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    1. A jewelry cleaning stick that'll leave your precious stones sparkling and deliver dramatic before-and-after photos.

    This jewelry cleaning stick works like a brush pen: just twist the pen (a cleansing solution will be delivered to the flow-thru brush), brush the solution onto your jewelry, and voila — it'll sparkle like new!

    Promising review: "I was so excited to see the huge difference in how clean my jewelry looked. The cleaning process took less than five minutes and now it sparkles like new!" —Jackie_X

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.79 or one for $5.49.

    2. A polishing kit to make your dull headlight lenses look like new again.


    Each kit comes with a surface activator solution, UV block clear coat, clarifying compound, one applicator, two polish cloths, one vinyl glove, and premium sandpaper (400, 1000, and 2000 grit).

    Promising review: "This neat little kit has almost everything you need to get started on your headlights. The steps are pretty straight forward and simple. If you can apply wax to a car, you can do this. The result? Wow. I started with two 10-year-old headlight lenses that were horrible. I didn't think they would pass inspection, and they ruined the look of the vehicle. When I completed the last step, wiping on the sealant that has to dry for four hours, I was amazed. They actually looked like I had spent $200 for a new pair of headlight lenses. They were crystal clear. As it is, comparing my vehicle to a new one, you can't tell these lenses are even a year old. They really do look brand new. This kit saved me over $300 for the parts and only took a little time that I had to kill. If I need to do my other vehicles, I'm getting more of these kits and not stressing over it." —Alester Buckman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A carpet cleaner so you can destroy all evidence of a ketchup crime scene. It'll also work on upholstery like car seat covers.,

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissel carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady that goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18.

    4. A makeup removing pen for fixing crooked eyeliner without ruining your whole look.

    Promising review: "Perfect for removing those mascara and eyeliner mishaps! I loved how easy it was to use and how easily it fixed mistakes without ruining the rest of my makeup! This is a game changer for sure!" —meghansray

    Get it from Walmart for $6.94.

    5. A tiny, two-stage knife sharpener that'll take your dullest blades and turn them into razor sharp ones.

    Check out our review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives." —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.31+ (available in three colors).

    6. A shoe deodorizer and foot spray to instantly freshen up a pair of smelly sneakers (and make them wearable again).


    Promising review: "I’m in complete shock at how well this spray works! I have a hardworking husband with foot odor that could kill a rhinoceros. Just having his shoes in the same room would make your nose hair shrivel and your brain start to melt. I had high hopes for this product and it hasn’t disappointed! Using two to three sprays in each shoe after he takes them off completely neutralizes the odor, and the essential oil smell is gone by morning, leaving the shoes smelling fresh but not perfume-y. I will absolutely continue purchasing this product and I’d undoubtedly recommend it to anyone who loves their husband but hates his smelly feet!" —Tairra Leckemby

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    7. A temporary tooth replacement kit you can mold and apply yourself while searching for a more permanent solution.

    Promising review: "I would give this 100 stars. I had to be IN a wedding without a front tooth and out of desperation ordered this. You could NOT TELL AT ALL that the tooth was not real. My husband was amazed... they give you enough material to make a dozen or more teeth. BEST INVESTMENT you can make if you can't afford the dentist but need to fix an unsightly lost tooth gap. I ate with it for three days straight and if you let it harden in place in your mouth, it won't come out until you pull it firmly. You will be completely safe to be in front of people and even out to dinner. Buy it." —Ashland A.

    Get the kit from Amazon for $32.75.

    8. A wood polish and conditioner made of beeswax and orange oil that'll completely transform your old cabinets and tables.

    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. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. 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 it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    9. A scratch remover to buff out surface blemishes on your car and possibly save you a trip to the auto body shop.


    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" —Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    10. A pack of elastic fasteners as the ultimate solution for sheets that just won't stay put.


    Promising review: "These sheet straps are the best purchase I have ever made. I bought a new bed and had to put a thick mattress protector on it for the warranty to remain active, so my sheets fit very snugly. I toss and turn a lot and my dog moves around a lot, so the sheets were always coming off the corner. I bought these, and it only took a couple minutes to put on. It’s been a week and my sheets have stayed in place. This was the perfect simple and cheap solution for a major annoyance." —Shariece

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. A pack of cleaning tablets for removing the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.39.

    12. A 4-in-1 cleaning brush that'll scrub off the water and dirt marks on your precious suede and nubuck shoes.,

    This brush has a welt surface used for stronger cleaning on heavier scuff marks and stains, nylon bristles used for a lighter gentler cleaning on light scuff marks and for thin fine suede/nubuck, an arched half circle brush for easier cleaning on rounded corners, and a thin protruding brush for cleaning harder-to-reach crevices and grooves.

    Promising review: "Worked like magic! I had a brand new Calvin Klein suede purse. I took it to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and it came back with grease streams down one side. I was devastated. I figured I'd try this brush before taking it to a professional. Seriously y'all — a few swipes with this brush cleaner and you couldn't tell there was previously a stain. 10 stars!" —Runnwme

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. Silicone hooks to secure your glasses in place and prevent them from falling off your face.


    Promising review: "I have thin metal frames that were constantly sliding off or falling down if I had to pick up anything from the floor. Tightening the frames did not work for more than a day. These worked like magic. I needed only one but the twelve in the pack are most welcome! The silicone is nice and does not hurt behind the ears at all." —S.Sharp

    Get 12-pairs from Amazon for $5.59. Or, if you're not a fan of bright colors, they come in a clear option as well.

    14. A ring size adjuster so you don't have to send it to the jewelers for resizing until you're ready.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! My rings were loose but not enough to need resizing. I used the larger size coil to keep my rings in place and have had no issues getting my rings off or back on. My rings also stay in place now! I have not noticed any lotion, soap, etc getting stuck underneath either." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. Dry shampoo for giving your third-day hair a freshly washed look in no time flat., Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried dozens of dry shampoos of all price ranges and this is the best. The price is good, the smell is clean and not overpowering, and it is a REALLY effective dry shampoo. I love either sleeping with it or using it in the morning and blow drying it out. It doesn't leave a gunky residue or white in your hair after brushing/blowing it out, and it's great to add some texture to a blowout. Can't recommend enough!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.39.

    16. A bleached-based cleaning spray that'll make mold and mildew vanish right before your eyes.

    Promising review: "I bought this with a lot of doubt. But it was almost like fading ink. In seconds right before my eyes, the mold in the edges of my tub went away. I was truly amazed. Other products I had to use a brush to clean but not this cleaner. It went away right in front of my eyes." —Jeremy Allgrunn

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    17. An essential oil stick designed to help relieve migraines in a pinch.

    Read our review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

    Promising review: "I have had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I have tried everything. OTC medication, prescription medication, pain injections, chiropractor etc... This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I have only had two to three headaches in that time, and they were mild. I ordered more already so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines. It is phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    18. Pore strips so you can clean out the annoying blackheads on your nose all at once.,

    Promising review: "Want to feel disgusting about your previous self from five minutes ago and better about your health for the next couple of weeks? Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable to a stiff sticky pad on your face. After your five minutes of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off. Nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then, flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pic or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction." —r0bdawg11

    Get a 24-count combo pack from Amazon for $7.

    19. Self-setting rubber for mending your frayed cables so you don't have to shell out $$$ to replace them.


    It can be used to repair other things as well and works on aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and some fabrics. It's waterproof, UV-resistant, electrically insulating, and dishwasher-proof when cured. You can blend different colors together to create your own custom color.

    Promising review: "My MacBook Pro charger wire was starting to break so I got some Sugru to mend the damage. Absolutely incredible product that saved me like $70 to get a new charger." —leesankwok

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

    20. Anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with wheat protein and wheat germ oil that'll help control flaking, scaling, and itching.

    Just use it just twice a week in between your regular shampoos.

    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc... BUY THIS! I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four to five times (over a month), and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.59.

    21. An electric fabric shaver to rescue five-year-old sweaters that still spark joy but are starting to look a little worse for wear.


    This runs on two AA batteries and has three depth settings for different kinds of fabrics.

    Promising review: "I had low expectations for this, but it's AMAZING! I have a couple pairs of Lululemon leggings that had some pretty bad piling. Instead of getting rid of them, I figured it was worth a shot to fix them. This little device is seriously awesome. I am shocked at how well it took off the little fuzzballs that I thought was impossible. They now look in like-new condition. Where has this been all my life?! Get it!" —SRoss

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors).

    22. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets for restoring your stainless steel thermos to a brand new state. The best part? No scrubbing required!

    These are biodegradable and odor-free.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    23. A drain snake so you can unclog the bathtub or sink yourself instead of calling the plumber.

    Promising review: "When my wife and I moved into this new place, we noticed that there was a bit of water that just kept pooling near the drain in the shower. We tried at least two full bottles of Drano with success, but it was short-lived. A bottle of Drano costs about $6-8 for two attempts. One package of these and only ONE of the items used in this package made more short-term progress than all that Drano did. Less than $6 to save over $20 in drain cleaning products or even the prospect of hundreds from calling out a plumber? Hell yeah, I'd buy this again! Your hands will get messy but you will thank yourself for getting these. Your partner will thank you. If you have slow drains in your shower, there are only three words I can say for you to help fix that problem. Buy. This. Product." —Adam W.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    24. And a TubShroom that'll catch hairs and prevent a clogged drain in the first place, all without disrupting the water flow.


    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. Best strainer I've ever had." —Lawyer For Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors). Also, check out the SinkShroom and the ShowerShroom.

    25. A coconut oil–based hair treatment to instantly smooth out your frizzy locks.


    Promising review: "This hydrating oil is great. If my hair looks dry and wiry, I spray this great product on and then my hair looks and feels more manageable. This spray is so light it doesn't weigh my hair down." —netbound59

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    26. Washable gel foot pads so you don't have to give up wearing those cute but extremely uncomfortable ballet flats.


    You'll get two different pairs of gel feet cushions: one with a toe loop anchor and one with self-adhesive backing.

    Promising review: "About a month ago, I started having pain on the ball (metatarsal area) of my right foot. Initially, it kept me from doing small things, but, as of a week ago, I could barely walk. I received this product yesterday. Honestly, I was skeptical/doubtful as to whether this would help. I've worn the cushions on both feet all day and am amazed at how much better I feel. The pain is virtually gone... wish I'd have ordered these four weeks ago." —cindy berg

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A bottle of Barkeeper's Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.

    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker!

    Promising review: "Bar Keeper's Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician'! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.31.

    28. An anti-chafing stick that'll soothe and moisturize sweaty and sticky areas on your body (like inner thighs) without blocking your pores.

    This vegan product doesn't contain any petroleum, lanolin or mineral oils.

    Promising review: "This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it's worth the price. I've worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I've even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!" —CollegeGirlBookSeller

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in two sizes).

    29. A fast-acting stain remover to have on hand until you've perfected your wine swirling skills.

    Promising review: "Had some red wine splash on me during a wedding. Not like a huge puddle, but left a few streaks on the pant leg of a 100% wool suit. I sprayed some of this on a paper towel and applied it (conservatively) to the stains, then used a clean, wet paper towel to remove the residue. Worked like magic." —Will B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    30. Poo-Pourri toilet spray so there's absolutely no trace of offensive odors left in the bathroom after a number two.


    Just spritz into the toilet bowl before you go and *poof* no more stinky smells!

    Promising review: "One bathroom in an apartment just isn't enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. It is very fresh and not overpowering. It is not synthetic smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon." —Allison H

    Get a two-ounce bottle from Amazon for $8.09 (available in 20 scents).

    31. Mink Oil — a balm that'll not only condition your leather goods but will also create a waterproof barrier to protect them against water and salt marks.

    Promising review: "This brought back three pairs of my boots from the verge of death. The boots were dried out and stiff with age and neglect, but one heavy application of this mink oil softened them up and they look good again!" —Nakz96744

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    32. Pimple stickers that'll help eliminate giant zits overnight. Just stick them on before bed and they'll suck up all the gunk while you sleep.,

    Unlike other pimple stickers, these are actually made with tea tree and calendula oil to soothe the skin and prevent picking.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    33. A sunburn relief lotion to calm your skin after accidentally falling asleep at the beach. (Am I speaking from experience? Maybe.)

    Promising review: "Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.71.

    34. A mini bottle of touch-up paint for covering up any chips, stains, or scratches on your walls and furniture.


    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free.

    This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

    35. Body cleansing wipes so you can feel fresh and clean even when you can't get to a shower.


    Promising review: "Wow, these things work REALLY well. We don't have a shower at work and I wanted to start riding my bike to work... 12 miles each way. After a test run with these on a hot day after a ride (sweaty and stinky), they worked like a charm. I did my first ride to work last week and arrived quite sweaty. I only had to use one wipe (cleaning strategically) and air-dried for 15-30 seconds. No residue and I felt (and more importantly... smelled) as clean as if I just took a shower. As the day pressed on, I continued to feel clean... even more so than after showering. These things are fantastic." —green freak

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.59.

    36. A bitter but harmless clear polish that'll help break your nail-biting habit for good., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

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