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”
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 a bucket for each gallon, fill the rest of the bucket with water, and mix. Place washcloths into the bucket and stir around a couple of times. When the player comes off the field and into the dugout area, pick up the 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 the back of the neck, especially for catchers and pitchers. And please don’t inhale to a great degree, only mildly. Do this between innings. The next day, your 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.