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    25 Things That Basically Pay For Themselves The Very First Time You Use Them

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    1. A drain millipede, which extracts every last bit of hair and whatever other mysteriously gross gunk lurks below the surface, clogging up your tub and sink drains.


    As long as the clog is in your sink trap and not further down the plumbing line, you can skip the call to the plumber!

    Promising review: "I tried plungers, drain cleaners, baking soda, vinegar, etc with little success. I finally realized that it was going to take a plumber with a snake to clear my bathroom drain. I called some local plumbers and was blown away buy how much they wanted: the estimates ranged from $120 to $250!

    I knew I had to find a way to fix it myself and I could not believe how easy the solution was. This simple little device reached down into my drain and pulled up hair and built-up globs of sludge. I scraped off some of the glop and put it down the drain again and it pulled even more. I let hot water run for a few minutes to flush whatever was left through the pipes and the sink was good as new! Not only did I save a LOT of money but I also felt good about fixing it myself." —Figureof8

    Get it on Amazon for $5.28

    2. And of course the classic TubShroom because it will prevent that clogged, goopy, hairy horror-scape problem in the first place.,

    You do have to pull the hair off of it after your showers (which may lead you to marvel how you have so much left on your head!) and let the 'shroom dry on the side of the tub so it doesn't get gross itself, but that takes like, two seconds.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it." —Lawyer for Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors. Have a pop-up or flush drain? Try OXO's hair catcher instead, $8.99 on Amazon.)

    And we know it works because we've tried it! Read our full Tubshroom review for more.

    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.

    Promising review: "I tried another kit once before about 1 1/2 years ago and got poor results. I was pleasantly surprised when this kit did the job so well! I used a cordless drill which was slightly faster than recommended, at full speed. The instructions are easy to follow and I could tell the major difference at the final cleaning. I finished the job with Meguiar's coating and the lenses on my 2002 Honda CR-V are crystal clear again. This saved me about 5–6 times the money and I'm removing "new lenses" from my wish list!" —Julymorning

    Get it on Amazon for $11.54.

    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.


    It literally creates a vacuum seal: you wet the rubber cork, stick it in, then use the pump to suck out all the air remaining in the bottle. When it makes a *click* sound, you know you're done! I've owned one of these for eight years now, and my parents have had one they've used regularly since the early nineties. Just think of how many glasses of wine just those two alone have saved!

    Promising review: "Having downed a bottle or two in my life, I've always been flummoxed as to how to store the wine afterwards. I'm quite picky and the taste of "blown" wine is disgusting. This is the solution. The stoppers fit perfectly (naturally) and the vacuum pump is also perfect. Just pump until you hear the click and the job is done. Easy to release the pressure and re-enjoy the wine. For the cost of wine, the minor expense of this pump and stopper system pays for itself immediately. In vino veritas!!!" —erik

    Get it on Amazon for $11.98.

    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.

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    I tested them last year — and wrote a full review — and still use them and love them. The secret's in the lid: it's airtight except for a small filter that lets in the precise, best balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide (that you never have to replace). Plus its removable bottom lattice tray lets the air circulate all around the fruit and veg while keeping it out of any moisture. These might take a total of two or three uses to pay for themselves, but they'll last for years and save you SO much money (and food!) over time.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, these work! I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    They come in a variety of sizes and sets on Amazon: get a set of two (one blueberry size and one lettuce size) for $19.99 or a set of three (one strawberry size and two lettuce size) for $26.99.

    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.

    And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Promising review: "I run dog services, boarding, and daycare out of my home. My carpet sees high traffic regularly and potty accidents on occasion. Love this Hoover! Holy moly! It picks up an INCREDIBLE amount of deeply imbedded debris, dirt, stains, and hair. The difference in how much cleaner my carpet is after using it is OUTSTANDING!! I regularly vacuum and spot clean with other carpet cleaners and couldn’t fathom the filth I was actually living in after using the Hoover. It’s easy to assemble and light weight too. You can’t deny the results when cleaning out the dirty water tank. Easily the best purchase I have made for my small business! Very impressive!" —Patty A Selock

    Get it on Amazon for $99.

    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.


    You just scoop out some ground coffee, measure your water, stick it in the fridge, and let it work its magic! And yes, it's dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "This little filter is great. It makes the perfect amount of cold brew for a week for me. I usually steep for anywhere between 12–24 hours depending on how strong I want it to be. Grind your beans coarse and fill with filtered water and toss it in the fridge, can't be any simpler. I used to always drop $3–4 a day on iced coffee on the VSC cold brew from Starbucks, so I can't imagine how much money this has saved me." —Jacob S

    Get it on Amazon for $18.99.

    Maitland, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns and loves this! Read her full cold brew maker review for more.

    8. A wood polish and conditioner — it practically erases damage as if it was never there, to instantly renew things like your antique beside tables that have had one too many water glasses sweat on them overnight.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new." —Kris

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    FYI, if you're facing much damage that's a little worse, you might want to try their other (also well-reviewed!) product, called Restore-A-Finish, first; it does more to hide minor scratches, white heat rings, deep water marks, and stuff like that. The two products are actually made to be used together! Get that on Amazon for $7.99.

    9. Some earwax removal drops and an 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.


    Not to dissuade you from going to the doc of course; if you have major wax impaction or some other mystery thing stuck in your ear, then please do go! But if you're like me and just know this happens to you every once in a while, it totally does work — I use these drops then rinse with a bulb every few months when my hearing's slightly muffled by wax, and it's always cleared everything out.

    Promising review: "My husband has problems with ear wax building up. A couple of years ago, when he had this problem, his doctor gave him Rx ear drops to use for four days, before coming back to irrigate his ears to remove the softened ear wax. THIS time, I bought Debrox and an irrigator ball. He used the recommended amount of drops twice a day, putting a clump of cotton in his ears after application so the drops didn’t all leak out, for the recommended time frame. Then, he, himself, used the ear irrigator a couple of times while leaning over the bathroom sink, and he saw and felt the wax flush out from his ear. Wonderful. Saved a trip to the doctor." —Not A Lot Of Money "Mom"

    Get them on Amazon: the drops for $5.68 and the bulb syringe for $4.62.

    10. A self-adhesive door draft stopper — it'll let you stop paying extra $$ on your electricity bill for the hard-earned cold AC air that escapes out to your garage, apartment hallway, or basement.


    Besides that, it helps with light, pests, and sound...and will keep the heat in during the wintertime, too.

    Promising reviews: "Kept all the drafts away for sure. Also keeps heat and AC temperatures in rooms comfortably. Actually saw a difference with my utility bill. Highly recommend and easy to put on. Was done in literally three seconds!" —Amazon Customer

    "Easy to cut and apply to door. Already notice a difference in the draft — the basement is considerably warmer from AC air not leaking through the door." —Robert J. Lively

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    11. A pair of anti-nausea bands because you've got a cruise coming up and have no idea how you — or your sibling with a history of motion sickness — will be able to actually enjoy the vacation y'all paid for while contending with a stomach that churns as fiercely as the waves., Amazon

    Promising review: "I get motion sickness at a drop of a hat. When I decided to go on a second cruise, I bought these thinking they wouldn't do anything and that I would return them once I got home. I was pleasantly surprised and found that these helped me tremendously. I wore them all the time over the course of my five day cruise and was never sick during my vacation. I was stunned. My first cruise I got so sea sick the first day and ended up in a foggy haze the rest of the trip since I took so much Dramamine. Great little product and I can't believe how well they worked. I bought a second pair for the car, so if I ever feel sick, I can just put these on. I would highly recommend, even for the skeptical." —Kristina K.

    Get one on Amazon for $6.10.

    12. A hydrating hair mask that will do just as much to restore your dry, damaged mane as pretty much any fancy (not to mention pricey) salon treatment.,

    Promising review: "As good, if not better than the deep conditioning treatments I get at the salon. And one jar of this is about the same price as one professional treatment! I don't think it's perfect (doesn't necessarily make my hair super soft like others claim), but it's pretty darn close. I put my hair through a lot of abuse: perming it straight, coloring blonde, flat iron, and curling iron. My hair is also naturally dry (due to the natural curl and coarse texture, on top of the dry climate where I live), so it gets a little stressed out. The online instructions say that this should be combed through the hair and stay on for at least six minutes; I leave it on for nearly 20. My hair feels amazing as I rinse the mask off; results are immediate. I find that I get best results when I let my hair partially air dry, but that's not always feasible." —K Walker

    Get it on Amazon for $12.30.

    13. A waterproof pouch so you can take your phone swimming, fishing, beaching, 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.

    It fits any phone up to 100mm x 170mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). If you get one, definitely check out this review; it's packed with all sorts of good tidbits that will help you get the most out of the case. Oh, and you can totally use the touchscreen through the case — including the camera! People take incredible photos with it.

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for a solo trip to Florida because I wasn’t willing to leave my phone and credit card or rental car keys on the beach while playing in the ocean. For the price, this little thing has paid itself off and then some! I was able to fit my iPhone, two cards, and car keys in this while I blissfully floated in the ocean for hours. I even ordered this wristlet that makes your phone float in case I let go of it. I’ve also used it in my hotel jacuzzi tub (and the bathtub at home), in the hot tub at the hotel, and the water park. I am not afraid to completely submerge my phone or just let it get splashed. Especially for solo female travelers you never want to be separated from your phone because it’s your life source so nothing ruins a beach day by water damaging your phone. I really love this product!" —SpikesInk

    Get it on Amazon for $6.89.

    14. 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.


    It has ten fan sound options and ten ambient noise options, and is small enough you can easily pack it for travel.

    Promising review: "If you are someone who likes white noise while you sleep, this is the device for you. It remembers whatever setting it was last on, so you don't have to readjust it every time you unplug it and plug it back in. The construction seems solid and put together with the intention to last; this is not a cheap feeling product. The sound output can go from quite quiet to almost too loud. Initial setup is a bit of a hassle, going through every one of the noises, but once you find the one you like, you can just stick with it. While you might think 50 bucks is a lot for something that just makes a repetitive noise, you sleep every single day. I've had this for several years now and it is still going strong, so that means I'm paying only a penny or three a day to help ensure a good night's sleep. I'd call that a solid investment." —Kaz

    Get it on Amazon for $49.95 (two colors).

    15. 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).

    Promising review: "Fantastic shaver, pays for itself fairly quickly. I have a great, warm coat that was unfortunately covered in pilling. It took some patience but once de-fuzzed it looked new again. I'm now using it on a few other coats and sweaters. The battery life lasts long, I'm using rechargeables so it's an easy swap when needed. I wish the lint tray was larger, I have to empty it seven to eight times before the coat is finished. The adjustable screen distance control is handy and easy to adjust. I wish I had purchased this earlier but glad I finally did." —Cookie Monster

    Get it on Amazon for $11.58 (six colors).

    16. A 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.


    Promising review: "I love this gadget. It cores and slices beautifully and easily and makes it very simple to prepare pineapple. It also saves money every time I use it, so it won't take long to pay for itself. Pineapples are priced by the item, while cored and sliced pineapple is by the pound. So I can buy a large pineapple, let it ripen, and get a lot more pineapple for a much lower price. Yes, it's messy, and I have to scrape the insides of the pineapple after I've cored and sliced it with this tool if I want ALL the "meat," but it doesn't take long and it's well worth it. It's also easy to clean, as the handle pops off and I can push out the core. I'm glad I finally bought one of these." —Craftergalore

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    17. 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).,

    You can use it to bond glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics *and* to bond all of those surfaces to most walls. It slowly cures from malleable glue into a tough silicone rubber overnight.

    Promising review: "Apple is good at making crappy over-priced cables that break in 30 minutes. Sugru has been a great tool to save all of my splitting lightning and mag safe cables saving me tons of cash. It pays for itself on the first lighting cable you fix. So many other uses as well. Great product." –Derek L

    Get an eight-color pack on Amazon for $19.99.

    18. 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.

    You can totally use it with another cleaner or spray if you want, but it seems like reviewers have success without! It just takes some elbow grease.

    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    19. 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!).


    Soak it in water for 20 minutes, dry it off a little, stick it in the container, and wait! A day or so later, your sugar will be nice and soft. (And if it's soft already, it'll *stay* that way!) Live somewhere super humid? Skip the soak and stick it in with chips, pretzels, salt, etc. to keep them from going stale or sticking together!

    Promising review: "Seriously one of the best things I've ever bought. Pays for itself in the brown sugar saved from trash and/or energy spent reviving rock hard brown sugar via other methods. It's basically a variation on the old "place a slice of bread in with the brown sugar" trick but it's reusable and safer. I once tried that method but eventually I forgot it was in there so the bread dried out too much and started to mold. This method is much safer, less fussy, and reusable." —Jen

    Get it on Amazon for $5.30.

    20. 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).

    Oh, and you could get a pro to do this, but it's a pretty simple DIY — that's more money saved! Just make sure you get enough rods to extend all the way through your dryer vent in one direction (this kit comes with 12 feet of 'em) to completely clear the buildup.

    Promising review: "We moved into our new house about two years ago and needed to clean out the dryer duct. This kit made it super simple. The rods were easy to attach and very flexible, but still strong enough to spin, even when extended all 12 feet! We got out a TON more lint than we could ever imagine out of the duct! Buying this kit and doing it myself already paid for itself. It was $150– $200 to have a specialist come over and do the same work. Took me all of about 20 minutes to move the dryer, use the brush and all attachments, vacuum, and use disinfectant up the dryer vent!" —Michael Wiggin

    Get it on Amazon for $15.79.

    21. 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., Amazon

    When you think your foundation's empty, try cutting it open — I can basically guarantee there will be at least two more applications-worth in there. They also work well for food!

    Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ..oh please.! You get so much more than you would without it." —Liz

    Get the set of two — one with a six-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon for $11.99.

    22. 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.), Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This Whizzy Wheel removed all of them in 25–30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get it on Amazon for $19.97.

    23. 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.

    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can use it forever — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising reviews: "Finally a lint roller that really works. Now I have an obsessed husband picking up German shepherd hair off the couch. Worth the price paid. It will pay for itself. No more sticky tape rollers!" —Blanca LInda Hatter

    "I can’t sing the praises of this product enough. I live with a senior cat (who sheds more than average), and the ChomChom Roller has become invaluable to me. I can clean my bathroom rug in less than five minutes, without ever having to lug out the vacuum and wrestle to keep it from sucking the thing up. Not to mention it cleans better than any vacuum has cleaned it before! It’s unbelievable, honestly. My cat is black, and my living room sofa is tan — now I can clean it with a quick touch-up every day. I’m recommending this product to all of my friends with pets. Seriously, why pay $200 + for a cordless hand vac when you can get this? It’s paid for itself in a week." —Dillon Burgess

    Get one on Amazon for $24.95.

    24. 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.


    Promising review: "Didn't really expect much out of a six dollar knife sharpener, but went ahead anyway and bought it on impulse. Ran a Santoku and a paring knife through it a couple of times and they are about as sharp as they were new. Can''t say anything about the longevity, but this product will pay for itself on its first go if you have a few dull knives lying around." —Audemar

    Elizabeth, one of our editors, owns one of these and loves it — you can read her full knife sharpener review for more!

    Get it on Amazon for $5+ (three colors).

    25. A razor sharpening pad so you can seriously extend the life of each and every one of those pricey cartridges and avoid needing to stock up on them quite so often.


    Promising review: "I bought one of these over two years ago. I'm generally skeptical of this sort of product but the reviews were compelling and I was trying to find a way to make the Gillette Fusion razors last longer (they are in the neighborhood of $5 a head). This works exactly as described. I've probably used my current razor head for six months. I shave about four times a week and have moderately coarse facial hair. My razor isn't quite as sharp as it was when I first started using it, but it's pretty close. It's amazing. I've probably saved $200 on razor heads since I purchased it. Per the directions, I hone the blade with 20 strokes before I shave. Every time. It takes about 10 or 15 seconds. That's it." —Robert

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

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