Sometimes the most effective inventions come with the smallest price tags. That's the theme of today's roundup, which gathers more than thirty of my favorite recommendations. They're all available on Amazon for under $20 (and many are far, far cheaper. What do they have in common? Big-time results.
My favorite might be this pour-over coffee maker, which has over 1,000 glowing reviews, these gross-yet-effective grooming gloves, which de-shed better than just about any other gadget out there, and this caffeinated eye cream that promises to reduce dark circles and puffiness. I'm in!
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This Acne Healing Clay
via: AmazonThis highly rated clay mask consistently earns 5-star reviews for one simple reason: It works. The natural calcium bentonite clay works on skin to open pores, exfoliate, and deep clean.
via: Amazon / piret90The before-and-after photos uploaded by Amazon reviewers tell the story. This argan oil hair treatment deep-conditions hair for shiny, silky, smooth results.
via: AmazonThese leggings are affordable, comfortable, and come in a zillion colors and sizes (including plus sizes). Some styles even have pockets!
via: AmazonFor an affordable boost to your daily skin regimen, try this caffeinated eye cream! Caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce dark circles and puffiness under eyes.
This Car Pocket That Fits in the Gap Next to Your Seat
via: AmazonThis is such a smart idea, I don't know why everyone doesn't have them in their cars! It's a pocket organizer designed to fit in the gap between seats, making use of space that usually just traps crumbs.
This Cuisinart Knife Set
via: AmazonThere are so many things to like about this knife set. It's affordable, a trusted brand, and comes in happy rainbow colors!
This Deep Clean Brush Set
via: AmazonPerfect for stubborn spots like stovetops, fixtures, and grout lines! This deep clean brush duo sets you up for cleaning success.
These Face Scrubbies
via: AmazonFor cleaner skin, try these little face scrubbies made of flexible silicone. Not only are they effective, but you won't believe the price.
These Massage Balls
via: AmazonThis two-pack of massage balls helps release tension and eliminate muscle knots. Perfect for pre- or post-workout, or anytime you need to soothe tight muscles.
These Pet Grooming Gloves
via: AmazonI have these pet grooming gloves, and my favorite thing about them is my dog Rosie just thinks she's getting petted, when I'm actually removing gobs and gobs of loose fur!
via: AmazonThis pour over coffee maker may look expensive, but the price is right! It's a non-electric way to make perfectly brewed coffee in minutes using just grounds and hot water.
These Reusable Twist Ties
via: AmazonThese reusable twist ties are a smart little solution to countless annoying problems. Flexible rubber on the outside, bendable wire on the inside, endlessly versatile and reusable.
via: Amazon / WhitneyThis might be the easiest, most effective tool for cleaning toilets! The toilet wand system gives you a handle with disposable cleaning pads, so you can get a super-clean toilet every time without dealing with a nasty brush to store.
These Magnetic Shoelaces Make Mornings A Breeze
via: AmazonIt never fails, every morning I remind my kids to put their shoes on starting before breakfast, but guess who's still shoeless as the school bus is pulling up? These magnetic shoelaces are great for poky kids who are struggling with tying their shoes (or anyone with arthritis or other dexterity issues).
This Bug Bite Neutralizer Stops Itching Fast
via: AmazonBug bites are my least favorite part of summer, especially when my kids get them because they scratch until they're infected. This bug bite neutralizer is key for our family in warmer weather? - simply click the button and a tiny spark makes contact with your bite, stopping the itch! Magic, I tell you.
This Instant Pot Steam Diverter Saves Your Cabinets
via: AmazonYou know how the steam vents from your Instant Pot directly into the bottom of your cabinets and/or your face? Now you can redirect that burning hot jet of water away from important things with this steam diverter - the supercute bird design doesn't hurt, either!
This Handheld Bug Zapper Kills Pests Dead
via: AmazonJust think of this handheld bug zapper as a deadly tennis racquet here to slay all those flying nasties. So much more fun than slapping skeeters away with your hand and missing. The 2750 volts of power flowing through the racquet ensure instant death for mosquitoes, biting flies, spiders, yellowjackets, and wasps. Humans for the win!
These Mosquito Repellent Bracelets Keep Bugs Off
via: AmazonI have to spray my kid every day before summer camp with stinky, stinky bug spray. Seriously, that stuff chokes us all in its toxic cloud. These mosquito repellent bracelets are a much better choice - simply slip onto your wrist and the citronella blend repels those bitey jerks like you're a bug-fighting superhero.
This Kitchen Sponge Holder Is Divine
via: AmazonWhat better way to add a bit of the mystical to a mundane task like washing dishes than with this cute sponge holder? The little yogi appears to float atop your sponge or scrubber like he's sitting on a cloud. Simply attach it to a flat surface with the included suction cup and enjoy your moment of zen.
This Left-Handed Pen Makes Writing So Comfortable
via: AmazonLefties, unite! While I am not one of your awesome tribe, I do sympathize with your plight in finding comfortable writing utensils. These left-handed pens promise ergonomic bliss for southpaws, and have hundreds of rave reviews to back up that claim.
This Black Light Flashlight Uncovers Pet Messes
via: AmazonIf you suspect pet messes might be lurking, you'll want to pick up this black light flashlight. Simply shine it wherever Fido or Fluffy might've peed on the rug or floor, and the telltale glow will give away their favorite indoor spot to break the bathroom rules.
via: AmazonWhen was the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? Get that mysterious, helpful appliance sparkling clean with this foaming cleanser. The biodegradable packet goes into the garbage disposal as is and its active ingredients foam up to wipe away grime and odors from the blades and the pipes. The lemon trick might cover up bad smells, but this simple packet offers a much deeper clean!
This Ring Size Adjuster
via: AmazonIf you recently lost some weight and it’s showing in your fingers, your rings probably don’t fit right anymore. The time and money it takes to have your rings resized might be too much for you, especially if some of the pieces are fashion jewelry. Keep wearing your favorite rings with this innocuous set of adjusters. The clear, plastic coils can be cut to wrap around the bottom of the ring with more loops creating a tighter fit.
This Shirt Collar Saver
via: AmazonIf you have to wear a lot of collared shirts for work, you’re all too familiar with the ring of doom. This handy bar of detergent eliminates those stains as well as stubborn underarm stains and day-to-day food spills. The bar also works wonders on upholstery so you can finally get that white couch you’ve been terrified to buy.
This Scalp Massager
via: AmazonWe all know that the best part about going to the salon is receiving a luxurious scalp massage during your wash. Now, bring that experience home with this little tool! This ergonomic brush features soft, silicone bristles that won’t damage your hair while stimulating your scalp. In addition to feeling amazing, this can also help prevent dandruff.
This Dermaplaning Tool Also Shapes Eyebrows
via: AmazonNow, you only need one tool to bend any facial hair to your whim. This pack of three blades can expertly smooth skin without breaking it, taking fine, unwanted hairs in the process. They also have a blade guard to allow for more precision when eyebrow shaping. The slim razors are small enough to take with you for touch-ups while you’re out and about or on vacation.
This Foot Scrubbing Pad for the Shower
via: AmazonThere’s a Twitter fervor going around about people who don’t wash their feet and if you’re not sure what the big deal is, I highly recommend this foot scrubber. It suctions to the floor of your shower so you don’t have to do any advanced yoga poses to get the bottom of your feet clean. The flexible bristles also provide a great, exfoliating massage for tired feet.
This Makeup Remover Stick
via: AmazonSometimes, okay, most of the time, a cat eye can just get wildly out of hand. This little pen allows to expertly correct your mistake without employing cotton fluff that soaks up the rest of your makeup with it. The compact pen is also excellent for on-the-go touch-ups for smudged mascara. The stick is highly moisturizing so you can even use it as a lip balm in a pinch.
These Sharpenable, Dry Highlighters Are Magic
via: AmazonThese colorful dry highlighters are definitely a new invention for me but they make so much sense when you think about it. There's no smudging or smearing or bleed through to other pages like with traditional highlighter markers since these are more like crayons. Just highlight and go! People love these for studying and marking passages on thin Bible paper since you barely have to press down to make a mark.
These Porcelain Bowls Are So Anthro
via: AmazonI have a little set of these porcelain bowls which I bought from Anthropologie for much more than these cost, and they're seriously identical. Save money without sacrificing style with this affordable and colorful set! If bright colors aren't your jam, they also come in a set of cool blues or fresh white. They're the perfect size for soup, cereal, ice cream sundaes and more, and they're durable as heck. Even with two small kids using them all the time, they've never chipped!
This Tank Top Hanger Adds So Much Room To Your Closet
via: AmazonThese clothes hangers get so much love for the room they add to your closet thanks to vertical storage - you can hang eight tank tops or four bras on them to free up drawer space! It'll also keep your bras in better condition than being shoved into a drawer that'll crush the cups. You can also hang jewelry, scarves, belts and other accessories from the uniquely-shaped arms!
This Gratitude Journal Is A Real Mood-Lifter
via: AmazonEver since I started using a gratitude journal, things just seem...better, even when the news is depressing and the kids are fighting, yadda yadda. It helps you stay focused on the good things in life. This one has an inspirational quote to start your week and a gorgeous design that'll keep you coming back to use it on the daily. And it's got almost 4,000 rave reviews, so you know it's something to be thankful for!
This Calf Stretcher Feels Like Heaven
via: AmazonAdmittedly, I was a little skeptical about a whole device just to stretch your calf, but the reviews won me over. People with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis SWEAR by this thing - everyone gives it an enthusiastic ten toes up. Selected review: "Easy to use, is also good for hamstrings and other potentially troublesome muscles that need stretching to avoid problems. I used it daily and my plantar troubles were gone within a couple of weeks. This one gets a 100% rating from this aging being."
This Rice Washer Is Key
via: AmazonFor anyone who's ever tried rinsing rice in a regular colander, you know the frustration of watching the tiny grains slip through and wash down the sink. This rice washing colander solves that problem ingeniously, with special side and bottom drains that let you effectively rinse without losing even a morsel. Nearly 4,000 peeps heartily support this made-in-Japan kitchen must-have!
These Storage Containers Get Amazing Reviews
via: AmazonYou can use these BPA-free storage containers to store, well, darn near anything but they're especially useful for food, coffee and herbs since they vacuum seal to keep freshness in. Pop one full of trail mix in your bag for a quick work snack, use another to store cookies or pet treats or organize your whole pantry. These extremely highly rated containers come in a million colors to customize your storage easily so you never mix up kibble and coffee!
This Rubbermaid Food Storage Set Is So Satisfying
via: AmazonFor Christmas I bought my husband one of these food containers for salad (exciting, I know) since he takes one to work everyday, and it's seriously the Cadillac of food storage. These Rubbermaid containers are incredibly well made, have locking closures and do not leak - just ask the nearly 5,000 happy reviewers. Now I want the whole set!
This Mystical Fire Delights Kids And Adults
via: Amazon / E AdgateSpeaking of camping, these fire color packets turn your standard campfire into something magical. Just throw a handful onto the flames, and suddenly they're glowing all the colors of the rainbow! Kids and maybe adults will think you're part wizard...or at least less of a muggle. (Also works for indoor fireplaces in case you're not the outdoorsy type.) Totally getting these for our family trip to the lake this year - the kids are gonna flip out!
This Dog Bowl And Mat Keeps Your Floors Much Cleaner
via: AmazonDogs aren't necessarily known for being the neatest eaters around, so try this <a target="_blank" rel="noopener">dog bowl with mat</a> to catch all the stray kibble and splashed water during chow time. You can custom-size it to your pet too, the bowls come in sizes from one cup for small breeds or cats to seven and a half cups for big doggos.