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    36 Things You Probably Never Thought Of, But Will Make A Huge Difference This Summer

    Because apparently summer doesn't have to involve chafed thighs, smelly shoes, and overheating all the time.

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    1. A shoe-deodorizing spray that'll put an end to sweaty sneaker (or Birks, flats, anything your feet touch) stink as soon as you spritz. May this be the summer our closet actually doesn't smell.,

    Promising review: "This stuff REALLY works. All my kids' shoes were super stinky and I gave each one a spray. The results were immediate and long-lasting. You can't imagine how happy I am because all those smelly toes were getting to me. I also really like that it's all natural and has a fresh clean scent." —MoogliWoogli

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    2. A pack of coconut water powder to quench your thirst on-the-go with H2O's fancier sibling. Plus! It's fueled with electrolytes and trace minerals to help you feel even more refreshed — all you have to do is add water.

    The bag of coconut water powder

    Promising review: "I was surprised really tastes like pure coconut water once you mix the powder. I’ve also used it to make smoothies that adds a boost of deliciousness." —Lisa R.

    Get it from Laird Superfood for $14.95.

    3. A chafing relief powder gel, because sometimes we need double the protection (especially on super hot days). Reviewers also use this when they wear bathing suits and swear it keeps their thighs *and* bikini lines soothed!,

    Promising review: "Girls with chub rub, look no further. Those cute shorts? Wear 'em. That cute dress? Put that ish on. I wore this with my bikini in Florida for three days, only reapplied one to two times a day and had minimal chaffing (mostly due to sand, which can’t be helped, sadly). But it wasn’t bad, nor did it cause me any real pain like chaffing normally does. I plan on getting this when I go to California in June to get the same use! Love love love! PS: I have suuuuuper sensitive skin and had no breakouts or suspect rashes using this." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    4. A sun visor clip for holding up to two sunglasses at a time, or your regular glasses, to always have both on-hand when driving. Now you can easily switch between the two without digging around your car.

    Reviewer's photo of their glasses and sunglasses attached to their sun visor

    Promising review: "Love this sunglass holder. It stays securely on the visor and I can put and take my sunglasses on and off from it with one hand. It's much better than the last one I purchased off of Amazon. That one got so loose that it wouldn't stay on the visor anymore. I don't think I'll have that problem with this one. The visor is still usable with the sunglass holder on it and the sunglasses are within perfect reaching distance to take off even while driving with one hand. And the clips hold my sunglasses tightly. Best purchase ever!" —Tara S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals that'll help prevent over- *and* under-watering your precious plant bbs so they survive even the hottest of summer days. This'll reduce ~water stress~ in plants and protect them from heat and drought.


    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

    6. A draft-blocker to make the most of your AC by keeping it *in* the room, instead of letting it escape. You'll stay cool and save money over time now that you don't have to blast your AC to feel it.

    Reviewer's photo of the draft-blocker attached to their door

    And! It'll muffle outside noises, particularly helpful if you're currently quarantining with loud people.

    Promising review: "I used it to close the gap in some of the rooms in our house. We are working from home and closing the air gaps reduces sound traveling between rooms and also enables better air conditioning." —manikandan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in five colors).

    7. A set of gel-infused can coolers, because their two-part plastic design literally *locks in* coldness. Throw in their outer neoprene sleeves to insulate, and your drink can actually stay cold for at least four hours.


    Just keep them in the freezer until you're ready to use them!

    Promising review: "I couldn’t believe it until I tried it. It actually does make things colder than when they start. I usually put in a can of pop out of the fridge and let it sit for 15 minutes and it is really, really cold! This keeps it cold forever. Can’t imagine how it could work any better!" —Todd Thornock

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $39.95.

    8. And! A three-in-one stainless-steel bottle cooler so you can keep your vino ice cold no matter how hot it gets. Plus! This also works as an aerator and pourer so your wine is chilled and upgraded in flavor. Win, win.


    You'll get the metal rod to put in your bottle (with an attached aerator), as well as a corkscrew and stopper.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It keeps wine cold for a long time and makes it easy to pour!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A pressure-activated cooling pad for keeping your pupper safe from overheating when the temps rise. It stays five to ten degrees cooler than room temperature, and even helps to reduce joint pain.

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in four colors).

    10. A melting gel face cleanser that'll quickly dissolve even a full face of makeup *plus* sweat, dirt, and excess oil (oh, the lovely perks of summer afternoons) without drying our skin. It works fast so even the laziest of us can feel squeaky clean in under a minute.


    Promising review: "Love it. It's easy and takes all my makeup off. My face feels so clean and not dry." —Nesserrose

    Get it from No7 for $7.99.

    11. A fermentation kit so you can learn a fun new summer hobby *and* make grilling extra rewarding now that you have homemade sauerkraut for your hot dogs and super fresh pickles.

    Model using the fermentation kit to make pickled cabbage

    You'll get three lids that are compatible with wide mouth jars (not included) and a vacuum pump to help you remove air from the jars.

    Promising review: "I have now been using my fermentation kit for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed." —K. Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two kit sizes).

    12. A DHC makeup primer, because this'll keep your full face in place all darn day no matter HOW much you sweat. Humidity is simply no match for this. And! It also helps smooth the appearance of pores and breakouts.

    Promising review: "I could go on and on about this magic face sauce, but instead I’m just gonna lead with the pictures from my random sweat test experiment and tell you what you’re seeing. I think it did a GREAT job of soaking up the oil on my nose and forehead, much better than any pressed or loose mattifying powders I use. The (picture on the right) is after I danced Lindy Hop, Shag, AND Balboa (all fairly rigorous dance lexicons in the swing dance family) for three hours in a hot crowded bar that had to be at least 90 degrees inside. According to my Fakebit, I did 20 thousand steps that night so I REALLY put this stuff to the hardest test I could manufacture! It’s lasted for forever, as well, so I definitely think it’s a good deal for the price. It’s small, but you don’t need a lot!" —Queenofthehouse

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    13. A pair of Sanuk flip flops so your piggies can stay unbelievably comfy all day — their cushioning is designed to mimic yoga mat material. Sore heels are no longer in our vocabulary, even after super long walks.

    Reviewer's photo of two pairs of black flip flops side-by-side labeled "7 year old flip flops and their twin replacements"

    And reviewers say they last forever!

    Promising review: "These are my favorite. As a Southern Californian, I wear flip-flops year-round. The last pair of Sanuk yoga mat flip flops I bought lasted through almost three years of constant wear (they were basically the only shoes I wore for three years, so I'm serious when I say constant). They're comfortable enough to wear for a day at Disneyland, even with arthritic joints." —beth

    Get them from Amazon for $18.82+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and in 11 colors).

    14. A mesh exfoliating towel for preventing backne from appearing yet another summer. This'll make exfoliating your back easy (you can use it with any body wash) so sweat doesn't stand a chance.

    The mesh towel

    Luv Scrub is a small, Black woman-owned business that started when the founder and CEO, Caroline, realized not enough people knew about her West African beauty tool: the mesh exfoliating towel. Her friends suggested she start her business after learning how she keeps her skin so soft!

    Get it from Luv Scrub for $18 (available in four colors, listed separately).

    15. A pineapple corer that'll make carving up this summertime fave surprisingly easy — no longer will serving this have to be the battle of your life.

    Reviewer's photo of the stainless-steel corer next to an empty pineapple with slices next to it

    Promising review: "I have seen pineapple corers advertised before but never bought one. I figured that it would be difficult to use — WRONG! This corer worked exactly as advertised! It took very little effort to twist the blade down through the pineapple and was super easy to remove the fruit. If you love fresh pineapple but hate cutting them up, this is the gadget for you!" —Mockingbird50

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    16. A set of oil-blotting charcoal sheets for a trusty sidekick whenever humidity blesses us with a shiny T-zone and excess oil. Good thing reviewers say these only require a few pats to bring their complexion back to matte.,

    Promising review: "I have lived with oily skin my whole life and, when spring and summer arrive, my face is even more oily. These blotting sheets are much better than the ones you get at the drugstore, and I only need to use one sheet for my entire face (as opposed to the two sheets I need to use with other brands)." —Boa C.

    Get a set of 200 from Amazon for $11.95.

    17. A cooling weighted blanket, because this'll help you fall (and *stay*) asleep this summer without instantly turning into a puddle of sweat. This'll still apply pressure to help you feel relaxed, but uses glass beads to keep you cool all night.

    The weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed

    Promising review: "I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn, and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket, I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!" —Natali Galindo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    18. A compatible HydroFlask straw lid so you can put an end to accidentally spilling all over yourself (wide mouth opening = disastrous) when drinking water on-the-go. Staying hydrated shouldn't equal wet T-shirts.

    You'll get two straw lids, two straws, two separate cleaning brushes, and two separate straws.

    Promising review: "Don't waste your money on the name brand. Just get these. I live in Hawaii and we use Fifty/Fifty and HydroFlask bottles for everything. We have 10+ and use these on every one. No leaks, long straw that can be cut if needed, and the price can't be beat. The straw cleaner is a nice add-on. Comes with two of everything." —Jeremy M.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11, and get a HydroFlask for $44.95 (available in four sizes and 11 colors).

    19. A set of ~wine sticks~ for keeping your glasses (and bottles!) secure in the grass when lounging in your backyard. Your vino will stay upright, no matter how engrossed you get in your book.

    The wine sticks holding glasses and a wine bottle above the ground

    Promising review: "These stakes are well-constructed and heavier than I expected. I tried the holders on a variety of bottles and wine glasses with great results. They are plenty long enough to hold the wine bottle and the glasses securely. " —Patrick W.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A hands-free dog leash that'll let your pup join in on your daily walks (especially handy if you have a baby carriage in tow) so they can also enjoy the warm weather. You won't have to worry about pulling thanks to its bungee cord, but it *does* come with extra handles for control so you can gently guide without breaking your stride.


    Promising review: "I try and get out to run with my husky, but she PULLS so much it ends up hurting my upper back. I saw this online and figured it was worth testing out, and to my surprise it is amazing! Now my hands can be free and we run, and the bungee in the leash allows some pull without strangling my dog. The handles are strong and sturdy when I need to reel her in, too. Love this leash, plus it makes me look like I am running faster." —Kayla S

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    21. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution to make this the first summer our bikini line doesn't suffer from constant razor burn. Reviewers say it also seriously helps with ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation, meaning shaving all season won't leave our sensitive skin distressed.

    Reviewer's before-and-after photo of their armpit with razor bumps and then with no razor bumps

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    22. An over-fire camp grill, because this'll make cooking dinner while camping so much easier. Unless you're only having s'mores for dinner. Which I support.

    The metal grate over a campfire to cook food

    Promising review: "It's a fire grate — nothing fancy, but I've cooked many a meal on it, from grilling burgers and brats to using it to support my cast-iron cookware for more complex meals. I can fit a 15-inch skillet and my Dutch oven, or the skillet and a griddle for cooking breakfast. It folds easy for packing and has held up through multiple uses now." —Carl Shipley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.33+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A corn peeler so you can make summery corn salad all season long without any of the usual struggle. Frustration: gone. Waste: eliminated.

    Hand peeling corn with the peeler

    Promising review: "I have previously only used a knife to remove corn from a cob and I always feel like I leave too much on. With the corn prep peeler it was extremely easy to get all the corn. The head is curved so it aligns with the cob and the downward motion had very little resistance, making removal effortless." —Kelly Morriss

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. A cooling towel for an easy way to fight overheating when hiking or camping (or honestly just laying out in your lawn). Just soak it in cold water, wring it out, and it's ready to save the day.

    The blue cooling towel

    Promising review: "I use this towel for pretty much everything now! It has kept me cool during my gym workouts, and makes all my hikes and camping trips much more enjoyable since I’m not burning up in the sun. I wish I could rate this product even higher because of how amazing it is." —Mike Grady

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in four colors).

    25. A bug bite suction tool that'll play those suckers at their own game. It actually removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin to stop the itching and even help ease swelling — meaning this just might be the first summer we don't feel plagued by scratching.,

    Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    26. A set of extra-large ice cube trays (in both square and sphere) to keep your summer cocktails nice and cold, even when enjoying them on hot afternoons. These take *much* longer to melt so your Negroni will stay chilled.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    You'll get two trays: one to make large cubes and one to make large spheres.

    Promising review: "I made a BBQ station and had a fridge installed for my drinks outside. I wanted something fun and unique for my ice cubes. These silicone molds are amazing. The cube ones are really large and easy to remove. The spheres are perfect for stronger drinks. Removing the ice cubes is simple. You can just push them out or add a bit of water to the underside and they slip out." —Adrian Ortiz

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.99.

    To learn more about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves these, check out "These Jumbo Ice Molds Are My Most Important Tool For Making Cocktails At Home."

    27. A wildly popular hair serum, because reviewers swear this keeps their tresses frizz-free no matter *how* humid it gets. It's infused with vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil to promote shine, keep both curly and straight hair smooth, and overall tell the summer heat to stay AWAY.

    Reviewer's photo of their hair frizzy, and then smooth and shinier after using the serum

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    To learn more, check out "Thousands Of People Say This Serum *Actually* Has Helped Their Dry And Frizzy Hair."

    28. A portable fan (that actually doubles as a lantern) so camping doesn't mean sweating your tuchas off during extra hot days or nights. Plus! Now you have an easy source of light when it gets dark out.

    Reviewer's photo of the fan hung in their tent

    It comes with a hook so you can hang it in your tent! It has three wind speeds and two levels of light brightness.

    Promising review: "Sometimes when you're hiking in summer and you've pitched the tent for the night, it can be hot, but with no air movement, it can feel even hotter! This little fan provides quite a bit of breeze, especially on the medium and high settings. I prefer to keep it on the low setting to save battery and keep the fan noise down while sleeping. The light is a nice added touch as a backup to my headlamp I usually wear in camp." —The Pinnacle

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    29. A set of (frozen) vegan hot dogs for getting your grill on, even if you're a vegetarian or vegan. Their ingredients are simple: fresh beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, gluten-free flours, herbs, and spices. The result? Finally having your own delicious plate (that tastes like the real deal!) at your family's BBQ.

    Hand holding a package of the vegan hot dogs target="_blank

    Yeah Dawg is a small business in New York that specializes in vegan hot dogs, as well as bratwurst and bacon. Marina Benedetto (owner and chef) was inspired to reinvent the American classic after working at a homeless youth shelter as a chef and counselor, where they helped kids learn to eat healthier meals by giving their fast food favorites a healthy twist. They're super fresh, gluten- and soy-free, and taste just like hot dogs!

    Get a pack of eight from Yeah Dawg for $24.

    30. A well-loved Bioré UV water-based sunscreen that'll protect your face from sun damage without messing up your makeup or irritating sensitive skin (or eyes). Plus, its formula *also* leaves your skin feeling dewy thanks to hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, and citrus mix so you're more motivated to wear it.

    BuzzFeed reviewer's hand holding the sunscreen
    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Reviewers say it doesn't mess up their makeup if you don't remember to put it on until you're already done with your routine!

    Promising review: "I love makeup and skincare and have been on the hunt for my perfect daytime face sunscreen for more than a year. I'm so glad I found this stuff because this is the BEST. This stuff feels hydrating to my dry skin, doesn't feel greasy, melts in without any leftover chalkiness or white cast, doesn't sting my skin, and doesn't mess with the makeup I put on over the top. Plus, it's not outrageously expensive like some sunscreens I've seen recommended." —Grace A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

    Read all about why you should wear sunscreen every day in "We Asked Derms To Address Popular Sunscreen Myths And, TBH, This Information Should Be Common Knowledge".

    And! Read more about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this in "10 Game-Changing Beauty Products That Will Make You Say, "Dang, I Look So Good!"".

    31. Or! A moisturizing, sweat-resistant SPF 30 sunscreen specifically designed not to leave a white cast on darker skin tones — it dries completely clear to leave your makeup undisturbed. It's even infused with avocado, jojoba, cacao, carrot juice, and sun flower oil to soothe and hydrate your skin on super hot days!

    Hands using the sunscreen

    Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned business whose sunscreen is designed not to leave white residue on darker skin tones. It's ultra sheer, water-resistant, and super nourishing thanks to its all-natural ingredients. And it's cruelty-free! They also make sunscreen for kids, with SPF 50.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried many, many sunscreens that claim to blend and not leave a white cast when applied. This was so much better than I expected. A nickel-size amount goes a long way and blends into a smooth, dewy finish. I also didn’t notice a scent so there was no worries of walking around smelling like sunscreen." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99 or from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

    32. An easy-to-use paw cleaner to end your day of fun on a *good* note with your pup by making sure their lil' paws are mud-free before entering the house. Playing outside is all fun and games until the carpets are ruined.

    Reviewer's photos of their dog's dirty paw going into the bucket and emerging clean

    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." —Jessica A Suggs

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three sizes and four colors).

    33. A cherry pitter, because this'll make snacking on your porch more enjoyable now that you don't have to spit out pits with every bite. Nothing should distract you from reading your newest book.

    The cherry pitter

    Promising review: "I pitted about 5 pounds of cherries so quickly and effortlessly with this pitter that I am still a bit in awe of how well it works. I was worried that it would make the cherries misshapen, but it doesn't squish them at all. It just pushes the pit through the center and out the bottom or top (however you place them) without touching the rest of the fruit." —Tolly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    34. A pair of cool and silky pillowcases with cooling fabric on *both* sides so summer nights no longer mean sweaty nights. This'll keep you from overheating, no matter how many times you flip it.


    One side is designed with Japanese cooling fabric and the other side is 100% breathable cotton.

    Promising review: "Best...pillowcases...ever!! I run hot all the time, especially at night. This really helps to keep me cool at night. I fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. The cool side of the pillow is always your side of the pillow! I actually sometimes get cold during the night. If you wake up in the middle of the night sweating, you need to get this!" —Kim

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    35. A set of silicone glasses grips reviewers use for making their sunglasses more comfortable (so long, ear pain) *and* keeping 'em in place so they stop sliding down their nose.

    Reviewer's picture of the silicone grips attached to their glasses' ear hooks

    Promising review: "I tried these on my glasses and wound up having to order more because my parents and friends all wanted to try them, too. They make glasses and sunglasses incredibly comfortable. I have light sensitivity so I’m always wearing sunglasses even when it’s cloudy. These make an incredible improvement on wearability. They’re lightweight and don’t affect the width or sizing of your glasses." —MerMama2020

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    36. A watermelon cuber that'll put an end to wrestling with your favorite warm weather snack. Its easy-to-use design requires one thing you: to push it. It'll take care of the rest.


    You'll also get a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    Still me .05 seconds into summer every year, but at least now my thighs are safe:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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