Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes the challenges of getting through cold weather, frosty windows, freezing locks, cold beds and, for some, snow. Often, when bad weather hits, you have to get up early to deal with the unpleasant consequences, giving your day a rough start.
Rather than feeling like you’re just responding to what winter sends your way, you can actually get ahead. Below are 14 great winter survival hacks that can take the sting out of inclement weather.
1. Go solar. In a “green earth” world, nothing is friendlier than to use solar. Apartment Therapy recommends using the sun to your advantage during the winter. Open your curtains, letting the sunshine in and heating your home.
2. Face east. Another “green” solution is given by one good thing. If you have the ability to park your car so that it faces east in the morning, you can let the sun do the work of defrosting your windshield as it rises.
3. Reverse your fan. People seem to think that fans are only good for summertime use, but what they don’t understand is that fans simply circulate the air. During the winter, Apartment Therapy recommends reversing the direction of ceiling fans so that hot air (which rises) is pushed back down to the floor, keeping a room toasty warm.
4. Pre-warm your bed. If you’re cold or your house is cold, then take the time to warm your bed before climbing in. Thegoodstuff recommends using either a hot water bottle or an electric blanket to take the chill off your bed.
5. Create a hand warmer. Thegoodstuff gives the idea of making your own hand warmer by using two Ziploc bags and some sidewalk salt. Place the sidewalk salt in one bag and water into a smaller bag inside the salt. When you need a warmer, simply pop the inner water bag and shake. If you have a microwave handy, Bob Villa’s hand warmer is easier. Just put rice in a sock and microwave it.
6. Defog your windshield. Nothing is more frustrating than having to wait for your windshield to defrost. One good thing recommends spraying shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and wiping it off. This is supposed to keep it from fogging on cold mornings.
7. Keep kitty litter in the car. Since moisture in the car is why windows tend to fog, finding a way to remove the moisture is helpful. Another tip from one good thing is to keep kitty litter in a sock in the car. The kitty litter will absorb moisture in the air and help keep your windows from fogging.
8. Use anti-icing windshield washer fluid. If your windshield should ice or frost over, a homemade mixture of 1 quart alcohol, 1/2 cup water and 1 teaspoon dish soap will quickly cut through the ice according to Apartment Therapy.
9. Spray WD40. To keep your car locks from freezing, plan ahead. As winter approaches, spray some WD40 in the keyholes. The lubricant will keep the locking mechanism from freezing in cold weather, says one good thing.
10. Use cooking spray. What? Use Pam on the car? One good thing recommends spraying door cracks with cooking spray to keep car doors from freezing shut.
11. Put a sock on it. If you live where there’s freezing rain or snow that melts and freezes, you’ll appreciate this tip. To keep your windshield wipers from freezing to the windows, Bob Villa says to put socks on them to keep them snow- and ice-free. One good thing adds to the idea by telling you to raise your windshield wipers so they don’t freeze to the car.
12. Oil your shovel. If you get the joy of shoveling snow, then you understand that heavy snow tends to stick to the shovel, making your job harder. Thegoodstuff says to rub vegetable oil, paraffin wax or cooking oil on your shovel to keep the snow from sticking.
13. Use plastic. If you should get caught with frost on your windshield and don’t have an ice scraper handy, pull out a gift card, credit card or debit card. One good thing shares that they make great ice scrapers in a pinch.
14. Bag your mirrors. If you know bad weather is coming in ahead of time, thegoodstuff says to plan ahead and take the time to put some plastic baggies on your side-view mirrors. You can hold them in place with a rubber band or tie.
With so many good ideas, winter doesn’t have to be your nemesis. You can navigate the pitfalls of cold weather and come out smiling on the other side.
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