30 Amazon Best Selling DIY Essentials Under $30

Updated: Oct. 20, 2023

For the DIY fanatic, no project is complete without an addition to their toolbox. Here are 30 Amazon best sellers under $30.

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DeWalt Drill Bit Set

This 14-piece drill bit set from DeWalt comes in a convenient case. A titanium coating makes the drill bits last longer. The bits range in size from 1/6-in. to 1/2-in. With more than 20,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, this is a good buy.

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LED Camping and Emergency Lantern

This bright LED lantern from Supernova is just right for camping, emergency lighting or backyard fun. It’s 300 lumens, battery powered and water resistant, plus it boasts 144 hours of battery life. Get this gadget for the outdoorsy people in your life.

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Organizer For Tool Drawer Storage

Tool cart drawers can become a total mess. With this tool drawer organizer, every pair of pliers will stay in its place. It works like a dish drying rack, with slots to hold tools.

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Vinegar Weed Killer

This vinegar weed killer naturally eliminates weeds fast. Derived from corn grown in the U.S., it’s a great option for those who are looking to steer clear of weed killers that contain chemicals. This product is safe to use around kids and pets, as it contains an organic compound that, when sprayed on everything including dandelion, crabgrass, creeping charlie and clover, kills them on contact.

“I am thrilled to have this product available, which is effective, but also safe. I would not want anything changed about it. A little goes a long way. It is effective and inexpensive, too,” says an Amazon reviewer.

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Universal Socket Wrench

This universal socket can replace a whole set of sockets, and much more. It can turn various shapes, nuts, screws, hooks, lag screws and bolt heads. It works for the Standard and Metric systems and contains 54 spring-biased, high-quality steel pins. It will also help make your tool box a little more orderly.

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GoPets Dematting Comb

Now you can groom your pets at home. Thousands of Amazon reviewers say the GoPets Dematting Comb helps give their cats a purr-fect brushing without hurting them. The comb’s copious teeth and stainless steel blades are sharp enough to make tugging unnecessary, and an ergonomic handle makes the task painless for you, too. Right now is the time to grab one.

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ThermoPro Wireless Remote Digital Meat Thermometer

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and whether you’re roasting your first or fiftieth turkey, you’ll be grateful for a meat thermometer. This one has all the bells and whistles, too, including a hands-free monitor with a large digital LCD screen that displays food temperatures. This meat thermometer is a handy grilling tool, too.

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Painter’s Tape Applicator

We’ve tried all kinds of masking tape dispensers and painting tools. But for a simple, affordable way to speed up your masking, it’s hard to beat this little applicator from Scotch. After you get a few inches of tape stuck down, hold the dispenser against the surface you’re masking and slide it along the wall. Wheels press the tape to the surface, and a built-in cutter slices it off at the end of the run. We applied a straight, accurate line of masking tape along the moldings in this room in record time. The 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape Applicator is easily refillable.

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Refrigerator Deodorizer

No one wants to eat anything from a refrigerator that smells weird. This egg-shaped deodorizer is made with diatomite (a type of rock that regulates humidity) and activated carbon (that absorbs odor). Go ahead and use it in closets, drawers or near shoe racks, too!

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HexFlex Multi-Tool

If you’re an avid DIYer, this snowflake-shaped multi-tool is right up your alley. It can be used in place of 15 tools, including a Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, box cutter and bottle opener. Plus it’s compact enough to slip into your tool bag, purse, backpack and more for easy tool storage!

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Ladybug Desk Vacuum

Crumbs, dust and eraser shavings are unsightly, annoying and messy, so you definitely need to clean up often. This ladybug desk vacuum makes cleaning your desk easy. It’s lightweight, compact, well-built, quiet and cute!

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Leaf Scoops

This cool invention consists of oversize leaf claws that make for an extra hand to spread mulch, feed leaf shredders and more. They also provide a barrier, keeping your hands safe from stinging nettles, rosebushes and weeds. (They also work great for picking up toys in the playroom.)

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Insect Catcher

Disgusting critters crawling around your home can ruin your whole day as you try to avoid them, find someone to catch them or struggle to do job yourself! This insect catcher is your best bet for safely catching and removing spiders, scorpions, crickets and more from a safe distance. Surround the bug with the soft bristles, then pull the trigger to scoop it up.

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Easy-Clean Chinex Brush

The editors here love Chinex bristle paintbrushes. But it’s not just us — our set builder doesn’t use anything else, and the pros we talked with agree that paintbrushes made with Chinex bristles are nearly perfect. They work equally well for oil-base and water-base paints.

But the best feature of Chinex bristles is how easy they are to clean. Many of the new formulations of water-base paint dry quickly and stick tenaciously to other types of synthetic bristles, leaving you with a tough cleanup job. Chinex bristles solve this problem. Paint rinses out easily, giving you a brush that’s “like-new” clean. Corona, Wooster and Purdy make brushes with Chinex bristles.

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Chenille Microfiber Wash Mitt

You can use old rags to wash your car, but it’ll take longer, won’t do as good of a job, and is kind of pain in general. The Chemical Guys Chenille Microfiber wash mitt is extra absorbent, so it holds plenty of soap to get every square inch of your vehicle lathered up. Plus, the microfiber material doesn’t hold grit like a towel can, so it won’t scratch the paint. And when you’re done, just toss it in the washing machine.

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High-Pressure Toilet Plunger

Clearing up a toilet clog is messy business. Hovering over the toilet as you manually plunge is a lot of work! This high-pressure toilet plunger may not make toilet plunging enjoyable, but it will sure make it easier. The high-pressure air plunger unclogs blockages caused by hair, toilet paper and more.

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Toilet Bowl Night Light

Illuminating your toilet probably isn’t one of your top priorities. But when you’re stumbling around in the middle of the night, this quirky night light really comes in handy.

It’s easier on your eyes than turning on the bathroom light, and you can set it on carousel mode so it rotates through all 16 of its colors! Best part? It only turns on when someone enters the bathroom, thanks to the built-in motion sensor.

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Angry Mama

This slightly scary-looking, as-seen-on-TV product makes cleaning your microwave easy! Here’s how it works: Fill it with water and vinegar, microwave it for seven minutes, and the hardened gunk in the microwave loosens up! Then wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel and thank Angry Mama for doing such a great job!

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Magnetic Wristband

For the woodworker, home improvement enthusiast or general DIYer, this innovative magnetic wristband is sure to be their new best friend. To access screws, nuts, drill bits, bolts, nails and washers, just look at your wrist and there they are!

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POYINRO Expandable Garden Hose

Here’s an affordable expandable hose, this time in a pretty green color. It comes in four lengths: 25, 50, 75 and 100 feet. This garden hose is under 20 bucks, and it comes without an adjustable nozzle. The triple-layer latex core prevents punctures and leaks.

Listen to verified Amazon purchaser, Just Me, (and check out their video of the hose in action.) “I was really floored at the power of this hose. I figured with it being made of soft material that it might not be able to handle the water pressure. Boy was I mistaken.”

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Blade Brush

Keep your fingers and palms safe from slices and pokes when washing your knives with this odd but effective blade brush. It features a textured grip, greatly lessening the chance of your fingers making contact with the blade. Meanwhile, the strong bristles ensure a premium clean. This home product is less than $30, making it an affordable and practical gift.

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Paddle Mixer

Whether you’re blending drywall compound from powder, mixing concrete or mortar, or just rejuvenating old paint, chucking a paddle mixer into your electric drill makes quick, easy and neat work of the job. Professional drywall installers use them all the time.

Although a cordless drill with reasonable power will work for lighter-duty mixing jobs, for best results chuck the paddle mixer into a 3/8-in. or 1/2-in. corded electric drill to get the most torque and unlimited run time. Clean the paddle immediately after use — you’ll be glad you did.

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Bagster Bag

Like a portable, collapsible dumpster, the Bagster makes it easy to gather and haul leaves and other material from your yard and haul it off to be composted. It’s a lot faster than filling up a dozen or more leaf bags too. Once it’s full, just pull it into your truck and take it away. When you’re done, just roll up the bag, and it’ll be ready to go for next season.

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Check the Pockets

Slip an accessory pocket, similar to a shoe organizer, over the hanger of an outfit to match socks, underwear, barrettes, hats and more ahead of time. You can purchase accessory pockets at Amazon.

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O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop

Mopping is a tough chore, but this microfiber mop gets to difficult places better than other mops because of its triangular head. This little tool is quite the cleaning secret.

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DeWalt Impact Ready Screw Driving Set

Specifically designed to tackle the toughest of impact driving tasks, this 40-piece set is perfect for the serious DIY enthusiast. It delivers rapid bursts of torque to loosen stubborn screws while reducing wobble for more accurate driving. And its magnetic system means fewer dropped screws!

With bits and tips in various sizes, you’ll drive screws more accurately than ever.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife

Pocket tools don’t come any better than this traditional 58mm Swiss Army knife. It includes a 1-1/4-in. blade, nail file, screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers and toothpick – everything you need on a hike or camping trip. Cleverly designed to slip into your pocket, this knife also boasts an eye-catching design as the final flourish. It comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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Norpro Cotton Twine

There are a million and one uses for this 220-foot roll of sturdy cotton, food-grade twine. Use it to bundle up paper for recycling and as a rustic alternative for ribbon on packages. The handy center-pull ball makes it easy to use, although a DIY twine dispenser may still come in handy,

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UV Flashlight Black Light Detector

Got pet odors? Not sure where they’re coming from? This UV flashlight is the answer.

With 51 UV LEDs (30 percent more than similar detectors), this clever flashlight will highlight dried pet urine, so you can spot clean with confidence rather than shampoo your whole carpet. It will also detect scorpions and bed bugs, show UV stamps on currency and official documents, and even dry your nail polish!

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Orbit Sander

If you’re looking for a flawless sanded finish to your woodworking projects, look no further than this orbit sander. The orbital action ensures it removes excess wood quickly, leaving a silky smooth finish.

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