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    Just 14 Things You Should Probably Try This August

    Because we tried them for you in July!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This handy little touching tool that'll let you open doors, use ATMs, press elevator buttons, and tap in your credit card PIN without ever touching anything with your hands. It's made of antimicrobial copper and is super lightweight, which means you can stash it in your pocket or attach it to your keys for easy use on the go. It even comes with special attachments that let you use touchscreens, too!

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "When I first found this gadget, I thought it was cute. It's slim, unobtrusive, and pretty genius. But it wasn't until I was given the chance to try it that I really began to appreciate it (the company sent it to me for free, but I was under no obligation to give it a review at all, let alone a positive one). Each little detail is thoughtfully designed, from the large finger loop to the slightly curved tip β€” even the material itself is designed to keep your grabbers clean and free of microbes and bacteria.

    I was also really surprised by how ergonomic it is! I was able to open even the heaviest doors with relative ease, and thanks to the touchscreen tips, I could flip between paying for groceries and answering texts in seconds. Even though I love that the tips are removable (more versatility!), you can also glue them on, like some reviewers did. And thanks to the designers for making the finger loop big enough for all sizes of fingers β€” even my boyfriend, whose digits are almost twice the size of mine, can comfortably fit them into the loop. What about push doors, you may ask? NOT AN ISSUE! I just attached the silicone tips to the end and used them to gently prod doors open β€” no slip, no scratches. Push, pull, tap, grab β€” this lil' guy does it all, and keeps your hands germ free in the process." β€”Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99 (available in two colours).

    2. A set of bedsheet clips that I just clip onto the corners of the fitted sheet, and never again worry about the sheet slipping off the mattress during the night.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "These were a lifesaver for my mom. She has a very thick mattress AND a mattress topper on her bed. She uses fitted sheets with extra-deep pockets, but the corners still slide off all the time, and it was beyond annoying to have to fix the sheets every time she got into bed.

    Then we got these clips to see if they'd make a difference, and they did! They're very easy to install: Just attach the metal clips to the four corners of the fitted sheet and slide them around the bottom of your mattress when you put the sheet on. The stretchy elastic straps are also adjustable to create the perfect amount of tension. And when it's time to wash your sheets, you can just unclip them. My mom hasn't had to adjust the sheets since, so I'm calling it a win." β€”Kaysey Davis

    Get a set of four from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    3. A cold therapy ice roller that'll de-puff your skin and wake you up in the morning. I use mine to combat migraines, and it works better than any pain-relieving technique I've tried. Oh, and it's great for beating the summer heat, too!

    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed

    "I'm obsessed with my ice roller. Like, I have recommended this to so many people I have lost count. It's great for cooling down when it feels like a sauna outside, it helps wake me up in the morning, and it saves me when I have a migraine. Unlike jade and quartz rollers, the roll-y part is made of gel, so when you pop it in the freezer it actually gets cold and stays cold for a loooooong time. It's also a lot larger than those doodads, so you can cover larger parts of your body, like your thighs and stomach (not just your under-eye area). TL;DR: Everybody needs to buy one of these immediately." β€”Alice Prendergast

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.97 (available in three colours).

    4. Or try a cooling towel that's helped provide me with a bit of relief from the hot, humid, summer sun.

    Sarah Rohoman/BuzzFeed

    "I don't like being hot. I'd much rather sit inside in the AC than be sweating outside in the sun, but for the sake of socialization (and some peer pressure from my friends and family), I've been outside more often than usual. I decided to try a cooling towel to see if it actually does what it said it would, and I was very surprised by how effective it is. You soak the cloth, wring it out, snap it a few times, and somehow it's magically cool. If it starts to warm up you just snap it again, and after a few hours, you soak it again and repeat the process.

    The towel definitely isn't icy cold β€” it's more of a cool sensation that'll give you a little shiver if you place it on the back of your neck. I've been tying it around my head (yes, I look silly, but it's worth it), sticking it down my cleavage, and just wrapping it around my neck or wrist when I'm out in the sun. It makes me feel so much better while I wait for autumn to arrive." β€”Sarah Rohoman

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.59+ (available in two sizes and eight colours).

    5. A pack of Pedialyte freezies that are a cool, refreshing way to replenish those electrolytes after I've had a wee bit too much alcohol the night before. They help with hangover, but are also just a good treat to have on hand anyway!

    A hand holding the box of 16 Pedialyte freezer pops
    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed

    "Do you love frosty summer treats but hate hangovers? Well, I'm here to introduce you to your new favourite product: Pedialyte freezies. I know, I know, Pedialyte is nothing new when it comes to hangover treatments, but this freezie format is fresh and exciting (just like the Aperol spritzes I drink on 30Β°C days). I recently went to a cottage with a few of my friends and we indulged in a few adult beverages, and let me tell you, everyone loved these the morning after. They're a bit salty, but the fruit taste masks most of that (plus, it makes me more aware that I'm getting electrolytes). Heck, they're so tasty I'd probably snack on one even if I weren't hungover." β€”Alice Prendergast

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    6. An extendable back scratcher that actually gets to all those hard-to-reach places on my back, so I can get some sweet relief (and don't have to keep asking my partner to come in from the other room to help scratch my back for me).

    Kat Angus/BuzzFeed

    "I am getting older, and I'm just not as flexible as I used to be β€” and, it seems, my back is much itchier than it used to be, too. After spending many weeks trying to use pens, chopsticks, or whatever else I could find on my desk to reach that itch between my shoulder blades, I finally caved and bought this back scratcher, which has been a godsend. The bear claw shape scratches well without being too harsh, and the telescoping handle means I can get to whatever part of my back I need to without resorting to advanced yoga skills (which, I cannot stress enough, I do not possess). I may have thought back scratchers were a silly idea in the past, but no more." β€”Kat Angus

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.99+ (available in three colours).

    7. An electric toothbrush that made me wonder how'd I'd lived so long using a manual one. It helps me actually brush my teeth for the recommended two minutes, and it prevents me from brushing too hard.

    Sarah Aspler

    "I've always wanted a super fancy electronic toothbrush, but could never really justify the price. But after I tossed my last disposable toothbrush in the garbage after a short three months, I thought I should make the change. I did try an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush, but its bristles were way too stiff for me, so I never really wanted to use it. That's when I finally decided to make the switch and invest.

    I hate to be that person, but I legit love brushing my teeth now. The Oral-B iO electric toothbrush makes my old manual toothbrush look prehistoric. It has a built-in two minute timer and vibrates every 30 seconds to remind you to move the brush head to a different part of your mouth. But by far, my favourite thing about it is the pressure light sensor. If you're brushing too hard, it'll turn red and remind you to ease up on your aggressive brushing. Thank you, science!" β€”Sarah Aspler

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $257.65+ (available in two colours).

    8. A wireless charger that not only makes it way easier to charge my phone, but also just looks really good in my apartment.

    Kyle Richmond/BuzzFeed

    "I already own an Anker portable block charger, and it's served me well, so I knew when I ordered this, it would be a great charging option. I've been super happy with the way it's been working so far. It's great to be able to pick my phone up while I'm lying in bed without using another hand to disconnect a cable. It's also small enough that the phone takes up most of the pad, which is good for aesthetics. My only caveat: you have to make sure your phone is centered on the pad and the light is on, otherwise it won't charge. (This happened to me last night, but that might be a phone issue vs. a charger issue.) Not all phones will work with wireless charging, so make sure you check compatible phones before purchasing." β€”Kyle Richmond

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.99+ (available in two colours).

    9. A container of collagen and protein drink mix, so I can get the benefits of both in just one beverage.

    A container of Multi Collagen Protein drink mix next to a mug of the product mixed with water
    Liza Hicks/BuzzFeed

    "Collagen AND protein in one product? I'm in! I'd been reading about the benefits of collagen online, so I was thrilled to find an option that I could easily incorporate into my daily routine. I really like this product because the flavour blends well into whatever I'm drinking. It doesn't have a bitter taste like other proteins often do. I usually put a scoop into my morning coffee or smoothie. In the future, I would order a couple more containers at a time, because it goes fast." β€”Liza Hicks

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99 (available in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry lemonade, and pure).

    10. This wildly supportive sports bra that stayed put (and kept my ta-tas in check) throughout every at-home workout. The wide straps are completely adjustable, and the hook-and-eye clasp makes removal super easy, no matter how sweaty and sticky you are. Plus, it wicks away moisture, so you can say goodbye to underboob sweat, too!

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I'm going to be real with you: My boobs are total rebels. They never stay where they're supposed to, and I've been hard-pressed to find REGULAR bras that'll keep them in check. So when I got the chance to try out this Under Armour sports bra, I didn't really set the bar too high. (Under Armour sent it to me for free, but I was under no obligation to review the bra, let alone give it a positive review.) I mean, how great could it possibly be?

    WELP. PRETTY FRICKIN' GREAT. For reference, I normally wear a 34D, and so I opted for this bra in a Large. Instead of teeny-tiny spaghetti straps, this bra has supportive and comfortable ones that don't make me feel like I'm about to be sliced in half with dental floss. I was also pleasantly surprised by how high-rise the front was, given that at least once during my workout I need to bend over and I am not really keen on getting a face full of titty. And I worked out HARD. I burpee'd. I planked. I kicked up my knees. I did some mountain climbers and bridge lifts, and even incorporated a quick cardio blast somewhere in the middle. And my gals stayed. Put. No loose nipples. No underboob. No sliding straps. And the best part was that after I had put my body through actual torture (because I am a professional and I wanted to give you all an actual review), all I had to do was unhook the back and I was free. Just like that! Some serious thought went into the design of this miracle over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder, and it SHOWS." β€”Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from Under Armour for $37.99+ (originally $50, available in three colours and in sizes XS-XL).

    11. A pack of screen protectors that absolutely saved my phone from plenty of nicks, scratches, and cracks from all the times I've dropped it (whoops).

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "Do you drop your phone a lot? Me too. It's honestly a miracle that mine still works, since it's experienced more than a few death drops since I bought it a couple years ago. I have a decent case on it, but I was nervous that the screen would crack after a really bad fall. Plus, the possibility of having to scroll through my Instagram feed with a shattered screen was enough to convince me I needed to get these glass screen protectors as an extra layer of protection.

    I will say that the installation process took a bit longer than I thought it would. The screen protectors came with an alcohol wipe to clean and disinfect my phone, a cloth to dry it, a sticker to catch dust, and a guiding edge to help me line up the screen protector with my phone. AND it comes with a link to an entire video that guided me through the process. It took me about ten minutes to figure it all out, but the results were amazing. The screen protector took all the blows and when I couldn't stand looking at the cracks on it, I just peeled it off and replaced it with a new one. My actual phone screen is still in mint condition, and I'm free to be a messy, phone-dropping klutz without dealing with the consequences." β€”Kaysey Davis

    Get a three-pack from Amazon Canada for $15.99 (originally $21.99).

    12. A self-help book that's helping me to refocus and not get so dragged down by my mental health.

    Sarah Rohoman/BuzzFeed

    "I've really been going through it recently (but aren't we all?), so I decided to try out some new self-help books. My therapist recommended some in the past that focused more theory, but I was intrigued by the mix of art, motivational quotes, colour, and list-making that Start Where You Are focuses on.

    It's definitely a different vibe than traditional self-help books, but I find mixing in the artistic element really made it hit on more than just an intellectual level. At some points I found myself in tears, because it got me in the feels β€” but in a productive and positive way that helps me to understand why I'm feeling so down. And that then helps me not to feel so down." β€”Sarah Rohoman

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.20.

    13. A set of transparent, coiled hair ties that made my ponytail stay put, without causing that annoying hair bump when I took it out later. Plus, these don't cause any awful ponytail headaches!

    A hand holding several of the clear, coiled hair ties
    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed

    "When it comes to hair ties, I'm a pretty picky person. I hate the classic ties that dig into your wrists and I wouldn't be caught dead with a regular o'l elastic in my ponytail. However, my hair is super fine, meaning it slips out of almost anything I put in it, so just any old alternative won't do. Insert: Kitsch hair ties. These coiled ties wrap around my tresses and actually stay put until I'm ready to let down my locks (you know, like Rapunzel). Also, they don't leave indents in my hair, which is a blessing since my hair is very prone to getting bent out of shape." β€”Alice Prendergast

    Get a set of eight from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    14. And lastly, a set of water bottle-cleaning sponges that easily lets me to do the otherwise frustrating job of cleaning out my water bottles β€” just put them in the water bottle with some soap and water, then shake-a-shake-a-shake it.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "I don't mind washing dishes, but I absolutely hate cleaning my water bottles. I'm the person who has an ever-growing collection of water bottles, so it takes a lot of effort to keep them all clean. Yes, I could probably solve this problem by using one or two of them, but that's not who I am (stop trying to change me).

    So I got these little sponges, mostly because they were cute, but also because it seemed like an easier way to wash multiple water bottles. The spongey exterior is very soft and light, but it's the weighted bead inside the sponge that does all the hard work. All I have to do is fill my bottles with a mixture of water and soap, pop the sponges in, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. I liked that the sponges were small enough to fit inside all my water bottles, even the ones with very narrow mouths, like my BuzzFeed one. Cleaning my water bottles has never been so much fun, and the sponges are easy to clean, too." β€”Kaysey Davis

    Get a set of four from Simons for $7.50.

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