Much of America is under an intense heat wave which can be almost unbearable if you’re not fortunate enough to have air conditioning. Getting too hot can put you and your family at risk for heat exhaustion and the sometimes deadly heat stroke.
We already know to drink a lot of water, stay out of the sun during peak hours and to wear light-weight clothing. But there are several other fun ways that will keep you and your family cool. Read on to cool down.
1. Freeze your sheets. Trying to sleep when it’s hot and humid is torture. Make your bed cool by throwing your sheets and pillow cases in the freezer for a couple hours before bedtime. Make sure you put them in freezer bags first! Your bed’s cool comfort will make falling asleep a dream.
2. Bring a cold water bottle to bed. You already use hot water bottles when you’re not feeling well, why not try a cold one? Fill the bottle with ice cold water and bring it to bed. Place it under your knees or hug it to sleep.
3. Eat foods that will make you sweat. There’s a reason spicy foods are popular in some of the hottest climates in the world. When you eat something hot you sweat which triggers your body to cool off. Hot drinks and soups will work too.
4. Make fruit cubes. Put berries in ice trays and fill with water and pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, throw your fruit cubes into a tall glass of water for a refreshingly delicious beverage. Can’t stand the thought of hot coffee? Pour coffee in ice cube trays for the same idea. Your coffee won’t get watered down and you’ll still get that kick of caffeine you desire.
5. Turn your yard into a water park. Set up the good old-fashioned sprinkler. This is not only great for kids, but for adults and pets too. Set up the kiddie pool and get in. Throw a tarp down and pour water over it for a homemade slip and slide.
6. Make ice necklaces. Put small flowers in an ice tray and connect with a ribbon. Freeze and then wear. Let the necklace melt on your body to get instant relief.
7. Wear a wet t-shirt. Douse a t-shirt with cool water and throw it on. As the water evaporates your body will cool down. Do the same with a bandana.
8. Fill a large bowl with ice cold water and dip your feet in. Also dip your wrists in, which are pressure points.
9. Prepare a tea spray. Brew some peppermint tea and let cool. Pour the chilled tea into a spray bottle and then use as a body mist throughout the day. Regular ice water works too.
10. Make your home a cave. Close all of your curtains and shades to keep direct sunlight out. Don’t use your oven or dryer and keep the lights off.