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    27 Products To Help You Protect The Things You Already Have

    Things to help you defend, mend, and care for your beloved belongings.

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    1. A set of mesh laundry bags to keep your ~delicates~ protected as they whirl and twirl about in the wash. Keep those buttons far away from that lace underwear! That's a disaster waiting to happen.


    Be sure to use these with cool washer and dryer settings only.

    Promising review: "So far so good. I've used every bag in this set every week for the last month and it's become a staple in my home. I've washed items that range from bras, pajamas, and silk pillow covers. These mesh bags protect my more delicate items and I firmly believe will extend the life of them. So glad I found these! I saw some reviews that show melted bags but have had only positive experiences with mine. It could be because I only use them in the cold wash setting and tumble dry low setting. I also appreciate the zipper covers, which protect my other garments from getting nicked from the metal. Would highly recommend this set." —Alice

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight different packs and varieties).

    2. A leather cleaner for maintaining your *Donna Meagle voice* fine leather goods. From purses to couches to car interiors, this spray will help to keep you from having to replace a historically difficult-to-clean surface.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical to buy a leather cleaner that I have not seen actually work. I tried it on my brand new Kate Spade white leather purse I got for Christmas. I actually got a blue denim stain on them from my pants rubbing against the purse while walking, and after I applied the cleaner, it took the blue denim smear right off. I couldn't be happier!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    3. A basic sewing kit to mend slightly worn or torn clothes. Sustainability but make it literally fashion.

    The set comes with a pair of scissors, a measuring tape, 12 spools of thread, 16 needles in a needle holder, three white buttons, two needle-threaders, two straight pins, a safety pin, a seam ripper, and a thimble.

    Promising review: "This set is complete and perfect for those of use who just need to mend now and then. Portable and easy to manage." —TruthBeTold

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A pack of felt pads so your precious wood floors don't get scratched by furniture and your precious eardrums aren't stressed out by the *screeeeech* noise of it moving.


    Just wipe off the surface you want to stick the felt pad to, peel off the back, and stick away!

    Promising review: "Fantastic felt pads. Easy to install and super effective. No more floor scratches, and they make moving furniture a lot easier. Great value for the price as well." —Patrick

    Get a 32-pack from Amazon for $6.21.

    5. A tube of tattoo lotion to protect your ink from getting faded and needing touch-ups due to sun damage. Swipe this SPF 30 stick on just in case you get a little more vitamin D than anticipated.,

    Promising review: "Worked perfectly to cover and protect small, new tattoos on wrist and foot. Applied prior to a four hour tubing trip and had no burns to areas where applied. Also worked great during a beach vacation where areas were exposed to sun, sand, and water. It's a huge tube, so I also apply it every night to my wrist and use it as a lip balm. Would purchase again without hesitation. Little to no odor and caused no issues with my sometimes sensitive skin." —Karen H.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A wine-saver so your half-drunk bottles keep from getting yucky while they wait for you to finish them. Be patient, wine — we'll be back soon!


    Place the cap on, pump until you hear a "click" and yahoo! Your wine is safely stored!

    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 from Amazon for $11.89.

    7. A drain millipede to rescue your pipes from the globs of hair you've subjected them to over the years. Save yourself the time and extraordinary amount of money it would take to call a plumber and take care of your most necessary home comfort yourself.


    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 from Amazon for $5.28.

    8. Or a TubShroom to prevent hair from even getting down the drain in the first place. You should win an award for being the best at thinking ahead!

    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 for $8.99 on Amazon.).

    For more on the TubShroom check out "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying."

    9. A headlight restoration kit that attaches to your drill and gives your headlights that clean, clear, bright look they once had without a trip to the shop. It's like a Clarisonic for your car.

    Need a drill? Try this Black and Decker one for $49 on Amazon.

    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 from Amazon for $11.54.

    10. A produce-saver container to keep your fruits and veggies nice and fresh until it's time to eat! No more casting glances towards your long-unopened crisper drawer in shame, knowing that you're going to have to buy all new produce.

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    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh as can be!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    11. Or a Blueapple freshness extender that absorbs the ethylene gas in your fridge, which is what causes produce to ripen. Reduce food waste and cook with the most delish produce just by placing this little guy amongst your groceries.


    Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks — some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    12. An ink remover to keep "permanent" mistakes like dropped markers and misspellings from ruining your fabrics. You live another day, white button-up!

    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    13. A razor sharpening pad for making the most out of any razor blades — even ones from the drugstore! Squeeze every last use you can out of those little guys and save yourself a VERY annoying errand (and money!).


    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 from Amazon for $8.49 (available in three colors).

    14. An electric pressure washer to revive your weathered outdoor items. You didn't spend all that dough on a new fence just for it to turn into a grey eyesore!,

    You can use this pressure washer on outdoor cushions, wood decks, house siding, and so many other places. You can even fill it with detergent to wash your car!

    Promising review: "I love this washer. It competes with my 2200 PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn't have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I'm cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk." —Tim S.

    Get it from Amazon for $128.40.

    15. A carpet shampooer so your carpet stays in tip-top shape, even if you have a theory that your pets and children are conspiring to ruin it.

    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 from Amazon for $99.

    16. A wood polish and conditioner to liven up your dull, scratched, or worn wood furniture. A few swipes of this beeswax and orange oil-infused miracle, and your furniture will be returned to its original glory.

    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 it from Amazon for $8.48.

    17. A waterproof pouch to keep your cellphone from getting damaged while you try to take a photo of your big river adventure. With this simple case, you can protect yourself from having to buy a new phone *and* still get that great pic.

    You can even use your touchscreen though this pouch!

    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 from Amazon for $6.79.

    18. A fabric shaver that will give all of your old upholstery, sweaters, and other pilled fabric new LIFE! Welcome back from the dead, zombie couch.

    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt 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

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    Check out "This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life" for more info on this handy gadget!

    19. A cleanser and polishing powder so you don't have to chuck all of your old pots and pans in order to feel like you're cooking in a clean vessel. Ye olde cookware will be like ye new cookware again!

    The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" —Donette

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    Check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" for more info!

    20. A jewelry cleaning pen for reviving your stones to their original sparkling, shimmering state. HATE it when I have to go out and spend hundreds of thousands on new diamonds just because my old ones got dull.

    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 Diamond Dazzle Stik, *oh my goodness*! After one use 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 diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    21. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to keep your gorgeous (and probably expensive!) platinum hair from getting brassy. Yes, love to protect an investment while looking chic as can be.

    Promising review: "I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $12.51.

    Ready to get your platinum back in action? Check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo" for more info.

    22. An all-purpose car cleaner for maintaining your vehicle's leather, vinyl, carpet, upholstery, plastic, and rubber. Top to bottom, your ride is gonna be lookin' sweet again.

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    23. A pack of Sugru, a moldable glue that sets overnight into silicone rubber. Fix pesky fraying cords, mend toy dinosaur knees, and let your DIY imagination soar, all with this handy dough.,

    Sugru is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant and electrically insulating up to 24 volts. It bonds to glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics. It can also bond to walls and safely hold 4.4 lbs.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest product EVER — it lives up to all hype. I used it to repair the bands on several IRREPLACEABLE glass rings. Not only is it rubbery enough to make a comfortable fit and sticky enough to bond to glass, it’s many colors made matching a breeze! I’ve already used it to repair broken earbuds, place nearly invisible hooks everywhere so chargers don’t get tangled up in my iRobot vacuum, and even used it to make hanging loops on jars so I could put my collection of completely random tillandsia gardens on the wall! I couldn’t recommend more highly." —Fawn Force

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven colors combinations).

    24. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush for restoring your worn suede to looking like new. Jerry Seinfeld sure could've used this in the episode where his priceless suede jacket is ruined, prompting — you guessed it — an awkward situation.

    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 from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. A brown sugar bear to soften sugar that's become hard as a friggin' rock. Don't panic, sugar! A strong, helpful bear is on its way to help soften you up.


    Just soak it in water for 20 minutes, dry it off, stick it in the container of sugar, and wait! About a day later, it should be nice and soft.

    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 from Amazon for $5.49.

    26. A pet hair vacuum so your fuzz-covered furniture is never "too far gone." Goodbye, hair! Goodbye, stink that comes with hair! Goodbye, pants always covered with hair! Don't let the door hit ya on the way out.

    The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!" —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in two colors).

    27. A knife sharpener to keep your prized blades honed and sharp. A sharp knife is the key to culinary bliss, so do yourself a favor and keep them in good shape.


    Simply run your knife through each sharpening slot 10 times each.

    Promising review: "Best money ever spent! As someone who is a cook in a restaurant, we go through knives quite often. This will save us so much money, especially with serrated knives. Great product! I was skeptical about this, especially with serrated knives, but WOW! Works great and makes the dullest knife like brand new." —Matt R.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Great job running defense, y'all!


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

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