Chilling your body
Get in a cool bathtub. Once you’re used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Repeat until you are cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out.
Sit outside in the shade. Get a bamboo mat for your chair; it rarely heats up and doesn’t soak up sweat. Cool yourself with a hand fan and sip a cold drink.
Wet your T-shirt. Soak a T-shirt with lukewarm water, wring it out, put it on and sit outside in front of a fan. Re-wet the shirt as it dries. You won’t get a “wet T-shirt” look if you use one made of a synthetic fabric.
Sweat it out. Water vapor produced by sweating takes heat… This and more great tips away from your body if it’s exposed to air and allowed to evaporate.
Mist yourself. Get a battery-operated water-misting fan or use a spray bottle to mist yourself.
Exercise early or late. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times in the early morning or late evening. If you can’t change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
Avoid booze. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which makes you urinate more often than usual. This promotes further dehydration through water loss.
Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer. Grab one when you go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
Move on. If all else fails, go to a shopping mall, library, church, movie theater or other air-conditioned public building.
Use a Misting Bottle to Stay Cool
Sweat is a natural cooling agent. As it naturally evaporates the body cools down. When living in a home without air conditioning, use a misting bottle to create artificial sweat. As the tiny beads of water evaporate you will feel much cooler. Best of all you will not smell like sweat or create a trail of water throughout the home. All it takes is a little mist on the face and neck to feel much better.
Make a Cheap and Easy Ice Fan Air Conditioner
Try making blocks of ice and running a fan behind them when trying to keep a house cool without air conditioning. The air blows over the ice and creates a cool breeze. This will not lower the humidity in the home. In fact it will probably rise as the ice slowly melts, but it will feel cooler, especially directly in front of the fan. The article entitled Ways to Make Big Blocks of Ice provides a number of practical ideas. Create your own ice fan and enjoy the comforts of air conditioning without the expense.
Run Cool Water Over your Wrists
My grandmother shared an old-fashioned tried and true way to stay cool without air conditioning decades ago when I was a child. Back in the early 1900’s when people did not have the luxury of air conditioning, they ran cool water over their wrists for instant relief. Give this method a try, and stay cool throughout the day without having to spend money in the process.
Keep your Hair Wet to Stay Cool
I did not always have air conditioning over the years, and on the hottest days I was able to keep cool and comfortable by keeping my hair wet. It would be hotter than blazes in the house, but I felt continuously cool. I did this when really desperate for relief, and it worked. I was able to keep cool as long as my hair remained damp and the window fans kept blowing.
Grooming for summer
* Use a hint of mint. Slather on peppermint lotion, shower with peppermint soap, use a minty foot soak and sip on mint tea. Mint refreshes the skin and leaves a cooling sensation.
* Take a cool shower. It’s a great way to chill out fast and keep the air in your home cool, too.
* Use bathroom vents. Humidity caused by a shower makes the house feel warmer.
* Try a mini facial. Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber from the fridge and stick it in the middle of your forehead. It cools you off immediately.
* Dress for summer. Wear natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen), light colors and loose styles.
* Shade the back of your neck. Wear a cap in reverse, raise your collar or put a wet handkerchief on the back of your neck.
* Ice it. Place or tie an icepack behind your head.
* Wear your hair up. It will keep your neck cool and relatively free of sweat.
* Store lotions or cosmetic toners in the fridge. Rub them on hot, overtired feet.
Cooling the house
* Fan it out. Position a fan in an upstairs window to blow heat collected in upper rooms outside. Open the basement door so the cool downstairs air is sucked upstairs.
* Use a ceiling fan. It uses much less energy than an air conditioner, is cheaper to buy and you don’t need a professional to install it.
* Stay low. Heat rises, so try to stay on the lower floors of buildings. If you have a stone or tile floor, wipe it off and lie down on it for a cool respite.
* Let in the breeze. Circulate air by opening windows, especially those on the north and south of your house or apartment. Drench sheets in water and hang them over windows to let the water evaporate in the breeze, creating a cooling effect.
* Plant some trees. If you live in a house, planting trees on the south and west sides of your home will provide enough shade in the summer to save $100 and $250 in energy costs annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Deciduous trees are best; they block sun in summer and allow light and heat to pass through in winter.
* Install attic vents. A cool attic makes it easier to lower the temperature of the house.
* Park the car. If your garage is under living areas of your home, leave your hot car outside to cool off before putting it in the garage.