Recently I read another blogger’s roundup of his 10 favorite handy items from the 100 yen store, so I thought I would do my own.
There are a few different 100 yen store chains, but all of these gems are from the Daiso.
Think of the Daiso as a Dollar General that has higher quality items that you can actually use for a long time.
For the most part I agreed with the author, but I found 10 more must-haves.
1. Melamine Sponges (aka Magic Erasers)
Here you can buy a bag full of melamine sponges in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ll never buy an overpriced Magic Eraser again!
2. Wood scratch filler marker
Not only did I finally find a marker to match my espresso-finished furniture, it works like a dream and was dirt cheap compared to American home stores. This came in handy for both the scratches that our furniture endured during its journey here to Japan, and for scratches that had been there for years.
3. Rice washer and rice paddle holder
Washing rice is a breeze now that we found this washer/strainer, and our rice paddle is easy to reach.
4. Hard Boiled Egg Punch
Use this tool to punch holes in the bottom of hard boiled eggs before boiling to make them easier to peel. It’s magnetic so you can stick it to the fridge when you’re not using it.
5. Sweater Fuzz Remover Tool
This handheld battery operated sweater fuzz remover is powerful and effective. I have never bought one before simply because they’re too expensive for me- I’m super thrify. For 100 yen this was definitely a must-have!
6. Spray bottles and pump bottles
This is the most effective spray bottle I’ve ever bought anywhere- it has a strong sprayer and trigger. The pump bottles come in many sizes and are great for dish soap and shampoo.
7. Pantry and closet lights
I found both wired and wireless setups. Start a video recording on your phone, put it in the closet, and shut the door to make sure you’ve got the positive and negative magnets positioned correctly.
8. Gifts for those back home
The 100 yen stores are perfect for gifts to send loved ones back home. This is just 1 of the aisles full of Hello Kitty products.
9. Counter Top Storage
These glass counter canisters work great for holding tea.
10. Bathroom storage
Most homes are small here, so making best use of your space is critical. We found these dish soap holders and use them for toiletries, instead. This suction cup office pencil holder doubles as a toothbrush holder.
We were also able to use these same items to mount our WiMax adapter to the sliding glass window for better reception. No fiber- I know. It’s terrible, and the internet options on the military base are equally awful-trust me.
So, what are your favorite 100 yen store products?