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10 Best Useful Gadgets at DAISO Japan for Around $1 (2021 Edition)

10 Best Useful Gadgets at DAISO Japan for Around $1 (2021 Edition)

Date published: 17 May 2021

From useful gadgets to daily commodities, DAISO offers a wide selection of high-quality items! Located on the bustling Shinsaibashisuji shopping street, DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome is a 100-yen shop (110 yen including tax) that is frequented by foreign guests.

On the fourth floor of the store, you can find a range of everyday items and useful gadgets that help with life’s little inconveniences. What’s more, thanks to careful countermeasures against Covid-19, such as disinfecting the shop and products, you can feel at ease when shopping.

We spoke with Mr. Yuto Sasayama, a staff at the popular DAISO store, to find out about their latest and most popular useful gadgets.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Convenient Umbrella Stands: Use This Item in Various Ways!
  2. 2. Diatomite Toothbrush Stand: Say Goodbye to Dampness and Humidity
  3. 3. Garbage Disposal Strainer: A Sanitary Item That Keeps Trash Hidden!
  4. 4. Mold Stain Prevention Masking Tape: Eliminate Any Mold With this Tape!
  5. 5. Clear Multi-Hook: A Huge Hit on Social Media!
  6. 6. Adhesive Roller Spare Tape (Spiral Cut): Peeling this Tape Won’t Leave You Frustrated!
  7. 7. Trash Bag Clips (Two Per Pack): Turn Your Regular Trash Can into A Compartmentalized One!
  8. 8. Insect Repellent Cap for Air Conditioner and Drain Hoses: Say Goodbye to Unwanted Bugs
  9. 9. Deodorizing Plastic Bags for Diapers (40 Bags per Pack): It Even Eliminates Strong Odors!
  10. 10. Mini Portable Toilets: A Great Product to Have in Your Emergency Kit!
  11. DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store Found on Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street

1. Convenient Umbrella Stands: Use This Item in Various Ways!

1. Convenient Umbrella Stands: Use This Item in Various Ways!
Umbrella stand (magnetic, white and black)

The umbrella stand (magnetic) is a standard and popular item. Because there’s a magnet attached to the back, you can stick it on to any place you like, including your home's front entrance.

It’s also great for holding small items.

Mr. Sasayama added, “Not only for umbrellas, but many people also use the stand as a case for holding small items. And, in addition to the original white stands, black ones have been recently added to the series.”

The reason why it’s so popular lies in the simple design and the fact that it can be used in various ways.

2. Diatomite Toothbrush Stand: Say Goodbye to Dampness and Humidity

2. Diatomite Toothbrush Stand: Say Goodbye to Dampness and Humidity
The diatomite toothbrush stand comes in three colors.

The diatomite toothbrush stand is a product that has high moisture-absorbing properties. This allows you to be at ease when placing it in any wet or damp areas including around the bathroom sink. Also, it elevates your toothbrush and keeps it sturdily in place once inside the stand.

Due to its simple shape, you can use it to hold items other than your toothbrush.

Mr. Sasayama commented, “Our series of diatomite products are very popular, with the most popular being the toothbrush stand.”

Other than toothbrushes, it also conveniently holds your razor. The stand is sold both on the third and fourth floor of the store.

3. Garbage Disposal Strainer: A Sanitary Item That Keeps Trash Hidden!

3. Garbage Disposal Strainer: A Sanitary Item That Keeps Trash Hidden!
Garbage disposal strainer

Due to the holes being quite small, pieces of trash tend to get stuck in the garbage disposals of sinks. The garbage disposal strainer is the perfect item for when you have this problem.

If you put this gadget inside your garbage disposal, it firmly traps any trash and hair. Furthermore, the mesh material prevents any trash from getting stuck in the pipe.

The center of the strainer being made out of mesh material enables water to go through it easily.

“The fine mesh material prevents small items such as contact lenses from going into the pipes,” mentioned Mr. Sasayama. It’s attached with a top to hide the dirt that is caught inside the strainer.

Because it comes in packs of three, you can easily exchange the strainer once you notice that the water flow has slowed down. What’s more, it can be used for long periods of time by regularly cleaning the inside.

4. Mold Stain Prevention Masking Tape: Eliminate Any Mold With this Tape!

4. Mold Stain Prevention Masking Tape: Eliminate Any Mold With this Tape!
Mold stain prevention masking tape

This item is made to be used in very humid areas such as the bathroom. No matter how much you clean, new mold seems to grow. For these situations, we recommend mold stain prevention masking tape.

It’s perfect to use after cleaning your bathroom or around your windows. This item is a soft, easy-to-stick-on masking tape that can be used just by putting it on the place where you want to prevent mold.

The tape comes in the two widths of 15 millimeters or 30 millimeters. The 15-millimeter tape also comes in black.

Mr. Sasayama explained, “Once the tape gets dirty, all you have to do is take it off and stick on a new piece. The tape has antifungal properties, making it hard for mold to grow.” There is a selection of different sizes and colors, so you can choose one depending on the place you want to use it.

5. Clear Multi-Hook: A Huge Hit on Social Media!

5. Clear Multi-Hook: A Huge Hit on Social Media!
Clear multi-hook

Closet rods are convenient to hang your clothes on. However, once clothes are taken off, the hooks on the rod are somewhat of an eyesore. The clear multi-hook is an item that sticks onto the wall and can support a pole or rod.

This is an excellent item that doesn’t stand out because it’s clear and has water and heat-resistant properties. Plus, as long as you have a flat surface, you can use it in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. When you want to remove the hooks, the adhesive side comes off easily.

The front of the hook sticks up, so it’s easy to hang items such as spray bottles.

Mr. Sasayama commented, “This product became a hit on social media because the clear hook easily blends into any room. It’s perfect for supporting clothing rods, but in the case that you only want to use one, it’s also great for hangers or spray bottles.”

One hook can withstand one kilogram, and two hooks can withstand two kilograms.

6. Adhesive Roller Spare Tape (Spiral Cut): Peeling this Tape Won’t Leave You Frustrated!

6. Adhesive Roller Spare Tape (Spiral Cut): Peeling this Tape Won’t Leave You Frustrated!
Adhesive roller spare tape (spiral cut) *The roller is sold separately.

This is a cleaning tool that you roll on your tatami mat (a flooring material used in traditional Japanese rooms) or carpet to collect lint with adhesive tape. Once the adhesive tape becomes dirty, you can peel it off and throw it away.

However, it can sometimes be frustrating not knowing where the edge of a roll of tape starts. Adhesive roller spare tape is specifically a spare adhesive tape for roller cleaners. As advertised, it's cut diagonally, which helps you easily peel it from the roller once it becomes dirty.

When rolled like this, the adhesive side collects dirt and trash.
You can say goodbye to stressful searches for the edge of a roll of tape.

Mr. Sasayama recommended this spectacular item stating, “The edge of the roll of tape is easy to find, and it’s super easy to peel away. If you have ever struggled with tape that asks you to tear along a line, I highly recommend trying this item.”

7. Trash Bag Clips (Two Per Pack): Turn Your Regular Trash Can into A Compartmentalized One!

7. Trash Bag Clips (Two Per Pack): Turn Your Regular Trash Can into A Compartmentalized One!
Trash bag clips (two per pack)

In Japan, you need to sort your trash into categories such as burnable and plastics. Truthfully, it’s burdensome to prepare several different trash cans for each category. An item that comes in handy in times like these are trash bag clips (two per pack).

Another great quality is that you don’t need to prepare any special type of trash bag and can use ones from the convenience store.

Mr. Sasayama told us, “All you have to do is put the two bags side by side and insert the clip. The edge is shaped so that it holds the bags firmly to prevent any slippage.” It can be used on trash cans that have a width up to 10 millimeters.

8. Insect Repellent Cap for Air Conditioner and Drain Hoses: Say Goodbye to Unwanted Bugs

8. Insect Repellent Cap for Air Conditioner and Drain Hoses: Say Goodbye to Unwanted Bugs
Insect repellent cap for air conditioner and drain hoses

The insect repellent cap for air conditioner and drain hoses is a useful item that prevents insects such as cockroaches from getting inside. No matter how careful you are, insects tend to find their way into the home. Surprisingly, they can find their way inside from the air conditioner and drain hoses.

There are the three types you can choose from depending on your intended use. These include the insect repellent cap for air conditioner and drain hoses, the insect repellent stopper, and the insect repellent hose cap.

Mr. Sasayama added, “It’s easy because you just plug it into your air conditioner’s hose. There are many kinds, so you can choose one that would fit best with the diameter of your hose.” Surprisingly, insects making their way in from outdoor hoses is quite common. This is something you want to firmly prevent.

9. Deodorizing Plastic Bags for Diapers (40 Bags per Pack): It Even Eliminates Strong Odors!

9. Deodorizing Plastic Bags for Diapers (40 Bags per Pack): It Even Eliminates Strong Odors!
Deodorizing plastic bags for diapers (40 bags per pack)

Deodorizing plastic bags for diapers (40 bags per pack) can be used when disposing of dirty diapers. These bags have deodorizing properties and are great for eliminating any strong smell!

What’s more, not limited to diapers, they can be used for many purposes such as getting rid of food scraps in the summertime.

These come in three sizes.

“With strong deodorizing properties, it’s great for disposing of items with a strong smell such as training pads for pets and food scraps,” said Mr. Sasayama. Because it comes in three sizes, you can choose the bags depending on your intended use.

10. Mini Portable Toilets: A Great Product to Have in Your Emergency Kit!

10. Mini Portable Toilets: A Great Product to Have in Your Emergency Kit!
Mini portable toilet

The mini portable toilet is a reassuring item to have during vacation season when you need to use the bathroom and there's heavy traffic. Absorbent polymer quickly solidifies urine that you can keep in a zipper bag.

Because it comes with a zipper bag, you can eliminate any concerning odor!

It comes conveniently with a black plastic bag for when you want to throw it away. Mr. Sasayama pointed out, “Because it’s made with an absorbent polymer that has no artificial coloring, you can easily tell the state of the urine in the bag. This is great when you are taking care of someone and have to know the state of their health.”

It is a high-quality item that's made in Japan. Many people also buy it to add to their emergency kits.

DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store Found on Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street

The DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store is on Shinsaibashisuji shopping street close to both Osaka Metro’s Shinsaibashi Station and Namba Station. It’s the perfect place to stop by when shopping around this famous street where approximately 180 shops can be found.

You can take the escalator to the second floor to get to the DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store.

DAISO is located on the second to fourth floors of a building. With all registers located on the second floor, it’s possible to pay with UnionPay cards and credit cards. All of the store’s signs are in Japanese, but you can find information in English and Portuguese on the product tags.

Some items are more than 110 yen, but it’s still incredibly reasonable when taking into consideration that the market price for similar products at other shops are from 1,000 yen to 2,000 yen. Because there are some that sell out immediately, we recommend purchasing items as soon as you find one you like.

Covid-19 countermeasures
Indoor disinfection measures taken/Sanitizer installed/Disinfection of stands, registers, escalators, etc./Ventilation measures in place /Coin trays used /Plastic partitions installed/Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature/Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell /Guests are required to wear masks

*Unless stated otherwise, the prices for items we introduced are all 110 yen (including tax). *The number of items in-stock depends on the store.

  • DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store
    DAISO Shinsaibashisuji 2-chome Store
    • Address 2-2-19, Shinsaibashi, Osaka Shi Chuo Ku, Osaka Fu, 〒542-0085
    • Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      Closed: Open daily

Text by: Shigemi Niki
*The information found in this article is from a visit that was made in April 2021. For updated information, please refer to the store’s official website.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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