With summer comes the heat and humidity. You try to do anything to stay cool. Blast your air conditioner. Turn on the fans. Heck you might even head to the mall or grocery store to try to stay cool. These are all ways to stay cool, but there is one problem.
Let’s not forget about how high your electric bill is either from trying to stay cool. There has to be some ways to stay cool easily and won’t have an impact on your wallet by increasing your electric bill.
Luckily I’ve put together this list of 22 easy ways stay cool this summer and beat the heat. Read through and pick out your favorites so you can enjoy a sweat free summer!
22 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer
#1. Carry a small spray bottle of water, and spritz yourself occasionally. This is surprisingly refreshing, especially if you add a bit of lavender or lemon scent.
#2. Slice a cucumber thinly into a pitcher of water. Add a teaspoon of grated ginger root and a few sprigs of mint.
Keep refrigerated, and sip a glass every now and then. (Readers Digest advocates this as “Snazzy Water,” a key element in their Flat Belly Diet.)
#3. Keep a small portable fan. They don’t use much electricity to run and if you spritz yourself occasionally like in the first tip, you might actually get cold when the air from the fan blows on you.
#4. Husband’s favorite hot-weather tip really works. Close up all the windows in the day and open them again at night, when breezes are cooler. If you have an attic fan, make sure you run this during the day to help push the warm out of your house.
Just be mindful of how hot it is in your house during the day. If it is really hot, you might have to open the windows so you don’t bake in your own house.
#5. Thin, sheer curtains help keep out the sun. Besides, they look so refreshing, blowing in the breeze. Take the heavy curtains down, and keep your windows shining clean for a mental boost, as well as a physical one.
#6. Drink iced coffee, tea or a big glass of water with ice. Lots of it.
#7. Give a few chunks of ice to your pet to help keep them cool. Dogs especially enjoy the crunchy effects.
#8. Try a small cube down your shirt, or tucked in your waistband.
#9. Try a cooling towel or bandanna, like the ones from MiraCool. Buy at least two (or four!): one for the freezer, one to wear. Then swap.
#10. Wet a plain handkerchief or bandanna, then use a ball cap to hold it in place. This “Lawrence of Arabia” look shields and cools at the same time.
#11. Pour a pint of water into the hat or ball cap, and let the water soak in. Wear with pride and relief.
#12. Keep your oven use to a minimum. Try a microwave, instead.
#13. Grill as much of your entrees as possible. It’s tasty, as well as healthy. Grill a few meals, then freeze or refrigerate until needed and reheat them in the microwave.
#14. Need an excuse for ice cream? Now you have one. Dogs will love it too, as long as it’s not chocolate which is bad for them.
#15. Freeze sliced bananas, berries, peaches and other fruit. Dip them in chocolate sauce or whipped cream before enjoying. Or dump them fresh on ice cream. Just don’t give your animals frozen grapes, or any of that chocolate.
#16. Try a lukewarm bath or shower. The drying moisture will cool your body temperature down. You might even want to stand in front of your fan to dry yourself off. The blowing air will definitely make you cool.
#17. Keep body lotion in the refrigerator. Slather up, right after your bath.
#18. Cologne and perfume are also refreshing this way. Try spraying them lightly on your pillow, just before bed. Lavender is said to promote restful sleep.
#19. No time to bathe? Wash your feet, hands and face, or rub them gently with a damp cloth. Keeping extremities cool helps the rest of your body cope.
#20. After washing your sheets, towels and other linens, instead of using a dryer, hang them up inside. They’ll be dry by night and your home will be cooler.
#21. Watch ‘icy’ movies or TV shows that focus on winter, snowy places or the cold. I read a lot about blizzards in the summertime, something Husband finds very funny. It’s no surprise that the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers has been a summer favorite for years.
#22. Two words: swamp cooler. This can be much more cost efficient than an air conditioner.
There are 22 easy ways to stay cool this summer. For me, my favorites are using wet washcloths on the back of my neck and using a fan to dry off after a shower. These 2 really do the trick for me.
Oh, and thinking icy thoughts too. Cold weather will be back, sooner or later.