Vermonters are innately handy and we love a good DIY project. While the following hacks may be useful to people everywhere, they are especially helpful to us here in the 802. Get ready for winter by taking advantage of these 17 life hacks that every Vermonter needs to know.
1. Set your ceiling fan in reverse.
During winter, the warm air generated by your heating system naturally rises to the ceiling while cooler air sinks. By switching the direction that your fan blades turn, that cooler air is drawn upwards, which forces the warmer air near the ceiling back down into the space.
2. Easily clear the fog on your windshield.
Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It’s quick and leaves no film.
3. Kitty litter on ice.
No need to avoid the icy walkways, just spread a little kitty litter to get traction. It now comes lightweight so you may want to keep one in the trunk for emergencies. After all, Vermonters like to be prepared.
4. Warm up your toilet seat.
OK, this won’t win any interior design awards, but if a cold toilet seat freezes your buns on the cold winter nights, put a sock on each side of the lid.
5. See clearly and look sharp.
Make your headlights look new with hot water and toothpaste.
6. Save room and shape boots.
Put pool noodles inside your boots to hold them up straight in the mudroom.
7. Say goodbye to sticky snow.
Spray a silicone based lubricant on your shovel to prevent snow from sticking while you’re shoveling.
8. Make more fridge space.
Put a binder clip in your refrigerator – it will set a secure marker, perfect for stacking your favorite Vermont beer.
10. Snack neatly.
We may not have many traffic lights, but we sure do spend a lot of time in our cars to get from here to there. Use a shower caddy for organized and mess-free snacks.
11. Keep your feet dry.
Most of us have warm and/or waterproof boots for the brutal winters, but the new flatlanders may want to use sandwich bags on their feet if they don’t want to catch a cold.
12. Put rocks in the bottom of boot trays to dry boots without the mess.
It’s functional and actually looks nice. Polished rocks are usually available at any dollar store.
13. Use duct tape to open tricky lids.
Wrap around the lid and leave extra tape to pull on.
14. Still can’t open that jar?
Use that duct tape as a cup holder in your car in a pinch.
15. Remove road salt by driving over a sprinkler slowly.
This prevents damage and buildup from salt and de-icing material.
16. Panty hose.
Both men and women can wear extra layers of panty hose to trap in winter warmth. This old hunting trick goes way back.
17. Make snow tires for your bike.
Put zip ties around your bike tires for extra traction.
What’s a hack you think everyone should know? Tell me in the comments and if you like these maybe there will be a Vermont Life Hacks part 2! Oh, and please share this with your friends so they can learn a thing or two.