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    Updated on Jul 31, 2020. Posted on Jul 19, 2020

    26 Clever Things Under $15 You Probably Didn't Know Existed

    Introducing your new best friend, the pickle fork.

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    1. A 4-in-1 hole repair product that is a squeeze bottle of spackle with a built-in primer, plus has a built-in putty knife on the top and a sanding pad on the cap, so even the least handy people ever (me) can easily get their security deposit back.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product! Completely repairs dings, damages, and holes in drywall (that a landlord would charge $100+ for) in one product. Used it to fix a large wall ding above my bed that was very unattractive. Spackle easily coated and covered the ding. I flattened the spackled surface with the sharp edge on the bottle and allowed to dry overnight. I sanded down the surface with the smoother disk on the cap, and no scrapings or dust spilled at all while sanding — it left a perfectly smooth surface. Painted over it and it's gone!" —Analytical V

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    2. A clever cap washing cage so you'll be able to pop baseball caps in the top rack of your dishwasher or top-loading washing machine to get them looking like new. Honestly, hat's off to whoever invented this.

    A reviewer photo of the white plastic cage, which is shaped like an oversized baseball cap, with a cap inside
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    Promising review: "I bought these as a gift for my brother-in-law. I was worried at first and suggested that he wash a hat that he doesn’t mind ruining just in case. He had about $300 of hats that were 'ruined' due to the wet weather causing mold on his hats. He washed one and was pleasantly surprised! He was able to make his hats good as new again! He has a regular top-loading spinning washer and it didn’t bend his hats. Great gift idea for the hat lover in your life!" —Alyssa

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.98.

    3. A convenient condiment fork you can store around the snack jar itself, so you won't ever find yourself ~in a pickle~ and have to stick your fingers in the brine.

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    It's top-rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "What a great little invention! Who knew that we needed one of these things, but what a handy gadget to have. This comes with two rings — one that will fit a large jar of pickles and one for a small jar like the size those little sweet gherkins come in (I could eat a whole jar of those in one sitting). The pickle fork thingie is easy to remove from the holder, and if you want to put it back in the holder after fishing out your pickles without rinsing it, no worries. The little pocket at the bottom can hold a lot of errant pickle juice. It works equally well on jars of olives. It makes removing an olive or two so much more...civilized!" —PT Cruiser

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A reusable, stink-proof dish cloth that scrubs super well without retaining all the grossness that regular sponges do. Oh, and unlike said basic sponge, this can last for months and months...and months.

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    The holey texture makes it easy to rinse out food residue that would be left rotting in a dense sponge. It can also be tossed in the dishwasher or washing machine when you want to give it a more thorough cleaning (though it may shrink in the dryer).

    Promising review: "I have been using this same cloth daily for almost seven months. I lathers like a dream with very little soap and scrubs well without damaging the finish on delicate items. It dries quickly, and is in great shape even after so much use. I throw it in the washer once a week to keep it fresh and clean. I used to go through one sponge a week. It has paid for itself many times over. These hold a lot of water, so use a separate rag for cleaning counters. Update: I now use these cloths exclusively. I replace them roughly every five or six months, and retire the old one to household scrub duty. To get the most life out of these cloths, I lay them flat on a dish towel and roll it up to remove the excess water and lay it over drain rack to air dry. I do this every day and they don't sour." —Shaida Ehlert

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. Or a peach-scented silicone sponge that resists odor and microbes, for a sponge more durable than Mr. Squarepants himself — and that dude can munch his own arms like popcorn and grow them back.

    A reviewer photo of the orange, sudsy sponge in a pot
    amazon.com

    One reviewer even said it worked amazingly to de-tarnish silver!

    Promising review: "If you want something cheaper than cellulose sponges, this is not it. But if you want a product that really does the job, look no further. The product is exactly what it advertises: no odor, no funky dye leaking out, and it cleans better than any scrubber or sponge I have ever used. I am still on the first one in the three-pack, and it has been several weeks. I can see some wear, but a cellulose sponge would have been in pieces by now. It has lightened slightly in color, but there is absolutely no odor. And what impresses me most about this scrubber is that it gets everything clean in no time. It doesn't scratch any surface. I managed to easily remove coffee and tea stains from my grandmother's cups in no time — even the heavy-duty scrubber sponges had not managed this task. And the old porcelain was undamaged. I find that because it doesn't hold onto soap as tightly as cellulose sponges do, I might be using more dishwashing liquid than before, but my dishes come clean the first time so I am saving water and time. I will definitely purchase this product again." —The Epistolary Dilettante

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.95. Get a version specially made for cooktops here.

    6. A stainless-steel tongue scraper made for the specific purpose of banishing bad breath and gross buildup so effectively, it'll leave you (clean) tongue-tied.

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    The reviewer in the photos above got these results after using the tool every day for two months!

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical about this and had it in my wishlist for quite a few months before buying. My tongue would be pretty dirty and white and could never really be fully cleaned with a toothbrush or anything else I tried. After purchasing and using it, I only wish I'd gotten it sooner and it's one of my best purchases. It is just a single piece of metal, but it has a an edge that's just sharp enough to scrape all the nasty stuff off without hurting. It takes a few days to get used to, but I don't have much problem using it to clean deep in the back of my tongue. It's easy to clean and all the dirt rinses right off. I would highly recommend this, there's really nothing else that has done a good as a job cleaning my tongue." —Alan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    7. A whimsical double-layer bear face glass you'll ~paws~ to admire before every sip.

    A hand holding the short glass, which has a clear outer layer like a regular glass and an inner layer shaped like an upside-down bear head with ears, eyes, a nose, and mouth. Filled with milk, the head looks white
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I expected this to be plastic, but it's actually glass which I am thrilled about! This is adorable. Not even ashamed to say I bought this for myself, but it would make a perfect gift! :)" —Katherine Beccera

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available in two colors).

    8. Pantene hair rescue shots, wash-out treatments that'll nourish and strengthen damaged strands, prevent split ends, and probably also get that LMFAO song stuck in your head.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Shots shots shots shots shots shots EVERYBODDDYYYY!

    Promising review: "It's like hair MAGIC... seriously. I didn't expect them to actually live up to all the hype built up around the product, but I couldn't be more glad to be wrong in this instance! I color treat my hair and even though I've cut back a lot on heat styling, I still use heat to style when I'm going out somewhere. I'm 40 now and I have been coloring and using heat since my early teens, so at one point my thin, fine hair was like straw. I've got it back to an extremely healthy-looking state. These rescue shots make that upkeep much simpler and they are so reasonably priced. Though these are supposed to be one-use capsules, since my hair is thin and fine I get two uses out of each one. The first time I used one was a week after coloring my hair. I had done my regular dye job, then used a highlight kit to put in highlights for summer...well that highlight kit was a disaster, so I had to color it A THIRD time in a two-week period to get it back to its regular color, and it stressed my hair more than a bit. One treatment with this, and you literally couldn't tell what I'd just put my poor hair through. I had already tuned the ends and this made my hair so soft, silky and healthy-looking. I couldn't believe it. And it stayed that way for all over a week, when I did the next treatment. I HIGHLY recommend this hair treatment and I will continue to use it as long as they sell it!" —Kindle Customer

    Get two three-packs from Amazon for $9.94.

    9. DampRid moisture absorber, which comes in handy little tubs that'll mil-dew a great job of keeping the air free of that icky, humid smell that's one of the most annoying parts of summer.

    A tub of the product on a bathroom counter
    Amazon

    Each tub lasts up to 60 days and can be refilled with moisture-absorbing beads. It works best in small spaces like closets and bathrooms, and claims to help reduce allergens in the air, too!

    Promising review: "I live in an old apartment building with dampness in my hall closet and under the sink. I was amazed at how well these work — no more musty smell in my linens. The amount of moisture that was trapped in those little bins was unbelievable. I would highly recommend them! I wish I would’ve bought them sooner. I am not a fan of scented products, so after reading the reviews I knew right away unscented was the way to go!" —Liane

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.23+ (available in three scents).

    10. A set of mechanical pencils with lead that's thick enough it can actually be SHARPENED (!!!), for anyone who's still haunted by their skinny and wimpy middle school mechanical pencils breaking loudly every five seconds. Same.

    TheFinePrintPaperie/Etsy

    Also check out more Black womxn-owned Etsy shops like this one!

    Get a set of four (plus 12 lead refills and a sharpener) from TheFinePrintPaperie on Etsy for $7.25.

    11. Pristine Toilet Paper Spray, which you can spritz onto plain TP to turn it into a super septic- and tush-friendly wet wipe.

    A large and small bottle of the product next to a roll of toilet paper, a book, and a candle in a bathroom
    amazon.com

    Check out more great products from Shark Tank like this one.

    Promising review: "'Don't get me started on how coddled the modern anus is.' —Dwight Schrute. While I do agree with Dwight's sentiments, I am completely guilty of taking extra care while going about my business. For years, I was a regular user of wet wipes and I was generally concerned about their environmental impact, but it wasn't until I was hit with a hefty plumbing bill that it really sunk in. The cause of the hit to my pipes and wallet: my beloved pipe-clogging wet wipes. There had to be a better way! Enter Pristine Spray. Natural, eco-friendly, portable (one for the house and one for the office!) and more discreet than a huge bag of baby wipes. So easy just to spray on regular toilet tissue and voila! Instant wet wipes! My bathroom routine remains just as easy and my plumbing thanks me every day!" —Eric Fischman

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in two scents).

    12. Some reusable keyboard cleaning goo that'll actually make cleaning your grimy laptop kind of fun. I'm not sure which part is more satisfying — the slime-esque squishy putty or the amazing results.

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    Gunk sticks to the putty and won't come back out, so you can just squish it into a new shape and use it over and over again. Note that this doesn't kill germs, so you should still be using a disinfectant wipe for that!

    Promising review: "Just wow. This stuff is amazing. The sides of my keys had caked-up dust and grime that was gone in an instant. What could've taken me hours of cleaning took me three minutes. I just spread this on, let it sit for a bit, and ripped it off, and my keyboard looked like new. And I didn't stop there. My monitor, the back of the computer, and the crevices you can't normally reach are all clean. It was effortless, painless, and easy. I even used it on my car dashboard. I'm sure it has tons of uses. Just DON'T GET IT WET." —Aj

    Get four packets from Amazon for $10.95.

    13. A silicone dishwasher bag you can roll up smaller items in vertically or horizontally, so you won't have to sweat the small stuff when doing dishes any more.

    Amazon

    Plus, smaller bottle caps won't come out filled with water like they usually do!

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It's perfect for when you want to separate pump parts from dirty flatware, etc. and don’t have a lot of room in your dishwasher. It’s nice thick silicone so it’s very sturdy, and BPA-free. It stretches, bends and squeezes into small spaces. You can bend it to any shape and size you want. I’m getting this for all my new mom friends — why add another bulky crate to the dishwasher? It can hold plenty of bottle parts. Also, you can really use it for anything...measuring spoons, etc." —Anne Taylor Robertson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.78.

    14. A hair brush cleaning kit with two types of tools you can use to deep clean the gross loose hair out of your poor, overworked brush.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It combs with two metal tools and two double-ended brushes.

    Promising review: "I bought this set to help me clean my Wet Brush. The type I have has boar bristles, along with plastic bristles. The boar bristles are always so hard to clean, and I have tried everything possible. I found this set and figured I'd give it a shot. I'm happy to say that these tools worked wonderfully! My brush isn't 100% clean, but it is close! The larger black brush is great to use to remove hair, and to run along the bristles to break up any clumps of debris. The smaller wire brush was perfect for the boar bristles, and provided a deeper clean. I would alternate between the two tools, and the end result was great! With my brush I'm able to remove the bristle pad from the handle, and that allowed me to dampen the bristles, as well as get into any small hard-to-reach spaces. Overall I'm super happy with this set. I kept one and gave another to my Mom! I highly recommend!" —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. Helpful heel stoppers that are so simple, yet so necessary when you're rocking stilettos outside. Grass? Gravel? Bring it.

    A shoe on gravel with a stopper over the tip of the thin heel. The stopper is transparent and has a flare, flower-shaped base
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I unfortunately forgot to put these on my shoes for an outdoor wedding and pictures. My heels sunk into the grass and the heels also kept getting caught on my dress, which was an intricate lace. Once I was back to the bridal suite, before heading back to the reception, I put these on and they worked fabulously. Not only did they prevent my heels from sinking into the ground, they also protected my gown from the heels catching when I walked, which had been a huge unanticipated problem. They are slightly visible, but the delicate petal shape makes them pretty and unobtrusive. I absolutely recommend these and won't hesitate to use them in the future." —npview

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in sizes XXS–S for different heel thicknesses).

    16. A tube of hair finishing cream you can swipe on all those spots where stray hairs just won't stay put to get your 'do so smooth, Santana and Rob Thomas will wanna sing about it.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and highly-rated product I try, my flyaways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head flyaway frizz! I wish I'd discovered this product years ago! It smooths my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RachelOK

    Get from Amazon for $7.98.

    17. Downright genius LED light-blocking stickers that'll take the annoying lights on all your household gadgets from wayyyyy too bright to *just right*.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works as advertised. Didn't realize how badly I needly these in my life! I have a media PC in my living room under my TV and directly across from the main couch. The LED is extremely bright and obnoxious, especially in low-light situations. One of these dimmed the LED the perfect amount and I can definitely still see that the PC is on, but without the annoying blue beacon that can be seen from space. The variety of options included guarantee that you should have the correct size to dim whatever LEDs you have. Highly recommend." —IPman501

    Get a pack of over 100 stickers from Amazon for $6.69.

    18. A dishwasher-safe can colander sure to make anyone who loves the convenience of canned foods but hates getting pungent liquid on their fingers say "I can't believe I went so long without this!"

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Life-changing little strainer!! Okay, maybe not life-changing, but this thing is awesome! I used to drain my canned tuna or chicken by just squishing the lid down and hoping I didn’t get squirted with stinky water, but now I place this thing in the can and gently press down to drain the water with the utmost confidence that I will not 1) get injured on the can, 2) get splashed with stink water, or 3) lose any tuna out the side. Ahh, it’s the little things. :)" —jaime138

    Get it from Amazon for $7.23.

    19. A yummy cookie dip in flavors ranging from Milk Chocolate Horchata to Pina Colada, because according to my research (read: a lifetime of eating chips and salsa), EVERYTHING is better if you dip it, and why should chips have all the fun?

    Madeline cookies with a container of the Pina Colada dip
    @thecookiedipcompany / Via instagram.com

    As if it couldn't get any sweeter, this deliciousness is from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get it for $12.99 (available in nine flavors) and some madeline cookies to dip in it for $4, both from The Cookie Dip Company.

    20. LOL-worthy literal chip clips that give new meaning to the phrase "looking like a snack" and will help keep your other snacks fresh, too.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Excellent quality chip clips, literally!!! Why didn't I think of this first!!!! So obvious and SO CUTE!!!! I have bought SO many cheap bag clips over the years, but these are the BEST!!!! Not only in design, but in long-term quality!!! These are solidly made with an excellent clip that should last MUCH longer than the ones I have bought in the past!!! Love these, they are already on chip bags doing a great job and looking SO cute!!! —BaliDreamer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. An airtight paintbrush cover you shouldn't be without for your next painting project. It'll help keep your brush from drying out between coats, so you won't waste as much time washing it!

    A pile of the covers, which are shaped like a large paintbrush
    @thepaintbrushcover / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "Definitely worth purchasing if you have a big paint job. I've bought these since I first found them at the hardware store a couple of years ago. Whenever we start a project, I always look for them. Keeps me from having to clean the brush and wait for it to dry. I simply store it in the case and use it again the next day. Not sure how I lived without these before." —Always Reading

    Get it from Amazon for $3.48.

    22. Grip Clean, a soap specially made for folks who work with their hands. It's designed to wash away substances like grease, oil, and ink, plus moisturize as it cleans so your hands aren't left raw.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "AMAZING! My husband and I saw this on Shark Tank and he immediately had me order some for him and his family for Christmas! He works on the farm and has used every industrial-type soap available. This works better than ANYTHING on the market! And it’s natural! I even use it on my little artist (7-year-old) who constantly has paint/marker/glitter glue, etc. on her hands. It truly is amazing!" —M. Caudill

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. An ingenious cauliflower tool that'll make separating the florets from the stalk a breeze, and can also be used for broccoli or chopping up other veggies — the vertical design makes it way less cumbersome than a typical knife.

    A hand using the handled tool to prep a head of cauliflower
    Amazon

    Finally, an excuse to use the word cumbersome! Anywho, this baby is also dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Do you eat a lot of cauliflower (or similar things with stalks I suppose)? If you do, it's totally worth it to buy this doodad. I can literally chop up a head of cauliflower in two minutes, whereas I'd struggle for quite a bit longer with a knife before. We use it at least weekly, especially in late summer — then it's probably three times a week." —Ashley M

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    24. A styling tool caddy perfect for storing or packing your hottest hair essentials, without feeling the burn.

    The purple caddy handing on a towel rack, with a flat iron inside
    Amazon

    It's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees!

    Promising review: "This little gem is such a cool item and keeps my hair iron close yet neat in a smallish bathroom area. It's one of those simple things that you smack your head and say 'Why didn't I think of that!' I can turn the iron off and stick it in without worrying about burning anything on the counter or on the towel rack where I hang it. I love this caddy!" —MB

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

    25. An incredibly convenient handheld makeup mixing palette here to give you a ~hand~ with your beauty routine. No, you don't actually need any extra limbs to achieve that complex look you saw on YouTube.

    The pink heart-shaped plastic palette fastened to the back of a hand with a strap, with a swipe of foundation on it
    elf

    Get it from e.l.f for $2.

    26. And finally, Lizzo and Harry Styles sticker sheets, because the artist who brought these delights into existence was truly doing a service to humanity.

    StylishSista/Etsy

    These cuties are also from a Black womxn-owned Etsy shop!

    Get the Lizzo sheet and the Harry sheet from StylishSista on Etsy for $4+ (available in glossy or matte), and check out more sticker sheets (including Beyoncé, Ariana, and Billie Eilish) here.

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