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26 Cheap Products That Can Make A Lasting Impact


26 Cheap Products That Can Make A Lasting Impact

Lasting solutions with small price tags, y’all.

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1. A super-soft Makeup Eraser that wipes makeup right off your face with nothing but water and a gentle scrub — and, more importantly, has a microfiber blend specifically designed to clear gunk from your pores. It won’t just clean your face now, but prevent all blackheads and breakouts in the long run, too.


It’s got two sides — one that can wipe off all your makeup with water and a light scrubbing, and another that exfoliates your skin. Plus, all you have to do when you’re done using it is wet it and hang it up to dry! No more wasting money on icky washcloths that hurt your skin!!! I can hear your pores singing from here.

Promising review: “THIS. THING. IS. AMAZING. I have literally never had clearer skin. It does exactly what it says it does: erases your makeup. Waterproof or not, it all goes away with just a little water and a little bit of scrubbing. I will forever be amazed by this. Never buying another makeup remover product again.” —Brittany

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of the Makeup Eraser for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in 11 colors).

2. A gentle, double-sided keyboard cleaning tool to get gunk out of your keyboard before they get all up in your computer’s wiring, helping you significantly lengthen your computer’s life span (if you, like me, have ever had to shamefacedly give a flickering computer full of Cheez-It crumbs to an Apple Genius).


Promising review: “Having tested it for old and new keyboards, I can say it works extremely well for notebooks and laptops that have very flat keys (such as Chromebook), as well as your typical standard computer keyboards with tall keys. It’s amazing how much hair, dust, and other junk I clean out of them (My own + my friends’ + old keyboards I have to clean). It works way, way better than pressurized air sprays, and the cleaning process is a whole lot faster, too. The great part is that I no longer have to pay a bunch of money on buying expensive cans of air. It’s fun, too.” —JenniferCF

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

3. A ring size adjuster for loose rings, a comfy money-saver in the long run for anyone whose fingers are in between sizes and doesn’t want to shell out $$$ to get everything resized.

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As you can see, this is my own human hand pictured above. I’m obsessed with jewelry retailer Local Eclectic, but my ring finger is between two of their sizes — enter this plastic coil, which made up the size difference in the hottest second.

Promising review: “I’ve been holding off on getting my ring resized and decided to do something temporary till then. These are perfect! They came with a bunch of different sizes, and you only use a small amount of the one you need. If I end up needing it tighter again, I can swap it out for a larger coil. They are really easy to put on, and I hardly feel it at all on my finger. I’m not sure how long they will last because I haven’t had it for long, but it comes with enough extra that it would be easy to swap out if they don’t hold up.” —Charet

Get a 12-pack in two sizes from Amazon for $5.99.

4. Plus, a jewelry-cleaning stick with cleansing solution on a brush that’s designed specifically to get in the grimy nooks and crannies of your rings with a clean that’s both fast *and* long-lasting (my two favorite adjectives as a lazy human being).,

Promising review: “This thing is a miracle worker! I’m a little ashamed to say that getting my ring cleaned had become low priority in the past eight or so years — kids, moving, etc., took the top spots. My ring was so dirty that I was starting to worry that if I took it somewhere to clean it, they’d be disgusted! I randomly saw this product mentioned by someone as a way to shine up their ring occasionally. I bought because it was pretty cheap, and why not take a chance? I soaked my ring in some warm water and dish soap for about half an hour, then took it out and started using the stick on it. I should’ve taken a picture of all of the gunk I got out of the crevices! I went over it thoroughly and then rinsed it off, OMG! My husband said he could see it sparkling from across the room and said maybe he needed to use it on his ring now! It’s been about a month since I’ve last done it, and it’s only now starting to lose some of its sparkle. Very long-lasting!”Browns

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

5. A produce-saving storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh for so much longer than they would on their lonesome, so you can actually get your money’s worth outta your groceries time and time again.

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Fellow BuzzFeed staffer Natalie Brown tried these on strawberries and spinach and literally called them a “miracle.”

Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. What kind of witchcraft could these small plastic bins be born from that would make them somehow extend the life of our otherwise short-lived produce? Well, let me tell you — if it was witchcraft that produced these containers, then call the Sanderson sisters and get them rolling on another batch! Down here in southeastern Virginia, the produce is terrible! We couldn’t get strawberries to last for more than three or four days. They’re so much cheaper to buy in the large containers, but then we had to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just to make sure they were gone before they started to get too soft and juicy. I was beginning to dislike strawberries. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a crime in and of itself. But along came these wonderful containers. They more than doubled the life of our berries, allowing me to once again think to myself, Eh, maybe this meal I will have kiwi.” —Michael Territo

Get it from Amazon for $7.17.

6. A jar of Aztec healing clay masks for acne that essentially suck the gunk out of your pores (and pre-existing acne) like a vacuum. It doesn’t just help with the acne you already have — it helps to prevent acne in the future, making it less of a quick easy fix and more of an actual solution.

People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! And by the way, there are a lot of reviews — this bb has over 13,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Practically a small nation! Many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.

Promising review: “Great results, easy to use. Dried my skin out a little but nothing a moisturizer couldn’t fix. Amazing results. Shrunk my pores and my face feels like the cleanest it’s been in recent memory. Definitely use the apple cider vinegar too.” —ian cumings

Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

7. A bottle of nail and cuticle repair oil that you simply brush on your nail beds once a day to condition and strengthen all those brittle spots and hangnails, so you can finally kick the habit of picking at them once and for all.

Promising review: “My nails were brittle. Chipped and cracked a lot. I used this product every night for a few weeks and it made my nails look stronger and brighter. Chips and cracks are gone. Cuticles are not dry or peeling. The oil is easy to apply and rub around my nails. The oil absorbs quickly too. Can’t smell anything unless i take a big whiff up close and all I smell is almonds. I got the smallest bottle. Should last me a while. Would recommend.” —Jeanie

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

8. A detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that’s so effective on all hair types that it’s amassed over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon — people swear by it for detangling fast without pulling and damaging hair, so your locks can maintain their health over time.

It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don’t have to time out your brushing.

Promising review: “I was really skeptical when I bought this brush, wondering if it was really going to work on super curly, easy to get tangled hair. It has exceeded my expectations and I can’t believe how awesome it actually works. This is great for thick, curly, hard to untangle hair. It doesn’t get caught in the snarls and it is so easy to brush hair now.” —Kimber Burks

Get it from Amazon for $11.22.

9. An firming eye cream that uses vitamin C, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, and hibiscus flower extract to brighten and firm that sensitive skin around your eyes and neck not just on a day-to-day basis, but a long-term one, too.,

Promising review: “Incredible product! Still cannot believe what a difference it has made in the lines and wrinkles around my eyes. I use it twice a day, and actually use it for my entire face and my neck. My skin feels so soft, and lines are disappearing.” —Melissa

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

10. A battery-operated depiller you can use on sweaters, socks, and bedding to suck all the gunky fabric up, saving you the money of having to replace staples year after year.,

Promising review: “Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts 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 $11.19 (available in five colors).

11. A rechargeable electric lighter that’s wayyy more cost-effective (and environmentally-friendly!) than constantly replacing gas ones, and is long enough to light up even your most well-loved Bath & Body Works candles without worrying about the flame being able to reach the wicks.

Promising review: “Finally an easy way to light candles without a dangerous open flame. This is also child-proof because you have to turn on a very small switch at the bottom of the lighter. Then you slide the top switch with your thumb to light the candle. I noticed also that if you push it too far into the candle wick it shuts off. This is a hidden safety feature for fingers. Also, the wand is attractive on the table.” —James Marino

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

12. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away vague headaches before they get a chance to escalate into full blown ones, so you don’t end up sacrificing hours of productivity every week.

Promising review: “This stuff is my go-to fix when I feel a migraine coming on. I suffer from sinus headaches and migraines usually once or twice a week. This product I put on each temple, under my nose and on my wrists when I feel the pressure starting and it cuts the pain to a minimum. It seems to stop the worst pain before it has a chance to start. Thank you for a great product! I will buy again and again!” —Brenton1985

Read BuzzFeed’s review of the migraine stick for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

13. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, helping tackle dandruff and promote healthier hair growth at the source.

Promising review: “I’ve suffered with dry, flaking scalp for about a year now (pretty much started when I was pregnant and hadn’t gone away). I have used tea tree oil shampoo, dandruff shampoo, coconut oil, you name it. I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid and the bristles were fine and close together and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little “bristles” are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean.” —Meg R.

Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in three colors).

14. A set of airtight glass meal prep containers that are safe in the oven and the microwave, meaning you can cook, store, reheat, and eat out of ’em all in one go, sparing your future self more cleanups than you can count.


Promising review: “I ordered these food containers to replace the original (cheap) containers that came with the lunch box I had ordered from Amazon as well. The glass contains seem very solid and sturdy. Obviously, they are heavier than plastic containers which people should have in mind if they buy them to put their kids’ lunch in heavy glass containers into the already heavy backpack. The containers are easy to stack and even easier to clean, for lazy people like me, they are even dishwasher-safe. If you stack them, I wouldn’t stack more than three just to be safe. They have the perfect size to fit your lunch in and since it is glass, you can directly prep your lunch in the oven in those containers or freeze if you prep more than a week at once. My porridge has not leaked in my backpack yet, so I’d say they are leak-proof.” —Sharon N.

Get a set of five from Amazon for $25.99.

15. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy that can help with posture and lower back pain by reducing the pressure on your tailbone — a game-changer not just for long days working from home, but for sparing you the ache afterward, too.

Promising review: “This seat cushion is SO GOOD. I have had a lot of problems with pressure on my tailbone and resulting back problems, and they’ve been getting worse. I will be honest, I have only tried the old-fashioned medical donuts, so I don’t have much to compare it to. However, this cushion is nicely thick, and the cutout and contours are so perfect and they take all pressure off my tailbone. After working for a few hours, I got up and for the first time in almost a year, didn’t have pain. Normally, the pressure on my tailbone becomes pretty bad while sitting, but produces an even sharper pain upon standing. Feeling so great for the first time prompted me to buy another for work so I could keep this one at home and never be without it! Hopefully, reducing the pressure on my tailbone will also help it heal, but even being free from pain is wonderful.” —CSC

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

16. A set of satin pillowcases that create less friction for your hair, letting it grow healthier in the long run now that you won’t have to start each morning trying not to damage it as you work through the morning tangles.


Promising review: “Couldn’t afford silk so ordered these. I love them. I’ve heard that sleeping on cotton is like rubbing your face on steel wool all night since that’s how delicate the skin there is. All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looked freshly blown dry the next morning. I’m not exaggerating, hair looked the exact same in morning as it did after I styled it the night before. So, if this material is that nurturing to my hair I can only imagine how my face is loving it. I’m hooked and will be buying more colors.” —BinaryCode

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

17. A set of light-dimming stickers you can stick on all the LED lights blasting their glow like tiny UFOs in your room at night. They come in a pack of all different sizes, so you can find the perfect ones to match your gizmos and finally get the restful sleep you deserve every night.


Promising review: “I wish I’d had these for the last 15 years. If you have electronics in your bedroom and hate the light they put out, this is what you’re looking for. Now all my chargers are nice and dim, my Bluetooth audio device no longer guides ships safely to shore, and I can leave my amplifier on a sleep timer without planes headed into the nearby international airport mistaking it for runway lights.” —J.G. Kerns

Get a set from Amazon for $4.59.

18. A set of velvet hangers that cling to your clothes more firmly to stop them from slip n’ sliding to the bottom of the closet, with a thin design that will dramatically free up space for a clean, sleeker storage.


I’ve used these for YEARS now after I bit the bullet and bought 60 of them, and they not only did everything they promised, but they’ve held up super well. Plus, nothing makes you feel like you have your life together more than hangers that actually match. Some reviewers note that the flocking has been falling off the hangers for them, but I’ve only experienced this if I’ve pulled down on it really hard if I’m in a rush — if you take your clothes off the hanger normally, it should be fine.

Promising review: “Love these hangers! I have very limited closet space and it’s amazing how many items I can hang up in my tiny closet. The hangers are thin so they don’t take up much space. Four of these hangers take up as much space as one plastic hanger. They are covered with a velvety covering so that once I get the clothing properly aligned on them, the clothing stays put. I don’t have to worry about strappy tops falling on the floor or hanging oddly on them. They stay put. Also, these hangers don’t leave puckered fabric on the sleeves (like you can get from other hangers). These are the only hangers I use in my closets. I have the multiple pant hangers and the shirt hangers also.” —Cindy Sumner

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

19. A set of shoe deodorizers with activated charcoal insides – they work for months to help eliminate those mystery smells that waft out of your closet every time you pull out your sneaks for an Instagram Live workout.


Promising review: “This is the second set we’ve purchased, after trialing them on my husband’s work shoes for a few months and seeing great results. They dry out sweaty shoes, reduce odors, and keep regularly worn footwear feeling fresh. Every few months I do remember to set them out in the sunshine for an hour, which is super simple as far as product maintenance goes. We keep them right with our shoe rack, ready to rest in any shoe that comes along. Thanks for a great item!” —Katie S.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

20. A lazy Susan turntable that will not only make storing condiments easier and free up valuable space in the fridge and pantry, but will significantly cut back on all that time you spend frowning into the void wondering where on earth you put the ketchup.


Promising review: “This is the perfect size for my cupboard and I love that it has the silicone on it so things don’t slip around. So happy! Amazing how much easy it is to find things now! Makes a really big difference!” —Rachael

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

21. A TubShroom, a little gizmo you can stick in your shower drain to catch all your hair before it clogs up your pipes and becomes a living nightmare. The hair coils around it to make it even easier to remove, making it both handy *and* semi-horrifying!

Promising review: “I hardly ever write reviews but this thing is so amazing I had to share. With every shower I take, I shed a TON of hair and (as you can see from the picture) stick it to the wall so that no hair goes down my drain. I thought this method was working out well but my drain was continuing to stop up. I figured it must be my sister’s fault since I was so good about not letting any hairs go down the drain, but I went ahead ordered the Tub Shroom after seeing advertisements on Facebook. I got this thing and after only two showers, it collected a crap ton of my hair that I didn’t catch. It really is so easy to install and wipe away the hair, exactly like the videos. Awesome invention and I’m super happy with this purchase!” —Megan K.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

22. A set of long-lasting Bee’s Wrap food wraps that not only prevent food waste with a body warmth activated wax sealing that keeps produce and leftovers fresh, but will save you money on one-use plastic alternatives, too.

Promising review: “These beeswax wraps are so much better than plastic wrap for storing hard and semi-soft cheeses. Now our cheese never starts getting moldy before we have a chance to finish it. We’re cutting down our plastic usage more and more, and these wraps are much more eco-friendly. (We just need to do more to protect the bees.) Closing the wrap is quick and easy. It takes just a second or two, using just some pressure and the warmth from your hands. As long as you remember to rinse these reusable wraps in cold (not warm or hot) water, they last a long time. So, although the upfront cost is significantly higher than plastic wrap, the per use cost is reasonable.” —Mr. Schindel

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.

23. A set of reusable wool dryer balls to consistently lessen the drying time of your clothes, *plus* soften fabric, help prevent wrinkles, and pick up all the pet hair that has become an accidental accessory to all your outfits.


Promising review:These wool dryer balls have replaced the need for dryer sheets and laundry softener, which saves me a lot of money. The Soft Sheep brand of wool balls is the best I’ve ever used as far as quality. They have made my laundry feel ultra soft and I love that it is an organic option. I no longer have to worry about chemicals harming my family. There are six balls in this package and they are extra large and work great. These balls are super high quality and I have been telling my family about them! Definitely recommend these!” —Jack

Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.69.

24. A self-grooming cat toy so your cat can have a time ~feeling themselves~ and you can enjoy the sweet ongoing relief of not having to whip out the vacuum every other day.,

You can easily mount this toy to a flat wall or a corner using the adhesive strips included, and even comes with a little bit of catnip you can put in it to initially attract ’em.

Promising review: “My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall.” —T. Mangiacarina

Get it from Amazon for $5.

25. A pair of lacy thigh bands that’ll stay in place all through the warm weather months, so you don’t have to worry about that dreaded thigh chafe whenever want to flounce around in dresses., Amazon

I own a pair of these, and unlike me showing off in aforementioned dresses, these STAY PUT. There are little grippers on them that lock them in place, but are gentle enough that you don’t even notice ’em.

Promising review: “These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office, I’ve been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable ‘digging in.'” —A. Spencer

Get a pair from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in six sizes and 17 styles).

Check out BuzzFeed’s video review of of these thigh bands + other things to fight thigh chafing for more deets!

26. A set of bed bands to lock your fitted sheets neatly into place once and for all, so you can finally get the peaceful, untangled sleep you deserve every night.

Promising review: “I have a pillow top and pillow bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now—and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY …. SINGLE… NIGHT. To say this is life-changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets.” —TinkerbellAPixie

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.

You feeling reeeeeeal smug about making big life improvements for little money:


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