20 Genius Products Under $20 That Make Your Life Easier
Nothing is better than an affordable product that truly simplifies your daily routine, which is why we know you'll love our list of genius products under $20 that make life so much easier.
Healing without over-exposure
There are a lot of popular mainstream antibiotic ointments on the market, but with overexposure and use of common antibiotics becoming a widespread problem, we think you’ll love this more natural alternative for under $10. First Honey Sterile Honey Ointment uses 100 percent sterile Manuka honey to fight germs and bacteria, keep wounds covered, and keep your risk of infection down.
Earth and skin-friendly detergent
If you’re one of the unlucky few who starts getting itchy hives the minute you try a new laundry detergent, consider switching to this Earth-friendlier choice. ECOS 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent has a fresh magnolia scent but is totally free of dyes, parabens, phosphates, and other skin and endocrine-irritants like phthalates. It also has a built-in fabric softener to save you money and effort and is concentrated to get you 200 full loads of laundry without having to lug heavy bottles. Plus, you get two bottles for less than $20, so it’s doubly wonderful.
So much easier than going to a salon or spa
If you’re the type who spends big on disposable razors, blades, or frequent waxing, you need to know about Nad’s Body Wax Strips. They’re unisex pre-waxed sheets that simply get patted onto hirsute skin and pulled off in no time at all. A box of 24 is more than enough to cover legs, arms, underarms, backs, chests, or whatever else—and then some. The best part is you don’t have to leave home and they’re extremely affordable, which frees up your normal hair removal budget for your vacation fund, obviously. These are the products you need for a relaxing at-home spa day.
Less mess, more happiness
If you have little ones and are constantly on the go, you know all too well that spills and messes are par for the course. The genius people at Contigo developed a very-affordable 2-in-1 Snack Hero Tumbler which offers space for a totally spill-proof drink experience and a snack compartment. It’s everything the back of your car ever wanted.
To keep your colds at bay
If you’re constantly battling colds and viruses all winter long, you’ll be excited to know about Emergen-C Probiotics+. It boasts two of the top-studied probiotic strains, L. Rhamnosus GG and BB-12, and vitamin C to keep your immune system running strong. You’ll want to read up on the health benefits of probiotics while you order too.
For the low-carb dieter
Whether you’re low-carbing it, trying the Keto diet, or just want an easier way to get a healthy breakfast made each morning, the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is the genius product you never knew you needed. It’ll hard boil, poach, scramble, and even make omelets. Better yet, it has an automatic shut-off feature so your eggs are cooked to perfection every single time. Check out these other strange things you can get on Amazon.
Tangled hair be gone!
Curly girls, swim fanatics, and those with long manes in general know that knots are a troubling problem—but they’re easier to work out with a Cricket Ultra Smooth Coconut Detangler Comb. This wide-toothed hair comb is infused with real, hydrating, and naturally-detangling coconut oil to help release knots and keep hair shiny. Plus, it’s under five bucks. Don’t fall for the beauty products that are a waste of money.
Faster kitchen clean-ups
If you’ve never heard of DishFish, now you have, and you’ll wonder what you did before you had one. This ultra-absorbent little sponge has a soft side and a scrubbing alter ego, is smell-resistant, fights bacteria and mildew, and won’t scratch any surfaces. That means it’s safe for even your most delicate pots, pans, and countertops.
The easiest way to open champagne
Sure, you could risk losing an eye by popping open some bubbly the old-fashioned way, but why? Architec Products Poppin’ Bottles gadget is affordable and makes opening a bottle of champagne as simple as a twist of the wrist. Make sure you know about these 15 Amazon hacks to save money that every online shopper needs.
It’s not just for that part
It’s no secret that lanolin moisturizes and protects skin, which is why Lanisoh’s Nipple Cream has been a new mom favorite for years. But did you know that it can be used for chapped skin, winter-worn knuckles, dry patches, and other skin woes as well, though? It’s a one-stop stop 100 percent natural shop, and an excellent value considering all it can do.
Stickiest notes ever
If you’re the type to label casseroles, frozen items, and fridge leftovers with Post-it Notes, good news—the brand actually has a version specifically designed for a wider range of conditions and temperatures. Post-it Extreme Notes can withstand your piping hot soup pot, a rock-hard frozen chicken, and a lot of other strangely necessary kitchen conditions. Here are more back-to-school products you’ll want to keep for yourself.
Professional level culinary skills on a budget
If there’s one kitchen gadget you really need to up your home chef ante, it’s the Krups Electric Coffee Grinder. Yes, it grinds coffee, but it’ll also create homemade spice blends in a jiffy, allow you to pulverize your own home-grown herbs, and create flavors that are just so much deeper and fresher than anything you could buy from a store shelf.
Less clog, more clean
If you have long hair or live with someone who does, you know the shower drain can be a serious hotbed of drama. Everyone hates a gross clump of post-shampoo hair clogging the water flow, which is why TubShroom was invented. It effortlessly separates hair from your drain and allows it to be disposed of in just a couple seconds.
A less expensive way to get million dollar hair
The top trending ingredient for the past several years in high-end hair care has been argan oil, thanks to lightweight texture and unparalleled levels of healthy shine. But, all that shine and nearly weightless hydration typically comes with a wallet-bending cost. Rich Hair Care Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist clocks in at a near-magical under $20 price point, and offers all the benefits of the much more expensive competitors.
Walking on air
If you’re on your feet all day, kicking your work shoes off and slipping into a pair of sole-soothing Okabashi Surf Flip Flops is just what the relaxation doctor ordered. They’re inexpensive, easy to clean, vegan, and offer arch support (hooray!) for those who need it most. Plus, they’re great on a beach vacation. Find out the hidden gems you can find on Amazon that you’ll wish you owned this whole time.
This probably sounds too good to be true, because we’ve all fallen victim to uneven eyeliner issues. The Vamp Stamp Vise Virtue Eyeliner Corrector has one end that’s a deeply-pigmented liquid liner and offers a second end with a liquid eyeliner eraser. The makeup product of your dreams is under $20, too, so we assume one of you wished on a lot of eyelashes for this.
For the most active people
If you’re constantly on the go, a good pair of insoles can be literal lifesavers, but they’re typically a pricey item. Go Comfort All Day Insoles are under $20, though, which means you can get a few pairs for all your favorite kicks. The shock-absorbing heel helps combat fatigue from hard surfaces, long days of standing, and weight distribution-related issues.
Dark chocolate, but even better
If you’re already a fan of dark chocolate, have a sweet tooth, and are always looking for ways to improve your diet and health even just a little, you’ll love Lily’s Dark Chocolate. The no-sugar-added bars are Fairtrade certified, gluten-free, and sweetened with stevia to cut unnecessary calories. It’s all the chocolatey goodness with a lot less guilt. Don’t miss these 15 things you can buy on Amazon for less than a $1.
Everyone wants clean, streak-free windows, but not everyone is able to handle the smells and potential allergens in a lot of glass cleaning products. One E-cloth Window Cleaning Pack provides two separate fiber-enhanced towels. One is to clean the windows, sills, and frames, and the other is to leave glass streak-free and crystal clear. They work with water, no additional products, to leave you with a chemical-free alternative to spotless windows.
If you’re investing in insoles and comfortable shoes, there’s no reason your socks shouldn’t be improving your life, too. Darn Tough Vermont Men’s Merino Wool Light Cushion Hiking Socks can obviously be used for hiking, but they’re a genius product for everyday life, too. They offer the perfect blend of materials for warmth, seamless construction to eliminate the threat of blisters, and antimicrobial and antibacterial properties (that means less stink). Check out the amazing products that are made in the USA.
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