Christmas is a week away! WOW, time really does fly when you are having fun:) I know it is not the end of 2017 just yet but this year was great and I cannot wait for what 2018 is going to bring 🙂 Along with the new year fast approaching, cold weather is also coming to the east and west. That is why for todays post I wanted to share with you some of my favorite cold weather hacks to help beat the cold!
Make Your Own Hand Warmers In 5 Minutes
Learn how to make hand warmers in just 5 minutes! Quick and simple, but will keep your fingers toasty for up to an hour with this very easy tutorial.
Keep A Car Mat Nearby
Keeping a car mat in your truck will come in handy and very useful in case your tires need traction. You’ll never know when your winter tires will still need a little help.
Open The Curtains When The Sun Is Out
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes even we homesteaders forget to try the simplest things first! Utilizing natural energy is the cheapest way to keep warm during winter.
Run Your Ceiling Fan On Low And Spin It Clockwise
Run your ceiling fan on low and spin it clockwise, doing this will push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down to you. Do this a couple of times to warm the room up.
Leave The Oven Door Open After Baking Your Goodies
Make use of the oven warmth by leaving the oven door open after baking all your winter goodies. This will give you a burst of warm and delicious-smelling air.
Insulate Using Running Tights Or Pantyhose
Layering up doesn’t always mean adding lots of bulk. It’s about quality, not quantity! Do this and you won’t have to skip your morning run for the winter.
Close Unused Rooms To Help Contain The Heat In One Area
It’s hard to heat up a room if all the doors and windows are open, right? Use the same concept with this cold weather hack. If your whole family’s just staying in just one room, close everywhere else down.
Park Facing East
By facing east, the sun will melt the frost and do a lot of your snow removal work for you. That’s letting Mother Nature take care of you.
Waterproof Your Socks By Putting A Sandwich Bag Over Them
I bet I’m not the only one who hates the feeling of wet socks. This hack will surely take care of it. Simply put a sandwich bag on top of your socks. Who knows you may even try this idea even if it’s not winter.
Shoveling some snow on cold winter days seems like a monstrous task, yet it is helpful, especially if this is done in your driveway. To make it easier, spray your shovel with silicone-based lubricant or nonstick cooking spray. This will help prevent snow from sticking.
Broom For Light Snow
Now that you know how to properly use your shovel, here’s another one. Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel. Why? It will be less the effort and the broom will also ensure you get all the light snow.
Tin Foil Cleaner
Use a tin foil as a fireplace cleaner. Simply place a two-fold layer of tin foil at the base of your fireplace before you start a fire. Once the fire dies out, all you need to do is to pull out the ash-covered tin foil and toss it.
Warm Water Bottles
If you want to ensure a nice and toasty bed without spending a cent on electricity, place a couple of warm water bottles on your bed a few minutes before going to tucking yourself in. This will prepare your bed to give you a warm and comfortable sleep during cold winter nights.
Rubbing Alcohol And Dishwashing Liquid Are Great Salt Alternatives
If your salt supply is not enough to defrost your walkway, combine 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and 1/2 gallon of hot water, then splash it onto your walkways to dissolve the ice.
Use Orange Skin As Fire Starters
Orange peels make great fire starters because its skin contains some oil. To store, lightly toast the peels in a pan and put them in a container or paper bag, and include a pack of silica to hold its freshness.
Maximize The Use Of Your Water After You Shower
Don’t let your warm bath water go down the drain. Keep the water in the tub until it comes to room temperature to keep your place warm and add much-needed humidity.
Dry Up Your Wet Shoes With Microfiber Towels
If your shoes get really wet, stuff them with those super-absorbent microfiber towels to get the cold out quickly! So keep microfiber towels handy.
Place Rugs Or Carpet On The Floor And Avoid Heat Loss
If you’re short on rugs but have old quilts or blankets these can work too. Just place some rubber no slide mats under the quilts or blankets to avoid accidents.
Cut Out Wool Insoles For Extra Warmth
Make these easy DIY wool insoles for toasty toes all throughout winter. You won’t have to worry about getting frostbite or cold feet again. Not unless you’re getting married!
Make Sweater Socks Out Of Old Thick Sweater
I can imagine myself wearing these sweater socks on a cold winter day, in front of my fireplace, with hot chocolate in hand. I want to make a pair for everyone in my family!
Use A Lighter And Your Key To Thaw A Frozen Lock
Locks can freeze during winter too. Ensure you won’t get locked out by doing this little trick with your lock and key. Though, you have remind yourself to keep a lighter in your bag or anywhere accessible every time you get out.
I found these hacks on Homesteading.com
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My other Winter posts
- DIY Christmas Home Decor- day 1 of blogmas
- The guide to the perfect Christmas – tips tricks &recipes – day 2 of blogmas
- Hanukkah recipes – blogmas day 3
- Last minute Christmas gift ideas- blogmas day 4
- Christmas food recipes – blogmas day 5
- Beauty/ Life hacks – pt 2 – blogmas day 6
- Tips & Tricks for easy/stress free traveling during the Holidays
- DIY Christmas Ornaments – one of a kind
- Warm Foods for the Cold Weather
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