27 Cheap And Helpful Products You’ll Probably Have For A Long, Long Time

27 Cheap And Helpful Products You’ll Probably Have For A Long, Long Time

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1.

A password journal, because trying to remember unique passwords is a lifelong struggle, but writing them down in this book takes about five seconds.


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Promising review: “I LOVE this little book! What an awesome idea someone had when they came up with this! I have always had to write my passwords in some sort of notebook/journal since I have so many accounts and can never remember any of them, but this just made it SO much easier! It’s in alphabetical order which is super convenient and it’s discreet yet not boring enough to get shuffled away with other paperwork and notebooks.” —Erika Gustafson

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

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Reusable cotton rounds that — unlike their disposable counterparts — will last for way longer than just one minute. These machine washable beauties will be there to help you remove makeup and apply skin care products for a long time to come.


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The pads are machine washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don’t get lost.

Promising review: “These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!” —Phillip A. Rzewski

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

3.

A knife sharpener to keep your prized blades honed and sharp instead of letting them get sad and dull.


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Simply run your knife through each sharpening slot 10 times each.

Promising review: “Best money ever spent! As someone who is a cook in a restaurant, we go through knives quite often. This will save us so much money, especially with serrated knives. Great product! I was skeptical about this, especially with serrated knives, but WOW! Works great and makes the dullest knife like brand new.” —Matt R.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

4.

A tongue scraper that’s a small price to pay for fresher breath and less…ummmm…mouth goo.


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Promising review: “It’s hard to review this product without grossing people out but I think the truth needs to get out. There is some nasty stuff on your tongue that a toothbrush cannot remove, especially in the back. This thing allows you to remove it easily without gagging yourself by trying to shove a toothbrush down your throat. I was definitely surprised the first time I used it how much material I removed, and yes that stuff smells bad. After that first time I couldn’t get anywhere near as much off of my tongue which tells me that the material had been there a while. My breath is noticeably better now. This is a very simple tool and it cleans up well since it’s just a piece of stainless steel and rubber handles.” —Amazon Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.28.

5.

A set of microfiber glasses cleaning cloths for any glasses-wearers who just wants to see clearly for ONCE. Keep some of these in your pocket so you can finally stop squinting.


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Promising review: “I’m not one to write reviews so quickly after receiving things, but I have to comment on these cloths! I usually dislike microfiber cloths — I know they are supposedly great for cleaning your glasses and screens, but every single microfiber cloth I’ve ever used has left unbearable streak marks on every surface, whether used by itself or with a cleaning product. When I opened these cloths, I immediately used one to clean my glasses that I hadn’t been able to clean properly all day, and my glasses came out streak-free and beautiful! Love these. I was hesitant to spend so much on cloths I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like, but these blew me away! Most definitely will buy again.” —Stephanie Hollander

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.49.

6.

A combination broom and squeegee that’ll be your new go-to tool for wrestling hair and lint trapped in your carpet right out from under your feet. Your vacuum is shaking.


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Promising review: “I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month.” —Nicolor

Get it from Amazon for $13.45.

7.

Shower curtain rings with separate hooks for the curtain and the liner. Hanging and cleaning those historically wily sheets just got a lot easier.


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Promising review: “Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the pole.” —CASEINPOINT

Get it from Amazon for $4.50 (available in three styles and five finishes).

8.

A giant Tub O’ Towels for cleaning heavy duty messes of all kinds. This tub comes with 90 (!!!!!) wipes, so yeah — you’ll be set for a while.


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Promising review: “These towels are absolutely amazing. For the price, you have to have a tub of these in your truck. I’m a semi truck mechanic and it gets EVERYTHING off my hands, smells great, and even gets stuff off clothes, seats of trucks, and scuffs on paint. They are very thick and durable. I buy these for my shop and they last quite a while (90 in a tub). These are some of the BEST towels I’ve ever found!” —Derek

Get it from Amazon for $11.94.

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Some charcoal shoe deodorizers to help rid your loafers of The Stank. Recharging them is as simple as placing them in a sunbeam — how sweet.


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Promising review: “I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!” —Erin

Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

10.

Reusable Keurig cups so you can save money, make your own coffee blends, and reduce your use of disposable K-cups in one fell swoop.


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Just put ground coffee into the cup and run it through the Keurig like normal! The cups are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: “Easy to use and brews a delicious cup of your own choice of coffee. We like a half-caffeine cup and do not like the only half-caff option widely available. With these cups we can brew to our taste. Easy to clean up as well.” —M Hayden

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.45.

11.

A honeycomb organizer to keep your drawers that hold your ~drawers~ neat for the foreseeable future.


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The organizer can be trimmed to fit in your drawers!

Promising review: “Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but it’s totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find…wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it.” —Brigette

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

12.

A stainless steel “soap” bar so you can easily wash away the lingering smell of garlic and onions after chopping. And unlike a regular bar of soap, it will never erode away into a tiny ball of mush.


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Reviewers say this bar also helps with body odor! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Promising review: “This bar is for real. I know there is science behind it but it feels like magic. The onion smell disappears from your hands instantly. Every kitchen needs this. Have had it for years now and no rust or any sign of wear. Looks and works like it’s brand new.” —kallisto

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

13.

A peace of mind journal that will literally help you until after you’re dead. It may not be legally binding, but it can give your loved ones direction about your wishes — just in case of the worst.


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Promising review: “A friend paid her attorney hundreds of dollars to have the information in this book put together for her. This is very thorough and has everything I would like family to know if I become incapacitated. I have just begun filling it out, and it does take time to put in all the names, passwords and numbers, but this is so necessary. I especially like the blank pages to write my own thoughts for loved ones. Legally, I don’t think this book replaces a will, but just a good way to have everything in one place.” —Fat Cinnamon

Get it from Amazon for $13.44.

14.

A TubShroom to wrangle your stray hairs and keep them from becoming a veritable tumbleweed clogging your drain. That’s a problem future-you should never have to deal with.


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The TubShroom is flexible, so it fits snugly into almost any drain, creating a tight seal even the thinnest hair can’t move past.

Promising review: “I shed so much hair and it has always been an issue when it comes to showering! I used to try to catch the hairs before it went to the drain in which I would later have to clean once clogged, and now I encourage and move them towards the drain and my TubShroom! It truly is amazing and the silicone material allows it to not rust like the old metal tub sink screens. It makes cleaning so much easier and I am amazed every time. It even caught my dogs hair and he has short thin hairs! Highly highly recommend this to every home.” —S.K.M.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

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A Drop Stop to prevent food, coins, your phone —anything! — from getting lost between your car’s seat and center console. Heck, you could probably pay for this with the amount of change you’ll eventually rescue.


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The Drop Stop is squishy and can squeeze into almost any vehicle.

Promising review: “I have to admit, my expectations weren’t very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don’t know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it’s soft! It’s just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn’t another product that compares to this.” —Tessa Forbes

Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

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A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet so you don’t have to inspect your dishes every time you go to load or unload them. Why is it SO impossible to remember if you ran the dishwasher or not?


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Promising review: “My kid always used to ask, ‘MOM ARE THESE CLEAN OR DIRTY DISHES?’ Now, I don’t have to answer the same question over and over again. Thank you! It works great. I just stick it to the dishwasher and turn it so they know if the dishes are clean or dirty. I’ve had this for five or more years now. I love it.” —Brighteyez

Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

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A pair of pointy-tipped tweezers that will help you get at ingrown hairs, blackheads, splinters — anything you reaaaally want to get out of your precious skin!


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Promising review: “I have all three tweezers and they by far are THE BEST TWEEZERS I HAVE EVER PURCHASED. From removing hair and blackheads, these tweezers definitely do the job. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone being that they have excellent grip on them as well. I have also found them very helpful in removing splinters and ticks as well. You will not go wrong making this purchase of well-made tweezers.” —Larissa Wright

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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An over-the-cabinet storage system so your hair tools finally have a forever home. You no longer have to choose between storing them dangerously close to the sink or in a tangled mess in a drawer.


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Promising review: “This product did exactly what I needed it to. Before, all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but this metal basket minimized clutter, kept things organized and separate, and also looks nice. It fits two of my blow dryers, a flat iron, and curling wand. The bars are adjustable as well, but the basket fit perfectly to my cabinet. Worth the buy.” —Alyssa Jewell

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in nine finishes).

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Reusable silicone bags to use for packing your lunch, marinating food, storing leftovers, and more! Scooch over, disposable plastic bags, there’s a new, long-lasting kitchen helper in town.


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Stasher bags are microwave AND dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “Amazing idea! I keep my frozen bananas in them when they start to go bad. The freezer disposable bags used to freezer-burn them. These reusable bags keep these from getting freezer burn and they taste amazing in my smoothies. Easy to close, too! I need 100 more! I love this color, however I think I would lean towards clear since if I have multiple in the freezer, it’s easier to see what’s in them.” —Sasha

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).

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A lint remover and fabric defuzzer to revive all of your favorite fabrics you thought were lost forever to The Big Fuzz this winter and many winters to come.


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The de-fuzzer has three interchangeable edges suited to all types of fabric. The reverse side is also a lint remover!

Promising review: “I have tried a LOT of ‘fuzz removers’ and ended up throwing them away. Either they pulled the fabric or didn’t remove the fuzz. The ‘Ultimate Fuzz Remover’ does exactly what it is supposed to do. I have used it on fine cashmere sweaters as well as a fuzzed up acrylic wrap. Very happy with both results. The three choices of shavers is the best – you can adjust the ‘pull’ according to the fabric. I also have a dog, so the hair remover also was needed and works better than the “sticky tape” roller I have. I am very happy with this product!” —GR Gordineer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

21.

A set of eight interlocking bins for transforming your “junk drawer” into your “nice, organized drawer of happiness” with a minimal investment.


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Promising review: “Love it. What a difference it made to our junk drawer! Before, things were so hard to find and were falling behind the drawer. Now, the same amount of stuff is in there, but we can actually find what we need. Wish I did this earlier. Super configurable.” —Alaina

Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $8.97 (available in six colors).

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A set of nonstick oven liners to prevent yourself from making food messes that will take a whole lot of hours and elbow grease to clean. Food swipes right off and the clean mat can be placed back in the oven to await another easily fixable disaster.


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Promising review: “These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple — no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, he doesn’t have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen, and I love it.” —Kindle Customer

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

23.

A wine aerator for taking your cheap merlot up to a new fanciness level by incorporating oxygen and releasing the wine’s ~bouquet~…I think. It’s complicated.


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To use, simply fit the aerator nozzle into the bottle and pour!

Promising review: “These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don’t always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can’t beat the price!” —Ash Bash

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.


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This comes with 10 straws, a carrying case, and a cleaning brush. They’re also dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I originally started out using the stainless steel straws — but I lived in this relentless, looming anxiety that I would chip my tooth on them…to the point where I dreaded using my straws. Which defeats the point! I thoroughly enjoy that you can chew on these. 😂 Five stars all around, they come with simple baggy to take them for travel, AND a cleaner utensil. They’re super low maintenance, because they give you the proper care and cleaning tools. They also donate to the OCEANA campaign effort to save the ocean!” —Amy Marquez-Vincent

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.95.

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An umbrella small enough to tuck into your bag so you *hopefully* don’t misplace it and always know where it is when you need it. Do yourself a favor and don’t lose this one!


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The umbrella automatically opens and closes.

Promising review: “I like the tiny size. It easily fits into my glovebox in the car without taking too much space. It may not be big enough for a long walk, but for those who rush from parking lot to the building, it is a good enough size and I think that’s what it is designed for. Will buy another for my other SUV.” —A guy working hard

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

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A pair of bedsheet suspenders for keeping your fitted sheets firmly in place all night long. And there’s the added bonus laugh after you dress up your mattress in people clothes.


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Promising review: “My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We switched to those awesome deep pocketed sheets a few years ago which helped, but he even manages to get those to slide up each night. Bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! These are on that list of things you never knew how you lived without them before.” —LindseyB

Get them from Amazon for $8.99.


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Promising review: “This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn’t think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It’s not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix.” —Alexa

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

*THE FUTURE* Man, how long have you had that broom you got from that BuzzFeed article?


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

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