50 Cheap Things On Amazon You'll Get A Sh*t Ton Of Use Out Of Every Day

Say bye to lost keys and cold coffee.

by Christina X. Wood
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When I started looking around my house, I realized that it’s full of inexpensive and super useful items that I spent, in aggregate, less than I did on that leather armchair I never sit on. In honor of the hardworking tools that power our homes, here are 50 cheap things on Amazon you'll get a sh*t ton of use out of every day.

Take this wireless charging pad that powers up to three phones at once. Or consider this powerful handheld vacuum with no wires or expensive replacement bags. Read on to find the clever products you want and need.

1. A dish sponge that’s made from both cellulose and cotton

Most sponges are made from cellulose. And most dishcloths are made from cotton. But this Swedish dishcloth is a blend of both cotton and cellulose. The result is a sponge that’s as flexible, wringable, and washable as a dishcloth but also as absorbent, stiff when dry, and effective as a sponge. It’s exactly what every cleaning project wants and this 10 pack will last years because each cloth can be washed and reused indefinitely.

2. This organizer with space for up to 93 batteries

This organizer is an elegant solution to that jumbled drawer of batteries you’ve probably got somewhere in your home. There’s space for up to 93 batteries, ranging from slim AAAs to chunky Ds — and the clear cover makes it easy to see where everything is stored. Plus, each order also includes a battery tester so that you can throw out any batteries that have lost their charge.

3. This shower head that helps soften water & improve pressure

Screw in this showerhead and improve your irritating, inadequate-shower problems at the same time. The beads in the arm filter the water so that even hard water comes out softer and gentler to your skin. The micro nozzles speed up the water so that weak water pressure feels more powerful. Dial in the style of shower you like — rainfall, massage, or mix — and enjoy.

4. The bug zapper that turns fly hunting into a sport

When there is a fly, mosquito, or other flying nuisance — or an invasion of them — in the house, pull out this rechargeable bug zapper and get in a game of bug-zapping tennis. The bugs will come to fear your backhand because this racket is armed with a 4,000-volt grid that gets them with a jolt as soon as you make contact.

5. This attachment for your car’s visor that extends for more sun protection

Have you ever been driving when all of a sudden the sun blinds you out of nowhere? That won’t be an issue any more thanks to this handy visor sunshade extender. It attaches securely to your car’s sun visor with elastic straps. There are two panels, one that extends out to the side and one that extends downward, that give you the extra sun protection you’ll appreciate while behind the wheel.

6. This car trash can that keeps your ride looking great

Receipts, wrappers, and uneaten fries can add up fast in your car — but this trash can keeps your vehicle looking neat and clean. The 2-gallon can can be secured to a headrest or the center console, and it comes with 20 liners, so you can start chucking garbage in ASAP. It’s veratile too — you can empty this out, clean it, and use it as a cooler to keep drinks cold on road trips.

7. This remote control for everything you lose

If you have ever wished there was a remote control for more things than the TV, check out this kit that lets you point a remote to locate your keys, wallet, phone, or cat in order to find them. Just attach the four fobs to the items you are most likely to lose, and when you can’t find them, press the key on the remote that corresponds to the missing item. It will beep so you can track it down.

8. This phone mount that clips into the air vents

Every car has air vents in the dash and this universal phone mount takes advantage of that to mount your phone to those so it will work in your car, the rental, and whatever ride you frequent. It snaps onto a vent, grabs your phone securely, and rotates 360 degrees so you can view your phone the way you like it. Getting your phone in and out is easy with the push-button release and the silicone surface is grippy so it holds your phone securely.

9. A stainless steel touchless soap dispenser

Fill this soap dispenser with your own liquid soap, add some batteries, and set it down next to the sink and you have the sort of touchless soap dispenser system you encounter in public bathrooms. You never have to touch a pump with dirty hands or wonder who else’s germ-covered hands have touched this. It’s easy to fill and you can set how much soap it drops when the infrared sensor sees a hand.

10. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker with lights

This little waterproof speaker comes in a form factor that’s perfect for carrying with you and it delivers loud high-end, low-end, and mid-range sound from its tiny body. You can buy two of them and pair them for stereo sound and it comes in four terrific colors.

11. This splatter guard that protects against hot oil while you cook

This durable stainless steel splatter guard securely attaches to cookware, working to protect your hands from hot oil and your counters from mess. Its fine mesh design allows steam to escape while containing cooking fat. Compatible with most cookware, dishwasher-safe, and rust-free, it's ideal for helping keep your kitchen cleaner and safer during frying and cooking sessions.

12. The multitool of charging cables that fits on your keychain

This clever little device manages to fit every charging cable you will need into one key-sized EDC you can attach to your keyring and always have with you. It folds in half and the ends snap together magnetically for carrying. Open it up and USB-C, micro-USB, and Lightning cables emerge from the heads.

13. This travel mug with a portable filter to make coffee on the go

The fact this travel mug comes with a filter to make coffee on the go is just one reason it’s such a fan favorite. This insulated stainless steel mug is perfect for keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. And for a bonus finishing touch, it has a leakproof lid that anyone constantly going from one place to another can appreciate.

14. A frother that elevates your home-brewed cup of joe

No more overpriced lattes and snooty baristas! This compact milk frother is excellent for making cappuccinos, lattes, protein shakes, and even whisking eggs in the comfort of your own home. Its powerful motor quickly and effortlessly produces creamy foam in just 15 seconds, and the ergonomic handle and stainless-steel wand ensure durability. A sleek stainless-steel stand provides a stylish storage solution, so whether you're a coffee lover or looking for a portable kitchen accessory, this frother is a must-have.

15. A powerful handheld vacuum with a built-in light

This rechargeable handheld vacuum gets high marks from reviewers for its ability to get fur and dirt out of carpets, cars, and couches. It has a washable filter, a brush attachment for carpets and fabrics, a crevice attachment to get into small spaces, and a bright LED light that helps when lighting is poor.

16. An organizer for the car for easy access to your stuff

This net organizer is a must-have for people who spend a lot of time in their cars. The hooks easily attach to the headrests of the seats providing an upright and accessible place to sit your purse or bag. It can even function as a separation barrier between the front and back seat, which can be extra handy when traveling with a pet.

17. A USB flash drive with basically universal compatibility

If your phone, tablet, or computer is running low on storage space, consider getting a USB flash drive to offload old data and free up new space. You can also feel secure knowing there are plenty of safety features to protect the information you transfer to the drive. It’s equipped with fingerprint unlocking, double encryption protection, and password encryption to name a few. This small tool provides you 256 GB of storage.

18. This meat thermometer that makes sure your meat isn’t undercooked — or overdone

Cooking meat can be a nerve-wracking experience. Is the chicken undercooked? Is the barbeque meat overdone? This stressful guessing game has been solved by KIZEN’s digital meat thermometer that takes the temperature of meat as it cooks — and gives you a reading in a matter of seconds. Waterproof and with an easy-to-read, bright LED display, this thermometer can also be used for checking baked goods in the oven, beverages, frying oil and more.

19. The toilet attachment for a better clean

This inexpensive bidet attachment requires very little plumbing to install onto your existing toilet seat — just tap into the toilet’s water supply line — and it’s a huge life upgrade. Just turn the dial for a butt shower that’s precisely the intensity you prefer, every time you go, and you will wonder what you ever saw in toilet paper.

20. A silicone utensil set that covers all your cooking needs

Complete your kitchen arsenal with this comprehensive nine-piece utensil set. The heat-resistant handles can withstand temperatures up to 480°F, making them ideal for various cooking tasks. With their sturdy construction and protective silicone coating, these utensils are built to last, and cleaning is a breeze as they are dishwasher-safe.

21. This cordless power screwdriver with all the bits

If you have to assemble something or are faced with any light chore where a bit of power would help, you’ll be glad you have this handy, rechargeable screwdriver in your tool kit. It hinges from straight to pistol style to handle lots of scenarios, comes with 11 bits, has an LED light so you can see what you are doing, and is lightweight.

22. A silicone strainer that clips directly onto the pot

Take the challenge out of pouring a pot of hot water into a colander in the sink thanks to this silicone strainer that attaches directly to the lip of the pot. Now, you just have to tip it until the water is out and the pasta is all that’s left. The side clips hold firmly to the pot, and it’s flexible to fit vessels of different sizes.

23. These candles you can light with a remote control

Not only will these candles never create a pool of wax on your table or set the house on fire, you can turn all of them on at once using a 10-key remote. You can even put them on a timer so they come on automatically and shut off after a while so you can fall asleep in candlelight.

24. An all-purpose stain remover that is incredibly powerful

If you have a well-lived in and active household, this powerful stain remover will come in handy more times than you can count. It is effective at dealing with brand-new and old, set-in stains from things like grass, grease, paint, wine, and food to name a few. You can use it on furniture, rugs and carpets, and clothing, as well as other upholstered items that you can’t easily put in the washer.

25. This coffee warmer that looks cute on your desk

Set your hot coffee down on this decorative and super effective coffee warmer and your brew will stay warm to the last sip. Tap the power button to choose from three temperature settings so that every sip is exactly the temperature you like. It will shut off after four hours if you forget it’s on. There are five colors to choose from, and this pick is a much more stylish than similar products out there.

26. This iron that’s also a vertical steamer

If you covet a steamer that lets you get wrinkles out of clothes while they are still on the hanger, upgrade to this steam iron that not only delivers excellent steam but is also lightweight and compact for easy travel and storage. The high capacity water tank allows for up to 10 minutes of uninterrupted steaming.

27. These clip-on booklights for reading into the wee hours

When you find yourself deep into a page-turner and your bed partner wants to turn the lights out, pull out this clip-on booklight, snap it onto the pages of your book, and keep turning pages. It’s rechargeable via USB, has three levels of brightness, and is notably blue light-free. Plus, it can run on a single charge for up to 30 hours, and you get two in a pack so you always have one handy.

28. A snap-on strainer that takes up barely any drawer space

Simply put the Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain on any pot, pan, or bowl, and you’ll be able to ditch those space-hogging colanders in your cabinet — not to mention avoid the hassle of having to transfer food from pot to sieve and back again. (Fans say it’s a game-changer for making Mac ‘N Cheese) The dishwasher-safe silicone strainer can withstand temperatures up to 440 degrees Fahrenheit and it packs away easily when not in use.

29. This silicone drying mat that’s heat-resistant

Featuring wavy ridges that provide airflow, this silicone mat is great for drying dishes on the countertop. It has a nonslip bottom to help it stay put, and it’s also heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can even use it under hot cookware. Choose from four sizes and 10 colors.

30. A 1-gallon water bottle for meeting your hydration goals

Meeting your hydration goals is as easy as filling up this 1-gallon water bottle in the morning and keeping it by your side all day. It has a heavy-duty carrying handle and time markings on the side, so you can stay on track by the hour. It comes with both a straw spout and a regular drinking spout, so you can sip or chug to your heart’s content. Choose from a variety of colors.

31. This charging stand that powers your Apple Watch wirelessly

Keep this charging stand next to your bed, and you’ll always have a convenient place to let your Apple Watch charge overnight. It’s compatible with nearly every version of the Apple Watch, and even features cable management cutouts in the back to help keep your wires looking tidy. Plus, you also have the choice of nine colors — from classic black to light mint.

32. A silicone massage brush that works on pets with all types of fur

This multipurpose massage brush is a pet owner's dream thanks to how effective it is at grooming. The soft, flexible bristles are made from silicone and work well to help with shedding by removing excess hair. You can also use it when giving your dog a bath to work and massage the shampoo into their fur and skin.

33. The stick-on puck light that can be turned off with a tap or a timer

Available as a single light or in 2-, 3-, and 6-packs, this popular wireless lighting solution has amassed more than 27,000 perfect five-star ratings for a reason. Not only can the touch-sensitive lights simply be stuck onto a surface (thanks to the sturdy, furniture-safe 3M adhesive), they also can be programmed to turn off by timer. As one shopper raved, “These lights have changed the way I feel about my kitchen and life and bedroom closet on a fundamental level.”

34. A space-saving pyramid power strip

Sometimes it’s hard to control the cord chaos on your desk, but thanks to the unique shape of this power strip, you can plug everything in without any of the clutter. It features two USB inputs and one USB-C input, as well as two standard outlet plugs — so you can speed-charge your devices all within arm’s reach. Shoppers report that it’s great for travel, too.

35. This cooling gel face mask for a calming facial at home

If you wake up puffy and overheated, take a few minutes with this cooling gel mask and calm your skin and coold down. Then give your face a relaxing and cooling face massage with the jade roller. Just keep it all in the fridge and it will be ready to calm irritation and redness. Or pop the mask in the microwave for a warm face compress.

36. A dual-sided meat tenderizer that’s easy to clean

Flat on one side and spiked on the other, this versatile meat tenderizer will be a workhorse in your kitchen. It’s lightweight, dishwasher-safe, and comfortable to hold thanks to the ergonomic handle. It comes with a hook for hanging, but it will also stow away easily in a drawer or utensil caddy.

37. This convenient hook for storing headphones

If your desk has devolved into a mess of who even knows what, this swiveling headphone hanger is an easy way to help tidy the space up. With a dedicated hook for your favorite over-ear headphones or gaming headsets, as well as cord clip to prevent tangling, it’s a small item that will make your day to day better. Available in eight colors, this popular desk accessory has amassed more than 25,000 ratings to date.

38. A cleaning gel that makes quick work of tight spots

Whether it’s a crumb-y keyboard, a dusty gear shift, or any other variety of hard-to-clean nook and cranny, this unique cleaning gel gets the job done. Just push the gel into the crevice then pull it out; the dust and crud will come along too. It’s reusable many times until it loses its stickiness, then toss.

39. These organizers that fit into the gap between your car seats

Always losing stuff down into that gap between your car seats? Try stuffing one of these organizers into that open space. Not only do they help keep items from falling down, but they’re also great for keeping your phone, charging cables, and more conveniently within reach. “Easy to install, feels and looks quality, matches my existing leather and most importantly my wallet and phone fit perfectly so I don't have to use the cup holders,” wrote one happy reviewer.

40. A kitchen tool that smashes avocados & more

Designed to minimize messes with maximum smashing surface, this four-bladed silicone avocado masher is excellent for making guacamole as well as mashing potatoes, mixing up ground beef, and making egg salad. Anywhere you want to mash something with ease it’s got you covered — and its silicone construction makes scraping the sides of the bowl a breeze.

41. A colorful knife set that comes with a cutting board & sharpener

A good knife can be underrated, especially if you’re more of a casual at-home cook. But this knife set is likely to be a gamechanger with 12 knives to suit all your cooking needs, from an 8-inch chef’s knife to a 4-inch paring knife. The knives also come with a cutting board and sharpener — all in all, you can’t beat this rainbow-hued set for the price.

42. This toiletry bag that you can hang up for easy access

With a helpful built-in hook that lets you hang it up in the bathroom, this toiletry bag makes it easy to access all your serums, soaps, brushes, and more. It’s made from water-resistant polyester, so there’s no need to worry if it happens to get wet — all while multiple pockets give you tons of storage space for all your essentials.

43. A screen cleaner spray that’s super portable

Keep this slick bottle of screen cleaner on hand so your phone, tablet, and touch-screen laptop are not smeared in germs and fingerprints. Just spray the screen lightly and wipe it clean with the included microfiber cloth. It’s much more sustainable than disposable wipes and is about the size of a lipstick so you can keep it in a pocket.

44. The portable charger that your iPhone can wear anywhere

If your phone tends to lose power before you do at the end of the day, pocket this lipstick-sized charger to keep it powered to the bitter end. It’s compact, holds a full charge, and fits into the bottom of the phone like a tiny handle. It comes in five colors.

45. This sunlamp that helps regulate your circadian rhythm through light therapy

Anyone who deals with seasonal affective disorder will appreciate the usefulness and practicality of this UV-free LED sunlamp. It mimics the properties that natural sunlight delivers to our bodies for us to function healthily. Regular use of this lamp is said to lead to better sleep and focus, as well as an improved mood.

46. These baking mats that let you skip the oil

Skip oil, butter, and cooking spray the next time you’re planning to stick something in the oven, and lay one of these silicone baking mats down on the pan instead. Suitable for everything from baking cookies to roasting vegetables, the mats also protect your pans from baked-on food. They’re easy to clean— just wash them by hand or stick them in the dishwasher.

47. The cute pen-sized lighter that uses no butane

This lighter is not just pretty, it’s a slick piece of technology that uses an arc of electricity to light candles and start fires. And because it’s electric, you never have to fill it with butane and it will never blow out. Plug it into a charger and wait for the four LEDs on the side to tell you it’s fully charged and light your candles. It comes in five colors.

48. A can cooler to keep hard seltzer & slim cans icy cold

There’s nothing less exciting than warm beer — or any carbonated beverage — and this skinny can cooler ensures that’s never an issue. Its triple-insulated, double-wall technology keeps those slim cans perfectly chilled for up to 12 hours. Sleek and sweatproof, you can grip and sip those icy cold cans in style at the beach and beyond.

49. This universal super socket any avid DIYer will love

For anyone who loves to do at-home projects or is a home handyworker, this universal socket is a must-have tool for their arsenal. This socket wrench adapter is specially designed with 54 individual steel springs that contour to the exact size, shape, and fit you need at that moment. It also includes a power drill adapter as a bonus.

50. An under-desk bike so you can work out while you work

Sitting all day at a desk makes it very difficult to get enough movement into your life. This under-desk bike lets you recapture some of that time by putting movement into your sedentary time. Just pedal while you work, watch TV, or do crafts. You can set the resistance and track your distance and calories spent on the LED display. Move it to a tabletop and use it for arm workouts, too.

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