Helpful Hints to Get You Through Winter

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The winter is not the easiest season to battle, especially if you're toting children around with you. Next time you run into some seasonal trouble, try out one of these helpful hints from Go Social.

Unstick your car: If you discover that your car is stuck, there are a few options that can help. Remember the bag of kitty litter in your garage? Pour some of it under the tires to help with traction. If that does not work, try salt or the floor mats from your car.

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Fix a nappy sweater: It’s time for your favorite holiday party so you look for your favorite sweater. You pull it out of the closet, but it looks ragged and “pilly” from all those washes from the previous winter. Without time or desire to look for a new one – you need a fix. Grab your handy dandy razor from the bathroom and watch the yarn balls come right off.

Screw your shoes: Don’t let winter slow you down – or your budget for that matter. Remember that old pair of sneakers in the back of your closet? Take some short screws and insert them into the soles. This will certainly give you the traction you are looking for. Friendly reminder that you might not want to wear these inside anymore…

Super socks on your windshield wipers: You gotta love this one – try putting socks on your open/detached windshield wipers before they get covered with ice and snow.

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Make your own de-icing chemicals at home: Why pay a lot for de-icing chemicals when you can make it at home? Using 2 quarts of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, you now have a winter window washing fluid at a fraction of the price at a local store. Pour a similar mix on walkways to prevent freezing after shoveling: 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1.5 gallons of water. Spray 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water on your car windows the night before to prevent ice from forming. You will still need to brush off the snow (of course!).

>> Read more: Household Hacks: Rubbing Alcohol

An alternative to wearing long johns: Need an extra layer under your suit on the way to work in the morning? Most of us can’t fit a pair of long johns underneath without looking frumpy. Try a pair of tights or running pants. You will stay warmer but without the bulk. This goes for men too!

Turn on your ceiling fan — the right way: You know that little switch on the base of your ceiling fan? It toggles between running clockwise and counterclockwise. It is best to run your fan clockwise in the wintertime as it pushes the warm air from the ceiling downward toward you.

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