3 Cheap & Creative Hacks to Stay Cool This Summer 2018

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By: Meredith Witthar | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 4:18 PM, Jun 4, 2018 Updated: 3:53 PM, Jun 25, 2018

Cities across America have been experiencing record heat – and we aren't even close to being done with summer temps! So we looked for ways to help you beat the heat without breaking the bank.


1. Pick-up Pool


One way to cool off is to jump into a pool – but don't have a pool? No problem. Get creative with your own pick-up pool! We took ours up a level with a truck bed liner that fits like a fitted sheet from the company Pick-up Pools. Just make sure you follow your truck's weight-load guidelines. Once it's full, you're ready to go! And if it's legal in your state, grab a friend to drive you around. Who needs a regular pool when you've got this?!


2. Chill Your Sheets


Next up, chill your sheets! Sleeping above the sheets can still make for an uncomfortable night. So if you're looking to cool off at night, put your sheets in a plastic bag and toss ‘em in the freezer! Make sure you leave them in for around four to six hours and your sleep will be sound.


3. Make Your Own AC


Cranking the AC is more than just a Family Guy punchline. It's a touchy and expensive subject. Even trying to go cheaper with a portable AC unit will run you around $300! So we turned to the YouTube DIY experts at Household Hacker to show us how to make your own AC for $8. You'll want your fan to be table-sized, and square is best. Then it's some simple tracing and cutting to create your air conditioner. Add some frozen water bottles, and you're good to go! Get the full tutorial and instructions below!





Styrofoam cooler 

Dryer Vents 

Table-sized fan 

Water Bottles  




Place the vents on either side of the lid of the cooler, and trace around them. If your fan is weaker, only use one vent. Try to get in as close as possible.


Place the fan face down in the center of the two holes and trace around that.


Cut out each hole, but when cutting out the fan hole, cut inside the lines slightly so the fan has something to rest on.


Vacuum up all the extra Styrofoam.

Put your fan face down into the hole and the vents into their respective holes.


Place some bottles of water in the freezer.


Place frozen bottles into cooler.


Turn on your fan and watch your room cool down!  


Looking for ways to keep the heat out of your home? Well, now you’ve got three creative ways to cool off!  


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