From smearing POTATOES on your car windshield to swallowing ginger, keep the cold at bay with these ingenious hacks

From smearing POTATOES on your car windshield to swallowing ginger, keep the cold at bay with these ingenious hacks

IT HAS been a warm start to 2022 – but winter has returned.

Met Office’s Andy Page said: “A cold northern current will bring a drop in temperature to most of the UK in the next few days.”

It has been a warm start to 2022 - but winter has returned

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It has been a warm start to 2022 – but winter has returnedCredit: Getty

So sit down and prepare for the cold with our cheap, practical winter hacks.

Bring to a slight boil

When you have finished cooking, turn off the oven and leave the door ajar so that the heat fills the kitchen

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When you have finished cooking, turn off the oven and leave the door ajar so that the heat fills the kitchenCredit: Getty

When you have finished cooking, turn off the oven and leave the door ajar so that the heat fills the kitchen.

You have already paid for it, you might as well make use of it.

Hand gel comes in handy

Apply gel on the key insert in the lock and it will release it

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Apply gel on the key insert in the lock and it will release itCredit: Getty

We are all used to carrying antibacterial hand gel around with us now and it is useful for frozen locks, especially on your car or a garden course padlock.

Simply apply gel on the key, insert it into the lock and it will release it.

Potatoes for windshields

If the temperature is set to drop below zero, cut a potato in half and spread the meat over your car's windscreen

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If the temperature is set to drop below zero, cut a potato in half and spread the meat over your car’s windscreenCredit: Getty

If the temperature is set to drop below zero, chop a potato in half and spread the meat over your car’s windscreen.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the sugar in the potato prevents ice formation, so you can use windshield washer to rinse it off in the morning.

The correct mixture of screen washers should prevent it from freezing.

Get spicy

Eating foods that contain grated raw ginger creates heat by stimulating the production of adrenaline

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Eating foods that contain grated raw ginger creates heat by stimulating the production of adrenalineCredit: Getty

Dr. Deborah Lee, from Dr. Fox Pharmacy, recommends eating foods that contain grated raw ginger, as it creates heat by stimulating the production of adrenaline.

You can also try ginger capsules if you do not like the taste.

Seek it for them

Cover the windshield wipers for your car with socks to prevent them from getting stuck overnight

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Cover the windshield wipers for your car with socks to prevent them from getting stuck overnightCredit: Getty

Cover the windshield wipers for your car with socks to prevent them from getting stuck overnight.

Take off your socks in the morning and the ice or snow will fall away.

Do not drop the coffee

Spread coffee grounds over your frost-free path as a thawing agent

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Spread coffee grounds over your frost-free path as a thawing agentCredit: Getty

If you have made a “proper” pot, do not throw the soil out.

You can spread them over your frostbite as a dewormer.

Hot drinks also help to warm you up.

Block drafts

Roll up a towel and place it in front of interior doors to prevent heat leakage and cool drafts

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Roll up a towel and place it in front of interior doors to prevent heat leakage and cool draftsCredit: Getty

Do not you have one of those that excludes sausage dogs? No problem.

Simply roll up a towel and place it in front of interior doors to prevent heat leakage and cool drafts.

Laugh up

If you have several layers on, you will stay warmer

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If you have several layers on, you will stay warmerCredit: Shutterstock

It goes without saying that if you have more layers on, you stay warmer.

It can also be an idea to invest in thermal vests and long underpants, especially if you are sitting at a desk in a cold house all day.

Avoid splashes

Alcohol makes you feel hot because the blood vessels in the skin dilate, but this pulls the heat away from your vital organs

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Alcohol makes you feel hot because the blood vessels in the skin dilate, but this pulls the heat away from your vital organsCredit: Getty

According to the British Heart Foundation, you should not drink before going out in the cold or when you are outside.

It makes you feel warm because the blood vessels in the skin dilate, but this pulls the heat away from your vital organs.

Change radiator use

If rising energy prices have deterred you from heating the whole house - heat only the rooms you use

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If rising energy prices have deterred you from heating the whole house – heat only the rooms you useCredit: Getty

If rising energy prices have deterred you from heating the whole house, heat only the rooms you use, such as the kitchen and living room during the day and the bedrooms in the evening.

Put your feet up

The coldest place in a room is usually the floor

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The coldest place in a room is usually the floorCredit: Getty

The coldest place in a room is the floor (unless you have underfloor heating), so use a footrest while you work and pop them up on the couch at night.

Drink more water

Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold means that we are more likely to become dehydrated in winter

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Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold means that we are more likely to become dehydrated in winterCredit: Getty

Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold means that we are more likely to become dehydrated in the winter.

Dr. Deborah Lee says, “Your body’s response to cold is to dampen the thirst reflex, so you may not feel thirsty either, but dehydration can drain your energy.

“Seek to drink at least 500 ml of fluid every three to four hours during the day.”

Go back to the basics

If you do not have a hot water bottle, fill a pillow case with dry rice and heat it on a radiator

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If you do not have a hot water bottle, fill a pillow case with dry rice and heat it on a radiatorCredit: Getty

Electric blankets will keep you warm, but you can stay warm for a fraction of the price by using a hot water bottle. Put one on his knees for homework.

No hot water bottle? Fill a pillowcase with dry rice, tie the ends and put on a radiator to heat it up, then place it under your duvet.

Move more

Getting up and moving will increase blood circulation and warm you up - or get under the duvet and have sex

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Getting up and moving will increase blood circulation and warm you up – or get under the duvet and have sexCredit: Getty

It may not seem appealing during the dark winter months, but getting up and moving will increase blood circulation and warm you up.

If you are more adventurous, why not get under the duvet and have sex?

Invest in technology

Rechargeable hand warmers are useful when you are on the go

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Rechargeable hand warmers are useful when you are on the goCredit: Argos

Rechargeable hand warmers are useful when you are on the go.

You can also buy self-adhesive toe warmers that stick to your feet and keep your toes toasty for five hours

Make your housing checks

Frozen pipes can burst because the water expands when it freezes

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Frozen pipes can burst because the water expands when it freezesCredit: Getty

Frozen pipes can burst because the water expands when it freezes.

British Gas recommends having your boiler serviced every year and making sure your pipes are insulated.

Having low heat – even when you are out – will help prevent the problem.

Foil cold

Lay a layer of tinfoil between the radiators and walls

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Lay a layer of tinfoil between the radiators and wallsCredit: Getty

Lay a layer of tinfoil between the radiators and walls.

It helps to reflect the heat back into the room, which increases the performance of the radiator and at the same time prevents the heat from penetrating into the masonry.

Do not get stuck

If you are stuck in snow or mud, do not give your vehicle a lot of gas as your wheels will spin

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If you are stuck in snow or mud, do not give your vehicle a lot of gas as your wheels will spinCredit: Getty

According to tire manufacturer Goodyear, if you are stuck in snow or mud, you should not give your vehicle a lot of gas as your wheels will spin.

Instead, put your vehicle in a higher gear and slowly pull away, giving more traction.

Protect your skin

Regular washing of your scarf helps remove dirt and bacteria that cause impurities

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Regular washing of your scarf helps remove dirt and bacteria that cause impuritiesCredit: Shutterstock

Amish Patel, a skin care expert at Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, advises you to wash your scarf regularly to remove dirt and bacteria that cause impure outbreaks.

He adds: “It’s tempting to hug a radiator or sit in front of an open fire, but these temperature extremities can lead to cracked and cracked skin conditions.”

Rearrange your furniture

Your boiler works harder and costs more if furniture covers or blocks a radiator

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Your boiler works harder and costs more if furniture covers or blocks a radiatorCredit: Getty

Furniture that covers or blocks a radiator also blocks the flow of hot air, according to radiator supplier Best Heating.

This makes your boiler work harder and costs you more money.

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