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28 Summertime Problem-Solving Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Known About Sooner

2. An insect repellant made with picaridin instead of DEET, which means a) you won’t smell terrible (it’s unscented) and b) you can worry less about SO many bugs, including mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies. Sawyer You can get it in both lotion and spray forms; the…

28 Summertime Problem-Solving Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Known About Sooner

2.

An insect repellant made with picaridin instead of DEET, which means a) you won’t smell terrible (it’s unscented) and b) you can worry less about SO many bugs, including mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.


Sawyer

You can get it in both lotion and spray forms; the lotion lasts the longest (up to 14 hours against mosquitos and ticks) but the spray’s easy to apply on clothes (and lasts up to 12 hours against mosquitos and ticks). I think it’s not technically quite as effective as DEET against mosquitos, but if you hate the smell and texture of the stuff, this is a great alternative.

Promising review: “This is the absolute best bug repellent out there. My four year old–son is severely allergic to mosquito bites. When he does get bit, they swell to the size of a half dollar, get hard and hot and often turn into a staph infection. Every summer he was getting antibiotic prescriptions and I was starting to get seriously worried. We tried so many bug sprays but they just didn’t work. My sweet baby is just irresistible. I took him to an allergist and he recommended Sawyer Picaridin. I have been so happy with this bug repellent. Since using this bug spray, we haven’t had to deal with a single bug bite and no more antibiotics!!” —Sarah R.

Get it on Amazon: the lotion for $8.95+ and the spray for $8.25+ (both available in multiple sizes, and the spray’s available as either a pump or an aerosol).

5.

The Guppyfriend Washing Bag, which both protects your swimsuits in the washer — you’ve gotta get that chlorine and sunscreen out somehow — and catches those tiny plastic microfibers that your suit’s synthetic fabric releases anytime it’s washed so they don’t add to the pollution of the planet’s rivers, lakes, and oceans.

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Of course it’s also great for ANYTHING made from synthetic fabrics, not just swimsuits! It can totally be washed along with a bigger load of laundry; however, it’s NOT dryer safe. (Which, your swimsuits aren’t either.) And you’ll want to remove any loose / visible dirt and animal hair from your clothes before putting stuff in it.

Promising review: “I bought a Guppyfriend a little under a year ago and haven’t looked back. The bag itself is durable and shows no signs of wear, even at the ends of the zipper. The designers of this bag obviously aimed for quality and hit their mark.

You can see the microfibers accumulate after the first half a dozen to dozen washes, which I find comforting (this is actually a solution) and discomforting (how many people have no idea washing their clothes is contributing to pollution in our oceans?). The only critique I have is I wish the bag was bigger so I could fit more clothes per load, and this use less energy and water. But one step at a time, yes?

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