This page is a smattering; this is the least well-written page on my website currently.
The main reason I’m posting this page is so that I can link friends here easily. Still, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases lol.
2022-08-17: this page is pretty old and i need to update it. some of this stuff i don’t recommend anymore, ask me first
air fryers that don’t use non-stick materials
I haven’t used my stovetop (or instant pot) in the past few months because I cook all of my food (meat) in my air fryer instead. Meat tastes significantly better when cooked in an air fryer than when (simply) seared in a pan. Moreover air fryers save a lot of time cooking and are highly consistent with how they cook.
My air fryer selection is optimized for not using any non-stick materials and coatings (I suspect these are toxic). Essentially only metal and glass.
if you don’t have an instant pot:
- instant pot seems generally good with using safe materials
- the air fryer basket is made of enamel which seems safe
- amazon comments have complained that it starts to peel though, so I don’t use it. The air fryer basket isn’t necessary to use the air fry function.
if you already have an instant pot:
(I also tried another air fryer/ toaster that was made of steel, but it smelled so badly—even after 10 hours of baking it out— that I could only return it.)
- I haven’t looked into these but AFAIK 1) these function similarly; 2) they might be superior to air fryers; 3) they’re usually larger/more expensive
travel air fryer?
- I’m looking for one that I can travel with, let me know! Specifically I’m looking for something that doesn’t use non-stick materials but is also small.
big glass containers
- the largest can fit several pounds of meat no problem
blue & green light blocking glasses
- Supposedly these allow almost only red light to pass through— no blue and no green.
- Seems to be empirically true as far as I can tell: all pure colors that are not red are hard to distinguish.
- We could check this if you have access to a spectrophotometer.
- I suspect that blue and green light negatively influence sleep. Or at least these seem to help me.
- Blocks peripheral light, unlike many other glasses
- The case it comes in really smells of something chemical. I left it outside to air out and it took more than 4 weeks to no longer smell.
- Might scratch or break somewhat easily, so I use the case while traveling
flashlight that doesn’t disrupt night vision or sleep quality
I use this instead of turning lights on at night.
- removed: this flashlight doesn’t last very long. If you do find a dim red flashlight on amazon please let me know, I haven’t been able to find any that are good for this purpose.
- Might have to build my own. All I want is 1 LED of luminosity.
- has a glow in the dark skin which is quite useful
- somewhat finicky, but I haven’t found any better ones that are also glow-in-the-dark
- probably a better solution that I haven’t explored yet: buy a good red flashlight and then put glow-in-the-dark tape on it
- requires AAA batteries
ear plugs for use while traveling
- surprisingly effective
View the contaminants in your tap water (US).
For all water filters, make sure to buy on-brand refills only. There are many knock-offs available that do not provide their effectiveness specifications.
Under-sink filter that only requires action every 6 months
- extremely good at filtering, much better than Brita.
- Confusingly cheap compared to other options
- Gives almost full water pressure as normal through your think
- Installs in less than 20 minutes (but need a drill)
- Your landlord might not be happy if you install this, but once you remove it it’s basically undetectable that you ever had it. Probably against your lease.
- There is a risk of flooding your house.
- 2022 January: 6 of 850 amazon reviews complain of this.
- Fits the tubing of any sink AFAIK
- make sure always have an extra refill because sometimes the amazon listing goes offline
- lasts 6 months, no thought required
- takes less than 5 minutes to replace from “Oh I should do this now” to successful installation. It’s just a swivel.
water bottle with a high-quality filter (and isn’t annoying)
- A filtered water bottle that’s not annoying— you push the filter through the water instead of sucking the water through the filter.
- This is all I use while traveling. It’s engineered to be used for camping.
- a little bit of a hassle and you look funny while you refill it
- Because I have this I haven’t had to buy any water bottle in the last few months even while traveling
- It’s made of plastic, but it’s safer plastic than usual AFAIK
- I have the specification sheet from the manufacturer if you want it, just email me. The filtering quality surprisingly good as far as I can tell.
There are also other models available.
- filter lasts 6 months
- somewhat difficult to remove the filter and replace it. Often need pliers and/or someone with significant strength.
glass water bottle that hasn’t yet leaked or broken for me
- no plastic except for the cap
- there’s a version of this water bottle that has a flip cap rather than a screw cap– don’t buy it, it will eventually leak
- tried other glass water bottle before, this is the only one that didn’t break or leak
other misc items I use
No links for these
- smaller glass containers of many sizes
- baking soda is the best shampoo I’ve ever used
- laptop stand
- pull-up bar (~$30) (can be hung in most doorways)
- also great for stretching/cracking my back
- color-changing lightbulbs
- lightbulbs are the superior form of alarm clock in my opinion
- I have the light in my apartment turn completely red around sunset. I find this helpful for my sleep.
- There are many brands of color-changing lightbulbs, but most are quite dim. I was able to find a Chinese brand that is bright and somewhat easily controllable, but if I had to buy more bulbs now I would probably go with Philips Hue because I expect that the UI would be much better and less annoying than other brands. Philips Hue is expensive though
- ChiliPad or similar water-cooled mattress pad for fixing ~75% of temperature problems relating to sleep
- Expensive but perhaps the best way I’ve ever spent this amount of money. My body is sensitive to temperature at night.
- superior to flossing string?
- Ecobee honey
- cheap and lacks the aftertaste that most other honeys have for me
- usually available at whole foods
- Himalayan salt: minimize plastic contamination compared to sea salt. (Idk if this is cost-effective avoidance though.) It is not supplemented with Iodine like sea salt typically is, however.
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