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

    Cuban T-mop, Bactine, Bag Balm and tons of things folks have adored for generations and passed down to their kids.

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    This year, last year, and even the year before that!, we 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. A Noxzema deep cleansing cream made with eucalyptus oil to rejuvenate skin and remove the day's built-up dirt and grease while also leaving your face soft and hydrated.

    A jar of the Noxzema cleansing cream in an in cube

    "My mom had the most beautiful clear, soft skin. She used original Noxzema every day since she was a teenager in the '70s. When I was a teenager I tried all the trendy face washes and acne products, but now in my thirties I use original Noxzema and it smells like my mom. She passed away seven years ago so it's partly ritualistic I'm sure, but I will use it every day until they stop making it." —katiedwm

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

    2. A set of Pyrex baking dishes and mixing bowls that can stand the test of time. Go ahead, use them for Thanksgiving, birthday cakes, family dinners, and all the things in between.


    "Pyrex dishes, especially the mixing bowls. They went through some serious wear and tear over the years (too many cakes and pans of brownies with my sister and I fighting over who got to lick the spoon) and the worst I’ve seen was a modest scratch. Those same dishes now belong to me and I don’t plan on using any other brand. Best use for the expense!" —claired18

    Get an eight-piece bakeware set for $20.64 and a three-piece mixing bowl set for $12.96 from Amazon.

    3. An $8 eye cream for moisturizing and helping smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to give you glowing, radiant skin.

    A jar of Colonial Dames vitamin E cream

    "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.

    4. A antiseptic cleansing spray you can reach for when unexpected minor cuts, scrapes, and nicks happen. Bactine's no-sting and pain-relieving formula means you can jump back into your day.

    Two spray bottles of Bactine Max

    "Bactine. It's an antiseptic with lidocaine, so it prevents infection and also provides some pain relief from cuts, scrapes, etc. My Mom grew up using it and always used it on us kids. Now it's what I prefer over alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other!" —cupcakekrystle

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.94.

    5. A soap bar that'll look the toughest, I just chased my escaped dog and fell into a mud hole stains straight into the eyes and banish them for good. Good day, sir. I said, GOOD DAY.

    Before/after pic of a reviewers shirt covered in mud, and an after pic of the same shirt with all the stains removed

    "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

    Promising review: "This stuff works better than shout or bleach. My dog escaped our yard and was covered in mud. My husband fell in a mud hole while trying to catch her and she got mud all over him when he finally did. I tried Shout, laundry detergent and bleach and it didn’t even make a difference. Fels Naptha got that Oklahoma red dirt out of a white T-shirt. I really thought I was going to have to trash the clothes but the shirt looks good as new!!!! This stuff really is magic." —Sooner28

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.34.

    6. A handy pastry blender to give *you* the control to chop and dice so your foods and doughs come out the perfect consistency — juuuust in time for pie season.

    Pastry blender in a bowl of baking ingredients like flour and butter

    "A pastry blender! I know lots of people like to use a good processor but I still feel like I have more control when I use a pastry blender. Sure my arm gets a little tired but my pie crusts are on point." —a407dcdcb7

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two sizes).

    7. Bag Balm moisturizing ointment for reviving and hydrating chapped, cracking, and dry skin — and so, so, so much more.

    Tin can of Bag Balm skin moisturizer

    "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 $7.89+.

    8. An egg cooker to 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).

    9. 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.

    Boxes of Yardley soap in English lavender scents

    "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 pack of two from Amazon for $5.73+.

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

    Before/after of a wall that was cleaned with Dirtex to remove long-standing dirt and stains
    Amazon Customer /

    "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 $18.51.

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

    Set of jars with different foods sealed inside with the clamp top

    "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 three from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. 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.

    Person applying Biofreeze roll-on gel to side of leg

    "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 $12.31.

    13. A pack of Goody's aspirin so when a midday headache starts to creep in after staring at your screen for three hours, you're ready to tackle it before it really hits.

    Box of Goody's aspirin

    "Goody or BC aspirin powders. My mom is prone to bad headaches and these were the only things that would work for her. Now, I've introduced these to my husband and anyone who needs it. They work so much faster than capsules and come in flavors now so they're a bit easier to take. They're a staple in our house so we can knock out headaches fast." —emilydeep1

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.86.

    14. 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.

    Reviewer images of a tin Smith's Rosebud Salve

    "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 $5.94.

    15. 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.

    Person using scissors to dice an onion

    "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 $15.95.

    16. A bottle of Johnson's baby oil you can use to remove even the toughest of makeup. If it's gentle enough for a newborn baby's skin, it's gentle enough for your face.

    Bottle of Johnson's baby oil

    "My momma taught me to remove my makeup with Johnson's Baby Oil. It gets my gel eyeliner off like a miracle and it is gentle on the eyes! I just put a little oil on a microfiber towel to wipe off my makeup and then wash my face. My face and wallet thank you for your wisdom, mom!" —backitupterry

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    17. A wooden T-mop, AKA the Cuban mop — simply use your old towels on the end and you can do everything from mopping the floors to dusting the ceilings just like this user.


    "My mop! It sounds weird, but growing up my Cuban grandma had a wooden mop, in the shape of a T, that she used old towels with to basically clean everything from the floors, to dusting the ceilings. My Norwegian mother received hers when they bought their first house, and has since converted more than half of her family to using the 'Cuban mop' and now my sister and I swear by ours too. Amazon sells a version of it, but if you want a good one, I suggest going to a Latino-owned store and asking, they’re usually better quality and a much better price!" —lbeth

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. 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!

    Cuisinart mini food processor in white with diced onion inside

    "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 $39.99+.

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

    "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 Target for $5.59.

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

    20. Nighttime Theraflu because cold and flu season is approaching and you should be prepared the second you feel a sniffle or scratchy throat coming on.

    Box of Theraflu

    "THERAFLU. Every time I even had the hint of a sniffle growing up, my dad would make me a cup of the nighttime tea stuff. it tastes like absolute trash, but if you drink one cup and sleep for 12 hours, the next day you’ll wake up feeling 100% better." —littlemsnerrd

    Get a 12-packet box from Amazon for $12.16.

    21. 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 one 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 $5.44+.

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

    A bottle of Sea Breeze classic clean astringent

    "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 $11.91 (also available in a sensitive skin formula).

    23. 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!

    KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in white
    Sur La Table

    "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 Sur la Table for $299.95.

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

    Garlic salt spread out next to a quesadilla

    "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 $3.38.

    25. 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 $13.95.

    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.

    26. 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.

    Garment bag filled with the clothing

    "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 $9.99.

    27. A Lodge 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.

    Large cast iron skillet with a beef stew cooking

    "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 $7.90+ (available in 16 sizes).

    28. 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's Deep Cleansing Oil

    "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 Dermstore for $28.

    29. 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. Bronners pure castille soap on bathroom sink

    "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 $7.29+. 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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