It’s very important to stay warm and dry in winter. What should you do if your hands are cold, your shoes soaked, or your glasses fog up? Here are six easy step-by-step DIYs to help you keep you warm and dry during the winter months.
1. Homemade warming sack
Your hands get cold easily in the winter, especially when the temperature drops below freezing. Sometimes, not even coat pockets or gloves can keep your hands warm. However, a small sack of rice will do the trick.
Materials: rice, a cotton sock, hemp rope
Put the rice in a clean cotton sock and tie it tightly with the rope. Place it in the microwave for 1 minute (The specific time should be adjusted according to the wattage of the microwave oven and the amount of rice.). The warm sack is ready to use — just pop it into your pocket and hold it when you venture outside!
2. Waterproof shoes to keep your feet warm and dry in winter
Shoes get wet and cold after a walk in the snow or rain. Here is an easy way to waterproof your shoes to keep your feet warm and dry in winter.
Materials: white wax, a hairdryer
Apply a layer of white wax on the surface of the shoes. Turn the hairdryer to a high setting and melt the wax. Once the wax is melted, stop and let it dry. Once it dries, the wax will waterproof the shoes and keep your feet warm and dry.
3. Anti-fog glasses
It is frustrating for those who wear glasses in the wintertime, especially when going from the cold outdoors to the warm indoors. Here is an inexpensive way to make a pair of anti-fog glasses.
Materials: dish-washing liquid, a soft cloth, a glass cleaning cloth
Put a little dish-washing liquid on the soft cloth, then rub it evenly on both lenses. Wipe the lenses with a glass cleaning cloth until they are crystal clear. Now that the lenses are covered with a thin layer of soap film, and water droplets will not form.
4. Homemade cup sleeve
We like to drink hot liquids during the cold weather, but how do we keep our hands from getting burned? A wool sock can easily be made into a cup sleeve.
Materials: a plush sock, scissors, a hot glue gun, a cup
Take the plush sock and cut off the part the extends up the ankle. Fold the cut edge inward and secure it with the hot glue gun or sew it with a needle and thread. Now you have a nice-looking cup sleeve!
5. No more muddy shoes in the house
Your shoes and boots might be wet and dirty when you come in from the cold. While most Asian households take their shoes off before entering a house, what about the entryway or mudroom where we leave our shoes and boots? Here is a way to prevent the floor in these areas from getting wet and dirty.
Materials: pebbles, a plastic tray
Spread the pebbles in a large plastic tray and place it near the door. Put the muddy shoes on the pebbles and you are done. Just rinse off the pebbles and tray when they become dirty.
5. Homemade leg warmers
Sometimes, ladies want to wear skirts in the winter, but their legs can get cold even with boots. A pair of homemade leg warmers can do the trick to keep your legs warm and dry in winter!
Materials: an old long sleeve sweater, scissors, a hot glue gun
Cut the sleeves off of the old sweater and simply use them as leg warmers. Fold over the cut ends and secure them with a hot glue gun or sew them with a needle and thread. Wear the cuff part of the sleeves over the knees to keep them warm too.
Translated by Elaine