Tips and Tricks to Prepare you and your House for Winter

6 Nov

As the leaves begin to change colors and the air becomes brisker, it reminds us that winter is on the near horizon. In addition to bringing out the winter clothes and making sure the heat is working, it’s worthwhile to keep in mind these 10 home hacks below, which will help prepare your house for winter so you can fully enjoy the coldest months of the year:

1. No stick shovel

Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before you use it, so snow doesn’t stick to it.

2. Sealing Air Leaks

To get the most out of your heating system, ensure that your windows are sealed and not letting warm air escape in exchange for cold air. Test for air leaks by placing candles around locations in your house on a windy day with the windows shut; if the flame moves, there is an air leak nearby. If this is the case, make sure to caulk and seal all air leaks, primarily by caulking and weather stripping doors and windows. Don’t have time to caulk, just place bubble wrap between the window and the screen to keep out that cold draft.

3. Tin Foil: Fireplace Cleaner

An unlikely fireplace cleaner is tin foil, which can be used by placing a double layer of it across the bottom of a fireplace or wood grate before lighting a fire. When the fire is finished the next day, simply fold the tin foil – which will contain ashes – up and throw it away. Just be sure the fire is completely out when cleaning up.

4. Stove Pot Humidifier

Using a stove pot humidifier is a nice and cost-effective way to keep your house warmer for longer. Plus, using lemon juice or cinnamon sticks with the humidifier will give your home a fresh and clean-smell.

5. Warm Water Bottles

Since as early as the 16th century, containers with warm water have been used to provide warmth while in bed. The electric blanket is essentially a contemporary version of what hot water containers did in the past. You can use several warm water bottles and lay them on a bed several minutes before climbing in to ensure it’s nice and toasty.

enhanced-buzz-546-1383330255-206. Pebble Boot Tray

If you’re tired of the wet snow remnants from boots and shoes when people enter the house, consider using a pebble boot tray; when wet shoes or boots sit on these, the snow and ice will drain through the rocks to the bottom of the tray so the footwear will dry quicker and more efficiently. Plus, most of the moisture tends to evaporate under the rocks so only occasional cleaning is necessary. This works for all types of residences, from small apartments to large multi-family homes.

7. Rubbing Alcohol and Dishwashing Liquid: Salt Alternatives

If you run out of salt but need to urgently de-freeze your steps or driveway outside, consider using rubbing alcohol and dishwashing liquid. By mixing together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half a gallon of hot water, you’ll create a concoction that you can pour over sidewalks and driveways to melt ice. Plus, it’s better for a sidewalk or driveway than salt, which can eat away at concrete.

8. Winter proof your bike

If you need to use your bike in the snow and ice, place zip ties at even intervals around each tire to create bike snow tires.

9. Doritos or Orange Peel as a Fire Starterdoritos are great for kindling

One can use orange peels as fire starters due to the oil in the orange’s skin, which can fuel fires while releasing less creosote than paper. To use the orange as a fire starter, dry its peels on a sheet pan and toss them in a paper bag, with a silica packet to maintain freshness. It’s easy to make and will have your fireplace room smelling like delicious oranges!

10. Dry hands?

Use Chapstick on your dry/cracked fingers in the winter to get rid of cuts

 

a few extra hacks..

1.Make sure your ceiling fan is spinning on the low setting in reverse (clockwise) during the winter months. It will re-24 Winter Life Hacks You Will Want To Try In This Cold Wintercirculate warmer air trapped near the ceiling down to floor level.
2. Want more energy in the cold weather? You can make some bacon pancakes if you like
3.  Want to make a candle that lasts for a long time? Put a piece of string in a tub of Crisco and it will burn for up to 45 days.
4. In the cold weather, vehicles get stuck in the snow easily. Use kitty litter or your car’s floor mats to get traction and get yourself out of a ditch or slippery situation.
5. Do your wipers often stick to your windows after snowing? Keep them up in the air when you’re parked and cover them with old socks.
cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff6. Keep your wrapping paper organized and wrinkle free by using old toilet paper rolls to secure them when done.

 

 

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