Hot weather hacks to beat the summer heat
As UK temperatures soar, households have been offered affordable tips for keeping cool and beating the heat this summer.
The team from voucher savings website NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have researched and revealed eight hot weather hacks to help families cope with high temperatures.
Households have been told to attach an empty 2 litre plastic bottle to the end of a hosepipe to create a homemade sprinkler, and freeze aloe vera in an ice cube tray to help soothe sunburn.
Freezing sheets and wearing wet socks can also help you fall to sleep easily even when it’s hot and muggy at night.
A spokesperson from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “As temperatures soar, most UK households will rejoice – but for those of us that struggle with the heat, summer can just make us miserable.
“Luckily there are a number of low-cost hot weather hacks we can use to make the heat more bearable.
“From making homemade cooling mists to applying deodorant to your feet, these tips will help alleviate several common summer gripes.”
1. Homemade cooling mist
Add a few drops of peppermint extract to a spray bottle of water, and when you’re feeling hot, mist yourself with it. The mint will make you feel extra cool as the water evaporates, similar to how minty chewing gum makes water feel colder when you drink it.
2. DIY sprinkler
If you don’t have a sprinkler attachment for your hose, attach an empty 2 litre plastic bottle to the end and poke some holes it in.
3. Aloe ice cubes
Aloe vera is great for soothing sunburn. You can go one step further by freezing aloe vera gel in an ice cube tray.
4. Deodorant… for your feet
When your feet get hot, they tend to slip around in your shoes. Prevent blisters by applying a thin layer of roll-on deodorant to reduce slippage.
5. Sun cream storage
Keep your SPF lotion in the fridge to feel refreshed and cool each time you apply it throughout the day. You can do this with day-to-day moisturisers and creams too.
6. Wet socks
When the heat really cranks up and nights become unbearable, place a towel at the bottom of your bed and slip on a pair of socks that you’ve soaked in cold water. Then, point a fan at your feet. This will help keep your body cool.
7. Freeze your sheets
Another tip to help you fall to sleep on those particularly humid nights: pop a few pillowcases in a sealed bag in the freezer and put them on your pillows 10 minutes before you hit the hay.
8. Shut out the sun
Keep blinds and curtains closed through hot days to shut out the sun and stop rooms from overheating.