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36 Cold Weather Hacks to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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Looking for some cold weather hacks to make it through the winter? Warm up with these ingenious ideas.

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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.

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Use these old tips and new techniques to keep warm and safe during the cold.

1. Use pipe insulation as draft blockers

via instructables

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Don’t let frosty air get inside your house by using pipe insulation to fill in the gaps. Instructions here.

2. Dead battery hand warmer

via instructables

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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

via fabulessly frugal

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Mix 2 quarts rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon dish detergent.

 

4. Open the curtains when the sun is out

via DailyFinance

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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

via viralnova

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Layering up doesn’t mean adding lots of bulk. It’s about quality, not quantity!

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

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Doing this will push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down to you.

 

7. Putting a layer of tinfoil against the wall will reflect the heat back into the room

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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

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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

via viralnova

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

 

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

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This way your wipers won’t stick to your windows.

 

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

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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

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Make this easy DIY wool insoles for toasty toes all throughout winter. Instructions here.

 

13. Terra cotta pot heater

via New England Permaculture Homestead

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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

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You don’t have to stash your canvas shoes in the closet this winter. Tutorial here.

 

15. Make recycled sweater mittens

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Make your very own pair of cozy recycled sweater mittens.

 

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

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17. Park facing east, so that the sun will melt the frost and do a lot of your snow removal work for you.

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18. Waterproof your socks by putting a sandwich bag over them

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19. Make sweater socks out of old thick sweaters

via xny.co

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

via viralnova

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21. Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel

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

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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.

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

via apartment therapy

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

 

24. Rubbing alcohol and dishwashing liquid are great salt alternatives

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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

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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 in case your tires need traction

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27. Use a lighter and your key to thaw a frozen lock

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

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Check out our list of effective home remedies for cold and flu here.

 

29. Keep warm with a cup of delicious hot chocolate

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Make the best cup of hot chocolate with this recipe.

 

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

via I’m from Colorado

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31. Maximize the use of your water after you shower

via viralnova

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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

via The Backyard Farming Connection

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33. Dry up your wet shoes with micro fiber towels

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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

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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

via Instructables

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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

via Pioneer Settler

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

That’s all, fellow homesteaders! Did you enjoy our list of  cold weather hacks to keep you cozy this winter? Let us know in the comments section below what you thought of our list of cold weather hacks.

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How the heck do I get rid of that LIKE ME! bar that completely blocks the left side of the page?

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Bobby Davis
1 year 8 months ago

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

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Greg sloan
1 year 8 months ago

These are awesome.

Buckshot
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1 year 8 months ago

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.

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John DiLiberto
1 year 8 months ago

Appreciate the list . . . thanks for publishing.

Sarah
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1 year 8 months ago

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

Barbara Kelly
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Barbara Kelly
1 year 8 months ago

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.

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Richard Sudranski
1 year 8 months ago

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.

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left coast chuck
1 year 8 months ago

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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1 year 8 months ago

I love these suggestions. These are simple and inexpensive.

H. Gary Nophsker
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1 year 8 months ago

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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Great Grey
1 year 7 months ago

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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Krugle
1 year 7 months ago
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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Krugle
1 year 7 months ago

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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1 year 7 months ago

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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Beverly
1 year 7 months ago

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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