Great 'Big Freeze Tips' Hunt

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  • RAS
    RAS Posts: 32,645 Forumite
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    1. Hot water bottles - you can keep the bedroom temperature low and stay toasty.

    2. Even more so if you hunt out an old pair of socks with duff elastic and use them as bed-socks.

    3. If you are desparate (heating broken down etc), in the morning either use the residual heat from your hotty to take the edge of your freezing cold clothes before you dress or pour the warm water into the sink and use it to wash.

    4. Know where the torch, battery or wind-up radio, matches, candles and any camping cooker are kept and make sure they are charged up and ready to go if there is a power cut.

    5. Heavy snow on trees, bushes and plants can flatten them or cause branches to break. Use a long handled broom to give shake the snow off them if possible.

    6. Do not walk under icicles or immediately under gutters in a thaw; if the snow on the roof or the icicle falls you can get hurt.

    7. If you use grit from a public box, remember that a very light dusting is all that is needed for it to work. If you pile it on, your get super-cold ice. I dug inch thick grit off the road beside the box on my street and it was frozen solid when the temperature was barely freezing. Smashed up and applied thinly to inch-thick ice it worked.

    8. if you go sledging, check over the hill first; you do not want to blast off onto a road, over a road or into a hedge or a tree.
    The person who has not made a mistake, has made nothing
  • Whisky. It works a treat.
  • If the path is icy but the road clear, walk on the right hand side towards the traffic.

    put a floater in your pond to keep a bit unfrozen.


    wear thermal underwear.

    for my baby I fill a little hot water bottle up for her and wrap a blanket round it and tuck itunder her blanket on the side on the settee, and I put one in her buggy too. Poundland sell them 2 for £1 for the bottles and 2 for £1 for the covers

    For bed I put a cardy on her with too long sleeves to help keep her hands warm.

    For daytime she wears a vest, tights, socks, pants, long sleeve top and a cardy and she's been warm enough.

    For bed she has: vest, pyjamas, cardy, 2.5 tog gro bag, then I put her hot water bottle under the bottom of her bag not touching her feet though when I go to bed and the heating is off.

    Do online shopping if you can. I have just started this and couldnt have got what I did myself.
    50p/£24.00 Xmas 2010:rudolf:
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  • rootie_2
    rootie_2 Posts: 16 Forumite
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    you can't get a sledge for love or money, but my 2 and 5 year olds love riding on a tray with rope tied to the handles. i also take my 2 year olds microwave teddy with him to keep him cosy when outside. i made snowman sticky pictures and snowman marshmallows with the kids to keep them busy and snowman toilet rolls and birdcake!
  • saraht wrote: »
    Such a simple tip, but after slipping all over pavements in my work shoes and trainers, I started wearing my wellie boots, which have surprisingly good grip on the soles and stop any wetness getting to my feet.

    Careful on very lumpy snow (especially if it's frozen underneath)... wellies don't have much ankle support. I've been using my chunkiest walking boots on fresh snow, because they're pretty rigid around the ankles.

    The only problem was that when the snow is compacted and frozen several times, the hard soles aren't so effective, so I switched to "outdoor leisure" type shoes... the ones that are half way between trainers and walking boots. They've got rubber grips in the soles, so they're perfect for ice.
  • philcdav
    philcdav Posts: 12 Forumite
    edited 19 January 2010 at 8:49PM
    Six helpful hints for your car in the winter

    1. Keep yourheadlightsclear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights.
    It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.
    2. Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. 1.
    This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.
    3.. Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night.
    In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing!
    4. Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel.
    The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber.
    5. Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels.
    Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.
    6. De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!

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  • fruugal
    fruugal Posts: 22 Forumite
    Tealights or nightlights in bathrooms and loos make all the difference between pipes freezing or not

    Put the sink plug in overnight to stop the S bend freezing if you're not centrally heated. (I remember my mother being so cross when I forgot, as teenagers do, in the 60s.)

    I'm also leaving a tealight in its little glass dish in the footwell of the car when it is parked, and it does not take so long to defrost or warm up. I saw that done in Finland before.
  • Miss_Bubbles
    Miss_Bubbles Posts: 22 Forumite
    edited 13 January 2010 at 11:41AM
    My daughter and i are wrapped in layers but i must admit i pop the heating/hot water on more than the usual 2hrs morning,2 hrs evening to keep pipes from freezing-very common in our house!

    Even with this awful weather the dog needs walking,im sticking to our usual route just to be safe and have found that when it comes to icy patches walking sideways helps to avoid slipping! Not sure why,my shoes arent exactly gripping!!
    Little_Miss_Bubbles
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    New and getting to grips with everything so please humour me!
    Mostly posting bits about me at the moment until i gain the confidence to post tips etc
    Keep smiling!!
  • grandma247
    grandma247 Posts: 2,412 Forumite
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    edited 13 January 2010 at 12:03PM
    Whisky. It works a treat.

    My apologies if some one else has said this as I haven't read all of this page yet. Please do not drink alcohol if you are going out walking in the cold. Alcohol widens your blood vessels and sends the blood to the skin so cooling it quicker than it otherwise would. Normally when you are cold the blood retreats to your inner core to keep your vital organs working.
  • In this weather, I've not been able to go out the door without my safety shoes (steel toe caps)- I think they are a godsend! I got mine free because of the line of work I'm in but I know they can be bought in most safety supply shops for less than £10 (they're VAT free). They are waterproof and have non-slip soles which is ideal for this weather- though i will warn you that they do not help with black ice...

    Another tip I was given- if you are finding it cold at night and have a spare duvet, put the spare on top of your mattress and sleep between two duvets (have the warmer duvet on top though). I find it's warmer than having just 2 duvets over yourself and makes the matress all the more comfy... Great for recycling an old duvet!
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