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How to stay cool in a heatwave

We all love a bit of sun but staying cool in a heatwave can sometimes be a struggle! That’s why we’ve pulled together some little wins to help you stay cool. There are lots of things you can do to keep you and your family safe and cool in the sun.

  • Clare - copywriter
  •  7min read
How to stay cool in a heatwave

Close those curtains

It might seem like an obvious one, but it’s an easy one to forget. Keeping your curtains closed will keep the sun from shining through, reducing the heat in your home.

For extra protection from the sun, consider getting blackout curtains or blinds that really help to keep the sun from coming through the windows.

As the day starts to cool, open the windows to allow air to flow in.

Top tip: Don’t open the windows when the sun is at its hottest – this will only add heat to your home!

Try the ice fan trick

Think you need automatic air conditioning? Think again! This little home hack is like creating your own air conditioning – at a fraction of the cost!

All you need is a bowl of ice placed in front of your desk fan. When you turn on the fan, the ice will cool the air. Happy days!

Ditch the duvet

When a heatwave hits, we all end up on top of our bedding at some point in a bid to try and cool down. But...we don’t need to!

As soon as the heat hits, ditch the duvet and sleep under a thin sheet instead, or even just the duvet cover. That way, you can still get nice and cosy under a cover, without the excessive heat interrupting your sleep.

Stay hydrated

It’s so important to stay hydrated when the sun’s out. The higher the temperature gets, the more fluids we need to help replace what gets sweated out.

Water will obviously be best for you, so if you’re heading out on a walk or run, make sure you take a drinks bottle with you.

Keeping cool

Tip top: Our fruit infuser water bottles make it easy to add fruit to your water to give it a sweet, fruity taste – it's healthy too!

Stay out of the heat

It’s a simple one, but a really easy way to keep yourself cool is to stay out of the sun as much as you can. Try to stay inside when the day is at its hottest, which is usually between 11am and 3pm.

Spice up your life!

Ok, this heatwave remedy might sound like an odd one, but it can really work!

Eating something spicy can actually help you feel cooler. Spicy food triggers the heat receptors in your mouth, causing you to sweat, which ultimately cools you down...

So now you have an excuse to treat yourself to that curry!

Hosting a BBQ in the summer sun? For sizzling success, follow our little wins on our Ideas & advice page.