30 Things That Basically Pay For Themselves The Very First Time You Use Them
Solve some problems and save money along the way.
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1. A drain millipede covered with thousands of micro-hooks to grab every last bit of the hair and gunk slowing down your sink and tub drains, so they actually flow freely again.
2. And of course the classic TubShroom because it will prevent that clogged, goopy, hairy horror-scape problem in the first place.
3. A headlight restoration kit that attaches to your drill so you can have crystal clear, like-new lights without shelling out for new headlight lenses or so a repair shop can do the same job.
4. A wine-saver — it's designed keep all your opened bottles fresh for an extra day or two (and up to a full week) so you get to enjoy every last drop of that $20 bottle at its peak, even when a work emergency means you can't finish it that night.
5. A filtered produce-saver container that actually does keep berries, lettuce, cucumbers, and all sorts of fruits and veg fresh for two full weeks.
6. A carpet shampooer to give your floors a deep clean that will pretty much rewind the clock to the very day you moved in or installed the carpet (or rugs!). It's a fraction of the price of buying brand *new* carpet/rugs, and once you own it, you can use it whenever you need it, rescuing your soft flooring from stains whenever it gets bad again.
7. A quart-size cold brew concentrate coffee maker so you can make enough to last for five entire days. If you have just one cup a day, that's enough for a full work week and could help you dodge coffee chains more often.
8. A (vegan!) laundry stain stick here to rescue all your favorite shirts, dresses, coats, and whatever else you thought was doomed to that tomato sauce, foundation, or blueberry stain forever.
9. A wood polish and conditioner — it practically erases damage as if it was never there, to (practically) instantly renew things like your antique beside tables that have had one too many water glasses sweat on them overnight.
10. Some earwax removal drops with an included ear syringe bulb so you can clear up your muffled hearing in less than ten minutes, no need to swipe your credit card for the copay at your doctor's office.
11. A self-adhesive door draft stopper — it'll let you stop paying extra $$ on your electricity bill for the hard-earned cold AC air (or toasty heated air, depending on the season) that escapes out to your garage, apartment hallway, or basement.
12. A pair of anti-nausea bands because you've got a long road trip coming up and have no idea how you — or your sibling with a history of motion sickness — will be able to actually enjoy the trip while contending with a churning stomach.
13. A fume-free oven cleaner — it will erase the evidence of all those years of delicious baked goods, frozen pizzas, and bacon with one overnight treatment, making your oven look brand new, even if you've had it for literal decades.
14. Or if you want something a bit less harsh: An oven scrub cleaner made from pumice, baking soda, sodium citrate, two kinds of plant-based cleaners, and eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, and tea tree essential oils. It may require a tad more elbow grease, but it'll still scour your oven until it's like-new clean.
15. A hydrating hair mask that just might do just as much to restore your dry, damaged mane as pretty much any fancy (not to mention pricey) salon treatment.
16. A PooFection! toilet spray — okay so it maybe won't save you a lot of money in any direct way. But you, your family, your friends, and anyone who visits you and needs to, well, go, will be saved any embarrassment because it'll completely cover up those stinky smells. Just keep it on the back of the loo so everyone can remember to spritz it before sitting down!
17. A waterproof pouch so you can take your phone fishing, beaching, swimming, tubing, rafting, kayaking, waterpark-ing, kiddie pool-ing, or tbh around any water without worrying about having to deal with replacing or repairing it for one second.
18. A mini white noise machine with non-looping audio because pretty much nothing's more valuable than being well-rested, and this can finally give you the solid night's sleep you deserve, construction, neighbor, and, yes, partner noises be damned.
19. OXO's pineapple slicing tool so you can stop paying that significant markup on precut pineapple *and* still enjoy your favorite fruit, with no more than like, five extra minutes of effort.
20. A handheld fabric defuzzer that will eliminate the pills on all sorts of fabrics after just a few leisurely passes so all your sweaters, pillows, sofa cushions, tees, upholstered chairs, fleece, and slippers can look brand new again...for way less than the price of buying every pilled thing in your home for a second time (lol).
21. Or a pill-removing stone because it'll work wonders to keep your favorite furniture and blankets and clothes looking new for years to come — just brush it over the fabric — all while barely ever wearing down itself.
22. A waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, flexible, moldable glue called Sugru that you can enlist to make dozens of tiny fixes like saving those expensive cables and chargers so they can live to fight another day (or lots of other random little tasks, like fixing a plastic dino's boo boo).
23. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush perfect for quickly diminishing water stains on your fancy shoes (no other spray or cleaner required) because you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. With this, you can get tons more wear out of otherwise good shoes, no matter the weather.
24. A brown sugar bear, so you don't lose any more bags of previously perfectly good brown sugar to the curse of rock-hard-solidificiation (and in fact can revive any brown sugar already in that sorry state!).
25. A specialty dryer vent cleaning kit and brush that (optionally) attaches to your drill, because lint can seriously build up in those vents and once you push the excess out, you'll reduce your fire risk and your clothes will dry faster (which means you'll save on energy bills).
26. A pack of extra-large dryer balls made from New Zealand wool so you can A) help your clothes dry faster, cutting down on your electricity bill and B) skip buying fabric softener or dryer sheets over and over, because these work as the perfect substitute!
27. A pack of two miniature spatulas — when your expensive foundation's almost gone, they'll be able to extract every last bit of it so a) it doesn't go to waste and b) you'll actually get all your money's worth.
28. A rubber wheel designed to attach to your drill for the sole and exclusive purpose of quickly removing decals and bumper stickers from cars and boats without damaging the paint one bit. (And cheaper than asking a body shop to do the same work.)
29. A patented pet hair removing–roller that you simply brush over any fabric surface to pick up any other residual shedding your furry friend leaves in their wake, no paying for bulk packs of adhesive rollers.
30. A handheld knife sharpener because it will fiercely hone each and every blade you own until they're back to their peak, like-new sharpness that makes it a thousand times easier to slice and dice.
You, enjoying your new stuff plus all the money it's helping you save:
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