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Looking for some cold weather hacks to make it through the winter? 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 to Keep You Cozy This Winter

36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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.

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1. Use pipe insulation as draft blockers

Use pipe insulation as draft blockers | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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. Instructions here.

 

2. Dead battery hand warmer

Dead battery hand warmer | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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!

 

3. Make your own winter windshield washer fluid

Mix 2 quarts rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon dish detergent. Mix everything and you’re ready to wash your windshield this winter.

 

4. Open the curtains when the sun is out

Open the curtains when the sun is out | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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.

 

5. Insulate using running tights or pantyhose

Insulate using running tights or pantyhose | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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.

 

 

6. Run your ceiling fan on low and spin it clockwise

Run your ceiling fan on low and spin it clockwise | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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

Putting a layer of tinfoil | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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If your house heater is a wall-mounted heater or radiator, put a layer of tinfoil against the wall to help reflect the heat back into the room. Be careful not to use anything else that would be a fire hazard!

 

8. Open the oven door after baking your Christmas goodies

Take advantage of the oven heat by keeping the oven door open right after baking. This will definitely make the air warmer and smell delicious!

 

9. Screw some screws on the sole of your shoes to keep you from slipping

Avoid Slipping | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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The screws will help you gain traction in the slippery snow. Just be careful not to have the screws exposed in the sole.

 

10. Stick your windshield wipers in the air and cover them with old socks

Windshield wiper socks | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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This way your wipers won’t stick to your windows. Simple yet ingenious.

 

11. Use old quilts as curtains to help keep heat in

Quilts as Curtain | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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Better yet, make thermal curtains! Thermal curtains are energy-efficient window shades that insulate against the cold around your windows. Get full tutorial here.

 

12. Cut out wool insoles for extra warmth

Wool Insoles | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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 can heat up an entire room. All you need is a clay pot, large stones, and some candles. Get full instructions here.

 

14. Waterproof canvas shoes

Waterproof canvas shoes | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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.

 

15. Make recycled sweater mittens

Sweater Mittens | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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Make your very own pair of cozy recycled sweater mittens. You won’t have to spend a dime on this.

 

16. Close unused rooms to help contain the heat in one area

Unused room for heat | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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

Park Facing East | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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

Waterproof Socks | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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

Sweater Socks | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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I can imagine myself wearing this in a cold winter day, in front of my fireplace, with a hot coco in hand. Full tutorial here.

 

20. Shovel Hack

Shovel Hack | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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Spray shovel with nonstick cooking spray or silicone-based lubricant to help prevent snow from sticking.

 

21. Broom for light snow

Use broom | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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. Place a double layer of tin foil across the bottom of a fireplace or wood grate before lighting a fire

 Fireplace tinfoil | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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When the fire has died out, all you need to do is to fold the tin foil – which will contain ashes – up and throw it away.

You’ll also like: Wood Burning Stove Tips

 

23. Place several warm water bottles on your bed several minutes before climbing in

This ensures a nice and toasty bed without even spending a cent on electricity.

 

24. Rubbing alcohol and dishwashing liquid are great salt alternatives

If you run out of salt but need to de-freeze your steps or driveway, mix together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half a gallon of hot water, and pour over sidewalks and driveways to melt ice.

 

25. Use orange peel as a fire starter

Orange peels are great fire starters due to the oil in the orange’s skin. To use, dry its peels on a sheet pan and toss them in a paper bag, with a silica packet to maintain freshness.

 

26. Keep a car mat nearby

Car Mat | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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 lock

Unfreeze lock and key | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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Locks can freeze during winter too. Ensure you won’t get locked out by doing this little trick with your lock and key.

 

28. Fight off common winter cold and flu bouts the natural (and frugal) way

Flu Remedy | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Don’t go to the pharmacy just yet. Get to know some effective remedies for cold and flu from this list. They’re all natural and won’t even break the bank.

 

29. Keep warm with a cup of delicious hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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.

 

30. Make your bike tires winter-ready with zip ties

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

Bath water | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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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 to add 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 micro fiber towels

microfiber for Shoes | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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If your shoes get really wet, stuff them with those super-absorbent micro fiber towels to get the cold out quickly!

 

34. Put down rugs or carpet to help prevent heat loss through the floor

Rugs and Carpets | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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If you’re short on rugs but have old blankets or quilts these can work too. Just put some rubber no slide mats underneath them to prevent accidents.

 

35. Make your own hand warmers in 5 minutes

DIY Hand Warmers | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

image via instructables

Learn how to make hand warmers that will keep your fingers toasty for up to an hour with this easy tutorial.

 

36. Live in a small house

Small House | 36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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It won’t take as much to heat up a teeny tiny house. Love tiny homes? You’ll love these.

 

Need more winter life hacks? Get more here from HouseholdHacker!

 

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 at 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, read more about it here!

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Bobby Davis
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Ash from your fireplace, after the fire is long gone and you have a snowy driveway. Sprinkle with the ash from your fireplace. It eats thru the snow and ice and helps gain traction by making the ice porus

Greg sloan
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These are awesome.

Buckshot
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Sprinkle cayenne pepper in the soles of your shoes, lightly.
Increase as needed.
If you are working outdoors you need lots of high carb foods.
Keep your head warm and dry; looking stylish in the snow, rain or cold is silly.
Learn to identify the signs of hypothermia and how to treat it; watch your family or team for the early warning signs; sluggishness, stuttering, denial, clumsiness.

Warm the person up slowly; put them in a sleeping bag or warm them with body heat. Too much heat too quickly can be fatal.

John DiLiberto
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Appreciate the list . . . thanks for publishing.

Sarah
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Thanks for sharing my post! I hope it helps some people out!

Barbara Kelly
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Since I live in a Double wide with double window. I still use clear shower curtains up on the windows and stop the cool air just from the glass surface. You can even sue 1/4 in styrofoam fitted and that works too. I’m up 5,000ft so we do get snow at times. And we also have a pellet stove that works great.

Richard Sudranski
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As to filling up a bunch of containers with hot water to put on one’s bed to warm it up before bedtime, that is what dogs and cats are for. The best thing about that is that when one wakes up the next day, the dogs and cats never wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

left coast chuck
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70 years ago when everybody burned coal to heat buildings, no one used salt on the roads. We needed a way to get rid of the coal ash and putting it on snowy roads solved two problems. Got rid of the ash and provided a non-skid surface.

Suzanne Fagan
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I love these suggestions. These are simple and inexpensive.

H. Gary Nophsker
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Outstanding tips for cold weather!! We don’t need those relating to snow here in Texas but I’m forwarding to all of my relatives and friends in the cold northern 48 and Alaska. Keep them coming!

Great Grey
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The one problem with most of the tiny houses shown is that the floor is exposed to the weather. Needs good insulation under the floor too.

Krugle
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As someone who lives in a sub-arctic region, some tips I would have would be Thinsulate clothing; it is incredibly lightweight and thin we use it when it gets around -30C and below, it comes in the form of gloves under layer clothing, face masks and socks. Instead of using rubbing alcohol water and detergent for washer fluid use methanol it’s extremely cheap about 4 dollars a liter and when mixed with water 30%-50% methanol to water gives a freeze point range of -26C and -54C. When buying winter gear for use in extended periods of time outside 8-16 hours… Read more »
Krugle
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Forgot to mention always keep a bag of kitty litter in your vehicle works great when your car gets stuck and you wont tear up your floor mats.

greg c miles
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where can i find tin foil? i thought they stopped making that back in the 50’s! all i can seem to find is aluminum foil . . . i’m soo confused.

Beverly
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One year when we got a lot of unexpected snow and I didn’t have snow boots, my mother covered my regular shoes and socks with bread sacks and a pair of my dad’s wool Army socks! Worked perfectly, though the snow did stick to the socks pretty badly!

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