Life Hacks: Winter Weather

There are countless problems you encounter on a daily basis that can put a little speed bump in your day. Life hacks are those “a-ha!” moments where you find the simplest solution to your daily problems, oftentimes using items immediately at your disposal. Each month this column will take you through some creative hacks to use in all different areas of your life to make your day-to-day as simple as possible. This month we’ll prepare you for the cold weather months ahead.

Shoveling snow is a winter hassle that no one enjoys. To make it a bit easier try spraying your shovel blade with some cooking spray to help keep the snow from sticking.

We’ve all had those moments when we’re running out the door for work and are met with a car covered in ice. The time spent scraping the car solidifies your late arrival to work. A quick, homemade de-icing formula is a spray mixture of 3:1 vinegar to water. Apply the solution to your windows the night before or right before the precipitation starts. The acidity of the vinegar raises the freezing point keeping the ice or snow from freezing your windows and windshield.

To further ice proof your car, you can cover your side mirrors with a Ziploc bag or you can use a plastic bag with clothespins secure a cover over the mirrors. To prepare your windshield wipers, grab a spare pare of tube socks and use them to cover the wiper blades so you can simply pull off the icy mess in the mornings.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of getting a car out of the snow, try grabbing your rubber floor mats from the car and using it to help your tires gain traction. If you have a cat, you can always keep a spare box of kitty litter in the trunk to help with traction as well.

We all have favorite shoes that may not be cut out for the frigid winter temperatures. To make your shoes cozier for your toes, try making your own wool insoles. Grab some wool material from your local craft or fabric store. Pull out your insoles from the shoes and use them to cut a template in your fabric and then simply line the shoes with your new wool insoles.

Getting your fireplace lit and pumping out heat as soon as possible is a necessity in these frigid months. A quick and inexpensive solution is to recycle. Keep your empty toilet paper rolls and a wastebasket of lint from the dryer catch. When it’s time to get a fire started you can stuff a toilet paper roll with lint and use it to jump-start your fire. This is also an important time to remember to keep your lint catch cleared to prevent fire risks in your home.