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Five Tips to Keep Your Car from Icing Over this Winter

Five Tips to Keep Your Car from Icing Over this Winter

Every winter it’s the same struggle: waking up in the morning to find a car completely encased in ice. You need to get to work and the last thing you need is to waste time scraping your car clean or fighting your way inside. Luckily there are a handful of tips and tricks that will get you up and on your way with much less fanfare. Take a look!

Check Your Gaskets

Don’t worry. It’s not difficult. Simply open the doors and inspect the rubber gaskets lining the door frame. If there is a problem with the doors freezing shut, chances are it’s because there are cracks or cuts in the door gaskets.

They’re pretty easy to replace yourself and not expensive to have replaced by a pro. If the doors are freezing shut, they could be worth replacing. Not only will you get into your ride easier, but you’ll also prevent accidental damage to your door handle.

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Cooking spray will really get things cooking.

While parking inside or using a car cover are the most effective ways to keep your doors from icing up, there are some other crafty tricks for the outdoor parker. Grab some cooking spray and line the interior door jamb with it. This oily concoction will keep moisture from collecting and no moisture means no ice.

Cooking spray works great, but if you want to get a little fancier, you can find silicone spray at most hardware stores for less than ten dollars a can, and this will also prevent moisture from collecting.

De-icer makes everything nicer.

While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, there are some solutions you can do in the morning even when you haven’t planned ahead. You can find Windshield de-icer anywhere, and though it’s designed for windshields, it can used on the side windows and even on the doors if they’re frozen shut.

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Between you and me, the stuff is essentially only two parts rubbing alcohol to one part water if you’d rather just make it at home.

Frozen lock? Check out this lock-out knockout.

Sometimes it’s not your windows or doors that are iced over, but the locks themselves. There’s an easy fix here too, and like so many of life’s easy fixes, this one comes in a spray can.

That can of WD-40 sitting in the garage can be sprayed directly into your keyhole. It should force out all of the moisture and lubricate the gears enough to accept your key and unlock.

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Windshield covers have you covered.

Another preventative measure that can work wonders is a windshield cover. If you know it’s going to be a snowy or icy night, you can put on one of these suckers before retiring for the night. When morning comes, simply take it off and shake it clean. Once you try it, you’ll swear by it for a lifetime.

These are some tips and tricks to save you time and energy (which are always in short supply) on any cold, icy morning. Once you get your vehicle free and clear, you’ll see other people struggling as you drive out of your neighborhood, but try not to laugh because you were once like them. Now that you have these solutions to the five most common winter car problems, you’ll never have to spend more than a few minutes getting into your car and getting it in drivable condition. Just watch for icy roads and stay warm!

Jake McKenzie is copywriter at AutoAccessoriesGarage.com. When he’s not scraping ice off of his car he likes to cook and play basketball.

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Last Updated on July 18, 2019

10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

1. Make the Windows Your Own

When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

2. Put up Some Art

If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

3. Improve the Aroma

A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

6. Improve Your Air Quality

One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

7. Fill it with Plants

Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

8. Change the Doorknobs

Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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10. Fresh Cut Flowers

You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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