9 Cold Weather Hacks to Survive Harsh Winters

#1 Shovels

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

#2 Sweep 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.

#3 DIY Snow Melt

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.

#4 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.

#5 Frozen Locks

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

#6 Bike Snow Tires

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.

#7 Bath Water

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.

#8 Make Your Own Wiper 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.

#9 Save Your Windshield Wipers

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.


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