12 Tricks to Help You Survive the Hot Summer Heat

No air conditioner? No problem.

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These ideas will cool you down at the pool, in your backyard or even inside your home on warm and humid days.

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Housing a Forest
DIY a Sprinkler

On a hot, muggy day, don't let your kids sit around inside — send them outside for some water fun. Just poke a few holes into a water bottle, line it up with the mouth of your hose and tape it in place. The pressure will push the water out in various directions.

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A Subtle Revelry
Use Frozen Water Balloons

Can you say "cutest ice bucket ever"? This water balloon trick is a playful way to keep beverages cool at a summer shindig. After the party is over, use them to survive a muggy night.

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The Dumbbelle
Sooth Sunburns Even Better

Say you forgot the SPF and find yourself with a burn — ouch! To cool down your red skin and treat it at the same time, try freezing your aloe vera before applying it.

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WikiHow
Float Your Beverages

Usually pool noodles are for kids, but here it becomes the most fun adult toy ever. Turn them into a floating cooler so you can stay cool in the pool when you need a refill.

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Poofy Cheeks
Serve Melt-Proof Pops

Nothing is worse than having to scrub colorful streams off of your kid's arms in a warm bath post-treat. The secret to no-drip popsicles (and no hot water to follow) is making the pop out of frozen Jell-O.

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The Chic Site
Keep Ice Dry

Water-downed cocktails are not fun at a backyard barbecue. Use a colander as ice buckets so the melty mess can drip away from the ice and guests can fill their glasses with only frozen stuff.

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Mom With a Prep
Make Your Own A/C

The ice cold water in front of a fan cools down the breeze before it hits you on a blistering day. This blogger dubs it the "Redneck Air Conditioner" (her words, not ours.)

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Elephantastic Vegan
Freeze Your Lemons

The fastest way to make your plain old tap water feel fresh and invigorating? Toss a frozen lemon slice in it. It'll cool down the temp and add a burst of flavor.

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Mom Endeavors
Blast Water With Noodles

Once your kids tire of the sprinkler halfway through the summer, jazz up their water play with pool noodles and PVC pipe to create these "blasters" they can move and direct.

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Vanilla Extract
Chill White Wine Quickly

You definitely don't want a warm glass of white wine on a brutally hot day. Frozen grapes are a great way to cool down your beverage, since they won't melt or dilute the drink like ice cubes.

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Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Whip Up a River

If you don't have a stream out back, make your own with foil. Then let your kids experiment with floating toy boats and building their own dams for the rest of the afternoon.

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The Craft Nest
Make Your Own Shade

The best part of this DIY: You probably already own all the materials, including a hula hoop and bed sheet. While these hideouts are designed for kids, we could see ourselves curling up in one to read a book after a long day. Couldn't you?

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