Summer Saving Life Hacks
By Shanna Perkins
The first official day of summer is marked by the summer solstice on June 21. It’s the beginning of the season when the days get longer, the cares become fewer and the laughter gets louder. As anticipated and enjoyable as this time of the year is, the elements germane to South Louisiana don’t always make it the most graceful period to endure. Dealing with the blistering heat and the persistent pests is something that Acadiana natives specialize in. These life hacks will help you make the most out of those fleeting summer months.
Cold Front Staying hydrated in the summer heat is critical. But keeping bottles of water cool can be challenging. This trick allows you to keep your water icy without having to constantly refill it with ice cubes. Fill your water bottle up about a quarter of the way and reseal it. Lay the bottle on its side in the freezer. Once the water has frozen, fill it back up with the beverage of your choice. It will instantly get cold and stay that way! This is great for outdoor adventures or working out.
Zip It Protect your smart phone from summer’s signature splashes of water without investing in an expensive protective case. Place your phone in a sandwich bag and tightly zip it. It will protect your phone from water, sunscreen, bug spray and spilt drinks. The best part? Your phone will still respond to your touch through the bag.
Anti Ant Ants are the official uninvited guests to all outdoor dining events. Unfortunately, dowsing dining areas with poison isn’t always ideal. Try this non-pesticide method and enjoy picnics sans ants. There’s probably a long forgotten bag of popcorn hiding in the back of your pantry; here’s where it comes in handy. Measure out 1 cup of kernels and place them in a blender on high for about 30 seconds. Take the powder and place it in piles where your ants reside. Your ant problems will slowly and safely vanish.
Covert Containers Summertime means frequently packing up your belongings and heading to the nearest body of water. The only problem is where to put your jewelry, keys or cash while you’re taking a dip or playing beach volleyball. This sneaky little trick will solve that problem. Take an old container of sunscreen, clean it out and cut off the neck. Now, place your belongings inside and snap the top back on. Nobody will try to steal your sunscreen.
Sticky Situation Popsicles and summertime go hand in hand. But, it’s an unavoidable truth that before you get a chance to finish your Popsicle, there will be a stream of sugary syrup making its way down your arm. The solution to this problem is almost too simple. Grab a cupcake liner and poke the Popsicle handle through the center. You’ve just created an instant drip guard. This one is great for children’s parties.
Ban Sand Sand is a messy and inevitable part of beach vacations. Before putting on your cover up or heading inside, dust some baby powder on your feet and legs. The baby powder will soak up the moisture and the sand will fall right off.
Shoo Fly Citronella candles are lifesavers for southern summer nights. But when it comes to daytime gatherings, it’s not always ideal to have a not-so-fragrant flame blazing away. Instead, slice a few limes or lemons and lay them down the center of the table or arrange them in a decorative bowl. Sprinkle cloves on top of them. This will create a smell that your guests will love and bugs will hate.
Cool Down During the summer months, the safest bet is to live under a constant haze of SPF. However, it is quite possible that at some point during the season, your shoulders and cheeks might get a little too sun kissed. This hack combines a cooling sensation with healing capabilities. It’s no secret that aloe vera is the undisputed champ when it comes to treating burns. Take an empty ice tray and fill the cubes with your favorite brand of aloe vera gel. Put the tray back in the freezer. Next time you’ve had a little too much fun in the sun, rub one of the frozen aloe vera cubes on the burnt area.