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    25 Reusable Household Products Under $20 That Are Worth Every Penny

    You’ll buy it once and use it basically forever.

    1. A set of reusable silicone straws that'll replace all the single-use plastic straws you'd normally use. They're super flexible, easy to clean, and a great alternative to metal straws, which can be hard on teeth and change temperature depending on whether you’re drinking a hot or cold beverage.

    A set of silicone straws in different colours
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    I love the variety of colours in this set, and they're a bit longer and wider than the metal ones I have, so I can use them in any cup or bottle to drink water, juice, smoothies—literally anything. I also love that they're soft and flexible. I can bend them into a smaller size if I'm using a smaller bag, without worrying about them warping or losing their shape.

    Get a set of ten from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    2. A small konjac sponge that'll cleanse and exfoliate your skin in one step. It's made from vegetable fibres that are very gentle and won't irritate your skin like a typical face scrub. Plus, it's infused with rose extract to reduce redness, making it great for anyone with sensitive skin.

    A small egg-shaped sponge next to its box

    You can use it for two to three months or up to 100 times, and then throw it in the compost when it's time to throw it away.

    Get it from Simons for $10.

    3. A pack of air purifying bags that'll actually remove bad odours from your clothes and shoes. They’re made with activated charcoal to absorb excess moisture and prevent mould and bacteria.

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    Plus, they can last up to two years. Just place them outside in the sun once a month for at least one hour to reactivate the charcoal.

    "I tried them first on my favorite black boots that I wear daily. They had started to smell a little musty, and the odor was beginning to transfer onto my socks. Overnight, the smell had completely disappeared, leaving only a leather scent behind. To say I was shook is an understatement."—Yi Yang

    Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the MOSO NATURAL Mini Air Purifying Bag .

    Get a pack of two from Amazon Canada for $11.95+. Also available in packs of four

    4. A pack of reusable cotton rounds that won't fall apart while you're using them. They're super absorbent, so they're great for removing makeup or applying toner, and you can throw them in the washing machine when they get dirty.

    A person spraying makeup remover from a pump bottle to a cotton round
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    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    5. A pack of mesh bags that'll save you from using plastic bags when you buy fruits and veggies. They're made of 100% cotton and are way more durable than single-use bags, so they won't tear if you put a bunch of produce in one bag.

    A small mesh bag filled with fruits

    Get a pack of three from Simons for $16.

    6. A pack of pastry bags that are made of durable silicone, so you'll never have to throw them away. They come in three sizes and reviewers love how easy they are to clean. You can wash them by hand or stick them in the dishwasher.

    A person icing a cupcake with a silicone pastry bag.
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    Get a set of three from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    7. A glass coffee cup, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you're on the go. It comes with a heat-resistant silicone sleeve, and it's small enough to store in your bag for future caffeine cravings.

    Five small glass coffee cups with silicone lids and sleeves on them
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99+. Available in seven colours.

    8. A silicone popcorn maker that'll come in handy for an evening of Netflix and chill. The sides fold down to create a lid, so you can make and serve your popcorn in the same container. And when you're finished, you can pop it in the dishwasher to clean.

    A large cup that is overflowing with popcorn

    Get it from Simons for $8.

    9. A pack of bin liners that'll keep your fridge smelling fresh AF. They’ll absorb moisture from your fruits, so they’ll last longer. You can trim them to fit your bins or shelves and toss them in the washing machine when they get dirty.

    A lower bin in a refrigerator that has oranges, grapes and apples inside it The bin is lined with a spongy mat
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    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $9.32+. Available in three styles and in packs of six.

    10. A pair of tiny beauty spatulas that'll help you get every last drop of your beauty products out of their bottles, so you won't have to replace them right away. The flexible silicone head and long, narrow handle can fit into your favourite makeup and skincare bottles. And when the containers are cleaned out, they're in the perfect condition to be recycled.

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    The regular spatula is great for medium to large sized bottles like lotion, shampoo, or conditioner. The mini spatula is perfect for makeup bottles. I figure after using these spatulas for a few months, I've probably saved more than a few loonies and toonies on makeup and skincare. Plus, it's super satisfying to see how much product comes out. I knew there was more in there!

    Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $9.28+. Available in three colours and packs of four.

    11. A pair of bowl covers that'll lock in moisture, so your leftovers won't dry out. They'll replace your single-use plastic wrap, and they come in two sizes for small and large bowls.

    Two glass bowls with a stretchy fabric cover over top of them

    Get a set of two from Simons for $14.99 (originally $20).

    12. A pack of face mask applicators, so you can apply your face masks and moisturizer with ease. It'll prevent you from transferring any oil or bacteria from your fingers to your skin and keep your hands from getting messy.

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    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    13. A set of tiny sponges that'll make washing your water bottle a piece of cake. They're filled with little ceramic beads to clean those hard-to-reach spots. Just fill the bottle with soap and water, and then shake.

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    The spongey exterior is very soft and light, but it's the weighted bead inside the sponge that does all the hard work. All I have to do is fill my bottles with a mixture of water and soap, pop the sponges in, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. I liked that the sponges were small enough to fit inside all my water bottles, even the ones with very narrow mouths, like my BuzzFeed one.

    Get a set of four from Simons for $7.50.

    14. A roll of reusable double-sided tape that'll come in handy for any DIY project you're planning to do. You can mount picture frames instead of using screws or hooks, tape carpets or rugs to the floor so you don’t trip on them, or put it under your chairs and sofas to keep them from moving around.

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    It won't ruin your walls when you're ready to remove it, and if you run it under water, you can reuse it somewhere else.

    "The tape is so strong and durable, it'll pretty much stick to ANYTHING.Just how good is it? Well, I cut off a little bit of tape, and I pasted it on the uneven wallpaper in my apartment. And it stayed there! I placed a picture frame against it and pressed down firmly. Even better? I could easily remove the tape from my walls, and the wallpaper wasn't damaged at all." —Asami Togi

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Multifunctional Double Sided Nano Gel Grip Tape.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99+. Available in two widths and three lengths.

    15. A silicone food storage bag that you'll be able to use over and over again. It's a great way to stash your favourite munchies in your bag, and it has an airtight seal, so it won't leak.

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    "I recently ran out of plastic sandwich bags which lead to a discussion between my husband and me if we even really needed them in the house at all. We decided we did NOT and chose to try out reusable Stasher silicone snack bags instead. They've been great! They're super easy to clean, come in fun colors, and feature a really tight pinch-lock seal, so snacks stay fresh." —Heather Braga

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Stasher silicone bags (#20 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99+. Available in six sizes and eight colours.

    16. A pack of food wraps that'll replace single-use plastic wrap or aluminum foil. They're perfect for small food items like cheese, fruit, and sandwiches, and they respond to the warmth and pressure of your hand to shape and seal them.


    The food wraps are made with natural materials like cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil, which allow your food to breathe and last longer. Use cold water to wash them and leave them to air dry like a dish. You can use them as many times as you like for up to a year.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $18.

    17. A set of stainless steel utensils that are both aesthetically pleasing and super functional. You can use them to eat your lunch instead of the single-use plastic ones, and they come with a little container, so you can keep them at your desk or carry around them with you.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.55+. Available in four colours.

    18. A roll of reusable paper towels that you can use over 120 times before you throw them away. They're made of bamboo, making them incredibly durable and absorbent, and you can wash them by hand or pop them in the washing machine when they get dirty.

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    You can even use them with your Swiffer to clean your floors. One roll of bamboo towels can replace up to 60 paper towel rolls.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99+. Also available in packs of two and four.

    19. A ball of slime that'll remove dust from your keyboard and other electronic devices. The cleaning putty is an eco-friendly alternative to dust wipes because it's reusable and biodegradable!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    20. A pair of silicone cleaning swabs that you'll never have to throw away. You can use them to clean your ears or apply and remove makeup, and when you're finished, just use soap and water to clean them. They also come with a small storage box, so you can take them with you anywhere.

    Two silicone ear swabs with a case next to them

    Get a set of two from Simons for $6.

    21. A pack of eco-friendly sponges that are so durable, you won't need to replace them as often as regular sponges. They have a thick polyester filling that reviewers say are very absorbent. The covers are made of bamboo fibres and have different textures on each side, so you can wipe, wash, and scrub any surface in your kitchen.

    Two thick kitchen sponges with one soft side and one quilted side
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    Get a pack of six from Amazon Canada for $15.95+. Also available in packs of 12.

    22. A little brown bear that'll keep your brown sugar soft and moist for up to six months. Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and place it in the jar.

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    The clay bear can also be used in cookie jars and marshmallow bags to keep them soft. Or you can use it dry (don't soak it) in your spice cupboard or chip bag to absorb moisture. And just rinse it with water to clean it (soap isn’t necessary).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.90+. Available in three shapes, and in sets of two.

    23. A set of wool dryer balls that are an eco-friendly alternative to fabric softener. They'll also help your clothes dry faster and reduce wrinkles and static. The bigger your load, the more balls you should put in your dryer.

    Six fuzzy wool balls in a dryer with a load of laundry
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    Get a pack of six from Amazon Canada for $17.99.

    24. A pair of microfibre gloves that'll make cleaning all those hard-to-reach spots a lot easier. They'll give you more control than a brush and they're soft enough that you can use them on any surface. They're reusable, so once you're done cleaning, you can throw them in the wash.

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    These gloves are honestly so much fun to use. Sometimes I go looking for things to dust. I can quickly wipe down large surfaces like counters, cupboards or tables or use them on smaller or more fragile items like the picture frames or perfume bottles, without worrying about breaking them. I usually keep one near my desk to wipe down my computer screen and desk, because it gets pretty dusty in my room. I love that I can just toss them in the wash when they start to look a little grungy.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99. Available in two sizes.

    25. And finally, a cloth coffee filter, so you can stop buying the single-use paper ones. This eco-friendly filter is perfect for small to medium coffee makers and can make up to six cups before it needs to be washed.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.98. Available in five shapes/sizes.

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