Don't Miss Out on Wednesday's Best Amazon Deals

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Amazon

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, September 20.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, WiFi, 8 Zone 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa for $145.99 (list price $199.99)

Lanshion 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB Charging Ports 1875W Desktop USB Charging Station with 6.5-Feet Long Power Cord, 1000 Joules, UL Listed(White + Blue) for $33.99 (list price $89.99)

Zmodo 720p HD WiFi Wireless Home Security Camera System Two Way Audio Night Vision Motion Alerts 115 Degree Viewing Angle (4 Pack) - Cloud Service Available for $119.95 (list price $159.99)

Cable Clips - Cable Organizer - Cord Management - Wire Management System - 6 Pack - Self Adhesive - Durable - Model CC908 From Blue Key World for $8.83 (list price $12.85)

Adjustable Laptop Table, Superjare Portable Standing Desk, Notebook Stand Reading Holder For Couch Floor, Bed Tray Table with Foldable Legs Bamboo Wood Grain for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

WONNIE 7.5 Inch Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen, USB / SD Slot and 4 Hours Rechargeable Battery, Perfect Gift for Kids ( Black ) for $54.77 (list price $127.77)

Mini Bluetooth Keyboard, Jelly Comb Rechargable Handheld Remote Control Wireless Mini Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad for PC, SAMSUNG Galaxy, Surface, Android / Windows Tablet Smartphone for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

Linkwitz Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Built-in MIC, Stereo Over-Ear Headset for Cell Phones Gaming PC TV , Upgraded Steel Black for $89.99 (list price $149.99)

ZOMEI Aluminum Portable Tripod with Ball Head Heavy Duty Lightweight Professional Compact Travel for Nikon Canon Sony All DSLR and Digital Camera for $63.74 (list price $149.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter / Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless 3.5mm Adapter (aptX Low Latency, 2 Devices Simultaneously, For TV / Home Sound System) for $28.89 (list price $33.99)

Meyoung TC80 Video Projector Support 1080P for TV Home Cinema Theater,LCD HDMI Mini Portable Projector for Outdoor Indoor Movie Night, DVD Player, Laptop, Games 1200 Luminous Efficiency (White) for $84.99 (list price $169.00)

Superior Coccyx Orthopedic Comfort Memory Foam Seat Cushion With XL-CUTOUT for Back Pain Relief and Sciatica And Tailbone Pain,Ideal for Office Chair And Car Driver Back Support for $26.99 (list price $55.99)

Dland Laptop Stand Adjustable 31.4" Medium Size Computer Standing Desk Portable Cart Tray Side Table with Wheels for Bed Sofa Hospital Reading Eating, Black for (list price )

Bankers Box Stor/File Medium-Duty Storage Boxes with Lift-Off Lid, Letter/Legal, 20 Pack (0076315) for $44.99 (list price $52.99)

uni-ball 207 Impact Retractable Gel Pens, Bold Point (1.0mm), Black, 12 Count for $18.17 (list price $23.63)

KITCHEN

Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker, 400ml/3-Cup, Standard for $27.97 (list price $35.99)

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs 10-Day Meal Prep Kit, 30-piece Set, Reflecting Pool (2005692) for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

[20 Pack] 3 Compartment Meal Prep Containers BPA Free Portion Control Bento Boxes (39 Oz.) for $17.09 (list price $39.99)

Biokips Cereal Container Airtight Watertight Cereal Keeper 16.9 Cup 135.2oz (2) for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

SodaStream Source Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black for $94.95 (list price $99.99)

Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack with Drainboard / Cutlery Cup (BlackII) for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Hopeful by Long-Lived Chrome-Plate Steel Large Suction Cup Sponge Holder for $5.99 (list price $8.99)

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set - Kitchen Pots and Pans Set Nonstick with Cooking Utensils - Non Stick Cookware Set PTFE and PFOA Free Oven Safe Basics Pots and Pans - Black for $45.99 (list price $89.99)

Aicok Electric Kettle 1.7L Fast 1500Watts Water Kettle, Premium 304 Stainless Steel Durable Water Boiler with Professional Strix Thermostat Control, Auto Shut Off With Boil Dry Protection, Silver for $25.99 (list price $59.99)

Circulon Teakettles Sunrise Whistling Teakettle, 1 1/2-Quart, Navy Blue for $14.99 (list price $40.00)

Chicago Metallic Professional 4-Piece Non-Stick Toaster Oven Bakeware Set for $14.27 (list price $18.99)

Nordic Ware Compact Ovenware Baking Sheet for $8.62 (list price $11.00)

HOME

Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum, Iron/Satin Yellow (Certified Refurbished) for $299.00 (list price $399.00)

Whitmor Double Rod Closet, Freestanding Silver / Black for $40.16 (list price $44.97)

TomCare 10 Tier Shoe Rack 50 Pairs Shoe Organizer Shoes Storage Shoe Shelf Shoe Tower - No Tools Required Non-woven Fabric for Home Bedroom, Black for $31.99 (list price $79.99)

Clear Plastic 12 Pack Stackable Storage Shoe Box White for $48.99 (list price $80.00)

Household Essentials ML-6692 Woven Water Hyacinth Wicker Waste Basket - For Bathrooms & Bedrooms - Natural for $15.99 (list price $18.99)

TasteLife 105 GSM Deep Pocket Bed Sheet Set Brushed Hypoallergenic Microfiber 1800 Bedding Sheets Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - 4 Piece(White,Queen) for $14.90 (list price $119.90)

Cr Sleep Ventilated Memory Foam Bed Pillow with AirCell Technology, Standard, 1-Pack for $25.49 (list price $89.99)

Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Hand held Cordless 14.8V Lithium with Quick Charge Tech and Cyclonic Suction, Black for $53.49 (list price $159.99)

StorageWorks Polyester Storage Bin with Strong Cotton Rope Handle, Dark Khaki, Bamboo Style, Medium, 3-Pack for $25.28 (list price $79.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Rolodex 23420 Wood Tones Desktop Sorter, Mahogany for $12.08 (list price $15.37)

Swingline 3 Hole Punch, Low Force, 12 Sheets Punch Capacity, SmartTouch (A7074134) for $9.79 (list price $12.71)

eBoot 100 Pieces Mini Envelope Multi Color Cute Lovely (4.5 x 3.15 Inch) for Wedding, Birthday Party Gift Supplies for $10.29 (list price $15.99)

Post-it Self-Stick Easel Pad, 25 x 30.5 Inches, 30-Sheet Pad (2 Pack) for $36.99 (list price $42.88)

Cardinal Expanding Zipper Binder Pocket, 1/2" , Assorted Colors, 5 per Pack (14650) for $9.99 (list price $12.99)

ETA hand2mind Relational GeoSolids Fillable Shape Blocks, Set of 14 for $11.02 (list price $19.65)

VIVA OFFICE Ergonomic Mid Back Office Chair, Bonded Leather Computer Task Chair for $49.99 (list price $229.00)

Kantek Rotating Desktop Organizer, 4.4 x 6 x 6 Inches, Black (ORG620) for $8.71 (list price $12.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

400ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser,Tenswall Vase Shape Cool Mist Whisper-Quiet Humidifier with 4 Timer Setting and 7 LED lights Waterless Auto Shut-off for $29.99 (list price $89.99)

Beautural 10X Magnifying Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror with Natural White LED, 360 Degree Swivel Rotation and Locking Suction, 8 inches for $19.99 (list price $30.99)

Tom's of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Multi Pack, Tea Tree, 3 Count for $14.34 (list price $17.37)

Eye Cream Moisturizer (1.3 oz) 94% Natural Anti Aging Skin Care for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder by Pro Teeth Whitening Co® | High Quality Grey Charcoal (non abrasive and proven safe for enamel) From Coconut Shells | Manufactured in England for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

Best Blends Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 6/10mL (Breathe, Good Night, Head Ease, Muscle Relief, Stress Relief, and Health Shield) for $19.99 (list price $40.95)

Black Mask, Charcoal Mask, Peel Off Mask, Blackhead Remover Mask, Charcoal Peel Off Mask, Deep Cleansing Black Mask Purifying Face Mask Peel Off for Face Nose Acne Treatment Oil Control - 60g for $11.99 (list price $35.99)

ArtNaturals Argan Oil Hair Conditioner - 16 Oz - Sulfate Free - Best Treatment for Damaged & Dry Hair - Made with Organic Ingredients & Keratin - For All Hair Types - Safe for Color Treated Hair for $12.95 (list price $26.95)

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, Ceramic, White (3 - 7 Hr Run time) for $89.25 (list price $119.00)

Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer with 2 Heat 2 Speed Setting, Red for $25.99 (list price $110.99)

Anjou Curling Iron 1.25 inch with Tourmaline Ceramic Coating, Hair Curling Wand with Anti-scalding Insulated Tip, Hair Salon Curler Waver Maker (200 °F to 410 °F - For All Types of Hair) for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Ultra Bright CREE LED Headlamp - 160 Lumens, 5 Lighting Modes, White & Red LEDs, Adjustable Strap, IPX6 Water Resistant. Great For Running, Camping, Hiking & More. Batteries Included for $10.99 (list price $34.95)

Bluetooth Headphones, HOPDAY U8 V4.1 Wireless In-ear Sports Earbuds with Built-in Mic Stereo Sound Noise Cancelling IP68 Waterproof and Sweatproof Headsets with Secure Ear Hook for Running Exercising for $26.59 (list price $69.99)

VicTsing Grill Cover, Medium 58-Inch BBQ Cover Waterproof, Heavy Duty Gas Grill Cover for Weber, Brinkmann, Char Broil, Holland and Jenn Air for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

bubba Envy S Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler, 24 oz. Smoke for $8.99 (list price $14.94)

Bubba Envy Insulated Tumbler with Straw, 32oz.,Purple/Blue for $10.39 (list price $15.04)

First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case with Zipper, 299-Piece Kit, Large, Color Varies for $12.80 (list price $26.74)

Gonicc 8" Professional SK-5 Steel Blade Sharp Anvil Pruning Shears (GPPS-1001),Less effort. for $14.95 (list price $39.99)

YJWB Anti-Fog No Leaking UV Protection, Triathlon Swimming Goggles for Men/Women/Children, Blue for $12.65 (list price $18.99)

Top Fit Running Belt for Men + Women, Dual Pockets with Touch Screen, Holds all IPhones + Accessories, Completely Comfortable Running Belt for Running or Hiking. New Version (Dual Bag Black) for $12.93 (list price $32.95)

Yoga Strap - exercise, stretching, fitness, durable cotton, 8.4ft yoga strap (Teal) for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

WATERFLY Hiking Waist Bag Can Hold iPhone6 Plus 5.5 inch Gear with Water Bottle Holder / Funny Running Belt Bum Bag for Ridding Dog Walking for $12.73 (list price $29.99)

Camp Solutions Camping Self Inflating Sleeping Pad with Attached Pillow - Lightweight Air Sleeping Pads for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Sportneer Camping Hammock w/ Mosquito Net, Parachute Fabric Double Hammock For Outdoor Travel Indoor Camping Hiking for $19.99 (list price $80.00)

TOOLS

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~ 716℉ (-50℃ ~ 380℃), Yellow and Black for $17.88 (list price $37.88)

Amprobe BAT-200 Battery Tester for $6.20 (list price $7.95)

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw with Scissor Stand for $499.00 (list price $529.00)

Akro-Mils 10144 D 20-Inch by 16-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch Hardware and Craft Cabinet, Black for $31.62 (list price $40.76)

RAK Magnetic Wristband (1 Pack) with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws, Nails, Drill Bits - Best Unique Tool Gift for DIY Handyman, Father/Dad, Husband, Boyfriend, Men, Women (Black) for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek for $29.99 (list price $40.99)

JET 708620B AFS-1000B 550/702/1044 CFM 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote and Electrostatic Pre-Filter for $377.99 (list price $448.00)

DEWALT D26676 3-1/4-Inch Portable Hand Planer for $129.00 (list price $139.00)

X-ACTO Compression Basic Knife Set for $12.90 (list price $19.10)

Zircon StudSensor e50-FFP Edge Finding Stud Finder with Live AC WireWarning Detection for $19.97 (list price $29.99)

Wayfair Is Offering Up to 75 Percent Off on Furniture, Rugs, and Pet Essentials Through Tuesday

Wayfair
Wayfair

If you’re looking to upgrade your home furniture in the new year, turn to Wayfair. From orthopedic dog beds to convertible couches to luxuriously soft bedding, the online retailer has just about anything you can imagine to spice up your home décor. And through Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. EST, shoppers can save up to 75 percent on hundreds of items. Check out some of our favorite deals below.

Living Room Furniture

- Corwin Twin Convertible Sofa $134 (Save $16)
- Swiger Sleeper $481 (Save $57)
- Spraggins Armchair $195 (Save $135)
- Oday Wingback Chair $297 (Save $72)
- Luper Tufted Storage Ottoman $127 (Save $212)
- Tannis Futon Chair $183 (Save $11)

Pet Essentials

- Ginny Pet Crate $88 (Save $83)
- 72-Inch Mya Cat Tree $64 (Save $165)
- Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Dog Sofa $22 (Save $28)
- Cathey Wooden Litter Box Cabinet $142 (Save $9)
- Ian Double Bowl Elevated Feeder $82 (Save $50)
- Boris Ultra Plush Cooling Gel Foam Pillow $23 (Save $27)

Dining Room Furniture

A Wayfair stool
Wayfair

- Marni Bar & Counter Stool $54 (Save $9)
- Boyes Dining Table $187 (Save $13)
- Chelsey Four-Piece Solid Wood Dining Set $256 (Save $256)
- Eaman Dining Table $215 (Save $45)
- Abbey Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table $847 (Save $910)
- Abbey Solid Wood Dining Table $727 (Save $744)

Extra Storage

- Petrone Combo Laundry Center $42 (Save $51)
- Cubeicals Shoe Storage Bench $69 (Save $17)
- Caryl Overdoor Six-Shelf Cabinet Door Organizer $35 (Save $17)
- Arapahoe 24-Inch-By-32-Inch Cabinet $102 (Save $83)
- Wicker Oval Double Laundry Hamper $60 (Save $10)

Bedroom Furniture

-Geraldine 4 Drawer Chest $195 (Save $15)
-Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard $75 (Save $64)
- Eichhorn Platform Bed $102 (Save $150)
- Kemmerer Vanity Set with Mirror $206 (Save $303)
- Rossford 6 Drawer Double Dresser $263 (Save $42)
- Amher Adjustable Bed Base $271 ( Save $129)

Rugs

Wayfair flower rug
Wayfair

- Brandt Blue Area Rug $26 (Save $52)
- Abstract Multicolor Area Rug $25 (Save $73)
- Shiflett Flatweave Dark Gray Area Rug $31 (Save $29)
- Meador Hand-Braided Natural Area Rug $38 (Save $40)
- Geometric Gray/Ivory Area Rug $34 (Save $25)

Bedding

- Adena Ultra Soft Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set $33 (Save $97)
- Eldon Solid Color Sheet Set $25 (Save $35)
- Kiril Duvet Cover Set $25 (Save $75)
- Arrington Ruffle Skirt Bedspread Set $61 (Save $89)

Outdoor Décor

- Marquis Vertical Hello Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $14 (Save $10)
- Arden Welcome Paw 36-Inch-By-24-Inch Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $33 (Save $10)
- Midori Planter Box $73 (Save $37)

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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