The winter is the worst. You're covered in snow and ice. You can't do anything without having to struggle through a mountain of frost. You're forced to wear waaay to many layers, making even walking down the street a chore. It would be easier to get through if humans just hibernated like bears. But winter doesn't have to be a challenge. All you need is some simple wintertime hacks, and the colder months can be as easy to get through as summer. Try these hacks and you'll be walking in a winter wonderland in no time!
If you ever find your tires spinning with no traction, a little kitty litter will go along way. The gravel-like nature of kitty litter will allow your tires to grip onto something, thus getting you un-stuck. So keep a little kitty litter in your car during the winter for an emergency tire situation (but not an emergency bathroom situation).
A disposable razor will help you from having to dispose of your sweaters. Use a razor to scrape way the pill that has accumulated on your sweater. The disposable razor won't damage your sweater. Because your ugly Christmas sweater is ugly enough!
Does the snow make your sneakers slippery? Add some small screws to the inside of your souls, and you'll be telling the slippery sidewalks to screw it. Just be sure to get screws that don't go all the way through your souls, because that'll hurt more than slipping on your butt.
Ice got you down? Make your own de-icer at home by combining 2 quarts of rubbing alcohol 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent. The ice on your windshield won't know what hit it! But you'll know. It's that de-icer you made!
You can also take care of fog on your windshield with another handy DIY fix. Fill a sock with odor-free kitty litter, then place it on your dashboard. The sock and kitty litter combo will suck up the moisture in your car, thus preventing your windshield from fogging up. Bad news for anyone who likes writing their initials in the fog on their car window.
In the summer, your ceiling fan keeps your house cool. But you can also hack your fan to keep your house warm in the wintertime. Just toggle your fan to turn counterclockwise. Warm air rises, but your ceiling fan will now push it downwards. Just like in Australia!
Hat hair is arguably the worst part of winter. But you don't have to spend the day looking like you stuck your hand in an electrical outlet once you take off your hat. Just spray a little dry shampoo in your hair and fluff it up. Your hair will be back to normal... until you have to put on your hat again.
9. Turn Your Snow Shovel Into A Non-Stick Snow Shovel
Spray your shovel with a non-stick cooking spray to make shoveling snow a little easier. Bam! Your snow shovel is now transformed into a non-stick snow shovel! This hack can't make shoveling snow not suck, but it can make it suck just a little bit less.
If you have a space heater or stand-up radiator, you can prevent your house or apartment from losing heat through the wall. Just put a piece of aluminum foil behind the heater. The heat will reflect off the foil, keeping your house nice and toasty. Plus it's a better use for the foil than cooking dinner!
Put ziplock bags on your rearview mirrors overnight to prevent them from frosting up. In the morning, you won't have to wait for your mirrors to defrost. You can just check out your own reflection right away!
You've already shelled out hundreds of dollars for a sweet bike. You don't want to shell out more money for snow tires. You don't have to! Just tie zip ties around your regular tires every few inches. Now, you'll have the same traction that snow tires provide, plus a fat wallet.
Tall boots don't like to stand tall, unless your legs are in them. In order to prevent your boots from crunching over when you store them, put pool noodles in them. Your favorite summertime pool toy will help your favorite wintertime footwear keep its shape.
You don't need to shell out a ton of money on expensive defrosters when you can just harness the awesome power of the sun. Park your car so that your windshield faces east. In the morning, the rising sun will melt the frost on your car. Take that, Nature!
Your socks protect your feet, but they can also protect your windshield wipers. Just stick a pair over your wipers to keep away the snow and ice, preventing your wipers from getting stuck to the windshield. Plus now you'll know where that second sock went!