Your fridge freezer might be designed to store and preserve your food, drinks and snacks… but when the heat strikes in summer, there are plenty more uses for this handy household appliance too!
When the sun is shining, we all turn to our fridge freezers for barbecue-able foods, cold beverages and frozen treats such as our favourite ice creams. However, if you’re struggling to cope with the heat, you’ll be happy to know that you also can rely on your fridge freezer to help get you through the summer in different ways. Read on to discover these cooling hacks for yourself – and a few food and drink hacks too, for good measure!
If you’ve forgotten to lather yourself up in factor 50 before a day out in the sun, you’ll be glad to hear that your fridge can help with easing the pain. Try storing your after sun lotion in the fridge before you use it and it’ll help soothe any nasty sunburns with a nice cooling sensation.
Avoid single-use plastic
Fancy staying refreshed whilst also making an eco-friendly choice? Well, look no further. By keeping water in glass bottles, it will help you reduce the amount of plastic you go through on a regular basis. Besides, water tastes better in glass bottles than plastic ones, and nothing will convince us otherwise!
Make your own air conditioner
A little DIY can go a long way in combating the summer heat. By freezing a bottle of water and placing it in front of your fan, you can spread cool air around the room, providing an extra layer of refreshment without actually needing to fork out for costly air conditioning.
As tempting as it is to only eat delicious barbecue foods all summer long, stocking up on the right snacks can really keep you hydrated. Keep your fridge filled with watery fruit and veg such as cucumber, watermelon and strawberries – and invest in a fridge purifier to keep such foods fresh for longer too!
Cool down fast
At the risk of sounding like a true Brit, sometimes the summer days can get a little too hot. When hot weather strikes, you need a quick cool down, and your freezer is perfect for coming to the rescue. Hold a bag of frozen veg on the pressure points of your wrists for a couple of minutes. This will help cool your blood flow and, quickly enough, your whole body too.
Get a restful sleep
Getting too hot to sleep in summer can be nothing short of a nightmare. Luckily, you can combat this by cooling your sheets and pillowcases beforehand. Try popping them in your fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bedtime, and the cooling sensation will help send you off into a cool, peaceful sleep during the warmest nights.
Make a reverse hot water bottle
Hot water bottles can be used for more than keeping you warm on cold winter nights. Instead, try filling one with water and leaving it in your freezer for a while instead. Then, when you take the frozen hot water bottle out, simply wrap it in a towel and use it to keep those tootsies cool!
Avoid the meat sweats
As enjoyable as it is, eating heavy and meaty foods during summer can bring the sweats out in full force. If you’re having this issue, simply freeze all of your meat for a later date and try prioritising a summer diet that won’t have you wanting to take a cold shower after every meal.
Protect your food
Summer is the time of the year when food goes off the quickest, so it’s always a good idea to keep your fridge well prepared for the warmer months. Invest in a fridge drawer liner protection mat to help expand the life of your fruit and vegetables, so you can enjoy hydrating foods for longer!
A fridge full of flowers
Flowers come out in full bloom during spring and summer, so it’s the best time to pot them up and place them around your home. With that being said, placing flowers in the fridge overnight is a great way to keep them fresh, especially when temperatures are high and decomposition happens more quickly!
If this talk of fridges and freezers has got you hungry, don’t despair! Our blog post on delicious ice cream recipes you need to try this summer will sort those tummy-rumbles out in a flash.