17 Common Household Items That Are a Complete Waste of Money

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By Darryl Henderson

We often fill our homes with things we believe will improve our lives. However, many of these items end up simply gathering dust or wasting space. To inspire your next clear out, here are 17 common household items that are ultimately a waste of money. 

Single-Use Kitchen Gadgets

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Single-use kitchen gadgets, like banana slicers, garlic presses, and olive pitters, may seem convenient, but they often go unused and clutter drawers. A good knife can do the same job, making these specialty tools a waste of money.

Cleaning Wipes

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Cleaning wipes are marketed as convenient, but they are often expensive and not eco-friendly. Envirotech Online says they contain microplastic fibers that don’t biodegrade in the environment; reusable clothes are typically a better choice for both your budget and the planet.

Storage Containers

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Storage containers are useful, but having too many can be counterproductive, leading to a disorganized kitchen or pantry. Buying containers in bulk might seem cost-effective, but without proper planning, it can result in clutter and unused items!

Specialty Cleaning Tools

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Specialty cleaning tools like grout brushes or specific vacuum attachments are usually unnecessary. You can pick up a basic set of cleaning tools that can handle most tasks, making these specialized items a waste of money. It’s just another way for companies to take your hard-earned money!

Bread Makers

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Bread makers can be fun for a while, but they often end up as dust collectors. Food52 mentions that using a bread maker is only slightly cheaper than buying bread, so unless you’re baking bread regularly, it’s more cost-effective to buy from a local bakery or store.

Exercise Equipment

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Home exercise equipment such as treadmills or stationary bikes often take up space or even turn into a clothing rack. Unless you’re committed to regular workouts, these items are a complete waste of money. Why not just head out for a long walk or run to save your money and boost your mental health?

Water Bottles With Built-In Filters

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Water bottles with built-in filters are often pricey, and their filters need frequent replacement, so they’re not as convenient as they initially seem. A standard reusable water bottle and a larger water filter at home are more economical and far less time-consuming, so don’t overcomplicate things!

Electric Toothbrush Sanitizers

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Electric toothbrush sanitizers are marketed as an essential way to keep toothbrushes clean, but frankly, they’re kind of unnecessary. Proper care and regular replacement of toothbrushes are sufficient for hygiene, so there’s really no need–just stick to the basics!

Disposable Razors

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EcoWatch claims that billions of single-use plastic razors end up in landfills each year. While these razors may be cheap initially, the cost adds up over time. Investing in a quality razor with replaceable blades is far more cost-effective and eco-friendly in the long run!

Excessive Bathroom Products

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Buying large quantities of bathroom products like shampoo or soap might seem cost-effective over the long term, but it often leads to clutter and waste. Purchasing smaller amounts more frequently can help keep your bathroom organized and reduce waste, so bulk buying isn’t always the answer!

Novelty Appliances

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Novelty appliances like popcorn makers or quesadilla presses usually end up unused; stick to versatile kitchen tools that can serve multiple purposes to avoid wasting money. At the end of the day, how often will you actually be eating quesadillas? 

Designer Hand Soaps

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Designer hand soaps with fancy packaging are appealing, but they are usually much more expensive than standard hand soaps. Opt for quality over branding to save money without compromising cleanliness. It’s all made from the same stuff regardless, so expensive soap doesn’t mean better soap!

Decorative Throw Pillows

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Decorative throw pillows can add style to a room, but having too many can clutter your space and lead to frequent replacement due to wear and tear over time. A few well-chosen, quality pillows can achieve the same effect without the extra cost.

Subscription Services

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Subscription services like streaming platforms or meal kits can be convenient, but if you’re not using them regularly, they become a waste of money. Always make sure to regularly review your subscriptions and cancel those you don’t need; we’ve all been there, so don’t let it happen again!

Excessive Pet Toys

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Having too many pet toys for your furry friend can lead to clutter and overspending. Focus on a few high-quality toys that keep your pets engaged and entertained rather than buying large quantities that will never be used. Trust us; even the cleverest dogs won’t notice!

Diet Products

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SWNS Digital says that half of Americans have followed a fad diet that did more harm than good. Products like detox teas and weight-loss shakes promise quick results but usually don’t deliver. A balanced diet and regular exercise are far more effective and economical in the long term.

Coffee Makers

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Finally, fancy coffee makers with complex features might be tempting, but they are often expensive and require constant maintenance. Purchasing a simple coffee maker or a manual brewing method can provide great coffee at a fraction of the cost, or best still, use a moka pot!