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We’ve all been there before. You’re running late to work (maybe you hit the snooze button too many times or you couldn’t find your keys) and, as you hurry out the door in a mad dash to make it on time, you realize your car doors are frozen shut and your windshield is covered in ice. Talk about frustrating.

Thankfully, there’s no need to panic if this happens to you. Just run back inside and grab some of the household items turned winter car hacks listed below. You’ll be on your way in a jiffy!

  1. Hand Sanitizer
    If the locks are frozen, dab some hand sanitizer on the key and try turning it–the alcohol content will help melt the ice inside the lock. But remember to be gentle. Forcing a key to turn can cause damage to the lock or even break the key.
  2. Cooking Spray
    You can use cooking spray to prevent your doors from freezing shut. Spray the cooking spray on the edges of the doors and then use a paper towel to rub them down. 
  3. Shaving Cream
    Fog-proof your windows by wiping the inside of them with shaving cream. (You can also use this trick on your bathroom mirror so it won’t fog up after a steamy shower!)
  4. Plastic Bags
    You don’t realize how important your side mirrors are until they’re covered in ice and you can’t see out of them. Cover them with plastic sandwich bags at night to prevent them from getting frosty.
  5. Socks
    Socks can do more than just keep your feet warm–they can keep your windshield wipers from icing over, too. Just lift them up and slide a sock over each one at night to keep them from freezing to the car.
  6. Vinegar
    For an easy DIY de-icer cocktail, add three parts vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray it on your windshield to melt the ice.
  7. Cat Litter
    If your wheels are spinning on the snow or ice, pour some cat litter behind or in front of your tires (depending on which way you’re headed) to help give your tires traction. Plus, storing a large bag in your trunk will add weight to the rear of your vehicle improving traction.

    Inspired by Buzzfeed’s 18 Winter Car Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Have any helpful winter car hacks you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!


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