Looking for some cold weather hacks to make it through the winter? Warm up 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.
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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
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
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.
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.
5. Insulate using running tights or pantyhose
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
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
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
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
This way your wipers won’t stick to your windows.
11. Use old quilts as curtains to help keep heat in
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
Make this easy DIY wool insoles for toasty toes all throughout winter. Instructions here.
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
You don’t have to stash your canvas shoes in the closet this winter. Tutorial here.
15. Make recycled sweater mittens
Make your very own pair of cozy recycled sweater mittens.
16. Close unused rooms to help contain the heat in one area
17. Park facing east, so that the sun will melt the frost and do a lot of your snow removal work for you.
18. Waterproof your socks by putting a sandwich bag over them
19. Make sweater socks out of old thick sweaters
20. Spray shovel with nonstick cooking spray or silicone-based lubricant to help prevent snow from sticking
21. Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel
22. Place a double layer of tin foil across the bottom of a fireplace or wood grate before lighting a fire
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
This ensures a nice and toasty bed without even spending a cent on eletricity.
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 in case your tires need traction
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
Check out our list of effective home remedies for cold and flu here.
29. Keep warm with a cup of delicious hot chocolate
Make the best cup of hot chocolate with this recipe.
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 to add add heat while cutting down the electric bill of your house
33. Dry up your wet shoes with micro fiber towels
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
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
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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.