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    34 Products That Are No-Brainers Because It's Too Hot To Think

    Including a beach pillow that holds your valuables, armpit shields to prevent pit stains, and a no-assembly balcony bar that slides over your deck railing.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A foot file so your heels are in summer sandal–ready condition. Rub gently and watch the dead skin and calluses fall like shredded cheese to reveal baby soft heels.

    Promising review: "I'm not one to talk about my feet. I've had circulation problems for years that are just now resolving and that has lead to deep callouses on the heel of both feet. I bought this on a whim as I have tried other products in the past with no luck. Twenty minutes later I'm touching baby-smooth skin where there used to be deep cracks and rough broken skin. This thing is a miracle-worker and if I could rate it 10 stars I would." —Gully176

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A moisturizing hair treatment if you find the summer sun is leaving your hair parched. In just eight seconds — eight! — it starts working to leave your mane feeling silkier, softer, and smoother after washing.

    to the left, an image of brown hair with the text
    Reviewer with natural hair that looks voluminous, healthy, and shiny
    @lorealparis / Via,

    Promising review: "It really works! My hair is brittle and dry, breaking frequently. I also live in an extremely humid area (South Florida). I never could get that shiny healthy polished hair look in the summer. Until now. I didn’t even need conditioner and it’s so sleek and silky looking and feeling. No longer dry and easily tangled. So smooth, moisturized without being weighed down. It did feel a bit warm when applying. I took care to avoid getting it on my scalp and just on the hair about an inch away from the root to the bottom. I have a shoulder-length bob." —Bonnie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    3. A Cee Cee's Closet silk-lined headwrap for protecting your hair from environmental stressors, like heat, humidity, and the sun in summer and dry air in the winter, and pulling your look together when you 1,000% cannot be bothered to wash your hair. The prints are so beautiful that you'll look fabulous no matter which way you tie it.

    model in hair wrap
    Cee Cee's Closet

    Cee Cee's Closet is a Black-owned hair accessories brand founded by sisters Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo. Their designs are handmade by artisans in Nigeria.

    My colleague Kayla Boyd swears by hers. In her own words:

    "I have a head wrap and it is so sturdy, yet super comfortable. It does an amazing job of staying in place and keeping my curly hair out of my face. They are 100% cotton and lightweight so you can wrap with ease. I love playing with the different ways to wear it. You can knot it, fold it up, tie it in a bow, etc. — there are so many fun ways to rock these!"

    Get it from Cee Cee's Closet $37.

    4. A cold brew maker that'll come in handy if iced coffees are your lifeblood in the summer and you need at least two cups to get anything done.

    Diagram showing the three-step process of using the cold brew maker

    It brews a quart (4 cups), so you should have enough java to get you through the day (and maybe some left over to share with your favorite coworker).

    Promising review: "If you LOVE iced coffee (I drink it year round regardless of the weather) then you NEED this cold brewer. I work for Starbucks and I love our cold brew. I was skeptical to make it at home but I love it more than theirs. It’s especially nice since Starbucks only brews one kind of beans for cold brew, but at home you can brew your favorite kind. Absolutely love this and it’s worth more than it costs. A must-buy for yourself or a wonderful gift for the coffee lover in your life!" —j.blaine

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

    5. A creamy paw butter because the summer heat affects your fur baby too. This balm protects against scorching hot sidewalks and concrete, moisturizes dry, cracked paws and snoots, and is safe if licked or swallowed.

    Promising review: "One of my puppers is a super athlete who loves to go for walks and runs. She is about 9 now and the vet gave her a stellar bill of health save one thing: her pads were getting really rough and worn from paved trails and city walks and this may be uncomfortable, especially as summer comes and pavement heats up. I was skeptical about any kind of balm as I figured that it would leave a mess on my floors or one/both dogs would just lick it off their feet. No problems whatsoever, and after a single application, both dogs' pads are really soft and supple. Hopefully the dogs can feel the difference. I can surely see it and feel it. Also, the balm smells like oatmeal cookies, so bonus for that." —LRL

    Get it from Amazon for $5.88.

    6. A pack of washing machine wipes to clean all the nooks and crannies that get moldy, sticky, and dusty. Your washer is probably putting in a ton of work this summer cleaning bathing suits, sweaty clothes, salty and sandy sneakers, etc. — but it can still look clean and new!

    moldy washing machine
    the same washing machine with all of the mold removed

    Promising review: "These wipes are worth the money spent! I have tried other disinfecting wipes, rag, cleaners, etc. in the past. These wipes made the job much easier and faster! It only took one wipe to wipe my front load down. The biggest impact was cleaning the rubber surround! I could not believe how much easier this made the task...just took minutes! Life changing product!" —AmazSD

    Get 24 wipes from Amazon for $4.98.

    7. Or some washing machine cleaning tablets so you don't even have to wipe. They clean and freshen the inside while dissolving residue = great if you keep your washing machine open when it's not in use yet it still smells moldy.

    models hand dropping 1/4c-ish size tablet into washer

    They're safe to use with pretty much any type of washer: HE or regular, top-loading and front-loading.

    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.98.

    8. A benzoyl peroxide body wash if your nether regions are sweaty and swampy, causing buttne to develop. Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial agent that targets the bacteria on your skin that causes acne and also helps clear out your pores.

    before photo of a reviewer's acne on their buttcrack
    after photo of the same reviewer with the butt acne totally gone

    Promising review: "OK, I’m in my mid-thirties and have tried everything under the sun since I started getting mild acne on my butt as a teen. I mean everything! I gave this a try half hoping that it would at least calm it down. Well, let me tell you what it did! The first three weeks it drastically calmed it down and cut the acne in half. A month later and I have A CLEAR BOTTOM!!!!! I am writing this comment because I’m in the process of ordering my second bottle! My husband laughs when he sees me now checking out my smooth and clear butt in the mirror! Oh the freedom that comes with it! It comes out like a lotion with no scent that I notice. I can use it on my shoulders, face, and butt. It’s not moisturizing but it also doesn’t leave you dry. I use a very light and sensitive moisturizer after use. Can be used daily!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

    9. A stainless-steel insert for adding ~pizzazz~ to the family's pizza night. This kit converts your charcoal grill into a fancy schmancy pizza oven so you can enjoy custom pies at home.

    A hand inserting a pizza into a grill that's been converted into a pizza oven

    KettlePizza is a small business started by friends Al Contarino and George Peters. 

    Promising review: "I really researched and shopped around before I purchased this from Amazon. I cooked my first pizza on it and it came out like a pro!! We will be using this especially during the summer as it pretty much stay in the triple digits here (the Mojave Desert). I cannot believe it took less than 10 minutes to bake an entire pizza. I recommend that you go to the KettlePizza website to get pointers from some of the celebrity chefs that they have videos of. These pointers really did help me to cook a perfect pizza!" —Kim Suzanne

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    10. A pack of underarm shields that'll soak up sweat before it can stain your shirt. They're also designed to stop odors so you don't look *or* smell like you just sweat through your shirt.

    Model wearing the pads, which look like large panty liners

    Promising review: "I love these. I have a few cute summer dresses with sleeves — eeek! The first time I tried the shields it was 104 degrees at an outdoor event, and I was sweating bullets! The shields worked BEAUTIFULLY. Not a sweat stain in sight." —Cosmic Girl

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A mold and mildew remover because you don't have a fan or window in your bathroom to let out the steam and as a result the grout and tile in your shower gets gross a lot faster in the summer (IT ME!!!!). With this cleaning gel you can set it, forget it, and come back in a few hours to see grout that looks like new.

    Promising review: "You guys. I’m embarrassed to even show you this. The grout around our tub was DISGUSTING. It was never caulked right and it got gross very quickly. I would scrub. The cleaning lady would scrub. It would get worse. Well, I came across this in a BuzzFeed list, and this stuff made me curious. I don’t know why it doesn’t have 10,000 good reviews. Seriously. All I did was squeeze it on and walk away. I let it sit overnight. Check this out. Buy it. Like today." —KarynB

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A talc-free sweat-absorbing powder to calm and cool any areas where sweat pools. It's long lasting and made with calamine, an ingredient that can help reduce irritation and dry sweat.

    Promising review: "I can never review this highly enough. I've gotten at least five people hooked on it this year. This makes a HUGE difference with chub rub. It doesn't get rid of sweat between your thighs but it completely reduces friction. Great under your totties in the summer and basically anywhere that skin rubs. Get it." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    13. An immunity-boosting allergy supplement so your poor pup can find relief from itchy skin and summer allergies. These soft chews deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to help improve immune function, aid digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog's coat.

    Reviewer before and after photos showing the allergy supplements helped treat their dog's bald patches
    Before photo of a dog with a red, irritated belly
    Same reviewer's dog after taking the allergy supplements, which calmed the dog's skin and made it less red

    Promising review: "I have a German Shepherd, Roscoe, that has had skin allergies every summer and spring his whole life. He'll chew himself bald unless we get him steroids from the vet. We've tried shampoos, sprays, creams, nothing really did the trick. I bought this stuff and his hair is growing back in and he can roll in the grass and not come back in and not chew himself raw. It definitely works for my dog where some of the other one I've picked up from big box stores and pet stores haven't." —M. Pfaff

    Get them from Amazon for $25.96.

    14. A clinical-strength antiperspirant if nothing else has helped tackle your excessive sweating. This roll-on contains 12% aluminum chloride, a compound that blocks sweat, so you can enjoy up to 72 hours of protection from endless sweat.

    The roll-on tube
    Reviewer wearing the antiperspirant showing it didn't leave behind sweat stains on their shirt

    Promising review: "Just got inside from 80-degree weather. I CANNOT believe I have no sweat marks. To be dramatic, this is life-changing. To be modest, this is life changing. Haha. I was always so embarrassed going anywhere! No matter the weather I was always dripping sweat from under my arms. I was always so self-conscious, leaving parties early, known as the sweater! No more! I’m seriously so excited about this." —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67.

    15. An acne patch for slurping out the yucky from frustrating maskne. The summer heat = things get swampy under your mask. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

    Reviewer photo of square acne patch that is filled with pimple discharge
    Reviewer photo of cheeks with dark red acne scars and breakouts
    Same reviewer's cheeks, which are now a more even skin tone and free of almost all breakouts

    Promising review: "This really works. Even though it doesn't completely prevent my cystic acne, it definitely does help reduce the swelling and make the cysts go away much faster. So easy to use and they stay on all night or all day; they don't slip off like other brands. I've purchased so many times and I will continue to do so. Nothing else I've tried works as well at treating acne, especially cysts deep under the skin, as this does!" —Kelly Dixon

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our Avarelle acne patch deep dive gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 31,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    16. A Nivea sunscreen that'll protect your skin without feeling like it's clogging your pores. A good sunscreen is a skincare must and is an easy last step (or only step!) before you head outside.

    The sunscreen on BuzzFeed editor's palm to show the texture
    Gif of BuzzFeed editor rubbing in the sunscreen
    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    As someone who grew up in the Sunshine State, I have a love-hate relationship with sunscreen. I have distinct memories of slathering goopy white sunscreen on my face before rowing practice in high school and hating how thick and greasy it felt on my face. TBH that's been my experience with most sunscreens; they're heavy, extremely oily (even the ones that claim to sink in quickly), and they always leave behind a white cast. Or they absorb quickly but dry out my skin, making any dry patches extremely noticeable.

    This sunscreen has raised the bar, which honestly was like an inch off the ground because of how much I've been burned by sunscreens in the past, for what a sunscreen should feel like. It's lightweight but not runny, and it sinks into my skin so quickly without leaving a white cast. (Reviewers with darker skin also echo me here!) I am prone to those annoying little forehead bumps but this hasn't triggered any in the four-ish months that I've been using it. Plus, it hasn't set off any cheek maskne, which I experienced with other thicker sunscreens. At ~$14 it is a steal and I will buy all of it on Amazon if you don't snag a bottle for yourself.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.36.

    17. A mosquito repellent that creates a 15-foot skeeter-free zone because these pesky bloodsuckers have ruined far too many camping trips.

    The repellent
    the blue mosquito-repelling tower on a table outside

    Promising review: "Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!" —Luke W.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in 11 colors and two styles).

    18. A volcanic stone face roller to remove the shine oil and shine from your face. And unlike oil-blotting sheets, the ball can be popped out and washed so you can use this over and over and over again.

    Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller
    Reviewer using Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller

    Promising review: "I am so extremely oily. Have been dealing with my oily skin since I was in high school and still dealing with my oily skin in my mid-thirties. The roller worked better than I could have expected and exceeded my expectations. This is life-changing for me!" —Wow

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    19. A balcony bar so you can enjoy a relaxing morning coffee or dinner on your itty bitty deck. There's zero assembly required; just slide it over your deck rails and enjoy your new spot!

    The wooden balcony bar with plates, cups, and candles on it
    Best Balcony Bars / Etsy

    BestBalconyBars makes...the best balcony bars, whether you're looking for space-saving outdoor furniture or you want to turn your patio into *the* place to be.

    Promising review: "Beautiful, hand-crafted, custom-fit to my railing. Creator is great to deal with on a custom piece. Everyone compliments it. I eat or have drinks on it every day and prefer it to eating at my dining room table! The second tier is ideal serving dishes, glasses, bottles, and the main tier is ideal for main dishes, computers, and notebooks while optimizing my patio functionality and keeping me at my serene view throughout my day. Great custom piece!" —Travis Horn

    Get it from BestBalconyBars on Etsy for $225.95 (available in three colors).

    20. A beach pillow with built-in storage if you want to relax at the beach but every time you close your eyes you imagine someone stealing your stuff. Stuff all your valuables inside this handy beach pillow (which comes with a carrying strap) and zone out to the sounds of your fave true crime podcast. There's even a headphone port so you can listen to your tunes while your phone is *inside* the pillow, protected from the elements.

    Model lying on the yellow wedge pillow
    three wedge pillows on the beach with the storage compartment open holding a bottle of sunscreen, headphones, and keys
    The Grommet

    Bruce Moorehead wanted to create a travel pillow that would work in any terrain — and so the LA Wedge was born!

    Promising review: "I took the pillow on vacation and was able to put keys and an iPod in the compartment to protect from the sand. It is also very comfortable. Again, brilliant." —Sheila

    Get it from The Grommet for $23.99+ (available in eight colors).

    21. A pack of aluminum-free deodorant wipes for freshening up on the go. They're made to absorb odors so no one else has to know that you forgot to apply deodorant this morning.

    The wipes

    Promising review: "I have always suffered from bad odor on my underarms since I have very delicate skin, so I can't use strongly scented deodorants. I'm always trying out cream deodorant or gels, but it either irritates my skin or it doesn't stop my bad odor. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I LOVE IT! I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad. I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful; I love the smell and it's not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms are still smelling like coconut." —Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.45+ (available in three scents and multipacks).

    22. A Revlon hot air brush that'll help you go from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a shiny, salon-worthy blowout in minutes. It replaces both your hair dryer and your round brush, and reviewers say it keeps their hair looking smooth and slick even in summer humidity.

    Reviewer who has straightened hair of their tight curly hair with the hot air brush
    Another reviewer with natural curly hair
    The same reviewer with their hair straightened with the hot air brush

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "Amazing product. I wish I found this 20 years ago!! I have naturally curly hair and enjoy a nice blowout without having that pin straight 'burnt' flat iron look. This product helped me achieve the blowout look in about five minutes (yes five!). When it comes to hair, I’m a super novice and this is by far the easiest most effective (inexpensive) blow out. I would give this more than fve stars if I could. Where has it been all my life?!?!" —Sara Kovach

    Get it from Amazon for $41.98+ (available in five colors).

    23. A bug bite suction tool, because those pesky bloodsuckers take no breaks — and neither do you. It's designed to actually suck out venom, saliva, and irritants on your skin that may be causing swelling and itching.

    You can also use it to treat bites from bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice.

    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 it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in black).

    24. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets to blast away the goop that's settled at the bottom of your water bottle, out of the reach of your sponge. Staying hydrated is a must in the summer, but so is a clean water bottle. 

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING!!!!!! It is completely worth the price. You will be AMAZED at how fast it works and how efficiently too. I admit, I was a little skeptical, even with other users posting pictures. For me, it was a try it to believe it. I did and I totally do. It works so well that it has made one of my tea tumblers look better than when I bought it. I would highly recommend this product!" —T. V. Henson

    Get a pack of 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    25. A lightweight primer so you can apply your makeup to a smooth, even surface and have it stay all day. It's made with green tea extract and collagen to protect and moisturize the skin.

    Reviewer with light skin wearing the primer under their flawless makeup
    Asian reviewer showing off their poreless-looking makeup
    Reviewer with dark skin with beautiful makeup over the primer

    Promising review: "I wanted to give this product 10 stars but was only limited to five :( This stuff is AMAZING!!!! I'm almost 30 and my face has become super oily — like I can fry chicken on it by the end of the day. So for months I've neglected wearing any kind of foundation or makeup in general. After reading reviews I figured I would give this a try. The glow it gives you is AWESOME!!! It makes my skin so soft. I'm probably going to wear just this and no foundation 50% of the time. After the Texas heat..and the sun..and amounts of face was PERFECT......STILL! No pores... This is literally sent from heaven!!!! My ONLY dislike is the fact that you cant purchase this in five-gallon buckets!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    26. A cooling blanket if you can't sleep without a blanket but don't want to overheat in the summer. 

    model sleeping under the sage green blanket
    reviewer photo of the cool side and warm side of the blanket

    Promising review: "This blanket is a little bit of magic! It's cool to the touch on one side so it feels really nice. I wanted a blanket for the summer because I can't sleep without one but I get hot. This was perfect! Obviously it will eventually warm up but because the chilled feeling of the blanket is from the inherent nature of the fabric, it does a great job wicking the heat away. And if you get too warm, you can adjust the blanket and feel that cool feeling again. More importantly though I noticed I didn't wake up feeling overheated from the blanket. Now this isn't a miracle. It won't save you in a house with no A/C in the summer. But if you are a hot sleeper and your room is in that in-between zone of comfort of being a little too hot but the fan makes you a little too cold without a blanket, this will help!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    27. A high-voltage bug zapper for killing not only mosquitoes, but also gnats, flies, moths, and other insects within a 1,500-square-foot area.

    the bug zapper hanging outside
    close-up of the zapper to show all the dead mosquitos in it

    Promising review: "This thing has killed tens of thousands of bugs in a week! We used to have to open and close our front door at high speed to minimize letting in bugs at night. This zapper has GREATLY helped already in just a week and a half. Numbers are down and they are drawn to this light over our dimmed porch lights." —G. S.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98.

    28. An instant stain remover spray that'll make your dirt-covered plastic patio furniture look new again. It actually works to remove the deep-set, below-the-surface stains so when you wipe away the cleaner, you're wiping away *all* the mess.

    Reviewer's mold-covered white patio chair before using the stain remover spray
    Reviewer's same patio chair free from mold stains after using the instant mold and mildew stain remover spray

    Promising review: "I had tried everything on my shower. Nothing worked, not even pure bleach. I had lost the pleasure in taking a shower, because the whole thing just looked so gross. And then I tried this and OH MY GOD. I didn't even have to scrub, I just sprayed it and the mold disappeared!!! I'm in awe. I'm usually very skeptical of Amazon reviews, so I didn't have high expectations. Trust me, THIS WORKS. I'm getting nothing in exchange for this review. Note: do wear gloves and a mask when spraying it. This stuff is strong. Smells like chlorine, and it irritated the skin on my hand. But it REALLY REALLY REALLY does the job like nothing else." —Aline C.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes).

    29. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara because you're tired of mascaras that don't live up to their promises. This one won't let you down — I promise! It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day. Consider your expectations exceeded!

    before and after showing the mascara made their light lashes visible and lengthened
    Reviewer showing off their fluffy, full-looking lashes

    Promising review: "My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    30. Tumbler Tubes to spare your hand the annoyance of having to hold a heavy drink that doesn't fit in a cup holder and that doesn't float. Well, this genius creation hugs your drink like an inflatable ring to keep it afloat. Plus, it has a handy 30-inch leash that you can wrap around your wrist so your drink never strays too far.

    Three tumblers floating and holding drinks
    BNKIslandCreations / Etsy

    BNKIslandCreations is a small biz based in Merritt Island, Florida.

    Promising review: "Took two of these on a trip to Jamaica earlier this year and absolutely loved them for floating in the pool or splashing in the ocean. Everyone who saw one commented on how awesome it was, and our drinks were always close by." —Jessica

    Get it from BNKIslandCreations on Etsy for $15+ (available in three sizes and six colors).