Don't Wait on Wednesday's Best Amazon Deals

Amazon
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 25.

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

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliances, Wireless Remote Light Switch, White (Learning Code, 5Rx-2Tx) for $29.99 (list price $49.98)

Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (1st Generation) for $79.99 (list price $164.99)

LEGO Creator Halloween Vampire and Bat 6137133 Building Kit (150 Piece) for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers 4.0 with Waterproof IPX7,20W Bass Sound,Stereo Pairing,Durable Design for iPhone /iPod/iPad/Phones/Tablet/Echo dot,Good Gift(Orange) for $29.99 (list price $169.99)

Kindle E-reader - Black, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Built-In Audible, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $49.99 (list price $79.99)

Netgear Arlo Security System - 6 Wire-Free Hd Night Vision - Brown Box Surveillance Camera, White (VMS3630B-100NAS) for $479.99 (list price $629.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver / Car Kit, Portable Wireless Audio Adapter 3.5mm Aux Stereo Output (Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, Built-in Microphone) for Home Audio Music Streaming Sound System for $12.69 (list price $25.99)

SoundPEATS In-Ear Headphones Noise Cancelling Earphones Stereo Earbud Headphones (Crystal Clear Sound, Comfort-Fit, Flat Cable, iPhone and Android Compatible) (BlaCK) for $8.99 (list price $15.99)

Outlander (2014) Season One (4 Discs) (Repackage) with Gift with Purchase for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Crayola Modeling Dough Pony Play Land - 33 pieces for $12.49 (list price $19.99)

KITCHEN

Weston Burger Hamburger Press (07-0301), Makes 4 1/2" Patties, 1/4lb to 3/4lb for $12.76 (list price $17.99)

GLOUE Silicone Spatula Set - 4-piece 450oF Heat-Resistant Baking Spoon & Spatulas - Ergonomic Easy-to-Clean Seamless One-Piece Design - Nonstick - Dishwasher Safe - Solid Stainless Steel - Multicolor for $8.00 (list price $22.97)

Tensun Manual Can Opener Heavy Duty - Stainless Steel Smooth Edge Side Cut for Home and Kitchen Safety Can Jar Opener with Soft Grips Handle Cans Tin Lid Lifter for $12.99 (list price $25.99)

Blendtec TB-621-25 Total Blender Classic with WildSide+ Jar, Black (Certified Refurbished) for $189.99 (list price $224.97)

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set for $25.99 (list price $27.59)

Hefty Slider Storage Bags (Gallon, 66 Count) for $5.76 (list price $9.67)

JavaPresse Coffee Company Manual Coffee Grinder for $23.99 (list price $59.99)

BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel, TO1303SB for $25.64 (list price $29.92)

Habor Digital Kitchen Timer Clock Cooking Timer Multifunction with Big Digits, Loud Alarm, Magnetic Backing Stand, and Memory for Cooking Baking Exercise-Blue/White for $7.99 (list price $20.99)

Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4 for $30.99 (list price $100.00)

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set of 3 with Non-Slip Silicon Handles, Non-Skid Bottom, Measurement Marks, Grater Attachments and Leak-Proof Lids, Red, Chef Essential. for $33.89 (list price $59.99)

Zester, Raniaco Stainless Steel Grater, Cheese, Lemon, Ginger & Potato Zester with Plastic Cover, Long Ergonomic Handle with Rubber Base for $7.85 (list price $16.99)

Danby Designer 1.1 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave, Stainless Steel for $63.99 (list price $149.99)

Hamilton Beach 4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker (26020) for $23.20 (list price $34.99)

HOME

Presto! 96% Biobased Liquid Laundry Detergent, Mountainside Herbal Scent, 106 Loads (2-pack, 40oz/53 loads each) for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Etekcity Wireless Dimmable Color LED Desk Lamp: Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 256 Color Changing Base, 3 Adjustable Brightness Levels, USB Rechargeable 1000mAh Li-on Battery, White for $16.99 (list price $35.99)

Levoit Kyra Himalayan Salt Lamp, Natural Hymalain Pink Salt Rock Lamps(5-8 lbs,6.5-9" Height) Himilian Sea Salt Crystal Night Light with Touch Dimmer Switch,3 Bulbs,UL-Listed Cord & Luxury Gift Box for $35.99 (list price $39.99)

Vremi Collapsible Plastic Laundry Basket - Large Folding Pop Up Laundry Basket Space Saving Storage Container Organizer for Kids Toys or College Dorm Rooms - Decorative Laundry Hamper - Grey and White for $24.99 (list price $59.99)

Yazer Wool Dryer Balls, 6 - Pieces, White for $10.39 (list price $35.99)

iRobot Roomba 650 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer's Warranty for $299.99 (list price $374.00)

Flameless LED Tea Light Candles, Vivii Battery-powered Unscented LED Tealight Candles, Fake Candles, Tealights (36 Pack) for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandage Assorted Sizes, 50-Count Packages (Pack of 4) for $14.19 (list price $20.96)

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair, 8.45 oz for $12.95 (list price $40.00)

HoMedics Triple Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat for $102.75 (list price $179.99)

Philips Norelco Multigroom All-In-One Series 3000, 13 attachment trimmer, MG3750 for $16.45 (list price $20.99)

Black Mask, Charcoal Peel Off Mask, Blackhead Mask Peel Off, ToullGo Purifying Peel-off Mask Black Mud Pore Removal Mask For Face Nose Acne Treatment Oil Control for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Baebody Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Face, Professional Anti-Aging Topical Facial Serum w Vitamin C & Vitamin E, Reduces Wrinkles & Fine Lines for Radiant and Younger Looking Skin, 1oz for $12.95 (list price $49.99)

Oral-B White Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun for $39.99 (list price $50.00)

DenTek Slim Brush, Professional Interdental Cleaners, Tight Teeth, Mouthwash Mint, 32 Count for $3.85 (list price $4.99)

Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips Dental Teeth Whitening Strips Kit, 14 Treatments - Lasts 6 Months & Beyond for $34.99 (list price $44.99)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, Extra-Dry Skin, 1.7 Oz for $14.62 (list price $18.98)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Qually United - a Must Have 18" Best BBQ Grill Brush 3 in 1, Durable and Effective, Barbecue Grill Brush Bristles are Made of Stainless Steel Woven Wire - a Perfect Gift for All Barbecue Lovers for $14.95 (list price $39.95)

GoFloats Unicorn Costume Tube - Giant Inflatable Unicorn with Suspenders - Must Have for Halloween - New for 2017 for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro Roller for Core Workouts for $33.99 (list price $39.99)

Phone Holder for Bike, VAVA Bike Phone Mount with Dual Strap & Magnet Support, Magnetic Bicycle Phone Holder, Motorbike Mount for Both Smartphone and Action Camera for $10.99 (list price $15.99)

Best Choice Products Hammock 59" Cotton Double Wide Solid Wood Spreader Outdoor Patio Yard Hammock for $30.55 (list price $39.49)

Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife with 9.5 cm (3.75 Inch) Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and Swedish FireSteel Fire Starter, Black for $24.82 (list price $29.31)

Melnor Metal Pulsating Sprinkler for $13.99 (list price $20.44)

GDEALER 120 Led 39ft Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes Remote Control String Lights Copper Wire Firefly lights for Bedroom Wedding Festival Decor Cool White for $9.89 (list price $21.99)

Reehut 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density NBR Exercise Yoga Mat for Pilates, Fitness & Workout w/ Carrying Strap (Grey) for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

TOOLS

Black & Decker BD2KITCDDI 20V MAX Drill/Driver Impact Combo Kit for $59.99 (list price $99.99)

Black & Decker WM425-A Portable 550-Pound Project Center and Vise for $79.99 (list price $100.84)

Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED 395 nM Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains and Bed Bug for $10.50 (list price $25.99)

Hydroluxe Full-Chrome 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-way 2 in 1 Shower-Head /Handheld-Shower Combo for $24.99 (list price $54.99)

Clauss Titanium Bonded Bent Snips, 7" for $7.13 (list price $8.86)

Stanley 51-167 22-Ounce FatMax Xtreme AntiVibe Rip Claw Framing Hammer for $25.83 (list price $32.99)

Master Lock Padlock, Standard Dial Combination Lock, 1-7/8 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1505D for $5.62 (list price $6.93)

WORX WORXSAW 4-1/2" Compact Circular Saw – WX429L for $57.00 (list price $69.00)

Dremel 710-08 All-Purpose Rotary Accessory Kit, 160-Piece for $25.00 (list price $44.74)

Bosch GLM 20 Compact Laser Measure with Backlit Display, 65' for $39.98 (list price $49.99)

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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