Ammonia spirits, water, ice, washcloths, are all it takes to make the summer heat tolerable while playing sports. Here’s a recipe I found online some time ago and managed to save.
Keeping cool is just part of the problem so make sure you bring plenty of water to drink too. Keep the two coolers separate though 😉
Ingredients for ammonia water and use:
2oz. bottle of "Spirits of Ammonia" (local drugstore)
Actually it's Aromatic Ammonia Spirit U.S.P.
This time of the year, it's scarce.
3 bottles make 4 gallons
1 gal. plastic bucket (some use a playmate type cooler).
About 4-7 washcloths.
Fill bucket 1/2 full of ice, pour 3/4 bottle of "spirits of ammonia" into bucket for each gallon, fill the rest of bucket with water and mix. Place washcloths into bucket and stir around a couple of times. When player comes off field and into dugout area, pick up washcloth, wring out excess and wipe down arms, face (DON'T suck on washcloth), neck (front and back), shoulders, chest, etc. It really is effective while held on back of neck, especially "catchers" and "pitchers". And please don't inhale to a great degree, only mildly. Do this between innings. Next day, team will be begging for it.
A reader left a comment saying it might be worth searching a drug store for Murray & Lanman Florida Water Cologne New York for the same type of relief. If I can find the recipe I will add it to this article.