Winter can be brutal with below zero weather, snowfalls, and more. So stay warm and cozy this winter with these must-know winter hacks! Keep yourself nice and warm, your home and vehicle protected from the harsh elements and more with the winter hacks listed here.
If winter weather gets you down or leaves you freezing, try these cold weather hacks! They will keep you nice and toasty this winter, and leave a smile on your face. Plus you can protect your vehicle, de-ice your car or doorsteps easily, and much more. These are tried, testest and approved for making winter a breeze!
Winter Hacks to Stay Warm
Stuff Towels Around Doors
If your doors let a breeze flow in, roll up and stuff towels around the bottom of your doors. This will help prevent some cold air flow coming in. It isn’t the prettiest but it will help keep you a bit warmer.
Warm Clothes in the Dryer
Nothing is more cozy feeling than warm clothes in the winter. After you shower, before bed or getting dressed in the morning, toss your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes. Let the dryer warm them up so you have warm clothes to get dressed into! They won’t stay warm forever, but it sure will feel good.
New windows aren’t always an option but there is a budget-friendly alternative to adding some insulation. Head to your local store or shop online and buy shrink film window kits. You simply cover your windows with these, to help prevent cold air blowing into the house through cracks around your windows.
Turn ceiling fans on low and spin clockwise in the winter. This will push warm air that rises back down to you, utilizing the warm air. Your fan should have a switch to change the rotation of blades.
After you finish cooking dinner, turn the oven off and leave the oven door open. The heat from the oven will escape into the room, and help warm it up. Now if you have kids this will not be a safe option if they will be around the oven.
If you take a bath leave the water in the tub until it cools to room temperature. This will provide warmth to the room and also much-needed humidity! If you shower simply plug the drain like you were taking a bath. Then do the same and don’t drain until the water is at room temperature.
Winter Hacks to Get Things Done
Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, to a 1/2 gallon of hot water. Splash this on your drive or walkway to dissolve the ice in a hurry. One of the most useful winter hacks to prevent accidental falls!
If you find you are stuck in the snow and have some plastic floor mats in your car, take them out and place under tires to help gain traction. It is not a guarantee it will get you unstuck, but worth a try.
Car Door Freezing Shut
To prevent your car door from freezing shut, just apply cooking spray to the cracks of the door and along the rubber. This will help prevent water from getting in and freezing.
Unfreeze Key Holes
Put hand sanitizer on your key and then stick in the hole to unlock. Works for house doors, car doors and more.
Take a cheap cookie sheet that has edges around it. Put some small rocks inside to line the whole bottom of cookie sheet or tray. Then you can place your winter boots on the rocks and let them dry. The water will drip down to the tray, and not leave a wet mess on your floor.
Winterize Bike Tires
If you take your bike out in the winter, winterize the tires with zip ties. Just every few inches place a zip tie and cut off the excess. This will act as tread and prevent you from slipping as much.
You take a hot shower on a cold day and get out to find your mirrors are fogged up. Prevent that by cleaning mirrors with shaving cream and then buffing with a clean towel. It will keep them from fogging up for around 2 weeks.
Stick your windshield wipers in the air, and cover them with old socks. This will prevent them from sticking to your windows, and you can remove the socks and put the wipers down before you head out.
If you have to shovel the drive or sidewalk, spray your shovel with a non-stick cooking spray or silicone based lubricant. This will help the snow from sticking on the shovel.