Winter Hacks for You & Your Home

By December 2, 2019 January 15th, 2020 No Comments

It’s that time of year again with the blistering cold. Bearing the cold isn’t impossible, so you and your home shouldn’t have to suffer. We don’t want you to have to face winter without a few hacks. Below are our favorite winter hacks for you and your home. 

Tin Foil: Fireplace Cleaner

Our first home hack is to place tin foil in the base of your fireplace before starting the fire. After you have enjoyed the fire, the clean up will be super easy. Simply fold the tin foil up and throw it away. Remember, always make sure the fire is completely out and cooled down before cleaning up. 

Stove Pot Humidifier

Using a stove pot humidifier can save you some money when it comes to clean air this winter. This trick can also keep your home warm. Boiling a pot of water and adding lemon juice or cinnamon sticks will give your home a fresh and clean smell. 

Rubbing Alcohol and Dishwashing Liquid: Salt Alternatives

This hack is for all of the slippery sidewalks you may encounter this winter. If you happen to run out of salt, try mixing one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half a gallon of hot water. This concoction can be poured over your driveway or sidewalk. It will melt the ice instantly. This method is also better for the surfaces because it won’t eat away at the concrete. 

Fire Starters

Just in case you run out of newspaper or wood chips, try drying some orange peels. Orange peels make great fire starters because of the oil in the skin of the orange. The oranges also release less creosote than paper. Throw the remaining pieces in a bag and save them for later. 

Use the Oven

One no-brainer hack for your home this winter is to simply use your oven as often as you can. This is your excuse to start cooking this winter. Your oven will heat your home while you make a delicious dinner. It is a genius way to multitask. After you turn the oven off, crack the door open so the heat can flow into your home. 

Plug the Gaps

Did you know? All of your doors and windows have gaps around the edges. Cover your windows with heavy-duty plastic wrap to prevent the cold air from seeping into your home. For all of your exterior doors, you should try using weather strips around the edges.

Although there are a lot of common sense hacks out there, we hope these 6 home hacks will help you survive winter. We would love to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to tell us your favorite winter home hacks. 

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