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It’s too hot, smells like trash, and the fruit flies are out to ruin your life. Now what?
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An oscillating tower fan with three handy speed settings, which’ll help you stay cool while you’re bent over the stovetop making that Alison Roman dish the Internet told you to make.
Or, a draft blocker so you can get the most out of your AC by preventing the cold air from escaping your kitchen. You’ve tried it during the winter months to stop the cold air from coming in — the same science applies while you’re sweating buckets.
A “disgustingly effective” set of sticky-stake insect traps to put an end to pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies that love to terrorize your kitchen during the summer months. (Especially the pothos plants you have sitting on your window sill.)
An Instant Pot that’ll stand in for your usual oven-cooked meal without heating up the whole space in the process. Best of all, you don’t have to stand around while this thing works its magic.
A single-serving shake and slushy maker to turn any liquid into a refreshing, ice-cold treat in under seven minutes. Great if you loathe prep work or find being stuck with leftovers annoying.
A bamboo compost bin with a super effective scent filter so foul odors resulting from the blistering heat don’t undermine your noble, eco-friendly efforts.
Relatedly: A deodorizer with baking soda to sprinkle into your garbage can or drain the second you catch a whiff of something gnarly. It’ll destroy tough odors on contact!
An insulated cooler tote bag that has room for up to 24 cans — and best of all, will arrive at your destination cold and dry. (Its water-resistant PVC lining stops leaks before they happen.)
Or, a pineapple corer to do the same with another notoriously difficult fruit to prep — you’ll get perfectly shaped rings with this thing and get to flex a bit at the end of it all with a totally intact shell that doubles as a bowl.
A smart toaster that gets 50% hotter than your average toaster — in other words, it’ll prep your morning bagel three times faster so you can zip in and out of your kitchen. (I can’t handle the heat so I will be getting out of the kitchen.)
Ice pop molds with a cover for spillage that’ll make it really hard for you to mess things up. Consider this a challenge.
A set of “wine sticks” to keep your glasses
nice and secure while you’re camped out in the grass with a good book. A bit extra? Most certainly.
A room freshener spray you’ll want to spritz every corner with once that unidentifiable summer scent (and I’m not talking flowers) begins to waft into your kitchen.
A lightning fast chiller to apply some of the same magic to your morning java. This gadget is like adding 30 ice cubes to your beverage — but with no dilution! Voila: Your new alternative to pouring hot coffee over ice and having the cubes instantly melt.
And a super lightweight folding table (that can support 250 pounds per seat and up to 20 pounds on the table itself) if you’re trying to organize a socially distanced picnic hang but can’t say you love the idea of lugging around a bulky table to and from the park.
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