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    31 Cheap Add-Ons That'll Help Make Things You Already Own Better

    Under-$20 items to make the stuff you already love more useful, long-lasting, and just overall just plain *better*.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Luminoodle — an LED lighting strip you can affix to the back of your TV for a backlighting effect that'll create sharper images, increase color contrast, and reduce eye strain.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes).

    Promising review: "You will be surprised how well this works. I though it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved! It supposedly relieves eye strain but I have never really had a problem with that so I can't comment on that." —Rgd18

    2. A set of non-stick bags that'll basically transform your toaster into a frying pan. That's right, they're perfect for whipping up an ooey gooey grilled cheese when you can't really manage the whole stove thing.


    Plus they're dishwasher safe, so you don't need to do any washing up by hand! They're also great if you have someone with a gluten intolerance in the household!

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "These really work! Have used them to make grilled cheese sandwiches and they work awesome! The hardest part is finding the right setting on your toaster (which for me is three on the dial). The bread comes out nice and toasted and cheese (three slices) melted nicely." —Jack

    3. A pack of Miracle-Gro plant food *spikes* jam-packed with micronutrients to revive and nourish all the flowering or foliage plants you've alllllllmost killed forever.

    Each one feeds your green child for up to two months!

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $6.95.

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    4. A L'Oreal blowout priming spray that'll super-power your hair dryer or John Frieda hot air brush, cutting down your drying time WHILE protecting your hair from heat damage (because your arms don't need a whole workout when you're trying to get ready), all while achieving salon-quality softness.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    Promising review: "I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don't need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it." —blackrose

    5. A set of three scrubbing attachments you can simply add to any power drill to make cleaning your tub, floor, appliances, or even the wheels of your car ridiculously fast and easy.

    The whole point is to add these to the drill you already have, but just in case you're not that prepared, you can get a basic Black and Decker drill ($49 on Amazon) so you can start that speed-cleaning STAT.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this brush a long time ago and it sat unused. Last week, I finally pulled it out to clean the floor of a very dirty fiberglass bathtub. What a great little tool! A job that easily would have taken me a half hour with a regular brush and Comet, took about five minutes and with no smelly harsh chemicals. I am really kicking myself for not trying it months ago. Now, I'm planning to buy one for each of my kids for Christmas." —xxxxx111000

    6. A set of purrfect chair socks that look like little cat feet. These are just about the only paws that *don't* scratch your floors — and actually *keep* your furniture from damaging your precious hardwood.


    Get a variety set of 20 from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four varieties).

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE these!!! Not only are they cute and adorable, but also very functional. I bought these because of my frustration with other products I've tried that left marks on my hardwood floors. My chair legs are thick and I was worried they might not fit, but they stretched nicely and did not slip or slide off. I have tried several other options from rubber tips to felt pads and all of them fall or slide off after a while. We use our chairs every day, multiple times a day and they have not worn out. They very obviously prevent scratches. They look like the chairs have gotten socks to keep their legs warm with these cat paws. Excellent design and manufacture with a nice dose of whimsy. I will definitely buy more of these just to have as back up." —Zhangsu

    7. An adorably gigantic, bow-bedecked headband to make your home spa night with your favorite Aztec clay mask so much better. This'll keep your hair out of your face when sheet masking, clay masking, moisturizing, or just even washing your face.

    Because no one wants to have to wash their hair again that soon.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "I love this bow headband so much! It is practical, first of all. I use it when washing my face or using a face mask to keep my hair out of my face and the mask or cleanser out of my hair. It also works well for when I am putting on makeup and don't want to mess up my hair. The other thing I love about it is it's so cute! It is great for taking selfies as silly as that sounds. It's impossible not to look adorable while wearing it. It is made of a nice soft fleece and can be washed. The piece that forms the bow can be removed also if for some strange reason you didn't want the bow." —Cassandra

    8. A set of tab divider sticky notes so you can make notes *on top* of your notes or those EXPENSIVE textbooks and find them easily, rather than scrambling at the last minute and looking through all 27 notebooks scattered around your room.


    Get a set of 60 notes in assorted colors from Amazon for $3.71.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my day planner but use them for so many other things. These stick well and are in six bright colors. They come in a little book like case that helps keep them clean and protected when not in use. They are easy to peel and stick and then remove again as necessary. They do not damage books or papers at all. I use these for my day planner, noting recipes in cookbooks, taking notes in various craft books, taking notes on important documents so I remember what I need to do with them later. I will be buying these again when I run out." —Sarah Lee

    9. A dozen Bottle Bright tablets that'll deep clean your favorite and slightly gross thermos or on-the-go bottle — no scrubbing required. These'll get into all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove *all* the gunk.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask 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 HydroFlask 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 HydroFlask 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

    Check out our closer look at Bottle Bright tablets for more...compelling...before & after photos.

    10. An electric fabric defuzzer, because hand-picking all the pills off your favorite sweater in the middle of the office is not a cute look. This under -$15 tool will bring it back to its former glory!

    These'll shave 'em right off with one pass — without damaging your sweaters.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven colors).

    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Learn more about it in This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life.

    11. A fume-free oven cleaner you can spray on, leave for a minute, then wipe away for an oven so clean, you'll think it was swapped out for a new model overnight.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    Promising review: "Holy moly. This is some kind of miracle product. I sprayed it inside my oven and left it overnight, and wiped off an incredible sludge of brown goo in the morning, leaving behind a nearly pristine oven interior. There were a few areas that I had missed, so I sprayed and came back later that day. There are a few brown spots that don't really want to come off, but I am not too fussed about them. 95% of the grease came right off. It worked on the sides of the oven and on the rack. What I really liked is that it didn't smell too bad. I expected some terrible toxic chemical, and though it does have a ('lemon') odor, it's not that strong. Definitely better than running the self-clean and filling my house with fumes for five hours. The can is a lot bigger than I expected, and I barely used any (I was cleaning the 'small' oven). It will last for a long time. Prepare to sacrifice a sponge to this project as well." –SBP

    12. An easy-to-use jewelry cleaning brush for polishing up your new-ish or decades-old precious stones. Aka spend less than $6 now and make your diamond look like it cost twice as much.

    It's filled with a cleansing + polishing solution to rid stones of clouding dirt and oil and ensure every facet shines. Just twist the bottom of the pen to dispense the fluid and brush on!

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this..*oh my goodness*! After one use of the Diamond Dazzle ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my beautiful diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance! My wedding ring is something that always makes my heart beat a little faster: for its beauty, for what it represents...and now, my smile is even bigger and my heart skips a beat a little more as I gaze upon this amazing clarity. It is an amazing value with mind-blowing, beautiful results!" —liltreeclimber

    13. A pack of button extenders that'll immediately add a whole inch of ~breathing room~ for too-tight pants, extra comfort, or planning ahead when you go to a buffet. We'll all unzipped mid-dinner.


    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.98.

    Promising review: "Adding one extra inch to your waistline pants makes all the difference in the world. I wear Levis slim fits that nicely snug around my body but is always a little too tight on the waist. But then, if I buy a bigger waistline pants, the fit overall becomes too loose everywhere. This button product solved my problem. Makes life a little easier." —Darklight

    14. A liquid-free rolling screen cleaner that'll clean your tablet, phone, laptop, and more once to straight-from-the-box clean. You know when your screen goes dark and you're like "Oh wow, that's a lot of dust and sneeze particles!" That's over now.

    Oh, is that just me?

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two sizes).

    Promising review: "This little device removes the oil from your screen. Often, when you are 'cleaning' your screen by wiping it with a cloth, you are simply pushing around the oil into a thin enough layer to see through without noticing it as much. This device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen feels like new, which is great because I am picky about my devices. Also, this is much better than cleaning the screen with some kind of wipe since repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time. Unbeknownst to me, my wife was cleaning her screen daily and now her screen collects oils far too quickly because she wore off the protective layer. With this product, you don't need to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can continue to enjoy that pristine screen without fear of wearing the oleophobic layer off prematurely. I would highly recommend this to others." —Alex

    15. A Feed n Wax Wood conditioner that'll basically erase years of damage (looking at you, drink rings) and polish up beautifully, bringing out the natural color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* add a layer of protection.

    All you have to do is apply with a cloth, wait 20 minutes (perfect time for a mid-cleaning snack!) and wipe off the excess.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    16. A jade roller and gua sha set that can help incorporate your favorite serums and moisturizers into your skin better. Plus it's gorgeous and just *feels* amazing.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    Promising review: "I love this product & this company! The jade roller is amazing. It is cool and soothing on the skin, it makes skincare products work more effectively, and is very relaxing. It is like a mini spa day at home! I have been using my jade roller for over two weeks and it is fantastic." —Richelle

    17. A plant-based, paraben-free shampoo so you can feel good about *finally* washing caked-on foundation out of your favorite tools without irritating sensitive skin or leaving behind residue. The formula'll even leave the bristles soft and conditioned.

    AND it's cruelty-free and the bottle is made from recycled plastic.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    Promising review: "This is the best brush shampoo I've ever used. I've used brush shampoos from high-end/luxury lines, too, and they did not work as well as this. First and most importantly for me, there is no scent! I absolutely hate when companies put heavy perfume in products that end up touching or going near the face. When washing brushes with shampoo that is heavily perfumed, that just ends up irritating my sinuses whenever I'm using the brushes to apply makeup. So awful. This is not like that at all, so I can use my makeup brushes without having sinus/allergy trouble. It cleans extremely well! No more going over and over again like with using other makeup brush shampoos. A little goes a long way, too, so it is extremely economical. The value is awesome. I highly recommend this brush shampoo and will continue purchasing it." —L.L.

    18. Drawer dividing boxes to make that Ikea dresser seem like it was ~custom-designed~ to hold each and every pair of socks and undies. Personalized drawer layouts are less than fifteen bucks away.

    No more choosing a pair of underwear and messing up the whole carefully-folded system! They're made from a mold-proof fabric, too, so that's cool. And *bonus*: they collapse to store flat when not in use.

    Get the set of four (one six-cell, one one eight-cell, one seven-cell, and one 24-cell) from Amazon for $14.87 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $13 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    19. Sweat-resistant silicone grips that'll keep your earbuds or airpods in your ears during even the most intense workouts.


    Get them from Amazon for $11.95 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "I run half marathons and have bought three or four pair of earbud headphones that claim to stay in your ears. These, however, have been the only thing that I can find that don't slip. I've used them to train and through three races. I only wish that I found them before I bought several other pairs of expensive headphones that claimed to not fall out while running. Great purchase!" —CJ Taylor Assent

    20. A round blindspot mirror that'll upgrade your car if you don't have automatic parallel park or fancy warning lights on your side mirrors. This'll make merging, changing lanes, and even your nightmare — parallel parking — a breeze.


    Just clean your side mirror with alcohol (to remove outdoor grime or residue), and attach this round mirror — the 3M adhesive will hold strong. And they attach on a pivoting base, so you can adjust them for the perfect view.

    Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I gotten my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind. They're helpful when I parallel park in the city, and I like parking backwards, so this great for doing that too." —Mariam Abass

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.97 (also available in rectangular and egg shapes).

    21. And an attachable phone handle to finally stop that thing where you're lying down and you drop your phone on your face. That hurts! Also great when you're taking photos — and it's less likely to fall from your grip than a PopSocket, IMO!


    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 15 colors).

    Promising review:
    "I can't tell you how many times I have dropped my phone before I got the LoveHandle!!! This even gives me a firm hold on my phone when I'm on the back of the Harley! It was super easy to apply to my phone case. And that adhesive holds like crazy. I'm not worried that it'll come loose or pop off my phone. I love that it has an elastic strap. It allows me to use just one finger in the loop or up to four. I've been using this for a couple months now and I can't imagine not having it. It hasn't stopped me from misplacing my phone but, I haven't dropped my phone once since I got it." —TAMMY L NORRBOM

    22. And a pack of cable-hugging critters to take a ~bite~ out of the annoyance of fraying cords. No bent cord = no exposed wires, FINALLY. Your phone is your bestie, best start treating it that way.


    Never underestimate a problem-solver that's *also* fun.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99 (or larger packs of 12 for $11.99).

    Promising review: "Love these little guys! Fit the cord perfectly and kept ends protected. Happy little characters add a bit of whimsy." —Kristie M Lee

    23. A sturdy but cute felt purse organizer with tons of pockets for your phone, earbuds, cosmetics, hand sanitizer, Kindle, and all the other *must-haves* you usually leave in the bag you used yesterday. Your fave tote now has pockets GALORE.


    It comes in three different sizes to fit whatever purses, handbags, or totes you have.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88+ (available in three sizes and 12 colors).

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about buying this at first because I have a purse organizer already. But the one I have is not sturdy at all — the sides fall down and I can never keep things organized because of that. Well this one is perfect!!! I would totally recommend it, I got the large one and it fits perfectly in my bag!!! I'm very happy. It's very sturdy and holds all my stuff. No more digging through my purse to try to find things anymore!!" —Amazon Customer

    24. A quick-drying top coat so you can finally stop waving your hands frantically before finally heading out the door. This baby'll transform your favorite polish fully into a quick-dry wonder, so it'll set looooong before you're ready to leave (like, in a few minutes after applying, max!).

    Get it from Amazon for $5.33.

    Promising review: "NEVER GETTING MY NAILS PROFESSIONALLY DONE AGAIN. I love having long nails. I do not like spending fifty bucks just to get them painted. I tried the gel polish, with gel top coat; I tried the gel system with the lamps; I tried every polish out there. My hands get washed hundreds of times daily. This stuff is unbelievable. It really works the way they say it does. I applied it about 1-2 minutes after finishing a second coat of color and within minutes it had bonded and set and my nails stay shiny and polished for over a week. That is not the full two weeks claimed, but I am unusually hard on my nails so over a week is AWESOME. I immediately ordered several more." —Amazon Customer

    25. A gold-filled magnetic clasp converter to more easily (but still securely) put on and take off your go-to necklaces and bracelets — without having to ask for help.

    These are especially great for anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their fingers!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    Promising review: "When you get this little bitty clasp you are going to say that it will never work. Let me just tell the story... This little bitty magnet could hold up a HUGE & HEAVY necklace. I purchased several of these from a national television jewelry seller and they were total crap. I kept looking and found these on Amazon. Looking at the photo they looked pretty large so I ordered TWO. Soon as I opened the box I was ready to send them back without even trying them but I said 'what the hey' and put them on the necklaces. THEY WORK!! THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE!!!! I am back to order five more." —Teresa

    26. A compact hook so you can keep your nice handbag off the floor, whether you're in the car or in a restroom with no hook (ugh don't you hate when that happens?!).

    You can even use it on a grocery cart so you don't sacrifice space in that top section.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "I LOVE the Clipa. I can get my purse off my lap or the floor and hang it from just about anything, a table, rail, fence or at the movies from the drink cup holder. I have already given them to several friends. My husband has a silver one on his backpack, it’s great at the airport when the bathrooms don’t have a hook on the door. The Clipa is awesome!" —Carrie

    27. A pair of soft silicone grips to keep your glasses from slipping off your face when you look down. This is one of those inventions that makes you think "Well why didn't I think of that?!"


    Reviewers note they'll keep your glasses comfier too!

    Get a set of five pairs from Amazon for $6.99 (available in clear, grey, and black).

    Promising review: "Finally the solution to my issue. My eyeglasses would always dig into the back of my ear on one side, not to mention they would slip down my nose from time to time. Tried a different pair of guards and they just did not do the job. Purchased these and what a difference, my glasses have never fit better, and oftentimes I forget to take them off they're so comfortable. Best purchase decision EVER." —Andrea Lincoln

    28. A slim, protective wallet smartphone case so you can head out for the day without carrying 50,000 things.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes iPhone 7/8 through XS Max). Check out all the sizes available here.

    Promising review: "I love it. Out of about the 10 or so that I have tried this is the best one. It actually holds more cards then they recommend. The material stretches. I put in three credit cards, an ID and about four business cards. It’s super sturdy and still fits in my pocket. I think this one might last the life of my phone. Honestly though if it lasts over a year I will be extremely happy and I am so far. If I upgrade my phone I will be looking for another one of these." —Jack S.

    29. A strand of LED lightbulbs so you can turn *any* mirror into an old Hollywood–style vanity.

    They come with suction cups *and* 3M adhesive rounds, so you can decide to stick 'em on temporarily or permanently. And they have a handy switch (AND DIMMER!) so you can flip 'em off and on easily. They just plug in to any outlet, too.

    Get a strand of 10 bulbs from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "These were just what I was looking for for my makeup vanity. I originally planned on using the suction cups to stick them to the mirror but they also came with little sticky patches so I stuck them to the frame which looks much nicer. There's a slot behind each bulb to wrap the wires and adjust them to the length you need. I taped the wires underneath my mirror so they are barely noticeable." —Laura J N

    Look at the lighting difference these bbs make:

    30. Two pairs of self-tying shoelaces so you can head out the door in your favorite shoes for a quick jog or grocery run *truly* quickly — just slip them through the loops of any lace-up shoe and slip 'em on your feet.


    Reviewers note they're also great for people with limited mobility AND for putting sneakers on quickly during triathlons — every second counts!

    Promising review: "Love my Lock Laces. I have tried other brands, but lock laces are the true original and you can tell in the quality and performance. I like to replace all my traditional laces with lock laces, makes just tossing on some shoes to run out to the mailbox or take a quick trip so much easier. And, no more laces coming loose all the time!" —Joshua Bolio

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $14.99 (available in seven colors; one size fits all).

    31. A clip-on strainer made of sturdy BPA-free silicone so you can drain your pasta one-handed! No more overcooked pasta while you try to unearth that giant colander.


    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "Everyone should have one! I actually bought mine AND really love this thing. Works on every pot/pan I have, from my smallest saucepan, to a large brazier. It has sturdy clips that stay in place, even on heavy duty commercial kitchen pans with a pretty good lip on them. At times I dread getting down the colander for just a small amount of something since my colander is stacked in a cupboard usually buried under bowls. (yup, probably have too much kitchen stuff lol). This is easy to store this in a drawer and just get it out in a jiffy when needed. If I had a kitchen with limited space I'd sure have one of these instead of a colander. I like the snap n strain so much, I'll be buying some for gifts, which IS the best rating I could give something. The awesome color is just an added bonus. I'll be checking out more of Kitchen Gizmo's products and if they are anything like the snap n strain I'll be buying more from them" —Farm Girl

    Time to level up everything in your life.


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