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    22 Incredible Products People Love And Swear By Because Their Parents Used Them

    Just a bunch of great things that people have adored for generations and passed down to their kids (and even *their* kids!).

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which products they love and swear by because their parents used them. Here are the heartwarming responses:

    Note: Not all submissions are from Community users.

    1. An $8 eye cream that'll moisturize and help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to give you glowing, radiant skin.

    "Colonial Dámes Vitamin E cream. My mom has been using it FOREVER and her skin looks amazing, even at 60. I swear this is her secret. It’s this luxurious, thick cream that is great for applying just before bed, and I’ve started using it regularly myself. I’ve never heard of it from anyone else other than her, and she’s ecstatic that she can now buy it on Amazon!" —mirandaheaney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

    2. A miracle-working laundry bar for knocking the toughest stains ~out of the park~. Yes, it's baseball pants-approved!

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    "Fel's Naptha laundry soap. It's a solid bar of soap that gets stains out of laundry. You rub it on the stain and then wash. It's like $2 and I have been using the same bar for years. It seriously gets out almost every stain I've used it on." —t49e12a934

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.13.

    3. A set of clamp-top jars to keep pantry food fresh — and just to make your cabinets look nice and organized.

    "Glass jars with a clamp lock. My mum stores everything in these, from sugar to beans to popcorn kernels. They work great at keeping things fresh, but even if they didn’t, I’d still use them simply because the kitchen wouldn’t feel right without them." —alexs42167736a

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $28.02.

    4. An egg cooker that'll do the work for you so you can create perfect boiled, poached, and scrambled eggs every time — all without the stress., c /

    "In my family we always used an egg boiler to boil eggs. When I moved in with my boyfriend, he didn't even know what it was! I went out and bought one and now, some years later, he uses it all the time! Great little machine and not expensive at all." —saueho

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    5. An olive oil-based facial cleanser for gently and easily removing makeup because the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is spend forever washing your face.

    "DHC Deep Cleansing Oil! For as long as I can remember, my mom has been using it to remove her makeup and I swear nothing else works half as well as this. It’s the gentlest, most effective makeup remover I’ve ever used." —gretcheno3

    Get it from Amazon for $26.60 or Dermstore for $28.

    6. A roll-on topical gel to help relieve muscle and joint pain. It creates a cooling sensation on the skin and acts fast so you can feel some dang peace.

    "I LOVE Biofreeze when my back hurts — the gentle tingling numbs the pain and allows me to fall asleep at night. At first, it feels kinda gross, and I would recommend showering in the morning after you use it. My mom also uses it on her feet when her feet hurt from walking!!!" —Nikki Francois

    Get it from Amazon for $10.26.

    7. A bar of Yardley's lavender soap that not only washes, but leaves behind such a delightful scent that this buyer leaves it in her linen closet to give everything a clean smell.

    "My mom always put bars of Yardley's English Lavender soap on the shelves in our linen closets. Every time you opened the door or pulled open a drawer, the most comforting, clean smell would come wafting out. I do the same thing, with the exact same brand of soap, and it smells like my childhood every time I open my linen closet." —nw1749214

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.08.

    8. A moisturizing ointment for reviving and hydrating chapped, cracking, and dry skin — and so, so, so much more.

    "Bag balm. It comes in an iconic green tin and it does everything! I use it as a lip balm and cuticle cream. I put it on cuts, scrapes, bruises, my brows... My friend had a clogged skin duct, and I had her run Bag Balm over it every day, and it reduced the pain, swelling, redness, and it went away much faster." —t492e49f12

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20.

    9. A bathroom and kitchen cleaner to rid your tubs and sinks from stubborn stains. Say it with me, bye-bye, grime!!

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    "Soft Scrub! It's the only cleaning product I use for sinks and bathtubs. My mom is still using it and in my mind, other products don't clean as well even if the results look the same." —jburnickas

    Get it from Amazon for $11.21.

    10. A tub of good ol' butter Crisco that'll take your baking — and most importantly your cookies — to an entirely new level of yumminess.,

    "Crisco! I use it when baking instead of butter. I don't know what it is, but if you use Crisco in cookies, it makes them 100 times better. Plus using a cookie scooper makes all the cookies the same size and it's a lot less messy than a spoon." —ladyalover13

    Get it from Amazon for $5.58

    You can also get tons of delicious recipes on Crisco's website (including these sugar cookies)! Who knew?

    11. A champion food processor guaranteed to become your kitchen's most trustworthy sidekick. Cuisinart makes tons of models — this is the mini one, so it's a space saver!

    "I have a Cuisinart food processor that my grandma bought in the '80s. It is, by far, one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It's better than our Ninja (unless you're making frozen drinks). If this beast ever goes kaput, I will be investing in another Cuisinart. I will NEVER use any other brand of food processor." —andreadavison

    "A Cuisinart food processor my mom has had for about 20 years, the blade is still sharp and it runs great. They don’t make stuff like they did back then." —gee5elle

    Get the mini food processor on Amazon for $32.99+.

    12. A powder cleaner for walls, floors, and wood that'll give you some impressive before-and-afters you'll want to show to everyone.

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    "Amazing product. It removed years of dirt from the very neglected, 200-year-old house that I just purchased." —Amazon Customer

    "Dirtex!!! My parents always had us use it to dust everything!!! Like baseboards, kitchen counters, and mirrors! It worked for it all." —Staci Muraske

    Get it from Amazon for $15.56.

    13. A simple astringent because dirt-filled pores have no place on your skin and this cleanser will keep it that way.

    "SeaBreeze...My mother swears by this stuff! She’s probably never had a pimple in her life, therefore, I use it as well! To be fair, I do think it works! I have pretty good skin, too. Or maybe I just believe in the placebo effect?!" —Morgan Pittman

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.31 (also available in a sensitive skin formula).

    14. A topical cough suppressant that'll save you on sick days. I can also vouch for this because as a kid, my parents drenched me in it (especially on my feet — not kidding!) to help with colds and congestion.

    Facebook: vicksvaporubus,

    "Vick's Vapor Rub!!!!! It literally got me through every single in of my sick days, and I still use during cold season!" —s4d114ae95

    "Vick's!!!! It fixes everything. It's the Hispanic Windex, LMAO." —ammie_nicole5

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    15. A classic KitchenAid stand mixer you'll never regret splurging on because they practically last forever — my mom still has the same one from when I was a kid!

    "Definitely a KitchenAid mixer. My grandma and my mom both used one, and that’s how I learned to bake. My kitchen has definitely not been the same without it as I’ve grown up and lived on my own!" —kaylab44c66b932

    "Obviously the KitchenAid stand mixer. My mom got hers when I was little and it’s still going strong. My mom bought me one as an early wedding gift! I love it." —stephanier4ea0e54af

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in two colors).

    16. A garlic salt seasoning you can put on almost everything you eat to make it instantly taste 100 times better.

    "Lawry's garlic salt! My grandma swears this seasoning keeps her looking 39. She puts this on everything and now so do I, haha!" —torreszach

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    17. A rosebud salve that can do a ton more than just hydrate dry skin. You can use it to tame frizzy fly-aways and unruly brows, and to give your lips a soft pink tint.

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    "Rosebud Salve! Both sides of my family used it for burns, scrapes, rashes, chapped lips dry skin, etc. etc. But what I love most is that it was used as a beauty product as well by my great grandmothers, grandmother, my mom, and now me. Makes me feel a little more connected with past generations." —azure_jgl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.45.

    18. A fancy pair of kitchen scissors to quickly chop all the veggies you need for a delicious salad — ya know, because we can all use more things to make our lives easier.

    "Toss-n-Chop cuts everything from nuts to chicken and can be used for shredding. It's the best kitchen gadget that exists." —Kelsey Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    19. A bottle of Dawn dish soap because believe it or not, this stuff goes WAAAAY beyond scrubbin' dishes. It can remove stains from laundry, polish car wheels, clean greasy cabinets, and even help relieve pets from fleas.

    Facebook: dawn,

    "DAWN DISH SOAP COULD CURE CANCER IF WE TRIED HARD ENOUGH. Ya ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Their Windex = my Dawn dish soap. Seriously. Hard grease? Dawn. Stain on the carpet? Dawn. White clothes/sheets need a face lift? Dawn. Cat has fleas? Dawn bath. Gnats? THROW SOME DAWN ON A PLATE AND CONSIDER THAT SITUATION HANDLED. This is a serious topic that isn’t discussed enough. I tell my students about my need (yes, need) for Dawn dish soap; and for my birthday last week? THEY GOT ME DAWN DISH SOAP. Dreams come true, and they begin and end with Dawn." —Charlotte Elizabeth Oldham

    Get a two-pack of 56-oz. bottles from Amazon for $12.68.

    And seriosuly check out Dawn's website for a ton of how-to cleaning tips! They seriously have a tab on their home page titled: How To Clean Other Things.

    20. A variety pack of mesh garment and bra bags that'll protect your delicates and lingerie pieces from snagging in the washer so you can keep your best items in the best shape possible.

    "I think by far, my favorite product my mom has passed down is lingerie washing bags! Seriously — these things save your clothes, bras, and underwear. I never do a load of laundry without them — especially since I go to a laundromat. The bags for bras protect your super expensive ones from getting squished and ruined by the washer. I also love that I never lose my underwear or socks with the bags — I just plop them all in a laundry bag. I sometimes use the bags to put in more ~delicate~ clothes, so they don't snag on the washer. They're so much cheaper on Amazon, too! My mom keeps passing down the wisdom to buy these to me and my friends." —Nikki Francois

    Get a seven-piece set from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. A pre-seasoned cast iron skillet because every kitchen needs one. Plain and simple! They last a lifetime when taken care of, get better over time, and make food taste even more delicious.

    "I have the cast iron skillet that my mom's mom gave her, and if you take care of them they will last FOREVER. The skillets I have are almost 70 years old, and still going strong!" —elizabethannez

    "Lodge's cast iron skillets! They're the best." —aaroncomerford1

    Get it from Amazon for $4.67+ (available in 10 sizes).

    22. And lastly, an organic multipurpose soap that can be used to relieve acne, heal minor cuts, and do basic cleaning jobs around the house!

    "Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile soap for cleaning. It smells awesome and is safe. My hippy grandma used it all my life. If it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me." —dhaverfield82

    I've also used the lavender version to heal piercing infections! A few washes with this and the infection was gone — so simple, so easy.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.37+ (available in five sizes). See more scents here.

    Check out Dr. Bronner's website to see a list of all the things you should (and shouldn't) use this for.

    Ugh, so much family wisdom. I want to cry.


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