Winter is upon us and with it comes cozy nights by the fire (ahhh) along with snow, ice, salt and sand. Don’t get caught unprepared for this sometimes trying time of year!
De-Ice those car windows!
If the super cold temps are in the weather report, head outside the night before and spray a mixture of three parts vinegar to one part water on all the windows and windshields of your vehicle. Wipe dry and head back inside. This simple act will prevent or help reduce the frost buildup for you to deal with the next morning. If you skip a day or if there is still frost build up, simply spray the same solution on the frost, let sit a minute and then gently scrape away.
Where there’s Snow, there’s Salt
- If you head outside in the winter, you will be standing in salt and sand and tracking it in your vehicle and home. While most of this nuisance can be vacuumed up, often you are left with a salt stain that seems to want to stick around. To remove stubborn salt stains, combine 50/50 solution of vinegar and water and spray directly on stained area. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Blot dry with a clean white towel or rag and repeat as necessary until stain is removed.
- Only use safe, green ice melt or non-clumping kitty litter on your walkways and driveways. Traditional rock salt can cause severe dermatitis, inflammation of the paws, vomiting and internal burns of the mouth and digestive tract if your pet comes into contact with it outside or when tracked in your home. Look for pet friendly ice melts without calcium chloride and magnesium chloride listed in the ingredients
Staying safe and warm
If are you lucky enough to have a cozy fireplace to sit by on a cold winter’s night it is important that you are using and maintaining it properly. Check out our post Keeping Your Fireplace Clean, and Green to learn how.
You never really know how bad a snow or ice storm will get even with the best weather reports so it is always best to be prepared. BEFORE the weather calls for a storm, be sure to have the following items on hand and ready to use:
- Snow shovel
- Pet Friendly Ice Melt
- one gallon of water for each person in your family
- 3-day supply of nonperishable easy-to-prepare food for each person in your family (don’t forget your pets!)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- See the complete Winter Storm Safety Checklist from The Red Cross