Want to Stay Sweat-Free This Summer? Start Your Antiperspirant Routine Before Bed

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It's hard to avoid pit stains entirely during the heat of summer, but with the right antiperspirant routine, you can certainly keep yourself from getting too swampy under there. At least, if you're applying it the right way. According to Reviewed, antiperspirant application isn't as brainless as you might have assumed. If you're soaking through all your shirts, you probably just need to rethink your routine.

As opposed to deodorants, which just cut down on odor, antiperspirants are designed to physically block you from sweating. They use compounds like aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly to plug up the sweat ducts in your armpits so that you sweat less. Because of that, you have to apply them before you start sweating.

So if you're rolling on antiperspirant right after you shower in the morning, it's not going to do a great job of plugging up those ducts before you start the day. Ideally, you should apply it in the evening, before bed. Your body is at its coolest at night when you aren't moving around much, and that will give the antiperspirant the best chance to get into those sweat ducts.

While you may be afraid that your antiperspirant will wash away when you shower in the morning, don't worry about it. By the time you wake up, the active ingredient will have been pulled into your sweat ducts, and the sweat-blocking properties should last around 24 hours, even if you shower.

Meanwhile, if you use a pure deodorant (without antiperspirant ingredients), you should apply that one after you shower, or the active ingredients in it designed to neutralize bacteria will probably wash off. Or skip the stick altogether and go straight for a microbiome spray.

[h/t Reviewed]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]