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    51 Products Under $10 That Seem Too Good To Be True But Actually Work

    Cheap *and* effective is really the dream team here — just ask these peppermint and eucalyptus shower steamers.

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    1. A collagen-infused ~protein treatment~ for an intense at-home mask that'll help your strands look and feel less damaged in just five minutes. It's basically a time machine for your hair is what I'm saying.

    BuzzFeed editor's before/after, with frizzier, limper looking hair before, and fully, smoother hair after two uses
    BuzzFeed / Bek O'Connell

    *One reviewer says it's even BETTER than Olaplex (which is over three times the price!).*

    This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask so many people swear by (and it looks damn cool).

    Promising reviews: "I've been very careful when lightening my hair, but the straw feeling is sometimes inevitable when bleached. THIS PRODUCT IS MAGIC. I've always gone to my hairdresser when coloring so I've been fortunate to have my hair stay pretty nice but this made a world of a difference. My hair is like silk, or soft butter. So incredibly soft and shiny, I feel like a walking hair commercial. My hair feels so moisturized and healthy, just as soft if not softer than my hair was prior to coloring (been highlighting for five years now). Will be buying more before I run out, I will never stop using this product. FYI my natural color is the dark brown at the roots and my hair looks healthier than a natural blonde IMO :) ADD TO YOUR CART YOU WONT REGRET. After you shampoo, load your hair up and do the rest of your shower, heck have it be a long shower bc you deserve it, and rinse out with lukewarm water." —Meghan Davey

    "I have 4c hair and was looking for a protein treatment for my thin and fragile. I had recently used a product in my hair that had so much alcohol in it; that wreaked havoc on my hair, leaving it pretty damaged. I was very skeptical about this product because I have never seen anyone with my hair type use it. Boy was I wrong to doubt this product, it left my hair looking and feeling beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone natural or with curly hair." —Therese-Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $6.80.

    And check out the BuzzFeed editor pictured above's Elizevecca treatment review for her first-hand experience (it's #1 in the post)!

    2. A pack of peppermint and eucalyptus oil shower steamers to help open up your sinuses (those spring allergies...amirite?!) and make your shower feel like a spa. Relaxation isn't just for bath-takers, you know.

    The green flower-shaped tablets, which come in a pouch
    Sage Moon Soaps / Etsy

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying I have a lousy nose — I've suffered with swollen sinuses all my life, but these steamers are a breath of fresh air! I place one in my tub with HOT water on and allow the steam to reach it — poof...(ah☺️)...I can smell it fine! I am very happy with this product and look forward to my shower time even more. Lasts a long time too. I’m very satisfied." —Laurie M. Fernandez

    Get a jumbo tablet from Sage Moon Soaps on Etsy for $4.75 (also available in a pack of four smaller tablets for $12.59).

    Sage Moon Soaps is a California-based Etsy shop making steamers, bath bombs, and other deliciously scented goods perfect for gifting.

    3. A grooming glove designed with nodules on the fingers and palms to make brushing the excess hair from your cat, dog, or even horse more like petting — so your pet won't fidget or get uncomfortable, and your sofa (and clothes!) won't be constantly covered in hair.

    A collage of review images showing how much hair the glove removes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fantastic dog grooming aid! Our older rescue dog isn't too keen on the routine dog brushing stuff but her thick coat really needs the grooming — this dog grooming glove is the exactly right answer. Put the glove on, pet the dog, and all that loose hair comes away leaving her coat feeling so much smoother and softer without causing her to be nervous or upset over a brushing. Highly recommend, and yes I'm going to be ordering as gifts for a couple of other dog owners I know!" —DSP

    Get each glove from Amazon for $6.99 (available in both left-handed and right-handed versions, or a double-sided version that can be used on both hands).

    4. A suede and nubuck brush to freshen up your favorite kicks before storing them for the spring and summer. It has *four* different surfaces for different cleaning needs so you can tackle any stain.

    The welt surface is designed for stronger cleaning of heavier scuffs and stains, the nylon bristles for gentler cleaning of small scuffs on fine suede, the arched half circle helps you clean rounded surfaces more (think toe boxes!), and the thin, protruding brush can access harder-to-reach crevices or grooves.

    Promising review: "This little brush is the bomb. I have three pairs of suede shoes and they were starting to look really iffy. This thing is so easy to use — I'm usually able to get my shoes looking presentable in under 30 seconds. When I first opened it I thought it looked like an over equipped brush-army-knife hybrid, but after using it for a while you'll find that all of the different nubs and components of the brush have a function. I saw that some people purchase this along with some kind of suede conditioner — I've found that using only the brush has been effective. It is especially great for knocking off all of the NC mud and clay off of my boots without grinding it in. The brush seems durable and well made. I'm a fan!" —Alison B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. A foot filing rasp that'll undo years of callus buildup in mere MINUTES. No waiting for intense creams to do their work, no getting pedicure after pedicure — if you want to see results ASAP, you'll think it's ~grate~.

    Promising review: "I have BAD feet. Like genetically bad. I have tried EVERYTHING. I’ve spent an excessive amount of money on foot masks, foot scrubs, pedicures, pumice stones, foot files, etc. Nothing worked. This fixed my feet in five minutes. I was actually in shock. I haven’t had 'soft' feet in years. I literally feel like I have new feet. Best $10 I ever spent." —Hdb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. An ingrown hair brush reviewers swear by to exfoliate and relieve those pesky ingrowns in just a few quick minutes when you remember to. Just use it gently over your skin in light, circular motions (wet or dry), especially before removing hair if you do so.

    Promising review: "Where has this product been all of my life??? I was skeptical when I purchased it, but my ingrown-hair-riddled bikini line had little to lose. After a week I am amazed. I’m still not sure how this works differently than the exfoliation and brushes I had been using, but it does. Magic. It’s not the softest brush so it took a few times to get used to the 'harshness' of it. But used in conjunction with Tend Skin this brush has eliminated 95% of ingrown hairs." —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A Schick touch-up razor to shape your eyebrows, remove peach fuzz hairs *and* dermaplane your skin, gently exfoliating and removing dead skin — without going to a salon for an eyebrow shaping or a facial.

    A model using the razor on their eyebrow
    Model using the razor on their cheek
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These little guys work perfectly for dermaplaning! I used one the other night after I washed and applied toner to my face. It’s been a couple days and my skin still feels baby soft. I didn’t have any sort of reaction or anything to the exfoliation which was nice because I have severe cystic acne. My makeup goes on so smooth and i finally have that glowing look I’ve been trying to get! I will definitely be buying these again." —Hannah Jean

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    8. A foaming carpet shampoo people love to use on their car interiors. And with all the ice cream cones I've dribbled in my life, I can CERTAINLY understand why. And anyone with a dog? Yep, you need this.

    It's citrus scented so after it FOAMS AWAY deep-set stains, you'll be left with a refreshing scent rather than "Old McDonald's Fries."

    Promising review: "This stuff is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I posted before-and-after photos (above) for you to see for yourself! My 1996 Toyota Camry is 23 years old — this is the original carpet! It took me exactly three hours to clean this carpet and I will tell you this: IT WAS WORTH IT!" —treylee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A set of makeup-removing cloths to remove every single trace of dirt and makeup (even waterproof formulas!) with just water. And the cloths are super soft, so you won't have to resort to harsh scrubbing that can dry out your face.

    A before/after showing a reviewer's eyeshadow, liner, and mascara removed with five star review text
    A used cloth with makeup on it and five-star review text

    Promising review: "This product... I have no clue how this works, but it does! Let me start by saying I was wearing a full face of make up. I mean foundation, contour highlight, eyeliner, seriously the whole nine yards. All I did was wet it and wiped my face, my jaw literally dropped. This is hands down my favorite make up remover at the moment. The best part is that they are reusable so you don't have to keep buying those expensive disposables that leave your face feeling greasy. And honestly, four dollars? Just buy them. Trust me, you won't regret it." —Heather and Ryne Griffith

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99 (also available in a pack of five in other color sets).

    10. A red wine stain remover that'll turn any party foul into an amazing party trick. AKA when you spill wine onto your shirt while sitting alone on the couch. Happens to all of us.

    It's nontoxic and bleach free — working at the ~molecular~ level to break up stains for easy removal. I love science, don't you?

    Promising review: "It did pass my first test! I did not expect to use this product a couple of days after I received it. Had a spill of red over one of my favorite shirts. I did try to remove the most dramatic area with water and soap right away; then I let this product sink in for half hour before washing and voilà it was all gone!" —Gerson Melgar

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    11. Bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers you can pop into your sweatiest, stinkiest beer-soaked flats or old gym shoes — the smell will be G O N E.

    A shelf of shoes with the rectangular deodorizer fabric bags inside
    Amazon

    They don't mask odors; they also absorb moisture to prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from forming. You can reuse the bags for up to two years — just pop 'em in the sun for an hour every so often to freshen up.

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!" —Erin

    Get one pair from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors an in packs of three).

    12. A dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant to remove limescale, rust, grease, and other nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever — while you just sit back and relax.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing it's job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in good housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! My glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order, so I will get a new pack every 6 months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $8.50.

    13. A fan-favorite Wet brush with a cult following for a reason. It'll detangle even the most stubborn hair...WITHOUT ripping it from your scalp.

    Promising review: "I am that girl who wakes up in the morning with a HUGE knot in the back of my head! I DREAD getting out of the shower, with a wide tooth comb and painfully brushing out my hair. It takes about 15–20 minutes! With this new brush, at first I couldn't believe it was actually brushing my hair (no pain) by the end of a few minutes, ALL of my knots were gone and my hair felt silky and smooth! WOW! Thank you Wetbrush!" —Chrissy

    Promising review: "I have think straight hair, I have one son with thin 3c hair that's very easily becomes matted, and a second son with 4c hair and this brush works great for all of us! Just make sure to use a spray bottle with some water in it or a detangler if you are using it on dry hair" —M. Sloane

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 21 colors and patterns).

    It's a bit over $10, but if you have curly or coily hair, reviewers swear by this ergonomically designed detangling brush with cone-shaped bristles that separate tangles by pulling them apart sideways, not tugging them down. Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in five colors).

    14. A pack of individual pet hair removal sheets designed for removing every single strand from your clothing. Keep a few in your bag, in your car, and at home for on-the-go cleanup without having to find that lint roller.

    Promising review: "Best. Pet. Hair. Removal. EVER! This is better than any lint roller, vacuum, ANYTHING! We have two dogs (sometimes three when my daughter visits) and two cats, so we know about pet hair. These remove large quantities of hair in one application. Very easy to use. I have taken a love seat used by our cats for the past few years, cleaned it with BrazilianMat, and have re-purposed it for my study. Before BrazilianMat, I was considering throwing it out because I could not get all the pet hair off. I am ordering more today." —Krista L. Cooper

    Get a pack of 25 sheets from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in a pack of 50).

    15. An easy-to-use jewelry cleaning brush for polishing up your brand new or decades-old precious stones and keep them as sparkling as your love still is (awww!).

    The pen-like brush
    A reviewer's solitaire ring before cleaning (cloudy) and after (clean and brilliant)

    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!

    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 Stik..my 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

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    16. A pack of Avarelle pimple patches formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster overnight). AND they come in two sizes — classic circular patches & large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.

    A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

    Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a Whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    17. Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing ~liquid~ for all the cleaning power of the original fan-favorite formula (bye bye rust, hard water stains, and any other buildup!), but with a more targeted application. Aka no powder to sweep up at the end!

    It works on SO. MANY. SURFACES — sinks, cookware, stainless steel, faucets, countertops, tubs, toilets, grout, and more — so you can get to work and see results with only one product.

    Promising review: "Hands down the BEST cleanser for sinks and tubs I have ever used. I bought his because the Comet bleach cleaner was not getting rid of some stains in my tub (regular use stains and a little ring from a cup). After two applications of Bar Keepers Friend, one overnight and one for a couple of hours, the stains and 95% of the ring are gone. And it smells a thousand times better than Comet or bleach. Do not hesitate to buy." —SI801

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keeper's Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

    18. A pack of ethylene gas-absorbing produce bags to keep your fruits, veggies, and lettuce fresher for up to 10 TIMES longer. Strawberries are expensive, folks — now you can actually finish the whole container.

    A fridge shelf with produce in the green-tinted bags
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was somewhat skeptical as to whether or not these would work, but much to my delight, they work very well! The real test were the organic strawberries I bought. They've been in the bag in the refrigerator for eight days now and are still edible. Usually when I buy strawberries, they get mushy and moldy within a day or two. The other veggies I've used these bags for are also doing better than they normally do without the bag. More often than I'd like to admit, we buy a bunch of fruits and veggies and they go bad before we eat them. Thankfully, these bags are extending their edibility, so I'm not having to feed them to the chickens and donkeys. I'm very pleased with my purchase and definitely recommend them." —Dallas Shopper

    Get a pack of 30 gallon-size bags from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. A round blindspot mirror that'll make merging, changing lanes, and even parallel parking a breeze.

    The mirror attached to a car side window to show what they reflect
    Amazon

    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 my mom's car and mine 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 (available in four shapes).

    20. A garlic prepping set with a silicone tube (that'll peel the garlic) and a press (that'll mince it) so you can flavor your food without getting stinky fingers.

    The pink silicone tube and hands using the metal press to mince garlic
    Amazon

    Just pop the individual clove in the tube, and roll it against the counter a few times for a quick peel. Than simply push the press down, and your perfectly minced pieces are ready to use!

    Promising review: "LOVE this product! I like the size of the garlic chunks that you get with this masher, and I LOVE how easy it is to clean compared to other garlic mashers. I love that you don't need to use your fingers to peel the garlic. My mom has been cooking with garlic with every meal for 50+ years and wants one now too!!" —Mama Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. A couple extra large wool dryer balls (available scented or unscented) that'll ensure your laundry dries quicker and gets softer than ever, no matter how old your dryer is. Those towels that take FOR-E-VER (The Sandlot voice) to dry? No more.

    The dryer balls with different colors of thread
    Readhead n Blue / Etsy

    And they're tightly felted so they won't come unravelled. To quote the seller: "I have customers from 6+ years ago who still haven't needed to replace their high performing set of balls, so expect longevity!"

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase and love these wool dryer balls! I bought a second batch to work with the original ones I have! I pull my clothes out of the dryer and they are soft and not static. No more dry sheets for me! Thank you for your speedy service!" —Goldnted

    Get them from Wool Jamboree on Etsy for $8 each (available in 25 scents or unscented).

    Wool Jamboree is a Wisconsin-based small biz making all kinds of felted goodies.

    22. A self-watering, self-aerating planter to keep your thirsty plants happy, *without* worrying about dreaded root rot. Just fill the reservoir and the (patented) hollow legs will draw water up into the soil.

    A snake plant in the pot
    A full, large plant in the pot with the spout

    Each planter comes with a clip-on watering attachment for easy pouring!

    Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was ever so much increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    23. A roll of double-sided carpet tape, because I can’t be the only one who trips on those curled-up carpet edges and slips on no-grip rugs. Thx for the memories, but I’m TIRED of my life flashing before my eyes mid-fall!

    It's bound on paper, which means it's designed to STICK and STAY STUCK, but not leave residue no your floors when you *do* have to unstick it.

    Promising reviews: "Finally, a product that works!!!!! I have bought at least 5 other products, trying to anchor my hallway runner to the floor since it slides everywhere on the laminate flooring. This tape is finally what worked. I will definitely buy it again for any future needs!" —LB

    "I was skeptical, but needed to try yet again another rug keeper. This needed to hold down a 10’x14’ rug in our main living room on hardwood floor, withstand three children flying down the stairs in to the living room and the zoomies of two dogs. I’m writing this after about two to three weeks of the tape being down. THE RUG HAS NOT MOVED. I have not had to restick it down, no signs of peeling. NOTHING. This is the best rug keeper I’ve ever purchased. I do not have a ridiculous amount put down either, not even close to using half the roll. The rug also has no backing and is a braided type cotton fabric rug, all folded up I can’t lift it. It’s huge. Purchase this tape if you need to hold down a rug for real and want to stop fixing your rugs every time you walk past it!!!!" —I Am Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    24. A cleaning putty to easily (and kind of fun-ly!) clean your car air conditioner vents, laptop keyboard, cupholders, remote buttons, and any other tricky little areas where dust and crumbs accumulate when you have a few spare moments.

    Model using the putty to clean out an air vent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My son used this to clean the dashboard, console and AC vents on all our cars. He really thought it made a difficult chore very easy. The car looked professionally detailed when he finished... We are both delighted." —Huck's Grammie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.