Time to throw in the towel on summer.
This New York heat is no joke—but a “genius” towel trick might be just the thing to keep you cool until fall.
Even though it’s September, New York has been experiencing a late-season heat wave in recent days, with temperatures climbing to 93 degrees in Central Park on Thursday.
If you’re looking for some relief, laundry expert Deyan Dimitrov says hanging cold, wet towels around the house can help.
“Because this hack can be made from existing household items, it is a cheap and useful alternative for homes that do not have access to air conditioning or fans,” he continued.
Dimitrov advises that any clean towel dipped in cold water will do the trick.
He recommends using a lighter-colored towel—since darker colors can radiate heat quickly—and placing it in a sunlit area so the water evaporates more quickly.
“Try hanging your towels at entry points in your home where fresh air can come in, such as near doors or open windows,” he recommended to the outlet.
“This prevents your towels from getting damp and instantly cools the air entering from these entry points.”
And if you want to add a little luxury to this trick, Dimitrov recommends adding some essential oils to your washing machine for wonderfully smelling towels.
Fortunately, New York’s heat wave is expected to subside by the weekend – at least a little. Experts have now revealed further hot tips.
In June, a British psychologist warned that sleeping naked in a heatwave would not result in a good night’s sleep.
“I wouldn’t recommend sleeping naked, as tempting as it may be, because sweat will pool on your skin instead of being absorbed into the fibers of your clothing and cooling you down,” Suzy Reading told the British bedding company Kudd.ly.
And a hack that went viral on TikTok earlier this summer — attaching frozen towels to a fan — isn’t very safe either.
According to Giuseppe Capanna, a product safety engineer at, it could not only cause the fan to fall over, but even break the device The British company Electrical Safety First.
He warned that placing a cold towel over a fan could also result in electric shock.
“The greatest risk comes from the towel, which eventually thaws and becomes soaking wet,” Capanna warned The Post in June. “Water and electricity don’t mix, and if you copy this hack, water could come into contact with the motor or the plug and its outlet, increasing the risk of electric shock.”