Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Works for me Wednesday: Dealing with the heat

We're still getting into the 100s and upper 90s around here, but it's not bothering me as much as it was a few days ago. For one thing, I'm better acclimated (isn't the human body's ability to adapt to changing conditions amazing?), and for another thing I'm getting this house figured out a bit better and am getting smarter about which windows to open when, and where to put fans, etc. - and for another thing I've relearned a few old tricks.

Best old trick: using a squirt bottle with water in it. I sometimes mist my clothes or skin, but the nicest thing I've picked up is keeping a squirt bottle by the bed, to mist the coverings. Love that evaporative cooling. If you don't have a squirt bottle, just sprinkle some water on the bed. (Warning: you can get too chilled if you aren't careful. Take it nice and slow until you figure out how much water you need on the sheets or clothes to get the effect you want.)

Second best old trick: wearing a damp neckerchief. Cowboys and cowgirls, it turns out, know what they're doing, wearing neckerchiefs (aka bandanas).

What you folks in hot but damp climates can do to keep cool I don't know. But around here, a little damp cloth can go a long way.

Don't forget that you can pick up all sorts of household tips over at Rocks In My Dryer's Works-for-Me Wednesday weekly round-up.


ladyofvirtue said...

We use water on our clothing, but I never thought of the spray bottle--thanks!

Kathryn Judson said...

ladyofvirtue, You're welcome! It doesn't even have to be a very big spray bottle, by the way, since you don't have to use as much water as you might think. Thanks for stopping by.