting. I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no. I cannot recommend this product more highly! You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it." —Sharon Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.64.

    20. A beauty spatula designed to get every last drop of your expensive foundation, lip gloss, or lotion. Don't let a poorly designed bottle get you down! Sooooo satisfying.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Fantastic product. I'm able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. Works on bottles, jars, etc." —HMSK

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    21. A box of acne-absorbing patches because an overnight spot treatment is just what that pimple needs. Place this on before bed and — BAM — pus and oil will be drawn out, and inflammation will go down by morning.

    A before and after showing puss drawn out from the pimple spot where a patch was placed
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    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my work day looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick."—Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 36 stickers from Amazon for $12.50.

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