Summer has to be the greatest time of year, no matter where in the world you’re from. The days are long, the sun is shining, people are happier and there’s way more to do. But like any season, it’s not without its flaws: sticky fingers and swarming insects, we’re looking at you. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can make your summer the best one yet, and all thanks to these genius life hacks.
Tired of your ice pop melting all over your hands before you’ve finished enjoying its refreshing flavor? Stick a cupcake liner around its base and wave goodbye to those annoying sticky drips.
Tattoos are for life, not just for summer. Right? Wrong. All you need is a dash of sunscreen to draw any design you like, and after a few hours in the sun you’ll have your very own temporary tat.
Don’t have the cash for a fancy sprinkler system? No matter – just poke a few holes in a plastic bottle and grab a hosepipe. Then hey presto, you’ve got your very own improvised sprinkler. You’ll be cooler in no time.
If you’re planning on going camping this summer, make sure to pack a headlamp along with your water jug. Strapping one to the other will create an awesome solution to flood your tent with moody lighting.
Want to make the most of your iPhone’s speakers? All you need is a toilet-tissue tube and two plastic cups. You’ll be blasting out those summer tunes in no time.
If you’re sick of sticky fingers when you’re trying to eat watermelon, try leaving a small section of the outer skin attached when you’re slicing it up. You’ll have a great handle to hold it without getting your hands covered in juices.
This is absolute brilliance, and surely the most foolproof way to make an ice cream cookie sandwich. Just make sure you’re going to use that entire tub of Ben & Jerry’s in one go, or you might find it difficult to get the lid back on.
If you’re suffering from a touch of sunburn, you’ll want to give this a try. Freeze cubes of Aloe vera and you’ll get a simultaneously soothing and cooling sensation when applied to the affected area. Genius.
Keeping the insects and mosquitoes away can be one of the most laborious things about summer. You can sidestep the hassle, however, by simply placing a few cloves in a sliced lime, which, as it turns out, makes for an effective scented bug repellent.
If you don’t have any limes lying around, however, you could always try this cool spray solution for keeping away the mozzies. Just mix basil, water and vodka together in a spray bottle and you’ve got a cocktail that bugs will just hate.
Destalking strawberries really takes the fun out of eating them. So for a quicker solution, try using a straw to push out the stalk. You’ll be chomping down on those delicious red berries in no time.
Never again, thanks to this ingenious floating bar, will you have to leave the luxury of the water. All you need to do is wrap a pool noodle around a plastic tub. It’s so simple that it’s amazing nobody thought of it earlier.
Barbeque cravings are pretty much part and parcel of the summer experience, but if you don’t have a grill to hand you could always try MacGyver-ing up your own. Who’d have thought a tin can would be such a summer essential?
If you’re anxious that someone’s going to steal your valuables while you’re sunbathing, you might want to try this foolproof solution the next time you’re beach-bound. Just remember to clean out the sunscreen bottle beforehand.
If you’ve committed the cardinal sin of forgetting to chill your alcohol before a big summer party, fear not: the solution is at hand. Simply wrap your bottle in a wet paper towel before you put in in the freezer, and it’ll be ice cold in just 15 minutes.
Getting your drink cold in the first place is only half the battle, though. To stop white wine from going warm in the sun, freeze grapes that match the wine’s color. They’ll act like ice cubes without diluting the flavor.
If the bug repellent methods didn’t work, and you’ve managed to sustain a couple of nasty bites and stings, there’s an easy home remedy you could try. Toothpaste usually contains eucalyptus, which will help soothe those painful or itchy areas.
If an air-conditioning unit isn’t in your summer budget, fear not: there are cheaper ways to keep cool. All you need is a desk fan, ice, a beer can, Styrofoam and a whole lot of duct tape.
If you work from home, you’ll want to capitalize on the gorgeous weather by taking your office al fresco. Unfortunately, your glorious plans could face ruin thanks to pesky screen glare – unless, of course, you have some cardboard lying around.
Planning to paddle in a nearby lake or river but don’t want to risk dropping your phone in the water? You can keep blasting those summer sounds with this DIY waterproof paint-pot speaker.