While summer is all about tropical getaways, trips to the beach and sipping on icy-cold pina coladas with your friends, for obvious reasons— life had other plans for us this time. That said, I decided to make things a little easier and have come up with a list of summer tricks that you can try while you’re working, introspecting, browsing or just daydreaming. Scroll down for a list of easy summer hacks you probably never thought you needed. You’ll be surprised at trick three and five.
LEMON FOR SWEAT STAINS
Summer is sweaty. A quick way to get rid of stubborn sweat stains out of clothes is by rubbing lemon juice on the stains before throwing it in your washing machine. All you need is equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the stains, let it soak for thirty minutes and rinse. No more sweat patches.
ALOE VERA FOR IRRITATED SKIN
When the temperatures rise, your skin tends to get cranky. If you don’t have the right moisturizer, things can get worse. Instead of investing in a product this time, lean to aloe cubes to keep your skin sheet calm and collected. Fill your ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and pop it in the freezer. Slap on the cubes on affected areas between deadlines to rejuvenate and rehydrate.
DEODORANTS TO STOP BLISTERS
It’s easy for your feet to develop blisters and shoe bites during the toasty temperatures because the floors can get slightly warm. Luckily your roll-on deodorant can fix this problem for you. Just swipe some on the bottom of your feet on hotter days. You could also put some on the back and sides of your foot before throwing on a new pair of heels or shoes. The deodorant acts as a barrier from friction as well.
SUGAR FOR LIPS
It’s very easy to create your own homemade lip scrub. All you need is 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, a tub or tube of your favorite lip balm and some virgin coconut oil. Mix these three ingredients together, exfoliate for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. If you dedicate five minute of your time to this method, three to four times a week before you hit the bed, you will notice the texture of your lips change to becoming more plush and pillowy. Oh, and don’t forget to end this treatment with a rich layer of balm to lock in your natural moisture while you’re busy counting sheep.
POTATO FOR PEDIS
Are your feet looking horrendous? Well, you don’t have to wait for your next pedicure appointment anymore (which seems like a distant possibility either way). Give yourself a lush pedi by slicing a potato in half, dip it in some sea salt and scrub all the dead skin cells away. It works as a fantastic exfoliation method that you can execute at the comfort of your home. Potatoes? Who knew, right?