Summer got you feeling a little hot under the collar lately? You’re not the only one! It’s been pretty sweltering lately where we live and going about our daily routine in the boiling heat isn’t any fun! Luckily we’ve come up with some clever ways to cool down, and fast!
How To Get Drinks Cold FAST!
Place bottles (wine, soda, water, etc.) in a container big enough to hold the numbers bottles and enough ice to surround it with little room to spare. Pack ice and a cup or two of salt (I used rock salt, but table salt will work as well) around the bottles and then fill the container with water. Salt triggers a chemical reaction that lowers the temperature of the water so drinks chill in 10-15 minutes.
Cool Down A Car That Has Turned Into An Oven
A car that’s been baking in the sun for hours can FEEL like an oven when you get in. To cool a car’s interior down quickly, roll down all the windows and blast the air conditioning through the floor vents! (Make sure it’s not on recirculate.) This creates a flow of air that forces hot air out, so the car will cool faster.
Cooling Down Hot, Sticky Sheets
On those unbearably hot nights place your pillow case and top sheet in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. The sensation of slipping into cool sheets is divine on steamy nights. You can also fill a hot water bottle with water and freeze it. Place it at the foot of the bed to cool your sleeping area down by several degrees instantly. Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.
Cool Down Overheated Pets
If a pet shows signs of overheating (excessive panting or drooling, tongue hanging out or very red gums) place towels soaked in cool water (never use ice or ice water) under the armpits and on the groin. Those are where the major blood vessels are located for it will cool your pet quickly. Also give him some water. If these methods don’t help after 10 minutes, or symptoms get worse, get your pet to the vet.
Make Your Own Cooling Body Spray
If you and your friends/family are spending an extended period of time outdoors in the summer heat be sure to carry along some liquid coolant! I like to carry a metal spray bottle with 1 part aloe vera gel to 3 parts cool water to cool everyone down when the temperatures soar. Aloe cools skin by 5 degrees on contact, plus penetrates the skin deeper than water to prolong the cooling sensation. The metal bottle helps to keep the aloe water cool.
Put Your Lotions & Potions In The Refrigerator
Try putting your moisturizer and any other lotions you use in the fridge. When you put them on they’ll be lovely and cool and will have an extra soothing effect on your skin.
When the temperature soars, you’ll be sweating far more than usual, even if you’re not actually dripping with it. So make sure you drink lots of water. Avoid caffeinated drinks as these make you go to the loo more, and therefore won’t help you keep hydrated.
Run Your Wrists Under Cold Water
Blood runs close to the surface of the skin in your wrists, so running cold water on them is very effective – as the cool blood will then travel around your body! This is a great way to cool down if you’re at a wedding, or an event where you don’t have much time to spare.
Nosh On Frozen Fruit
Cool down while you snack on something healthy by freezing your favorite fruit! Much healthier than reaching for an ice cream but with the same cooling effect! My favorite — Frozen bananas and frozen grapes!
Sleep Like An Egyptian
Those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-called “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress
Make Your Own “Ice Box Fan”
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Me neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
Get The Lowdown On Cool
Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.
Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.
DIY Cooling Pad
For a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for up to 30 minutes, definitely enough time to nod off.
How do you keep your cool during long, hot summer days & nights?