13+ Cold Weather Hacks For People Who Are Missing Summer

Diply 20 Oct 2018

I know it doesn't seem possible, but summer 2018 has come and gone already. Depending on where you live, winter may not be the worst thing in the world, but for others, it means digging yourself out of snow that's accumulated up to your eyeballs, black ice covering the roads, and dark, frigid mornings spent scraping your car windows instead of staying in your toasty warm bed.

It sounds terrible, but there are things you can do that'll make cold weather a bit easier to manage.

1. First, whenever possible, keep your hands warm!

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There's nothing worse than not being able to move your fingers because the subzero air has sucked all the life out of them.

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To ensure every digit stays cozy and warm, use an old, heavy sweater to make a pair of mittens.

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Mittens will always keep your hands warmer than gloves, so head over to Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer to see how to make yourself a pair from start to finish.

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2. Another key to staying warm is keeping your feet insulated and protected from the cold.

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So, if your favorite pair of boots looks cute but is lacking in the warmth department, DIYed inserts are the answer.

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The creative mind behind Maya Made used a thick sheet of wool felt and the insoles from a pair of boots to create extra cushion and insulation for her feet.

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With the help of this handy hack, chilled toes will be a thing of the past.

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3. Depending on the age of your home, one of the biggest problems you may face during colder months is draftiness.

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Older houses tend to have larger gaps between doors and floors, and those gaps spell trouble when it comes to unwanted drafts.

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If this is a problem you've been dealing with for far too long, take inspiration from DIY Hacks And How Tos and their pipe insulation hack.

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Rather than wasting money on a store-bought draft blocker, grab some pipe insulation from your local hardware store, and use it to fill in the gap between the doors and floors in your home.

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4. Hand and foot warming packets are awesome, but the price can add up if you use them on a regular basis.

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And if you don't have any on hand, what are you supposed to do?!

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Make your own, that's what!

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Instructables user junits15 outlined a simple way to create an instant hand warmer using nothing more than plastic sandwich bags, water, and ice melting pellets.

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5. A wood-burning fireplace is not only crazy pretty and romantic, it's also an excellent source of heat on a cold, wintry day.

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However, this type of fireplace is also incredible messy! To make cleanup after a roaring fire a bit easier to manage, line the bottom of your wood-burning fireplace with some tinfoil. You can thank The Krazy Coupon Lady for this tip!

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6. Another way to ensure your windshield doesn't fog up is by rubbing shaving cream all over the interior side of it.

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Another great hack from The Krazy Coupon Lady! Once you've covered all of your windows, wipe the cream away and let it work its magic.

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7. Winter is long and dreary enough as it is, so why not treat yourself to something that'll make it a bit more bearable?

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Buy an electric blanket and use it to warm up your bed each night.

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8. For those who don't own an electric blanket, this trick is a great, short-term alternative.

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Before hopping into bed, make like The Krazy Coupon Lady and grab a blow dryer and use it to warm up your sheets!

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9. Put that electric blanket to work in the morning, too, by placing it over the clothes you're planning on wearing.

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As you get ready, the blanket will warm up your outfit and make it feel like you just pulled it out of the dryer.

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You can also do this with the towels you're planning on using after getting out of the shower.

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You can even use an outlet timer to turn on the blanket just before you wake up! This tip comes from DIY Hacks and How Tos.

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10. Slipping on ice is never a fun experience.

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And if you plan on walking on sidewalks, roadways, and trails that have accumulated thick sheets of ice on the surface, you're going to want to reinforce your footwear.

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Instructables user KresimirPregernik put together an in-depth tutorial demonstrating how to make ice claws for a pair of boots.

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If cold temperatures don't prevent your from exploring the great outdoors but slippery ice does, these things are going to change your life.

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11. Battling a locked thermostat that's set to a temperature that just won't cut it in the dead of winter?

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Wrap a Freezie in a tea towel and place it on top of the thermostat. According to DIY Hacks and How Tos, the device will think the room is colder than it really is, which will prompt the furnace to kick in.

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12. If the thick felt inserts from earlier still aren't enough to keep your footsies warm, whip up a pair of slipper boots to wear with them.

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Home Sweet Soul shared an easy-to-follow set of instructions that'll ensure warm feet in no time.

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All you need to make this idea happen is an old sweater, a ball of yarn, and a darning needle.

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Once you get the hang of it, you'll want to make slipper boots for everyone!

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13. According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, filling a sock with cat litter is an effective way to prevent your windows from fogging up.

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Simply place the sock on your dash, and let the litter absorb any moisture that may be present in the air.

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14. "The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cuuup!"

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OK, I get that some of you think Folgers is a sorry excuse for coffee, but the point is, a warm cup of Joe on a chilly day is essential to surviving cold weather.

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So, if you're someone who can't start the day without it, you're going to want to pay attention to what DIY Hacks and How Tos has to say.

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Purchase an outlet timer and use it to automate your coffee maker every morning.

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15. Plastic bags can be life savers after your car's spent hours outside, exposed to the elements.

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By covering your side mirrors with a plastic bag and securing it in place using a clothespin, you won't have to worry about removing any ice from them before getting in your car. Thanks for another great tip, The Krazy Coupon Lady!

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16. Prevent your wipers from sticking to the windshield by placing them in an upright position and sliding a large pair of socks over top.

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When you're not using them, make like Cool Rides Online. Store the socks in a plastic bag and keep them in your glove compartment.

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