Don't Miss 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, October 18.

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

Anker 60W 10-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort 10 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $32.99 (list price $99.99)

[2-Pack] Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable [Aramid Fiber & Double Braided Nylon] for iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus / 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6 Plus / 5s / iPad and More (Red) for $24.99 (list price $59.99)

Solar Charger, 10000mAh Solar Power Bank Portable Battery Pack Cellphone Charger with 2 LED Flashlights, Solar Panel with Compass and Carabiner for IOS and Android Cellphones(Orange) for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Tendak USB Charging Stand - with 3 USB Port 3.0 Hub Bamboo Wood Charging Dock Station for 38mm and 42mm iWatch & iPhone 6 6 plus 5S 5 7 7 plus and Other Smartphone for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Anker Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C 24W USB Wall Charger, PowerPort+ 1 for Galaxy C9 Pro, Nexus, Moto and More for $19.99 (list price $51.99)

iPhone X Wireless Charger, Turbot 3-Coil Qi Wireless Charger Stand Pad for iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note8, S8/S8 Plus/S7/S7 Edge/S6 Edge Plus, LG G6 and All QI-Enabled Devices for $18.95 (list price $45.99)

ATGOIN Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Earbuds Stereo Earphones, Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Headset Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Mpow Cell Phone Holder for Car, Windshield Long Arm Car Mount with One Button Design and Anti-skid Base for iPhone 8/7/7P/6s/6P/5S, Galaxy S5/S6/S7/S8, Google, LG, Huawei and More for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Mpow Bluetooth Receiver for Home Music Streaming System, Wireless Audio Adapter,Bluetooth 4.1 Music Adapter with High-fidelity Stereo Sound and Up to 15 Hours Working-Time Battery,Black for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

Funko Pop Television Bob Ross Collectible Figure for $9.99 (list price $10.99)

Dutch Blitz for $8.96 (list price $12.99)

Play-Doh Smashdown Hulk Featuring Marvel Can-Heads for $6.98 (list price $16.99)

KITCHEN

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Finedine (Set of 6) Polished Mirror Finish Nesting Bowls, ¾ - 1.5 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 8 Quart - Cooking Supplies for $22.95 (list price $29.95)

Bellemain Cooling Rack - Baking Rack , Chef Quality 12 inch x 17 inch - Tight-Grid Design, Oven Safe, Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pan for $12.50 (list price $19.95)

Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper (Non-Stick, 22 Sheets) for $4.38 (list price $5.89)

JB Chef Culinary Micro Butane Torch | Refillable Cooking Kitchen Blow Torch With Safety Lock & Adjustable Flame | For Pastries, Desserts, Crème Brûlée, Brazing, Soldering, Camping, Welding & More for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Habor Instant Read Meat Thermometer, Super Fast Accurate Cooking Thermometer Electronic Kitchen Thermometer with Digital LCD, Fordable Long Probe for Food, Candy, Milk, Tea, BBQ Grill Smokers for $9.99 (list price $16.98)

Kirkland Signature Non Stick Parchment Paper, 205 sqft for $11.38 (list price $13.89)

MAIRICO Ultra Sharp Premium Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears and Multi Purpose Scissors for $12.95 (list price $35.99)

The Original GORILLA GRIP (TM) Set of 3 Non-Slip Reversible Cutting Boards, BPA Free, FDA Approved Materials (Set of 3 Boards: Black) for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

Equinox 4-Piece Steak Knife Set, Serrated Edge Steak Knives, Dark Wood for $23.97 (list price $59.99)

Vremi 3 Piece Plastic Measuring Cups Set - BPA Free Liquid Nesting Stackable Measuring Cups with Spout and Decorative Red Blue and Green Handles - includes 1, 2 and 4 Cup with Ml and Oz Measurement for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender System with 40 oz Jar, 20 oz single Serve Blend-In Travel Jar & Chopper (58163), Grey & Black for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar, Charcoal/Teal for $11.15 (list price $17.99)

Etekcity Digital Touch Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale 1g Weighable with Easy to Clean Tempered Glass Surface, 11lb 5kg for $17.09 (list price $18.99)

HOME

Flameless LED Tea Light Candles, Realistic, Battery Powered, Unscented LED Candles, Fake Candles, Tealights (24 Pack) - Vont for $9.99 (list price $17.93)

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser, 100ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby for $16.95 (list price $39.99)

Caitlin White Clear PEVA Shower Curtain Liner, Waterproof, Odorless, Mildew Resistance, Eco Friendly, 72x72 Inches With Magnets for $6.98 (list price $9.99)

Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free for $29.95 (list price $69.95)

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum SD20005RED for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Dreamfoam Bedding Queen Copper Gel Memory Foam Mattress for $399.99 (list price $1,199.99)

Foamily 18 x 18 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, Standard / White - MADE IN USA for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

PurSteam Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch, 180ml Capacity Perfect for Home and Travel for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Frigidaire 50-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control, White for $199.00 (list price $249.99)

O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System for $33.88 (list price $44.99)

AmazonBasics Foldable Drying Rack - White for $23.22 (list price $24.99)

ThermoPro TP60 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter, Wireless Outdoor Hygrometer, 200ft/60m Range for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Nose Hair Trimmer - HLYOON 3 in 1 Waterproof Stainless Steel Beard and Eyebrow Clipper with LED Light, Battery-Operated for $26.29 (list price $65.88)

Belle 30,000RPM Nail Drill Machine Electric Nail File Manicure Pedicure Drill for Acrylic Nails (Pink, 110V) for $59.99 (list price $130.99)

Anjou Peel Off 12 Colors Nail Polish Set, Metallic and Pure Finger Nail Art Polish Lacquer, Safe Dry Fast Collection for Women, Teens, Kids with Top Coat, Professional Kits for $10.99 (list price $28.99)

Nail Lamp Dryer 24W ULG Curing LED UV Lamp for Fingernail Toenail Gel Nail Polish 30 seconds 60 seconds Timer Setting for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Qivange Makeup Brushes, Synthetic Foundation Eyeshadow Fan Brushes Set+Sponge Puff(12pcs,Silver) for $8.99 (list price $42.99)

TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face, Organic Anti-Aging Topical Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, 1 fl oz. for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Baebody Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 16 Oz - Sulfate Free - Volumizing & Moisturizing, Gentle on Curly & Color Treated Hair, for Men & Women. Infused with Keratin. for $13.95 (list price $29.99)

Corewill Eyelash Curler Best Lash Curling Tool with 3 Pink Replacement Pads for $5.99 (list price $29.99)

Equinox International Dental Hygiene Kit - Includes Tarter Scraper/Scaling Instrument, Dental Pick, Dental Sickle, and Mouth Mirror - Professional Surgical Grade Dentist Approved Tools for $8.97 (list price $29.99)

Zyllion ZMA13BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat for Car, Home, or Office (Black) for $39.95 (list price $79.95)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Husqvarna 26" Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe for $53.99 (list price $83.95)

GoSports Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and Measuring Rope - Made from Premium Resin for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

Picnic Backpack Basket Wine Cooler | Stylish All-in-One Portable Picnic Bag for 4 with Complete Tableware Set, Waterproof Fleece Picnic Blanket & Detachable Insulated Cooler, Perfect for Family Picnic for $49.97 (list price $99.99)

Camelbak Products Chute Water Bottle, Charcoal, 1-Liter for $12.99 (list price $14.00)

BlizeTec Survival Knife: Best 5-in-1 Tactical Pocket Folding Knife with LED Light, Seatbelt Cutter, Glass Breaker & Magnesium Fire Starter for $38.98 (list price $89.99)

Kangaroo Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) for $11.95 (list price $19.99)

9 Can Cooler, Gray for $12.95 (list price $21.07)

URPOWER Dog Bowls Stainless Steel Dog Bowl with No Spill Non-Skid Silicone Mat 53 oz Feeder Bowls Pet Bowl for Dogs Cats and Pets for $15.99 (list price $43.99)

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 12MP Trail Camera, Tan for $79.99 (list price $99.00)

Kootek 5 Pack Tactical Mini LED Flashlight Ultra Bright 300 Lumens Handheld Flashlights Adjustable Focus Small for Kids Child Camping Cycling Hiking Emergency Torch Light for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

ProGear 100S Exercise Bike/ Indoor Training Cycle with Heart Pulse for $149.99 (list price $199.00)

BV Bicycle Light Set Super Bright 5 LED Headlight, 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release for $8.59 (list price $20.00)

TOOLS

Bosch PS32-02 12-volt Max Brushless 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver Kit with 2.0Ah Batteries, Charger and Case for $99.00 (list price $157.00)

Stanley 84-519K 12-in-1 Multi Tool for $11.32 (list price $14.99)

2 PCS IPOW Car Safety Antiskid Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Emergency Class/Window Punch Breaker Auto Rescue Disaster Escape Life-Saving Hammer Tool,Big for $8.39 (list price $13.89)

Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive, 2.5 oz., White for $4.84 (list price $6.99)

Etekcity MSR-U1000 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter, Volt Amp Ohm Capacitance Meter, Red for $33.98 (list price $49.98)

TEKTON Combination Wrench Set with Store and Go Keeper, Inch, 1/4-Inch - 1-Inch, 15-Piece | 18772 for $36.89 (list price $44.90)

URPOWER Motion Sensor Light, 10 LED Bulbs Battery Operated Wireless Motion Nightlight Portable Magnetic Security Closet Light Stick Up Motion Sensor Night Lights for Closets Hallway Stairway(3) for $22.99 (list price $32.99)

36 Pieces 400 to 3000 Grit Sandpaper Assortment, Dry/ Wet, 9 x 3.6 Inch, for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing and Wood Turning Finishing for $8.59 (list price $15.99)

Stanley STHT20140 Tubular Frame High Tension Hacksaw for $19.29 (list price $21.80)

IRWIN Tools Rafter Square, Hi-Contrast Aluminum, 7-Inch (1794463) for $9.99 (list price $12.62)

BLENDX 7mm to 19mm Ratchet Universal Sockets Metric Wrench Power Drill Adapter Set - Professional Repair Tools for $9.49 (list price $15.99)

3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for 5 Windows for $15.98 (list price $22.54)

TEKTON Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 30-Piece | 25253 for $12.51 (list price $14.99)

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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