Sometimes, you’ll use a product and when you see the end result, you say, “Why didn’t I get this sooner?” If the answer was “it’s too expensive”, then you don’t need to worry about these 37 products. Adulting is hard enough without having to worry about if the product you bought is going to work, so we did the legwork for you and found products that do exactly what they say and won’t cost an arm and a leg. The best part is most of these products have instant results, so you’ll see the fruits of your labor and be able to tell it actually worked right away! From the best mascara to face serum that should cost way more, we’ve got the lowdown on how to get great results on the cheap.
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This Washer Door Prop Eliminates Mildew And Stink
If you’ve got a front-loading washing machine, you know how fast it can get stinky and mildewy if you don’t keep the door open. I’ve been using a box of fabric softener sheets to prop ours open but this washer door prop is purpose-made to do the job. This cute little guy helps prevent mold and mildew from forming when there’s no airflow inside the washer and he’ll stay put thanks to a magnet in his feet that sticks to the machine. Genius I tell you.
These Boot Bananas Stop Stinky Feet
Suffering from stinky feet? It can happen super fast if you don’t wear socks with sneaks or flats (or even if you do if you’re my kids!). These boot bananas are filled with a natural perfume of lavender, lemon, patchouli and tea tree essential oils with antimicrobial benefits. Just pop ’em into your shoes and bask in the fresh scent instead of deathly foot odor!
This O’Keeffe’s Hand Cream Is Ultra-Moisturizing
My mom’s hands are constantly cracked and raw from gardening and hairdressing, so I got her this O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream and guess what? Her hands were baby-soft and healthy within a few uses! This stuff has a cult following with over 18,000 glowing reviews and the before and after pics are nothing short of amazing. If you know someone with “working hands”, they’re going to want this to soothe chapped skin fast.
This Retinol Moisturizer With Tons Of Vitamin A
Apply a thin layer of this retinol moisturizer to your face day and night — vitamin A can help reduce the frequency of breakouts, as well as speed up healing. It’s safe for all types of skin, and there’s even some hyaluronic acid in there to help lock moisture into your skin.
Neutralyze Your Skin With This Acne Spot Treatment Gel
If you have specific problem areas on your skin anywhere on your body such as acne, dark spots, or uneven skin tone, this spot treatment gel will reduce their appearance in just 24 hours! The best part is that you can try it risk-free and get your money back if you don’t love the results. It’s 100% cruelty-free and is gentle on all skin types.
This Nail Cream Helps Them Grow
Are you a nail picker or biter like me? It seems like my nails are always splitting from typing so much, and this Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream is in my cart to fix the problem asap. It’s been around forever because it actually works (just ask the 13,000+ happy reviewers) – the formula soothes cuticles and prevents nail splits, chips, peels and cracks on soft, fragile nails.
This Maybelline Falsies Mascara Speaks For Itself
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then I’ll just let this before and after pic speak for itself! Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara makes it look like you got eyelash extensions with just one coat – the results are dramatic judging by happy reviewers’ selfies. It creates so much believable volume instantly. The best part is it costs less than a trip to Starbucks!
This Makeup Primer Works Overtime
I have a love/hate relationship with makeup, mostly because it doesn’t like to stay on my face after I’ve spent hours carefully applying it. It wasn’t until I used this pearl powder primer that my eyeshadow lasted through the night. Its cruelty-free and lightweight formula enriches the appearance of skin, conceals discoloration, and balances complexion. Perfect for every skin type. I was so excited, I got the face primer too! If you don’t thank me now, you’ll Thank Me Later…
DIY Layered Beverages With These Handy Tools
If you are tired of drinking the same old beer, use this layering tool. With it, you can create delicious beer cocktails with ease. Not sure which beers to blend? No problem! You can get this How-to Make Layered Beer Cocktails guide and impress all of your friends with your new beer layering skills
This Vitamin C Serum Clears Skin
You’d expect to pay a lot more for this Vitamin C Serum that works fast to clear and smooth skin, but the good news is it’s under $15! It contains superstar ingredients like hyaluronic acid to moisturize, niacinamide to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin, salicylic acid to clear breakouts and retinol to provide anti-aging benefits. So basically, this serum does everything you’d expect from a countertop full of products, but in one dynamite bottle!
This Ear Wax Remover Is Grossly Effective
Sometimes I think Q-tips just aren’t enough, and may even be making wax problems worse by pushing it all farther down in your eardrum. I was instantly intrigued by this Debrox Ear Wax Remover based on the user before and after photos – just drip a few drops in your ear, then all the gross stuff comes right out! Judging by the amount of wax that seems to come out of users’ ears, this is a must-have product for any household that enjoys hearing correctly.
This Makeup Mitty Removes Eye Makeup In A Snap
Eye makeup can be tough to take off, even if you’re using makeup remover and cleanser. Now you can take it off with just water when you use this makeup remover cloth made especially for eye makeup. It fits right onto your fingertip to get in all the tiny spots around your eyes where makeup can hide like in your lash line. I love the larger makeup remover cloths for my whole face, but this specialized one is so effective for targeted areas.
This Argan Oil Hair Mask Smooths Frizz And Damage
If your hair’s crying out for some moisture, this Argan Oil Hair Mask promises to deliver deeply hydrating, smoothing benefits with one use. It repairs and strengthens dry, overprocessed hair and even helps it to grow by keeping it healthy from roots to tips. It’s got nearly 12,000 stellar reviews so you know it’s something to write home about!
This Achilles Calf Stretcher Targets Sore Muscles
If you’ve got foot or heel pain, you’re going to want to check out this funny looking but effective foot rocker to help you stretch the pain away. You just put your foot in the gadget, then press down to relieve pain, improve circulation and reduce fatigue. The motion also helps to isolate lower leg muscles so you get a deep stretch to help prevent injuries. It’s a must have for staying active if you’ve got plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, ankle strain or arch pain. I’m big on Spinning and I use this every time I work out to get a good stretch and stop my calf muscles from bunching up painfully!
This Pet Grooming Glove Works Like A Treat
Those of us with pets know the harsh reality of pet hair that plagues every inch of our houses and clothing. But here’s a genius way to make grooming your pet a relaxing experience for them. You just slip on this grooming glove and they think they’re getting affection while you’re secretly removing all the loose hairs before they get all over the place! Much easier than dealing with the aftermath of pet hair-pocalypse if you don’t regularly brush them.
This Slow Feeder Keeps Pets From Gulping
Does your pup gulp food so fast he gets an upset tummy? It’s such a common thing among dogs, they just can’t seem to get food in their faces fast enough! This slow feeder toy prevents that problem and also keeps them busy while they figure out how to get to the food you place inside. It comes apart for easy cleaning but is safe for your pet to use without worrying about them choking on small pieces. Better than cleaning up yet another round of dog barf when they’ve eaten too fast again!
This Cereal Bowl Never Lets It Get Soggy
Are you one of those people who likes your cereal to stay crunchy, not soggy and starting to dissolve like when it’s been sitting in milk? This cereal bowl is going to be your new go-to for breakfast and snacks then, since it has different compartments for the milk and cereal! It has a cool ergonomic side grip so it feels comfortable in your hand and is easy to eat from – just slide portions of your cereal into the milk one at a time when you’re ready to eat.
This Under Sink Organizer Makes A Huge Difference
If you could see the cabinets under my sinks you’d likely be horrified – they’re a jumbled mess of cleaning products, oils and vinegars, hair products and more random stuff all jumbled together. That is until I got this handy undersink organizer that has a place for everything. It’s expandable from 15″-20″ so it’ll fit under sinks of all sizes, plus you can place the shelves at four levels to customize to your storage needs and there’s a genius space left for your pipes so it’ll fit perfectly.
This Tub O’ Towels Is A DIYer’s Best Friend
I was first introduced to Tub O’ Towels by our contractor when we were renovating our kitchen – he used it to remove grout and grease from his hands and I was amazed at how well it worked. Since then, it’s been my go-to for getting paint off my hands from painting our mudroom, cleaning up spills and all kinds of other DIY disasters. You can use it to clean just about anything, and somehow it’s still gentle on hands!
This Headphone Splitter Provides Peace
If you’ve been on a car or plane trip with kids, you know the importance of keeping them entertained to prevent meltdowns. We only have one tablet that my kids share, so this headphone splitter is an important gadget while they’re watching movies or playing on apps so they can both hear at the same time. It’ll buy you hours of peace in the car or on a plane, and it’s such an inexpensive purchase you’ll wonder why you waited so long to buy it!
This Wrinkle Release Spray Is For The Lazy
If, like me, you’d rather clean the toilet than ever pick up an iron, this wrinkle release spray is for you. Simply spritz it on your wrinkled clothing until a bit saturated, then let it dry and watch as the wrinkles magically fall out of the fabric! Of course, you won’t get the same crisp lines as if you used an actual iron, but this is good enough to look like you didn’t just pull your shirt off the pile of laundry on the floor.
This Wine Aerator Makes Box Wine Taste Like A Million Bucks
If your preferences in wine tend to run toward the cheap version, you’re gonna want to pay attention here. You can get this inexpensive wine aerator that you just stick in the top of the bottle then pour. It’s perfect for under $20 wines to infuse air into wine using the Bernoulli effect (going to have to Google that one). Basically it’ll make your bargain wine taste like a million bucks – it’s got over 2,000 stellar reviews for ease of use and improvement in the wine’s taste.
These Platypus Flossers Are A Must-Have For Braces
My kid got braces this year, and since she’s only 9 it’s been hard for her to care for her teeth the way she should, especially flossing. Her orthodontist recommended these Playtpus Flossers made especially for braces, and they’ve made a world of difference! They’re specially designed to fit underneath the wires so you can still get in between teeth. Seriously, if your kid has braces, add to cart immediately!
This Hand Lotion Stops Sweat
Sweaty hands are the worst – they make for awkward handshakes, you’re always dropping things and it’s just uncomfortable. Good news if you suffer from this condition – this hand cream actually stops sweat like an antiperspirant for your hands! Now you don’t have to hide your hands in your pockets since you’ll be able to improve interpersonal and business relationships when you confidently go in for that handshake.
This Carpet Cleaner Works On Seats, Too
Our backseat is an unholy mess of juice box spills, sunscreen smears and god knows what else the kids have done back there. Seeing the before and after pics for this carpet cleaner made me order some immediately because it gave me hope that we don’t have to live in such a state of unpleasantness anymore. This stuff magically works on anything from carpets to upholstery and it’s got over 2,000 rave reviews – worth a try if you let kids in your car!
This After Sun Lotion Soothes The Burn
I don’t play fast and loose with the sun anymore, but even when I’m careful I sometimes get burned. This sunburn lotion from Burt’s Bees works incredibly well in just a few hours, thanks to the aloe and coconut oil formula that absorbs quickly and soothes on contact. Almost 2,500 people are singing the praises about how fast and how well it works, so you know it’s good.
This Toe Separator Soothes Bunions
For anyone with bunions, overlapping toes or foot pain, these toe separators are a must-have. They’ll even fit inside shoes comfortably so you can walk and stand longer, making them essential for travel or exercising. I use mine when I’m painting my toenails to keep my toes from overlapping and rubbing the polish off!
This Bottle Cleaner Is Amazing
My husband takes a stainless steel bottle of water every day to work, and by the end of the week it looks a lot like the before picture above. I don’t even know how he stands to drink from it, so I got some Bottle Bright cleaning tablets to get out all the gunk and I’m happy to report they work incredibly well. A bottle brush can only do so much, but if you want a really deep clean, it’s worth it to get this inexpensive bottle cleaner!
These Acne Patches Are Magic
Sometimes I’ll get some of that super fun adult acne and tbh I freak out a little wondering how I’m going to get rid of it! But I didn’t have to worry because these Mighty Patch acne patches clear it up overnight. Somehow, through magic or witchcraft, these little patches suck out all the pus and gross stuff from your zits overnight – you can see exactly what came out since the patches are clear! Yucky and exciting! I’ve tried other ones that claim to work as well as these – they might be a little cheaper but none perform as well as these ones.
This Bar Keeper’s Friend Gets Great Results
This Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaner does amazing work on pots and pans, but I use mine to clean our porcelain farmhouse sink every week. It’s the only thing that deep cleans and removes all the stains from tomato sauce, eggs and whatever else ended up stuck to the sink that week. It’s also great for stainless steel sinks, any kind of metal kitchenware, bathrooms, outdoor furniture and more. Basically if you need something clean, get this stuff.
This Dandruff Shampoo Works Miracles
Into everyone’s life a little dandruff may fall, and if it’s your turn to have the flakes you’re going to want this superpowered dandruff shampoo. The before and afters are nothing short of amazing as you can see in the pic above. My scalp gets incredibly dry and itchy in the winter because my showers are way too hot, so even though I don’t have dandruff in the traditional sense, I’m still picking up this shampoo to soothe my scalp.
These Crest Whitestrips Provide Breathtaking Results
When I wanted to whiten my teeth at home instead of dropping a mint getting them professionally cleaned, I turned to the OG of at-home whitening, Crest Whitestrips. These come in a 20-day supply, and you leave them on for one hour at a time. They improved the design from years ago when they moved all over your teeth; these ones are non-slip and stay right in place so they’re even easier to use.
This Paw Cleaner Keeps Your House Tidy
It’s true, pups need walks every day, no matter if it’s raining or mud season. Keep your house cleaner without having to wash the floor every time your dog comes inside after playing – just use this paw washer. Dunk your pet’s feet in the little jar of water and scrape the mud off using the specially designed lid. I detest cleaning floors and carpets so when our new puppy comes home this is going to be at the top of my essentials shopping list!
This Light-Dimming Sticker Lets You Sleep Better
If you need a pitch black room for sleeping, check out these light-dimming stickers you can place over your electronics to keep them from keeping you awake. You can still easily see what time it is, but the clock won’t disturb your sleep. They’ll cling to the surface without leaving a sticky residue, so they’re easy to remove, reposition and reuse for whatever needs dimming.
This Foot File Gets The Dead Skin Off
This isn’t a picture of my heels, but it very well could be. Pedicures are kind of off the menu since you can’t really do them outside and I don’t feel comfortable being in an enclosed space even with masks, so my feet are definitely not ready for prime time. This callus remover worked like a charm to get off all the dead, dry and cracked heel skin to reveal baby softness. I almost resorted to using one of those foot peels, but didn’t really want to be shedding skin like a snake for the next two weeks, so I’m really glad this much faster option worked!
This Sneaker Drying Bag Is So Easy To Use
My kids’ shoes get pretty stinky fast no matter what I do, so I often resort to washing them in my machine to freshen them up. What I don’t love is how loud they are banging around in the dryer and getting all into the other clothes and towels in there. This sneaker dryer bag keeps them flush against the dryer door so they stay contained and don’t make that god-awful sound! It’s super easy to attach to your dryer door with velcro straps, and you can even wash shoes in the same bag to keep them from getting tangled in clothing.
This Bakeware Organizer Transforms Your Cabinets
Before I got this bakeware organizer, my cabinets were a disorganized mess of pizza pans, muffin tins and baking sheets. This little gadget made it 100% better in a snap since there’s a slot for everything and it stays in place, kind of like one of those desktop paper holders. I got a second one just to hold cutting boards and it’s made such a difference, like night and day!
This Eyelash Curler Is Essential
I don’t like to wear mascara every day, especially when I’m just around the house or running errands, but I do like my eyes to look open and awake. Using this eyelash curler gives you great results in getting that lift to make eyes appear larger and give your look a little more polish, even if you’re not spending lots of time on your makeup routine.
This Iron Out Cleans Up Fast
If your shower looks anything like the picture above, you need Iron Out rust stain remover stat. It works incredibly well to remove those nasty orange stains in showers, bathroom and kitchen sinks and toilets. You can even use it on surfaces like concrete, tile and fabric inside and outside the home. Our shower curtain rings bled orange onto the shower curtain I really really like so I’m going to try to salvage it with this spray!
This Furniture Protector Is Cheaper Than A New Couch
Kitties can make the biggest mess out of your living room furniture if they decide it’s going to be their new favorite scratching post. People have gotten great results with these furniture protectors that attach to your couch or chair arms easily and prevent the little buggers from scratching the daylights out of your stuff. They’re clear so not very noticeable and they blend in with your furniture so it won’t impact your decor. Definitely a lot cheaper than replacing your furniture every few years!