Looking for some cold weather hacks to make it through the winter? The winter season opens new challenges everyone should learn to overcome. These challenges are sometimes hard to deal with. Warm up with these ingenious ideas. Being too cold for winter is a thing of the past with these life hacks. From insulation to mittens, you’ll find an idea that will have you feeling warm in no time!
36 Cold Weather Hacks
Stay Warm Inside And Out With These Ingenious Ideas
If winter weather is getting you down, try out these cold-weather hacks to keep you nice and toasty even during the coldest winter storms. Repurpose things on hand or find super cheap items to use for these winter hacks. Learn how to de-ice your car and outdoor steps naturally, keep the chill out of your home with household items, and other little tips and trick to keep you warm and cozy this season. Use these old tips and new techniques to keep warm and safe during the cold. Some of these are tried, tested, and absolutely effective in my homestead. So better read each hack and find out what suits you best!
1. Use Pipe Insulation As Draft Blockers
Don’t let frosty air get inside your house by using pipe insulation to fill in the gaps. It’s so easy I keep on wondering why I didn’t think about it first.
2. Dead Battery Hand Warmer
Use ‘dead’ alkaline batteries’ last bit of energy as a hand warmer. Create this awesome low powered hand warmer with this tutorial. Don’t forget to take note of the safety warnings!
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3. Make Your Own Winter Windshield Washer Fluid
Mix one cup water, two quarts rubbing alcohol, and one teaspoon dishwashing detergent. Mix everything and you’ll be good to wash your windshield during winter.
4. 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.
You don’t have to stash your canvas shoes in the closet this winter. They’ll be waterproof and winter ready as long as you follow this easy tutorial.
6. 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 every couple of times to warm the room up.
7. Putting A Layer Of Tinfoil Against The Wall Will Reflect The Heat Back Into The Room
If you’ve got a wall-mounted radiator or heater, place a layer of tinfoil opposite the wall. This will help reproduce the heat into the room. Be careful not to use anything else that can cause a fire!
8. Leave The Oven Door Open After Baking Your Goodies
Make use of the oven warmth by leaving the oven door open after cooking. This will give you a warmer and deliciously smelling air.
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9. Screw Some Screws On The Sole Of Your Shoes To Keep You From Slipping
The screws will help you gain traction in the slippery snow. Just be careful not to have the screws exposed in the sole it might hurt you.
10. Stick Your Windshield Wipers In The Air And Cover Them With Old Socks
Stick your windshield wipers in the air and cover them with old socks, this way your wipers won’t stick to your windows. Simple yet ingenious.
11. Use Old Quilts As Curtains To Help Keep The Heat Inside
Use old quilts as curtains to help keep the heat inside! If you’ve got thicker quilts the better, they can be perfect window curtains to separate the cold that surrounds your windows. An energy saving hack that fits my homestead!
12. Cut Out Wool Insoles For Extra Warmth
Make this 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. lol
13. Terra Cotta Pot Heater
This baby terra cotta pot heater can heat up an entire room. All you need is a clay pot, large stones, and some candles.
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14. Insulate Using Running Tights Or Pantyhose
Layering up doesn’t 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.
Make your very own pair of cozy recycled sweater mittens. It’s an easy project on which you won’t have to spend a dime with.
16. 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 everything else up.
17. 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.
18. Waterproof Your Socks By Putting A Sandwich Bag Over Them
I bet I’m not the only one who hates the feeling of having wet socks. This hack will take care of it. Who knows you may even try this idea even if it’s not winter.
19. Make Sweater Socks Out Of Old Thick Sweaters
I can imagine myself wearing this on a cold winter day, in front of my fireplace, with a hot chocolate drink in hand. I want to make a pair for everyone.
20. Shovel Hack
Shoveling some snow in 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 shovel with nonstick cooking spray or silicone-based lubricant to help prevent snow from sticking.
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21. 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.
22. Tin Foil Cleaner
Use a tin foil as a fireplace cleaner. Simply place a twofold layer of tin foil at the base of your fireplace before you star a fire. Once the fire died out, all you need to do is to tuck your tin foil that has ashes and toss it away.
23. Warm Water Bottles
If you want to ensures a nice and toasty bed without even spending a cent on electricity, place a couple of warm water bottles on your bed a few minutes before going to bed.
24. Rubbing Alcohol And Dishwashing Liquid Are Great Salt Alternatives
If your salts are not enough to defrost your walkway, combine 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and 1/2 gallon of hot water, then swarm it into your walkways to dissolve the ice.
25. Use Orange Skin As Fire Starters
Orange peels are great fire starters because its skin contains some oil. To use, dry its skins on a pan and put them in a container or paper bag, and include a pack of silica to hold its freshness.
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26. Keep A Car Mat Nearby
This will be especially useful in case your tires need traction. You’ll never know when your winter tires still need a little help.
27. Use A Lighter And Your Key To Thaw A Frozen Kock
Locks can freeze during winter too. Ensure you won’t get locked out by doing this little trick with your lock and key. Though, remind yourself to keep a lighter in your bag or anywhere accessible every time you get out.
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29. Keep Warm With A Cup Of Delicious Hot Chocolate
Make the best cup of hot chocolate with this recipe. You can never go wrong with hot chocolate. The warm feeling will be almost instantaneous.
Anyone who has ever tried to use their bike in the winter will tell you the snow can be very slippery that’s why they sometimes just don’t use it at all. You don’t have to do the same with this winter hack.
31. 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 becomes room temperature to keep your place warm and add much-needed humidity.
32. Light Up Some Candles
Light up some candles to add heat while cutting down the electric bill of your house. It’s also a great way to set the mood.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. Make Your Own Hand Warmers In 5 Minutes
Learn how to make hand warmers in just 5 minutes, but will keep your fingers toasty for up to an hour with this easy tutorial.
36. Live In A Small House
It won’t take as much to heat up a teeny tiny house, not to mention they’re very easy to maintain. Love tiny homes? You’ll love these.
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Keeping warm and toasty this winter doesn’t take a lot of money and effort. With these cold weather hacks, you’ll have a better time at home or on the road. Just keep these tips and tricks in mind and if you have some time, go ahead and get started with the DIY projects!
Do you have any other cold weather hacks you’d like to share? Leave them below in the comments!
And if you also want to know how to prepare your home for the winter, check out these 8 Foolproof Ways To Prepare Your Home for Winter!