The best of…gear for germ obsessives
Cocoon Cotton TravelSheet
Worried that the hotel staff didn’t change the linens before you checked in? Travel with this quality sleep sack, which seals with Velcro to become a snug rectangular cocoon. Also available in 100 percent silk. $36, amazon.com Source: BuzzFeed.com
Aire Breath Analyzer
Sometimes it’s the bacteria you’re carrying that matters. This breath analyzer promises to help diagnose digestive problems by measuring the gases released by bacteria in your gut. It might even work. $99 for preorder, foodmarble.com Source: Forbes.com
Taymor Magnetic Soap Holder
Keep your bar soap free from slimy runoff—and who knows what else— with this countertop stand. Just press the magnetic disc into the soap and it will cling to the magnet on the underside of the holder. $25, amazon.com Source: DudeIWantThat.com
UV Towel Dryer Hanger
Damp, mildewy hand towels are the worst. Once you’ve washed your hands using your scum-free bar of soap, dry them on a fresh, fluffy towel that’s been sanitized by this hanger’s UV lights. $106, japantrendshop.com Source: BuzzFeed.com
Disinfect your smartphone every time you recharge it. This booksize container bathes the phone with ultraviolet light to zap away all germs. And it’ll do the same for anything else that fits inside. $60, phonesoap.com Source: Martha Stewart Living
Tip of the week…
How to battle a cold
▪ Be proactive. An intense workout that raises your body temperature above 98.6_degrees will kill a cold virus, so seize the chance to exercise before symptoms kick in. Once they do, aid your immune system by getting extra sleep, and as symptoms subside, take walks or do light yoga to circulate your white blood cells.
▪ Flush it out. Nasal rinses can flush out the virus as well as the histamines that cause sniffling. Don’t blow your nose so hard that you irritate the mucus membrane, prolonging congestion. A saline spray will soften the mucus when you want to clear it out.
▪ Ingest the right stuff. Probiotics shorten a cold’s duration and symptoms by regulating your immune system’s inflammatory response. Sucking on zinc lozenges should also trim a cold’s stay by a few days, while the anti-inflammatory chemical in turmeric “can stop a virus in its tracks.” Source: Shape
And for those who have everything...
If you imbibe coffee by throwing back espresso shots or—heaven forbid—by slurping vanilla caramel macchiatos through a straw, the Royal Coffee Maker “may not be for you.” This precision machine, handcrafted by sculptor Jean-Luc Rieutort, is modeled after the siphon coffee makers used by 19th-century kings, and it transforms coffee making into high ceremony. Grounds are placed in the Baccarat carafe and water in the accompanying 24-karat boiling pot. Perfectly heated water travels to the grounds before suction pulls a finished brew back into the pot. It’s “the most indulgent coffee on the planet.” $18,000, royalcoffeemaker.com Source: ElleDecor.com
For expectant parents
▪ What to Expect is based on the popular guide of that name. Plug in your due date and it will explain what’s happening on a weekly or daily basis.
▪ WebMD Pregnancy is a handy iOS app with a doctor’s appointment tracker, checklists of things to do and purchase, and a ton of information on nutrition and health.
▪ BabyList syncs all of your items from different stores into one online baby registry, which you share with your friends and family and update in real time.
▪ My Baby’s Beat uses your smartphone’s microphone to record the sounds of your baby’s heartbeat and kicks. The $5 app works best after the 30th week of pregnancy.
▪ mPregnancy offers advice for dads-tobe, including answers to frequently asked questions and information on pregnancy milestones. The $1 iOS app has a lot of humorous touches. Source: CheatSheet.com