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39 Home Improvement Essentials For Less Than $20 That'll Make A Noticeable Difference In Your Life


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A swivel grout and corner brush that’s easily attachable to almost any broom handle, so you can automatically attack dirt and grime in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


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A pack of chic stair decals to turn your steps into a stairway from interior design heaven. They’re easy peasy to use since they’re essentially like stickers for your risers…just peel and position. *And* don’t worry if you make a mistake, because these can be removed and adjusted, no probs.

the white and black chevron patterned riser

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An all-in-one spackle kit that even a not-so-handy person can use to fix holes which have resulted from decorating — and redecorating. Think: a renter’s dream kit to fill, smooth, and repair dents from a wall hanging that once looked great above the couch, but now looks like it belongs in the year 2017.


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Fridge organization labels if you’ve ever yearned for a fridge worthy of making an appearance on MTV’s Cribs. These babies will give your food storage a glamorous (and totally easy to achieve) makeover. Just pick from a plethora of fonts, sizes, and color options that’ll make you gasp with joy every time you reach for the milk.


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A power scrubber drill with three attachment brushes to show kitchen and bathroom scum who’s boss. Just attach any of the heads to a drill and watch them get to work on tight corners of the tub, flat tiled surfaces, and even spot jobs so you can forget all about the fact that someone else used to use your shower.


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A fireplace cleaner kit in case you’ve forgotten what color your fireplace ~was born with~. This’ll fix soot stains and odors to strip it back to its OG shade.


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A roll of vinyl tile stickers if you’ve ever desired an artsy mosaic look in your abode. These will completely renovate your boring ol’ floors and transform them into a piece of artwork — that you’ll want to take a top-down shot of…hmm, let’s see…pretty much immediately!

the white and blue Moroccan style tiles

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A hard-water stain remover that’ll do all the hard work for you to rid your surfaces clear of cloudy droplets. Think: toilets, showerheads, and tiles so clear and shiny, you’ll actually be able see your reflection in them again.


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A drawer organizer set containing five compartments so your bathroom storage can look like less of an overflowing junk drawer and more like a mood board that was made for Instagram.

the five compartment drawer organizer containing makeup products

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A hardwood floor cleaning spray that’ll liven up the look of that high foot traffic area. Just spray this and grab a mop for results that are sure to amaze you and everyone who lays eyes on it, since it boosts shine *as* it cleans.


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Some funky color-changing lightbulbs complete with a dimmer that can be controlled through your phone. Each night you can expect to ~lighten the mood~ with hues that can be programmed to actually change with the rhythm of your favorite tunes.


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A set of snazzy solid brass drawer pulls and knobs to update the look of blah-looking cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. And would you just peep that fancy texture…HGTV who?!

three knurled solid brass pulls and three knurled solid brass knobs on a black surface

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A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners so you don’t have to worry about opening and closing kitchen cabinets quietly if you’re a morning person and your roommate is a chronic snoozer.


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A vintage country life-themed peel-and-stick wallpaper for a trendy home decor facelift in a flash. You can use this stuff anywhere from walls to furniture to make your space your very own DIY dream home.


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An automatic scrubbing brush so graceful, you can eliminate unsightly grout with a detachable oscillating brush head in a jiff, with *instant* gratification. This brightens up the dingy look of backsplashes and tiles in your bathroom so well, you’ll probably find the whole process incredibly therapeutic.


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A squeegee broom for easily gathering up crumbs, spills, *and* pet hair from any surface (we’re talking carpets, furniture, wooden floors, wherever). Who knows, you might even enjoy giving the crevices of your couch a quick scrape with this once a week.

Reviewer using the squeegee brush to clean pet hair off of their carpet

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A flexible vent-cleaning brush that will have you exclaiming, “Holy lint balls!” once you discover how necessary this is to ensure your dryer is operating safely. Like most machines, your dryer requires periodic maintenance and this system effortlessly (but effectively) eliminates buildup that can lead to long-term damage.

Reviewer's picture of the vent-cleaning brush next to a large pile of lint

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Affresh dishwasher tablets if you’ve never thought to clean the appliance that does your least favorite chore for you. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it used to.


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And some for your washing machine, because laundry day doesn’t have to stink. These fast-acting tablets eradicate funky smells and nasty buildup from the edges of the drum in just a couple of cycles.


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A multipurpose cleaner to hit the rewind button x2 on pesky carpet stains *and* sticky gunk on kitchen cabinets. It’s formulated with natural, plant-based ingredients and super-fresh, amazing-smelling scents.

three bottles of the cleaner in scents frankincense and myrth, sandalwood, and nag champa

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Light-dimming sheets because that annoying LED beaming from your TV, computer charger, and just about every power outlet in your bedroom has been keeping you up at night for the past 10 years. It’s finally time to block it out once and for all.


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A grill scrubber that can erase years(!) of dried-on goop and grime from BBQs and stainless-steel utensils — little to no elbow grease required.

Close up image of the scrubber cleaning a grill

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A jar of top-selling lemon-scented toilet bombs to break down gross rings that have built up around the edges of your porcelain throne. Just pop one of these lemon drops in and behold: a citrusy fizz taking care of one of your least favorite chores.

the jar and round toilet bombs

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A pack of stainless steel cleaning wipes that’ll rid your (usually) shiny surfaces of grubby fingerprints, residue, and watermarks in just a couple of swipes. You spent an arm and a leg on that state-of-the-art fridge, so you’ll want to keep it in tip-top shape no matter how many hands have been all over it.


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A set of microfiber cloths so you can dust down tricky light fixtures that are known for gathering gunk. These will make your home *glow* once again and they won’t leave fibers behind — because streaks have no place on your glassware anymore.


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Howard Products wood polisher to wipe away years of water rings, scratches, and scuffs from surfaces you thought were beyond repair. This stuff tackles tough stains and acts as a conditioner to reveal a brighter grain and texture on your beloved furniture and floors.

Reviewer image of stained wood without use of polish and clean wood with use of polish

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A broom and mop organizer you can pop up on the wall to arrange cleaning and gardening tools. So long to the days of gingerly opening up the cleaning closet in fear of everything toppling out in a loud cacophonous mess.

reviewer photo showing the organizer with a broom, Swiffer, and even a drill attached to it

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Or a pack of individual broom holders if you’d rather the flexibility of customizing how things are stored.

the individual clips arranged on reviewer's wall to hold a broom, Swiffer, duster and tire pump

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The Pink Stuff all-purpose paste (as seen on TikTok) that’ll magically clean practically anything and everything in your home. This potion in a paste reverses wall scuffs, cooked-on grease, soap scum, and whatever else that could use a little abracadabra alakazam.


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A cooktop-cleaning kit so you can reverse any sign of old cooking mishaps. Burned-on grease and gunk from the previous homeowner’s past will never haunt you in your sleep ever again, thanks to this nonscratch trio!

A scratched-looking, grime-covered stove top with buildup before using the product, then a completely clear and reflective stove top after using the product

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A stackable cutlery organizer that will *cue hallelujah music* tidy up your once nightmarish kitchen drawers and finally arrange silverware so you can open and close them with ease. Goodbye to the days of hodgepodge drawerfuls jammed with extra knives your S.O. insisted would fit!

Reviewer photo of cutlery neatly organized

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A roll of vinyl contact paper to cover up any evidence of a previous homeowner’s interior design choices. Chic, fresh, and new will now be the theme in your kitchen and bathroom, thanks to a self-adhesive solution that won’t bubble up upon application.


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Some waterproof screen repair tape that will take care of all those rips that went unnoticed in the original listing pics you saw posted online. In a matter of seconds, this simple DIY task will ensure your home is free from unwelcome guests buzzing around.


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A convenient cable management sleeve if you’ve ever feared the forest of wires beneath your home office desk. This zippable cover conceals unsightly cables (and transforms areas where you’d usually keep a lot of electronics!) for a less hazardous home environment.


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A drain snake to avoid a call to your plumber and ~satisfyingly~ clean out the creatures you never knew existed in your bathroom pipes.


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A wood repair kit that will revive furniture and fixtures you thought were beyond help. These handy little markers perfectly touch up pet scratches and shoe scuffs that have gone untreated to reveal wood that looks brand spankin’ new.


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A disgustingly satisfying set of Sticky Stake insect traps so effective, they’ll make pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies think twice about coming anywhere near your precious collection of plant babies.


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And a door draft stopper for an effective way to finally seal out the bone-chilling breeze that flagrantly invites itself into your home during the colder months.


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