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    33 Under-$20 Products That Reviewers Said Actually Did What They Advertised

    Including cleaning putty to grab all the earwax in your AirPods, a soap brows kit, and a callus remover to get your heels ready for summer.

    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 pack of AirPod cleaners so you can clearly hear your true crime podcast. Squish the flexible square into your AirPod speaker, peel it off, and gasp in horror at the ear goop that's been dulling the sound quality.

    Blue square with lots of ear wax on it that was removed from an AirPod speaker
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    Promising review: "They work as advertised. I use them for my AirPods, iPhone, and iPad Pro." —Lydia Kimble-Wright

    Get 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    2. A cruelty free vitamin C serum that'll give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up. Just listen to the 48,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review: this stuff brightens, softens, and dramatically fades hyperpigmentation.

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    Promising review: "Works as advertised. I find it makes the dark marks disappear much quicker after a breakout. I bought this for mild under eye wrinkles and have definitely seen the difference. Been using it for two months or so and now it's part of my holy grail products. I also noticed that I have had less breakouts since I started using this product." —M. Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A foot file for getting your heels in sandal-ready condition. Rub gently and watch the dead skin and calluses fall like shredded cheese to reveal baby soft heels.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth
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    Promising review: "It works exactly as advertised. It is SHARP; you must be very careful and try it lightly at first until you understand just how sharp this bad girl is. Crusty heels, you've met your match and then some..." —TK

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A black car scratch remover to get rid of any reminders of the time you accidentally swiped the mailbox when you pulled into the driveway. It's also a much cheaper alternative to driving to the auto shop.

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    Promising review: "Easy to apply with a little elbow grease. Does a very good job removing swirls and light scratches. I used the black/dark paint version and it worked very well on my Kia Stinger. Left a nice polished looking surface and filled in the small imperfections. It even improved a deep scratch I had on the side and made it less visible. It completely removed a mark where a rubber bike handle had rubbed against the car and dulled the paint. Works as advertised and is really pretty easy to apply." —AudioJunkie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    5. A mold and mildew remover because you can set it, forget it, and come back in a few hours to see grout that looks like new. If your brain is filled with images of your dirty shower grout every time you close your eyes and try to relax...you definitely need this.

    Progression photo showing dark mold and mildew on shower tile grout disappearing overnight
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    Promising review: "Used this product on some stains in the caulk around the bathtub. It took two applications for a couple of the tougher stains, but the product worked as advertised and the dark spots are now clear!" —McCoy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A streak-free anti-fog spray if you need help keeping your glasses clear while you're wearing your mask. No more having to remove and wipe down your foggy spectacles every 10 minutes! It's also great for spritzing on your mirrors, goggles, and even your windshield.

    Reviewer wearing a mask and glasses that aren't foggy
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    Promising review: "I was very tired of not being able to see my students as I was teaching them because my glasses would fog up. I tried many different home remedies without success so I found this product and figured I would give it a shot. It worked just as advertised and I couldn't be more thrilled. My student use it and so do ALL the other instructors. Even with dozens of people using it every day I still have plenty left. I will purchase another bottle soon since I fear everyone will disown me if I let it run out." —Scott k Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.55.

    7. A grooming rake so you can loosen fur and lighten your dog's undercoat and prevent future mats. This brush is specifically designed for pooches with thick, dense fur or double coats.

    Reviewer photo of a husky sitting next to a pile of fur that's almost as big as itself and has been removed with the rake
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    Promising review: "We own, or should I say are owned, by two large breed dogs: a Newfoundland and a Pyrenees. We prefer a rake to help get those undercoats brushed out and it allows us to slowly work any knots out. Our last one had cracked during a move and eventually the brush had pulled out so we needed a new one. We have no complaints about this product and it does exactly what it is supposed to." —Dana S

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    8. A teeth-whitening pen that'll be a heck of a lot quicker (and taste a lot better) than those irritating whitening strips that slip and slide all over your teeth. You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.

    Reviewer before and after showing the pen noticeably whitened their yellow teeth
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    Promising review: "Works great on dark stains. Results are fast. Product is easy to use. Performs as advertised. Good price. Much better/quicker results than other products I have used, like the whitening strips. Much easier to use as well." —Crystal

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A soap brows kit for anyone who wants to try this beauty trend they've seen all over TikTok. This method will help make your brows look thicker using just your existing hairs. And of course you can go in with a brow pen or powder to add even more fullness.

    Progression photo showing reviewer's natural brows, the brows with the soap applied, and the brows with soap and powder applied
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    Promising review: "Great product! Just as advertised." —Rabbits And Rainbows

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. A multi-use skincare oil to treat a variety of issues, including uneven skin, stretch marks, and acne scars. It helps your body retain moisture (bye bye dry skin!) and absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    Before and after showing the oil reduced the redness of a reviewer's scar and made it almost invisible
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    Promising review: "This oil is wonderful. It smells amazing, has a perfect consistency, and makes my skin smooth and not greasy — just as advertised. Will absolutely purchase again." —Holly Anger

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

    11. An odor-eliminating spray because the smell of pee wafting from your carpet — even though you've diligently cleaned up after every pet mess — makes relaxing in the living room near impossible. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.

    The spray bottle
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    Promising review: "I have used many products that claim to be odor eliminators and stain removers, but WOW! This one does EXACTLY what it says. I have some spots on my carpet from an elderly dog. I used it on some spots that I'd tried to remove with my carpet shampoo machine and it had little effect. I used this once on those spots and odor are GONE!!! The BIG plus for me, too, is that this product is made in the USA!!!! Great product and works absolutely as advertised. I will definitely be buying another bottle!!!" —desertrat

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Check out our in-depth Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator review.

    12. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish if your fridge has been covered in smudges and fingerprints for so long that you've forgotten how beautiful and shiny it once was. Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

    Hand wiping a fridge door after applying the cleaner
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    Promising review: "This is truly an amazing product. I cleaned all of my stainless steel over a week ago and it’s still spotless. With a 1-year-old and 4-year-old in the house this is not an easy feat for anything. This cleaner got my stainless steel squeaky clean and repels fingerprints just as advertised. The smell is pleasant and I feel good about using a natural product with no harsh chemicals." —CMcC

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $16.97.

    13. A beeswax wood polisher so you can revive your embarrassingly worn, dinged, and dented cabinets and table quick as a flash. Plus, this method is a heck of a lot cheaper than actually replacing the wood or furniture piece, and using this polish on a regular basis can actually help keep the wood hydrated so it lasts longer.

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    Promising review: "As advertised, this is an amazing product. Rich color returned to my coffee table that the kids play on. It took me 10 minutes to use, and the results are incredible." —HudsonNYC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    14. A drain clog remover that'll conquer the hair monster in your shower drain, simultaneously impressing and disgusting you. Or you can let the hair glob remain in the pipes and at some point your shower will turn into a bath. Fun!

    Reviewer holding the snake, which has grabbed a massive chunk of hair from the drain
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    Promising review: "I tried to unclog my sink with drain cleaner...lots of money down the drain and it didn’t work. In less than a minute, I unclogged my bathroom sink with this inexpensive orange little snake! I just slipped the snake all the way down the drain, twisted it around, and pulled out a mass of hair and gunk. Instant draining. The snake is very long and went deep into the pipe. The snake can also be cleaned and reused, if you don’t mind pulling off the debris. If not, just toss and use the others that come in the package at a later time. It’s so rare to find products that work as advertised. This clever tool saved me money and the hassle of taking apart the pipes or calling a plumber. I highly recommend." —Lil' Lulu

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.93.

    15. An acne patch for those days when a pimple pops up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

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    Promising review: "These did exactly what they said they would. I had a rather large acne area breakout under my chin. Overnight it nearly disappeared! I will say these are best on spots with a whitehead as they work by drawing the yucky stuff out. I will definitely be getting these again." —Heather E Tapp

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $7.79 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why they've earned 28,000+ 5-star reviews from customers.

    16. A cuticle oil to restore your shredded nails after a damaging combination of too many gel manis, a bad habit of picking at your nails, and dry winter weather. Sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and jojoba soften the cuticle and strengthen your claws so you'll be proud to show them off.

    Before and after showing the cuticle oil made the reviewer's shredded nails stronger and made the cuticles look neater
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    Promising review: "It comes nicely packaged and it does what it says. It saves the nail from chipping, softens the cuticles, and brings life back to the nail. I would buy again and the product lasts forever. Good product for the price." —Lou

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    17. Or a nail repair pen because your discolored, dry, brittle fingernails and toenails aren't ready for summer manis and pedis just yet.

    Before and after of reviewer's toenail showing the pen got rid of their toenail fungus
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    Promising review: "Product worked as advertised. I have tried a few different products for nail fungus and none of them have worked. This product seems to have done the trick. I am really happy with the results." —CharlieB

    Get two pens from Amazon for $16.99.

    18. A heavy-duty grout cleaner if you want to give your floors a jaw-dropping makeover à la Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. The dirt will just disappear. IDK what else to tell you.

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    Promising review: "I cleaned my kitchen floor grout and tile with this product. It worked as advertised. I poured it in the grout, let is sit for five minutes, went over it briefly with a brush, then rinsed with water. The tile seemed to be slippery, so the next day I mopped my floor to remove any leftover residue that I must not have gotten rinsed off." —Cindy Weirick

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara so you can realize your dreams of voluminous, fluttery lashes. It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day. Consider your expectations exceeded!

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    Promising review: "One of the few products that actually performs as advertised. I was so impressed by the waterproof version that I also got the regular — both are fantastic (and I have tried A LOT of mascaras). Best value ever!" —Candace70

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. A jewelry-cleaning pen that'll make your jewels sparkle. It's compact enough to fit in your purse so you can use it on the go, yet it's powerful enough to clean days', months', and weeks' worth of dirt and grime that's dulled your stones' shine.

    Reviewer before and after of their cloudy emerald looking brilliant and sparkly after using the pen
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    Promising review: "The Diamond Dazzle Stik works totally as advertised. Amazing cleaning job of even tiny stud earrings I wear. I love that I can carry it wherever I go in case I get my hands dirty. Cleaning certain substances off a precious stone promptly is important as you never know what may damage it. I am super picky about my jewelry and hate if they get dirty. It couldn’t be easier to keep all I have clean." —Durenda Neel

    Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    21. A carpet cleaner for getting rid of that questionable stain on your white carpet that's been taunting you and besting every other carpet cleaner you've ever tried — well, every carpet cleaner but this one.

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    Promising review: "I use this for everything! From the carpet in my new car that my daughter spilt coffee all over, set-in stains my husband acquired on his white shoes while playing an impromptu game of basketball, marinara on the upholstery on my dining room chairs, to blow out stains on the baby’s new outfit. It’s removed it all. I have no idea what this stuff is, but it’s a miracle substance in a bottle and truly works as advertised." —Anna Kelough

    Get it from Amazon for $8.63.

    22. A broom for pet hair to loosen the fur trapped in your carpet. It works just as well on wood and linoleum, with the rubber head working as a magnet to attract stray hairs. There's also a built-in squeegee for wiping up liquids or for cleaning glass. Plus, the handle extends from 36 to 60 inches so it can reach practically any mess.

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    My colleague Emma Lord, a self-professed shedder, also swears by this broom! Check out here full FURemover Broom review (#1) for more deets.

    Promising review: "Works as advertised! I used it in my truck to clean my golden retriever's hair out of the black carpet. It worked so well and made it very easy to get all that hair out! I am pleased! And the price is right too." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    23. A pack of food spikes because you've killed one too many plants with your black thumb. Good thing these lil' guys will feed your plants for up to two months continuously so you don't have to remember.

    Fingers pushing plant food spike into a pot
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    Promising review: "This works just as advertised. 10/10 will buy again. No ragrets, not even a single letter." —Kiki

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.99.

    24. And a dishwasher-safe OXO avocado slicer if you believe avocados are an integral component of every meal — including desert. Cook safely with this handy tool and prevent avocado hand (a real thing, y'all!).

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    Promising review: "Unlike most items this gadget actually works, as advertised. I happened to receive the delivery while prepping an avocado. After a quick wash, this worked as intended. It is now extremely easy to cut avocados; I just wish that I discovered earlier. The best $10 you’ll ever spend. BTW, my gadget carries the OXO brand embedded on the black handle." —No Name

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    25. A cooktop cleaner so you can enjoy a pristine kitchen even though your messy roommate's selective amnesia means they don't remember all the apartment meetings you've had about cleaning up after yourselves. This kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a sponge, and a scraper — everything you need short of a new roommate.

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    Promising review: "One of the best products I have used in awhile. This product works just like they advertise it." —VLH20

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    26. A pumice cleaning stone that'll power through tough rust, lime, and calcium streaks that have retired many a toilet scrubbing brush. Give your tired arms a break and let this little guy rub away discoloration with ease. This nontoxic cleaner is tough on dirt but gentle on porcelain so you can sit atop the glistening throne you deserve.

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    Promising review: "During our fully at-home global pandemic period, we experienced a slight 'lapse' in toilet bowl cleaning. We have hard water, and some nasty crud had built up that we could not clean by conventional means. We purchased the product, and it worked as advertised. Crud is gone, bowl is clean, no scratches, and we can now return to some sense of bathroom normalcy. Thank you Powerhouse Pumice!" —Troy Wilkinson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets for anyone whose devotion to caffeine doesn't outweigh their laziness. It's OK — these bad boys will do all the heavy lifting for you so your beloved thermos is crystal clean quicker than it took you to make those stains.

    Reviewer photo of cleaning process showing a brown stained mug that's been cleaned with the tablets and is now bright and silver
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    Promising review: "I had a few stainless cups, mugs, and S'well bottles that were so nasty looking with coffee buildup we had stopped using them. I was pleasantly surprised (actually amazed) by the way these tablets renewed my severely stained containers. I had to do a couple of travel mugs twice because I didn't use enough water, but this product is 100% as advertised. One tip I will pass along is to keep rinsing heavily stained items since the tablets will remove more debris than you will think possible. These are absolutely not a scam and performed waaay beyond my expectations!" —Dan Hearn

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    28. A conditioner concentrate to make you envious of the shine on your dog's fur. It's great for all breeds and hair lengths, and it can help reduce tangles, prevent urine stains, and repel against dirt.

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    Promising review: "Great product, works as advertised. I love The Stuff!! My Pomeranian dries in half the time and her coat is so silky and shiny. She looks like she went to the groomers every time I give her a bath." —A. Wilkinson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.24.

    29. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaners because you want to deodorize your sink once and for all. If you have to smell last week's rotting veggie peels for one more minute you just might scream.

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    Promising review: "Like other reviewers I liked that this product really works as advertised. The blue foam takes a while to disappear, which means it's getting more time to clean. In my sink, which is a double, some foam also came up the non-disposal side, so make sure you don't have any dishes there either. Total cleaning time is about 1–2 minutes. Note that it's not an abrasive cleaner, and if your disposal is rusty it won't fix that, but it will freshen up and remove any problem with smells coming up from the disposal. In my case, it also helped the non-disposal side. Better and safer than bleach." —C. Hawkins

    Get a pack (good for four uses) from Amazon for $3.98.

    30. A Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp if you want a polished toilet without ever having to pick up a dirty toilet brush. *shudders* The stamp releases the cleaning gel, which foams and cleans your toilet.

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    Promising review: "Does what it says! These keep the toilet smell-free and actually seem to keep it nice and clean!! Super affordable and a great product!" —Jessica

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.97 (or Subscribe & Save for $3.77/month).

    31. An adorable and basically tear-resistant stuffed duck so you can stop spending money on toys that your furry destroyer shreds in approximately 10 seconds. This lil' yellow duck doesn't look like it, but it's built to last.

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    Promising review: "My dog has not had a toy last longer than a few hours in his whole life! I can’t leave his toys out or he will just chew through them and eat the stuff (this has even lead to an unfortunate vet visit after eating toy stuffing. It’s been months and this toy is still going! I really can’t believe it! I never write review but this was really as good as advertised!" —Catherine Patteson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    Check out my colleague's Multipet yellow duck toy review for more deets and some adorable photos of her pup and his quacker.

    32. A stainless-steel tongue scraper that'll help banish bad bacteria and improve stinky breath.

    Reviewer before and after showing the scraper removed a brown film that was on their tongue
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    Promising review: "Awesome product. Does what’s advertised, easy to use, and easy to clean." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    33. An Etude House drying powder for controlling your skin's oil production and keeping your face from looking greasy. You can also apply it to your hair (make sure you dust off the residue) so your roots look freshly washed.

    Reviewer progression photos showing that throughout the day their face stayed oil-free
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    Some reviewers apply it before their makeup while others find it works best on top of their foundation. You may need to experiment to find the right order for you.

    Promising review: "Does what it advertises. This works!!!! I've got extremely oily skin, and this keeps me matte all day. It sets my under eye area well too. It even looks great on bare skin!" —Dani

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93.

    You at the thought of having to spend more than $20:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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