29 Products Under $10 With Before And After Photos That'll Make You Breathe A Sigh Of Relief
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1.A tongue scraper so you can not only help reduce the bad breath tied with having gunk on your tongue, but also to ensure your selfie game is yuck-free, and really, which is more important? (OK fine, it’s the bad breath.)
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 it from Amazon for $4.33.
2.Water bottle cleaning tablets for getting your beloved drinking vessel back to the condition it was in when you first fell in love with it at the store. Not to mention, you should only ever consume water from a CLEAN bottle.
Tablets are biodegradable, chlorine-free, all-natural, and environmentally safe. They’re individually packaged, and don’t require any additional brushing or scrubbing. Good for use on stainless steel bottles, mugs, hydration reservoirs, coolers, dishes, and hard-to-clean plastic containers and bottles.
Promising review: “In all fairness, I first heard of this product while watching Shark Tank, and their pitch was impressive so I gave the underdog a try. Now, I’m on my fourth re-order. My whole family drinks out of various name brand bottles, coffee mugs, etc. The fact is, they are rarely cleaned because they are a part of our daily lives and they are a pain in the ar$e to clean, because of the inconvenience that they are not dishwasher-safe, or don’t fit. The answer is these tablets. They work and they’re simple to use.” —K.R.
Get them from Amazon for $8.
3.A toilet wand that’ll prove wands of all sorts, even ones for cleaning toilets, are truly magical objects. Refer to disgusting photos below for evidence.
Comes with one ToiletWand, one storage caddy, and six disposable ToiletWand refills to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Just click the wipe onto the wand, swish, scrub, and clean the bowl, pop the wipe off, and dispose in the trash.
Promising review: “So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don’t use it, we don’t look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above).” —Whitney
Get it from Amazon for $8.88.
4.A jewelry cleaning pen so you don’t have to spend time and energy changing out of your pajamas just to go pay someone else to shine your beloved treasures.
Promising review: “Don’t get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However…after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik…*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!” —liltreeclimber
Get it from Amazon for $6.67.
5.A sunburn lotion to help soothe and reduce the not-so-fun things that happen after you spend a day out in the sun, like itchiness and peeling.
PLEASE LATHER UP ON SUNSCREEN, THO!!!
Promising review: “Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart.” —Carrie
Get it from Amazon for $6.68.
6.A foot filer that’ll leave your feet feeling even smoother than your pedicurist can make them feel — minus the tickle attack from the pumice stone.
Promising review: “This thing is pretty amazing. I was skeptical for sure, since I’ve tried all kinds of lotions, balms, and stone-based products, none of which helped my heels whatsoever. I’ve worn socks to bed for years, because if I don’t the sheets hardly last a week before they have holes rubbed through them. My wife ordered this thing that looks like a mini cheese grater, lol, and after two minutes — two minutes!! — of rubbing it on my heel, it’s a complete 180. I never would’ve believed it until I tried it myself. This is well worth double what it costs.” —LBK
Get it from Amazon for $8.99.
7.A makeup brush cleansing shampoo to clean those things you use to apply cosmetics to your precious FACE. Because makeup build-up is yucky, and we don’t want you to have go out and spend your last paycheck on new brushes and sponges!
This brush cleaning shampoo is paraben-, phthalates-, petroleum-, and perfume-free. It’s also hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, water-based, and made with gentle, plant-based ingredients, because after all, your makeup brushes are used on your face, so you want to be sure you’re cleaning them with a natural, safe product.
Promising review: “I hate washing my brushes, I’ve always done it by hand and it’s always caused the big fluffy powder brushes to feel rougher or become matted no matter how hard I try to reshape them. I got this solution and used it with a makeup brush spinner (I used the Mevolic one), and I couldn’t BELIEVE how amazing my brushes were afterwards! I also have insanely sensitive skin and most any soap I put on a brush will cause me to breakout when I use it later, no matter how well I typically rinse it. But I really think that this cleaner and the brush spinner worked great and I haven’t had any sensitive bumps on my skin since using them.” —Chelsea
Get it from Amazon for $5.29.
8.A FlexiSnake so you can unclog your hair-filled drain by simply ~snaking~ this tool down there, letting it grab the hair, pulling it back up, and deciding whether you should be marveled at its abilities or gag.
More than 4,000 hook and loop micro-hooks cover the full 18 inch span of the snake. It’s reusable! Just remove hair after use, and clean with soap, water, and a brush. It’s compatible with most bathroom drains, without needing to take off the stopper.
Promising review: “For a $5 item, this can really solve a major clog issue! I managed to clean out my bathtub drain, and now it works great. I also cleaned out my bathroom sink, which was drawing fine, but since I was already grossed out by the slimed hair I pulled out of the tub… I’m so happy to have found this little tool and suggest everyone have one on-hand for clogs.” —Tammy Parker
Get it from Amazon for $5.28.
9.A cuticle care solution to make your nails look so healthy, even your manicurist will be jealous.
Promising review: “I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big four-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!” —Diana
Get it from Amazon for $8.50.
10.A two-pack of Bar Keepers Friend multi-purpose cleaner that’ll get your kitchen, bathroom, and even cookware (see superb exhibit below), looking shinier than Chip Skylark’s teeth.
For those who are fans of the Bar Keepers Friend Classic Cleanser and Polish, this delivers the same results, but in a pre-mixed formula to make for a quicker clean. It works well against rust stains, tarnish, mineral deposits, soap scum, and indoor and outdoor grime, and is especially good on the following surfaces: stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, aluminum, ceramic, porcelain, glass, corian. Recommended to use in the kitchen (sinks, cookware, stove cooktops and exteriors, oven door windows, non-stone countertops, and plates to buff out knife marks), bathroom (sinks, bathtubs, showers, faucets, toilets, tile, and grout), and outdoors (rust stains, grills, vehicles, siding, and sporting equipment).
Promising review: “I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I’d need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don’t just wipe off. But if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!” —Dan Borden
Get them from Amazon for $8.58.
11.A cable protector to save your ripped-up cords, because those things are expensive.
Can be used to protect cables for pretty much all of your devices including cell phones, computers, laptops, lightening cables, PCs, and more! This can also be used as a chew-safe cord protector in case you have a fluffer who likes to nibble at your wires. To install, just wrap the cable protector onto your preferred cable.
Promising review: “I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I’ve had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius.” —ElleNWC
Get them from Amazon for $8.97 (available in four colors).
12.A bottle of Goo Gone adhesive remover for making sticky things get… unstuck. I can personally attest to how amazing this stuff is. I once got gum stick on my jacket (GROSS, I KNOW), but this stuff removed it so effortlessly, I was like “what gum?”
Promising review: “This stuff is amazing. So far, I have used it to remove heavy adhesive from a tile floor where we had previously had a cover for a wire running across the area. I applied Goo Gone, scraped the majority of the adhesive and fibers off, then wiped off the remaining residue with a paper towel. I also used it to clean grease off of wood veneer cabinets using a paper towel, and it was so effortless! We have a microwave above the stove, and I also used Goo Gone to clean grease from the exhaust vents, which was so much easier than ever before.” —Cass
Get it from Amazon for $7.23.
13.Two pairs of boot shapers to keep your boots standing up straight, because when the tall ones do that thing where they wilt away, ugh, there’s just something SO frustrating about it. Like, stand up, fix your posture, PLEASE.
These versatile shapers can be customized to fit ankle, calf, and knee-high boots!
Promising review: “These are simple shapes of die-cut black plastic that you bend and insert into boots to keep them upright. The plastic has enough springiness that they expand to the width of the boot, and also a slight ribbing on one side (the side you put facing the boots) so they don’t slip. Height is adjustable for short, medium, and tall boots!” —PK
Get them from Amazon for $8.36.
14.A watermark remover cloth that’ll get rid of those annoying ringlet stains on your furniture — you warned your family and guests to use a coaster but, of course, they didn’t listen!
Cloth is reusable, and can be used to remove marks on wood caused by water, alcohol, and heat. It can also be used to polish metal and chrome.
Promising review: “I must admit I ordered this as a last hope. I had a mark on my bedside table that I tried various things to remove, but was totally unsuccessful. I tried this today, and there is NO sign of the mark. It is like brand new again. I was thrilled with the result and highly recommend it to anyone, but would suggest you try it first to save yourself grief! It is inexpensive in the first place, but to know I can reuse it if necessary on another mark, (hopefully that doesn’t occur, but life happens), makes it an even better value.” —Kritik
Get it from Amazon for $4.99.
15.Clip-on hair bangs to test out your dream hairstyle, without having to actually commit.
Promising review: “I had very LOW expectations for this. I accidentally cut my bangs too short the other night because my puppy distracted me mid cut. I thought it would be funny to buy this and wear it one day. I got it for laughs mostly, not really expecting it to look normal. AND OMG I AM SHOCKED! First of all, it’s the exact same shade as my hair color. It was super easy to put on. The hair feels soft and realistic. I am so beyond amazed. So far, no one has been able to tell that the bangs are fake! I love them!” —Jrod
Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 22 colors).
16.A can of oven cleaner spray for ensuring the appliance you use to cook the food you consume is, uh, clean and not greasy and grimy.
Good for use on ovens, broilers, and barbecue grills. Only takes about five minutes to spot clean.
Promising review: “My oven was in bad shape. I had tried doing the whole baking soda and peroxide trick, but it made things worse. I tried this after seeing it on a BuzzFeed article and it actually worked! Let it sit for about four hours and the nastiness wipes off effortlessly.” —Natalie C
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
17.A red wine stain remover to buy immediately if the only thing you’re better at than downing an entire bottle of your favorite vino at the end of the day is managing to spill it.
This works on both fresh and dried stains without needing bleach or phosphates. Plus, it’s good for more than just wine! You can use it to get out coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauce, red medicine, and pet accident stains. And it has a yummy fresh citrus scent!
Promising review: “I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it’s still available in the same wonderful formula. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it’s become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have.” —Melanie Nolen
Read more about a BuzzFeeder’s experience with this miracle spray (#11).
Get it from Amazon for $6.67.
18.A pumice cleaning stone that’ll scratch away at those — TBH, pretty repulsive — toilet stains without leaving horrid scratch marks in the bowl.
It’s over 40% denser than similar products so it has a longer life! The handle allows you to keep your hands clean while cleaning the toilet. It removes calcium, lime, and hard-water stains using gentle abrasive action, and cleans porcelain fixtures, hard-water stains, pool tile, toilet bowls, barbecues, steel, and stone.
Promising review: “I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time, and regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove them. I decided to try this pumice stone, and it worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease. But 10 minutes later, I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching.” —Happy Retiree
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
19.A beard shaping tool to get your facial hair looking so sharp and clean, JVN is gonna ask if you’ll be his assistant on Queer Eye.
Promising review: “I’ve had a beard off and on for the last 12 years and I always struggled with edging the neck and sides; it’s just nearly impossible to achieve symmetry by yourself. While not a replacement for seeing your local barber, this inexpensive device helps tremendously and takes the guesswork out of creating nice clean lines and parity on both sides of your face. I which I had availed myself of this much sooner. Well worth the nominal investment!” —JJ The Red
Get it from Amazon for $6.95.
20.An eight-count of Magic Erasers that’ll make cleaning the bathtub as fast and easy as it is to get home at the end of a long day, and ditch responsibilities or a social life in favor of a bubble bath and a full bottle of wine, maybe two. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything.
Good for use to remove hard water in bathtubs, soap scum on shower glass, grime on tile and grout, and hairspray and toothpaste residue on counters. Just add water to activate!
Promising review: “These things are amazing! We have a rental property and the tenants trashed the house. I went to clean up and brought along these Magic Erasers. The bathroom was in really bad shape. I gagged for a portion of my scrubbing. These worked wonders. I’d say that they probably cut my cleaning time in half. Water stains, grime, whatever it was that those tenants left on the floor near the toilet…it left everything looking as brand-new as it could. Saved me a lit of time and headache. Highly recommend these little guys. They pack a punch!” —Crista Nalezny
Get them from Amazon for $9.98.
21.A pack of silver wipes to get your metal possessions looking brand freaking new with just a quick wipe. It really is that easy.
Promising review: “It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family’s silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn’t have any interest in polishing something that we weren’t using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!” —Kehrli
Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $7.48.
22.A 10-pack of boot wipes so you can simply clean dirt and salt stains from your shoes. No need to fret if you look down and your fave boots are dirty, take a breather!
It works well when cleaning leather, suede, rubber, and fabric. It’s also good for more than just boots: You can use it to clean jackets, bags, car seats, and more! Plus, they come individually wrapped, so you can bring them on-the-go!
Promising review: “Worked perfectly on black suede booties. Splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. Couldn’t find anything that removed the stain. Tried these wipes as a last ditch effort. I can’t believe it, they look brand new!! Stains came right out with very little effort.” —AAD
Get them from Amazon for $8.19.
23.A rust stain remover spray you can basically think of as fairy pixie dust in a bottle. I mean, just look at the photo below. Point proven. Case closed. Onto the next one.
It comes in an easy-to-use trigger spray and is ideal for cleaning bathtubs, showers, toilets, colorfast fabrics, vertical surfaces, and hard-to-reach spots. Plus, it’s non-abrasive, and made with non-hydrofluoric acid based formula which is safer than other similar liquid rust stain removers.
Promising review: “Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. With almost no effort, this made my dark orange, iron-water shower stall white again. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!” —Jessica B
Get it from Amazon for $4.98.
24.A cap cage so you can clean your hat in the dishwasher, and voila — it looks just the way it did when you first bought it!
Promising review: “Works like a charm! It’s given new life to my favorite baseball caps, some of which, I’m sad to report, have suffered tragically in washing machine incidences. Never would I have considered the dishwasher, but Ballcap Buddy said yes, so I tried it, and not only did my caps get clean, but they retained their shape. It’s a perfect way to wash a baseball cap. Different styles, different colors and materials…all came out the same: Looking good.” —Mcharmony
Get it from Amazon for $7.75.
25.A hard water boosting powder that’ll work extra hard to prevent build-up in your dishwasher.
This will help your dishes come out clearer and smell a little like lemon. Just add the solution to your regular detergent.
Promising review: “I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!” —Susan A
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
26.O’Keefe’s Working Hands Cream for making dry, cracked hands feel as if they were just treated to a five-star spa treatment, without having to change out of your pajamas and leave the house.
The best time to apply for maximum results is after hand-washing, after bathing and at bedtime.
Promising review: “Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I’ve tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I’d tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth.” —Steve
Get it from Amazon for $7.29.
27.A grout pen that’ll have your floors shining like the top of the Chrysler building in no time at all. Did you hire a fancy schmancy service to clean your tiles? Nope, you used a PEN to cover it all up.
Pen is ideal for use on floors and walls!
Promising review: “I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I’m very happy with this product!” —Jenelle
Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).
28.A wood polish and conditioner to bring your beloved wooden furniture back to factory condition. Did you just get your entire house re-done by an HGTV crew, or are you just super good at picking out cleaning products?
Gives your wooden furniture a protective, soft luster coating thanks to Carnauba wax and beeswax. It also prevents it from drying and fading. Good for use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors, trim, and more.
Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs who had jumped up and scratched places, and we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemishes. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris
Get it from Amazon for $8.48.
29.Debrox earwax removal drops that may not technically give you “before and after” photos — unless you can finagle a camera into your ears — but honey, oh HONEY, look at the wax in the photo below. All of THAT. That’ll make you sigh with relief FOR SURE.
This cleaner uses micro-foam action to safely soften and remove earwax in a non-irritating manner.
Promising review: “My right ear was totally plugged so I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that this is the one doctors usually tell patients to get. I put the drops in, waited, then flushed my ear out with very warm water and OH MY GOSH… the gunk that came flowing out onto the towel blew my mind! It’s amazing that I was ever able to hear at all with all that crap in my ear. This stuff works.” —CD
Get it from Amazon for $5.98.
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