1. Bubble Your Windows

Looking for a cheap and easy window insulator? Bubble wrap is an excellent choice. Use a spray bottle to spritz your window with water and then face the bubble side of the wrap to the inside of your window glass.

The air trapped inside of the bubbles, creates a small buffer zone, which will help to keep heat from escaping through your windows.

Pro Tip: Wrap with larger and tightly spaced bubbles, can perform a bit better, and if the wrap doesn’t stick to your window the first time, simply spray a little more water on the pane, and try again.

2. Oil Your Groove

Shoveling snow doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Rub a little cooking oil on the blade of your shovel, and it’ll keep snow from clumping and sticking to the spade. For the best results, make sure you coat both sides of your shovel blade.

Although not as environmentally friendly, you can also use a spray lubricant, car wax, or even petroleum jelly. These will last a bit longer for those tough jobs. Unfortunately, shoveling snow will still be a chore, but at least you’ll work faster and tire less… which is still a win!

3. Sock Your Style

When your old socks are no longer good enough to keep your feet warm, don’t toss them out yet. They make great insulators, which will keep your wiper blades from freezing to your car’s windshield. Your side mirrors can benefit too: slip an extra-large sock over each one, and you’ll never have to scrape ice away from them again.

As an added bonus, pull them over your shoes for exceptional winter traction on those white wintery days. Don’t forget to throw a pair in your glovebox, so you’ll always be prepared.

4. News For Your Shoes

After a day in the snow your shoes are bound to be soggy and wet. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably throw them in the dryer, or put them over a heater vent, but this will just cause them to shrink, or become stiff and brittle.

It’s as simple as pulling out the insoles of your shoes, and stuffing them with crumpled newspaper. If they’re extra soaked, swap out the newspaper every few hours, and they’ll be dry in no time.

5. Kick It Into Reverse

Did you know that ceiling fans aren’t just for cooling, they can actually help keep you warm in the winter too? The trick is to reverse the spin, and to set the fan’s speed to low. Look for a small toggle switch somewhere on the side of the fan hub or motor housing.

Pro Tip: Fan blades have a pitch or angle to them for a reason. When the fan turns counter-clockwise, it produces an updraft (which creates a wind chill to cool you). But, when the fan spins clockwise, it will pull the warmer ceiling air down, where you can feel its warming benefits. Not only will you be more comfortable, you could save up to 15% on your heating bill.

6. Hygienic Locks

It’s cold and you’re in a rush. You pull your keys out to find that your lock is frozen. Don’t fret. Use hand sanitizer to get you on your way. Put a couple drops on your key and the rubbing alcohol will melt the ice away.

You might think this is a myth, but it really works. High proof alcohol has a low freezing point, so it makes for a great defroster. It might take a minute, but if your key won’t turn on the first try, repeat the process.

7. Floormat Smackdown

Did you forget to put on your snow tires or chains, and now you’re trying to spin your wheels out of a jam? Don’t despair, the answer is literally right under your feet! You can use your floormats for an extra boost of traction, by placing them under the spinning tires. Sure, they might get a little beat up — but you’ll be back on the road in no time. Isn’t this better than being stranded on the side of the road?

8. Thin As Ice

If you don’t have an ice scraper, don’t worry… the answer is probably right in your wallet or purse. In a pinch you can use a plastic gift card to clear those icy windows. Now that’s what we call a gift that keeps on giving!

Pro Tip: It’s best to use a low-value gift card instead of a credit or debit card. You don’t want to risk damaging the magnetic strip or the microchip on them.

9. Windshield Wonder

Talking about ice, are you tired of scraping it off your windshield all season long? Your neighbors might think you’ve lost your mind, but the secret is to drape an old towel or blanket over it the night before. Let them snicker, because now you’ll wake up ice-free, and not to a morning catastrophe!

10. Double Duty

Are you overflowing with the toilet paper tubes you’ve been saving for that arts and crafts day that never comes? Well, today is the day to put them to good use. All you need now, is to round up some of that pesky dryer lint that keeps filling your waste basket, and give it a purpose too.

Simply stuff the cardboard tube with dryer lint, and you’re done! It’s quick, simple, and maybe even a little fun. For bonus points, cut the tubes in half, and stuff as before. Now wrap each paper roll with wax paper, and then twist the ends to seal. You’ll be the envy of your camping buddies, and the master of making fire.