Winter is certainly not everyone’s favorite season. For those who go sledding, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowmobiling or skating, winter is always eagerly awaited. But for those who hate the cold and snow, winter is feared.
Winter sports enthusiasts will find many advantages, while others will only find disadvantages. Nevertheless, whether we like winter or not, we have no choice but to face it.
We can endure it with reluctance and grumblings, or survive through it more easily by being better prepared. Sometimes, by preventing some inconveniences, we could even come to appreciate this cold season.
With a few tricks, it is actually possible to simplify the task of defrosting the car mirrors and the windshield. Other tips will allow us to protect our lips, our heels and our hair from the cold and its side effects.
This article offers 14 solutions that will make it easier for you to survive winter. Put them into practice! image : Millennial Moms
1. Curtains and blinds:
When you wake up, consider opening up curtains and blinds, and leave them open until sunset. This will allow natural light and sunlight to penetrate your home.
With this tip, you can reduce heating by a few degrees and therefore you will save money on the energy bill. Read more (next) →
When cooking during the day, or even during the evening, do not completely close the stove door. Once the food is cooked, after turning off your appliance and taking out the food, leave the door ajar.
The heat that will emerge from the oven will warm up the kitchen. This is another way to save on the heating bill and reduce the consumption of electricity.
3. Wet snow:
Winter is not what it was twenty years ago. Due to global warming, we have as many snowfalls as ice rain and rain. Unless your boots are completely waterproof, the water may enter.
To keep your feet dry, try this solution. It simply involves putting a plastic bag on your feet before putting on your boots.
Long boots, as well as short ones, do not stand up once they are removed. They crash on the floor and end up taking up a lot of space in the hall, especially if the family has more than one member.
To keep them straight, use pool noodles. Simply cut them to the same height as your boots. Then, insert them inside the boots.
The cold, the sun and the wind are all factors that make your lips dry during the winter season. If you do not protect them, they will eventually crack, which can sometimes be painful.
To prevent chapping, apply lip balm during the day. Do it too in the evening, just before going to bed. The balm will act during the night and make your lips softer.
6. Cracked heels:
In winter, we obviously wear socks in our boots which dry the heels. They may crack and split. These cracks are very painful and if you do not treat them, they will eventually get worse.
To prevent this damage to your heels, coat them with petroleum jelly, scrub them, and then put on a pair of fleece socks. Do it right before going to bed and keep the socks all night.
7. Static electricity:
A air is generally drier during the winter season, our hair absorbs less moisture. So when we brush our hair, there is a lot more static electricity.
To avoid this inconvenience, place a sheet of fabric softener on your hairbrush, and pass it through comb spikes.
Besides the fact that there will be less static electricity in your hair, they will be more silky.
8. Scarves, mittens and tuques:
For a better storage of scarves, tuques, mittens and gloves, which always end up mixed up in the vestibule, use a plastic shoe rack with compartments.
You simply need to install it on one of the walls or behind a door. Thus, all members of the family, especially children, will no longer waste time looking for their accessories.
9. Boot carpets:
In winter, when children come in from outside, their boots dribble with snow. By placing them on a carpet, the melted snow will sooner or later melt on the floor. To fix this problem, use aluminum cooking plates instead.
Place them near the front door and fill them with small rocks or small stones. These will have the effect of draining the excess water, which will avoid dirtying the floor.
When it gets cold outside, you can easily feel the icy air through the windows. Isolating them is very expensive, unless you make use of this little thing which is much more affordable and very effective.
It simply involves putting bubble wrap in the windows. Spray some water on the windows first, and then apply the bubble wrap. Try it, and you’ll notice a difference.
Frost does not spare the car mirrors, especially when the temperature drops considerably during the night. De-icing is not easy, and it takes several minutes to get through the task.
For your convenience, put re-sealable plastic bags on your mirrors before dark. As for the wipers of the car, cover them with a long sock.
Ice episodes are becoming more frequent during the winter. We can’t do anything about it, but we can prevent ice accumulations on the windshield.
To do this, pour a little water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Then spray the mixture on the windshield, and wipe using a clean cloth.
13. Car keys:
During the winter season, we often have episodes of mild weather followed by very cold days. What happens then when you try to insert your key into the car?
It does not enter or simply refuses to turn. Sure, you can use your starter remotely, but it will make you waste some gas. To prevent the lock from freezing, coat your key with antibacterial gel and rotate it a few times.
Also apply gel on the entire handle.
If possible, consider parking your car facing east. As the sun rises, the rays will fall directly on your windshield, and it will defrost more quickly.
In addition, if you park your car facing east in the evening or just after your last outing, it will enjoy the warmth of the sun as soon as it gets up. It will therefore be easier to start your car in the morning.
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source : Millennial Moms