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34 Things Under $20 That’ll Make A Big, Big Difference


34 Things Under $20 That’ll Make A Big, Big Difference

Including a very smart doggy seatbelt, beloved acne mask, and a door strip that’ll help you finally work in ~silence~.

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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A pack of water bottle–cleaning tablets that’ll FINALLY reach the bottom of yours without the need for futile reaching and scrubbing — goodbye, mysterious smell.

Promising review: “I wasn’t sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!” —Robert A Moreno II

Get it from Amazon for $7.99

To learn more, check out “Your Travel Mug Is Probably So Gross; Clean It With These No-Scrub Tablets“.

2. A Goodful silicone egg bites mold for making a plethora of easy but delectable snacks in no time at all. You can use this to poach eggs (it comes with a handle so it can be placed in boiling water), make bite-sized omelettes, mini desserts, whatever your heart desires. Heck, you might even enjoy cooking now.

3. An adjustable pet seatbelt harness so you can have peace of mind as you drive your bestie to the vet. A plus: they can no longer randomly attempt to escape through the window. Why.

Its metal buckles guarantee extra durability.

Promising review: “I had originally purchased these seat belts in 2016, and they were a literal lifesaver for my dog. My car was totaled when a car going 45mph in the opposite direction crossed lanes and hit us. My dog was wearing her seatbelt and the police and EMTs were shocked that she was ok and didn’t fly through the windshield on impact. They could barely get my door open and I went to the hospital, but my dog was injury-free. I just purchased a new set for my new car, and I would recommend these without question to any dog owner!” —Coral Smith

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six colors).

To learn more, check out “People Swear By This $8 Dog Seat Belt To Keep Their Pets Safe.”

4. A subscription to Billie that’ll make sure you never have to deal with dull razors again — it’s shockingly high-quality for just $9, is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and delivers blade refills right to your door before you even have time to worry about gross rust.

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You can pick how often you want your four refill blades to be delivered based on how frequently you shave. In the starter kit, you’ll get a handle, two blades, and a magnetic holder.

Not one but SEVEN of my BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues love Billie! Here’s a bit of what one of them has to say: “Billie is just the most wonderful company, and every time I take a shower, I ponder if I should write them fan mail. First of all, everything they design is ADORABLE, so even if their razors were dull or flimsy, I’d still be a loyal fan. But luckily, their razors are as sharp as they are sharp looking. The handle is super lightweight and easy to grip. The razor heads are surrounded in a layer of soap, so they glide beautifully over skin without irritating it. Billie makes great razors and it’s awesome that they’re so affordable. If only they could go back in time and stop me from paying absurd amounts of money on pharmacy brand razors in my youth.”

Get the starter kit from Billie for $9 (available in five razor colors).

To read all of their reviews, check out “We Tried That Pretty Razor Subscription All Over Instagram And, TBH, We Loved It.”

5. And! A bottle of Tend Skin’s shaving solution to help you nix ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

Promising review: “This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn’t matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you’re not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works.” —Claire

Get it from Amazon for $13.29+ (available in two sizes).

To learn more, check out “This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good“.

6. A jar of Museum Gel, because this’ll make sure your belongings can’t be knocked over. It’s a clear adhesive that was originally designed to keep artwork safe from falling in galleries, but reviewers use it for protecting their things (vases, pots, anything on a shelf) from cats and earthquakes!

Promising review: “I read somewhere random online that museum gel could help cats from knocking stuff over. So I put this stuff under all my plants, and my cats no longer knock them over and break the pots! It has saved me so many messes. It’s kind of like clear silly putty. You don’t need a lot because it slowly smooths itself out and will leak over edges. It’s super easy to take up and move around. It doesn’t harm furniture or windows at all! If you have cats, this is basically a necessity.” —djYAAAS

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

7. A pair of marble car coasters that’ll protect your car from sticky messes *and* add a little cute decor to your ride (who knew?). Starbs runs will no longer leave forever marks on your console.

Promising review: “I didn’t think much of the product when it was delivered. It looks great but I thought it can’t work. Wow, I was wrong. I have no more drips in the car cup holders. This little coaster absorbs all the moisture and dries quickly. I will have to order for the second car.” —Fred G.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99.

8. A tube of Glossier Brow Flick for easily defining your brows, while maintaining a natural-looking finish. Its featherlight strokes blend seamlessly with your hairs so your brows still look like themselves, just bolder.

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Promising review: “I cannot do makeup to save my life, but this made it so easy to learn how to make my brows look amazing (I have next to none). It looks natural and makes it so easy to get the shape and fullness I want. Plus, there is no transfer, flakiness, or smearing.” —Kim

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

To learn why a BuzzFeed editor and her lil’ caterpillars love this, check out “Just 10 Things You’ll Want To Try In July“.

9. A bug bite suction tool so you can play those suckers at their own game. It actually removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin to stop the itching and even help ease swelling. This definitely works better than the “x” trick.,

Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

Promising review: “I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

10. A Rain-X glass treatment, because this’ll protect your car windows from rain water blocking your view while driving. Basically it’ll repel the rain (and reduce sleet, ice, and snow) so you can still see clearly.

Promising review: “I had a cheap, untempered windshield which was awful in the rain. A friend of mine from college recommended rain-X and I was shocked at the difference. I applied it with a soft rag and sat there wondering if it was even on properly. I trusted the system and then later that night took my car out for a drive; it rained while I was out and the difference was instantly noticeable. Before, when using my wipers, streaks would obscure my view so much that any lights would make driving in the rain hard. Now, the droplets don’t smear and smaller ones sometimes just roll off. It’s pretty great.” —Alison J. Gong

Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

11. A Cetaphil clay mask people *swear* by for helping with even hormonal acne — including those with sensitive skin! It’s gentler than most bentonite clay masks, absorbs excess oil, and keeps tough breakouts at bay, making this a super simple yet effective acne care routine.

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My colleague, Elena Garcia, on the BuzzFeed Shopping team swears by this! Here’s a bit of what she has to say: “I’ve never, not once in my entire adult life, not had acne. I don’t know a life without at least one little pimple friend. Through my many years, I’ve tried to treat, adapt, cover…you name it, in hopes of dealing with what manifests on my skin. But in the last few years, I’ve noticed my acne become something much more stubborn and much harder to treat — that was, until I found this mask. The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — since using this mask is astonishing. My bigger, more painful pimples dried up almost instantly and my pores shrunk down so much! I went from having what looked like a strawberry for a nose to just a regular, smooth nose!”

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

To read her full review, check out “I’m Obsessed With Cetaphil’s Purifying Clay Mask And, Honestly, I Just Want To Talk To Someone About It.”

12. A water dispenser that’ll make pouring a glass from your jug a heck of a lot easier than trying to lift the entire thing. Just push the button, let it do all the work, and hit the button again to stop it. Fini.

Promising review: “I have being using a manual water dispenser for years, until I started feeling pain in my hands and fingers and decided to give this item a try. I charged the same day and it is still going on, even thought I replaced the five gallon empty water bottle several times. It works fantastic, is very nice, and very easy to use. Everybody in my household loves it and appreciates me more for getting it! Thank you very much to the inventor.” —Marta S. Gallego

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

13. An African black soap face wash for reaping all the benefits of the popular soap bar formula, but streamlining it to an easy-to-use pump. Not only will this be faster to use if you just want it for your face, but its shea butter will *also* leave your skin smoother. Clearer, softer skin with less effort? Yes. Please.

Bomb’d Aesthetics

In case you don’t know, Bomb’d Aesthetics is a fantastic Black woman-owned brand that makes handcrafted, all-natural beauty products. Everything is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with sensitive skin in mind.

Promising review: “It is very hard to find something that ‘works’ on my skin. I have eczema as well as oily areas on my face. This wash is gentle enough for eczema while also keeping me free of breakouts.” —Denesha

Get it from Bomb’d Aesthetics for $15.99.

14. A foaming carpet shampoo especially popular for cleaning car interiors — it’s high time you get rid of that ketchup stain from 2005. Your four-wheeled baby deserves BETTER.

Did I mention it’s citrus-scented? Its stain-removing formula lifts dirt and residue on cloth, carpet, and upholstery! AND it cancels funky odors.

Promising review: “This stuff is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I posted before-and-after photos (above) for you to see for yourself! My 1996 Toyota Camry is 23 years old — this is the original carpet! It took me exactly three hours to clean this carpet and I will tell you this: IT WAS WORTH IT!” —Treye

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

15. A widely-loved Wet Brush so you can minimize tearing by detangling BOTH wet and dry hair, minus any painful pulling or breakage. Aka you’ll still have every strand of hair you started with.

Promising review: “This is a fabulous brush especially for long hair and wet hair. It gently detangles the knots and feels great on the scalp.” —Judyann clouse

Get it from CVS for $9.99.

16. A bitter-tasting varnish, because this has already helped thousands of people kick the pesky habit of biting nails. It dries clear, but you’ll know it’s there. Basically, its taste is *super* sharp and strong so your brain is trained to say “I DON’T WANT THIS AT ALL” every time you go to munch.

Don’t worry, it’s bitter but it’s harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant. It also lasts longer than most drugstore habit-breaking polishes — and works to stop kids from sucking their thumbs!

Promising review: “This stuff is amazing. I’ve been a terrible nail-biter since I was a young child, and I tried everything to stop. I hated my hands and was so ashamed of how they looked, but I couldn’t help it. I committed to putting a layer of this on every other day, and it’s now been three months and my nails look amazing. The urge to bite has lessened, but I don’t think it will ever go away, so I plan to use this polish for years to come. The taste is so strong and immediately bitter, and it really lingers on your lips and tongue for a while. It’s an amazing product, and I highly recommend it.” —Lydia G Morgan

Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in two sizes).

To learn more about why people swear by this, check out “This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails“.

17. A jalapeño corer that’ll prepare your favorite dishes without getting seeds all over your fingers (don’t. touch. your. eyes.) *and* speed up the process altogether.

Promising review: “This is a great tool! The first time I tried to core jalapeños, I tried a variety of knives and any other sharp pointy tools I could find in the kitchen. It took me forever, made a huge mess, and no matter how careful I was, I still tore the tops off the jalapeños. I was determined to find a better way to core a silly jalapeño. I read reviews on Amazon for several different jalapeño corers, and I am SO glad I chose this one! It works great!! In just a short time, I had 14 perfectly cored jalapeños, with 14 intact cores (above). I highly recommend this tool!” —daetexas

Get it from Amazon for $15.02.

18. A menstrual cup for freeing yourself from uncomfortable tampons, saving moolah, and decreasing the amount of times you need to ~freshen up~. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the whole period thing this bb would purely be a delight.


Promising review: “Omg, this cup has changed my life. Where was this 10 years ago? I’m a heavy flow person and would use pads and tampons together and still spill over and stain. With this cup, it’s all i need and just a light pad. I can sleep all night now, sneeze cough and have no accidents. I never have to use tampons again!” —R.A.V.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in small, large, and combo pack).

You can also get Pixie Cup’s all-natural lubricant ($11.95 on Amazon) to make make sure inserting your menstrual cup is effortless and comfortable!

19. A multi-surface cleaning powder in a variety of all-natural scents that’ll make it significantly easier to scrub all your hard-to-clean surfaces (looking at you, bath tub corners) *and* make the whole room smell divine. I do believe Sunday cleaning just got a whole lot more rewarding — you might not even want to light a candle after.

By the way, this is a fantastic Black woman-owned company that makes all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning products. Every ingredient is carefully chosen and high-quality — some products, like the laundry detergent, are even compostable!

Promising review: “Amazing product and doesn’t smell like 100 chemicals. Gentle on my bathroom sink and tub tiles and gets it clean in no time! I’ll be buying again and again!” —Trae

Get it from Pur Home for $9.99 (available in five scents).

20. A single serve pour-over coffee dripper so you feel encouraged to actually make a cup of joe in the morning, instead of blowing $4 per day just to avoid the task. All you’ll need to do is pour some hot water over the filter and let it take the rest from there.

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Promising review: “I love it! The water reservoir on top is what makes this one stand out; just pour your water in the top and it drips through several small holes down onto the coffee in the cone, at a metered rate. No standing around waiting to add more water! I get on with the rest of breakfast prep and my coffee is ready without further attention. I’ve tried several of those expensive steel mesh filters, and although I’m a pretty discriminating coffee enthusiast, I can’t detect any difference. Clean-up is a snap.” —Rodney St. James

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

To learn more, check out a BuzzFeed editor’s review in “Just 9 Things You’ll Want To Try In May” (#9).

21. A set of electric toothbrush head covers, because this’ll protect your mouth from floating germs and, well, poop particles. There, I said it. They’re in your bathroom’s air and they’re COMING FOR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH.

Promising review: “These are awesome and super cheap. They fit any size and head type of Oral-B’s electric toothbrush models. They are great for traveling and keeping the toothbrush heads safe from germs. I use them at home, as well, because I read that most toothbrush heads kept in toothbrush holders in bathrooms are magnets for germs, including feces, yeast, and E. coli — YUCK! These snap on tightly and keep the toothbrush heads shape well for months longer than without them.” —FelineFriendly

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.99.

Or! Get a pack of 12 silicone toothbrush covers for non-electric toothbrushes ($8.98 on Amazon).

22. A pair of compression running socks that’ll help you push through that extra mile, thanks to better blood circulation, reduced swelling and soreness, and even moisture-wicking fabric. Dare I say, this’ll be the day you meet your 7-mile goal.,

According to their size chart, this fits men’s sizes 5–14, and women’s sizes 5.5–15.5.

Promising review: “These socks feel great. I’ve been wearing them with everything: spinning shoes, running shoes, booties and flats. The support is the same in each shoe. It actually seems to help my knee pain issues and I can tell a distinct difference when I give them a break and wear other exercise socks. There is a little extra room in the toe area but that doesn’t alter the fit in any of the footwear that I have been wearing.” —Bev

Get them from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in sizes S/M–L/XL).

23. A set of light-dimming sheets for reducing glaring screens and falling asleep easier once you’re actually in the dark. If your alarm clock is annoying in more ways than one, let these bring you peace.

You’ll get two large static cling light-dimming sheets.

Promising review: “What a time to be alive. I was laying awake at night wishing there was something I could do to make my hellish alarm clock less bright. I was really pleasantly surprised when I found out this product existed. I’m SO HAPPY that it does. I seriously don’t know where my fiancé bought this alarm clock, but it has four brightness settings and they range from light house search light to surface of the sun. I cut one of these sheets and smoothed it over the display and it’s AMAZING. I can still read the clock during the day, but at night it’s now just the right brightness so I can see the time, but not burn my retinas when I crack my eyes open in the middle of the night.” —Tiffany Marie

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99.

24. An acupressure wristband so you can say farewell to nausea and say hello to sweet, sweet relief. Pregnant reviewers say this has seriously helped with morning sickness, even when nothing else could.

It’s also been known to work for post-operative and chemotherapy-induced nausea. It applies pressure on your wrist to help ~restore balance~.

Promising review: “I’m eight weeks pregnant and have had morning sickness nonstop every single day, and it has made my appetite go away so much that I feared for my baby’s health. I needed a quick fix so I could eat again. It worked amazingly. I went to Denny’s and ate my weight in pancakes! It feels so good not to feel nauseous all the time.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.10+ (available in four styles).

25. A set of Rael acne patches, because these’ll heal breakouts before you have time to give up — all you need to do is slap it on before bed. They’re gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.

Promising review: “I was really skeptical about this product because it seemed like a gimmick of sorts. But I definitely saw, and felt, results after a few hours. I’m not really sure how this sticky dot works but I only put two on for my worst pimples to test it out and it really drew everything out. I’ll definitely need more for when my monthly breakouts come. Will rebuy and recommend.” —Lex

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $6.99.

26. Or! A pack of Avarelle extra large acne cover patches to help you easily tackle multiple pimples at once. They’re powered by tea tree oil and calendula oil (all of which are gentle on sensitive skin) to reduce inflammation and absorb pus ASAP.

Promising review: “I had fallen in love with the round individual acne patches, but as someone with moderate acne it would take me awhile to put a bunch of the individual ones on before bed. Enter these patches: Slap a couple of these on and you’re good to go. Wake up with clearer skin. Also these don’t over dry my skin like a lot of other acne products. 10/10. Now they need to come out with a full face version.” —Abby Skinner

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

27. An open-back tank top that’ll keep you cool not only during workouts, but just about all the time. You can wear it to prevent overheating while running, or as a trendy part of any outfit. As long as humidity is around, this’ll have your *back*.

Promising review: “I love the style and being able to tie it in the back and also have some air flow to keep me cool, but covered. I bought two more as soon as I wore this one through a good weight lifting session.” —NK

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors).

28. A treat-dispensing mat for striking a deal with your pupper during bath time: If they stand still and let you wash them, they can eat some peanut butter. Look at that, first bath that leaves you totally dry.


You can suction cup it to the wall.

Promising review: “I love this simple but amazing mat so much. My dog hates baths and, although she’s huge, she tries to jump out of the bath leaving me and the floor soaking wet. Since this purchase, she stands patiently until her peanut butter is gone, and I get to give her the most thorough baths she’s ever had. best of all, I stay dry! I encourage you to purchase this!!!” —LunasMom

Get it from Chewy for $10.95 (originally $12.56).

29. A Teddie Organics rosehip oil so you can tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between with just a few drops of this seriously-loved formula. Nothing will get in your way of ✨glowing skin✨ from here on out…not on this bb’s watch.

Promising review: “I had a friend come over from out of town and her skin in the past was pretty covered with acne, but this time it was glowing and her scars seemed to be mild! She told me she had been using this oil (two drops at night) and she mixed one drop with her foundation in the morning; it has helped her immensely. I’m not usually a believer in acne stuff since I’ve tried about everything, but I can honestly say I am so glad I took the risk — my skin in two weeks has never looked better! I couldn’t go without it again in my routine!” —Ty Azevedo

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

30. A set of Schtick dermaplaning razors, because these’ll remove peach fuzz and shape brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They’re gentle, precise, and won’t leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and you’ll never have to pay the price.,

Promising review: “I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up.” —I & S. Stark

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

31. A dual dog leash that’ll help you walk both your pups at the same time without having to juggle. It comes in various size combinations, so even if you have a tiny *and* big fur child, you’ll be able to depend on this for drama-free walks.

Promising review: “This leash exceeded my expectations! I chose this one based on the reviews and I am so happy. We have a big dog and a little dog. I wanted to walk them together but was concerned the big one would hurt her if he saw a bunny he wanted to lunge towards. Well he tried a couple times, but the bungee leash is phenomenal. And the handle is so comfy with the underlying material that it doesn’t hurt my hand.” —C. Zahorchak

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six colors and styles).

32. A set of bra extenders for *also* having a handy, super discreet way to make bodysuits more comfortable if they’re constantly giving you wedgies. You’ll get a pack of three, so you can create more breathing room in BOTH your tops and bras. Cue major sigh of relief.

Promising review: “I actually did not order this for a bra extender. I ordered it for my compression garment, which was too too tight between the crotch snap area and hurt me so bad, so I snapped the extender on the crotch area which was very easy to do, and now I have plenty of room to adjust the extender to my desire. It now feels very comfy, satisfied with my purchase.” —Customer

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in six different inch spacings and four color combinations).

33. A pair of no-show socks so you can join the reviewers who PROMISE these actually a) stay on your feet and b) won’t make an unwelcome appearance midday. Plus, they wick away sweat so you and your outfit can stay high and dry.

Promising review: “Dang these are great socks. I wear them with Keds, Vans, and anything else where I don’t want my socks peaking out of my shoes. The secret sauce is the tiny rubber band at the back of the heel. Without it, the socks would continually fall down, ending up in an uncomfortable bunch around my toes. But with the rubber bit they stay put all day!” —CK

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and seven color combinations).

34. A self-adhesive seal strip, because this’ll cheaply soundproof your room without any hefty investments if your roommates are l o u d. This’ll prevent their show (with the volume at seemingly 1,000) from creeping into your space — who knew door cracks were the real culprit?

You can pick between white and brown, depending on your door. Just cut it to the size you need and stick it on!

Promising review: “I came across this blessing in disguise after being completely FED UP with noise from my siblings in my house when I’m trying to sleep for work the next day. My door wasn’t thick enough to bounce off noise from behind it. I realized it’s not actually really the door I have to worry about…IT’S AROUND THE DOOR. This is everything I needed. I was listening to my sibling take a phone call when the door was open then after I was done, I closed the door and POOF, noise no more! If you’re looking at this because you need some soundproofing, this is definitely a must-have.” —Bobby

Get it from Amazon for $6.57+ (available in four sizes).

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