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5 DIYs for Cold Weather

Most of the US is experiencing extremely cold temps.  We had -8 today with wind chills as low as -30 here in my area of Pennsylvania.  I’m about tired of this weather but what can you do.  So I put on my big girl pants and deal with it.  While you’re stuck inside trying to keep warm, check out these 5 DIYs for Cold Weather.

1.  I love the memes that show up on facebook with helpful tips for the cold weather.  Those of us that deal with the cold weather, ice and snow every year keep salt or some type of ice melt on hand for the winter each year.  Did you know that salt and ice melts aren’t effect when it’s below a certain temperature?  Below 10 degrees farenheit salt stops being effective at melting ice.  So maybe you go and break up the ice on your steps with a metal shovel or hammer. That’s a lot of work.  This  meme is floating around to to tell you what to do to keep your steps from refreezing:

icy steps meme


Some say it really works.  I could not find a link to credit this meme to.  If it belongs to you please let me know and I will do it immediately.

2.  Bags of salt or ice melt are pretty heavy.  Keeping a bag of salt in the house, especially open isn’t a good idea.  If the salt gets on your floors it can leave the nasty salt rings or cause damage to your floors.  I try to keep mine on my front porch but it freezes and turns into a huge clump.  We tried using an old plastic cup to scoop it and sprinkle the salt but you have to keep going back for more.   What we do now is save an empty liquid laundry detergent bottle.  Make sure it’s clean and dry inside.  Use a cup or a funnel to put the salt or melt into the bottle.  It’s a good idea to do this over an area that you don’t have to worry about getting the salt or melt on something that might get ruined.  Don’t fill it completely full though.  Leave some room so you can shake it to break up salt clumps.

detergent bottle salt dispenser


3.  Deicing your car windows?  I’ve seen a few recipes out there.  One says to use 3 parts vinegar to one part water in spray bottle.  Another says to use 2 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water in spray bottle.  A Popular Mechanics article recommends winter grade windshield washer fluid.

4.  You have an abundance of snow and bored kids.  Have you ever tried making snow cream?  Gather fresh clean snow, ( I like to set out an old tupperware bowl and let it gather snow for me when it’s really coming down)  There are lots of recipes out there and you can experiment with your own but here’s a basic recipe.

–6 cups of fresh clean snow

–1 cup of milk or half & half

–1/4 c of sugar

–1 tsp vanilla

Mix milk (or half & half), sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl first then add the mixture to your bowl of snow.  Mix. It’s that easy.  It’s quick and it’s a nice treat.  You can experiment on your own with flavors and colors too if you like. Also add some toppings.  We like sprinkles!



5.  Have you all seen the posts and videos about the flower pot heater?  Admittedly I haven’t tried this one myself yet.  Lots of people are saying it really works.  Might be worth checking out especially in the winter when the power goes out.  Check it out, see what you need and keep the supplies on hand.

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