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Be Cool and Keep Cool this Summer

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This is the summer to be cool and keep cool. Don’t let the heat and humidity irritate or annoy you. Plan ahead and enjoy the holiday season.

Here in Durban we are used to hot, humid Decembers, so don’t let the weather keep you from enjoying everything that’s wonderful about the season.

Hot Humid Durban Summers

During the hot summer months, it can be difficult to stay cool and enjoy yourself, especially if you don’t have air conditioning or have to be outside.

You can keep cool indoors during the day by blocking out sunlight and avoiding activities that can make your home hotter. When you’re outside, you can beat the heat by looking for shade, going to areas with a natural breeze, and wearing the right clothes. You can also spend some time in air-conditioned buildings like shopping centres.

At Household Plastic we have many ways to help you keep cool this summer from water toys for kids, to ice cube and ice lolly makers to beautiful jugs and jars, perfect for iced tea.

Great Tip to Keep Cool this Summer

Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.

Some Surprising (and Interesting) Way to Keep Cooler this Summer

Take Vitamin C

Being cooler in the summer could be as simple as taking a pill. Researchers at the University of Alabama found that vitamin C increases your tolerance for heat by delaying sweat gland fatigue, which reduces the occurrence of heat exhaustion and prickly heat rash.

Get Some Houseplants

There are plenty of benefits of having houseplants – they can improve mood, purify air, and they can also make a room feel cooler. Plants release moisture into the air, which helps regulate the relative humidity of a room and can make it feel more comfortable than it otherwise would.

Eat Spicy Food

There’s a reason spicy food is so popular in places with hot climates. It turns out eating something hot is a great way to stay cool. Capsaicin, the substance in peppers that makes spicy food spicy, binds to the pain receptors in your mouth. In response, your brain interprets this as being hot, and makes you sweat, and the sweat on your skin subsequently cools you down.

Drink More Water

Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated. Adding mint leaves, orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing and adds immune- boosting Vitamin C.

Pay special attention to the elderly, kids, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses, so keep them hydrated.

Frozen Fruit

Freeze a bag of chopped fruit such as watermelon, grapes, pineapple, litchis or lemons.  It is cooling, delicious and healthy too.

Use cucumbers. Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber and stick it on the middle of your forehead or on your eyelids. This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car and works almost immediately

Frozen Water or Juice

One of my favourite things to do in summer, especially when preparing for a day at the beach, is to fill some plastic water bottles with water and/or juice and pop them into the freezer overnight. When you’re ready to go, just grab them. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.

We can’t do much about the weather, but we can make our lives easier and more pleasant on those hot humid summer days.

Pop into one of our four Household Plastic stores and stock up with things that will make your summer more bearable.

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