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And just like that, it's summer again! If you're like most moms, you're bracing yourself against the higher power bills you'll be getting in the months ahead. After all, you'll be running your air conditioner overtime during this season.
One trick we thought we might try utilizes an ice pack—just stick it under your pillow at night. The coldness of the ice will radiate into the pillow, providing you with just enough cooling for a comfortable night's sleep.
Got one of those huge freezers? We read that you can put your bed sheets into a plastic bag and place them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. That way, when it's time to hit the sack, you and your kids can enjoy some welcome relief from the heat. This is also a great trick if your AC is broken or if you're trying to cut down your electric bill during the summer.
Staying cool doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. Here are six more ingenious ways to cool your home and family for next to nothing. Check them out below!
Set up your fans wisely
Your electric fan will be seeing a lot of action this summer, too. But to maximize its effect, set up your fan near an open window. Doing so allows it to draw cool air from the outside and blow warm air towards other parts of your house. It's also wise to understand how your appliances work. Make sure you get ones that are cost efficient so you don't pay much but you are able to use them for as long as you need.
Take the cooking outside
Since heat radiates, cooking in the kitchen raises your home's overall indoor temperature, too. So take advantage of the "barbecue" weather and cook outdoors more. Kids love barbecues and should be more than willing to help out with meal prep.
Make cotton your summer uniform
During the summer, wearing light, loose-fitting clothes can go a long way towards keeping your family cool. As such, stick to clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers. Such apparel doesn't trap sweat, allowing the body to "breathe" more easily.
Let natural air in
Know that nice summer breeze they always talk about? It may not always be present most days, but when it is, it's best to swing open your windows and let that cool air in. It can also remove that humid, stuffy feeling in the house. Opening your windows will also allow the air to circulate so the hot air inside gets replaced by fresh air from the outside.
Dunk those toes
The feet and toes are more sensitive to heat because they have a lot of pulse points in them. As such, cooling them down also cools down the entire body. To do so, dunk your feet in iced water for quick relief from the heat.
Drink plenty of water
With all the playtime (and sweating!) that kids will do this summer, dehydration is a real concern. As such, make sure that kids drink enough water every day. For kids 5 to 8 years old, that's around 5 glasses; for 9 to 12 years old, it should be seven glasses.
Of course, not all water is created equally. For a clean and safe drinking water, choose Absolute Pure Drinking Water.
It is certified and approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) for meeting the country's highest and strictest bottled drinking water standards. Absolute is also a member of the International Bottled Water Association, and is also the first water brand in the country to receive a certification from the National Sanitation Foundation International, an independent, global certifying body for food and beverage safety standards.
By choosing the best drinking water for your family, you keep them cool during the summer while maintaining your peace of mind.