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    34 Home Improvement Products You Have Probably Needed For A Long Time

    2022 is the year you create the home of your dreams.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bottle of Wet & Forget shower cleaner because no one wants to scrub their bathtub clean. With this, you'll just spray it on, wait 8–12 hours, then rinse it off. Super easy!

    Promising review: β€œI had a horrible gray ring in the bottom of my shower that was impossible to remove. I tried the Dawn dish soap method (with a lot of scrubbing) and toilet bowl cleaner to try to remove the soap scum. My next step was to tear out and replace the shower pan and tile. I figured this was my last chance. I ordered the Wet & Forget Shower Spray and really coated the shower walls and floor pan and walked away. I CANNOT begin to tell you how happy I was to rinse down the walls sometime later and watch all that crud roll right down the drain!! This is the best product I have ever used in my life!! Works great and no toxic fumes!!” β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

    2. An oven cleaner so powerful you might just convince yourself you replaced your oven altogether. This heavy-duty cleaner can remove grime, stains, and caked-on food in three minutes!

    Just be sure to take the necessary precautions when dealing with this chemical product.

    Promising review: "WOW! This works wonders! This product is so easy to use. You really just need to spray, wait a few minutes, and you can literally wipe off the grease! I highly recommend it." β€”Sadys Ford

    Get it from Amazon for $10.56.

    3. Or an eco-friendly oven scrub cleaner for tackling all the caked-on messes you've learned to ignore. It's made with natural ingredients (including pumice stone and baking soda), so you'll get your oven back without all the toxic fumes.

    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    Cleaning StudioΒ is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut, that specializes in natural cleaning products.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! It works fast with pretty minimal elbow grease. The stainless steel sponge that comes with it makes it easier. And it smells great!" β€”Melissa C.

    Get it from Cleaning StudioΒ on Etsy for $19.99+Β (available in a plastic or glass jar).

    4. A set of peel-and-stick tiles β€” renovating your kitchen just got a whole lot easier (and cheaper)! These eco-friendly tiles are easy to install, clean, and maintain. HGTV is shaking!

    reviewer image of the white marble peel and stick tile used as backsplash in a customer's kitchen

    Each pack comes with 10 11.8" x 11.8" self-adhesive sheets.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this backsplash!! It was easy to install and looks like real tile once it’s on the wall! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to add backsplash to an area of their house while staying on a budget. It will turn out looking great! JUST A NOTE: we used an adhesive spray to to make sure the tile stays in place. Better safe than sorry!" β€”Anna

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five styles).

    5. A nontoxic leather conditioner that'll restore your leather throne to its former glory. Just spread a thin and even layer of conditioner to reveal rejuvenated (and water-repellant) furniture.

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need a small amount per use!" β€”David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+.

    6. Two packs of streak-free stainless steel wipes so your appliances can get some lovin' too. These will remove residue, water marks, and grease while leaving behind a protective barrier to prevent smudges that'll keep your stainless stain-free!

    Promising review: "Wow! I call these my 'miracle in a can' wipes. These things are awesome. Buy them and cut down your cleaning time to just minutes. I used two and was able to clean my stove, refrigerator and microwave. What a great product. No buyer's remorse here." β€”Richard J. Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    7. A water-based instant carpet spot remover because all cleanups should be quick and easy! No matter the stain β€” pet accidents, grease, red wine, coffee, rust, food, dirt, or grime β€” it'll be gone in mere moments.

    Promising review: β€œLove love love Folex!! Super easy to use. The bottle does exactly what it says. My chairs were SUPER DIRTY from my 2.5-year-old grandson eating and feeding dogs. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how clean they got after just one use. Mind blown!!” β€”Carobnty

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

    8. A fast-acting mold and mildew remover β€” all you have to do is spray and watch as stains melt away. No scrubbing required! Cleaning your bathtub just got a whole lot easier.

    Promising review: "We've been struggling with mold/mildew stains in our master shower and front load washer for quite some time. Nothing bought at the grocery store or hardware store would work. We found this product and used as directed and wow, what a difference! This is the only product that has helped remove those stains. Highly recommended!" β€”David B Neely

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+.

    9. A drywall repair kit that's putty, a putty knife, and a sander all in one so you can patch up the wall where you attempted hanging a 50-pound gold mirror you found for free on Craigslist.

    Reviewer's before and after showing a small dent in their wall, and the after photo showing how the kit fixed it with no hole

    Promising review: "This spackle is so handy! Much easier and faster than opening a regular container of spackle, then finding a putty knife to use and sand paper. Everything you need is right there. I filled probably close to 50 small holes and nicks from kids throwing toys, etc. in less than 15 minutes. Would definitely recommend this." β€”Michelle Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    10. A high pressure showerhead with five spray patterns including a rain setting so you can close your eyes and pretend you got caught in a storm. A very cleansing storm.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this showerhead. It works so well, I almost spend too much time in the shower now! I LOVE the rain and spa setting. It offers full coverage, plus a massage on my head after a long day's work; nothing beats that feeling. Will recommend." β€”Cory Sivo

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    11. A water-based Bissell steam mop cleaner – it effectively (and safely) removes dirt and germs! Use it on your tiles and hardwood and watch as they all return to their former glory right before your eyes. Water really is magical.

    Promising review: "I just put the Bissell steam mop through its paces and I'm moved to write a scintillating review. Filled the reservoir with distilled water (not tap water and DEFINITELY no chemicals) and selected the lowest steam setting once the ready light steadied after a short warm-up. Our floors weren't in terrible shape but there was dirt, smudges, and streaking left over from the family holidays. Also having two dogs that seem to love to bring into the house anything they find outside rounded out the state of the flooring. I noticed immediately that the floors looked clean even though they were still a little damp. The mop glides nicely over the flooring and I gotta say it was kinda fun. A little music and I'm a cleaning machine." β€”Steven Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $92.69.

    12. A pumice stone toilet bowl ring remover for scrubbing away any rust or lime buildup on your porcelain throne.,

    Promising review: "The house I recently moved into had a hard water line in the toilet and it was no big deal for the first couple of months. I never really paid much attention to it. That is, until my mom said she would be coming over for a visit. Suddenly, the hard water line in the toilet was glaring at me, making me feel like a disgusting human being living in filth. I had to get rid of it. A kitchen sponge and a dish cloth were both ruined in my attempts. Finally, after countless hours of research and many sleepless nights, I had my answer: The Pumie. As soon as it arrived I was on my hands and knees scrubbin' that bowl. After it was done I stood over my toilet with the same posture as a successful climber reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. I had defeated the hard water line with The Pumie. The satisfaction I had by accomplishing this otherwise mundane task made me realize I had truly entered adulthood. But, I did not stop there. Hard water marks around the bathroom sink drain? Gone. Hard water lines around the kitchen faucet? Ge out. The Pumie is truly a marvel to behold and I will be eternally grateful for it's help in vanquishing the hard water lines that would have made my mother disown me." β€”Cory Heslington

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    13. A pack of 24 mandala stencils you can use to create unique wall art OR to dress up your dresser! These durable, reusable, and washable stencils will help turn any room into a colorful oasis.

    reviewer image of stencils taped onto a wooden table

    Promising review: "I love these stencils!! I'm decorating my room boho style, and these stencils are exactly what I was looking for." β€”Lorell Rolon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    14. A pack of copper and brass or satin nickel switch plate covers featuring classic colors and designs so you know that they'll definitely age well (or, I guess, not at all).,

    Promising review (for the copper and brass): "These are beautiful! I saw them and decided to take a chance and order all the covers I needed for the kitchen. I recently moved and live in an older house that has some updates, but the switch plates have not been replaced (or probably cleaned) in t30 years. It’s a country-type kitchen with real wood cabinets, and I wanted something that enhances the beauty of the cabinets without being too modern. These are PERFECT. I'm very happy with how it all looks. I even bought two more plates for the dining room light switches." β€”Frenzied Mom

    Promising review (for the satin nickel): "I installed these in an older bathroom (much of the 1950s decor remains) and they add a nice, classy vintage touch. The metal is not highly reflective and is closer to a brushed look, which is great for disguising fingerprints. When the light switch is frequently the first thing someone looks at and reaches for in a room, having a quality cover like this gets noticed and enhances a room very easily. I can't believe I'm still writing about how much I enjoy a light switch cover." β€”Tom Generic Dude

    Get a pack of three copper and brass covers for $10.39+ (available in four sizes and six styles), and the satin nickel covers for $13.92+ (available in four sizes and six styles), both from Amazon.

    15. A modern waterfall faucet that'll make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!


    Promising review: "Completely beautiful and modern. It was very easy to install; I dID so in a matter of minutes. This was a really nice upgrade to my bathroom." β€”ca mom

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in five finishes).

    16. A faux-marble surface cover because your laminate countertops have been begging for a glow up. All you have to do is peel and stick for a glossy, easy-to-clean surface that'll elevate the look of your space.


    Check out our write-up of this inexpensive and super cool marble adhesive surface cover!

    Promising review: "I do not have the money for a new vanity right now. Insert DIY project to cover my ugly pink bathroom vanity with marble contact paper. It looks 100% better and it’s super durable. It’s a little tricky to work with at first and then you get the hang of it. I’m buying more for my half bath! My vanity looks so great that I decided to do the tabletop in my laundry room, and that looks great, too!" β€”Natalie Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    17. A pack of touch-up paint pens so you can address the splotches left over from when you removed your painter's tape from the striped accent wall you painted a few years ago. Just fill one of these pens up with your latex paint and brush away!

    model uses the slobproof touch up paint brush to paint over a scratch in a wall

    Promising review: "I love this. They're absolutely perfect for touchin' up the little spots that need touchin' up. I have several sets filled with different paints and so far they've stayed 'usable' without the paint drying out. I rinse the brush really well after each use (latex paints) and recap it." β€”Hooked On Amazon!

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.99 (also available in larger pack sizes).

    18. A set of wood-repairing markers and wax sticks if that annoyingly huge scratch on your lovely coffee table is your Joker origin story. Just take one of these markers and color over any imperfections. Once it's dry, your furniture will be free of any annoying scuffs, nicks, and scrapes!

    Promising review: "For $10 you can cover up so many scratches that you couldn't buy a house big enough to run out of ink. I've had this for just four hours, but I fixed a table that was scratched when I moved it, kitchen cabinets, chairs, a wine rack, and some hardwood flooring. It does a good job at covering the scratches to a point where you have to stare at a spot to notice it, but don't expect it to make your furniture to look brand new again. But for $10 you can make your furniture look reasonable! Would highly recommend to anyone who has pets who scratch the !@#$ out of their wood furniture." β€”Phaedrus

    Get six markers, six wax sticks, and a sharpener from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A tin of toxin-free wood polish made with beeswax, olive oil, and essential oils to give your furniture a natural shine!

    a tin of natural wood polish from pardo naturals
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned business based in Georgia that began as a way to naturally treat eczema. Their line of toxin-free beauty and home products will help you live your best (and most natural) life!

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $9.99Β (available in four scents).

    20. A set of nickel cabinet drawer pulls and knobs to help bring your kitchen to the 21st century with its contemporary details. No offense to the rusting knobs you have now that were installed back when sliced bread was invented....

    two brushed nickel pulls and one brushed nickel knob
    Best Hardware Store

    Best Hardware Store is a small business based in China that creates unique knobs, pulls, and handles to help you upgrade your furniture.

    Get it from Best Hardware Store on Etsy for $4.09+ (available in three styles).

    21. Or a set of solid brass cabinet drawer pulls and knobs if luxury living is more your speed. And their knurled texture adds a unique ~touch~ of elegance.

    three knurled solid brass pulls and three knurled solid brass knobs on a black surface
    Plank Hardware

    Plank Hardware is a small business based in London crafting sleek and modern hardware for anyone living between 2021 and 3021.

    Promising review: "They look amazing and are of such great quality. I was super impressed with the sturdy weight of the pulls. They look so smart, and I am glad I was able to dress up my Ikea dresser!" β€”Gabriella Marine

    Get it from Plank Hardware on Etsy for $9.73+ (available in seven sizes/styles).

    22. A faux granite DIY paint kit for a less expensive kitchen upgrade sure to impress!

    three side by side reviewer images of a kitchen counter before, during, and after being painted

    Promising review: "I found out about this kit a few weeks ago. I redid my mother's countertops first and was so pleased with the results, I bought a second kit and did mine this weekend. I am not a crafty person, so if I can do it, anyone can. Just be sure you follow the step-by-step instructions on the included DVD. They came out great!" β€”Sarah W. Fallon

    Get it from Amazon for $114+ (available in two colors).

    23. A gallery wall set complete with seven varied frames so you can customize any wall in your home with pictures and artwork hung in an eye-catching array.

    reviewer image of gallery wall on staircase wall

    Promising review: "I wanted to make a collage of photos to decorate a particularly naked wall in my home. When I went to the store to buy some frames, I quickly was disheartened by the price tag. The cheap ones looked cheap and the nice ones added up to be expensive for the amount of frames I wanted to buy. When I went home, I went to good ol' Amazon and found these.Β  The system for keeping the board and backing in place is no joke and rest assured your picture couldn't move, even if it wanted to. The mounts were sturdy and they look so nice and professional on my wall. Being the ever-fickle person I am, I find myself changing the pictures from time to time. This is no problem, and the pieces that keep everything in place show no wear, despite being constantly moved. I am very satisfied with this product and will most likely buy more soon when we move into our next house." β€”sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in two styles and three colors).

    24. And a pack of Command strips because if you're anything like me (read: clumsy and bad at crafts), you're not gonna want to get a hammer and nails involved in hanging your gallery wall up.

    a four pack of white command strips

    I have used these to hang up everything. I mean that quite literally. Small frames, large poster frames, a dry erase board, and more. I love how easy they are to use and the fact that when it's time to move something, they don't ruin the paint on the wall.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+.

    25. A 60-piece tool set with everything from a power drill and bits to a level and tape measure so you'll have no more excuses to hide from the honey-do list you made for yourself.

    the complete 60 piece black and decker tool kit

    This set includes:Β a 2V MAX drill/driver, a tool bag, a hammer, a tape measure, an adjustable wrench, slip joint pliers, a ratcheting screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a slot screwdriver, a utility knife, assorted nut drivers, assorted screwdriving bits, assorted drill bits, and a level.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome. Every household needs a tool kit handy, and this is perfect. The power drill is strong enough to get all your simple household tasks done, and it has all the other little tools that you will need to be handy." β€”Johnny

    Get it from Amazon for $52.79+.

    26. A sleek bidet from Tushy that'll not only help you save the planet (no paper = less pollution), but also save your bum from rough TP. It only takes 10 minutes to install and after that, you're in for a healthier and fuller clean.

    reviewer image of the tushy classic bidet installed in a customer's toilet

    Promising review: "When it comes to doing number two, I laugh at all you TP users. The Tushy is amazing, and I can't poop anywhere that doesn't have one. I have been a Squatty Potty user for many years and now coupled with a Tushy, my bathroom experience is off the charts. So for any of you skeptics out there, buy this and thank me later. It's life-changing." β€”Brian Piccoli

    Get it from Amazon for $69+ (available in two colors).

    27. A set of dimmable under-cabinet lighting strips so you can go to the kitchen for your midnight snack without facing the harshness of your overhead light. Each strip has adhesive backing, so need to whip out the tool belt for this project.

    reviewer image of under cabinet LED lights turned on in a customer's kitchen

    Promising review: "I am happy that this has a true RF remote; I went behind the wall and it still worked. I needed three separate sets since my cabinets were disconnected, but being able to use just one remote for all of them is almost like what a professional would do! It came with enough cord holders to make sure they aren't hanging down. I left the lights on all day so a little bit of warmth would set the adhesive, but the lights really are cool to the touch. I think they should last for a long time since they are LED and the installation looks totally hidden!" β€”Daniel Moyer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.84 (available in two colors).

    28. A set of mid-century or modern furniture leg replacements to revamp your couch or dresser, because your aesthetic is constantly changing and your furniture needs to be able to keep up., Amazon

    Promising review (for the mid-century set): "These legs were the perfect addition to our newly reupholstered 55-year-old mid-century modern couches. Sturdy and beautifully finished in a gold/brass color, with nice mounting plates. After replacing the half-century old wooden spindle legs, the couches no longer wiggle when you sit down and are ready for another 55 years." β€”P L Priestley

    Get the gold mid-century legs for $21.59+ (available in two colors and four sizes) and the modern metal legs for $13.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes), both from Amazon.

    29. A portable carpet cleaner with such great suction and scrubbing features, you'll be able to spot clean *any* stubborn stains making a home in your house.


    Promising review: "This is a really nice little shampooer. I have a dog with medical problems resulting in recurrent issues with soiled carpet. I was impressed with its cleaning ability, especially the suction and the cleaning solution that comes in the package. Having owned many other brands before, I can safely say that none of them have cleaned my home better than this small unit. That having been said, I also used the solution at half or less than the recommended ratio to help avoid the dreaded hard carpet and super soiled spots from soap being left in the carpet. Nice for the price." β€”Vi

    Get it from Amazon for $175.09+.

    30. A sturdy multi-use ladder you can easily configure to your needs. From a stairway stepladder to an extension ladder, you'll be able to change your lightbulbs, paint your ceilings, and level out those family portraits on your stairway wall.

    reviewer image of the ladder open by a staircase

    Promising review: "This is my second folding ladder. The first one constantly pinched and cut my fingers. This ladder is built so much better. I have not had a pinched finger. This ladder is also better made in that it is heavy-duty aluminum. It's not so heavy you cannot carry it, but it just feels more sturdy than my previous one. This ladder is perfect to use when you need to work on stairs, or your raised deck. I have even used it to replace my 6-foot step ladder. I highly recommend this ladder." β€”T. Koehn

    Get it from Amazon for $162+ (available in two sizes).

    31. A pressure washer so you can hose the dirt and grime right off your car, boat, fence, patio, and more. You'll feel like a superhero blasting all that stubborn sludge away!,

    It even comes with five spray tips to help you attack light to heavy-duty cleaning tasks.

    Promising review: "This little guy is a game-changer. It is so quiet, and so powerful. I was extremely skeptical about buying such a small, not to mention electric, pressure washer because I've only used gas pressure washers in the past. Well I moved into my house last year, and started to wash this driveway off with a friend's gas pressure washer and decided it was not worth the time because it was not getting very much of the grime/dirt off. Well look at what this thing did. This home is near the beach and flooded in Katrina, and probably hasn't ever been pressure washed. This thing worked flawlessly. I can't say enough good things about this purchase. Would buy again with confidence." β€”James G.

    Get it from Amazon for $150.26+ (available in five colors).

    32. Chalkboard paint to turn any boring surface into a message board!

    reviewer image of garage door panel with chalkboard paint and a message that reads "welcome to our home" in chalk

    Promising review: "We got new garage doors, so I took a panel of our old garage door and made a yard sign with the chalk paint. I prepped the surface very carefully and painted when I had ideal outdoor painting temps. The paint was easy to use and went on smoothly. It's been outside for a month and has lasted pretty well. I think it looks great!" β€”Jean-Jeannie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.38.

    33. A pack of grey Medina peel-and-stick floor tiles that will breathe new life into your home (and cover any pre-existing scratches in your hardwood floor that your landlord won't pay to fix). These water-resistant tiles are the perfect blend of polished and practical.

    Promising review: "For under $100 and I redid my entire bathroom! We moved into our home two years ago and our small main floor bathroom had hideous orange mosaic tiles. We want to eventually gut and rehab our bathroom but wanted to give it a cheap facelift. Floorpops made that possible and were a very inexpensive option! We used caulk to seal some of the tiny gaps and caulked around the tub and underneath the baseboards for a good seal. The tiles are not moving at all and have adhered okay." β€”Agnieska

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in two colors).

    34. A gallon of self-priming paint made free of toxic solvents so you can upgrade your home knowing you haven't compromised your air quality. Not sure if you can commit to a gallon? Get a color swatch for just $2.


    Clare is a Black woman-owned business that makes paint shopping easier than ever. These designer-curated palettes are sure to take your home to the next level!

    And if you're not sure what colors to go with, take Clare's Color Genius Quiz!

    Get a gallon from Clare for $59+ (available with or without the five-piece paint kit).

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