Chilly winter temps got you down? Shiver no further! These DIY home hacks will help keep you cozy during even the frostiest months.

1. Put ceiling fans on reverse

Many ceiling fans have a reverse setting, which allows them to rotate on a low speed, moving counter-clockwise. The result? Warm air trapped near the ceiling is forced down toward the floor and re-circulated throughout the room. And that’ll leave everyone feeling warmer.

2. Dry damp boots with newsprint 

Tired of putting your foot into a wet boot or shoe? Try stuffing your empty, damp shoes with dry newspaper. Newsprint absorbs moisture quickly. And it doesn’t have the shrinking effect of using a heat source.

3. Block drafts with foam insulation 

Pre-cut foam insulation, like the type that’s sold to wrap around a pipe, makes a great and super cheap under-door draft blocker. Just slide the open part of the foam underneath your door and close to keep out cold and windy drafts.

4. DIY wool insoles 

Turn any shoe into a toasty, woolen slipper with this super-easy, DIY wool insole hack. Just pull out your old insole for the shoe you want to make warmer and place it on top of a sheet of wool felt (available for purchase at most craft stores). Trace around the old insole, cut out the wool, and place inside your shoe. Voilà! Warmer, drier, woolier feet for the win.

5. Upcycle flannel hand warmers 

Hand warmers are super easy to make at home with materials you probably have lying around the house. Try making our favorite: the flannel hand warmer. Cut 4, 5-inch squares of fabric from an old flannel shirt. Sew 3 sides together, leaving the 4th side open for filling. Using a small funnel, fill each flannel square about ¾ full with plain, white rice and sew the 4th side closed. When you’re ready for warm hands, zap your flannel hand warmers for 30 seconds in your microwave.

6. Make your own ice melt

Want to avoid the slew of toxic chemicals in commercially made de-icers? DIY your own using only half a gallon of lukewarm water, 6 drops of dish soap, and 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol. Combine in a clean and dry gallon jug or sprayer bottle. Then pour or spray onto icy or snowy areas. The ice should disappear before your eyes!

Ready for some car-focused winter hacks? Check out 4 ways to prep your car for winter.

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