Ok. Portland isn’t supposed to be this hot. Ever. What’s the deal?! The sun is much appreciated – but how to stay cool in this insane heat if you don’t have air conditioning at home? Never fear! As always, the internet has the answers!
Tip #1: Freeze those sheets
This trick probably won’t keep you cool all night…but it will help you fall asleep, which seems like it’s half the battle! Put your sheets in a sealed plastic bag, being careful that it’s sealed tight so no moisture sneaks in. Pop the bag in the freezer for a few minutes – and snag them when it’s ready for bed.
This trick isn’t ideal, since your body heat will warm them back up. But hey – it’s something!
Tip #2: Cooling packs
These are more long-lasting than freezing sheets, and inexpensive which is another plus! Make your own cooling packs to put in your pillow cases at night. Pinterest for the win!
For each pack you need:
1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
2 freezer plastic bags
Put the rubbing alcohol and water in one freezer bag. Squeeze out all of the air you can, and then double bag it. Pop each pack in the freezer for 6+ hours. The rubbing alcohol will prevent the packs from freezing completely (making them squishy gel-like). Unlike Tip #1 above, these gel packs last for hours and are a welcome relief in the heat!
Tip #3: Close windows & blinds
This may seem like a no-brainer….but during the day close all your windows and draw the blinds. Keeping the sun out will help lower the temperature inside.
Tip #4: DIY A/C
If you’re feeling ambitious- try making your own air conditioner.
TIP #5: Swamp Cooler Method
Don’t worry. It’s classier than it sounds. Well…maybe not classy. But hey, it gets the job done. Cue Larry the Cable Guy…Get ‘er done!
What you need:
Large ice block from store
Turkey roasting pan
Place the large block of ice in the pan, with a fan blowing behind it. The fan will blow over the ice and cool down the room. Plus side – if you have animals, they will soon have tasty ice cool water to drink from a massive water dish!
Tip #6: Avoid large electronics
Using your oven, dryer, dishwasher, and other electronics can heat your home up. Avoid using them to keep the inside cool!
Feature photo by Dorian Wallender