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10 Life Hacks to Make Surviving Winter Easier

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We’ve lucked out so far this winter. Sure, it’s been obscenely cold, but we haven’t been dumped on like other places. But- our luck could change soon. Rumor has it there’s a nor’easter brewing and it could be headed our way.

If the cold and all the fun stuff that goes along with it is getting you down, try some of these little life hacks. They might just make your day less miserable:

1.  Cover your side mirrors with a freezer sized ziplock bag, zipped as far as it will go. It’ll prevent ice from forming. Just remember to take them off before you start driving.

2. Cooking spray is perfect for keeping sticky snow off shovels (veggie oil will also work), which ultimately makes the job easier and faster.

3.  If you walked through snow and slush and your shoes or boots are wet, soak up the moisture by stuffing them with newspapers.

4.  Cover your windshield wipers with old socks so snow won’t stick to them.

5.  Throw a piece of carpet or an area rug over your windshield to keep off the ice and snow. Tuck it under the windshield wipers to hold it down, then toss it in your trunk when you’re ready to go. If you get stuck in the snow, you can also use it to help get traction.

6.  Run your ceiling fan on low and spin it clockwise (reverse) to help warm air trapped by the ceiling to make it back down to floor level.

7.  Reduce hat hair by using dry shampoo when you remove your winter headgear. It will help lift squashed roots.

8.  Spray your car windows with a 3 to 1 solution of vinegar and water. This will keep ice from forming on your windows (but you’ll still have to remove the snow).

9.  If you can’t find your ice scraper, use a hard kitchen spatula (not a metal one!) to clean off your windows.

10.  Winter wiper blades help because they won’t freeze to the windshield, but that won’t stop them from being buried in snow. So when you know there’s going to be a lot of snow, flip your wiper arms up so they don’t get buried.

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