50 Small Upgrades That Make a Huge Difference

Published November 9, 2022
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There are few things more satisfying than finding a problem-solving product at a great price - except, maybe, finding 50 of those products in one place. We spend all of our time searching for the best bang-for-your-buck products on the internet, and have amassed 50 of our favorite finds right here. Whether you're looking to replace your old hand towels with a set of squishy puffballs, or just a cheap-yet-satisfying way to prep your garlic, our list of finds is sure to leave you happy.

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I'm pretty much an athleisure connoisseur at this point since it's all I wear, and I'd rate these best-selling leggings a perfect 10. The flattering high waist smooths and holds you in, and the "peach skin" fabric is beyond comfortable. With over 70,000 glowing reviews and 25 colors to choose from, you know these are going to quickly become your fave leggings.

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Don't spend tons at the dentist's office to get whiter teeth - do it yourself in the comfort of your home with this affordable teeth whitening kit. It has everything you need for a brighter smile, from the peroxide solution to the whitening trays with fast-acting LED lights. Best of all, all ingredients are organic, vegan, and 100% enamel-safe. The before and after pics from 8,000+ happy reviewers are unbelievable!

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Finally, a place to put every last scrap of garbage in your car (that's not those hidden pockets in the door - you know what I'm talking about). Lusso's car-bage cans hold up to 2.5 gallons of trash (dry, wet, or otherwise), and strap anywhere you need them in the car, so you'll never be at a loss for where to stuff that empty Starbucks cup as you make room for a new one.

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Crusty, dry, callused and cracked feet are a fact of life for many of us, but they don't have to be! These incredibly popular foot peels help to gently and quickly remove layers of dry, dead skin from your feet, leaving them supple and baby-soft - after some very satisfying bouts of peeling, of course. Check out the more than 29,000 glowing reviews (and hundreds of satisfyingly gross reviewer photos) to see what the peeling process looks like.

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We've all dealt with fruit fly outbreaks at one time or another, and old-school juice-based traps can only catch so many. Enter the Katchy indoor insect trap: a custom-designed appliance that'll catch (and kill) as many annoying little insects in your house as possible. First, it outputs a UV light that attracts the bugs, then sucks them with its internal fan, and traps them in its replaceable sticky traps. Oh, and it looks good doing it, boasting a subtle design look that could pass for a kitchen appliance.

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I gifted my dad this magnetic wristband a few holidays ago and he still uses it weekly for his DIY home and auto projects! It conveniently holds metal hardware right on your wrist while letting you have both hands to work with. No more dropped drill bits or runaway screws, the gadget even has two small pockets for tiny items.

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My coworker is obsessed with these pillows: "For less than $40 I got two pillows in a strangely small box. About 15 minutes after unpacking them, they lofted into the fullest, squishiest pillows I've owned. They're the perfect mix of invitingly soft, yet perfectly supportive. Easily the best pillows in our house, and a ridiculous value for the price."

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Anyone with kids (or tangles of their own) can appreciate the power of a good detangler, and Crave's detangling brush is at the top of the heap according to more than 60,000 Amazon reviewers. The Crave's unique, cone-shaped bristles work to gently separate hair, instead of tearing right through it. At barely more than $10, it's a low price to pay for many less tears (your kids, or your own).

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It's the mascara that almost broke the Internet - this Lash Princess mascara has over 213,000 glowing reviews right now. It seriously makes it look like you're wearing false lashes thanks to the special wand that creates so much volume, the before and after reviewer pics will amaze you! The cruelty-free mascara lasts all day so you can be confident it won't smudge, smear, fade, or flake on you.

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If you've got dry, itchy skin or feet that could smell fresher, check out this tea tree body wash. The minty tea tree scent refreshes, while aloe vera and coconut ingredients soothe skin. This stuff's so good it has nearly 25,000 rave reviews right now!

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We currently have a handful of inferior nail clippers floating around the house, but none cut half as well as this Harperton nail clipper set. The pro-grade clippers can shear through even the thickest toenails, helping prevent painful ingrown nails. More than 25,000 reviewers tout their heavy construction, precision cut and ergonomic design that gives you an excellent grip. Life's too short for terrible nail clippers!

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These puck lights add illumination wherever you need it - under cabinets, in dark closets, you name it. Use the included remote to activate them, adjust brightness, and even set lighting timers. Best of all they include 18 AA batteries, which'll last you over 100 hours at full brightness.

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You've heard of clay masks and you've heard of bubble masks, but did you realize that there are masks that are BOTH? I hadn't either, but this foaming pick is any acne sufferer's new best friend. The clay pulls impurities forward out of the skin and the foaming bubbles penetrate deep into the pores to clear out any oil or grime left behind. Can you say squeaky clean?

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Picture it: you're about to pull on your favorite sandals for the first time this season when... oh, no. You didn't realize how much dead skin was camped out on your heels! Put those woes to rest with a scrubber that gently and effectively buffs away any unsightly flakes and callouses. This Bare August foot file uses etched glass to gently-yet-effectively remove all that built-up dead skin without cutting or irritating the health skin below it, like metal foot rasps and powered removers so often do.

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Finally, the best leggings on Amazon are available in festive holiday colors! You've probably already read about our love for Satina's one-size-fits-all leggings, and if not, take a look at the 180,000+ reviewers. Grab a pair in a variety of holiday patterns (snowflakes, buffalo plaid, and more) for less than $15. You won't regret it.

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Available in a wide assortment of colors, these Danjor Linens 6-piece sheet sets have a mind-blowing 117,000 stellar reviews! They're super soft, durable, and won't wrinkle or fade despite many washings. Each set includes four pillowcases, one flat sheet, and one extra-deep fitted sheet that fits mattresses up to 16 inches tall. They're even currently half-off on Amazon!

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Forget the wimpy fabric or plastic grocery bags that can't stand up to heavy loads. Every reusable grocery bag in this set of three can hold up to 65 pounds, and the stiff walls won't bend or collapse so they stay upright when you're driving. I use these for many other things when they're not holding groceries - keep 'em in the trunk to corral sports equipment, swimming stuff, car necessities, and more!

Here's another invention I wish they'd had when I was a kid. This simple, fold-out travel tray turns your backseat into a complete entertainment station for your little one(s). They can enjoy a dry-erase work surface, a cupholder, support for a tablet, and plenty of extra storage, all in an easily portable, fold-up package that can go anywhere. This may be the solution to keeping my 5-year-old occupied for those ambitious road trips I have planned.

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I'm a die-hard note taker, and I like to color code my weekly schedule for convenience. These colorful journaling pens are the best I've found - they write smoother than butter, have minimal bleed through so I can use both sides of my notepaper, and the color payoff is fantastic. You'll get a set of 8 for journaling, writing in your calendar, taking notes, coloring, or drawing!

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Think of these heavy duty storage straps as a cord keeper for your big, unwieldy items like hoses, jumper cables, and extension cords. The weather-proof straps contain and organize everything from garage to boat items with ease because they can hold up to 50 pounds each. You'll get a range of sizes in this pack of six straps for all kinds of jobs.

I've found no easier way to defend the cleanliness of my car from the caprices of a five-year-old than this tiny-yet-mighty vacuum. It plugs into your car and provides incredibly strong suction. A half-dozen attachments let you clean everything from upholster to carpeting to the tiniest, inaccessible crevices. I can't tell you how many mummified French fries I vacuumed from the various abysses around my car, but it's plenty.

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Trying to store cutlery in a small space is tough, but Joseph Joseph's genius DrawerStore makes it a breeze. It fits nicely into even small drawers and holds up to 48 pieces of silverware. The stacked design creates more room in your drawer to fit even more stuff, and it's incredibly easy to wash. Joseph Joseph makes some of my favorite kitchen gadgets, including knife blocks that fit in your drawer.

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This tiny-but-mighty car escape tool was originally developed for first responders, but should should probably come with every new car purchase. The resqme is small enough to fit on your keychain, with a spring-loaded escape hammer that can easily break through any car window, and an ultra-sharp razor blade that can slice quickly through a jammed seatbelt. Best of all, you can typically nab a 2-pack for under $20.

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Perfect for the morning after tending to a restless baby all night (or just a bit too much wine), Dermora's 24K gold under eye masks help curb the dark circles that pop up when you're over-tired. They also work against puffiness and dry skin, helping you look your best, even if you don't feel it. They only take 10-15 minutes to use, and each pack comes with 20 pairs of masks.

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This Made in the USA, vegan toothpaste blends activated charcoal and organic coconut oil to whiten your teeth up to 7.7 shades, naturally, without causing gum or tooth pain. It also comes in a tasty Pacific Mint flavor, so don't worry, it won't feel like you're eating coal when you brush.

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Where, I ask you, was this Paint Behind tool when I was re-painting the bathroom? This would have been the perfect thing to paint behind the toilet! It's also useful for painting around radiators and any other tight spaces.

Ironically, dishwashers are one of the most annoying things to keep clean. This Duracare dishwasher cleaner takes care of all that, removing limescale and hard water buildup that can limit your dishwasher's functionality, and destroying remnant grease, which can cause that all-too-familiar odor. Just toss it the bottom of your dishwasher, run it on a hot cycle, and it'll work its magic. Check out the reviews for some satisfying before-and-afters!

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Imagine stepping out of a luxurious hot shower onto an equally luxurious (and squishy) bathmat, and you'll understand why Gentele's memory foam bathmat has more than 64,000 top reviewers. Thick memory foam protects your feet from chilly bathroom floors, while a velvet cover (available in a wide variety of colors) adds absorbent softness. They're even machine washable and dryable, for easy, lifelong maintenance.

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As a voracious reader in a family of voracious readers, I am fully conscious of the need for good lighting when catching up on those late night chapters. I've tried out my share of reading lights before, and I cannot tell you how annoying it is to have to adjust or re-clip mid-page. This super handy alternative not only provides ample light without disrupting other peoples' sleep, it's also incredibly adjustable in terms of both brightness and direction. And I'm backed up by over 80,000 glowing reviews!

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Cold butter is the worst to spread since it tears up your bread and stays in clumps. Always have soft, spreadable butter on hand with this cute Butter Bell® Crock. It's super low-maintenance, too, just fill with water to the marked line, changing it every three days to keep unrefrigerated butter fresh for a month!

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The ultra-popular EZ Off Jar Opener will help you open even the most stubbornly sealed jars. Its unique design mounts conveniently out of sight and grips any size or type of lid, allowing you to use both hands for doubled opening power. No wonder more than 17,000 loyal fans have given this made-in-the-USA gadget such glowing reviews.

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Powerstone's ultra-popular pumice scrubber is the inexpensive go-to solution for quickly removing calcium deposits, limescale, rust stains, and more. Just check out the seriously satisfying before-and-after photos from more than 23,000 glowing reviews. The Powerstone even comes with its own storage case to keep things clean and tidy when you're done scrubbing.

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Unfortunately, pimples aren't just for teenagers - the pesky, inconvenient spots can pop up anytime, anywhere. These top-rated pimple patches with over 25,000 glowing reviews make zits disappear overnight! The special hydrocolloid dots suck out all the pus, flatten the bump, and reduce redness and inflammation in a snap.

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Gather your brooms, mops, and dusters, and use these Command Grippers to get them out of the corner and off the floor. These grippers hold up to four pounds and can adhere to walls without causing damage upon removal. No additional tools or hardware needed! Once you've placed the grippers on your desired wall space, you can push each broom, mop, and duster into each gripper.

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I feel like everyone should automatically get this anti-aging eye cream on a certain birthday. I recently started using it, and have noticed a huge difference in my fine lines and dark circles. The customer before and afters are pretty fun to see, too!

This Angry Orange odor eliminator consistently ranks #1 on Amazon for pet odor and stain removers, and that's because - unlike much of the competition - it actually works. All you need to do is spray Angry Orange on the affected area, and let it dry. It works on upholstery, carpets, tiles, even garbage cans. This bundle even includes a special blacklight flashlight that'll help identify any sneaky stains that are causing odor issues. Check out the nearly 90,000 reviews for some pretty staggering before-and-after stories and photos.

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It's called the ChomChom Roller, and it'll grab every last hair from your couch, sweater, or carpet, without relying on batteries or sticky, wasteful adhesive strips. Just roll the ChomChom over the affected (hairy) area, and it'll grab every last hair and bit of lint, socking it all away in its waste compartment. When you're done, just pop open the compartment and empty out what will be a satisfyingly gross quantity of pet hair and lint. Check out the 100,000 reviews for some seriously satisfying photos.

If you need help keeping kiddos busy this holiday season, look no further than this holiday-themed slime kit. This all-in-one set has everything they'll need for an afternoon of fun: all the glue, activators, deactivators, dyes, charms, scents, tools and containers to generate some amazing slime projects. They even toss in instant snow (which is like magic in a bag, trust me).

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Extension cords are, by default, generally pretty terrible. Either they're out in the open and a total eyesore, or they're hidden behind your couch, keeping it annoyingly non-flush from the wall. That's what makes the Sleeksocket so great. Its low profile design is barely noticeable, allowing you to extend power where you please without sacrificing aesthetics, or comfort. It even acts as an outlet protector to keep little fingers safe!

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There's no piece of cookware I hate cleaning more than a colander, and that's why I love this clip-on Snap N Strain gizmo. This inexpensive strainer clips to your pots and sauce pans, allowing you to quickly drain pasta water or cooking fat without adding additional dishware to your dirty dish pile. It's constructed of high-grade, dishwasher-safe silicone, and works with almost any size of cookware.

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Umbra has reinvented the sponge holder, doing away with stiff plastic that inevitably fades, and suction cups that inevitably fail. In its place, they've created a flexible, moldable sling that'll keep your sponge and scrub brushes clean, dry, and mildew-free. You can form the sling to your sink, whether you want it straddling the middle or hanging from your faucet. With all this functionality in a single-digit price tag, you can see why nearly 20,000 reviewers are singing its praises.

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Tonymoly's Tako remains an enduring favorite of Korean beauty product enthusiasts. This little black octopus packs serious blackhead fighting power: a blend of marine plant extracts, black mud, and charcoal combine into a scrubber that exfoliates your skin while extracting blackheads, sebum, and other pore-clogging impurities. Plus, it's just doggone cute.

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Dropping something small in an inconvenient place is a total drag, it's nearly impossible to find and retrieve! Until now - this LED-lighted magnetic pickup tool telescopes up to 22 inches, so you can easily fit into hard-to-reach areas. I got one for my dad and he uses it all the time to pick up dropped screws and other small pieces of hardware.

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In another addition to the simple-but-genius category, let me introduce you to the Car Cache. This simple device was invented by a mom who wanted to keep her purse upright and close at hand while driving, and it has sold millions of units ever since. Its durable mesh pocket keeps your bag clean, upright, and accessible, and even doubles as a barrier to keep curious dogs from nosing their way to the front seat.

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A trivet is one of those kitchen items you don't really think about until you need it -- and when you need it, you really need it. Joseph Joseph's recently released my favorite entry into the trivet world with their nesting Spot-On silicone trivets. Not only do they look great (and, I imagine, are very satisfying to nest and pull apart, over and over again), but they're also heat resistant to almost 500 degrees F, and completely dishwasher safe. And you'll pay less than $10 altogether for the pair.

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Since we got our pandemic pup, we've had a constant supply of Angry Orange spray on hand. My friend recommended it from when she had cats, and it works just as well on dog messes! It also works as a human waste deodorizer and leaves everything smelling like citrus and spice, which is much better than the alternative!

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Give your cutting boards a deep clean with this magnificent food-grade mineral oil. Use it to clean and protect your favorite cooking utensils, like knives and butcher blocks, and polish up wood and stainless steel surfaces. It's also colorless, odorless, and tasteless, so you won't have to worry about unwanted flavors in your food.

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Fogged up windshields and side mirrors are more than just an annoyance, they're dangerous for visibility when driving. Nix yours with this $5 window defogging sponge that works so much better than your jacket sleeve. It's also great for general cleaning of your windshield, I know for certain mine is filthy most of the time, so I'm really looking forward to getting this package delivered!

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He's called Al Dente, and he's singing for your supper. Just toss this little 1920s Chicago-style gangster in with your pasta, and he'll belt out a song when your noodles have reached perfect done-ness. He's got a four-song repertoire, depending on your noodles (from Ange Hair to Fusilli, That's Amore to the Godfather Theme). Stop burning your fingers trying to test steaming-hot noodles, and let Al Dente do the work for you.

When it comes to garlic prep, I usually choose violence. But this silicone garlic peeler makes it so easy to remove the annoying skin just by rolling the clove! So easy to rinse clean or just pop in the dishwasher, too.

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We used to have a drawerful of different brushes to clean water bottles, glasses, vases, etc. I was able to whittle it down to just one convenient silicone brush that cleans all the things! The two inch silicone brush head fits in even narrow containers and bottles, and the over 12 inch long handle works on even my tallest water bottle and vases.

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If you've got kids, you know what an unholy mess they can make with toothpaste. My bathroom counter's never been cleaner since using these self-closing toothpaste caps! No one has to remember to put the cap on, and these dispense the perfect amount of toothpaste so there's less waste and mess!

Have you heard of the brand FRED that does the best quirky home and office accessories? These olive erasers are no exception - they're so stinkin' cute! The set of three comes in a little can that looks just like the real thing.

When I came across this fuzzy ball hand towel I knew I had to share it with you guys! It's such a unique take on the bathroom hand towel, and dries so much faster, too, since it's made from microfiber! It's a towel that doubles as decor, and you'll get a set of two to use together or in separate bathrooms.

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50 Small Upgrades That Make a Huge Difference