My multiple winter illnesses come year after year like clockwork, and year after year I rub my nose raw by blowing it with paper towels or low-quality tissues. You’d think I’d learn by now, but alas.
Don’t make my mistakes; instead, buy these Puffs Facial Tissues, which is Wirecutter’s top pick for their strength and softness.
This product is my savior every winter. The moment I start feeling my sinuses acting up, I load up my NeilMed Sinus Rinse and get to irrigating. Two rinses a day have me breathing (slightly) better and feeling a whole lot less clogged up.
Wirecutter’s top pick for a neti pot is the Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot.
A good thermometer is an essential tool for every medicine cabinet, and Wirecutter has two options that should work for most people: The Vicks Comfort Flex Digital is its pick for an oral/rectal/axillary thermometer, and if you’re looking for an ear or forehead thermometer, go with the iProven DMT-489.
With winter comes dry air, leaving us all with dry sinuses, dry skin, nosebleeds and more. A portable humidifier is a quick and easy way to alleviate some of that.
Wirecutter’s favorite is the Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. (Bonus: Its reservoir is dishwasher-safe.)
Here are two revelations I’ve had in the past six months: I thought I was “meh” on cats but it turns out I love them and am totally obsessed, and the same goes for tea. I was never a tea person! But it’s a fun, tasty drink and everyone should be drinking more. (If you’re a reader in New York City, head to Dual Specialty Store on First Avenue to pick up some …interesting flavors.)
The Finum Brewing Basket is Wirecutter’s top pick for tea steeper.
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