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13 Weather Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

What do kitty litter, socks, crayons and hand sanitizer all have in common? They can be used as weather hacks! Everyone loves an unexpected weather hack, whether it helps you avoid icy windshields, illuminate your home during a power outage, or find pesky drafts in doors and windows. These seemingly strange tips and tricks can help you defeat any sticky weather situation you find yourself in. Try them out yourself!

Winter Weather

  • Spray car doors with cooking spray so they don’t get stuck shut

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  • Sick of frosted windshields? Keep a sock full of kitty litter on your dashboard- it will absorb the moisture.
  • If you get stuck in the snow often, put car mats under your tires or sprinkle kitty litter around the tires to help you get out of the snow. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep a shovel in your trunk so you can easily clear snow away from your car. 
  • If you have to go out in the snow, put socks over your shoes to get extra traction.
  • Keep your feet warm in the cold by putting a plastic bag in between two pairs of socks. Your feet will stay warm and dry!

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Power Outage

  • Make a lantern with household items by placing a  flashlight behind a water jug. It’ll light up the room more than just a regular flashlight!
  • Attach a crayon to a paper plate by melting the bottom of the crayon and sticking it on. Then light the top of the crayon on fire to serve as a candle. Don’t leave this hack unattended! 

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  • Place a thermometer in your refrigerator if it’s likely the power will go out, that way you can make sure your food is still cool enough to eat. If the fridge temperature is above 40°, do not eat the refrigerated food. 

Hacks For Your Home

  • Find drafts by holding a lit candle near windows and doors- if the flame is flickering, you know there’s a draft!
  • Wrap inexpensive foam pipe insulation around pipes in unheated areas to reduce their risk of freezing, plus this can save you save 3-4% off your energy bill! The pipe insulation can also be attached at the bottom of drafty doors to keep the cold out.

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  • Cover up drafty windows in rooms you don’t use with bubble wrap.
  • Need a DIY ice melter for those slippery sidewalks? Mix 1 gallon of hot water, 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol, and 1 tsp of dishwashing liquid and voila! You can now melt any ice in your way.
  • Thaw a frozen lock with any of these 3 hacks: Apply heat rub used for sore muscles to the lock, apply hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol to the lock, or heat the key up using a lighter.

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If you want to get even more tricks and tips like this, be sure to check your local listings for “Weather Hacks” hosted by Al Roker on The Weather Channel.

Do you have any weather hacks of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!


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  1. My daughter lives in Southampton LI. She said she had multiple “booms” of thundersnow this morning!

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