There are plenty of beach trips and pool parties ahead of us, but at the same time, we’ve encountered some typical summer problems already.
From mosquitoes to sunburn, summer in New England brings its own unique set of challenges. Luckily, they’re not as hard to deal with as you might think.
We’ve already given you some tips on how to stay cool in the summer, even without the beloved air conditioning.
Now we have a few more ideas, some that will solve your pesky summer problems, and some that are just really fun.
Here are 10 lifehacks that will totally enhance your summer:
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Sick of getting sand stuck everywhere after a day at the beach? Put a little baby powder on your feet, legs, wherever you’ve got lingering sand, and it will brush right off!
You can also apply baby powder to stains before washing your clothes to soak up the grease, or pat a little on greasy hair to make it look just washed.
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Forget the clutter of bottled condiments. Stop the torture of trying to squeeze out the last squirt of ketchup onto your burger. Put condiments out in a muffin tin at your next BBQ!
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Vinegar stops itchy mosquito bites. Dip a cotton ball and hold it to the bite. Toothpaste will also work.
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Vinegar also helps with sunburn. Make some vinegar ice cubes, rub them on the burn, and it will reduce the redness.
You can also do this with aloe vera, as in the picture above.
5. Soda slush
Learn how to make a regular soda in to a slushie in this video:
Slip your laptop into a cardboard box so you can work in the sun and still see the screen.
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You know that moment when you’re floating in the pool and think, “I could really use a drink right about now,” but you’re in the middle of the water and don’t want to get out? Some pool noodles and a plastic bin can solve your dilemma.
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Don’t have a pool? Make your own slip-and-slide to cool down at home! All you need is some plastic sheeting or a tarp and you’ll save money compared to the store manufactured ones.
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We all do it – we buy generic, $3 flip-flops because they’re cheap, and then the little hole that holds the plastic part in breaks by the end of the summer, so we have to buy new ones every year.
Save those old flip-flops: use the clips from bread bags for an instant fix.
Who doesn’t love a cold popsicle or ice cream bar in the summer? And who doesn’t hate getting sticky when it melts all over your hands? Use a small paper cup or cupcake wrapper to catch the drip and you’ll stay clean!
Do you have any other handy tricks for the summertime? Tell us in the comments below!