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10 Life Hacks to Enjoy the Summer Even More this Year!

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10 Life Hacks to Enjoy the Summer Even More this Year!

Summer is a time of warmth, outdoor eating, celebrations and fun. But it's also a time of annoying bug bites, sunburn and dehydration… But never fear, we’re here with our top ten summer life hacks, so that you can enjoy the summer, irritation free!


  1. Ice cold can or bottle of refreshing drink gone warm before you’ve even opened it? No problem. Rather than putting it in the freezer and forgetting all about it until you open it again to a rock hard/exploded drink, submerge it in a bowl of iced water. And here’s the trick - add two tablespoons of salt to the water and stir. Within two minutes, your drink will be ice cold. (It works due to some clever science to do with thermodynamics…) 
  2. Give annoying insects the heave-ho when you’re outside by cutting limes in half, pushing dried cloves into the flesh and dotting them about your picnic bench. They’ll fly to next door’s BBQ in a flash. 
  3. Place a freezer block of ice in front of your desk fan, and et voila, a blast of icy cold air is heading your way! 
  4. It burns, stings, feels like fire and looks unsightly - sunburn is one of the worst summer irritations and to make things worse, we often don't know it’s happening until we’re inside later that night.. Cool the skin and soothe the burn at the same time by pre-empting it and freezing some aloe vera gel in advance. Ice cube trays are excellent for this, and you can even keep some in a sandwich bag in your cooler box. 
  5. Pop your phone into a sandwich bag to protect it from heat, sand, moisture and ice creamy fingers during a day at the beach. You’ll even be able to use it through the bag! 
  6. Freeze bottles of water and diluted squash the night before a day out. You can use them to cool you down by holding them and then for drinking as they begin to defrost. They should stay cold for a couple of hours. 
  7. Dirty BBQ grill? Not a problem. Cut an onion in half, heat the BBQ and rub the onion up and down the hot grill. The dirt will melt before your eyes. 
  8. Heading to the beach and worried about valuables? Before you go, use scissors to take the bottom off an empty bottle of SPF, leaving one side intact so it forms a ‘flap’. Use it to hide your keys, cash and other small valuables and it’ll look just like a regular bottle you’d take to the beach. (Obviously never take anything too valuable to the beach if you know it’ll be left unattended - or have a spotter nearby so you can relax in the sea in peace.) 
  9. Sprinkle talcum powder over sandy toes and all your family's tootsies will be free from sand for the journey home. 
  10. Use the OYG app… Well, you didn’t expect us to get to the bottom of a top ten list without mentioning exercise, did you? It’s perfect for on the go, when you don’t have your laptop to hand. Enjoy!

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